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Summer Essentials: Beach Bags

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Summer is finally here and it's time to hit the beach with one of my favorite items, the beach bag.  Perfect for the sandy beach or a poolside dip, a nice big straw bag is perfect for putting in a big ol' towel, some sunscreen, sunnies, and maybe a portable speaker.  I also love a good beach clutch like this pom pom clutch I snagged from Tuckernuck. The best for keeping everything together for an afternoon at a cantina for margs or a summer BBQ. 
Here are some other favorites! 

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Apartment Envy - Shannon Smith's DC Home

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Shannon Smith has long been one of my favorite interior designers and bloggers, and since meeting a few weeks ago at the #SpringSocialDC, she's now a friend! Shannon's DC apartment has been something I've admired for years. The mix of bold colors and patterns is exactly up my alley.  Not to mention, our shared love for the orangerie rose print.  While I absolutely adore her current pad, I'm so excited for Shannon's new purchase, a home! I cannot wait to see what you do with it Shannon! 

If you love Shannon's aesthetic as much as I do, make sure to check out her Interior Design Services, her blog, Burlap and Lace, and of course, follow her on Instagram.  You can also find Shannon in this month's issue of HGTV Magazine! Congrats Shannon!

 

Photography: Shannon Smith

 

My Office Makeover Plans

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Due to some renovations taking place at my law firm in the upcoming months, I am saying goodbye to my current office space and hello to something very very new - an open cubicle.  While my initial reaction was less than enthused, I later realized, it's a chance to do something I love, redecorate.  My new desk will be limited in space as I will no longer have any wall shelving or bookcases so I need to brainstorm ideas on how to keep things, neat and orderly.  In spite of the new Google headquarters-esque space, it is a corporate law firm, so I will have to limit my creative liberties.  To gather some inspiration, I turned to some of my favorite bloggers for tips and visuals on what their office spaces look like.  

Source:  The Everygirl
Source:  The Every Girl

One thing is for certain, I am taking Waiting on Martha's lead and lining my cork board with the Thibault Tanzania paper. I love the simplicity of the speckled print.  Luckily, I found something very similar for about one-tenth of the cost.  Another office trend I love are the hints of orange Hermès boxes and bags here and there.  To compromise, I will most certainly be picking up one of these gorgeous square lacquer trays from West Elm, in orange of course. 

Kate Spade Ikat storage boxes ($62) - These will be great to keep small desk items in.  The bottom box will be useful for confidential papers and briefs. 

S'well water bottle ($35) - Everyone seems to be raving about these water bottles! I'm definitely picking up one to keep my ice water nice and cool throughout the day. 

Acrylic Tape Dispenser ($8) 
Kate Spade Acrylic Stapler ($28) - I mean, this is just too cute.

Target Gold Task Lamp ($25) - Even if your office is well-lit, you should always have a lamp for extra light and ambiance when it gets later. 

Rachel George Vegan Leather Office Chair ($255) 

Let's Talk Shop Card Holder ($30) - If you have business cards, you should always have them on your desk. Even if you aren't handing them out at work, you never know when you'll need to snag some before an out of the office meeting. 

Mintwood Home Gold Pineapple ($29) - Perfect for holding paperclips and nick-knacks. 

Live the Life you Love Tray ($25) - You can really never have too many trays..

Kate Space All Occasions Card Set ($30) - I've gone through 2 boxes and might need a third. This box set comes with: Hello, Thank You,  Congratulations, Sending you Love, and Happy Birthday cards.  Perfect for those last-minute letters. 

 Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree ($45) - This little guy will likely outgrow my new office space, but for the time being, having a little greenery will be nice. 

The Aestate Artwork Pieces - I'm excited for two of my favorite prints! They're currently being framed by my friends at Framebridge

Decorative Paper ($7-$28) - This will be a great way to cover the cork board built-ins and looks just like my favorite Thibaut wallpaper.