Mini studio tour!

Last night, I did a little mini-tour of my studio on Instagram, so I thought I'd share here too in case you missed it! I've been working on it by adding a few more pieces here and there. It's just a great place to go and work and have everything I need in one little space. I always feel just a bit more inspired when I'm in this studio, which is exactly what I need sometimes! Enjoy!

(studio, magnet board for inspiration)

(office essentials: fun tape, notecards, business cards, stickers, paper clips and books for research and inspiration for blog posts!)

(photos of my amazing friends and fellow bloggers, a magazine rack for my favorite mags, espec. Lucky!)

(bulletin board for fun notes, photos, lists, inspiration and my new clothing rack to use for my new store and for reminders of what to wear & for styling purposes!)

(mannequins to take photos, style up items and a quick peek at my desk, shelves + computer!)

A few tips for creating a successful workplace:

  • Find your space. Find a little spot in your home you can set aside for a workspace. It can be a small desk in the corner or a full room... just find a place that you won't have to tear down, that can be yours. I'm lucky enough to have a little nook in one of our rooms that I devoted completely to my blog studio - and it's helped so much with my productivity!
  • Organize your space. When I put together my studio, I emptied the nook and put everything back very carefully. I got rid of everything I didn't need and bought new things that I knew would help me. Especially all of my boxes with labels, file cabinets and desk. I keep a lot of stuff (I'm sentimental with my blog!) and it doesn't seem like it, because I keep it all really organized.
  • Add fun touches and reminders of why you love what you do. With me, I use my studio for blogging, so I've added so much of my blog into my studio. Photos with my blog friends, memories from fashion week and blogger meetups, pictures of features I've been in, framed maps of the Delightful Dozen addresses, pictures/notes I've received from readers, inspiration from magazines, books of style bloggers and places in Michigan I want to go, etc. Every time I step back into my studio, I am quickly reminded why I love blogging so much and it inspires me!
  • Keep your space cozy. That's a huge deal for me because I spend so much time working... that I need a comfy place. I have a comfy chair, fuzzy blanket, low-lighting and a nice guest chair and stool for Brett to keep me company once in a while. I love coming back here to work and it's because it's the right environment for my work style!

Hope you enjoyed a little peek into my studio + got some ideas for your own space! โ™ฅ

Grand Haven South Pier

This past weekend was beautiful. The sun was out and the temperatures weren't frigid (considering we're in the middle of December!) It's always funny because I travel so far to visit lighthouses, when one of the best ones in the state is right in my town and just five minutes from my apartment. I've always loved this lighthouse. It holds some amazing memories in my life. This lighthouse was built in 1839. There are two different lighthouses both on this same pier where the Grand River flows into Lake Michigan. This lighthouse/pier is also special because it's one of Michigan's five remaining catwalks. It's a beautiful walk at night!

I'm wearing a dress of Veronika's from a Delightful Dozen swap. It's her ModCloth namesake dress! I absolutely love it. I also love that Veronika has been on this pier with me too! This post just makes all kinds of sense right now. It's headed off to Elizabeth of Delightfully Tacky next. I'm excited to see how she styles it!

Well, I'm off! It's 12:15 in the morning, I didn't feel well or sleep well at all last night (ended up sleeping sitting up in our papasan chair) and I'm just busy and tired and ready for bed. Booooo. I'm excited for a long holiday weekend and time to just lay on a sofa and watch holiday movies. That just sounds lovely!

Outfit details:

Tick Tock Dress via Delightful Dozen
Limited red cardigan
Target black tights
Naked Flats c/o Blowfish Shoes
Tama Asymmetrical Ring c/o Poshlocket

The Dierolf's 5th Annual Christmas Party!

Last night marked our 5th Annual Christmas Party! I can't believe we've had five of these parties since Brett and I have been married! I really had no intention of starting an annual holiday party, but it just happened... and I'm so glad it did. It's always fun to have all of our friends get together every year and do the traditional food, white elephant game and group picture.

The white elephant gift exchange is always my favorite. Brett received a can of frosting and I received a "My Little Pony" set. Guess what's going back into the holiday exchange next year? Yeah, we keep all of our horrible gifts for the next year. Haha! There has been this pickle catapult going around since the very beginning. So funny!

My best friend, Jen, and I wore the same outfit... yet opposite! It was totally unplanned too! I wore a red dress with green tights, and she wore a green dress with red tights! I was cracking up. Especially because she's my best friend and we complete each other. It just makes sense, right?

As always, I adore my good friends. One of my biggest new year's resolutions is to only surround myself with the best people. The friends who are the most kind, passionate, and who mutually care about the relationship as much as you do. It's not worth wasting your time on people who don't make an effort back, and I'm definitely realizing this more as I get older. Life is too short to not be with the people who want to be with you and spend time with you! Love the ones who love you back.

Outfit details:

Cue the Compliments dress c/o ModCloth
Target green tights
Littlewings Designs belt

No snow December

Is this really December? I'm so baffled! It feels like full blown autumn still! Today was such a beautiful sunny day. This time last year, we already had our first snowfall. I always really want snow for Christmas, but as soon as Christmas is over, it can go back to this weather. I can't complain though! We usually have brutal winters, so I should enjoy this while it lasts, right?

I just picked up a bunch of new tights from Target. I found this little end-cap with a ton of rolled up tights in all sorts of colors. If you guys see those in your local Target, you should honestly pick them up. I bought a small/medium and they fit so perfect and are really comfortable. I even accidentally got my nail caught in them today and they didn't snag at all. Definitely my favorite so far, especially in so many colors. These red-orange ones (look a little more red in these photos...) were my favorite. I also bought dark green for an upcoming holiday party!

This top is going around the Delightful Dozen! It belongs to my dear friend, Veronika of Tick Tock Vintage. We'll do a recap post on the DD blog soon with the different stylings. Also in other news, I just opened up my "Shop my Closet" again. I was doing it manually for a while on my Google site, but it was so much work so I got burnt out. Now I opened a Goodsie and it only took me a couple of hours to get everything listed. Awesome! Check it out!

I had a vacation day today and I have one tomorrow too... so I have a nice long weekend! It's been nice to get caught up a little bit at home. I organized my closet, worked on the shop and ran a bunch of errands. We have our huge 5th annual Christmas party this weekend and then my work party on Sunday! So next week, I'll have some holiday looks for you! Also, thanks to everyone who has entered my 12 Days of Giveaways so far. Such an amazing response - I'm overwhelmed!

Outfit details:

Mustard cardigan c/o AGAR
Forever 21 floral skirt
Black satin top via Delightful Dozen
Target Orange-red tights
LuLu*s Oxford heels

2011 Reader Survey

Hi everyone! It's that time of year again... 2012 is almost upon us! In preparation for the new year, I'd love to do another reader survey. It was so fun to read your answers from last year and receive some valuable input for the future of my blog. So if you have time, I'd love if you could complete the survey! Thank you! If you have troubles with the form on my blog, you can click here to be taken to the survey.


Lucky Magazine January Issue

I was so excited when I saw a tweet saying I was in the January issue of Lucky Magazine! I raced to the kitchen to grab my copy (Brett thought I was nuts!) and searched for the picture! How exciting, right?!! The last time I was featured in Lucky Magazine in their September issue, I wrote a little piece on a leather jacket inspired by Francoise Hardy. It was crazy exciting, but it didn't include my picture. Just to see yourself on the glossy pages... overwhelming! It was at the Lucky FABB conference last September and I'm pictured with my dear friends, Punky, Julie and Andrea. Be sure to pick up the January issue of Lucky Mag! (I already bought 3 copies...)