Monday, August 31, 2015

thee barbie dream house {finale}

last on thee barbie bachie pad tour,
thee bedroom
{gallery wall (from left): hand-stitched hanky: gift from paris; original alice in wonderland sketch: disneyland; tiffany & co bag; christian dior bag; bergdrof goodman anniversary bag; kate spade bag; confessions of a shopaholic movie poster: gift; broadway lights pop-out art piece: gift; shoes of carrie bradshaw's closet: limited edition print; taylor swift polaroid triple frame: 1989 cd pack; nicole kidman photoraph: instyle; reese witherspoon photograph: instyle; sarah jessica parker photograph: instlye; paris inspiration photograph: instyle-UK; framed card: gift; katy perry photograph: harper's bazar; magnolia bakery nyc bag}

{breakfast at tiffany's movie poster:}

{honest hand & body lotion; pink chiffon body lotion: bath & body works; flower pin: nordstrom; jewelery tray: j.crew; pink sangria candle: bath & body works; i am that girl by alexis jones & sophia bush; instyle magazines; lamp: target}

{no joke, THIS is the closet they expect people to be able to fit all their clothes into. 
it's smaller than the front seat of my car! so that was fun.}

{signed katy perry photo: gift; confessions of a shopaholic bag: gift}

{bedding: shabby chic; pillows: ikea}

since this space of the apartment is the only one with any natural light,
i wanted to use that to my advantage and keep the room bright with white, 
rather than the cream base of the living room.
it also went along more with the carrie bradshaw vibe.
{which is also where the gallery wall behind the bed inspiration came from}
and while i know that cloud pillow is so out of place it's almost ridiculous,
it reminded me too much of katy perry's super bowl performance extraordinaire for me to pass up.
and sometimes you just gotta let a princess be, people.

now, if you so feel the urge in your life to create a gallery wall and have zero to zilch patience with home improvement projects like moi, 
i would highly recommend you zen out with just a plain, white, wall instead.
or something to that nature.
while i love, love, looooooveeee that wall with an almost real-to-life love,
it took one excrutiating trip to ikea,
{a place i hate more than kitten heels at a formal event}
and 5 hours of cutting, framing, hammering and rearranging to pull off.
silver lining? 
i learned a lot about myself that day,
mainly myself doesn't like diy anything.

but couldn't that view heal your soul on any bad day?
yah, mine, too.
because while the bathroom is weird and i've had to build 2 make-shift closets and box up all my winter clothes in the laundry room to fit my obsession with style into this place, 
that view is worth every penny i pay.
{especially because did you catch that? yes, i have my own washer & dryer}
it's not new york city, but it's home.
for now, atleast.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

thee barbie dream house {part 4}

thee bathroom
i have to give the peeps who designed this apartment points for creativity,
but then subtract a few for sensibility when it comes to my bathroom.
my point being there is a big freakin' wall separating the toilet from the sink and shower.
i think the point was supposed to be that while one person showers another can use the other side.
but, the sink? away from the toilet? really?
i swear, those extra 6 steps to wash your hands DO make a difference.
mainly at 3:00am when you're half asleep, but you drink too much water {and diet coke} during the day to make it through the night without a bathroom break.
sorry, tmi.

but my lazy lamentation aside,
it does allow for a bit of extra space on the one side, in which i promptly created make-shift closet #2.
and simultaneously proved to myself that new york city living is actually probably super really meant for my soul.

{yes, i understand the calendar is from a year ago, but that picture? it stays}



in terms of decor, it's all hawks, all the time.
i definitely have wayyyyy too much blackhawks fan-abilia to not use it as decor,
but i also didn't want to turn my entire house into a tacky, sporty, man cave that a slightly prissy, but self-proclaimed fabulous girly-girl lives in.
so i threw it all in the bathroom.
i call that an inner-compromise, people.
of which i am slightly proud.

last, but not least, on this week's barbie tour...
the bedroom!
which isn't really a room,
{joys of that studio life}
but the back part of my 500 square foot space i pay way too much in rent every month to call my own.
it's a splash of me and a dash of carrie bradshaw with a cloud of a bed thrown in for good measure.
happy saturday, loves!

Friday, August 28, 2015

thee barbie dream house {part 3}

living room
i spend most of my time in the living room space,
so i wanted this part of the apartment to be comfy and pretty,
which is quite different than just pretty comfy
{it's okay if you're not laughing at my jokes, i'm not really either}

{artwork: various art stores; lamp: target; side table: antique from mom; couch: rc willey; pillows: target}

{bookshelf: target}
{and no my bookcase isn't crooked, i just can't take a straight picture...oops}

{glass slipper: gift; lladro: gift; hummel: gift; swarovski crystal swan: purchased in lucerne, switzerland}
{books: whatever you choose to be by ann romney; scatter my ashes at bergdorf goodman by bergdorf goodman; forget me not by dieter f. uchtdorf; pink think: becoming a woman in many uneasy lessons by lynn peril; the ellements of personal style: 25 modern fashion icons by joe zee and maggie bullock; sex and the city movie style guide by amy sohn; sex and the city 2 movie style guide by sarah jessica parker; castles of scotland by christina gambaro; katy perry by noam friedlander; scotland by j. renison; vanity fair: the portraits by graydon carter and david friend}

{painting: inslee hayes; louboutin christmas ornamanent: gardner village, utah}
let's have a brief, brief pause where we talk about this painting by thee ever fabulous inslee hayes.  if you notice to the left of the painting is a series of books by my favorite author, emily giffin.  each of the girls in the painting is the main character from each of those books, and each character is reading her book.
{the ones left out are from the one and only and the heart of the matter
because they had yet to be published}
it is one of my favorite things i have ever bought myself.  it also happened to be the inspiration behind my girlfriends and moi's contest entry to win a copy of something borrowed signed by the cast of the movie.
and yes, we won...which is why if you look closely you will see i own 2 copies of that book.

{books: except for the clearly newer books on the left, these are all older editions of some of my favorite classics gifted to me by my grandmother}

{queen chair: sam's club}

{study nook turned closet: target bath}

like i described in my first post, 
i wanted this room to be my own version of olivia pope's living room on scandal.
blues, greens, pinks, creams...with my own pops of color added in through the art,
because i neither save the world by day nor am i having an affair with the president of the united states by night, so it had to definitely still scream me.
sorry, liv.

the couch was our other find a lifetime from rc willey.
it was the end of a sectional someone had returned that started at $800.
by the time we got to it they slashed those dollar signs down to $99.
yes, we purchased that couch for less money than a flash sale at jet blue.
3 - jessica. 0 - ridiculously overpriced pretty furniture.

 again, i wanted my love for traveling to be a huge part of my home,
so the artwork above the couch represents my 5 favorite cities i have visited:
paris, new york, rome, london, edinburgh.
the thomas kinkade painting of peter pan & crew along the london skyline was a dear gift
from my brother & sister-in-law. 
{i cried when i opened it}
and the other painting is an original piece by bestie jo.
{i cried when i opened that one, too}
as for the painting of the salt lake temple, it was a gift from my parents this past christmas.
and while slc will never be my nyc, it is my current "c" that i am growing to love.
i still cannot get over how well it pulls in all the colors of the living room.

the obvious crown jewel of my apartment is that chair.
or my throne, as i like to call it.
this piece is 100% credited to my mom who found it one day at sam's club!
{turns out that place good for more than free lunch on a saturday}
i should also throw in a side note that my incredible parents gifted me all of the above furniture,
for which i am forever grateful.
my guests should be grateful too, because if it were up to my time & budget,
they would all be sitting on pillow cushions to watch hockey.

now to the closet space.
there is none in this apartment.
none. zilch. nada.
i mean, my "closet" fits about 2 shoes and a purse which if you know the kind of fashion baggage i carry around with me...anywhoo, i had to improvise.
so i turned the study nook into a closet with none other than 2 shower rods and a curtain.
it's only come crashing down on me a total of 3 times since i moved in so i consider it a rousing success.
{most days}

tomorrow we head to the bathroom.
which is split in two and was clearly designed by a man, but is decorated to say a whole lotta chelsea, chelsea i believe so i'm a happy camper.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

thee barbie dream house {part 2}

hi, hello again from thee barbie dream house kitchen!!
 to put things into perspective a little for y'all,
my apartment is about 500 square feet.
my only lament is, of course, the lack of closet space.
{but we will get to how i fixed that later}
while the singular theme of the kitchen is definitely parisian focused, 
the front part of my house is filled with various mementos from my travels to all my favorite cities.

{pink cookware set: target breast cancer awareness; dish towels: target}

 {plug-in: bath & body works (usually smells like anything cupcakey or caramely); blackhawks toaster: gift; 
 daily flip shoe calendar: gift}

{paris photograph:; paris map bulletin board: target; eiffel tower cups: target valentine's day; hello kitty stuffies: gifts; bon jour momento box: thrift store}

{bar chairs: rc willey home furnishings}

{tea box: gift; jane austen quote mug: chattsworth house in england; diet coke ornament: gift; i heart ny suckers: gift; teapot: antique from mom; books: barnes & noble; eiffel tower: local dumpster}

{cubbies pig: target christmas (girlfriend's hats change with the sporting seasons, obviously)}

the crowning glory of the kitchen is clearly the shoe rack,
and i have to admit the idea was one hundred percent my father's.
considering carrie bradshaw kept sweaters in her stove, i just figure it's what all the best city gals do these days.
and let me tell ya, it's also a great conversation ice breaker!
when people come to visit they always want to talk about the shoes,
and i don't know about you, but i feel like the greatest conversations in the world revolve around fabulous footwear.

but the other part of my kitchen that i am muy proud of are those bar chairs.
i was given a friendly piece of advice to visit the "gently damaged" section of rc willey when it came time to furnish my space.
these chairs apparently have a scratch on each of them,
{in a place i have still yet to find}
and therefore were marked down from $200 a piece to $50 a piece!
i mean, i practically cried for joy when the salesman insisted it wasn't a joke.

on that front, one of the best pieces of decorating advice i was ever given is to build your style over time.
it seems very simple, but i think it's also very easy to get swept up in wanting everything to be complete right now.
for those with unlimited hours and budget, that time probably goes a bit more speedily.
however, i am neither so most of the decor pieces in my house,
{ex: bulletin board, paris photo, cookware set, wall art, etc}
are things i've accumulated over the past 5 years or so.
and in terms of that iron eiffel tower, items i dug out of someone else's trashcan.
you gotta go after what you want in this world, people!

my decor style isn't, what you would call, "trendy".
i wanted thee barbie bachy pad to look like my personality exploded all over it,
but in the most refined, yet homey way possible.
therefore a lot of what is out there right now in terms of decor doesn't fit me.
i'm not a minimalist by any means,
and too much white makes me feel like i'm watching my trashy tv shows in the waiting room of a hospital.
in fact, the only "new" items i bought to decorate the kitchen were the bar chairs, that glorious pig {if southern women can have roosters, i can have a pig} and the dishtowels.
which means my house will probably always be an ongoing project.
yay? yay...
{insert monkey covered eyes emoji here}

next up on the home post docket is thee living area.
olivia pope's got nothin' on me here.
until tomorrow...

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

thee barbie dream house {part 1}

 a while back one of my favorite reader friends {ms. renee} asked me to do a post on the decor in my apartment.
and in case you needed a reminder, 
here is reason 54928381 why i could never be a professional blogger.
because i am FINALLY doing this post 6 months later.
now, since there is lots of decor to discuss and loads of pictures to show,
this will be more a series of posts throughout week so that you aren't scrolling for the next 2 hours of your life.
{i try my best to think of others.}

it's a surprise to no one that i am a woman with many interests.
i can play it classy, heaven knows i can play it sassy, i love sports and i love lots of color.
when i'm more of a grownup i know i want lots of whites with pops of color and all that martha stewart living sorta stuff in my home,
but for now...i wanted to create the ultimate bachelorette pad while i still could.

so i turned to my two favorite television characters {i mean, wouldn't you?} to kick off thee inspiration:
carrie bradshaw & olivia pope. 
while i think we can safely assume these two gals wouldn't get along if they met in person,
{type A olivia and free spirit carrie? hard pass}
the vibe of both their apartments plays along the same lines of classy, but eclectic.

while doing my research, i read that the set decorator for scandal said that when making olivia's apartment they wanted it to be far different from who she was to the outside world.
in her job she maintains control and power, but in her home she doesn't have to put up those walls.
they wanted the space to be warm and inviting; almost a little unexpected when you finally see it compared to where you think she would live.

and y'all know carrie bradshaw's vibe says nothing but: big city, tiny space, fabulously single gal.
and thus the decorating began...

i knew to go along with ms. pope's vibe, i wanted the living room area and kitchen to be combos of cream and teal with blush pink as more of an accent color.
to go along with ms. bradshaw's vibe, i knew i wanted a gallery wall behind my bed, the closet space to be part of the decor and my books shelved everywhere around the apartment.
and to go along with the moi vibe, i wanted the bathroom to be all blackhawks.

we will kick off the grand tour tomorrow in my most useful area of the house:
my kitchen.
execept it's not useful because i still don't cook, people,
but i managed to make it look super pretty anyway, so there's that.
see ya then!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

august rush.

life is moving one bajillion miles a minute.
and i have mucho to update this space on...
bestie j's all-out-incredible wedding weekend
concerting with shania twain
FINALLY posting pictures of my apartment for reader renee
sharing a super-FAB new makeup line
that "pretty little liars" finale {seriously...cece!?!}
and the last days of summer in the city.

however, thee charlotte to my carrie {and bff for 17 years} is coming to stay with me tomorrow for FOUR whole days and i have a pile of files on my desk at work that needs to be addressed,
a target trip to make,
a dinner date to catch,
a meeting for my women's organization to attend,
and a nasty cold to get over before her arrival in t-24 hours,
so all of the above will remain on hold for just a titch longer.

happiest of weeks, loves!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

happy 1000!

so we have a tiny celebration in order because this is, in fact, 
our ONE THOUSANDTH blog post together, loves!

much has changed in this space since i started up way back when.
my scenery has flipped and flopped on a few occasions,
people have come and people have gone and  people have stayed,
i've been given the highest of highs and the lowest of lows all smashed between the words of these past 1000 updates.
but most of all, i have changed.
i am not the girl i once was,
the roller-coasters of life have definitely given me reason to evolve, 
but always for the better in the end.
as the great diane von furstenberg once said,
"i didn't really know what i wanted to do, 
but i knew the woman i wanted to become."

now, i've been saving this anniversary number post to express how much fun i have had on my most recent life adventure of being a member of the launch team for {thee ever darling} candace cameron bure's new book, 
Dancing Through Life: Steps of Courage and Conviction. 

can i tell y'all how refreshing it has been to work with a team of people centered around so much positivity?
to support a book about being faithful and true to who you want to be and standing firm in that knowledge amidst a world where negativity and ulterior pressures are far too easily encountered?
and even more, to promote a woman who knows exactly who she is and, gracefully, makes no excuses for it. 

in knowing this anniversary post was coming up right around thee anniversary of me packing up my california gurl life last year and moving to salt lake on nothing but a literal prayer to guide me,
i realized that while i could give you a laundry list of all the things utah certainly is NOT,
{especially in comparison to the city i REALLY want to be living in...oh hey new york!}
this move was the answer to my biggest prayer of all:
searching for the opportunity to further grow into the kind of woman i've always wanted to become.

it hasn't been easy.
in fact, it has been the toughest year of my life.
but isn't it funny how the things that are often the toughest are also often those that bring us the most happiness?
because in between the trials and the necessary growth outside of my {already somewhat outrageous} comfort zone,
i have never been happier.
i have never felt more like the woman i'm striving to be.
i have never felt closer to God.
and i have never been more sure of the fact that i am {finally} exactly where i am supposed to be.

so in case you might be sitting tonight in the vaguely lost shoes i was situated in a year ago,
{although i'm sure they are very sparkly & cute}
can i give you a titch of advice?
always choose the adventure.
because i promise you that adventure will take you right out of your comfort zone,
and along the way to where you've always wanted to go.


This post was inspired by Candace Cameron Bure’s new book, Dancing Through Life: Steps of Courage and Conviction
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