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Weekend (365 Photo Challenge)

January 21, 2013
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My favorite suede booties I scored from Target (last year).  I think I’ve worn them so much they’ve sort of conformed to the shape of my foot.

DSC_0045The sun came back this weekend, but it got a lot colder.  Not sure if I liked the trade off.

His & Hers Gift Guide for Valentine’s Day (or any special occasion)

January 16, 2013
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Let’s just say once you’re well into a relationship gifting starts to get a bit harder for Valentine’s Day, or any occasion, but I realize it doesn’t always have to be so complicated (or expensive!).  Here are some simple and affordable gifts that you can give for a good laugh, a day to relax, or a way to say I love you.

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1. Customizable Collar Stays, NiciLaskin, $12
I think these are such a great gift to personalize.  Sometimes personalizing/engraving things can get cheesy, but I think these have just the right sentiment and subtly.

2. Bath Bombs, Lush, $5 and up
What girl doesn’t like to relax and lay in the tub?  Guys may never admit it, but I’m sure they’ll use you as an excuse to use one of these too!

3. You Are My Queen / You Are My King Letterpress Cards, Lisa Congdon for Hello!Lucky, $4.50 ea.
I fell in love with these cards when they were released.  You can write your letters and then frame them!

4. Knock Knock Notepads, Knock Knock, $6 and up
I always seem to gravitate towards these to read at the store, some of them are so funny to read and I’m sure even more funny to fill out.

5. Cucumber Mint Gumball Candle, Mine Design, $22 (cheaper at Urban Outfitters)
Candles never fail, and this candle’s packaging doubles as something pretty to look at / display in your home.

6. Heart Mugs, West Elm, $8
I think surrounding yourself with pretty things is a mood booster, even if it’s a mug sitting on your desk, and you can fill these up with miscellaneous goodies like their favorite candy or little trinkets.

365 Photo Challenge – Day 14

January 14, 2013
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Spent the early half of my day getting work done and then ran errands after.  It was a good, simple day.

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Earlier from brunch at Shanghai Cafe in Chinatown.  Really love their pig ear (cold dish) and pork soup dumplings!

Still trying to get lighting down with my new camera (it seems everything I take is too dark!) and working on composition.  By the end of this year hopefully my photos will look a lot better!

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Via Instagram from my cellphone.  It was a chucks kind of day.  I’m hoping the sun will peak out sometime this week, it’s been cloudy and foggy for the past week.

Making more space.

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I spent this week organizing, de-cluttering, and moving things around in my room.  I’ve been wanting to make an inspiration board, open up the space around and on my table, and just organizing and cleaning things up on my shelves.  It’s kind of crazy how the littlest things around you can affect you.  I also think adding trinkets – a photo, a cute figurine, a candle, a toy, something personal – can help make your desk more fun when you’re doing work.

Here are some helpful sites I found that really helped jumpstart my inspiration:

Sarah Wandering
Great images for home decor, interiors, and DIY tips.  She even posts things she changes/adds to her own home, which is so personal and inviting.

Design*Sponge – Before + After
You can always count on Design*Sponge for anything home and design related, but the Before + After series they have on there is really great to look at to get lots of new ideas or revamping things you already own.

IHeart Organizing
Everyone needs some organization in their lives, especially if you have your own office it’s hard to just function when everything is out of order!

Pinterest
I never took to using Pinterest…until it came to finding inspiration for home decor, organization ideas, pretty much anything you need to get yourself excited about revamping your space, even if it’s just your desk or shelf!  I even pinned a few of my favorites onto a board as well to keep track and to reference back to in the future.