As 2020 is coming to an end, I wanted to post one final life update before the new year! Despite everything going on in the world, it has actually been an oddly blessed filled year for me – in more ways than one!
In September I bought my first house at age 26! I’ll do an empty house tour of it in the future! In October I made over 13k in a month (not too shabby for a free art degree!). Being able to give back to my parents is one of the most rewarding privilege that I am so thankful to be in a position to do so. And finally, I am engaged! God literally put love at my door step when I first moved here to the city. My future fiancé just so happened to be my next door neighbor and we’ve been together ever since! Even after three years of dating, I knew we were going to make it down the aisle only after a month or so. In our case, the saying rings true – when you know, you know!
Every time I reflect back, I am always amazed by how much my life has changed! I grew up in a small town in Ohio where both of my parents worked in a local metal factory. I didn’t have a lot growing up, so the life I’m living now is something my younger self would have only dreamt of. Moving forward I have A LOT of big plans for the spring of 2021. I will finally have more time to work towards some of my personal life goals and I can’t wait to share with you all then! ~b
Sun seeking + South of France daydreaming! How I wish I could pack my bags and jet-set to rolling sunflower fields of the Provence region. It is one of my absolute favorite travel destinations – with its quaint villages and charming countryside. In any case, though, I haven’t so much left the country or my house in what feels like forever because the global pandemic is out here trying to ruin everybody’s summer! Am I right !?! But, I can always play dress-up and pretend I am somewhere sunny on holiday! 🙂
This abundant sunflower field is actually just a little bit outside of the city and the perfect spot for a photoshoot. I wore this beautiful smocked blue gingham dress with ruffle frill detailing. It has the most darling tie-knot adjustable shoulder straps. & to top off the quintessential summer look, I wore a straw bucket hat. This whole outfit is honestly one of my favorite from the season, because whether you are on a vacay getaway or having a picnic at the park – you can’t go wrong with a classic gingham-print dress. ~b
I think we can all agree that this summer has been anything but normal. As of late, it’s been hard to see the sunny side of the situation. That’s why my annual sunflower field adventure with my boyfriend was a bright spot in all this madness. It brought a sense of normalcy and nostalgia. We make the trip to this patch every July for our anniversary photos. It’s a glorious place with acres and acres of beautiful sunflowers smiling towards the skies. I love how happy it makes me feel to be there. 🙂
It set the scene for my most recent photoshoots. I wore a gorgeous yellow eyelet dress for one of my outfits. Since it was more of a muted pastel yellow, the dress was not competing with the sunflowers. It has intricate embroidery details woven throughout the cotton fabric, giving it dimension + design. With a fitted bodice and voluminous bottom, this dress is a twirling fave! Scroll down to see some photo inspiration from our sunny flower styled shoot & check out last year’s annual trip here! ~b
Though summer is inching its way into August, I wanted to share one of my absolute favorite looks from May. I have always loved the season of Spring the most. It’s the time of year when fashion is truly influenced and intertwined with nature. For its blooming flowers, pastel color palette, and soft billowing fabrics. Spring inspires and refreshes us with a new sense of style.
This lovely look is perfect for a garden party or wedding affair. Blush pink, floral print and feminine ruffles – if a dress could have all the whimsy essence of spring, then this is a frontrunner. I added a classic wicker bag for an effortlessly-chic, gal-on-the-go accessory. This whole outfit is undeniably timeless and elegant, making it a look I’ll wear on repeat for years to come! ~b
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
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
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!
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!
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
Living Room / Bed RoomCloset / Laundry RoomKitchenBathroomMain LobbyCommunity KitchenAqua Lounge / Game RoomPool / PatioFitness Center
…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