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How Do You Do: Me Time

Ah, the idea of ‘Me Time’. It’s fairly elusive (if not non-existent) these days, which is kinda fine because most of my down time is spent with a baby’s cheek in my neck while I marathon “Crazy Ex Girlfriend” and I wouldn’t have it any other way. But, if you can, Lord knows it is very important to take some time even once a week for yourself – kid-free, job-free and maybe iphone-free. In this episode of “How Do You Do…” we show you a couple slightly less obvious ways to do this in your own home.

Whether you work from home or just have a home office there are some simple tricks that can help you enjoy your work space. Keep pens, paperclips, and small office supplies corralled on a tray. and in one area of your desk. This sounds like a simple thing, but you would be surprised how much more productive and less stressed you are when all of the things around you have an organized place to live.

Good lighting is also key to productivity (especially if working into the late hours of the evening). We may not all have an office like this one, with natural light streaming in, but this beauty of a lamp (below) from Target can help shed a little light on the issue, no pun intended.

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Zanna is big about visually having her ideas and process displayed, as it helps with her creative process and efficiency in what she does. Creating an area in her office where she can keep track of all of that in an organized area not only frees the space of clutter, but it also keeps her mind uncluttered, and the ideas flowing freely as well. Besides, who said that you can’t think outside of the box when it comes to post it notes.

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“Me time” during work time is all about finding some pieces that work for you, and allow you to enjoy and make the most of your moments that you do have to spend working. Sometimes me time is also just shopping online for some new pretty things like you might be doing right now.

Here are some of our favorites to help add a bit of “me time” to your work space.


1. Mint Chair | 2. Desk | 3. Brass Wall Decor | 4. Sisal Rug | 5. Lamp | 6. Pillow | 7. Mug | 8. Magazine Organizer | 9. Vase | 10. Basket | 11. Gold Tray | 12. Ceramic Dish | 13. Gold Stapler | 14. Marble Container | 15. Wood Tray | 16. Ceramic Bowl | 17. Brass Accessory | 18. Tape Dispenser

Curious about the clothes/products in the video that Zanna styled? Here you go.


1. Denim Tunic | 2. Striped Dress | 3. Cardigan | 4. Jeans | 5. Leggings | 6. Fringe Boots | 7.High Top Sneaker | 8. Leather Boot | 9. Sea Salt Spray | 10. Lipstick | 11. Lotion

“Me time” is also about carving a space out for yourself during the day, even when all that means is making something that you do everyday a bit more enjoyable. YouTube star Shameless Maya is a very busy girl, but for her we wanted to create an area where she felt like she could pamper herself doing something in her daily routine. We got crazy by using a barcart, yes a barcart, and turned it into a makeshift vanity. We shall call this a ‘beauty bar’, and go ahead and say that every lady deserves her own beauty bar.

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This one was for Maya. It was a space for her to really take care of herself. Everything she needs is at her fingertips, and like we said before, everything has a place. We corralled all of her makeup, toiletries, lotions, potions, and anything else she needs by using containers, organizers, and trays. By and adding some pieces from Target’s new collection we repurposed an item that traditionally you would never think to have in your bedroom, but totally works for her.

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Tiered dessert trays, glass display boxes, and votive holders are all totally affordable items to pull your beauty cart together. We kept the color palette simple and clean by sticking to metallics, whites, and neutrals. Adding the fresh flowers and scented candle help to bring a little bit of the spa home with you.

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What are you waiting for America? The beauty bar revolution has begun, and everything you see in the image above is in stores and online at Target, so run, don’t walk before it all flies off the shelves.

It’s all VERY good.


1. Faux Fur Bench | 2. Rattan Bar Cart | 3. Area Rug | 4. Storage Stool | 5. Geometric Clutch | 6. Wicker Wall Mirror | 7. Keychain Clutch | 8. Rattan Tray | 9. Coin Purse | 10. Glass Jar | 11. Geometric String Lights | 12. Glass Organizer

Photos by Tessa Nuestadt for Target. Head on over the ABV blog for even more style info. Hair and makeup by Danielle Walch and fashion styling by Zanna Roberts Rossi.

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8 years ago

And the hits keep coming! Emily, thank you for all this amazing content!
Also, is there a chance that your partnering with Eileen Fisher. I’ve been a fan over her clothes for so long, but feel like it’s for more, eh-um, mature women…but it’s just such high quality/good fit…I never regret the splurge.
I’m feeling totally validated if it’s true. 🙂

8 years ago
Reply to  Shawn

ha. I love Eileen Fisher and I’m 34. 🙂

8 years ago

very nice post!

Where is the beautifull desk lamp from?
I really need that!


Meg T
8 years ago
Reply to  andreea

I am pretty sure that is a Target lamp as well!

8 years ago
Reply to  Meg T

I think its from Land of Nod. The all white one?

8 years ago
Reply to  fran

Yes the white one on the table….

8 years ago
Reply to  fran

i could not find it there… 🙁

Ms. Bean
8 years ago
Reply to  fran

It is from Target. I saw it there yesterday.

8 years ago

Can anyone attest to the quality of the Target rugs? I have not been having luck with durable rugs lately. I’m talking Goldendoodle durable.

8 years ago
Reply to  Emily

I can’t speak for the quality now, but I bought one of their area rugs about 10 years ago (that blows my mind to think about) and it is still going strong. Its held up super well to LOTS of pet related messes (gross) and my cats literally attacking it on a fairly regular basis. A friend even commented recently that it still looks brand new after 10+ years while her much, much newer area rug from somewhere else (Home Goods maybe? IDK) looks destroyed. Hope that helps!

8 years ago

I saw the Rattan Bar Cart at one of my Target’s…..oh how I wished I had a place, forget that if I just had enough space to store it. Solid feeling and so nice, I hadn’t even looked at the price and I’m glad I didn’t or at this moment it might be riding around in the back seat of my car.

8 years ago

I LOVE the idea of rattan in a bedroom and bathroom. It looks classic and it’s easy to wipe down from marks and hairspray. If you’re looking for rattan pieces, always check out vintage. My little shop French Toast Kitty has some great bedroom/bathroom rattan pieces. For example:

8 years ago

Hi Emily,
Love this post as a mom of two and busy Blogger, me time is sometime I can only dream of. 🙂 but sometimes you have to make time for it..Right?
Serial Indulgence

8 years ago

Lots of cute ideas for home styling… I have the lamp in the office and the rug by the beauty bar and I love them both (especially the lamp.)

But… oh those leggings. My eyes! I don’t get this fad.

8 years ago

Great suggestions Emily! Love everything about this post, we all need “me” time!

Helen Holley
8 years ago

Just goes show that carts are good for more than just a bar! Sorry, I can’t Attest to the rug, but great post!

LOVED this video – you guys are too cute together on camera.

Josh | The Kentucky Gent

8 years ago

I really love how you styled that office! It’s a calm and relaxing place that I would love to go to for a little me time!


8 years ago

Emily Henderson,
Is that a Coach purse you are holding in the second picture of the previous post? If so, do you still own it and are you willing to sell it?

8 years ago

Oh, why are you taunting me with that rattan mirror? I’ve been eyeing it at Target for a month, trying to pretend I have a place to put it. (Also, trying to think of a way to tell my husband that it does not make us look like we’re on the set of Three’s Company, or, not in a bad way…)

8 years ago

Would it be possible to know the paint colors of the walls?

8 years ago


8 years ago

What is that big plant called please? Love it

8 years ago
Reply to  Joy

Fiddle leaf!

8 years ago

Does anyone know where the bear rainbow print is from?? Love that art!

8 years ago

That bamboo mirror- swoon!

8 years ago
Reply to  Amanda

and I just clicked the link and it’s $42! Get me a Target in Indonesia!!!!

8 years ago

I would love to know where you found the white/gold task lamp on the desk. It’s PERFECT!!! TIA

8 years ago
Reply to  Christi

I am looking for it, too…

8 years ago
Reply to  andreea


from target:
Crosby Schoolhouse Desk Lamp

8 years ago
Reply to  andreea

Thank you!!!