Cindrella Screwed Me Over

Cinderella screwed me over

Cinderella Screwed Me Over by Cindi Madsen

Rating 4 out of 5 Stars

Before I get to my review here’s the blurb found in the back of the book

“Darby Quinn has a bone to pick with Cinderella. Burned one too many times by ex-boyfriends, Darby has lost all belief in the happily-ever-after that the fairy-tale princess promised her. She’s sworn off love, Prince Charmings, and happy endings and she’s happy about it. Really. Or at least she was…until she met Jake, her gorgeous neighbor and the manager of her favorite restaurant. But Darby has rules about dating, ones she’s culled from her years spent with so-called “princes,” and starting something with Jake would break all of them.

Charming, fun, and unwilling to give up on her, Jake doesn’t fit any of the profiles Darby has created from her case studies of ex-princes-gone-bad. Finally presented with her own Prince Charming, can Darby take a chance on a happily-ever-after?

Full of wit and sarcastic humor, Cinderella Screwed Me Over proves that sometimes the perfect love, like a perfect pair of shoes, is just within your grasp.”

First impression of the book

First of all, the MC (Darby) listens to an audio book while on the treadmill.  Why haven’t I thought of this sooner?! It might not be grand news to some of you, but it has seriously changed my life—not that I have tried it yet or even stepped in a gym… but I can guarantee you that when I decide to start my workout routine, I will start taking this into action.

Moving along.

Is this book about my life?!  The MC is an interior designer, jaded/cynical about dating, and focused on her career. Funny enough, I would immediately tune in whenever she mentioned a project—although this book is really about her love life. Honestly, I kind of love her—even when she is too stubborn to admit that she is falling for someone.  Also, what’s not to love about her fairytale prince/failed relationship case Files?

My Review

I’m in love with Cinderella stories—be it a book or a movie.  In fact, it was the second “Cinderella” based book I’ve read in a month (the first being Suddenly Royal). After years of a not-so-glamorous love life, Darby has decided to focus on her career and forget about finding love. Sometimes, in romance novels, I don’t get enough details and stories about the MCs. However, Madsen did a great job at adding depth to Darby’s story.  Darby might have a terrible love life, but she makes up for it by having great relationships with her friends and family.  I loved reading about the important people in her life and truly getting to know who she is outside of this cynical, fairytale-hating designer… but what kind of romance novel would this be without a heartthrob trying to win her over?

That’s where Jake comes in. The entire book, Darby reels him in and then pushes him away.  Seriously Jake, you are amazing to deal with that BS.  The entire time he is very understanding of her hot and cold moods, and never gives up the chase.  He knows that there’s a connection between them and patiently waits until Darby is ready to dive into the relationship.  But will she ever let her walls down to commit to a promising relationship?  Eventually, Darby puts Jake to the ultimate test.  What will happen to their relationship if Jake fails/passes this test? I guess you’ll have to read to find out.

Would I recommend this book? Yes! Especially for women in their 20’s and 30’s.  A great indicator of this being a great book is the fact that my sister willingly picked it up and started reading it.  My sister is a very picky reader and the only commitment she has ever made to books is the Twilight series. The fact that she actually enjoyed the 8 pages she’s read so far speaks volumes for the likeability of this book.

And now the really fun part – bringing the book to life!

Here are some of the rooms in Cinderella Screwed Me Over

Blue – Jake’s job and Darby’s favorite restaurant

Where Darby releases stress

Disclaimer Because my ID software skills are still in the beginning stages, the fastest way to bring these books to life is by finding images similar to areas/rooms from the books I review. These images were taken from different websites and can find its source by clicking on the image.

Where to find the book


Where to find the author


On a side note, I have been struggling with the idea of book blogging—it scares the crap out of me.  I had started a few book review posts but never went through with them. My fear was so big that I even debated about quitting blogging before I even found my voice.  Writing this post has helped increase my confidence because I’ve found a way to bring together my two loves: Books and Interior Design.

Until next time!



Reasons Why I Want to Have a Vanity

and why every woman should want one too!

My love for beauty and cosmetics has been reawakened thanks to my new love affair with some famous vlogs.  But what does a girl do when she wants to spend countless of hours playing with make-up and hair tools?  I’m sure as hell not going to be found doing this while standing in the bathroom! The solution? I need to get myself a vanity.

Can’t you just see yourself sitting in front of these while a) taking care of your everyday beauty routine or b) getting yourself dolled up with all of your goodies?!

A vanity, also known as a lowboy or dressing table, is just a table with some drawers for your belongings, topped off with a big mirror where you can admire your beauty. But please don’t forget, you must add a comfortable chair or stool!  I think this tradition started in Europe with high society were Ladies would often be primped and primed by their handmaidens.  But this is just me taking a wild guess, thanks to Downton Abbey.  Now let’s get started on my very shallow reasons!

Reason # 1:  I need a place to spread out and organize my beauty products

Reason # 2:  I can sit down while I’m getting ready

Reason # 3: I’ll actually be motivated to do something other than a bun to my hair!

Reason # 4:  Moisturizing routines are suddenly more glamorous

Reason # 5: I think it makes the room look pretty

Many people have different taste, so here are some different styles that might spark your interest.

black vanity                                                              love vanity

modern vanity                                            vanity

Hope you enjoyed my latest post.  Next one will include some book reviews and a giveaway!!



Spanish Interiors are for Secret Societies and The Mysterious

Spanish Revival Interior

For some reason, I feel like this style of home should have hidden rooms and secret corridors. There’s something beautifully dark about this image that draws me in. If it doesn’t have any of the traditional spanish tiles, then I’d totally understand why most people would think this house is gothic.  It might just be me, but doesn’t this look like it might belong in Barrons Books and Baubles?? For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, please check out The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning.  This easily has to be one of my favorite series! But I promised myself this would be a design post and I won’t let myself get distracted by listing all the reasons as to why it’s BEST SERIES EVER!

I love the contrast of dark and light brought together by the spanish style.  And don’t even get me started on painted ceramic tiles. Looking at these images also transports me to a totally different world than the one I’m accustomed to; it’s a complete departure from the cold and secluded interiors that we are so often seeing now-a-days.

What defines the Spanish style?

  • Decorative Wrought Iron Details like the chandelier and stair railing you see in the image above.
  • White Stucco Walls perfect and ready for Spanish painted tile.
  • Rounded Arches 
  • Painted Tile and Terracota Tile
  • Terracota Roof Tiles
  • Wooden Ceiling Beams
  • Cut Steel Work
  • Dark Wood everywhere!
  • Rich Fabrics full of colors and patterns
  • Courtyards and Patios

Unlike the first picture I posted, this style is full of color and details. Here are some examples I love:

Iron Details, Painted Tiles, Rounded Arches, Dark Wood,

I ❤ Dark Wood

Can I just say that I love painted tile?!?! I love their rich colors and geometric patterns.  Sometimes geometric patterns have a tendency to feel cold but there’s just something about the intricate spanish style that feels warm and cozy.


Spanish Style Tiles

I also love to see this wonderful display of color on back splashes

Love this!

Beautiful Stove Alcove

And in Bathrooms!

Blue Bathroom

With that being said (and shown), I can’t wait to start working on a project where I would have to create a space with Spanish influences… or maybe having my own retreat on the California coast, complete with hidden rooms and passageways.

What do you think about this style?

RT Book Lovers Convention ’14 in New Orleans

Me and Jannelle

This was my first year at an RT convention and it was AMAZING!!  My RT cherry has been popped, and am now addicted.  I NEED MORE RT CON IN MY LIFE!


I would like to thank Jannelle for telling me about this situation and bringing me along on this journey.

On to my first convention event, the Blogger Conference.  This had to be one of my favorite events because I was able to learn how to become a better blogger.  Plus there was free lunch and cocktail hour at the end 😉 Also, I received the ARC to what will be my first post-convention read, V!rg!n by Radhika Sanghani.  Can I say that this book has one of the best dedications I have ever read?!

“To anyone who has ever gone through the pain of a Brazilian wax”

Another book I’m super excited to start reading is The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost.  I’m hoping to get my hands on it soon!


With Jeaniene Frost!

All of the panels, reader events, and social events were phenomenal.  Sometimes the crowds were a bit overwhelming (introvert probz) but I definitely made the most out of it all.  Most people were amazing; others were a little too intense for my liking.  You had to be careful when there were free books involved, which was almost all of the events.

Waiting in Line for the Giant Book Fair

Waiting in Line for the Giant Book Fair

The food in New Orleans has to be like nothing I have ever eaten before. I tried an oyster for the first time. Gross. At least it was worth it because it had a pearl!! Etouffee, Po Boys, Popeyes, Crawfish, Fried Fish oh my! I have never eaten so much seafood in my life. The drinking and nightlife out does even the best parties in Vegas.  The lifestyle in New Orleans has to be one of the most laid-back and carefree that I have ever encountered and I love it! These traits were plainly obvious while walking down Bourbon Street on a Saturday night.

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New Orleans is so magical that it’s no surprise to me why so many authors write about it. Its history alone is enough to keep a person interested. But then you start to learn about the local superstitions, voodoo queen Marie Laveau, vampires, and ghosts. I can seriously understand why an author would be inspired.


Last but not least, I want to give a shout out to all of the wonderful ladies that made this week so great.

My Favorite Ladies at RT14

My Favorite Ladies at RT14

Until the next time!!! RT15 Dallas

“Done is Better Than Perfect”

― Sheryl SandbergLean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead


This is for all of you perfectionists out there!

… although it’s so hard to let go of perfectionist tendencies when you are constantly comparing your work to other students.  I got used to being the best or one of the best, but winter quarter had been a complete reality check.  Now that I have started this blog and am looking for an internship, I need to follow these words of advice more than ever.

As I was reading this book, I couldn’t help but think about how this was totally geared for a different audience–mainly mothers or mothers-to-be.  I also think that some of her advice is completely unrealistic and doesn’t take into consideration that many people are not as privileged as she is.  On the bright side, though, I was able to pull some nuggets of advice that I will definitely follow:

  1. Never put your career aside because you want to have babies, just figure out what you will do once you are actually pregnant.
  2. Find a mentor! But please don’t ask them to be your mentor. That would be awkward.  Instead develop a friendship.
  3. Always sit at the table.  Assert yourself as a woman and always go for that raise or promotion.
  4. Never be afraid to negotiate.

It’s been a while since I read the book, and don’t really remember much else.

Back to when I first read the quote.

I had the great idea of reviewing the book and this quote so I could write an awesome post.  But instead of making this a perfect post (I started writing this on April 4th), I will finally finish it and let you know that I’ll be posting all about my RT experience later today.

American Dream Builders

American Dream Builders is a new design competition program on NBC and hosted by the very well known designer Nate Berkus.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS SHOW! It brings together two of my favorite things, interior design and mindless reality tv.   I usually don’t like renovation shows because they can be pretty dry and boring, but this show has done a pretty good job at bringing in some juicy drama to keep the audience interested.

Here’s a little clip:

First of all, I have a love hate relationship with Elaine.  She is definitely one of the contestants that makes the show interesting because of her personality; she’s a trip.  Though she is an excellent designer, I haven’t really been wowed by her.

My favorite designer on the show is Nina, she has the potential to be extraordinary, but some how falls short each week.  It has been kind of frustrating to watch sometimes, but I know that time is limited so I try not to hold it against her.

Overall it’s a fun show to watch when you want to relax and maybe get some ideas for your own home. I even think that it has the potential to reach the popularity of other competition shows like Top Chef.

You can catch this show on NBC, on Sunday’s at 7PM E, or watch it online here.

What do you think?

Can I be Marie Antoinette for a day?

or maybe for a year so that I can truly get the experience. 😛

A couple of weeks ago I went to The Getty Center for a class field trip and I think it has to be the most fun I’ve ever had a museum.  We got to see all sorts of French furniture and decorative arts from the Rococo and Neo Classical periods.  This place is a must go for all Interior Designers that are remotely interested in history.  I took an insane amount of pictures and I think only 1% will make it on to this post.

First I want to start off with this clock.  It has a monkey, and I love it.

Wall Clock

I want a fancy room like this one and pretend to live in the Parisian court.

Rococo Room

::rings bell:: More tea please, actually could you give me a glass of our house wine?

Forgot the name

I’ll be on my day bed.


but please do not bother me of the curtains are closed


This is a sofa and a bed! I wish there was someone standing next to it so that you could better understand its size.


The amount of detail that went into making this piece is unreal


 You can better see some of the marquetry in this close up.


Why can’t we sit on the chairs!! D’: I wanted to explore all of the furniture, sit in the rooms, and pretend I was Marie Antoinette. </3

Louis XV Gilded Fauteuil

Here are some of my other favorite pictures:

La Regence Panel Detail French Porcelain

Look at the floor!!!

Desk and Parquetry

Some of my friends from school couldn’t help but pose with Louis XIV

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I’m pretty sure they weren’t allowed to walk there

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Hope you enjoyed my pictures!


My Lightbulb Moment

I decided to start a blog! I’ll mainly be writing about travel and interior design–with the occasional life rant.

After a sleep-deprived couple of days I had a lightbulb moment on my drive to school this morning. I found it so refreshing and it really gave me something to think about, other than the crazy hecticness that is my life right now.  I was listening to the radio where Mark Foster from the band ‘Foster the People’, was being interviewed on his new album and what fueled his creative process.  I’m so excited that I was able to find an article on the interview that I heard this morning.  Here’s an excerpt:

 Leading up to the album, Foster had his own private recreation time, taking a three-month sabbatical in vastly different environs like Morocco, India, Israel, and Africa.  He came back culture-shocked to the westernized mentality of Los Angeles, but his trip “fueled a lot of the concepts” that ended up going in Supermodel including the way other people live outside of Western culture and how they communicate.

“It’s so cliché for a musician to come back and say India changed my life,” admitted Foster. “I went to villages where they really had nothing, but down the street they had a temple made of solid gold.  That was just like the eye-opening thing… these people dedicate their lives to what they believe and there’s a reverence to the way that they live their lives. They live for the greater of the community as opposed for us living for the greater of self.”

This was one of the reasons that Foster also took a sabbatical from social media. In America, we take for granted the necessity of the existence of social media, but as Foster so aptly stated, social media has existed for “five years” whereas we survived as humans for thousands of years without it.

Using it as a way to relieve boredom and to connect with people, Foster says that with social media we tend to use it as a way to “validate our thoughts and existence,” a way to curate an identity that people want to see. He stepped back from social media for seven or eight months to draw an emotional boundary and found that once he stopped using social media, life “just got more peaceful.”

“The static noise that I hadn’t been aware of, kind of just all around my in-and-outs of my life kind just stopped. And I was just sitting in a room. Alone.”  This translated deeply into the making of Supermodel.

“This record is really about culture and the evolution of culture,” explained Foster. “And I feel like specifically, the generation that we’re living in now, just with social media and the inundation of technology and how that’s affecting our day-to-day life and I find that to be a fascinating topic.”

And here’s the link in case you want to read the whole thing:

Foster The People Talk Coachella, Social Media, Forthcoming Album ‘Supermodel’ With Kevin and Bean

I’ve been so involved with school that I’ve completely forgotten about my passion for travel and its effect on my view of the world.  Listening to how life changing this 3-month sabbatical was for Mark has reinvigorated my need for travel.  I thought I was going to spend my spring break reading at home, but now I think I’ll try to spend it checking out places in the Southern California area.

P.S. I’m supposed to be working on my final projects and papers so the aesthetic part of this blog will be worked on, on another day.

Here’s an image of Hearst Castle–one of the places I would like to visit on my break.

Hearst Castle