Personal & Interior Style


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As I think I’ve mentioned before, I’m trying to grow out my hair.  After cutting it short almost three years ago, I’m ready to revisit my long curls again.  However, as any girl who has ever made this transition knows, there are some awkward stages along the way.  I’ve been holding out on getting a trim for weeks because what starts as an effort to “clean up the ends” always turns into leaving the salon with a cut that’s feels like I’m starting back at square one.  Nevertheless, I think I’ve hit my breaking point and if someone doesn’t take some scissors to this head in short order, I’ll be all too ready to dress up as Cameron Diaz in “Being John Malkovich” for Halloween.  But until that day comes, aren’t these ladies providing great inspiration for ways to manage some overgrown locks?!


Illustration by Danielle Meder

As I’ve gotten older, and seen a few styles come and go and come back again, I try to focus my fashion choices less around trends and more around the things I know I always like to wear.  A few tried and true styles I’m always attracted to are:

1) Wide trousers and long skirts

wide & flowy

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2) Long earrings

long earrings

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3) Clogs


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4) Jumpsuits

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I have a very specific vision for the piece of art I’d like to find and hang above my couch.  Basically, I’m looking for a calming beach or water photograph with somewhat faded colors.  I’ve been surfing (tee hee) around the web looking and while none of these are exactly it, they all convey they feeling I’m looking to capture.





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A few weeks ago on a hot summer Sunday, a friend of mine came over to my apartment and we sat outside on my fire escape with beers talking about life.  Among other things we talked about the layout of my apartment and how I loved the natural light in my bedroom but didn’t take good advantage of it. We talked about all the ways my apartment could be reconfigured.  And then, on a whim, we just went for it.  For the next several hours we switched my bedroom to my living room and vise versa.

day beds

I’ve always been someone who regularly rearranges my furniture (even in my small 400 sq. ft.) apartment.  But this has been my biggest change yet.  It also basically means that you enter my apartment straight into the bedroom.  For years, I’ve been really hesitant to even consider this as an option but now I’m really going for it.  Once I feel like things have better come together, I’ll post some pictures but for now, these are some of the images from which I’m drawing inspiration.



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Our whole family has gotten really into bocce lately. We played it a ton in California over Albert’s birthday weekend and again while were just in Cleveland. It’s the perfect summer lawn game.  You can play for as long or as short as you want and it’s easy to keep swapping in new people.

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When I saw this DIY painted horseshoes post on Design Love Fest, I immediately thought of making my own unique bocce set. You could incorporate so many great colors and patterns. I’m liking the antique bocce set above (via here) as inspiration.

I am not sure why but I have been in a bit of a funk the past few days. The job hunt was getting me down. I was feeing a bit homesick. Then I got a text from my sister that I won a DESIGNLOVEFEST giveaway. When I checked my email, “You’re a real winner!” was in the subject line. Lauren was right. I was a winner. A real winner! It is kind of amazing how something like that can totally change your whole perspective. Here is a picture of the cute end table that I won! Check out more of Chelsey Elizabeth Design here.


By the way, I am on day 32 of my MCM detox. Today’s affirmation is: I choose to believe in abundance and I accept this belief as my reality. Kind of fun, huh?! That ones for you, Mom. 😉


A few weeks ago, I saw a picture on Instagram of these beautiful vintage flower stamps. Farrell and I are throwing a bridal shower over the summer for our soon to be sister-in-law and knew we had to have them for the invitations.  I just think they are so beautiful and feminine.


They also reminded me of this array of flowers, which I snatched on my way out of a conference a couple of weeks ago (they started as a centerpiece that I broke into smaller bouquets). Aren’t they just lovely?!  They mostly lasted a pretty long time and felt like such a treat to have in little arrangements all around my apartment.

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