Ancient Stepwells of India

I recently stumbled upon a photo of what looked like a reverse temple and had to investigate. It was a stepwell. A stepwell is exactly what it sounds like: steps down to a well. The earliest stepwells date back to about 550 AD and were developed in India as a necessity for areas suffering from torrential seasonal monsoons. Many of these functional structures were commissioned by wealthy or powerful philanthropists (nearly a fourth of whom were said to be women) as spiritual, earthbound bastions built to last for an eternity. I mean, how stunning are these pieces of forgotten architecture? And could you imagine carrying a buckets of water up all those stairs?!

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Baking With Quincy

It’s hard to believe that I’m already halfway through my pregnancy and that come early spring, this baby girl will round our family out from 3 to 4. Honestly, where has the time gone? And the last time Quincy made an appearance here, I was sharing his nursery with you. He was not yet walking and just shy of his first birthday. Slow your roll, time. Seriously. When Gap recently asked me to share how I like to celebrate the holidays, for Styld.By, the one thing that came to mind was family. The holidays are the reason why fall is my favorite season – but experiencing it through a child’s wholesome and ingenuous eyes makes it all that much more special. And now, with baby #2 on the way, I’m savoring every moment I’m able to have alone with Q. So on this day, we made grandma’s holiday specialty: spiced chocolate chip cookies. Together. Thanks to Quincy’s heavy hand, they turned out far too salty, a little dry and heavy on the vanilla . . . they were perfect.

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Leslie Weaver’s Faces

Inez loves to dance, Flora has sass, Anya laughs at her own jokes, Binda is always blushing, Babette loves her drinks stiff and Selby and Poppy have been best friends for ages. Leslie Weaver‘s painted ladies radiate so much colorful personality, you can’t help but create fantastical stories about them!

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DIY Gemstone Soaps + My MakersKit Collaboration

After 5 years of conceptualizing jewelry, home decor and accessory tutorials on HonestlyWTF, I’m beyond thrilled to announce that I’m finally launching our first series of DIY kits with MakersKit. Today! Hooray!!! What took so long, you ask? I’m an absolute stickler when it comes to quality – which is why I search tirelessly to find you guys the right supplies so that you can create something that is beautiful, functional and long lasting. Crafty doesn’t equate with cheap in my book. So when the amazing masterminds behind MakersKit understood my biggest concern with packaging tutorials on a mass scale, I knew I found the right collaborators for this obvious, and exciting, next chapter!

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After months of planning, testing, and sourcing, our year long collaboration with MakersKit launches today with this soap kit. That’s right, these beautiful gemstones and crystals are actually soaps! They are ridiculously fun to create and make for impressive gifts

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Each kit includes (makes a minimum of 2 soaps):

  • 1/2lb each of vegetable based clear and opaque white soap bases
  • red, yellow, green and blue food coloring
  • 10 small, reusable mixing cups
  • 2 soap molds
  • toothpicks

You’ll need:

  • a microwavable glass or measuring cup
  • paring knife
  • cutting board
  • scissors
  • fragrance oil (optional)

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