My Blog has moved >> New Link!

Hey guys, I have made the leap over to wordpress.org   –  it was a lot  more difficult than I thought I would be, but my new blog is finally up and can be found at  >>>  http://www.neustadtblog.com      

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The new addition: demolition!

Demolition has begun! This is what my front yard looks like right now

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All the rubbage still carries that musty stench, sooo happy to have it out.

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I can’t tell you how excited I was when these hardwood floors were revealed. We had NO idea the 110 year old original hardwood floors were there. My landlord was originally planning on putting in new carpet or laminate wood floors due to her budget, so this was a wonderful surprise!  They’re so beautiful and in great shape – they’re getting refinished on Wednesday and I can’t wait to see how they turn out.

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This is where the units will be connected. I’m hoping my landlord will be open to the idea of removing this carpet as well. Those same hardwood floors are hiding under there, it’s painful to know that beautiful amazing wood flooring is just laying there going un noticed. I grow more and more resentful towards the carpet as the days pass.

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This was their kitchenette which will soon be my new office! I’ve never had a proper office space and am so excited! Ive been using the dining room table as my office, I keep my huge desktop computer for editing there -which renders the table useless for all other purposes. I’ had been trying to figure out a solution for this ever since I moved in. At first I was considering trying to go in on a shared office space, but I’m not quite ready for that financially. My other idea was to clear out some space in the laundry room and put a small desk in.  As a freelancer working from home, I think its really important to have a space that is dedicated to working. I’m planning on doing a built in desk, to maximize on space. My new office will be about 5 feet from the foot of my bed, so I’m going to make  a no working in pajamas rule for myself – to help keep me in the ‘work’ set of mind.

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This is my new dressing room where I will sit and gaze in the mirror and brush my hair one hundred times before bed.

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The bathroom is getting a complete make over. Everything is getting replaced, from the walls down to the pipes!  I found out I will not be getting a claw foot bath tub, sigh. Still excited for everything else we have in store though!  Stay tuned for my bathroom inspiration post!

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The new addition: before

My 2 bedroom 1 bathroom house is turning into a 3 bedroom / 2 bathroom house!  I rent 1 of 3 units in an old  historical house in Highland Park.  The second story is one unit, and downstairs is split into 2 units.  I had never seen in the next door unit but constantly day dreamed about connecting it to mine – and then my dreams came true. My neighbors moved out and  my landlord called and said she wanted to renovate the unit and join it to mine  – and the best part was, she said I could help design it.  The new addition consists of a bathroom, a bedroom, two closets and a kitchenette.  It was in definite need of some fixing up.   A strange  man and a women  lived there  for 10 years and I don’t think they opened a window the entire time.  The air was so thick with perfume, musk and mold – I had to hold my breathe the first few times I went in.  They were both un employed, drank bud light in the front yard at 8 am, and had a habit of collecting  furniture that people left out on the street. When I was moving into the house back in August, I left a small dresser on the sidewalk for about 5 minutes while I ran inside – by the time I came back out they had dragged it onto their porch and placed a potted dead plant on it. Also, the woman slept on the floor in the hallway….

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This is my new bedroom. You can’t really tell how disgusting it was in there by the photos, perhaps the smell attributed to a lot of how dirty it felt. It’s safe to say it hadn’t been cleaned in years though.

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This is opposite the bay window, that doorway leads out into the new hallway which will connect to my current place.

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Here is the bathroom, and yes that is mold growing on the wall. I’m so excited at the prospect of getting to help design this new space. There was talk of a claw foot bathtub – but I’m trying not to get my hopes up.  Demolition starts soon, so stay tuned! 

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Get the Look: Ready for Spring!

Ready for Spring! Via Neustadt

1. Sun Body Teardrop  2. han kjøbenhavn timeless  3. Striped Crop Tee  4. Vintage Levis  5. Multnomah Clogs

I know it’s just barely January and the east coast is snuggled up in the snow but I’m ready for spring! I had my winter fix in Alturas, a small  town with a big sky and 20 degree weather –  I’m ready for longer days and warm nights.

 I bought the Sun Body hat this fall and love its timeless look. When I’m not wearing it, it  hangs on the wall in my entry way. My Han Kjobenhavn glasses, or Hank, as Michael and I have somehow come to refer to them are my favorite sunglasses right now.  I love their classic design and how versatile they are. Now – I had sworn off destroyed jeans 7 years ago but here I am gravitating towards the same look again, except this time they’re Levis not Abercrombie & Fitch.  Oh and those clogs….they’re everything you could ever hope for in a clog and so much more. 

As much as I enjoy high fashion,  comfort and functionality are really important for me . This is an outfit I can work in at the pottery studio, take off my apron and be ready to go run errands etc.

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January 9, 2014 · 9:41 PM

Get The Look: New Year’s Eve

Near Year's Eve outfit from NEUSTADT A Lifestyle and Design Blog

1. Gold Finger Sequin Pant  2. Crystal Wild Flower Necklace  3. Seaside Cropped Shirt  4. Jeffrey Campbell Carina Cutout

I don’t have time to go shopping for  New Year’s Eve but I’ve put together my ideal look for this year’s celebration. I’m not much of a dress and high heels girl, so I went with sequin pants – perfect for dancing and low heeled Jeffrey Campbell boots for comfort. I would wear these pants everyday if I could.  I layered this crystal necklace from J Crew over a casual stripped cotton shirt. I love this necklace, It’s really easy to dress it up with a dress or wear it more casually with a t-shirt or sweater. This year I’m headed to Malibu to go to some neighborhood parties for New Year’s.  There will be dancing, dogs, a canon being fired, whiskey and hopefully a lot of glitter – although Michael despises it for the very reasons I can’t get enough of it. My only resolution this year is to be more pro-active, in every aspect of my life.  Sometimes I find myself just waiting for things to come to me; friends, job opportunities, inspiration, etc. So this year I’m  going to focus on not letting myself get stuck in that mindset.  Here’s  to a happy and prosperous New Year!

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Modoc County: Paint by Number Murals

I’m up in Modoc County to visit family for the holidays. It’s a very small town, the kind of town that has a main street that it is quite literally the main street and almost the only street.  A few things  catch my attention here;  the old architecture, deer, and paint by number murals. Paint by numbers make me happy even when they’re 5 inches tall, imagine how happy murals make me. I camped out in 23 degree weather to shoot these without cars parked in front of them

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Round Up: Gifts for him

So I just recently did a makeover of my boyfriend”s room (photos to come) and I was pretty nervous as to whether or not I’d be able to pull off  a more masculine design. Well I got the hang of pretty quickly and now all I want to shop for is mens stuff.  I’ve gotten Michael enough gifts so I thought I’d share a little gift roundup of some of the things I got him/convinced him to buy and other things that will have to wait for another holiday.

gifts for him via Neustadt

1. Shetland Sweater 2. Unknown Pleasures 3. Whiskey Decanter

4. Whiskey Tags 5. Horn Bottle Opener 6. Coal Coasters 7, Desert Mali Boot

8. Striped Beanie 9. Timex Watch

The whiskey decanter I got him for his birthday/Hanukkah./Christmas  and had his last name engraved into the wood stopper – and then of course bought myself one. I actually ordered it 7 months early because I’m not good at waiting for birthdays, but it was on backorder, then got sent to the wrong address  and then finally showed up on my doorstep right before his birthday.  I wish that happened every time I bought presents prematurely. The sweater is from JCrew – its so amazing that Michael , who is not exactly eager to spend upwards of $100 on a sweater, hardly needed any convincing by me to buy it.

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