I swore my Ikea days were over. Then Alex and I moved this Fall to a lovely apartment right on the marina. If I can't live in Costa Rica (visit the Costa Rica Chronicles to read about my journey), then living here ain't so bad. After being on a never-ending mission to find the perfect desk, I succumbed (temporarily) to Ikea, quick and dirty.
I took their $60 desk, added those fun mirrors above, and two white file folders (one Flour, one Taxes - fun!). There's my Lucy and Desi photo that I creepily framed as if they were my grandparents, and have had with me for the past 10 years. She's a reminder to be a "first-rate version of yourself rather than a second-rate version of someone else". I think we all want to leave an impression on the world, in some form or another, and she epitomizes that.
You can see the little succulent in a tin silver cup. I made 3 of these, but gave 2 away on the fly. There's my degree from UCLA behind a cat buddha Whitney brought back for me from Hawaii. And of course, my trademark for The Flower Chef. I filed this myself, AND it got approved. I guess that's a special feat;) You become more independent, smarter, and self-reliant during the first phases of bootstrapping a business.
My old Macbook, on it's last leg, from which I'm typing on now. Endless reminders on scraps (I use Highrise for CRM and Google docs for tasks, yet still have endless follow-ups!). There's the binder about Bulk Books, that I've browsed twice and have not yet had a chance to conquer for my book Dine and Design On The Fly. A vanilla candle that's old, but that I somehow can't throw away. A pair of aviators from a kiosk by Starbucks, and a new red lipstick.
Visit my pinterest decorating board about finally decorating! I will be adding a ghost desk chair, and decorating our living room in the coming weeks in a palette of light blues, sage, cream, stark white, and mirrors. Rose Bowl or bust!
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