For my birthday last week, I got a totally bad ass kate spade bag from my in laws. It’s a great mustard color, which I think is versatile but not boring. I’ve been thinking about color combinations that include mustard, yet feel summery and sophisticated. I’m thinking this mauve and mustard combo is exactly that. Have a great week!
It sounds strange even as I’m typing it, but I haven’t been able to stop thinking about Bernadette Pascua‘s apple illustration above. I am enchanted by her work. It’s elegant and minimal, with a subtle touch of color.
I haven’t done much drawing or painting since I graduated from art school, but bernadette’s style of illustration is the type I dream about creating myself. I love seeing the world through her pen and paintbrush! She describes herself as a “multi-disciplinary artist,” and is Based out of Brooklyn. She writes her own blog where she shares her illustration work as well as some gorgeous photo styling. Take a peek, I hope this interesting lady inspires you as much as she does me!
A few weekends ago, Sean and I attended our friends’ wedding waaay up in the tippy top north corner of Pennsylvania. We turned the trip into a three day weekend, and enjoyed some quiet time in Elk Country. Sean snapped a few photos of my wedding guest style just before the party. This dress is so easy and comfortable. I felt like it already had the accessories built into it, so my only addition was a gold cuff. I kept the hair and makeup pretty simple, with a bright pop of coral on my nails and lips. I highly recommend this dress for a casual, summer wedding!
Today’s color inspiration is all about Eva. It’s my darling daughter’s third birthday! She has recently developed really strong opinions about her favorite color, Purple. We’re having a southern-style BBQ in her honor this saturday, and let me tell you, EVERYTHING is purple! If you follow me on instagram, you may have seen a few sneak peeks already.
I added touched of mint and lilac to add depth to our party palette. I can’t wait to show you the images from our party next week! I hope you have a lovely day. I’m excited to spend mine celebrating three years of parenthood, and life with my favorite little girl!
The first image above comes from my all time favorite hotel, the Kimber Modern in Austin, Texas. Sean and I stayed there a few years ago on the weekend he proposed! One of the most memorable things about the hotel is the live oak that continues to grow through the center of their large community deck. It’s such a quiet and tranquil place, and I thought it was oh so awesome. We’re so quick to remove plants from the path of our building projects without a second thought, I found the amount of care they had given to keeping this tree alive both sweet and beautiful. If you could, would you let mother nature come live inside with you?
Oh hey. The title of this post probably sounds really hippy and dramatic. Well, I haven’t used drug store/salon shampoo in about two months, and I think it’s now safe to say that I’m not going back. Why, you ask? I was curious if it would work for me, and I read that avoiding conventional shampoo can cause your hair to be less frizzy. Allowing your hair’s natural oils to do their thing can look especially great on wavy locks like mine. One last added bonus, it’s really (really) cheap.
Please, do me a favor and never ever refer to this style of hair maintenance as “No Poo”. That name irks me so badly. I’m sure some marketing executive over at Pantene Pro V or Bumble and Bumble came up with that one. “No Poo” sounds just plain disgusting, and let me tell you friends, it’s not. From this point on, let’s refer to it as “All Natural Shampoo and Conditioner.” I realize “all natural” doesn’t actually mean much of anything, but it sounds far better than the aforementioned alternative.
So far, I’ve found all the positives I mentioned to be true. My hair isn’t as slippery soft as it was on the Pro-V, but it looks and feels healthier and is definitely less frizzy. I got a cut last week, and my stylist remarked at how healthy my hair looked before I told her about my new all natural treatment. I only use the shampoo and conditioner every 3-4 days, and just rinse my hair in between. Here’s my recipe if you’re interested in giving it a try:
1/7 Baking Soda to Water mixture. That’s it. I just got condiment squeeze bottles for my all natural Shampoo and Conditioner. I use the spouted lid because both the shampoo and conditioner are extremely watery, and the spout makes it easier to get it even across your head. You really just want the shampoo solution on your scalp. Shake it up, distribute across your scalp, rub it in, and let it sit for about a minute. Further dilute your solution if your scalp is itchy or bothered by the baking soda.
1/7 Apple Cider Vinegar to Water mixture. If you don’t want your hair smelling like vinegar (I know I don’t) you can add essential oils or spices to your all natural conditioner. I added an old vanilla bean, a few cinnamon sticks, and some cardamum pods to mine. Obviously, the more herbs and spices you add the less cost effective this becomes, so keep that in mind if cheap is your #1 goal. I like to lmix up my solution in advance, to give the spices time to infuse. Turn your head over in the shower and dump the conditioner solution over your scalp and hair to get it evenly distributed, I’d say about 1/4 cup. Rinse as usual.
This is it, buddies! You’ve got about 36 hours left to enter the Alison Cooley original watercolor painting giveaway! Her work has recently been featured in Apartment Therapy and One King’s Lane, and I think her art is pretty spectacular. I so wish I could enter this contest! I’ll announce the winner on June 6th, don’t miss your shot!
UPDATE: THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! Congrats to our winner, Sheri, for this lovely mood board!
Good morning, friends. I hope you’re feeling rejuvenated after the weekend. It was HOT in Pennsylvania. We spent our weekend at my parent’s house, helping them build a 7 foot fence to keep the deer out of their garden. It felt good to get some sun and use our muscles a bit. This coming weekend, the favor is being repaid as my parents help us tackle our own backyard!
I wanted to share some really saturated, vibrant color inspiration with you today. I love how the bright orange and deep indigo play off of each other! Intensely bright colors feel very summery to me. Have a great week!
It’s getting to be that time of year, outdoor party season is officially upon us. Whether it’s a birthday garden party or outdoor wedding, I’m sure you want to look your best from head to toe. I personally feel that a dressy outfit requires heels, but sometimes they’re less than practical if you’ll be expected to walk in the grass. I’ve been shopping with exactly this predicament in mind, and wanted to share my findings with you.
I love a pop pf color for summer, but don’t forget- nude shoes create the illusion of super long legs. I’m torn between #4 and #6, which are your favorites?