Statement Necklaces For Every Budget

Hallelujahhhhhhhh it's Friday! #whoswithme? I love a great statement necklace, and it's not secret I'm obsessed with DYLANLEX, but I just can't wrap my mind around the price tag (yet, maybe I'll eventually cave for one of those beauties). Are they splurge-worthy? I'm not sure...for me, I like to splurge on items (read: bags) I know I'll love for a long time. I'm not sure if splurging on a statement necklace is right for me. If you feel the same, don't worry - you can get the look without spending a fortune. I achieved this look by layering two necklaces - the top one is currently sold out from Windsor (c/o), but this one would work perfectly with this one underneath. Check out this one - SO amazing and only $29! And here are a few of my current favorites for every budget:

5 Closet Organizing Hacks You Need to Try


Walk over to your closet right now... what do you see? If you're anything like us your closet is an overstuffed, chaotic jungle of clothes, shoes, bagsthe works. If your closet is pristine, well, we tip our hats to you. For the rest of you clothes hoarders, today is your lucky day because we're sharing five tried-and-true hacks that will help you get your closet in tip-top shape just in time for those warm weather days ahead. Small closet, big closet, no closet... we've got you covered! 

Hack #1: Think Outside the Box (aka the Bedroom) 
We're not saying to keep sweaters in your oven à la Carrie Bradshaw, but you can use the rest of your home as creative display opportunities for your prettiest shoes, jewelry, and accessories. Fashion is art, after all. Take it a step further and try mixing in household décor like books, sculptures, and candles to give it a more home-y vibe. 


Hack #2: Suitcases Aren't JUST for Traveling
We're all guilty of it: You, like us, probably have several empty suitcases taking up a sizable amount of space in your home's closets. Stuff those babies with things like your snow boots, sportswear, bulky jackets, or even bikinis that only you only wear a few times a year. 


Hack #3: Use Shoe Boxes to Organize Small Items
Are your drawers currently a hodgepodge of bracelets, scarves, and tangled necklaces? We feel you (especially on those necklaces). Well, finally your shoe-buying addiction pays off! Use old shoe boxes (versus buying expensive storage trays) in your drawers to organize your small accessories. It will save you tons of time and a minor headache. 


Hack #4: Use Tension Rods to Gain Extra Hanging Space 
Sometimes the smallest things make the biggest impact, and that is most definitely the case when it comes to rods and racks when organizing your clothing. We believe a closet's space is very valuable, so the next time you take a peek inside make note of any nooks and crannies that could use a small tension rod where you can hang necklaces, scarves, or delicates that you can't bare to hide in a drawer. 


Hack #5: Put your Organized Clothes on Display 
You may not have a fantasy walk-in closet (just yet!). Heck, you may not even have a closet, but that doesn't mean you can't have an envy-inducing display. Pick up a couple (if your space allows it) clothing racks and use the opportunity to display your prettiest garbs. Finding one that separates long and short clothing also helps to keep things looking tidy. Racks not your thing? Use a bookcase to display your coolest accessories and foldable items. 

Have you started your spring cleaning yet? What tips and tricks do you use to keep your closet organized? Here are a few things to help you get organized...



Packing for Vegas

This mama is going to Vegas next week and can't wait to soak up the sun! Never thought I would be going to sin city while pregnant but it was a trip I couldn't turn down - it will be my last vacay before the baby arrives. It will be a fun couple days spent with my parents hanging by the pool, hitting up the black jack tables, and sipping on pina colada's - nonalcoholic for me of course ;) We are staying at Madalay Bay which I hear has a great pool!

Since it will be in the 90's I will be packing light! I scored this cover up during the Shopbop sale, it's perfect for the pool or to wear exploring. I'm a little (okay, a lot!) nervous about getting in a suit, only because I'm SO pale - seriously Casper over here!! This cover up (you can never have too many!) from Tart Collections is light and airy, will be perfect to throw on and go! My boyfriend got me these Ray-Bans for my birthday, Vegas will be the perfect time to break them out! And of course I'll be packing the SPF and my favorite Kiehl's lotion (on sale!) to keep my skin hydrated. I won't be hitting the clubs so no need for high heels. These Matiko wedges are so comfortable and will be perfect for walking around. Shopbop just restocked them in nude - get them while you can, I have a feeling they will go quick!

At Home With Lulu & Georgia

Ever since we discovered Lulu & Georgia a few years ago, we've been ob-sessed. They have the best home decor from rugs to accessories and everything in between. You may remember these rugs from my California home tour - they are still my favorite (the buyers requested them with the purchase of our home, so I had to let them go), and I've been trying to find a spot for them in our new place so I can re-order! Today we're sharing our favorite pieces from L&G throughout our homes, AND we have a great coupon code for you to receive 20% off your order (only valid for ONE week from today): Somewherelately20.  Enjoy! 

I love these gold safari animals for the baby's room. I didn't want to decorate with anything too cartoon-ish and these are perfect!

I have been wanting to change up my lucite console table for spring/summer, and love how it turned out. The PRADA Marfa print is one of my favorite photos - such a cool art piece (google it if you've never heard of it). 
I love these DwellStudio faceted vases - I currently have eucalyptus in mine, but they are perfect for flowers as well. I can't wait to change up the arrangements throughout spring and summer. 

Thanks to Lulu & Georgia for partnering for this post! 

3 Things On My Mind Today

It's a rainy Monday morning in New York, and I'm not mad about it. I kind of love rainy days (once in a while) - everything feels a little slower, and you don't feel as bad about putting things off until tomorrow ;). 3 things on my mind this morning...

1. If you follow us on Instagram, you know my newest obsession is tea + milk. Okay, I feel like I got a lot of flack for posting that...I knew people had milk with their tea, but I had never had it myself. Everyone was leaving comments like, "DUH! I have been drinking my tea like that for years!" Okay, I get it! I'm late to the party - but I've never been a huge fan of tea until I tried it with milk and sugar! Some people were saying they thought that was the only way to have tea? Now I'm confused. I have a lot of friends who drink tea on a regular basis, and they do not add milk...sooo what's going on here? Needless to say tea is a touchy subject for many, lol! I need a new tea kettle, I had this one...but ruined it when I forgot to turn the burner off after we moved into our new house (new stove, different knobs than I was used to - oops). I love the modern look of this one a little better than the one I had. 

2. I'm obsessed with earrings, but haven't been wearing any recently. I purchased this pair from the big sale a few weeks ago, and love them! I had been wanting to try an ear jacket, and these did not disappoint (also love the price tag!). My all-time favorite earrings are designed by our friends Smith + Mara (friends in real life!). I met Mara a few years ago, and she was wearing the most amazing earring I had ever seen - when she told me she designed it herself, I was blown away. They started designing and selling them not long after that. They were the original "ear crawler" designers! Sadly, a lot of brands have since ripped off their designs, but theirs are still the best and they are constantly coming out with new ones (my all-time favorite is currently 70% off here). I'm wearing the "big dipper" ear crawler below. Speaking of earrings - did anyone see the RHOBH reunion? Yolanda's earrings were major! I have my ears double pierced, and it makes me want to wear 2 pairs again. 
love this ear jacket via

3. I made the most amazing soup last night - Chicken Avocado Lime, and have to share this recipe with you. It's SUPER simple (I cooked my chicken in the crock pot, then followed the rest of the recipe and added 1/3 cup cannellini beans), and so good! You should definitely try it this week. You can find the recipe here
 

One more thing...Saks is having their Friends & Family sale, be sure to use the code: FRNFAM at checkout! Hope you had a great weekend! xx 
 

Gray Matter

coat c/o (on sale for $41!)  | sweater | denim (this wash sold out, similar and current favorites here) | pumps  (lusting after these) | bag | sunnies (also loving the tortoise version)

My hubs and I had our first date night out since having Avery, and it was bittersweet. Of course, I was feeling anxious about leaving our newborn and kept going back and forth as to whether or not we should bring her (newborns are simple to take to dinner compared to toddlers!), but decided to brave it and head out alone. I'm glad we did - date nights are so necessary, and even when you don't feel like going, once you're out and having a good time you realize how important it is. Especially for mamas who don't get a ton of adult interaction throughout the week ;).
 The weather in New York has finally started to warm up, but it's still pretty chilly at night, so I threw on my favorite pair of boyfriend jeans (this wash is now sold out - scored last year during the Shopbop sale) and new oversized coat. I love this coat - it's perfect for early spring, fall, and winter, and you can't beat the price tag! I had been searching for the perfect long, gray coat all winter, and finally found this one in March (of course!), but it will be perfect for fall and next winter. It's a classic shape, so I'm not worried about getting tired of it before then. These pumps are so comfortable - they are the only heels I could wear throughout my pregnancy, I'm waiting for them to be restocked in nude. As much as I love this coat, I can't wait for some serious warmth so I can completely ditch outerwear altogether! Anyone feel me?! 


Summer Wishlist

bucket bag | panama hat | romper | sunglasses | bronzer

There's so many things on my summer wishlist right now! I am in love with this See by Chloe bucket bag - wishing I would of seen it during the Shopbop sale! This one is more affordable (and comes in 3 colors!) and this Rebecca Minkoff one is 30% off! And how cute is this Pineapple bag? It makes me want to book a tropical vacation! I've heard amazing things about this Bobbi Brown shimmer (5 stars online too!) - it leaves you with the perfect glow. Bobbi Brown is a little pricey but the makeup stays on all day and a little goes a long way. I love their blush! Rompers are my all time favorite summer outfits, they are so effortless. Revolve has SO many cute ones, check them out here. I love this and this - so hawt! These Steve Maddens look similar to the Aquazzura sandals but wayy cheaper!


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