Author: Jill Sahner

A Weekday Adventure to Brooklyn

If there’s one thing I’ve learned since entering the full-time-working-professional-life, it’s that you need to find fulfilling things to do outside of work – regardless of what day of the week it is. Far too often, at the end of a work day I find myself rushing home to sit on my couch and mindlessly watch TV. Granted, there are definitely days where I need some time to rest, relax, and unwind after a day at the office – but at the same time, if you’re wishing your whole week away just to make it to the weekend, you’re wishing away a big chunk of your life. (I could probably present you with some impressive calculation around said chunk of time, but I think that might be super depressing for the both of us.) Recently, I’ve been trying to be more cognizant of the fact that, yes, the next forty-some years of my life are going to be spent working – but more importantly, if I spend my whole adult life feeling like all I …

Back to the Bronx

With the move coming up, Matt and I have been trying to be more frugal in our spending – eating out less, going out to drink less, etc. In line with that effort, we also decided to hold off from going to a Yankee game so far this season. Although tickets aren’t always too pricey, it’s the rest of the experience that gets expensive – the beers, the hot dogs, the snacks… all that good stuff. But now that spring weather is FINALLY here, we found ourselves itching to get to a game. Earlier this week, I decided to “just look” at the Stubhub ticket prices for the Yankees Red Sox series. Low and behold, grandstand tickets (aka nosebleed seats) were totally reasonable. So, we decided to go for it – not only was the weather supposed to be gorgeous, but it was YANKEES RED SOX, the greatest rivalry in baseball between the (current) two best teams. The weather did not disappoint – it was a beautiful evening for game two of the series. The …

Mud Cloth Mania

With our move less than a month away (25 days, but who’s counting?!), I thought I’d do a post on one of my current favorite trends – mud cloth pillows. I’ve always liked the look of mud cloth textiles, but I knew nothing about its origin. In my research, I learned that mud cloth (or bogolanfini) is a well-known African cloth tradition. Mud cloth is made using a handmade Malian cotton fabric, and dyed using a process of fermented mud (hence its name). DesignSponge.com explains that each piece’s pattern has a story to tell, and “even the arrangement of the symbols on the cloth reveals something secret about the intended meaning.” That being said, I am 99% sure that any mud cloth patterns you find today sold online by Etsy or Amazon do not have any sort of traditional, symbolic meaning to them. Still, it’s interesting to understand the history behind something that today seems so mainstream, yet at one point was such a prevalent symbol of cultural identity. In any case, today mud cloth inspired textiles …

New Apartment Inspiration

It’s officially the month of our move! Granted, we’re not moving until the absolute last day of May, but still – only 30 days left! It feels like we’ve been counting down for so long  (since February – LONG time to be looking forward to a new apartment) and we’re so excited to actually start to get things going. We have our movers booked, no parking signs purchased, and wifi scheduled for installation. With only a few more things left on our checklist, it’s time to focus on the more fun stuff – furniture and decor! If you know me at all, you know this is essentially my Christmas. Well, since Christmas is my birthday I guess that isn’t technically the case, but you get the gist. Long story short, I love interior design and the chance to decorate a new apartment from (almost) scratch is a dream come true. Of course we will be bringing over a good deal of furniture and other odds and ends from my current apartment. But let’s face it …

How We Met

If you’ve been following my blog and/or life to any degree in any capacity, you most likely know about my boyfriend, Matt. He is the sweetest, kindest, most caring person I know, and he’s also my best friend. But what you may not know is the story of how Matt and I met – and let me tell you, it is quite the tall tale! Okay, so maybe that’s a (weird) exaggeration. But it definitely is interesting! Personally, I love stories about how couples met because I think it’s so difficult to meet people in this day and age. After graduating college, I was pretty much a lost puppy. I would go out in the city with friends, but I felt like any guy I met in a bar was super creepy. Why is it that nice, normal people are never the ones to come up to you in bars? The answer is, because nice, normal people already have friends and friends-of-friends to hang out with and date! I, like many before me, fell victim …

My Favorite Places: Smorgasburg

Spring is (almost) here! And with the warm(ish) weather comes the opportunity to emerge from my winter-long hibernation on my couch and take advantage of all the fun outside activities the city has to offer. One of my favorite places to frequent in said warm weather is Smorgasburg – an open-air food market that pops up in Williamsburg on Saturdays and Prospect Park on Sundays. So, with empty stomachs and high expectations, Matt and I made our way to Brooklyn to indulge in a day full of decadent dishes. Not only is the food out of this world, but the views don’t suck either. It’s fun to see the skyline from the other side of the East River – I’m so used to the view from across the Hudson in Hoboken. East River State Park has both grass and beach areas, making it a great place for a photo opp (or several). Brooklyn is always a fun place to visit in any case – although I usually don’t feel like I’m cool and/or trendy enough …

Top 10 DIYs to Try

Image Source: http://www.aliceandlois.com As I’m sure you know by now, Matt and I will be moving to our new apartment at the end of May. I’ve been all sorts of inspired to find decor for the new place that fit both of our styles – and what better way to decorate, than with a whole bunch of DIYs! Now, I’m sure I’m being overly ambitious in thinking I’ll actually go out of my way to build things rather than just buy pre-made stuff from Target, but in any case, here are a bunch of cool DIYs I’ve come across in my searching to try for my (or your!) new apartment. (To get step-by-step instructions on how to do it yourself, click the title or the Source link below the photo.)   Triangle Mirror Source: www.almostmakesperfect.com   Finger Knit Rope Trivet Source: http://www.flaxandtwine.com   Mid-Century Plant Stand Source: http://www.abeautifulmess.com   Mid-Century Nightstand Source: http://www.burkatron.com   Ladder Plant Stand Source: http://www.themerrythought.com   Set of 3 Hanging Mirrors Source: http://www.decor8blog.com   Mini Granite Pots Source: http://www.almostmakesperfect.com   Mudcloth Floor …

How I Edit My Instagram Photos

People often ask me, “How do you edit your Instagram photos?” Now, I’m by no means Instagram famous – I only have about 5,000 followers and I don’t think the photos I post are anything spectacular, but I do keep a pretty consistent theme. First of all, let me say that I edit my photography differently than the photos I post on Instagram. When I use my Canon digital SLR, I edit those photos on my laptop on Photoshop. Most of the photos I post on IG I’ve taken with my iPhone 8+, so I typically edit those on my phone. Since this post is simply how I edit for Instagram, I’ll walk through the steps I take and apps I use when editing the photos I take on my phone. I’ll use the photo to the left as an example. I actually don’t have the original saved, but it was quite a bit darker when I initially took it. The first step I take to edit my photos is to adjust the curves. In …

Easter Weekend Photo Fun

Ever since I went to college, I feel like I’ve slowly lost touch with some of the things that I am passionate about – and things that make me who I am (or rather, who I was). Two of the things I miss the most from my childhood – and teenage years – are horses and photography. For me, the two went hand-in-hand. I would spend every day after school at the barn, and all day on weekends. Although I would ride my horse (and several others) while I was at the barn, the majority of my time was actually spent taking pictures. By discovering my love for horses, I also discovered my love for photography – and in a way, I owe my entire career to that. Without my relative success as an equine photographer, I would not have taught myself how to use Photoshop, how to code, how to build websites. In a way, that brought me to where I am today. But, regardless of my progress in terms of my professional career, …

My Top Target Finds

With our move-in date getting closer, I’ve been getting more and more excited to furnish our new apartment. And, if you know me at all, you know my number one, go-to-spot for all things home decor is Target (HomeGoods is a close second – if only they had online ordering!). So, in the spirit of sharing, I’ve decided to put together a post with my favorite Target finds that I’ve come across over the past few weeks. The look we are going for combines industrial, modern-rustic, and Scandinavian design – I’m honestly not sure if there is an all-encompassing name for that, but basically we’re all about clean lines, neutral colors, and simple patterns. Hope you enjoy these products, and happy shopping! Project 62™ Marble Top Round Table – $79.99   Threshold™ Artificial Plant in Black Pot Medium – $7.99   Project 62™ 72″ Loring 5 Shelf Ladder Bookcase – $99.99   Project 62™ Framed Cactus Wall Print 2pk White/Green 20″x16″ – $39.99   Mid Century Modern Molded Chair With Wood Leg – $99.99   Luxury Stripe …