What. A. Week.

I am sitting at my desk with a glass of wine, unwinding after a very long week. After Rue went live, my apartment was featured on Coco + Kelley, CasaSugar and sfgirlbybay! I have seen lots of photos pinned on Pinterest, including a pin of my office by West Elm. Sharing my home was a little scary. I didn’t know what anyone would think. All of your comments, tweets etc have been so sweet. Thank you!

I also shared a tour of my home on my blog.

I hit a wall yesterday. I was asked how I was doing and started crying. Girls. We’re so emotional.  Running my little graphic design studio while launching a website has been a lot to handle. I know how fortunate I am to have so many wonderful clients and I am beyond excited for the upcoming launch of The Everygirl but I need a little balance in my life. What do you do when you need a little balance? I think I need an intern.

I played with my shelves a little bit this week and my Serena and Lily Pandan bin/ Buddy’s new toy box arrived yesterday! I absolutely love it. And sometimes a long day requires a glass of wine or two. 

I finally launched my new pre-made templates and have more to install as soon as I can! $10 off for my blog readers today only. Jump on it.

I did a little budget friendly online shopping. Sometimes a bright pop of color can brighten your day. I ordered this sweater and top. Look at me wearing color!

 These Kate Spade earrings arrived! Love them.
I am meeting Audrey for an hour of shopping after work and we have planned a girls night in with Sarah, Taylor & Shari. A little wine, time with my girls and Midnight in Paris. This is exactly what I need right now.

Alaina and I will be working on The Everygirl this weekend. Follow us on Twitter for updates! We are expecting a few inches of snow and it’s freezing outside. Literally. Freezing.

I love Chicago. I love Chicago. I love Chicago.
  • Molly Rasmussen

    You are doing so many incredible things right now! It's so inspiring. I don't live in Chicago (I'm in Minneapolis) but I wish I could intern for you! I would in a heart beat!

  • Belle on Heels

    Lady, you are one hard worker! You deserve more than a few glasses of wine πŸ™‚ Both tops are adorable, love the pops of neon!

  • One Stylish Day at a Time

    Nobody deserves success more than you, Danielle! You've worked so hard for it and it is paying off in a big way. Side note, that gap neon sweater is just too cute! I wish I would've known about it yesterday when it was 30% off. Ugh.

  • HRCK the Herald

    Gah that is a lot to handle! It looks like you're doing it successfully and with grace, but every now and then a good cry is just what the doctor calls for.

    Have a happy, productive weekend!

  • christine {bijouandboheme}

    Enjoy the wine- definitely deserved after all of your hard work!!! Just look at all the fabulous that is happening though- very happy for you.

  • Lauren {Stylized Existence}

    That is definitely SOME week you had! Congrats on all of the excitement… hopefully you can find some time to relax and take it all in this weekend.

  • Sara

    Congrats on the the excitement this week! I'm ordering a blog template today! So excited πŸ™‚

  • Champagne Cocktails, Cashmere Dreams

    I am from Chicago as well and we went to cantina laredo for dinner last night and almost froze to death waiting for valet!! So over the cold! Congratulations on all the success! So exciting!


  • Ashley {styleash}

    You had an amazing week (and it was much deserved- your apartment is gorgeous). I snagged up that gap striped shirt too! Have a great girls night & try to stay warm! πŸ™‚

  • Viviana

    So many exciting things happening! And you're NOT kidding about the freezing temps. eek.

  • melanie

    whew! what a loaded post — so excited for THE EVERYGIRL!


    I have those Kate Spade earrings…I love them! They go with everything!

  • aliskib

    Thank you so much for sharing your home with all of us and for being an inspiration to us designer gals! I would be your intern in a heartbeat! Just kidding. Kind of.


  • Alex {Things That Sparkle}

    Take it easy this weekend!! Celebrate your amazing successes and exciting things ahead! And as for the weather… even I don't know what to do with myself.

  • Jessica Frost

    Congrats on all your accomplishments! I've loved reading your blog and am excited to see you'r home pics too! Again, congrats!

  • Toral {Sequin Habit}

    Danielle – a HUGE congrats on the Rue spread! Your home is beyond beautiful and you deserve each and every accolade coming your way!


  • Jordan

    Funny you mention that a pop of color can brighten your day. We must have had the same type of day/week. Yesterday after work I went to get a manicure and got a BUBBLE GUM PINK color just because I felt like I needed something happy! It's amazing what colors can do πŸ™‚ Have a great weekend!

  • Lauren

    Is your tagline new? I don't remember seeing it before. I love it! Congrats on the spread, your home is gorgeous and you should definitely be proud!

  • Colette

    Just discovered your blog and I'm in love! Going to grab a hot cocoa and spend my afternoon perusing.

    ps. I love the pic of your sofa even better with your little pup all cozy. sooo adorable!

  • Shari

    See you tonight my dear! πŸ™‚

  • Alexa

    Love your apartment Danielle. You are an inspiration in many ways. Glad to have found you in the blogosphere.

  • Melissa

    Enjoy some rest and relaxation this weekend… and stay warm! I totally want to watch Midnight in Paris very soon (maybe this snowy weekend is the perfect time!). Sounds like you have lots of inspiring stuff in the works!

  • Selma @ Crazy Little World Of Mine

    Oh girl, stay warm!!!!! And yes, as many have mentioned it before…I love your apartment!!!

  • Jackie {York Avenue}

    You have so many great projects going on, it can be a little overwhelming at times I'm sure! I hope my signing up for your graphic design services yesterday wasn't what pushed you over the edge! :). Sounds like you have a great weekend lined up, and seriously your apt looks like the most relaxing place to unwind. I know you're awfully busy but if you ever decide to go into interior design I would be your first client-I'm just obsessed with your apartment. Your pictures totally made me want to redecorate!

  • Jen

    Enjoy the weekend! You'll like Midnight in Paris — such pretty scenery & I loved the styling.

  • Dara

    Danielle – I didn't think you had enough to do so I just order a pre-made template. πŸ™‚ I've been eyeing them since you launched the new ones last week, and the $10 off sealed the deal. I can't wait until the Everygirl is active; it will definitely be on my list of daily reads. Hope you have a fabulous, enjoyable, extremely productive weekend!

  • Sarah

    awwww I totally get it when someone asks how you're doing and you start crying. I'm often not even upset or feeling particularly emotional, it's just being asked and knowing that I haven't even slowed down enough to ask MYSELF that question in weeks. You're doing a lot and DEFINITELY deserve that glass of wine. I read your blog all the time and look forward to each and every post… the pics of your home were lovely, and I know you're such a good mom to Buddy πŸ™‚ things will settle down, be SURE to make time for yourself!! ps – I love those new earrings!


  • Emily

    You deserve a glass of wine or two πŸ™‚ It always amazes me how fast whirlwind weeks/days catch up with me, even when they're great and exciting! I hope you have a lovely weekend!

  • Carly {a simple affair}

    You are extremely entitled of a relaxing weekend-hope you have so much fun with the ladies! I know I've said it before but huge congrats on all you have done! You are so deserving of all of the love not only this week but just in general! xo

  • elembee.com

    I hope you get the chance to relax and unwind this weekend β€” you deserve it! Congrats on the features and good luck with the Everygirl work!

  • megh

    Me! Me! Pick me! I will be your intern!! You know how much I love working with you… πŸ˜‰ Hope you have a productive weekend and that you do find a way to balance.

  • seanandmckinze.com

    I have no doubt you'll figure out how to balance it all. But I remember thinking it was a light bulb moment when I realize that no matter how hard I work, there will always. be. more. So I learned to work hard while I was working, earning myself some relaxation time. Good luck πŸ™‚


  • Liz On Luxe

    Oh my, you're such a pleasure to work with and you're graphic design is spectacular and so is your apartment! You sure can do it all.

    I have the same Kate Spade earrings {in several colors} and I adore them. They make a great gift too!

    Stay cozy and warm this weekend! NYC is finally getting snow!


  • Pawleys Island Posh

    Congrats on only one breakdown! With so much going on it's pretty impressive you're holding it together so well. I know your fun new tops must be helping!

  • Tara

    I love those Kate Spade earrings! You have great home decor taste.


  • Callie

    I just bought those beautiful Kate Spade earrings after you posted them. Thanks! Stay warm here in Chicago πŸ™‚ It was a crazy storm last night!

  • wishful nals

    busy week. πŸ™‚ loved your house tour! so gorgeous!

  • L.A. in the bay

    I so know what you mean about balancing everything. That's how I feel right now. But the girls night sounds like so much fun. Still have yet to see Midnight in Paris.

  • Becca – (extra)ordinary wonders

    Congratulations on all of the exciting work you've got going on. I really enjoyed seeing the tour of your apartment- and can't wait to see more of The Everygirl!

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