Shabby Apple x The Brunette One


A few weeks ago Shabby Apple reached out to me to collaborate on a Pinterest board. They asked me to put together a few of my favorite pins inspired by some of my favorite pieces from their collection. Of course, I immediately gravitated to their Steinway Skirt. Pleated, full length skirt and pink? Talk about swoon-worthy. I’m no stranger to Shabby Apple, I own this white tulle skirt and this past winter picked up another maxi skirt in navy for a few holiday parties I attended with my husband! While I will debuting soon how I styled this skirt for spring, make sure to click through to check out my pin board for my latest inspiration!

While some may look at this skirt and be overwhelmed with the volume and color, it can easily be styled up or down for any occasion. The casual vibe, as seen in these photos, is playful and girly. Try pairing the skirt with a pair of converse and simple tee, or you can easily add heels and a cropped sweater to take the look up a notch! Don’t forget to grab a jean jacket if it’s chilly out, or even swapping out the sweater or t-shirt with a collared button down, whether it be a crisp white blouse or even a chambray top!

The possibilities are endless with this statement maxi skirt!

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ShopBop Friends & Family Sale!


Haven’t updated your wardrobe for spring yet? No worries, Shopbop is offering 25% off for their Friends & Family Event! Here are a few items I have in my shopping cart from Madewell!

Interiors & Exteriors: Fiddle Leaf Fig

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In hopes of distracting from our empty walls, I’ve invested in two fiddle leaf fig trees from Home Depot. For the record, by invested, I mean spent under $45 for the two of them. Unable to purchase in store, Home Depot sells house plants online and ships them to your house, novel concept. I’ll be interested to see how they arrive on our front porch, hopefully intact! Full report to come…

I still need to purchase wicker baskets or fun pots to plant them into, but I’m excited to add one plant to our living room for some greenery and the other will reside in my new office!

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Interiors + Exteriors: Window Treatments

Even though I’d been a homeowner for years prior to purchasing our new house, I’d never had to worry about blinds or window treatments. We kept the window treatments that came with the town home and never updated them. Sheer, cheap, drapes from Target did the trick for three years on previously installed curtain rods.

However, our new house is a different story. I fear we are naked neighbors people can see in the morning when we are getting ready! After about a month in the house, I finally ordered blind samples from and they just arrived in the mail. Time to compare and take notes, I’m ready for some privacy!

While I will still install curtains at some point, I’m beside myself in the amount of color and style options that simply come with selecting blinds (top/down, cordless, motorized, plus over 50 plus different colors to choose from). While we want to save a little money, we won’t be selecting anything fancier than some top/down options at the moment. Some day for a nursery or my office I’d love to install roman shades.

However; the bigger issue at hand was what to do with our sliding class door. I absolutely despise vertical blinds. Which I didn’t necessarily realize until I had to pick some out. In all the other older homes we looked at prior to purchasing a new build, I didn’t think twice about window or door treatments.

So to Pinterest I went for inspiration, and after a few bad ideas, we stumbled across the perfect solution and I cannot wait to get to work on this project! See our inspiration above from Emily Henderson’s bedroom makeover and Dreen Green DIY’s living room makeover!

We plan on following these instructions, these other instructions would work as well. I like the idea of installing the curtain rod to the cornice box instead of drilling more holes into the wall.

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Marissa Webb for Banana Republic

It’s here, it’s here! I’m like a giddy little school over here. If you’ve missed on on this most recent development, Marissa Webb was hired on at Banana Republic as creative director. Now, her spring/summer 2015 collection is live (and shoppable). I first took note of Marissa when I was lucky enough to attend her show at NYFW a few seasons ago and have been hooked every since. Her effortless styling and silhouettes not only found in her own collections, but are being recreated for #thenewBR! After a dreary winter and a slow start to spring, this collection of silky fabrics and flowing silhouettes are just what we need to brighten our day! Now what piece to invest in for spring…

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