A Colorful Corporate Office Tour

Hello & happy Monday! Excited to be sharing my mini office tour with you all today! When my company moved into a new HQ building, I lucked out and got a major workspace upgrade. Before, I had a small windowless gray box which was still cute and cozy. But with this new office – I had a bigger room, patio area, and even a view!  Having a creative job role, I think a lot of my inspiration comes from my work environment. 

I love incorporating my personal touches to make a corporate office feel like a home away from home. So it’s no surprise that I decorated this place with a lot of color. From the pastel wall art to the pink armchair- there’s a lot of bright accents. I wanted to create a happy space to design in. A desk job after all, doesn’t have to be boring! 

Since working in the special event industry, I have seen soo many beautiful setups (big + small). It’s really inspiring and something I feel very lucky to be a part of these past years! 

Hope you enjoy the mini video tour! ~b

450 Sq. Ft. Micro Studio Apartment Tour – $1030 Rent

Charlotte, North Carolina has become one of the fastest growing metropolitan cities in the US and for good reason. The cost of living here is comparably less expensive than most major cities – think NYC, Chicago, San Francisco, etc. Making it no surprise that millennials are relocating here by the thousands every year. I was one of them. 

Formerly from Ohio, I have lived in Uptown, CLT for over 3.5 years. According to rentCafe – the average one bedroom monthly rent in Charlotte, NC is $1301 in 2020. Here’s an inside look into my 450 sq. ft. apartment and what $1030 a month will get you in CLT.

You know that saying where everything is bigger in the South? Well it’s kind of true. Micro-studios are not that common in Charlotte. Unfortunately real estate developers are still building large units to get renters to pay more. When I toured my studio for the first time, I ended up leasing it on the very same day – knowing if I didn’t, then it would be gone. Not to mention, I instantly fell in love with the tiny space. Though compact in size, it was packed with modern features and high-end finishes. The layout of the studio included a kitchen, bathroom, patio, convertible living room, and even a walk-in-closet.  Although the apartment  was limited in square footage, with intentional design and neat organization – any space can be transformed into a cozy home.

As you enter through the front door, you are greeted by the galway kitchen. It has stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and a ton of white cabinetry for storage. The addition of the farmhouse kitchen sink was also an added bonus since I always hand wash my dishes. From there you will see an Ikea wall-mounted drop leaf table that converts into a little dining nook for two. Implementing adaptable pieces is essential to making a small space more multi-purpose. There are also 10 feet ceilings throughout the interior which helps create a feeling of openness. 

By the entryway is the small bathroom that fits a garden soak tub! Talk about luxurious! It’s the perfect spot to unwind from a long busy day at work. As you make your way through the hallway into the living area you will find the murphy bed. It’s the most space-saving feature in my apartment. Since it was built into the wall it gave it an unassuming look – the perfect blend of form and function! Having the ability to fold out or tuck away my mattress provided an effortless solution to transforming the main living area into a bedroom sanctuary. 

Directly across the bed is my mini office set up. I created a black and white statement collage to add visual interest to the wall and act as a focal point. It features bold graphic and geometric elements, making the simple workspace feel sophisticated and contemporary. Not from there I have a mini-walk-in closet with a washer and dryer combo. This is always worth noting, as I know not all city apt. include this feature in every unit. The community amenities of the apartment include a fitness center, outdoor pool, upscale lounge, dog park + spa – just to name a few. If you would like to see more, be sure to check my empty studio tour as I highlight that in my video more. 

Although, I didn’t renew my lease this year, I loved living here. The space felt cozy and right at home for me. Perfectly situated by grocery stores, rooftop bars, and the greenways + parks – it was the place to be! However, I officially traded in my uptown days for the suburbs for good as I bought my first house last fall. There will be more house content coming soon! Until then, enjoy all the micro studio pictures and inspiration! & Thanks again for reading + watching! ~b

Related: 324 Sq. Ft. Apartment Tour , Empty 450 Sq. Ft. Studio Tour

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Life Update #7: 2020 Highlights

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

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

Life Update #4: Moving Out? + Fall Travel!

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Life lately! Where to start, where to start…. I feel like so much has happened in the past few months that it’s hard to summarize it all. In short, life throws a lot of curveballs at you — so you mind as well not plan at all. Lol. The biggest dilemma that I am currently facing is my living situation for next year. Last month, I was considering (for like 2 seconds) of putting a down payment towards an uptown condo. I know, crazy right? It was a future investment property kind-of-thing. Anyways, that plan is no longer realistic because I might be moving out of the city into the suburbs for good. Which I was actually kind of okay with it at first, but now it’s like a big question mark looming over my head.

The company I am currently with is moving to a new corporate building. It’s literally ginormous and like a maze. We will be transferring everyone by the beginning of 2020. My current options are to either stay and have a long commute, move, or look for another job. But I am leaning towards the first two alternatives. I have a pretty good gig and I know a lot of modern millennial gals would love my position. ( I work in the special event industry – think parties, festivals, weddings.)

Anyways, living in the city is a huge privilege and a lifestyle that I definitely took for granted. But I am fortunate to have at least experienced it in my early 20s. The city surrounds me with skyscrapers, opportunities, and love which keeps my heart wanting to stay there… I haven’t completely decided what my next move is but I will know by the end of next month!

Also happening next month is my fall trip! I will be flying out to Japan in mid-October! I bought these cheap tickets in July and it was a spur-of-the-moment purchase. I love traveling internationally so I am looking forward to this adventure! Hopefully, when I get back I will have some cool pics to share!

In this post, I also included a picture of the art painting that I just recently purchased for my office. I love the piece because it’s like an explosion of happy colors on canvas that instantly brightens up the room! In addition, a white mini couch was also added to my workspace. I might be 25 years old but I still very much dislike the taste of coffee, so a power nap at noon on my sofa will do. #IWillSurviveAdulthood – one nap at a time. lol.  I’ll be sure to do an updated office tour before my company moves out!

Lastly, I just wanted to mention that I just traded in my iPhone 7 for the iPhone 11! I think I’ve been living in the dark ages so I’m sooo ready for this upgrade. I always wanted to do a “what’s on my iPhone video,” and maybe I will this time around! Anyways, that’s all for this very long life update. 🙂 ~b

Vietnam Travel Recap

I won the lottery when I was a kid. Not in the scratch-off ticket instant money kind-of-win.  But in an instant life-changing win all the same.

When I was four years old, my family immigrated to the United States in 1998. My aunt was a refugee in the Vietnam War and moved to America many years before us. She slowly built a life for herself in a small town in Ohio. Through a tedious process and many years of trying, she eventually was able to sponsor my family for immigration. My parents in their late 30’s / early 40’s at this time, uprooted their entire life for the American dream. They left loved ones and everything they knew behind. With little formal education and no knowledge of English – their journey to America was filled with uncertainty and obstacles. Looking back now, I realized just how incredibly brave my mom and dad were. Their leap of faith would set the course for my life.

The summer of 2016 was the first time my family traveled back to Vietnam. Since this was 18 years later, I didn’t really know what to expect. My recollection of memories was vague and distant at this point. However, the trip turned out to be a colorful whirlwind adventure leaving me with vivid new memories. From sightseeing ancient temples to visiting the idyllic countryside village where my father grew up – I felt like a tourist because I was captivated by it all. Some of my favorite pictures I took are down below. 🙂 I also got to see my family members that I have not seen since I was a little baby. It was a rush of emotion, to say the least.  I felt overwhelmed with love – because no matter the span of time and distance, your family is still your family after all. Seeing where I came from left a profound impact on me. It made me appreciate my parent’s selfless sacrifices so much more. This trip will always remain near and dear to my heart. ~b

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Upcoming Travel Plans + Updates

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Mesa Arch – Picture Taken in March of  2018

Travel:

Hi all! I recently got back from a trip out West. I was there for a few days to visit Death Valley National Park + Valley of Fire State Park. I always find it refreshing to travel and experience different sceneries every now and then. I did a couple of mini photo shoots while I was there and can’t wait to share them here! But in the meantime, I have a few throwback outfit photos from Vietnam that I will be posting to my blog.

Also in May, I will be flying out to Paris. My brother and I gifted my parents with a vacation to France this year. We’ve both been out of the country multiple times but my parents have never been to Europe. I am excited to whisk them away to a place that I love. It’s going to be a lot of fun and one memorable family adventure! In addition to France, I will also be in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Content:

Last October, I spoiled myself with a Prada Saffiano Double Cuir bag so the next video I will probably be making is an updated, “What’s in My Bag.”  You guys really seemed to enjoy my last one and I like the creative challenge of creating a stop motion. In the future, I would like to expand to more lifestyle video content. However, I think my youtube channel will always have a strong emphasis on home decor and tours because interior design is something I truly enjoy.

In 2019, I plan to relaunch my Instagram and post more frequently on that social media platform. It’s been something I’ve been really wanting to do. There’s actually a lot of projects that I would love to work on for my blog/video etc. but honestly – as of right now, I just create content whenever I have the time or want to.

Update:

Lately, I have been really into decluttering. Over the years, I have accumulated so much stuff that does not add value to my life. I have owned things for the sake of having things. There were items that were practically brand new and never used. I have come to realize how wasteful and unnecessary all of this was. I am not a minimalist by any mean nor do I aim to be, but I am in the process of slowly letting go and organizing. I want to redirect my path to living a more intentional life filled with patience, balance, and gratitude. ~b

10 Facts About Me {Part 2}

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Hey guys,

I’m in the midst of editing another apartment video so there will be a lack of blog post for a while. Currently, I do not have a lot of time throughout  the week to edit pictures or create content due to my busy schedule. I did want to write another 10 facts about me post because I think they are fun to write and interesting to read. Enjoy!

10 Facts about me (Part 2)

1.) I work in the social media / advertising field doing marketing and design. I have my own office at my company’s headquarters. I’m a  rather young professional so I feel very blessed and spoiled even – to have my own space to be creative. Once it’s fully decorated, I’ll see if I can create a mini corporate office tour for you guys!

2.) I do not keep any personal social media profiles like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. But I do have multiple accounts on all platforms. They are all used for work related things / side projects. I love how influential and inspiring social media can be. Not to mention, it is a lot of fun!

3.) My boyfriend is not a photographer, which I think a lot of people assume. It’s just his passion and hobby! His actual profession is computer engineering. He’s very analytic and logical. My complete opposite basically. Haha.

4.) He used to be my next door neighbor and that’s how we met! We’ve been together for over a year!

5.) I have two apartments in the city that I call home.

6.) My dream dog would be a Pomsky. They are seriously so darn cute!

7.) Speaking of animals,  my favorite animal is an elephant. You can find mini sculpture decor of them all over my home and office.

8.) I very rarely will buy jewelry. In fact, the only jewelry I do wear is a four leaf clover necklace which I have worn since 7th grade!

9.) I fell down a flight of stairs when I was 2 or 3, which left a permanent indent on my forehead. Forever clumsy.

10.)  One of the best decisions I’ve ever made was choosing not to go to the Ohio State University. During the last month of my senior year of highschool, I was awarded a very big scholarship to attend a much smaller university near my hometown. This allowed me to graduate college debt free, putting me in a far better financial situation than most people my age. That’s why I am able to travel often, buy nice things, and live a comfortable lifestyle.

Welp, that’s all for this blog post! Thanks so much for reading and learning some weird facts about me! Here’s a link to my last one, in case you guys wanted to read some more! 🙂

~b

Life Update #2 : Adventure Awaits!

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Hello there & happy Friday! I just wanted to make a short post and write a quick blurb of updates.


In the next few months, I will be collaborating with West Elm on a redesign project of my boyfriend’s apartment. We are transforming the studio into a sophisticated space for the two of us. It’s going to be a lot of fun and I can’t wait to decorate it! In addition, I am going to be a part of their upcoming fall advertising campaign. It’s a tremendous honor and I am so grateful for this opportunity! I have been a huge fan of West Elm for years now. I absolutely love their contemporary aesthetics and passion for helping customers express their unique style.

The second big news is that I will be going to Maui and Honolulu for roughly two weeks this month. What a dream to go on a tropical vacation! This is my very first time visiting Hawaii and I’m on cloud 9! It’s going to be quite an adventure and I’ll be sure to take a ton of Instagram-worthy pictures. Hopefully, when I return home, I will have some good content to share with you all. ~b