I thought I would take a little break from the vacation posts and share my room inspiration for the second bedroom aka my closet / office.

The current state of the second bedroom still looks about the same as a few weeks ago; I have done a bit more unpacking, but until we build some sort of organized closet system, I can't do much with current items in boxes.

As I previously mentioned, I want the space to be open, clean, functional and with a base colour of white.  I recently purchased the desk above--which is still in the box--and it arrived right before our trip.  We have been planning to get to Ikea so maybe this weekend will work out for that.  I have created a closet-office Pinterest board with more inspiration, if you'd like to see.

Fall Inspiration / Love

Click above to see details & prices for each piece.
I hate that everyone is talking Fall--summer is so short, why are we rushing!?--but at the same time, I can't help but get excited for some Fall fashion.  I have a distinct idea in my mind of what I want to wear this Autumn, providing the weather cooperates--so not likely--and it involves a lot of dark colours (mainly black, grey, navy & burgundy), chunky moto-style boots, oversized scarves and sweaters--nothing new for me--and getting a cute hat with a big pom-pom on it.

Although it's still almost two years away from my new condo being ready, I thought I would post any inspiration I have for what will be a blank slate.  I like looking at others' inspiration and also, it will be a great resource for me to go back when I do move and start the decorating process.

Since I will have an entire room dedicated to my closet (eep!), I have many, many ideas swirling in my head.  I'm not sure if I want a dark theme (my initial thought) with dark shelves and drawers, or a white coloured theme (some of the photos with that are so pretty).  Additionally, wouldn't it be so cool to be able to hang your lingerie (instead of stuffing it in a drawer and hat boxes like I do now)?  I already have a manequin which I love to dress up and I just ordered two acrylic bracelet t-stands to further organize my accessories.

Here are some photos I've found online that I'm drawn to.

Photo cred:
1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13
* If a photo belongs to you, please let me know and I will credit the source properly.  These have been saved for several months on my computer and I don't typically source them when I save them for personal use.

1.  Elle MacPherson
2.  Lena from Quality Rivets
3.  Alicia from Cheetah is the New Black
4.  unknown
5.  Christine Centenera
6.  unknown
7.  unknown
8.  unknown

(Please let me know if you are the owner of a photo so I can credit you properly)

Old Navy & Forever 21 are killing it with their affordable colour blocking tops out for Spring.  I couldn't decide which colour combo I liked best so I bought both (from F21). 

Clockwise from top left:
2.  Forever 21 colour block woven tank
3.  Forever 21 colour block woven tank

Bedo is killing it this year with their F/W collection.  I was in the store a couple weeks ago during my trip to Montreal and was drooling over almost every piece.  I walked away empty handed (didn't want to spend $80+) but even love the way they've styled their collection.

I found this amazing post called, 'A Better Life in 100 Ways', and while I can't remember how I found this article (I think a friend tweeted it, but I can't remember who), thank you, it's been so insightful.

While reading the list, each point hit some part of me, some points really stuck with me and some even motivated me.  I live every day trying to be the best version of myself, but sometimes that motto slips through the cracks.  We can only be the best we can be, but it's a conscious decision to do so.

If you don't want to read the whole list, here are a few of my favourites:

1.  Accept Your Mistakes

You’re human. We, humans, are making mistakes. Accept what you did wrong and try to do better next time. No need to punish yourself forever. In fact, accepting your mistakes is the only way to make them disappear.

2.  Accept Your Friends Mistakes

Maybe you got hurt by somebody. Happens. Just accept it and deal with it. People are making mistakes and if you can accept that for yourself, accept it for your friends too. In the end, all you need from them is their love.

* so often this reigns true with me and reading this clears all the bullshit and puts things in perspective.  We only need our friends' love, and if they're still offering that to us, and they're trying their best, we can try our best to move past their mistakes too.

9.  Create and Keep a Morning Phrase

Whatever you say to yourself in the morning, it will most likely come true during the day. Why not taking advantage of it? Create a simple morning phrase and say it to yourself first thing in the morning. Is that simple.

21.  Be Better, Not Perfect

Striving too much for perfection will ruin your life. It will wipe out all those little imperfections which are making you… human. Being better, on the other side, is rewarding. Look back at the yesterday you and just say: I’m better!

25.  Avoid Fighting

Fighting is the biggest energy leak of your being. Trying to prove another guy wrong is so against your true nature. You’re here to acknowledge life’s wonders, not to prove anybody’s wrong. They’re not wrong, just have different opinions. And that’s part of life.

40.  Start a Monthly Challenge

Being it physical, mental or social. Intend to acquire something new in your life in 30 days. Improve your health using new methods, or your relationships by starting new things together. Make it count. And count on it.

42.  Follow a Coincidence

Well, there aren’t any coincidences, I lied. Everything has a purpose. If you witness something which may seem like a coincidence, then you’re very lucky, you just got a sign. Follow it with trust, it will lead you well.

48.  Break Up with a Person You Don't Really Like

Maybe you’re friend with somebody just by habit, chemistry being dead for a long time now. Just break it up. Tell him. Ok, let’s unfriend us, this will not work. It will bring up something you thought you lost it long ago: courage.

* this is hard, I've been there, I've done that.  That's not to say I don't miss those people now, but at the time it was the right decision.

65.  Say Something Nice to Somebody

Just like that. Out of the blue. Pick an unknown person and say something nice. After the initial surprise you’ll be amazed by the unmasked joy and gratitude they’re expressing. Admit it: you would like that too, right?

77.  One More Second

Create the habit of looking at things for one more second. Spend one more second before taking an important decision. Delay something. Time will follow your intention and open some unexpected window for you. Slow it down a little.

85.  Laugh

This time is not about smiling. It’s about laughing. Don’t you ever miss another opportunity to laugh. Especially at yourself. The longer your laughing sessions, the shorter your misery ones. Looks like a nice deal, isn’t it?

87.  Trust Your Emotions

Don’t underestimate your emotions. Or overestimate them. Your emotions are your feed-back system and for that they are very important. Trying to ignore your emotions is like depriving yourself from lights in a car running in the middle of the night.

97.  Make Your Own Rules

And stick with them. Go for what works for you, not the others. Go for what you want, not the others. Including me. Make your own system and be proud of it. You may upset some people in the process, but hey, that’s life.

100.  No Regrets

Regretting something is another form of not accepting reality. What you can do about it now? It’s gone. It doesn’t exist anymore. Focus on what you can change: your present moment. Not yesterday, not tomorrow. Now. Live now.

Just a few random snaps I've saved while perusing the 'net.  

{ love him - how fab is he!? }


Lately I've been using my iPhone to snap various pictures of styles I'm feeling in magazines.  It's a great go-to when I'm feeling less than inspired and also makes me feel less guilty about chucking my magazines (I have a sick collection, literally sickening as I need to get rid of it, that has amassed over the past decade or so).  I love being able to refer to the photos when putting outfits together or planning a shopping trip.  These are my most recent favourite looks.

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