Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Which would you choose?
….and because I can’t, for the life of me, stopping quoting this movie. They just don’t make em like this anymore, do they?
Friday, May 25, 2012
if i one day had an actual office with a lil’ mini fridge, i’d spruce it up with these babies from leif. that’s right. they’re magnets. aren’t they special?
Thursday, May 24, 2012
either way, she sent me the couch she likes this morning, and i actually like it a lot! the clean lines and nailhead trim make this a great piece to work off of.
and to my surprise and delight, she started sending along very bright (and feminine!) looking pillows. so i ran with it and immediately hopped over to my favorite pillow cover source, fabricadabra.
i tried to keep the bigger items toned down and cater to her quasi-traditional taste. the coffee table, chevron rug, lamps, and mirror are all basic, neutral pieces that you could really use in any style room. i added in more feminine, glam pieces with the sconces, bookends, beaded hurricane, pillows, and of course, the gold pouf (which i’m aware wouldn’t make it into this living room in a gagillion years, but heck, i think it looks awesome).
gosh, i haven’t done one of these lil’ mock-ups in ages. that was fun.
ok, now back to work.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Monday, May 21, 2012
As I sit here on the sofa trying to stay cool on this steamy Sunday evening, I can’t help but feel sad. Sad at how much I’ll miss this place. At how much I really don’t want to leave it. Like any home, it’s crazy to think of all that’s happened in these six rooms over the past two and a half years. So many memories that I fear will slowly start to slip away once I’m no longer here. It’s as those being in this space grants me instant access to them; like they are somehow swirling around me at all times, and the sounds, smells, and sights of these rooms can take me back to any moment at any time. And I don’t want to forget it. Any of it. The laughter, the heartache, the friends, the boyfriends, the long hours in my office, the game nights, the experiments in the kitchen (both successful and not), the sick days where all I wanted was to stay curled up in bed, the New Year’s Eve party where I met the great guy I’ve since fallen for… I’ve learned and grown and changed so much since moving in here. My first real grown-up place. It’s been my refuge. My design playground. The first place other than my childhood home that actually felt like home. But most importantly, this drafty apartment has helped me do exactly what I set out to do when I sat down and started this blog three years. Create myself. Pursue my passions. Build a business.
From writing LCY, to designing blogs, to drawing logos, to helping launch an online magazine, to guest editing for Chicago Home and Garden Magazine, to landing my first styling projects, to launching The Everygirl; I’ve done it all from this tiny, 6×9 feet, color-splashed space. I think I’ll miss this room the most. My creative haven. My hideaway when everything else in life seemed pear-shaped. Where I’ve often sat from 8am until midnight, lost in work, with my pups at my feet, singing along to whatever playlist I had on loop at the time, writing and illustrating and emailing away, planning the next big thing… yes. I’ll miss this room most.
All of that being said, I have to admit, I am equally so excited for this move. As of right now, it looks like I’ll be getting my own place come fall. It will be the first time in (almost) 27 years I’ll have my own bathroom. I have no idea what that’s like! Danielle says she thinks everyone should live alone at some point. And I agree. Not to mention it means a whole new home to decorate (I’m constantly looking around my apartment deciding what’s coming with and what’s going on Craigslist)! As for inspiration… let the pinning begin!
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The Everygirl is looking for summer interns! We promise there will be movie nights and cocktails and occasional meltdowns and girl talk all under a canopy of work, of course.
Monday, May 14, 2012
|photography by Andy Barnes for Jayson Home and Garden|
As if that’s not cool enough… the photographer is Andy Barnes, photographer for Jayson Home and Garden catalogues (most of which I have saved and filed for styling inspiration – each of their catalogues is like a mini magazine work of art). Talk about the cherry on top.
I’m secretly so nervous to have him see my home. I know it doesn’t compare to most of the high-end homes featured in the magazine, but I hope it’s not completely desperate.
Anywho, speaking of Jayson, I popped in there yesterday as it has become my one-stop-shop when it comes to shopping for my mom. And seeing as it was mother’s day, I swung by on my way to the burbs.
|via The Everygirl’s Instagram|
I was pleasantly surprised to see a few gold athena feather trays lying around and immediately placed one on the counter to be gift-wrapped. That, along with this darling Rifle Paper Co. card, made Mama Kaz very happy.
How were all of your weekends?
Thursday, May 10, 2012
What advice would you give to your 23-year-old self?
“Breathe, my friend. You are not old, you are young. You are not a mess, you are normal. Extraordinary, perhaps. In the blink of an eye your life will change. And it will continue to change for decades to come. Enjoy it, embrace it…be grateful for the ride. You are not old, you are young. And faith will get you everywhere. Just you wait.” – Abby Larson, founder of Style Me Pretty
Yes. I needed to hear that when I was 23. Heck, that advice applies to anyone! I still need to hear it!
And there’s so much more where that came from over on The Everygirl today, including a tour of their very chic offices!
And here’s a little behind the scenes look at the shoot! Me, gettin’ my styling credit on (with Danielle Moss behind the lens, obvi).
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
2 photographers. 10 models. 2 hair stylists. 1 make-up artist. 4 assistants. 13 gowns. 14 pairs of shoes. mountains of jewelry. pages of hair and make-up inspiration. and less than 1 one of month of planning.
choosing models. choosing dresses. trying to pair the models with the dresses. trying to pairs brides with bridesmaids. realizing a dress doesn’t come in someone’s size and having to find someone else who will work in that dress. choosing bridesmaid dresses that won’t clash in a group photo but offer five different style (garden, beach, princess pink, crystal white, and floor-length black tie attire). finding shoes for all ten looks. again in the models’ size. all under certain price points of course – bridal gowns had to be under $1000. bridesmaids under $300. shoes under $250. tricky. tricky.
but so worth it.
more details and behind-the-scenes photos to come. but be sure to check out today’s budget-friendly bridal fashion on the everygirl. part one of two! there are about 50 more photos where that one came from.
styled by me
photography by stoffer photography
location: buckingham id
flowers: hello darling
Monday, May 7, 2012
|styling by Sarah Tucker Events and photography by Naomi Chokr
for The Everygirl
If you read this blog then I know ya’ll know it’s Wedding Week on The Everygirl! Today’s feature offers detailed advice on throwing a budget-friendly, backyard wedding shower! Boy do I wish I had this as a reference when I was planning my sister’s wedding gatherings a few years ago… fortunately, I had my mom to help. Now all of you have The Everygirl!
And remember there is an accompanying Backyard Bridal Shower Handbook with recipes, planning checklists, and styling tips for the wedding shower!
Friday, May 4, 2012
Thursday, May 3, 2012
You know the rare occasion when you actually have something to look forward to on a Monday versus the usual dreading of the start of the work week? Well that’s happening NEXT week. Why? Because Monday, May 7 marks the beginning of Wedding Week on The Everygirl!
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
(the ruffle dress would come in blush pink)
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
I am constantly all over the place with what I’d consider a dream kitchen. One day I love the rustic look, the next I want French country, and still the next I love a more industrial style. But time and time again, I come back to the all white kitchen. It’s rooms like this one that remind me how clean and simple white on white topped with carrera marble and backed with subway tile creates the best environment for getting creative with colorful foods and rich flavors. Really the only change I’d make is switching out the overly feminine chandelier for something a bit more contemporary. Otherwise I’d say this room is picture perfect, right down to the blush pink plates in the dish rack.
To find your dream kitchen for your home check out Better Kitchens.
Make sure to stop on by The Everygirl as we’ve featured another round-up of Kitchen Essentials!