1. Creating a Girly and Glam Workspace

    Todo notepad from Marshalls and pink rosesHow to style your girly desk

    While it’s been two years since I left my job, between two babies and pregnancies, I really haven’t been able to focus on my blog “full-time” like a lot of bloggers do when they leave work. I decided that for 2015 although I am always going to spend a good amount of time with my babies and entertaining, I really want to create a more consistent work schedule so I can truly pursue my dream of growing my business and taking it to the next level.

    To get me motivated for all of the work I plan to be doing, I wanted to give my desk a makeover. One, so that it looks and feels more like me and my brand, and two, because I am inspired when I have pretty things to look at.

    framed pictures by Marshallschanel lipgloss and candesHow to style your desk for the girly girl

    Marshalls decided to partner with me on this project and I am so happy they did because at first I thought I was going to need to start from scratch – a whole new desk, desk chair, the works. But after browsing their home decor section, I realized by swapping out the main focal points like the art and lamp, I could acheive a whole new look!

    Let me start by showing you what my “before” picture was {click here}. Simple, dark, and kind of masculine. I loved the art and lamp, but they didn’t scream FH. So what did I do to get my new girly vibe? I swapped the large black and white art for three small framed prints, each $7.99 at Marshalls {I mean seriously!!}. I loved the idea of gold as my new accent color, plus how cute is the “Paris is always a Good Idea” one?! {I am actually sorry they didn’t photograph as well and clear as I hoped!} As for the desk lamp, I traded the black industrial lamp for a small grey one {not sure of the brand} which was only $34.99 at Marshalls.

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    The most fun part of course was pulling it all together by adding endless girly sweet accents, like the reindeer jewelry dish, the small picture frame, the pink and clear flower vases {which I filled with left-over flowers from my living room}, the clear pencil holder {which I filled with leftover custom straws from my FH re-launch party}, and the pretty notepads. Each Marshalls item cost under $10.00 and had a pop of pink or gold to match back to the frames.

    Alongside my desk I stacked some of my favorite white and pink coffee table books with my prettiest perfume bottles {Marc Jacobs Daisy Dreams, Elizabeth And James Nirvana White, and Escada Joyful}.The finishing touch was placing a cozy cream throw blanket over my dark wooden chair – voila, no need to be replaced!

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    I can’t tell you how excited I am to work in my new space. In fact, writing this post was quite enjoyable, hehe. Looking forward to hearing what you think!

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  2. Winter Pick-Me-Up

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    For some reason coming home after the Holidays this year was harder than ever. Maybe it was leaving the incredible beach days and happy hour sunsets {snapshot from my instagram here} or maybe it’s the fact that the weather in New York has been unbearable the last few days, but it’s just been down right depressing. I knew I needed a pick-me-up of sorts to get me back on track and in the swing of things, so I decided todo a little sprucing up around the apartment so I could better channel the happy days of spring. If you are also facing the winter blues, these tips may just do the trick… they did for me!

    Scent decor at Chateau FH

    Start by picking up fresh flowers. I pick up flowers weekly, but rarely do I do rich vibrant colors – especially in the winter. So this week I decided to throw that out the window and go for bright pink. Pink roses are in season, so you can get them pretty much anywhere. They also last about 5 days or more if you are lucky, so they are a good buy. I mixed them with white ranunculus {which I actually saw the other day at Trader Joe’s so I know they are around!} but any white accent will do. For my vases I always like todo a set at different heights; I started with this Jonathan Adler Charade Tiered Studded Vase {which is actually on sale… totally go for it, I have two of them!} and then for the smaller one, the Jonathan Adler Futura Bullseye Vase.

    pink roses and white ranunculus arrangements

    Freshen up your pillows on your couch. You can do this by 1. Swapping bedroom accent pillows with your couch {like I did last season from here to here}, 2. Buying new pillow covers and replacing over one of the accent pillows you have, or 3. Buying a new set of pillows all together! I decided to buy these West Elm shaggy white pillows. My husband was thrilled because he always complains our couch should be cozier and these are INCREDIBLY soft, and I was happy because they bring a new texture to the room.

    Chateau FH winter update

    Think about scent decor! I love candles but because I have kids I hate having them lit on my coffee table for fear that the one second I turn around they will go straight for the flame. Instead I found an incredible scent by #Unstopables called Shimmer. I love the room spray but they also have fabric spray and plug-in oils. You better believe I have been spritzing the whole room for a sweet spring time scent. {Perk: They have “luxury perfume micro capsule technology” that make them ultra long-lasting.}

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    Frame some new pictures from your fabulous trips. My mom always asks why I take a thousand pictures a day on my i-Phone but never do anything with them. Well thanks Mom because a resolution of mine is to start printing new ones every month and rotating the frames in my house! My kids change so much every month anyways that it’s fun to have recent ones. {Another idea: Don’t waste those gorgeous scenic shots! Print and frame a series of three in size 11×16 and you instantly have a new wall of art.}

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    I am definitely feeling a bit more pep in my step as I walk past this room; I hope this helps you break out of your winter rut!

    unstoppables shimmer

    This post has been sponsored by Unstoppables. While items have been gifted, opinions are my own.

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  3. Get the Look: Shop my Bedroom

    Fashionable Hostess bedroom decor

    Come the new year everyone gets the itch to make some updates to their home, so I am thrilled that you can shop my bedroom look {which I featured originally in this post} with a fun and easy shopping bar! I shared this feature on my Instagram and it got tons of praise, so I hope you guys enjoy as well! In 2015 I plan to bring many more shopable rooms to get your decorative juices flowing. I hope everyone’s having an amazing 2015 thus far!


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