Monday, July 13, 2020

Coffee Table Styling Inspiration

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We just got the Serena and Lily Blake coffee table in natural delivered on Friday and I LOVE it. I had the West Elm Terrace coffee table before and if you follow me on Instagram and see my instastories then you have likely seen how much I loathe that coffee table! I had been wanting a new coffee table for years and just couldn't find anything that spoke to me. I kept coming back to this coffee table and finally went for it. 

The West Elm Terrace coffee table worked well in my apartment in terms of size and looks (photos above). It didn't have a big footprint and I like that the glass and brass looked 'light and airy' so as to brighten up my small apartment living room. However, I always tell people how much I loathe that coffee table and I figured I would share because anytime I ever shared, I got so many people saying they were going to buy it and wanted to know why I didn't like it. The glass tiers were the biggest pain ever to clean. I vacuum constantly and dust and really clean and take care of my house (as well as when I was in my apartment) and yet there was still dust that showed up on the glass daily. It would end up driving me crazy that I would truly clean it daily. The 'brass' look in person looks very cheap and fake. It's poorly made as the screws become loose and then the table becomes rickety and you have to then tighten the screws. You definitely couldn't put your feet up on the table or put anything heavy on the table because it was not stable. Overall, I would never recommend this coffee table!! 
Back to the Serena and Lily Blake coffee table! The square shape and general size of it is perfect for our space. I've noticed in my searching that square coffee tables are harder to find than circles and rectangles. I also wanted something light in color because we have a lot of dark wood furniture, darker rug, and even a brown leather chesterfield couch. After seeing it in my space, this was the exact right shade to brighten the space up a bit. I am so pleased. 

So now I am trying to figure out how to style this coffee table. Interior design and decorating is just not my thing. I do know what I like but I also find it very hard to execute my visions! I think I want to keep things pretty simple and clean and not over clutter it with stuff. But, at the same time, I do love some of the inspo photos I have found that have a lot of 'stuff'. I'll share some photos that I have been loving that are inspiring me- some are of the exact coffee table and some are just images I love. 

As a random side note, I'm STILL trying to figure out how to style the console space under the TV in the living room. I cannot get it right. I tinker with it every week or so and just haven't landed on anything that feels right. So hopefully I can get these two things right so the living room can finally feel 'finished' and over a year later, I can share the space with you all! 

I thought it was interesting with this styling that they didn't put anything on the bottom level of the table and I also love how they style this in kind of haphazard quadrants. My immediate thought was to put something directly in the middle of the table, which is what I have done right now, but the haphazard look does kind of collected which I love.

I love this one, too. I love a 'cluttered' look- this looks clean but collected, in my opinion. Whenever I try to execute something like this, my own version just ends up looking cluttered (in a bad way). I need to figure out how to replicate this look! 

This is another one with nothing on the bottom! I also love that the 4 quadrants are styled in neat little 'piles' and then a low floral center. This seems to be a look that I may be able to achieve on my own. 

This is a totally different look, but I just LOVE everything Ralph Lauren does. He does the 'collected' look so well. This won't work for our living room because we can't have anything too tall blocking sightlines as we wouldn't be able to see the TV. But I just love this over the top look. 

When all else fails, I turn to Nancy Meyer's interiors and see how the queen herself does it. This is a square coffee table from the living room of It's Complicated. It's not really my personal style, but the proportions of things on the coffee table are inspiring. 

Here's a look at the Something's Gotta Give living room. That house is just swoon-worthy and now that I am paying attention to it, it seems like Meyers favors square coffee tables, which is interesting. 

Here's my favorite, Father of the Bride. This has more of a 'farmhouse' traditional look which I like and things look to be haphazardly placed- even the books are crooked look like they were just placed there without thought- which I like. 

I love the look of this coffee table with just a few items that are large in size. I love the hurricanes, especially and love the idea of using a plant rather than a vase with florals that you constantly have to replace. 

I like this one because it has a lot of blue and white which is more in line with my taste. I love the giant orchid. 

This is Tory Burch's home and this coffee table is covered in things. Somehow, this just works. I know if I were to do this in my home it just would not work but I love the look nonetheless!

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Saturday Shopping

Happy weekend! I hope you all had a great week and are enjoying your weekend. It's a weekend filled with humidity and thunderstorms, here. We just had a heatwave here and it was the longest heatwave since August 1995! I can't believe it but it seems like we will be getting some relief from the 90s this weekend and next week. Thank goodness! 

Friday, July 10, 2020

The Best Sports Bra On Sale

The Best Sports Bra On Sale
Sports Bra (on sale)
I discovered a 'new' sports bra last month! I ordered just one on major sale and when I got it in the mail I quickly deemed it the best sports bra I have ever worn. I went back to order one or two more and wouldn't you know, they were entirely sold out! I basically have been doing laundry left and right just so I can keep wearing this one sports bra I have because it is a game-changer. It is SO comfortable. 

I just noticed it's completely back in stock and on major sale again and I just ordered two more. I wanted to share this find with all of you because there are a million and one sports bras out there and I feel like it is SO hard to find a good one as well as get it at a good price. 

I am a 34C and I wear a size small. They have a helpful size chart for you to see which size you are and I feel like their size chart is spot-on. I typically wear a size medium in other sports bras so just going based on my own experience, I would say to size down. 

In the description, it says that it is for medium-impact workouts but I wear it for high-impact workouts and there is no issue- I wouldn't want anything more supportive. It has a decent amount of compression and removable cup padding. I typically don't like any padding in a sports bra, but with this one, the padding is light so as to not add any bulk. I would usually take the padding out but keep it in on this one

I also normally don't like a strappy sports bra because I don't think they stay in place as well and don't like messing with the straps getting all tangled but this one stays in place and the straps are never an issue. 

Honestly, at face value, I didn't think I'd love this bra. I originally ordered it because it's SO hard to find a high neck sports bra. I prefer a higher neck and so I just bought it on a whim. But it is now my #1 most favorite sports bra. 

The fabric is buttery soft and very stretchy. The lining of the bra is perforated so you don't get overheated and it is quick-drying. It is also UPF50, which I LOVE because it protects my upper chest even when I'm just out walking Henry. 

I don't think I have ever done a post solely on a bra, so that should tell you how much I love this one! 

Thursday, July 9, 2020


I hope everyone had a good week! This week went by really quickly for some reason... I can't believe we are almost to the weekend! Another weekend spent by the pool which is fine by me!

For the 4th we went to a family friend's patio which was lovely and then the next morning we went out for an outdoor lunch. The weather was so perfect for lunch and it was just so enjoyable to enjoy a slow lunch and beautiful weather with my parents.

This week has been HOT. I hope it cools down a bit because it's just too sweltering to be outside for extended periods! Henry and I love going on walks that are several miles long but it has just been too hot for that lately!

I just have to share a photo of my basil plant. I have never owned a plant before. I actually only bought this plant because I needed basil for a recipe and the plant was cheaper than the packaged basil. So I figured I'd see if I could care for it and it's absolutely thriving. I can't believe how fast it is growing!!! It's the little things, guys, haha!!

Wearing: I just got this inexpensive headband and I love it. I've been over the knotted headbands and puffy ones for a while and this one is stretchy and just pulls my hair back off of my face. I love the pink stripes!

Eating: Last week I shared my 10 favorite Trader Joe's products and one of those products is the Organic Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper soup. The other day I heated up some of that soup and added in mini mozzarella balls and chopped basil and OMG it was the best thing ever. Soup isn't really a summer dish (or at least not in my mind) but the basil and mozzarella gave it a fresh flavor and I was blown away. This soup is forever a pantry staple of ours! Someone DM'd me last week and shared that they add Italian sausage, noodles, and spinach to the soup for a heartier dinner. I will definitely be trying that this winter!
Eating II: I just ran out of these gummy vitamins. They are the best tasting gummy vitamins I have ever had. It's a probiotic as well as has vitamins that support hair, skin, and nails.

Reading: What type of onions are best for different recipes. I love onions so this was a good refresher. 

Watching: Have you guys been watching anything good lately? We started Unsolved Mysteries on Netflix and I like it but don't love it! We haven't had a binge-worthy show to watch in so long!

Listening: I've been loving 'Belong', one of X Ambassadors newest songs. It's catchy and upbeat 
Loving: Just got these pretty bracelets in from Mary Caroline Jewelry. It is a small business and Mary Caroline hand paints each bead!! 

Wanting: Love love love this dress!!!

Quoting: // 'I am still learning.' - Michaelangelo See more of my favorites, here. 

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