Saturday, April 30, 2011

She's a Movie Star

Happy Weekend!

You all know how much I am obsessed with love my sweet pup.  She went on an adventure a few weekends ago with my dad to the Tahoe Mountains to visit my grandparents.  My dad filmed Shasta while she was frolicking and then made this over-the-top-adorable mini film.  I can't help but smile when I see her ears whippin' back 'n forth {yep, just took it there.}

Enjoy my little diva:


Love and Weekends,

Friday, April 29, 2011

Fashion Friday #31: The Hills are Alive

...in Seattle when the sun comes out.

Last weekend was by far the warmest day since being here. My beautiful roommate, Jacque, and I went and spent some time in the sun. What a perfect location for Fashion Friday! So with that, I give you what I wore...






Two side braids joined in the back with bobby pins. Easy-try it!




Shirt: Anthropologie
Jeans: Vigos
Shoes: Queen Anne, Disbatch
Sunglasses: Fake Coach. That's how I roll.


Let's discuss make up and skin care.
I'm partial to a few things.  When it comes to make up, I'm real simple. So, I don't spend money on makeup. Definitely more of an investor in clothes.  Concealer, light dusting of foundation, and blush. {And if we're being honest, I'm also using bronzer right now, per my mom's advice, because apparently I don't get enough sun here or something.}
Then I do eye liner and mascara and lip gloss. That's it. I can do it in under 10 minutes!


Covergirl Concealer: under eyes, on eye lids {so your eye lids and face are the same color!}


Bare Essentials Foundation



Covergirl Blush: I always choose a brighter color because I love rosy pink cheeks (:
Bed Head Eyeliner: I love liquid eye liner because I have a lot of control. And if it doesn't come out how I want it first, I wet a Q-tip and make it perfect!


Double Lash Extend Mascara: 2 coats, brushing it on to both sides of my lashes {top and bottom}

Then at the end of the day, I wash it all off with my favorite product of all time: Dermalogica
I used to have blotchy skin and it's been so clear ever since I started using the face wash {daily}, scrub {3 times a week}, and mask {2 times a week}.  Amazing.  Needless to say, I highly recommend it!

What about you? What do you use?

And...how's the weather in your neck of the woods? Hope you all have a tornado-free weekend (:

PS. The sweet Jenna highlighted Meadow boutique! Stop by and say hello (:

Love and Fashion Friday,

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Dear Diary,

I'm sitting here trying to think of a tagline for my business.  That is my goal, you know, to start a business.  It's fun to think into the future because it confirms what I'm doing in the present.
Sometimes I feel ten thousand miles from home and want to give up. But not today. Today I resolve to not let anything stand between me and my dream.  I am no longer letting it bother me when people think interior design is an easy major for girls who want to be stay at home moms.  Of course, I'd love to be a mom one day and being a designer would provide a flexible schedule to do so, but it is by no means easy. 
 I work hard, study for hours, sketch until I'm proud of what I see, and most importantly, I dream.  Sometimes I catch myself daydreaming five or ten years down the road.  I'm sitting in my office, which is a light shade of gray and has a feature wall of a purple graphic wallpaper, and I'm smiling.  No matter the book keeping to done, orders to be placed, bills to be paid, or dinners to be made, I'm smiling. 

I smile because I love people.  Because waking up in the morning and knowing I'm going to be helping someone fall in love with their home fills my heart with joy.  There's a smile on my face because I see myself being an influential figure in my field.  I smile because I know this is what the Lord wants me to be doing with the rest of my life.   And if I ever doubt my purpose, I remember He has me here in Seattle, Washington for a reason.  That reason is not only to become an interior designer, but also to meet people along the way who share this passion of mine. 
 It breaks my heart when I hear parents telling their children to choose a career that will bring comfort to the check book or when I hear others telling me they wish they did what they loved.  I want to inspire others to pursue something that they are passionate about.  I want to encourage young girls {and boys} all over the world to find that one thing that makes you you, that makes your heart sing, and do it. Run after it full force.
Chase it with all that you have, because if you do what you love with the talents given from the One who loves you, then you will show love better to others.
Today I am thankful to my parents for the opportunity to be here learning, growing, and designing.  When my head is spinning, it's pouring rain, my manicure is chipped and I do not know where to begin with the pile of homework sprawled over my desk, I will reread this entry and again, it will be confirmed:

I am here for a reason.  I am destined to do this.  Serving others is my calling.  My joy is interior design.

I can't wait to do what I love for the rest of my life.



That is my prayer for everyone; doing what they love, too.  I want to see more passion in people's eyes.  More satisfaction, not because of the money they make, but because they are genuinely and undeniably excited about their work and their purpose.
This is me putting it in writing for the world wide web to see.  I want to always feel this way about design and people.

Love and Dreaming,

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not: Schue Love

Happy Wednesday! Time for more Loves and Love-Me-Not's.  My blogging buddy, Natasha, over at Schue Love, is sharing her list with us today. Natasha is one of the most genuinely kind girls I've met since blogging.  She lives in Tahoe which is only 4 hours from my home in California! We're planning to meet up this summer and eat ice cream together. I'm not sure if I've informed her of that yet, but it will happen (: The girl is also STUNNING and has an eye for everything beautiful. Take it away girlfriend...


Hi Friends!  I am so excited Michaela asked me to post in her series today, I always look forward to reading what you're all digging and not digging so much...plus Michaela is just the sweetest!  Here it goes...

She Loves Me...

1. Fresh Cut Flowers from the Farmer's Market


2. Unique Chandeliers
These are both from an amazing restaurant in Napa, called Brix.

 
3. The new Drea Wedge from Tory Burch...how divine!


4. Vudu...on demand movies at my fingertips...yes please!


5. Champagne Cupcakes {recipe here}.  My two favorite things combined into one...heaven!


6. Sleeping In...what the weekends are best for!


7.  Ina GartenSimply put, I want to live her life...cooking in her massive country kitchen in the Hamptons and entertaining in her lovely garden.  Sounds good to me!


 8. Speaking of outdoors...I just love outdoor entertaining...


9. Scream 4Ok, I actually hate scary movies, but this is such a cult classic...I saw the first one when I was like 16!  And Ana Paquin and Kristen Bell are among some of the newbies.

  
10. Last, I love my hubby and our sweet pets.
{Picture from Christmas 2010}


She Loves Me Not:

1. Bad eyebrows...sorry Pam, not a fan!

2. Pia leaving American Idol...still not over it!


3. Chunky boots...with square toes.  Not ok!


5. The whole nonsense over the J. Crew neon toes...boys can wear pink, just like girls can play with legos.  Get over it!


  5. Finally...I REALLY hated not eating cheese for 40 days!  Easter came this past Sunday and boy did it feel good to finally have some cheese!


 
Thanks for having me, Michaela!!  I had a blast hanging out at your blog today!  
xo natasha


Thank you, sweet friend! Your love list is quite good with those cupcakes, that fab outdoor space and your adorable family photo. I think Shasta and your pup would be great friends (:  I don't know how you didn't have cheese for 40 days...I live off cheese and bread! 


Be sure to head over to Schue Love for some beautiful inspirational images, both interiors and fashion. Natasha has the best taste!


What are you loving today?


Love and Xoxo,

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Going to the Market

A few weeks ago my mom came and visited and we had the chance to go down to Pike Market.  I love the market.  It's so fresh and lively, full of color and lots of texture. Here are some pictures from our day:


They have so many flowers, it's unreal! It may or may not have taken me 20 minutes to choose the bouquet I wanted (:





Strawberries are my favorite! They were delish


This is the view toward the city. The bird flew in front of the camera right when I snapped it. Too funny!

The famous fish throwing stand:

I couldn't resist posting this adorable picture I took of my sweet mama.  Isn't she adorable? And how pretty are the flowers we picked up?

Another view of the market:
The talented Mandy took this at our recent photo shoot (:

Do you have any favorite places around your city? Do share!

Love and Pike Market,
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