Five Things

1. I can't seem to get this Marmont Matelassé Leather Belt Bag by Gucci out of my head. Ever since Tracee Ellis Ross was spotted sporting one, I started envisioning the many ways I could style this timeless piece myself. Oh how I want it. While we're on the subject of Gucci, I am so in love with these photos from their Pre-Fall '17 campaign. When I initially saw them a couple months back, I grinned from ear to ear. Black people are so fly.

Gucci is my all-time favorite high-end label. I remember being 14 years old and working as a receptionist at a hair salon; the owner paid me $20 a week (sometimes more, depending on how well business was that day) to answer the phones and schedule appointments. I wanted a pair of Gucci sneakers so badly that I saved up for them, and was so excited when I was able to walk into the Gucci store at Somerset Mall to purchase my first official pair of "big girl" shoes. Shortly after, I would save up to purchase the matching bag. I wish I had the same level of discipline now that I did back when I was a kid when it came to saving up for what I really wanted. Saving money as an adult is one hell of a challenge. But, I digress.

2. Speaking of expensive things, I've decided to sell my beloved pair of Jimmy Choos. I've been battling back and forth with myself about whether I really wanted to let these beautiful babies go, but the bottom line is they're just not practical (or comfortable), with the latter being the primary reason. They're just sitting in my closet collecting dust. Such a beautiful shoe, and I constantly beat myself up about not initially ordering a whole size up. 'Pain is beauty' my ass. If you're in the market for a pair of Red patent leather Anouk Jimmy Choo stilettos, here's the eBay listing

3. If you haven't noticed, I've added two new sections to my blog - the 'At Home' tab, which is all about my apartment and decor style, and the 'Blogs I Love' tab. This is more for my personal reference and easy access, but I love to share all of my favorite things here, so blogs aren't off limits. 

4. I've been on a book-buying spree lately. I really need to put myself on book punishment. One day, I'll share all of my newest ones. I also took a trip to Ikea a couple weeks ago and bought a new bookcase. I assembled it myself (what a headache), and as of today, it's still standing upright. However, I've been watching it like a hawk. I'm always super paranoid whenever I assemble furniture myself because my fear is always that it could collapse at any given moment. 

5. I've really been enjoying Lizzy Hadfield's youtube channel these days, and just her overall work ethic. Such great content, and such consistency across all of her platforms. That is so important when trying to grow an online audience. She produces thoughtful, quality content, and her vlogs are so relaxing to watch. And, she has the most adorable London apartment. 

Sunday Inspiration: Alice Huynh

Alice M. Huynh: blogger and fashion designer based in Berlin, Germany

Blog: I Heart Alice | Instagram: @alicemhuynh | Youtube: Bun Bao

It always seems that when I least expect it, I end up stumbling upon a creative with such fascinating content, that I become engulfed in it for hours. That's one of my absolute favorite things about having this blog and seeking out inspiration for it - I end up discovering so many other cool blogs in the process. 

A lot of Alice's blog posts aren't written in English, but the photography, mood, and aesthetic are so perfect that you won't even care. That, and the fact that her eye for photography and styling are thrillingly beautiful.

Photos via I Heart Alice & Urban Outfitters UK

Updated Living Room & Bedroom Tour

I've been making a lot of small changes around the apartment over the past few months, so I thought I'd post a few photos of the current situation. The decorating process is never really complete; I'm always switching up and rearranging my decor in order to keep things fresh and inspiring around here. As you can see, quite a bit has changed since my last apartment tour. I've been experimenting with different styles, and I'm happy that I incorporated a bit more wood/natural elements into the space.

My current favorite room is definitely my bedroom. For a long time, it was the living room because it was that one area of my tiny apartment that I spent the most time in, but since moving some of my favorite books into my room, and adding those small touches (the gold scoop desk lamp - my new favorite!), and more plants, it's the place I head straight to when I get home from being around other humans all day. 

Current Inspiration: The Home of Linda Derschang, Restauranteur

Inspiration. It comes in all forms, and usually at the most random times. It's currently 2am and I decided to roll over, turn on my bedside lamp, grab my laptop, and write this blog post because I need to quickly chat about Linda Derschang's home before my eyelids get even more heavy.

I love admiring the homes of super cool people whose style is worth envying, and Linda Derschang's Seattle condo is no exception. I've literally been lusting, bookmarking, and drooling over photos of her home for about two weeks, but over these past couple days, the way in which her home has inspired me has kicked into overdrive. Whenever Apartment Therapy posts an apartment tour I connect with, I say, "Oh, this is the one. This is my favorite tour to date." But then they go and post an even more amazing tour, and I'm all, "No, THIS is it!" 

Linda is the CEO and founder of a mix of bars, cafes, and restaurants in Seattle, all under the umbrella of her company, The Derschang Group. She's not only business savvy, but she has impeccable taste, and her home is a pure and honest reflection of that. She describes her style as "low key eclectic with a little 70s glam." Spot on.

Some of my favorite elements of her home include the lamps - so many gorgeous lamps and light fixtures. She's not afraid to mix metals, and everything seems to flow so effortlessly. I love the Scoop Table Lamp from West Elm (photo up top). That particular room might be my favorite. The Andy Warhol print, the beautiful dark chest, the oversized wall painting - it all truly speaks to me on a spiritual level. I know I'm being a bit dramatic here (or am I?), but that's really the feeling I get when I lay my eyes on a beautifully decorated space.

In addition, the bookshelf. THE BOOKSHELF. The touch of sunflower vibes throughout the condo brings so much happy to the place. And of course, the plants. Such a stunning, immaculate home that still manages to look lived in and loved. To see the full apartment tour, click here. Like, now. 

Other credits: Freunde von Freuden