Tuesday, July 22, 2014

TJ Maxx Geometric Chair Finds

I'm back today after a wonderful 26th Birthday,
spent with my family. It was an early morning and
a late night, so I wanted to pop in quickly and just share
some of my favorite patterns from my recent trip to TJ Maxx.
While you can't shop home on TJ's website just yet, most of their
stores have a great selection of home goods...these images are taken at 
two different stores in different states!

They have just been knocking it out of the park with their fun
chairs with geometric patterns, bold colors and tufted armchairs.
The home selection is one of my favorite places to find great deals
and I always find myself snapping pictures of their fabrics. I would love to 
use one for an office chair for a new office nook! 

Ps. You can still shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale here!
(with free shipping!)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

I am sure you have seen around the blog-o-sphere that Nordstrom is having their
Anniversary Sale, but I wanted to share a few of my favorite pieces available at the moment, 
since Nordstrom is one of my favorite online shopping destinations. (This is generally because
of their price point, as you can find some really cute things at reasonable prices and FREE SHIPPING!)
Plus - it's friday, and most of my picks are colorful and fun, just in time for the weekend!
So if nothing else, enjoy the eye candy and have a great weekend!!

1. Tan Expandable Tote (this one's only $36!!) // 2. Stripe Band Workout Pants

3. Hanky Panky Undies (in awesome colors) // 4. Embroidered One Piece Suit (this is adorable!)

5. Kendra Scott Danielle Earrings (you can't go wrong with these!) 6. Work Tote (splurge a little)

7. Philosophy Raspberry Sorbet 3-in-1 (my absolute favorite scent) 

8. Tory Burch Zip Wallet  (this is great for fall)

9. Embroidered Cover Up (to match the one piece suit!)

This beauty accessory is a new staple, pendant necklaces are my favorite style,
and this top looks super comfy for a cooler night.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Connaught in London

Last week I posted about ombre curtains and the draperies 
in the Apartment of the Connaught in London were included in my roundup.  
Once I viewed the complete tour, I knew I wanted to share the entire apartment, 
designed by David Collins.From the front doors, to the gold frames, the different moldings used in throughout thespace, grasscloth wallpaper, as well as the intricate detail that was so carefully thought out, everything is done so well. Even the selection of flowers matches the tone of the apartment!

I highly recommend this walk through - the video is carefully curated
and really well done.

I would love to have a bed like this - a different kind of canopy 
than i'm used to seeing, but I love the ability to draw the curtains on a brilliant nice sleep!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Unique Kitchen Essentials

While I am working on my cooking skills, I find it is so fun to have
kitchen accessories that add a bit of flare to my dinner preparation. 
Things like colorful spatulas make cooking more enjoyable 
and somehow it all makes your food takes more delicious. 
I have started to start drinking more tea (now that I have this)
and I have been wanting a unique mug for my morning drink.

Do you have any original kitchen accessories that you love to use?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Alice and Trixie Dresses

There are a few brands that I started wearing a while ago, 
that are still my favorite. Alice and Trixie is one of them! 
Their patterns, colors and silhouettes are flattering and fun, 
and I am absolutely in love with the 
Gemma Dress, both the maxi and the mini. The great thing
about buying dresses like these, is that they are made with quality
material, so they last a long time. I have one from almost 8 years ago
and it is still in great condition. These dresses are definitely worth the investment!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Navigate Towards Your Dreams

Happy Friday to all our readers!
I put together this little nautical themed "photo shoot"
because I had picked up these adorable note cards
and had a few other nautical things that I thought 
would be fun to put together as some inspiration 
before the weekend (similar shorts here)! 
Hope you have a great one, and see you monday!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Beauty Review {It's Potent by Benefit}

how much does it cost: One container is $34.00

what you get: 0.5 oz of under eye cream. This is plenty and 
will last you a while, because you do not need a lot for each 
application. (only a very small dollop is needed for each eye!)

what is the claim to fame: Since the skin under our eyes are one of the first places
we show signs of stress (even a bad night sleep is evident!), It's Potent is used first 
and foremost as an under eye brightening cream. It is also used to smooth fine lines,
targets and maximizes firmness and elasticity while hydrating at the same time.
Hello! Who wouldn't want to try this!

what I liked: This eye cream is basically magic. It doesn't irritate my eyes 
(I have very sensitive eyes and can only wear certain kinds of makeup). 
It works really well for brightening up my under eye area and while I do not have a ton of wrinkles (yet...)this formula is used to reduce the look of fine lines. The eye cream is also moisturizing 
yet lightweight and I put it on in the morning before I apply my under eye concealer as 
it absorbs quickly and doesn't leave a greasy residue behind. (that's the worst!)
Place a small amount under your eye with your ring finger (the skin beneath your 
eye is extremely fragile, and your ring finger is the weakest finger - allowing you 
to be extra gentle while applying). Spread out to the side of your eye, up near your 
temple to add brightening and illumination there as well. That way, when you apply
your concealer under your eye, you still have the brightness near your temple.
Plus - I love the container it comes in with the cork top!

what I didn't like: There was nothing I didn't like about this eye cream and will
be using it every day going forward. While my dark circles are not terribly
noticeable, this has completely changed the way make up looks on me.
I do not have to use as much under eye concealer and if I am in a rush, 
I can go without the concealer and still have a bright eye area.
I do have fair skin, so it might make a bigger difference because of the contrast
between my skin and my dark under eyes. 

will i use it again: I'm using it EVERY DAY.

*This post was not sponsored, these are my honest and true opinions
based on my own experience and findings.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Inspiration Around the Web 7/9

Most of the images I choose for my Inspiration
Around the Web series are ones with interior
design ideas, beautiful pieces of jewelry, or 
DIY projects that I would love to try. Since I love Instagram, 
most of the images come from different accounts
that I have happened upon, which is always so fun. 
If you'd like to visit me on my instagram, 
head on over to instagram.com/melissaocole.
If you yourselves have an instagram account, 
share your username so I can follow along!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Ombre Curtains

After seeing these Ombre Lace Curtains from 
Anthropologie, I haven't been able to get the idea out
of my head! It is such a fun design element, and while it can 
sometimes be a bit trendy, when done correctly, it can look 
sophisticated and chic. I love the way these rooms have been put together, 
and the ombre window treatments pull the room together in a cohesive way.
I also love that all of the rooms I found with ombre curtains use a blue hue - 
clearly it's just what my eye is drawn to!

Images 2 & 3 // Images 4 & 5 // Image 6

Monday, July 7, 2014

Fashion Favorites {Skirts}

 I used to wear a lot of skirts in highschool and college, however
when I got my first corporate job out of college, the only skirts I wore
were the generic pencil skirts that were appropriate for my workplace. 
(these were generally black, boring and very conservative). 

Now that I have a little bit more freedom in what I wear, and just in a 
desire to expand my wardrobe, I will definitely be incorporating more skirts. 
The maxi skirt is perfect for a hot summer day when you want to wear 
strappy sandals and a cute top. These are easily dressed up or down depending
on your plans. Mini skirts are fun and flirty and I love the ones with a little bit 
of personality, color or pattern. Pencil skirts can be great for a wide range of occasions, 
and the jean pencil skirt, when done correctly (not frumpy or shredded) can be 
very chic and fun.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Beauty Review {Boscia Facial Sponge}

what it is: Boscia Konjac Cleansing Sponge with Bamboo Charcoal
(fancy word for a facial sponge)

how much does it cost: $18.00

what you get: one Cleansing Sponge and a Boscia Detoxifying Cleanser sample

what is the claim to fame: pore perfecting "pillow-soft" sponge with bamboo charcoal for
smooth, soft skin. Cleanses and exfoliates to deliver smooth, soft, and brighter skin. Konjac 
root absorbs debris and impurities from the face and the bamboo charcoal acts as an antibacterial.
Draws out impurities, minimize the appearance of pores and reduce blemish-causing bacteria.

what I liked: The sponge is extremely soft and is a great alternative to using 
a washcloth or your hands. Place a cleanser of your choice on the sponge 
and apply on your face. I used the Boscia Detoxifying Cleanser, which makes 
my skin feel like it has received a deep clean. The sponge is great for everyday use
and does not irritate my skin (I have semi-sensitive, combination skin
with occasional breakouts, however, I have larger pores and black heads).  

what I didn't like: I generally like to have something a little bit more abrasive
(like my clarisonic), so I added the Boscia Tsubaki Oil-Infused Exfoliating Powder.
You add this to your cleanser (and the sponge) and it adds a little bit more power to
the sponge. 

will i use it again: I have been using it every day for 2 weeks and I LOVE it. 
I use it once a day (generally at night) and my clarisonic in the morning.

If you have more normal skin, there is a white Boscia Konjac sponge
(it doesn't have the bamboo charcoal - used to fight blemishes).

*This post was not sponsored, these are my honest and true opinions
based on my own experience and findings.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Turkish Area Rugs

There has been an emergence of the Turkish Area Rug within the design sphere
and I absolutely love this design feature. Every time I see one used within a space, 
I just love the look and the bright, fun feeling it creates. I will be using a bright, colorful 
and geometric turkish rug in my future home office, with neutral accents and furniture used 
throughout, so the rug will be the main focal point of the room. 
I can't wait to find the perfect one for my space! 

From Top Left clockwise around:

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Forth of July Dresses

With the 4th of July weekend quickly approaching, 
I wanted to share some of my favorite looks for one of my favorite holidays.
This year, the 4th of July fireworks I will be attending, are happening on Saturday 
Night, and since they will be in upstate New Hampshire, I will need a more casual 
dress and one that will accomodate sitting on the lawn with a bunch of people. 
So for me, i'm thinking the navy and white chevron maxi dress would be perfect!
I also have a pair of metallic gold snakeskin sandals and my Kendra Scott pendant necklace
that I will be pairing with it to complete the outfit!

***All of these looks are from Zappo's, which offers 1-Business Day FREE SHIPPING!
That means if you order before 1pm PST, you will receive it the very next day, and in time
for your 4th of July weekend!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Reading Nooks

Last week, my Guest Picks: Make a Reading Nook Retreat, was featured on the Houzz 
main page website. I was so excited, because as you see, i've always wanted to have my 
very own reading nook. I was able to compile everything that I would love 
to have into this houzz ideabook to file away for future reference! Things such as fun 
artwork, comfortable pillows, throw blankets and of course the cushion, bookshelves, 
ample lighting, a fragrant candle and curtains that will enable 
me to have a bit of privacy to get lost in a good book or magazine. 

To view my sources and additional design ideas for putting together a reading nook, 
or to see any of my other Houzz ideabooks, view my profile here!

*All reading nook images can be found in my 
Pinterest Reading Nook board, along with a couple more!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Must Read Books for the Entrepreneur

There has been a shift from the historical role of women 
in the last 50 years that has influenced the new generation 
of women in the workplace. As a 25 year old female, 
I have been feeling a little bit lost as I feel the need to be 
working in a corporate company in a big city. While that may be great for some, 
I have the passion and drive to create my own business, peruse my entrepreneurial spirit
and make something of myself with this said business. I picked up three books recently,
that I wanted to share with you, all about making your dream a reality, quite frankly, 
how to be a badass at what you do and owning it. A creative twist on the idea of "self-help", 
these books will keep you interested and excited to learn about taking yourself 
and your business to the next level. 

#Girlboss is the story of Sophia Amoruso, founder of Nasty gal
an online powerhouse website that started as a very small business 
and is now a corporate powerhouse. This book is all about teaching you 
to trust your instincts, without sugar coating the truth. Smart and witty, 
this book will be one of the best things you can do for yourself! I 
have started this book, and literally cannot put it down.

Anther book that is all about finding yourself and your true you is: 
My mom told me about his book, and I am so glad she did. It is all about
standing up for yourself, pursuing your passion and not letting other people define you.
Written by Tabitha Coffey, this strong, independent business woman will
inspire you to be yourself and do what you love!

Emily, at Cupcake and Cashmere in one of her most recent Ask Emily series, 
gave advice to a reader who asked what to do if you're not happy in your current 
job/career and if you're not sure what direction you want to head in at all. 
Recently, before I really decided to dive into pursuing my own company 
(which I have been working on {on the side} for the past couple of years) 
I was feeling this exact same way. I haven't been happy working in the corporate 8-5 job 
with layers of drama and the stale corporate interiors that come with these kinds of jobs. 
It can be extremely daunting and scary to make the decision to step away from what 
society tells you is the right path for those of us just coming out of college and to 
forge forward towards what you're really passionate about and what gets you excited, everyday. 
Emily mentioned a book, What color is your Parachute
This book is a great guide for those of us looking to find what we really 
want to do and gives the tools needed to find the right fit - or in my case, 
how to guide me in the right direction with my own business. 
I highly recommend it for those readers that are having a hard time figuring things out!

This weekend you will find me with my nose deep in one of these books! Happy Friday!