Emily Henderson

Making Time For You

How Do You Do: Me Time

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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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  1. 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. :)

  2. 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.

    1. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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?

  7. 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…)