Friday, April 30, 2010

2 follow friday!

For those not using Twitter, every Friday people shout out their favorite "Tweeps" by linking to their profile. I've had social media on the brain all week since that great CRAVE event I attended on Monday night, so I thought it would be nice to end the week by shouting out some of my new blogging buddies and Twitter friends!

The weekend is the perfect time to explore and catch up on new blogs, so check out these new favorites of mine.


This is my absolute favorite place for photos of fabulous interiors. I don't know how Ashlina finds so many great pictures for each post, but I love it! Her hard drive must be overflowing...lol



If you're looking for great inspiration for design projects & life in general, this is a great place to start!


Follow Cristi, and Interior Designer who travels the south making it a little more beautiful.



Dayka makes amazing transformations old old furniture into covet-worthy pieces!



This creative director turned online shop owner/blogger always has the best magazine scans!



Stunning photos from Blayne Beacham.
Also be sure to check out Studio 1270 and High Gloss Blue



If you're on Twitter, follow me @nikimcneill to join in the fun! Visit each of the above blogs to find them on Twitter as well. Have a great weekend!

0 flower power


I'm loving all the saturated floral prints on Karmaloop.com right now! April showers bring May flowers, right? I may need to add one (or two!) of these to my wardrobe. :)




Thursday, April 29, 2010

6 sneak peek: new nikimcneill.com


I have been working on making my website, NikiMcNeill.com, more streamlined for a while now and I'm really close to relaunching. Here's a sneak peek of what my new splash page will look like!


0 style icon: alexa chung



Alexa Chung is one of those "IT" girls that you cannot really pinpoint what it is that makes her so cool. She seems like she's been here on Earth before, and she collected all the "cool wisdom" in her previous life. On top of that, she makes it look so easy! I adore her mix of feminine and masculine, and she knows how to make retro current. I imagine her home would look like a well edited collection of unique but classic pieces from high and low.

Can't get enough of Alexa's style? There is a Tumblr dedicated to this stylish muse. Check it out!


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

4 what i wore



I found this purple leather pencil skirt at my favorite store GOODWILL! It has an embossed hounds tooth pattern and fit like a glove right off the rack so it was a must-buy. I wore it to work on Monday & to the CRAVE event I went afterwards. I love it! So glad it's light enough to wear through the summer because it's definitely going to be on heavy rotation in my wardrobe!

Here's a little pic of me wearing this outfit and some of the ladies at the CRAVE event. ;)


9 shoe lust

I'm a sucker for a great wedge!







Found on Highsnobette & Needsupply


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

4 another event to crave




Last night CRAVE Atlanta held another fabulous event at Noon Midtown. I enjoyed the speakers and the attendees so much! I can't tell you how inspiring it is to meet women who are making a living doing what they love. I met Erika from BluLabel Bungalow, Cristi from Charm Home, Dayka from Life + Style and got to here the inspiring story of The Broke Socialite. It felt great to be in their company and I really hope we can get together again soo!

This time, there was a photographer present to document the evening and he did a fabulous job. Please click here to see the photos. I even make a cameo appearance!

Noon Midtown opens for DINNER today so make sure you check out their all new menu.

1 technical difficulties

I haven't had internet access today until now... posts coming soon!

Monday, April 26, 2010

1 goals for 2010 - progress report & homework

Happy Monday folks! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend... mine was full of food, relaxation and fun. This morning I woke up still in weekend mode- definitely not ready to return to my day job but looking forward to attending another CRAVE event tonight!

As I was browsing through my Google reader this morning, I came across a lovely post on BluLabel Bungalow about perseverance. Erika fabulously put into words the necessity to just keep moving toward your goals, despite what others around you are doing or saying, and regardless of your personal fears.

After reading her post I thought it was a perfect time for me to revisit my goals for 2010, since it's been a couple months. Here are the goals I set for myself back in December:

  1. Volunteer more,
  2. Get out and network
  3. Develop a social life in Atlanta
  4. Reach 1000 subscribers on this blog
  5. Be credit card debt free
  6. Get a Wacom Tablet
  7. Produce commissioned artwork
  8. Complete a room design.
The items in bold are those that I have completed fully thus far. I'm so proud to say that by forcing myself to get out I've made some great new friends here in Atlanta and I've started spending more time with people I knew before I moved here. I look forward to the weekends now, and I actually have to budget for all the events I've been attending lately. It's been great, and definitely makes Atlanta feel more like home.

I've been using my Wacom tablet to do the WIW sketches and all the work I do in Photoshop, so I definitely feel that it was a worthwhile investment. However, I'm not using it to the fullest....

I did do one commissioned piece earlier this year, but I've been kind of slacking in my art for the last month or so.

As for the other 4 items.... I have yet to volunteer in any capacity this year and for that, I have NO excuse. TODAY, I'm going to sign up to volunteer somewhere. I've been putting this off for too long!

SingleBubblePop continues to grow more and more and I know this is due to my networking efforts. We're very close to 200 subscribers, which is more than DOUBLE where we were in Decemeber so I can't complain about that progress at all.

My credit card debt is getting smaller and smaller by the month and even though it's VERY tough to keep up with my payment plan, I'm sticking with it. I even passed up on moving into my dream apartment this month so that I could continue paying down my debt aggressively. I also made the smart step to move the remainder of my balance from a very high interest card to a 0% interest card so that I can pay off the rest of the principal faster. The sacrifice will be worth it!

I have yet to complete a room design in real life, but I continue to practice by creating room designs for this blog, like the one I posted on Friday! This goal is my hardest goal and I realize I have not been putting forth enough effort towards making this happen. Being an Interior Designer is what I want to do for a living. I believe that I WILL be doing Interior Design full time in the near future, and yet I don't spend even part-time hours on making this happen. That's a hard thing to admit, but it is the truth. Working full-time in a pointless position for a completely unrelated field really drains my motivation, but that's no excuse. I need to give myself some homework to keep myself focused. Here are some new goals that I think will help me get to where I want to be, and stop dragging my feet.

  1. Become an ASID Allied Member. In school, I really didn't see the benefit of being an ASID member, but now as an aspiring Interior Designer I realize the importance of having a professional alliance to vouch for my education and credibility. Until I develop my own body of work, I need some way to establish myself as a valid design professional.
  2. Obtain my business license. I've been dragging my feet on this for several reasons. Mainly, fear or failure and as silly as it may be, the inability to come up with a name I love! I'm giving myself till the end of May to get it together and get my license.
  3. Invest in the rest of the tools I need. You may be surprised to know that I've been doing all the work that I do for my blog and such from a $300 netbook I bought last fall. This makes it very difficult to do what I do, but I make do! If I want to make my work my profession, then I need professional tools. A real computer and software are investments I need to make very soon.
  4. Finish my website redesign. This really ties into having the tools that I need, as well. I have been working on redesigning my website for over a month now. And because I can never settle on a design and keep changing the content, I haven't finished. Now, if I wasn't creating graphics in Photoshop Elements and then writing the code by hand in Notepad, it would be a lot quicker for me to edit and test my website. BUT, I'm making due with what I have and I'm very close to finishing.
  5. Actively solicit work as an Interior Designer. I haven't made any steps to promote myself as an Interior Designer to potential clients. Although I've spent energy networking, and I'm sure this will lead to some word of mouth referrals, but that's not enough! I want to be so busy that I can quit my "day job" by next year. I have a few ideas of how to make this happen, I just need to put them into action.

I'm going to make a commitment to make some of my TV time into "homework time" to actively work toward my new & old goals for this year. What can you do to work smarter towards you goals?

So, if you read through all of that, BLESS YOU!
The only reason why I get so details about my goals here is to inspire others to do the same. As an aspiring entrepreneuress it's a constant battle to stay focused and motivated so I hope that by me being so transparent about my progress, I can inspire someone else to do the same.


Friday, April 23, 2010

6 wishful designing

A month or so ago, I posted about my inspirations for an office space of my own. Since then, I haven't done any real world work towards creating an office space. But, this week I thought it might be fun to create a design plan for my hypothetical future office, so here's what I came up with! I created a 3d model using Google SketchUp and added in a few key pieces.



My personal style is very eclectic; I love to mix it up with color and texture so I would love to have an office that reflects that. I found this amazing eco-friendly wallpaper at Mod Green Pod and that was the inspiration for the rest of the room! I would only do one wall in this paper though, as a whole room of it would be overwhelming. I'm also an avid thrifter, so the sofa that you see is just a visualization of what I would create using a sofa I find at one of my favorite second-hand stores. I'm determined to own a Louis Ghost Chair at some point, so why not include it in my hypothetical office? Check out the rest of the details below.


Like what you see? You can buy these items here: Frame, Desk, Bookshelf, Rug, Chair & Lamp. Of course, if you'd like me to design a space just for you, feel free to email me at hello(at)nikimcneill.com. Hopefully by the end of this year I'll have my own space and will be able to make this design happen. Until then, I'll keep wishing!

Have a great weekend,


Thursday, April 22, 2010

0 thirty ways to save our planet

In case you didn't know, today is the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day! I kicked off this celebration of our planet last night by watching the film "Food, Inc.". This documentary gives a look into the reality that is our food industry in America and it is truly sad. The good thing about it though, is that we do have a choice! I know after watching the film I'm going to make a few changes in what food I buy and consume. If you haven't seen it, you should definitely check it out!

Below are some more suggestions on how to save our planet, illustrated by Andrea from Fly! I love this idea because she created a poster that can be separated into little cards which each feature an easy way to make a difference.



Take a moment to choose one or two of these to start implementing into your life!
Happy Earth Day!

0 style icon: june ambrose

If you don't know June Ambrose you should definitely Google her. She is one of the most famous stylists to the stars and one of my personal style muses! Literally, sometimes as I'm getting dressed I'll ask myself "Would June wear this?" She's also one of my favorite people to follow on Twitter because she is constantly sending pictures of her fab style.








All photos via June Ambrose's Twitter

She's so fun to watch too! Watch and learn...


Follow her on Twitter to get more of her fab style tips and pictures!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

0 artist spotlight: carly waito

I always find it fascinating when artist can find the beauty in small things and magnify it. That's exactly what painter Carly Waito does in this super realistic paintings of stones.







The intricacy that you can achieve with oil paint always amazes me. Gorgeous stuff! For more of Carly's work, check out her blog!



Found on Greedmont Park

3 nate burkus for HSN

Last night I was channeling my Aunt Rutha and watching the shopping networks. Yes, I admit it; I was sucked in by that counter on the bottom of the screen streaming the number of items sold, the exuberant sale tactics of some perky lady with bad shoes, but most of all by the adorable man that is Nate Burkus. I've been a fan of his since I first spotted him on Oprah, and even though I haven't purchased his book (Home Rules), I thoroughly enjoy browsing it at Barne's and Noble. :)

His new line for HSN doesn't disappoint at all! Check out my favorites from the collection (which you can purchase for 4 easy payments of blankety blank ninety nine!)





For more on Nate, check out his website and if you'd like to see more of his collection, tune in to HSN or click here!
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