Saturday, July 4, 2015

I know, I know. I'm so long overdue for new posts that it's not even funny. Life happened and this little happy space got pushed to the back. Sorry, boo.

As much as I'd like to say, "I'm back!" that's actually not the reason why I'm posting. It's to say, "Adios, but just for a little while."

I have a lot of personal projects going on and things that are pulling my attention away from this space. One day I'll be back and I just hope that it's sooner rather than later. :)

Hasta la vista...

Saturday, May 16, 2015

[Style Saturday] Skirted Cabinets

I was a Peace Corps volunteer from 2010-2012 in Panama. The community I lived in didn't have a house available for me to rent, so I had to have one built. It was a blast designing and decorating for a completely new space! 

One of the tricks I used was skirted cabinets to be able to hide personal items that I didn't want visitors to see. It's quick and easy and a lot less expensive than building cabinets.

I chose to skirt my kitchen (bottom photo) and my bed area (top photo) to give those spaces some privacy from lurking eyes. It definitely served its purpose for the 2 years that I lived there!

Now that I don't live in such simple housing, I find myself torn between this "trend" of skirted kitchen cabinets. As with anything, it has to be done right. Check out these photos of some beautifully-designed kitchens with skirted-cabinets.

Friday, March 20, 2015

[Fashion Fridays] Reformation

O B S E S S E D with this LA company Reformation. If I weren't poor (hello, I get paid Panamanian wages FML), I would buy something from their new lines every single month. And I do NOT say that liberally.

They come out with new lines almost weekly it seems like. They are a fan of the "fast fashion" movement, but they do it eco-consciously. They make all of their clothes in the USA and only make a small number of each style and color. Would recommend checking out their email newsletter here. (very witty)

The NY Times wrote a nice piece about them here.

Here are some of my recent favorites...

Friday, March 13, 2015

[Fashion Fridays] Valentino Spring/Summer 2015

I've always loved and appreciated the style house of Valentino, and their Spring 2015 collection does not disappoint. I'm really loving the lace, cut outs, tulle, and sheer fragility of styles now-a-days. Take a look at what Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli give us...

Sunday, March 8, 2015

[Street Art Sundays] Fin DAC

I'm so happy to have stumbled upon Irish muralist and artist Fin DAC! His murals of women, typically of Asian decent, are absolutely beautiful! I love love love the back and white with a colourful mask. Super cool work!

Check him out on Flickr here and on Tumblr here.


Saturday, March 7, 2015

[Style Saturday] Incorporating Vintage in Bathrooms

Who doesn't love a beautiful and well-styled bathroom? Out with the dated boring pedestal white porcelain sinks and plastic bathtubs. In with the vintage furniture, modern sinks, and beautiful tile designs!

Today let's look at some interesting ways to mix up the vanity with furniture pieces.


There are SO many combinations and creative ways to incorporate furniture - old and new - into bathroom designs. I definitely recommend checking out Apartment Therapy's post about different things to think about in regards to using vintage furniture in bathrooms.

Here are my favorite designs to inspire you!

Friday, March 6, 2015

[Fashion Fridays] 'Light Brigade' US Vogue March 2015

The absolute worst part about living abroad is not being able to receive magazine subscriptions. Ok, yes I know it's possible to ship overseas, but do you know how much that costs? $24 (or less!) for a year's worth of US Vogue versus $70 for an international subscription? Yikes.

So I continue to rely on the free things I find on the internet and relish in the hours that I get to spend combing through my subscriptions waiting for me when I travel to the US. It works out.

This editorial by Peter Lindbergh for US Vogue March 2015 is awesome. See for yourself. It doesn't need much introduction!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

[Sunday Street Art] Etam Cru

Etam Cru's work is so cool. They are a Polish duo made up on Bezt and Sainer, but their work appears all over Europe and North America. Here are my recent favourites from them. Enjoy!

Richmond, VA, United States, 2013

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Friday, February 27, 2015

[Fashion Fridays] Hunkydory S/S 2015

About a year ago I had some pillows made while I was redecorating my house. I found some silk fabric on sale and went with it. They turned out nice and simple. End of story.

Until I read this post on A Cup of Jo (great blog!) where Joanna recommends sleeping on a silk pillowcase to prevent wrinkles. Of course, I'm skeptical of that, but when I had to share my regular pillows with some overnight guests and was stuck with using the silk ones, I haven't turned back!

Now, whether it is keeping my wrinkles at bay is another story, but I am really loving silk these days.

All that to say that I LOVE HUNKYDORY'S Spring/Summer 2015 lookbook! They definitely know how to design with silk and it comes out beautifully. Enjoy!