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Decor Dreaming & Inspiration

While closet cleaning & wardrobe detoxing are huge favorites of mine, they do tend to go hand-in-hand with me wanting to redecorate my entire apartment. Which is an especially dangerous feeling when you live alone and there’s no one to keep you from overhauling your living space multiple times a year.

I’m currently obsessing over black & white color schemes, animal prints, and luxurious, touchable fabrics, and textures.

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{I can’t decide what I adore most in this shot – The framed black & white vintage maps. The combination of textures & fabrics. Or the divine glass-topped matching tables.}

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{I’m a symmetry girl usually but I’m mad about this gallery wall featuring different sized prints with mismatched frames. It’s really eye-catching & eclectic.}

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{The rug, the lighting, the bookshelves… Such a gorgeous, minimalist loft space.}

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{This, my friends, is how one executed the desired “pop of color” trend when it comes to home decor.}

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{I have a soft spot for dark, moody furniture hues in light-filled spaces and I love how the extras make this black desk suit the space perfectly.}

{Images from Belle Maison Pinterest Board}

In the mood for more decor inspiration & organization tips? Check out Spring Cleaning: Closet Detox, Spring Cleaning Recommendations, and Spring Cleaning: Tips & Tricks.

What are YOUR decor obsessions right now?

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Jack Kerouac

I’ve always seen Jack Kerouac as a great source of inspiration. Not only reading his beautiful flow of his words, but the entire wandering, spontaneous mentality of the Beat Generation.

I’m especially lucky since San Francisco is a wonderful place for lovers of JK as well since you can find quotes, memorabilia, and mementos all across the city.

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Want to read some quotes from another author I adore? Check out my post on the tragic herald of the Jazz Age, Great Gatsby author F. Scott Fitzgerald here. And be sure to stay tuned for the next post in my author series so you can read about another amazing writer that I’m inspired by these days.

Have YOU read any poetry or short stories from the writers of the Beat Generation?

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Running Style

I have drawers and drawers of activewear. Right now I’d say that some of my favorite brands are Lorna Jane, PrAna, Ellie, Nike, and Lululemon Athletica.

There’s a great deal of color and fun, printed pieces, especially for yoga. However, when it comes to running, I tend towards black & white.

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Nike Free 5.0 c/o Millet Sports

Running Tights – Lululemon Athletica

Zip-Up Jacket – Asics

Black & White Gym Bag – Lacoste

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While the shoes are my top priority when it comes to running, the second most important are the pants and sports bra. I’m fine with a basic cotton tee for a long run so long as my high impact sports bra is keeping everything in order and my pants are comfortable.

I wear these cropped Lorna Jane running leggings regularly, along with these Nike babies, and the black Lululemon tights pictured above. They have a subtle black-on-black animal print design that give them a little something extra which I quite like.

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{Photography by J. Villarete Photography}

Check out some of my other Workout Gear Spotlights: Lululemon Athletica, PrAna, Nike & Ellie.

Do YOU have a usual color combination for working out?

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F. Scott Fitzgerald

There are a number of writers who have thrilled me over the years. Brought me to tears, to laughter, and back again. Perhaps spending a portion of my childhood running around my parents’ cozy bookstore was a factor, but my passion for reading probably also stems from my family’s deep, deep love of the written word.

I can’t count the numbers of memories I have of everyone sitting around reading in my house growing up – Both parents so absorbed in their books that you had to yell to get their attention. Or the number of books they read my brother and I as bedtime stories – My father’s love of Fantasy coming through loud and clear in his choices of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Philip Pullman, and Patricia C. Wrede.

My first memories of love were with authors, books, characters. I remember my heart aching for Elizabeth during the period in Junior High when I read every Jane Austen book that I could get my hands on. I remember obsessively rereading The Count of Monte Cristo and getting lost in the world that Alexander Dumas created. I remember trying my hand at poetry after falling head-over-heels for Henry David Thoreau.

Since my passion for the written word is why I started writing in the first place, and ultimately started MCLV, I’m going to start sharing the occasional post featuring some of my favorite writers and poets.

Starting with the romantic and tragic herald of the Jazz Age, F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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Who is YOUR favorite author?

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