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
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
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
Happy Labor Day weekend! Can’t believe August is over and fall will be here before you know it. I flew home to spend time with my family for the three-day break. But it’s been forever since I’ve posted so I wanted to do a quick blog post today. This mini photoshoot was from last Sunday and I got my Instagram boyfriend to help me out, lol. Nothing was really planned, we just walked around the historic parts of Uptown and snapped a few pictures at spots with a pretty background. I wanted to fit an end of summer outfit before I start posting some autumn ootds! There’s actually still photos from last year that I never got around to editing (I’m the worst!). So the next few weeks there will be “new” throwback posts. I also have been meaning to do a life update soon because a lot has been happening and changing – but that deserves it’s own post altogether. Anyways, I hope y’all have a great holiday weekend with family and friends! 🙂 ~b
Happy Thursday! Frolicking carefree through a field of beautiful sunflowers is the quintessential summer day. They are the perfect pick-me-up flowers and one of my absolute favorites! Just give me a bouquet of these and you can’t wipe the smile off my face. 🙂 That’s why I love making the drive out of the city to visit this flower patch every year in mid-July. When the field is in full bloom, it bursts into life! The sunflowers’ beaming golden hues stretch endlessly into a yellow mirage of beauty. Radiating warmth and joy wherever they grow. Nothing seems more fitting to style in this dreamy scape than a white eyelet dress with floral detailing. It’s classic, simple, and exudes sweet Southern charm. I think a white sun dress is a summer wardrobe must-have so I’m linking my 20 dollar #TJMaxxFind here! I hope this sunflower photoshoot helps brighten up your day and gives you a ton of inspo! Cheers to it almost being Fri-Yay! 🙂 ~b
Happy July Y’all! I can’t believe its already mid-summer! So much I still want to do before it’s over. But rainy and muggy weather is in the forecast for the next week and a half which puts a damper on a lot of my summer plans. Luckily, I did get a chance to visit Charleston recently. I wore this bright yellow jumpsuit while I was there and I think its bold color is the epitome of summer! It’s something I usually would never go for but I oddly like it. I found the jumpsuit for 11 dollars at Old Navy’s clearance rack last year. I know they don’t carry this specific floral print anymore but they do have some other summery classic patterns like gingham and chambray in stock. I love that these have pockets as well. I feel like women clothing are notorious for excluding this super functional feature, so it always feels like an added bonus when it is included. I hope you like this outfit inspo for today! I’ll be visiting the sunflower fields this month, and I have a cute white dress that I can’t wait to share on here! Wishing you all sunny weather until then! 😊 ~b
Citrus-chic! If this lemon print midi dress doesn’t screamsummer, then I don’t know what does. This fresh mellow yellow ensemble was perfect for a casual out and about day in Paris. I paired it with my light blue Prada crossbody bag for a fun pop of color!
On my recent trip, I visited the beautiful Luxembourg Gardens and walked the lovely Seine River with my family. The weather was fairly mild in May but the sun shining made all the difference. I always found sightseeing in Paris to be very charming. The buildings are historic yet elegant. Sometimes you can’t help yourself but ooohhh and ahhhh at the exquisite architecture. I also love to people watch. I noticed that most Parisians have an impeccable sense of style that is effortless yet composed. There’s no denying that Paris is simply a timeless chic city, one of the many reasons why I am so enamored by it. ~b
Of all of my European travels thus far, I think I will always have a soft spot for France. Perhaps, it’s because I’ve been blessed to be able to experience so many beautiful places in this lovely country. From idyllic beach days at the French Riviera to wandering the rolling countryside. I adore and feel a connection to France.
This past May was my third time visiting Paris. However, it was my first time being here with my family. In some ways, it was kind of surreal. I never thought I would be able to take my parents on a trip like this, or at least at 25. The older I get, the more I just want to give back to them. They made a lot of sacrifices for me growing up so they rarely allowed themselves the leisure of a vacation.
During our Paris trip, it was the 130th birthday of the Eiffel Tower! In honor of the anniversary, there was a laser light show put on at night. The colors would “dance” and change with the rhythm on the tower. It was a really cool celebration to witness! Unfortunately, I didn’t get any good pictures at the event because of lighting….but I did get my family up at the crack of dawn to take some photos at the Eiffel Tower. ( See my mother and me down below! ) Early mornings at the Jardins du Trocadero are the best times to take pictures of the iconic structure without people in the background.
All in all, I love the city of lights and it means the world to be able to enjoy it with my family. I know Paris is a destination that I will continue to return to in the future and I can’t wait until then. ~b
Road tripping around Southwest America is like taking the scenic route to everywhere. The beautiful surrounding area makes it hard not to find a pretty picturesque road stop. I live on the East Coast, so it’s always a marvel to see these vast rock formations and mountains in the desert. I think sometimes living in the city makes me forget how gorgeous the simple things in life are. Everything is so much slower paced here, plus if you are a nature lover – there are a ton of breathtaking state and national parks to choose from! ~b
Death Valley National Park is the lowest elevation point in North America and home to some of the most unique landscapes that you will ever see. Experiencing this place truly feels like you are taking a voyage to another planet!
The Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes is where the mountains and the sand collide. It was on the top of my list to go! I had a styled shoot in mind that I really wanted to execute and capture here. I bought this red dress specifically because I wanted to create a lot of effortless movements in my pictures (it’s super affordable too). My boyfriend and I started shooting around 9ish and even then we had to walk pretty far to get to the fresh sand dune spots without any footprints. Also, you can’t tell in these pictures but I was silently crying on the inside. It was actually quite freezing here in mid-February (at least in the morning) and also very very windy. But regardless, I’m happy with how the images turned out. My absolute favorite picture of all time was taken down below by my brother. ❤ My boyfriend didn’t want me to post it…but it’s my blog and I’m the editor-in-chief sooooo I do what I want. 🙂 Lol, anyway thanks so much for stopping by and have a great weekend y’all! More content to come! ~b