Today’s BEHIND THE SCENES guest almost doesn’t need an introduction, because I’m fairly certain you know her and her fabulous style! It’s none other than Alex, author of the Chicago based blog Things That Sparkle, and if you haven’t already subscribed to her daily posts on interiors, design and fashion…well, where have you been? In between planning her wedding, Alex is busy finishing up design school and preparing to launch her own interiors business (be sure to check out a few of her projects here!), so I was beyond excited when she agreed to share a sneak peek into her life. Take it away, Alex!
Name and age: Alex, 25
Your Blog: Things That Sparkle
Current City: Chicago
5 places I want to visit in my lifetime
4 books I want to read in the next year
So these are things I want to read in the near future, not just books:
The Allure of Style, The Hunger Games, the next issue of High Gloss Magazine and September issues of fashion magazines (biggest and best)
3 photos that exemplify what I want my life to look like in 5 years
September 22, 2012 I am getting married to my best friend. So luckily, I know I will accomplish that one. Then, I would like to grow our little family (dogs and babies included). And lastly, I would like to continue to grow my design firm, Alexandra Berlin Design.
2 goals I’m currently working on (and what I’m doing to get there)…
Well, I am in the process of graduating from design school. August. So close!! And part of graduating, is officially opening, to the public, my design firm. I have taken on a couple small projects while I’ve been in school, but as of August, I will open to any and all business!
A little tasting of the projects I’ve completed so far.
1 thing I’ve been dreaming about is…
MY WEDDING. And if I am really being honest, I’ve been dreaming of it since way before I was engaged. My fiance and I have been dating since we were 17, so I have a lot of time to think. Now that we are actually planning, it is so much fun!!
How did your blog get its name?
I know its silly, and totally uncreative, but I just really love all things sparkley. When I started my blog, it was just for me and my friends, I never EVER thought people I didn’t know would be reading. Maybe I would’ve taken the naming more seriously had I known, but I like it, it works!
Who serves as a source of inspiration for you?
My fiance inspires me every.single.day. For so many reasons. He truly loves his job and gives it 100% every day. He is always optimistic (which I appreciate, even if some days it makes me crazy). He is rational beyond belief and I need it sometimes! He has pushed me to do things I never thought I would do. And most importantly he has shown me how easy it is to trust someone you love.
What is your proudest achievement to date?
Leaving my corporate job in advertising to follow my dream of being an interior designer. I didn’t know I had it in me, but I am SO glad I do. I couldn’t be happier!!
Where is your favorite place to rest and re-charge?
I am a bit of a homebody, so… my bed. But if I am being a little more interesting than that, Nantucket. Just got back last week and miss it already!!
When did you first start blogging?
March 7, 2010 (I like anniversaries)
Why do you keep doing it?
Well…. truly, I have never found a group of more inspiring people. First, and most importantly, my readers. They are so UNBELIEVABLY supportive and amazing. I have really met some incredible friends, even if we’ve never actually met. Then there are the people who I have the privilege of reading, some of the most talented people I have ever come across. They provide me with endless ideas and creativity!