I’m prepping to tear up my backyard and get down to some serious landscaping in the next few weeks, so thoughts of all things green are top of mind. ferm LIVING has some of the best pieces when it comes to plant life and I keep going back to their plantwalls that are both sculptural and functional. I’m planning on a container garden and would love to see my tomato plants clinging for dear life to a few of these guys come summer.
Laura Carlin‘s Animal Mural is the combination of 84 ceramic tiles that will bring the zoo indoors. I love her playful style of painting as well as the fact that you purchase your favorite tiles – from baboons to house cats to gorillas!
Last month in Austin I came across lots of shops that were new to me, but none struck a chord quite like Moulton. Jewelry designer and fourth generation small business owner Jen Moulton creates pieces that are all about fresh clean lines that look just as great with a pair of cutoffs as they do with a cocktail dress. I couldn’t help but snap up a gold cuff ring and it’s barely left my right hand since. Because Jen is just as lovely as her offerings she giving one of you a $125 store credit to amp up your spring accessories game at Moulton – scroll down to enter!
The first words that come to mind after viewing Kate Tucker‘s paintings are organized and chaos. Her style also reminds me of an abstract adult take on that old childhood classic – paint by number. Whatever the case, the end result is nothing short of captivating.
Talk about an instantly perfect entryway! Check out Leaning Loop – the perfect spot to hang your outerwear, stash your keys, keep your shoes, and more. Just prop it against the wall and you’re good to go.
Let’s start today with something lighthearted and fun. Illustrator Bea Crespo and photographer Andrea G. Portales teamed up to create Brunchcity, a food project that creates tiny cities upon the foods they’re known for.
The week before last I headed to Texas Hill Country, just outside Austin, to attend the fifth and final Texas Style Council. What had started as a group of like-minded people brunching on quiche a few years ago had grown huge in size, and this year was stripped back down to the basics. Two hundred women staying at a Girl Scout camp for a long weekend and leaving everything else at the door was the bare agenda.
Vintage camping elements set the scene as we made our way between cabins, sessions, and activities. Permission to only occasionally shower or brush your hair was granted as we all gathered to discuss the deeply buried stuff: vulnerability, keeping connections real, and creating a meaningful presence.
I was flattered to be asked to speak by TxSC founder, Indiana Adams, who I connected with back in January. (We were both on our way to Alt Summit in Salt Lake City and on the same delayed flight.) Speakers were asked to arrive a day early to have a little extra time to connect with the amazing sponsors on hand, as well as enjoy some outdoor activities.
I’d been looking forward to horseback riding and zip lining for over a month, so much so that not even the pouring rain could stop me. I have a difficult time stepping away from the screen and actually relaxing, so I’m taking it as a sign and looking into taking some horseback riding lessons. This weekend was a great reminder that it’s just as important to make time for yourself as it is to kick ass and take names at the office.
Throughout the weekend campers collected “badges” (pins) for completing projects, attending sessions, etc. I never got to be a Girl Scout as a kid and my competitive spirit took over – I had to collect them all! It wasn’t at all about the end result, almost more like a baseball card situation, but I happily accepted the Eagle Scout award at the badge ceremony Sunday afternoon for collecting the most pins!
I was lucky enough to spend my nights sharing snacks and sleeping on a rock hard mattress in the same room as these girls – Chloe Mitchell of Hello Society, Cyndie Spiegel, and Joanna Hawley of Jojotastic.
The last day of camp showed up suddenly, as it always seemed to when I was growing up. TxSC was refreshing in a way few conferences are, full of women without pretensions or agendas. Women who I most likely never would have crossed paths with otherwise. A big thank you to Indiana for creating this labor of love that we all had the benefit of taking part in.
The fine lines used by Harriet Lee-Merrion lend an airy feel to illustrations that could easily feel weighed down with cerebral subject matter. She sells some of her work in a Big Cartel shop that you can peek at here.