Friday, June 29, 2012

Friday Fancies: Beach

This week's Friday Fancies (join in at Long Distance Loving!) theme is rather beachy and has me wishing that I lived closer to the shore. I suppose for now the lake or pool will have to do. In the meantime...



And don't forget to wear sunscreen!

Cheers!

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Introducing: Summer Popsicle Project

Some days (or all) require a just little bit of sweetness, but it's a bit indulgent financially and calorie-wise to eat dessert every day. That, combined with the fact that it's miserably hot here, got me to do something that I've been seeing floating around on Pinterest and other places for a while now: making my own popsicles. 

So, every week starting now until summer ends, I'm going to make a delicious Greek yogurt-based popsicle and put up the recipe. Delicious, easy, and for the most part, healthy. 


Obviously, you can add or take away whatever you want. Also, for those who aren't the biggest fans of Greek yogurt, I would consider using regular vanilla yogurt, because these are... well, very Greek. I like the Greek yogurt (Oikos from Dannon is my favorite) because it adds a lot of protein, which I know I don't get enough of on a day-to-day basis.

So since I used yogurt, I can justify having a popsicle for breakfast, right?

Monday, June 25, 2012

Designer Spotlight: J Crew




J. Crew is perhaps one of the most iconic brands for smartly-dressed men, women, and children all around the world. With cleans lines, beautiful silhouettes, and impeccable quality in both fabric and make, the company has created a vast empire of cashmere and classic button down sporting followers who crave cult favorites such as the No. 2 Pencil Skirt (now on sale!) and Italian Leather Classic Ballet Flats

J. Crew began twenty-nine years ago in 1983 solely as a mail-order catalog company. The eighties were a time when catalogs were major revenue makers, with companies like Lands' End and L. L. Bean at the helm of the competition. Originally called Popular Club plan (until 1989), J. Crew aimed to create looks similar to the "Ralph Lauren" style but at a lower cost, in other words, leisure wear for the upper-middle class. 

In 1989, the company officially became called J. Crew and opened their first flagship store in downtown Manhattan. Since then, more than 300 retails stores have opened nationwide, including J. Crew, J. Crew Factory, and newer more on-trend sister store Madewell

I will be honest. If I could wear only J. Crew, I would. Yet, my college-student budget does not always allow for such a thing. In the mean time, I think I'll browse old catalog spreads and The Pink Peonies, who wears J. Crew in almost all of her outfits (flawlessly, I'll add). Preppy and classic perfection.

Cheers!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Weekly Links



I hope everyone has had a lovely weekend so far. I spent mine doing a bit of cooking, organizing my closet, and refiguring a couple things on the blog (see yesterday's post). Here's what caught my eye this week!

Jess on The Love List had a lovely little interview with Ann Mashburn, who you may remember from April's issue Matchbook Magazine.

Erin Gates from Elements of Style dishes on her apartment- so very lovely!

A generous sampling of pointed-toe flats at Luella & June- the Loeffler Randalls are making me swoon!

Vanilla Bourbon French toast with cardamom berry compote from Julip Made. There's nothing else really to say.

A peek at the ethereal Valentino 2013 resort collection at The Short and the Sweet of It.

Society Social's second Manifesto Magalog (catalog + magazine) is out, and I must say, I am quite smitten.

Cheers!

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A Few Changes...

Happy weekend to everyone! I have been rather full of thoughts and ideas for The Corner Apartment as of late, and have decided to do a little bit of content remodeling. A while ago I came up with all these great ideas (or so I thought) for features to do, but I for some reason haven't been able to be very consistent in churning out ideas and posts (a less emotional way of saying "my heart isn't in it"). I did a bit of very minor soul searching, and decided that I'm going to hone my focuses a bit.

First, I am going to have more written content on The Corner Apartment. Don't worry, there will still be plenty of pretty images, but I am studying journalism, and do enjoy writing.

Second, I am cutting down a bit on the fashion posts. I did not start out to be a fashion blogger, and while I do love clothes, shopping, and curating outfits, fashion is so unbelievably well-covered online and in magazines and I don't want to simply be a reiteration of sorts.

Third, I am going to focus much more on culture, art, and history. I know what you may be thinking, that you may reconsider your following of The Corner Apartment, but please do not worry. I am a twenty-year-old college sorority girl who loves pink and Keeping Up With the Kardashains. I promise I will not bore you, but instead enlighten you on some interesting subjects and connect them with the modern world (read: probably clothes).

All of that being said, I have created a simple schedule of sorts for you to look at and see what all I have planned. I am very excited for these changes and think that the content will be much more interesting and fulfilling. Let me know what you think!


Cheers!

Friday, June 22, 2012

My Friday Fancies: Color Blocking

I honestly love the color block trend, mostly because it discards old rules of wearing too much color and opens up the wardrobe to create endless combinations. For the most fearless, there are few color combinations that do not work.

Color blocking is, obviously, the theme for this week's My Friday Fancies, hosted as always by AV of  Long Distance Loving. I immediately took to the world wide web to find inspiration for this little segment and was very struck by a particular color combo: red, pink, and orange. While it strongly evokes one of my least favorite holidays, Valentine's Day, I still can't help but fall in love with the romantic and bright color pairing (even if it does remind me of my single-hood). And, I guess it does remind me of two of my favorite designers, Kate (Spade) and Tory (Burch).





Splendid Tee//Giulietta Skirt

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Baubles and Baubles

I know that I just did a roundup of jewelry, but I was browsing Bauble Bar I couldn't help but spend a good little bit of time pouring over all of the pretty art deco-like pieces they have right now and mentally pairing them with my own outfits for a fun night out on the town (if only!).


Most of you are probably like me in that you know somewhat what the term "art deco" means, and can peg a few buildings (The Chrysler Building in NYC), pieces of jewelry, and runway collections to the style. I decided to do a little bit of research to help understand the concept more. Here's the gist of the art deco movement.

The term art deco was coined in the 1920's in, of course, Paris. It encompassed architecture, art, industrial and interior design, fashion, jewelry, and more, and focused on glamour, elegance, and modernity. Art deco ideas drew ideas from earlier twentieth century concepts such as cubism and modernism and influenced many other well-known movements such as pop art and film noir (look for more on these two later!). While a lot of artistic movements are based from philosophical beliefs and ideas, art deco is solely, well, decorative, and draws from the geometric shapes of the classical Greco-Romans, Aztecs and ancient Egyptians. Faceted, crystalline, and repeated features are a common characteristic of an art deco piece, as well as the use of materials such as chrome, lacquer, and wood.

Old-fashioned yet modern, bold yet streamline, austere yet ornate. I'm really loving this trend Bauble Bar has going on right now. And the best part? It's all so wonderfully affordable. So please, indulge yourself in a little bit of old Hollywood glamour. It's a revival that can only be considered necessary.

Perfect Little Spaces

As stated before, I have a rather serious case of the interior decorating bug. I'm still somewhat obsessively collecting ideas, although most of them are either out of my college student budget or simply not feasible for your average apartment (so many restrictions!). Yet vignettes are always feasible, at least in most instances. I'm hoping for at least three empty spaces around my room, bathroom, living room, and kitchen next year to create a pretty little placement. Here are some of my favorites.




katiearmour:


thedecorista:

white on white on white and lucite

thedecorista:

i LOVE everything about this room… neon glass + gold piggy







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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Always Summer

I am back from a most beautiful and relaxing trip in the mountains of Colorado! I would like to first apologize for my lack of inspiring content- family time and other activities (hiking, train to Pike's Peak, shopping, white water rafting, eating, photo session with wolves, pool lounging, more shopping & more eating) took up much more of my time than expected and left me rather exhausted by the end of the day. Second, everyone must stay at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs at some point in their life. It is a luxurious and beautiful place situated in the mountains, a combination I highly agree with. Third, it's officially the first day of summer! I hope you've been living it up and attempting to keep cool!



Friday, June 15, 2012

Timing

I'm spending a long weekend in Colorado, and while the time change was only an hour back, it is really throwing me off, especially since we had to wake up extra early today to go white water rafting. All I can say about that is: I need a coffee. Immediately.


My Friday Fancies: Copy Cat

There's something about Audrey Hepburn's persona that is so winningly endearing, especially as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's. So why not emulate the gorgeous gal in the classic film?


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Pepper Jack Cheddar Grits

Cheese and peppers and grits. Honestly, a perfect South-meets-Southwest combination. My mother has been making us this hearty (read: not healthy) little dish for years, always whipping it up as a staple at family brunches. It's not some super secret family recipe, in fact, I think she pulled it out of a cooking magazine many a year ago. The best part? It's cheap and extremely easy. A short little prep, then into the oven for fifty minutes, and you've arrived at one of the delicious hallmarks of Southern cuisine.



Each serving has about 165 calories, which doesn't sound terrible, but my guess is that you will indulge a little more than that (I always do)! Bon appetit, y'all.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Rooming

First of all, I would like to apologize for three straight posts of images and no content. How rude and neglectful of me! In my defense, I spent the weekend out of town with a very full schedule. I am leaving for Colorado Springs on Thursday for a short family getaway celebrating my grandparent's 50th anniversary (also coinciding with my parent's anniversary, Father's Day, and my dad's birthday... yikes!), although do not fret, I will have a few things prepared for my brief absence.

As you all may have picked up on, I am quite obsessively collecting inspiration and ideas for my bedroom and apartment next year. I'm sharing it with three other girls but luckily will have my own bedroom and bathroom. Such a nice change from sharing my first two years in college!

Anyways, I thought I would share a few of the ideas I have- I would love feedback and other ideas! My color scheme is white (white bedding, walls, carpet) with blues and pinks of all hues. And a few gold accents sprinkled in here and there. My bedroom size is rather small, as most college apartments are, but luckily my closet is generous enough to hold all of my clothes, shoes, bags, sorority tees... and so on.


1. Aside from white shams, I want to have a pretty assortment of different colored and patterned pillows on my bed like the little collection here. Nothing better to spruce up the simple white palette!

2. I've always loved these tassels, there are so many on Etsy in all sorts of different colors and lengths. Remember when I posted about them here? I'm thinking I want to hang them over a door or maybe over my desk.

3. Lipstick, art pen, and a gold frame- what a clever idea!

4. Once again, another Cocoa and Hearts creation that I'm really loving. I would love to somehow recreate this painting in a lighter palette with gold to hang over my bed.

5. I've been pulling pages from my favorite magazines, going through my pile of saved cards, and sorting through my mom's old ribbon drawer for some finds to serve as basis for an inspiration board (or wall). I can only hope that mine will turn out as pretty as this one!

6. Spray painting in gold can do wonders to a lackluster object. I have a few huge sandollars that I've been wanting to do, along with a little toy giraffe, which you can find at your local craft/toy stores.

7. I haven't bought it yet, but I'm sure I'll have a very boring utilitarian-style desk. My mother so graciously offered (only after I asked) to sew a cover to go over it like this one. Thanks, Mom!

8. I love these Polaroid-like photographs hung over the toilet in the bathroom with washi tape. It's such a simple idea to give a boring room like the bathroom more character.

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Announcement!

Hello friends! I have a most exciting announcement today- The Corner Apartment is on Tumblr! You probably did not notice the subtle button switch on the side bar- I took off the Etsy button (not sure why I had that, I don't even sell anything) and replaced it with a Tumblr button about a week ago. I've been reblogging pretty pictures ever since.



I'm still new to it, trying to get a feel of it all, but feel free to head on over and check it out. Mostly, it will be a more focused version of my Pinterest page based on my vision for The Corner Apartment. It will have all sorts of pretty pictures from shoots- editorials and the like, inspirational sayings, home decor (a ton of this at the moment- apartment idea!) and vignettes, and outfit ideas. I hope you enjoy it! It sure is fun to scroll continuously through such beautiful images.

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

My Friday Fancies: A Short Story

Starting today, I will be linking up with AV of Long Distance Loving and a ton of other bloggers from around the web for My Friday Fancies. This week's theme is short and sweet, inspired by- of course- shorts! Join the party here!



Destinations


A Day at the Park: Picnic

It's a little (or twenty degrees) too hot here in Texas to be any grade of relaxing outside. For those of you that live a little further north, or perhaps for those of us down here who happen upon a cooler day (doubtful), ring up some friends, grab your pup, pack up your most delicious lunch and head to the park for a sweet summertime picnic.

Throw on a no-fuss outfit with minimal jewelry and some easy-to-move in sandals. This chambray shirt is perfect- light and airy and completely versatile. I'm a little embarrassed to say that I've only recently discovered just how versatile they are. They are the perfect balance to a colorful bottom half. If you don't have one, head to your nearest retail district immediately and buy one. Immediately. If you're more on the graceful side, pull on something along the lines of this fabulously striped nautical dress from J. Crew. You may need to sit on a bench for this one.




Unsure of what to whip up to throw in your picnic basket? Follow suit from the Mediterranean and make a fresh Greek couscous salad (feta and olives- delicious!) and a grilled vegetable and hummus wrap. Don't forget a watermelon- they are perfect at this time of the season.

Hurry- grab a blanket and go before summer runs its course!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

For the Love of White Shirts!


There are few things more crisp and classic than a white shirt. Be it the all-purpose button down, a clean silk blouse, or a casual tee, there is nothing quite like this adaptable article. With pants, a skirt, and shorts of all colors, styles, fabrics and patterns, it is sure to be your go-to piece. Personally, I think Olivia Palermo does it just right!






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Oh How Pinteresting!

a rainbow hued macaron tower. Photography by http://onelove-photo.com

beach bunny BFFs

Champ de Mars, Tour Eiffel, Paris

color blocked

Charming illustration #pooltime


Jubilee Style: http://bit.ly/L2EVNd

popsicles made with greek yogurt, raw honey + mixed berries.

love this mix of color and pattern.

inspiration board

sass

Thirty sandwich combos.

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I'm linking up with The Vintage Apple for her weekly Wednesday roundup of Oh How Pinteresting! Hope you enjoy these pretty pictures! Also, don't you think those yogurt popsicles look delicious? Be looking out for a special announcement regarding these little treats in the next couple of days!