One of my favorite simple pleasures are free afternoons. I've been fortunate enough to have a few over the last couple of weeks consisting of hot tea, experimenting with different recipes and catching up on some good catalogues for some more outfit inspiration.
Here are just a few shots from my favorite source of inspiration; the Madewell catalogue:
Who doesn't love an intermission from fashion for little music muse?
Everything looks good with a cupcake
I know this has been out for a while but I have to admit I can't get enough of it! I hope you've been inspired. I love the effortless simplicity and color mixed in the catalogue. A must try for the holidays.
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Happy Black Friday. In spirits of keeping things simple I thought I would share with you all a great gift idea that consists of something different from more "stuff." I'm sure we all have more than we need already so this year I encourage you to try something different. Instead of shopping all day, week and month think about ways you can give back.
The Beauty Book for Brain Cancer is a fun and great gift because it not only looks good on your coffee table but gives back to two brain cancer charities SNOG (Australia) and Headrush (US). This book is full of entertaining pictures of celebrities, models and musicians (great conversation starters). The royalties will go directly to the two charities and their research projects. You are able to give back and make a difference this year with this book. Pre order here!
If brain cancer is not a cause you are interested there are many charities that have other great gift ideas for giving back this year. Find one you are passionate about or have a connection to and let your friends know so they can give back to that cause instead of filling your closet with more stuff or things you don't really need.
I've neglected a bit of my home inspiration here. But I found something to share with you all. I hope it's worth the wait.
I came across this beautiful home over seas. The simplicity, clean lines and beautiful porch views have me drooling of jealousy (especially the kitchen). I can't imagine how fun it must be to live in this city. This apartment has amazing light and views of the city I would die for right now. Take a look:
"I want a life that sizzles and pops and makes me laugh out loud. And I don't want to get to the end, or to tomorrow, even, and realize that my life is a collection of meetings and pop cans and errands and receipts and dirty dishes. I want to eat cold tangerines and sing out loud in the car with the windows open and wear pink shoes and stay up all night laughing and paint my walls the exact color of the sky right now. I want to sleep hard on clean white sheets and throw parties and eat ripe tomatoes and read books so good they make me jump up and down, and I want everyday to make God belly laugh, glad that he gave life to someone who loves the gift."
There's something double exciting about ordering things online. The excitement of the find and purchase and days later the excitement of the arrival of a beautiful brown box sitting at the door step. I just received these beauties in the mail yesterday, just in time for Michigan's first snow fall of the season.
One of my favorite style blogs is The Man Repeller. Leandra is a comical writer with an amazing voice and eye for fashion. One of my favorite accessories she has brought to the forefront of style is the "Arm Party."
Here is my take this week. Make sure you check her out here. She's awesome!
Start with a watch (mens inspired) add some sparkle and a few extras.
The Glitter Guide featured Samantha of Could I Have That this week and I just had to share this. She has a great sense of style, decor and everything delicious. Her blog is one of my favorites and I'm so glad we can get a peek inside her home.
Here are just a few of my favorite shots of her and her home. Check out more of her interview at the Glitter Guide.
Usually, when the distractions of daily life deplete our energy, the first thing we eliminate is the thing we need the most: quiet, reflective time. Time to dream, time to think, time to contemplate what's working and what's not, so that we can better make changes for the better."
- Sarah Ban Breathnach, Simple Abundance
One thing I do to keep me sane and organized is making lists. To-do lists, like lists, must make lists and the lists goes on. This weekend I have had the opportunity to rest. I focused on getting all of my lists completed to enjoy a moment of rest.
I think rest is so underrated. We feel like we have to be going and going to fill some shoes, feel productive, successful and important. But we are called to rest. To enjoy the moments around us and the simple blessings.
Take some time for a facial mask, hot tea a little pedicure and a good book. Wrap yourself up in a cozy blanket and stay in for the night. Rest. Try it. It might make a difference.
Most of my fall/winter wardrobe consists of neutrals. Adding pops of color through accessories and lip color has come as second nature recently. A new fascination has come to me this fall through plaid. I love its laid back effortlessness. As a bonus it brings a little pop of color and interest to an all neutral look. Paired with leather accessories it becomes a perfect midwest fall to winter look.
Now I just have to search for the perfect plaid shirt. (Thrift stores are perfect for this)
A simple way to add a little jazz to any outfit, and many DIY opportunities. I love adding them to cozy knits, with neutrals, and on just about anything. They're the perfect amount of edge without going over the top.
Here is my take on soft knits mixed with "hard core" leather. I'm one of the last people you'd consider to be hard core, that's why it's comforting to add the soft layers and relaxed fits with leather accents. A pulled back bun and red lips finishes the look and I'm ready to go for one of the many chilly days to come. Through on some boots and a thick scarf and the unspoken season to come won't intimidate me.
(jacket: Zara / sweater: J.Crew / t-shirt: Gap / pants: J.Crew / shoes: Gap / necklaces: Tiffany & Co. / glasses: Foster Grant)