Thursday, January 26, 2017

5 Online Boutiques You've Probably Never Heard Of

I love Forever 21 and H&M as much as the next person, but lately I've grown a but tired of the low-end, mass-produced quality from a lot of the apparel stores that I normally shop at. That's why I've been on the hunt for smaller curated online boutiques that stock better-quality clothing without shelling out designer boutique prices. I'm sharing with you today five of my favorite online shops that you need to check out now if you're interested in adding some seriously stylish pieces to your wardrobe.

Love Street Apparel 
Love Street Apparel is an online boutique based out of "a small city near the mountains" according to their online bio. Their clothing is thoughtfully picked out and you can definitely tell (I especially love their sweaters!). In case you're stumped when it comes to putting together awesome outfits (which I am most of the time), there's a lot of really great inspiration on their Instagram feed to get your shopping started. In addition to clothing, Love Street carries a curated selection of home accessories and beauty products as well.

5 Online Boutiques You've Probably Never Heard Of | Kayla Lynn


Nest Boutique 
The Nest Boutique is based out of Utah and sports a lot of comfy and loose clothing. You'll find warm flannel, chunky cardigans, and really pretty midi dresses at really great prices (and did I mention the shoes?). Comfy tops are definitely this shop's forte; it's significantly lacking in the jeans and pants department. If a comfy knit is what you're looking for then Nest might just be your new go-to.


Piper & Scoot
Piper & Scoot is one of my favorite boutiques on this list. Just like Nest Boutique, this store is based out of Utah. Born from founder by Kylee Middleton's dream of opening her own clothing boutique, Piper & Scoot is nothing short of AMAZING. If it's not something that Middleton would keep in her own closet then sit's not something that she would sell in her store. Simple as that. You will find a huge variety of really unique and affordable clothing that you are sure to fall in love with (not to mention peplums galore!).


No Rest For Bridget
Founded in 2004, No Rest For Bridget is the longest running store on this list with several brick-and-mortar locations around the country. Their clothing is aimed at on-the-go, career-oriented women who want to look stylish wherever they go but don't have a lot of time in their busy schedules. Classic, timeless, sophisticated, and elegant are some of the words used to describe their clothes. This brand is quickly growing and expanding, and has been seen on fashion bloggers like Nicole Ciotti. There's also a really cool feature on their website where you can shop looks based on their Instagram photos.


 
 

Clad & Cloth
Saving the best for last, Clad & Cloth is my favorite small online boutique that I've discovered to date. In addition to having really stylish clothing, the shop also has a really awesome mission: To inspire women to be clothed in confidence and independence. Here is an excerpt taken directly from their website:
"A 'clad & cloth' girl is tastefully dressed, modest, bold, and unique.  A 'clad & cloth' girl is more than her clothes and never hides behind scantily bits of fabric.  She is smart and kind.  She is daring and respectful.  She is courageous and gentle.  She is calm, cool and collected.  She is your best self."
Wow. If that doesn't inspire you to start shopping at Clad & Cloth immediately then I don't know what will. That being said, this shop IS a tad tricky to score items at. Their website is purposefully limited, focusing on a small inventory of thoughtfully handpicked clothing. What this means is that particular items and sizes sell out VERY quickly, and size Smalls can be especially hard to find. It is also the most expensive shop on this list, but if you manage to score a piece from this boutique in your size you are sure to love it forever and ever.


Know of any other awesome online boutiques? Let me know in the comments below!
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Monday, January 23, 2017

Design Trend: The Color Yellow

Interior design is just like fashion in that trends tend to come and go fairly frequently, but one that definitely seems to be having a moment is yellow as an accent color. Bedrooms and living rooms with pops of yellow have been permeating my Pinterest feed more and more lately, and it's a look that's starting to win me over. If you're skeptical about this trend then I don't blame you. I mean, yellow? But peruse some of these image and I think you'll see that a few subtle touches of this bright happy color might be just what your home needs.

Design Trend: The Color Yellow | Kayla Lynn



Photo: Plush Palate 

Photo: Domino

Photo: Bliss At Home 

According to color psychology (yes, there is such a thing), yellow is "uplifting and illuminating, offering hope, happiness, cheerfulness and fun." Additionally, the color yellow is said to stimulate inquisitiveness and ingenuity, inspiring creative thought and new ideas.
Yellow is the perfect color for adding warmth and happiness to your home, two of the most common feelings that people want to evoke in their living spaces. Now I'm not telling you to rush to the nearest hardware store so that you can paint an entire room in your house yellow; just a few pops here and there will do. Whether it's a piece of furniture, a couple throw pillows, or a blanket, there are many ways to incorporate the color into your own space!



Photo: Honky

Photo: Fired Earth

Photo: Vogue

Photo: Domino

Monday, January 16, 2017

14 Target Products You Need Right Now

Anyone who knows me at all knows that I have a pretty obsessive relationship with Target. I'm basically that crazy girlfriend that checks her phone for updates every two seconds, drops by unannounced whenever she feels like it, and wants everything that you've got (I know, I'm working on it). All kidding aside, Target really is a great place to shop if you're on a budget but want to mix something new into your old collection of Ikea standbys. While the quality isn't quite up to par with more expensive retail giants like West Elm, One King's Lane, or Serena & Lily, Target has cultivated a very well-though-out collection of home goods that when styled properly can make any room of your house look like it cost an arm and a leg.

So for you today I have assembled a list of 14 of my favorite products available at Target right now. And guess what? Many of them are actually ON SALE. So hurry over to their website and snap your favorites up while you can because some products sell out fairly quickly. 

14 Target Products You Need Right Now | Kayla Lynn


1. Round Brass Mirror / 2. Patterned Throw Pillow / 3. Woven Throw Pillow / 4. Lumbar Pillow / 5. Faux Fur Accent Stool / 6. Wood Accent Table / 7. Black Marble Candle Holder / 8. Wood Tray with Gold Inlay / 9. Oryx Figurine / 10. Short Woven Basket / 11. Woven Wall Hanging / 12. Metal Table Lamp / 13. Silver and Wood Vase / 14. Ceramic Vase with Lines


In case you need a kick of inspiration to show that it is indeed possible to make your Target products look GOOD, check out this example that I found below:


Wow! Am I right? Basically everything in this photo (minus the rug) is from Target. The bed frame, the linens, the nightstands, the works. At the end of the day, great style doesn't have to come at an eye-popping price. Thank you Target. 

Love this post? Feel free to let me know in the comments below and share this post with all your fellow Target-obsessed friends.

XOXO

Friday, January 13, 2017

Alison Cayne's Dreamy NYC Townhouse

Happy Friday everyone! Hopefully you're all ready for this coming weekend because I know I am. As a barista I keep a really weird schedule sometimes and this will be the first ACTUAL weekend I've had off in a long time (not to mention I'm finishing up a seven-day-long work streak). I wanted to send you all off into the weekend with a bit of inspiration from this AMAZING home I came across online this week.

Alison Cayne's Dreamy NYC House | Kayla Lynn


In a single word, this beautiful West Village townhouse belonging to Alison Cayne is GOALS. From the lovely minimal gallery wall to the stunning herringbone floors, this house is everything I could ever dream of for a home and more (besides coming with a stable full of horses but that's a different dream). The mustard yellow couches provide a perfect pop of color to an otherwise neutral space, and also complements the warm wood and antique gold accents.

And then there's the kitchen:


Just look at all of that open shelving! It's a trend that I have been a huge fan of for a long time, allowing you to display all of your beautiful dishes and cookware as well as making it really easy to find things (and, you know, keep track of how many clean dishes you have). And don't even get me started on those marble countertops. 



Alison's impeccable design taste continues into the bedroom as well. The contrast in the light linens and dark gray walls is nothing short of breathtaking. It has a quiet, calm feeling to it without weighing down on you too heavily. I want to just swan dive into that perfectly made bed! There's even a pile of books waiting for you by the bedside.


The last place in this house that I'm super enthusiastic about is the bathroom! The slate gray clawfoot tub offset by the white coloring of the rest of the room and the brass accents continue the exact same theme from the rest of the house. It feels very turn-of-the century yet modern at the same time, and the addition of a couple house plants makes the white subway tile feel less cold. I also believe I spy a bath mat that looks VERY similar to one at Urban Outfitters that I've been wanting to buy for my own bathroom for months:


It comes in two different sizes, a regular-sized bath mat ($39) or a longer runner-style mat ($49) and the pattern is totally cool to look at. I should totally pull the trigger and just get it but yo', that's $50 for a bath mat.

Well that's all you guys! If you love this space as much as I do, feel free to hop on over to One King's Lane for the original house tour and insight into how Alison Cayne designed her home. I hope everyone has a relaxing and inspired weekend! 

Monday, January 9, 2017

4 Resolutions for 2017 Actually Worth Keeping

4 Resolutions for 2017 Actually Worth Keeping | Kayla Lynn

It's that time again y'all. Time to ring in a brand new year, reflect on all of the events of the past year (for better or worse), and to start over fresh. I never (and I mean never), make new year's resolutions that I know I won't keep past a month, but this year feels different. For 2017,  I am all about the pursuit of things that will make me feel happier, healthier, and more fulfilled in the long run. After several days of reflection, I would like to present to you here my 4 no-bullshit resolutions for 2017 that will actually be worth keeping.

1. Just start.

Start somewhere. Start anywhere. Get into that new craft or hobby you've secretly always wanted to try (for me, I think I'm finally going to try my hand at weaving!), or sit down and finally come up with a game plan for that work or side project that's been on your mind lately. Whatever it is, the important thing is just to start. Emily Henderson crafted an amazing blog post on this very topic a few months back (I highly recommend checking it out here), and it has greatly inspired me to not let fear or the sense that everything must be done perfectly get in the way of creating. Have I started and failed at blogging like 6 times already? The answer is absolutely and unequivocally yes. Somewhere out there in the dark reaches of the Internet are tiny islands of misfit blogs covered in digital cobwebs. Projects that were given up on or abandoned because I let the fear of mediocrity and a lack of inspiration get to me. But blogging is always something that I come back to inevitably because it's a wonderful creative outlet. Stay tuned, my friends!

2. Read more.

Now more than ever it's important to stay informed on social issues and events unfolding domestically as well as abroad. I highly recommend signing up for a free service such as Bit of News, which sends summaries of the top global and national news stories to your email inbox every day. It's super easy to skim during your commute, at your desk before you start your day, or during your lunch or coffee break.
While you're at it, pick up a couple new books to read too! Reading regularly is a great way to improve your vocabulary. It is also (in my opinion) the best way to unwind before bed; you get to unplug and give your tired eyes a rest from your phone or computer screen (a proven source of inadequate sleep). If you're in need to inspiration, check out this list by Elle magazine covering some of the most anticipated books of 2017 written by women.

3. Focus on YOU. Every part of you.

This year is your year to focus on both your physical and mental health (and let's be real, 2016 did a REAL number on us in mental health category), and to do so in a way that it centered around more than just weight loss. We all know it's January when every retailer out there launches new years advertising campaigns for fancy exercise equipment, cute exercise outfits, and miracle weight loss supplements. But promising to go to the gym more often or skipping the whipped cream on your daily mocha isn't quite what I'm talking about. Now is the time to make meaningful changes in the way that you think about yourself and the value that you have to those around you. Rather than binge exercising for a month and depriving yourself of all carbs (why would you even do that???), make small, do-able changes to your exercise and eating routines. After a while, you'll notice the difference in your energy levels and in the quality of your sleep. Don't know where to start? Start by reading this article on fitness plans that are actually doable.

4. Buy one piece of original art.

The first three things on this list might not be groundbreaking in terms of New Year's Resolutions, but this resolution is one that I wholeheartedly believe everyone should do. Really. Over the course of the last year I have bought six pieces of original art, and each time it felt like Christmas Day all over again. It's so exciting to give a home to someone else's labor of love, and each piece you score feels like a little victory. I encourage everyone to peruse online or search locally for an artist whose work you admire and reach out to them. I have found some great artist whose work I now own through the Redux Studios, and have also had great luck on Etsy. Not convinced? Check out this article from Huffington Post on 10 Reasons to Buy Art.

That's all folks! Thanks so much for visiting me in my little corner of the Internet, and feel free to share this post or subscribe to this blog if you liked this post. Have a happy and successful 2017!