Photographer Guy Aroch has this soft, muted-hue quality about his work that makes it easy for me to identify his photographs before confirming they’re his for sure. When the folks at Free People sent me a preview of their February 2015 campaign, I was really excited to see Guy Aroch shot the photos! The beautiful photography and clothes along with the backdrop of Rome (hello new place I want to visit!) are pretty easy on the eyes to say the least.
Everything about this outfit. Yes.
Obsessed with this dress.
The closest I’ve ever been to Rome is watching the movie Eat Pray Love, so this definitely stirs up the wanderlust in my heart.
I took a little bloggy break during the last part of December, so I didn’t have an opportunity to do my Looking Back post, but I’m back now with 2 months in 1!
The last part of December was really quite wonderful. I love the time right before the new year because things slow down and it’s refreshing not to feel like you have to run in place to keep up all the time.
So far 2015 has been treating me well! January was off to a great start and I really feel positive about this year. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know I had a bit of a (minor) setback last week when I got an infection in my thumb (hi 7 hours spent at the ER!), but it healed very quickly and all I have is a band aid now. My thumb was only out of commission for about 1 week. So that wasn’t fun, but it could have been worse. (Like I could have been out of commission for more than 1 week.)
I think that’s going to be my motto in 2015: It could be worse. It could always be better, but it could always be worse. It puts a different spin on matters, don’t you think? But enough about talking about how it could be worse. I have high hopes for 2015 and the future in general. I really do.
My submission to #WHPoutofplace. Oddly enough, Aubrey didn’t seem to mind.
How I spent my last days of 2014: Reading a book by the fire with a cup of tea. Perfection.
And how are YOU doing, my dears? Tell me what you’ve been up to. Did your new year start off like you had expected or did it go better? Or worse? Remember, if it went worse than you had expected: It could be worse.
What makes me a happy camper? The fact that sweatpants are in style right now. Though I’ve been wearing sweatpants (at home) long before they became popular; does that make me a trendsetter? (Okay, so my old sweatpants with a stretched out waistband and my high school emblem weren’t up to par with the athleisure on the market now, but that’s beside the point–I got new pretty sweatpants, it’s all good.) The point is this: The fact I can go out in public and basically wear my PJs and not only be considered socially acceptable but trendy too? Beyond me. Fashion is wonderful sometimes. I don’t know how long this trend will last (and maybe I’ll look back on these days and cringe… what was I thinking wearing sweatpants out in public?!), but right now I’m riding the wave 100%.
Take for example a day like this: I was out running errands all day, then went for a walk in the late afternoon with my mom. Easy peasy transition from errand-running to walking in the woods. I didn’t even have to change my clothes. (I could even go to bed in this outfit too, but I wouldn’t do that because that would be kind of gross–ya gotta draw the line somewhere.) Perhaps something like that doesn’t matter to you, but it matters to me.
I found these awesome New Balance sneakers at Crossroads. I’d been looking for a pair just like them and then voilà, Crossroads comes through! There was another girl eyeing this pair when I was there, but I quickly swooped in and snatched them up before she did because those suckers were MINE. (I’m fierce when I shop.)
It never gets really cold in California, but I happened to take these pictures when we were having a cold spell. (a.k.a. it didn’t get above 50 degrees the entire day… brrr.) I’ll take any excuse to wear a hat and gloves; it’s so rare I get the opportunity to dress warmly.
One of my very favorite photographers is Michal Pudelka. I first discovered his work on Flickr years ago and I am amazed by how far he has come since then.
Michal recently shot the Valentino S/S 2015 campaign and it’s safe to say I’m in love. There is so much visual tension and story telling in Michal’s work that traces all the way back to early Flickr photographs. It’s interesting how his work has evolved yet so much of it is the same.
These photographs have sort of a Greek mythological Siren quality about them. One of my favorite things about Michal is he always has multiple models in his shoots. I think it adds so much to the story without being overly chaotic.
I am a firm believer that pretty food tastes better: Vibrant green smoothies, colorful salads… nature’s candy, right? These little tarts get bonus points for being pretty AND cute.
CITRUS CREAM TARTS
Makes 3 tarts
– ½ cup raw sunflower seeds
– 15 soft medjool dates
– ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
– ½ teaspoon cinnamon
– ¼ teaspoon sea salt
– 1 cup coconut cream
– 1 Tablespoon coconut nectar
– ½ teaspoon vanilla
– ¼ teaspoon sea salt
– Zest of ½ lemon
– Zest of ½ orange
– Juice of ½-1 lemon
1. To make crust: Place all crust ingredients in a food processor and process until mixture holds together when pressed with fingers. Line a small pie pan or 3-individual size pie pans with parchment paper and press mixture into bottom and sides of pan. Place in the refrigerator while you make filling.
2. To make filling: Place all citrus cream ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust sweetness if needed. Pour cream over crust and place in freezer for about 30-45 minutes, until filling has set.
3. Once tart cream has set, garnish with desired toppings and slice to serve.
Medjool Dates – high in fiber, provides energy, good source of B6, potassium, manganese and copper.
Coconut Milk – provides quick energy, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, great source of good quality fat.
Citrus – high in vitamin C (antioxidant), alkalizing, aid detox, anti-inflammatory.
She has an adorable daughter, Goldie (who quite often appears in her outfit posts). One day while mindlessly scrolling, I found Goldie’s bedroom. The little girl’s room I wish I had. That’s all.
There’s only a small window of opportunity for being able to get away with that much pink; probably ages 0 to 7. But come on guys, can we just talk about the cuteness factor? My heart is filled with too much love this Monday. ♥
I really like decorating with short sayings and phrases so for this month’s DIY build I really wanted to make some letters. I started experimenting with a few options and ended up really liking this combination of wood and copper. I am–just like almost all bloggers–still on a copper kick! And because I don’t have a miter saw or really any good place to do real carpentry I used balsa wood. It requires no saw or special supplies so anyone can quickly whip up these letters.
– Balsa Wood (I used 1/16” balsa wood I found on Amazon)
– Copper contact paper
– x-acto knife
1. Trace your letters on the balsa wood. I used a ruler on this step just to ensure that each letter was the same size (I made them 5” in height).
2. Cut each letter out using an x-acto knife.
3. Place some of the contact paper on each letter. I picked random placed to place the paper so I would have a good assortment of copper placement on the final saying.
4. Hang up the letters!
The letters are super light so you can hang then up with double-sided tape or command strips. No need to use a hammer or anything.