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Mugs that say nice things

HI GUYS!

I’ve been working on a morning and nighttime routine for some time now ( probably over a year ) and I haven’t quite nailed it yet. LOL.

But something I’ve been really enjoying is starting my day with a small bite ( ideally 1-2 hard boiled eggs ) and hot coffee with coconut creamer—& ending it with peppermint tea.

So we go through our mugs pretty fast.

When I was putting together this round-up I came across these adorable mugs that say “love is love” all around the rim—I love them!

So I started looking for more mugs that say positive or flattering ( ‘babe‘ haha! ) messages & found these.

I think it’s fun because it helps start & end your day on a good note. You know? So here they are…

Because why not take a compliment from your mug? ; )

I love this because it has a “no excuses” kind of vibe. & btw, it’s on sale right now!

How cute is this? I’d much rather be sipping tea from a cup that says “happy” than a cup that says “I hate Mondays” LOL, that’s just me…

YES!! Love is love is love all the way! Love this message & the mug itself is super cute, too.

Have you guys seen any other mugs you love? Link to them below?

Also, what are your thoughts on morning / bedtime routines?

I’m always fascinated by what people do right when they wake up & before they go to bed. Would love to hear about your morning / bedtime routine if you have one.

Chat soon!

<3,
Bita

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Audrey Chaney on home design, building a business, and healthy habits

[ Audrey & her cutie pup, Ebi ( PC ) ]

HI GUYS!

I love collaborating and sharing knowledge, so when I came across Audrey Chaney and her company, Botanica Specialty Rentals, I instantly reached out to introduce myself and get to know her.

We jumped on a call shortly after and instantly clicked!

It was such a fun, natural conversation.

I was so impressed and inspired by her design sense, her launch and growth of her own company, and her overall outlook on life I HAD to have her on the blog.

I’m super excited to introduce you to Audrey!

Let’s dive in…

HI AUDREY! Please introduce yourself:

​Hi there!  I’m Audrey with Botanica Specialty Rentals. I’ve been in the design-world for over 15 years and have had Botanica for over 10 years now. I absolutely love running and operating a business within the creative field!

Can you tell us more about your company, Botanica Specialty Rentals?

We specialize in providing unique and one-of-a-kind rentals for weddings and events. From tabletop to lounge furniture and interesting decor items, we have a wide array of fun items to infuse some serious style into your next event.

[ Gorgeous Moroccan poofs! ( PC ) ]

I ABSOLUTELY love your design style! How would you describe it to us?

Thank you!  My style is eclectic; I enjoy pairing items that aesthetically compliment each other. ​​I love that our inventory makes spaces​ interesting ​and​ creates curiosity. Whether your next event is infused from styles of rustic nature, ballroom elegance, city industrial, vineyard romantic or eclectic boho, we have so many fun pieces to use!​

How has your style developed over time?

I was the child who moved her furniture around in her room, changed out her decor and ​painted her walls. I believe in developing your eye-for-design through practice, study and implementation. I’ve found the more I analyze my work and see what can be improved—whether that be a photo I may have stylized or seeing what gaps there are in our inventory, I am always trying to improve and expand what I can offer.

LET’S CHAT ABOUT DESIGNING A HOME…

How can someone communicate their personal style through their home? How should they get started? What are some easy tips & tricks you recommend?

The first step is to identify what you are drawn to.

Is there a particular style or feel you are trying to accomplish? Knowing this first is quite important in all of the other factors you will decide upon moving forward.

Secondly, what items are you working with?

Maybe you have a piece of furniture that has been handed down to you. How will you utilize this? Maybe the room is planned out from that one piece and built around it.

I recommend keeping your space functional so that it is easy to use for yourself and whomever you live with. You want the space to be a place you’ll enjoy spending time in.

Quick fixes and ways to liven up a room would include:

  • A fresh coat of paint
  • Repainting a furniture piece within the space
  • A new rug
  • Pillows and blankets are a great and inexpensive way to brighten up a space and add a new feel instantaneously
  • De-cluttering and removing items or hiding items rarely used can help make a space feel more open and airy

What if someone doesn’t know what their style is or they’re all over the place… How can they hone in on it?

​I suggest keeping things simple if you are just getting started.

There are so many great resources such as Pinterest and home design blogs. Study and see what you like and try to re-create a style you see for a coffee table for instance.

So, as you know… My boyfriend & I moved into our first place together semi-recently. What’s your #1 tip for making a new space feel more home-y?

​My recommendation would be to add a few plants into the space.

The green vibes bring the outdoors in and it’s something that is often overlooked, but makes a big impact on a space. I love plants!!

I also love adding personal touches, whether it be fun coffee table books that reflect your personality or cozy blankets and pillows that make your space inviting and a place where your friends and family will want to come hangout and enjoy a glass of wine. I’m all about entertaining… That’s what makes a house a home!

What about for making the most out of your space?

​Functionality and how you will use the space is always a topic that shouldn’t be overlooked.

You can have a picture perfect room, but if it doesn’t work for your needs, it’s useless.

It’s important to keep this in mind when selecting and designing your room layout, furniture, and finishing touches. After all, you’ll be living and using these spaces everyday!​

You mentioned you’re a “plant nerd”… Let’s get nerdy. What plants do you recommend for inside the home & why? ( I absolutely LOVE plants – indoor & outdoor! )

​Great question!

An easy rule of thumb for a “non-green-thumb” would be : Select plants with thicker, dark leaves.

Some of my favorite, easy to care for indoor plants are: Pothos plants, Dracaena, Ponytail palms and succulents are all great choices. If you have indoor pets, be sure you don’t select any poisonous plants. Most plants are noted at your home garden store if they are poisonous.

How do you figure out what to put up on the walls? Is this a weird question? LOL! Any tips here?

​Great question! It depends on your style; generally, for larger walls, I prefer a larger print or piece of artwork as it makes a bold statement. Too many items on your walls can make a space feel cluttered, so make sure you keep things simple when it comes to dressing up your walls.

[ Love the colors in the tablescape! ( PC ) ]

[ Similar peacock chair ( PC ) ]

What are some of your favorite places for getting home décor & furniture?

If you’re looking to shop retail and aren’t feeling like a seasoned designer, I suggest a design retailer like West Elm or World Market. You can rely on pieces that coordinate well together based on their store displays and staffing. If you’re more advanced, you can piece together items from many sources. I love a good bargain, so I love going to flea markets, shopping ​at discount stores, and shopping online.

OKAY, LET’S GET A LITTLE MORE PERSONAL…

It sounds like you’re an early riser ( I LOVE that! ) Do you have any tips for waking up early? We want to hear allllll of them! ; )

​Haha, yes! Getting to bed early is super important for me.

I love a routine and schedule and I personally need 8 hours of sleep to function optimally. I’ve heard limiting your caffeine ( though I don’t drink much ) to no later than the afternoon will also help your quality of sleep. I start my day off with a workout, and I’ve found that it’s much easier for me to get going in the morning if I’ve laid out my workout clothes the night before. It leaves me little time to search for socks and clothes to throw on and get straight to the gym. I’ll admit, it’s not always easy!

What do your mornings usually look like?

I get in a workout first thing, then shower and prep for work, eat breakfast​ and head to the office. I like to look at my schedule the night before and fine tune any timing and time blocks I have set for the following day so that I am ready to work and get things done when I get to work.

Since you love to run, are there any marathons or races you recommend?

I haven’t ran in any marathons, and I wouldn’t rule that out of ever accomplishing, but for now, I run shorter distances. : ) There are a lot of cool “themed” marathons that sound like they would be a blast!

What’s your favorite book? Or a book you read recently & LOVED?

My favorite book is The Alchemist. Though I normally read a lot of non-fiction, this book is a parable and I love the teachings within the story. I think I’ve listened to this on tape about 7 or so times, lol.

Favorite healthy recipe?

​I love brussel sprouts!  ​

Drink of choice?

​Water with lemon essential oil. This is always so refreshing!​

LET’S CHAT BUSINESS…

What inspired you to start your own business?

​I was inspired to start my own business from my passion for design and flowers.

What’s been your biggest challenge with your business thus far and how’d you overcome it?

​Growing the business and taking into consideration a framework and a system to have the business run with processes without my own involvement has been very challenging. Having a team you trust and can get the job done is so essential. Transitioning from working alone to teaching a team and providing the resources has been a great challenge, but an immeasurable necessity to get to where the business is now.

If you could give someone one tip before starting their own business, what would it be?

Be sure you are prepared to work harder than you ever have, face challenges like you’ve never faced and create something you can call your own.

[ This little cutie pie!! ( PC ) ]

+ Want more? Follow Audrey & Botanica on Instagram & check out her rental inventory here. I love her purple goblets, this coffee table, this pink bohemian rug & this teal bohemian rug ( love! )  

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Lovey-dovey hearts

HI GUYS!!!

Happy ( almost ) Valentine’s Day!

Do you guys notice all the pinks, reds, and hearts in every store? LOL, it’s hard to miss.

Since it’s almost Valentine’s Day I figured it’s the perfect time to share some lovey-dovey heart items with you.

Side note… Once, when I was living at home ( I think it was about 2 or 3 years ago ) my mom looked around at all the stuff I had around ( my laptop, my laptop case, all of Minty‘s things ) and said with such disgust ( & in Farsi ), “I think I’m going to puke if you bring one more pink thing into the house.”

LOL. Whoops! ; )

So, when it comes to furniture and home design I lean towards neutrals ( usually white )… But when it comes to things, I love pink & I love hearts. LOL. Am I 5? ; )

Alright, enough about me… Let’s get into these cuties!

Okay, so obviously I had to find us some PJs with hearts on them—so perfect for Valentine’s Day! 😍 If I’m splurging on PJs, it’s definitely for these.

These are basically the grown up, “I’m into fashion but I make own rules” version of those bright red, heart-shaped sunglasses we all wore when we were little. Remember those? Definitely another splurge, but I’m always down to window shop ; )

These mugs are adorable ( !!! ) & even better, I love their message—the inside says, “love is love is love” all around. So perfect for Valentine’s Day & really every day. Makes for a great gift idea too!

I’m OBSESSED with my bkr bottles—& you most likely already know this. This one is especially great for Valentine’s Day. I also love this black / copper one & this baby pink / silver one. Super cute!

Okay, so I’m a big fan of writing things down on paper so I’m always kind of on the hunt for cute notebooks. This one is fun & personal because they print your name & initials on it, which I love. Also, Minted has great products. I love their quality.

ban.do is SO MUCH fun—this is the perfect dish to have on your nightstand. Doesn’t it just make you smile? : )

These pens are great! They’re cute but practical & also look great on Instagram ( let’s be real, that’s part of their appeal ; ) LOL ) But really, they’re great pens—I love writing with them.

Okay, how are you guys getting ready for Valentine’s Day?

If you’re looking for a quick and easy VDAY recipe ( something sweet ), definitely try these chocolate covered strawberries. They’re delicious & VERY easy to make.

<3,
Bita

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Sunday Splash: Boxes on Boxes on Boxes

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[ AQUA dress found here. ]

WE DID IT!!!

We just moved into our new apartment in San Jose. We’re surrounded by boxes and I couldn’t be more happy.

Today’s our first full day in our first home together & there’s something really special about that ( but I won’t get all sappy on you ; ) )

My goal is to unpack EVERYTHING ( Gah! It’s a LOT! ), so we can bring the dogs home tonight. HAPPY DANCE!

It’ll be the first time all 3 of our dogs are living together ( LOL this should be very interesting ) so I’m very excited about that. The Zoo is finally coming together! ( that’s what we call the three of them )

Since I’m pretty terrible at moving—like REALLY bad—I Googled “how to pack when moving” a week ago ( weird? ) and I found this awesome article in The Denver Post. It has some great tips & tricks.

I’ll share a full post on our move ( and the tips & tricks I’ve picked up ) soon, so stay tuned for that.

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In other news, I’m VERY excited to stock our fridge, and line up all our drinks ( LOL! ) A little OCD-action for ya… ; ) Of course, there’ll be a row of Health-Ade Kombucha ( YUM! ) & Perrier—we need to restock these ASAP.

Come hang out on Snapchat to see more of our move. UN: joyfetti

xx!

<3,
Bita

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[ Shipping influencer packages for a JOY Consulting Co. client. Boxes were DEFINITELY a theme these past few weeks. ]

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[ My little Mint ball. ]

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale… Fav Items for the Home

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You know what’s fun?

Online shopping.

& Browsing!

I’ve been browsing & pinning a lot lately, especially for my home & office so when I checked out the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale I went STRAIGHT to the ‘HOME‘ section.

Plus, when you’re shopping for your home you don’t have to worry about FIT.

Side note ⇢ have you ever purchased a baggy sweater online that looked so cute online and then you got it in the mail… And it looked terrible when you put it on? Me too. Which is why I love online shopping for my home / office. LOL.

Since there’s so many great deals happening right now, I wanted to highlight a few of my favorite home items that are on sale ( big time! )

Ready? : )

I really like that this comes with a holder because it helps the kitchen stay organized. Plus, how cute are these copper handles? I LOVE ’em!

Doesn’t this pillow make you smile? I love the clean lines and bright, happy color.

But really… This entire collection. I’m obsessed with marble, especially white marble. This tray is perfect for displaying everyday lotions and beauty items so they’re accessible, but still organized.

This rug is SO cute! Plus, it comes in 4 different sizes ( or dimensions )—this long, narrow one is perfect for long hallways ( if you live in San Francisco you know exactly what I mean. )

This basket is perfect for holding toys ( Minty‘s, LOL ), magazines or other items in your home. AND it’s super cute—such a great find!

I’m almost always burning a candle when I’m in the house, but I love having an oil diffuser in the bathroom. Antica has amazing scents like pomegranate / currant / blood orange, grapefruit, and vanilla / bourbon / mandarin—sounds sooo good, right?

Have you guys been shopping ( or browsing ) the Sale? I’d love to hear what you’ve been eyeing! : )

xx,
Bita

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The Life Hack Every Dog Lover Needs to Know About…

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You guys, the other day I was brushing Minty and I had hair ALL over my legs by the time I was done.

I like to wear black, and she has a lot of white hair—so it was literally like I dumped a TON of dog hair all over my black pants… It was definitely noticeable.

I had to take photos for work and didn’t have any lint rollers ( I’m out of them—I have to buy new ones ) so I thought: TAPE.

Luckily, I had packaging tape in my desk drawer.

So I grabbed it, tore a piece off ( multiple times… LOL ) and patted the sticky side onto my pants. It took the hair right off—it was amazing.

I shared it with you guys on Snapchat when I “discovered” it ( HA! ) but I wanted to share it with you here because it was super, SUPER helpful.

So! If you’re playing with a dog, or grooming your dog, and you get their hair all over you and don’t have a lint roller… Just grab some tape. It works SO well.

If you have a life hack I need to know about, please let me know below, or comment on Instagram / Twitter / Facebook—I’d love to hear about it!

xx,
Bita

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( My babe cakes, Minty. )

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( Good ol’ tape… LOL. )

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( Yes, I picked mint colored products on purpose… HA! )

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Stationery & Office Supplies to Spruce up Your Work Space!

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HI GUYS!

I’ve been fighting off a cough/cold the past few days—which meanssss ⇢ online shopping. LOL. Not a lot, but a little.

I restocked on these cutie Ban.Do Sweet Talk Pens ( which are on sale ) and got some new notepads. It really helped with my sore throat. ; )

So I figured it’s the perfect time to share my must-have items to spruce up your work space.

Since we spend 40+ hours a week there, it might as well look & smell cute. Don’t you think?

CUTE PENS

I LOVEEE cute pens because I’m always writing lists, tracking my BBG workouts & marking up my books—and it’s way more fun to do with a cute pen.

FUN NOTEPADS

I’m super obsessed with this tropical, getaway-esque notepad from Kate Spade. Doesn’t it just scream Instagram me?

STICKY NOTES

I always keep these handy. This one‘s especially great for love notes. *Wink Wink*

CUTE NOTEBOOKS

Notebooks are like chapsticks—& bikinis—I can never have too many.

PENCIL CUP

So you have easy access to your pens, of course! This also goes with the “everything should have a place” concept I’m working on.

BKR BOTTLE

I’m OBSESSED with my BKR bottles. I always have water handy because I get dehydrated easily. I keep a ( HUGE ) 1L size bottle on my desk at all times because it’s a constant reminder to drink up, and it sits so pretty on my desk—trust me, you’ll love it!

CANDLES

Because ambiance matters. This one is SO cute—the top is like a mini cacti. Very Insta-worthy!

BIG CALENDAR

I put pretty much everything in my iPhone because I need the alert notifications ( both of them, LOL ), BUT, I also use a huge wall calendar to remind myself of important dates, meetings, etc… It’s always in my face & super visible, which is why I love it.

CHAMP FLUTES ( LOL )

I bet you weren’t expecting this one! Champagne flutes are great for making yourself drink more water ( more on that here )—But you can also break ’em out for champ! Hard work should be celebrated.

COASTERS

Cute coasters are like fashion accessories for your desk—they help showcase your personal style, and keep your desk free from those yucky water rings. My favorites are these agate-like coasters ( I have them at home )—because they’re super cute, work great, & aren’t as pricey as similar options.


Did I miss anything? Snap me ( UN ⇢ JOYFETTI ) or comment below. I’m down for a little more online shopping. ; )

HAPPY WEEKEND!

<3,
Bita

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Spring Cleaning… A.K.A. Time to Get Organized!

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Kate Spade Black Dots Laundry BagAcrylic Cosmetic Organizer with Stackable Drawer | Chrome & Canvas 4-Section Laundry Sorter | Small Mirror Tray | Rosanna ‘Heart’ Trinket Dish | Hotel Collection Small / Medium / Large Glass Jars

HI GUYS!

If I ever needed an excuse to re-organize ( & get some new, really cute items to keep me organized ), this is it.

On Saturday my family & I celebrated Persian New Year ( Nowruz ), which always falls on the first day of Spring, and one of the many traditions in celebrating is cleaning your home.

I LOVE these products because they’re cute & practical. 

The Kate Spade Laundry Bag is perfect for storing dirty clothes you have to take to the dry cleaners, and the 4-Section Laundry Sorter is a REAL time saver because you don’t have to sort your laundry when it’s finally time to wash it.

I LOVE that!

If you haven’t already, check out my #1 tip for cleaning/organizing here.

HAPPY SPRING CLEANING! ; )

<3,
Bita

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My Favorite Cleaning / Organization Tip, Ever!

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[ Anthropologie bowl—similar here ]

If there’s one thing that’ll give me a headache quick, it’s a messy house. I know I’m not alone on this one…

Organization doesn’t come easy to me, so I’m always looking for tips & tricks on how to maintain a clean, organized living space, and this tip is by far the EASIEST, MOST SIMPLE, & MOST HELPFUL tip I’ve ever heard—and it’s SUPER basic.

But aren’t the best ones? ; ) 

Every item should have a home.

Easy right?

I feel like this is Cleaning/Organizing 101 but it’s one of these things everyone knows, but not everyone practices… You know what I mean?

I’m definitely guilty of this myself!

So when I notice something ( that I need to keep ) doesn’t have a home, I make it a home.

In the short term, this helps me clean up my living space, but in the long term, it helps me keep it clean because it’s WAY EASIER for me to put things away when I already know where they belong.

Here are some other tips I love:

  • Clean a little bit each day.
  • Use a timer… If you know you’re cleaning for only 10 minutes it’s way easier to get started. If you clean for longer, great! If you don’t, that’s fine too—a little bit each day is all you need to maintain a clean, organized living space, and that’ll make the “big cleans” WAY easier.
  • Do a big clean every week ( scrub a dub dub! )
  • DONATE, DONATE, DONATE—I LOVE donating clothes, home accessories, etc…
  • Throw it away/recycle it—I’m kind of obsessed with getting rid of things… Like old papers. I LOVE ripping them up & recycling them. I get a high from doing it… LOL, anyone else? No? Silence? ; )
  • Light a candle, treat yourself to fresh, beautiful flowers, and put on some music—It’s SO much easier ( at least for me ) to tidy up while listening to good music & enjoying the smell of an awesome candle. PLUS, if you make your room a place you enjoy spending time in, you’re more likely to keep it clean.
  • Make your bed every morning. This one is great because not only does it make your room look instantly better, it also helps you stay out of bed ; ), AND it’s a easy win to start your day with.

What are your favorite tips? LMK below or on IG. I NEED to hear! ; ) Sharing is caring… ; )

xx! <3,
Bita

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Cute Stationery Finds

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For me, stationery matters. When I feel overwhelmed and scattered I take out a pen and paper and jot down every single thing I need to do—think Cady Heron in Mean Girls when she “word vomits” on Aaron Samuels (& then actually vomits… Ick.)

Making lists isn’t new… Everyone & their mother does it. But for me, it’s more enjoyable with fun stationery and a cool pen. Relatable? Shopping for school supplies was always one of my favorite things about back-to-school—that, and shopping for new clothes. That was always #1!

So, here are a few of my favorite stationery finds. If you know of other items, please link to them in the comments below—I’d love to check them out! THANKS!! XO!

  1. Ban.do Sweet Talk Pens
  2. Ban.do Good Ideas Notebook Set
  3. Cupcake Paper Clips
  4. Travel Paper Clamps
  5. Printed Paper Clamps
  6. Heart-Shaped Post-It Notes
  7. Post-It Notes Pad
  8. Pink Legal Pad
  9. Stitched Journals
  10. Post-It Pop-Up Refills 
  11. BIC Pink Ballpoint Pens

<3,
Bita

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