The boyfriend got a new temporary studio in our apartment since our roommate left and he graduated college. Congrats, Brandon! I'll be sure to share his new work as it develops. Ooh- he also just had a solo show tonight at Voltage Coffee and Art. Can't wait to share photos!
Budgeted Bliss has a new contributer - Miss Brittany Morris! Brittany and I met when we first started college for fashion, and genuinely did not like one another before we had ever even spoken. I thought she dressed cute and in my head, that meant she was a bitch. She thought Brandon and I were a snobby hipster couple, and didn't want anything to do with us. Jealousy is kind of a funny thing! Anyways, we finally spoke to one another through a mutual friend (about a week before I transferred schools) and haven't stopped talking since. We're the same person, just different heights.
Last night started as many other have, with a pre-game card game and a chilly walk to a too-full "bro" bar, only to meet some random folks and play with sparklers. Actually, this is so unlike us. We normally buy a 6 pack of beers, put on a record and pet Oliver. Last night was a special occasion as it was Britt's bestfriend's BDAY! Happy Birthday Lauren! And welcome to Budgeted Bliss Britt!
If you're anything like me, you're obsessed with floral print. Hopefully, unlike me you've found a happy medium and have a few basics to pair with your printed shorts, tops, shoes, and bags. I decided, "Why not start your Five Under Fifty with Floral?" I'm the alliteration queen, so it was only fitting. Click on the pictures to go directly to the product. xoxo
Obsessed. Literally obsessed with Elsie and Emma's blog, A Beautiful Mess, but they just released the most fabulous app as well (also called "A Beautiful Mess"). Every blogger ever will be using it, and who can blame them? The app has doodles, text, borders and filters. I had a little too much fun editing pictures, and calling Oliver a loser. Download it through their blog or on your App Store!
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Three unique sofas, three different price points, one simple style. Brandon & I have fallen in love with a sort of mid-century style, with a bit of a modern twist. Although we're in the midst of updating and upgrading our furniture, we still can't get the best of the best. All in good time though!
My dream couch is the "Stewart" Sofa by Cisco Brothers (the first one pictured). With a price tag of $3,258, it's a bit out of our price range. I absolutely love the simplicity of the lines, the single sofa seat, the even height of the arms and back... le-sigh. A girl can dream. The advantages of ordering a Cisco Brothers sofa is that they're totally customizable. You can choose fabric, cushion style, stitch options, wood stain, etc. And, you can order them through Twelve Chairs Boston - the awesome store I work at.
Since Cisco Brothers is a little too pricey at this point in my life, I did some research. We wanted the same clean lines, but without spending over $1000. Urban Outfitters came out with their "Night and Day" Convertible Sofa, and we both agreed we love the look. The reviews claim it's not the most comfortable, but the style and quality are well worth the $649 price tag. There are a few fun color options if you're looking for a pop of color, and it turns into a sleeper for when you have visitors. Although it doesn't have the same clean arm and back height, I love that Urban didn't cheap out and put a nice wooden-style leg. It also has the same one cushion seat. This will be in our apartment soon enough - well, when we have a living room to put it in that is.
Ahh - I'm sure you assumed it, but last (and probably least) is the good-old "Karlstad" Sofa from Ikea. This actually has a great look to it, and the fabric has a nice textured look to it. Ikea offers a few cheaper sofas, but this one looks much more expensive than its $599 price. Paired with a nice light-wooden coffee table, the legs would really help to tie the couch into the space. Although I'm a sucker for single cushions, this sofa definitely gives off a mid-century vibe for a pretty nice price.
Remember when purchasing a sofa that you definitely want to take quality into consideration. As an avid Ikea buyer, I can tell you from experience that that sofa will probably last you two years before the fabric starts pilling and looking pretty grimy. It's great to hold you over while you save up though! I'm sure the Urban Sofa won't last much longer, but with the addition of the sleeper, it's worth the extra $50. The Cisco sofa on the other hand will last you 6+ years, and depending on your fabric choice, cushion fill, and stitching, you could extend the life of your sofa, but also raise the original cost. Decisions, decisions, decisions...
Sorry, I've been totally M.I.A. from the blog!
I have tons to post over the next week or two - tips on when to splurge on house goods, ideas on where to shop for what, and just some fun photos from the past couple weeks!
Here's a little "What I've been Doing" post for you all. Since my last post, I've become a model, an artist assistant, a curator, and a summer semester student. In addition to that, I've grown into a bit of a lazy, tired, and agitated person (just ask my boyfriend). Ironically enough, one of my first posts talks about how I'll share tips on how to manage it all, and well... I'll get back to you once I figure it all out. Don't forget to check out the "Shop" tab up top for some cute vintage finds! Use my "Contact" page to share some ideas for posts, recommendations for shopping, or thoughts on the crap I post! Also, if you're feeling super generous, please see the "Donate" link at the bottom of the page! Blogs are expensive to run, and until I have sponsors, it all comes out of pocket. Every penny counts! Thanks again to all my readers - and thanks for hanging with me while I sort out my hectic schedule.