the friday edit

millennial pink Fiat outside of Merci store in Paris.

Happy Friday! I’m so excited for a weekend at home before I head to Alt Summit next week. Are you going to Alt? If so, be sure to check out the workshop I am co-teaching with Kelly Beall and Jaime Derringer called Efficiency — Work Smarter, Not Harder. I’m so excited to share my tips for how I run my business and stay organized! If you’re not able to make it to Alt, I’ll be sharing lots of social media, especially Instagram. Be sure to stay tuned. I head to Palm Springs on Monday and can’t wait to be warm!

In case you missed it, here’s what we shared on the blog this week:

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my studio space makeover reveal!

My studio space makeover reveal! Prop stylist and blogger office in Seattle. See more on with @allmodern @schoolhouseelec @annieselke @bludot #makeover #beforeafter #reveal #studiospace #officespace #office

This post has been a loooong time coming! I showed you guys the plan and before photos back in October (here’s a refresher in case you forgot), but life sort of got in the way of me actually completing my studio space makeover. Last week I decided I’d had enough of my piles of clutter, empty cardboard box collection, and heaps of props. While Kasey, my studiomate from Turntable Kitchen was away, I went HAM and got it done — and we are both so over the moon with how it came out!

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my must-have face masks + video tour

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If you’ve been a longtime reader, you know I have one must-have skincare item: a good face mask. Or actually… like 30 masks. I am quite addicted, to the point where I have any entire drawer dedicated to masks in our tiny bathroom! My list of must-have face masks is really quite extensive, so in the effort to avoid a War and Peace-length blog post, I shot a quick video for you guys to introduce you to my faves + here’s a quick list of my top 5.

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my favorite smart home devices (even for a small space!)

my favorite smart home devices (even for a small space!) — nest, alexa, cameras, leak detector, smart bulbs and plugs, thermostat and more! #smallspaces #smarthome

We have a joke at the tiny bungalow: it might be tiny, but it’s hella smart! That’s because as soon as I moved in, the ancient thermostat broke and I ordered a Nest thermostat via Amazon Prime. It arrived within 2 hours and ever since, I’ve been installing more and more smart home devices. There’s something about controlling your home via voice or an app that is slightly addictive… or maybe I’m just lazy? Whatever, all I know is that I’m a nerd and I love having a smart home!

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the feeling of doing it all

personal essay about the feeling of doing it all. it's ok banner. more on #personalessay #minimalism #minimalistart #inspiringquotes

Do you guys get trapped in this feeling having to do it all, all the time? I do… a lot. And lately it’s been really bad. There’s so much to be done, too and I just don’t know when I’ll ever get caught up. There are times when I cry about it and that actually helps a bit. But when the crying has stopped, I just sort of jump back into doing it all, all over again. Right now it feels like there is a ton on my plate: running my own business, navigating taxes, planning renovations, being the ‘breadwinner’ of our household, rehabbing my leg (still)… the list goes on and on. And then I have 23 unread text messages. There are times when I just want to crawl back into bed about it and I know I am not alone in that feeling. I guess what I’m wondering is how does everyone else manage it all? I’m a nerd when it comes to tools to make my life easier; I’m a sucker for a productivity hack. But when the laundry needs doing and we have no groceries and I have to edit a video for another post? That’s when I feel like it all has to happen right this minute and that’s when the panic sets in. Historically I’ve always prioritized work over everything else, but lately I’ve found peace in the mundane. I actually enjoy going to the grocery store or tidying up the house. Maybe it’s a feeling similar to nesting. Those two needs (getting shit done for work and being a homebody) feel very much at odds and I’m struggling to balance the two. I’m not alone in this, right?

Anyways, I just wanted to pop on and have an open dialogue with you guys. It’s been a while and I kind of hate that. I want to share more of what I’m feeling and what life’s been like lately.


the friday edit

blue marble wallpaper, @rejuvenationinc sconce, mid century modern nightstand

Happy Friday, you guys! I’m currently writing this from the sofa because I feel a bit sick, but not like… full on sick. It’s quite annoying, actually. I’ve been feeling like this for weeks and yesterday I just gave into it, put on a marathon of ‘This Is Us’ and settled in with the dogs. Speaking of… if you’ve been following my Instagram Stories for the past few weeks, I started watching that show at the behest of my best friend. Are you a fan of ‘This Is Us?’ I’m having trouble getting into it, even 20 episodes in! There’s something about it that feels so… after-school special, Hallmark-y to me. I also find it to be really predictable, but here I am still watching it. I digress.

In case you missed it, here’s what we shared on the blog this week:

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