Sunday, February 2, 2014

Weekly Project: Holiday Storage!


Happy Sunday, everyone! As you probably know, one of my New Year's Resolutions was to have weekly mini-organizing goals in my condo. Since I started this project 12 days into January, (that darn flu!), and the closet project took me close to two weeks (a mini-project, it was not), this week's mini-goal rounds out January with two mini-goals down. Well, make that one mini-goal and one big-ass-project.

This week I was shooting two videos for Pantene's YouTube channel, and two for my own channel, so that combined with some pretty long work meetings left little time for organizing. That being said, I still managed to get a mini-goal accomplished. This week's goal was to round up all of my holiday decor, of which I have a lot, and consolidate them into one spot. My condo doesn't have a ton of built-in storage, so my Halloween and Christmas decorations were crammed into any space I could find, taking up valuable real estate that should have been used to house other stuff. 

Blair and I are currently sharing a storage unit that we use to store some furniture that we are saving for use in future homes, and therefore don't want to sell right now. Since we have lived in 3 places since moving to LA, it is hard to find spots for everything in each new home; sometimes rooms are shaped differently and something doesn't fit. For instance, one piece of furniture I am currently storing is my pink chaise lounge from my old bedroom; I love it to pieces, but it doesn't have a spot in my current condo, so for now it lives in the storage unit. As convenient as this is, in a few months I am going to re-evaluate what is in the storage unit and make sure it is worth paying a monthly fee to keep. "Project Storage Unit" will probably be a weekly mini-goal sometime in the future, so be on the lookout for that ;)

I thought if I'm paying for the unit already, and there is room, why not pack my stuff up and take it there until next October? It's not like I'm going to need this stuff before then anyway, right? So off to Target I went, and into my car 2 plastic packers went, and into the packers my holiday stuff went. The end. 


Honestly, it was kind of funny how I kept finding holiday decor everywhere. Most of it was wrangled into my laundry closet, but I kept finding things in the most random places. And as "mini" as I consider this mini-goal, it actually took some time to track down everything and pack them up nicely. I decided one packer would be for my Halloween stuff, and one would be for Christmas decor, and surprisingly enough I was able to fill both packers up to the brim. And these were big packers, guys. A holiday minimalist, I am not.

The Halloween packer has everything shown in my Halloween Decor Tour video, which you can check out if you want to see my place all spookified ;)



It holds pillows, pumpkin and bats hand towels, a dragon costume for Pinecone (cause I mean, he needed to be a dragon-worm, obviously), little tiny candy corn candles, glittery decor pumpkins, the scary antique phone, the marble "hand" bowl... pretty much everything in that video took up an entire packer. 

The second packer holds all of my Christmas decor. I didn't end up decorating my new place this year because I was only in town for a week of December, and spent Christmas in Tennessee, so the decorations I have are from my old place. I do have a Christmas decor tour video, if you wanna see them in action, but all of my Christmas candles, my unused wall plug-ins, my baby Christmas tree, my front door wreath, unused Christmas cards, holiday pillows, extra lights, and more, went into the second packer. 


Between these two mini-projects and the rest of the work I've done in my place in the last three weeks (hello, project House to Home!), I am very happy with the progress made this month. Let's hope February is just as productive on the home organizing front!

Did you accomplish any organizing mini-goals or big projects during the month of January? What were they? 

What are your goals for February? 

Oh, and I'll leave you today with a picture of the blurry, albeit magnificent, "PAH-SGHETTIO THE DRAGON-WORM FOWLER!!!"

No but seriously. Doesn't he look EXACTLY like a dragon-worm?

Thursday, January 30, 2014

My Official Closet Tour!


Well this tour has been a long time coming. You guys may have seen the progress in both my closet makeover post and my house to home post, but this tour goes in way more depth and shows every aspect of my closet - including my favorite pieces! I hope you guys love it!


 
In the spring, I am going to do my yearly closet clean-out, where I go through and try everything on and pull things I don't wear anymore to donate, and when I do I thought I might treat myself to felt hangers. I am really leaning towards the hot pink and gold, but I feel it might be a little much, so the other option I'm considering is white and gold. I don't care for black or beige felt hangers (for my own closet! If you have them and love them then that's great!), but I'm so torn on what color to get. Here are my top two picks, side by side.



Let me know what you think in a comment because I keep going back and forth! The white is more classic, but the pink is bright and fun and more "boutique-like". 

Stay tuned for more home organizational projects, and another house to home episode in the next couple of weeks! I will have movers and painters and an electrician in my house next week, so there is a ton coming up!

xx,
Elle

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Dollhouse: Construction, Organization, and New Buys


Whew, the past week has been crazy busy here at the Dollhouse. Project "house to home" is coming together quite nicely, although not as quickly as I would like, but hey, that's home construction for you. I thought an update post was in order, since lots have been done since leaving you last week with my closet makeover post. Grab a cup of coffee, cause this post is going to be a long one!

First of all, I am on an organizational kick! My energy is feeding off of the changes in my home and making me want to do more and more. To be honest, this is the first month I've even been in LA for a month straight without traveling since moving in here, so it really does feel like the perfect time to go all out and get my place perfected. I'm pumped!

As far as organization goes, this week I continued working in my closet, making small changes to really perfect it. Two changes really stand out to me; one, that I organized my clothes and shoes by color and two, that I pulled all of my books out of my living room and lined them up on the very top shelf of my closet. I was going to use the top shelf as storage for bins but after finding another spot for my bins I thought it would be the perfect place for my books. Not only did it pull some color into my closet, but it greatly reduced the amount of clutter in my living room. I'm not saying books are clutter, but when you don't have a bookcase and your books are just stacked in piles around your media stand then they definitely look way more cluttery than chic. 




Overall I'm in love with the way my books look in my closet. It really added some personality and color and I couldn't be happier with the way it turned out.  

Speaking of organization, after thinking about it long and hard I decided to order an Erin Condren Life Planner. I know I had mentioned in my New Year's Resolutions post that I wanted to start keeping a planner again, and that I had taken one from Glitzy-Glam, but honestly, it wasn't set up the way my dream planner would be, but the Erin Condren one is. The Erin Condren one is set up like my old planner that I LOVED that I would buy through my college, and I haven't seen one set up in the same way since then. That was the deal-maker for me; I knew I had to get one! They are expensive, and trust me, I thought about it for awhile before shelling out the big bucks for a planner, but I think it is going to be so worth it. I absolutely cannot wait to receive it!


This is the exact one I ordered, the Turquoise "Gold Edition" life planner. Picture credit and shout out to Kristina over at PrettyShinySparkly for talking me into getting one of these; it was her review that really pushed me to order it! Plus, I used her link, and received $10 off. If you would like to receive $10 off, you can order through this link here. This link is one of those referral links where you get $10 and I get $10 in credit, but obviously I don't need another planner, so if people order through this link I will use the credit to order a new planner to giveaway on this blog. That way, iheartyoucoffee readers are helping out other readers!  

On the "construction" side of things, I had two major projects done this week. The first is that I finally had my kitchen backsplash installed! It took a total of 3 days; one day to install the tile, one day to grout it, and one day to seal it after the grout had dried. I selected my backsplash with the help of my decorator while looking at my condo decor as a whole. We wanted something that would compliment the contemporary black/brown cabinetry and the white countertops but that would also be soft and feminine. We had previously selected two gorgeous mother of pearl hanging lotus chandeliers for above my kitchen island, so working with those and the color palette for my walls, we picked a beautiful backsplash. The backsplash has a bit of mother of pearl in it as well; not enough to be overwhelming but just enough to add a little sparkle. 

The hanging lotus chandeliers - Gorgeous!

I was lucky in that my kitchen came complete with the perfect wall for a backsplash, but of course, since this place was brand new, it was white, plain, and very unfinished looking. Here is a before picture (although if you watched my old living room/kitchen tour video then you are already very familiar with how it looked to start with!):

Before

During

After!

These pictures don't even do it justice - it is so breathtaking in real life. Every time I see it I think to myself, "Is this what being an adult is about? Getting excited over my kitchen backsplash every morning? I need a life." *Patters over to make coffee*

The second project was that I had my wallpaper installed on my bedroom headboard wall! I was really torn over whether I wanted to have wallpaper just on my headboard wall (with a coordinating paint color on the other walls), or to have wallpaper on all the walls. After talking it over with the wallpaper installer, I decided to just do the headboard wall and then think on it for a few days. After having the wallpaper in the room and looking at it with the paint swatches swatched on the walls, I have decided I am going to go ahead and wallpaper all of the walls. I think when a room is small sometimes wallpaper on all of the walls can "wall it in a bit" (pun intended!), thus making it appear smaller, so that is where a headboard wall with a coordinating paint color comes in handy, but I think my bedroom is big enough to handle all 3 walls being wallpapered (3 walls, not 4, because one wall is all windows). Here is what the room looked like during installation:

I'm sure you recognize the wallpaper as the same paper I had in my old bedroom. I liked it so much I had to use it again - I couldn't even bear the idea of using something else. What can I say, when it's love, it's love! The wallpaper is Margot Amethyst by Designers Guild, if you were wondering. I highly recommend it, if you like the look of it. Like I said, this is the second bedroom in a row that I have had it!

Last but not least, on the "decor" side of things, I made some very important home purchases (LOL). As much as I adore real flowers, they don't live for very long and the nice arrangements are expensive. I still like to treat myself to real ones every now and then, but in order to give my home a girly vibe, I like to have some faux arrangements around as well. I have been on the hunt for the perfect coffee table arrangement, and have been checking my favorite flash sale sites every day in the hopes of spotting the perfect one. High quality faux flower arrangements, the kind that look so real you have to touch them to make sure, are expensive, so I knew I wanted to wait to find one on sale. After a few weeks of checking everyday, and passing up several flower sales when there wasn't one that was "the one", I found her. My beautiful little flower arrangement, peach roses and gorgeousness. I found her on Hautelook, marked down from a few hundred dollars. 


The second home purchase I made were for some colorful rainbow kitchen knives. I needed a set of good-quality knives, as I only have 2 currently, a turquoise and a light pink (not including my everyday flatware eating knives). I have a thing for colored knives, if you can't tell. I found these on Joss and Main whilst searching for faux flowers. Once I spotted them, I knew I couldn't leave them behind... they were calling my name, and at a great price too! Oh, and I also bought a set of striped bamboo utensils, as I have been wanting a striped set for ages and never see them in stores.

The last thing I purchased for my home was a pair of Restoration Hardware chandeliers that I have been eyeing for ages! They are currently on sale, and I thought, now is the time! I plan on hanging these on either side of my bed, as shown in the catalog picture. They haven't arrived yet, but this is what they look like! 




Told you this post would be long! I had a lot to talk about! If you still want more, I put together a video with clips I took as these projects unfolded. I made this video especially for you iheartyoucoffee readers, so make sure to check it out if you are interested! 



I'll leave you with this picture and video of Pinecone. Yes, he knocked that chair over all by himself, and then proceeded to use it as a makeshift bed. Yes, he is ill-behaved, but that's all the more reason to love him :)

Friday, January 17, 2014

Weekly Project: Closet Makeover!

When I left you last Sunday with my New Year's Resolutions post, I mentioned that I was going to start doing weekly mini-goals. In the comments I got a request to do weekly blog posts at the end of the week to showcase my mini goal of that particular week, so here it is… a peek at my weekly project.

My mini-goal for the week was to organize my closet, and man, it was quite the project. When I first moved into my condo there was so much to do all at once that I kind of "half-did" everything. It was more important for me to get my living area looking presentable for guests than to "perfect" my closet, so I did just enough to get by. I hung my hanging clothes and unpacked my most-worn shoes, and then stashed the rest of the piles of clothing and shoes in the depths of the closet, hiding them on shelves and under the hanging clothes. Over time, my closet became a bit of a catch-all for things I didn't want to deal with; bins of stuff I didn't feel like sorting, random bags and shoes that were sent from companies that I wasn't sure I wanted to keep but didn't know for sure if I wanted to get rid of them so into the closet they went. Stuff started piling up, and before I knew it my closet was not somewhere I wanted to spend any time. In fact, I completed avoided it all together when I could!

This week I knew I needed to tackle it. I have this theory that if you tackle the big home projects that you have been avoiding, life becomes instantly less stressful. Even though in the big scheme of life my closet seems trivial, to me it was a battle every single day. And so, for your viewing pleasure… some before pics: 

I started by pulling out all the stuff that was hiding. Stacks of sweaters, piles of shorts, and boxes (yes, like an entire unpacked box from the move plus more random boxes) of shoes came out of the closet and were deposited in my dining area. My kitchen table and floor looked like a tornado had swept through a boutique. 


And, for the sake of transparency (and to explain just how much clutter was in this closet), this big stack of bins came out of the closet too. This pile is everything that didn't belong in the closet but ended up in there, along with a bin or two of clutter that was in my bathroom. This little (big!) pile came together quite nicely to show you how easy it is to accumulate clutter when you are unorganized. 





All of those piles of stuff removed left me with my closet looking like this:



I had random empty shelves and clothing hanging haphazardly off hangers. I had tangled necklaces, bags, and hats hanging everywhere, and I had dresses and tops and jackets and pants all mixed together in each section. There was absolutely no organization to this closet… everything was just in there. Hanging out. Chilling. But not at all useful in its design. 

I spent about 4 days on this closet, sorting, purging, putting away, doing laundry, lint-rolling each individual dark-colored item that needed it, trying on every pair of shoes and purging the ones that didn't fit well, and just otherwise being a perfectionist in the details. I can now happily say that I am 90% done. I still need to find places for about 10 more pairs of boots and I need to pick up some bins for the very top shelves, but for the most part my closet is done and beautiful, and I couldn't be happier. I am planning on doing a full closet tour video on AllThatGlitters21 soon, so be on the look out for that! 

Here are a few "after" shots to help tide you over:



I'll admit… the bathroom "clutter pile" is still a project in itself, and will probably need to be next week's mini-goal, along with continuing to perfect the final 10% of this closet. Overall I am super pleased with this week's goal and result and I can't wait to share all of the details with you in a video!

What do you think of my closet, would you change anything based on what you can see in the pictures?

Did any of you accomplish a goal you had set for yourself for this week?  

Do any of you currently have "disaster closets"? If so, hopefully this post motivated you to clean it out!

Author's Note: The closet project is now done and the closet tour video has been posted! Check it out :)

 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

My New Year's Resolutions for 2014





Okay, so here's the deal. This post is about 11 days late, but I actually started writing this on January 1st. I ended up getting oddly tired that night and saved this post as a draft to finish in the morning, went to bed, and woke up with the worst bout of the flu ever. I've actually never had a full-fledged flu in my entire life, as my immune system is pretty strong, but this one knocked me on my butt for a full 8 days. So here it is, 11 days later, but better now than never, yeah? Plus, it all still applies, even 11 days late. Boo to the flu! 

Let's rewind 11 days...

I think there is something so zen about starting a new year. It's a fresh start, a clean slate, and a new opportunity to better yourself and your life. Lots of people will say that you "don't need a new year to start new goals - you can do that anytime," but I still think that the start of a new year is the perfect time to reflect on what you want to achieve during the year and put some of your ideas into action.

I like to keep track of my resolutions every year, and I love looking back to see if I accomplished any of them. Let's take a look at last year's resolutions:

1) Go on a fun trip for my birthday. Check! I spent my 25th birthday in Cabo. 
2) Go to Europe. Fail. This didn't happen… but maybe in 2014!
3) Get my sleep on a strict schedule. Check! It's been a struggle, but I've been working on my sleep and it is much better than it was last year at this time. Last year at this time was actually the worst my sleep has ever been, so it makes sense that I would add this as a resolution.
4) Do #MakeupMAYhem. Check! MakeupMAYhem was perfect this year, and actually the most successful YouTube series I have ever done. 
5) Reach 1 million subscribers on YouTube. Check!
6) End the year at the same weight I started it. Check!

5 out of 6 is pretty good, which brings me to this year's resolutions… 

I'll be honest, 2013 was a pretty scattered year for me. It was going great up until "the big move", but then I just couldn't get my feet back under me. My life, both physically and mentally, became very unorganized and the more it fell into an unorganized pattern, the harder it became to pull it back together. Sound familiar? I think a lot of people have had times in their lives where this has happened to them. And so, I have decided that 2014 is going to be the year of structure...

…and that means in every area. I want to spend time getting my new condo put together; creating the organizational structure that is key to keeping your place neat. I haven't sat down and done this since moving in, and it shows - I can't find anything ever, it's always a little messy looking, and I always have a clutter pile or two floating around because not everything has a home yet. I know it will take time to get this place perfect, and I'm not looking to do it over the course of a week - I know it will take months for it to be in a place where I am happy with it, but it will be worth it. It's all about baby steps! 

I also want to implement this organizational structure into my work life as well, and step one is keeping an agenda again. I used to LIVE by my agenda, but I stopped keeping one sometime early last year, and it showed. I adopted a Kate Spade agenda from Glitzy-Glam that arrived a bit damaged, so we couldn't sell it, so I want to start using it to keep track of everything in my life. 

So here are my basic new year's resolutions for 2014:

1) Have a mini goal every week in regards to my condo organization. If I accomplish one mini project a week by the end of the year I will have done 52 mini projects - that is definitely enough to have a meticulously organized condo by the end of the year! Goal #1 is my closet. Man, if you guys could see it… it is a MESS! You would be appalled, truly. (Author's Note from 11 days in the future - I've already started on this, and it's slowly coming together. I've started by removing a ton of stuff and putting it on my kitchen table, so now I have a kitchen table full of clothing. It's amazing how big of a project my closet is… you would think I could just tackle it in one day, but it is taking me ages!)

2) Make my blogs a priority. Both this blog and DreaminginBlush have been left in the dust a little the past few months, but I want really make an effort to keep both of these going strong throughout 2014. This blog has an advantage because I will be doing a ton to the condo in terms of decor and organization throughout the next few months, and each project will be documented here. That was actually the whole reason I started this blog, so I could have a place to talk about home improvement stuff! 

3) On the same note as #2, I would really LOVE to start ElleandBlair.com back up. I have some ideas for it, but I'm still trying to decide what I want it to be exactly. For any bloggers out there - any feedback would be appreciated! I'm thinking maybe it can be a landing page for all things Elle&Blair, and also somehow have both my blogs and Blair's blog feed into it, so it's like a mega-hub for all of our content. I would have to talk to a website designer about the logistics, but I think it would be safe to say that ElleandBlair.com will come back sometime this year. 

4) Keep running! (Author's Note from 11 days in the future - I haven't ran since before New Year's, as I have been sick in bed with the flu. The last few days I have felt much better energy-wise, but I still have a deep chest cough so I want to make sure I'm better before getting into it again. I miss it!)

I think those are 4 well-rounded resolutions. So here are some questions for you, my lovely readers. 

What are your resolutions? 
What do you think would make the ultimate ElleandBlair.com website? 
Do you have any feedback for me on either one of my blogs or my YouTube channels on how to make it better? What would you like to see more or less of?

I love you guys so much - truly. I know my content lags sometimes, but honestly - you guys are my people! Heart you!

xoxo,
Elle

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Ins and Outs #4 and Update

Well, hello there! It sure has been awhile since I have posted on here, hasn't it? It's currently midnight on a Friday night, and I just got home from a very long day (um... make that a long week), so I thought I'd decompress by writing a bit. I enjoy writing Ins and Outs, and I know you guys enjoy them as well, so this is a good place to start. 
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In:

Heathy Eating: I got a bit sidetracked this summer with eating out more than I should have been, but that has been corrected now. I feel better when I eat clean - everything tastes better and I have more energy. I have been eating as "close to earth" as possible by eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and of course, my all natural Greek Yogurt (possibly my all time favorite food). I've also been cutting out bready carbs (breads, crackers, pasta, rice, etc), but I still have them with one meal a day. I love carbs, so cutting them out completely would be really tough. To compromise, I normally have a carb-free breakfast and dinner, but have some for lunch. Today I had a slice of rye toast with a sliced tomato on top (and an avocado on the side - I'm obsessed with avocados), and man... it was delicious. But if I know I'm having sushi for dinner, or some sort of rice or pasta, then I make sure my lunch is carb-free. This "bready carbs at only one meal a day" trick was suggested by a nutritionist friend, and it's been working wonderfully for me. I've also cut back almost completely on refined sugar. No ice cream, cookies, cake, or anything like that. My sweet cravings are more than satisfied with a bit of dark chocolate along with my evening tea. 

Pair that with...

Working Out: Yup. Back in my "Ins and Outs #3" I wrote that I wanted to start working out again regularly, and I made it happen. Again, this is a habit that never should have stopped, but sometimes life gets in the way and you get sidetracked. That happened this summer and early fall with all of the traveling Blair and I were doing, and before I realized it I was out of the habit! But have no fear, I have gotten back into the swing of things.

American Horror Story: I think "obsessed" is too gentle a word to explain my passion for this show. I think it's fantastic. I have enjoyed every season, and I think they have hit the jackpot with their slew of actors. My favorite character this season is Fiona - she rules every scene she is in. I wish there was more Tate, er, Kyle. And I wish he wasn't a non-talking weirdo. Oh, and my favorite line is when Kathy Bates straight up HISSED "LIIIIIIIIIES". Had me hollering. 




Also, can we just discuss the insanity of this picture? I love it. It's so freaking weird. Keep it classy, witches. No one will suspect anything...



If I was a witch I would totally have that umbrella. It's the perfect "I'm queen witch bitch" umbrella.  And it's totally on the DL. And on this note, if you watch American Horror Story then you need to read Price Peterson's recaps after. I found him sometime during the last season, and his recaps are sometimes more entertaining than the episode itself. Like legit laugh out loud funny because he humor is spot on. Then he quit recapping and I was sad and now he's back YAY!

I also like Hart of Dixie. And Vampire Diaries. But I digress.

My will of steel when it comes to not giving into Diet Coke. According to my "countdown app"  I have been Diet Coke free for 163 days. That's over 5 months, and during that time I have only had one diet coke. One. And in my defense, it wasn't really my fault. It was the morning after a party, and after a few too many margaritas I was feeling a bit under the weather. I had stayed the night with my best friend from college, so naturally I reverted to my college ways with her. College Elle knew that the only thing to cure a nasty hangover was Diet Coke. So yeah, into my body that Diet Coke went, and man did I feel better afterwards. But, weirdly enough, it didn't taste super good. It tasted kinda syrupy? Not absolutely terrible, and trust me, I drank every drop, but I haven't had any cravings since. So yes... over 5 months with only 1 slip. Go me. 



This picture. I mean, honestly. Jessica Lange makes this show. What was this scene? It had no point at all, except that it was awesome. 

Knitting. I know. I am 80 years old. But hey, I've always wanted to learn. I'm a "yarn hearter" (I'm pretty sure I made that term up, based on a silly coffee mug I purchased from Etsy once, that had a picture of a sheep with the words "I <3 Yarn" on it.) I remember getting the giggles over how silly it was, and decided I had to have it. We should start #ProjectYarnHearter. If any of you want to learn to knit or crochet too, tweet me pictures with that hashtag. It will be fun. We can make pies together. Oh wait... next favorite.


The Mug.

Baking. Call it the month of many hobbies. I have picked up quite a few new ones this month... the holiday season tends to do that to me. It just makes me crazy! But when I say baking I don't mean cookies or cakes. Ohhh no. I've been experimenting with healthier options. 

Out:

My insomnia. My sleep had been so good for the past few months, but in the last few weeks it has gotten really bad again. You would think that treating my body better (eating cleaner and working out) would cause my sleep to get better, or at the very least stay the same, but it seems to be getting worse the more "healthy" I am being! I don't even workout before bed! I swear!

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I legit took a break in the middle of writing this to bake some granola and dance around my kitchen. Okay I'm back.

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Pinecone the helper-bug-wannbe sitting on my freshly washed about-to-be-used cookie tray. He sat there, watched me hand wash it, and then promptly sat on it as my back was turned. So I rewashed it (naturally) and then made my stuff. And then Pinecone ate said stuff. 


My name is Pah-Sghettio and I eat granola. 

I don't think I have any other Outs. I'm pretty happy currently. I've been incredibly busy, but it's all good stuff. Blair and I are working on some more projects that we can share with everyone shortly, but until then you'll just have to trust that if we are slacking on videos it's because we are slammed with other things behind the scenes and it doesn't mean that we don't love you guys! That being said, I have been working on videos all week in order to get back into some semblance of a schedule. 

*Warning... mini rant coming*

If I'm being honest though, I don't think I should do this whole video series thing again (Makeup Mayhem, FallThatGlitters, Vlogmas). I love doing projects like this on YouTube, because I think it's so fun to have a little project within a project (the main project being the whole channel), but people take it way too seriously, and it takes the fun out of it. 

It's like this. I started out my channel as a hobby right? Because I loved it. Now, 5 years later, I still love it, and I'm lucky enough to make money off of it, which is awesome. It's not, however, my only source of income or my only job. So sometimes when I feel stuck in a creative rut (and yes, you do have to be somewhat creative to keep up a YouTube channel for 5 years. Anyone who says "You do the same thing over and over! That's not creative!" hasn't had a YouTube channel for 5 years), I'll come up with something fun like FallThatGlitters. The idea of the mini series re-inspires me and makes me want to throw myself into it, but sometimes life (and other parts of my job) get in the way. So a video is late, and people get upset. Fair enough. The problem comes from when people get upset even if the video is up on time. People are so used to picking apart YouTubers that I get pulled apart even when I am doing everything right! And the frustrating part is that the whole project was my idea in the first place, because I thought it would be fun! So then it starts this vicious cycle of me never feeling like I can catch a break, and then I feel I'd rather put my "all" into something else (running, knitting, baking, boys (wait, what?), reading American Horror Story recaps), and then I lose interest in the project, because it's not fun, because everyone is acting like the sun is going to crash into earth and we are all going to die if I upload at 1am and not before midnight. Or if I *horrified scream* get sick or have drama behind the scenes (friend drama, boy drama, baby mama drama,) or have other obligations that might actually be even more ethically important than my video on that particular day. 

A lot of people have been requesting Vlogmas this year. In fact, I think there may be a petition on twitter to get me to do it. And honestly... I haven't decided if I am going to do it yet. I have been absolutely ripped apart over FallThatGlitters, and it makes me very wary to make any semblance of a promise. Even if I sit there in the first video and say "This is NOT a promise! I might not finish this series! I might miss videos! I WILL MESS UP!" people will be all upset the first time a video is late. Which is tough, because a part of me wants to do Vlogmas because it's fun. You can see how I'm in a predicament. 

Bottom line: videos are for fun. They are fun. They are free, fun videos. Please keep things in perspective. Also, if you are reading this I am 99.9% sure that this section doesn't even pertain to you. You are my blog readers. You are my homies. You are love, not hate. Unless you are a hater. And if you are, I hope you never run into Misty Day (LOL!). She does not like haters. 



And besides, haters will hate and potatoes will potate. Which means haters are taters. and taters are carbs. And I don't like carbs. Catch my drift?




Oh those grumpy tomates. I'm not even sure that this section made any sense. I just started typing, like a diary entry, and this is what came of it. 

*Ponders over whether to keep it* 

*If you are reading this then I obviously kept it*

Okay, it is now 3:30AM. It has taken me over 3 hours to complete this post. Good grief. Until next time, over and out, Captain Crunch. 



Thursday, August 29, 2013

Dollhouse: My New Coffee Table!

My coffee table has finally arrived! It took ages to ship, but it got to me in the end. I put her together today (with the help from a friend) and she is gorgeous! The cardboard box coffee table is no more! Thank you for all of your suggestions on my Coffee Table Hullabaloo post; many of you suggested this one and I really love it! It's from West Elm, if you're wondering - Link!

Now I just need to get the right decor combination for the top of the table. I put the flower vase and book there just to have something there for the picture, but those won't be staying permanently (well, maybe. But it needs more). Also, ignore the sofa pillows... I am in the middle of trying out a few different combinations, but that chevron pillow is actually for my patio, not the living room. I do really love those white fluffy pillows though - they look much nicer in person than its showing in this picture against the cream sofa.

I'm planning on getting two Moroccan poufs for the living room, and would love suggestions on which color(s) to get. I'm thinking either GoldSilverWhite, or maybe this Blush Pink. Which one do you think would look the best in this living room set-up? And should I get two of the same color, or two different colors? I'm leaning towards two of the same; I don't want it to be too "thrown together" looking.

Let me know what you think in a comment below - I read every one of them!


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