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August 19, 2014

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Leather, Neoprene & Nerd Things

Top – Tibi // Skirt – Clover Canyon // Sandals – Pedro Garcia // Bag – Madewell // Sunglasses – vintage Gucci (deadstock) via Fiat Lux // Watch – Michael Kors // Bracelet – vintage via Sweet & Spark // Turquoise Rings – all vintage, from New Orleans, Stone Pony, & Aggregate Supply Today was a […]

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August 18, 2014

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Orientation Day 1

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Dress – Gitman Brothers via Mill Mercantile // Shoes – Soludos x J.Crew // Sunglasses – Vintage Gucci via Fiat Lux // Watch – Michael Kors

Moving has been so crazy. I thought that signing a lease meant getting over the worst. Moving into my apartment triggered a dust allergy that really got out of hand. First, it affected my sleep. Then I straight-up couldn’t breathe at night without the air conditioner. Then I got a whopping nosebleed. I realized that I would just get sicker if I stayed, so I slept at a friend’s place for 3 nights while I waited for my place to get cleaned. During that time I came down with a fever!

But once things got better they rapidly got better: the fever only lasted a day, then someone came to clean the apartment and I was able to come back, then my mom came, movers came with my stuff, and it was great to have my mom around to help me unpack, run errands, and assemble furniture.

And today was the first day of orientation! It was great to meet my classmates and to start getting into that zone… the school zone.

Getting dressed for the next month or so will be… interesting. My wardrobe is optimized for San Francisco weather: dry and relatively cool – sometimes warm, but not hot. Certainly never humid. This dress is the one item of clothing I had that was a no-brainer. The rest will be a challenge!

August 6, 2014

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Empty Home Tour, Part 1 (Or, Rugstravaganza!)

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I made it to New York! It took me about a week to find a place, and another few days for all the paperwork to go through. I moved in on Saturday, and now I’m… camping out. Having no furniture (save a borrowed air mattress), no Internet (despite hours on the phone with Time Warner), and eating frozen dinners instead of cooking is kind of anti-climatic. But on the plus side, it’s giving me time to think obsess about what kind of space I want to create.

The floorplan is really open, so one thing I want to use to create different spaces is rugs. Plus it’s in my lease that I’m supposed to cover something like 80% of the hardwood floor with rugs. And of course I love textiles, so this is my chance to go nuts. I want to put a rug in the corner outside of the closet (and make the space into one extended closet), one underneath my bed, and possibly a third rug along the window, but that’s TBD.

Bedroom Rugs

I always thought I would go balls-to-the-wall floral on a rug, but…

I’ve already fallen for this gold zebra striped rug at Joss & Main (1)(different from rug pictured above). That poses a problem, because it seems pretty incompatible with my favorite florals at Anthropologie (2,3). But I love the zebra stripes more, especially for a closet area where there there will already be a ton of wild prints on my clothes.

It seems silly to buy a beautiful rug that will largely be hidden under my bed. This bordered rug from Anthropologie (4) is perfect for under a bed, but it’s super expensive. I like the lines of this rug from West Elm (5) and it would be a nice complement to the zebra stripes, but I’m thinking about keeping it even more simple with this one from Ikea (6).

I’ve been obsessing over the zebra rug for a few days and but I’m not quite ready to pull the trigger. There have to be more places besides Joss & Main, Anthropologie, Ikea and West Elm to look for a rug, right? Where else should I be looking?

Follow Adelle’s board Cut a Rug on Pinterest.

July 28, 2014

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In Which I Wear Shorts* for the First Time in a Decade

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Tee – J.Crew // Shorts – J.Crew // Sneakers – Tory Burch // Sunglasses – Gucci (vintage deadstock, via Fiat Lux) // Earrings – Love & Luxe // Watch – Michael Kors // Bag – Madewell

It occurred to me recently that’s it’s been over a decade since I lived on the East Coast, and over 6 years since I’ve lived in any sort of humidity/hot weather. As such, my wardrobe isn’t really optimized for anything over 75 degrees. Come to think of it, I stopped wearing shorts long before I moved to California. I stopped wearing them in high school. You see, my mother and I used to have fights over the hemlines of my shorts. She would threaten to take them away, so finally I pre-empted her by swearing off shorts entirely. Plus, at the time I had recently cut my hair and often got mistaken for a boy… so I wanted to start being more feminine anyway. After a while I became convinced that I looked terrible in shorts and that kept me away for several years. But you know, fashion is less fun when things feel off limits, so I became determined to find a pair of shorts that worked for me. Et voilà!

Oh, and if you want to keep up with my adventures as I move across the country, follow along on Instagram!

*not counting gym shorts

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