Beauty in a Bookshelf

TGIF LOVES.

I’m well aware I’ve been MIA. Currently watching Mean Girls, so obviously my life is sooo busy, but really, I started a “kick A” new job, and I got a dog which is everything everyone says having a dog is… THE BEST DECISION EVERRRR!! Not to mention, I’ve got this new Netflix addiction… American Horror Story. It’s probably the most twisted show there is, but something about it keeps me coming back. I haven’t seen the new season with Lady Gaga, so I can’t speak for that one, but the witches season — season 3 — makes me kinda wish a was a witch; Walking Dead makes me wish there was a zombie apocalypse, Gossip Girl has me wanting to live in New York/Upper Manhattan, Weeds almost had me convinced selling drugs is the social norm and now American Horror Story has me wanting to possess a magical power… so YAY for not portraying a normal life whatsoever, Netflix.

Now for my tidbit of info on design and “eye-catchy” things… I have this fascination with bookshelves lately. When one is aesthetically beautiful — one might say — I can’t help but smile. There isn’t necessarily a trick to making a bookshelf look good, but here are my steps to kick-starting your mediocre bookshelf into looking fab.




STEPS:

1) Shelf- Find a shelf, any shelf really, even if it’s funky, made out of wires, or in the shape of a circle… just get a bookshelf. If it’s painted I’d go over it with a white gloss. Why?! Becuase white provides that clean look and allows the colors in the books & knick-knacks to pop, plus you avoid repainting over trendy designs like circa 2012’s chevron (no more chevron, not now, not ever).

2) Books- Now figure out what books you want displayed on your shelf — grab those magazines, too. Always go for a color scheme if you have tons of books. Place them on the shelf up & down, side to side, and then place a nice fixture on top or even pushed up against the books. Also, be sure your books line up right, give them structure.


 

3) Add YOU- Personalizing your bookshelf is my favorite part! Make it reflect you by adding things like a skull knick-knack, a fun polka dot bowl from the kitchen filled with finger nail polish, a geometric vase with a feather, a picture frame, sugar cookie candle, simple succulent, etc. MIX IT UP! A book shelf isn’t just for books.

4) Step Back- As you decorate your shelf, continuously take a step back and see if it looks right. If it doesn’t, play around with it until it’s like you want it! If all else fails, and this step-by-step post is a total bust, login to Pinterest and copy awayyyy.

Below are a few of my personal favorite bookshelves I’ve come across online and out in the real world.

 

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BrookeLee

 

 There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing and be nothing.”

 
 

Expensive + Cheap

Here’s to TUESDAY, and to all my teacher friends and kiddos who are headed back to school!
Keep on keepin’ on.

WEEKEND RECAP1) Don’t go to The Blind Pig on a Thursday, felt like I was amongst about 30 Tinder and/or Bumble dates (if you don’t know what these are then you are probably married and don’t have to deal with the shallow and sketch ways singles go about dating), everyone was dressed up, which isn’t exactly normal in Austin, but if you’re into awkward moments… go for it! 2) Go to Cheddars and order a Monte Cristo, just do it. 3) Sort of old news, BUT Trainwreck is the epitome of a 20-something’s everyday thoughts except Amy Schumer manages to say everything we are ALL thinking out loud… it’s glorious! Reason 5,094 I’m in LOVE with her.

As far as style and fashion talk goes I’m going to tell you a BIG secret. Mixing cheap with expensive is the story of my budget friendly life. Say what you may about Forever 21 and the quality of their clothes, but they have trendy pieces that look pretty impressive if you pair them with something a bit more pricey. Also, if you are 38+ and simply don’t like the sound of shopping in a place where all the spunky teeny boppers go, then shop online. It makes it much easier to see all of their product; the selection is awesome, especially considering about 80% of their clothes are mere copies of high-end designers.

My outfit I wore last week (pictured below) is exhibit A. I spotted these striped culottes on Forever 21’s Instagram, and went on their website and bought them for under $20! Then, I paired ’em with a summer silk blouse my friend Michele kindly gifted me. It’s T by Alexander Wang so the quality is great and instantly dresses up the pants.

(Please ignore my crooked necklace. It can now drive all my OCD people CRAZY! (; )IMG_8913

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Culottes, Forever 21 // Top, T by Alexander Wang (out of stock, similar styles here) // Shoes, Nordstrom Rack (out of stock similar here)

Cheers,

BrookeLee

“Nothing will work unless you do!”

 
 

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale FAVES (ends 08/03)

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As an official member of the Nordie crew I shamefully spend about 25% of my paycheck on impulse buys of shenanigans I see while working. The only way I can relate the struggle of working in a high end department store is how an alcoholic must feel working in a bar. On top of the absurd amounts of income I spend at the store, the annual Anniversary Sale is well underway, AND it’s ending this week! Below are my personal faves and purchases I indulged in this past month.

Also, in case The Anniversary Sale sounds like a foreign language, it’s Nordstrom’s fall collection, but all of the product comes in on sale; they crank the prices up in August. REVERSE SALE. Clever. Enjoy…

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Vince Pant- Sale Price $216.90, Original $325 // Steve Madden Heel Sale Price $86.90, Original $129.95 // Phone Case– Sale Price $22.90, Original $35 // Vince Camuto Crossbody- Sale Price $118.90, Original $178 // Steve Madden Jacket– Sale Price $99.90, Original $150 // Clarisonic– Sale Price $119.20, Original $149 // Hinge Faux Suede Jacket– Sale Price $99.90, Original $148

Cheers,

BrookeLee

“No one is you. That is your power.”

 
 

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