white walls: 3 things you should know

I'm currently in the process of painting the walls in my small bungalow apartment white.  I started with my kitchen nook/studio space because it felt like the right way to go.  You can see my previous wall color here, although it was a light neutral, it just felt a little dingy and old school.   Since there's not much we can do to a rented apartment we figured a little paint could have a big impact, and pretty much every image that lives on my pinterest board features white walls.  Soooo, we naturally decided to give the whole white wall, clean, bright thing a shot.

1.  White walls are kind of scary.  Scary because I didn't realize how bold of a statement it would be.  White is an eye catching color, which is probably why I have so many images of white walls.  If you're thinking about going for it, go ahead and take the plunge.  I started to doubt myself after one wall, but when the entire space was done I was in love! 

2.  White walls force you to be colorful.  I'm a girl with many sides, I like soft neutrals, I like color, I like it all!  So when I was finished painting I realized I drastically needed some color on my walls to help warm it up and bring back the eclectic feel.  I ditched my old soft, natural mood wall images and refreshed them with some bright new ones that I'd been collecting.  I'm really feeling this mexican/canyon/hot pink with red vibe.  I also realized a lot of the objects I'd been collecting over time had been white or neutral, next rose bowl or flea market trip I'm going right to any object with color to help make the shelf pop.  Which then brings me to the table.  We had painted white to also help brighten the space.  Now we're thinking about sanding this down, beating it up a little bit and staining it something slightly darker than a natural wood finish.  The new table would add warmth and texture to the space.

3.  White walls are cozier than you think.  After seeing the first wall one of my fears was nighttime.  I love my apartment at this time, especially with small lights everywhere, candles, and music playing.  It feels so cozy and feared the white walls would make it feel cold and more like a gallery than a home, but I was completely wrong.  I still have my cozy feeling, and the white actually makes the existing lighting in my house feel a lot fresher and less yellow than it actually is.  And in the day time, well this place is complete MAGIC.

Basically if you're thinking about going for it, do it.  I opted for a warmer, slightly off white instead of optic white, which made me feel better about the whole thing.  We don't see ourselves moving out of this apartment anytime soon, plus it's the best $15 I think I've ever spent.  What do you think about white walls?  Have you already hopped on the band wagon??

P.S. I love the article linked below, from design sponge, that talks about the white wall craze.  It also makes me curious to research more global design (i.e.: tokyo, scandinavian, greek...etc)


bali design + travel journal

504 hours abroad, 52 hours of travel, 5 different airports, and 482 emails later I'm finally home.  I just returned from a crazy good, and exhausting, three week long design trip.  It was mostly work, but we always manage to have a little bit of fun in between.  We stayed up late, worked hard, laughed a lot, cried a little(aka tattoos!), felt sick a little, and drank watermelon juice...a lot.

Twice a year, my boss (even though I don't like calling her that, she's more of a mentor) and I travel to the magical island of Bali to work with our talented counterparts there to dream up and make a capsule collection for Free People.  I still have to pinch myself so I know it's real, but it's absolutely the best part of my job.  This time we also went to India for a week after Bali, but more on that later.

Over the years, we've become quite the Bali locals (or so we like to tell ourselves) so I figured I would start sharing little bits of my trip, so that everyone can experience this island like a regular.  Side note:  if you ever have a chance to experience Bali, do not hesitate any longer.  Book your ticket now! I'm serious.  The plane ride is brutal (from the US anyway) but when you get there it is totally worth it!  It truly is life changing.  So now for the good stuff...

Once we got a little break from sketching we headed over to Canggu to check out the famed 'Old Man's' bar.  We ordered margaritas, some fish and chips, and made friends with the tech guy--we got dibs on the new wifi password before anyone else.  I loved seeing all the surfers pour in, and what everyone was wearing.  The laid back beach vibes.  The people watching!

We were staying at a beachside resort in Seminyak for one weekend, so we headed out to do some inspiration shopping.  I honestly am not a huge shopper, but in Seminyak all the shops are so unique and quaint that I don't mind it at all. It gets my brain going!

We found a taco place close to Oberoi road called Lacalaca and of course we had to stop, it was soooo good.

Oh yea and then there was the whole "we're gonna get tattoos in Bali" thing, but so glad we did!

The dream team that makes all of our pretty clothes a reality.

Design life involves lots of bags, basically a mobile office.

Other than our weekend in Seminyak, we spent the rest of the time away from the chaos in Sanur.  The beach on that side of the island is one of my favorites, and even though you don't get the sunsets because its on the east, it's totally worth it.  We spent the day finishing up our sketching there.

We stayed at the Hotel Puri Tempo Doeloe.  It's a tranquil, jungle-like setting of mini Joglos that have been painted bright colors and turned into hotel rooms.  A joglo is a traditional balinese house found in small villages.  We ended up getting the villa so we could have more space to work, and it included a more private setting with a pool.  I left this place basically wanting to turn my apartment into a mini island getaway, so inspiring!

Counting down the days until our next trip!


night moves

Tonight, I don't have much.  Just the sentiment that we gotta keep doing.  keep swimming.  keep writing.  keep creating. keep the fires burning--even when we don't want to.



cc: out of office

This post was supposed to go up right after Christmas, but let's just say the Holidays got the best of me.  Cheers to the New Year and hope you enjoy the words below!

So far Texas has been warm and humid, some may even go so far as to say it feels tropical.  I like to use the term 'tropical' to try and put a positive spin on the fact that no matter where you go your face is always in a melted state.  But I can't complain seeing as I won't be working for the next week and my out of office response has officially been up for about three days now.  For now, I'm just enjoying family and friends, and this great big state that I call home.

My sister and I took a minute to snap some pictures in my favorite jumpsuit before we headed out to dinner, this old building used to be a little country store and is right down the road from our house.  It's funny how I look at it through different eyes now.  When I was younger it was just that old building we passed everyday on the way to school.  It's fun to reimagine my old familiar surroundings through new eyes when I'm home.  

P.S. I designed this jumpsuit as part of our Bali capsule collection a few seasons ago, its my first time wearing it and the sleeves made me so happy!



less is more: 2017

Tomorrow will be the first day of 2017.  
I'll wake up at 4 am to drive an hour to the Austin airport, drop Morgan off for his flight back to LA, come back home to my parent's house and probably make myself a cup of coffee.  Then I'll light and candle and do some writing/goal planning for the new year.  

I was hoping Morgan and I would be together on January 1st so we could do some planning together but our flight schedules didn't allow that this year, besides, something about being in this sleepy little piece of Texas countrside to plan my new year is comforting to me.  The stillness and quietness allow my thoughts to come forward and there are no distractions to sway me.  Just pure, unadulterated stillness and a beautiful foggy morning view of Texas fields out of the window.

Although I'm not totally sure what I'll write down tomorrow I do know the general concept that I'm taking into this coming year is less is more.  Less stuff, less fear of the unknown, less self loathing.  Cutting back on certain things in my life to create space for the positives.  

One big notion that came to me, while talking to one of my good friends, was cutting back on all the stuff.  Being in the fashion industry and constantly soaking up blogs, instagrams, tumblrs, pinterest, and everything in between I'm always on the hunt for the next trend or beauty product.  It's exhausting!  Not to mention detrimental to our bank accounts and the environment in some form.  

As a young creative living on my own in Los Angeles I've learned how important it is to be financially smart.  Our culture does not make this easy, we are constantly bombarded with new things to eat, buy, and experience.  We truly have to understand ourselves and own paths to be able to make smart decisions.  I for one always struggle with this, but as I tossed around this concept in my head I did a mental scan of all my belongings.  I have everything I need.  I can bring new life into that vintage blouse in the back of my closet, style in it a new way and voila! It's beautiful again.  I'm doing more with less, getting more creative, and denying society's push to consume the 'newest' 'best' thing.

2016 was a weird year for me on a personal level, there were some really great times but over all I felt like I was running in place.  I had grown so much in the years before that I guess 2016 just felt like I had plateau-ed.  But I've come to realize, that I think it takes those odd years to continue our path as a human being.  These murky, stagnant 2016 waters have me craving the unknown in 2017 I'm ready to be in uncomfortable situations (did I just say that!?)  I'm ready to force myself to push past this comfort barrier, and I'm ready to fail (again, did I just say that!?) and maybe even ready to succeed.


holiday dwells

Christmas is officially over and I'm currently enjoying hot Texas weather and family time, but I'm slightly missing my magical little space back in Los Angeles.  I can't lie I'm really gonna miss hanging out in this sparkly magic.  Can't it look like this all the time??


I had so much fun knitting these stockings for Morgan and I.  They were so easy to make, and somehow knitting with a glass of wine every night was like calming meditation after a crazy day at work.  I used a pattern from Knit Collage on ravelry, using some yarn I found at Joann's.

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