Do you remember me? There are things I’ve been doing well lately, but blogging definitely hasn’t been one of them. I’m always trying to find better balance in juggling my multiple “hats,” but lately I got to a point of overwhelm and burn out. Mainly because I’ve been putting all of my creative eggs into one basket, which is my clothing line, HOWL Brand. I’ve been making some updates there and getting ready for this year’s fashion events. It’s been a lot of REALLY DEEP mental work regarding branding, vision, and planning that just left me depleted. I spent this past weekend way more relaxed than I usually let myself be, and all of the sudden the brain fog cleared and I saw the solution to so many problems and decisions I’ve been trying to make. I may need to evolve this corner of the internet to move with me as that continues to take up more and more time, but I’m trying to let that evolve naturally. In the meantime, I’ve pulled together some evocative images that really speak to my brain’s current state. A focused blend of exhaustion and epiphanies that, for the time being, is yielding results. Updates on everything HOWL to follow this week, so please stay tuned!
You guys, I can’t believe I’m saying this again, but I have been so sick for the better part of last week. AGAIN! It’s starting to feel like I’ve been sick almost all winter, and it’s been making it hard to keep things balanced and stay on track with my goals. It’s an inner struggle of self-care vs. progress that I’ve been thinking about and reading about a lot lately. How do you stay moving forward when things like physical or mental health issues are constantly interfering with your well-laid plans? A post on that will be coming soon, but in the meantime, if you’d like to share your input feel free to comment or message me. I don’t usually post these roundups on a Monday, but as it has been going lately, I’m pretty much on a rotation of cough drops, Theraflu, and schedule adjustments, so I’m trying to roll with it. I hope you can, too.
Now, onto the fun part! Here are some things I’ve been bookmarking, pinning, and just generally enjoying lately.
1 I always get excited to see Cassie’s style and creativity, but this post on her own home update blew. my. mind. It’s absolute color- and print-mixing mastery and is just so inspiring. (Hi Sugarplum!) | 2 Did you know you could marble concrete?! And according to this DIY planters post, it’s actually a very easy medium to work with. So cool. (Row House Nest)
3 Sometimes it’s the very little things that can change your life, like realizing you might not be using bobby pins correctly. (Camille Styles) | 4 I love these custom code word rings from Lulu Frost, which you allow you to mix and match letter stones for a personalized message. I’m adding the word CREATE to my wishlist because the color combo is gorgeous. (Lulu Frost)
5 There are so many funny things to appreciate in this video: the daughter’s confident dance intro, the frantic dive-bombing mother, the father desperately trying to escape into his eyelids. I’m pretty sure any parent/caregiver can relate. (BBC News)
No one has ever accused me of being a minimalist, but lately, I’m finding myself drawn towards this very simple color palette of black and white with pops of gold and natural materials. Add in some opulent, scrolling Baroque focal points, like a large gilded mirror or an artful lighting fixture, and I’m completely smitten. An over-the-top Baroque piece in an otherwise minimalist space is the stuff très chic dreams are made of.
I know I’m coming in at the tail end of the parade on this one, but it has been a long time since a movie has moved me as much as La La Land. I saw it with my family back in January, and I loved it so much that I asked Zach to take me again for Valentine’s Day. I know for me the emotional connection comes in part from how much I relate to the wear-and-tear of pursuing an artistic career, all the highs and lows, the triumphs and endless self-doubt. But what really made my heart ache was simply how gorgeous all of it was. Even though La La Land missed out on winning Best Picture (in case you hadn’t heard), I was so happy to see it win for Best Production Design. The costumes bursting with Old Hollywood style references, the mixed pattern quirkiness of Mia’s apartment, and the intense Technicolor palette all woven perfectly into modern day created a style that is at once breathtakingly timeless and entirely new.
Happy weekend, pals! Holy cannoli, I have been sick as a dog for an entire week. I’ve basically been in hibernation from the real world. I would love to tell you the blog schedule didn’t take a hit because I was prepared in advance, but that is just not the story of my life these days. I have, however, been making some solid progress on my brand, Howl, which I’m excited to share with you soon. I also have some posts coming up that I’m pretty pumped for, including a home and style post based on La La Land and a fun art giveaway. So stay tuned! This girl is starting to feel better and things are looking up! And in the meantime, here are a few click-worthy posts from the more productive as of late.
1 I always get excited to see local people featured in non-local publications. This home tour of Columbus-based couple Brandon and Stephanie, of Stuff Steph Does, is chock full of uber-stylish furniture finds and attainable ways to make the most of your space, like their tiny bathroom-turned-show-stopper. (Design Sponge) | 2 Can you ever have too many scarf-tying tutorials? I say no. This guide features some newer styles in simple photo format and is a must for anyone wondering how to master the bandana trend. (Style Bee)
3 With her designer-clad girls and their exaggerated features, Bijou Karman’s illustrations tap into the awkward-cool side of fashion that is very of the moment. Her recent collab with Rhianna for Stance Socks solidifies her status as one to follow. (Bijou Karman) | 4 How have I not discovered ombre candles until now? They make the perfect toppers to this gorgeous but simple spring party tablescape. This post also features a giveaway with Cheeky Home that ends this Saturday, so click on over! (A Kailo Chic Life)
5 This dream-like short film by Petra Collins for Gucci Eyewear is giving me hella inspiration. There’s so much to look at, it’s basically a feast for the eyeballs.
I’m so glad I live in a world with Vogue.com, where it doesn’t matter that I’m at home in middle America, I can still keep up on all the fashion week updates. My favorite part of all the coverage is always the behind-the-scenes detail shots. They give the perfect peek into the atmosphere at each show and an instant sense of the statement the designer is making. These are a few of my favorite shots capturing the magic of it all. Check out more great backstage images on Vogue.com and get all the coverage, including the top collections and the best fashion and beauty street style looks of NYFW.
Happy Monday, friends! With Valentine’s Day tomorrow, I hope you are feeling the love in the air.
For this edition of the LISTS, I’m loving the soft, romantic color palette in this wishlist, which was inspired by a pink sunset. It’s ultra feminine while the darker tones add a bohemian feel. I always think when you’re going for romance that vintage-inspired styles are the way to go. They instantly invoke a sense of a classic love story without the cheese factor that often comes with the holiday.
Speaking of the cheese factor, it can be hard to find the balance between romance and cool when it comes to love songs. Men especially, I think, can have a hard time embracing the genre without feeling like the songs are silly. Last year I asked Zach to come up with a list of songs that walked the line between the very romantic and the very cool. It got a great response, so I asked him to add to it again this year. Here are some of his recent additions that I think would make the perfect backdrop to any Valentine’s Day party or a romantic dinner at home.
I say “Dude-Approved,” but really, these are the kind of love songs I prefer, too. It’s basically just for anyone who needs a little grit with their romance for it to feel authentic. You can check out the full list, including last year’s songs, on Spotify.
Happy Friday, pals! Ever since the New Year’s I’ve been focusing a lot on simplifying my life. Part of that has been focusing what I do in this space. One of the things I’ve realized if that, as much as I might love the “fluff” pieces, like this series, I needed to shift the focus a little bit so I can have more energy for my design work. So, unlike in the past, I will be posting these links roundups every other week instead of weekly and will be alternating them on Fridays with my Friday Vibes series. So the names and schedules are changing slightly, but it’s basically all the same. It’s just a way to simplify my content while still keeping two of my favorite series.
So, now that you’re clued into the over workings of a blogger’s brain, let’s focus on the fact that two weeks of links provides twice as much great content to choose from and share. Now let’s dig into the recent favorites!
1 I’m loving these DIY boots, a nod to Dior’s bug-embellished tulle moment last fall. The process is super simple and the bug/velvet combo makes me really happy. (Honestly WTF) | 2 I always think it’s cool to see how artists work, and this tour of Katherine Zener’s studio gives a great glimpse into how the designer makes her space work for her innovative menswear accessories line. (Design Sponge)
3 I was so excited to see that one of my favorite designers, Justina Blakeney, just launched a furniture collection with Selamat. The Ida Mirror and Vela Pendants are among my favorites, but if I’m being honest, I love every piece. (The Jungalow) | 4 Can you believe this bouquet sculpture from artist Ann Carrington is made from spoons? Using just dull metallic utensils she’s able to create pieces so realistic and detailed you’d almost think they’re painted flowers. (Bored Panda)
5 I finally saw La La Land a couple of weeks back, and when I got home I immediately saw this and thought it was pretty hilarious. If you’ve seen La La Land, I’m dying to hear what you thought. I loved it more than words can adequately express, but I promise I won’t throw a chair if you’re Team Aziz. 😉
I always love working with Pantone’s Color of the Year because even if I don’t immediately recognize it as “the hue” of the moment, I’ll soon start noticing it everywhere and appreciating how it fits into different scenarios. This year’s choice, Greenery, is both vibrant and calming because of its natural omnipresence in our world. It’s used a lot in architecture, graphic design, and marketing because it symbolizes nature and works so well with other colors. I’m sharing some examples of how it can be mixed with other colors, and therefore, how it could be incorporated into your design work, interiors, or personal style this year. These are five very different mood boards with five very different tones and moods. Scroll through and let me know which one is your favorite!
Rain gets a bad rap. It’s the weather you wait for to pass so the “good weather” can come. But I’ve always been partial to a rainy day. I love an excuse to cancel plans and curl up and watch a movie instead. And there’s no better way to fall asleep than by listening to raindrops hit the window. So while this has been the warmest and rainiest winters I can remember in my lifetime, that’s okay with me. I think rainy days are pretty darn cool. My hair, however, is telling a very different story…