Thursday, October 31, 2013

Ladyplace: To Paint Black or Not? Help me decide!

My beauuuutiful and very WHITE Society Social bar cart arrived–yes, I went with white. Creature of habit to play it safe–and now I realize it just doesn't work against the all white walls. It gets lost. This whole wall in general is just... meh. So I'm thinking of painting the wall black. Again, creature of habit (office in first apartment, bedroom in second apartment).

I posted on Instagram asking people what they thought and a lot suggested a deep navy, (Benjamin Moore's Hale Navy in particular, which is awesome) but I am just not sure how that would work since the rest of the room is neutral greys, blacks, beiges, and whites. Thoughts?

Others are suggesting deep charcoal.

Or... what about bright pink?! Inspired by this and this.

Some say high gloss.

What say you?!

And for the record, 9 times out of 10 I kind of hate accent walls. But because this apartment is so small, it's more its own section of the room - the bar/library, if you will. It would hardly even be photographed with the "office" or the "living room" parts, both of which kind of have their own looks going on.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Giveaway: Elva Fields Decade Necklace

In celebration of jewelry designer Elva Fields’ 10th year of business, the brand is giving away this beautiful gold Decade Necklace to an LCY reader! I love the simplistic elegance of this design; a stark difference from her usual bold, colorful statement pieces. You may remember we featured the Kentucky designer behind the brand, Emily Maynard, on The Everygirl earlier this year. It was so fun getting to see inside her workshop.

To enter: 
Like Elva Fields on Facebook or follow Elva Fields on Instagram, then leave a comment on this post letting me know you did! Make sure to include your email so I can get a hold of you.

U.S. entries only.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

I wish...

... it's not another six years before I make it back to Europe. I can't express how happy that continent makes me. All of it. European culture, the architecture, the food, the history, and the languages... it is my happy place (with Paris at the epicenter of said happiness).

We will be doing full recaps of our travels on The Everygirl sometime within the next two weeks so stay tuned for those. I'll be sure to post links as soon as it happens. Danielle took so many insanely beautiful photos with her fancy camera; I did my best with my baby Nikon. I keep telling her she ought to sell some of her photos as prints. Fingers crossed I can convince her. I know I want some for my own place. Just wait and see!

So we are back from Europe, jetlagged, with a mountain of work to do. Sorry for the silence the past ten days! My laptop died the first day I was there and my charger blew the fuse, killing the charger altogether.

In other news: Biscuit has a sale going on to celebrate their one year anniversary - 20% off site-wide! Congrats to Bailey and the team! And here on Live Creating Yourself, I have an exciting giveaway tomorrow!


Tuesday, October 22, 2013


I'm currently on cloud nine in Paris. And just spent three days in London - boy, did I miss that city. Danielle and I are concocting plans where I'll live in Paris for a month and learn the language, she'll live in London, we'll each spend a weekend at one anothers' apartments. Good plan.

Follow along on Instagram - TheEverygirl_, AlainaKaz, and DanielleMoss_

Thanks for all your kind thoughts and words about 28 so far. Clearly things are looking up!

Monday, October 14, 2013


Nine days ago, on October 5th, I turned 28. It was a Saturday and I was in Michigan attending a friend's wedding, having a grand old time, dancing too much, laughing in the rain, and enjoying too many vodka sodas with lime. I had so much fun that I lost my voice, slept too little, and felt the onset of illness 24 hours later, when I was enjoying birthday desserts at my moms (she watched the dogs while I was in Michigan). Pretty much everyone I knew had suffered from a head cold in the past week or two, and it usually wouldn't concern me, but I had another trip planned for the upcoming weekend. Unfortunately, that little cold turned into a serious sinus infection rendering me all but useless for much of the week and forcing me to miss one of my childhood best friend's bachelorette weekends in Vegas (what was to be my one and only trip to Las Vegas in my lifetime. Now at least I'll be able to die happily saying I never set foot there.) To give you an example of just how useless my week was, here's what my living room looked like going into the weekend... 

Tucker's not impressed.

Which brings us to Saturday night. I was kind of feeling better, well enough to get to the store to pick up ingredients and make my mom's homemade chili. I showered, even put on a little make-up (the first time in a week), popped a Sudafed, and ventured to the grocery store around 5:30pm. By 8pm, I was enjoying a big bowl of chili and lounging in pj's, queuing up the first three episodes of The Blacklist (do you watch it? I love, I repeat, I love James Spader. Here's an older snapshot for those who don't "get it.") Eventually midnight rolls around and I decide to head to bed, taking another Sudafed, forgetting I took one of the 12-hour dosages just seven hours earlier. This might not seem like a big deal. But two hours later I knew something was wrong. My head was pounding, my heart felt like it was racing (it wasn't according to my heart rate), I was beyond energized, I was nauseous, my body was alternating between chills and sweats, I felt slightly lightheaded, and I was having weird delusional thoughts(/dreams?) any time I closed my eyes to try and sleep (something about my shipments to the Chinese being intercepted by the government... whaaaat?). Needless to say I realized what I did with the medication, and I was concerned. I started Googling side effects, and this definitely seemed on the extreme/OD side of things. By 2:30am I'm sitting in my bathroom calling an emergency health care hotline. The nurse on the line said that based on my symptoms, I should seek medical attention immediately. Umm ok... now I was really panicking. Next step? Do I call 911? No. I call Mom. She calmed me down a bit; said I sounded rational and fine and that it didn't seem like two pills seven hours apart should warrant too much concern but if I really needed to, I should just go to the hospital. Step three. Wake up my boyfriend. Who I then made sit and watch me in my crazed state for thirty or so minutes to make sure I didn't die or pass out (have you caught on yet that I'm a slight hypochondriac?) Eventually I was starting to feel a bit better and I sent him back to sleep. I set up Friday Night Lights on my laptop in the living room and hunkered down with my pups since it was now 3am or so and I was still wide awake. Eventually I slept three hours. Other than a few random all-nighters in my wild youth, I've never only slept three hours (I'm a 7-10 hrs girl–have been since I was born). Sunday was rough. I looked like shit. Felt like shit. And was still sick with a cold/sinus infection but threw away the Sudafed. Devil pills. Turns out the pills I had, the ones that are kept behind the pharmacy counter that you have to show your ID to purchase, is the stuff Breaking Bad type folks use to make meth. Short for methamphetamine. AKA definitely an upper. Why does no one tell you that? Have crazy side effects ever happened to any of you?
Sunday was a detox day. Get all the medication out of my system. Steamy bath. Lots of tea, water with lemon, and bland food. I watched some football then tried taking a nap midday. Enter crisis two. Shortly after I laid down, my dog Fiona, who was laying at the foot of the bed, seemed to lurch forward. I thought there was a bug or something she was trying to catch. The next thing I knew, her little furry body started twitching repeatedly. She laid on her side, and I got up to see her jaw was locked shut, she wasn't breathing, her legs seemed to not work, and her body was just twitching and spasming violently, repeatedly. I screamed for my boyfriend to come in the room. Having never seen a seizure before, I thought she was randomly having a stroke or her body was spontaneously giving out. I thought she was dying right in front of me. I was just petting her saying her name softly while yelling for him to call a vet; she seemed to be conscious and scared, her little eyes darting back and forth. Whether she was or not, I don't know. After a minute or two, she the spasms stopped and she laid there still, awake and alert. Danny rushed to get the car while I stayed with her. After another minute or so, I tried to help her get up, but she couldn't. And then her little legs seemed to give out again and she shook. I scooped her up and ran out the door, leaving my other dog Tucker panicked and alone. We rushed to the animal ER; she seemed fine in my lap in the car, except for releasing her anal glands and shedding a pound of fur all over me. Three hours later, her blood work came back normal. Now it's just a waiting game to see if and how often these seizures occur. If it becomes several a month, she'll have to be medicated daily for the rest of her life; she's only five. Breaks my heart.
And now it's Monday, almost midnight.

As you can see, so far 28 hasn't been off to a great start. But looking back at last year's birthday post and reading how wonderful and sparkly everything was when I turned 27, then remembering how quickly things turned to shit, it's made me realize I am not going to make anything of it. I am not taking it as a bad sign or writing off 28 just yet. Sure I have more and more random white? grey? strands plucking through my scalp every day; and I'm not 100% sold the eye cream I started using this past year is even working (those are definitely lines on my temples!), but work is great...

Heck, I leave for Europe on Friday! I've thought about Europe–Paris, in particular–every day since I returned home from my semester abroad six and a half years ago. Daydreaming, wishing, wondering when I would go back. And now it's happening. I can't believe it. And to be honest, with so much to do between now and then, I don't think it will seem real until I'm there. Danielle and I haven't even had time to plan anything. Anything at all! I think it will be a very "relax and take it all in" experience. We'll be working of course. But it will be relaxing and fun. And we'll drink boatloads of wine and eat warm fluffy bread and put butter on everything and wear all black and feel fabulous.
And I have two of my best friends getting married this year! I'll be a bridesmaid in both. I have the greatest niece and nephew in the world who get cuter by the day. And a wonderful, supportive family (who answers my calls at 2:30 am!), friends (who don't get mad when I miss their bachelorette party), and a not-so-new-to-my-Instagram-followers-but-new-to-you-hearing-about-him-on-the-blog, sweet-as-can-be boyfriend. You can thank all of them for the lovely florals sprinkled throughout this crazy post (my birthday gifts).

So here's to 28. And things only getting better.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Tuck, Tuck, My Awkward Pup

I just happened upon this photo series of my cockapoo Tucker. It's from last year at my old place. We were shooting a feature for Fizz56 and The Everygirl, and our talented photogs, John and Maura Stoffer love him so they kept taking his picture. Isn't he the best? Albeit a bit awkward. I can't believe I've had him for six years now. He's truly my best friend, the most loyal companion. Who gets sad when I leave and ecstatic when I come back. Who lives for a cuddle or a moment of my attention. He sure knows how to make a girl feel special.

Do you have a furry friend? When did you get them?
Are they cool and normal or decently awkward like my Tuck?

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Help Me Choose a Society Social Bar Cart: White or Teal?

Help! I am getting a bar cart from the queen of bar carts: Roxy at Society Social. I've decided on the style: The Worth. But now I can't choose a color! Go with the super fun teal and add some color to my VERY neutral living space? Or play it safe and go with classic white (which will probably last me much longer down the road...) I can easily style it up with color, adding art, stripey straws, and pretty bottles and glassware. But the teal is so fun!

It will replace this burlapped piece of furniture in between the bookshelves.

What do you think?! White or teal?!

Keep in mind my Christmas tree will likely be going next to it (yes - I've been stressing over the spot for a tree since I moved into this tiny abode).

In other news - does anyone know why Blogger is messing up my photos? That image has a pure white background but it's showing up all shadowy? Help again!

UPDATE: It was the auto-enhance option in Google+ that had been selected. I turned it off and voila! Thank you, thank you, Jackie!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

to do

This morning I packed up my things and headed to the nearby Starbucks. I hope that getting out of the house will aid in the productivity necessary to tackle today's to do list...

1. finalize graphics for decorBase
2. outreach emails for decorBase
3. design ad for Biscuit
4. web graphics for Biscuit
5. plan for panel tomorrow afternoon w/ Starwood Hotels
6. meet with web programmers
7. finalize Fizz56/Everygirl dream room design #1
8. finalize Fizz56/Everygirl dream room design #2
9. call and schedule Chicago restaurants to review
10. secret Everygirl project #1
11. secret Everygirl project #2
12. write and layout Thursday's feature
13. walk, feed, play with dogs
14. stop by AT&T to set up new phone
15. cook and eat meals somewhere in there?
16. online shopping and planning for next weekend's Vegas Bachelorette Party
17. see Langhorne Slim tonight at Lincoln Hall

Unfortunately, I didn't check the forecast so I dressed for fall. It's supposed to be 82 today.

sweater, Lilla P // jeans, Henry & Belle ankle zip // bag, Nila Anthony ($80!) // shoes, Cole Haan


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