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New Apartment Bedroom Inspiration.

Moving is driving me a bit crazy, more specifically, packing. I can’t even say I have done a ton of work because I am intimidated. Instead, I am so overwhelmed I cannot tell you. Moving back from San Francisco was so insane but moving within a city is just as crazy. Basically, as one person told me in the comments: moving is awful; don’t do it. That is not an option though so this past weekend and on Cyber Monday, I dreamt a little of the new apartment bedroom inspiration.

I looked around the space I created here in this tiny studio. I’m so excited to have more space at the new place, truly. But because of my chronic pain, my bedroom will always be my oasis. It has to be. So I looked at what I already had and just dreamt a little about what I would want in my new space. I can’t spend much money and it’s definitely a use what you have situation.

I’ll be going with white bed linens and a white duvet again. I once wrote about what it means to me to have white bedding but I got over it and I love it. Although I have to say, after nearly two years, the current white duvet has to go.

On Cyber Monday, I got a deal on a duvet from Target I have been eyeing (it’s reasonable even when it is not Cyber Monday). I knew I wanted some type of ruffle or ruching. I wanted to keep it simple but white bedding shows wrinkles. This one should be great. The whole point of having white bedding is for it to be clean and crisp and so in this case the ruching keeps wrinkles from showing.

I’m keeping my beloved Belquist Throw Pillows and the Faux Fur Throw I got last Christmas. I love them.

I am also keeping my mirrored nightstand. I love the mirrored look and this was definitely a great purchase when I was in SF. I love that it is so tall with plenty of storage. I got it at a great price too.

As for the art, I have so many gallery walls currently that I want to keep it simple with black frames. I’ll buy a canvas and do the DIY abstract animal art.

I will (very securely) hang the white elephant over my bed (he is currently in my hallway). I love the white on white on white look with as many neutrals as possible.

Meanwhile, I have been dreaming of an overdyed Persian Rug. Rugs are so very expensive though! I knew it was not in my budget and that I would probably have to wait a year. And then I saw almost an exact replica on my good friend, Bex’s blog. I told her, “I have been looking at the same rug!” But it wasn’t the same rug. The one she found was on sale at Target! I’m talking less than $100 for the bigger size (with my Target debit card). I feel like it will ground the room and also be the only real and true color.

I also found a great deal on Cyber Monday for headboard. The last year and a half I’ve had a platform bed. I love the look but it’s better for my back to have a headboard so that will be added as well. It’s a very subtle gray with some grommets that attaches to a simple bed frame (which I still have to get). I could have made it. But it was under a hundred dollars…with supplies and time and everything it was worth it (remember to DIY or not to DIY?)

You can click on the picture to see any of these items (or in a few cases, similar items). Fair warning, a lot of it was on sale when I did get it, whether it was Cyber Monday or back in the day in SF. Also, it may be on further sale. Who knows?

Any of the stuff featured was my choice and I put together this based on what I wanted and I like. I am not at the point in blogging where people are sending me beds. Haha! As always though, I just want you to know that if you make a purchase, that brand pays this blog a few cents (at no cost to you) that keeps this blog running. I always give you full disclosure because I think you’d be shocked to know all the links you click on in this blogging world!

So what do you think? My only concern is that it remains simple and neutral. When I crammed everything together on Photoshop I liked it (and I still do) but it will still be interesting for it to all come together.

What do you think?





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All that Glitters is Gold. (Holiday Gift Guide Part III)

UPDATE: A ton of the things on my gift guides here and here and on this one are on sale over the interwebs today Hi. I’m probably listening to Christmas carols right now…Sugarpaper LA (the pink calendar and the striped notebook, OfficeLuxe (which includes Kate Spade stationary), and TataHarper (amazing) are just a few that I know of.

But before I show you this gift list, I need to tell you something. I never pay full price for things. Okay, I rarely pay full price for things. I wait for the Friends and Family events at stores like Bloomingdales, which is way outside of my price range, except when I get 25% off or more, even on watches (which never go on sale!). There are items on this list that range from high to low (but they’re all gold!) but still I have to emphasize things my Nonna taught me. Do not be afraid to ask when the next sale will be. For example, I would walk myself into Kate Spade, say hello, and ask them politely when the next sale would be because I wanted to buy a, b, c. Then I would ask that employee when they worked so they would get the commission. I also make sure I have a budget for everyone I need to buy for before I go shopping. Otherwise, people would be getting a TON of great gifts that fit them perfectly but I would be broke. Remember to always ask for a gift receipt, too! Especially this time of year, there are a lot of flash sales and black friday (happy black friday!).

Finally, I have a question. Why must Jonathan Adler make such perfect elephant and animal things? I refuse to spend the money unless he is majorly on sale. But why does he make perfect elephants?

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  1. Michael Kors Midsize Golden Steel Runway Three Hand Watch//$195//Kate Spade//Why it’s on the list:  Gold. Rose gold. What’s a girl to do? I recently tried on a Rose Gold watch from Kors and previously, it had not looked good on my skin tone (I’m Snow white, in real life). But this one was different. The gold was too brassy on my wrist. But this was perfect, like three bears. I also love the braided part. Although for people with small wrists, this is not an option.
  2. Animalia Coaster Set//$78//Jonathan Adler//Why it’s on the list: Because (pretend I said that in a whiny voice) he makes perfect animal things. Things I want to buy for my friends’ babies but I just refuse to spend the money. However, these are for grown ups and gorgeous looking. And elephants! And elephants.
  3. Bright Spot Avenue iPad sleeve//$145//Kate Spade//Why it’s on the list: Sometimes we need reminders. Be dazzling! I love the Rose Gold Color and c’mon, sometimes we need to remember that we can dazzle.
  4. Pop Fizz Clink Holiday Card Set of 10//$25//Kate Spade//Why it’s on the list: I love these cards and the theme Kate Spade is going with for this year. I am a freak for cards and the price for ten cards is actually quite good! These may be landing in some people’s mail boxes this year.
  5. Pop Fizz Studs Earrings//$32//Kate Spade//Why it’s on the list: This is one on the list that I haven’t told Santa about because I just realized I love them. I need studs for my job so I end up wearing the same pearls everyday because the Forever 21 earrings, while totally in, turn my ears green. So I am always on the market for chic studs and I love the playful vibe. (Santa?????)
  6. Child Size Sequin Hanger//$13//Pearls and Pastries (on Etsy)//Why it’s on the list: So, I talked about the regular size sequin hanger but now I want to talk about the child’s size. It’s literally PERFECT for Ava’s dress up clothes or a special outfit she wants to hang up for school. Anyway, I asked you: who doesn’t need a sequin hanger? (including young children)
  7. Get it Girl//$38//Michelle Dwight//Why it’s on the list: This is already on my list! It’s going to go on one of my chairs while the Belquist pillows will go on my bed. And you know what? It will remind me to always go and get it, girl! I don’t write self actualizations in lipstick in my mirror but I am a firm believer in little reminders like this to myself.
  8. Things We Love Coffee Table Book//$40//Kate Spade//Why it’s on the list: So, you may have noticed that this is a little Kate Spade heavy. So I figure…I will LOVE what she LOVES. Right??? Is this good logic?
  9. Critter Charm Necklace//$14.50//J Crew Factory Outlet//Why it’s on the list: I already have this baby. There was a flash sales (see?!) and I grabbed it for myself and two friends. Can I just say that EVERYONE comments on it? Boys, Girls–they love it. It was the first thing my little sister noticed after not physically seeing me for months. Later, she told her Karen, “Mom, I love elephants. Just like Nina.” (More on that story later!) and she even found her own elephant necklace at the Santa Monica Pier that she wears proudly. Also, as another aside, a really good friend, who knows me really well, finally read my blog (yeah, I know…what’s his deal?) and he told me: I think the biggest take away I got from your blog was that I didn’t know exactly how much you loved elephants. Well, guess what, I do! And I wear this necklace every single day.
  10. Bow Push Pins//$24//Kate Spade//Why it’s on the list: So cute. Again, surprisingly affordable considering the brand. If I had a home office (hahaha, San Francisco is laughing at me right now as I type this in my studio) I would have a cork board just so I could use these bow push pins. A girl can dream? Yes, she can. And I do.
  11. The Great Gatsby  Spiral Notebook//$14//Kate Spade//Why it’s on the list: You guys. At first glance, you think it’s a book. But it is a spiral notebook! What the, what the? I love this so much. Maybe I would get this for my brother since he told me The Great Gatsby was the one book he considered finishing in high school. Yes, you read that correctly. Normally, he’s not a writer but he’s an entrepreneur now, guys.

This is so great, guys! Because I feel like I am a personal shopper and I am not spending any money! One more holiday gift guide to go…Unless there is a clamor for more. PS You can also follow me on Pinterest because I am a great pinner. It may seem like this does not take talent but it sure does, baby.

Throwing Glitter in the air,


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Dear Nate Berkus: Stop, Collaborate, & Listen.

Who doesn’t love Nate Berkus? His Target line is great. A few months back, he featured a silver rhino. I wanted it. But I couldn’t justify it to myself. Did I really need a silver rhino?

Sadly, no.

But, then I saw this:

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And do I need a golden elephant? 

Yes, yes, I do. In fact, I need two because I love elephants and I love gold (right now) and I love Nate Berkus (and if I only got one, he would be lonely. Right?). I made a special trip to Target, after work, for these golden elephants. But alas, my journey was not successful. I hung my head in sadness because my Target didn’t have them. So then, five minutes later, when I was over it, I ordered them online.

But when I got them, they were a bit…garish:SONY DSC

Nate Berkus, I don’t know if I just got the two elephants that were an orange-copper-gold mix (and not in a good way) but that was not the color pictured when I ordered. I felt a bit misled at first since I am used to your work equalling perfection. I love your work so I hope it is okay that I added my own touch to these little guys.

So I had to take my favorite gold spray paint (I call it a softer gold with flecks of silver in it) and fix these suckers. Is fix too harsh a word? I don’t think so. They were more orange than even pictured here.

How to do Crafts in an Apartment in San Francisco:

  1. First, find a nice work space and always remember to cover the area where you will be spray painting. (I hope you don’t think I am taking myself seriously.)SONY DSC
  2. Place your a bit-too-garish items on the tinfoil.SONY DSC SONY DSC
  3. Spray  away.

And voila! In my opinion and for my apartment (Nate, please forgive me), this was a great improvement and my little elephants are happy on my bookshelf.

SONY DSCI love elephants so much. Some people might say, I love them too much. But I don’t think that is possible. And for you city dwellers who don’t have the luxury of driving out to Hobby Lobby or Michael’s…I hope I inspired you to use your slightly unstable fire escape as an arts and craft studio. (It’s stable, I promise).

And Nate, I’m sorry. If you’re interested in future collaborations, or just my opinion in general, please have your people reach out to me.




P.S. My favorite gold spray paint is Ace Hardware’s Metallic Spray Paint in 17010. They didn’t pay me to say that and also, you can buy it any hardware store.


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