Boll & Branch for the Guest Bedroom

March 24, 2017

A few months ago my husband and I realized that one of our dogs was sneaking out of our bedroom and sleeping in the guest bed each night. Our dogs are too big (both are labs) to both sleep in our bed at night, so they usually end up on their dog beds on the floor by our bed. Or so we thought. The big guy was really making himself quite at home in that bed and I noticed that the bedding was really starting to look worse for the wear (to say the very least). With Spring finally here and our new baby's due date around the corner, my nesting mode has kicked into high gear and sprucing up our guest bedroom (which will be used by my mama and other house guests when the baby arrives) has been high on my "to-do" list. The other week I was washing the duvet cover (yet again) and couldn't take it...the bed was in major need of a refresh after being disrespected by a sweet but super large white dog for so long. After doing a little web research to find some pretty white linens I fell for the selection of modern classics, organic cotton (!), and fair trade mission from Boll & Branch...

With so much color in the room coming from the side tables and rug, Boll & Branch’s crisp whites instantly spoke to me. Selecting the white banded duvet cover and coordinating standard shams with just a hint of pale, “shore” blue in the clean border seemed like the perfect choice to pair with the blues in the rug and complement the orange bedside tables.

I didn’t just stop at the duvet and standard shams…this nesting mama-to-be needed the full bedding fix! I also got two hemmed edge euro shams – in plain white – to sit behind the banded standard shams. And since the sheets that were being used on the bed were a set that my husband picked up when he moved to San Francisco (from God knows where), I determined those needed to be updated those as well and I’m so in love with the Boll & Branch pleated sheet set. The small amount of tailored detail on the edge of the flat sheet and pillow cases makes for an understated statement that’s really nice alongside the duvet and shams.

The first thing I did when getting all the bedding in was marvel at the thoughtful packaging. Each piece came in a separate drawstring bag – perfect for when storing the sheets in our linen cabinet (though I don’t know when the linens will leave the bed now that they’re on and I’m so happy with the look!) – and in really nice, sturdy white boxes that are so great, I’m saving them to use for gifting purposes. Compared to the bedding I replaced, I was really impressed by the detail – though I was prepared to be blown away after reading about how Boll & Branch sweats the designs with exacting intention…each step of their construction (from the dyes used to every thread and stitch) is obsessively thought through to create beautiful products. Upon washing the fresh sheets, duvet, and shams I noticed that they felt even softer and I was impressed by how well they fit (fitted sheet wasn’t too small or too big, the duvet wasn’t oversized, etc.).

I’ve been kind of a nut trying to switch my husband and I over to as many green/organic/clean products as possible and knowing that all Boll & Branch is made with 100% organic cotton definitely makes my heart happy. You’d think that “100% organic” coupled with beautiful designs would make for a high price tag but Boll & Branch sells directly to consumers (no middle man wholesaling) which means that they manage their transparent supply chain (with equal consideration given for the human and environmental resources) and are able to sell at fair prices while creating economic opportunities for each person involved in their business. It’s both comforting and inspiring to know that Boll & Branch is committed to ensuring fair working conditions, living wages and medical benefits are available to all workers, from cotton farmer to factory worker. And, with full transparency and traceability into the origin of their cotton, it’s empowering as a consumer to know that the bedding is truly of the highest quality and, most importantly, ethically sourced and made. You can read more about Boll & Branch’s fundamental beliefs of being a better business via the “our story” on their site!

Does all of this white bedding make me nervous about our dogs? Not necessarily, because I’ve invested in a multitude of “dog blankets” (not gross or anything, don’t worry!) that I wash almost every other day to go on the beds in our house since we are long past the point of training our older dogs not to get on the beds. Those dog-only blankets will just come off when guests come to town and our friends and family can snuggle up with the super soft cable knit throw I couldn’t not add to the mix.

Although we still have a little less than 6 weeks left until my due date, it feels good to make small changes like this around the house so that everything is ready. And really, is there any better feeling than crisp, clean, beautiful linens? I have no doubt that our guests will love sleeping in this fresh bedding goodness…though it is nice to know that Boll & Branch offers a 30-day trial period and complimentary shipping to ensure every customer is happy with their  purchase. Why can’t more companies be this incredible and thoughtful?!

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Tiered-Sleeves + Tied

We did a double-take when we saw this Gingham Tiered-Sleeve Belted Shirt when scrolling though Banana Republic. BR has consistently been surprising us with their more fashion-forward pieces and this style is no exception. We love how the wrapped waist contrasts the voluminous sleeves. The under $100 price tag is great, too.

Lifestyle

Pucker Coasters

You know you’re an adult when you have coasters for every room and would rather go thirsty than risk getting a dreaded water-mark on your furniture. Right? The coasters we prefer are of the paper variety since they actually absorb. And the embossed + engraved Pucker Coasters by Bell’IVITO add just the right flair.

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This + That // Sales + Steals

March 24, 2017

I think I say this every Friday, and probably will up until our little one is here (so, please forgive me!), but the weeks are flying by. Every time Friday rolls around, I can't believe another week has gone by. Some people say that with pregnancy, the last trimester seems to crawl by, but as of right now I'm not feeling that way. We are definitely more than ready for him to be here, but also glad that he is still cooking and that I am that much closer to a full term pregnancy. At this point, I really have no complaints and dare I say, may actually enjoy being pregnant - how can I not knowing that I am growing a beautiful baby that will forever be ours and make every single pregnancy symptom beyond worth it!? Sentimental mama feelings...full stop. (read on to get the sales + steals)

This + That:

Some Sales:

  • Ann Taylor: Limited time only – $30 off full priced pants and denim with code PANTS30. (SO many good jeans and the prices are amazing.)
  • Anthropologie: Extra 25% off sale items! (We LOVE this Mer Sea salt soak – the coconut sugar may be our fave. Also think this is adorable.)
  • Banana Republic: Up to 40% off all dresses and and suits. (This print is so precious up close. This is also pretty stunning.)
  • Bluemercury: Three days only – earn a Blue Mercury promo card up to $100! (This line is new to Blue Mercury and this particular product is currently at the top of my beauty buys list.)
  • Calypso St. Barth: Celebrate Calypso’s 25th anniversary with 25% off with code CALYPSO25 + enjoy an additional 60% off sale styles.
  • CB2: Up to 50% off all markdowns! (This is a great price for such a large mirror.)
  • Gap: 35% off your purchase, online only with code NEW. (Its starting to get much warmer here and I’m not sure my jeans are going to cut it! I ordered these in two sizes to see which fits – I know I’ll wear them a bunch postpartum too when my usual shorts don’t fit yet. I love that they have the side panels because then you can tuck shirts in, which is an added bonus.)
  • Intermix: New markdowns – extra 30% off sale! (How cute is this take on a classic white tee? Also, how about this – obsessed.)
  • J.Crew: In stores and online – 30% off your purchase with code HAPPYSPRING. (I can’t get enough of these gingham workout pants. And I thought I was over printed pants for the gym!)
  • J.Crew Factory: Online only – extra 20% off 2 or more select tops plus, extra 40% off clearance with code TOPITOFF. (I’ve been living in my tunics like this because they are just the right length and have enough give for a belly. This one in white would be a nice addition – I love how the sleeves roll up. Would also be super cute as a beach coverup.)
  • kate spade new york: Enjoy an extra 25% off sale styles with code SPICEITUP through 3/27! (I kind of love how kooky this is.)
  • LOFT: Hello spring! 30% off with code SPRING17. (How good is this classic and simple wedge? The color would go with everything. These are pretty cool – curious how they would look on.)
  • Lulu FrostSelect styles up to 60% off!
  • Lulu & Georgia: Friends and family sale! 25% off site wide with code BESTIES. (This vase is one of my favorite purchases from L&G and one I use regularly. These are darling to place on some bookshelves.)
  • Mango: Mid season sale – up to 50% off select items!
  • Steve Madden: For a limited time – 25% off plus free shipping with code SAVE. (These are super classic and versatile – especially love the sand color.)
  • Waiting on Martha: Get a free mini rose lip scrub with any French Girl Organics purchase over $50.

Some Steals:

1. Gap Embroidered Denim Tank ($60 → 40% when you use code FFSALE) // 2. Kate Spade New York Shine One Ear Crawlers ($40 → $28.80 // 3. Wildfox Love At First Sight Eye Mask ($48 → $33.60) // 4. H&M Denim Jacket ($35)

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Friendship Knocker

Door knockers add instant old-world charm and are the best tasteful accessory for a front door (at least we think so). While both of us are in rental homes for the time being, that hasn’t stopped us from buying the sweet Forest Friendship knocker we found at Anthropologie for our someday permanent residences. We like to think that the fox and bunny represent our two personalities pretty nicely (Sally’s the bunny, Molly’s the fox – obviously).

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Button Blouse

When it comes to us and white blouses and shirts, more is more, is more, is more. We can’t get enough and are always on the lookout for unique styles and friendly prices. This cotton blouse at H&M (a favorite spot for scouting good sales and steals!) has a shoulder-dropped style and sweet sleeve buttons we just love. Being under $40 made it an unarguable “add to cart” item. Would love add color with a silk bandana or bold earrings.

Le Bodysuit

March 23, 2017

I know that I touch my hair a lot in my photos (bad habits die hard) but I'm touching it wayyy too much in these pics because it was super windy outside while Sally and I were shooting and my locks were going nuts. Aside from that random note, I'm excited to be sharing this look. Specifically due to the fact that I'm in love with this henley bodysuit I finally scooped up from Madewell after waiting and waiting for them to dish out a discount (why so stingy Madewell? Be like your big sister J.Crew and throw us some steals more often? Side note: J.Crew is offering 30% off in store and online - code HAPPYSPRING. Boom.). Alas, the Well isn't currently running a promo but this bodysuit is worth ever penny of its $55 price tag.

 

Here’s what I like love about this bodysuit: you can wear a bra with it (some bodysuits have scooped fronts and backs that make this impossible), it snaps at the bottom for easy, er, functionality (no having to get naked when you go to the bathroom, win!), and there are three rows of snaps for extra adjustability (long torso girls and short torso ladies rejoice), and the ribbed material is hold-you-in-stretchy but also super soft. There’s only drawback…it’s a full-seat bottom and you can sorta kinda almost see the outline on the tush in some jeans.

What else? I’ve got nothing. Happy almost Friday!

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Ruffle-hem Liberty

Dear J.Crew, please never stop incorporating Liberty prints into your seasonal offerings. Though we generally gravitate towards stripes and solids in lieu of prints and patterns, the sweet florals by the famed British print house never fail to capture our attention when used on the Crew’s simple silhouettes. Case in point with this Ruffle-Hem Dress in the Wiltshire motif. An 80-year-old floral has never looked more flirty and fun.

Beauty

Moon Fruit Treatment

This happy-colored all-natural night treatment by Herbivore sounds like one amazing product. As gals who are constantly seeking hydration and using multiple products each evening (cleanser, toner, oil, balm, cream, etc.) we love that that the Moon Fruit Superfruit Night Treatment to act as a “super” layer that gives deep hydration while also gently exfoliating. And it’s specifically designed to be used under oils and other moisturizers. Win.

Current Vibes

March 22, 2017

Did anyone else watch Sweet Home Oklahoma on Bravo Monday night? I was kind of skeptical of the new series when seeing commercials for it but now I'm fully obsessed. It's one part Real Housewives (three women, all moms, all divorced), one part Southern Charm (fun and with a more realistic cast of people) and the rest is an unparalleled combination of reliability and hilarity. I could not stop laughing through the first two episodes that dropped on Monday and already feel like I want to be friends with the three besties that make up the cast (Jen, Lee, and Pumps). If you're a reality/Bravo addict like me def give this a go. (now go on and check out my vibes for the week!

1. WEARING // LAKE ABSTRACT PJ’S: I’m a pajama girl. Whether it’s a nightgown, matching top and bottom set, or great robe to wear before bed and upon waking up – bedclothes are a necessity for me to feel like I’m bedtime ready. My fave pj’s are of the super soft variety and LAKE pajamas definitely falls into this category. Their pieces are made with Peruvian Pima cotton (re: the softest) and I feel in love with the fabric and fit after discovering the brand years ago. If you’re someone who likes wandering around in jammies a few hours after waking (guilty) and often take your dogs outside before changing into civilian clothing (so guilty) you’ll love that LAKE’s designs are so cute, simple, and flattering that they can almost pass as clothes. While most of the prints LAKE uses are simple stripes and clean checks, they recently released a new abstract pattern with painterly brush strokes. Available in two color ways – “mood” (a soft lavender) and “dream” (a light blue) – the new additions to the short sets and nightgowns are just as cozy as the others and really fun to wear…I should know. I’ve been loving the mood set!

2. OBSESSING // MIRTH S17: My sister sweet friends in Houston that mastermind MIRTH Caftans – Katie and Erin – recently released their Spring 2017 collection and I’m obsessed. I lived in their easy, breezy, chic caftans from the summer collection and have been waiting for warmer weather like a kid waits for Christmas so I can bring them out of the closet and also finally get to wear the styles I scooped up from the Resort 2017 release. I’m telling you, I’m addicted to these dresses. No surprise…I’m screaming over the S17 stuff. Last weekend I got to visit with Katie while I was in Houston (she’s the sweetest and I love her) and try on some of the newness, taking home the Ojai and Zermatt Blockprint with me. Guys, I really can’t tell you how special and beautiful all the MIRTH pieces are…the hand-loomed, woven and block-printed fabrics blow my mind and the amount of care and consideration Katie and Erin put into the styles and silhouettes makes the artisan textiles insanely wearable. Perfect for the heat and just as great for the beach as they are in the city. Will be styling and sharing my new MIRTHs soon. And I’m sure I’ll get the Bali Oatmeal and Seville in the coming months now that Dallas is in the 80s!

3. NEEDING // PINK SUEDE BIRKS: I know that Birkenstocks aren’t for everyone (even with their resurged popularity they still have a little hippie granola feel) but I love them and have worn my Arizona Taupe Suede pair for several seasons now. Sally and I were having a sisterly online shopping moment recently and saw that the classic Arizona style now comes in a pretty Rose hue with a while sole. In unison we both said, “Ohhhemgeee I’m getting these.” Now it’s just a race to see who can get them first. I have a feeling that I’ll win. Because I’m feeling competitive to defend my title as the Birk-wearing sister and also because I just need them in my life, like yesterday.

4. GIFTING // LIBERTY TRACK SHORTS: Gift-giving can be a struggle no matter who you’re buying for but I find myself struggling most when it comes to getting a great present for girl friends. You want to find something they’ll love and use that’s also budget friendly and hopefully not something they’d buy for themselves. Jewelry is so personal and coffee table books/candles are almost too easy a go-to…the solution I’ve found? The Liberty of London print track shorts by Ann Mashburn. To give credit, Sally was gifted a pair of these for her birthday a couple years ago (good work, Keila!) and after buying two pairs for myself that I wear all the time, I found myself buying and giving them to friends, too. The sporty style paired with legendary floral prints is the ideal blend of form and function that most any girl will love and wear!

5. TANNING // FLASH BRONZE: Yesterday my friend Mary told me that she has never seen me looking so pale. My Casper-like glow is so alarming it’s almost impressive. I could kind of get away with it while being covered by jeans and long-sleeves but now that it’s warm/hot and my limbs are coming out of hiding, I desperately feel the need do to something about my un-flattering complexion. Sunless/sef-tanner scares me and I have yet to find a formula that I can apply tip-to-toe that looks natural and doesn’t leave me a streaky mess. After reading snippets of OG sunless tanner user Jean Godfrey-June (current beauty editor at goop) in  Cat Marnell’s memoir “How To Murder Your Life,” I did a little googling to find what the beauty guru uses. (Side note: HTMYL is such an insane read. Both Sally and I were in awe of the craziness of it.) Luckily, Cat (who used to work for Jean G-F at Lucky mag) published a self-tanner blog post to xo Jane in 2011, dishing on what Jean deemed the best of the best. Lancôme apparently has the best self-tanning products and Cat mentioned the Flash Bronzer to be a fool-proof go to for face and body. Obviously, I ordered it immediately. It just arrived yesterday and I plan on covering my entire self with it asap in hopes that I look…healthy.

6. PLANTING // CACTI POTS: It could be the start of spring and the green stuff coming to life outside, but I have been staring at these sad little shelves in my living room that are desperate for some sort of decor situation and I decided that some plants needed to happen. Baby cacti plants to be specific. They don’t get bugs like succulents and being in Texas means that I can get away with having them in my place. Rather than run to Home Depot for a few spikey friends, I first started looking for pots/vessels to hold said plants. Don’t judge me…these shelves are on either side of the fireplace in my living room and the highly visual nature of them combined with the tiny shelf depth means they call for a considerable amount of attention. A quick Pinterest search of “cacti + potted” lead me to finding Black Rooster Decor and their incredible assortment of pots and vases. So many good options! I’ve got thisthis and this (two of each) in my cart and can’t wait to get them so I can make my symmetrical cacti shelf dreams a reality.

7. WAITING // VB FOR TARGET: Mark your calendars…Victoria Beckham’s collection for Target becomes available April 9th. The collaboration includes more than 200 spring pieces for both women, girls, toddlers and baby and is as good as it sounds. You can get a good sneak peek at what to expect from this feature via VOGUE but the range of goods includes scallops, pastels, florals, whimsical touches (bunnies!), and more and looks like it is not to be missed.

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