Wednesday, February 27, 2013

things I love | Ranunculus

I'm a girl, so I was born with the "I love flowers" gene. Even if I was a dude, I'm pretty sure I'd still love a fresh bouquet on my nightstand. Because really, who doesn't?!

However, since it's February in Michigan, high-quality flowers are hard to comeby. I've remedied that problem by looking at low-quality pictures of flowers on the internet. It doesn't really have the same effect, but it has taught me a thing or two about which flowers I like and which I hate.

Ranunculus are definitely flowers that I love. They look like roses, but they're fuller and crinklier (and they were mentioned on Downton Abbey). These will definitely be added to my list of flowers I want at my wedding. Can you imagine these in white? Gorg!

Monday, February 25, 2013

boy meets girl

Garage-sale art is a fine art. Sifting through pieces of trash in hopes of finding a treasure can be such a daunting task. But if you stick with it, the things you come across can be amazing. The mix of high-and-low does not only apply to wardrobes. Oftentimes, interior design lends itself perfectly to this concept, as well.

How great are these two pieces I came across? Would you believe they both can be found at a local resale shop? Such a great find!

Friday, February 22, 2013

an unlikely pair

One of the biggest things that draw me out of creative slumps, is thinking of two ideas that seem to be polar opposites and smush them together. It's amazing how many things work together. Colors, ideas, outfits, heck even people are sometimes the most unlikey of pairings, but somehow they work really well together.

Seen above is two images I love. I didn't know how awesome they would look together until I threw them in Photoshop. Now the inspiration is endless - Clouds of a magnificent yellow, a smokey texture with a text overlay, a painting of a sunrise that is crinkled and a bit destroyed, a light denim jacket with a pop of neon underneath with some black ballet flats. I hate to say the following cliche, but it's totally true:

"The possibilities are endless"

Have an awesome weekend!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

live like it's your birthday

My birthday isn't for months, but I stumbled upon this while perusing i-D magazine on my lunch break. Good advice!

Monday, February 18, 2013

new hobby

I've recently started doing something I've never done in my entire life - cook. And bake. Cook AND bake. I've attempted simple recipes in the past, but brutally failed. Those few failures turned me off to the entire thing, until now.

I made a Lenten promise to eat "cleaner" and "smarter".  I want to know what goes into my food. I want to consume the best ingredients possible, adding minimal preservatives. Ideally (and eventually), if it comes from a box or a bag - I don't want to eat it. 

The only way I can try to keep this promise is by cooking and making my meals in my own kitchen. I've attempted a couple difficult recipes this weekend and surprisingly, DID NOT fail. Above are the next recipes I want to try. Sure, White Chocolate Rocky Roads aren't the healthiest thing in the world, but it feels better than eating a store-bought Kit Kat bar.

Friday, February 15, 2013

february friday

There's something about mid-February that just makes me want to chuck everything and coast right into spring. This week has been chilly, but sunny. It's very reminiscent of those last days in winter when the crisp is still in the air, but there's a feeling that something warm is just over the horizon.

This weekend will be spent checking out the new spring collections that arrived in stores, making some homemade snacks (since I'm trying to be gluten free for Lent), and getting together a summer reading list. What are you up to?

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

fashion week for fall 2013

Every winter and indian summer, I spend a week not paying attention to much except what's going in New York City. Fashion week propels me to be glued to my phone, hungrily searching for any detail about my favorite designer's latest collections. This season is no different, except for one thing. I've turned my attention slightly off the runway, and turned it towards street-style.

{Jak and Jill} is my favorite place to check out the latest street style from around the world. The images that are collected are memorable and one-of-a-kind. I suggest you check it out.

Monday, February 11, 2013

things I love | Kate Spade watches

I never wear watches. The couple that I have received as gifts are silver, and thin, and about 20 years old. Needless to say, I'm the market for a new one.

A watch is a classic basic that everyone needs. I think it's one of those things that is starting to lose appreciation among my generation of cellphone users. But I'm not ready to say goodbye, especially when there are such beautiful timepieces that easily become your signature look.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

funny ballerina

This drawing warmed my heart today. I used to study ballet, all the way through college, so the subject of dance is always appealing to me. But this sketch highlights humor in the midst of such a (at times) stuffy art form.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

white washed

Ever since beginning the quest in search of the perfect wedding venue, my appreciation for white walls and hardwood floors has strengthened ten fold!  Spaces like this are hard to come by in my hometown.

Maybe it's because I believe great art always begins with a blank canvas, or maybe it's just because I grew up in a house with wall-to-wall wallpaper, but I find a simple and modern space so inspiring. White, bright, and light!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

pumped up kicks

I happened upon an Instagram of Nicky Hilton's airport selfie. Normally, this isn't newsworthy. Post-worthy. Blog-worthy. Word-worthy, really. But she was wearing some pretty amazing high-top sneakers and I can't get that look out of my mind.

I snapped this picture a couple days ago, and I'm constantly scrolling back to it, thinking to myself - "Do I need a pair of ridics high tops?". #firstworldproblems

Monday, February 4, 2013

confidence is red

I know I talk about every other post about red lipstick. I know. But here's a quick about my two new favs I tried out at Sephora this weekend. The bright one is so happy and the dark one is so... ballsy! And you gotta be both if you want to accomplish anything in life. Both brought to you by the lovely people at {Nars}.