Festive Glam - Holiday Home Decor

It's always nice to add a bit of a seasonal update to your space, especially during the holidays. I don't celebrate Christmas in the traditional, religious sense, but absolutely do in the overall festive sense of it, because it really is the most wonderful time of the year. *Cue all the Christmas carols. Instead of a tree, I dressed up my floor mirror with a pine garland and string lights, and added a glam touch by draping crystal strands and sparkling ornaments.    

 

I got most of my holiday decor items from a craft/party store here in SF, but here are a few similar supplies I found online: 

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Casetify Cyber Monday

Casetify has a special promo for Cyber Monday. 

CASETIFY

UP TO 20% OFF

SALE RUNS MONDAY 11/28 - TUESDAY 11/29

16% off orders over $30, and 20% off orders over $70. Use code CYBER20

 

UP TO 30% OFF VOUCHER

SALE RUNS MONDAY 11/28 - TUESDAY 11/29

DETAILS

1. Save up to 30% and purchase a voucher code HERE (codes will be sent to your inbox)

2. Select a design from my collection

3. Enter voucher code during checkout 

* For any questions, email hello@casetify.com * 

Cyber Weekend Sale Edit

I always pass on the long lines - Black Friday is best when you can shop from your sofa, with coffee and leftover pumpkin pie. I rounded up Cyber Weekend deals from some of my favorite retailers, and my top picks on what to buy. 

Happy shopping! 

 

ALL SAINTS

30% off Sitewide | CODE: CYBER

 

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ASOS

30% off Sitewide | 11/24-11/29 | CODE: THANKFUL30

 

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EXPRESS

50% off Sitewide + Free Shipping | 11/22-11/25 

 

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INTERMIX

$150 off every $750 spent | 11/24-11/28 | CODE: THANKS

 

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SHOPBOP

Spend $200+, get 15% off; Spend $500+, get 20% off; Spend $800+, get 25% off

11/22-11/28 | CODE: GOBIG16

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*And don't forget about the promos I have on all my products - you can check everyone off your list! 

Anum Tariq BLACK FRIDAY Sales

Holiday promos on my prints and stationery, phone cases, and online fashion illustration course. 

ETSY

20% OFF EVERYTHING

SALE RUNS WEDNESDAY 11/23 - MONDAY 11/28

 Use code BLK20 for 20% off prints and stationery in my Etsy shop

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CASETIFY

UP TO 20% OFF PHONE CASES

SALE RUNS MONDAY 11/21 - FRIDAY 11/25

Casetify is having a sale this week: 16% off all orders over $30, and 20% off orders over $70. Use code BLACK2016 to save on my phone cases.

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BRIT + CO

40% OFF ONLINE CLASSES

ONE DAY SALE: MONDAY 11/28

Brit+Co has a 40% off sale on Cyber Monday, so it's a great time to buy my online Fashion Illustration Course for yourself, or to gift to a budding artist. Use code MAKERS at checkout.

Hope you all have a great holiday weekend full of family, food, and shopping! 

Need it Now: Bordeaux

Definitely one of fall's favorite hues, and mine. Rich shades of burgundy, plum, and aubergine look so so good in cold weather fabrics like velvet, suede and fur.  

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Lacey Looks

In the mood to shop for Holiday party dresses? I'm loving dark lace ones that show a hint of skin. This illustration was inspired by a dress by Self-Portrait, and linked some more of my favorites below. 

Sweater Weather

My current favorite sweaters: slouchy turtlenecks and lace-up knits.

I rounded up a few that are all under $100.

The Bell Sleeve Top

This season is all about the statement top. You can pair exaggerated bell sleeves with anything from cropped flares and mules, to a suede mini and over the knee boots.   

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Shop these bell sleeve tops:

Pair it with these pieces to complete the look:

Upgrade You

If you're like me and decorating on a budget, but still need really nice looking things, a quick DIY project can spruce up the most basic furniture pieces, or dress up a bare wall. Here are a few things I did in my small apartment that didn't take too much time or money, but really helped glam up the space.

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SHELF AND DESK UPGRADE

What you'll need:

Gold spray paint

I started with the Ikea Vittsjo shelf in white. (When I got it, it actually came with these white shelves, though it looks like online it comes with glass shelves.) Then I spray painted just the frame in three light, even, coats. My preferred gold spray paint is Rust-oleum Metallic in Gold. You're obviously not going to achieve that dipped-in-gold-shiny-metal-finish with spray paint, but this is the best option in terms of the shade of gold, sheen, and coverage. When it's all dry, you can also spray with a clear sealant to prevent nicks and scratches.

I get a lot of questions about my desk on Instagram, and that was a simple upgrade too. This desk came with silver legs and drawer pulls – I just spray painted the pieces gold, before assembling the desk, to coordinate with my desk chair. Since the arms of the chair are more of a matte gold the spray painted gold on the desk still works.  

NIGHTSTAND

What you’ll need:

Ikea Hemnes nightstand

a cute knob from World Market, Anthro, or a vintage find on Etsy

I just swapped out the plastic black knob with a brass one I found at World Market. I went simple gold, but you can try a more whimsical one, or a hand painted one, depending on the rest of your decor. Then I added a vanity tray that was about the same size as the top of the nightstand, to kind of fake a mirrored furniture effect.   

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PHOTO GRID

What you’ll need:

your printed photos

¼” foam core

poster tape

I had my travel instagram photos printed from Artifact Uprising as 5x5" matte prints. Then I cut 4x4” squares from foam core and used double sided tape to stick them to the back of each photo. Using poster tape, I mounted the photos to my wall in a grid. The poster tape is great because it won’t damage the wall, and the photos are light enough that you don’t need anything more than that.

PFW Spring 2017: Elie Saab

Elie Saab is one of my favorite designers to watch every fashion week as I look for illustration inspiration. His glam, usually sequined, looks never fail to disappoint. The Spring 2017 collection was very seventies disco, and this glitzy, beaded fringe piece felt like a party in itself.

Available as a print on Etsy

Featured on The Everygirl

I had the opportunity to chat with The Everygirl about my career path, sources of inspiration, and how I decorated my tiny apartment/workspace on a budget. 

Check out the full home tour and feature here.

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Need it Now: Dark Florals

Channeling Miranda Priestly - florals for fall? Groundbreaking.

But they kind of are, because unlike the girly, light florals for spring and summer, fall/winter florals are moodier, with rich, dark backgrounds. I love the dramatic, Victorian-goth vibes of romantic florals paired with luxe textures like suede and velvet.

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MFW Spring 2017: Dolce & Gabbana

I love a good trophy jacket, and this heavily embellished, black and gold Dolce & Gabbana band jacket has my name written all over it.  

Available as a print on Etsy

Shop these embellished jackets for a similar look: