Five Faves While Social Distancing

Hi Everyone!

It feels really weird to be writing this post today.  Regardless of where you are in the world right now, you have been touched in one way or another by the global pandemic that we are currently experiencing.  While the situation is frightening and anxiety inducing, it has also really given me some perspective and allowed me some time and space for some much needed clarity in my life.  I wanted to share my five faves at the moment that are helping me to stay sane, keep my anxiety at bay and smile a little bit brighter as we take the steps necessary to flatten the curve of cases  of COVID-19.  Here are my Five Faves while practicing social distancing and self isolation:

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Working out with Melissa Wood Health

Like most people I have been forced to modify my workouts.  I am a bit of cardio junkie so not being able to hop on the treadmill or elliptical trainer at the gym has been a huge change.  I decided to embrace this as an opportunity to switch up my work outs and I purchased a subscription to the fitness app Melissa Wood Health.  The moves are low impact and seem so simple but it is so hard!  It is a great way to challenge my body and keep me active while I practice social distancing.  If you are looking for less expensive ways to work out then hop onto Youtube, there are a ton of videos there that will help you to get moving and relieve some stress.

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Cooking with Jennifer Fisher Kitchen

I have always been a fan of Jennifer Fisher.  If you are unfamiliar with her, she is a very talented NYC jewelry designer who is also a really good cook.  I have been loving all of the recipes that she posts on her website and she walks thru a lot of her recipes on Instagram Stories which really helps to keep me motivated to try new things.  Over the past week and a half she has been posting more recipes and videos and everything looks so good!  Since I began self isolation I have made her banana bread recipe twice, sautéed artichokes and her recipe for twice baked potatoes.  Whole roasted cauliflower, pantry soup and more banana bread will be a part of my meal planning for this next week.  If you are looking for some delicious and easy recipe inspiration check out her recipes on here Instagram page @jenniferfisherkitchen or on her website here

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Jennifer Fisher’s My Mom’s Da Bomb Banana Bread – it is sooooo good and addictive!!!!!

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Live Beautiful by Athena Calderone

If you have been following this blog for a while then you know that I am a total design junkie.  Athena Calderone is the creator of the gorgeous blog Eye Swoon (www.eye-swoon.com) and she just released her second book Live Beautiful in early March.  Within this book, Athena goes into the homes of incredible designers around the world and shows us their spaces and their design choices.  The homes are gorgeous and endlessly inspiring.  If you are searching for a gorgeous design book to get lost into for a few hours or if you are searching for some fresh inspiration this book is for you.

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Breathing App

My job in manufacturing has issued temporary layoffs during this uncertain time and I live alone so there have been moments that I feel a little uneasy and anxious.  I think that it’s important to acknowledge these feelings rather then suppress them, sit with them and unpack them to really understand why I am feeling the way that I do in that moment, so that I can move forward in a healthy manner.  A part of this process is learning to take moments to focus on my breathing.  Some people are trying meditation during this challenging time but I have had better luck with consistently taking moments to focus on my breath so this is the method that I am sticking with right now.  The Breathing app is something that I heard about last year and immediately downloaded it.  Developed by Eddie Stern and is inspired by resonance which is “the scientific name that describes what happens when our heart rate, heart rate variability, blood pressure and brainwave function come into coherent frequency.”(via http://www.eddiestern.com). It helps to regulate your breathing so that you instantly feel calmer and more relaxed.  You basically follow a ball – as it expands for a count of 4 you inhale and as it contracts you inhale for a count of 6 for a total of one minute.  You can adjust the breath counts to what you feels what works best for you. The app is free and I have been using it at least twice a day (morning and night) and I cannot recommend it enough.  If you feel that you need some help taking a moment to help regulate your breathing and feel calmer in the moment then this app is worth trying.

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Ugly Delicious Season 2 on Netflix

I love food shows and Ugly Delicious is no exception.  Season 2 dropped on Netflix earlier this month and it is soooo good!  This time off has allowed me to catch up on a ton of shows that I have been meaning to watch but this series really stands out.  I especially loved the episode about Indian food which featured the supremely talented chef Floyd Cardoz who sadly passed away last week after being diagnosed with COVID-19.  I love learning about cultures thru food and Ugly Delicious does a great job showcasing both the similarities and subtle nuances between cultures.  If you are searching for a cool, fun and interesting show to binge on then Ugly Delicious should definitely be on your list.

Thank you for stopping by Stylishly Zen today.  Please feel free to share in the comments things that you are currently loving, and tips that you are using to stay sane during this crazy time in the world.  Please stay safe and take care and I look forward to hearing from you! XXS

Just a Little Personal Note

I had a ton of goals at the end of last year and at the beginning of January that included a ton of blog posts that I was so excited to create and share with you.  Then I allowed myself to be distracted by life, and here we are almost mid February and I am posting for the first time this year.  This post was not planned, I sat down last week to write a couple of posts, but I just wasn’t connecting to the words that I had typed out, or to the pictures on the screen.  So I once again put down my laptop and walked away.  Today though, I felt the need to write.  Not about anything that this blog is normally about but just life stuff.  I rarely share much about my personal life, but today I felt the need to write about something deeply personal to me.  I have been single for a very long time.  Confidence has always been an issue for me, the idea of putting myself out there was tough and I found it easier to hide.  So while my friends, family and what seemed like the rest of the world was putting themselves out there and living the highs and lows of romantic entanglements, I stayed single, watching from the sidelines.  There were moments when I made a slight effort, but the second anything seemed difficult I went running back to solitary living like a safety blanket I couldn’t give up.  The truth is that I have spent the majority of my life feeling like I am unworthy of love and my lack of a significant other only further proved this theory to myself.  Last year though I decided to make a genuine effort in the romantic relationship area of my life, and I was elated when I finally met someone who I actually enjoyed spending time with.  When he told me he loved me, I believed him.  It was the first time in my entire life that I was really excited about the possibilities that a romantic relationship could hold.  This is not to say that there were not hiccups.  There were moments when I questioned whether he was really interested in me, whether he had fallen out of love with me, whether we were both on the same page.  When I addressed this with him, I was told that it was just my insecurities that made me feel this way and if there were issues he would talk to me about it.  Stupidly I believed him.  Tomorrow was going to be our 6 month anniversary and yesterday he was talking about the restaurant that he had made reservations at.  We were going to just hang out today and spend some time with each other.  This morning he FaceTimed me to break up with me and I stupidly didn’t see it coming.  We hadn’t been fighting and I missed the subtle hints that this was coming.  The conversation lasted three minutes and I didn’t say much except for “ok” and “bye”.  Right now I am hurt, I am shocked and I am very very sad. I wish that I could just tell myself that he is an asshole and not worthy of my energy and time, but the truth is that I really do love him and I can’t just turn it off so easily.  I know that the love I feel will dissipate with time, but for now I feel bad for still feeling it.  I am also back to questioning my ability to be loved and I think that is what hurts the most.  Despite my insecurity about not being loveable, I know that I will be ok otherwise.  Life will go on and how I live my life moving forward is in my hands, even though I can’t imagine ever putting myself out there again.  I have survived much worse then this.  I know that 6 months is not a long time to be in a relationship and that I am very lucky that I am out of it now rather then waste years of my life on someone whom was not on the same page as I was.  It still stings.

Thank you for bearing with me as I put my feelings down on this post, I really felt the need to write about it just now. I will be back soon with tons of new posts on design, architecture and all things Stylishly Zen!

I hope that you are having a wonderful weekend and talk soon!  XXS

Quote by Nayyirah Waheed, Image via Google Images

Five Faves

Hi Everyone!

How is your fall going so far?  With the leaves changing, stunning sunsets (like the one above that I captured yesterday) and fabulous fall fashion, I am loving the new season so far!  Here are my five favourite faves for the month:

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With the cooler temps I am craving warming foods and getting creative in the kitchen every chance that I get.  This grilled zucchini with stracciatella looks simple enough to make yet delicious enough to want to enjoy on a regular basis as a health side dish.

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I recently ordered this coffee table book and I am loving it!  As you know travelling and decor are two things that I love so the combination that this book provides is perfect for me. I find myself escaping into it whenever I get the chance, love it!

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Fall fashion is always my favourite and this season is no exception.  I am especially loving pairing blazers with everything from a full suit to jeans, leggings or even a dress.  Here are three outfits that I am currently pulling inspiration from and my causal version for days when I am rushing but still want to look put together.

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I often find myself feeling really stressed out and it’s often difficult to change the way I think about stress.  I found the above image on Instagram (via @mindbodygreen) and I have decided to change my narrative.  Here’s hoping that I birth something great due to my narrative shift!

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I am overwhelmed with decorating decision for my condo which means that I have done very little.  I found this image for a bedroom recently in my home design file (via @coveteur) and it perfectly captures the vibe that I was hoping for in my new place.  It is now front and centre on my vision board as I move forward with my home decor project – wish me luck!

I hope that you are having a wonderful October so far, let me know what you are currently loving in the comments below.  I hope that you have wonderful day!  XXS

 

 

Inspiring Interior

Hi Everyone!

I don’t know what has been going on, but these past few months have just flown right by!  A part of me still thinks that it is March, but the fact that I am currently writing this blog post while sitting on my balcony, enjoying the warm weather and sipping on an Aperol Spritz implies that we are much further into 2019 then I care to admit to myself.  This means that I have now been living in my new place for over six months and I have barely scratched the decorating surface!  It is about time that I kick things into gear and give myself a deadline.

The biggest challenge that I am currently facing in terms of decorating, is that I can’t seem to decide what I like, and when I do decide I can’t seem to find it OR it is completely out of my budget!  What is a girl to do???

Having said all of this, I think that I have narrowed it down and in my head things are finally starting to come together (or so I hope).  I finally painted my living room – I went for a pure white colour which I absolutely love, and now time for the fun part…decorating!  To find inspiration I have been doing A LOT of research and today I am sharing with you a project that I recently stumbled across from a studio who’s work I have admired for a few years now.

Bao Proyectos is a Madrid based firm who’s work is clean, fresh and absolutely gorgeous!  Their projects include the One Shot Hotel in Saville along with countless private residences and restaurants.  Today’s Inspiring Interior is a private residence in Madrid that really captured the mood that I would love to achieve within my own home.

This light filled residence has a clean aesthetic thanks to countless windows, bright white walls and minimal furnishings.  Despite the minimal aesthetic, the home still looks lived in and welcoming – this is often challenging to achieve, yet the team at Bao Proyectos has achieved it beautifully.  Built in book cases and storage along with intelligent furniture choices helps to achieve a clean, sleek yet inviting look that I absolutely love.  Playful accents such as the yellow couch against a mint green wall and the geometric designed storage in the bedroom and rugs throughout the home, help to infuse some fun into the overall clean aesthetic.  The icing on the proverbial cake of this stunning apartment is the gorgeous bathroom with marble and matte black hardware – heaven!  Bao Proyectos did a wonderful job on this project and I can’t wait to see what they achieve in the future!  Take a look:

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All images from http://www.baoproyectos.com

I hope that you have a beautiful day! XXS

Inspiring Interior

Today’s Inspiring Interior is the very definition of Stylishly Zen.  Located in Carlton, Australia, this light filled family home is chic, unique and incredibly charming.  It combines elements of a Victorian era home with Parisian chic and the result is heavenly.

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The bold blue door and lovely Victorian details are the perfect welcome to this home. Inside, a clean colour palette of white walls and dark floors are the perfect backdrop to showcase the many gorgeous details of this family home.  Dark herringbone floors, a marble waterfall island and unexpected furniture colour choices elevate this home to a new level.

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I especially love the pink dining chairs and the blue couch which helps to carry the charm of the exterior into the home.  Sculptural lighting and neutral furniture otherwise help to balance out the showcase furniture.

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Plenty of large windows allow natural light to fill the home and it helps to bring nature indoors which adds an additional level of calm to this serene family home.

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The attention to detail is incredible and I love how certain elements such as sculptural lighting, herringbone flooring and marble quietly repeats itself throughout the home.

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This dreamy family home will have a consistent spot on my inspiration board for current and future projects, Love!  Love! Love!

Interior design services by Biasol Design Studio

Photo credit: http://www.biasol.com.au

I hope that you have a beautiful and stylish day!  XXS