I know we’re in the midst of winter and that I’ve just seen a news headline that read “Parts of the US might be colder than Mars by the weekend,” but can we just relish in these vintage inspired dresses from Christy Dawn? I mean, let’s just imagine, for one minute, that it’s warm enough to wear these dreamy frocks. Sigh. I love that each piece is hand sewn by local artisans in Los Angeles and made from deadstock fabric in an effort to minimize waste. And if I’ve learned anything from my longtime crush on this California based label, it’s if you love it, buy it. Small quantities of fabric means small production runs – and nothing feels worse than knowing your dream dress is never coming back.
It’s only the second day of 2018 and I’m feeling revitalized and full of anticipation for the new year. I’m also extremely excited to introduce you to HonestlyFIT, the newest member – or as we like to say, the stronger sibling – of the Honestly family! The extent of my relatively healthy and active lifestyle has always consisted of eating well and the occasional hike or tennis match. However, after the birth of my second baby nearly two years ago, work and parenting became a habitual excuse for putting my already negligible self care on the back burner. I so desperately craved the motivation that was needed to overhaul my lifestyle in an attainable and practical way. I’m happy to say that, over the last year, I’ve built a small community that has helped me make short strides towards a more balanced lifestyle – and I owe much of that progress to my long time friend and HonestlyFIT editor, Orissa Rose. And together, we’ll be bringing you honest personal insights and tried and true tips to live a life full of self love, wellness and health. I hope that you guys will come along for the ride!
I hope that everyone had a great holiday! We’ve just returned from a week in the mountains, where an internet outage made spending time with kids and family totally and sublimely undisturbed. The ease back to reality, however, has been harsh and frankly, all I wanna do is a whole lot of nothing (potentially some at-home crafting) until the new year. So while I continue to take a personal break until it’s officially 2018, I’m revisiting 5 of my favorite DIYs from the years past to inspire your New Year’s Eve celebrations:
1. DIY Disco Pom Pom Shoes: Use mini disco ball ornaments and yarn pom pom to add some quirk and sparkle to your party shoes!
2. DIY Velvet Ribbon Bow Barette: A simple bow tying technique opens the door to endless possibilities. I love the idea of making large floppy bows with extra wide velvet ribbon.
If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you know that I’m working on some home updates that involve lots and lots of daring patterns and textiles. It’s all super exciting and I can’t wait to reveal the changes soon! In the meantime, I thought I’d share some visual inspiration from Soane Britain, makers of beautiful furniture, upholstery, lighting, fabrics and wallpapers. Most of their collections are inspired by historical designs and classical antiquities and each design is made in Britain in small workshops that specialize in rattan chair making, saddlery and iron forging. In fact, they own the only remaining rattan weaving workshop in the UK! I’m absolutely obsessed with the Venus chair in velvet, the ceiling lights with the sweetest rattan shades, and the crazy cool rippled rattan console table. So good, so inspiring.
As much as I absolutely love the holidays, it’s also the busiest, most stressful time of year. The month of December is always a blur and by the end of each year, I find myself regretting not taking enough pauses, to truly relish in the festivities for myself. This year, however, I’m doing things a little differently. For starters, I’ve been wanting to host a small gathering of girlfriends for months – something we, as working moms struggle to make time for – but not surprisingly, months have passed and that gathering has yet to happen. That was, until last week, when UberEats inspired me to throw together an impromptu wreath workshop, for my friends, in my own backyard, on a . . . get this, MONDAY.