When Jen Ramos from Made By Girl asked me to contribute to her online magazine for Valentine's Day called Cartas de Amor I couldn't say no!!! I've been following Jen's blog for so long (I think since 2008) that this was an easy task for me. My husband Josh has been writing me love letters and little notes since the day we met. I've saved every one of them that I keep in a bright pink Kate Spade shoebox so I can easily go back and read them. Be sure and check out Cartas de Amor here and I hope you have a Happy Valentine's Day!!!
PS-Happy Birthday to my sister Chelsea Valentine today!!!
And we're off, the car and kids are packed, the ipod is loaded with new tunes and the glove box is packed with lots of old CDs, we're hitting the road, heading up the California coast. We've got the itch badly to travel again...here's to 3 day weekends!
I was catching up on one of my favorite blogs, Habitually Chic, and stumbled upon this post that directed me over to The Atelier Blog. I always love finding new blogs and I especially love this list of inspiring quotes and goals for 2013. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did and have a HAPPY WEEKEND party people!!!
I'm not one for resolutions, but one of my goals for 2013 is to blog more. 2012 was a crazy busy year for me and I thought I could do it all and quickly realized I couldn't. I was pregnant and sick practically everyday and still had to care for my active 2 year old boy, all while working full time growing my team at The Creative Group. Something had to give, and that was this blog and lack of posts.
Now that I will be returning to work soon, I've been slowly revamping my wardrobe and was inspired by this image of my favorite fashionista Olivia Palermo wearing a Narciso Rodriguez for Kohls dress. I looked on the website and to my luck, it's now on sale so I ordered it for only $25! I mean, you can't get any cheaper than that for a work dress!!!
I also bought this LBD for $25 that Katie Holmes was wearing at the premiere. Crossing my fingers they fit!!!
I love Etsy and thank god for Pinterest and Social Media because things I would never have discovered on my own are so easily accessed through the internet and the online design community. I can't recall where I first saw this print, but I immediately fell in love. After keeping it in my favorites I decided to pull the trigger when the owner, Sarah Hendrix, listed a few for sale half off due to minor scratches in the print. Barely visible, the print is perfect.
I finally got mine framed and hung on the wall yesterday and I love it!!! Since the size was a bit odd I had to have Aaron Brothers in Santa Monica trim it down a tad to fit into the frame.
I received 2 wing back chairs (for free!!) and I am sending them off to the upholsterer to be recovered. I keep going back and forth trying to decide on a fabric for them. Do you like the large scale chevron or is it too trendy and will go out of style quickly?
Or do I go with a classic black and white cabana stripe, in outdoor fabric, that is easy to clean if the kids spill on the chairs??? I can't decide, I really love both options, but would love to hear from you!!!
Happy Labor Day Weekend!!! I hope you are enjoying the time off and soaking up the end of the Summer sun! I've managed to spend most of my weekend in doors, enjoying the AC and laying around relaxing. Just when I think I have the energy to do something, all I want to do is lay down again. I'm a complete bum with a huge belly and officially over being pregnant! I'm still working and plan on doing so till I give birth, which is probably stupid because I get even more exhausted but it keeps me busy and I like the company of my co-workers all day. I have managed to get a few things done, like decorate the nursery Barron will be sharing with his Sissy (I have packed my hospital bag in case I do go into labor sooner than I expect!)
I wanted their room to be very calming and relaxing when we're in there. I chose Behr's Dolphin Fin as the wall color. It's seriously a gorgeous color and if I knew how to properly work my Canon EOS camera you could get a better idea of it, but I don't, so take my word, this color is gorgeous! It's definitely on the lighter side, which I wanted. Since Barron hasn't transitioned out of his crib yet, I haven't put the bumper pads or dust ruffle on yet, so it's lacking a bit of color there, but you get the idea.
I still have 2 silver picture frames to hang over the crib, one is Barron's birth announcement and once this little girl gets here, hers is going up on the wall too!
I made the changing table area for little Sissy. All her clothes (and I mean all the drawers are packed with her clothes!) are stored here as well as diapers and supplies you need when changing diapers. I gave in and ordered on Amazon some stupidly expensive diaper pail system since I will now be changing 2 kids' diapers and figured the plastic ghetto grocery bag method I've been using wasn't going to cut it anymore.
Here's my solution to a glider or rocker...Ikea's Poang Chair in Black/Brown with a Granan White cushion. First, the thing is cost effective at about $150 all in, second it bounces, and third it's really comfy! I just couldn't justify spending $600 on a glider that I wasn't going to use that long. I found this ottoman at a local thrift shop and the thing was totally beat down. It was $20 out the door and I had my mom give it some tender loving care to bring it back to life! I found this flamingo fabric at F&S and knew I wanted to use it somewhere in the nursery. It brought in some coral pink without making the room too girly, so it works for both kids. The gray leopard pillow I found online at C. Wonder for about $30 for 2!
I sadly had to move my white Expedit from my office and switched it with the 4x4 black/brown model that was in here before for more space. It creates so much storage and the framed art is Barron's first piece that I bid on at his little art auction at daycare! Kids art is my favorite thing and framed with a nice white matte makes it look even more special.
I created a little nook for Sissy's little shoes and growing hair bow collection!
After countless hours on Pinterest, I was inspired to create a book wall for Barron. I found these picture ledges at Ikea that were super easy to hang. I love all the colors the books bring into the room and he can grab a book and we can hang out and read.
I bought the blanket on the bed at Pottery Barn and had Barron's name monogrammed on it, and they don't carry it anymore, which I am super bummed about because I wanted to get a matching one for Sissy, but now I'm looking elsewhere. The toddler bed was purchased online from Amazon, it's the Davinci Modena model. It was a pain to put together but it uses a crib mattress and sheets, so it's a nice transition for now.
There are a few more things I want to add like a rug and some colorful pillows, but for now, we are good to go and I'm just glad that I was able to get it done!!! Now I can relax....
I'm going on 35 weeks pregnant and it seems like it can't go fast enough!!! I'm so sick of being sick, tired, nauseous, uncomfortable, and totally not like myself! I swear this pregnancy with the little girl has been dramatically different than with my son and I want to meet her already! We're pretty set on a name, but we keep going back and forth and I am torn because there are so many girl names I love. Here are my favorites, which ones are yours??? Top 50 Baby Girl Names Aerin Alana Alexandra (Alexa, Alexis) Allegra Arabella Assisi Blair Blaine Byrdie Camden Cameo Carolina Carrington Cassina Claiborne Daisy Delphine Elizabeth Esme Fiona Giorgia Georgina Gwyneth Helena India Lauren Lexington (Lexi) Liv Luella Louisa Mclaren Natalia Natasha Nicholai (Nicky)
Just when you think you've seen it all, you really haven't till you've seen the Pink Bunny entertaining all the pretty girls and boys of the hottest parties. You can't miss him hoping around the DJ booth poolside at Wet Republic or Drai's Hollywood.
Today I am guest posting over on La Dolce Vita, read more about it here!!! I'm also moving today and the movers will be here shortly. I am a little sad and nostalgic, but very excited to be moving to a bigger place with more room for the 3 of us. So many life changing events took place at this apartment on Montana and Bundy in Brentwood. Getting engaged, starting this blog, getting laid off, getting married, finding a new career I love, getting pregnant, having a baby, going back to work, balancing work with motherhood, and of course entertaining and throwing lots of parties. This place was really good to us, but it's time to move on and close this chapter of my life and all this change makes me really excited. It's been so incredibly busy that my blogging has taken a backseat in my life, but I know I will have many new redecorating projects to keep me inspired and I hope you continue to read along and leave your little comments that make me so happy to read!
A true Aquarius and creative spirit at heart, interior design, fashion, lifestyle, and music are my influences. My life revolves around my 2 passions: Business and Art. I'm a little preppy and a little bohemian, laced with a touch of glamour. I love a cup of French pressed coffee, art and design books, travels along the Mediterranean, bubbly champagne, fiercely creative people and those with good energy, intense conversations, daydreaming, and good old-fashioned love in every form it manifests itself. Step inside and stay awhile...