Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Inspiration | Girly camping

I read an article a couple months ago about using retro-camping as inspiration for decorating a living room. The idea sounds crazy, but the room had awesome rustic details, Hudson Bay blankets, even a cool lighting fixture that looked like a tee-pee.

This spread in {Rookie Yearbook One} reminded me of that, except with a super girly twist. Patches, sashes, collared shirts, berets - maybe I won't be following this fashion receipe to a tea, but I'm definitely going to draw inspiration and use it... somewhere... at some point... right?

Sometimes cataloging things you love "just because" can come in handy for those days when it seems like nothing is exciting you.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

easter eggs

This Easter is going to be pretty low-key and I'm totally OK with that. This year will be staying at home and not visiting family like we usually do (which is a total bummer), but I'm not letting my favorite tradition be passed over just because we won't be entertaining company.

Dying Easter eggs instantly produce some of my favorite (and funniest) childhood memories. My dad and sisters would have big plans for gorgeous eggs every year. Very quickly, someone would think it would be HILARIOUS to take my precious egg(s) and dunk them in all the colors - leaving them a marbled brown hue. I would cry. But then I would laugh, because it's just an egg after all.

However, if that happened today I would most definitely cry. Once again, I have big plans. I'm planning on loading up on sharpies this year, and have cut out some of my favorite patterns to try to recreate on pastel-dyed eggs.

Stay tuned for some "Before & After" egg dying pics on my {Instagram account} sometime in the next week!

Monday, March 18, 2013

I'm a big fan of mixing and matching. But unless you follow some type of lose guidelines, your look could end up being all over the place. Here are a few ways to look like you put some thought behind the madness:

1. {Wayfarers} - Match your hair to your sunglasses.
2. {Clutch} - Match your nailpolish to your clutch
3. {Shoes} - Match your shoes to your skintone

Does this make sense?
Or is this completely ridiculous to everyone but me?

Friday, March 15, 2013


I feel like these last couple weeks in March are like the calm before the storm. St. Patrick's Day is Sunday, but other than that, I don't really have any plans. The weather is going to be terrible (ONCE AGAIN), so I might as well catch up on sleep, sketch in my bed while watching Netflix, and make an epic breakfast or two.

HAPPY FRIDAY, you guys!

Monday, March 11, 2013

inspiration | charlotte audrey owen-meehan

Sure! Her tumblr's name is a mouthful, but {Charlotte Audrey Owen-Meehan}'s blog deserves to be memorized. It's a delight for the eyes and it's a perfect place to spend your free-time this spring.

All of the images are simple items placed on pastel backgrounds transform from silly objects to sophisticated works of art. I wish I could pin the {archive view} and just be done with it because I'm obsessed with every. single. post.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

art | Sweet Macarons

It was only a matter of time before my favorite thing (french macarons) would infiltrate my favorite activity (painting). I've fallen in love with this painting that I recently completed - the bright colors, the subject matter, the delicate but punchy overall look and feel. This painting would look great in a collage of other vibrant photographs or works of art.

You can purchase it {here}.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

art I love | Elise Werbler

I happened upon {this post} by The Jealous Curator and basically wrote my blog for me today. The things that come out of simple concepts, like birthstones, never ceases to amaze me. What a cool birthday gift this would be for a friend, eh?

Monday, March 4, 2013

book review | "Grace: A Memoir" by Grace Coddington

I first met Grace Coddington when I watched "The September Issue" back in 2007. Being the creative director of Vogue (and direct subordinate to Anna Wintour), I was inspired by tenacity and confidence in the documentary, but that pales in comparison to what I feel about her now after reading {her memoir}.

Grace Coddington's book is filled with anecdotes about her childhood, her professional endeavors, and a candid look at her personal relationships. However, after finishing the book this weekend, what struck me was the commitment she has to her craft.

She admits several times throughout the book how sensitive she is, how personally she takes criticism, and how she shys away from social occasions, but underlying these insecurities is an unwavering belief in herself and her own vision.

I recommend it to anyone who loves fashion, New York, or cats.

Friday, March 1, 2013

the finish line

We've reached it, you guys. The finish line of February is upon us and I'm more than ready to cross the threshold into March.

This weekend will be spent working towards that are much harder to accomplish than just ripping pages off of a desk calendar. Things like running a half-marathon this summer, organizing my room, and putting more money in the ol' bank account are goals that take much more effort to accomplish.

But step-by-step, week-by-week, we all get closer right?

Happy weekend!