Feelin’ BAD (in a Good Way!) in Black

I really hope someone gets the meaning of this post title or I just really revealed my age with my nod to the king of pop {anyone, anyone??}. But anywho, it seems no matter when I decide to make a few additions to my wardrobe, I always gravitate towards similar things – namely anything in black! But I firmly believe there’s a difference between a fashion comfort zone and a rut, so like I’ve advised here, when you’ve found something that works, why not just go with it!

That’s why I was pretty thrilled to make some serious scores when I popped into Nordstrom Rack during my recent trip to back to my home hood, Seattle. I mean, I couldn’t be in Nordstrom mecca and not go! The Rack’s Designer Section is my kryptonite.

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Thankfully, it didn’t take long before I stumbled upon this hot little motorcycle jacket by Soia & Kyo that I snatched right up! Thank goodness, as it came in mighty handy when rain arrived unexpectedly and put a damper {pun intended!} on what had been an epically lovely Pacific Northwest summer. Typical.

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I also nipped a beautiful black Dries Van Noten tank. I’m a big fan of going high end for basics so you don’t have to replace them every two seconds. High quality fabrics and a great fit are well worth a little splurge. And a lovely black tank – this one has a little shimmer though sadly you can’t really see it in these pics – is the perfect piece to slip under a suit jacket or dress up a pair of jeans for a girls night on the town {at one of my fave Seattle restaurants, Radici, owned by Cassandra’s dad no less}!

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You know, sometimes shopping can feel like a chore these days, but enjoying the thrill factor of a really good score makes the whole thing dramatically more fun. Especially now that you can shop Nordstrom Rack online. I just do not have the stomach for dressing rooms anymore!! I definitely cannot stop wearing my moto-jacket and feeling pretty BAD when I do!

What’s on your current wishlist??

WHAT I’M WEARING // GET YOUR SHOP ON

> Soia & Kyo Moto-Jacket

> Dries Van Noten Tank

> 7 for All Mankind jeans

> Dries Van Noten Sandals

> Ray-Ban sunnies {similar}

> Vintage Ring

> Aerin Lipstick in Perfect Nude

original photography for Apartment 34 by belathee photography

Thank you Nordstrom Rack for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are 100% our own. Thanks for supporting posts that keep Apartment 34′s doors open!

Happy {Home Body} Weekend

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This may be Apartment 34′s year of travel, but after eight straight weekends on the road I cannot even begin to tell you how good my very own bed looks right now! Sure, I’ve now become the uber queen of packing my favorite weekender, but if I have to take my shoes off at security one more time….serenity now! This weekend I am going to revel in all those routines I’ve so missed; trips to the farmer’s market, actually making a homemade meal, taking a long walk around my neighborhood the pups. I hope the next 48 hours feel like 48 years.

How are you going to spend the next to last weekend of summer?? We’ve gathered a few fun links to help ya stay busy, or at least entertained if you’re staying home and doing absolutely nothing at all.

> SO making this gluten free granola Saturday morning

> Feeling inspired by this.

> Look chic from 9 to 5 in this.

> And in this {I’m SO in trouble when the collection arrives next week!}

> The beauty of this is unbeetable.

> I’m not usually a palm print person but this has me reconsidering

> If you liked our surfboard decor then you’re gonna love this house

> This touched our hearts.

> This made us laugh.

> This is just the reminder we needed right now.

So run, frolic, go and enjoy these final fleeting summer moments for me – cuz I’ll be in my bed! –Erin

Trend Spotting: Surfbords as Home Decor

Beyonce and Jay Z were recently in San Francisco on their On The Run tour, but you knew that because you went. We, apparently, were the only ones in the entire city who DIDN’T go and oh, we felt the sting. While everyone was jammin’ to “Drunk in Love” we were stuck in the left over concert traffic only to be proceeded by an equally monotonous night. And to top off a serious case of Tuesday night FOMO, if the rumors are true, the power couple is headed for the dreaded “D” word and we just. can’t. handle. it.

So in honor of Queen Bey and Jay, we rounded up our favorite surfboard inspirations, or should we say surfbort inspirations? We’ve been seeing these dudes everywhere, from decor to editorials and we can only believe that it was partly Beyonce’s doing. After all, she runs the world, right? On her surfbort.

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We’re in love with the idea of surfboards as decor, especially when they’re not your typical “surf’s up, bro” board. A gorgeous blond wood with a vintage-inspired shape is so cool leaning against a blank wall and the Gray Malin photography infused board is literally a work of art. Obsessed.

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Speaking of art, fashion and interior designers have definitely received the surf delivered memo. We can’t decide if we’d rather break waves on Kelly Wearstler’s beautifully crafted wooden boards or Alexander Wang’s marble beauties. Probably Kelly’s, right? Marble sinks- in the literal sense of the word only!

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And just in case you’re planning to ride this trend as long as we are, we present a surfbort moodbort. <– We had to!

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Have you caught the surfboard wave too? Or are you ready for this trend to crash and break? Us? Oh, we’re prepared to ride this baby till the final days of summer are gone! –Bianca

image 1 via Home Adore // 2 via Fast Co. // 3 via One Kings Lane // 4 via Kelly Wearstler // 5 via Alexander Wang // moodboard images via