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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.

hometown:
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!
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