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Our Trip To San Diego

Eeeek it has been so long since I posted! Sorry *insert monkey covering his eyes emoji* for that! To be honest, I was feeling very uninspired and a little lost with what I was putting on my blog/Instagram. I seem to go in phases of being super inspired and then not so much so thanks for sticking by this blog! That being said, growing a blog can feel very overwhelming and what I was learning about fashion blogging was a little intimidating and not what I truly wanted. That sounds so vague but maybe I'll do a blog post later talking more about it. Anyways, I wanted to blog because I just wanted to share and I want to get back to that instead of only focusing on growing, selling and just the overall business aspect to the blogging industry.

Today, I wanted to share a few pictures from our mini vacation to San Diego! For Thanksgiving Kyle and I made food for just us two and hung out all day which was so nice. Then on Friday we drove down to San Diego for the night to get a little break from the craziness of Hollywood. We stayed at the Wyndham Bayside Hotel which I can't say much about since we were only there for one night. We loved the location though! The hotel was located right by the Marina and it was also very easy to walk around downtown.

If you're visiting San Diego I highly recommend checking out The Skinny Confidential's post of San Diego recommendations. There were so many good recs for restaurants it was hard to narrow it down! But we chose to eat at Home and Away for lunch which is a super casual sports bar with great burgers and selection of beer. For dinner we ate at El Camino which was a cute Mexican restaurant less than 10 minutes from our hotel. Both of us really enjoyed our food and margs! If you have time to walk around downtown I suggest checking out Wild Dove boutique, they have really cute clothes and accessories there.

Well that's all for today's post! Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and long weekend!

XOXO, Maddy 

Fall Recipes I've Been Loving

Happy Monday! Coming at ya with a quick food post today! I wanted to share of my favorite fall recipes and recipes I still want to try and make this season. Fall food is the best because it's warm, comforting and a little heavier for the cooler months. Something about a big bowl of chili and curling up on the couch for a movie just sounds so nice during the fall time. Let me know your favorite fall recipes below or on Instagram!

1. Slow Cooker Salsa Pulled Chicken (making this recipe this week!)

2. Baked Apple Cinnamon Donuts 

3. Whole Wheat Mini Pumpkin Muffins (made these for a brunch and they were a hit!)

4. Italian Orzo Spinach Soup 

5. Detox Turkey Curry  (want to try this next!)

XOXO, Maddy 

How To Decorate Your First Apartment On a Budget

It's almost Friday! I'm so ready for the weekend, I mean who isn't!? We've had family in town the past three weekends and while that has been AMAZING I'm ready to relax this weekend and get stuff done! What do you have planned this weekend?

Today I wanted to share some tips that I've learned the past few months about decorating an apartment on a budget. This is my first "real" apartment, in college I had apartments but my parents helped me furnish my rooms (thanks mom and dad!) and so I'd just buy a random pillow or picture of NYC from Target and throw it together. Also, I feel like in college your entire apartment is thrown together with not much thought. When Kyle and I moved into our current apartment this August it was the first time I had to budget to furnish it and I actually wanted to put thought into how it was styled. What are we going to invest in? What are we going to save on? Should we invest in anything right now? What color couch should we get? All of these questions and more have been running through my mind since August. And let me tell ya, as you can see from the picture above, it is still a work in progress! Not only do I want to take my time decorating (sometimes I hurry things along and then hate it later) but Kyle won't let me go all blogger style on our place *insert eye roll emoji* so it's taking some time to come together. Isn't compromising fun? Lol.

Anyways, I wanted to share a few thoughts on how we've managed to stay within budget while still having fun decorating. Like I said, we still have a lot to do! Mainly with the walls but art is a whole beast in itself.

1. Wait For Deals And Sales

Unfortunately, I'm learning that decorating/furnishing an apartment is a waiting game... patience is not my virtue. Not only do you want to make sure you're purchasing something you genuinely like and not hastily wanting to fill a space but waiting gives you time to see if something goes on sale. A lot of home and furniture places have deals and sales all the time so wait to see if one pops up. The two baskets above are from West Elm, which can be kinda pricey, but I saw a sale happening and grabbed them and ended up getting a great deal on them! 

2. Don't Rush The Process

I mentioned this above and it's something I'm very guilty of! I just want everything to be done and put together BUT that's typically how you end up with purchases you're unhappy with which can lead to wasted money. I look at the picture above and wish it looked way more complete than it is but I'm glad I'm taking my time thinking about what we need and each purchase. 

3. Have a Budget Decided 

This is probably the most important part of furnishing a new place! Make sure you already have a ballpark number for what you want to spend on each item. I'd recommend having a budget for each individual item so when you're looking specifically for one item you know what you need to stick to instead of having a big general budget for the entire process. This is also helpful if you're shopping online because a lot of websites lets you select a price range so you don't see anything over your budget that you fall in love with! 

4. Know When To Invest 

This can be a tricky one and something that will vary person to person but having an idea of items worth the splurge with save you money in the long run. Cheap furniture and decorations can fall apart easily and don't always hold up well. That being said, Kyle and I have definitely gone cheap with a few of our furniture pieces because we know we don't want to use them in the future. It's all about finding a balance. If you see something over your budget consider if it'll last you for years to come and whether or not it'll fit into different future homes because it might be worth the splurge! 

5. Use Pinterest For DIY      

 This is something I want to do more of but DIY projects can be a huge money saver! I've seen so many different ideas on Pinterest of how to turn something more inexpensive into something that looks way nicer. Also, there are so many different ways to DIY decorations and fun pieces for the home that don't cost much. Maybe I'll create a board on Pinterest with ideas I've been thinking of!

Thanks for reading all of this! I hope it was helpful! Let me know your tips for decorating on a budget down below or on Instagram.

XOXO, Maddy   

Shop The Post: Baskets // TV Stand // Rug // Coffee Table // Couch // Blue "Book" (can't find this online but it's an accordion folder inside and it's from the Hearth and Hand collection at Target) // White Box 

Fall Sweaters Under $50

Happy Monday! Can you believe it's almost Halloween?? That basically means it's almost Thanksgiving... I don't think Kyle and I have any plans for Halloween and I'm honestly really okay with that. I think it'll be nice to sit down, watch a Halloween movie and eat candy that night. Halloween has never been my favorite holiday anyways.

Today, though I wanted to share some sweaters I've found that are all under $50! This is honestly a hard feat considering most sweaters are over $75 or even over $100. While I love a good investment piece, nothing beats a really good quality sweater that'll last for years, sometimes you just want to *affordably* update your wardrobe for fall with a few inexpensive sweaters! I found this sweater this past weekend at Nordstrom and FELL IN LOVE with the color! The sweater I'm wearing is only $39 and it comes in multiple colors. This sweater is linked below with the rest I found!

Hope you all have a good week! Talk Thursday (unless you follow me on Insta *wink wink*)!

XOXO, Maddy 

How I Make My Work Days Easier

I struggled with what to call this blog post... "What I Do At Night To Make My Mornings Easier", "How To Make Your Mornings Easier, "How I Prep For Work", and so on and so on. None of those felt like I was getting across what I wanted and neither does this title really but we're going to role with it! Basically what I wanted to talk about was what I do at night to prep for the next work day so that my morning goes a lot smoother.

Over the past few months that I've worked a 9 to 5 (well actually a 930 to 630) I've learned a lot about how to get the most out of my nights. Since I don't get home till after 7 I want to take advantage of that time to chill and spend time with Kyle BUT I found when all I did was relax my mornings were chaos. I had to find a balance of relaxing yet being productive because running around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to pack at lunch at the last minute wasn't working for me.

Here are some things I do at night to make the next day a lot easier!

  • Have an idea of what my outfit will be the next day (even better to set it out!) 
  • Meal prep for lunch (I don't make my lunch in full but I do any prepping that'll take too long in the morning) 
  • Do a 5 minute apartment clean up
  • Fill up water bottle & set out workout clothes if I'm working out in the morning 
  • Set reminders (in the reminder app) of anything important I need to do the next day
  • 5-10 minute stretch (day after day of sitting in a desk gets to you) 
  • Move any meat from freezer to fridge if that's our dinner the next night
Most of these to-do's are really simple but truly make the biggest difference in my stress/anxiety level the next day. Also, all of these really don't take long at all so if I'm feeling lazy I still push myself to do them. Most importantly I take time to catch up with Kyle and take time to myself! 

XOXO, Maddy  

How To: Brunch On a Budget

Okay, so this post should probably be sponsored by Trader Joe's and Target (hit me up guys!) because that is how I was able to host a brunch on a budget. Hosting get-together's like these can add up especially if you're like Kyle and I and don't have all the bake wear/cook wear you need so you have to go to Target and stock up. I love hosting because I love bringing people together so I wanted to share how easy and budget friendly this brunch was. Now if I had a house and a bigger budget I would go ALL OUT, I can't wait for the day but until then little get-together's will have to do!

Kyle and I were also really busy this weekend but planned this brunch last week so I needed things to come together easily and efficiently. I went to Target and picked up this set of serving platters and these napkins. Oh and also these champagne glasses because mimosas... Simple and versatile. Not shown in these pictures are the scrambled eggs because I left those in the skillet to keep warm. I set out water glasses and the champagne glasses with the champagne, OJ, and water. Kyle also made coffee in the coffee pot. I set out plates, napkins and forks along with the food so people could serve themselves. I almost forgot about the pumpkins!! These baby pumpkins were 69 cents at Trader Joe's!

Now onto the best part food! Here's a list of the food that was served (keep in mind this was a small gathering):

* TJ's cinnamon roles
* Scrambled eggs with cheddar cheese
* Mini pumpkin chocolate chip muffins
* Fruit salad with powered sugar and mini marshmallows
* Mimosas

I got all the ingredients at Trader Joe's except for the powered sugar and mini marshmallows! All ingredients were super affordable and easy to pick up for the brunch. I made the muffins one day in advance and then 20 minutes till guests arrived I put together the cinnamon roles, scrambled eggs and fruit salad.

XOXO, Maddy 

Fall Shopping List

I'm so excited because today my momma comes in town!! I'm so excited to see her after not seeing her since June! Last week Kyle's mom came in town and although her trip was short it was so nice to have family come and see us so I can't wait to see more family later today. Tomorrow we are getting our nails done at Olive and June which I've heard is such a nice nail place. Anyone been?

Before I go hang with my mom and eat yummy food I wanted to share some items that are on my fall shopping/wish list. I shared a Pre-Fall Shopping List back in August but we are truly in the fall season now even if LA temps don't show it! I'm at a point now that I'm just going to start wearing jeans and sweaters despite the 75 degree temperature outside.

 Every season I try to update my wardrobe with a few (or 9 like on this list) new items. I look at my closet and see if I need to replace any staple items or if I need to just add in "trendier" pieces. If I need to replace staple clothing items I'll look at investing but if I see something that is very seasonal or trendy I find something more affordable. This "shopping list" is a mix of investment pieces and affordable items because it's always a good idea to have both in your closet.