Bedroom Reveal + $2,000 Giveaway!

shop my rebecca atwood picks here!

I could not be more excited about today’s post!!!! First of all, you miiiight have seen that my sister Becca (Rebecca to everyone else) has launched the most epic, exquisite line of bedding. I might sound big sister biased but I promise you, it’s even more amazing in person than it looks in the photos. Comfy, cozy pieces that get better (softer + more rumpled) as you live in them and wash them. My sister and I both take sleeping very seriously, so consider this collection sleep expert-approved.

Becca and her team put together an easy link so that you can shop all of my picks in one place (even the wallpaper – sadly they don’t make removable just yet but hopefully down the road!) You can also read an interview I did, over on my sister’s blog! It’s all about bedtime.

Before we dive into the rest of the photos… we have something reaaaally good for you. We’ve put together a pretty amazing giveaway – it’s a mix of both of our favorite things and the prize is valued at over $2,000! One winner is going to win everything listed out below… all the things you need for an evening of self-care and the best night of sleep ever! (I mean, the Night Pillow itself is a total game changer.) Enter right this way… good LUCK, everyone!

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way… my bedroom!!!!

Tyrion and I are both big fans of the striped coverlet. If you follow on Instagram stories, you know he only likes the Hermés blanket. Such a little brat. BUT when he’s not lounging on the Hermés in the living room, he sleeps here, on this. He actually sleeps with me every night at the foot of the bed, sprawled out on the coverlet. I love how soft it is… it’s the perfect extra layer when it gets chilly at night!  

The zzzzz pillow cases are one of my favorite things in her line. I love all of the embroidered pillowcases and it was really hard to choose a favorite (how cute are the night owl/early bird, the good morning/good night, and of course Mrs. + Mrs., Mr. + Mr., and Mr. + Mrs.!!!) As with all of her products they are fully washable and get better and more soft + rumpled as you wash them.

Other products shown:

photography by Tory Williams.

Morning Person In Training.

coat // dress // tights // heels

Okay before we dive in and chat a little bit, this Rebecca Taylor dress is the BEST and I love it and it’s on sale. She sent it to me to wear to her presentation and it’s such a good one. I don’t really do a lot of gifted items these days (Trying not to overwhelm you guys with branded content and if I’m going to partner with a brand, I’d rather have money vs. clothes) but I will always say yes to working with RT as her clothes fit me so well and are always impeccably made. I am her super fan. Also, I get asked constantly on Instagram stories about these sunglasses. They’re the greatest and only $65 – highly recommend. Also, happy Valentine’s Day, friends! xoxo

So anyway, now that we’ve got that very important information out of the way, today we are going to talk about becoming a morning person. Or at least trying to. I like to call myself a morning person in training. MPIT? If we are being honest, I never really understood the allure of becoming a morning person until very recently. The concept of the elusive “morning person” annoying. Who just springs out of bed, ready to tackle the day!? Not I. My bed is awesome and you’d have to pry me out of the sheets to get me up before 7. And besides, staying up late was so much fun. When left to my own devices with nothing to do the next day I can easily stay up til 3 or 4am just watching movies or reading. And like a lot of creatives, I was more inspired at night.

Until 3 years ago (when I left my last day job and started blogging full time), I didn’t have much of a say in the matter. I always held demanding day jobs so I had to be up. I’d be in bed by 11 and up by 7 or so. But once I started blogging full time I would fall into a (rather dangerous) trap of staying up late late late writing, and sleeping til 10. That phase only lasted a little while… I eventually fixed that and started going to bed around midnight and getting up around 8/8:30. I never thought I’d be the person who was on the treadmill by 7:30am but here we are!!! I’ve gotten a lot of questions about it on Instagram so I thought it would be fun to chat about that today.

Outfit Details: Vince Coat (from last year but this one is very similar and half off!) // Rebecca Taylor Dress (c/o, wearing a size 6, also available here and here)  // Chanel Purse // Express Tights (the BEST!) // J.Crew Factory Wedges (favs – so comfy!) // Tuckernuck Earrings (sold out but these are so similar!) // Polaroid Sunglasses

So what changed?

I blame the wellness challenge. When we kicked things off in January, I found myself much more tired from a) exercising every day and b) not drinking. So I just wanted to be in bed at the end of a long day. I started making bedtime into something I looked forward to, and with that, found myself getting up earlier.

It’s really all about the gym though. This week’s wellness challenge involves working out in the morning, and I can’t tell you how much better my day is when I’m up at 6:45/7 and start my day at the gym or an early yoga class. That way, your workout is taken care of for the day and you can get ready and just live your life. I realize that this is more of a blogger problem but I used to have this really annoying thing I would do where I’d go straight to my desk in the morning, get ready and have a photo shoot or whatever, work out mid-day, and have to shower and get ready all over again. Stupid, stupid. I hate putting makeup on and I was putting makeup on twice! Not efficient! For the past two and a half weeks, I work out around 7 and am home by 8:30/8:45. It feels awesome to have the workout out of the way. If I want to I can shower and put my pajamas back on or I can get dressed and look like a productive human. (You’d be surprised how frequently I choose real clothes as opposed to sweats!!)

And that is what makes getting to bed (and getting up earlier) easier for me. It isn’t some magical trick, it isn’t that my personality has magically changed (confession: when I was in Charleston this weekend I stayed up late every night as my friend and I both love watching old movies), it’s that I know how much better my day is going to be if I get up early and get to the gym.

So whenever anyone says “I wish I could work out in the mornings!” I laugh, and I laugh hard. Because if this reformed night owl can do it, literally anyone can. I am a monster. I may look put together in the photos but in my heart of hearts, all I want to do is be a lazy slob on my couch until I fall asleep there at 3am and drag myself to bed. But at 36 years old I’ve somehow finally figured out how to adult… or at least, adult a little bit. In bed at 10, lights out by 11, up by 7. I never thought I’d say it, but I really love this routine.

How about you? Are you a morning person? A morning person in training? If so… what gets you out of bed in the morning?

photography by Trent Bailey.

Kelly’s Chic Under $100: Yellow.

yellow pieces for under $100!

With temps in the 40s and 50s this week, my inner Californian is bursting with excitement for warmer days while my outer New Yorker is persistently complaining to anyone in earshot about the weather (“Yikes it’s so cold today!” “Can you believe that wind chill?”).

I’ve always found that a strong dose of color is the key to uplifting spirits and adding a shot of warmth to an otherwise dreary February. This month we’re both obsessed with yellow. From soft butter-yellow pumps from H&M to a mustard eyelet blouse from Free People, the happy shade is perfect for adding personality to the coats you’ve been wearing for months and are starting to get sick of.

I’ve had my eyes on these slides for ages and may finally pull the trigger. After all, nothing like a little retail therapy to make the dreary day a little better too.

Xx

Kelly

Top: Lemon Wrap Dress // Tassel Mules // Ribbed Beanie // Veronica Beard Skirt // Sunglasses // Crossbody Bag // Belted Dress // Midi Wrap Dress // Oversize Clip On Earrings

Bottom: Puffer Jacket // Light Yellow Pumps // Free People Long Sleeve Top // Lemon Top // Cult Gaia Hoops // Ruffled Top 

My Favorite Color/Pattern Combination.

Happy Tuesday! Anyone else in slow motion? I got back to Brooklyn yesterday afternoon and didn’t want to do anything but had so much to do. I ended up just making a list of the things I absolutely had to do and then leaving the rest for today. We can’t be amazing and productive all the time I guess. 😉 I got the important stuff handled, made it to yoga, did a little more work during The Bachelor (help) and got to bed at a decent hour. Today is another day!

As for my outfit, it’s a favorite combination! I am so glad I bought these jeans earlier in the year as they really do just go with everything and lend a cooler vibe to my outfits than my usual skinny jeans. They’ve got that mom jean fit but still manage to be flattering which is why I love them so much. And you already know how much I love red and leopard together but it really just is the best combination. This sweater is so soft and cozy (nothing beats Equipment cashmere) and for something a little more affordable I’m a big fan of this leopard sweatshirt!

Outfit Details: J.Crew Coat (similar here + here) // Equipment Leopard Sweater (also here ) // Re/done Jeans // Manolo Blahnik Pumps // Gentle Monster Sunglasses // Tuckernuck Earrings (sold out but these are similar) // Sezane Bag

I really just cannot get enough leopard right now! This sweater is so soft and cozy + I love the slightly cropped, boxy shape.. but I also have this leopard sweatshirt in my cart!

photography by Trent Bailey.

Outfit Details: J.Crew Coat (similar here + here) // Equipment Leopard Sweater (also here ) // Re/done Jeans // Manolo Blahnik Pumps // Gentle Monster Sunglasses // Tuckernuck Earrings (sold out but these are similar) // Sezane Bag

What to Wear When It’s COLD!

Happy Monday! I fly home from Charleston a little later this morning and it was just so nice to get away for a few days. It’s been so cold in New York – even just being able to wear a light jacket or hoodie outside felt amazing! We went to a fun party at The Gibbes Museum on Friday night and I helped my friend Natalie with her social media + instagram strategy… we shoot some jewelry for her new Spring collection (it’s inspired by paradise and I am so obsessed with all of the fruit pieces – especially these fun tassel earrings!!!) L-O-V-E.

But now it’s back to the cold (and living in this outfit!!!) I got this Mackage Parka a few years ago and though it’s only made it onto the blog once (in this post – How to Dress Like a New Yorker – ha!) it has saved me so many times as it is just so warm!

Outfit Details: Mackage Parka (also in this blog post from 2 years ago)// Lingua Franca Sweater // 7 for all Mankind Jeans // J.Crew Snow Boots // Chinti & Parker Hat // Chanel Purse

As a random aside I just love Loosie Rouge in Williamsburg. The food is delish but in the summer there is nothing better than their boozy slushies.. YUM!

I’m so into cute sayings/all things embroidered right now. This sweater is hilarious as I’m not exactly a gangster… I’m also really loving these embroidered t-shirts!

photography by Trent Bailey.

Outfit Details: Mackage Puffer // Lingua Franca Sweater // 7 for all Mankind Jeans // J.Crew Snow Boots // Chinti & Parker Hat // Chanel Purse