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valentinesday

Hi there! You might notice this blog has gotten a bit of a facelift - and by that I mean it's gotten a lot simpler. I still have some design changes to make (which is what you get when you start tinkering at 9 pm on a Monday), but it feels like I can breathe here again. I loved the old design, but I wasn't putting out enough content to keep it up.

For now, a personal update post. And also - happy Valentine's Day! My Valentine and I (namely) will snuggle up on the couch tonight watching whatever rom com catches my eye on Netflix and I'll nom on conversation hearts and sip my favorite TJ's red blend.

Lately, I've been...

eating: All the dark chocolate.

creating: Better habits. I was late to the party, but Marie Kondo has taken over my brain. I've found myself walking around the apartment asking "but does this bring me joy???"

reading: Too much news, not enough books and novels. After finishing The Crown on Netflix I'm kind of interested in a historical biography - maybe Elizabeth? Or Marie Antoinette?

shopping: Less - which is much needed after the holidays. Now spending my money on tickets for excursions abroad :)

adding: FINALLY a new tv stand - I've desperately searched for one since I moved in November. Shopping hiatus is going well, except for this. It was on sale!

making plans for: London. Paris. Germany!

drooling over: Fern Studio, which I recently discovered is super close to my apartment! Wishing they would open a retail space, because I'd straight up move in.

listening to: Ashley's fall 2016 playlist. My friends make fun of me because I find out about cool music a few months late, so this is extra appropriate.

laughing at: How much I relate to this (and pretty much everything else on that account)!

loving on: My bffs! It's Valentine's Day, after all.

jealous of: This natural light. My apartment's great, but no floor to ceiling windows. #wompwomp

finding: Financial responsibility is HARD. And cooking is HARD. Someone help me adult.

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Oriental kitchen rugs

Moving last November has been a test of patience for me, even three months in. My landlord has been so great - letting me paint, install new light fixtures, and install a gate in the backyard for Mo, so the biggest struggle has been with my own budget and patience. Since my new space is much differently laid out and bigger than my old apartment, it's taken time to figure out where my existing furniture goes, find out where I need new pieces, and declutter and let go of items I don't need anymore. It's been a process.

Lucky for me, my neighborhood has a few Facebook for sale pages, so I've been able to purge several pieces of furniture pretty quickly - a floor lamp, my dining chairs, some trays and decorative pieces I realized I didn't use anymore. I've even bought a couple of new things, including a vintage green velvet chair for $50! For the past three months I've been using my coffee table as a tv stand, so after my Ikea trip last weekend for this tv unit (!!!), my next focus is the kitchen. 

Since buying my first oriental rug for my living room in November (see here) I've been scoping out several eBay shops for one to add to my kitchen, and now with more intention. My kitchen is sooo much bigger than the one in my previous house - I actually have counter space! I have room for a pretty decently sized rug - maybe 4x6 or 5x8? Bad for my budget, great for my pool of options!

My mom thinks I'm crazy because she's practical and predicts food getting everywhere, but I'm an idealist damnit! I want my oriental kitchen rug and I want it worn, with character, and impractical - just the way it should be.

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Watch Therapy

You know that feeling when you realize something so obvious that you're almost embarrassed? The other day I realized, while sitting in my heathered, gray sweater, on my heathered gray sofa, next to my velvet green vintage chair, that I completely matched my apartment. I even documented it here. Everything from the textures I wear to the colors in my decor - e v e r y t h i n g matches. I didn't do it on purpose, but I keep noticing similarities.

When it comes to colors, I like neutrals. When I add color, I like them to be deep and not too bright. Vivid enough to add interest, but not so bright that my eyes feel assaulted. I've found I'm drawn to deep greens, navy or sea blues, and peachy pinks.

As for textures I like naturals - wood, velvet (like lambs ear!), or light fabrics like linen. Keeping everything grounded makes a room look more cozy, and an outfit even cozier.

When Jord Watches reached out to me about a partnership I was surprised how easily all of their watches fit into my decor and style mold. I picked the Frankie Dark Sandalwood and Emerald watch because it's so unique - the dark wood strap and emerald face with brass details have made their own place in each outfit, but it was so hard to choose! I loved the Zebrawood and Champagne watch for a strong classic piece, or the Maple and Silver option to lighten up a dark outfit. For a look I wouldn't normally go for, the square Reece watch is super sophisticated, and the Koa and Ash watch is unique too!

I'm so, so happy to offer a $100 giveaway with Jord Watches to one of my readers! To enter the giveaway, follow this link. Everyone who enters the giveaway will automatically receive a $25 off gift code toward their first watch purchase and one person will win $100! The giveaway ends on January 29th (three days!), so enter now! Good luck :) 

This post was sponsored by Jord Wood Watches. Thank you for supporting the partners that make Cooper + Thames possible!

ceiling light | safari chair | Jord Wood Frankie Dark Sandalwood and Emerald Watch | velvet hair tie | velvet sofa | Eat Drink Nap | striped pajamas | decorative beads | Jord Wood Frankie Zebrawood and Champagne Watch | Jord Wood Reece Watch | woven bowl | eucalyptus bunch | sandalwood soap | faux fur pillow | rug | Jord Wood Maple and Silver Watch