Emerald Green + Links From Around the Web

A friendly loft in Los Angeles, via Cup of Jo

I know, I know, it's been a minute. But you've gotta understand, if I'm not feeling inspired, there's no need in wasting time trying to conjure up a generic blog post. It has to hit me; I have to feel it, and today, I feel it, so here it is. A brand new blog post for the new year!  

Let's talk green things. Specifically, emerald green things. More specifically, emerald green furniture. Incorporating the color green into your living space welcomes harmony, balance, and is said to restore and renew depleted energy. For the past year, I've been fantasizing over the idea of having an emerald green sofa. Granted, my current sofa is only two years old, so purchasing a new one right now wouldn't make much sense. But I'm really enjoying entertaining the thought. I mean, how can I not? Look at this. And hers. And hers too. Drool.

Although I don't need a new couch, owning an emerald green accent furniture piece was still a possibility. The biggest issue would be, "where would it go in this tiny living space of mine?" But when it comes to home decor, if I really want something, I figure out a way to buy it, and figure out the logistics later. 

Naturally, the pieces you really lust over are always outside of your desired price range - case in point - this chair, and this one. I did a massive internet search to find an emerald green arm chair that looked great, but wouldn't break the bank, and I came across this darling piece. I decided to bite the bullet and purchase it online. I wasn't even sure if it was comfortable, but I trusted that it would be. Long story short, it was delivered last week, and I must say that I absolutely adore it in my space. I had to move some furniture (and plants) around to make it work, but it's nestled comfortably in my front room underneath my beloved bird of paradise plant. I plan to take some photos of the chair once I get a dose of some good natural light. 

Hmm, what else? Oh, I spent the month discovering new online content, and came across Misako's youtube channel. I love the simplicity of her videos. 

I also discovered another youtuber - Hella Jam (such a hella cute name). Her studio apartment tour appeared in my feed, and I'm so glad I clicked on it. I love seeing how others decorate small spaces, and I also love how you can get a sense of a person's personality based on how they decorate their homes. Just darling.

I don't recall if I talked about Ashley + Mecca's apartment yet, but just in case I didn't, check it out. Everything about this apartment is so perfect. The color palette, the plants, the floors, so many things to love. 

Tracee Ellis Ross's cover story with Glamour magazine is a must-read. I simply adore this woman. She is such an inspiration. So many gems in this interview. 

Living Lush: Loft Edition

If you're new to my blog, then you may not know that my dream living space is a loft. But now you do, so you're officially all caught up. I'm still not sure when I'll be able to afford one in this lifetime, but I'm keeping hope alive. The dream-to-reality is so close, yet so very far away. Give me a few more years. In the meantime, I've rounded up some lovely loft interiors to get us all through. 

Photo sources: 1, 2 | 3 | 4, 5, 6 | 7 (Pinterest) | 8, 9 | 10, 11 | 12, 13, 14 | 15 |

Take a Picture

“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”
— Ansel Adams

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