You know it is bad when I feel like I HAVE to share this with you...
I write this as I am still waiting in an empty house, for my items to arrive. I wish I could give one rating to the men who came and packed up my stuff, and another to the company, as the movers themselves were very professional, nice and a pleasure to work with. The company, however, has been one of the worst I have ever had the displeasure of working with.
One thing to know about this company is that regardless of what they tell you regarding details of your move, it is fact the fine print in your contract that matters to them, not what they have spoken to you about regarding your specific move.
- I was told VERBATIM on many occasions the the movers would be picking up my items on Sunday. I planned everything around this, including when I would be moving out, turning off utilities, etc. I even confirmed this date with Public Moving Services rep Veronica, via email, the Friday before. She informed me she had in fact received confirmation of this date by her supervisor, Emma. On Saturday evening I get a call letting me know they will be using the 'backup date' of Monday to pick up my items. BACKUP DATE? I never heard a word about this. After moving mountains, I was able to get my apartment to let me stay another day, as well as have other people help me out in my new location and attend to existing appointments and drop offs I had set up. During this confusion I was more than kind and understanding -- as they were quick to remind me, I had in fact signed a contract that included the possibility of a backup date, in the fine print.
- When I spoke with Veronica about setting up my move, obviously one of my questions was about how long it would take for my items to get to me. She let me know, after looking up my addresses, that it would be 2-3 days. This is something she later confirmed again over the phone. However, when I spoke with the movers, they let me know this was not correct and told me they would need to get a confirmed date and would let me know half-way through the packing process. OK, fine. Half-way through the packing process, I brought this up again and the foreman, Alex, called in to the office and let me know it would be on the following Saturday (5 days after pick up). Ok, fine. At the end of the packing, I confirmed this again with Alex, who let me know it was 100% confirmed.
- Saturday came and went with no arrival of my items. I emailed Veronica, called the office, etc. etc. The only responses I received were from Veronica who let me know she had 'nothing yet' regarding the time they would be coming on Saturday. Obviously they would not be coming at all...
- Sunday passed -- Monday I called Customer Service and spoke with Ellie Williams - she was borderline abusive in her tone and clearly set on being of ZERO assistance. She let me know that per the contract that yes, I did in fact sign, it can take up to 18 BUSINESS DAYS FOR MY ITEMS TO ARRIVE! What?! Having something in a contract does not mean you should tell your customers something that is inaccurate and/or leave them completely out of the loop when it comes to changes arising with the move! She refused to let me speak to anyone else, put me through to a bogus voicemail when I tried to leave a message for Emma, and told me that while she would not give me a timeframe, she would let me know about the update from the driver by this afternoon.
- Well, this afternoon I have spent no less than 3 hours on hold with this company, and on the 2 occasions that I made it to the front of the queue, I was picked up and hung up on. I am in SHOCK. It is now 5pm and no word from Ellie.
RUN RUN RUN from this company. They have zero regard for their customers and have no problem with telling someone what they want to hear in order to get a sale. Oh, and I should mention that I was quoted at $4k and the move cost $7k.
Big things are coming here at DBS.obsessed! With a move to the country and a new home to decorate in a way that would make Chip and Joanna proud, I can't WAIT to share my journey of farmhouse-chic home updates. Not quite a fixer-upper, my new home is one that is just in need of a style makeover. I look forward to bringing you tips, tricks, and reliable resources for all the things you will need to make these updates to your home!
Learn with me and benefit from my mistakes as I figure it all out and share with you as it happens.
Holy shiplap, this is going to be SO exciting.
Shopping through Facebook group live sales and album sales is all the rage! It's a fun and interactive way to shop for new styles, while engaging with a new online community! Join Pineapple Express with DBS on Facebook for boutique clothing, accessories, cosmetics and more -- in a variety of shapes and styles!
This is a new endeavor for me and one I hope you ladies will join in on!
I wanted to share La Cocina's Restaurant Week with you, and encourage you to consider joining for a dinner. I've been a fan and supporter of La Cocina for years now, and it has been inspiring to watch the organization grow from a small incubation program into the seed for more than 20 brick and mortar restaurants in the Bay Area.
For their restaurant week (read more below) they are hosting 7 nights of dinners, around International Women's Day, featuring La Cocina graduates in their restaurants and guest chefs from restaurants like Delfina, Nopalito, Arguello and more. The proceeds benefit the organization, and I can guarantee that they will be exceptional meals. They have dinners in the East Bay, San Francisco and Marin, so hopefully one of the locations will work for you.
Tickets at: https://lacocinarestaurantweek.com/
I'm going to keep this simple and just provide links to the books I have read and loved, as of late. The descriptions are obviously available on the site linked, and I think they are all worth reading IF you are interested after reading the descriptions... ENJOY!!
Happy 2017 everyone! Sorry for the delay, but we all know that sometimes a break is necessary. Between getting sick just before Christmas and taking some time to spend with family, I decided to put things on hold during the holidays. However, let me assure you it was worth the wait!
Big things (literally) are here for you to enjoy as you cozy up at home this January!
For some time now I've been seeing "giant knitting" and loving the look! However, I was afraid to purchase, based on the fact that I thought they would fall apart and be too delicate for actual use. I am happy to report that is not the case! I came across the online shop of Boston maker, Morgan Metz - Loose Knits, and loved the work she was doing and had to find out more!
Clearly this was fate, right? Giant Knits AND Boston?! <3 #dbsobsessed
This throw is the perfect addition to any room! It comes in a great bag (see below), should you want to store it -- who would hide this -- and my favorite thing about Morgan's knits, as opposed to others I have seen, has to be the unique herringbone knitting pattern she uses. I am so in love. As you can see, I sometimes keep it on the back of the fold-out I have (which is otherwise hideous), and at other times I keep it on the couch, so it is ready for some serious snuggling. This chunky knit blanket packs a big punch in the warmth deparment, and is incredibly soft!
And yes, I ACTUALLY use it, so I have been able to see that while there is some initial shedding, it really is not nearly as delicate as I initially expected. Toward the bottom of this post, you will see that there are some close-ups of a blue blanket. These are from a blanket of Morgan's that she has been regularly using for over a year. As you can see, it is in great shape!
Because I love that she lived in Boston (aka I am totally jealous), I asked Morgan to tell me not only about her knits, but also about her connection to that amazing city, as well as to tell us about some of her favorite spots:
"I'm actually from Florida originally, and moved up to Boston for college and fell in love with the city instantly. Freshman year is when I really started getting into knitting. It started just as a way to relax, and it slowly turned into a full blown addiction. Now when I'm not knitting, I work full time in clinical oncology research, and knitting is still the best thing to destress and decompress. I just naturally gravitated to the bulky yarns even from the beginning. So as the years went by I just kept searching for thicker and softer yarns. I quickly realized that mass produced yarns only went so chunky, and most unfortunately were acrylic (which is a petroleum based product). That's when I decided to reach out to local farms in the area, and I discovered roving and thats how the idea for Loose Knits came to be.
As for favorite places to eat in Boston...
-Tatte Bakery- Has amazing pastries (the raspberry fruit box is my personal favorite), drinks, and sandwiches. Perfect for a knitting break snack!
-Tremont 647- Best brunch place in Boston hands down. Homemade poptarts and ridiculously good coffee. Always has a great throw back playlist playing and all the waiters wear their pajamas.
-SOWA Open Market- This isn't necessarily a restaurant. Its an artisan market/farmers market/food truck gathering that is open only Summer Sundays. Between all the delicious freshly made goodies from the farmers market and some amazing food truck, what more could a girl ask for! They also opened a beer and wine garden there this past season. Loose Knits will have a market booth at SOWA in 2017!
-Tasting Counter- Technically in Somerville, but this place is heaven for any serious foodie! Its a 9 course completely chef curated dining experience. The chefs cook right in front of you. It is definitely for special occasions."
I can certainly vouch for Tremont 647 as well. Many a brunch, many a bottle of bubbles, many gossipy mornings.... MEMORIES.
To know me is to know my love for George Michael. I was gutted when hearing about his passing. He was my first crush (i know, i know...), my first style icon (that single cross earring may not have stayed with me but the aviators and the leather jacket def have) and a musician who made me dance, think, sing and smile.
RIP George Michael. This Christmas and every Christmas, I give you my heart.
In my opinion, the wrapping on the present is just as important as the gift itself, and certainly not something that should be an afterthought. I love choosing my wrapping papers each Christmas season, and coordinating different ribbons and tags to go with them.
When the opportunity to try out a new company that allows you to curate wrapping paper designs from Pinterest boards (and other social channels - but I think it works best with Pinterest), I jumped at the chance to give it a whirl.
Pinpaper Press is BRAND SPANKIN' NEW and you must try it out! I also invite you to check out the Pinterest boards that I created for the purpose of being made into Pinpaper Press wrapping sheets, so all you need to do is link through to my Pinterest page and choose the specific board, rather than taking the time to create personalized boards (especially since the countdown to Christmas is officially on and poppin').
Here are some the boards I made (linked below):
So how does it work?
A few other must haves for perfect wrapping (that doesn't require being an expert)!
What would a Christmas decorations posting series be without a Christmas tree? You may have noticed that this Royal Tenenbaum was mostly omitted from my last holiday decor post. However, that's because there was just too much to share in the world of Christmas ornaments! It deserved it's own post.
Oh the emotional roller coaster of decorating a Christmas tree as a singleton... It all started with ordering a tree from Five Star Christmas Trees. It's a long story but basically that company is a giant fail and did not deliver the tree or provide any information on where it was or when it would be here… Not to mention the fact that my friend who I referred to this company based on past reviews received a tree that was lackluster to say the least, and not what she paid for. Depending on how things go with them I might break the rules of this blog and actually tell you about the whole negative experience, but I'm going to give them a bit more time to make this actually right.
As of now, I am out $100+ and have no tree to show for it.
Anywway, once it was established that the tree I needed was not coming and after I had waited over a week past when I expected it and needed to take pictures to share with all of my lovely blog readers… I went to go buy a tree on my own. Fortunately, there is a great place located in Heather Farms in Walnut Creek called Toby's. Toby (the company was named for him when he was just a little kid) can be found on-site helping people out with other members of his family and a whole crew of helpful people, wearing Oregon Ducks gear! Toby told me that he hails from West Linn and I was so happy to be supporting an Oregon business. I picked up a great 7 foot tree for $79, that was naturally grown in the Williamette Valley. After a rough football season I was happy to feel some joy coming from the home of my beloved Ducks!
I also was able to get some incredible premade garland that came in either 15 foot or 75 foot bundles that are beautifully done, easy to handle and hang and went back to get more after my first round, because I loved it so much. Also found at Toby's: an array of wreaths and poinsettias that are in excellent condition.
The crew at Tobeys was so helpful in getting the tree cut and set up to go home as well as putting it in my car for me. The emotional roller coaster of this all comes from the fact that nothing makes you feel more single than knowing that you have to carry a 7 foot tree up to your house… Thank God I have an incredible family living next to me who was kind enough to send their son and dad to help me bring the tree upstairs and put it in my stand. I don't know what I would do without great neighbors!
On the flipside, nothing makes me feel more accomplished than doing something on my own, and I was back on cloud nine after getting the lights and ornaments up on my tree. I LOVE how it turned out! So, what did I put on this tree? Let's find out!
I know that some people like to save the best for last, but I'm going to start this post with the star of my Christmas tree this year: my PAWfect paintings pet portrait ornament!
Jackie from PAWfect makes the cutest pieces, and I am so in love with my ornament of little Alfie! Here is some more about her shop:
"Ever since I was a little girl, I LOVED painting dogs. If they asked me in Elementary School to draw something that made me happy, it was always my Golden Retriever, Ginger, EVERY. SINLGE. TIME.
I decided to change my path in life, and do something I have always loved. I want to create artwork that makes everyone else happy, too!
My shop is very easy, all the listings you see are just examples, so choose your favorite! When you choose your favorite, it gives me an idea of the style you'd like to see for your custom painting! After you've done so, I'll be in touch with you every step of the way. I'll help you choose a photo, I'll ask a few questions, send you updates along the way, and in just a short few short weeks, I'll be able to ship your very own painting of your beautiful pet!
I understand that sometimes you have a certain idea in mind, just contact me! We can talk about your ideas, and how you want it to look, I LOVE a challenge!"
Here's the picture I sent to PAWfect for my ornament to be created - I love those ears in the air and thought it would be the perfect look to capture!
Click here to get your PAWfect painting by Jackie! She does amazing portraits - not just on ornaments!
Now let's take a look at some of the other ornaments I am particularly in love with at the moment!
An Etsy ornament made from a can of LaCroix Sparkling Water.
A Kate Spade tree ornament from this year's collection.
Two of the Pendleton Woolen Mills National Park Collection Ornaments
an adorable weiner dog ornament from a shop for all of the weiner dog lovers out there, Red Barn Australia! More to come from them in the new year, here on dbsobsessed!
Let me start this post by telling you that this is going to be a bit different from the typical dbsobsessed post. Because Christmas decor is just about my favorite thing in the world (she typed while sitting by the fireplace, blasting Christmas music), there are many incredible artists and makers that I have been working with in order to provide you with a bit of an online 'holiday bazaar', complete with MAJOR DISCOUNTS! So, read on and find out all about the look I went for when decorating this year, as well as how to nab those deals!
I need to introduce you to these FAB finds ASAP, so more info will come over the next week in terms of details on how I love to use these pieces to make my space special, but for now... BUY!
This year I knew that I wanted to go with a new look for Christmas, given the new look I have gone with for my living room. I went from a warm and cozy space that began to feel cluttered instead of cozy, to my version of Scandinavian.
Let's call it 'Warm Scandinavian Chic', shall we?
The changes I made to the living room were to get rid of a large and leaning Crate and Barrel wall storage system and to paint from a beige color to a warm white (the famed Swiss Coffee). Additionally, I moved a large longhorn sculpture (from Restoration Hardware) onto the big living room wall from another room and eliminated most of the wall decor that was previously in the living room. The final big change was to put the TV above the fireplace and get a mantle (FINALLY --- more on that below)!
In putting together this look for the holidays I wanted to focus on unique pieces from different makers. I didn't want something that I would see in everyone else's house. Yes, I love a Target decoration every now and then, and you will find some here, but I didn't want everything to be so cookie-cutter.
Favorite Makers + Exclusive Savings Offers!
Hands down, the best thing I did for my apartment decor, holiday or otherwise, was add this floating shelf 'mantle' from Rollins Rustic Designs. Having a fireplace is such a perk in an apartment, but not having a mantle REALLY takes away from the whole situation. This shelf was easy to install, available in a number of colors to make sure it was perfect for the look I was going for, and fully customizable in terms of size!
I will be able to easily take it down when I move and patch the holes, without screwing with my apartment deposit. After having hung the tv above my fireplace, the addition of this mantle really made all the difference!
For the holidays, I added this incredible sign (Merry Christmas... can you guess the language?), some real and fake candles, gorgeous greenery from Toby's Trees at Heather Farms in Walnut Creek, and ornaments and stockings hung from some simple hooks. I LOVE the end result and can't get enough of sitting in front of this space!
Wooden Wonders from KeenaAlyceDesigns are 20% off with code 'DBSOBSESSED' now through the end of 2016!
These signs have 100% MADE the look for my desired theme. Keena's designs, both custom and otherwise, are such a festive and gorgeous addition to any holiday setup that is not looking to be too over-the-top in terms of color. I can't get enough of the 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas' chalkboard look. It is great for hanging or placing on a dresser or bookcase, as I have here. It is so classically rustic and lends itself to being themed however you would like to have your holiday decor look. Another win for the apartment dweller! No matter what look I am going for in the coming years, this sign is going to work!
How about this natural looking wood sign?! This is SUCH A BEAUTY! As I mentioned, I wanted to go for 'Warm Scandinavian Chic'. I guessed I better make sure to add something Scandinavian, beyond the sparse white walls! With this in mind, I asked Keena to create a sign for my mantle, with the words 'Gladelig Jul', Danish for Merry Christmas.
OH WAIT I DIDN'T DOUBLE CHECK AND SENT HER SOME WEIRD AMERICANIZED VERSION OF THE SPELLING.
So, it should have been 'Glaedelig Jul', but I actually don't care at all and love it anyway! The writing is gorg, the size and color are perfect and lend themselves to the same diverse options for theme as does the other sign.
Keena is a joy to work with and is VERY communicative and willing to work to collaborate with you on custom orders, to make sure she is doing just what you want, and that you love the finished product. Let me reiterate about the spelling mishap: this was ALL on me, and I confirmed and reconfirmed the spelling with her. #DERP
I currently have Keena working on a sign that will be used for ongoing blog photoshoots, branding the images in an organic way. Stay tuned for more on that front. I can't wait to see how it turns out and to share it with you!
Below you will find some of the other signs available in theKeenaAlyceDesigns shop!
Use code 'ElemenOPillows2016' for 10% off any order at ElemenoPillows in 2016. No minimum purchase required.
When making purchases for decorating an apartment, whether for a holiday or any other time of year, there is one thing I always have to remind myself of: where the hell are you going to keep it when you don't have it out?!
I used to be a BIG fan of having different throw pillows for a variety of seasons, but I not only hated the actual pillow quality, I also had so many seasonal pillows stuffed into the tiny closet space I had in previous apartments! That was until I came acrossElemenOPillows on Etsy! I literally ONLY use these on my 24x24 throw pillows and change them out based on the season, or any other whim I may have. As you can see, I am currently mixing it up with red to go with the green sofa, for a perfect Christmas look!
And don't worry... Alfie FULLY approves.
Here are some other great holiday options from ElemenOPillows. Make sure to use code 'ElemenOPillows2016' for 10% off any order made in 2016!
Fellow Dachshund lovers - use code ‘DBSOBSESSED’ in the PeaceMealArt shop for 15% off any orders made now through the end of 2016!
Anytime someone uses the following to describe the work they do, I know I am dealing with a winner: "The common theme in many of my creations is the regal Dachshund. I’m owned by a Doxie and find their image brings a smile and laugh to almost everyone. They are ambassadors of absurd joy and that’s the essence of what I try to put out to the world in my creations."
So. Much. Yes.
It's no secret that I too am owned by a dachshund, so these cards and garland were a MUST have for my holiday season to be complete. If you know a doxie lover, or are one yourself, visit PeaceMealArt and take advantage of the great offer on some very special pieces.
That's all for today, but stay tuned for some great tips and tricks for holiday decor, along with a few more surprise features! Hint: there may or may not be CUSTOM PAINTED PET PORTRAIT ORNAMENTS COMING. Ok, they are for sure coming. I can't keep a secret.
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My raison d'etre: Seeking and experiencing that which improves my life in all areas. The purpose of this blog: to share those incredible discoveries with others, hopefully making their lives even better!