When Royal Caribbean asks you to figuratively test drive their newest ship, you pack your life into a carry-on and head to port. And then you eat your weight in seafood and only end up wearing one variation of the same outfit for three days.
When your denim is high waisted and your tee is oversized and slouchy, why waste time in anything else? Sure, we jazzed it up for the cocktail parties and the dinners but come 2pm when we were looking to hit the buffet for the third time that day – I was back in this outfit.
It was the perfect look to travel in, explore the 16 level ship, and did I mention the buffet!? As a first time cruiser, I had no idea what I was in for and this pre-inaugural sail really set my expectations high. From the amenities, to entertainment opportunities, to the friendliness of the staff, Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas is absolutely a recommended vacation option, in my book.
DS favorites: THE BUFFET, The Phoenix (kick ass Vegas based rock cover band), the North Star 360 Viewing Pod, snuggly lounge pods, and last but certainly not least – the fastest wifi at sea which made streaming the Notre Dame game somewhere in the Atlantic a possibility.
A few weeks back, I found myself in a bit of a pickle with a black tie event to attend and nothing to wear. I had less than 10 days to whip something up and while I had the accessories down, there was no dress to be found. I didn’t want to spend $400 on a one-time wear from Nordstrom and Rent the Runway was out of the question. More on that later.
I friend of mine mentioned a friend of hers had just started a dress rental business. WELL, WHADYA KNOW. I was very much in the market for her services. Not only was she the most delightful human I have ever met, she brought me two options to try (four sizes) and we went from there. I ended up folding my body (with the help of an essential pair of Spanx) into one of the most beautiful gowns I have ever seen. It was a Justicia Ruano laced back, floor length black gown with a slit up to the thigh. Simple, classic, with a party in the back. My kinda piece.
You know when you put the big-event outfit on before the event just to make sure everything works? I found myself doing that quite alot just to spend time in this dress. It was one of those pieces that made me feel like a million bucks. So much so that sometimes I consider purchasing it. And WHADYA KNOW? That’s an option at Estiletta. Hello, new favorite dress rental site.
Typically, I take my coffee iced. But lately, I can’t get enough of the smell of it throughout the house. Maybe it’s Fall, or maybe it’s just because I can’t get my fix but I’ve been leaving little bowls of Lavazza’s Caffe Espresso around the apartment. It’s super strong so a few little containers in a handful of rooms does the trick.
Cut to last weekend when a bunch of girlfriends were on their way over – I was totally that creep with little pots of espresso grounds around the house! I had to act fast. This was by no means a fancy gathering but I needed to class up my new decor immediately. I grabbed a few of my favorite tall Ball jars, tossed in a half cup of the Espresso grounds, and topped each jar off with a vanilla pillar candle. Instant Pinterest worthy table decor – and it makes the apartment smell even yummier!
What are your home decor DIYs that your turn to in a pinch? Leave them in the comments section!
This post is sponsored by Lavazza. All opinions (and DIYs!) are my own.