#aesfnest: living room!

Posted on: Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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hi friends! recently, our teeny tiny apartment was featured on the everygirl, one of my favorite lifestyle websites. my amazing friend tory shot all the photos and the feature included photos of the apartment and an interview about career, relationship, home decor and general life stuff. since not all of the photos made the final feature, i wanted to share a few more shots of our apartment on my blog. today, i’m sharing photos from our living room! on IG, i always tag photos of our apartment with #aesfnest if you want to see more photos!

our living room is accessed both by the hallway from the front door and from French doors connecting it the living room to the bedroom. the apartment is pretttttty small, but we do our best to make everything fit and make the most of the space. as you can see, I LOVE PLANTS and i’m always looking to add more greenery to the apartment. i think that’s my #1 home decor “tip” – adding plants or succulents instantly add life to a room and in my opinion, can really transform a space.

while we’d love to another couch in the room, it’s just not possible so we opted for furry stools and poufs as additional seating options.  the dining room table is also in the living room and we tend to spend a lot of time here – eating dinner, drinking coffee, hosting friends for dinner, and even getting work done, as the table acts as my work station most of the time. it’s not pictured, but behind one of the French doors is a really tall, wide mirror that makes the room feel a little bit bigger, plus is a great spot to do my makeup and hair when I don’t want to be crammed in our little bathroom! my favorite corner of the room is where our gold bar cart is, housing booze and glassware and a special globe that everyone signed at our wedding. above the bar cart are two shelves with more plants, books organized by color and some special trinkets/bookends from my mom.

all photos by tory putnam || check out the full everygirl tour + interview HERE!

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Shop the Living Room:
Rug, Overstock
Gold Bar Cart, Target
Champagne Flutes, Nordstrom & Target
Coffee Table, West Elm
Console, West Elm
Side Table, Target
Fur Stools, Target (similar from West Elm or Target)
Leather Pouf, Wayfair
Mirror, IKEA
Arc Lamp, Amazon
Blanket, Pendleton
Sheepskin Throws, NuLOOM
Shelves, DIY (similar from West Elm)
Table Runner, Target
Throw Pillows, Amazon, Target, IKEA
Decanter, Vintage
Globe, Vintage
San Francisco Prints, Vintage
Magazine Holder, Urban Outfitters
Couch, Ashley Furniture

what i wish i’d known (by nora ephron)

Posted on: Tuesday, November 22, 2016

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i recently re-read nora ephron’s honest and witty i feel bad about my neck book and loved the entire thing. part of the book made me truly laugh out loud and i highly recommend reading this book and all of her other gems! nora was also the screenwriter and producer for a bunch of romcoms, like when harry met sally and you’ve got mail (one of my ALL TIME faves). since reading some of her books, i’ve really resonated with her storytelling and mostly her words/life advice like this: “above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim” and “what are you going to do? everything, is my guess. it will be a little messy, but embrace the mess. it will be complicated, but rejoice in the complications. it will not be anything like what you think it will be like, but surprises are good for you. and don’t be frightened: you can always change your mind.” TOTAL QUEEN.

okay anyway, one chapter at the end of this particular book was my very favorite, where she shares “what i wish i’d known.” i wanted to re-share some of my favorites with you today!


WHAT I WISH I’D KNOWN, BY NORA EPHRON
buy, don’t rent.

don’t buy a couch with anything that isn’t more or less beige.

you can’t be friends with people who call after 11pm.

you never know.

the plane is not going to crash.

write everything down.

keep a journal.

take more pictures.

you can order more than one dessert.

you can’t own too many black turtleneck sweaters.

back up your files.

over insure everything.

whenever someone says the words “our friendship is more important than this,” watch out, because it almost never is.

there’s no point in making piecrust from scratch.

the reason you’re waking up in the middle of the night is the second glass of wine.

overtip.

never let them know.

if only one third of your clothes are mistakes, you’re ahead of the game.

there are no secrets.

travel adventures: provence

Posted on: Monday, November 14, 2016

This blog post is very delayed, but wanted to continue sharing photos from our September trip to Europe. I previously shared photos from the South of France and London, and today want to share photos from stop #3 – the Provence region!

It took a little under two hours to drive from our stop #2 in Antibes in the South of France to Provence. After some recommendations from friends, we decided to stay in the centrally located town of Aix-en-Provence. We loved it! The town is filled with art schools and universities, so felt a little more bustling compared to some of the smaller towns around. We stayed at this amazing Airbnb, which I couldn’t recommend enough. It was on bustling, brick street surrounded by cafes, shops and restaurants.

While in Provence, we made the most out of having our car and drove to small towns nearby almost every day. Some of the places we visited were Bonnieux (that’s where the adorable home with the purple shutters below is), St. Remy De Provence, Gordes (which was the city below built on a cliff – looks like it’s made of rocks!) and Loumarin (which had an insane outdoor market that literally took over the entire town, plus there’s a nearby castle, pictured below). In each town, we ended up wandering around slowly and exploring, enjoying a glass of rosé (or two) and checking out the local shops and markets.

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My absolute FAVORITE thing about Aix, and the Provence region in general, was ALL OF THE MARKETS! Typically in SF, there are certain days for the flea market, farmers market, etc., but in Provence, there are outdoor markets everywhere, every day. We purchased gifts here for family – local spices and jewelry and soaps and bags of lavender. It’s a complete dream! The local produce was outstanding and we ended up going to markets almost every day for picnic supplies (cheese! fruit! crunchy bread!).

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I don’t really have specific restaurant or cafe recommendations, we kind of just winged it everywhere we went. In some of the smaller towns, there were only one or two cafes anyway! In Aix, there were a lot of options, so we used a mix of Foursquare and just walking around and looking at menus until we made a decision.

One thing I was surprised by was the wine tasting experience in Provence. It’s an amazing wine region, so we were so excited to try the wine! We love to go to Sonoma and other places nearby SF to go wine tasting, but it was totally different here. It seemed like people typically just went to pick up wine from the wineries, rather than do a full on tasting and make a day of it. We didn’t know that before just showing up to some wineries (ha) but still ended up being able to taste and enjoy. One favorite spot was one called Barbarella in a cool cave – more wine pics are below.

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More photos below; thanks for reading! If you have any Provence region recommendations, I’d love to hear them and add to the list for our next visit. xo // Previous travel blog posts here: South of France & London

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#GoComfy: My Recent Day Trip to Big Sur

Posted on: Monday, October 31, 2016

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This past weekend, E and I decided to do a spontaneous trip down to the Carmel/Big Sur area. It was SO fun and I have tons of photos to share! On Friday, we went wine tasting, had dinner in charming downtown Carmel and stayed at a hotel nearby. On Saturday, we woke up early, grabbed coffee and got ready to roadtrip south down to Big Sur. I wanted to share some photos of our Saturday adventure in the Big Sur area!

All day, I wore cozy gear from Cuddl Duds that I snagged from Kohls, including leggings, a long sleeve top and a beanie. I wanted to dress comfortable, since we would be in the car for a good amount of time and also doing a short hike, but also semi-put together since we were grabbing brunch at Big Sur Bakery. Cuddl Duds are SUPER COMFY, soft loungewear that’s perfect for layering. You can wear just about everywhere, from lounging around the house to running errands to working out. I first heard about the brand from my mom years ago, because she would always wear Cuddl Duds tops under her sweaters in the winter.

I broke down our day into photos based on what was happening throughout the day; hope you enjoy!

WE SAW A RAINBOW! // On the drive down Highway 1, we saw a rainbow! It was AMAZING and I was totally freaking out about it.
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BIXBY BRIDGE // This is one of the iconic spots right before you get into Big Sur to take photos and soak up the amazing view. It was pretty windy and overcast at this point in the morning, but still gorgeous! I wore this Cuddl Duds gray wrap tunic top with a flannel tied around my waist because the weather was super moody!

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BIG SUR BAKERY // I love this place and was so excited to try brunch here! I’ve been for dinner a few times and also for coffee and pastries a bunch. We split an amazing almond croissant and a huge breakfast pizza. By the time we got to Big Sur Bakery, it was POURING outside so I swapped my tennis shoes for my Hunter rainboots. While we waited for our table, we tried to stay dry (thank you, super soft Cuddl Duds beanie!) and also admired the amazing plants and garden area outside of the bakery.

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Here’s what I’m wearing: FlexFit Space-Dye Long Underwear LeggingsPom-Pom Slouchy Beanie & Softwear with Stretch Wrap-Over Tunic, all from Cuddl Duds.  

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POINT LOBOS HIKE // Since it was still raining when we left brunch and a lot of Big Sur parks are closed due to fires (so sad), we drove back up Highway 1 to find some sunshine! We decided to do a 4ish mile hike at Point Lobos and it was super pretty and fairly easy to do. The Cuddl Duds leggings I wore were perfect for the hike because they kept me warm and comfortable without being too tight or constricting or TOO HOT.

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ROADTRIPPIN’! // Roadtripping with E is one of my favorite things to do so we just chatted in the car and sang really loudly to old songs. After the hike, we stopped at a new-to-us brewery in Monterey and then grabbed seafood in Half Moon Bay on our way back to San Francisco.
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Thanks so much for reading! If you haven’t been to the Big Sur area, you absolutely should add it to your list! If you have any questions or want recommendations on where to go, just let me know and I’ll send you some ideas. And if you are looking for some majorly comfy clothes to wear around the house or on your next adventure, I highly recommend Cuddl Duds. xo

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