How I Destroyed My Bedding (and what I bought to replace it!)

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m no Martha Stewart. I’m not even close. I burn popcorn in the microwave, I leave my clothes in the dryer for days, I always forget about the pasta boiling on the stove, and my mom still has to remind me to take my vitamins. Yesterday, I hit a new low- I ruined my bedspread in the washing machine.

Earlier in the day I noticed that my pristine white comforter wasn’t so white anymore. I poured some laundry detergent in the washing machine, stuffed the comforter inside, closed the lid, and turned it on. About an hour later I returned to take my comforter out of the washer. I looked inside and not only was my comforter still covered in soap, part of it had gotten caught on something and ripped. Upon further inspection, it also had burn marks in several places. Doing what any young, 20-something would do, I called my mom. Apparently, it’s hard to fit feather-filled comforters in a standard sized washer. Good one, Liz.

I went to Marshall’s that afternoon to pick up a new comforter and I find a really cute one! It was on sale for $49.99! The designer is Cynthia Rowley. I absolutely love the coral and aqua blue colors that were chosen. It absolutely lights up my room and gives it more color.

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My walls are white, and while I love the look of cleanliness white creates, sometimes things get white-washed. I wanted to avoid that when choosing a new comforter. I think it turned out well!

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Something else I avoid in a bedroom is having a boring nightstand! I don’t want it to be cluttered but I like to stack coffee table books and a decorative piece or two for some visual interest. Tell me what’s inspiring you in your bedroom with a comment below!

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Fourth of July Style and Recap

I hope your Fourth of July was as wonderful as mine! I spent Sunday recovering by the pool and thinking about what I would say in this blog post. Luckily for you, I’ve figured it out and won’t ramble on for too long.

My Fourth of July consisted of Strawberry Shortcake made by yours truly, an orchestra playing old movie themes, fireworks, and quality time with my mom. It was absolutely lovely. We just sat outside enjoying nature and the beautiful country we were blessed to be born in. I thought about all the places on Earth I could be a citizen of and I still came to the same conclusion: I’m very proud to be a citizen of this one. That’s why I sport the red, white, and blue. And speaking of which, here’s a look at my festive style for the weekend’s occasion!

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My skirt is from Cynthia Rowley, the sunhat is from Target, and the necklace and watch are from Kate Spade!

kate_spade_accesoriesI love to wear red nail polish for the Fourth! Normally, I reserve this shade for the Autumn months, but it matched Old Glory so well I just couldn’t help myself!

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For those of you who may wonder, this is my natural hair color and my hair isn’t highlighted. During the summer, my hair gets little gold streaks in it courtesy of the sun. I save a fortune on my hair appointments!

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I love the front of this Cynthia Rowley skirt. It has the cutest little slit that goes up the side. It looks really elegant when the wind catches it.

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It was a really crowded event but well worth it. The orchestra is always incredibly good and there’s tons to do even if you aren’t into the music. My mom and I ate dessert together while my sister and her friend caught up with a few of their school friends.

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A Fourth of July celebration isn’t complete until the fireworks have exploded and this year was no exception. After centuries of use, they’re still just as beautiful as they were the first time. This is truly one of my favorite holidays for many reasons but no matter how old I get, lighting up the sky is always the best part.

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