The Better Dorm Room: Junior Year

September 30, 2014

Full Room View
Finally my dorm is complete and I'm so excited to share it with you guys! Generally the first remark people make is, "Oh, you're room is so...small...but you've made really good use of the space." I'll admit, my room is tiny, especially considering that I am an upperclassman (ew, I'm old!) and had many other options. I lived in this building last year and loved it so much the idea of moving was unbearable. So yes, it is small, but size is never an excuse for sacrificing style, and I'm always up for a challenge (as long as it isn't calculus).
My delicious bed
While I do still have a few pieces from my old room this year was about going above and beyond...almost to the point of complete ridiculousness for a dorm. The peacock, silk curtains really made a dramatic statement, especially with my chandelier floor lamp in front of it. 
I had many e-mails asking for dorm tips, and I think one of the best ways to make your room unique is to shop in various places. As cute as a bedroom set up might look in Ikea or Bed Bath & Beyond, it's usually a bit tacky or overwhelming when everything has been purchased and set up in your own space. I shopped at Bed Bath & Beyond, Home Goods, Target, Neiman Marcus, Ikea, Amazon, Etsy, Macy's, Pottery Barn, and The easiest way to elevate your style is to avoid the matchy-matchy look. 
Book Shelf
To avoid making my room cluttered I really tried not to fill every nook and cranny of my bookshelf. It's so easy to fall into the trap of acquiring more junk just because you have the space to put it. Not only does this hurt your wallet, but it is so easy to become a disorganized mess. 

Decor Wall
I told myself that if I couldn't find a reasonably organized manner to keep my accessories organized then I was going to have to get rid of some of them. I decided to pin things onto my bulletin board (that I first covered with white paper). It makes getting dressed a little easier when I have all my options in front of me like this. 

I am OBSESSED with the two smaller white pillows. They are made of this beautiful velvet that has a slight sheen. And they are sooo soft. Me and my friends Casey and Lauren joke that they feel like a boy's head after a buzz cut... a little weird, but very accurate. 

Huge thanks to my pal and Delta Gamma sister, Kiera Wood for shooting the pictures for this post. When she holds a camera she is an amazing goddess queen. 

5 Little Things: A Better Snapshot Into my Every Day Life

September 24, 2014

breakfast shoot
{Picture from my brunch shoot with my photography bestie, Jolie Greenstone}

barnard polish
{The campus related nail polish sold at the Barnard store}

{When everyone in my literature class coincidentally wore jean jackets we decided a photoshoot was a must}

Cod and Arugula
{Thyme cod on wild arugula drizzled with olive oil-- an easy lunch I whipped together in 10 minutes}

Me and Nature copy copy

The Better Martha Does High Tea

September 16, 2014

I can't believe I forgot to share with you my favorite part about visiting D.C: Lady Camilla's, this fabulous little spot for tea in Georgetown. It is filled with pink and begs for all visitors to wear a floral tea dress (though not required). I chose to get a pot of English breakfast tea, some macarons, a mini cupcake, finger sandwiches, and a couple scones. This was surprisingly filling and kept us energized for an day of shopping and exploring.
bridget teacup teacake copy savories scone with jam pouring tea Tea location1 tea location 2
Ever since my first step out the door of Lady Camellia's, I have been OBSESSED with all things relating to high tea: tea sets, fancy tea leaves, tea dresses, finger sandwiches.... If you don't believe mu just see my high tea Pinterest page.

Styled with Mom: A Better Fashion Post

September 02, 2014

Styled with Mom
Going to college on the other side of the country means that visits from mom are extra special. I don't know how she does it but every time we reunite, I'm re-hit with the reality that she is way more stylish than me. Right now is especially a great time for a mom appreciation post. Today she did a lot of driving and heavy lifting to get me moved into college. She was even a really good sport when I asked her to make my bed and iron my sheets. 
Mom on Bridge
Dress: BCBGMAXAZRIA (sold out) | Shoes: Brian Atwood | Bag: Fendi (old) | Watch: Vintage Rolex

We were visiting New Hampshire for a couple days, and this was the outfit my mom chose for exploring the town and doing a little nature walk. I know right? My mom is a total glamazon (she normally hates heels under 3 inches just fyi).
Mom's Fendi Mom's Rolex
I adore my mom's Rolex. She's had it since my 30 year-old brother was in first grade, and it still looks amazing. For some reason all the watches I see in stores now day are so flashy: too big, too bulky, too sparkly. I'm really attracted to the simplicity and practicality of this watch, and how its style relevancy isn't questioned 25 years later. 
Sexy Mom Legs momtwirling
We found this cute little road surrounded by woods and hills. My mom is so silly and started twirling a la Maria Rainer style. Also her legs are fabulous...but then again I would expect nothing less of a 31 year-old.