Ashley Brooke Desigs_Desk Obsessed_Arianna Belle

This week’s Desk Obsessed features one of my favorite online shop owners, Arianna Vargas of Arianna Belle! Arianna’s blog is filled to the brim with inspiring organization techniques, tips, and other pretty tid-bits! And her shop is overflowing with the most deliciously patterned pillows I’ve ever seen! I want every single one of them!! Anyway, I’m super excited to have her on the blog today!  And don’t worry! I’ve got all the fancy details on Arianna’s desk ““ from pens to snacks to music:Hope you enjoy!

Name and Occupation
Arianna Vargas, shop owner ( and blogger (

Is your desk more OCD organized or artistically organized chaos?
I have a fairly even mix of left and right brained tendencies, so while my desk can likely be labeled “OCD organized” on many days, I’d say overall it’s actually more somewhere in between.  On days when I’m sourcing new fabrics or helping clients with options for custom pillows, for example, I usually lay out several samples and I won’t put them back right away because the mix of colors textures and patterns is visually stimulating – it’s what I call a beautiful mess.

What’s your go to pen or pencil? (We know you have a favorite!)
My go to pen right now is the Pilot G-2 gel roller in bold black. I also love writing with different colored Sharpie ultra fine point markers.

What are you listening to at your desk these days? If you prefer to work in silence, is there a song or album that’s gets your juices flowing when you’re stuck in a rut?
I usually have Pandora playing in the background and change the station depending on my mood or what I’m doing.  The stations I frequently go for when I want something high energy are those based off of artists like the Black Eyed Peas, Missy Elliot, and Madonna. For something more mellow I’ll go with with stations based off of artists like Jack Johnson, Madeline Peyroux, John Mayer and Coldplay.

Are there snacks or treats within arms reach of your desk? What are they?
Yes all the time! My go-to snacks are: whipped yogurt with sliced almonds, roasted seaweed, bananas, green apples with almond butter, and sliced tomatoes with pico de gallo powdered chili.  On my desk I also usually have coffee or tea in my favorite monogrammed mug or a tall glass of lemon water with a brightly colored straw.

What 3 Things on your desk keep you on track and inspired?
1.  My kate spade jane street planner
2.  Fresh flowers – love orange roses
3. Magazines – favorites include: House Beautiful, O Magazine, Whole Living, Lucky, C Magazine, and Real Simple

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