i’m not ready

Fall is my favorite season. Pumpkin spice here we come! But this year, the summer temperatures were so wonderful and I was so ridiculously busy moving that here we are at the very end of August and I’m just not ready for summer to be over yet. So summer, please stick around. Give me one more month. And then me and my yoga pants will be ready for pumpkin spice coffee. I promise. But not yet. I still want to swim. I still want to pick wild flowers. I still want to wear shorts with sweaters at night. And I still want to ride around with my windows down and my absolute FAVORITE summer song of the year blaring on the radio …

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In my dreams …

Is it strange that I dream about this dress?

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I’m not sure if I’ve ever fallen so madly in love with any other dress before. It just so happens to be all over Pinterest … so I’m not alone. Apparently others are also dreaming of it, too. I clicked on pin after pin, but couldn’t find where to get it. Not one to be deterred, I did eventually find that it is a Zuhair Murad dress from 2013. Being that it’s yesterday’s news in designer fashions, maybe I’ll find one in the local Goodwill? No? Maybe not?? Well, you never know ; )

But it turns out that if I find ANYTHING by Zuhair Murad in any thrift store, I’d be a happy girl as I am absolutely in love with these dresses …

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Image one: The Lane   Image two: ALLURE-RUSSIA, AUGUST 2013   Image three: HARRODS MAGAZINE DECEMBER /JANUARY 2013   Image four: LUCIA SE CASA BRIDAL SPRING SUMMER 2014   Image five: HARRODS MAGAZINE MAY 2014
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why would you put up a border?!?!?!

Yesterday on my photography blog, I shared some pictures of my new apartment. It’s a work in progress … though it’s slowly but surely coming together.

The things I love most about my apartment are …

  • Utilities are included in my rent. Years ago I rented an apartment in Montreal. And then I purchased a townhouse in DE. Those are my only two experiences with living spaces as an adult responsible for the costs. And in neither case were utilities included (well, obviously not for the house). I love knowing exactly how much I’m going to spend every month without having to factor in the fluctuating costs of utilities. I freely admit to being TERRIBLE with all things money and budgeting, so having less bills to manage keeps things a bit more simple.
  • It’s sunny. I went on and on about how much I wanted a bright and sunny apartment. My townhouse was an end unit, but for some reason, it didn’t have windows on the unattached side. It was somewhat bright, but I wanted even more light. And I got it!
  • The floors. I love wood floors. And I’ve always loved black and white checked floors. I got both in this apartment and no carpet at all. Hooray!
  • I made a list of exactly what I had to have in an apartment and I prayed on that list for months. This apartment ticks off every single point. It even fits my big old piano!

Isn’t that little sofa adorable? It’s my latest addition. My best friend found it for me on Craigslist. It wasn’t exactly what I was looking for, but it works so well.

What I don’t love in this apartment is …

  • The kitchen. Yuck. I hate this kitchen. There are some good features, though, so I feel sure that I can get it looking cute.
  • The bathroom. It’s got a window, which I love … and pretty much the MOTHER of all medicine cabinets, which is amazing for storage. But other than that, I hate it. I get a bit claustrophobic in the shower as my face is literally three inches from the stall wall when I wash my hair. Thankfully I don’t wash my hair all that often anymore!

There’s definitely waaaaaaay more pros than cons in this little apartment. And today I’m currently working on one of the major cons … the kitchen. I’ve been dragging my feet on this room because the very first order of business is the removal of a big ugly border that goes around the entire kitchen. Border removal is NO fun. Especially when it’s high up above cabinets. I’ve actually been working on it for a few weeks … doing a bit at a time. But I have to finish it NOW because half of my kitchen is my office space. As fall is typically my busiest season of the year for work, I feel like my work space has to finally get put together so I can work more effectively. So that means, today is D-day. The border HAS to get removed completely and paint has to go up. Boo.

Once that’s done, I can finally find the right hutch that will divide the room and I can get my “office” decorated and transformed into a space that is conducive to creative work. Aaaaaand then, I can finish making the kitchen side of the room cute. That’s the part of the job that I’m most looking forward to … but first things first.

So, to get myself a bit more pumped up about things, I went searching for removable wall decals that I can use to cover up the ugly kitchen cabinet doors. I have cabinets that are just right for wall decals. I’m hoping to do something similar to this …

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Cute, right? Hygge and West has some awesome removable wall tiles that I think will work perfectly in my kitchen.

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And speaking of wall tiles, I’m kind of feeling like this one would make an amazing accent wall behind my bed!

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Have you noticed how long this blog post is? Yeah, that’s because I am totally procrastinating : ) But now it’s over … and I’m off to scrape the border!

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j’adore

I’m not much for change … so my style has been consistent since I was, oh, I don’t know … 12, maybe. It’s a look that is decidedly eclectic, hippie, and boho.  And it’s a look that is definitely main stream right now. I’m not sure if I’m happy or sad about that. On the one hand, I can find amazing boho-inspired clothes in pretty much every store. On the other hand, so can everyone else.

Even though brand new boho-inspired clothes can be found anywhere, I still prefer to find mine at thrift stores and on Etsy. It’s just more fun when you can find something with history or something that was hand made. Plus, there’s the thrill of the hunt! And while I’m way too poor these days for Free People, their catalogues totally inspire me. Here are some of my favorite Etsy and Free People finds right now …

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motivation monday: fail your way to success

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Failure doesn’t feel good. At all. But, like most things … the more you do it … the easier it becomes. People who regularly take risks get used to the feeling of failure as they tend to fail a lot. But eventually … eventually … risk takers fail their way to success. As a small business owner, I have to keep reminding myself that success often occurs when you step OUTSIDE of your comfort zone.

Thomas Edison failed 1,000 times before finally creating the lightbulb.

Vincent Van Gogh only sold one painting in his entire lifetime — yet he painted over 900 works of art!

Steven Spielberg was rejected from his film school of choice, USC … TWICE.

If you’re working on a project (or maybe even several projects) and you feel like it’s just NOT coming together, don’t give up. Instead, check out The Huffington Post’s 16 Wildly Successful People Who Overcame Huge Obstacles To Get There

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