Saturday, August 29, 2015

Painting Florals in Watercolor // ART + DESIGN

Hello, all! So I just wanted to share a little floral watercolor painting I did the other day. I haven't painted with watercolors (or even drawn) in such a long time it feels like I'm learning to walk again. I'm hoping it will start to feel as natural as it did before.

Rather, I intend to work hard on my art skills so it can start to feel as natural as it did before. Maybe the problem is not knowing what to draw or the techniques to make it happen but whatever it is I really just want to get creating again. Hopefully this will be the impetus to getting more art on the blog again!

The top photo is a close up and the second photo is an edit I made to give the pattern a mirror effect. Any other art bloggers out there with tips on getting through artist block?

Sunday, August 23, 2015


Hey guys! So I've got a super exciting post today! I did a gift swap with my blogger friend RG and I want to share with you what she got me!

We decided to do a themed gift box swap where we would choose gifts for each other based on each others blogs and also around the theme of "Summer of Wonder". I got home from work to a large package waiting for me (!!!) and decided to take lots of unboxing photos. Okay, so here are the gifts:

one // some lovely cute gift wrapping by RG, it was so pretty I almost didn't want to unwrap anything!
two // a kindly written letter that accompanied one of the gifts with a floral cover
three // a charming letter by RG given with the amazing art paper pads she got me
four // all of these paper pads have different textures so they can be used for multiple art mediums!
five // one of my absolute favorite things she got me - hand lotion in my favorite scent vanilla and a lovely eucalyptus spearmint body spray that I've been wearing everyday since I got it! both have really cute notes attached to the top!
six - nine // an adorable blue and pink floral cosmetics pouch filled with nail art goodies; two lipsticks with an attaching cell phone mirror; (in the wrapped package) a dual charger and fragrance clip for my car.
ten - eleven // my other absolute favorite thing she got was this beautiful gold pattern notebook with a sweet note attached to motivate me to keep writing, it literally glitters in the sunlight I cant wait to start writing in it!

I can't say thank you enough to RG for her creative and thoughtful gifts. She really is an amazing girl so make sure you follow her blog and other social media links!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Weekend Wishlist .01 // LIFESTYLE

weekend wishlist // .01

Hello everyone! So today I thought I'd just share a quick weekend wishlist. I've always loved these kinds of posts and find it interesting to see what other people want to buy. I wanted to keep this post short and sweet so I modeled it after one of my favorite bloggers gifting list series. After looking into it more I found it comes from a simple living lifestyle guide for kidsThe adapted idea is to buy something you want, something you need, something to wear, and something to read. I like it because it's easy to remember and helps narrow down the options of what to get someone else as a gift. More info on the products down below. What's on your wishlist this weekend? :]


one // Kinfolk Magazine Issue Sixteen --- I am in love with the aesthetic of this magazine. I also love the diversity and simple modern beauty of the models in their editorials. I've been following them on Instagram for a while so I think it's time for me to buy the real thing to add to my bookshelf.

two // TOMS Classic Canvas Shoes in Natural --- I've read great things about this brand for years and not only are they driven by an admirable social mission but they make stylish casual shoes for a comfy day at work or a day out in the neighborhood.

three // Canon PowerShot G7X Digital Camera --- Confession: I don't actually own my own digital camera and I take most of my blog photos with my iPhone (which is surprisingly good quality). I'm long overdue for an upgrade and this camera is the go to choice for some of my favorite youtubers. The video quality is amazing but I'm the most excited for the flip up screen. Selfie, anyone? ;]

four // Mario Badescu Skin Care Products --- I think I mentioned before that my skin is oily/acne prone (ugh!) and I'm trying to take better care of my skin. I'm trying to build a regimen this summer so I will be trying some new products to help clear up my skin. Two of my favorite beauty bloggers (Claire Marshall @ Hey Claire and FeliciaThis That Beauty) both mention this brand's cleansers and toners as effective acne fighting products so I will be purchasing them to give it a try. Specifically I'd like to try the Acne Facial Cleanser, Glycolic Acid Toner, and the Cucumber Cleansing Lotion.