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When I was in college, my friends and I used to drive just outside the city to an area called the greenway. We always went at night, and we’d spread out quilts on the ground and just lay there talking, sipping hot chocolate and looking at the stars. I remember laying there listening to the breeze ruffling the long grass, feeling the tip of my nose go numb, and literally seeing our words suspended above us as the stars twinkled and the moon hung ripe and full overhead. It’s one of my favorite college memories, and when I saw these beautiful Luna Lamps, it took me back in time.
Aside from making me nostalgic, I thought these lamps would be really cool for kid’s rooms. Personally, I’d like a larger one for the living room and a small one for the guest bathroom. We have a lot of family and friends who like to come up for mini vacations and it would make navigating around an unfamiliar house in the dark much easier.
All images from here.
The other night I was enjoying an epic evening of Pinterest and Netflix, when I stumbled upon an image of a Horse/Tree hybrid entitled “Earl Grey”. Intrigued, I plugged the artist name into Google and discovered the image was part of a long running illustration series entitled Tea Spirits by Los Angeles based artist Heather Penn. I love tea. I’ve been drinking it since I was old enough to have tea parties with my mom, and it’s a key ingredient to my recipe for the perfect afternoon. In a world where coffee beverages seem to rule the hierarchy of beverages, it was really interesting to find someone who not only clearly had a love for tea but loved it enough to wonder what type of animal it would be and take the time to illustrate it.
You can find these prints and more on the artist’s INPRNT page. I am thinking about purchasing one or two for my kitchen. I can see them framed, next to the microwave where we keep a large part of our tea stash. A playful addition to the process of flavor selection, Earl Grey or Strawberry Green?
All images are from the artist’s INPRNT page.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved shoes. It started with glass slippers (jelly shoes) and ballet dance shoes, and I’ve never gotten over them. Even when I went through my “I hate my body; I’ll only wear baggy clothes” adolescent phase, I still adored cute footwear, if anything probably a bit more because most days they were the only thing I put on that made me feel pretty. Now that I am an adult, maturity-wise a bit debatable, but the math lines up, I have cultivate quite a collection of shoes. I even have to seperate storage locations. A huge storage cube in the front hall for the every day flats and sandals (Andy uses this area, too) and a rack in my walk in for the “special occasion” or more expensive pairs. As you might have guessed, I am never not in the market for a cute pair at the right price. Enter the deal on Goby shoes on Zulily.com this week. Artsy, funky, and all sorts of quirky. I could do some massive damage to my bank account if I wasn’t careful.
Since I can’t be trusted to be completely rational when it comes to shoes, Andy and I have come up with a pretty good trick to make sure that I really, REALLY, truly want what I am buying. If I find something I like, I have to walk away for at least 24 hours and, if I remember that I want them or if I want them badly enough to go back for them, then we consider making the investment. Not 100% fool proof, but it has cut down seriously on my impulse buying and has the added benefit of helping me work towards having a wardrobe vs. having stacks of random shoes and garments that don’t work together.
All images from Zulily.
One of the things that I think is important to know about me is that while I may be pushing 30, I am still very much in touch with my inner child. She is loud, opinionated, and, boy, does she like pretty things. Right now she is doing her best to convince me that it is absolutely imperative that we own one of the beautiful scarves from the Etsy shop Shovava. It’s becoming a problem because I know she isn’t going to be happy with just one.
Flowers, feathers, birds, so intricate and ethereal. I follow their Instagram, and I love, love, LOVE seeing their photo stories. If I don’t have one by December, it’ll probably be somewhere at the tippy top of my Christmas list.
All images are from the Shovava Instagram page.