On The Hunt: In the Same Vein

The Huntress-On The HuntI love marble. Who doesn’t? I dream about one day having a kitchen with the most beautiful marble countertops…where I could host grand dinner parties…with dancing…and lots and lots of wine. But then I realize that means I will have to clean up immediately, so nothing stains. Who wants to play maid at their own dinner party? Not me. So here’s what I have found on my search for the most perfect alternative to marble…in no particular order:

1. Cambria: Torquay Cambria.Torquay Torquay has been a longtime favorite of mine. It doesn’t look exactly like marble, but the subtle veining makes it so elegant. Especially when it is paired with classic subway tile, shiny fixtures, and glam cabinet pulls. Check out some installation photos:

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2. Caesarstone: 5131 Calacatta Nuvo

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This is so realistic, that it truly is a great marble doppelgänger. The pros are obviously that it’s quartz, but the cons are that the slab is the same pattern repeated, so if you have multiple slabs, you may end up seeing the “repeat”. But put it in a small area, and you’ve got it made!

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3. QuartzMasters: QM 9281 Calacutta Borghini. (this is not a spelling error, it it how it is spelled on their site…)

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This might be my favorite option, because it just looks so darn real! I’m not sure of the pricing, but I have a feeling that you would buy this for the maintenance vs. trying to save money. You can see why. I actually saw samples of this in person at a design show in NYC this spring. I have to say, it is stunning. Another “pro” is that it is so large, that to see a “repeat” pattern would be vey difficult. This make sit appear the most like natural stone!

Bad News: They don’t have any good installation shots on their site

Good News: They have several other realistic marble options too!

4. Fiandre: Calacatta Maximum

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I found this one on another blog. I’m having a hard time being really sure about what this actually us…the blog said it was ceramic, but the actual site doesn’t really specify…it looks pretty darn good to me.

There’s lots and lots and lots of other blogs that cover this topic, so I don’t consider this post “finished”. It’s just meant to highlight products that I have seen and thought were good marble alternatives!

On The Hunt: High/Low

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I have been looking for some things for work and found some high/low comparisons that I wanted to share with you.

Look at this minimalist indoor/outdoor side table from CB2, for example:

CB2.cement-grey-side-tableIt runs you $149.00…

But if hop onto Wayfair, you will see you can get the same one for $135.15!

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And this drool-worthy wood tiled dresser from West Elm is just the eye candy I need to be totally inspired to redo my whole house…

west elm.wood tiled dresserUntil you see the whopping $1,199 price tag…oh yeah, there’s also a $100 delivery fee tacked on afterwards…

Luckily, the Home Decorators Collection is selling a similar one for a much more affordable $979 with a $200 delivery fee, although you lose the tiled effect, which, in my opinion might be it’s best quality…

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In the end, you’re only saving a little bit on both of these pieces, but every little bit helps! AND…you know I can’t keep knowledge of savings to myself!

On The Hunt: Treasures Revealed!

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To satiate your curiosity about what was in my bags in this post, then scroll through 🙂

I thought you might like to see a panoramic photo of everything laid out…

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And here are a few of my favorite pieces:

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Lace Rhino Head

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Flock of Birds Wall Art

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Agate Jewelry Box

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Mother of Pearl Lined Wood Bowl

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Wood Side Table with Embedded Ash

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Acrylic Crystals

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Wooden Shoe Molds

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Large Hydrangea

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Gold Ram Skull Lamp

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Mother of Pearl and Acrylic Lamps

And here are what some of the treasures look like once they were inside of the apartments 🙂

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On The Hunt: Peep-Toe Booties, Ankle Pants, and More Money

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Let’s get right to it!

1. Peep-Toe Booties

It doesn’t matter what they look like, I want ’em! They are so cute for spring. One in every color, please!

I think my lovely friend, Michelle, has this Charlotte Russe pair. It’s so feminine and bad-ass all at the same time. They come in black too.

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Charlotte Russe is really stepping up their game, because SO many of their shoes are lust-worthy this season! This hot pink pair is so cute!

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This black pair is so sophisticated!

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This fun, blue pair is so springy! And Nine West is one of my fav spots for cute, comfy shoes.

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And I couldn’t help but post these Just Fab classics. So sexy! I know this image is a little strange, but it’s the only one that showed all of the detail 🙂

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Here’s another comfortable pair from Naturalizer. I will look anywhere for comfortable, cute shoes!

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Check out Shop Style or Heels.com for a HUGE selection.

And these aren’t really booties, but they are a peep-toe and they are super cute and I do want them too 🙂

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They look similar to the Steve Madden Winonna Wedges that are hard to find! And obviously more affordable.

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2. Ankle Pants

You know how much I love my Express Columnist Ankle Pant. But as I work on getting back to a workout routine, I may need to buy some in the next size up…here’s what I’m craving.

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Seriously, what is not to love about these striped pants??? I know I have an obsession with black and white stripes, so it is no surprise that I love these. Express sells these, but sadly, they don’t have my size 😦

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These are similar and just as cute!

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I was in NYC last week for work with my friend, Elise, so naturally, after our conference we meandered into J Crew. They happened to be introducing their new pants for the season. I liked the Martie best, although, I still thought they fit tighter on my thighs than they look in the photo…luckily, I know my body type and what looks flattering on me. I’d be willing to try on the Martie again.

j crew.martie pantThere was also the Harlow, which I didn’t try on, but looks like it could be flattering. Or the worst look ever…

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3. More Money

Yes, I think everyone is on the hunt for that. But here’s why I want more:

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Stuart Weitzman Highland Boots for $795.00. Honestly, even if I had the money, I would never spend it on them.  They are so expensive, I would never wear them, in fear of them getting ruined! Am I alone here?

On The Hunt: Shorties!

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I am working on a Photoshop Fun post for you soon, but in the meantime, here is a quick little post for you tonight!

Maybe it’s just me having Spring Fever, but I keep seeing this cute photo all over The Pin’:

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I have these cute shorts that seem to get shorter every time I wear them…

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They already have a super cute lace appliqué detail, so all they need are these!

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They’re called “Shorties” By Grace and Lace. They are on sale now for $27.75 (originally $37.00). I just ordered a cream pair today. I can’t wait to try them out when they arrive!

I have their Boot Socks and I love them!

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A Valentine’s Day Miracle!

Last night, I received a beautiful Valentine’s Day package from my Dad and step-mom (or “Other Mother” as she likes to be called!). They are SO generous, that I thought they would like to “watch” me open everything in a play-by-play photo progression (which was texted to them last night). Now for all of you…Watch the Miracle unfold!

imageimage_1 image_2image_3OMG, get ready, get ready, get ready…
image_4AAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! THE CRYSTAL STATEMENT NECKLACE AND J CREW FACTORY CIAO COLLECTOR TEE!!!!!
image_6Yep, that pretty much captures the joy of the evening!

And then I wore it to work today, of course 🙂

image_7CK likes to tell me I am dramatic, but no dramatics here! All real, true, and total joy!! It felt just as wonderful as I imagined it would be *dream*…I received lots of compliments on it today, many from my co-workers that didn’t even know about my obsession. And I’m not even lying, I love the shirt so much, I didn’t want to change out of it when I came home. I just took this photo so you could see me in “real time”.

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Thank you Dad and Barb for these amazing treats! I absolutely LOVE everything! 🙂image_5

On The Hunt: Snuggly Sweaters

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My lovely friend, “A” is going on a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway to a cozy Vermont cottage chalet. She is looking for the perfect cardigan to snuggle in with her hubby. These Pinterest photos should be all you need to set the scene:

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I told her she should go to Ann Taylor LOFT Factory to get the cardigan I featured here:

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Check out these options!

Snuggly Sweaters

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And, of course, no snuggly outfit is complete without a pair of these boot socks

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I hope one of these inspires you, My Beautiful Friend!

On The Hunt: Update on Ciao Tee!

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I just wrote this post about my obsession with the Ciao Tee. If you follow me on Instagram ‘sarahashley612’, then you will see that I followed a friend’s advice to send J. Crew a message telling them that I wanted them to bring back the Ciao Tee (and the Herringbone Vest, of course!)

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They actually did respond! Unfortunately, it wasn’t really what I wanted to hear, although they were super-nice about it 🙂

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In the meantime, I did find this J. Crew Factory Cheers Collector Tee that might be a very close second…AND with the code ‘OOHLALA’, you get an additional 30% off…

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It reminds me of this Kiss Kiss tee from my last post too…unfortunately, it was from 2013, so it’s no longer around 😦

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On The Hunt: Graphic Tee and Crystal Statement Necklace

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This post may be one of the longest and most detailed I have ever done. I mean, this thing has taken me 5 days to finish. I hope somebody finds something they like from the links I added. Even if it’s just one! 🙂

1. Graphic Tee

I few weeks ago, I bought this graphic tee from J Crew Factory (obvi):

J Crew Factory.Ciao TeeTheir sizes run so big, that I bought smaller than I usually wear. Sadly, it ended up being too small 😦

I saw this quote on the Pin’, and it’s so, so true…

nothing haunts usSo, now, all I do is think about it. And how I wish they had my size. And all the pins I see, depict fab graphic tees with ripped jeans and blazers and summer hats and handsome men and exotic places. I could have a handsome, mysterious man on a deserted, Mediterranean beach…he would notice me by the “Ciao” on my shirt…if I only had my J. Crew tee…

The thing I like most about the Ciao tee is that it’s not overly In-Yo-Face, it’s just effortlessly cool. OK, I’ll stop now and just post some similar ones that aren’t as good and make me wish I just bought the right size in the first place.

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The one above is by Nordstrom, who awesomely offers their TrueSize feature. You put in sizes of other brands of clothes you like, and it will tell you which size you would need in whatever clothes you are looking at. Anyway, to rub salt in the wound, this is what came up when I clocked on the “Dream” T-Shirt:

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But to end on a happy note, there was this ridiculously fab graphic tee…f21.wearing it anywaysource

2. Crystal Statement Necklace

This is not a new trend. And if anything, it might be on it’s way out. But, when I was at the Clover Market, this past weekend, a cute vintage shop had a really pretty crystal necklace, which means that maybe this classic beauty isn’t going anywhere.

I already have this lovely colorful one from J Crew Factory, majorly on sale.

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And I love it’s fun vibe, but I am looking for a classy neutral one to go with everything else I own. Maybe I’ll wear one like this everyday and be known as “The Girl with the Crystal Statement Necklace”…*daydream mode*

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Btw, after I put this into the post, I saw Jillian Harris post this exact same necklace on her “Must Have” Valentine’s Gift List…just sayin’…

This one from Charming Charlie is cute too, but I am not really a fan of matching sets.

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This delicate Crystal Shatter Collar from Bauble Bar makes a statement, even on it’s thin chain 🙂

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I’m still wanting something a little more dramatic (surprise), so the Pearl Orwell Bib from Bauble Bar seems a little more like what I am looking for:

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And this last Bauble Bar gem is pretty dramatic too:

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The only thing that would make this better, is if the Graphic Tee and Necklace were worn together…

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