Think-Free Thursday: Defining Your Style

Define Your Style

So my husband and I are lackadaisically looking for a house. We’ve toured a few homes, some of which I like and some of which he’s liked. Turns out our aesthetic styles are quite a bit different. He craves everything modern while I love more of a Southern traditional feel. We’ve done our best over the years to blend our tastes (with mine winning over most of the time) and over time I’ve found that both of our tastes have changed just a bit. I’m leaning slightly more modern these days while he has definitely come to appreciate Grecian columns.

As I’ve been soaking up Elements of Style’s Book (and checking out her blog), I’ve made the husband pick out his preferences when we get to pages like these:

Elements of Style Book

I love being surprised by his choices and it’s a fun way to talk about our “dream” rooms. In the five short years we’ve been married, it’s remarkable how much our styles have converged, and thankfully, he doesn’t mind spending a few minutes talking about pillows, textiles and light fixtures with me. These chats have definitely helped me gain more of an appreciation for all things sleek and I certainly love his growing interest in design.

I’ll admit that I feel almost a compulsion to take every decorating style quiz out there and usually try to cajole my sweet husband into taking them too. If you’re tired like I am (hello, long week) and need a fun way to spend few minutes, try taking a few of these quizzes below.

Better Homes and Garden always hits the nail right on the head for me.

Houzz is a fun quiz that includes questions like what type of pet you like or where you prefer to eat.

Stylish Home seems to be the most accurate assessment of my style and the pictures are beautiful!

My Domaine feels more contemporary and has more customized results.

I got traditional, European chic, and even contemporary. While these tests certainly aren’t a refined science, they are a bit fun. Were your results what you expected?

And don’t forget about the giveaway!


An American Perspective on Paris Love Locks Bridge

Paris Love Locks Bridge

So yesterday was the day. The “Love Locks” bridge is a thing of the past. Due to safety standards, Parisian officials have decided to start cutting off love locks on the Ponts des Arts bridge. The bridge, which I personally think is one of the ugliest bridges on the Seine, is a wide and otherwise un-noteworthy bridge. I mean, come on, look at this one for some comparison:

Parisian Bridge

Sure beats the chain link rails, huh? Anyway, earlier this year some news outlets were reporting that parts of the bridge were crumbling due to the extra weight of the locks which turned out to be just some extreme sensationalism that journalism is known for. Fortunately, the bridge was not collapsing (thank heavens), just some of the railings that the locks were attached to had fallen. When we were there, we actually saw some panels that had fallen into the river. Did this stop us from etching our initials into a lock and locking it onto the bridge? Absolutely not.

You see, when you go to Paris you kind of fall in love. It’s beautiful and romantic and old and wonderful. Coming from America, we have a hard time grasping how old things are across the pond. There is a sense of permanence there and I think we long to be a part of it in a way. This was Americans’ (and other tourists’) way of connecting with something older and grander than themselves. As much as I felt “locked to” my husband after attaching our lock, I felt an even deeper connection to this beautiful city of lights. Knowing that our lock is probably already cut down makes me a little sad.

So what now? Well, I do feel a little bad for future travelers but I understand why the city is doing what it’s doing. Paris is still a beautiful, if not fairly smelly city, and I guess the best way to reconnect with her is to simply go back for a visit.


Talk About It Tuesday: Summer Reads & Giveaway

My office

Hello Everyone!!

Welcome to my little corner of the Internet. And yes, for those of you who don’t know or are silently judging my grammar, Internet is capitalized. Always. Anyway, here I’ll be writing daily about this and that and everything is between. It’ll be fun-don’t worry.

So for today, I’m going to be talking about the books I’m already reading and a couple I’m planning to take with me to the beach.

Summer Reading June

 The Elegance of the Hedgehog is a highly rated and much talked about book written by Muriel Barbery. I’ve only just begun this novel but I’m already intrigued by its characters after a few short pages. Originally, this book was written in French but the translation is wonderful and the story is a moving one filled with laughs and unexpected friendships. You can also check out the trailer for the French film here.

The Charisma Myth is a book that challenges the idea that charisma and personal warmth are completely innate. Here Olivia Fox Cable gives meaningful advice and even specific techniques to help you gain that “je ne sais quoi.” I’ll admit that I didn’t devour this book like I normally do with business books but I think it’s best that way. Take small bites and really digest what she’s trying to teach.

The Pecan Man is a self published book that has been compared to “To Kill a Mockingbird” and I’m trying my best to save it for beach reading. I’m usually skeptical about self published books but its 4.4 star rating on Amazon and I’ve heard so many raving reviews about it that I just had to buy it.

Reconstructing Amelia came highly recommended for those who loved “Gone Girl” and love thrilling, easy reads. The story follows Kate, a mother who is trying to figure out why her high achieving daughter jumped to her death. It’s supposed to be one of the best books of the year so we’ll see if I can put it down.

So I know that you’re probably all wondering when I’m going to get to the giveaway part. Well, here it is.

The Charisma Myth

How to enter:

Leave a comment about what book you’re reading this summer and I’ll (randomly) pick one winner to send a copy of “The Charisma Myth” to. For an extra chances, head over to Intstagram and follow @katy_daydreaming and/or like our page on Facebook and then leave another comment letting me know. All entries must be submitted before midnight, June 12th.

Thanks for stopping by!

Katy