My Online Resource for Hard-To-Find Items

000I own one item that I wear every single day of my life. It’s my morganite David Yurman ring I bought for myself on my 25th birthday, right before I made the move to Chicago. I was completely starting over as a newly single 20-something in a big city, and there were all kinds of emotions going on at the time. This ring reminds me of that point in my life where I had the courage to move forward, take a risk, and try something new. So for that – it’s so special to me and it’s something I’m proud of. Plus, it’s such a pretty ring!

This specific ring and color option has been sold out in pretty much every size for a while now (believe me, I’ve looked everywhere for it) but today I’m partnering with eBay to show you how you can get your hands on this ring and other great pieces for a fraction of the original retail price. I search eBay and found this exact ring in morganite brand new + pre-owned at a discounted price here in all different sizes here:

Size 6 New

Size 6 Pre-owned

Size 7 Pre-owned

Size 8 New

Size 8 New

Also just FYI – my ring size is a 3.5 and David Yurman doesn’t make anything that small, so I took mine to a local jeweler to get resized. I showed my cousin, roommate, and a few of my best girlfriends how they can find this ring on eBay because they’ve all been asking about it since I got it two years ago! eBay’s options are limitless – and you can find everything from jewelry, to fashion, to family, to home, to beauty items and more. There are endless options for holiday gifting. Or even if it’s for yourself, that’s fine too – it’s been a long year deserve somethin’ pretty!

 

A few tips + tricks for shopping on eBay:

Use the sidebar to filter the ‘buy it now’ tab to avoid bidding and go straight to purchasing.

Select ‘new with tags’ to guarantee authenticity.

81% of merchandise sold on eBay is new

68% of items ship for free!

 

My outfit is linked here:

 

Thank you to eBay for sponsoring this post, all ideas are my own!

 

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My Living Room Reveal

It’s here!! So excited to finally share the reveal of my living room! I’ve been working on putting this room together since I moved in to my place a year and a half ago. Interior decorating has always been something that I really, really love, so I’ve enjoyed every minute of working on this.

I live with 3 roommates: my little sister Elena, Ford (a best friend from college), and Rachel! We live in a beautiful townhouse in downtown Chicago and we love it so much! It’s a 3 story greystone, so there’s plenty of space for all of us (we even have a 2 car garage and a cute back porch). It’s a long skinny building built right in a row with the other greystones on our street, so we don’t get a ton of light coming from the side windows. I chose the path of a lighter color palette to keep things light and airy!  This is our favorite spot to relax together every night and for hours on the weekends.

At the bottom of this post I go through every item in the room and where you can find it or something similar online 🙂

Before we dive into all the pictures, I just want to take minute to thank you for all your votes when I was choosing the color of the sectional – you helped so much! I AM BEYOND happy with the ‘heavenly cinder’ fabric choice for our Jonathan Louis sectional, it’s so beautiful in person (if you weren’t following along yet, the other option was blush pink! Would’ve been v cute but not as classic). THIS SECTIONAL is my favorite part of the living room. You know how scary it can be ordering anything online – let alone a huge sectional – but I was so pleasantly surprised by this beautiful piece. It’s the Pia Sectional with the Pia Ottoman (and the throw pillows it comes with it). Not only is the color perfect and the design both modern and classic, but it’s the softest and coziest couch – everyone who sits on it agrees! Jonathan Louis is a family-owned business from Los Angeles that designs, makes and sells high quality (and affordable!) upholstered pieces like this at places like Macy’s, Living Spaces and ZGallerie [and Domicile and Darvin Furniture for my Chicago readers]. To find out where you can buy this sectional or other upholstered pieces at a great price, go here to find a retailer near you. To browse their products, click here + to request a swatch click here.

This post was created in partnership with Jonathan Louis, all opinions are my own.


Here’s a tour of the living room, enjoy!

I hope you find some inspiration for your own space through these beautiful photos shot by Aesthetiica. Thank you so much for all your nice comments – please leave some love below or on my Instagram picture I just posted! It really means SO much to me because it’s something I’ve put so much work and heart into!

(Many pieces in the room are from my good friend’s home decor boutique, South Loop Loft here in Chicago. She has the coolest collection of unique knick knacks, antique furniture, and all kinds of home decor treasures. I’ve linked all of the items in the room that came from her store. Stay tuned for an exciting update about South Loop Loft soon!)


Wall Color: Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore

Ivory Drapes

Sectional: Pia Sectional + Pia Ottoman in ‘Heavenly Cinder’ by Jonathan Louis

Chandelier – Joss & Main

Area Rug Under Couch

Fluffy White Layered Rug Under Couch

Coffee Table – Exact table, but every slab of marble is unique!

Entertainment Console (Similar)

Mongolia Garland on top of Entertainment Center

Decorative Pillows on couch (Similar)

White Fluffy Pillow on Couch

White Cozy Blanket on Couch

Fake Flowers on Coffee Table

Silver Tray on Coffee Table – Target

Mirrored Side Table to the right of the Couch

Decorative Urchin Pieces on top of Side Table

Large Abstract Art to the right of Sectional

Blanket Trunk On Ground (Similar)

Fur Blankets Folded in Corner

Grey Velvet Chairs – Joss & Main (Similar)

Side Table Between Velvet Chairs (Similar)

White Lamp with Gold Trim on Side Table

Black & White Striped Booked on Side Table

Chanel Book on Side Table

Diptyque Candle on Side Table

Console Table Behind Couch (Similar)

Fur Stools Under Console Table

White Ginger Jars on Console Table (Large, Small)

Chloe Book

Crystal Globe on Console Table (Similar)

Cow Hide Rug

Vintage Peach + Beige Rug

Floor length Mirror Against Bookshelf

Dark Art Piece layered against Mirror

Mongolian Fur Bench with Acrylic Legs

Champagne Greek Key Mirror Above Bench

Mini Prelit Christmas Tree Next to Bench (Small Sold Out)

Hide Pillow on Bench (Similar)

Prelit Christmas Tree – Target

Ornaments – Target

Champagne Ribbon on Tree

Glitter Rose Clips on Tree

Star on Top of Tree

Tree Skirt Blanket (Similar)

Mirror Behind Tree

Silver Candle Holders on Ground (Similar)

Items Inside Shelves:

White Hand Sculpture (Similar)

Chrome Tangle Sculpture

White Geometric Vase

Pink Globe – Anthropologie

Champagne Geometric Hollow Globes (Similar)

Vogue Covers Book

Pink Louboutin Book

The Big Book of Chic

Valentino Book

My Outfit:

Topshop Jamie Jeans

Similar Cream Cardigan

Similar Bodysuit

Taupe Bralette

Taupe Heels

In case you missed it, be sure to check out my bedroom reveal + bedroom update + and my office reveal!

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3 Steps for the Perfect Holiday-Red Lip

Black Lace Gown from Bloomingdales 30% off (wearing Petite XS with minor alterations – runs a little big) | Black Glitter Box Clutch from Sole Society | Oversized Black Faux Fur Coat  | Swarovski Crystal Bella Mini Earrings

I usually stick to my go-to my favorite pinky/fuchsia lip colors for most occasions, but during the holidays there’s nothing like a classic red lip. It’s an easy way to add a festive touch to a simple black dress you’re wearing to that Christmas party, or to add a pop of color to any outfit. (PS how gorgeous is this black lace gown? Perfect for black tie weddings!).

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3 steps for the perfect holiday-red lip

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1. Moisturize

I’ve been using this lip balm I found in one of my L’Occitane advent calendars this year and it’s my favorite  ever. The texture is so creamy, light, and long-lasting. Also – drink plenty of water and use an overnight lip treatment.

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2. Liner

Regardless of what color I’m wearing, I always line my lips before applying my lipstick. It helps define the shape of my lips and makes it easier to fill them in. Liner can also be used to make your lips look a little bigger if you want to exaggerate the the shape a bit. I do this underneath my bottom lip. For red – I use Urban Decay color: 69 available here.

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3. Lipstick

I’m not usually one to purchase liquid lipstick, but I tried Physicians Formula’s new Healthy Lip Velvet Liquid Lipstick and was hooked. The texture is reach, creamy, and mouse-like that lasts throughout the whole night. The satin matte effect won’t dry out your lips and the avocado oil hydrates and moisturizes them while you’re wearing it. I’m wearing the ‘Fight Free Red-icals‘ shade and it’s the perfect red for the holidays. It comes in 13 high-impact colors and is only $7.95! Available at CVS and most drugstores. Buy it online here.

 


All photography by Aesthetiica

Thank you to Physicians Formula for sponsoring this post. As always, all ideas are my own.

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