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Latest Obsessions

Posted May 21 2014 8:57pm

LatestObsessions_4 Happy Wednesday! Here are just a few things that I’ve bought or used in the last month or so that I’ve really dug.  None of them are expensive, and all of them have made my life better – or just a little more fun.

1. West Elm Saddle Office Chairs
Having a home office, I was willing to invest a little bit in a chair that I would sit in daily but when I started looking I ran into two problems: First, good office chairs are REALLY expensive – and second, they are usually ugly.  I wanted office chairs that didn’t really look like office chairs and could double as extra seating in my dining room (I know, for all those dinner parties I host). I fell in love with the Saddle Office Chair from West Elm months ago, but at $350 a pop (I need 2) plus tax and delivery I was looking at $800 per office chair. Then a miracle happened. While stalking Craigslist for the phrase “West Elm,” I got wind of a company that was going out of business and were looking to offload 2 basically brand new saddle chairs. I drove 45 minutes to get them and they were mine for $300 (for the pair). 99% of the time Craigslist can be skeezy and gross, but when you hit it right, oh boy is it amazing. The chairs are more fantastic than I thought they could be!

2.  Pluots
Tis the season and I am obsessed. One of my favorite things about food is that you can never stop learning and trying new things. Pluots (apricots and plums) are a recent addition to my favorite fruits and now that spring is here I have been eating them every chance I get.  Yummy!

3.  Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask
A very awesome very new hair product company with quality natural ingredients. I’ve been fairly loyal to Giovanni Eco Chic shampoos and conditioners for a while now but this conditioner snuck its way into my heart for the weekly deep conditioning that my hair needs. It gets the job done, but it’s light enough and doesn’t weigh my hair down.

4.  Tibi Snow Leopard Dress From Rent The Runway
The perfect example of why I love Rent The Runway. Though it was beautoufl and flattering, I could never bring myself to spend $100 on, let alone its retail price close to $500.  I had my 5 year grad school reunion last weekend in Philadelphia, and renting the dress for $50 was just the trick. Extra bonus: I sent it back from Philly so I didn’t have to bring it on the plane home!

5.  Ikea Stockholm Sideboard
People have their vices – for me it’s good healthcare, great food, and things that make my dogs happy.  Expensive furniture is not even in the top 10 – though reading home design blogs constantly makes me feel bad about myself – DO THESE PEOPLE NOT OWN THINGS? I was looking for a credenza piece for my entryway to store clutter like dog leashes, purses, and the like and I was shocked by how ridiculously expensive decent looking credenzas are. I figured that I’d have to thrift something and refinish it (something that my ideal of myself would love to do but my real self would ask WHY the entire time). I was in Orange County (LA’s New Jersey but with way better scenery) and I stopped by the local (and much larger) Ikea to browse some possible cheap sideboards. Now $400 isn’t cheap in a nominal sense, but it is cheap when it comes to nice looking sideboards. It’s safe to say that this is by far the nicest piece of (Ikea) furniture that I’ve ever had. There are cabinets, shelves, and drawers. The cabinets pop open with a small push.  The walnut veneer is very sleek with a hint of mid century.  My design savvy friends who would never dare set foot in an Ikea are all “that credenza is AMAZING where is it from?”

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