Thursday, September 29, 2011

nyc as a native

Oh hey, just hanging with Joanna, being New Yorkers and liking cheese.  (I wish!)

As I was devouring the Cup of Jo NYC Guide, I was tickled to find that one of her picks was Murray's cheese shop, the location of my current favorite self-portrait. The guide has been pure gold! I've found myself eating and shopping at her hand-picked spots (not great for my productivity...) and wondering when I'll get back to the Big Apple. 

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

currently reading: the gospel according to coco chanel

coco chanel gospel book

I'm taking a break from my normal chick lit reads to indulge in a little (exaggerated) nonfiction. Described as "a modern look at the life of a legendary fashion icon--with practical life lessons for women of all ages," the book thus far has been enlightening and pretty darn inspiring. Coco had some major sass!

sassy Coco Chanel

"Chanel was not just a straight talker, she was a back talker, a woman who embraced her own churlishness."

"You can't help thinking that Chanel's taste must have been genetic, that she discovered as a young woman what became her and never lost faith in it the way some of us do."

Chanel working

"It's an irony Chanel herself might have appreciated: To embody the Chanel style, it is not necessary to wear Chanel."

Chanel markers

I've got a few chapters to go, and the gems just keep coming... the sign of a good read!

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

curtain call

yellow floral curtains

I've finally (finally!) seen my apartment, and my head has been spinning with decorating ideas every since.  It is a tiny space--550 square feet--that will require lots of planning, measuring, and crafting but I think I'm more than up to the challenge!

First up on my list: curtains.  I am lucky enough to have a corner space with a great view of the city and really need some beautiful curtains to frame it!  The current/soon-to-be-ex tenant has really pretty light pink ones up and I liked 'em a lot (yes, I took note of her decorating).

Some of the front-runner ideas options.... 


gray chevron curtains
(via Live Creating Yourself)

yellow chevron curtains

gray chevron curtains 2
(via pinterest)

pretty trim!

black pom curtains
(via Maegan)

yellow pom curtains
(via domestikated life)

color blocking!

blue curtains
(via cup of jo)

color block curtains
(via desire to inspire)
Eek... it's time like these that I wish I had more rooms to decorate than what's in my tiny apartment!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

chaise lounge love

This video showcases a few major reasons why I've become obsessed with the ever-relaxing chaise lounge... comfort, flexibility, and all-around cool. My bitty living room is now home to two bright blue lounges from Ikea--I love them!

Monday, September 19, 2011

catching up on nyfw

Caught up in my own little production last week, I'm now catching up with all the glamour and glitz that is Fashion Week.  I've always preferred the street-style/behind the scenes view, and my favorite way to bring NYFW to my little Hoosier apartment is through Jamie's photography blog, From Me To You.

She had a backstage past to...

Tory Burch,

NYFW Tory Burch



Prabal Gurung,

NYFW Prabal Gurung

...and more! Check our her tumblr for more insider goodness. 

Monday, September 12, 2011

channeling "Eloise"

Eloise illustration
(via matou en peluche)

Tomorrow I am moving into a hotel for the week in order to be on deck for our user conference.  I'll be channeling "Eloise" and her Plaza shenanigans as I'm glued to my laptop and talking software! 

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

what I want to wear this fall

Reese Witherspoon style
(via the city sage)

J.Crew outfit

See Jane outfit
(via see jane)

color collective
(via color-collective)
As the temps dropped this weekend, my motivation for a fall wardrobe shot to the moon.  Maybe it's because I only have t-shirts and sandals here, but I'm dreaming of cozy knits and lots-o-layers again.  Bring on the chill!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

words of wisdom

she print
(via modern motive)
follow your bliss
(via design is mine)
bastards grind
(via ffffound)

This week has been crazy.  Sometimes--just before I pull out my hair or eat my feelings in ice cream or chips and salsa (or both)--I have to remind myself to stop and breathe ( least until I find a spoon).