Monday Inspiration 7.7.14

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I like this picture for this quote because every sunset means there’s a new beginning and a new day that follows where we can try all over again.  I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend and holiday. Mine was ok but I’ve been battling some sort of stomach virus or food poisoning since July 4th off and on. I even had to call out work today and I rarely ever do that. Nothing worse than spending a 85 degree day cooped up in the house sick. My meds are slowly working so hopefully I’ll be able to resume blogging soon.

Happy Official Summer Kick Off Day!

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Time to crank up the outdoor parties and get-to-gethers and enjoy the season. Our Spring came late but we’ve had some hot and humid days already so surprised that the first weekend of summer is blah. It’s gloomy, currently 60 and just not a warm welcome. Though it is suppose to warm up to the low 70’s today, yesterday was near 80 then dropped to 59 degrees around 6pm. So if you’re lucky to have a city with some consistant warmth/hot/sun, please enjoy it for me.

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Time to smell the roses. A lot of flowers are bloomed. I was able to get to the botanical garden this year before peony season ended. Below are my captures of my favorite flower…

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I even put a video on instagram. It’s funny because the same day someone on the east coast showed a dead peony garden…

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Time to really let the fresh air in. This little set up of cocktails is so inviting after a long day. Check out my bar tray post for inspiration on similar set ups..

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Time to really fire up grills and try seasonal recipes. I love to eat fish but sometimes want to spice it up a notch and these tilapia burgers are on the list to try…

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Time for watermelon and fruit salsas. These tequila soaked watermelon tacos area great way to jazz up taco night…

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Time for floppy hats. I am on the hunt for one to go with my swimsuit ensemble for my Arizona trip. But I don’t want to pay a lot since I’m not really going to wear it again. I feel these hats look best on women with longer necks. Maybe I’m just weird lol…

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Time to just lounge around and be present. Whether you lounge watching kids play or lounge reading a magazine just make the time to relax a bit more. We’re all busy but we need time for ourselves and to recharge and not feel guilty about it…

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Time for the beach! This was my toes in the sand last week after getting my hair done. It was in the morning before the beach swarmed with people. It was super windy and it loosened my curls the way I wanted…

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Time for fishing! I never gone before and want to go at least once this year…

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What are you looking forward to this summer?

Monday Wants…

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Life lately hasn’t been on my side. Ever since Thursday things have messed with my productivity and spirit. So instead of my usual Monday inspirational post about appreciating what I have, I want to share what I want. Yep, I would be a happy camper if…

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If it rained WHILE thundering. I love thunderstorms and I know April brings May flowers but maaan this rainy gloomy forecast is for the birds. Not to mention it prevents you from getting your car washed. Sick of riding dirty…

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If I had flowers to brighten my day or home. Note to self: stop at Trader Joes. Speaking of flowers, I tweeted that
Target should have a small floral mart in their grocer section. I can see it now…strolling through all aisles, tossing a bunch of stuff I don’t need in the cart, then finishing with flowers. Can’t you envision that? (Flowers and a happy hour bar will set them off! Imagine getting a cocktail before you shop after work). Target even replied to my tweet saying they will consider the idea. I should get free flowers for a year if they do…

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If the trees bloom already. I haven’t seen any tree buds and it still looks like winter. This is abnormal…

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If a roundtrip ticket magically appeared in my hands. I am just ready for a change of scenery and sometimes driving isn’t enough. I had fun getting away in December to Manhattan, New York so I’m on the lookout for another cool weekend getaway…

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If I could get lost in an unknown city or area. I even want to take time and stroll places I drive by all the time. You miss out on a lot while driving…

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If my hair will act right. I’ve had more bad hair days lately than normal and it’s driving me crazy. I want mine laid like hers above. I started watching youtube clips and tried recreating some things. Most have been fails….

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If I had herringbone wood floors. I am not at liberty to do so though due to my leasing agreement but I can’t wait for the day when I no longer have carpet…

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If I could get my to-do list together. I don’t remember the last time I was able to scratch every task off and it’s disappointing…

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If I could get some leafy plants in my place. I have a cat and she insists on chewing on faux leaves so I know I can’t have real ones but I would like to. There are more things I want but I will stop for now. What would you currently like that could boost your mood?


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Monday Morning Inspiration 1.27.14

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One small thing I look forward to is making hot chocolate at work. It’s something I do during cold seasons and a small thing that makes me happy. I limit myself to one cup so I really savor every sip. I gueas the same can be said for life in general. We are all busy…we’re grown but often life flies by too fast the older you get. So I am trying to be present in the moment a bit more. We can be focused and driven while making sure we secure our futures but try to be in the moment sometimes and take life in…
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Monday Inspiration 12.30.13 coffee and dessert

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When you have this mentality, Mondays….and everyday will be that much easier to look forward to…
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Sweet treats like the image I took above is what I looked forward to. Shortly after arriving to work a coworker shared these treats. The chocolate covered cookie dough balls were the best!
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Monday morning cookies and dessert with coffee and hot chocolate sounds like a plan to me. Maybe I should do this every Monday….tradition for the new year.

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Professional images of the burlesque party I styled…

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By now images of the party pics I took probably came across your feed if you follow me on instagram but here are some of the professional shots by Shotking Photography. See all the party details here. My friend loved … Continue reading

iWant it all! Complete random wants from fashion to decor…

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A company reached out to me for a product review of my choice and I opted for a chocolate fountain. It took so much for me not to select the disco balls though. I just love them in decor…

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…iWant this range hood. The reason is self explanatory…

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I have some black velvet necklace stands from Michael’s but iWant more so I can place them in a modular shelving unit and display each bauble as bedroom bling…

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…iWant a few more statement necklaces to go on the stands from above….

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.. iWant whatever camera or Android app that takes great pictures at night. This one above is amazing. Last night I tried to capture the moon over Lake Michigan here in Milwaukee as it’s probably going to be my last time there until Spring. (I LOVE THE WATER!!) but my photo was a fail. Even on the night option it didn’t nearly look like real life.

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…iwant an ornate mirror….frame….and chalkboard. Even if I only use it for clients that hire me to style their events. Eventually I want to have core items on deck so when hired…I can tap into my personal stash of party goodies. This one could be used for so many things: a welcome sign…seating chart….menu board. It’s gorgeous…

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…iWant some cheetah print heels. Not pumps but a mary jane or strappy heel. I find this pattern so sexy, on trend & a fun neutral…

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…iWant….actually iNeed some black over the knee boots. Forget the fact that I am 5’3″. It’s all how you rock it to ensure you’re not swallowed whole. Some boots that stop right above my knee would be perfect. I have some but the rubber soles are worn down. I may get them repaired because they are perfect over jeans and leggings and great under a wider leg work slack to stay warm during the brutal Wisconsin winters…

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…iReeallyWant herringbone wooden floors. No other flooring does it for me like herringone…

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..iWant to master a black smokey eye. I nail brown smokeys but I’ve only nailed a black smokey once…and I had the nerve to not even go anywhere significant. Nothing worse than wasting good face…

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Lastly, iWant to dine somewhere high in the sky. Actually I want to just live in the sky…a high rise somewhere. That is the goal…that is the life!

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*sigh* back to reality.

{All images via my Pinterest}

Rant: Unrealistic Moodboards Most Can’t Afford and a High Low Black Gold Bedroom

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A little annoyed at unrealistic “get the looks” floating around where the “affordable” items are $350 for a pair of book ends or $1,000 boots. Who the fu…..can afford that? I mean how many people do YOU know…that has $2,000 floating around for accessories only? Not including paint, supplies & furniture. Even if your clients are ballin’….betcha most of your readers aren’t. There are broke college students, broke post grads, adults with student loan debt, couples starting out and managing families with kids in high price daycares, homeowners trying to save for that new furnace they need before winter etc etc etc.

Fantasy wishlists and moodboards are cool and even moodboards that simply evoke inspiration. We all like Kelly Wearstler’s products but not many of us can spend $4,000 for one chair. If you are really trying to present items for people to source from…maybe try keeping in mind the people who are working with $500 budgets….who can’t spend 40% of it on ONE pillow. Or the many individuals who want style but aren’t stupid enough to charge a bunch of stuff to keep up with other people’s instagrams. Splurges are fine…treating yourself and saving up for something luxurious is cool and if you CAN afford it…great! For those that can’t…don’t get discouraged and think you have to take a loan against your 401K in order to have quality good design. Don’t get so caught up in brands and what everyone claims to afford that you end up putting yourself and your bank account at a disadvantage. Some people’s lives and photos seem so perfect….but you never really know what they are going through behind the scenes or what sacrifices it took to get to that level of financial freedom.

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This isn’t suggesting everyone is internet frontin’…or intended to make someone feel bad if they are better off than some. I simply think some people are really out of touch with what affordable means. Affordable to you may be an area rug for $900 but others may want a bit more bang for their buck if they are spending the same amount as their rent or mortgage for decor. So I made a high low mixture of a favorite black and gold color combo. I think everything would work beautifully in a bedroom. You have bedding from Zara Home, accessories from Tarsjay (Target) & Z Gallerie and more. I’m talking some stuff is $9.99. Now THAT is really affordable.

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