Dress Your Nest: The Simple Life

This post is part of a new series that combines two of my favorite things ever, fashion and interiors. Fun fact: I love them both so much (and just great design in general) that I couldn't decide which one to major in during college and ended up getting a separate degree in each. So this new series is kind of an ode to the knowledge gained from my very expensive indecision. (So, see, it did have a purpose, mom and dad. ;) ) Does anyone remember that show Dress my Nest with Thom Filicia from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy? Thom would rock my world by taking a girl's favorite outfit and then turning it into a beautiful room where the chandelier would represent her favorite dangling earrings, and so on and so forth. I LOVED that show. I wish there were new episodes for me to watch over breakfast every single day of my life.

Another big inspiration for his series are the This or That posts on one of my favorite blogs, Elements of Style. They also combine fashion and interiors, showing the design similarities and current trends.

So I wanted to steal borrow from both ideas and bring them together into my own version of the fashion/interior fusion.

For the first installment I'm focusing on minimalism, which has reemerged in the past few years and become a major movement in all areas of design. This is basically a warm welcome into my dream post...



runway looks:  loewe  |  celine  |  adam lippes  |  zero + maria cornejo

trousers  |  bedding  |  necklace  |  lights  |  bag  |  chair  |  tee  |  pillow  |  cuff  |  rack  |  shoes  |  candlesticks


What trend would you like to see for the next installment of Dress Your Nest?


18 Alternative Engagement Rings for the Bride on a Budget

If you read the saga of our wedding planning, you would know that the whole process has been in a sort of limbo for me since I got engaged a year and a half ago. Though I honestly still don't know what path we are going to take, we've made a conscious decision to start planning anyway. I'm hoping the vision (and lots of problem solving) will transpire organically along the way.

Honestly, it's not been easy on me for two main reasons:

1. We are working with a really low budget.

2. What I envision for myself is very alternative compared to most standard wedding fare.

So that is the inspiration behind this new Bride on a Budget series. I'm going to be sharing a couple of times a month what my personal experience has been like as well as give some ideas for people who are looking for some out-of-the-box ideas on a budget.

But before I put the bridal cart before the horse, the first step in the wedding planning process (and so far the only one I've actually accomplished) is getting engaged! But what do you do if you are on the hunt for a ring and you're not much of a Tiffany's princess cut kind of girl? Well, I've rounded up some of my favorite alternative ring selections to suit your fancy, and at under $2000 each, they'll also suit almost any budget!



ila & i  |  kataoka  |  grace lee

Who doesn't love a good vintage style? Colored stones and delicate filigree add an unexpected twist to a traditional- and very romantic- style.



kismet  |  mjm grey  |  mjm gold

If no muss, no fuss is your motto, these cool, modern pieces will be the perfect accent to your everyday wardrobe.



bario neal  |  erica weiner  |  bittersweets ny

Rough stones and nature motifs add a touch of whimsy to the classic engagement ring.



variance  |  lauren wolf  |  sylva & cie

If precious is not your thing, celebrate your inner anarchist with a ring that is just as edgy as the rest of your look.



maria black  |  jennifer meyer  |  ruifier

Honor a love of great design with unexpected colors and geometric shapes.



mirlo  |  blanca monros gomez  |  jennie kwon

And if you don't want to stray too far from tradition, but still want something totally unique, try a ring with one unexpected element, like an unexpected shape or nontraditional stone.


I love the idea of getting something super on-trend and not spending a ton of money, because it gives you freedom to change your mind a few years down the road when you've ditched today's style for the next big craze. And after all, who said you can only have one engagement ring? No one, that's who. ;)


Would you ever dare to sport such a bold engagement ring? Tell me your favorites and whether or not this look is for you in the comments!