Getting Campus Ready for Fall

After living in Manhattan for 22 years, living and working in small spaces comes pretty naturally to me.

If we buy something new, something else needs to go. When space is limited, that adage applies to a new pair of shoes, new coffee mugs, and sometimes, even something as simple as a box of cereal!

Each summer, I work with Bed Bath & Beyond - which is sponsoring these TV segments and this post - to share tips for making the most of limited space in student housing. Along with our daily life in Manhattan, doing these segments helps keep my small-space decorating skills sharp.

Dorm rooms are tiny, so finding a way to use every bit of precious space is a priority. These extra-deep underbed storage drawers enable you all of the space underneath a twin bed. Hanging organizers for the closet, backs of doors, and even around the base of the bed keep clothing, supplies, toiletries, and snacks in their place.

Mattresses in campus housing may not be the most comfortable, but you can do a lot to make them feel like home. A mattress protector that completely encloses the mattress is a great first layer, especially for people with allergies. I’m a big fan of this thick foam mattress topper as well. Two inches of memory foam make it comfy - plus it has a layer of cooling gel that is especially nice for dorm rooms. The anti-microbial (read: anti-odor) properties also make them perfect for the dorm room setting.

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To stay connected, wireless charging pads keep gadgets juiced up and ready to go. A cleverly-designed surge protector power strip with USB ports and rotating outlets allows you to use every outlet. For students who always need their phone close at hand, this shower tote even has a cell phone pocket!

To make it easy to get your stuff to college, Bed Bath & Beyond has a free Pack & Hold service that lets you shop at a store close to home, but pick up your order at the store close to college. I can personally attest to the genius of this, as I had so much stuff filling my parents’ van when I moved away to college that there was barely enough room for me to squeeze in. The service saves times and money, which often seem to be in short supply as the new school year begins.

Happy shopping!

Thanksgiving Week Deals

It was great to be back at “FOX & Friends” this morning with some great shopping deals for Thanksgiving week!

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I rarely talk about Black Friday much anymore, since many of the deals now start much earlier - and run much longer.

Here are the deals I discussed. The segments and this post were sponsored by featured companies:

NordicTrack x22i Incline Trainer - 30% off from November 23 to 26 from NordicTrack.

Beautyrest Foam Queen Mattress from Mattress Firm - $99 per piece on November 21 and from 8 a.m. to noon on November 23 (in-store only).

Oven-Ready Ham and Prime Rib Feast from Omaha Steaks - $219 through December 31. This price represents a 47% savings compared with buying the same items separately. Available online and in Omaha Steaks stores.

2-Carat Pear-Shaped Engagement Ring from Helzberg Diamonds - 20% off through December 24. Also, when you spend more than $1199 at Helzberg through December 24, you get a free Nintendo Switch System! Available online and in-store.

Motorola moto z3 5G Upgradable Smartphone - 50% off at $240 through December 31. Available exclusively at Verizon.

43” Samsung 4K UHD Smart TV at Best Buy - 27% off at $277.99 from November 22 to 24. Available both in-store and online.

PS4 Spider-Man Bundle from GameStop - More than 30% off from November 18 to 26 for just $199. Available both in-store and online.

Holiday Greeting Cards and Stationery - 50% off at Shutterfly from November 16 to 18.

Augmented Reality Toys - Augie, a robot that teaches kids how to code, is 30% off at Target from Thanksgiving through November 26. Additional STEM toys from Pai Technology are 30% off at Staples from November 18 to December 1.

Happy shopping!




Happy New (School) Year!

When I was in school, I was a total school supply nerd, always looking for fun, colorful notebooks and supplies.  I'm still a big fan of school supplies, only now I call them "office supplies" and use them to stock my desk and travel bag. Since I'm also currently working on a master's degree, that gives me an excuse to pick up a few cute notebooks. 

So, I am excited to once again team up with Office Depot and Office Max to show some of the cutest new supplies for back-to-school!  While Trapper Keepers in primary colors were about the fanciest thing you could find when I was in junior high, the choices are so much better now.  Even more, kids can customize them and bling them out with cute stickers, pom poms, charms, tassels, and more!

From colorful backpacks like this High Sierra Loop Flower Daze to packs from Speck and other popular brands, they have all of the styles kids love - and high-quality brands that score high on parents' shopping lists.

I don't know about you, but I'm thinking a few of these pencil cases would make fabulous makeup bags.

Here are a few of my favorites!

Sunday Stories: "BBC Mum," Ina Garten's Apartment, and Oxford Commas

Ina Garten's Upper East Side pied-a-terre is for sale. Not surprisingly, the kitchen looks amazing.

Any of my Nashville friends scored fabulous designer deals at this store? Maybe I will check it out on my next visit. 

Sure, you can dress like her. But do you really want to tell people she is your fashion inspiration?

I have totally jumped on the cauliflower rice trend - even Scott loved this recipe and described it as tasting like couscous. 

Looks like a dreamy vacation to me.

Time to starting using the Oxford comma again.

I can't even. The writer of this heartbreakingly beautiful essay passed away this week.

Still laughing at the "BBC Dad" interview? This "BBC Mum" spoof is even funnier. 

Have a lovely week!

Beyond Brooklyn

When I moved to NYC in 1997, Brooklyn was where you lived if you couldn't afford Manhattan.  And at the time, apartments on Manhattan's Upper East Side were so expensive, I didn't even look at places in the neighborhood.

However, I was dead set on living in Manhattan, and ended up renting this tiny 200-square-foot apartment on West 72nd Street, eventually moving to a similarly-sized apartment two blocks away.  The prices were right, and even though space was basically non-existent, I loved the location right next to Central Park.

Now, however, Brooklyn is where all of the cool kids live.  When Scott and I bought our apartment in 2012, our new neighborhood on the Upper East Side had become the "affordable" area.  It now attracts recent college grads and hipsters who have been priced out of Brooklyn. Go figure.

Since I am nowhere near cool enough to live in Brooklyn anyway, I settle for the periodic visit.  So, I was excited to hop on the Q train last week to head down to Sunset Park for the grand opening of BEYOND at Liberty View, a new shopping and dining destination in an industrial area along the waterfront.  

This is the kind of place you can only find in Brooklyn.  I love the industrial look, complete with the concrete floors and columns.  This "living room" at the Cost Plus World Market is about the size of my entire first NYC apartment - but it's so gorgeous I may just ask Scott if we can move in. 

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Have I ever mentioned how much I love throw pillows?  It may have something to do with the fact that they have always been an easy way to switch up the decor in tiny apartments.  Scott is fortunate that I did not scoop up all of these, load a truck and bring them home.

The complex also includes a Bed Bath & Beyond that carries more coffee machines and mugs - and coffee and tea varieties - than I have ever seen under one roof.  Maybe I can snag a few of these for the TV segments I do for them this summer!  I could not get out of here without buying something; I had been in the market for espresso cups for oh, about a year - so our kitchen cabinet now houses one of each color of the Le Creuset espresso cups pictured here (urban shopping tip:  espresso cups are easy to carry home on the subway).

Not sure anyone in New York City has room for this machine in their apartment - but if you do, rest assured that I did not buy it.  It's still there - and waiting for you to take home.

Adding to the local feel are "Born in Brooklyn" sections dedicated to local products, along with dining options that include locally-sourced coffees, craft brews, wines and other menu options.

Since I can be door to door in about half an hour, I'm planning to get Scott out there with me soon.  Maybe we'll even pick up a few throw pillows for our sofa.

How do you like to change up your decor?  New paint? Art? Let me know if I am the only one obsessed with pillows!

 

* All photos original to Shop with Style.