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The Everygirl in Chicago Home and Garden

I never would have imagined all the wonderful things that would happen for The Everygirl within the first year of our launch, but here we are eight months in with some more exciting press–a feature in Chicago Home and Garden! A very big thank you to the lovely Gina Bazer for writing this feature.

I remember reading this post three months before my move to Chicago and hoping that somehow I’d meet Alaina and we’d become friends. She seemed fun, I loved her style, and I didn’t know anyone in Chicago. She’s a girl that anyone would be lucky to call a friend–as sweet as you’d imagine her to be. I never would have imagined that someday our homes and website would be featured side-by-side in a magazine

A few things:
The photos of my home are a mix of photography by yours truly and John + Maura Stoffer (who happen to be shooting something for TEG today). It’s really exciting to see my photography and home in CH&G.

I received a few comments about my DIY painting after my home was featured in Rue Magazine. I ended up giving my painting to a friend and Stephanie Jean of Lulu and Drew (who inspired my DIY) is painting something for my new place this weekend!

I’ve been posting sneak peeks of my place on my instagram and The Everygirl’s instagram, too.

Thank you to everyone who linked up yesterday! Hope you found some new friends / people to stalk.

I’m off to a photo shoot for The Everygirl and couldn’t be happier
that it’s finally Friday. On the agenda for this weekend: An event
tonight, CrossFit, going out with friends, and finally, to the ballet
with Gina. In desperate need of a little down time and a very large iced americano. Because I drink coffee now.

Have a lovely weekend.

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My Second Chicago Apartment. The “Before” Home Tour.

I thought I’d share the official “before” of my new little home with you. You may remember my first Chicago apartment – a modern high rise located in River North. My new place is a larger and less expensive vintage walk-up. Alaina recently shared her new not-so-little gem on her blog which made me realize that my place should have a name, too. Meet Eleanor, named after Lucy Eleanor Moderatz from While You Were Sleeping. Belle and Elle. I like it.

I was so distracted/overwhelmed the week before I moved in that I did a horrible job taking before photos, but I have a few iPhone shots for you.

The kitchen. Taken the first time I saw my apartment (before I moved in).
The living room. It’s bigger than it looks. This was taken pretty close to the back wall. Love the detail! Trying to figure out how to hang my art. Should I stay within the lines? 
Hallway leading to my bathroom and bedroom. And don’t worry – these rooms are no longer a terrible creamy yellow color.
The bedroom which has also been repainted. Twice.

The pup lounging on the deck.

And because Alaina is a girl genius, I’m copying her and sharing Eleanor’s layout.  She’s ~ 800 square feet which is a big change from my last place. I was able to add a chair, dining table, and an additional dresser in my bedroom.
Just need a few months before Eleanor is ready for her big debut!
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My home / before and after

iPhone photo taken 1 month after I moved in. I had the basics and nothing more.

The following week I separated my work & living space. My bench was a lot less expensive than a chair and takes up less space. I can also push it aside when I get my Christmas tree and unlike a chair, it seats two and doubles as a foot rest when watching a movie. I also bring it closer to the sofa when I have company. I would love to move to a larger apartment and buy an English roll arm chair.
My current bedroom dresser used to function as a TV stand. And yes, I kept clothes in there.
Gallery wall in progress.
11 months later, I finally have a TV stand [DVDs + Camera equipment in one drawer and sweats/pajamas in the other], purchased a pouf on eBay for just over $100 and some new throw pillows from etsy.

Sad bedroom. I sold this dresser, brought the white dresser in to the bedroom and bought a TV console.
Better, but not great.
And you don’t want to get me started on my office.
Poor Buddy hated living in an unfinished home.

This is where I spend my days. And nights. And some weekends.

“after” photos via Stoffer Photography for Rue Magazine

After four apartment posts, I am done– for not. I still need to reveal my entry! 
My complete home tour
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Hi. I’m Danielle–co-founder and editor of The Everygirl, blogger, freelance graphic designer, and photographer.
I was born and raised in
Los Angeles, went to college in Santa Barbara, and realized that I needed a
change, so I packed my things and moved to Chicago in August, 2010. I
spent my first two years in this little apartment in downtown Chicago and moved to my new home in June, 2012 (home tour coming soon!). You can read the rest of my story here.

I met fellow blogger Alaina Kaczmarski in December 2010, and on August 13, 2011 we sat down to discuss a shared dream: The Everygirl. We got to work and launched our website on February 22, 2012.

I love interior design,
blogging, CrossFit, and my rescue dog. I have more Christmas
cheer than anyone I know. I love animals and adopted my rescue pup Buddy in
December, 2009. You can read that story here. And yes, I did name him after the Christmas elf. After starting a blog in 2007 and redesigning it just a few months
later, bloggers began contacting me for help with their blogs. Before I
knew it a business was born, and ~ 2,000+ blogs later, here I am. I shoot with a Canon 7D and my two favorite lenses are my 50mm f/1.435mm f/1.4L + 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6
I work on a MacBook Pro and Thunderbolt Display. And yes, I have an iPhone and iPad, too. #stevejobsismyhero

Favorite TV shows include Homeland, Dexter, The Big C, Modern
Family, New Girl, Mad Men, & old
episodes of Friends. Favorite movies include Something’s Gotta
Give, As Good As It Gets, While You Were Sleeping, The Holiday, It’s
Complicated, anything by Woody Allen, Pretty Woman, When Harry Met
Sally, and every single Christmas movie ever made. I can often be found
listening to Oasis (I’ve loved them since I was 13), Mumford and Sons,
Of Monsters and Men, Coldplay, Mayer, Maroon 5, The Beatles, and The

If you would like to work with me or just want to say hello, email me at

And because I love/am completely obsessed with my dog, I can’t not link to this.

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It’s That Time Again

If you’ve been a reader of my blog for a while, there’s a chance you’ve seen my last home tour which was photographed by John and Maura for Rue Magazine last year. I moved out of that apartment almost one year ago, and am having my current home photographed for The Everygirl, Apartment Therapy, and Houzz this coming Wednesday! Yes, three shoots in one day for the girl who just loves (insert sarcasm here) having her photo taken.

We featured Alaina’s home a few weeks ago, and we’ll be featuring mine the first week of May. Fortunately, The focus will be on my home and not on me. And if I have anything to say about it–on little Buddy who may or may not have gotten himself a gingham bow tie for the big day. I do have to be in some of the photos which is kind of the worst, but I’m be having my hair done that morning, wearing some beautiful baubles from T+J Designs, and, I’ll get to hang with two of my favorite photographers for most of the day–John and Maura Stoffer. Love those two!

I’m sure I’ll post a few peeks on instagram, and I’ll try to get another post up, but don’t know that I’ll have any time. Lots of styling and cleaning to do. Please excuse the radio silence and wish me

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It’s been three years

I love any reason to celebrate and have quite a few milestones that I like to keep track of each year. I do not necessarily “celebrate” each one, but love looking back at how things have changed as the years go by. The first of which just so happens to be today! Let’s review my yearly celebrations.

2.1.10 The first time I moved to Chicago. I wanted (ok–needed) to see if I liked the city enough to live here and decided to sublet a place for a month. This day also marks exactly 2.5 years in Chicago. Amazing.

First trip to the bean

2.22.12 The day Alaina and I launched The Everygirl. Our one year anniversary is coming up, and West Elm is throwing a little one year anniversary soiree for us. What a year it’s been.

At our TEG/Kate Spade event. Photo via Stoffer Photography

5.14.12 The day I started CrossFit. Can’t believe I’m 4.5 months away from a year! I’ve said this before but I had never stuck to a workout routine for a month, so the fact that I’ve been doing this 4-5 days a week for 8.5 months still blows me away. CrossFit has completely changed my life. I love it!

toes to bar & burpees

8.1.10 The day I officially moved to Chicago. Can’t believe it’ll be three years this August. And I really cannot believe how much my life has changed because of this move. It is the best thing I ever did for myself. I love this city.

My first Chicago apartment. Photo via Stoffer Photography for Rue Magazine

 9.17.82 My birthday. Duh.

Little me with great aunt rose. 

12.16.08  The day I rescued my sweet little pup.

What milestones do you celebrate?
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The Silver Lining

Blogs. We love to read them, but they can be as dangerous (to readers) as they are fun. We see photos of designer outfits, glitter, and perfectly styled vingnettes. We see perfection. If I just described your daily life, I want to know all your secrets. Seriously–email me.

I love pretty things as much as the next girl. I post product roundups, love fashion, and my home was featured in a magazine. There’s lots of pretty in my life, but it’s relatively balanced by the not-so-pretty, whether that be the crap piled all over my dining table, balancing multiple work projects, and other stresses in my life. But I have my health, friends, family, CrossFit, and of course, The Everygirl. And I do not take any of these things for granted. But it is important (to me) that I keep it real with all of you, and with myself.

I am working on finding happiness and contentment when everything isn’t exactly as I want it. And really–when are things exactly as you want them? I’m running a business I dreamed of and things are going well. It is not easy but is something I wanted so badly. I pined over getting in shape for years (I’m talking the entirety of my 20s here) and found a workout that I love so much more than I ever thought possible. I wake up so happy that I can do push-ups and pull-ups. I have an amazing group of friends. A family who loves me. I am healthy. So given this information, I should just be happy. Right? 

Um…yeah, no.

I wrote this post over the weekend when I was going through a particularly difficult couple of hours. It all just hit me at once and I felt a little overwhelmed. Alaina invited me to come over and I almost took her up on it, but quickly realized that I should sit here with these feelings. So I sat down at the computer and started writing. And I just let myself feel everything. I thought about the good things in my life. The bad. Things I’ve been struggling through and things I want.

I woke up feeling much better on Sunday. Relaxed, cleaned, and did a little work before walking over to my friend Jess Lively’s place so we could catch up and introduce the pups to one another. Franklin is the cutest thing ever, by the way. As always, I loved talking to Jess and she had some great advice for me. I decided right then and there that I would go ahead and publish this post, even if the whole thing is just me rambling incessantly. And I’m pretty sure we hit that point at least one paragraph ago. But this is where I am, and I want to put it out there. I need to put it out there. I want to figure it all out and then look back on it in the months and years to come. Like this post. That takes me back.

Based on my blog posts, instagram, FB, and tweets, I seem pretty happy. And I am. Things are going well but the past year has been a little overwhelming. I’ve been balancing running a website, interns, and a graphic design business. I used to take on approx 8 clients a week but that just hasn’t been possible the past year. I can’t keep up. So I’ve had to cut back and as a result, I’ve made less money than I’m used to. I am still constantly trying to find balance between my two jobs. Trying to balance the number of clients I can work with at a time isn’t the worst problem to have.

I have a type A personality. Typical overachiever who likes stability and certainty. I set the bar high and work my ass off to get there. I dream big. At the same time, I am an entrepreneur which defines me as a risk taker. So I love stability but take risks with my career and as a result, my finances. I am a swirling mass of contradictions.

My point? Not sure. But I will say this–the next time you feel lost or like a piece of your puzzle is missing, please know that you are not alone. It is ok to let yourself feel defeated even when things are going well. It’s ok to be sad even when you’re happy. Let yourself feel it, but try to take a moment to think about all the good things in your life. It isn’t always easy to do, but it usually helps a little bit. I did this and woke up feeling much, much better on Sunday morning. There is always always always a silver lining.

Chase after your dreams. Set your bar high. Live what you love. And when you’re looking at blogs and instagram photos full of beautiful little vignettes and perfect outfits, try not to put so much damn pressure on yourself. Surround yourself with people who love you as much as you love them. Be kind to yourself and to others. We’re all in this together.

…and I’m done.

image via

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Happy New Year! I cannot believe another year has come and gone. Maybe it’s just me, but this was one of the most life changing years of my life, and I cannot believe how quickly it flew by. The two biggest game-changers were the launch of The Everygirl and (wait for it…) CrossFit. While my move from LA to Chicago in 2010 led me to where I am today, this is the year it all seemed to come together.

This year also put me to the test. January – March Alaina and I had a total of 3 days off, including weekends. I
learned what it means to let work completely consume your life, but I would do it again in a second. And even though there are still lots of late nights, it’s so worth it. My relationship officially came to an end, great aunt Rose had some health issues, and things were generally pretty crazy. I am looking forward to a fresh start and can’t wait to see what 2013 will bring.


My home tour was featured in Rue Magazine.
Alaina and I spent every waking moment preparing for the launch of The Everygirl.


We launched The Everygirl on February 2.22!


Photographed Alex Berlin’s home for Glitter Guide.
Life was entirely devoted to The Everygirl. Only had 3 days off (including weekends) between Jan-March.


How to style a coffee table.
Traveled to Boston for The Everygirl. Met Erin Gates. Photographed Erin’s house. Nine photo shoots in three days.


I started CrossFit on the 14th. Began paleo shortly after.

We held an event at BHLDN and finally met Caitlin.


Moved into my new apartment!
My mom visited Chicago.

Forbes listed The Everygirl one of the Top 100 Websites for Women and Top 10 Websites for Millennial Women.


My first 4th of July on the lake
After 10 years (on and off), J and I (officially) broke up
I wrote Things I’m Afraid to Tell You
TEG partnered with Random House to start a book club


Celebrated two years in Chicago
Newborn photo shoot
Gilt City rooftop party. Saw Of Monsters and Men live (amazing).
Two movies in the park and farmer’s market


I look like such a b in this photo but assure you that I am actually a nice person.

A stroll through Central Park

Visited NYC for Fashion Week: Kate Spade presentation, Herve Leger, and the rewardStyle party
Partnered with Rue & Gap
We were featured on Camille Styles
Released a series of videos with Banana Republic and Career Builder
Celebrated my 30th birthday
Hosted an event for The Everygirl contributors/Chicago features at The Bedford


Finally visited LA and Santa Barbara

Began the 60 day paleo challenge on 10.15
Alaina and I were featured in Chicago Home and Garden


The Everygirl / Kate Spade / Vanity Fair event
The Everygirl put together a gift guide for Kate Spade’s website


Holiday Week on The Everygirl
Alaina and I were featured in People’s StyleWatch
We were also featured on Glitter Guide
My office was featured on Apartment Therapy
Threw a Christmas party
Celebrated Christmas with Alaina & her family

Cheers to an overall great year! I have a big list of goals for ’13 and cannot wait to see all the progress I’ve made a year from now! Wishing all of my readers the best in 2013! xo

Read My 2011 recap here.
Read my 2010 recap here
And here’s a random list of things I did in 2009.

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The Gallery Wall

I have a small gallery wall in my dining room and one in my bedroom as well. They are both mostly done but still need a little work. The gallery wall above my sofa in my last apartment was one of my favorite little vignettes in my home. So simple and pretty! I wanted to recreate that same feel but kick it up a notch or two, and I think I’ve done it. In case you haven’t seen it, here is my old gallery wall below, and the rest of my old home tour.
Some inspiration from around the web… 

And a peek at my new gallery wall. It’s a work in progress!


If you have any great resources for art (favorite etsy shops, etc…) I’d love to hear them!
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Currently Loving / West Elm Edition

If you’ve seen my old home tour, you should not be surprised by my love of all things West Elm. That’s where I purchased my desk, desk chair, shelves, rug, mirror, throw, lacquer tray, and several other items that you’ll see throughout my home. I love mixing old and new and try not to overdo it with one brand, but when it comes to West Elm, it’s hard to hold back. Great pricing, quality, and style, + an understanding of the importance of gold, grey, and lacquer.

And let’s not forget that the brand has one of the greatest Creative Directors of all time–the gracious Vanessa Holden, who welcomed The Everygirl into the West Elm offices for a career feature on TEG.

I recently purchased my dining chairs and coffee table from West Elm
and have my eye on a few other things to help me finish my home in preparation for home tour #2. Number one on the list? The Souk
rug (below). And the gold flatware. Oh, that gorgeous gold flatware. I’ve only posted about it 27 million times. I am pretty sure I need it.

 What are your two favorite items on this list?