Happy Friday! I don't know about you but this week flew by for me. I'm writing the finishing touches on this from the airport while on my way to North Carolina for work.
That means that I'll be a bit tied up next week and will be sharing a wedding-related post I wrote a while ago. It is a fun one!
Without further ado, I'm sharing seven of my favorite finds of the week below.
Shagreen Tray from Amazon
This tray was a random find while searching for items to go on our Amazon wedding registry. It turned out to be a great quality piece that I highly recommend!
The brushed gold handles are really nice and don't have that yellowy look that some cheap gold gives off. The gray shagreen is a good neutral that can be used in any room. This item will probably pop back up in my holiday gifting and asking guide because the price is great and everyone could use another neutral tray.
Find it here.
A Sparkly Dress for the Holidays
With the way things are going, we will likely all be sitting at home for New Year's. Even still, getting dressed up to celebrate the end of this weird year just feels right.
I love this sparkly dress from Anthropologie for New Year's or the holidays in general. It has some color pop in it and can be worn with tights and boots or heels. Sleeves like this are always flattering in photos, too.
If you need a good splurge, this dress is a great candidate.
Find it here.
Holiday Card Season
The most wonderful time of the year is quickly approaching and that means it is Christmas (or holiday) card season! My mom always sent out a family card when I was little, then I took over the family tradition when I was in high school. Few things make me happier than sending and receiving holiday cards.
This year is extra special because I get to send my first card apart from the family card. I got really excited and ordered them about a month ago, which I know is early, but is not excessively early for ordering cards. Most companies want you to order early and have deals going on right now, so look out for those. Minted is doing a discount on foil cards right now and another favorite, Pen + Pillar, is also having a discount site-wide.
I love ordering my cards through Minted because they save your addresses and can print them on the envelopes for you. This saves a ton of time each year and is definitely worth it! I also love Dogwood Hill, based out of Birmingham, Alabama. If you listen to the founder's interview on my cousin's podcast Say It Southern, you can get a code for 15% off!
If you've never participated in this fun tradition, there's never been a better time to hop on the train. Get a cute picture of your family, your pet or even just you and send it out to loved ones to make their day.
Let me start here: installing peel-and-stick wallpaper is horrible. But that's not to say it isn't worth it.
Recently, one of my clients and I were interested in wallpapering a wall in her nursery. Traditional wallpaper was too expensive for what we were going for, so we found the cutest peel-and-stick from Pottery Barn Kids. I have experienced the true pain of installing my own peel-and-stick wallpaper and advised her to hire a professional for the job. When I went to find a professional, most turned me down and the one who gave us a quote charged about the same as he would have for traditional wallpaper. This is a job that no one wants to do. So, if you want to go this route, have a game plan for installation -- either time (and wine) for a DIY or ample money set aside for an installer.
Back to the fun: AllModern has some really good peel-and-sticks. I love the Nila Folk pattern shown above. You should also check out Bobby Berk's design, this bold poppy design, and this flamingo design.
Here is my accent wall, which took about six hours to install! I had to cut it in a few places because the wall was cut partially by my countertop, so your wall might be better for application.
Find the Folk wallpaper here.
Cost: $1.51 per sq ft
Pleated Mini Skirt from J.Crew // Whimsical Midi Skirts
I have to admit that I wrote J. Crew off a few years ago but have since realized the error of my ways. Their sale section is amazing and you can always find some hidden gems, even if you don't consider your style to be "preppy." I bought several swimsuits this summer and always look there first if I need an affordable basic piece. J. Crew also does a good job with color, as shown in the lilac above!
There's just something about a midi skirt in a fun color. We all need some whimsy in our lives! I recently wore this ruffled midi skirt out to dinner the other night and probably received ten compliments on it. I bought it about a year ago for my engagement photos and while Anthro doesn't seem to carry it any more, they do have a very similar one with a little more ruffle to it.
I would style the J. Crew skirt with a black sweater and some boots, just as I did with the blue one.
Find the J.Crew one here.
Cost: $58.99 on sale
Find the blue one similar to mine here.
Funky Grecian Bust Pot
You might be tired of seeing this little bust head in a lot of my photos. She keeps popping up because she's interesting! Even if this particular look isn't for you, the concept remains the same: we all need a conversation piece with some personality to add to the mix of our items.
My bust head got a little scratched in the move so she has a bit of a unibrow... the ones on Anthropologie's site won't. My dog was also terrified of this vase and growled at it so much that I almost returned it. I'm glad I didn't, because he's over it now and I love this piece.
Find it here.
Chris Loves Julia x Loloi Rug Collab
Affordable rugs with good patterns that don't look obviously flat are hard to come by. The blogger duo Chris Loves Julia just launched a collection with Loloi that are really affordable and unique.
This rug is 100% polyester so it will be very thin and not plush. Similarly, I have a 100% polypropylene rug in my bedroom but the thinness doesn't bother me because I knew what to expect and it is still soft enough. Plus, when it is absolutely covered in dog hair by the end of each week, it vacuums easily.
Find it here.
Cost: $112.00 (5' X 7'6" RECTANGULAR)
Thanks for reading! I hope you found some new items to love.