The Glamour Girl Home

Hello my faithful readers!  I said I wouldn’t end my blog with a fire post so here we are. :)

Our house is now back to where we left off before the fire incident with some added improvements here and there.  We absolutely love our home and the hard work is paying off for sure.  Although the renovation is not completely finished, we are oh so close.  You have seen our place change over the past two years (Thanksgiving weekend will mark two years of renovation), so I won’t post every room, but our favorite spaces have to be the kitchen and balcony.

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Don’t get me wrong, we still love EVERY space we have renovated.  We can’t wait until we have a large dining table in this space.  Soon!

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The bedroom is next on the list for getting a décor makeover.  It has started with a new canopy bed!

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I will be adding pictures to The Glamour Girl Home Facebook page as changes are made, so if you want to see updates, like my page!  As much as I enjoyed this blog, I enjoy spending quality spare time with these two more.  Blogging is time consuming!

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If ever things slow down, I’ll be on here again, and if not, you can see what I am up to through my pictures on Instagram – GlamourGirlChicago or Facebook – The Glamour Girl Home    This blog has turned me into a part time photographer, which prior to it I rarely took a picture, so I can thank this blog for pictures I would never have otherwise.  Now I just need to learn to develop them…..

If you are ever in the city and want to check out my boutique-Glamour Girl Airbrush Tan, I would love it!  It is packed with goodies, you are bound to find something or just say hi!:)

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I am not sure how to end it since who knows with me!  You never know when I may pop up again:)

I’ll end with my favorite quote….

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”  John Lennon

Have a great weekend everyone!

xx, Riane

Well, we had a little setback in July….A FIRE

Hello!   I cannot believe it is August!  Summer has just started to kick in, so hopefully we have two great months of beautiful weather ahead of us.  I think we will. :)

Well, I can’t say July was the best month, but we are onto a new month and doing just fine!  July 12th we had a fire in our bathroom.  We are still unsure how it happened, but we think a candle sparked to catch our hanging towel on fire.  It all happened so fast; we were right there and in and out of the bathroom even after the candle was lit.  It was a new pillar candle that I had just lit that day.  We will never know for sure, but everyone is safe and it happened and we are moving on from it.   The first two days were hard, but every day since then has gotten easier.  Now we are more than fine, but dealing with the mess.  Although the fire was contained to the bathroom, the sprinklers were on about 40 minutes…..water damage hit 14 units and 5 hallways.  Yes, lovely.

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I wrote the following to my Instagram- GlamourGirlChicago/Facebook -The Glamour Girl Home after it happened.

I am thankful and blessed to have a great life, but with that said, everyone has crap they go through in life. One week ago today we had a fire in our master bathroom, while the fire was contained to the bathroom, the sprinklers went off for over 30 min. Water went down 5 floors and into many many units. Water damage is a nightmare. We have a mess to deal with in the next month or two, but hopefully the insurance and repairs go smoothly. We just got through our big renovation so at least we are pretty good living in caous. This time around isn’t fun, but I thank God no one was hurt. Once we got outside that night, the first thing I did was thank him. My husband tried to stop the fire, but once the sprinklers went off it blew up the fire before putting it out. I’ll never forget that picture of him running out with the fire spread in the entire bathroom behind him. He ran out with not a burn mark on him, just full of black soot and water. I know they say everything happens for a reason, so hopefully we don’t have to wait long until we see the reason for this fire. We are going to be just fine though, you just have to keep on going in life to get through bad things. Our family and friends have been so thoughtful during this shitty time and we are so thankful for them. 🌞Today is a new day and we might even try to do something fun later today. I always want life to be rainbows and lollipops and even though I am well aware it’s not that way, I am going to keep my same attitude. It’s who I am. 🌈🍭

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Fast forward to today.  It was 3 weeks ago yesterday, and we have been moving fast.  I think 3 more weeks and the house will be back to normal.  Since we have already lived through a long renovation, this is nothing.   The insurance adjustor told us to get a hotel that first week, but little did he know we have lived through way worse. lol  The night of the fire, the firemen ripped both toilets off so that they could get the water out.  So yes, we lived without toilets for a day and a musty, wet house for a week, so what, we lived without a kitchen for over a month trying to keep food on our balcony during the coldest winter ever and then we lived without a shower/bathtub for another month.  We told the insurance guy we were just fine sleeping in our home.:)

So while it really stinks it had to happen pretty much at the end of our renovation, and of course any other place we would not have cared about as much, we just have to clean it all up and move on.  The good news is we picked out high quality materials the first time that could withstand the fire and water damage.  Most of our stuff was able to be dry cleaned and professionally cleaned.  Our bathroom is getting taken care of by an outside crew, but for the most part it’s my handy husband doing all the work.  He’s choosing to do most of the work, since he wants it done his way.  I’m just cleaning and reorganizing more along the way.

I added green velvet contact paper to our built in storage benches this weekend.  Easy fix to not look at the water stains every time we open.:)

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So that was our July, but I’m thinking August is going to be a great month.  I know I am nearing the end of this blog, but I won’t end it with a fire post, so I will see you next month!

xoxox, Riane

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What’s going on in The Glamour Girl Home

Hello!  Sorry, I am a little late this month, but I didn’t forget I needed to update you on our home renovation for this past month.

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Besides us breaking our screen on our balcony and fixing that and the nozzle in our shower breaking (in the midst of fixing), we really have not done anything.  We still need to do our walk in closets, replace all the doors, add some light fixtures, put in a sliding glass door in the entry way, buy furniture and decorate of course.  However, the good news is none of these are urgent, we are just doing things little by little now as our home is completely livable and we love living here.  It is really cool to look around and see all the changes we have made.  It reflects us as we have made every decision.  By the time this home is completely done, we will have renovated every inch.

Here are just some snapshots from this past month:

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So what have we been doing all month??  Working and Playing Hard – it’s summer!  This is our crazy season for both of our jobs, but if we are not working we are spending it with friends or out eating, drinking, and exploring.  We went to The Rolling Stones in Milwaukee with our family in June, and took a day trip to Geneva this past weekend.

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What happened to The Glamour Girl Shop online store?  Well, it didn’t take me long to realize that everything sells about 500% faster in the shop than online.  Time is money and by the time I would take pictures and get product up on the website, I would sell the items off the shop floor and then have to yank it off my online store.  Is that a problem? No, it’s selling! However, unless I have a good quantity of something it doesn’t make sense for me to list it on the online store.  Usually I have about 6 pieces of something and by the time I reorder it, it’s not made anymore.  My clients love that I have unique items, which is great, but for an online store, it doesn’t make the most sense unless I can buy in larger bulk.  But then the $$$ gets in the way, I don’t want a lot of the same product just sitting in my back room when I can put that $$ into new product on the shop floor.   I run a small, but successful business, but I have to keep everything tightly run for it to be successful.  I am not sure what the online store’s future will be.  I have not closed it as I will give it another fall/winter- my slow in-store season but busier online season and see how the online does again then.  Regardless, I would not change my decision for starting an online store, I always wanted to do one, now that I have one I know how it works and more importantly how it works with my business. …AND with all these experiences and ventures I do, I am learning and I will continue to learn. :)

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Well I hope you all had a great June and enjoy July!   I will touch base with you all again in August!   Otherwise, you can always follow The Glamour Girl Home on FACEBOOK and glamourgirlchicago on Instagram to see what I am up to.  :)

Have a wonderful day! xoxo, RIane

June 1st Condo Renovation Update

Happy June 1st everyone!   I told you even though blog posts will be few and far between, I would still update you with our condo renovation until it’s a little more finished.  So here it is!

We really have not done much at all, we tweak things here and there but for the most part we are working, playing, celebrating, and relaxing. :)

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Mark spray painted the inside of our fireplace black.

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Next time I’ll light the fireplace for the picture. These are just quick snaps.:)

We took the Sputnik out of the kitchen even though it looked great.  If you remember though we originally bought it for above our dining table. We don’t have a dining table yet, but hopefully in the next few months.  In the mean time, we needed to figure out new kitchen lighting.  We really could not find anything we loved, so we just put up a simple inexpensive track that works for the space.  The kitchen feels bigger and highlights our shelving more.

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This looks like we have fluorescent light bulbs, but it’s just the picture, it’s much warmer light than this.

We also added a piece of stainless behind the stove to tie in both sides of our kitchen better.

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We are loving our house more every week and it is starting to feel like home.

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Wishing you a great month!   Happy June Everyone!

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xx, Riane

Finding Balance

Happy Tuesday Everyone!  I hope your week started off on a good note.  I went to the dentist yesterday and only had one cavity which I already knew of, but other than that I was good.  Score!  So I treated myself and picked up two donuts on the way back (one for me, one for Mark).  I also treated Mark to my new dental floss. :) An electric toothbrush and mouthwash are the only things somewhat saving me;  why can’t I like to floss.

Anyway, my topic today…Finding Balance.  My posts have been scarce lately and that’s not on accident or because I was way too busy to post this time.  I just realized I have so much going on, all good too, but I got to the point if I wasn’t working on my business, this blog, or something with our condo during any downtime I felt guilty.  I set out to do my business, this blog, and our home renovation since they are all things I wanted and made me happy, but I never want to feel guilty when I am not “working” on one of them.  I realized something had to give and I knew it was the blog.  I did fewer posts to see if I would miss doing it and it may sound horrible but I don’t.  I am relieved I made a conscious decision to cut back on it.

The word workaholic is a blurry word for me since I own a small business so obviously I have to work hard at it for it to stay successful and I do, but I never aspire to be a workaholic.  I LOVE what I do and my hard work pays off, but I also love my days off and free time to enjoy life even more.  I only go into work around 40 hours a week, but I am still working from home with emails, out networking, doing retail orders, and everything else that comes along with owning my business outside of those hours.  I can handle all of that fairly well, but then I added on this blog as a creative outlet and the more I did it, the more I wanted it to be a successful blog.   The time it takes to dedicate to a blog is mind blowing and when I wouldn’t do a post it weighed heavy on me since I felt guilty not doing one.  I don’t want to feel guilty about not working on something when I’m out enjoying life!

The hardest part for me is not blogging for you dedicated readers out there.  This super tiny blog averaged 2300 views each month over the past 5 months.  In the blog world I don’t even make it on the map, but to me that’s a lot of people to be speaking out to.   I am thankful for every single one of you that has listened to me ramble on this last year and a half.   I am not ending the blog all-together, I will still leave it up and post here and there but posts will be few and far between.  I will still try and show you updates of our condo as we slowly make more changes.

I hope you take away this:  Life is way too short and you can’t take it for granted.  You need to LIVE in this lifetime and be present in the moment as hard as it may be.  It is important to have balance in your life and I know it’s easier said than done.   My husband works in the car business besides us owning Glamour Girl and finishing up our condo, so we will always have to work hard and sometimes more than we wish to, but when we are able to step away and enjoy life we should make the best of that time.  After all, we only have one shot at this.

xx, Riane

Bentley is ready for this blog post to get rapped up so mom can take him on a walk and pay attention to him. :)