I have been trying to find a rug for our new home office for months. I am super picky when it comes to decorating rooms and pretty much won’t pull the trigger on anything unless I really love it. This is probably the reason why half of our walls are without art and there are many empty corners in our house right now. In my defense, we moved into a new house this past August and we decided to start from scratch – meaning I pretty much purged all of our previous furniture, art, decor, etc and only kept things that fit within my new vision. I wrote lots of posts which helped me find inspiration for our new home design (here, here, and here) but I have had a hard time figuring out what I wanted our office to be. I originally thought I wanted to do neutral furniture (whites and greys) with pops of color. We got a really great desk chair that I shared here but since I haven’t really been able to move forward other than creating the gallery wall that I shared with you here and bookshelf design here. I knew the rug purchase was going to be the thing to push me in one direction or another. Once I found a rug that Mike and I both really loved, I knew I needed to finish my vision for the office design to really make it come together. I decided to move forward with a color scheme of white, black, green, and gold. As of late, I have been super intrigued by this color combination (even considering a similar combination for our wedding). I wanted to share my current design and inspiration with you and see what you guys think!?! Keep in mind we are only renting so we can’t paint or wallpaper any of the rooms – very very sad.
Remember when I told you here that if you really love something that is expensive, if you are patient it will eventually go on sale? Well, I hope you have some extra monies in your savings account because in the next few days, everything is about to go on sale. EVERYTHING. So I am not one to wake up at 3am or ditch Thanksgiving with my family to go wait in line somewhere in order to participate in a sale at a store. I actually avoid going to any stores over the next few days because people are crazy and I have no desire to be around all that mania. Anyway, I like to shop in the comfort of my own home pretty much always, but definitely on Black Friday weekend. Here are the best online Black Friday sales that I will be perusing over the next few days. Be sure to follow along on Twitter because I will be posting the sales as they are announced. Here are the sales that are already going on now:
SHOPBOP: I live for sales like these at Shopbop. They are doing 15% OFF $250, 20% OFF $500, and 25% OFF $1000. This is the time to scoop up the jacket I have been eying here, and these pair of booties that are just ahmazing. Enter code BIGEVENT13 at checkout.
J.CREW: Ahh my favorite, J.Crew is having 30% OFF with code HOLIDAY through 12/1. I would assume they will also have a cyber Monday sale so stop by to check on that too. I love this printed blazer and this bag.
BARNEYS WAREHOUSE: HUGE savings this weekend at Barneys Warehouse who already has major markdowns on designers but this weekend they are doing an extra 30% OFF + an extra 50% OFF bags! These Current Elliot jeans are only $79 and this Rececca Minkoff bag is only $60!
GAP: TODAY ONLY (11/27) Gap sweaters are only $19 and under! CR-AZY. So I am scooping up this one, this one, and this one. They also are doing 60% OFF select styles + an extra 20% OFF your order. Be sure to check back on their sales over the weekend and on Monday because they always are changing it up.
So, one of my best girlfriends is receiving some cosmetic surgery today and I have been helping her through the process. This has been something that she has wanted to do for a really long time so I am excited for her to finally have this… enhancement. Ok – I will stop being ambiguous, she is having her boobs done. She is super excited and I am really happy for her. I feel like if you want to do something that will make you happier in your life then you should just go for it. After all, YOLO.
When I went with her to her first appointment, the doctor told us that the surgery comes with “2 Free Sessions of Botox.” Is that how advertising is done these days? Buy a pair of boobs, get some free Botox. I don’t know – but now that it is on the table, I have to ask – should I get Botox? My friend generously offered me one of the sessions if I wanted it, but now I have been struggling with the idea of actually receiving Botox in my twenties (or at all for that matter).
Here are the reasons why I would consider going through with it and are pushing me towards DO IT:
I have always had an expression filled face mainly in the form of “raised eyebrows.” I don’t know what that says about me as a person but I know that my years of eyebrow raising definitely shows now in the form of wrinkles.
I went to a new Esthetician a few months back for a facial and she asked how old I was. When I said I was 25, she said “ohhhh.” If that wasn’t telling enough, the next thing she said was: “The only way you are going to get rid of these wrinkles is with Botox.”
I am getting married and am thinking it could be something I only do for the wedding. Is this even a real reason to do this?
Finally, I have had multiple girls my age tell me things like “You could use a little Botox” or “A little Botox wouldn’t hurt.”
Here are the reasons why I am telling myself DON’T DO IT:
Like I said before, you can always find lots of expression on my face, Botox basically takes that expression away from me – for a period of time anyway. Is no expression in my face worth having no wrinkles for 4-6 months? I don’t know.
Lets say I go through with it and love the results. Am I going to want to get it again and again? Am I setting myself up to want to get Botox forever? I can hardly afford that.
I haven’t done much research on the actual side effects yet but what if I have a bad reaction? Does anyone even know if there are long term side effects of Botox? Do people get Botox as a one time thing? I don’t know. I don’t know anything.
I wrote a post back here about anti-aging in your twenties and also talked about my current skincare routine here. Wrinkles are definitely a concern for me now that I am closer to thirty than I am twenty. I really feel like most of the affordable products out there truly do not really work and unless I am willing to spend hundreds on creams and serums that I won’t ever see any actual results. But Botox is obviously not something I can do on a regular basis starting now. I don’t actually NEED it either, so what do I do?!
What do you guys think? Should I do this as a one time thing? Am I making too big of a deal out of this? Should I avoid it all together? WAHHH, I don’t know! HELP!