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Five Favorite Pins: The Great Outdoors

I am very fortunate that where I live has a pretty decent set up of a hot tub, grill, pool, and outdoor fireplace for community use and even more fortunate that I have my own personal balcony. I haven’t had any parties here yet, but every weekend I catch my neighbors throwing events and wonder someday if I’m ever going to do the same. Last weekend, Ashley mentioned to me that I should take the initiative and throw one myself. I’m still thinking about it and probably won’t make up my mind until the last minute. But that got me to thinking. I have a great space now, but the type of party I want to throw down the line will hopefully be in my own backyard and won’t have to be shared with “the community.” I’m really looking forward to when that day comes and I’ll sort of get a taste for that when I throw a party at my co-worker’s place at the end of the summer. Here’s some inspiration for now on some of my favorite backyard spaces!

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Oh boy, two levels.

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This or That:

As much as I love candles and what they can do for a room or a home, I’ve never been a collector of them. If someone gifted me with candles only then would I probably decide to use them. I had to pause for a second the other day when I came across this candle on Cool Material that is scented to smell like fried chicken. Now I love my KFC, but would I want my home to smell like KFC? Ezells? That’s a very good question. I suppose if you want to feel like you’re surrounded by it without actually doing harm to your body, then this might be a suitable option for you.

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A Collection Part 38

Happy Mid-September everyone!

It’s amazing how quickly this year has flown by. Even though I’m about to embark on my second year out of school, there’s a part of me that still wants to follow suit in that pattern. I started my first job at the start of fall one year ago and now one year later, I’m doing the same thing again. There was something about the new school year that I loved and it wasn’t just that I had a new set of classes, a new wardrobe, or that I was one step closer to starting THIS current life, but it was the idea of starting the year with a fresh slate – wiping everything clean, getting rid of the old and progressing towards the new. That might be one of the reasons why September is considered more of my new year than January. I always like to start Mondays with reflective posts (besides Wedding Mondays!) so here’s A Collection for you :)

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Downtown Seattle’s First Modular Apartment

photo cred | UrbnLivn

Seattle is getting creative with their housing arrangements these days from expansions of apartment building in Capitol Hill, renovated studios, and even “apodments” which have caused a little bit of controversy in the city. ‘N’ Habit has created these new homes resembling rectangle boxes to be set up in the city for lease. While they look a little dodgy on the outside, the inside is actually pretty nice.

Billed as the first modular apartment project in downtown Seattle, ‘N’ Habit will be composed of 49 prefabricated units that are stacked side-by-side and on top of each other to form a seven-story building at 2217 Third Ave (between Bell and Blanchard) in Belltown.

‘N’ Habit, a project by Seattle-based Daly Partners LLC, is slated to open around December and began pre-leasing over the weekend. The developer has parked one of the finished units in a parking lot across the street to serve as a temporary showroom and leasing office.

Would you be up for living in a rectangular box or is that too confining for you?

A rendering of the modular units by ‘N’ Habit when it is installed and integrated

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The Closet: July 2013

DV by Dolce Vita ‘Dania’ Sandal – $26.23

By the looks of this month’s closet collection, you would think that we were already gearing up for fall! That, however, just isn’t true. I’ve noticed recently that while out shopping, I’ve been indulging in pieces that tend to be on the more neutral side – whites, creams, grays, and blacks. I’ve always been a fan of the classic style, but one thing is for sure – I definitely don’t get dressed up as much as I did in college. Back then,  bold and bright pieces were my trademark, but these days – I’m not really dressing for anyone else other than myself and I’m not meeting new people every single day so getting dressed in the morning has become simplified. With that, here are my picks for July!

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A Collection Part 37

I love seeing the difference in A Collection posts between seasons. With summer, there is so much light in these photos, the idea that we have the capacity to do anything, and some weight lifted off our shoulders. I have so much hope for the rest of 2013 and my hope is that it will be better! I hope you all have a lovely weekend and that these photos can do their best to inspire beauty and life into you!


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Rock Speaker

rock speaker

The difference between  what you purchase (or want to purchase) as a college student and as a post grad are vastly different. In college, I was constantly wondering what dress I was going to buy next from Urban Outfitters for some kind of event that I would only attend for max two hours. Now, I don’t even buy clothes.  My paper goes  towards food, drinks, and furniture pieces like this rock speaker being sold for $320 that I probably won’t even buy until I own my first house . That’s not …anywhere close to where I am now.

But seriously, how cool is this rock. You know you want one.

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King and Queen Hooks

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For a couple of years, I’ve been hanging outfits on my walls as a way to plan my outfits the next day and as a way to cover up more space on my white walls. I was striving for that studio home/work space kind of a thing. I came across these king and queen hooks today and thought they would be such a great addition to what I’ve already been doing! They had a nice vintage touch, don’t they?

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Urban Compass

It’s not often that I get excited about start-ups, but when I do, I feel the need to tell everyone about it and why it’s the best new thing ever. I came across Urban Compass yesterday on my Twitter feed and right off the bat – I was blown away by the gorgeous interface. Yes – even before I knew what the start-up was even offering.

Then I learned that Urban Compass helps people find apartments in New York City by enabling users that sign up with the site to search neighborhoods and listings, schedule visits, and apply for your new home online. All of this is available to you with the help of a team of neighborhood specialists! Using this service is also less expensive than hiring your own broker. I’ve always been pretty awful at finding apartments and in the past few years I have had someone else find me a place and deal with all of that work and stumbled upon a place through convenience. This is a service that I would  definitely use, but since I have no plans to relocate to New York right now, I will patiently wait for them to expand.

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Future Home Want:

wall mounted table

In most homes that I have lived in, I’ve always been pretty space-conscious. I absolutely love this concept of a wall mounted table perfect for a quick meal – alternative to a dining table – or even a place where I can do my work. Would you believe that this piece, which is really like 1/4 of a table, cost $420?! I don’t, but yet I still want it.

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A Collection Part 36

Without even noticing, every “A Collection” post has some sort of a theme. I always enjoy going back and looking at the different sets asking myself what the common theme was. What was I feeling that day? Why did I select this photo, that photo, and this series of photos? I started writing this about a fourth into completing this post and I noticed that all of the photographs are pretty simplistic, but also muted. There are times when I won’t remember why there is a theme, but I think this completely embodies how I’m feeling right now. Somewhat muted, but it’s a refreshing time right now because there is so much that is unknown. Also – Seattle has the hottest weather in all of the country right now, which is incredible and NEVER happens. Funny, because you would think that these photos would be much brighter to resemble that, but they are not. Surprise!

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The Recycled House

photos provided by Airbnb

I’ve brought up Airbnb several times on Yow Yow! and in the past I’ve discussed their business and how well it is being received by users all over the world. What you don’t know is that I also like to peruse Airbnb sometimes just for fun so that I can be awakened to some of the most amazing spaces that exist without us even knowing. Today, I came across The Recycled House located in Charlottesville, VA and you won’t believe how incredible it looks inside. For $250 a night? Why yes, I’d love to stay for a visit!

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The Worst Room

We’ve all heard the stories that it costs an arm and a leg to live in New York City, but that’s just an expression. Until now or at least if you knew someone that lived over there, here are a series of photographs of crappy apartments in the city and what they cost. This prized room above with intricate tiles? $500 in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn.

Check out the Tumblr here!

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