Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Favorite buy? This blush pink frilly delight ($99.99). According to my roommate, “it’s so cute it should be illegal.” Uh… awesome.
Also love my pink skinny friends w/ zip ankles ($49.99) that I wore to the West Elm/Etsy event.
I was really torn on being adventurous and getting myself a black maxi skirt. I thought it would be very fashion-forward of me. Yes, this is me being trendy. Alas, the maxi did not make it home with me that day. Thoughts? Should I go back and get it? Is this something I’d get a lot of use out of? Could be fun for day or night… Hmm… I just wasn’t convinced it was worth $90.
I also snatched up a black maxi dress that I know I’ll wear a ton this summer, as well as my favorite pair of $35 pants in bright teal. It was a glorious day.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
I am so happy to share with you a project I’ve been working on the past couple months. Pyar and Co. (pronounced pee-ar, the Indian word for love) is a new company founded by Paula Queen here in Chicago. Paula, who along with launching this company is simultaneously raising a soon-to-be one-year-old boy, asked Danielle to photograph and me to style her new custom line of pillows, all of which are designed by Paula and hand-crafted in India. The silks, beads, and sequins are all individually dyed, stitched, and delicately sewn together by skilled artisans. It was a privilege and a challenge getting to style such beautiful objects.
Because we were just trying to showcase the pillows, I had to gather other props that would work with the aesthetic of the brand. I went with very neutral, natural elements. A Moroccan wooden side table, baskets, a sisal rug, and other white and black neutrals were brought in to showcase Pyar and Co.’s colorful and whimsical products.
After the photo shoot, I then had the opportunity of tackling the graphic design portion of the Pyar’s branding. I designed the new website, that just went live yesterday! It’s a rare opportunity a graphic designer gets to work with the images they helped create. It’s been really special helping the look and brand take shape from the beginning and it will be a lot of fun watching it evolve in its first year. So go on and check out the new site!
Paula, congratulations, again. I’ve been having so much fun working with you, and you should be so very proud of the beautiful and quality new collections you’ve created for people’s homes!
Monday, February 27, 2012
I pinky swear promise Live Creating Yourself is not going anywhere and all of my posts will not revolve The Everygirl. But… some will. And because I absolutely adore today’s feature, I wanted to share with you the fruits of our labor. Danielle and I spent way too long on what will be a recurring feature topic (How to Style…). Several weekends we spent running around Chicago, scooping up props to style three different entryways, one of which we had to re-shoot after deciding our first attempt was subpar. You’ll notice the third image was actually shot in my own home! We just restyled it a bit – new lamp, mirror, rug, coat rack, etc.
So to learn the five simple steps that go into creating an organized and inviting entryway and to see more photos, click here! You can also click through all of the feature slideshows to buy the products you see in the different entryways!
All photographs via The Everygirl
Friday, February 24, 2012
Be sure to stop by the West Elm store at North and Sheffield tomorrow from 1-6pm. I’ll be there along with thirteen of my favorite Chicago-based Etsy sellers! To get a sneak peek at what’s in store, click here!
Otherwise, I’ll see you tomorrow! Be sure to say Hello!
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
Alone by Trampled by Turtles
You come into the world alone //
and you go out of the world alone //
but in between, there’s you and me
I get a mean air violin going at the 3:00 mark.
Simple Song by The Shins
I made a fumbling play for your heart //
and the act struck a spark
The chorus. So fun to sing along.
Digital Rot by Tan Vampires
The instruments are bananas. I mean, the guy’s playing percussion on an accordion.
We are Young by Fun.
tonight we are young //
so let’s set the world on fire //
we can burn brighter than the sun
I just love the message! Tonight we are young. We can burn brighter than the sun. Go us! No? Just me? Ok…
And if any of you have any recommendations for new songs I should check out, please send them my way!
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Taylor Sterling. It’s women like her that inspired Danielle and I to start The Everygirl. Talent, passion, intelligence, style, beauty, hard-work ethic. This girl’s got it all. As I slowly (rapidly) start to drown in my ever-growing pile of work and responsibilities, I’m trying to figure out how she keeps up with her blog Sterling Style, her site The Glitter Guide, and manages to stay in such great shape with regular Crossfit workouts (she’s mentioned getting in at least five workouts a week). I mean – whoa can she rock a hot pink maxi dress!
Taylor – I bow down. Teach me your ways.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Today Anthropologie’s sophisticated, wedding-savvy sister BHLDN (pronounced Beholden) opens the doors of its second storefront here in Chicago. My Everygirl partner-in-crime, Danielle, and I attended the opening party last night. We floated around the rooms, sipping champagne, pointing out the beautiful items, and chit-chatting with friends. Just like the Anthropologie stores, no detail was overlooked in designing the space. The architecture, the furniture, the paint colors – everything flawlessly fit into the whimsical yet elegant look for which BHLDN is known.
The highlight of the evening was getting to meet one of my idols, Darcy Miller, editor of Martha Stewart Weddings. Talk about inspiring talent. After explaining to her about the launch of The Everygirl, she relayed the story of how she started her own business in college but her parents made her get a “real job” for a year before once again starting off on her own. Fast-forward however many years later, and now she’s Martha’s #2.
All in all, it was a great night and I cannot wait to get back to the store to try on the various baubles, dresses, and shoes I fell in love with. Although, fashion aside, the number one items on my BHLDN wishlist are the pink and jadeite cake stands. The colors and shape are just too perfect. How could any stylist not want them in their life on a more permanent basis?
Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!
Monday, February 13, 2012
1. The two walls of oversized photos and prints in the living. No wait…
2. The bevy of colors splattered all over the place. No wait…
3. The cerulean tufted chairs opposite the leopard velvet sofa. No wait…
4. The black lacquered walls in the study. No wait…
5. The tiled and checkered walls in the kitchen. No wait…
6. The red leather upholstered dining chairs. No wait…
7. The European-esque garden in the middle of Brooklyn. No wait…
8. The master suite, complete with canopy bed, dressing room, and marble tub. No wait…
9. The matching green drapes and walls in the girl’s room. No wait…
10. The masculine yet sophisticated decor in the boy’s room. No wait…
I give up.
Are you having more luck than me?
Just another case of a stop-you-in-your-tracks-it’s-so-great home. Well done, Mr. Bilhuber. Well done.
Source: Architectural Digest, designed by Jeffrey Bilhuber
Friday, February 10, 2012
One of my favorite bloggers, London-based Shini of Park and Cube, took a tour of the ASOS Salon Spring/Summer 2012 collection and whoa is it all sorts of perty. Blush pinks, corals, and minty greens. My favorites! Shini’s beautiful photography captures the ethereal looks flawlessly. Cannot wait for these items to become available online. Rest assured I will let you all know as soon as they do!
Have a great weekend!