inspired by the home edit

one of my favorite instagram accounts to follow is the home edit.  not only are clea and joanna hilarious, but their method of styling and organization provides some serious inspiration.  because i started buying blue ball jars years ago, i wasn’t going to recycle them all for the sake of organization aesthetics.  i decided to work with what i had, get a few baskets and trays, and this is what my cabinets look like now.  i didn’t “style” these for the photos, so they are more or less always like this now (depending on what food i have around).

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chanel quilted flats

i never used to believe in spending money on flats, because i typically just wore them to the ground.  however, two things changed.  first, i stopped wearing heels with the same frequency and decided to spend more money on things that i used often.  second, i found that none of my flats lasted longer than a year.  i decided to try splurging on this classic pair, in hopes that i can least get 3-4 years out of them.  if i still have this blog then, i will report back.

they sure are pretty, aren’t they?

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apartment vignettes + fall shopping list

we’ve been keeping the apartment pretty clean lately, so i thought it would snap a few pictures of some of my favorite corners.

IMG_0756IMG_0758IMG_0759i also decided to get back to my shopping list method of focusing on what i want for the season.  its funny that some of the items from my prior lists are still on there.  i either never found the item, or i bought one and it has since worn out.

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two hands

i met some friends for a wonderful aussie-style brunch the other weekend.  i love the import of aussie-style breakfast places in the city (two hands, citizens of chelsea, citizens of gramercy, etc).  melbourne is still one of my favorite places that i have ever been, and these brunches are a great reminder of that trip.

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prince street pizza

although i have a general rule about not waiting in line for things that are plentiful in nyc (bagels, brunch, manicures, and yes pizza), these babies seemed worth a 45 minute wait on a leisurely saturday.

this was definitely a unique slice – i am told it is “detroit style” – but i probably wouldn’t wait that long again.  also, if i ever get a craving again, i learned they are on caviar.

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acne musubi bag

after selling a few of my bags on consignment, i wanted to replace them with something simple, lightweight, and a bit unique (i.e. i don’t see multiple women wearing it every day on the subway).  before my shopping ban took effect, i decided on this acne musubi bag in this beautiful tan/caramel.  the single shoulder strap is so comfortable, and there is a detachable small pouch inside to keep small items.

i’ve used this bag for about a month, and i still love it.  my own reservation is the black interior, which makes it a bit difficult to find some things that are not in the small pouch.  however, i think a simple bag organizer could solve this.

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christian louboutin slingbacks

lately, i’ve been thinking a lot about this article.  as a big fan of ann patchett’s books, and her store parnassus books in nashville, i loved how eloquently she described the lessons learned from a self-imposed shopping ban.  i have had shopping ban flings in the past, but decided after we got back from greece that i was going to do one in earnest for 2 months.  this means no buying anything not from a grocery store except to replace something empty or beyond repair.

since a lot of the content on this blog has been cataloging my new purchases, i will do my best to fill the next few months with other things.

first off, this gorgeous pair of slingbacks i added to my collection this spring.  the heel height is perfect (3.5″) and they manage to be both sexy and work appropriate.

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