Since Lauren has been here I have really been trying to make our house a home. It can be hard because neither Albert or I really like to get “things.” We like to live a simple and minimal life. We struggle with purchasing things unless we REALLY love them and in turn we end up mostly with random items and hand-me-downs. There is also a bit of an identity crisis that comes up when trying to decorate your home. You really have to ask yourself, who am I? What do I like? So far, there have been a couple of things I have seen that have kept me inspired and ready to chug along with the process.
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I will keep you all posted on the apartment transformation! It is the little adjustments that count.
[posted by Farrell]
I had a conversation last week with a woman who studies feng shui. We were waiting together at a bus stop and struck up a conversation that started as small talk, then moved on to all sorts of deeper topics. While we were talking about her study of feng shui, she said something that has really stuck with me. She said that there needs to be some element of imperfection in a space, otherwise a ‘perfect’ energy will just continue to flow without disruption, thereby becoming boring or stagnant. That was the jist of it anyway, and it makes so much sense to me. The most compelling art and music always has at least one element that breaks the rules, and the most interesting people and relationships are never completely perfect. We wouldn’t want them to be. It isn’t a matter of attaining perfection but rather of creating harmony.
[posted by Lauren]
We are super excited to announce the grand opening of our new online store, The Disco Emporium. Incorporating a shop component to Sister Disco has been a longtime desire of ours and we hope you will like what you see! As a starting point, the shop will be primarily stocked with hand selected items offered through affiliate programs. In the coming months, we’ll be expanding to include more unique items from independent retailers. If you are interested in partnering with us to sell your products through our storefront, drop us a line!
THE DISCO EMPORIUM
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Monster Rally ~ Return to Paradise – $19
APOTHIA Los Angeles – IF – $40
Cleveland Magnet – $5
Clean Eats by Alejandro Junger, M.D.
White Sage Smudge Stick – $8
Deodorant Cream by Soapwalla – $14
Jade Harmony Yoga Mat – $50-75
Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask – $55
Lucas Papaw Ointment – $10
Valley Cruise Press Zines
(illustration via here)
This morning, as I walked out of the subway, an old familiar scent passed me by: Sunflowers By Elizabeth Arden. Sunflowers was my first perfume. I must have gotten it when I was around 14 years old. It smelled fresh and happy; wearing it made me feel older and more sophisticated than I was.
A decade or so later, I found my second scent: Stella McCartney’s Stella. This is not to say that I wore Sunflowers for a whole decade, rather I wasn’t really one to wear perfume in my late teens and early twenties. But I received a free roll-on bottle of Stella at a fashion PR event my friend was working as one of her first jobs in New York and I adopted the scent as my own. Its smell reminds me of my early days in New York, living in the East Village and going to parties that lasted til sunrise. Now, yet another decade later, I have a new fragrance: APOTHIA’s IF. I love this scent so much and can’t imagine ever moving on from it. But chances are, in another ten years, the smell of IF will remind me of of myself now I can’t yet classify.
My brother gifted Albert and I with an 8×5 mirror for our apartment. It is a beautiful handmade mirror that takes up a lot of space. It is quite the design statement. Since we got the mirror, I have been looking at pictures on Pinterest to get some ideas on how to work a large mirror into a space. Here are some of my favorites:
(photo by Nico Krijno via here)
Wishing today’s umbrella situation looked a little more like the above and less like the below.
(image via here)
I’ve had bangs for a little more than a year. For the most part, I’ve been into them but recently they have started driving me nuts. I think part of my irritation has to do with all the images I’ve been seeing lately of casually cool tousled locks. There’s something so carefree-chic about this style and I want it! I’ve been playing around with hiding my bangs but I don’t think the length is quite there yet.
On a less superficial note, I watched former NYC Planning Commissioner, Amanda Burden’s TED talk yesterday about public spaces and thought it was really great. I once read testimony in front of Commissioner Burden at a public hearing relating to a major rezoning project that I’ve been a part of for several years at my job. Her talk paints a really interesting picture of all the details that must be considered and all the battles that must be fought in order to develop first-rate public space. She concludes her talk by saying, “I believe that a successful city is like a fabulous party; people stay because they’re having a great time.” I love that comparison.
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Thanks to a lingering stomach bug, I’m just settling back into life following my foreign travels. I’m mostly unpacked (something I always consider a victory!), save for my carry on/purse which could use a little post-vaca attention. Though Thailand’s sandy beaches and beautifully blue water sound endlessly appealing, I have to say I’m so happy to be at home. I have a new found appreciation for my apartment these days. I’m not sure quite what it is (perhaps it’s the space heaters in every room) but I’m just really enjoying spending time here lately. Though I have a never ending list of home improvements I’d like to make, I really love this little apartment of mine.
Yesterday I got completely lost in the “Survival Tips for Life In a Tiny Apartment” archives on the blog Reading My Tea Leaves. Its author, Erin Boyle, and her husband live in a 240 square foot space (almost half the size of my apartment). While there are some great tips in there for sure, the biggest thing I came away with was the importance of being thoughtful about your space, how you use it and what you allow to come inside. I’m feeling a major de-cluttering coming on and I can’t wait!
This weekend I tried to bleach my hair on my own. Let’s just say that the end result was less than ideal and I had to go get it fixed at a salon for the very first time in my life. There are a couple of things I would like to note about my experience:
- It was expensive.
- Don’t go and do it on an empty stomach
- My hair is very blond.
- The fumes from the chemicals make you feel nutso.
- Lucas at Echo Park is awesome.
Here is what I was shooting for in my dream world: