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Outfitting Your Dorm with Urban Outfitters

(pictured above is the Antoinette Fainting Sofa from UO)

A while back, I posted the Dorm Checklist to help myself and all of you guys remember those things that may be needed/wanted in a dorm room. Now I'm going to highlight great places to find all of those things. First on the list is Urban Outfitters. I do not have a UO store near to me [weeps] but I check the apartment section on their website compulsively. They carry such an eclectic, colorful array of apartment decor... and there are soo many things I think would be fabulous in a dorm. Check out some of the stuff below.

Decor: UO has such a fun variety. Whatever your taste or style, there's gotta be something here for you. Vinyl record coasters for the music-junkie. A sleek magazine holder for those of you with your nose in Cosmo, ElleDecor, or a beloved issue of Domino. An ornate table clock for the romantic. And even typewriters if you choose to go vintage when writing your papers.
On the Walls: UO carries lots of things to put up on your walls. Some of the things below include a world map wall mural, record frames, a cardboard deer head, and museum frame wall decals. My favorite is the marquee letter. I would love to have a big light-up J. Wouldn't that be a fun, brilliant way to add some mood lighting to the dorm?Rugs: In my opinion, rugs from UO top any other place to buy rugs. They have a huge variety. Some are brightly-colored. Some have pretty patterns. And many are made out of recycled materials. Plus, they're affordable. What's not to love?Bedding: UO also comes out on top when it comes to dressing the bed. I love, love, love their selection. Beautiful patterns. Vivid colors. My only problem is deciding on which one I want. I could see myself curled up cozily in each and every one of these duvets/comforters/quilts.Windows: Don't fret. UO has your windows covered, too. Like the rugs and bedding, these panels come in pretty colors and patterns. And I'm in the same dilemma as I am with the duvets... I can't possibly pick just one favorite. There you have it. If you haven't fallen in love with Urban Outfitters by the end of my post, I'd really be surprised. If you want to see more of their apartment stuff (and maybe some clothes, too) check out the UO website. And don't forget to get going on those checklists!




DIY Cat Barrier for Under $100 (See-Through, Climb-Proof, and Too-Tall-To-Jump)

ICYMI: I gave up Cotton after deciding that after trying so many things, my two adopted cats Dahlia and Cotton were just never going to get along. Long story short: I missed her. And Cotton's back. And Dahlia's not going anywhere. My heart is big enough to keep trying. And my apartment is big enough that if I need to keep them separated long term (or permanently), it can be done.
I'm going to write-up a separate post about some of the solutions I've tried, how they worked, who they worked on, and what I'll be trying next. But in this post, I wanted to share the main 'piece de resistance' of having both cats in my apartment: an un-climbable, un-jumpable, see-through barrier to separate Cotton and Dahlia.

Aria's Room | Pretty Little Liars Decor

Welcome back for LU's 2nd room in the PLL series!  Today you're getting a glimpse into my favorite room on the show... Aria's room.  Aria Montgomery is the artistic, imaginative, bookworm of the bunch.  So it's no surprise that her room has an artsy, historic, romantic eclecticism atmosphere.  Plus, it's full of books.  My two words for Aria's attic space: Vintage Eclectic.  (Those happen to be my two favorite decorating words... so brace yourself for my soon-to-come swooning.)

Pencil It In | Working the Pencil Skirt into Your Work Attire, Including 25 Examples with Do's and Don'ts

Starting this week, every Wednesday on The Lovely Side will be devoted to wardrobe, hair, and beauty content.  With summer internships right around the corner and interviews for real world jobs looming as well, I thought now would be a good time to delve into the world of office fashion.  
Sarah, a reader, recently emailed me asking about how to style a pencil skirt for her "somewhat casual, somewhat professional workplace full of fashionable co-workers."  She's been lusting after pencil skirts at several stores, but been hesitant to purchase one for fear of looking bad in it and not knowing what to wear with it.