Friday Favorites: 12.11.20

This week... was a lot. After recovering from COVID, I'm trying to get back into the swing of things and it hasn't been easy. The good news is that online browsing can always distract me, so I have delivered on the seven top picks of the week. I hope you enjoy!

Cute Phone Cases

I finally made the call to say goodbye to my iPhone 7. I didn't even realize how "old" it was considered until I found out how low its trade-in value was. While this was a minor setback, I desperately needed a new camera for the blog so I justified the purchase in my mind.

But we all know that the best part of getting a new phone is never really the phone; it is shopping for the case. The case really sets the tone of the phone experience as a whole, in my opinion. I loved all of the options above but was finally able to narrow the choices down to four, which I posted on social media and got some feedback on. Right now, I'm down to the bow or the textured matcha green case.

Find the links by clicking on the cases above.

Cost: Varies but most are $50-$100

Once again, butterfly prints from Chairish

Those who read the very first Friday Favorites will recall that I shared a butterfly print from Chairish. Well, I'm back with four butterfly prints from Chairish this time!

I really, really love everything about these. For one, the colors are so unique and hard to find in any mass-produced pieces of art. The composition of each print is also cool, showing three different butterflies instead of one.

These aren't 'cheap' but would make a room. Imagine them in a room like the one below from Kate Marker Interiors.

Find them here.

Cost: $369.00 for the set of four.

Chinoiserie (the blue & white you're seeing everywhere)

Technically, Chinoiserie defines a lot more than the classic blue and white porcelain shown above, but a lot of people "collect Chinoiserie" in the form of these vases. And you're probably seeing a lot of it come out in holiday decor, too. If you want to get into the weeds, check out this in-depth guide on the iconic, Asian-influenced style.

If you put a gun to my head, I couldn't pronounce Chinoiserie correctly, and I only learned the technical word for this look a few years ago even though my mom has a collection of her own. Which, by the way, is probably one of the reasons I love this style so much and am now eager to begin collecting myself.

You can find porcelain in this style from major retailers, like Frontgate and Williams Sonona (linked above), but it is way more fun to thrift. I'll be on the lookout for my collection and will take you on the journey with me!

Find the links by clicking on the images above.

Cost: Varies greatly depending on the quality and authenticity.

More Peel-and-Stick Wallpaper

In my Chinoiserie research, I came across this amazing wallpaper on Etsy! I'm seriously considering it for an accent wall in my guest bedroom.

I love it because it looks like grasscloth, even though it is just a vinyl print. The user-submitted photos in the review section are all incredible and provide some good inspiration in themselves!

Stay tuned because this is likely going in my home. It is too good to pass up!

Find it here.

Cost: starting at $50/roll

Embroidered Knit Cardigan

I totally understand that many people will find this ugly and I definitely hear you. I just have a soft spot for anything embroidered and anything with a unique detail, like this scalloped collar.

Find it here.

Cost: $39.90

Here are some alternatives, also from Zara. Click on each one for the link.

Cute Performance Rug

Caveat: I wouldn't use this rug in a room of my house that is meant to have an elevated look. It is made with cheap, low-pile performance material and will not look expensive. It will, however, look great in a small size in a room where you need a little something cute but know it is going to see some wear-and-tear. Examples: casual breakfast nook, mudroom, kitchen, craft room, entryway/walkway.

The colors are pretty and the design is nice for a cheap rug. I've also ordered from this brand before and have been pleased with the quality for the price.

Find it here.

Cost: $47 for 3'3" x 5'3"

Embroidered Knit Throw Pillow

Since I am on an "embroidery from Zara" kick this week, I decided it was only right to include this cute pillow (and a few more non-embroidered options below).

This greenish pillow (or even the blue!) might work well with those butterfly prints above, by the way!

Actually, today marked the first time I've ever looked at Zara Home. My synopsis is that they have some great basics in elevated colors and I was pleased with the pricing. Of course, some of the items are simply styled well for their shoots but similar to something at Target. Overall, I'm glad I took a look!

Find the embroidered pillow here.

Cost: $49.90

Thanks for reading! I hope you found some new items to love.