2013 01 01 archive

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

by all means, sell me on #vineapp

…because so far, this is how i feel.

i know it’s new and perhaps people will figure out the “best way” to use it. but so far this sudden craze just reminds me of  the scene in mean girls where regina has two conspicuous holes in her sweater and because she’s regina george, everyone else starts doing it. similarly…

vine is made by twitter so it must be amazing? one big blogger signs on, feeds to instagram, and the next thing you know, everyone is doing. and i’m totally at fault! i even made a personal account and we have one for the everygirl. (anyone in social media can attest you have to lock in those usernames stat before you end up alainakaz_123_ilikepuppies). i just feel there is already so much happening with blogging, facebooking, tweeting, instagramming, vimeo-ing, tumblr-ing… do we really need vine-ing? reeeeally? i could more so see how it is valuable if there’s no time limit on the video and bloggers and people could use it as a personal tool for video editing that they can then share on their other social media. do we have to follow one another on the app itself? it’s too much to keep up with! and sadly, if you’re in this industry, you have to keep up or you’re left behind! like it is in any industry i suppose.

ok, i’ll get off my soapbox and stop venting. what do you think of the new app? are you into it? by all means, sell me on its advantages! i just know that so far i haven’t seen one vine video that offered me something a still shot of the same thing couldn’t have also provided viewers.

and thanks, nikki, for sending along this gif illustration!

update: ok, for further investigation, i gave it a go and made my first video. i’m even bored watching it.  thank goodness tuck and fi are so cute. hah will try harder next time…

Friday, January 25, 2013

ladyporn fridays

1. i’m certain with this minty delight in the kitchen i’d start baking all the time. 90% certain. ok, 65% certain.

2. jenna’s closet.

3. this pink duo would look lovely on a lady’s bed. or lady’s couch. or anywhere in a ladyhome.

4. to keep you alert when the clock strikes 3pm.

5. if i stepped in there, i’d never get out.

6. gooood morning, you.

7. want these sparkles for friday nights with the girls.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

words worth reading: sabrina, 1954

“Paris isn’t for changing planes, it’s for changing your outlook. For throwing open the windows and letting in la vie en rose.”

“I have learnt how to live… How to be In the world and Of the world,
and not just to stand aside and watch. And I will never, never again run
away from life. Or from love, either…”

“Oh never resist an impulse, Sabrina. Especially if it’s terrible.”

I was flipping through Netflix over the weekend determined to watch something new and not rely on one of my favorites. I stumbled upon Sabrina, the original 1954 Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart version and decided to give it a whirl. I’ve never been a huge fan of black and white, old films-to be honest Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Casablanca, and Citizen Kane all were a bit over my head…-but i thoroughly enjoyed Sabrina. Probably because of the love triangle. Who doesn’t love a good love triangle? And all the references to Paris! And the fact that Paris transformed Sabrina from an innocent, naive, ignorant girl into a stylish, headstrong woman, as it tends to do… I definitely recommend giving this one a try if you’ve never seen it. The opening scene where she tries to kill herself because a certain man doesn’t notice her was dramatic to say the least, but I promise it gets better after that. Bogart has quite a few funny lines. I chuckled.

Have you seen Sabrina? Do you like old films? What are your favorites?

Monday, January 21, 2013

Weekend in Instagram

four new amazing women joined team everygirl this week as spring writing interns. danielle and i are finally getting the hang of having help and we even prepared and had a little treat waiting for them on their first day. birchboxes, rifle paper co. notepads, hot pink le pens from design darling’s shop, and our go-to anthropologie monogrammed mugs. we had them trained and efficiently working in no time!

i was able to make it to my friend allison’s engagement party on friday night despite the sad sad state of tuck (who was not left home alone unsupervised, i assure you). allison is the first of my close friends to wed and the first friend wedding i’m standing up to, so it was really exciting to all come together my best ladies to simply celebrate and have a great time. friday’s event was like a mini wedding complete with sit down dinner and dance floor. after that hefty glass of wine, i was finally able to relax a little given the previous day’s event. granted i did have to duck out early to get back to my furry friend.


the office is almost done… still have to repaint but all of the other elements have pretty much come together. i realized what was missing from the gallery wall was more PINK. hot pink. so i added this canvas print from birdaria. you feel me? i feel you. much better i think.

and to give you all an update on mr. tuck. he went into the vet for a follow-up on saturday at which point his drain came out and bandages came off. we tried the tshirt method of preventing him from licking his wounds instead of the cone. he reminded me of an 80s teenager complete with tied-up baggy shirt and bad perm. alas, that wily dog wiggled his snout into the top hole of the shirt and got at them, so the cone is back. but he’s healing well and feeling much better!

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Friday, January 18, 2013

damn you, universe!

…and i was having such a good week! you all know my dear cockapoo tucker? of course you do.

well yesterday afternoon i took him, his sister fiona, and their best best friend petunia (an 8-lb havanese) for a walk. when we came back in, i let them run up the front stairwell to my apartment on the third floor, only to realize the pitbull-lab mix that lives next door got out and was attacking fiona. tucker was in on it before i knew it, and no matter how hard i tried to pull the dogs apart, the neighbor’s dog just kept lunging. i even opened my front door and shoved my dogs inside but the other dog was resilient and before i knew it we were all in my entryway. after about a minute of sprawling across the floor, trying to separate the animals, finally getting tucker into the bedroom with the door closed, and fiona and petunia into the bathroom with the door closed (tiny petunia managed to stay out of the scuffle, and thank GOD the big dog never went for her), all the while screaming “help” until my neighbor appeared from the basement where she had been doing laundry… ahh it was scary. talk about adrenaline.

after the animals were separated, i checked on them to see if and where they were bleeding. tucker had three very large, deep open wounds on his chest and armpit area (i’ll spare you the open wound pictures)… i could literally see into him… i can’t even explain it. it was horrifying. i saw petunia and fiona were fine. i grabbed tucker and fiona and went to the ER vet (wasn’t positive fiona wasn’t cut anywhere so i brought her in case). two hours later, he was put under, cleaned out, stitched up, and now has a drain sticking out of his armpit, a half-body cast/bandage, and a cone for three weeks, and pills that will likely make him sick… poor guy was up most of the night crying (i was up with him) and even now, he’s sitting next to me huffing out little whimpers as i write…

i don’t know if it’s the cone or the pain. i assume both.

but what a man, taking the brunt of it to protect his two little ladies. fiona’s been cuddling with him since we came home and slept next to him all night. wish us luck over the next three weeks. i’ll keep ya’ll posted.

hope your weekend is happier!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

styling makes me happy: the west elm parsons desk three ways

you KNOW i love a good styling project. these “how to style three ways” features for the everygirl really take it outta me… but they are so worth it in the end. since everyone and their mother has this white lacquered desks, yours truly included, danielle and i had been talking about this project for the better part of a year. well, thanks to the help of furbish studio, lulu and georgia, design darling, see jane work, junkyard lighting, and of course, west elm, it finally came together! i present “how to style the west elm parsons desk” three ways.

sleek and neutral

glam, pink & gold
colorful and bold
 west elm parsons desk, jc penney lamp (no longer available), two penny blue blazer, jonathan adler boxes (no longer available), jonathan adler iphone dock, furbish studio color pencils, biscuit home coaster, lulu and georgia picture frame, jessica durrant illustrations, pencil cup is vintage

there’s a WHOLE lot more where those came from. check it out! 

which one is your favorite? i can’t decide…

photos by danielle moss for the evergirl
styling by alaina kaczmarski for the everygirl

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Belle: The Living Room Rug Debacle

Behold, the transformation of my living room. I am aware trying three different rugs in the matter of a few months is ridiculous and I don’t advise anyone do this. But I’m not crazy. I had my reasons. The good news is I love the way this room has come together. And it’s nearly finished…

Above you can see the apartment before moving in. A whole lot of beige going on.

You may recall the beige plague was remedied rather quickly. The room transformed with Behr’s Classic Silver.

With furniture and art. It’s better… I suppose. When I moved in the summer, I brought my living room rug with me, an 8×10 graphic Moroccan flatweave from West Elm that is no longer in stores (see similar style here). I love this rug, but it was just too dark given the sofa and wall colors.

So I perused West Elm for other options and decided on this light, bright, ultra cozy Fair Isle style. Only silly me assumed my brown rug was a 9×12, so that’s what I ordered, only to realize my brown rug was in fact an 8×10 and this new fair isle rug was ginormous. Fortunately, so is the room, so I was going to make it work. And I loved how it brightened the room. Tucker agreed.

Then long story short, things kind of went awry, I thought I was going to have to move, and I came to the realization that the ginormous 9×12 fair isle rug would never fit into any other apartment, so I returned it. Only to realize I would not be moving… cool. Doesn’t change the fact that I wouldn’t be here forever and as I said, the rug was so big it wouldn’t fit anywhere else. So I looked to my other favorite rug source, the online retailer RugsUSA. I was debating between a few graphic options, but ultimately decided on this twist of a chevron pattern. I kept my colorblock Stone Textile pillows, added in a fun spotted pillow from Furbish, switched out the art for my simple European prints, and added in a crazy pouf that has a sort of southwestern vibe from Lulu and Georgia… things are finally coming along! Totally neutral but still feminine thanks to the mirrored sconces.

So we have a winner.


sofa // colorblock pillows // spotted pillow // coffee table // rug // lamp // graphic pouf // art // tray
 // mirrored sconces, candle hurricane, and jute pouf were West Elm but are no longer available

And so you know you’ll eventually see my full home tour, complete with
sources and beautiful photography, on The Everygirl. Probably in late
February! Get excited.

Monday, January 14, 2013

i know it’s gonna be alright

as we all know, the past month and a half has been, well, let’s just say “down” for lack of a better word. and even in the new year, i haven’t been feeling great health-wise. completely worn out, i feel like my body has been fighting something since the ball dropped at midnight two weeks ago. i’m blaming it on all the cookies and wine consumed over the holidays combined with a good dose of stress. i’ve been trying day after day to get back into my kick-butt workaholic life-is-short-so-enjoy-it routine and mentality, but so far, no dice.

and then last tuesday, this tweet went up:

Spotted: in the pages of Vanity Fair as I wait for my flight at LGA! So cool

the message popped up in my inbox and i’m pretty sure the next two minutes were spent expelling a high-pitched scream so loud and excited dogs in michigan heard me. then i picked up my phone, dialed danielle, and continued making that noise until i managed to get the words out: “we’re. in. vanity. fair! in the actual magazine in print! PRINT!”

true story. funny thing is i had this magazine in my hands earlier in the day while at the dentist, but i skipped right over this to cut ahead to the article on lena dunham.

but i digress. for those of you who don’t know. i graduated with a magazine journalism degree from syracuse, and my goal in life since the age of 16 was to work at vanity fair. it’s the end-all, be-all magazine in my eyes, covering everything from business and politics to fashion and celebrity. led by longtime editor-in-chief graydon carter, they do it all, and they do it all well. between this and forbes, i’m reminded of what a crazy great year we’ve had. it gave me the refocus i’ve been needing to push myself, continue working on the everygirl – a job i love that i created for myself (ahem blog name shout-out ahem), and remind myself that i’m one part of something really special. and i’m really really lucky for all that. no, this bit of press wasn’t a magic cure to feeling down, and yes, i’ve felt still felt a little blue and a lot exhausted since last tuesday (a redeye back from san francisco this weekend didn’t help-never again.), but that is our brand and our names in my favorite magazine. and despite the hardships that i’ve faced the past six weeks, i have to keep telling myself, that’s life. sometimes you’re up and sometimes you’re down. and in the words of miss ellie goulding,

“anything could happen

i know it’s gonna be alright.”

go ahead. raise the volume, dance a lil’, and feel good.

p.s. i found that song from the season 2 trailer of girls, my new favorite comedy, which i wrote about today no the everygirl. check it out!

Friday, January 11, 2013

words worth reading: hemingway on writing

“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.”

“Forget your personal tragedy. We are all bitched from the start and you
especially have to be hurt like hell before you can write seriously.
But when you get the damned hurt, use it-don’t cheat with it.”

“All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really
happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all
that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you: the good and
the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places
and how the weather was. If you can get so that you can give that to
people, then you are a writer.”

“As a writer, you should not judge, you should understand.”

“In order to write about life first you must live it.”

– Ernest Hemingway

Thursday, January 10, 2013

emily henderson’s home office

…and there’s a whole lot more where that came from! it’s no secret i’ve been a longtime fan of the design star winner and hgtv styling host, emily henderson (example 1, example 2). so i’m so excited to have her share her career story on the everygirl today! check it out! cholk-full of great advice!

sorry for the radio silence, everyone! things are crazy around this end to say the least. trying to keep my head above water. i will have lots of good posts planned for you in the upcoming days. hope 2013 is treating you all well!

photos by kimberly genevieve for the everygirl

Thursday, January 3, 2013

I love a good styling project!

…almost as much as I love Joss and Main. I’m telling you: the flash sale home decor site and West Elm are currently rivaling for who gets to be featured in my home more. A few recent purchases off the J&M include this amazing arc lamp, this grey upholstered bed (shown below), and this retro black wall clock that will soon make its home on my office gallery wall. I’m not a spendaholic – I just have a lot of credit to the site! Referring readers is a glorious thing.

Anywho. Long story short. Danielle and I curated our second sale for the site on behalf of The Everygirl, but even better, they lent us some of the products from the sale to style and photograph for a “How to Style” feature. I styled a brand new version of our “How to Style a Nightstand” and “How to Style an Entryway.” And you can shop both looks!

But hurry-items are selling out and today is the LAST DAY to shop the sale!

Shop The Everygirl Styling Sale on Joss and Main! Then come back here and tell me what you got! 🙂

Here’s a lil’ before shot from the evening before the shoot…

…because I like sharing the “process” of how these all come together. Yes, both shoots took place in my apartment.

photography by Danielle Moss for The Everygirl

styling by Alaina Kaczmarski for The Everygirl