1.28.2016

Home Decor Inspiration







I love the patterned and colored pillows!


It feels like ages ago since I moved into my new apartment, when in actuality it has only been a little more than a month, ha! As promised, I wanted to continue sharing updates with y'all as I decorate and setup the new place.

It has been a pretty slow process thus far. The past few weeks have consisted of simply unpacking boxes, selling my old furniture via Craigslist, and purchasing new pieces for the living room and dining area. Before I share photos of the new furniture on here, I wanted to first discuss where I got my inspiration.



I just love everything about this bedroom. The purple, mixed with gold and yellow!


Naturally I first migrated to Pinterest. That is where most of the photos in today's post are from. I created an inspiration board that I used to guide my purchases in the beginning, and will continue to use it as I finish acquiring accent pieces.

After awhile though, Pinterest got a little overwhelming and repetitive. So I turned to some of my favorite online magazines, websites and blogs for even more inspo. I scoured sites like Glitter Guide, The Everygirl, Society Social and of course Instagram.



I love the grey couch, mixed with colorful pillows and gold accents. I actually found a couch similar to this color and plan to add colorful pillows soon. I also want a gold and marble colored coffee table eventually. 




I love these gold shelves! While I ultimately chose a credenza where I can hide all of my stuff, I thought about getting one of these shelves for an accent wall that's currently bare right now. These particular shelves are from Ikea, and were originally white, just spray painted gold.


When it comes to my overall style and design aesthetic, I would say that I'm drawn to a mix of Southern, preppy and traditional. I love bright colors, thick fabrics, wood finishes and unique pieces. I'm also a huge fan of gold accents. Since I finally had my own place to decorate, without anyone else to consider, I knew that I wanted the decor to scream, "ME!" This could possibly be the last time I make everything about me, my style and ultra feminine. So I wanted to take full advantage of this opportunity!



I found this gorgeous rug for $1,200 on Overstock.com. I almost had a heart attack because no way in you know where would I ever pay that much money for anything, let alone a rug. I pinned the rug still and built my entire design around it. I just knew I'd find something similar at some point. Well, low and behold Joss & Main had a deal of the day and THIS rug was in it. I got this rug for $400!!! So much better than the original price. 




I saw this photo on Pinterest and immediately pinned it. I have always wanted a farm table and bench. I actually found the perfect ivory farm table, matching chairs and bench. Can't wait to share!


When it comes to certain things in life, I know exactly what I want. But in others, like home decor, I am totally and utterly indecisive. There were so many pictures I found that inspired me to go in too many directions, decor wise. But some things I knew that I wanted and definitely didn't settle on, were unique furniture pieces, gold accents and a farm table for the kitchen.



I'm looking forward to the next bar cart update. This time, something more sophisticated and modern.


I can't wait to share the next home decor post with y'all, when I reveal the furniture I purchased and how it's setup in my new place. There are a few touches left I want to make, and quite a few Homegoods trips still in store for me. In the meantime, I wanted to leave y'all with some of the sites and stores that I've found pieces thus far and where I hope to purchase my remaining items.

Home Decor Websites
Joss & Main | Wayfair | Overstock.com | One Kings Lane | TJMaxx | West Elm | World Market | society6 | Nordstrom 


Home Decor Stores
Homegoods | TJMaxx | Marshalls | Kirklands | World Market | Belfort Furniture (in the DC area) | Pier 1 Imports | West Elm | Nordstrom

Tell me, which stores and sites are some of your faves? I am dying to know! Leave in the comments below. Xo (sorry, that rhymes... had to say it, ha!)

1.27.2016

Valentines Day Inspired Bar Cart











All other items are from Homegoods or TJMaxx // Coral Bowl is from Kirklands

We're a few weeks away from Valentine's Day, and just about the only thing in the spirit (no pun intended) is my Society Social Bar Cart.

I've never been a huge fan of this holiday, nor do I typically decorate for it. But since y'all loved my last bar cart post, I thought I'd spruce up the cart and get it ready just in time for February 14th. While I'll be enjoying the actual day with three wonderful friends, riding back on the Amtrak from New York Fashion Week, my romantic plans are yet to be determined (i.e. they don't exist yet… but there's still time. Am I right ladies??).

I didn't want to spend a crazy amount of money on adding Valentines-esk decor to my cart, so I decided to work with pieces I already owned. I brought back the Carrie Bradshaw quote sign, a pink tin to hold all the essentials, a brand new monogrammed tray and wine glasses, my coral bowl and a monogram K. You too can capture the same look, simply by adding a few "color of love" pieces to your cart.

Once the "day of love" passes, I'll be really sprucing up (this time, pun definitely intended) the cart just in time for spring. Can't wait to share another post with y'all soon! In the meantime you can shop some of my bar cart essentials above or via the widget below. Just click the link or photo to shop each piece directly.
















1.22.2016

No, Jonas is not the fourth brother!


Okay, so let the jokes commence. Unless you're living under a rock (or down in Florida), you're probably well aware that the storm of the century, Jonas, is heading straight for the nation's capital. A.K.A… where I live. If only it was Nick Jonas who was visiting instead of 2+ feet of snow. Just my luck.

Any who...

This Southern gal has never experienced anything more than a few inches of snow, let alone blizzard conditions and 2+ feet of fresh powder. I have zero imagination when it comes to what this impending storm is going to bring, and I am anything but prepared. Usually I'm the most organized, plan ahead kind of person. But how does one plan for something they've never experienced?

At the very least I'm well stocked food wise. Got all the essentials… water, milk, meat, cheese, wine and cookie dough. Like I said, the essentials! Other than that, I feel like I'm so unprepared for this storm. At the same time, I'm not really sure what else I can do to be ready. Other than wait and see what tonight, on into tomorrow, brings. I'll be sure to keep y'all updated with tweets + Instagrams, so make sure you follow along. But while we wait for Jonas to arrive, let's talk a little link love shall we?

OMG!! One of my favorite brands is coming BACK and in a big way!!
Kendra Scott released her newest collection this week! Checkout some of the most gorgeous pieces, perfect for spring!
Fringe sweaters are all the rage right now! I just ordered this one from Nordstrom!
My friend Katie wrote an incredible post for all you bloggers out there! She shares five of her most utilized blogging tools + secrets!
Just ordered these pale pink aviators… they're in this year's Pantone Color of the Year + they're  only $15! Can't beat that!
"It's not too late to say sorry..." or should we? Here's why we need to stop saying sorry and stick up for ourselves.
I ordered the most gorgeous rug this past weekend for my new apartment! It finally came in and I'm in awe! The colors are vibrant and really helps brighten up my white walled apartment.

If you're in the pathway of the storm, stay safe and keep warm! See y'all back here on Monday! Xo

Oh, and if you're like me and weren't in the area in 2010 during Snowmageddon, then this is apparently what we're in store for + maybe even more! Yikes!!




1.21.2016

Rose Quartz




I always look forward to the announcement from Pantone as to which color they chose to represent the year. For 2016, I guess Pantone couldn't choose just one, because a combined representation is made up of Rose Quartz and Serenity. A pale pink, paired with a shade of my favorite color, purple.. the perfect combo as we head into spring!

Pastel colors are making an early appearance this year, so it's no secret that stores have been stocking up on items featured in Pantone's Colors of the Year. While there are two colors, today we're discussing just one.

Just in time for the month of love, pale pink items are flying off the racks. Below are a few pieces I'm loving. All of which are perfect for the upcoming Valentines holiday or to start wearing now, on through the spring months.

Just click on any of the images below to directly shop that product. And to keep the shopping fun going, I've listed a few notable sales at the bottom of this post! Happy shopping friends!





Sales Worth Mentioning: 

Banana Republic: Extra 50% off sale
J.Crew: 30% off winter essentials + an extra 40-50% off sale!
Paper Source: 30% off all calendars + planners
Sole Society: Winter Clearance, save up to 60%

1.20.2016

Mr. Incredible by Drybar



My obsession with Drybar began a long, long time ago. It all started with a new blogger friend, lunch and a visit to the Georgetown location.

I'm pretty picky on who does my hair and rarely have experiences where the style turns out better than I imagined. That's when I was introduced to Drybar. I fell in love with the service and the products. The smell of the Texas Tea Shampoo had me hooked. Y'all, the smell of Drybar products sticks with you for days. In a good way of course. It's like they're always there for you, even when you can't pop in the store.

Since my first Drybar visit, I can't get enough of their products. I've tried many of them, and most recently was given the newest product to join the lot... Mr. Incredible.

Okay, so this was probably a little cheesy. Maybe it's because Valentine's Day is around the corner and I couldn't resist a metaphorical way to introduce y'all to my newest Drybar obsession. Either way, you have to give Mr. Incredible a try.

It's a leave in conditioner. A product I've really been searching for recently. I've always used a detangle spray after washing my hair, but that's all it does. If I'm going to spray something in my hair, it needs to do more. So I've been on the hunt. Thankfully Mr. Incredible came just in time.

This everyday product helps detangle, yes. But does so much more than that. It conditions, prevents breakage, enhances shine, softens, hydrates, defrizzes + more! WOW, all of that in one product!! So much better than spraying three or four different things on my hair. I love the way it smells too (obviously, ha!).

Since I have very thick color-treated hair, I needed a product that would tackle the thickness and be safe for my highlights. This product, does ALL of this. Mr. Incredible truly is... incredible!



Checkout more Drybar products, here. And schedule a visit to the nearest location to you, here.
**Thank you to Drybar and BrandLinkDC for sponsoring this post. Compensation was provided in product, as well as the Mr. Incredible Leave-in Conditioner to try. Photos and opinions are my own.

1.19.2016

Georgetown Style

























Over the weekend I met up with three of my best friends, and one of our favorite brands, to discuss a fun collaboration for next month's trip to New York City. Lauren, Jenn, Laura and I are traveling to Fashion Week for the first time. We want to enjoy the experience even more by partnering with some of our favorite brands for the weekend. I'll be sharing more info about these collaborations and our trip in early February.

Since we were meeting so early on Sunday, I needed a warm and casual outfit. I planned to also do a little shopping after our meeting, so layers were definitely necessary. I still wanted to look put together and professional. So a nice, tailored blazer provided just that. I added a pop of color and my favorite jeans, as well as a southern flair in my loafers. A casual and comfortable, yet professional outfit of the day.

Sadly the shoes are from C. Wonder, which has since closed, but I added a few other loafers I'm loving in the widget below.




1.15.2016

Two Years of Blogging

Where does the time go?! It's so hard to believe that tomorrow marks TWO years of blogging for me. Can you tell I'm excited??



For those of you who have been with me from the beginning, first off, thank you. You also probably remember when I was First Impressions and blogging about life post college. I originally started a blog to keep up with my writing (was a journalism major) and share my life's adventures with family back home. There were zero intentions of this becoming anything but a fun hobby.

Now, two years later, blogging is still very much a hobby for me BUT it has also turned into a fun side business. I don't do it for that though. My main focus has never shifted or wavered. I want this little spot on the web to be an outlet for me to share my life, my style and random thoughts of the week. It's all about having fun and the past two years have been just that!

I was reflecting this past week on where I was before blogging, and to be honest, it's hard to imagine life without it. I've gotten into such a routine from it. But the biggest thing that has come from blogging has been the friendships and connections I've made. From meeting so many of you, to connecting with local brands and businesses, to making some of the best friends I could ever ask for. Blogging has become so much more than weekly posts, but the starting point to everything else.

I have had so many amazing experiences that would have never occurred if I hadn't logged onto Blogger two years ago. This blog has taken me to new cities, challenged me to step out from behind the camera to in front of it, introduced me to new products and brands that I now can't live without, and taught me more about myself than I could have ever learned without this.

Primp & Proper has such a LONG way to go, I know it. But we all have to start somewhere, am I right?! I thought it would be fun to take a look back today at where I started to where I am now, as well as where I want to be this time next year. I've also featured a few of my favorite posts over the past two years and photos throughout today's post. But before you continue scrolling, let me just say.... THANK YOU! No words can express my thanks to you all. So I want to just simply let you know, from the bottom of my heart, how much I appreciate you reading, commenting and being a friend. Yes, y'all are my friends. Whether we've met in real life or not, I treasure each and every one of you. Without you, this all wouldn't continue.

So, before I cry.... LOL let's take a look back at where this all first began:


I didn't know how to even use blogger, let alone any blogging feature. 

I had no idea what HTML was or how to code. It's another language, right?!

I had no intentions of doing outfit photos, posts or fashion related anything. 

I had no idea how to reach out to brands or work with anyone on a post.

I had 220 Twitter followers, just created Instagram, had no Facebook page or Pinterest page.

Thought about quitting blogging at least once a week, ha!

Page views consisted of visits from myself and my mother.

Knew only two or three bloggers!





Now two years later, Primp and Proper:


Features posts about life, style and entertaining. I mix in travel and DC related posts too!

I have worked with 45+ brands and businesses!
Like Vera Bradley, Rent the Runway, Kendra Scott, Drybar, Warby Parker and more!

I now know what HTML is and can actually do some things on my own.

I have added outfit posts and look forward to adding even more this year!
First outfit post / most recent outfit post (big difference huh?!)

I now have 10,000+ social media followers. 

Now at 250,000+ page views (hopefully not just my mother refreshing the page, ha!)

Been featured on the Washingtonian website and in their January 2016 issue.

Still get frustrated with blogging sometimes, but can't see myself quitting anytime soon!

Now have TONS of friends here in DC and across the country, all whom I've met through blogging!





A new year just began, and as of tomorrow so does my third year of blogging. I have many things I hope to accomplish in my third year. Everything from more outfit posts, to connecting with new brands, traveling more for the blog, to updating the site (coming late February 2016). I am prepping for New York Fashion Week (my first time!) in February, and brainstorming for other trips throughout the year.

I want to take some classes in photo editing and graphic design, so I can hopefully bring y'all some really cool graphics. And also start hosting more events in the DC area. I want to expand my reach within my community and collaborate more with local brands.

These are just a few ideas I have for the year, some are even already in the works!



Finally, I leave you with some of my favorite posts from the past two years:








Holiday Happenings Series: Gift Exchange, Party and Christmas Morning






1.14.2016

Winter Pastels


Pastels have always been a Spring staple... until now. One of the biggest trends I've noticed this winter so far is incorporating pastel colors in your outfits, now. You can even add white to this trend. Who says you can only wear white in the summer? And who says you can only wear pale pink in the spring? Nobody. 

It all comes down to how you wear them. Obviously you're not going to wear a white eyelet dress, sans tights in the winter. No, that's just crazy. And you'll freeze to death. So wearing pastels in the winter can easily be done in your accessories and by sticking to the overall winter weather pieces.

I've had this pastel purple sweater from Polo Ralph Lauren for years. It's one of those timeless staples that you can wear year after year, and never goes out of style. I paired it with a J.Crew jeweled collar shell to add a pop of sparkle and to keep the outfit easy. No need for a heavy necklace. The extra layer underneath the sweater also helps to keep you warm. I paired these two pieces with my favorite skinny jeans and Ralph Lauren Riding Boots. Who says you also can't add a different pastel in your accessories? This pastel pink tote from H&M is perfect to carry the day's essentials, and pairs nicely with the pale purple. 

An easy, casual Friday look for the winter. Check!