19 Months Later

I woke up this morning with the odd feeling that I should begin writing again. To be honest, I thought it was such a funny thought to think. After all, I spend the majority of my days and nights writing fashion blogs for Coast to Coast Central. However, if there is one thing I have learned in life it’s this: Always follow the still soft voice.

The prime example of that is this blog, Third Story Apartment.

I have always had a deep love for written words. Well, except for a couple years in college when I wrote more research papers than ought to be legal. However, after college, I  developed a love for writing. While my writings may not have been the most eloquent or grammatically correct, I found a certain thrill in expressing thoughts and ideas on paper. At some point along the line, I decided that I wanted to write a book and start a magazine. What my book would be about, well, the topic was undecided. While I was no where near becoming a published writer or becoming the editor and chief of a prestigious magazine, I knew that I needed to start somewhere. A blog seemed like the perfect start. Without much knowledge of what I was getting myself into, I started this blog, Third Story Apartment.

As I began to write, I gave myself pep talks. Yes, it’s true. I give myself pep talks regularly. But, that’s besides the point.

I told myself that if one day I expected to be running an internationally known magazine then I ought to start practicing producing content now. I began blocking out time everyday to write. I put together a writing schedule, put it on the calendar, and kept myself accountable. I wrote about things that interested me: art, dreams, life, adventure, travel, fashion, creativity, and God.

Little did I know what I was actually preparing myself for.

Four years later, I am beyond grateful that I followed my heart + listened to the still soft voice that told me to start a blog. While Third Story Apartment never had a big following or audience, it was preparing me for something bigger. At the time, I thought it was preparation for a future book or magazine, but in reality the blog was preparation for something I didn’t see yet – Coast to Coast Central. Through starting Third Story Apartment, I learned to write, produce, and explore. It taught me to create something out of nothing, to be diligent, and to never put a limit on creativity.

To end, I’ll say this:

As cliché as it sounds, listen to your heart. Do not underestimate the little nudges you get in the depths of your soul. Be okay with the illogical. Allow yourself the freedom to act even if you do not know the answer to why you are doing it. I have found, that often it is the “illogical doings” that are preparing us for what the future holds. So, darling, take heart. Do not despise your small beginnings. You are in the process of being prepared for what has already been prepared for you.

xoxo,

Lin

P.S. As for the fate of Third Story Apartment… It’s still unknown. But, I am willing to follow through with something a little illogical to see where it takes me.

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The Ladder

Well, as you may know… I’ve re-located! Yes, I’ve moved from the middle of somewhere, Oklahoma to my beautiful home: San Diego, California. Honestly, there are some moments when I’m driving along the coast and I just stop, pause, and think to myself “I’m so lucky I live in such a beautiful state!” Okay, but moving on to the point of this post. I’ve relocated, which means the time to redecorate my living quarters is in order! One of the things that I’ve really been wanting to incorporate in my room is a ladder. Don’t ask me why– cause honestly, I wouldn’t be able to give you a logical explanation.

I’m sure you’ll love the idea of it after you see these images!

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I love that the ladder’s sole purpose is just to add character to the room.

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One word: Brilliant! Seriously, this is a genius for de-cluttering the bathroom!

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Yes, Yes, and Yes! So long to traditional stairs! Let’s take it back to Little House on the Prairie style and use ladders.

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Love the idea of using the ladder for storage for books, magazines, plants, essentially anything!

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Three Words: I want this! Literally, I want to own this room. I love the loft, the chandelier, and of course the ladder. It’s just so cozy.

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See, not only do ladders serve as decor– but they also are functional when they duel as a blanket rack!

Are you in love with the idea of ladders yet?
If you were going to use a ladder for decor, what room would you use it in?

xoxo

P.S. While we’re on the topic of ladders– you must listen to “Ladder” by Andrew Belle. Divine!

Current Obsession: Handwritten Everything!

Growing up my mom was seriously all about education. I’m pretty sure, okay, well I’m 100% positive that it’s because of her background. She grew up in a small town outside of Mazatlan, Mexico and unfortunately didn’t have the luxury of attending extra classes and lessons.  Needless to say, my mother was determined that her three girls would have access to everything she didn’t. That included piano lessons, dance lessons, and yes… even calligraphy lessons! That’s right! Every summer, while all the other kids were at camp or whatever it is kids do in the summer… I’d be sitting in “College for Kids” at the local junior college working on my penmanship.

I suppose the hours and hours of getting my handwriting professionally critiqued at the age of 9 instilled a love for penmanship. Which would explain my current obsession with handwritten designs. From invitations, to logos, to displays and magazine covers– I’m loving the fact that people are using their unique handwriting! After all, that’s how everything started right?

After seeing these– maybe handwriting will be your new obsession too!

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You have to agree- this is an amazing window display! It’s eye catching, right?

via Lindsay Letters

Okay, if you are in need of invites or anything calligraphic– look at Lindsay’s website! She’s brilliant.

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I often ask myself– why I can’t have this penmanship! Seriously. After seeing this image I sent it to my dear Megan  a fellow lover of creativity and together we questioned why the good Lord didn’t grace us with this skill.

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I’m pretty sure Austin Kleon’s handwriting is perfection. I’m in love and wishing that my penmanship was this precise. I’m told that my handwriting looks more like Arabic. Minor details.

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This is a magazine cover. Yes and Yes! I definitely would pick it up and read it just because of this cover!

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Please please! You must watch the video of Dana creating this! It’s absolutely incredible and a true art!

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Honestly, I love this quote! Such a good reminder to use our hands. There are so many beautiful font choices out there these days- I have a full list of my favorites, but let’s try using our hands- shall we? And create something uniquely beautiful.

xoxo

Stockholm Street Style

The month of August has crept up on us and we are dead in the middle of summer! My favorite summer outfits are of course dresses and skirts! So ladies, here’s a little summer wardrobe inspiration!

I am in love with everything about this outfit! From her hair to her red lip to the floral down to the shoes and handbag!

Denim + Maxi Skirt– Perfection!

One Word: LOVE!
Button up with a pleated maxi! Adorable.

Yes Please! I want both those items in my closet. I love the patterned skirt paired with the simple top.

Dress! Heels! Love them! This is like the perfect outfit to roam around Europe in! The off the shoulders look is amazing for summer time!

Black + White. Simple and perfect.

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Your Story Is Unique. Embrace It.

Every decade of your life has a theme. I’ve come to the conclusion that the theme for my twenties is probably actually my life theme. Which is this: Your Story is Unique. Embrace it.

If you’re like me, every once in awhile you get in these “funks”. Where you think everyone around you is progressing in life and you are “lagging” behind. A couple summers ago I got really into running. Every night I had a date with the pavement. I treasured them because I always had life revelations. Usually I went running by myself because it was good thinking- I could run as long as I wanted without worrying about anyone. However, being the extrovert that I am one night I invited a friend to go running with me. The whole run we kept a similar pace, at points I’d be in the lead and then at other points she’d take the lead. I remember distinctly at one point in my run my friend was a couple paces a head of me– and I heard that still soft voice say “Your life is unique. Embrace It. Don’t look at where you are at in life and compare it to where someone else is at. Everyone’s journey is different.” The night’s run was an analogy for life. Just like that night’s run where there were times my friend was “ahead” of me or I was “ahead” of her  – we are two different people with different strengths and abilities. While the hill we encountered was a breeze for me, I watched her take a little bit longer to conquer it. Though we ran the same course- we were two different people who were having two completely different experiences during that run.

The same is for life. Yes, we are all on this earth together but each of us have different experiences. That’s what makes life so beautiful. Call it human nature or whatever you want, but for some reason we as humans sometimes get in the mindset that life is a race and treat it like competition. We get in the comparison game so easily. On the outside looking in we see someone’s life “taking off” and we wonder why ours seem so “stagnant”. Ever been there?

Lord knows I have. Living in Tulsa, Oklahoma for seven years it was easy to play that game. I’d see my friends leave Tulsa and head for big cities across the world and I’d wonder why on earth the Lord wasn’t re-locating me to some extravagant place like New York City. Often times, especially at the beginning and end of my time in Tulsa I questioned if God knew what He was doing. I’d question why I was “waisting” my time there. If you think about it– it’s kinda funny. I mean, I was questioning the creator of the Universe.

Time for a little Biblical side note:

I love the conversation that the Lord has with Job it completely applies to this.

Ready? This is what the Lord says:

“Where were you when I created the earth? Tell me, since you know so much! Who decided on it’s size? Certainly you’ll know that. Who came up with the blueprints and measurements? How was its foundation poured, and who set the cornerstone while the morning stars sang in chorus and all the angels shouted praise? And who took charge of the ocean when it gushed forth like a baby from a womb? That was me! I wrapped it in soft clouds, and tucked it in safely at night. Have you ordered every Morning, ‘Get up!’ told Dawn, ‘Get to work!’ Do you know where Light comes from and where Darkness lives so you can take them by the hand and lead them home when they get lost? Are you the one who gave the hours his prowess and adorned him with a shimmering mane? Did you create him to prance proudly and strike terror with his royal snorts? Was to through your know-how that the hawk learned to fly, soaring effortless on thermal updrafts? Did you command the eagle’s flight, and teach her to build her nest in the heights, perfectly at home on the high cliff face? I am in charge of all this – I run this universe!”

[Job 38-41]

Major conviction, right? We question God as if we know better, yet He is the one who came up with the blueprints for the world we live in. Lord knows, if Leonardo Da Vince were still on this earth I would never try to tell him how to create a masterpiece. art was his area of expertise. In the same way, God’s forte is intricately weaving all the details of our lives together in order to create a beautiful masterpiece.

So here is my challenge to not only myself but to you as well:

Let us begin embracing where we are in our lives. Let’s not miss out or discount our stories by comparing our lives to others. Let’s experience life to the fullest by embracing the fact that our stories are unique and trusting that our God, creator for the Universe, is working out every detail of our lives into a brilliant masterpiece.

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Shopping for Lulu

One word: Shopping!

It’s one of my favorite things to do. Which is honestly a shocker for some of my childhood friends. If you sat down and had a conversation with them– they’d tell you that I was the one who hated shopping as a child. Every Christmas season my best friend Kelley’s family would take a shopping trip up to Costa Mesa it was marvelous! That was until I reached a certain age and couldn’t stand going to stores. Literally, I dreaded it. It was pure torture. Looking back I think that it was because at the age of 11 I started getting curvey while my best friend and sisters were size double zero. I had no idea how to dress for my body type. It was disastrous and unfortunately I have pictures to prove it. Down the road, something changed. As I got older- I started embracing my curves and realized that I had to adopt a style that fit my body type. Fifteen years later, my love for the stores has returned.

Moving on.

While I love shopping for myself, some days I love just going to the stores with my girls and picking out things for them to try on. One of my favorites to shop for is Lulu, one of my very best friends!

She’s a doll. See?

[Left: Lulu , Right: Me! Kiss kiss!]

It’s been about a year since we’ve lived in the same city. We’ve both relocated to opposite sides of the country. So it’s been a day or two since we’ve been able to go shopping together. I thought in the spirit of pretending to be in the same city I thought I’d go online shopping for her and pick out some things for her. Lulus is the type of person who could vitally take on an style and rock it! She is the cutest thing! Literally, she’s always willing to try on anything!

Here are my finds!

Enjoy!

Bird Call Belted Dress via Necessary Clothing – $26.99

Mira Blouse Sky Blue  via Necessary Clothing – $27.99

Black Sunken Ship Shorts via Necessary Clothing – $19.99

Lauren Lace Shorts via Necessary Clothing – $34.99

Vest via H&M – $34.95

Blythe Blouse in Silk via J Crew – $110

Peplum Ponte Tank via Anthropologie – $78

Sharlene Halter Jumpsuit via Anthropologie – $138

Embroidered Blush Tank via Bloom Downtown – $78

Polka Dot Collared Tank via Bloom Downtown – $58

Rocking and a Reelin Skirt via Modcloth – $27.99

Alright-that’s it for tonight! What are some of your places for online shopping?! I’d love to hear your secret spots!

xoxo

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And These are the Moments I Love

Do you ever see photos and wish that you could just be in that moment? I grew up on Anne of Green Gables which instilled this dreamer part of me. Lately, I’ve seen so many beautiful photographs that I wish I could just jump in for a moment in time.

These are some of my favorites.

I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.

[Rosalia de Castro]

We should come home from adventures, and perils, and discoveries everyday with new experiences and character.

[Henry David Thoreau]

Diana Barry: I wish I were rich, and I could spend the whole summer at a hotel, eating ice cream and chicken salad.
Anne Shirley: You know something, Diana? We are rich. We have sixteen years to our credit, and we both have wonderful imaginations. We should be as happy as queens.
[gestures to the setting sun]
Anne Shirley: Look at that. You couldn’t enjoy its loveliness more if you had ropes of diamonds.

[Anne of Green Gables]

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Perhaps, after all, romance did not come into one’s life with pomp and blare, like a gay knight riding down; perhaps it crept to one’s side like an old friend through quiet ways; perhaps it revealed itself in seeming prose, until some sudden shaft of illumination flung athwart its pages betrayed the rhythm and the music; perhaps . . . perhaps . . . love unfolded naturally out of a beautiful friendship, as a golden-hearted rose slipping from its green sheath.

[L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea]

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Anne Shirley: Would you please call me Cordelia?

[Anne of Green Gables]

True friends are always together in spirit.

[Anne of Green Gables]

The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and real and change and grow and love and live.

[Leo F. Buscagilia]

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Dressing for Monaco

Located on the French Riviera, bordered by France on three sides, and the beautiful Mediterranean Sea on it’s other, Monaco is one of the most magical places I’ve ever visited. Though, it’s the second smallest country in the world- there is something so grand about it. I can remember the excitement as I boarded the train from Nice, France to head to Monaco. I had butterflies in my stomach and as we entered the country– I was blown away. There was something dreamy about Monaco. Of course, I was 16, highly influenced by Anne of Green Gables dramatic sense of imagination, and in Europe so with that combination- everything was bound to be dreamy. But none the less, Monaco had a royal sense about it and I was in love!

During our visit, there was some grand event going on in the city near the Monte Carlo Casino including red-carpets. Naturally my imagination ran wild and I envisioned men in tuxedos and women in their elegant gowns!

I’ve been stumbling across some lovely dresses lately and thought about how divine it’d be to wear one to an event in Monaco.

So in the event that I attend an elegant gala along the French Riviera–

Voila!

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A Place for The Books

Last week, I went to my secret place and purchased an old door. I had no exact plans for the door and to be honest, no place for it. I was in the mood to get crafty and use my hands and I figured that I’d find a solution for the lack of extra space later on. As I was driving home I was thinking about all the furniture that was already delicately placed in my room. The thought came to me that if I wanted this door to be a part of my room’s decor, it had to serve a purpose as well. Seconds later, I knew what my new door was going to be transformed into: a bookshelf! You see, although technology is rapidly moving forward and allowing people to read books on Kindles and Tablets I may be one of the few people who have not joined this movement. There’s something special about going to the bookstore and picking up a fresh book, feeling the pages, and writing thoughts and doodling within the pages. With that said, I have more books than I have space for. A bookshelf was most definitely needed.

So in the spirit of making my lovely door bookshelf – I found some lovely bookshelves that would be perfect for a home.

Ready to see some bookshelf inspiration?

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This may be the most amazing library I’ve ever seen. What I would do to have a room in my house like this. Absolutely brilliant in everyday.

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I love this concept as well. Transforming a whole wall into shelves and topping it off with a ladder!

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I adore this room. The bookshelf is wonderful, but I think I mostly love it because of the grand piano.

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Gosh. I can see this in a kid’s room! So brilliant!

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Can you imagine this being in your house? To die for! It reminds me of My Fair Lady with Audrey Hepburn.

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Well, that’s it for now! I’ll be sure to show you the finished product of my door!

But for now, here’s your only sneak peek.

Do you have any favorite book shelf styles?

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