I've got another brand/blog makeover under way for Stylishly Sweet Events. These girls are talented, driven, and stylish! Their business focuses on planning small and large events that are lovely and unique. When it comes to the overall look and style, these girls know exactly what they want - feminine, glamorous and mature. I'm so excited to be working on this project with them, and cannot wait to get this project underway! What girl doesn't love to work with some glitter. ;-)
Life lately has been so busy but I'm excited to share that I am now taking web development classes with hopes of designing and developing on the Wordpress platform in the future. Web design has always been one of my passions, but the coding aspect has been a struggle. Blogger is so user friendly, and all you really need to know is HTML & CSS whereas Wordpress goes further into PHP. Although I love Blogger, I want to expand my skills, keep progressing in my career and also providing services that I know my clients want and need. So I put my fears and doubts aside and signed up for a web intro class through my local Girl Develop It chapter.
I absolutely loved the class so I enrolled in another class and plan to keep it up until the end of the series. At that time I will either know how to develop a Wordpress website or I will have more knowledge and insight as to what it takes to design a website (correctly) and hand it off to a web developer.
So I leave this with you; let your faith be bigger than your fear. Take a leap of faith and do what you've always wanted to do!
Ok first off, Happy Valentines Day! Any fun plans today? Spending the night with your love or with your girlfriends? Evan and I are such homebodies since buying the house, so we're spending it making a nice dinner, cuddled up watching a good movie. Oreo cheesecake may or may not be included in there somewhere. ;-)
Second, I am so in love with this "Make it Count" desktop download freebie from Brim Papery for Design Love Fest. It's so simple, but so beautiful and inspiring! There are a couple different freebies available on the Design Love Fest blog, so check them out! :-)
Hello Monday! Where did the weekend go?! Sometimes I wish we could add more time into the day to get more things done. Regardless, it's Monday, so let's make the most of it! Grab a cup of coffee and let's start the day off right. :-)
Two week's ago I was nominated for the Liebster Award from Julia over at George Peach Mommy. Thanks Julia for nominating me! I'm very flattered and smiling ear to ear that you had thought of me!
These were the questions that Julia // Georgia Peach Mommy asked me:
1. What is it that you enjoy most about blogging?
I enjoy the creative freedom that comes with blogging. There really is no right and there is no wrong. Just be yourself and make some new friends!
2. Where is your favorite place in the world?
My favorite place would be camping while in the Adirondack's. I feel completely at ease when I am up there. No electronics, no need for make up, hair styling, or getting dressed up. I can be myself 100% and I can actually hear myself think.
3. Who have you learned most from?
I think I have learned the most from my boyfriend Evan. He always holds my best interests at heart, and he's always encouraging me to grow and keep learning.
4. What is your go to fashion piece that you will never get rid of?
I love my red high heels!
5. What was your favorite age and why?
My favorite age would be 25. The excitement of having your first full time job and being able to support yourself fully.
6. What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I'm extremely shy until I am comfortable in my surroundings.
7. What article of clothing (or accessory) do you own most of?
I have about 10 portofino shirts from Express. What can I say, I love them.
8. What has been your favorite time in your life (an age, a moment, etc.)?
As crazy as this sounds, today,this month, this year is my favorite time in my life. I'm so unsure of what this moment, month or year is going to bring, but I am full of optimism and just have that all around feeling that this year is going to top it all. I'm starting to think that with age life really does get better and sweeter.
9. What is your favorite book or your favorite author?
I can't say I have a favorite, but I really enjoy books that motivate you. My most recent favorite is The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.
10. If you had unlimited funds, what item would you splurge on?
I would totally pay off my student loans and then who knows what! Probably work on our house some more.
11. What can you not live without?
Evan, family & friends. Material things mean nothing to me, relationships are everything.
Here are the rules for those that continue on with their nominations:
1. You must link back to the person that nominated you.
2. You must answer the 11 questions given by the nominee before you.
3. You pick 11 nominees with under 200 followers to answer your questions.
4. You cannot nominate the person who nominated you.
5. You must tell the nominees that they have been nominated by you.
These were my nominees (not all responded so I'm short some):
1. Laura // Life As Lolly
2. Danae & Monica // Stylishly Sweet Events
3. Kerri // Girl with a Latte
4. Tola // My Casita Living
5. Alicia // The Dumbbell
I nominated all these ladies for the Leibster award because they are all driven and working towards their dreams/goals in life. I find each one of them inspirational and they motivate me to keep working towards my dreams as well!
My questions to my nominees:
1. What do like most about blogging?
2. Who are you inspired by?
3. What do you enjoy doing when your not at work?
4. What is your favorite beauty product?
5. Where is your favorite vacation spot?
6. What is one of your weaknesses?
7. What is your favorite website or social media site?
8. If there was one thing you wanted to change about yourself what would it be?
9. Are you a DIY'er or would you rather hire someone?
10. What makes you happy?
11. If you could provide advice to new bloggers what would it be?
A couple weeks ago I posted a before and after of our dining room and DIY barn table. Last weekend, Evan and I took it a notch further and tackled a couple DIY projects to add some color to the room. It's all coming together so nicely, I just felt like I had to share! :-)
I have no idea what to do with that back table yet (Evan made that too!), so don't mind the apples, lantern or basil plant!
Our little breakfast nook area now has white stools!
Evan and I are all about saving money. We ended up saving money by tackling this little DIY project rather than buying the pre made flower arrangements. Instead of buying flowers at Michaels, we ended up getting them at Walmart, cheaper but with the same quality. For the things that we did buy at Michaels, like the vases and craft water, we both bought one thing at a time with a 40% off coupon.
Overall it's coming together nicely. There a few things I still want to do, like adding an area rug, artwork, adding some sheer curtains to the windows and possibly changing up the light fixture. All with time though! I think it's safe to say we are on to the next project, painting and furnishing our living room!