We’re off to Marfa, Texas for a quick few days away from all of the busyness and I’m super excited about it. We had been planning this trip for a while as part of Malibu’s best summer ever campaign, and it ended up falling at the perfect time for a much needed break. They wanted to know what I’d love to mark off my summer bucket list, and because my schedule tends to stay so chaotic all of the time, the best thing I could wish for was a place far away from everything, so Marfa, Texas it was!
I picked out two really awesome places to stay (El Cosmico and a stunning Airbnb) and a few fun things to get into here and there, so be sure to follow along on our trip on Instagram. In the meantime, I have some cool things to share with you this week so stay tuned!
image from El Cosmico, our trip is in collaboration with Malibu
Forgive me in advance if this post ends up being more like rambling than anything else, that seems to just be my mind in general this week. I’m sure you’ve noticed it’s been a bit quieter on the blog lately than it usually is, and that’s because sometimes I just can’t keep up. I feel like a lot of times readers (and even fellow makers and writers) forget that real people actually create the content you see here. I’m not overly special or exceptionally energized, I don’t have all of my ducks in a row all of the time, or always drink through a striped straw from a confetti dusted table (shocking, I know).
Instead, this past week (among many others before) has been pretty hard on me. I lost two loved ones unexpectedly, and I just haven’t really been “in it” if you know what I mean. I live a thousand miles from home, I don’t have a storehouse of money to be able to come and go as I would like to, and I have a whole business resting on my shoulders that sits and waits if I’m away. I’m not telling you all of this for condolences, though I appreciate the ones you’ve sent, I just want to say it out loud so that I don’t feel guilty for not keeping up with the blogging Joneses or for pretending like I’m making cakes and home decor DIY’s when I’m not.
Obviously I want to be successful and have a thriving company for all of the hard work I’ve put into it, but I mean, let’s be real here. I could whip up a recipe or slap some washi tape on something to post and call it day, but I want to be authentic about what I do and when I do it. I want to be compassionate and relatable, not so caught up in numbers and “keeping up” that the good and bad moments in life pass me up. After all, it’s the times that are behind the pretty objects that make us who we are, whether we fall or fly from them. This isn’t to say I’m giving up on deadlines or skipping out on you anytime soon, I just figured these things were worth mentioning before jumping back into the usual flow and pretending like I’m invincible when I’m not.
Big hugs to all of you, and I’ll fill you in on upcoming things tomorrow. xo
Image via Lilly Pulitzer, design by Sugar & Cloth
photos by Kimberly Chau
If you’re an avid follower of my Instagram or Facebook then you probably already got the chance to see some of these photos (I threw in a few unseen ones, too), but for the rest of you, I’m excited to share the final Sugar & Cloth Houston studio tour! It’s been a loooong time in the works, but there’s nothing like a good feature on Glitter Guide to motivate you to get it all in tip top shape. I meant to announce the reveal and interview all in one go last week, but hey, life happens.
Now for the juicy details! The number one question I get asked by people who see the studio in photos is “How do you keep it so clean and white!?” Well the honest answer to that is I don’t. I mean, it is bright and white, but photos can be verrrry forgiving when it comes to hiding the spots where I learned the hard way that hot glue doesn’t like painted cement floors, and all you have to do is so much as look at a bottle of craft paint the wrong way and it will spill everywhere. Add all of that in with my not-so-graceful tendencies and it’s basically a recipe for an off-white studio disaster. We also spend a lot of time wiping down surfaces…
photos by Jared Smith
Now that the floral workshop is all wrapped up, I can finally share the DIY no sew apron gifts we made for all of the attendants as a thank you from Sugar & Cloth. We folded them up and used them as place cards for the girls to find their seats, and tucked the shears and little supplies inside. I reallllly loved how they turned out even if it did take quite a few hours and an extra hand or two (thank you Nancy and Aelish!) to help out with getting all twenty finished in time!
I think these would make the cutest thank you or Christmas gifts for florists, gardeners, or even the DIY lover (like myself, I have a black thumb – let’s be real) who can tuck tools in them just the same…