Friday, April 15, 2016

I’m super excited to share my updated resume. It went from corporate to creative…

Graphic Design Resume

I’ve seen creatively designed resumes before, but have never made the leap from a corporate to creative resume for a few reasons:

  1. I didn’t think I could. It’s not easy to turn something so boring and informative into something fun and still informative.
  2. I’m from a generation who embraced the corporate resume and life-long (non-creative) career path. I had no idea just how important a well-designed resume was for a Graphic Design career.
  3. I’m relatively new at job searching for Graphic Design. I’ve been doing mostly freelance since switching over from Interior Design. I didn’t need a creative resume when applying to Interior Design jobs or for my last job in the Internet Marketing department of a large e-commerce site.

Resume Comparison

Here’s the full scoop because I want to share what I’ve learned. Although, there’s a big chance I’m the only one who didn’t know all of this…  I’ve been applying to some graphic design jobs recently, some freelance and some full time. I love working from home, but I’m always looking for cool opportunities because there’s always more to learn. Anyhoo… I was getting a little disheartened by the lack of call-backs so I finally asked a couple of the potential employers why… The unanimous response was my RESUME. No one was even getting to my online portfolio because they wrote me off after seeing the boring resume! Wow! One girl even said that upon reviewing my portfolio I was overqualified for the job I didn’t think I was good enough for after not even getting an interview!

I honestly thought it was an option but not mandatory. As long as I had a lot of work that represented me in my portfolio, I thought I was well balanced with the corporate resume. NOPE.

So, if you’re on the market for a creative job, make sure your resume expresses that!

I’ve also recently created a separate Instagram account for my design business. My newly curated account is @prettyhautemess while my personal account is @corimagee. I think this helps me a lot when it comes to branding myself and my work life. Has anyone else done this and noticed they like it?

Have a great weekend everyone! xo

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Vintage Signage

Vintage Signage

Vintage Signage

Vintage Signage

Vintage Signage

Images from: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5






Thursday, January 21, 2016

Grand Park LA

While I had the unpleasant calling of jury duty today, it allowed me the opportunity to spend the day downtown.

Grand Park LA is right behind the courthouse so that’s where I spent lunch…

Grand Park / Pretty Haute Mess

Grand Park is a Los Angeles County park open to the public. It features cool seating, food trucks, a water fountain and an events calendar that includes yoga. The best part, in my opinion, is all the beautiful surrounding architecture.

Grand Park LA

All photos are my own






Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Clothes Rack Ideas

Image source: Nordic Days

While we’re used to hiding away our laundry, nowadays there’s so many stylish ways to openly store and display our wardrobes, both in the bedroom and elsewhere.

Clothes Rack Ideas

Clothes Rack Ideas

Clothes Rack Ideas

Image sources: ArchiloversMy Scandinavian Home, Fashionismo 

And since I strongly believe that all design is related, the style of your wardrobe should aesthetically relate to your home design. Therefore, hanging a few of our favorites out in the open with clothing racks (including our favorite editorials!), actually transforms it into decor.

Clothes Rack Ideas

Clothes Rack Ideas

Image sources: Trendenser, The Style Files

And if you love fashion as much as home design, this is the most fun decor you could possibly add to your home.

Your home tells the story of who you are, and so does your wardrobe, so why not display it?!

Clothes Rack Ideas

Clothes Rack Ideas

Clothes Rack Ideas

Image sources: Decor8, My Domaine, Apartment Therapy

Not just for decor of course, clothing racks are also a great way to add more space to the tiny closet systems many apartments come with. So, whether there’s a lack of space in the existing closets or there’s no closet at all (which I hear happens in NY a lot)… These open closets are ideal and actually look great.

Clothes Rack Ideas

Clothes Rack Ideas

Image sources: We Heart It, La Maison de Anna G






Thursday, January 14, 2016

You know that space that men talk about, where they can get away from the world and just chill? Yeah, well women need one too, so how about we just create caves and leave the gender out of it? The answer is simple, some of us women want a pretty space, without all the leather and animal heads…

I was invited by Chairish to design my own woman cave, featuring one of their cool barstools… Here’s what mine would look like.

Woman Cave / Pretty Haute Mess

My space would be modern, but with lots of warm textures and a mellow color palette. The cloud pendant and poufy sofa are perfect for the type of space used for lounging. And I love these brass metal barstools with a pale yellow upholstery so my friends could chill around the bar area. Chances are though, there’d be more food than alcohol, knowing me.

Get this look:

Chandelier / Ikea

Sofa / RH Teen

Pillows / H&M Home

Pouf / Target

Area Rug / Urban Outfitters

Brass Sconce / Schoolhouse

Glassware / Crate & Barrel

Bar Cabinet / CB2

Barstools / Chairish






Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Have I mentioned how much I love Instagram, I think I have. What I try to tell people who don’t understand why I’m on my phone all the time (mostly my mom), is that the amazingness of your feed is all in who you follow.

Here’s a few of my current favorites in the lifestyle category…

Instagrammers_Lifestyle

1. Hannah Bronfman

2. Kelli Lamb

3. Local Milk

4. UniqFind






Monday, January 11, 2016

Ikea Hack_TV Console

My home photographed by Kimberly Genevieve

Let’s talk about IKEA and my home… I love Ikea, it’s been an awesome way to achieve the modern look I’ve wanted, without spending too much money. That being said, I had to do a bit of hacking to get the specific look I wanted for our TV wall (above). I purchased some of Ikea’s basic pieces and hacked them to get a more specific look.

You can change the look of any Ikea product and add a unique to your home just by adding some paint, new hardware or additional pieces (like my wood top).

I purchased two 2-door Besta system cabinets with a matte finish and no feet. I placed them on the floor together to look like one long console. Then, I added a custom wood piece to the top for a more finished, sophisticated look.

Ikea Hack_TV Console

Photography by Kimberly Genevieve

Pro tips:

  • Make sure you know the look you want before going shopping at Ikea. There’s lots of products to choose from that could be very distracting and then you’ll end up with something other than what you originally planned for your home.
  • Before beginning any Ikea hack, you should know that when it comes to their combination series, it’s best to go shop in person rather than online. There’s too many pieces, variations and finishes to deal with.

There were two problems I encountered:

  • I couldn’t find a wood piece at any hardware store long enough, thick enough and deep enough. Which is why I had to get the top custom made, making the hack a little pricier than I originally planned. Luckily I know someone who works with wood, but it was still $200. This extra cost was worth it though because the look I wanted could only be achieved with one long seamless piece.
  • The hack project would have worked perfectly if my wood floors were level so I wish I would have paid more attention and I could have created a solution beforehand. Now, I just have little cardboard pieces under a couple corners.

At the end of the day, I still achieved the exact look I wanted while saving a lot of money and for that, I love Ikea hacks!

Ikea Hack_TV Console

Photography by Corynne Pless

Side note: My home made the list of the top 10 home tours for 2015 over on The Everygirl… Considering they do one every week, this was fun news!