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Living for the Weekend…

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I dread Mondays…I am getting to the point where I LIVE for the weekend! Right now my day job is so incredibly busy (I am a Financial Aid Counselor and we are now processing loans for the upcoming academic year) that I really do look forward to waking up and having absolutely nothing to do for two whole days!

I’ve finally gotten settled in my place, and this space right here is probably my favorite (well, I also love the kitchen, but I digress). That accent wall is everything! I haven’t put any paintings or anything up yet, but this is my happy place right now. I love sitting on the couch with my laptop, surfing the net while I watch ratchet television shows…

My sectional is so comfortable, I never want to get off of it. In fact, my place is so comfy I only left out this weekend to run a few errands, and I came right back in the house. And now that I am back at work today my phone won’t stop ringing…Ugh…But I thank God for a job!

Happy Monday folks! Hope everyone has a blessed week! xx

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The Desk

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For some reason, both at work and at home, I have to have cute accessories on my desk. I mean, having a desk job is boring enough with being forced to use blue and black ink pens and square yellow post-its all day every day. Inserting a bit of you and your personality to your work space, whether at home or at work, is one key to getting things done. I know what you all are thinking…I am too old for pink heart post-its and Hello Kitty journals, right? What about no! Girly things make me happy. I like writing with mint green pens, customizing my stationary, and buying girly-looking journals…Although you may not be into that sort of thing, you should find your own way to insert who you are into your office space.

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Sometime ago, my mother bought me this paperweight by Annie Lee and I am still in love with it.  This is sooooo me! Passed out on the couch amongst shopping bags (Maxed Out is what it’s called). How appropriate?! Lol…Trust, that I don’t max out my credit cards (anymore…Lol), but I used to have the tendency to shop until I dropped back in the day.

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As you all know I have an inspiration board sitting on my desk as well (although I need to update it with my spring/summer inspiration). I even find that displaying my Pinterest boards while I am blogging, or trying to come up with ideas, is very helpful. Organization is also a large part of being successful. Keeping a calendar and developing a plan, month by month, of what you need to get done is incredibly helpful. I have recently started keeping a blogging calendar on my desk so that I know which days I am supposed to be writing, scheduling posts, and publishing (my current goal is at least two posts per week). But I can’t take all the credit for this idea. LaToya from Something Blue Weddings DC actually inspired me to keep this sort of calendar.

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As I mentioned in my book post here, I am obsessed with books! Whether they are spiritually motivating or just fashionably fun, I always have books on my desk. I have books on any and every topic that interests me sitting on my desk so that I can quickly access them. The books below are ones that I reach for often.

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One last thing that isn’t normally on my desk, but is currently fun to look at are my graduation announcements. Graduating from Georgetown with my Masters degree is one of my greatest accomplishments, and basking in the notion that I did it (with God’s help, of course) has made me realize that the things that are worth having in life aren’t always easy to obtain. Sometimes, you have to want things so badly that you just refuse to give up…So go after what you want because you may be very surprised at the outcome.

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How do you keep your desk organized/interesting? Am I the only one who likes post-its that are made into various shapes?

I hope you all enjoyed this post. Talk to you soon!

xx…Kel

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Instakelz

I thought that I would start my week (I was supposed to post this yesterday) by posting some pictures from my Instagram (IG) account. I’m sure I’ve already told you all how much I absolutely love this app! I believe its available on both iPhones and Androids now so you should definitely look into it if you haven’t already done so! A lot of what’s been going on in my world on a day-to-day basis is reflected on there so here are some pictures to sum up the past week or so on IG:

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How cute are these custom made post-its and letter head? I ordered these, along with some blog business cards, from Vistaprint. Although the designs are a bit limited, I was really impressed with everything they can actually do (i.e. custom made pens, post-its, t-shirts, journals, web hosting, etc.). Check it out when you get the chance…

Remember when I did a post a little while back about turning my dining room into an office (Inspirational Spaces)? Well, I went and purchased a desk and ghost chair from ikea, and set my little office space up last weekend…I really love it. The color of the desk really brightens up the room. The nail polishes and leopard print coaster on the desk also add a super girly feel to it. Not to mention that weird desk lamp. If you would like for me to do a separate post on my office space just let me know…

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I went a little crazy at Nordstrom over the past couple of weeks during the Anniversary Sale, and I purchased some lip glosses (that I really didn’t need). They are gorge though! The Chanel, Nars and Bobbi Brown glosses are the new ones in the picture above…and are all different from what I would normally choose for myself (fuschia/pink). Gotta step outside your comfort zone sometimes ladies!

As for the green ensemble, I’ve been looking for a trench vest for months!! I finally stumbled upon one in the Old Navy outlet at Arundel Mills last week. I went to the mall with my sister (hey Keisha!) and I was trying my best not to buy anything, but who can resist something purchasing something that they’ve been on the hunt for?! Certainly not me…I can’t wait to rock this baby!

Last, but certainly not least, my birthday was on Sunday, August 5th.  Outside of all the amazing birthday wishes and other things I received, I had to post this amazing home cooked meal! Stuff salmon with crab meat, scallops, shrimp and aspargus! Ah-Mazing! Feel great to now be a part of the 30 and over club! Lol…

Whelp, I think I’ve rambled on long enough. I hope you all have a lovely week and I will talk to you all soon! Smooches! XOXO

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Inspirational Spaces

My friend, Latoya of Something Blue DC, has gotten me addicted to Pinterest! Some of LaToya’s most amazing pins are the home decor ones…She is always talking about her dream home (which mostly consists of her dream closet/library…Lol), and after drooling over her pictures, I decided to start seeking inspiration of my own. In looking through thousands of pictures of dream homes and how various people decorate each room of their houses, I discovered that even though I don’t have my dream home yet, I could at least have my (mini) dream office…

So I have been on the prowl for desks, bookshelves (as all of my books will not fit on the one bookshelf I have right now) and other accessories that I think will help me turn my empty dining room into a little inspirational office. My ultimate goal is to have a space where I can blog, write and read without being tempted to fall asleep. As for right now, when I want to work on my thesis, I have to leave the house because my couch and my bed are way too comfy! And yes, I am that person that needs to be sitting at a desk/table in order to be productive.

Anywho…here are some inspiring office spaces that are really giving me life right now…

I’m sure you’ve noticed one thing that all of these offices have in common…yes, they are all white!! White, lucite, glass, and stainless steel furniture always looks so chic and modern to me. And since I am also revamping my living room, transitioning the color palette to black and white, I figured that a white desk may be just what I need. You should also notice that at least two of these office spaces have lucite ghost chairs. I am totally obsessed with lucite furniture right now! I’ve been eyeing the ghost chairs at Ikea for months, but I think I am going to go ahead and get it. I am also tempted to grab a faux fur rug but we shall see!

My sister and I are going to look at some furniture this weekend. Once I finalized everything and I have my place the way I want it, I’ll be sure to post pictures that, hopefully, will inspire others. Until next time…See ya!! XOXO

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