How to Connect the Dots on a Monday

Mondays suck- it’s a universally agreed upon fact. It’s right up there with the sky is blue and the most jealousy-ridden news of 2014: Eva Mendes is in fact, having Ryan Gossling’s baby. She just took all living hope right out from under us. There is no chance any of us are having Ryan’s first born because hey, we had a chance, ok?! But back to Mondays sucking and connecting the dots. After copious amounts of coffee, we like to exercise our brain to fully wake up. It helps get our juices flowing for the week and we do this by looking for connections in unlikely places.

Frequently, things just go together like two peas in a pod {like Eva and Ryan….le sigh} and it’s fun to look for those connections. It makes you feel slightly accomplished, like you’ve discovered a crazy scientific pattern that no one has seen yet. It’s also a preferable substitute to playing games that were invented to make you feel stupid, like Sudoku or the NY Times crossword puzzle. And besides being pretty to look at, we’re almost 100% certain that shopping Net-A-Porter for color coded lacy bras and matching them to the imaginary girl who lives in the badass room below is similar to brushing our teeth with our left hand- it’s sure to keep our precious brains healthy!

Without further ado:

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We’re obsessed with this room and it’s funky flair. A leather jacket, designer skateboard {talk about a decor statement!} and nods of glamour mean a bad ass chick lives here, we’re sure of it.

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Get Your Shop On:

> West Elm Souk Wool Rug
> ABJ Glassworks Cosmos Geo Group
> Steven Alan x West Elm Abstract Crewel Pillow
> The Kate Moss Book
> Calypso St. Barth Carre Stool
> Swedish Dream Sea Salt Soy Wax Candle
> Specimen Editions Cement Wood Pendant
> Calypso St. Barth Moroccan Wedding Pouf

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Oh look! Maybe it’s Leandra? Or some other fashionista rockin’ the dress du jour: The Shirt Dress. We’re loving the classic look with a mix of some accessories that scream “my closet is cooler than yours.” And can we talk about reinventing the shirt dress over pants? Duly noted for Fall.

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Get Your Shop On: 

> Belted Leather Biker Jacket
> Ray Ban Gold Aviator 
> Calico Shirt Dress {great price for a piece you can wear year round!}
> Yasmine Eslami Lace Bra
> Lanvin “Me” Parfume
> J. Crew “Sophie” Crossbody Bag
> Vince “Nolan” Wedge Sandal
> J.Crew High Shine Wide Cuff

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And just in case you weren’t picking up what we were throwing down {we get it- it’s Monday and connecting the dots can be tough!}, this resort collection matches our color palette, so we think it belongs in this post too.

There you have it. We feel smarter already. We encourage you to take some time every Monday morning to connect the dots. You’ll be pretty proud of what you come up with! –Bianca

 

image 1 via Husligheter // 2 via A Love is Blind // 3 via The Polysh // 4 via Radar Magazine // 5 via Cédric Charlier

Bohemian Style, the Apartment 34 Way

It seem like every summer “bohemian style” makes its triumphant return. Certainly, summer is the season to play things a little bit more loose and easy, but rocking festival-inspired wear doesn’t mean your booty has to hang out of your shorts or you need to look like you’re still trying to relive Woodstock. We decided to take the idea of Bohemian style and put the Apartment 34 stamp on it. You might call it “sophisticated bohemian.” We call it a look you could take from the amphitheater into the office!

Here’s our inspiration:

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There are few keys to putting sophisticated twist on the bohemian aesthetic. The first is to keep your lines clean. I’m particularly head over heels for the jumpsuit this summer. It’s playful, but when properly accessorized, can still be totally professional.

Where you can really turn up the bohemian dial is with the details. Think mirrored sunglasses, tassel necklaces, stacked bangles and a funky backpack instead of a conservative tote! Thankfully, Nordstrom Rack just launched its online shop, so we can pick up a seasonal piece {or twelve!} without breaking the bank!

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While we all know The Rack is the place to go for the ultimate designer finds, there are SO many reasons to love the new NordstromRack.com. One, they offer free shipping on orders over $100. Two, you can return items to any Nordstrom Rack retail location – no racing to the post office neccessary. And what I think is the coolest – you can also shop using the Nordstrom Rack App – while you’re in line at the post office! I don’t know about you but I’ve become a major power phone-shopper so a Rack App is music to my mobile-loving ears. No more wondering if that perfect Manolo might have been available in a size 10 at my local store.

Oh and a little birdie also told me that NordstromRack.com is offering flash sales every week on Monday and Thursday at 8 a.m. PT. Sales are limited-time and quantity – so you’re going to want to be lightening fast on that one. Feel free to share this with your deal-seeking friends and followers {or keep that little nugget to yourself}!

Here’s to budget and trend-savvy summer style!! Be sure to stop by my Instagram feed today – I’ll be revealing the result of my latest Nordstrom Rack treasure hunt!

And to truly appreciate why The Rack has long been one of my best kept sartorial secrets CLICK HERE.

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Get Your Shop On:

> Alternative Apparel Jumpsuit
> Isaac Mizrahi Sunglasses
> Deux Lux Backpack
> Rachel Zoe Tassel Wrap Necklace
> Rose Gold + Druzy Cuff
> Gorjana Gold Bracelet
> Charles David Laser Cut Bootie
> Tassel Infinity Scarf

images via herenordstrom rack, here, here and here

This post is a paid partnership with Nordstrom Rack. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting posts that keep Apartment 34′s doors open!

Stock Up with Crazy Good 4th of July Sales!

Fourth of July weekend is always so fun – everyone brings out the star-spangled-banner-stops to celebrate the birth of our nation. But just because it’s pretty ‘ol miss America’s birthday doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t celebrate with her. And what better way to do that {besides bbq’s and booze!} than to buy yourself a prezie!

It would be a national catastrophe to let these amazing deals go down in history as un-shopped. Everythign is 30-50% off people! We’ve decided to avert such a crisis by helping our country out, one fashionable American at a time. We’ve shopped the web for you- hunting down the best sales – and here’s what we are ob-sessed with:

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We’re not going to lie, we want it ALL. Like, really. We did manage to whittle our list down to a highly curated collection – nothing but the best of the best. There’s really no true favorite here, but if we’re talking best deals- it just might have to be: boots. It sounds far off, but summer is the time to buy boots- all of the classics {like these APC’s!} are at the lowest prices you’ll find them all year. So what are you waiting for, stock up now! We might just beat you to the last pair.

Thanks, ‘Murica. — Bianca

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GET YOUR SHOP ON:
> Givenchy Silk Organza Sweatshirt 
> APC Zip Booties
> Rebecca Minkoff Amorous Satchel {on sale for $218!}
> Moto Rip Jeans {only $50!}
> Chloe Diamond Cotton Shirt 
> Giles Silk Illustration Scarf {only $57!}
> Freda Salvador Wit Loafer