Friday, August 3, 2012

there once was a girl named alaina.

and for two and a half years, this is where she worked. created. wrote. laughed. cried. fought. felt weak. felt strong. gave up. persevered.

she'd work long hours, often late into the night. listening to damien rice and mumford and sons. sipping diet coke or wine. and dreaming up the next best thing.

first there was this blog.
then there was the magazine.
then came the freelance gigs, the trips, the networking. all building to something more she couldn't have imagined...

then, at least for her, the next best thing really did happened. and is still happening.

you could say this is where she made all her dreams come true.

but now the time has come for her to move on. to the next step: a new home, with a new love, and a new office from which to dream.

so today she writes to you from this room.

same desk, same chair, same imac. same motto "live what you love" in sight.

she sincerely hopes you'll continue on with her in her journey, even if the posts are fewer and farther in between. she promises it will be fun.

happy weekend.


  1. Love this beautiful bright new space - looks fantastic + can't wait to follow you on your journey from this new springboard. You're doing SUCH a fantastic job!! xo

  2. I dream of working in a space like that...kind of inspiring to see where you can be when you work hard.


  3. Congratulations! I'm sure you'll create beautifully in your new space.

  4. So much more light and space! What a lovely place to work from!

  5. way to go Alaina, keep inspiring us darling!

  6. love the light in your room! congratulations for this step! happy weekend!

  7. I am so impressed by how great it looks already! Love your taste - keep inspiring us. You are the best!

  8. I'm sure you're sad to leave the old office (I'm very sentimental about things like that), but the new office is gorgeous! Can't wait to see what you do with the apartment!

  9. Beautiful new office!! I'm sure you'll think up great things here. :)
    xo Andrea
    Wonderful and Marvelous

  10. I can't believe how many times I've seen your old office on Pinterest or various other blogs. I know it may seem sad, but I think I can speak for everyone when I say that we can't wait to see what you do with your new place! Congrats!

  11. Loved your previous work space and am loving this new one too!
    Oh and thanks for sharing what your listening to a couple days ago, downloaded these songs and have been listening to them since!

  12. taking a break from TEG blog writing to stalk your blog... I LOVE THIS POST. your new office looks lovely :)

  13. Congratulations on all that you've achieved in that impeccably well decorated office of yours! I hope your new office (with those amazing ginormous windows) will provide lots of inspiration for you to continue growing and doing what you love.

  14. It's going to be an exciting new chapter I'm sure! Have a great weekend! xo

  15. You are so sweet. Congratulations on your success! Look forward to reading along on the next chapter!

  16. It looks wonderful! Can't wait to be inspired by what you do with the rest of the place!

  17. I love this post. This is what blogging is about. Being able to accomplish, dream, proceed and move into the future. Continue onward and upward :)

    {And I hope you can keep up with your posts...even if they are far and few between...I suppose}

  18. I love this post. You made so many amazing memories in your last place and will make many many new and wonderful memories in your new home.

    I just keep going back to the night we launched TEG. Sitting on your couch sipping wine (drinking 2 big glasses in 10-15 min is sipping – right?) and then the moment the site went live.

    And the shoot for Glitter Guide. And the night we talked about our hopes and dreams with Jess... who knew this is where we'd be a year and a half later.

    And the pic of you spitting out champagne. I have a copy if you need it.

    And the claw.

    Love you. Love TEG. Love your new home.

    See you soon! And talk to you every day forever and ever.


  19. I absolutely loved this post! Congratulations on all your well deserved successes and happiness! Love the new space! :)

  20. You and Danielle are such inspirations! I cannot wait to see how the rest of your home looks like. Have a wonderful week!

  21. Just found you and your blog... where HAVE I been?!! :) I'm excited to check out your "next best thing"!
    Cheers! Rosa

  22. I love this. You have done great things lady!! Keep on doing what you do!! Best of luck in your me home!

  23. Alaina,

    I've been following you from so early on. It's so fun to see other Chicago bloggers doing such big things and I absolutely love seeing your life change in such amazing ways. Congrats on the new place, with the great man, and the great new office.

  24. I am really excited to see how you decorate your new home! My love and I just moved in together and Im excited to redecorate too! In fact.. you took part in my inspiration, Check out this bird cage chandelier I pieced together:

    Hope all is well!




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