GSD // Sarah of Chevrons & Stripes

Photo by Jessica Lorren for The Glitter Guide

Sarah Lederman // Chevrons & Stripes
Interior Design Student and Blogger

What does a typical day look like for you?
There really is no typical day for me. I recently went back to school for interior design so several days a week I'm in class — a combination of studios and lectures. On off days I'm in the studio completing projects or I'm home working on the blog. Occasionally I'll do the odd job like assisting my former boss (a stylist) on a shoot or helping friends design their new apartments (something I'm slowly starting to do more of)...

What parts of your job (school) do you love?
I love waking up and knowing that I'm going to learn something new. Whether or not I enjoy sitting through class (depending on which one it is) is a different story, but at the end of the day I feel good about the fact that I'm one step closer to the career I ultimately want for myself. I also love when I get to be super creative on a project — that's the best!

What parts of your job do you dislike?
Sometimes I feel a little silly complaining about sitting through a boring lecture or having to do the time consuming work that each studio class comes with because I know I've chosen this for myself. But in the end, I think we all need to vent a little bit right?

What things do you have to do that you didn't realize going into your job?
Hmmm... Group projects! I'm not the biggest fan of having to plan my schedule around other students. I also know what quality of work I expect from myself and it can be hard to turn in a group project knowing that I would've worked harder or done something differently.

What type of calendar do you keep?
Until recently, I kept a written calendar but after much cajoling from pretty much everyone, I've finally made the switch to digital! It took a few times of forgetting to bring my calendar out (and then subsequently forgetting an appointment) to push me to do it but now I enter everything into my iphone calendar and set notifications for the important things. Nothin's getting by me these days!

How do you plan out your calendar?
I don't think I do... Most week days are blocked out for school, work, blogging, networking events, etc. but evenings and weekends are always up for grabs. And spur of the moment plans are the best.

How do you organize your to-do list?
This is one of those things I don't think I'll ever go digital with. There's something so satisfying about crossing something off a hand-written check list — preferably with a pretty Le Pen.

How do tackle your to-do list?
I'm a big last minute gal so I usually complete the tasks that need immediate attention first.

How do you tackle your never-ending email? Do you have a certain strategy you use?
Ugh, I don't think my system is the best as I have tons of unanswered e-mails. But I star each e-mail that I mean to respond to in Gmail and then try to set aside some time to go through them. Unfortunately I don't always have as much time as I'd like to do this...

Photo by Jessica Lorren for The Glitter Guide

How do you get your blog posts organized and published?
Another thing I'd like to get more organized about... I'd like to develop a more rigid editorial calendar but inspiration strikes at any moment. I keep a list of ideas on the notepad in my iPhone but when I'm ready to post I've often already moved on to the next thing and the topic totally changes.

What is your process and/or work strategy? Anything that you have found that works for you?
When I'm inspired, time flies and I get things done super quickly. It's the more tedious stuff that takes real effort to get through. I give myself lots of short breaks (which is when I tweet, pin, & instagram, and drink too much coffee) and then it's back to work!

When you are stuck on a project, how do you get out of the rut?
I step away from my desk (or the drafting table) and take a walk outside. It's amazing what a little fresh air can do!

How do you GSD at home?
It's hard to separate work time from personal time when I'm home so much during the week (and often just want to play with my pup, ha). I try to keep week days to more productive things like school work, blogging etc. and weekends to the fun stuff (like decorating my new apartment). With cleaning I suppose I do a little at a time. I'm not the type to leave dishes in the sink or messes laying out.


Though I haven't signed up for anything beyond the basic version yet, 
I use their radio station on my iphone. It's a great way to discover new music and free!
I only recently discovered foursquare and I'm still trying to get the hang of it. My goal is to start leaving tips at some of my favorite spots for friends. I love to see what other people suggest to order at restaurants — they're usually a good bet.
A serious addiction.. It's like a mobile B&W photo booth (bonus: you can print/order the pics).
I love the effect this has on iPhone videography. 
My videos are otherwise quite shaky but this app makes it look funky and intentional.
Cartolina is one of the prettiest apps out there. I like to use it to send happy birthday or special occasion texts!
I'm always looking for a good last minute res on-the-go, I still haven't found anything that beats open table.
I'm a recent convert and though I don't get to use it that often, when I do it's pretty exciting.

All of these are in addition to the usuals like instagram, twitter, facebook (and the new facebook pages!)


Great for figuring out the names of fonts I find and love around the web!
My blog is wordpress hosted. It's super easy to use and I've never had any problems.
Even if I'm not looking to buy, I compulsively check the One Kings Lane sales — you never know if you'll find a steal!
I go through phases where I sell loads of old clothes on ebay so I can cash out and buy new stuff.
I recently started a facebook page for C&S and it's been so much fun to connect with people there in addition to twitter and the comments section of the site. I actually find that's it's quite different!
now that they have West Elm and more home goods on the site I'm ALL about it.
When I need a little break from life I escape to pinterest - SO many pretty things to look at. It's kind of my happy place.
So great for sharing files that are too large to e-mail.
There are some great playlists from fellow bloggers on here. My favorites come from Hanna of Gadabout, Jess of The Love List, and Sarah of Note to Self.


Nearly everything I post on my blog gets cleaned up in photoshop.


I love using this instead of a mouse. It's also fun for adding your own handwriting onto blog posts!
MacBook Pro
Nano (plus underwater gear for swimming laps!)
I'm a huge nerd and I like to listen to music while I swim laps (one of my favorite forms of exercise) so I have a waterproof case and headphones for my nano.


Jennie said...

I hated group projects in college too! Although, now that I am teaching, I know teachers like them because it means there is less to grade!


Will @ Bright.Bazaar said...

Loved this interview! Sarah - you look so fun in those polka dots! Hugs from London!

Liz {Sequins And Stripes} said...

I love seeing Sarah here! She is such a rockstar.

SNW said...

I love GSD-- but this one wasn't particularly inspiring.

Lexi said...

I'm so impressed that Sarah went back to school to study what she really has a passion for!
♡ Lexi @ Glitter, Inc.

theglossarie.com said...

so many good tidbits in this ged! cartolina is new to me, but i think i'm going to be obsessed...

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