Apartment Haul 2019: West Elm (Contemporary + Modern)

Hellloooo, 2019! Kicking off the new year with a huge West Elm apartment haul! Living in the city this past year has definitely influenced my overall style. From fashion to home design, I have come to love and appreciate the contemporary, sleek aesthetics.

I remember when I was in college, I always wanted to have a city apartment full of West Elm decor. Fast forward a few years and this vision came to life! West Elm was the natural choice for me to go with when it came to decorating my urban home. I love the endless options of elegant and sophisticated furniture pieces that they carry. In addition, they also offer a wide range of handcrafted items which adds personal and unique touches to a home.

I hope you all enjoy this modern apartment haul! All the items in my video are linked below. Please keep in mind that a certain style/color might be unavailable at this time, but could be restocked in the future. Also, I included a link to the full tour of my high rise city apartment so you guys can see these products in action! As always, thanks for stopping by! ~b

1.) Crosshatch Jacquard Velvet Pillow

2.) Decoupage Box

3.) Mojave Glass Candle

4.) Wren Bistro Dining Table

5.) Ceramic Turtle Planter

6.) Faceted Porcelain Vase

7.) Large Curved Basket

8.) Turquoise Plant Pot

9.) Echo Print Rug

10.) Pleated Grid Duvet

11.) Austin Ottoman

12.) Circle Collage Pillow

13.) Crest Bentwood Dining Chair

14.) Lens Floor Lamp

15.) Mid-Century Plant Pot

16.) Wallace Sewell Crewel Bold Pillow

17.) Mid-Century Pop-Up Coffee Table

18.) Austin Swivel Armchair

P.S – all product images are from West Elm‘s website.

Outfit of the Day: Haleakala Sunrise

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Coat – Patagonia / Sweater – H&M / Leggings – Avalanche Leggings / Shoes – Brooks

Haleakala’s summit is easily one of the most spectacular places to watch a sunrise. With an elevation of 10,000 feet above sea level, it’s a pretty incredible view. Around dawn, on a good day,  you will be able to witness the sun ascending above a sea of fluffy white clouds.

To experience this breathtaking sunrise, wake up super early to get to Haleakala National Park. Once you arrive at the visitor area, you will want to get away from the huge tourist crowds ASAP. I highly recommend taking the Pa Ka’oao White Hill trail. Not a lot of people are up for a mini-hike in the early morning so this spot is not as packed (offering better photograph opportunities). I honestly think it’s one of the best viewpoints!

From the top outlook, you will be able to see the clouds drifting and gliding across the mountain slopes. It’s a mesmerizing sight! However, your attention will soon be shifted to the beaming sun rays peeking through the horizon. As the sun slowly rises to the top, it illuminates the sky with the most beautiful colors. From warm tangerine to soft yellow – the pastel hues cast the perfect glow to mark the beginning of a new day.  It’s a moment to take in and feel appreciative of being awake and alive. The Haleakala sunrise is truly a worthwhile experience on Maui. ~b

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Outfit of the Day: Lanikai Pillbox Hike – Mokulua Islands

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Tank top – Mango / Jeggings – Forever 21 / Flip flops – Vionic

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to spend two amazing weeks in Hawaii this past year.  Since I was there for a good amount of time, I also visited Honolulu for a couple of days. One of my favorite activities I did there was the Lanikia Pillbox hike. It was a little bit unplanned (hence why I am wearing flip-flops in these pictures), but still a fun memory to look back on. The climb was not too intensive and offered a rewarding view of Mokulua islands, Lanikia beach, and the surrounding residential neighborhood. I included a few of my favorite snapshots from the hike in this post! ~b

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Outfit of the Day: Nakalele Blowhole in North Maui

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Top – Nike / Cropped Leggings – VSX / Flip – flops – Vionic

Nakalele Blowhole is another cool attraction that you can do on Maui. It’s located on the northwestern part of the island. This is home to the more underdeveloped rural areas so the road conditions can be pretty bad getting there. However, you will definitely be able to see some really stunning views along the way (see pics below)!

Once you reached the site, you will have to do a short hike to the bottom. The blowhole is easy to spot because it is always active and forms geyser-like eruptions every few minutes. Though a pretty interesting sight to see,  it’s important to note that it can also be extremely dangerous. I would not recommend getting anywhere near it or walking on the wet rocks. There have been a few serious accidents here which ultimately ended in deaths. It’s a scary thought to process but as long as you are careful, this area is a beautiful place to explore! ~b

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Outfit of the Day: Iolani Palace

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Dress – Target / Sandals – Steve Madden / Crossbody Bag – Modcloth

Wherever I travel, I often find myself gravitating towards beautiful architecture. Perhaps it’s the impeccable craftsmanship or the rich history but I am always captivated by these places. I believe these old regal buildings are the heart and soul of a city and within their walls lies stories of the past. Iolani Palace was the royal residence for the Hawaiian monarchy. Today, it stands proudly as a national historic landmark on the island of Honolulu. It’s a marvel of opulence and innovation, definitely worth a visit! ~b

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Outfit of the Day: Waimoku Falls (400 Feet Waterfall)

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Top – Nike / Cropped Leggings – VSX / Shoes – Brooks

Maui, Hawaii may be known for its beautiful beaches, but its unique landscape also offers a wide range of breathtaking sceneries. If you adventure on the Pipiwai Trail you will discover bamboo forests and majestic waterfalls. It is one of the most popular hikes on the island because it leads to the famous 400 feet, Waimoku Falls. The four-mile trail is fairly easy with a ton of photo opportunities along the way. Here are some of my favorites! ~b

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Outfit of the Day: Yellow Dress at Makena State Park

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Dress – Target / Sunglasses – Walmart / Sandals – Steve Madden

When I was a kid, I always fantasized about being whisked away to an exotic destination. The beaches at Makena State Park in Hawaii are pretty close to that! With golden shorelines and brilliant aqua blue water, this hot spot in Maui is a dreamer’s paradise!

 ~b

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