The following articles were authored by jen

I am loving… Black + Tan


No.1 printed shift dress / No.2 mosaic tile / No.3 photograph / No.4 vintage desk lamp / No.5 cupcakes / No.6 bicycle / No.7 striped umbrella

Reusable Shopping Bags

I think it is beyond great that grocery stores no longer give out plastic bags to their customers (at least in California).  This is a really big help for our environment since most plastic bags end up as litter on city streets, clog storm drains, harm wildlife, and pollute  the ocean.  I found these reusable shopping bags that are cute enough that you will want to make daily trips to the grocery store.



Doggie bookends

I am a huge dog person.  As far back as I can remember, I have always had a dog in the house.  Right now we have the cutest beagle named Charlie, and I just couldn’t resist when I saw these bookends.



Images via (no.1, no.2, no.3, no.4, no.5, no.6)

When furniture disappeared

I have been eying the Peekaboo coffee table and console from CB2 for a while now; it is perfect with any room style.  It is especially great for smaller spaces or a space with lots of patterns and colors.


Images via (console 1, console 2, console 3, coffee table 1, coffee table 2, coffee table 3, coffee table 4)

Mad about AJ Floor Lamp

It would be nice if I have $900 to spare, I would get the AJ Floor Lamp designed by Arne Jacobsen for Louis Poulsen Lighting Inc.  It has a quiet simplicity, and it also comes in a variety of colors.


Designed by Arne Jacobsen for Louis Poulsen Lighting Inc.


Alternate Universe

Ikea floor lamp

Reader’s Request – Black and White Area Rug

I recently had a request from a reader for affordable black and white area rug options.  I have to say black and white rugs are among my favorites.  In fact I used one in my own office.  Below are options organized by style.


Geometric Pattern

Chevron Pattern

Floral Pattern

Animal Print




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Images via (plaid, diamond, small chevron, large chevron, large floral, small floral, black/white/gray zebra, black/white zebra, staggered stripes, striped, tie-dye, cloud)

Animal Prints

I am head over heels in love with these animal prints from The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose.  They have this pure innocent quality, and besides they are just too cute to resist.


Perfect for kid's playroom and nursery

Beautiful in the grown-up rooms too

Pop of Yellow

Bring a little sunshine to your autumn wardrobe with a pop of yellow.  You can wear head to toe, or even the tiniest dose can light up your whole ensemble.



Images:,, J.Crew, J.Crew, glitter guide, BHLDN, Clarabelle blog

Currently Coveting – Palazzo Pants

Anthropologie and JCrew catalogs are among my favorite clothing catalogs to receive in the mail. And when I saw the Palazzo pants from Anthropologie I ran to the computer to look them up. Here are a few of my favorites.


Images via (with ease wide-legs, aniseed wide-legs, & knife-pleated palazzo pants)

Braided Trend

If only I possessed the hand coordination to achieve braided hair styles. Unfortunately, I have two left hands and very little patience when it comes to doing my hair in the morning. But it doesn’t stop me from lusting over these images.


Image via (1, 2, 3, 4)

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