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I like fairytales, I like nature, and I can sometimes be a little dark, so it shouldn’t surprise you at all that when I found out about photographer Emma McEvoy I instantly fell in love with her moody ethereal images.
This was the photo that started it all – I was getting all sorts of Alice in Wonderland vibes, and I would LOVE to have a framed print of this in my house. I would also love that giant teacup, but I am fairly certain it’s the result of some clever photoshopping rather than an actual teacup. A girl can dream though.If I had to pick one of these images to re-create, I would be hard pressed to call one or the other my favorite. On the one hand, gorgeous gold/purple mermaid tail and a foggy beach; on the other, gorgeous gown on a stunningly placid lake.The other thing I really enjoyed about Emma’s work was the reverent way that she captured her animal subjects. They are regal creatures that might have normal proportions, but yet seem mythical and larger than life.
Inspiring, haunting, and absolutely stunning.
Images from here.
While some of you might be starting to look towards Fall, Summer is still alive and well here in the Sunshine State. We’ve got quite a lot of warm sunny days left to our year, and I am still feeling the summer vibes. Keeping that in mind, I’ve created a wishlist of items that I’d like to help me finish out the warmer weather.
- Lace Trapeze Dress – Free People
- Rose Gold Backpack – City Chic
- Elizabeth Climber Earring – Urban Outfitters
- Pineapple Sippers – Amazon
- Matilda Floral Kimono – Anthropologie
- Kake Flats – Kurt Geiger
- Haberkorn Sunglasses – Aldo
- Picnic Blanket – H&M
- Floral High-Waist Bikini – Torrid
I’ve been wearing a lot of loose breezy dresses to stay cool and billowy kimonos to keep the sun off my shoulders, and to be honest, I am always looking to expand my collection. After a recent trip to the beach, I’ve realized I really need to get a new swim suit. I want something that is me, but also a teeny tiny bit outside of my comfort zone, so I think a high-waist bikini might be a step in the right direction. Oh, and I thought those pineapple sippers were hella cute, and really, I just want them, summer seems a good a reason as any, right?
I don’t know why this didn’t happen sooner but Vans finally meets Van Gogh. In this wonderfully alliterative combination, the well known athletic brand has created a collection based around four of the creative genius’s works. Finding inspiration in —Skull, Sunflowers, Almond Blossom, Self-Portrait as a Painter, Old Vineyard with Peasant Woman— which offer glimpses into certain moments in the artist life, these wearable masterpieces are now available to the masses.
Almond Blossom is one of my favorite pieces by Van Gogh and without a doubt my favorite part of this collection. I would buy every single piece if I could.
The collection will be sold online at both Vans and at the Van Gogh Museum’s gift shop, and the museum will be donating all profits from the collaboration to the preservation of the Van Gogh collection and keeping the artist’s legacy alive.
Images from here.
So I have a cube now….and I am a bit of loss about how to make it a bit less of a cube. There’s a lot of beige or grey or guess we can call it greige and fabric walls and some metal cabinets. I brought in a whole back pack full of stuff, and it barely made a a dent. It’s a rather large cube. So I did what any person in my position would do, I went to Pinterest. I got super lucky and found some great inspiration; one of my favorite pieces was and article by Buzzfeed 54 Ways to Make Your Cube Suck Less . It seems in the right alley. Now there were a lot of great ideas, but here are the 11 I liked the best.
1. A lift for your computer to avoid neck strain.2. Upgade your office supplies – I do love me some rose gold.3. A tray to keep things organized, although I think I might go for color over something metallic.4. A fancy desk calendar – I ordered this exact one.5. A bulletin board for memos, reminders and keepsakes. 6. A cool pillow for your desk chair, comfort and style.7. Coasters, a simple fix and one that actually made a big difference when my drinks were no longer sweating all over my new desk.8. Make your desktop background a work of art. Bonus – it’s free!9. This DIY chandelier, okay I can’t actually have this, but I think it would be amazing to work in a place that let you make and hang your very own chandelier.
10. Patterned contact paper to spruce up those dingy file cabinets. 11. This last one is the one I’d like the most, but the one that has already been sadly been nixed.
I am also thinking a gallery wall might not be a bad idea to bring some color and excitement in. What do you guys think? Do you have any cube decorating recommendations of your own?
All images from Buzzfeed.
The last few weeks have been a little intense around here. I got crazy sick, missed my trip to Seattle, left my job of eight years, and started a brand new job. Heavy stuff, right? We could talk about all that for a while, but I am consciously trying to not dwell so we’re going to talk about some of the other things going on in my life Currently.
Reading: I am currently between books, which is a bit odd for me. I’m more of an “always something on deck” type of reader, but I’ve not found anything really inspiring as of late. I would really love to find a new series to dive into, with the new job I predict there will be a fair amount of “stress reading” happening in the evenings until I get through training and get my feet under me again.
Planning: My fall trip to Seattle. I was supposed to go at the end of June, but I found myself curled up on the bathroom floor sick the night before my flight. It was incredibly disappointing, and I am still mad at myself, but my friends have been great about helping me refocus and reschedule. Now we’re looking at me visiting maybe in late October or early November. That’s around the time that the leaves start turning, and let me tell you, this Florida girl is over the moon at the prospect of actually experiencing the traditional changing of seasons.
Eating: All of the fresh fruit. Pineapple, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, kiwi, watermelon… so much fruit in our fridge! Andy has only a passing interest, but this time of year I LIVE for the produce section. I think this might also be in part because I keep my fruit in the fridge and it’s nice and cool when I sit down to enjoy it for a snack or after dinner sweet. A perfect, and relatively guilt free, way to beat the heat.
Loving: My new quilt. Andy and I were raised not to throw anything away, so when it comes to blankets/comforters and stuff, we still have things from as far back as high school. Recently I decided to go out and buy my self a new quilt, a nice colorful summer-weight quilt. I found exactly what I wanted at Home Goods, and I LOVE it. The cats love it too; of all the pillows/blankets/throws on our beds, 8 out of 10 times I come into the room they are sleeping on the new quilt. Now I just have to convince myself that it’s time to get rid of some of those older blankets…
Creating: My new work space. It’s been a while since I’ve been in a cube instead of an office, but I have to say it is a pretty spacious cube. It’s also nice that the walls go almost all the way to the ceiling so it still feels like I have my own space. I’ve only been in there a couple of days, so it’s definitely a work in progress, but I have a list of things that I want and have been filling my tiny back pack with things as I find them and taking them into the office a little at a time. It probably doesn’t seem like a big thing, but it’s helping me feel a tiny bit more comfortable with this new phase.
Image from here.