Switching It Up

This morning I decided to switch things up and had something I would normally have for lunch if I were home during the day. Avocado toast + hard-boiled egg + raspberry jam.

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Truth is, I consumed wayyyy too much for dinner last night, and was not particularly hungry this morning and wanted something different than what I went overboard with the night before. I could never just skip breakfast, no matter how full I feel.

Here’s how it went down. I didn’t feel like cooking or assembling any dinner last night after my Junior League meeting, so I picked up a vegetarian bowl + chips at Chipotle. Note: Vegetarian bowls are a lot less spicy, for those who are sensitive! So, I ordered a massive vegetarian bowl (the server put way too much cheese and guac.). I ate 2/3 of the bowl and saved the rest for lunch today. But I kept on eating; trying to feed my sweet tooth, I ate the sweetest things I had in my house. Grapes, PB/Choc. Larabar, almond butter, apple slices, and topped it off with a homemade oats concoction consisting of oats, almond butter, maple syrup, and cocoa powder. BOOM. WOW. That’s a lot of food when I type it all here.

Triggers; Full plate (other than food!); leading a committee in Junior League, dealing with a demeaning boss during my last week at my current job, being unsure of my schedule at my soon-to-be new job, CC dept, etc.

This post is all over the place, but since I just listed those sorry excuses of which makes me sound like a very depressed person, here are the JOYS and GOOD in my life: Family, Friends, Faith, Health, Junior League, Work, Creativity.

It’s funny how the joys in your life can also turn into triggers, but it’s all in how you deal with it and balance it.

I’m working on coming out of this funk and have great ideas for coping; planning out my week on Sundays, listening to a favorite song to let my mind wander when I want to eat more, taking up yoga again, going for walks, praying, painting, coloring (yes, coloring!) etc.

Life’s a journey people, and thank you so much for reading my ramblings, and following along with me!

XOXO,

Ellen

Behind The Design: Mark D. Sikes

It’s that time of year when you notice how the early Fall light gives a different perspective on the space in which you live, and you notice the days are not as long. It’s true. Summer is coming to a close, but with each season’s end, comes a new beginning.

Tonight, on the eve of the first day of Fall, I’m sharing the Behind The Design of Mark D. Sikes. Mark finds the most telling photographs of “chic people, glamorous places, and stylish things”, all of which most inspire him.

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Sikes is loving navy blue right now, so much so, he wants to dress in it from head to toe!

Photo by Darren Ankenman

Photo by Darren Ankenman

Mark D. Sikes studied finance and economics, fancying a life in international business in college, but was drawn to a a job in retail that later evolved into a successful career in merchandising, store design, and marketing for several well-known apparel and home retailers.

In 2011, Mark relocated to L.A. from San Francisco, started an interior design firm, and launched a lifestyle blog, which is a daily record of what inspires him. Whether from his travels to Paris, his Hollywood Hills design project, or even what is inspiring him from Pinterest, Sikes has a unique eye for beauty.

Hollywood Hills Garden Project

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The Navy Crush continues…

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This photo makes me never want Summer to end…

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Hollywood Hills No. 1 project 

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An early 19th century Federalist style house – very Great Gatsbyesque in my opinion!

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Sikes also has his “Best Dressed” picks. A few from last night’s Emmy Awards:

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From Spanish designer, Isabel Lopez-Quesada’s beach retreat:

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Although he’s internationally inspired, Sikes has a deep affinity for his home country.

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Mark also has his own clothing line, “M.D.S. Stripes“. Love this pinstripe midi!

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And in sticking to his roots, Sikes shares an entire collection of apparel and home decor that he has gathered from retailers and designers around the world.

So, there’s a little bit about Mark D. Sikes! I encourage you to check him out. If anything, his taste in beauty is amazing. And know, you can always see what he’s up to when you need a Summer fix!

XOXO,

Ellen