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Starting fresh at the beginning of the year feels so good, doesn’t it? But there’s also this awfully weird gap from like January to March that leaves me in a decorative slump. I’m fairly certain it stems from holiday overload which leaves my brain unable to figure out how one decorates with out a garland for the remaining 11 months out of the year. But then April came in with her sunny skies and decorative energy so I was able to pull some things together in anticipation for Spring! It also didn’t hurt that my boss gave me West Elm design dollars #jobperks or that my grandma decided to clean house on some of her wall art which you’ll see below.

3 Easy ways to update your home for Spring

  • Add a new mirror to your room. Mirrors bounce around light so this is a great way to make your room feel bigger and brighter! It’s also a nice way to take up a large visual space if you’re stumped on what to place on the wall.
  • Bring in fresh greenery. Green Acres is my favorite place to find unique plants for the home. You can find medium-sized plants like the umbrella tree near my couch and fiddle leaf on my hearth for around $45.
  • Update your pottery. If you’re like me, then you stick to the classics like terra cotta pots because their cheap and easy. I love the way aged terra cotta pots look in a home, but sometimes it’s fun to add in some speciality vessels as well. Anthropologie has a beautiful selection of reasonably priced planters that I highly recommend.

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Our Living Room Updates

I practice what I preach, so I incorporated all of my tips within our own living room this year! Spring home decor is my favorite because it’s bright and cheery in anticipation of warmer weather. I usually like to accessorize my mantle with lots of bits and bobs, but I decided to go a little more minimal for Spring using this grouping of vases which I love more and more everyday. I also added some new throw pillows to the couch and gathered all of my favorite coffee table accessories in a new tray.

If you’ve been around here for any length of time then you already know I’m no stranger to adding greenery in my home. As I mentioned earlier, I used to run straight to terra cotta pots because they are budget-friendly vessels. But I decided it was time to say goodbye to strictly terra cotta and add in some more sophisticated pottery using this Anthro pot and this mid-century pot from West Elm. I love what a difference these beautiful pieces make to housing my greenery!

I’ve linked up all of my new goodies at the bottom of this post, so feel free to scroll to the bottom if you want to do a little shopping of your own.

How are you updating your home for Spring this year? I’d love to know!

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I haven’t always been the most regimented person, in fact I used to pride myself in that. However, since starting my new Job in January it has been absolutely essential for me to keep a routine so that I can maintain order and balance in both my personal and work life! Nothing I do is out of the ordinary, but I love to know what other people’s routines are so I thought maybe you’d like a peek into my week as well!

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I’m partnering with Jord Watches today to talk about the different routines I have through out the week that keep me on track and feeling balanced.

Weekdays

I’m not a morning person at all so in order to lessen the morning load I tend to prep most things the night before. After I’ve sufficiently relaxed on the couch for a few hours, more than likely catching up on YouTube or Fixer Upper ;), I start my evening routine. At about 10:30 almost every week night I prep the coffee pot, put my lunch together, and channel my inner Mom by laying out my outfit for the morning ahead. The less decisions I have to make in the morning, the better! Having everything ready for me in the morning sets me up for success and keeps me on time for work. Instead of checking the time on my phone (which always runs the risk of distracting me from getting ready ;)) I love having my new JORD watch to keep me on track with the morning!

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Weekends

In order for me to feel prepped and ready for the week I always do a little bit of tidying on the weekends. I really don’t want to think about doing any chores on the days that I work, so making sure I get all of the cleaning/tidying done on my days off makes me feel ready to tackle the week.

Lord knows if I don’t have food bought and prepped for the week there’s no chance I’m bringing healthy lunches to work! So to make sure I don’t get too crazy during the week, I do all of my grocery shopping and lunch meal prep on Sundays.

I know these are incredibly basic routines and it’s probably nothing ground-breaking, but having these simple routines in place has really helped me stay motivated through out the week.

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JORD is giving away a $100 credit to their site, and you can enter the giveaway HERE.

Head to the men’s shop to browse for your boys, check out the women’s shop for yourself and here is my watch if you fancy matching me!

 

Luxury Wooden Watch

monthly favorites

The last two and a half months have been a whirlwind of both Jeff and I starting new jobs, and the house being in shambles from a lengthy bathroom renovation. But as most things do, the dust is settling and we’re finding routines in our day to day so I’m excited to make space for this corner of the internet once again! First up on the list is a list of my current favorites.

Tripp Bootie (in cognac)

It’s safe to say that I’ve been on the hunt for a good pair of brown leather boots for ohhh 2 years now, but I’ve either been too cheap to drop $$$ on a good pair, or too impatient to break in a cheaper pair. It was only by mere chance that I found my new favorite pair of boots. I had just finished trying on yet another pair of $$$ boots that I didn’t want to pay for and decided I’d quickly run up and down the Nordstrom sale aisle. I ended up finding one pair of Tripp booties in my size and the color I wanted, for ONLY 45 DOLLARS. The best part? There has been zero break-in period, they have been comfortable from day one and they’re everything I want in a brown bootie. Worth the 2 year wait, I’d say. And now I’m really eyeing that Taupe color linked above.

Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix

I started reading the 5th HP a few weeks ago and I’ve found myself loving every minute. I mean it’s no secret that I’m a big HP fan, seeing as how it’s my phone ringtone and all… but it’s been a while since I’ve opened up one of the books. Feels good to be back with my wizarding friends.

Juice Beauty

In an effort to put less toxins into my body, I’ve recently switched over all of my makeup to toxic-free, clean beauty products. I knew that I wanted to leap into the world of green beauty at some point, I just felt a little overwhelmed at the task of doing so. So, I turned to YouTube and found the app Think Dirty to help me in the process. Both of these places led me to the brand Juice Beauty by Gwenyth Paltrow. All of her products are cruelty-free (bless) and have an ingredient list that I’m happy to put on my face! Right now I’m currently using their liquid foundation, the concealer pot, and finishing powder. Love them all.

Urban Outfitters Shower Curtain

Our bathroom is just about ready to be revealed here on the blog, just waiting for those pesky baseboards to get installed (ahem, husband ;))…. but one of my favorite details of the room is our Urban Outfitters shower curtain. It’s a super light cotton with tied tassels at the bottom and sage green stripes. I love that it’s neutral with a small addition of color to brighten up the space.

Other favorites here and here.

*Dusts off cobwebs* How do I do this thing again?

Last month I announced that my career life is heading into a new direction, and much to my surprise it didn’t shock too many people. I suppose I’d been more obvious about things than I thought ;). And now I’m getting the expected question of, “So, are you still doing photography?”

Let me take you back to exactly one year ago, February of 2016. It was at this point that things weren’t looking or feeling right with my business, and I started doubting. So, I did what most people would do and I turned to books and podcasts hoping to find my answer. During this time I read the book Big Magic which became exceptionally transformative in my journey to date, and here’s why. In the book, Elizabeth Gilbert talks about the struggle that takes place when your passion becomes your career and only source of income. When those two things compete, it’s easy to lose sight of the joy that was once your passion because the need to survive outweighs the need to create. When I read this, a lightbulb turned on and I realized she was talking about me. This need to survive by means of my passion sucked the joy right out from under me and I found myself forgetting why I had ever started photography in the first place.

Somewhere along the way I had lost my spark and love for photography. But, now that I have a full time job at an interior design firm (that I absolutely LOVE), it has given me the time and space to appreciate taking photos once again. I’m back to the creator phase, excited about shoots and picking up my camera because it’s on my terms and not based on survival. Does that make sense?

You see, I’ve been a photographer for seven years. It’s who I am and it’s what I do, photography will always be part of my life because it’s something that I absolutely love. But I also love other things like interior design, blogging, YouTube..not just photography. So, to answer your question, yes! I will always be a photographer, but I’m pursuing other things, alongside my love for taking photos. Cool huh?

It’s hard to make the big life decisions, it’s hard to have the tough conversations with yourself, it’s hard to listen to your heart and follow what it tells you, I get it. But, friend? Let my story serve as an example to you, I promise it’s worth every hardship. I lost myself somewhere in the last two years, but today? Today I have never been happier. I’m pursuing all of the things that I love and I encourage you to do the same!

One of my favorite things to do is work on the go from local coffee shops. There’s something quite refreshing about getting out of the office and into a more creative space that tends to yield a more creative thought process for me. Until I found Wild and Free Supply, I had been using a little zip up laptop pouch to transport my laptop to and from my workspaces. Well, a few months ago my friend introduced me to Wild and Free Supply and my laptop transportation was upgraded!

Once I saw how beautiful their products were, I decided to do some research about this company before reaching out. What I discovered was that the heart and mission behind their brand is what drew me in most. “We believe in the power of ethical commerce and business practices to transform lives. By providing jobs in scarcely resourced areas, we are providing hope and freedom for families. We believe in knowing the person behind the product, helping the underprivileged, and cultivating responsible buying practices that will change the future and the world. One family at a time.”

Not only is the quality of their products incredible, but the people behind Wild and Free know their craftsmen by name and visit them periodically in Honduras. That’s a brand I can get behind and share with all of you!

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The Details

I’m a sucker for good compartments within bags so one of the things I love most about the laptop bag in particular are the many compartments inside! I don’t even need to bring my purse when I carry this bag around because there is a space for everything. I can fit my day planner, a notebook, my laptop, and all of the regular purse items in this bag alone. I love the convenience of this.

All of the Wild and Free products are made with genuine leather so the quality of this bag really stands out from the rest. “All our wallets are made with full-grain belt leather hand picked from the thickest toughest hides.” Even when it’s filled to the brim, this laptop bag lays nicely at my side.

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Key Features

Plenty of storage compartments.
High quality leather and stitching.
Wide shoulder strap for good support.
Stylish! :)

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If you’re looking to invest in a bag that not only looks great but has incredible quality then you should look into what Wild and Free Supply has to offer. Be sure to use code NICOLEDIANNE10 for 10% off anything within the Kit!

Disclaimer: I am a brand ambassador for Wild and Free Supply and was sent this bag at no cost in exchange for review/promotion of the products I was sent. The opinions stated are my own.