- Month: July 2015 -

Pier One Imports Summer Collection Picks

  | Ceramic Serving Basket | Wooden Salad Tongs | Ombre Pillow (on sale!!) | Mint Julep Tumbler (my fave!!) | Navy Tray (on sale!!) | Beverage Tub | Ombre Glass | I popped into Pier One Imports today on the hunt for some rattan place mats, and left an hour later. Ooops. I found my place mats immediately and then spent the rest of the time ogling their summer collection. I may have bought a few extra things, but hey, that's better than the twenty five things I would have gotten had I not been restraining myself! I seriously have my eye on that ginormous beverage bucket and the set of mint julep tumblers. Because clearly I NEED those... What can I say? Servingware is my weakness... and apparently so is Pier One Imports.…

The Best Places to Shop For Home Decor

photo by Ashley Capp I am always on the hunt for a new online shopping resource. Shopping online makes it easy for me to compare different accessories and pieces from different stores. Sometimes when I shop in a physical store I have a sneaking suspicion that I am paying more for something that I could find for less somewhere else. I am completely solving that problem for you by providing you with a kick ass list of online home decor shops that I love to frequent! Note: Some online home decor shops may fall into more than one category (ex. furniture and bedding), but I have listed them under the category that most accurately describes the store. Also, the stores with the blue circle by them are my personal favorites from the list. So basically I…

Off of the Shoulder Perfection

| White Off of the Shoulder Top, (on sale!) SheIn | Earrings, Kendra Scott | Shorts, Old Navy | Shoes, Via Spiga (similar here) | I have been ALL about this summer 2015 trend of off the shoulder tops, dresses, and rompers! There are so many cute options, and I can't seem to take off this white bell sleeve top from SheIn. Off the shoulder and bell sleeves? UM yes. And guess how much it is? $15!! Yes you read that correctly. Fifteen dollars. I obviously had to pair this white on white look with bright turquoise Kendra Scott statement earrings. Also because I have had a problem taking them off since I first got them... So I pretty much had to style an outfit with them. Or five. Or ten. Or maybe they deserve their…

Modern Bar Stools Under $200

  | ONE, (major sale!!) 52.00 set of two | TWO, 69.00 each| THREE, 99.99 each| FOUR, 97.99 each| FIVE, $132.99 set of two | I have been on the hunt for the perfect affordable, modern bar stool for some time now. I have finally settled on a pair of #4 in the list above. It is the perfect bar stool for apartments because it doesn't take up any visual weight! They are light, easy to clean, and stackable. I don't know when I would ever need to stack them, but hey - the one day that I need to, I will be able to! I love that companies sometimes sell bar stools in pairs of two! You usually end up getting a cheaper price than buying them separately, and math... who needs it? They did…

The Ultimate Instagram Photo Editor

See the rest of my Instagram (@mariepbd) here! Instagram. My favorite (and most frustrating) social media platform. It is so much fun to style colorful photos from my every day life for my blog readers and Instagram followers! However, this being said, the perfectionist in me likes to come out to play. I love to create a colorful, styled Instagram but sometimes I can get a little anal  particular about what photos make the cut. I have finally found that perfect combination between relaxed and pretty that works for me and my lifestyle. I want to give my followers an insight into my everyday life and share pictures that are both inspiring, and colorful! In order to do that, I need to have well edited photos that capture my subject in the best possible manner! Introducing…

The Secret to Expensive Looking Hair

I want Blake Lively hair. Every girl does. I mean can you really blame us? She basically rocks a gorgeous hair style at all time. Beach waves, bomb shell curls, messy pony. You name it, she works it. Why does her hair look so freaking good all the time? Yes, she probably does have a team of stylists dutifully watching her sleep waiting for her to wake up and get ready. It's cool... But for the rest of us that don't have a personal hair stylist, we too can have gorgeous, expensive looking hair at all times. The Secret to Expensive Looking Hair The keys to expensive looking hair are products and maintenance. Skimping on these extra steps and products will result in average looking hair. I'm not saying that you need to add…

Instagram Roundup {July 2015}

Another month, another collection of photos! I absolutely love looking for beautiful images from my day to day life to capture and put onto my Instagram. It is so much fun looking back on the different photos at the end of the month and seeing them all together in a collection! This was the gorgeous Lilly Pulitzer skirt that I wore to the tea party. To say that I am in love would be an understatement. Make sure and check out the rest of the photos from the event!  | Skirt, Lilly Pulitzer | Blouse, (similar) | I finally attended my first Dallas Blogger Collective event! It was a fun tea party hosted by the Vintage House. We had such a great time mingling, shopping, and sipping! Make sure and read all about the event…

Renovate Your Rental

I love living in an apartment. It's cozier, easier to design, and more affordable than living in a house. However, with that being said, it does have its drawbacks. I love updating my space and making it look the best that it possibly can, but in a rental, I am pretty limited on the amount of changes that I can make. I am well on the road to customizing and finishing my apartment, but it has taken some creativity on my part to get the custom look that I really wanted. Here are some easy tricks to get a custom designed look in a rental: 1 |Use temporary Wallpaper 2 | Update what you already have (furniture, hardware, etc.) 3 | Customize your window treatments 4 | Create your own DIY kitchen backsplash 5…