Zara Home in the US!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

FINALLY.  I get so sick of torturing myself by looking at all this beautiful stuff on Zara Home in Euros.  At long last my friends, DOLLAR SIGNS!  Zara Home has launched in the good ole US of A.  Now I can fake shop with some gusto behind my clicks since I can actually ship to myself rather than a weird 3rd party in Europe that I'd have to bribe to send the goods to me.  

Get shoppin'!

Fall Must-Haves

Monday, October 8, 2012

Despite the fact that it was 97 degrees in LA last Monday, and I spent my Sunday laying on the beach, fall is indeed coming.  It's October, and that means that for the rest of you kiddies out there it maybe isn't 100 degrees out all the time.  Here's a round up of my fall must-haves (click for source):

A classic chambray shirt.
Tall leather boots - these I've been pining after forever, I love the distressing, zipper back, and versatile cognac coloring.
A silky printed blouse.
Madewell
Sequins.  Just something with sequins.
A tailored blazer - my favorite look is the 'school boy' with gold buttons.

Neutral ballet flats - I practically live in these J.Crew ones.



A cozy cardigan - if I put this on I might never take it off.

Leopard print - could be a belt, could be some flats.  Just get it in your life.
Bold yet versatile cross body.  I love this style so much that all my other bags are rendered obsolete.
And now I want to go shopping.







Currently Craving

Monday, September 24, 2012

Alright, so now that you've seen my 'so far', here are some things that I'd like to snag for my apartment.

Upholstered headboard: I've been wanting one for a loooooong time now, but other things have taken priority.  Thinking about this one:
Some mirrored furniture.  My apartment doesn't get a ton of light, and mirrored surfaces throw off more light.  I'm thinking of this little faceted end table from West Elm to replace my vintage steamer trunk.  Much less bulky, and the corner won't be as crowded.
A new coffee table.  Don't get me wrong, I love my coffee table.  But, right now there are too many square and rectangular pieces in my living room.  No rounded edges, it's just corner after corner after corner.  I'd like to get a round coffee table to combat all the corners and bring a little more fluidity into the space.  I'm trying to scope out a round option that has a shelf underneath, like I have now, because I do have a need for the storage.  Here are a few I've been considering:


Lucite.  In small spaces, lucite furniture takes up less visual space seeing as it's see through and all.  I've also considered this option for a coffee table ever since I saw this post from The Everygirl.

A new dining table.  Again, I've been thinking about a round table since everything is so rectangular.  I'd like a vintage bistro table with an iron table base, or a take on a tulip table but with a wood table top (my chairs are white), or this modern table from cb2 with a great sculptural base.

That's the long and short of it currently for bigger items.  To see more of what I'm currently craving, check out my New Apartment Wants board on Pinterest.


My New Apartment So Far

Thursday, September 20, 2012

I'm going to admit it, sometimes interior design and decorating your home can be very frustrating.  Don't get me wrong, designing and decorating are a huge passion of mine, but there are times when I just want to throw my hands up and have a tantrum.  My new apartment is a one bedroom, and the first space in my entire life that is all my own.  Decorating and curating the right pieces for the space has been a challenge, and I'm STILL not even at a place where I'm complacent with things.  There are a lot of obstacles in making this apartment a place that reflects my own personal style: time, money, available resources, changing tastes, creative lulls, etc.  Making an apartment your home takes time.  You have to live in it, you have to change things up when they don't work, you've got to sleep on things, try different paint colors, make some noise, put holes in the walls, take risks...

I want to share with you my progress so far, but then I want to wait until it's all done which is silly, because knowing myself, it will never be done.  I will always come home and decide that it's time to switch something up, or that suddenly I can't bear to look at a piece of furniture any longer.  At the end of the day, I have to remind myself that I am just one person, and that I AM making progress.  So - today, here are some "so far" updates.

New sofa!  It was a long and hard search, but I finally sold my old sofa, and found one that I absolutely love.  The design to me is classic and can be paired with a range of different styles so it will stand the test of time (and my changing tastes!).  It's simple and neutral in color so I can play up accents, extremely comfortable, and upholstered in a breathable cotton/linen blend that's washable.  The best part?  I found it on Craigslist, brand new, for less than half the retail price.  YES!
I hung my curtains - unfortunately my apartment doesn't get a ton of natural light, so I went for thin white cotton that would still provide privacy and let light get in while covering those god awful vertical blinds every Los Angeles apartment seems to come with.
A rug for the bedroom that I got on sale at Anthropologie.

Storage for the bathroom - I got this piece to house all my hair stuff, back up toiletries, etc. for $20 at this weird cash only sale at Urban Outfitters.  I think I may want to paint it a fun bright color to bring a little life into the bathroom but I'm just not there yet.
Necklace solution.  It's the jewelry conundrum; is there ever a good way to store your jewelry?  I have so much of it, and I like to be able to see it all.  Previously I used a bamboo key hook, but that disappeared in the move and also wasn't ample storage.  I wound up going with these teensy tiny 3m clear hooks with teensy tiny clear adhesive strips and tacked up one for each necklace, about 45.  What I really want to do is put up my deer skull and hang my necklaces off of that, but I'm having a hard time figuring out how to do that.
A TV!  I haven't had one in a very long time, and while I don't have cable I can watch lots and lots of netflix and movies.  Still thinking about how I'd like to camouflage it a bit more, maybe hang artwork around it?
 Working out different configurations for the gallery wall:
New dining chairs.  Wanting some seat cushions, and still trying to sell my old table and get something that fits the space a little better.
So there's my 'so far' for you.  There's still a lot to be done, and still a lot I want to change, but it's progress! What do you think?

SoLA

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

I love the idea of representing my bicoastal status with quintessential and iconic memorabilia, but MAN, am I tired of the I <3 NY/LA crap that's out there.  The most extreme piece I have is a framed map of mid-town, and a tiny gold necklace in the shape in NY.  Just earlier today I was perusing these LA prints, wanting to add a touch of 'here's where I live LA pride' to my new apartment.  And then I came across some very cool glasses by SoLA - Sisters of Los Angeles glasses, in beaches, canyons, and Hollywood editions!  These glasses are such a fun, graphic representation of LA - without being too kitschy, and are a great housewarming gift (ahem...I knew I was holding off on this for good reason...).
image via notcot
image via notcot
image via notcot
Get yours at Ron Robinson, I know I will!  That is if someone doesn't get them for me first...



Office Space

Sunday, September 16, 2012

I posted here my office space inspiration for my work office, and I wanted to share with you pictures of how it looks.  One of the great things about my space is that my main desk is on hydraulics, so when I'm tired of sitting I can stand and work.  





I've worked to make my space bright and happy - exactly how I want to feel when I'm at work.  

Nightstand Styling

Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Everygirl continues to be one of my favorite daily sites to peruse.  They've got tips on decorating, fashion, finance, food...and the list goes on.  Today the posted a great tutorial on how to style a nightstand.


I love the unconventional idea of using a bookshelf as a nightstand, in fact, its great when you can think outside the box and double up on functionality.  I have a dresser as my nightstand, and am contemplating getting a smaller scale desk as well.  What's on your nightstand?

Good Things

Thursday, July 26, 2012

A beautiful Dwell Studio leather sofa spotted at H.D. Buttercup:
Fun new hand towels for the bathroom I scooped up at a boutique in Venice:
My look alike Michael Kors watch that I snagged at Target for $14.99:
An amazing housewarming gift to brighten up my kitchen:


Surprise!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

You know when you order something and it takes so long to arrive that you nearly forget about it entirely?  And then one day, a package appears on your doorstep and you're left furrowing your brow, wondering what on earth could be inside.  Moments later you rip open the box to discover the long lost item and nearly squeal with delight...[sigh] what a satisfying feeling.
I pre-ordered this puppy ages ago and was thrilled to finally get it in the mail yesterday.  As an avid reader of Emily Schuman's blog, Cupcakes and Cashmere, I knew I would enjoy her debut book.  Having pushed myself too hard at the gym the past two days, I had plenty of time on my hands this evening to dig in.  The book gives tips on style, beauty, home, and food/entertaining, all categorized by seasons, which is such an interesting idea.  I mean, we live our life by seasons, why not create a style book tuned to them? It's a great read and reference guide, with beauty must haves for summer, tips on shopping at flea markets, recipes (perfect chocolate chip cookies? yes please), how to's (tousled waves, bright lipstick), decorating tricks, etc.  What I like most about her book (and blog!) is the variety - it's not strictly one discipline.  I love interior design, but I also cook every night, can't live without fashion, and am dying to entertain in my new apartment.  Emily does a great job of balancing all of these areas in both her book and blog, so if you haven't read either yet, I'd highly recommend doing so.  

While Emily certainly isn't the first blogger turned print-author (Grace Bonney, to name one), this book does represent something greater.  It speaks to the fact that the world is changing, and more and more, individuals are finding success by their own means.  Less emphasis is being placed on technical training, and more chances are being given based on potential and inherent talent (HUGE!).  There are so many great blogs out there these days that have interesting and unique content, and that are ultimately serving as the vehicle for greater recognition across the board.  I think mostly it gives me hope that some day my blog will lead to something bigger, that it will bring new and exciting opportunities for me both personally and professionally.  

Here's to what's to come, for all of us.  


Skull Bracelets

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

I love almost anything with skulls, and bracelets are no exception.  I've seen them around for a ton of money,  but my source for them is Brandy Melville, which stocks these bad boys in tons of colors, all for $8!  Check them out--and if you live in LA, the Santa Monica store has about a zillion different options.



New Bookshelves!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Moving is SUCH a hassle.  I've been procrastinating unpacking boxes for so long now (read 1 month) that I was really feeling like this place would never start coming together.  Part of the delay has been my need to revamp and redecorate.  I'm selling a lot of my furniture and starting to replace with some cleaner, brighter, and more modern pieces.  Lately I've felt like I have too much vintage going on, and while I love the look, it needs balancing out with pieces that have a more modern vibe.  One of the big things I just sold was my bookshelf.  It was really large, boxy, and dark.  I looked around for a while and settled on this high gloss white shelving unit from Ikea.  I'm still working on decorating them and will probably change things up, but here's the current set up:
I'm much happier with this look overall - it's clean and more modern, just what I want.  What do you think?
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