Hoboken Ramble

Hello! I'm Erin.
I have a husband, a yorkie, and a new house that I'm currently obsessed with decorating.
I'm awesome at shopping, eating, and copying DIY projects. I don't know what I did before Pinterest.
I no longer live in Hoboken but for now, my blog still does.
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This is fucking hilarious.


I love to hate Anthropologie furniture. In particular, the way they stage it for their website. There’s this gross fantasy they’ve created of an art student who can afford to spend thousands of dollars on a paint-splattered flea market find. It’s like all their customers are aspiring to be Charlotte in Tiny Furniture (a loft-dwelling trust fund dilettante).

They’ve gone off the deep end with the juxtaposition. You know those fashion editorials every fall where models lasagned in Prada swing around street signs in Red Hook? It’s like that, but on acid. The settings are more deteriorated and the designs are more design-y. It’s like shopping from deep within Fuck Your Noguchi Coffee Table.

If you choose to purchase a piece of Anthropologie furniture, it will only really look right in one of three settings:


1. An alternative gallery space six weeks from opening


2. An urban cabin with faulty electrical wiring


3. A crumbling Southern plantation (soon to be deemed “the new loft” by the NYTimes)

Let’s take a stroll through the Anthropologie furniture section together. What’s for sale today?

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Because so many of you asked (haha, no you didn’t) here are some of the things I’m hoping to fill up all my new shelves with. I guess I’ve got a white and gold theme going on here.

First row: 1, 2,

Second row: 1, 2, 3

Third row: 1, 2, 3

It’s not much and it certainly wasn’t hard, but I put this Ikea shelf together all by myself. Giant pat on the back.



The louis vuitton neverfull, which the whole entire population of NYC is currently carrying, *starts* at $1200? 

I sold my last car for less than that…

To pile on to this… I think having designer logos all over you bag these days just looks tacky. Sure, I think LV is a classy brand and they have nice things, but honestly there are some quality bags out there without logos splashed all over it. Give me a nice leather bag and I’m happy. 

The LV bags go up in price each year but this post made me check the website because I was SURE the neverfull was around $700. I had wanted an LV badly a few years ago and looked at them often and specifically remember them being around that amount. Looks like they added that extra keychain/wallet thing to the outside and doubled the price?! That’s insane. It looks like they also upped the price on the speedy by about $300.

A moroccan shag rug in a high traffic area of our home makes no sense at all.

We’ll need to impose a no shoes, no food, no drinks, no chew toys on/near/around/within breathing distance of the rug rule just to try and keep it clean.

It’s going to get dirty anyway.

It’s going to need to be cleaned often.

But I still want this thing So.Dang.Bad.

Care to talk me out of it? My husband’s not doing a good job of it.

A long, flowing maxi dress with no shape or structure whatsoever.

A long, flowing cardigan, also with no shape or structure.

Yet somehow, my pointed toe flats give this outfit the illusion of pulled together.

I’ll take it.

I used to have a boyfriend blazer that I LOVED but I forced myself to leave it in a hotel room on a business trip because I truly couldn’t stop wearing it and I really needed to stop wearing it. It had lost its shape, was starting to pill everywhere and had a few stains on the sleeves. (Stupid white lining). Then they kind of went out of style so I never replaced it but THIS, oh this picture makes me want another one badly.

A few more pictures from my cousin’s wedding.

Delicious food, beautiful wedding details, LOTS of cousins and some fun. Yes, just some fun. Unfortunately, we had gone to a wedding the night before as well with all of our friends where I had WAY too much fun and therefore, I limited my alcohol intake on this night to none. I was also DD, so there’s that.

BTW, my dad and brother are some pretty handsome looking bachelors, don’t you think?

Since the release of Blackfish, a documentary which chronicled the troubled life of the orca Tilikum (above), in 2013, the percentage of Americans opposed to cetacean captivity has risen to 50% (up 11% from a 2012 poll). SeaWorld’s attendance has dropped 13% in the first quarter of 2014, with earnings down 11%.  The Blackstone Group, which purchased SeaWorld in 2009, reduced their holdings of SeaWorld’s stock to 25%.  The National Aquarium in Baltimore is now considering ending their practice of displaying dolphins and retiring their animals to a sea pen.  The ‘Blackfish effect’ has changed so many lives, but what about its star, Tilikum?

Despite a year of SeaWorld’s costly PR campaigns, YouTube videos and commercials touting their exceptional animal care, Tilikum and the other orcas at SeaWorld’s parks haven’t seen any real improvement in their lives.  Their tanks haven’t been expanded, broken family bonds have not been repaired and Tilikum the deadly 12,000 pound bull orca is still floating like a cork in the dank pool that made him famous.  After a year of protests, reduced turnstile clicks and constant attacks on their social media platforms, SeaWorld still hasn’t gotten the message and Tilikum, the one being whose existence should have been impacted the most by the Blackfish effect, remains untouched by its message.

SeaWorld is never going to volunteer to do the right thing by Tilikum or any of their 28 other whales, it’s up to us to #emptythetanks.

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I worried (unnecessarily) for weeks about what to wear to my cousin’s wedding. 

I bought a formal black skirt to wear with a black crop top at first. It was elegant, with a modern twist, and would have been totally appropriate for a wedding in a converted industrial warehouse. But everyone else said they were wearing gowns and I just didn’t want to be that person not in a gown. My friend let me try on two she had at home. One was too big and the other was strapless and since the girls wouldn’t cooperate for the 3 minutes I tried it on for, a night in it would have been a disaster. 

Basically, this is a long winded way of saying Rent the Runway saved the day. 

Working from home truly makes me the happiest person ever.

No annoying coworkers hogging the microwave. 

No awkward conversations in the bathroom when you’re just trying to take a pee.

No long ass horrible commute.

Lunch breaks in my own backyard with this little guy.

Music blasting in the house. 


I mean really, is there anything not good about working from home?

Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for - in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.
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Reblogging myself. Feeling stressed.

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I had heard Airbnb mentioned randomly on various websites and such but I honestly wasn’t quite sure what it was until we started planning our Road Trip and finally decided to check out the website. I don’t know why I waited so long.

I started looking in the LA/Venice/Santa Monica areas and was surprised at how nice and affordable all the places were that were popping up. The idea of having a full kitchen, parking, and possibly bikes to use for less than $200/night seemed too good to be true but there they were.

I particularly love that the price is all laid out there on the page with no hidden fees. (I think.) The pictures are so helpful and the reviews are really swaying my decision to stay in one. This guest house is my current favorite.


Turns out a few of my co-workers have used Airbnb and all had pleasant experiences too. Know of anything I should be weary of?

Caught a serious case of baby fever at my friend’s shower this weekend. She’s having a baby girl, so everything was just too adorable to handle and when her 14 month old niece Amelia showed up I nearly died. It’s funny how some people’s babies don’t make you want one at all (and nothing to do with appearances, all babies are adorable) but then other babies turn you into a pile of mush and you consider somehow putting them in your purse so you don’t have to deal with morning sickness or labor and can skip to all the fun parts. Just me?

And can we talk for a moment about those CUPCAKES in the picture on the right. My friends family always manages to blow me away with their creativity. Since the shower was BBQ themed, they created cupcakes to look like ears of corn and cheeseburgers. They were delicious btw. And her sister, sister in law, and mother all managed to make her a baby shower gift on top of throwing her the shower. She received knitted blankets, hats, booties, and stuffed animals. It was all so incredible and thoughtful. Overall a really, lovely shower.

So naturally, I went home and planned my own. Just kidding.

Kind of.