Target has been killing it with their lamp offerings lately. I’ve noticed that in the past year or so, they’ve increased the number of lighting items — and the designs are so attractive. This is both in terms of table and desk lamps, and also floor lamps. If you want something specific — say, a round gold lamp for your desk — they have several options. Here’s what I found on a recent trip to Target with those specific requirements:
Sometimes marketing works. I was looking at Uniqlo’s website and saw the new Match and Mix Drape Collection.
Suddenly, I really wanted the outfit in the middle. Never mind that I’ve been trying to incorporate more color into my wardrobe. There was a time I only wore dark colors, and before that, a time I only wore three colors — and one of those colors has always, always been black.
I love black for probably many of the same reasons other people do. It hides imperfections (both of the body and of the I-spilled-coffee kinds). It makes you look instantly pulled together somehow. It’s simple and sophisticated.
I have a bit of an preoccupation with finding the right bag. Not only does it need to be good looking and practical, but as someone who spends a fair amount of time on public transit and on foot, it also needs to be lightweight. Have you heard of Every Day Carry? It’s all about thinking about what you carry on you trying to make it as efficient as possible. (It seems to be mostly men.) My problem is that I’m a bit like my mother — I carry a bunch of items on me just in case (band-aids, small tape measure, nail clipper, tissues). But I also try to lighten my load as much as possible. The last one is usually a deal breaker when it comes to bags. A bag can be beautiful but if it’s heavy, it’s a no go. I’ve been looking for a nice lightweight leather bag and haven’t found the perfect one yet. But in terms of a fabric option, behold: the Everlane Twill Zip Tote.
It has one inside open pocket, leather straps (which lend it an elegant look), and a zipper across the top. I got one in reverse denim. A few months into carrying the bag, the stitching around the zipper started to come undone! I wasn’t even carrying anything really heavy like a laptop in it. I let Everlane know and they sent me a new one. They took back the old one back to study it. I’ve had the replacement bag for about a year now, and here’s what it looks like now.
I love plants in the home, but don’t have a terribly green thumb. I don’t want to spend too much money on planters and plant supplies given my less-than-stellar record of keeping them alive. I’ve found IKEA to be a great place to find stylish planters at lower costs. This works for me because I’m looking for simple and minimalist. The IKEA aesthetic delivers on those requirements. If you’re going for something more eclectic and colorful, then it’s not for you.
First, I decided that all the planters should be white. Why? To emphasize the unique greenery of each plant. Luckily IKEA has a white planter in various sizes named Kardemumma. I can’t find it on the website anymore, but I’ve seen in stores. I like that though they’re all white, there are variations in the design.
The medium size fits a 6″ diameter liner pot and is what I used in the first photo. They’re $3.99 each. A larger version (pictured below) can fit a 9″ diameter pot and is only $7.99. At these prices, I could get multiple plants. By the way, snake plants like the one below are very easy to take care of. They even don’t mind a bit of neglect. Plus, they clean the air.
I was pretty excited when I found out that Dwell Magazine was doing a collaboration with Target. I love Dwell’s pages of aspirational, modern homes. And of course. I have long loved Target for its low-cost, stylish decor. They made perfect sense together. Here’s what I saw in person.
If I didn’t already have a chair, I’d think about this. It reminds me a bit of folded paper. I wonder how resistant to dirt the canvas-colored fabric will be, though. (Oh, but it also comes in dark gray! I would definitely go for the gray.) Note the rounded tables that contrast with the angles of the chair.