Counting it down…

December 31, 2013

OMG, it’s NYE! We’re both being very low key tonight but couldn’t help indulging in the festive sparkle and sass of the holiday with a few pretty photos…however you’re planning on ringing in 2014, we hope you have a safe and satisfying night. Don’t forget to say a nice goodbye to 2013—it was one heck of a year! We’re wishing each and every one of you a fantastic year ahead. Here’s to champagne, cheers, and kisses at midnight. And because we love it, here’s the same quote we had leading into the last new year: “Cheers to a new year and…

OMG, it’s NYE! We’re both being very low key tonight but couldn’t help indulging in the festive sparkle and sass of the holiday with a few pretty photos…however you’re planning on ringing in 2014, we hope you have a safe and satisfying night. Don’t forget to say a nice goodbye to 2013—it was one heck of a year! We’re wishing each and every one of you a fantastic year ahead. Here’s to champagne, cheers, and kisses at midnight.

And because we love it, here’s the same quote we had leading into the last new year: “Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”  – Oprah

(Images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

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Toast Talk

December 30, 2013

Did everyone have a lovely and relaxing holiday? I haven’t been more lazy in my entire life than I have been this past week and a half. I literally did no work, responded to zero emails (unless they were a matter of life and death), and slept way too much. Maybe it was my body’s way of telling me I needed to recharge? What’s funny is that I was so panicked about going home for Thanksgiving because I thought it would halt my productivity—this time around I totally embraced being non-productive. Between the craziness of the holiday and getting Blue, things had…

Did everyone have a lovely and relaxing holiday? I haven’t been more lazy in my entire life than I have been this past week and a half. I literally did no work, responded to zero emails (unless they were a matter of life and death), and slept way too much. Maybe it was my body’s way of telling me I needed to recharge? What’s funny is that I was so panicked about going home for Thanksgiving because I thought it would halt my productivity—this time around I totally embraced being non-productive. Between the craziness of the holiday and getting Blue, things had been a little go-go-go…after packing in such a rush then making such a horrible drive to get home, I kind of threw my hands up and said I was over it. I saw the opportunity to take some days off and went for it. Don’t worry, I beat myself up over being so lazy the whole time but even my self-shaming wasn’t enough to make me do anything. Ugh…I need to find a happy work pace balance between manic and slacker. Maybe in 2014…

As nice as it was to unplug, sleep like a teenager and be spoiled by my parents, I made this morning my last day to sleep in (and nap) and I’m getting back to my routine. With tomorrow being New Year’s Eve, I figure there is no better time to clean, re-arrange, organize, and freshen up the apartment I share with Sally and my bedroom workspace. The exciting stuff on the to-do list includes signing up for core fusion classes at Dallas’s Exhale (I’m addicted), hanging new art pieces I got from Santa and for myself (can’t wait to share them!), making a short and sweet list of resolutions, and working on a design project that will be unveiled in the new year.

I really cannot believe that tomorrow is the last day of 2013. This year has been twelve months of changes and transitions, ups and downs. How amazing that on Wednesday we each get a new year?

(Image via Collage Vintage)

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Abercrombie Denim

December 25, 2013

Great denim at a great price shouldn't be that hard to find…and it's not, if you know where to look. Sal and I recently got some jeans from Abercrombie & Fitch (a favorite brand from back in the day) and we were pleasantly surprised to find quality jeans available at such a great price ($39!) with a fit and feel that rival any designer label. This time of year I'm all about wearing skinny jeans with booties, boots and heels and I love how the A&F super skinny pairs are nice and snug with the perfect amount of stretch. Another lovely perk? The pockets are designed to make your tush look…fantastic. Which I think any gal can appreciate.

 

I know it’s Christmas (merry, merry, merry to you all!) but why not think about gifting yourself a little denim for the new year? With a great range of rises from low to super high and everything in between and every wash you could ever want (my faves are the ‘Destroyed Dark Wash’ I’m wearing above), you’re bound to find something perfect for you that will stand up to washing and wearing and not cause buyers remorse!

 

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Rugspiration

December 24, 2013

When my boyfriend moved to San Francisco (tear) the first thing I helped him tackle was furnishing his room. Once he got through the stress of finding a place and moved in with four guys, we went to work finding everything he would need…the guy moved out there with only his clothes so we had to start from the ground up. So fun but also so challenging. He told me that he wanted something simple but not girly, not too white but not overly colorful, definitely masculine but not an all dark and leather situation. I had some ideas for…

When my boyfriend moved to San Francisco (tear) the first thing I helped him tackle was furnishing his room. Once he got through the stress of finding a place and moved in with four guys, we went to work finding everything he would need…the guy moved out there with only his clothes so we had to start from the ground up. So fun but also so challenging. He told me that he wanted something simple but not girly, not too white but not overly colorful, definitely masculine but not an all dark and leather situation. I had some ideas for bedding (Biscuit, obviously) but before we got into the colors and materials for furniture I thought, “We need to start with an area rug.”

Based on his “wish list” and after consulting with my go-to girl for all things interiors, I determined that an oriental rug would be a pretty perfect option. It’s traditional but when mixed with tailored and more streamlined pieces (like the ones in the inspirational images above) it really anchors a room. I spent a good amount of time scouring the Medallion Rug site (so many options) for the perfect size and look we were going for and found something perfect…all their area rugs are handmade and hand-woven, basically each one of a kind and tons are added to the site daily. We ended up with this one, but unfortunately once we scooped it up it was ours and no longer available. But there are seriously so many good choices in all sizes and various color combinations.

I plan on getting photos of the room the next time I’m in SF and all the furniture is in and artwork is up…it’s been so fun helping my guy make his new city feel homey! If you start decorating with a rug, you can have just a mattress on the floor (like how my boyfriend was living) and the room still looks good, haha.

(Images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13)

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Toast Talk

December 23, 2013

Ooh snow. I was excited about heading home for the holiday and seeing some of the white stuff. But now I think I could have done without having a white Christmas… Sally and I left Dallas around 10am on Saturday morning and started our drive home with coffees in hand, bags packed with who knows what (we packed that morning), and a sleeping pup. It was raining in Dallas and it continued on through Oklahoma. We were annoyed and sick of the rain but what can you do, we thought it couldn’t get any worse. When the rain turned into…

Ooh snow. I was excited about heading home for the holiday and seeing some of the white stuff. But now I think I could have done without having a white Christmas…

Sally and I left Dallas around 10am on Saturday morning and started our drive home with coffees in hand, bags packed with who knows what (we packed that morning), and a sleeping pup. It was raining in Dallas and it continued on through Oklahoma. We were annoyed and sick of the rain but what can you do, we thought it couldn’t get any worse. When the rain turned into freezing rain I took my speed down a bit (I’m always the driver) but kept a good pace, wanting to make it home sooner rather than later. We passed into Kansas with both wipers coated in thick ice and still more rain. Then my car started sliding across the highway. I’m talking back and forth across two lanes with no control over the brakes or wheel for at least 10 seconds. I have honestly never seen my life flash before my eyes until that point. Sally and I pulled over at the next gas station, cleaned ice off the wipers, and called our dad to ask him what we should do. I started crying out of frustration and total fear. What if the worst had happened or could have happened?

Our dad suggested we get off the road and stay at a hotel. For someone who prides themselves on growing up in the Midwest and being able to handle snowy and icy driving conditions I was ready to admit that I couldn’t handle a highway covered in ice and driving into a storm that was only going to get worse but I told him I wanted to push through it. Big. Mistake. We got back on the highway driving 40 miles per hour and lost control of the steering and brakes more time than I could count. We pulled off at every gas station to scrape ice, clean the wipers, and try to get a puppy to go potty in a pelting ice storm. Once it turned pitch black all around us and we couldn’t see tire treads on the highway, and when the snow flying onto the window caused me horrible vertigo, Sally and I decided we couldn’t do it anymore. I was feeling so sick and we were both so scared.

We missed the exit for our hotel and both Sal and I almost burst into tears. At this point I was going ~25 miles per hour and it was taking us forever to go even a few miles. When we finally exited the highway and had to stop pay the Kansas toll, I had to get out of the car because I was I thought I was going to be sick. Only after we checked into the hotel and my feet were on the ground for a solid half hour did I start to feel kind of normal. Scariest driving experience of my life. Ever. How’s that for a hyperbolic statement. I’d driven ten hours in the car (for what is suppose to be an eight hour drive) and we still had 90 miles to get before we would get home in the morning.

Lessons learned: when your dad says get off the road, listen. When your car is sliding across the highway and you almost run into a median or off the shoulder, it doesn’t mean that you need new tires, it means that it’s too effing icy to be driving. And when you hear that mother nature plans on freezing rain and a wintery mix of snow and ice, having grown up in the Midwest won’t help you. So we made it home Sunday at noon instead of Saturday at 6pm…big deal. I’m officially a safety first kind of gal from here on out. I hope that you all have better weather if you’re traveling. And if you don’t, take it easy and don’t try to be a stupid hard ass like me! A hotel room costs money but it’s little compared to the peace of mind you get when you know you’re safe.

So yeah…I’m not so into the snow right now. Even if it is adorable to see little Blue Moonbeam hopping around in it. Too cold and too dangerous for me to feel happy about how nice it looks!

(Image via Fashion Squad)

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