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Let’s be Honest

October 7, 2017
Photo credit by KRISTINA VARAKSINA

It’s been awhile since I’ve written; but, I’ve had a few things on my mind, which I can’t help but rant.

There seems to be a colossal whirlwind of change, technology advancements, virtual adaptation, progression and digression. The concept of humanity feels more and more conceptual as technology advances and slowly takes over our lives.

Let’s be honest about what is real and what we wish was real. Being infiltrated by gorgeous vacations, impeccable interior layouts, organized workspaces, perfect family portraits, epic nights out with friends has created a competitive, comparative environment. Being an extremely competitive person myself, I know I’ve struggled with the comparative rabbit hole chase.

 

photo credit @thejealouscurator

 

At the end of the day, how do I feel about my own life and experiences from an honest perspective? Are we living to impress others or enjoying our own life? There are no re-dos; this is our only chance to love, dream, hope, try, and experience life. Captured moments are an outlet of expression, emotion, time, memories…life through your eyes. Why would you want to overwrite that with other people’s experiences?

Bottom photo credit @thejealouscurator

 

 

 

 

 

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Inner Landscapes

January 4, 2017
2017 New Year Compilation

I was thinking today about the ideology surrounding the promises of a new year, new beginnings, a fresh start. It seems the perception of time and personal fulfillment are synonymous with perfection, tomorrow is another day, future versions of ourselves. The ‘Anne of Green Gables’ philosophy as it was.

I compiled the above images inspired by my feelings toward the new year. So far it hasn’t started off very perfect, and feels more like an extension of December but I think that I am okay with that. Not having a master plan, living in the moment, maybe even being spontaneous 😮

 

 

Instead of making a make or break Resolution List, I’d like to focus more on experiences and memories beginning with the following goals:

  • Lean down – Lose 10 pounds
  • Become more financially free – Pay off 5 credit cards
  • Take on Challenges – Run a half Marathon
  • Hike a 14er
  • Take a Photo Journal road trip
  • Start Freelancing/ Explore more personal art projects
  • Travel somewhere new

Stay warm out there!

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Nifty Gifties

November 20, 2016
photo credit @christmascoziness

Can you believe its almost Thanksgiving? Mentally I’ve already skipped over November in anticipation for snow, gift-giving, splurging, time with family etc. Since time moves extra quickly this time of year, I’ve compiled a gift list of unique ideas and concepts to surprise your special people with something new and different this year.

7 Gift Ideas that will Blow the Pants off Other Gift Ideas

A Planter that is a Cat. From: Barruntando | $30.47

https://www.etsy.com/listing/464188351/ceramic-siamese-cat-planter-siamese-cat?ref=shop_home_active_7

https://www.etsy.com/listing/464188351/ceramic-siamese-cat-planter-siamese-cat?ref=shop_home_active_7

Modern, Wall-Mounted Eternal Flame. From Touch of Modern | $165.99

Photo Credit @Touch of Modern

Hand-crafted Artisan Jewelry. From: Story Weaver Mercantile | $26

Photo Credit @http://storyweavermercantile.com
Photo Credit @http://storyweavermercantile.com/

Hand-made all Leather Messenger Bag. From: Story Weaver Mercantile | $135

Photo Credit @Story Weaver Merchantile

Giclee print of Your Home State. From: Milk and Honey Bread | $20+

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One-of-a-kind Secret Wood Ring. From: Secret Wood  | $145

Photo Credit @ Mysecretwoodrings.com

Customized Wine Club Membership. From: Winc | $52/month

Photo Credit @Winc.com

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174 Days

September 22, 2016
photo credit @Simone Brahmino

So Facebook was kind enough to inform me that I haven’t posted anything to my blog in 174 days. So it’s been awhile…

This year has been a much need ‘namaste’ for me and honestly it has been one of the best years as far back as I can remember. Reading through old blog posts revealed a long-forgotten New Year’s Resolution List I had made in January. Below is the list I made at the beginning of the year and today I crossed off everything that had been accomplished so far.

  1. Take on weekly personal art projects
  2. Repurpose one piece of furniture
  3. Take more Yoga Classes
  4. Work out 3-4 weekly
  5. Lose 8 lbs (not 10…8lbs) (lost 12 lbs actually)
  6. Continue Green Juicing
  7. Cut back on Rockstars (cut back is relative)
  8. Run a 10k
  9. Attend a Meetup
  10. Pay back one credit card
  11. Read more (read 2 books…so technically more than last year)
  12. Visit a foreign country (went to Mexico!)
  13. Network with other designers (this one could be more but still counts)
  14. Photography trips

Cheers to making goals and crossing off lists. Happy (almost) Friday everyone.

photo credit @Simone Brahmino

photo credit @Simone Brahmino

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Farewell 2015

January 1, 2016

Photo by @rossfeighery

Happy New Year to everyone! In the spirit of things, I have been thinking about my own resolutions/goals for 2016 and realize the common thread between everything I hope to accomplish boils down to one concept, creating opportunities. I read a great quote that I feel addresses this exact philosophy perfectly:

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.
-Milton Berle

2015 for me was somewhat chaotic, full of uncertainty being tossed around in the sea of the unknown. As much as I dislike this lack of control in my life, I hope to embrace these uncertainties with a fresh perspective this year (as I’m sure tsunamis lie ahead as they always do.) Instead of fighting to force everything to fit in my perfect comfort zone, I hope to bring on the un-pleasantries and have some amazing new experiences in the process. You only have one life to live, so live it!

New Years Resolution Quote

As philosophical as that all sounds, I do have some practical resolutions I hope to accomplish this year which I will be promptly be crossing off throughout the year.

  1. Take on weekly personal art projects
  2. Repurpose one piece of furniture
  3. Take more Yoga Classes
  4. Work out 3-4 weekly
  5. Lose 8 lbs (not 10…8lbs)
  6. Continue Green Juicing
  7. Cut back on Rockstars
  8. Run a 10k
  9. Attend a Meetup
  10. Pay back one credit card
  11. Read more
  12. Visit a foreign country
  13. Network with other designers
  14. Photography trips

New Year’s Resolution from Currie Person of Spartan Home and Beam & Anchor

Photo credit: Currie Person of Spartan Home and Beam & Anchor
Love & peace :)

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5 Steps to Cure Indoor Apathy

November 18, 2015
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Despite the cave-like comforts of drifting off into a deep pleasant sleep, the shadows of winter time zones eventually take their toll resulting in indoor apathy. Here are 5 easy steps to brighten up any nook or corner of your home and add creative flair.

Step One
Choose a corner, shelf space, reading nook that you wish to “enlighten.”

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Step Two
Gather a few indoor potted plants, preferably ones that require very little maintenance. Areca Palms, Aloe, Diffenbochia, Spider Plants etc. are all very low care plants which make for great winter companions.

Step Three
Next, pick up a set of decorative firefly lights, I found these from Urban Outfitters but really any décor retailer should carry something similar.

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Step Four
Finally, collect a few glass items to display your lighting. Mason jars, fish bowls, cake covers will all work great for this set up and typically cost ones of dollars at your local thrift store.

Step Five
Done! A beautiful nook of light to cheer up any wintery night (or day).

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Photo credit: Urban Outfitters

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Workout Window Shopping

September 24, 2015
Wish-List

The week is almost over, happy Friday Eve! As some of you know I have been out of commission in the workout world for a few months due to a back injury. Sad day! In the meantime, I’ve been compiling my new workout wardrobe wish list in preparation for my determined comeback!

Wish-List-Detail
1. Incredible by Victoria Secret Sports Bra | 2. Mesh Racerback Tank | 3. Salar Capri | 4. Nike Rally Print Tight | 5. The Player by Victoria Secret Run Short | 6. Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit

Hang in there, it’s almost the weekend!

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Kumbaya Moment

September 20, 2015
Myspace-old

Do any of you remember the good old days of Myspace and the exuberant amount of mood sharing and homepage theme music? Makes me laugh just thinking about how incredibly irritating that personal theme music was! I am most certain that my status was comparable to a conflicted, deep and brooding fine artist. I actually pulled the photo above from my antique myspace account, sums things up perfectly!

If I could choose a mood status for my life now, I would have to go with feeling peaceful. I am very excited for the possibilities of new directions in life yet very content with how things are now. This is quite the accomplishment considering I’m the biggest planner/worrier on the planet.

During this kumbaya moment, I wanted to share some of my favorite desktop backgrounds. No computer should be left at default settings, no computer… Enjoy!credit @designlovefestcredit: designlovefest.com | download herecredit @ Nancy Mccabecredit: Nancy McCabe | download here
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Nifty Thrifty

August 30, 2015

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend! I’ve been working on piecing together new décor for my bedroom makeover. Since buying out Restoration Hardware isn’t an option, I’ve been hunting down thrift stores, craigslist, and second-hand shops for thrifty finds.

Here are a few pre-loved treasures I scored over the last few weekends. I’m so excited for everything to come together its hard to wait!

Left: Texture Vase – $3.00  |  Right: Large Wicker Basket $8.00

Left: Fossilized Rock Segment $4.00 |  Right: Original Oil Painting signed by Artist $5.00

Wicker Lamp Wicker Lamp $9.00 (my favorite so far!)

 

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Bedroom Makeover

August 24, 2015

The day has finally arrived. The bare, neglected bedroom is finally getting a makeover! Over the last ten years, I have moved 11 times which has been a huge deterrent for starting anything just to pack it all up again. But…I’m tired of looking at bland, empty walls and sleeping in an unfinished room.

I created a visual mood-board representing the color palate, textures, and overall mood and tone of the room. I’m going for a rustic, sleepy tone, with modern accents and calming colors. (see above)

Now for the awful part, here is my current bedroom (people can sleep in those conditions?!) Yes, yes they can.

before-bedroom

I’ll keep you updated. In the meantime, I’d love the hear any thoughts or ideas on the direction of the room or if you have any practical suggestions always appreciated!