A Weekend in NYC!

A couple weeks ago me and a few friends decided to hop on a plane and go to NYC. Why you ask? Because we wanted to. So we did! We planned next to nothing aside from the hotel we were staying at and honestly, I wouldn't have had it any other way! The food was delicious, the shopping was amazing, and the clubs were fun. We just went were the wind took us.


Holy shiiit check this girl out

I just saw this posted on yahoo when I logged in to check my email. Apparently Will Smith's daughter Willow is the next Rihanna. This girl's got some talent! (That is, I guess, if she's for real singing. You never know these days...) And a lot more creative direction than Justin Bieber, thank God. We don't need another one of those running around. According to Yahoo, Willow is shooting a video for the song later this month in L.A.

Oh, by the way, she's 9. And how does that make you feel about yourself?

Farewell, American Apparel

It was brought to my attention yesterday, VIA Twitter, though I can't remember who tweeted it, that American Apparel is filing for bankruptcy in the near future.

I have mixed feelings about this. First of all, I love AA for their basics. I know a lot of people (including myself at times) think it's ridiculous to pay $25 for a plain tshirt, but when you start looking around it's actually REALLY difficult to find a good plain tshirt! AA fits nice, it feels nice, it holds up nicely... I think it's worth a couple extra dollars for that.

What I don't love about them, and what I think ultimately is killing them, is their soft-core homemade porn marketing strategy. I don't REALLY want to see a girl bending over with her butt up in the air wearing nothing but a string bikini. Nor do I wish to see some creep with a stash in tighty-whiteys. I think they are limiting their branding too much. They need to expand their marketing strategy to reach a larger majority of the population. What I will say for their models though: at least they're not all skinny anorexic bitches. The majority look fairly normal sized. I'll give them props for that.

I don't think AA is going to disappear overnight. Some locations are probably going to be closing. I'm just keeping my fingers crossed it's not the one in Cincinnati.


So this is kind of cool.

Bag Raiders - Way Back Home from Modular People on Vimeo.

I'm not sure I reallllly get it. But it looks cool and I love the song. The description on Juxtapoz reads: "Sculpture, destruction, color, music and creation come together in one harmonious chaos."

Sure, Okay.

I almost wish somehow all of these crazy performance artsy things they were doing were kind of crazy and random in the beginning (err.. kind of like they are now), and then they came together to create some kind of "ah-haaaa!" moment at the end, making one cohesive concept/piece/whole/whatever. Isn't that the purpose of art?

Well anyways, it's pretty. Watch it.


It seems me and Gaga have similar tastes

Thanks Stephanno. Also, in case you were wondering, it's a McQueen dress. Big surprise, like I've never fallen madly in love with a McQueen before.


Sick Muse

I know this is a bit old but I finally just saw the video for it. If you know me at all you know I'm a die hard Metric fan.

The shirt and dress Emily Haines wears in the video also kind of reminded me of the dress in the post below. Love it! If anyone can find me a shirt like that.... I will give you a cookie :)


Really, Chanel? REALLY?

...and that's really all I have to say about this. excuse me while i go flush all of my (ex) fantasy chanel bags down the toilet.


Goodbye Ludacris...

So I have moved out of Hotlanta and back to CollegeTown, Ohio where my senior year is already underway. Which really just makes me more anxious to graduate and move back to big city living! In the mean time, I'm posting some inspiring images of Vanity Night Club in the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, design by Mr. Important Design (seems kind of fitting for a night club named Vanity).

From the deep red velvet to the mirrored ceilings and honeycomb hallways, Each surfaces and material brings another layer of texture that lends itself to an overall luxorious and indulgent experience, as the name Vanity insinuates.

The center chandelier contains more than 20,000 changing colored LED lights, bringing a focal point to the sunken dance floor, while the powder room welcomes you to sit and pamper yourself before strutting back to the dance floor.

Ahh I wish I could be there instead of sitting at a crappy college bar drinking natty from a pitcher. The woes of being a poor college student...


Atlanta Adventures: Part 2

I’m a bit behind on my blogging due to a general lack of internet access unless I’m in the vicinity of a Starbucks, but I’ll do my best to catch up.

This past weekend a group of friends took me to see a couple bands play at this place called The Drunken Unicorn. (The name itself was cool enough for me to be interested, needless to say) It’s a little hole in the wall underground concert/bar venue, the stage being about one and a half feet off the ground and the whole place is maybe 15 ft wide, max. Very intimate and undergroundy, and thankfully the Hipsterness was kept to a minimum. The two bands we saw were Today the Sun Tomorrow the Moon and Stokeswood. Both definitely worth checking out.  I think by the end of the night we all had girl crushes on TSTM’s lead singer and her cute bangs.  They actually reminded me a lot of Forget Cassettes from Nashville and Stokeswood.. well the pajama pants with  carefully placed stars sewn on them should speak for themselves.

Conveniently directly attached to The Drunken Unicorn is a dance club owned by the same people called MJQ’s. Obviously by the point in the night we migrate over there, I’m loving this place even more. The DJ was awesome. Lots of electronic and R&B type stuff. Breakdancers everywhere. Huge bar – service never being a problem. Migates that dance with you that have been on So You Think You Can Dance. Bunnies painted on the walls… Heaven. Actually the whole atmosphere reminded me a lot of Alchemize, that used to be in Cincinnati if anyone else can remember that far back (I remember being 16 sneaking into that place before it closed down in Over the Rhine. I was a brave little sole back then).

So if you’re in the Atlanta area looking for a local favorite for a fun night on the town, this is definitely the place to be.


8am & Looking Fly (8LF)

I've decided to attempt a new series dedicated to those of us that have problems getting dressed in the morning. Mainly, this is a little motivation to work on this problem myself. If you find yourself hitting the snooze button at least five times before you actually wake up for work, waiting to turn on the light until you have to put on your makeup and it's absolutely necessary, and then proceed to run over the garbage can sitting on the curb outside as you're backing out of the driveway most mornings, then this is for you (gee, that sounds familiar...).

The key to any successful outfit is always simplicity with nice details. At 7:30 in the morning sometimes this is a bit hard to remember. Mostly I find myself throwing on whatever I grab first, but picking out something simple and classic with fresh accessories is always a good way to start when your brain isn't quite turned on yet.

Notice the bow detail, and the interesting bracelet design, and of course a little Gucci never hurts either! I tend to keep my color pallet fairly simple and understated as well and am concerned more with construction of the peice rather than it being super flashy.

On a completely different note, the day I wore this outfit, this is what we did at work:

 Bananas, Nutella, peanut butter, and marshmellows smushed between two tortillas and grilled on a quesadilla maker. Now that is good design.

Productive day at work, right?


Atlanta Adventures: Part 1


A.D.A.C = Atlanta Decorating Arts Center. AKA: Alexa, you are not in Oxford, Ohio anymore. In other words, I DIED AND WENT TO HEAVEN. It's basically a huuuugggge mall with just about any brand of furniture, fabric, tile, omg-ness you can imagine in the interior design world. The best part? You get to go in and take samples of all the fabric! If only I could cover all the walls in my office with this stuff, it's that orgasmic. Just make for sure you watch out for that shoppers high, because it's inevitable.

My favorite showroom was by far Kravet, all though we only had time to go into four or five of the showrooms. Everything in there is way expensive, but hey it doesn't hurt to window shop, right? And a couple or hundred free fabric swatches are nice too.


Favorite new color-ways: dark purple, gray, brown. (Ok, not much of a shocker there, I've always had an intense love for the color purple. But it's been kind of neglected lately in the interior design world)
Also, yellowy-greens. or greeny-yellows. You the type you're not quite sure if you'd call it green or yellow. mmmmmmm....


Fall Trends to NOT try now, thank you very much.

I found this article posted here over at Refinery29 entitled "Fall Trends to Try Now". Now mind you, these are very cute trends that I totally plan on trying when it's not, say, 104 degrees outside. (I'm not exaggerating, it really was this hot the other day. And lucky me I was scheduled to do a model install that day.) But for right now, I think I'll pass.

Thigh-High Stockings

Problem #1: Let me just say again, IT'S 104 DEGREES OUTSIDE! Do I want to wear extra fabric around my legs with an other wise cool dress? No thanks. If I did wear these, they would be sliding half way down my leg the whole day with yellow sweat stains on them. Lovely.

Leather Minis

Problem #2: Do you know how people would look at me if I wore a LEATHER miniskirt tomorrow in Atlanta? They would think I was crazy. Or a stripper. I'll keep my leather in my fall wardrobe where it belongs.


Brief Update

I moved to Atlanta about a week ago. I'm interning at an interior design firm down here for the summer and so far I'm loving it! It's been mostly work thus far though and I haven't had much of a chance to go exploring in the city, but no worries! I will make it there and will be posting lots of pictures very soon. The place I am currently living, however, sadly has no internet (and I think it's slowly killing meeee!!) so I will unfortunately not be posting as much as I would like. Keep checking back though! Lots of fun posts to come!

*I also plan to start using terms like "ya'll" and "buggy" (instead of shopping cart) and "THE Walmart" (instead of ...Walmart). Such southern charm!


The Dreaded Drop Crotch

I just am not understanding this trend. Pants that make you look humongo while at the same time announcing to the world that you are wearing an adult diaper (when really, you aren't. Or maybe you are?)???? Someone please explain this to me.


Great American Tower

A couple days ago the Great American Tower being built in downtown Cinci was finally "crowned".

I have to say I'm pretty excited to see some new construction going on over there. Especially since they haven't built a new skyscraper in, say, my lifetime (or at least as long as I can remember). The crown on top now makes it Cincinnati's tallest building as well as the city's first to have LEED Gold certification (yup they're finally catching up to the rest of the world) so that's pretty cool. As far as the exterior architecture goes, we're still farrrr on the conservative side. But hey, it's Cincinnati. I'll take what I can get.

The interior has a nice light and airy feel to it. Still, again, no big risks here but its simplistic modern design fits in nicely with the surrounding city. I have to say my favorite part (aside from the, what I'm sure will be, spectacular views of the stadiums as well as the Ohio river and Northern Kentucky) is that tiny orange chair shoved back in the corner in the right hand side of the rendering. I want more of that.


Biker Birkin

Lady Gaga decorated (or destroyed, depending on your personal taste) her Birkin with metal studs.

Now not only do I wish I could afford one, but I wish I had enough money to not think twice about putting metal studs through it. Thanks Gaga.

*Immediately after I posted this, I realized Lady Gaga has four hands and an extra ear. Oh wait, that's just a person hiding behind her.

entry 1

Where to begin? I feel as though I should have a mission statement prepared, however I'm not entirely sure what my "mission" (or purpose, rather) is for this blog. I'm an interior design student inspired daily by what I see and feel the need to share my inspiration with anyone who cares to be inspired.

A bit about me?
Occupation: Student and unpaid Intern (which essentially makes me a panhandler by night)
City: Cincinnati
State: My beloved bluegrass state (Confusing, I know. Get a map.)
Current Interests: design, art, fashion, music, cannonballs into the pool, not sleeping.