Good Things in Palm Springs

Last week I went to sunny Palm Springs for a bit of work and a bit of play. I was down here for the eTail conference but managed to sneak in a couple days poolside before all the festivities began. We stayed at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa which I had stayed in once before almost ten years ago. (TEN YEARS AGO. I CAN SAY THAT. I AM SO OLD.) Anyway, it was just as beautiful as I remember. The staff and service is friendly, the pools and grounds are beautiful and clean, and the bars and restaurants right in the resort are excellent. I’m not a dessert person but I am still dreaming about the most amazing vanilla bean crème brûlée we had at the Rockwood Grill.

I love Palm Springs, there is something about it that is so stunning.. I think it is the palm trees against the striking mountain backdrop, and of course the desert heat doesn’t hurt. I was running around like a bat out of hell for the majority of the time I was down there and didn’t have a chance to use my good camera so I apologize for the cellphone pics, but here is a quick photo diary of my favorite parts of Palm Springs and also all my must have poolside vacation essentials.

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I live out of my Herschel Pop Quiz Backpack. I have featured it before and I will feature it again, it’s the perfect travel companion all the way from the airport to my lounge chair, it has the perfect set of features not the least of which are the little lined sunglasses holder at the top and the lined laptop sleeve to protect my MacBook. I would have for sure trashed many pairs of sunglasses if it weren’t for this backpacks clever design.

I LOVE Maui Babe Browning Lotion. If someone can tell me where to find it in Canada I will be eternally grateful. I’ve noticed my friend To Vogue or Bust is in Hawaii at the moment and I may have to hit her up for refill! I also always carry L’Oreal Ombrelle SPF 30 Lip Balm with me when I am in the sun to protect my lips.

I carry two pairs of Ray-Bans with me, wayfarers and aviators, one of those two styles will always complete any look. And of course my converse sneakers, which get more wear than any shoe I own, I personally think they go with anything from jeans and a tee-shirt to a silk dress. They are a casual preppy classic. An essential by any standards.

There are more California posts on the way.. I was having so much fun in the heat I couldn’t wait to come back so I booked a trip to go see my girlfriend Whitney in LA at the end of April. Can’t wait! Also, I’m very excited for Andrea to share her review on Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Workout plan which she has been crushing and is now on week eight! Lots of exciting stuff coming up on The Big Water.

Xo

Wendy

Spring Fresh Lemon Orzo Soup

I cannot believe this weather we are having here in Vancouver… Wendy always says ‘if you are living in Canada and you aren’t living in Vancouver you are insane’ and with these sunny February days we’ve been having I think she is right! It’s making me anxious for bikinis, mojitos and pink floaties, but until the temperature catches up with these sunny days, some good food will have to do!

This is one of my FAVORITE soups. I find it so fulfilling and refreshing. It is perfect as we transition into spring.

IMG_4378I don’t know what it is about soup, but I find such comfort in a nice big bowl after a long day. Not only is it a quick easy meal, it is such a crowd-pleaser.

First I started by boiling a pot of 6 cups of water with 5 tbsp of chicken broth paste. I use better than bouillon for my chicken broth paste – which I think is the best. Only because I always found when I would buy chicken broth I wouldn’t use it all at one time and it would go bad. This paste lasts forever and has reduced sodium and no fat as compared to other chicken broths, and is relatively cheap. win win!

While the broth is boiling I start prepping the veggies. Fresh veggies are key!

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Ingredients

1 T grapeseed oil (better for cooking at high heat)

1 white onion, chopped – I use the slap chop!

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 carrot, roughly grated – I use a lemon zester as the grater, to get little bits

6 C water

5 tbsp chicken broth paste

½ C orzo

½ lemon, zest and juice – I use ReaLemon for the juice as I find the flavor is better in the soup. Use the lemon just for the zest and for the finishing touch in the bowl.

½ tsp salt

¼ tsp pepper

1 tsp dried basil

Instructions

In a large pot, start heating up the water and chicken paste.

In another smaller pot heat olive oil.

Add in garlic and onion. Sauté until translucent.

Add in carrot. Sauté for just a few minutes.

Pour sauteed mixture into chicken broth.

Add orzo. Cook until tender with a slight bite.

Pour in lemon juice and add zest.

Season with salt, pepper and basil.

Let simmer and adjust seasonings if needed.

Garnish with lemon slices.

voilà!

Happy cooking

xx Andrea

Last Minute Valentines Day Gift Guide – For Her

It’s Valentines Day on Saturday and if you’re anything like me you will wait until… maybe tomorrow? to pick up something for your main squeeze. I’m habitually bad at buying gifts (I know I have said this before, but the point is so true it is worth reiterating) so I thought why not help out my fellow procrastinators with a gift edition part deux aimed at the ladies in your lives.

Gifts don’t have to be just for your significant other, or just for valentines day, these are items your Mom, bestie, sister, roommate, the list goes on.. is sure to love! I will be spending this Saturday, like women all over the city, with my boyfriend, his name is ‘my career’ and we will be crushing grape and crawling into bed early as I have a 7am flight the next morning heading to a conference for work. #truelove

Valentines Gifts for Her

This Jo Malone cologne in ‘Red Roses’ is the perfect Valentines day scent and the prettiest hue of blush pink. I am a huge fan of Jo Malone and wear the Lime Basil + Mandarin scent religiously.

There is nothing better than crisp cotton pyjamas, and this shorts set floral print pair from Plum Pretty Sugar is the perfect set as we creep closer to spring.

Chapters always has cute home stuff, specifically this gold painted stripe cushion, which hits two major wins on my current lust list, gold + stripes.

I love a good Essie polish and recently they have come out with a new Cashmere Matte line; I can’t wait to get my paws on this pale pink color, cleverly titled ‘just stitched.’

This Olive Oil was actually an idea from a girlfriend, she got this for her Mom for Christmas and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since. It’s a company called ‘Nudo Italia‘ and the way it works is you adopt a tree in Italy and the company regularly delivers to you the olive oil it produces! How cool is that?! You can also adopt a tea garden in India or receive honey when adopting a beehive in the UK. I love it.

Lastly I have pulled this adorable Flamingo Print available locally at The Cross in Vancouver, one of my favorite decor stores. I have a Flamingo obsession and I think this print would look so chic mounted in a gold frame in a white wash apartment.

Hopefully you’ve found some inspiration here! And when all else fails wine, chocolate and flowers. (But mostly wine.)

xo

Wendy

Sweet Things for your Sweetheart

Now for a complete change in pace from my last post which was directed towards all my single ladies, this one is for chicks who are looking to buy something for their boo. If you are like me, you are a terrible gifter. I have been dating my boyfriend for a little over three years and his last birthday (which was two months ago in December) was the first time in our courtship I haven’t been embarrassed to hand over whatever shamble of a gift I had thrown together. Even after countless hours brainstorming, seconding guessing, last minute ordering, looking for a better deal etc. I always end up so unsure of what to get that it inevitably becomes a last minute gift. So this gift guide is as much for me as you. Hopefully I will remember it next time I am stressing and before I order a Lynch Seahawks jersey off a shifty Chinese website for half the regular price and it shows up spelt ‘LINCH’. A similar situation did take place a couple years ago.

Fortunately for me, Scott and I aren’t huge gift buyers. We exchange birthday gifts, but usually plan trips for Christmas and nice dinner dates for anniversaries and Vday. For me personally, the best gift I can get from him is a card with a sweet note. That could also be because he has the emotional capacity of a kidney bean so anniversaries and Valentines are the only days he really feels the figurative barrel to his figurative temple to spit out something sweet. But I love him none the less and will be missing him and our dinner date next Friday as he is in Brussels until the spring.

So here are a few ideas for your main man:

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1. I love Hershel backpacks. Scott and I actually both have camo print ones similar to this. They come with awesome features and are a local Vancouver company. Whether he’s a camper, a traveler, a student, whatever, he’s sure to get use out of this styley backpack.

2. Sperry Top-Siders may be a little bit too preppy for some guys. But I love them. With jeans or shorts, they are the perfect casual summer shoe. Also a little red for Valentines never hurts. These one’s are even on sale!

3. A portable speaker might seem boring but I actually use mine all the time. In my bathroom while I’m getting ready, in the basket of my bike while I’m seawall hustlin, at the beach, on the patio of my White Rock house, everywhere. I think they are just the best. This one is awesome, I actually got it for my Dad this Christmas. It plugs into your computer to charge and uses Bluetooth which is perfect when you want to be able to keep your cellphone on hand (AKA ALWAYS).

4. Apple TV. For the tech dork in all of us. Apple TV is awesome and if you need me to explain why GTFO.

5. Men’s shaving kit / travel case. Men’s accessories are so much sexier than women’s aren’t they? Our travel cases are hot pink and plasticy, even the top tier brands usual choose a vinyl type material, but men get leather. When men step up their game in the accessory department it makes a huge difference, I find those little details so refined and attractive. This Fossil Travel Kit in a rich cognac color is the perfect travel accessory the GQ aficionado in your man.

6. Socks. Not the six pack of champion tube socks your Grandmother gets your for Christmas (barf). These patterned socks are such a simple fun cheap gift, and they add an element of unique style to the otherwise fairly simple outfits that boys wear. A JCrew button down, good jeans and a pair of converse is really stepped up when you throw in a matching pair of polka dot socks. The BANNER sock from STANCE shown above, are the perfect example of a styley colored patterned sock that will boost your boys game (wait do you want that?). Joe Fresh has a few great picks on sale, also Urban Outfitters has a ton of awesome options and you can usually find a 3 for $20 deal.

7. We luuuhhhh coffee. I had always used a traditional coffee maker before meeting Scott who opened my eyes to this gem. These stovetop espresso coffee makers will blow your cute patterned socks off. It makes rich, strong and delicious coffee, you’ll never go back.

Of course I believe the  best gifts come from the heart, so whatever you choose to give your boo this Valentines, make sure it’s accompanied by a little love note, I think the loves in our lives appreciate that more than they let on. On the other hand if you are solo next Friday please refer to my last post and come find my girlfriends and I terrorizing the dance floors of London Pub and Fortune. You’ll be able to pick us out by the way we hunt in a pack and make our decisions according to the WWBD? principle. [What would Britney (circa 2007) do?] 

What are your Valentines day traditions? What are you gifting your significant other?

SINGLE IN VANCOUVER ON VALENTINES DAY

I don’t know what happened when I turned 26 but it was like overnight I went from being a 25 year old in a bar to a 90 year old in hell. Kids of legal drinking age look 12 years old and are the worst people in the world and trying to find somewhere to go with single girlfriends {WHO ARE SMART SUCCESSFUL BEAUTIFUL HILARIOUS THE LIST GOES ON} that contained men (I use the word “men” about as loosely as Justin Beiber uses any version of common sense) of any caliber, is impossible. I have the best boyfriend on earth so case closed for me. sorrynotsorry. But I legit feel for my single gurlz. My boyfriend is in Belgium for the next few months so I will be joining some chicks for what has been coined “VDAY BINGE DRINK GROUP HANG DANCE SESH 2014” and as you can see from the conversation below THE STRUGGLE IS REAL. Where do you go in Vancouver? Where do you think the best place to meet people is? Should we give up on bars? Even though our dance skills have been honed for 26 years?

Warning: This conversation happened in a SAFE PLACE (re: Facebook chat) and has no filter so if you don’t like harsh language (or the harsh truth) you will not approve of the below content.

Alex
Hey all, takes us a hot minute to figure out good plans so I’m aggressively jumping the gun to force myself upon you this Valentine’s day. For those of you that will probably spend your day with PIETER – you’re included so you know you’re loved. And Wendy’s angel-boyfriend will probably send her a life size cut out of himself and 17 bouquets of flowers because he’s a total fucking gem. Conveniently, this sacred day of blacking out falls on a Friday (there is a god and he is rooting for us to get freaky) so let’s get some ideas going for a good ol’ girls night out

Melanie
I dunno Alex, I was thinking about posting up with a bottle of red wine, myself and my instagram account, reliving my past relationships through social media whilst listening to Coldplay. But I mean, I could be swayed.

Wendy
hahaha Alex crafts the best messages. IM IN.

Chelsea
haha yeah alex that was a fucking beaut. i like to THINK someone is rooting for us. i’m in.

Katie
If I can ditch PIETER, I’m toooootally in! It won’t be too difficult b/c We don’t celebrate holidays that revolve around that dreaded L-word. And I’m not talking about lesbian.

Melanie
there’s nothing dreaded about the word lesbian

Alex
unless after 6 years of S’ing Pieter’s D you’re switching teams..
which is still cool.. but might be an awkward convo

Katie
Only for him, everyone else would get where I’m coming from

Melanie
I’m beginning to become a fan of guest lists so we should make a week of decision on where we wanna go.
aka I’m cheap/broke

Wendy
“unless after 6 years of S’ing Pieter’s D” LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

Alex
where do hot dudes go on Valentines day? Can we make a Facebook survey or something?

Chelsea
we should just start slowly baiting all the hot men we know in that conversation
but oh wait…. i know none.

Alex
Dear man-babes of the internet: Where are you hiding this Friday the 14th of February? I want in.

Melanie
yea that’s the trick…if we make it our facebook statuses we’ll just get a whole lotta “Seymours has been okay lately”…

Alex
which is a damn whore lie.

Melanie
We could iron out our crop tops and hit up Portside?

Katie
I’ll have to top up the b-tox to iron out my face so I don’t look like the old bag I am

Alex
portside has great music but zero talent.
everyone is 12

Wendy
true and true
i feel like that’s everywhere
are we old?

Katie
Yes

Wendy
when we were at the pint i felt 100

Alex
i feel like London pub is decent for people who are over the age of consent.
We could also go balls to the wall and find somewhere new.
or do some sort of Alibi room –> London Pub mash up if we want to be good and pickled.

Wendy
we could also stay in and play board games and drink a shit load of wine and eat a kilo of cinnamon hearts in matching pj’s but actually look more like –> this

Alex
hahah
those are ALMOST as good as my polar bears in raybans pjs I got for xmas.

Melanie
hahahha

Alex
#coolerthanapolarbearstoenails

Ashley
Haha
I’m liking where this is going. But I agree, portside and pint are for the little ones.
London Pub is good!

Wendy
I like London Pub!

Ashley
Should we do dinner before blacking out?

Melanie
potluck?

Alex
YES.

Chelsea
yeah i really aggressively like all of this
london or bust
or really just fuck the pint and the portside. i’m also down for somewhere new.

Alex
food and booze and heart shaped everything, ma bitches.

Melanie
I had a really good time at Charles Bar two weeks ago
London is a good second destination too since there’s never really a line

Chelsea
i feel like charles bar is all douche bags

Alex
legitimate

Melanie
alright

Alex
but the music is deec, as is the food – if we wanted to start somewhere kinda trendy and mosy.

Chelsea
alex is fortune any good for men?

Alex
no guarantee on long term relationship qualities but you will find babes in plaid.
or if you wanna say “fuck dudes” and get real on a dance floor.
then yes.

Chelsea
hmmmm
dilemma

Alex
I can throw us on a g-list for it anyway and if we decide we
wanna get weird we can go.

Chelsea
ps wendy…you really nailed it with the pajama option
i say we do that the next night

Danielle
Sometimes I just want to get super fucking silly and go to Fortune so I can’t hear anyone talk and just sweaty dance with some hipsters. Is that so wrong? Regardless, I’m in for this. I don’t care where we go. I’m glad we’ve finally agreed that the pint is full of children. I’ll literally do whatever though. Inside, outside, dress up, PJs…

Alex
London Pub & Fortch are just a block away from each other so the opportunity to move around is good.

Danielle
My entire fucking apartment is in boxes right now and some sort of electronic device is making a loud beeping sound from inside one of the boxes. I guess I just have to wait till whatever battery dies! FML. Moving day.
Alex is full of good ideas.

Alex
ugh, may the force be with you, Danielle

Danielle
Thank you kindly

Melanie
Sounds good guys! Let’s get a guest list and do pre drinks somewhere.

Wendy
I love all of this and I am always down to get super loose and trap dance at fortune. We can pre drink and see what we are down for but let’s make a list! London Pub doesn’t do lists does it? DREAM STATE: Get ready / pre drinks – london pub 9-11 fortune 11-FOREVER
also I’m happy to host pre drinks

Alex
k. i’ll get us on that Fortune list.

Chelsea
yeah wend your little plansy sounds awesome. and im down to pre-ham whenever.
wherever** in fact wendaloo, i’ll probably come borrow an outfit. cool? thanks.

Wendy
of course little boo

Chelsea
*Cat acting like DJ* pic

Wendy
omg is this the part where we move to communicating solely by pics? Because that’s my fav part

Wendy
*Cat looking like unicorn* pic

Alex
*Cat peeking out of paper bag* pic

Danielle
*Bird with sunglasses on drinking a martini* pic

WHO ISN’T TRYING TO DATE THESE GIRLS?

Juice Cleanse Part 2

A couple posts ago I talked about a juice cleanse I was embarking on, so I thought I would hit you with the results. First things first, I love food and trying to cut it out for 3 days was torture. Oh did you notice in my original post I said I was doing it for six days? I LIED. It actually wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be to be honest. The juices were delicious and I felt really light and fresh after the first day. I wouldn’t recommend doing a juice cleanse for more than three days if you aren’t an experienced cleanser, or if your coworkers are habitual McDonalds breakfast eaters. You will go into a blackout rage and threaten someone’s life for a bite of their hash brown.

THE EQUIPMENT:

I bought the Hamilton Beach 20oz Juice Extractor from London drugs for $89.99. I’m no expert, but I think it did a good job and it was easy to take apart and clean after. It is a pretty big appliance so unless you want it to live full time on your kitchen counter (I’m a minimalist in that sense so that’s a no go for me) then finding a cupboard to store it in can be a bit of a B.

THE SHOPPING LIST: 

juice cleanse shopping listI know this sounds like a crazy amount of produce but you would be surprised at how little juice comes out of an apple or even an orange. It was definitely a reality check to think I was casually crushing 20 oranges when I slam a glass of OJ on Sunday morning. What was even more shocking was the bill (IN A GOOD WAY) and that happens never, so this was a win. I picked up everything at a little produce market down the street for me, which is always way cheaper than the big chains, and the bill was about $35CAN. Not bad when you think that’s covering your consumption for three days.

THE RECIPIES:

I loosely followed the vitae juice revamp cleanse. Except I opted for a 2nd citrus instead of an almond drink. I went heavier on the veg, lighter on the fruit, and adjusted to taste. I don’t think there is a perfect formula to this, any fresh juice cleanse is going to be beneficial. Obviously you want more veg than fruit so there isn’t a TON of sugar causing you to crash during the day. #science

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I made 6 juices for each day. I started each morning with hot water and lemon and then had one juice about every 2 hours starting at 9 and ending at 7 in the order listed. I also drank lots of water throughout the day. The constant sipping definitely helped edge off the hunger pains. Juice 3 was definitely my fav. Grapefruit, watermelon, lime and mint over ice? DELIGHTFUL. (This will be my summer vodka optional cocktail of choice. See how much I learned doing this?!?!?)

THE OUTCOME:

I felt good

I felt fresh

I lost 7 lbs

I craved fresh produce after

WHAT I LEARNED:

I did this right before Christmas so I didn’t expect for a second to keep off the weight I lost. MASHED POPTATOES AMIRIGHT? Although I think you easily could keep it off if you were diligent and didn’t swan dive into a box of wine and a wheel of brie (which is what I did – no regrets). Next time I do this I will go raw vegan 2 days before and 2 days after so my system eases in and out of the cleanse. This will also extend the benefits and help avoid the regaining of weight as I transition back in to my normal eating routine (KD and goldfish crackers. I’M MESSING WITH YOU.) I couldn’t work out. Maybe the first day I could have, but this was an experiment for me and I didn’t want to overdo it. So if sacrificing your gym sessions for three days is a big no no for you (freak) then I would advise adding a couple light raw meals throughout the day so there is a bit more sustenance there and you don’t pass out on the elliptical and embarrass yourself in front of your friends. The last thing is; next time I do this I will look up recipes for the pulp. There was a TON of waste and I felt guilty about it. I talked to a couple girlfriends who have since gotten into juicing as well and they said the same thing.

So that’s it that’s all. I will definitely do this again. I think it’s a great way to flush out your system and get your cravings in check! Do you juice? Cleanse? Have pulp recipes? Interested? Have questions? Lets taco bout it.

Is it Spring (Décor) Yet?

This time of year is super boring. I got back from Mexico a couple weeks ago, my tan is faded and the Christmas frenzy has long since passed (I haven’t taken my Christmas décor down yet, isn’t that ridiculous?) I’m actually so embarrassed and just text my roommate to plan a date to do it. I took my wreaths down so at least my neighbours think I have my life together. But I don’t. I just feel extremely unmotivated this time of year. I mean I COULD spend an evening tearing down the winter wonderland that is my home, OR I could turn on the Christmas tree lights, drink a bottle of Cono Sur Viognier (so cheap, so good), and catch up on episodes of modern family. IF YOU DON’T THINK THE LATTER SOUNDS WAY BETTER NEVER COME BACK TO THIS BLOG.

In search of motivation I am doing a couple fun things to spice up the worst time of the year ever. I have started a run club at my office and I am taking French lessons. The goal of both is to be overall a little sexier come spring. A girl can dreamAnyway, another thing I am really excited about, that fortunately is contingent upon getting my ass in gear and taking the garland off my headboard, is spring decorating. I’m excited for the days to start getting longer, the sun to fill my apartment later and to bring a ton of fresh color into my décor.

In a recent post I talked about my affinity for gold. The love is alive and well. In fact I would say I have renewed my vow to gold as I cruise pinterest and see how beautifully it transitions from the warm reds and browns of winter to the bright purples, oranges and greens of spring. I’ve got some strong influences guiding me for the upcoming season; via my friend Whitney‘s influence, I am really loving fun art deco style / chinoiserie inspired prints and anything that feels like it would look perfect poolside in Palm Springs. This site has the most amazing prints, I want custom calling cards and address labels immediately and I am OBSESSED with the custom lucite trays. I’m also craving bright cushions in fun prints, which is a carry over from last year. Cushions are such an easy way to add a splash of colour and really change the look and feel of a room for only a few bucks. In a frugal DIY attempt I made my own cushion covers last year but the material wasn’t perfect. So I am on the hunt! Where do you shop for well priced cushions / cushion covers? 

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Juice Cleanse Part One

I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus. It’s always nuts around the holiday and my laptop has been a genuine nightmare so I will be boxing day shopping for a new one and then I will be blogging all up in your grill, all day, like err day. But I wanted to drop a quick post. I am on day 2 of a 6 day juice cleanse! When I am complete I will be posting all my shopping lists recipes and plans so be sure to check back and perhaps incorporate it into a new years resolution!

It’s going great so far. I’m definitely struggling in the office around lunch when everyone is heating up delish food, but yesterday I went to my gym for a 30 minute steam and today I went for a brisk walk up to Robson and back to keep the hunger pains at bay! Rumor has it the initial struggles (hunger, caffeine headache, etc) wear off after day 3, so I am looking forward to that! And to letting you all know how it pans out!

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all my fresh produce ready to be juiced

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the first three days juiced and ready to go!

Will be back soon with an update! Hope everyone is ready and excited for the Holidays!

Gold Rush

Whenever my Mom and I go to HomeSense together I get extreme anxiety. My Mom is an AMAZING interior designer and rips through that place like a bat out of hell. She tries to buy me anything and everything she thinks will look cute in my apartment which is obviously very nice, but also very overwhelming because she’s a whirlwind and I’m a planner. I need to think about how things will fit with the rest of my decor, their longevity, if I can get a better deal (I’m a huge bargain hunter) and what my plans are for the space etc. etc. I source almost everything online before I purchase it. This way I can get all the deets, look at it while i’m in my house (genius) and be really confident when I go to buy. It’s also because I’m lazy and returning things is the worst thing in the world. EXAMPLE: My Mom tried to purchase rug a few weeks ago on a whim and it didn’t work, so the next day she went back  and exchanged it, brought a new one home didn’t like it, ended up returning it again and going rugless in that room, straight up brazilian.. after all that effort! I’m exhausted just thinking about it and may never buy a rug again as a superfluous act of solidarity. This is for you Mom!

ANYWAY. Accessories are always the easiest purchase. They are generally cheaper and ergo less of a commitment, they can be seasonal and they really add feeling and finishing to a room. Right now I’m into gold. Silver is out. Gold adds such an elegant, modern feeling to a space and you don’t need much, just a few pieces to add a bit of shimmer shammer (there is for sure a 99 cent lip gloss named ‘shimmer shammer’ out there somewhere). Also, it’s neutral enough it works in almost any space.

These are a few gold pieces that I love love love right now.

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1. These sweet candle-holders from Crate&Barrel are a perfect way to add a touch of gold.

2. I am OBSESSED with gold cutlery. I think the trick is to keep it matte and super simple, if it’s at all ornate it can look dated. This set by Cutipol has nailed it. With the holidays fast approaching what better time to invest in gold cutlery?

3. This decorative ampersand is available at The Cross (which is where I would like to go when I die) and is exactly what I’m talking about when I say “finishing a room”. Which is really just a tricky way of justifying buying stuff that has absolute no real life value or purpose at all but is so pretty. It would look so sweet on a mantel mixed with some leaning photos, on a bedside table of a happy couple, on a shelf that houses red wine and stemware (caught that? can I get an amen?) really it would look cute anywhere.

4. I love this gold vase by Christiane Lemieux. The fact that it isn’t solid balances the size perfectly. I love that you would get a hint of green stems through it if filled with fluers.  

5. This end table is so cool, it offers a very chic Art Deco feeling that is so popular right now and I need it in my apartment immediately.

6. A tray is such a great addition to any coffee table/ottoman  situation. This one would look great in a living room or on a bedside table with some fresh flowers and a candle. It would also be perfect on my bar housing my crystal decanters.

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