Girls who inspire // Who…me?

I am guest posting on one of my fave blogs today — A La Mode. Sharing a color POP home post with Shelli’s lovely readers + launching {and giving away} a new pre-made blog template on her blog today! If you are coming here from Shelli’s blog, welcome!

I’ve been doing this girls who inspire thing for a while and love when each girl answers my series of Qs. Not sure how inspiring I am, but thought it would be fun if I answered my Qs. So today I am featuring myself on my blog. That’s one way to get featured.

I usually come up with a few questions that are specific for the person being featured. Since asking myself questions would be a little awkward, I’ll leave that to you. If you have any questions you want to ask me…go for it. I will answer anything. Unless I don’t like the question. Choose wisely, my friends.

name & age:
Danielle. I am 28 and will be 29 in Sept. I’m getting up there.

Los Angeles, CA.

current home:

Chicago, IL {moved here a year ago on August 1st!}

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meaning behind my blog name:
I love Toast in LA + there happens to be a Toast in Chicago. I wanted something simple + random. Loved that it {sort of} reminded me of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. And no — I have never worked there and am in no way affiliated with Toast.

current job:
Graphic designer. Starting to do a little photography, too. I also have a digital scrapbook line.
dream job:
I’ve always been all over the place with what I want to do. I definitely love working for myself and love design + photography, but would love to bring something else into the mix. I wrote a series of children’s books and never tried to publish them. Any publishers reading this? I have a few ideas + there’s some brainstorming going on so we will see what happens.

if i could travel anywhere…

Paris + London are first on the list. I would also love to visit Italy, Greece + spend a week on a beach in Fiji. I need a vacation.

something unique about me:
I haven’t eaten fish since I was 9. I had a pet goldfish, decided that eating fish was wrong and never ate it again. This is probably more weird than unique. I can also sing a song about trolls and say “I’m eating my underwear” in Danish. And one more. The last name you see here is actually my mom’s maiden name. I was very close to my grandfather and know he would love that I am using it.

i like:

the pup, the boyfriend {have been with him almost 7 months now. Guess I’m better at keeping secrets than I thought}, blogging, TV, Chicago, summer!, my amazing friends, Christmas time, girls nights, cooking, my apartment, design, photography + all things creative.

i watch:

A lot of TV. You can see the full list here. Favorites include Dexter, The Big C, Shameless + Modern Family. Also a big fan of Californication, Gossip Girl + Weeds. I even watch Glee. And then there’s the reality TV. Home by Novogratz, Bill + Giuliana and even a little Bethenny. I can’t help myself.

If you haven’t seen 6 Feet Under, I highly recommend renting the series. The finale was rated one of the best series finales of all time. This was the show that made me love Michael C. Hall {who plays Dexter Morgan}.

I could talk about TV all day long. Is that sad? I’ll save this for another post.

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listening to:
I love a little bit of everything. Adele, Coldplay, The Beatles etc. Obsessed with the soundtrack from 500 days of summer. Oasis has been one of my favorites since I was 13. I’ll always love them.

For the month of Nov + December you’ll find me listening to Christmas music. All. Day. Long. I get a little Buddy the Elf-ish around the holidays. Right down to my Jessie Steele holly covered apron. That’s probably why I named my dog after him. 

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.

5 things that inspire me:

1. Design books, blogs, mags, etc… I have loved being a part of the blogging community. All of your creative posts almost always inspire me. Having to come up with different posts on my blog is also a really fun creative outlet. I try to have fun with my posts whether it’s a  color pop post or a post about pancakes.

2. Browsing shops online + in person. I especially love Antique shops + flea markets. It’s always fun and inspiring to see what’s out there.

3. Traveling. My trip to Nashville, Indiana + Chicago inspired me to move to Chicago. I love exploring new places.

4. Decorating my apartment. I love making little changes to a space, reworking pieces etc. and trying to find pieces on a budget forces you to be creative. The dresser in my bedroom started as a piece in my entry, then spent a few months as a TV console before ending up in my bedroom.

Working on accessorizing the dresser + looking for a mirror to hang over it.
My sis met CL + had him sign a box top for me. One of my favorite things.

5. People who have started their own companies or just do something unique. That’s how girls who inspire began.

favorite nail polish:
I’m an Essie girl. Chinchilly, geranium, cabi-o-lait, turquoise and caicos.

favorite perfume:

1. Hermes Merveilles
{fall + winter}
2. Flowerbomb by Viktor and Rolph
{Have worn it since it first came out + was exclusive at Saks}
3. Bobbi Brown Beach
{summer. obviously}

who are your favorite designers?
Fashion – I am a sucker for anything splendid or vince. I absolutely love {but cannot afford} Christian Louboutin, Chanel + Ralph Lauren. I love Tory Burch, Mulberry + Chloe bags. These things are just so pretty and I love looking at them. I also love finding great pieces at Zara, etc. Where I shop is not limited at all. I love things from all over the place.

Interiors – Where do I begin with this one? Kelly Wearstler, James Radin, Darryl Carter, Vicente Wolf, Bob + Cortney Novogratz, etc. The list goes on and on…

a few favorite home accessories:

Every home should have a West Elm laquer tray or two. Love them.

the vendor on eBay where I purchased my pouf

I love design books + fun little finds.
Most of my design books have been purchased used on Amazon.

great hand soap in the kitchen + pretty candles

{my favorite Williams Sonoma scent for summer}

favorite stores:
Shopbop is my favorite online store. Fast shipping + free return shipping.
Really love finding great pieces at Zara + H&M.
Excited that Topshop is coming to Chicago.

For furniture/home: West Elm, Grandin Road, Williams Sonoma, Wisteria, Ballard Designs, Anthropologie…the list goes on. 

Alright. Feel like you’ve had your Danielle for a lifetime?
This was fun. If you have any Qs for me just leave a comment!
  • a’ la mode

    Thank you for your gorgeous post and AMAZING GIVEAWAY today!!! I'm so excited to share it! Love you girlie….xoxo shel

  • Stephanie Shepherd

    I've always enjoyed discovering new blogs and the fabulous women behind them – you inspire through girls who inspire! Especially enjoyed learning about you today Danielle! x

  • marissa at the boot

    you're not sure how inspiring you are?? girl, that was amazing! i LOVED this!
    p.s. i get crazy around christmas too! haha!

  • Chicago Cuisine Critique

    Loved it! šŸ™‚

  • MJ

    Your posts always make me want to go shopping; whether for clothes or home decor, it never fails.

    You are gifted that's for sure and you definitely inspire me!

  • Kara {A Little Bit of Lovely}

    Loved learning more about you and LOVE your taste. The new Kendell design is fabulous!!!

  • RosaLovesDC

    This is fabulous! I love everything in this post. And yes, I totally agree with you, I have 2 of the West Elm laquer trays and they are amazing!

  • Erin

    Fun to learn more about you! And I have to point out that I'm soooo excited for Topshop to come to Chicago. I love that we're only the second city in the country to have one… some good Chicago fashion street cred šŸ˜‰

  • Mo Pie, Please

    So many lovely things about you, Danielle! I love reading about your interests and seeing all your incredible photos!

  • Lara {simply irresistible blog}

    Thanks for the great post! I seriously love reading all the answers to your questions.

  • Drew {Coral Cafe}

    Thanks for sharing all of these fun things about yourself!! I don't know how I didn't know you had a website and digital scrapbook line!! Love it! I'm just so drawn into your posts that I overlooked the website tab. You're so talented and fun!!

  • Tamra {walkswithBella}

    Great guest post! it is so nice to get to know more about the lives behind these wonderful bloggers.


  • birdie to be

    Beautiful post! I love it all!

  • Selma *Crazy Little World Of Mine*

    This is fun! šŸ™‚ And I'm so glad I'm not the only one watching so much TV. šŸ˜‰ haha!

    Have a brilliant day girl.

  • christine {bijouandboheme}

    Ah I loved learning more about you- I wish we lived closer…we could watch all of that tv together…I'm a HUGE tv lover too:) Thanks for sharing this sweeties!!!

  • Stephanie @ henry happened

    What a fun post! I too am a little TV obsessed šŸ˜‰ and LOVE dexter. We just started watching 6 Feet Under as a result – so interesting to see how different his character is!

  • Stephanie

    How have you managed to keep the boyfriend a secret for so long? I've just recently started watching Dexter (just finished the first season) and I'm totally hooked! And, btw, you are definitely a girl who inspires. šŸ™‚

  • Stephanie

    LOVE Dexter! It was fun learning more about you! šŸ™‚

  • Taylor

    Love this, so fun!

  • thelonelywifeproject

    It's actually scary how much we have in common. For a second, I thought I was reading something I wrote. I want to comment on each bit of info you gave, but alas, that would be stalkerish so I'll say a few things…Six Feet Under is the absolute BEST show ever created and introduced me to the absolute BEST actor in the universe (Michael C. Hall), which brought me to my latest love Dexter, who I named my Great Dane after because he's a monster! Also, Shameless is amazing and I pretty much watch everything you watch. And I recently spent a week relaxing on the beach in Fiji (blogged about it)and I don't eat fish. Scary right?

  • Jessie

    This is my first time visiting your blog and I am in love! We have so much in common! I just moved from another state (NC) to Illinois last year, too! And I love Mulberry and Chloe handbags but can't afford them! And I have one of those lacquer trays from West Elm! My favorite store is Nordstrom and Bloomingdales, too! I would love to visit Paris and Italy, it's at the top of my list as well!

    By the way, I love your blog post in Shelli's blog, great post. Now following and adding you to my daily reads! šŸ™‚

    Have a great day!


  • Vanisha Mishra-Vakaoti

    What a great collection of lovely things! I can't wait to try the Williams Sonoma range, I've noticed you feature it in a few posts. Have a great day!

  • thelonelywifeproject

    Your poor kitten šŸ™

    The Big C is my new favorite and I still haven't watched Monday's Weeds episode, but I must say I'm almost completely over Nancy Botwin.

    Please tell me you watch True Blood. If you love Six Feet Under, it's a must. Alan Ball is a crazy genius!

  • Dawn

    BOYFRIEND…whaattt?? You are good at keeping a secret!!! I loved reading all this good stuff about you!!

  • Bud and Leo

    LOVED reading and learning more about you! I loved eating at Toast in LA (used to live there) šŸ™‚

  • luckyenoughblog.com

    LOVE this. i love blogs that inspire. thank you, i'm so happy i stumbled upon your blog.

    xo, lizzie

  • Amanda

    You are such an inspiration! Great post – I really enjoyed reading about you!

  • kay*(from india.with love)

    loved learning more about you!

    (and a boyfriend chica! you ARE good at keeping secrets šŸ™‚

  • Celeste

    okay – here's a little graphic-design-related question… favorite fonts? (this coming from a font-hoarder – I couldn't help myself. I had to ask.)

  • Yelena Starikova

    Wow!!! thank you for sharing! I love to travel and your dream job pretty much the same what I want)

    Im your new follower!

    Come check us out!


  • Sharstin

    you are so uber amazing! and i love it~ and you, and your blog–great post!

  • tifsong

    ooooh. i like YOU.
    i want to be featured on something cool like this someday. šŸ™‚

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