Monday, August 26, 2013

I've Moved // NOW

Hey everyone! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. As promised, today marks the first day of my back to school series, where I’ll be sharing fashion, beauty, foodie videos and so much more.
But first, I made a small change to my blog over the weekend. I’ve switched over to wordpress! I also purchased my own domain, so instead of finding me at, you can now find me at .

I think you’ll have to update your bloglovin’ feeds if you follow me through there, but just follow the links and it should be fine (bloglovin link here). If you notice any glitches in my new blog, please let me know.  I imported my entire blogger blog into wordpress, so all of my old posts/pictures/comments should be there. I’m still updating a few things, but it should be finished soon.

Head on over to my new blog here to see my first back to school fashion post, and video! I spent a lot of time planning, recording and editing this first one, so I hope you enjoy and leave me your feedback!


Friday, August 23, 2013

friday finds // blog etiquette, perfect cookies, cellulite killers

 1. attention bloggers: do you know the proper blogger email etiquette? I suggest new and old bloggers give this article a quick read!

2. the ultimate guide to chocolate chip cookies - find out how to make your favorite/perfect cookie.

3. black is my favorite color for autumn and fall - here is some grunge fashion inspirations.

4. cupcakes & cashmere put together a fall coat wishlist - i can't wait to pick up my own new coat.  

5. raven reveals the one thing that removed her cellulite. i've been trying it for a week and it's working miracles.

6. tuna salad is a classic meal, but angela made an almond 'tuna' salad - i can't wait to try this recipe out.

7. want some new instagramers to follow? check out these AMAZING artists!

8. what if your mother founded the cosmetic brand Stila, and your father was an actor on ER... imagine the pressures from hollywood society in that picture. esme, their daughter, says, “It seems like it from what is being directed towards me everywhere I look. But I don’t want to look that way…and I don’t have to." watch this amazing video to see esme age herself by an entire decade.

9. i just shared my room tour with you guys, but merrick has inspired me to organize my jewelry. her closet is gorgeous and (now) so fresh and organized.

10. emily put together a minute long dounts and whisky night video. my favorite part is the quartered donut samples, and her white candle fireplace is gorgeous.

11. ballerina hair bun adornment and this ring - i dig it.

- image sources: 2 // 3 // 6 // 7 // 9 // 10 // 11

this monday i'm launching a back to school video/post series, filled with fashion, beauty, healthy meals and more. stay tuned throughout the next few weeks.

 have a lovely weekend!   


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

My Room Tour: Black and White

I wasn't always a big fan of black and white interior decor. Six years ago, it was all about the hot pink, bright orange and canary yellow. Times have changed and that's definitely for the better. My parents are trying to sell out house this summer, which means my bedroom must be spotless at all times. As our realtor was snapping pictures of our home, I thought it would be the perfect time to take my own and share my bedroom and some of my interior inspirations with you!

Black and white is all about simplicity and that's the route I wanted to take - black and white furniture with splashes of color and neutral elements to make it more 'home-y'. My bed is from IKEA and it helps balance out all of the black furniture with it's Victorian and girly style frame.

To be honest, I hate this keyboard here. I don't even know how to play it... my mom just wanted to get rid of it from a different room and she placed it in mine. It's not even plugged in. Ideally, I would want a black and white book cube - 2x4 cubes for shoes! As of right now, they're in my closet, but I would love to display and store my favorite pairs right in that spot. The dresser in the back is from IKEA, mostly used for storage, some makeup as well as undergarments and pajamas.

The artwork on my walls are prints from magazines and the internet, framed with IKEA frames.

Ah, this desk... it's definitely my favorite piece of furniture in my bedroom and it's also attached to the book cube. If you haven't noticed the pattern, this one is also from IKEA. I tend to move the items on my desk or book case daily, so it's appearance is always changing, but I try to always steer away from more items because it will get cluttered. The first picture of my desk has artwork on it and this was a watercolor piece I made in high school. 

My favorite part about my desk, is the book/pen organization. I have 3 books: Influence by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, That Extra Half an Inch by Victoria Beckham and Cupcakes and Cashmere by Emily Schuman. These are quick and entertaining reads for friends to read if they visit. On top is a white metal dainty pencil holder from IKEA, a plastic Starbucks cup with my rolls of Washi tape (obsessed) and a glass with 12 different colors of Sharipes. I love the visual presentation of this.

Next up, we have the opposite side. I think everyone has had this Audrey Hepburn canvas from IKEA at one point. This was one of the first pieces of black and white inspiration I picked up, once my pink/orange/yellow girly phase was over.  The night table is from IKEA. It's a new addition into my room because the way my bed was placed before, didn't allow any room for a night table, so when I moved my bed, there was room and my sister gave me her dark espresso colored table from Wal-Mart.

On this night table, I have a picture of the Eiffel tower (print purchased at the Paris airport), an IKEA bubble lamp, an old Glamour magazine with Victoria Beckham on the cover and a gold Aztec statement necklace for a bit of golden shine. The decorations on this night table change all of the time and there are usually 3-4 coffee mugs on it... oops.

These pillows from Bouclair were intentionally for our living room couch, but my mom was not a fan, so I tried them on my bed, and paired them with a cream colored blanket from Cotton Ginny. My walls are actually a light cream color (not white), so these pillows and blanket help tie it all together.

Finally, we have my floral arrangement. I've tried placing it in multiple locations; this drawer, my night stand, my desk... the possibilities are endless. When I was making it, I photographed the process, so stay tuned for that tutorial coming soon. All of the flowers and the mirrored container are from Michaels.  

And finally, saving the best for last...

My closet! I'm so happy I was given the room with a walk-in closet. As of right now, there isn't much organization to it, just shoes on top, clothes hanging on matching white hangers, sweaters folded up and scarves tied around the closet bar. In our next house, I definitely want to make it a project and priority to have all of my clothes and accessories nicely organized.

Wouldn't those heels look gorgeous on a 2x4 book cube from IKEA?  I'll have to start convincing my mom to get me that bookshelf cube unit, instead of that keyboard. 

If there is anything you want to know where it was purchased, please leave me a comment below. 

Q: What are your inspirations when it comes to interior design? Do you have a favorite color scheme? I find a lot of my design inspirations and ideas for my next bedroom on Pinterest.

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