My life has been, well… interesting these past two years. Leaving my old apartment, quitting the corporate fashion world, and selling almost 80% of my ‘stuff’ to backpack Europe – is just the half of it. After my trip, I came back to New York City with no apartment, no job and signed a contract to film a reality show on E!. With three suitcases, desktop computer, and my dog, I moved into the Gansevoort Hotel for a month. I eventually got sent ‘home’ – except at the moment I had no home.

I called my aunt who was living in Manhattan, and she told me that I could crash on her couch for a month – one month, and I’d have to get my life together. I agreed.

Two days later, I published my father’s project (READ: I Left Everything To Travel The World For And With My Father) and I spent the next month doing phone and TV interviews sharing my father’s story with the world.

The time flew by, and with a newfound purpose in life, I booked a flight to Paris and traveled around France for the next month. My funds eventually ran out and I booked a return flight back to New York City. My friend from college let me crash on her couch for two weeks while I tried to find a place to live. Another friend had an extra room in her apartment that I sublet for a month. I gave her cash and moved the things I had out of storage, and into her apartment.

I saved up as much money as I could during that time, while making a few hundreds dollar here and there working as a freelance photographer and writer. I didn’t know what was planned for me in the next coming weeks, months or year – I just knew I wanted a place to work, live, laugh and sleep – a place to call my own.


A Place To Call My Own | Grease and Glamour


After countless hours of browsing through apartments I well couldn’t afford on Craigslist, I finally found an apartment in Brooklyn – two days before I had to leave my friend’s sublet. I took the little savings I had, and signed a lease at 8 PM the night before I was set to move in.


I’ve worked in coffee shops, hotels, buses, and airplanes all around the world, but there’s no feeling like waking up in my very own bed knowing that I finally had my own space, my own apartment, my own home office – a place to finally call my own.


So I partnered with HP & Intel, to give you guys a look at my space, inspired by their #WorkFromHappyPlace campaign. I like to write and edit photographs when I’m nestled on my bed, with my dog Saki curled up next to me, a freshly brewed pot of coffee in hand, armed with the endless inspiration I find online. And after months of crashing on couches, living out of suitcases, and traveling the road, there’s nowhere I’d rather work than in my very own room.


HP Stream 8 Tablet with Intel


Here’s a look at the new HP Stream 8 Tablet with Intel Inside® – it comes with free 4G data right out of the box (no wifi necessary; perfect for traveling) and Office 365 for an entire year (yep, that’s Excel, Word and Powerpoint for your productivity needs). Find more details on HP’s site here.




So spill – where do you feel the most productive? What’s your ‘Happy Place?’


7 COMMENTS ON "A Place To Call My Own"


Alyssa Morter
1 year 5 months ago

I for some reason am productive when I sit on my couch with my feet up on the coffee table! I just love the comfort of my living room. My happy place has always been my home. 🙂

1 year 5 months ago

I moved so many times in LA. Once I got my own little place I was so happy. I think I’m productive on my couch sitting side ways with a tea on the table and my dog sleeping next to my legs. <3 Congratulations on getting your own place! 🙂

1 year 5 months ago

my happy place is definitely my beautiful and spacious apartment in London, however I cannot say that I am my most productive there… perhaps, it would be a cute tiny coffee shop in Covent Garden, a stone’s throw from my apartment, where they serve the best almond lattes in the world! I love going there to do all the (boring) emails, edit photos and update my blog.

Stefanie Pink
1 year 5 months ago

A place to call your home is so important, I know that feeling very well <3

x Stefanie

Talisa Garbo
1 year 5 months ago

I love a nice quaint coffee shop. I’m most productive when I’m sitting upright, and over the years I’ve found my bed is so not the best place for that. Furthermore being at home for some reason always tempts me to do other things aka slack off so I know to give 100 on any given day I may need to get dressed & leave the house. I like coffee shops specifically when they’re not too full, and I can get a nice corner seat. Somethin’ about having tea & coffee at the ready!

1 year 5 months ago

congrats on finding a space of your own!

Congrats on finding a place to call home! My happy place is Disney World. I’ve been going all my life since my mother started working there three months after I was born. I’m more productive in a classroom or behind a lovely desk. The room must be quiet and minimalist. My father went home to the Heavenly Father, almost 8 years ago. As long as I keep my mind set on that, I’m really in my best place. It’s hard though. . .memories get in the way.