September 22, 2013

A Countdown..

After stalking reading fellow bloggers posts over the past couple of days, I came across Erin over at Two Thirds Hazel. She came up with this great countdown that I'm going to join in on this week. Ready..Set..Go! 

Five things I'll be doing over the next week
1. Having Lunch with a great friend, that I can't wait to see!
2. Traveling to see my grandparents. It's been 2 months, and as I get older, I realize these are moments you may never get back. Time to take advantage. 
3. Starting my new job on Monday! WOOHOO!
4. My first work trip is on Wednesday to the Sunshine state. Unfortunately, I won't have time to tan. What? I'll be working! 
5. Hopefully, getting to skype with my friendy Nate. Click here to read more about his latest adventures! 

Four things I need to purchase
1. Glade Plug ins. Don't ask. I love them.
2. Fresh flowers to add color to my apartment.
3. A Phillip Lim for Target satchel bag.
4. I absolutely NEED these Kristin Cavallari for Chinese Laundry Allure booties.

Three shows I can't wait to come back into my life (Ugh only three?) 
1. Homeland. The anxiety this show gives me is totally worth it.
2. The Walking Dead. Equal anxiety driven love. 
3. Revenge. Because well, see below. That's why. 

Two reasons I'm excited for fall
1. Candles. I can't get enough of autumn/pumpkin scented candles.
2. Over Sized sweaters. There's nothing more comfortable. That's a lie. PJs are more comfortable. 

One thing that is currently bothering me
1. My neighbors above me. The noise never ends..That is all. 

September 20, 2013

Friday, Friday...

1. Anyone who knows me, knows about my obsession with Britney Spears. So as you can imagine with the release of her new single and the announcement of her residency in Vegas this week, I've been in heaven!

2. Found this beautiful Fall background on Super cute!

3. Recently, my sister took a trip to Seattle. With my new found obsession with mugs, she got me this mug from the first Starbucks store! Loving it!

4. Took a stroll on a farm last weekend and came across these beautiful flowers!

5. On my trip to Target this week, I chose this Revlon nail polish on a whim. Now, I'm in love! 

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Hope you have an awesome weekend!

September 18, 2013

Apartment Style

I haven't completely finished decorating my apartment. Hence, why you haven't seen full pictures yet. But during my glorious days off, I've had a chance to make some new additions.

First, I desperately needed lamps for my bedroom. The lighting in the room is not so great, and I like things bright. Really bright. I knew I wanted crystal lamps, it was just a matter of shape and size. So on one of my weekly trips to my favorite store I found a really cute lamp. It wasn't crystal, but had a white base and a beige shade. Notice I said lamp. There was only one. So in hopes of finding the second one in another location, I took it. Then I headed to another location, only to be disappointed. If Home Goods has taught me anything, it's that when you find something you love, you buy it. Right then and there. There's no time to think about it and come back. I ended up returning that lamp, for two reasons. One, I couldn't find a second one, and two, it turns out I didn't even like the lamp that much. I was just so desperate. A few weeks later on another trip to the homeland, I found beautiful crystal lamps. It was like the clouds had parted, and angels sang "Ahhh" These were the lamps. I'm sure you're thinking "They're just lamps". But to me, they're more than that. It's a sense of accomplishment. The plus? They're 3 way lamps! This week, I also found these peonies and vase which match perfectly with my room. (Obsessed) 

On a little trip to Target this week,(this hardly ever happens) I did some major damage. Lately, I've been really into quatrefoil patterns. I have pillows, curtains and now mirrors that I'm in love with. It's so classic, and clean. Two things that are important to me when decorating my apartment. So while strolling through the aisles, I found these great quatrefoil pattern mirrors. They add a little touch of beauty to my bedroom. 
Do you like the way I hung them?

I also found this gorgeous storage "bucket". I've placed it in the corner of my living room, holding extra blankets and pillows for those cozy winter movie nights. Every time I look at it, I smile. I love great finds! I can't wait for the day where I can decorate an entire house! 

I'd love to hear about some of your great finds! Comment below, or email me at

September 17, 2013

Finally Fall

 Having this whole week off, has been relaxing to say the least. Today is the first day I've spent an entire day in my apartment. (I've lived here for 3 months). I've been thoroughly enjoying it. Windows are open, candles are burning, a fresh brewed cup of coffee in my hand, with my dog/love of my life sitting by my side. I'd say this is a pretty awesome day. I'm trying to take advantage of having this week off before starting my new job. I haven't had much time to spend soaking up having my own apartment. There's so much I want to do as far as decorating and designing, in so little time! I only have 9 months left in this apartment before I a) re-sign the lease for another year or b) buy a house. 

When I first saw my front door, my thought was "I need a wreath!" I've always had an obsession with them. Not sure why. I think it just makes a home seem homier (is that a word?) I've been shopping around looking at fall wreaths for about a month. Now that fall has finally decided to show up (where have you been?, it's almost October), it was time to get a wreath up there! The last couple of times I stopped by my favorite store, I found beautiful wreaths. One problem, they were $20-$40. I can't bring myself to spend that much on something that will either get ruined in the rain, or blown away in a storm. So I decided to take a trip to The Christmas Tree Shop. There, I found that cute little wreath below for $5.99. Does it get any better than that? This way if something happens to it, I won't feel so bad. It's also really warm and welcoming!

Then I found Mason Jars for $.89. That's 89 cents! So I bought 2, and filled it with flowers I made. I put the little pumpkin and lantern with it on my window sill. Adding an extra bit of "welcome" to those who visit. Last, I found this AMAZING lemonade scented candle at Target for $2.99 (mind blown). As you know, I love anything yellow. Add in the scent of lemonade, and I'm hooked. I currently have this candle lit, giving my apartment a freshly baked lemon pound cake scent.

Hoping I get to spend more time at home this week. In addition to spending more time shopping for my apartment. It's like an addiction. One I don't mind having.

September 16, 2013

Weekend Recap

Nothing beats apple picking in the fall. Driving upstate for a fun filled family day is something I look forward to every year. One day of running around, climbing trees, jumping to grab apples. I get butterflies every time. It's the memories I have of doing it for so many years. Getting to pick and eat your own apple right then and there is my favorite part. I probably ate about 8-9 apples. Add in some apple pie a la mode, a cider donut and you have a recipe for diet destruction at it's best.

Funny story here.. As I waited in line with my green ticket (as the sign says) I notice that I'm the only adult waiting to ride the pony. Yes, the pony. Listen, I've loved horses my whole life. Unfortunately, in New York, there aren't many times in ones life that you get to ride a horse/pony. So I took advantage. When it was my turn, the woman asked a little girl behind me to come up and get on the pony. I quickly realized they didn't know I was waiting to ride. So I said "Excuse me, I've been waiting" Then the "OMG, I'm so sorry" started for a good 45 seconds...As I walked up, I announced myself. "Yes, I am an adult who wants to ride the pony." In the end, I'm really glad I did it. Those 3 minutes were awesome. Hoping I get to ride an adult horse soon. Hopefully next time I won't be ignored. Happy Harvest! 
How was your weekend?

xo Augenie 

September 15, 2013

2 Weeks Notice

And just like that, I gave my 2 weeks notice. The very next morning, the offer came through and this time I accepted. Having to resign to a very close friend was the hardest part. Although, I didn't exactly have to say the words to him. He had already known I was unhappy. It was really emotional to think I let him down. And having to say goodbye to people all over again, kind of sucked. However, I respect everyone I worked with and got to hear really great words of wisdom from each of them. One though, stuck out. "Don't worry about anyone else but yourself." Yes, I was upset I may have let people down, but in the end it's about me and no one else. So if I learned one thing from this experience, that would be it. Don't worry about what other people will think/say. It's about your happiness. In the end, it's your life. Thankfully, I'm still young enough to make these mistakes. So here's to a new adventure, and I can't wait to share it with you!

xo Augenie 

September 6, 2013


Remember that time when I talked about being offered my "dream job"? Yea, so that didn't work out so well. I had 2 amazing job offers and I was so excited about the opportunity to work with people I had already known and going back to something that I had already known, that I lost sight of what's really important. Not the money, not the people but my happiness. Yes, it's only been two months. But let's be honest..a) this is not the first time I've left a job /started a new job. and b) you just know when it doesn't feel right. Also, for the record, the position was not correctly sold to me. I'm much more than a glorified assistant. Much more than the person who sits back and takes orders. I know my worth. Unfortunately, I didn't know until it was too late. Or was it?

After two weeks of  being angry with myself, I decided to change it. I made a move. One I thought could do no harm. I called the deciding factor in my situation to see if the actual dream job I was too stupid to see from the beginning was still available almost 2 months later. And somehow it still was. Turns out it was made for me. I was just blind to see the one thing I had worked so hard for, for 2 years, was the thing I was meant to do. I don't know what's going to happen from here but I'm sure I won't make the same mistake twice. Wish me luck!

This makes so much more sense to me now.

xo Augenie