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Celebrity Small Space | Cecily Strong's Apartment Makeover

When SNL star Cecily Strong realized that her rental was not reflecting her personality, she turned to her local West Elm's free Home Stylist Johanna. Together they turned the lackluster studio into a vibrant, personality-packed space.

“Before it felt like a hospital waiting room to me… Now it just feels like way cooler than I am!” – Cecily Strong

Check out a few before and after shots:

Where to begin?! I'm gushing over that shade of turquoise on the walls. (If only I could paint...) I also love how the marquee C pops against the teal.  The artwork over the gorgeous sofa is bright and colorful. And I adore the wine storage on the wall. 

Those are just a few of my favorite angles of the space, but head on over to West Elm for more photos, more inspiration, and more of the story behind Cecily's apartment makeover. It's lovely.

(Photos via West Elm's blog Front + Main | Before + After: Cecily Strong's Apartment Transformation)

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

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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.