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Sweet Dreams & Home Offices

March 14, 2015

I’ve heard the argument many times, including by the wise Karim Rashid, and I tend to agree: your bedroom should be a place where you relax, decompress, sleep… and engage in other bed-related activities. It should be free of other distractions and stress triggers, so your body goes into rest-mode (or mojo-mode) when you enter the room.

For those of us living in major cities though, such a luxury is laughable. When space is extremely limited, you’re forced to find ways to pack as many functions into one corner of the apartment as possible, from cooking and yoga to sleeping and working-from-home.

Such is city life, until we win the lotto, right?

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My bedroom in Brooklyn is roomy enough that it would almost be a sin not to make it multi-functional, so I sectioned off a dressing area, sewing area, and laptop station apart from the lounging & sleeping area.

I try to keep the feeling of these areas distinct, so I can still enter into those “modes” when I approached each set up.

In the center of the room, my work-from-home station includes my laptop and speakers, some office supplies like my favorite pens, and minor decor. I like to keep this space super clean and bright to encourage focus. During the day I tie up the curtain to let as much natural light in as possible (it helps me resist delicious daytime naps!).

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The bed is divided in the room by a string of lanterns, and surrounded by warm hues and soft lighting. The natural light through the window on that side of the room is muted by hanging fabric (and a robe I made) to create a calm space and allow for those delicious afternoon naps (a rare but welcome thing).

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Epic tapestry by Urban Outfitters.

boho bedroom tapestry urban outfitters bohemian pink mandala

The creative corner of the room holds more of my relics and kitschy items that help inspire me and keep me light hearted while I’m experimenting on new jewelry or designs for Bombay Mermaid. I like to switch up the things on my shelf and display a lot of colorful glass, gems, and gifts from friends.

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Next to my work-from-home space, I hung a giant mood board made up of all the imagery that represents the kind of life I want to manifest for myself this year. I don’t always zero in on it, but sometimes when I feel lost or unmotivated, taking a glance at the imagery helps me regain my footing.

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chic desk home office

It’s a bit crowded, a bit messy, a bit unfinished… but it’s definitely me, and serves its creative and professional purpose while still being a cozy bedroom. It’s an evolving process, and I change things up pretty frequently, but it’s also fun to document the process and look back at the different ways you’ve lived…

Maybe someday I’ll live in a Pinterest board-worthy space. ;}

What about you, sugar? I would love to hear how you decorate and designate areas of your bedroom or apartment. Let me know in the comments. Bonus points for linking to your own blog post so I can check it out!

Brooklyn Snow Days

March 11, 2015

The ruthless, snowy days of winter are finally subsiding in New York! No more sliding through slush puddles or slipping across black ice on the side walk. No more tracking giant salt rocks into the apartment along with mud and ice. The mop will finally get a break, and the collective exhale of New Yorkers can be heard all across my neighborhood.

There is something to be said, however, for being home in a cozy apartment on a snow day, watching it fall as you listen to some smooooth Bossa Nova and arrange flowers in each window to brighten things up. I fell in love with the stillness of my apartment as I worked from home the other day, and took these photos to capture the moment.

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snow day brooklyn blizzard storm pictures

snow day brooklyn blizzard storm pictures

snow day brooklyn blizzard storm pictures

snow day brooklyn blizzard storm pictures

snow day brooklyn blizzard storm pictures

snow day brooklyn blizzard storm pictures

snow day brooklyn blizzard storm pictures

There is something special about winter that I always miss around mid-summer, when the feeling of frosty air and crunching of snow underfoot feels like a far away dream.

But right now? I am reeeeally looking forward to spring.

Here’s to the changing of seasons, and the last of winter. And here’s hoping I don’t jinx winter’s end with this blog post. The internet would never forgive me!

Eye Candy & Weekend Thoughts

March 6, 2015

So in love with these shots of Nicole Richie at home, published last year in Paper Mag. She rocked purple hair like no one else, and let the world into her backyard garden as she lounged in designer gowns. Check out her fabric tent and Moroccan lanterns. She’s living in a Pinterest board!

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nicole richie purple hair boho chic

nicole richie purple hair boho chic

nicole richie purple hair boho chic

Images via Paper Mag.

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I’ve been brainstorming ideas for creative and productive weekend to-do’s ahead of time to avoid feeling overwhelmed and careening through it unfocused. A little bit of fun, a little bit of work, and a little bit of random, below. You’re welcome to copy/paste this list and go wild with it yourself!

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 Make new playlists. I love to change up my music as the seasons start to change. It’s time for a new favorite jam.

 Take at least two bags of clothes to Crossroads Trading to trade in for a new gorgeous spring dress (or cold hard cash, depending on my mood).

 Get my keys remade into colorful prints and colors… to make a simple thing like opening my front door more fun.

 Consolidate all of my to-do lists into one clean, organized Google Doc, with a few inspiring images mixed in to keep me motivated.

 Sew something gorgeous. It’s been so long!

 Do an epic grocery shopping trip, dedicated to colorful vegetables and fruits, and whatever I need to make three new recipes.

 Unfollow any blogs or Instagram accounts that don’t inspire me anymore (or, on the contrary, give me major FOMO).

 Buy pretty flowers for the kitchen and bedroom—one of my new favorite things to do on the regular!

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That should keep me busy.

Here’s to a beautiful weekend…

A Fresh Interior

March 5, 2015

Home is more than the place you hang your hat or pass out after a weekend of frivolity, darlin’.

When I chat with friends who feel like they’re in a rut in life, from professional slumps to romantic dry spells, I encourage them to turn an eye towards their own dwelling. Where you wake up and wind down each day has a huge impact on your overall well being.

Crowded, unpleasant spaces that lack creativity and serve only as a catch-all for your clutter can ensure you are never reaching your potential as you go about your day. There’s plenty written on this subject, and I personally love every book by Peter Walsh if you’re looking to dig into the psychology of a home you don’t love,

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Today, though, I want to share one of my favorite interior series ever, originally saved from The Glamourai. It’s airy, open, and modern, yet still full of interesting accents and warm touches. Just looking at it gives me a list of ideas for downsizing and curating my space.

minimalist boho interior

Imagine your ideal bedroom right now. Is it the coziest, most delicious place ever? And is your ideal kitchen full of natural light, bouncing off your colored glassware? Do you have pop color throws, tapestries, or super weird art displayed in your common room?

What’s the reality of your space? Does it make your heart sing every time you come home, or walk from room to room?

This is something I know a lot of people in their 20s and 30s struggle with, as our culture celebrates rat-racing rather than zeroing in on the simple (but essential) pleasures in life, like loving your home.

minimalist boho interior

Naturally, you have the power to prioritize it, and spend a weekend—or several weekends—reassessing and planning out a home that acts as a sanctuary to decompress in (and whatever else you might need it to be: Science lab? Bi-weekly poetry slam venue? Mini yoga studio? The options are endless!)

Dream up an interior and work toward making it a reality. Just like everything else in life that’s creative and worth spending time on, it’ll be an ongoing project that evolves as your tastes and interests do, so don’t worry about taking chances. You can always switch out something that doesn’t work.

minimalist boho interior

I hope some of these images inspire you to change up your space for spring, so it really brings you joy on a daily basis. My advice? Aim for awesome, not for perfect. Your home needn’t look like a catalogue! Traces of your existence (like your sketchbook and pencils strewn across your desk or a cat sleeping in a weird place) are what makes home so lovely.

minimalist boho interior

This space is super minimal with boho-chic, globally sourced details, but if you’re into the full blown bohemian look, I can help you get started on the redesign of your dreams.

You can also check out these five ideas for adding simple boho-chic accents to your home for spring.

Stay inspired! Life is an art project.

Flawless Vacay Style

March 4, 2015

Tropical prints, luxe silhouettes… easy dresses that beg for the sun to come out. That’s what I’m craving as the NYC winter continues to fall around us in the form of sleet and snow.

Luckily, Mara Hoffman‘s newest arrivals are doing their part to lift my spirits with all of the above. She imagines every scenario in which a gal wants to look fabulous, from swimming in aqua waters to climbing from the pool and tossing on a luxe (but effortless) day dress. She outfits her customer both for last minute getaways and everyday lounging.

Is it any wonder I’m in love? Here are five of my favorite picks from her newest offerings.

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1. Tank Dress

2. Triangle Top Cutout Maxi Dress

3. Jaquard Cropped Top

4. Linen Cropped Top

5. Poncho Sweater

Hey Mishka Loves… ♥

March 3, 2015

Welcome to Hey Mishka Loves—the semi-weekly link round-up of stylish, festive content from my favorite blogs and morning reads. This week we touch on eyeliner mishaps, what hairstyles say about your personality, more reasons to drink green tea by the gallon, winter survival tips (catch this post if you missed mine) and more. There’s even a must-read tips on surviving a zombie outbreak. Intrigued?!

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Image via Mara Hoffman.

 I already love drinking green tea, so this list of outstanding benefits made me very happy.

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 When life gives you lemons, sometimes you’ve got to drink the lemonade to keep your chin up. Looking for a new gratitude practice to try? Marie has one. And she’s so adorable, tearing up as she reads her own gratitude list.

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 I love henna! Click through to learn a little bit about it.

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 Kids aren’t afraid to sound off about their opinions, and when they get going on the fashion industry (which, lets face it, can be completely ridiculous at times) the results are hysterical.

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 Clemence Poesy says STOP BEING MEAN to your follow women! Haters are so 2014.

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 Festive home? Yes please. Try these feng shui-based tips to love your living space.

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 Eff’d up your eyeliner this morning? Here’s how to fix it, quick.

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 Get some beachy waves if this cold, harsh winter is really cramping your style.

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 Speaking of which… Ready to fast-forward to spring? These layering tips can help you transition seamlessly, from the web’s style experts.

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 What IS the secret to a strong immune system?

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 Have trouble being alone? Sometimes it can be tough, especially if you’re going through a breakup or a major life transition. This thoughtful blog post sheds some light on how you can learn to love solitude.

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 This editorial is gorgeous.

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 The answer to the question you’ve asked yourself a million times: where should you really go if the zombie apocalypse breaks out? A scientific study says…

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 What does your hair bun style say about you?

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 Gala delivers 5 ways you can turn your bedroom into a magical, cozy space. This one is a must-read if you’re lacking in the magical bedroom department.

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 Styling tips for a bitter winter, because this epic cold calls for expert layering.

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 I’m a declutter-lover (it’s an ongoing project of mine in all aspects of my life), and now, a fresh new reason why you should get on the get-rid-of-stuff bandwagon has been uncovered.

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I hope you enjoy some of these—leave me your favorite reads in the comments!

#NYFW Best of the Runway

March 2, 2015

I didn’t trek to see the NYFW shows this season because I was full time freelance, but that didn’t stop me from checking the collections during my lunch break and drooling over my favorite designers (and some unexpected surprises)! Broad-brimmed hats, sweeping outerwear, metallics in droves, and beautifully draped overlapping fabrics were some trends I spotted on the runway. Here are some looks from my favorite collections this season…

Zimmermann

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Mara Hoffman

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Rebecca Minkoff

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Milly

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More below!
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