Friday Five: Web Finds

Happy Friday! It’s been a busy few weeks at work for me, and it’s not going to let up soon, but at least tomorrow is the first official day of summer! The forecast around here is looking a little cloudy, so if you’re spending it indoors (like me, who’ll probably be working, catching up on laundry, and emptying my DVR), here are a few of my favorite finds from around the web this week to keep you entertained. Enjoy! xo

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Rosetta Stone Level 1-3 Sets are 50% on Amazon TODAY ONLY. I’m so tempted.

I know I’m guilty of this bad habit, are you?

If you love a good deal, you need to follow this blog. Plus she’s got a pretty great name.

These shirts made me laugh.

I just ordered this and can’t wait to try it out! Maybe my hair will look like the girl in the photo?

Friday Five: Pineapples!

Hello! It’s finally Friday, AND a long weekend. If that’s not a reason to celebrate with some Memorial Day sale shopping, then I don’t know what is. If you’re looking to add a few summer-inspired pieces to your closet or home, try something fruity! My favorite fruit style right now has to be pineapples, and I’m not alone. They’re everywhere! Here are five pineapple-themed pieces I’m loving:

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door knocker | earrings | soap | dress | tee

This refreshing trend is one of my favorites for the summer, but it can also easily go childish or tacky. Here are just a couple tips for wearing or decorating with fruit:

keep the color palette chic
mixing the bright, primary colors of fruit can look kindergarten-esque so
try picking one, or opt for prints in “unnatural” shades (ie muted tones or black and white)

stick to one fruit piece

wearing head-to-toe fruit can look like a costume, and when used in decor
it can look like you’re setting up for a luau

pick pieces that showcase only one type of fruit—like pineapples!

mixing multiple fruits can look kinda jumbled and can go “baby” in a heartbeat

Try it out for yourself, and let me know what you think! xoxo

 

Interior Decorating with Basically Bubbly

A couple weeks ago, Lexi from Basically Bubbly alluded to a project that we’d been working on together, and it’s here!

She and her boyfriend were in the process of renting a new apartment together in the city, and needed to furnish it on a budget. And by furnish, I mean they needed practically everything, from furniture down to silverware. They gave me a description of the design style they wanted and a rough budget of how much they wanted to spend, and I got to work! This is by far the most fun I’ve had on a project in a long time, and I’m hoping to be able to develop this into something more in the future. Here’s a preview, but go take a look at the whole thing!

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HELLOKORIN REVIEWS: Uber

I just got back from my first vacation since I started my job in September (to see J get his Master’s!), and you guys, I did NOT want to come back. Part of that was the difficulty of leaving J behind, but part of it was just how nice it was to spend my days however I wanted without having to worry about anything. That started Thursday morning with my trip to the airport. I booked a morning flight (and did not want to leave my car at the airport), which that meant no one was on hand to drive me to the airport. So, I turned to a car service I heard about a few months ago: Uber.

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Uber is an app that connects you with drivers in your area (actual people who drive as a job, not random people trying to make extra money here and there). I have to admit, I was nervous to use the app to get to the airport since you can’t make a reservation like with a cab. I had read lots of bad reviews of the cab services around me and had $20 worth of Uber credit, so I gave it a chance. On the morning of my flight, I opened the app on my phone about an hour before I would actually need a car (they suggest 15-20 minutes but I was anxious, as usual). The app shows you a map, with your location blinking in blue and little car symbols that show you the locations of drivers around you. You select the type of car you want to take, and it gives you an approximate time for the closest one to get to you. If you click on your location, you can get an estimate from there to your destination, or ask for a driver. Once you’re ready to be picked up, you hit “Request a Ride” and the nearest driver is alerted to your location.

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The app sends you the driver’s name, his/her photo, and a bunch of other information that I’ve forgotten by now (sorry). You can literally track your driver as they approach! Mine was there within 5 minutes, and pulled right up to my apartment gate for me. The car was very clean and well-maintained, and the driver was the nicest man who made pleasant conversation for the entire trip (and even had bottled water ready for me). When we arrived, there was no fumbling for my wallet or figuring out a tip—the app handled everything and billed a flat rate to my credit card. Easy! It made the start of my trip so much more enjoyable and stress-free. If you want to try Uber out for yourself, use the code O4B6H (that’s the letter O, not a zero) to get a $10 credit toward your first ride! Let me know how it goes, or if you’ve already tried it, let me know how it went! xoxo

all images via Uber

Happy birthday, Audrey.

“Elegance is the only beauty  that never fades.”
-Audrey Hepburn

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Today would have been the actress’ 85th birthday, and the world (even Google!) is celebrating. Not only was Ms. Hepburn a talented actress and style icon, she also spent her life helping others. As a teen she secretly danced ballet to raise money for the Dutch resistance against the Nazis, and as an adult continued her humanitarian work, including becoming a Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF. She is the embodiment of beauty inside and out, and a personal inspiration. Happy birthday, Ms. Hepburn!