Etsy

Shopping for Sandy

Artists and Artisans are taking Etsy by storm right now and featuring a ton of goods with proceeds going to Sandy Relief.  Here's some of my favorites. Limited edition print by Yellow Heart Art $20 New Jersey State Outline Platter by Art Smith Studio $40 Handmade Slouchy Crocheted Beanie (various colors) by Cheloftheseaa $15 I Survived Hurricane Sandy 8x10 Eye Chart by CJ Prints $12.99 New Jersey (and New York, not shown) Personalized Location Pendant by Sprout1World $38   Handmade Customized New York or New Jersey Map Pendant Necklace by Cheloftheseaa $10 Rainbow Quatrefoil Bracelet by Small Blue Things $18 Hurricane Sandy Adopt Tee by rctees $23.00 Original Hurricane Sandy Relief Mixed Media Ink Drawing by Nicole Emond $75  

Office Desk Makeover

Camera Roll-547 My original design concept I created on my Moodboard App

One of my big 2012 intentions was to re-design my work spaces, both at my office and at home. Since I'm a very visual person, and since I spend so much of my time working, it was important to me to create a space that was visually exciting to me that I'd be exited going to spend 8-10 hours a day in. My work (i.e. real, not home) office is somewhat unique, in that it's housed in a warehouse. The last design overhaul of the space was done in the late 80's, so it's in dire need of updating. While I'd love to entirely re-design the entire office right now, now's not the best time considering the economy and other factors. I'm continuing to collect ideas and formulate an inexpensive plan to refresh everything, but in the meantime took on my individual workspace as a challenge to see what I could us utilizing what we already had in place. Luckily the colors of my office are shades of gray, which I'm drawn to anyway. Pretty much my entire apartment is painted in a warm, gray tone. It's my preferred neutral. Our office is also set up that there's built in desks and cubicles, so no matter how much I may love to have a beautiful, white parsons desk, it ain't happening. So I tackled my own corner first as a project to see what I could do to freshen things up a bit while working with what I have. First thing I decided on was a color palette. Starting with gray as my base, I decided I also wanted to include black and white, introduce graphic stripes as a pattern, and use silver as my metal (since my computer monitor was already silver). I could later accent with bright colors should I want to, without being stuck with those colors forever. Here's the overall space before, and then after. Office Desk Before and After Redesign Office Desk Before and After Redesign Most of the items I purchased at Ikea, including the magnet board (which I painted the stripes on), magnets, potted plant, pencil cup (which is really a vase), and tissue box. The small white desk organizer I found on Etsy. I also changed out my file sorter, which is a must have for me with an old vintage steel one I found in our supply closet that was being unused. Lucky for me it looks nicer than my old one and is black, which goes with my color scheme. Looking at these photos now, I see what a cluttered nightmare my original desk was (at least for me). Everything was very haphazard. As you can see in the photos, when I'd have a cold I'd use toilet paper I'd steal from the bathroom instead of real tissues. What kind of impression does that set for my colleagues! Gross. Office Desk Before and After Redesign Office Desk Before and After Redesign Eventually once I get through archiving everything in the notebooks next to the file sorter, those will be off my desk and clearing up more space. I'm all about having less clutter lately. Office Desk Before and After Redesign Office Desk Before and After Redesign I cleared all the junk off the shelf near the ugly blinds so as not to draw more attention to the blinds. Seems to work. I also got a cute potted plant to improve my desk's feng shui, and got an actual tissue box. So no more toilet paper for me! I'm so thankful for this now that it's allergy season. Probably one of the most dramatic changes I made was my message board and how I use it. I had an ugly, maroon pin board I had inherited when I took over the space, and I cluttered it with images of past work trips, time with my husband, random family images, and other crap. Quite frankly after a while I got annoyed looking at photos of myself looking so "young".  I not too long ago read a great article on photos people display in their workspace and how it relates to feng shui and your goals and aspirations. Snapshots of past events have a tendency to keep you there, in the past. Why waste that space on the past and why not focus it instead on the future? So I replaced that board with a great, graphic striped magnet board that now stores photos of destinations I'll be visiting later this year, various visual reminders and images of goals (owning a brownstone in Brooklyn!), as well as various important work reference materials. Office Desk Before and After Redesign Office Desk Before and After Redesign Office Desk Before and After Redesign The finishing touches included my desk organizers. My pencil cup is absolutely adorable and was actually a tiny vase I found at Ikea. I also love my vintage mod desk organizer. It spirals out and you can use it to store everything from white out, post its, paper clips, and more. I love that it keeps everything concealed, yet accessible. Office Desk Before and After Redesign Office Desk Before and After Redesign Surprisingly enough, my entire re-design was incredibly inexpensive.  Makes me upset at myself I didn't finish this project sooner! So I think I've geeked out enough on my workspace. My next project is my home office, which is getting the same exact design attention. What have you guys done to make your work space more "you"?

Vegan Versions / American Apparel Clutch

I've been working on this post for MONTHS.  Months I tell you! It was love at first sight when I saw this image on the Glamourai's site.

via www.fashionsquad.com

I wanted that clutch! In that color! According to Kelly's post, it was American Apparel so I quickly checked their website to see its construction but alas, it was not vegan. So I launched a several month-long search to find a vegan version.  Along the way, I came across multiple DIY posts (including this one on Style Scrapbook), but I barely have enough time to brush my teeth nevermind make a clutch. I finally came across a post on Brooklyn Blonde that featured a similar clutch, made by an Etsy seller called Curly in the City.  When I checked, their clutches are made of vegan leather!  I've never been so excited.  I ordered one in the yellow I had wanted, along with a bonus black/leopard one as well.  I can't wait for them to arrive!  I hope I have them in time so I can use one for my birthday party.

Photo the seller sent me showing me my completed clutches!

I Kan Haz Kindle Plz?

I watch way too much TV.  Especially with my recent fatigue/being sick problem, I'm a total couch potato.  I hate it. Way back prior to working in the pay TV industry, I actually used to read more than I watched TV.  After thinking about this the past few weeks and attempting to figure out exactly why I stopped, the reason was pretty simple.  I work so much and have such crazy hours that it's simply not easy for me to get new reading material.  I'm never anywhere near a book store.  Granted, I could order books online, but it's just not convenient.  It's much easier to just pick up the remote and turn the TV on. To make it more convenient, after a fair amount of research I made the decision to purchase an eReader.  At the Consumer Electronics Show in January of this past year (which I attended for work), eReaders were all the rage and I didn't understand why.  Vendors claimed they were "environmentally friendly", to which I thought how the hell could an electronic device that doesn't decompose and will be obsolete in less than two years be more eco-friendly than bound pieces of paper?  At least paper decomposes, right?  So I wouldn't even allow myself to consider one being the  eco-crazed beotch I am. What I didn't take into account was the amount of toxic chemicals and water that go into printing and producing books.  So depending on how many books you read, the eReader actually has less of a carbon footprint than the actual book.  Learning this, based on how much I read it kinda made me realize comparing the two is almost a wash.  I might as well get the eReader, have it be more  convenient for me to get reading material, and actually challenge my brain than deteriorate it by watching TV. After reading the seemly endless, raving reviews on Amazon over the Kindle, I knew that was the eReader for me.  I wanted to be cheap and order the WiFi only version but it didn't come in white so I splurged and got the WiFi/3G one.  At least the 3G is included for life in the price. No one can ever get a new, technology oriented product without feeling the need to pimp it out.  I mean, come on you have to protect your investment with a case, and that case has to match your personality.  Only problem with this with the Kindle (and Nook and other eReaders from what I hear) is all the manufactured cases are leather.  Poopies!  Thank god for Etsy.  Etsy has tons of vendors that make vegan cases for electronic devices, the Kindle included.  I purchased a slick, op-artish looking one from a vendor called freemoment.  Oh yeah and did I mention it was hella cheaper than whatever you'd purchase from Amazon?  I can't wait to receive it.

I got my Kindle early last week and so far I love it.  It makes it so easy to have ADD while reading.  Being you have all your books loaded into one device, you can choose what you want to read depending on your mood.  To start I'm reading the following three books, all of which have been on my "must read" list for a while. What books are you currently reading?  Any books I should add to my Kindle?  Let me know!

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