Top Travel Tools

From world record snowstorms in Boston…

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to relaxing pool days in Puerto Rico…

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to hiking up Cathedral Rock in Sedona…

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to diving into crystal clear water in Panama…

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It’s no secret that I love to travel. And those who know me, know that I don’t like to repeat travel either. There are SO many amazing places to go, I just want to keep checking place after place off my list!

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Unfortunately, I do not have a money tree in the back yard (#lifegoals), so my travel takes some planning. I always do my research, keep my options open & base my travels off of how I can get the best bang for my buck. There are so many ways to approach travel, so let me share a few of my favorite…

When you know when you want to go, but where is open…
Google flights: Punch in your departure city, dates & click “go”! You can also filter # of stops, total flight duration, etc. I love using this when I know that I have an open weekend, but I’m also open to destinations!
Momondo:  (See below)

When you know where you want to go, but when is open...
Hopper (app): Download this app! It tells you average flight prices, best items to go & then will track  the specific trip you want, alerting you when a good deal comes up!
ITA matrix software: My go to for all travel. It’s a bit more advanced, but you can plug in routing codes (if you want specific stopovers), or you can put that you want to go BOS> ATL for 4 days…it will pull the whole year and tell you which 4 days is the least expensive. If you get to know one travel site, make it this one!

When both when and where are open (the best!)…
Momondo’s “trip finder” section: So fun! You can type in departing airport, and then mix & match the rest! i.e. where (africa, south america), when (by month), what (beach, city, adventure). It’s SO fun to play around and see what’s available!
Fareness: Almost identical to Momondo, but I think it’s a bit easier to use. Just head over to the landing page and play around, you’ll see!

When you know when and where you want to go…
Kayak: Always use the +/-3 tool and go to town. I often use this in conjunction with ITA matrix software once I know the general time frame and where I’m headed.

Additional Travel Tools:
The Flight Deal: A genius site for those of us located in the Northeast & West coast. Get on this list serve! They send daily emails with the latest flight deals (i.e. Boston to Bali $700 RT, SFO to Hong Kong $350) and they’re often gone within 48 hours. When you see these killer deals, book it and then make plans! Unfortunately, they don’t have many deals based out of Atlanta or abroad.
Travel Zoo: I don’t use this too often but I’ll scroll through the weekly email to see if anything catches my eye. Helpful once you’ve got your flight booked and want a hotel deal.
Jetsetter: For those of you who aren’t loyal to a specific hotel chain, or want a super posh hotel for less (i.e. Viceroy Anguilla), you can search by date & location on Jetsetter and see what’s available.
What are your favorite travel tools?!

 

 

P-Town colorful waterfront bungalow

When I came across this home tour via House Beautiful, I was immediately blown away by this living space.

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The wall of windows, the bright light, the shades of gray & blue…I love the serene, coastal feel. Of course that view doesn’t hurt either!

The rest of the home, designed by Boston designer Frank Roop,  keeps with the nautical theme- lots of blues and whites, touches of rope, anchor, driftwood, etc.

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I especially like the blue tile in the bathroom & kitchen, and the use of textured wallpaper in the office & living room.

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Well done, Frank!

White Bedding Under $100

Happy Monday y’all! Thanks for the awesome feedback on Fridays post– I had so many positive comments on Instagram so it’s a wonderful feeling to know that y’all are loving the same style spaces I am. That bedroom photo (pic #1) really inspired me- I actually picked up two huge frames at HomeGoods & developed a couple of 8×10 pics from our recent trip to Europe. Once they’re framed & up, I’ll share them! Oversized art (often coupled together) is still one of my favorite ways to decorate empty wall space.

As for today, I’m sticking to one of my all-time favorite topics…white bedding! I live and die by white bedding (no excuses- I have a black, shedding dog who jumps up on the bed all too often!).

Want to know why I love white bedding so much? Here’s why:

  1. White bedding always, always, ALWAYS looks clean, crisp & new.

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2.You can swap out decorative pillows often to change style & feel of the room.

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3. It’s easy to clean. Bleach that baby and it’s brand new.

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4. It’s easy to mix & match fabrics and create texture via layering whites.

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5. It gives your bedroom that luxurious, zen hotel feel that makes going to be the best.

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Trust me on this. If you’re looking to change out any bedding, give white bedding a shot. To help convince you more, I’ve put together some fantastic options under $100:

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Who else loves white bedding as much as I do?!

 

Friday Favorites: Master Bedrooms

Happy Friday y’all! I hope that you had a productive, enjoyable week. I’m definitely ready for the weekend. Another local weekend on the agenda, filled with some crossfit, a surprise birthday party, watching my Dawgs play (and hopefully win!), and some apple picking, if the weather is right!

For this week’s edition of “Friday Favorites”is bedroom specific. Fall seems to be a time when people want to give a little refresh to their main spaces. Stay tuned for more tutorials & styling tips in upcoming weeks. For now, let me help you get inspired…

Great example of mixing fabric textures to create warmth – all monochromatic with a hint of glam in the chandelier & statement art on the walls (when in doubt, go bigger vs smaller)…

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This stunning ceiling speaks for itself! I like how the rest of the room has natural, off-white tones to compliment the ceiling’s nature feel…

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The detailed molding is a fantastic way to transform a blank wall when art isn’t the route you want to go. It’s minimalist & simple, yet interesting & relaxing…

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I’ve shown this bedroom before, but there are a few specific things I love, especially the layering of the rug (damn you, carpet!), the oversized full length mirror & balancing set of 4 framed art. They clearly turned this room from drab to fab…

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Firstly, I love the color of the wood floors and the hallway shiplap (that appears to go into the closets!). Love the symmetry of this space with the grand four poster bed & that chandelier! A bold move, but it totally works…

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FYI: an informative piece when confused when what size rug to get for your bedroom.

Enjoy your weekend🙂

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Fall Blanket Roundup

Happy “official” first day of fall, y’all!

So if you follow me on snap (alexisf19) or Instagram (southendstyle) you probably noticed the new plaid blanket that was peeking out behind my coffee table sunflowers. I picked up another one for my desk chair & a few more fall accessories last weekend at HG. Needless to say, it’s definitely feeling like fall around here!

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If you’re like me and you can’t get fall off the brain, I’ve got you covered. I rounded up my 7 current favorite fall blankets. Yes, most of them are neutral. Yes, most of them are plaid. But they’re all versatile in use (throw over the arm of a sofa, lay on the end of the bed, toss over the back of a chair) and they’re all great fall gift ideas also! If you need a housewarming, birthday or dinner party gift idea, I would truly recommend any of these. Note: I gave various price points for those of us wanting to splurge or save!

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And while we’re on the topic of fall plaid blankets, we can’t forget the need for a blanket SCARF! This one is only $15 and comes in 13 colors. I’m obsessed!!!

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Have you purchased a fall blanket yet?! Who else wants this scarf!?

 

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Martha’s Vineyard Dream Home!

OMG y’all. This home is TO DIE FOR!!!

I was so tempted to share this immediately when I found the article (last week) because it’s just so stunning. This home is hands down one of my top 5 favorite homes. Hands down. From the unbelievable architecture (those beams!!!) to the absolutely perfect furniture selections to the showstopper fireplace, I’m so excited about this house that I could cry. It is now my new life goal to see it in person. #creeperalert. I could go on and on about the utter fabulousness this place exudes, but I’ll let the pictures do the talking…

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You can find the full home tour here.

Designer Living Room for Less

Happy Monday y’all! How was everyone’s weekend? We took the pup for a (tiring) 7 mile hike/trail run on Saturday up in the White Mountains. It was 75 and sunny, which made for perfect hiking weather! After watching both my Dawgs (Go UGA!) and the Patriots win, I made the season’s first batch of chili and a yummy paleo apple crisp which made for a delicious Sunday dinner. All in all, a slow but fun weekend!

Let’s get this week going! I came across this stunning home, designed by the talented Kate Marker, I knew I had to share. Rather than doing my traditional home tour, I thought it would be fun to show you how you can get this room in your own home! The living room is gorgeous & versatile for any style home – it’s monochromatic, it’s classic & it is a solid base for any home. I often get asked, “where do I start?” This is where! Let me help you…

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Considering this space homes an antique Oushak rug, Chairs by Verellen, and an Aerin Lauder lamp, it’s fair to say it costs a pretty penny. So I’ve put together some items that will allow you to have a similar space for less:

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What do you think?! Which piece is your favorite?!

{chairs // rug // fig tree vase // coffee table // side table // bench // white lamp // art}