I’m going to go ahead and blame Saturn going retrograde in my sign for the amount of time I have spent branding and re-branding myself/my blog. Every time I think I’ve created the perfect look and feel, some pin comes across my dash exemplifying the opposite, causing me to re-evaluate everything I’ve ever loved. It’s been driving me crazy how indecisive I’ve been throughout this entire process. So, I allowed myself some time with my thoughts (which was terrifying) and organized all of my inspiration pieces. I really truly dig what I landed on, so hopefully future Christina doesn’t fuck that all up 6 months from now after seeing some random Italian illustrator’s portfolio causing her to overhaul the entire thing (based on true events).
To kick off my I LOVE NY series covering my favorite places, spaces, people, things, feelings, bagels etc of my favorite city, I thought I would feature a place I’ve never actually been but have been dying to see. The Apartment by The Line checks every single box on my “holy shit i’m sickeningly obsessed” list with a fury – it’s a retail space, but more importantly, in a completely furnished true to form light and airy cast-iron Soho loft, on GREENE STREET (which, after Mercer, is my absolute favorite NYC block) and everything is for sale. It’s furnished in that super cool but like totally laid back and effortlessly amazing minimalist, mid-century modern, influenced by a Nordic country of your choice, all white everything style that I can hardly even curate a Pinterest board to match. And even better, if you’re anything like me, and a $4,000 Organic Resin Cube is out of your credit line, you can always attend one of their workshops, screenings, or dinners hosted in The Apartment.
Mercury has notoriously wrecked all kinds of shit in my life, both literally and figuratively, whenever that shitty little planet goes retrograde. As a rule of thumb, and because I learn lessons so well, I always come prepared for these annoying periods of the year. Here are some tips from a seasoned victim of the MR that you can easily apply to your life to make shit easier and preventing you from wanting to kill everyone around you:
Making a big purchase? Don’t. But if you have to, make sure it is insured, or at least make sure you have flexibility on return. And definitely be sure to keep all receipts. Don’t just shove them in your purse aka another dimensions not yet discovered by science, keep them where you can easily find them!
Traveling somewhere? Don’t. But if you totally must, have extra copies of your passport/ID/tickets etc everywhere. Give copies to your friends and family incase MR decides to Laura Palmer’s you (currently binging Twin Peaks so…)
Signing a contract for a new job? Don’t. But if you absolutely just have no choice, read and re-read all of the fine print. Be aware and open enough to accept that things might change, the job might not be what it seemed, or it could really be NBD and you just have to re-sign shit because Sabrina in HR sucks at her job.
Submitting a huge important project? Ok cool. As long as you check, double-check, and quadruple-check every single thing, and then have an entirely separate person do the same, you should be OK! But again, know that Mercury is a bitch and you could get some kind of push back you might not have expected. But it’s cool because you were prepared for that so who’s the bitch now, Mercury?
Of course, shitty things happening are not mutually exclusive to Mercury going retrograde. But it sure as hell doesn’t hurt to be aware, prepared, and accepting during this particular influence! Good luck!
Owning and decorating a town home in the West Village is one of the larger milestone goals of my ultimate aspiration to have my existence mirror the life of Ina Garten (modified to keep me out of the Hampton’s). This truly spectacular home is an ideal match to my real estate desires. It’s so open and light and clean and warm at the same time, and I am really digging the pops of yellow/gold throughout. Plus, one of my actual medically diagnosed weaknesses is white subway tiles with dark grey grout, and that beautiful look is featured not only in the bathroom, but the gd kitchen as well. Consider this appreciation post a little message to the universe that I’m ready to accept whatever pay day necessary to allow me to achieve this goal thanks soooo much!
A rambling space (albeit, a pretty one) for the dreamy, flighty, over-active brain of a mid-twenties designer, true to form sagittarius, love struck wife, eternal new yorker, reverent lover of pretty things, and all around inspired individual.