Friday, March 29, 2013

Weekend Oasis

Happy Friday!
I'm off to the beautiful Ojai, California for a yoga retreat with two of my favorite instructors and all of my yoga friends.  I hope your weekend is as relaxing as mine will be!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Spotlight on: Katie Kutthroat

My current obsession is Katie Kutthroat's Etsy shop.  Her hilarious and sarcastic cross stitch creations have recently been featured on HBO's Girls scattered around Hannah's apartment.  They range from television and movie quotes to quirky sayings and she'll even do custom orders!
These are some of my favorites...

Amazing, right?  They range from about $35-55 but she also sells smaller magnet versions for $15 and patterns for those who like to DIY for around $3-4.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Succulent Succulents

If you need a houseplant murdered, I'm your girl!  You can trust me with your pets, your kids, and your house, but please don't leave your greenery under my supervision.  The downside to this huge character flaw is that I adore flowers and plants indoors!  There is something about a fresh (live) plant brightens my day.  My inability to garden aside, I also only have a small amount of space that I can dedicate to long-living plants.  I did however manage to find a spot for these daffodils I picked up at Trader Joe's for a buck twenty-nine a bunch!

My good friend Summer suggested I try my hand at succulents.  They are nearly impossible to kill, conserve water, can be potted in almost any medium (reuse & recycle) and have become increasingly trendy which means DIY tutorials are easy to find!

Here's a roundup of some of my favorite succulents.  Add them to my DIY to-do list!
Other useful links

Monday, March 25, 2013

Weekly Writing with MDP

I used to pride myself on really having my shit together (for a lack of a better phrase)...I had my college degree and teaching credentials at 21, was in a long term relationship that I thought  was going somewhere by 23, and although I was struggling to find a permanent, full time teaching job, I was still making ends meet with two part-time positions.  Very abruptly though, my fantasies of a perfect and easy life were curb-stomped and I was faced with the reality that I was not Charlotte York from Sex and the City.

Head over to More Design Please to read my latest Weekly Writing, Lies Sex and the City Told Me.  Enjoy!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Viva Las Vegas!

Enjoy your weekend, kids...
I'm off to Vegas!!


I may or may not have a slight obsession with Instagram...okay yes I do.  At least I don't take pictures of every meal I eat...only the really delicious looking ones!

Anywho, my next project is finding a way to display my Instagram snaps.  Apartment Therapy (my fave!) shared their 10 Coolest Real-Life Instagram Displays and the best part crafty friend, Katie's was one of them!!  Her DIY can be found on Under the Red Umbrella.  She didn't even know her DIY canvases were featured until I happened to run across it.

And here we are in that very same apartment back in February for our monthly Craft Night.

So maybe it was more the morning...and we were drinking mimosas, but same thing!  Oh and we like to watch The Craft whilst crafting.

Have you found any other cool ways to display your Instagram shots?

Thursday, March 21, 2013

My Room: A Work in Progress

At the beginning of the year I moved into a rented room in a cute 3 bedroom house and have slowly been decorating it.  This will be my third rented place in three years, but the first I've actually taken the time (and energy) to really paint and decorate and make mine.  It's a work in progress, but I am very happy with it so far!

Here are a few "before" shots, taken with my (not so fancy) iPhone.

Don't you dig that creamy beige?!!?  I wasn't much of a fan so I was dumb brave and chose a paint color without even painting a swatch of it first!  Thank goodness I loved it.

The lighting isn't so great, and I'm an awful photographer, but you get the idea.  I am obsessed with my striped accent wall and must give a special shout out to Frog Tape for helping me with those crisp lines!  These pictures were taken a few weeks ago.  You'll notice those chicken wire frames have since been DIY'ed into a jewelry display and Vegas is now only TWO days away!! Woot Woot!!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

DIY Envy

I don't even recall how I came across willcraftforfood, but I'm so happy I did because I immediately fell in love!  I mean, her tagline is "If Bob Villa & Martha Stewart had a lovechild"...obsessed.  I am having serious DIY envy over what she did with her sister's tiny New York City studio apartment with a budget of $500 and only 5 days.

I've tried to find hidden treasures at places like Goodwill, but I don't have much patience for messy stores. And I want to be one of those people who discovers a roughed up piece of furniture on the curb and transforms it into something amazing, but I'm a germaphobe.  Well, willcraftforfood is good at both of those things and I am jealous!  Here is a little before and after, but this is just a little taste of the whole makeover.

See the full makeover here!

Weekly Writing with MDP

This is my third official Weekly Writing with More Design Please and I am having so much fun stretching my writing muscles!  I hope you enjoy The Truth About Spidey Senses!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Weekly Writing with MDP

Happy Friday!

Here it second official Weekly Writing with More Design Please.  Enjoy!

Flea Market Finds

I recently visited the amazingly huge Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena, CA and could have done some serious damage.  I think I deserve an award for such great self control!

I really wanted that heart shaped padlock but the price tag made me sad.
I did come home with a couple good finds and only spent $30...

I have yet to decide what to do with the skeleton keys, but I turned the chicken wire into a wall display for (about half of) my jewelry!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Weekly Writing with MDP

Happy Monday!

My very lovely friend, Summer, has been kind enough to feature me on her site More Design Please as a semi-regular guest writer and I could not be more excited!  I will be covering whatever happens to inspire me that week.  Friday's entry was about my very first adventures in online dating.  Have a read!

Photo by: More Design Please
If you love art, DIY, decor, food and design, then take a peek at MDP...I'm certain you'll love it!

Friday, March 1, 2013


It's Friday and almost close of business which means the world will be out and about in a few short hours.  Here's a little weekend motivation for you!

I've Got the Moody Pinks

Well, here it is, my first blog post on Too Pretty for a Cubicle.  Prepare yourself for a DIY inspiration, design dreams, and life in LA overload.  Wish me luck!

I just moved into my new place and am in the process of designing my bedroom around this mood board.