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:

black-and-white-bedroom

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.

live-here-decorate-with-this

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

—–

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.

shirt-dress-trend-apartment-34shirt-dress-trend-get-the-look-shirt-dress-trend-apartment-34
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

—–

resort-2015-collections-apartment-34

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

MWW: {Elevated Summer Style}

If you’re like me, you don’t tend to put a lot of thought into our work wear during the summer. It’s the season to just race out the door in the most casual of basics. Or simply stay in a cut-offs and tee! No one really thinks twice. I’ve been sitting comfortably in that nice & easy summer wardrobe camp, until I saw this!

maiyet-resort-collection-2015

The Mayiet 2015 Resort Collection is inspiring me to step up my summer looks ASAP. Maiyet has become one of our “lines to look out for” since we discovered them, literally a year ago today! I love that this collection is equal parts fabulous and wearable. That was exactly Mayiet’s Creative Director, Kristy Caylor’s goal. She set out to discover what a woman would actually wear on a holiday, but I don’t need any exotic locales to take inspiration from Kristy’s designs.

maiyet-2015maiyet-2015-resortmaiyet-collection-resort-2015

My three favorite components in this collection are the proportions, the texture and the super chic color palette. I’m definitely digging my wide-leg trousers out from the back of the closet! {Is anyone else wanting to give their distressed denim a rest?? Over it!} And I might hit up the summer sales to grab a pair of culottes before that trend fades!

Finally, the collection’s dreamy color palette: shades of mint, pops of coral and bleached ivory all anchored with navy looks so sophisticated. Suddenly pairing navy and pastels feels so fresh!

While I may not be hitting the skies for a vacation anytime soon, that doesn’t mean I won’t be incorporating this “Resort” attire into my repertoire. No Riviera required. Be sure to watch Instagram to hold me to this pledge!

maiyet-collection-2015resort-collection-maiyetmaiyet-resort-collection

We were swooning over this lookbook so much that the team created a July moodboard based on the collection!

MaiyetMB

 

Did any Resort collections stand out to you? Don’t hold back, fill us in! And if you need vacation ideas, Palm Springs and Mykonos are two great places to start!

images via Maiyet 

Mood board {from left to right}: image 1 via Heritage Auctions // image 2 via W Magazine // image 3 via Kinfolk // image 4 via Retail the Show // image 5 via W Magazine // image 6 via Simon Watson // image 7 via Style.com

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:

apartment34-bohemian1apartment34-bohemian2

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!

bohemian-style-apartment-34

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.

___________________________________________________________________________

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!