Life Update #6: New Office Building

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I just wanted to jump on here and share a quick life update and show ya a glimpse of my new workspace. 🙂 My company moved into a huge building in a corporate park area this past May. It’s walking distance to a bunch of restaurants, grocery stores, the YMCA & a movie theater. The building itself is very standardized corporate America, nothing out of the ordinary by any means – but I am in love with my new office! It’s so spacious and has a ton lot of natural light. There’s also an attached balcony if I ever want to step out for some fresh air! I can even control the temperature in my own room now, which is so great since I am always cold!!

I haven’t gotten around to decorating it yet, but it’s on my list of projects to work on. I just have so much space now that I am not even sure what to do with it all. I have thought about getting a hammock at one point though, lol. I figure it would make my office the most fun to hang out in. I love creating a room that feels homey and inviting, it helps with my workflow! Anywho, I know I’m really lucky and blessed to have a good stable job. I don’t think I express it nearly enough, but I do feel very much appreciated here. I’m not sure how long I will stay or where life will take me down the road, but I am thankful for where I am at. ~b

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Life Update #5: On My Mind

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“On the other side of the clouds, is a bright blue sky.” Throwback to Sunny Days in Chi-Town.
There’s a running joke at work that every time I try to go on vacay, something disastrous takes place. True real-life examples;
  • Last year in May, my brother and I bought tickets to take my parents to Paris for the first time using WOW airline. It went out of business one month before our flight. However, we did manage to get a refund and luckily found affordable flight deals through Chicago’s airport.
  • In October, I was planning a trip to Japan but ultimately didn’t get to go. The weekend I was flying, Toyoko was hit by Typhoon Hagibis.
  • This March I was all set for a 2 week trip to Patagonia, South America. But, of course, that’s when Coronavirus was starting to rapidly spread and everyone’s life was put on pause.
Did I mention that this all took place within a year? What are the chances, right!?! Lol, so I have a lot of PTO at the moment but realistically I won’t be going anywhere soon amid this outbreak. In addition, I’m needed at work because of the cutting of staff. As some of you guys know, I work in the event industry which has been largely impacted by COVID-19. It was utterly devastating to watch people’s life get turn upside down with the massive layoffs. & To be honest, I felt guilty about the whole situation. Here I am, feeling quite burnt out from not getting to go on a vacation. But my position at work was secure while others that worked for decades were losing their jobs. On top of that, I have multiple streams of income and enough in my savings to buy myself a property. I didn’t have to worry about taking care of a family during a crisis. I had SO much to be grateful for, but it was hard not to see the negatives happening all around me.                                                                  
A lot of people won’t come out of this okay. That’s just the reality. There needs to be more support to aid the public during these difficult times. It’s hard to comprehend how advanced the U.S. is but how far behind we are in taking care of our people. So many were already struggling to cover their basic necessities – food, shelter, and medical care even before the pandemic. That’s why I think all Americans should have the right to universal health care and rent shouldn’t cost you an arm. I’m hoping change will come as a result of these issues being brought more into light. But who knows what these next few months will bring. It’s truly unprecedented times we are in, and the fact that this is a global issue makes it all the scarier. I guess it just puts into perspective how minuscule our own problems are when you look at the bigger picture of life. Before this, I was disappointed of all my canceled plans. Now I can’t wait until this is all over so I can just fly home to see my parents. Sadly, it takes being in quarantine for many of us to simply slow down. Many of us are wired to be constantly working and on the go that we often forget to take the time to reflect and enjoy. At least that’s one of the positives that came out of this month. When the time comes to be with loved ones again, we will appreciate everything even more. #WeAreAllInThisTogether . ~b

My Completed Office Tour at Work

Welcome to My Cozy + Bright Office!

I work in the special event industry where I manage a regional brand’s marketing and design on a daily basis. Since I have a creative job role,  I wanted a workspace that truly reflected that. We spend so much of our day at work so why not make it fun and enjoyable!?  My windowless gray box is inviting because it’s filled with colorful decor, modern elements, and personal touches.

By far the most popular setup in my office is the lounging area, aka the therapy couch. This is where my co-workers come to hang out and catch me up on their life. We even threw a coffee tasting party here once – cramming five people into the space, ha!

My favorite addition is the beautiful pastel wall art from Target. It’s an abstract print called “block party” and I love the splash of happy colors that it brings to the room. It definitely makes a vibrant statement and completes the whole look.

Overall, having an office all to myself is honestly such a privilege to have. It makes me enjoy going into work because I have a space that feels like home. 🙂 I hope you guys enjoy this mini-tour and get some design inspiration! ~b

P.S. I filmed this a while ago and am now just getting around to putting the full video together. In reality, I haven’t gone to my office in the past few weeks because of everything that is going on. Lately, I have been connecting from home!

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Moving Out of my 324 St. Ft. Studio – Empty Apartment Pictures

Hi all,

I officially moved out of my micro-studio apartment in January of this year. I meant to put this blog post up a lot sooner but as life would have it, I never got around to it – until now! This apartment was the first place I rented after completing university and I lived here for quite some time. However, towards the end of my lease, I was running into a lot of maintenance issues since it was an older unit. In addition,  having a poolside view proved to be a not-so-ideal location especially in the summer months.

Regardless, I will forever have a soft spot for this apartment. I met my boyfriend of almost 3 years here (he was my next-door neighbor)! It was also where I started my career and learned how to adult on my own. I made a lot of great memories at this unit so moving out was very much so – bittersweet. But I’m excited to decorate my new space and make it completely my own. Till then, you can scroll through these empty pictures of my 324 sq. ft. studio when it was completely cleaned out. I also included some links to my past blog posts on it, in case y’all were interested in that! Thanks again for following along – I hope everyone is staying home & healthy!

~b

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450 Sq. Ft. Studio Apartment – Empty & Unfurnished – $1030 Rent

New Year! New Apartment! 

Happy 2020! Welcome to my new home! It’s a cute + cozy 450 sq. ft. apartment in the city with a monthly base rent of $1030. Though borderline a micro-studio, I am so happy I get to call this little shoebox mine – ha! My small studio is packed with functionality. From the high ceilings to a pull-out Murphy bed – these features help make the room feel open and spacious. I overloaded this blog post with a ton of pictures of my new apartment so you guys get a better feel of the layout and general space. I hope you enjoy the empty tour! 🙂 … & I can’t wait to start decorating it! ~b

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High Rise Empty One Bedroom Apartment Tour

We moved!

…well kind of! 🙂 At the end of October this year, my boyfriend and I transferred out of our studio into a one-bedroom apartment. It’s situated in the same high rise complex so there are various similarities in the two different floorplans. You can check out the empty studio here.

Since I love documenting the places that I have lived – I had to share this mini-tour of our “new” home with you all! Our current space is approximately 678 sq. ft. with a base rent of $1407 – which is actually a good deal as we are on a higher level. The one-bedroom is very much modern and what you would expect out of an urban luxury apartment. There’s hardwood floors throughout, stainless steel appliances, breathtaking city views – just to name a few features!

In addition, our high rise building has some really great community amenities which really enforces the idea of living an elevated lifestyle.  From a rooftop pool to a sophisticated club lounge, I highlight some of these areas in the second half of my video.

All in all, I really hope you enjoy today’s empty home tour post! This month, I also leased another luxury apartment in the city and I am super excited to share that with you all as well – so stay tuned! As always, I appreciate you taking the time to watch my videos or read my blog. Y’all are the best! ~b

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Outfit of the Day: Sweater Weather

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Sweater – Marshalls / Jeggings – American Eagle / Boots – Uggs / Beanie – H&M

Crisp air and crunchy leaves, fall is in full swing! Time to break out the boots and layer up in sweaters! My favorite thing about fall fashion is the chunky knit sweaters. I am someone who easily gets cold so they are practically a staple in my closet year-round. This styled outfit was very much inspired by the autumnal colors and vibrant fall foliage. There is something unmistakably beautiful about every season and I love how fashion can celebrate it! Cheers to comfy + cozy looks, and staying toasty warm this November! ~b

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Outfit of the Day: Pastel Fall

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Top – Marshalls / Tote Bag – Neiman Marcus / Jeans – Marshalls / Booties – Kohl’s

Happy fall y’all! I know it’s already the end of October but better late than never! I actually took these pictures last year (hence why my hair is so short!) but never got around to editing them…I’m the worst, lol! I was visiting a pumpkin patch when I wore this cute and casual outfit. It’s not the traditional autumn look with earthy tones but I still love it all the same! Personally, I am a big fan of feminine style and pastel colors so I try to incorporate that into my everyday outfits. Hope you like this quick inspo! Have a great rest of your Sunday 🙂 ~b

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Outfit of the Day: Uptown Gal – City Chic

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Purse – Prada Saffiano Cuir Tote / Top – J Crew / Skirt – H&M / Heels – Forever 21

A few years ago, I moved to the city with no real game plan. Just a wide-eyed grad with a rosy-tinted perspective of the world and all its possibilities. Though a small-town girl at heart, I always had big city dreams. One of my biggest goals in life is to be able to work for myself one day. I always loved creating something from scratch and cultivating it into something so much more. I am more proud of what I have accomplished on my own than anything related to my corporate career – and I realize fostering a vision is what motivates me.  I still have a long way to go, but I am grateful for where I am at. The lifestyle I am able to live now feels like a dream. From the cosmopolitan bustle and hustle, to the boundless opportunities – uptown living is a chapter and an experience in my life that I am thankful for. ~b

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Micro Studio Tour / Apartment in the City / 240 sq. ft. (Updated!)

You’d be surprised by how much can fit into a 240 sq ft. micro studio that is smartly designed. My older brother, Nick, has been living in his city apartment for the past four years. His building was once a historic hotel turned apartment complex. Though an incredibly small space, he was able to transform it into a cozy home by being creative and resourceful.

Nick, a former architecture student, was able to use his skills and background to craft a blueprint with various functions and flow. If you watched his original apartment tour a few years back, then you would know the general layout to his room is very much the same. However, he did make some new noteworthy modifications to enhance his space that were worth sharing. He recently bought a 55 inch OLED TV, added a hammock, and wall-mounted his bike. My new YouTube video highlights how he integrates these changes and continues to optimize every square footage of his home.

For most people, small spaces can make one feel boxed in, but for Nick – his life is not confined by the four walls of his micro-studio. In fact, living simple and minimal did the opposite. It opened up doors for him, giving him the freedom to travel. Due to the low cost of rent, he was able to save money and go on countless adventures. Last year, he accomplished one of his biggest goals which was to visit 30 countries by age 30. Next, he plans to visit all fifty states and seven continents. You can follow Nick on Instagram at @bu1ster to see some of his stunning travel photos! 

 As always, I appreciate you stopping by and watching my videos. I hope it helps spark design inspiration in your life! ~b

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