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Unpacking Progress in the New Place

I've been a bit AWOL – or more accurately, up to my neck in moving boxes and surrounded by furniture. Slowly but surely, I'm getting my new apartment unpacked. The decorating will come next. ;) I misplaced my camera in the mess, but came across it and snapped some progress pics to share for those of you who are curious. 

Pictured above is my bedroom's progress. If you can look beyond the huge pile of stuff in the foreground, you can see the beginnings of a desk nook in the closet. ;) I'm not sold on the idea – especially with another desk close by – but I'm testing it out.

It was kinda dark and dreary outside when I took these, but here's the living room progress. I don't have a proper stand for the television yet. And I still need to paint the frame of my other chair white. (Whoahh... that's a project left over from last summer!)  

My bathroom is coming along nicely. I got my lovely shower curtain hung – it looks perfect with the black and white claw foot tub and creamy, almost-yellow walls. (Ignore the weird scarf hanging at the bottom of my blinds. The blinds don't reach the bottom of the windowsill, so I finagled a scarf there for temporary privacy until I buy curtains.) 

I took my first bubble bath in that tub last night and I must confess that it was everything I'd hoped it'd be and more! :)

I'll be hitting up some local antique and thrift stores this weekend in search of a tv stand, coffee table, vintage suitcases, and possibly a dining table. So I'll keep you posted and try to remember to bring my camera along!

Have a lovely day!



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.