For a small intermission between room makeover posts, you can see my Lovely Lady feature on Emma Dime today sharing my summer uniform, and I mean that literally. I think I wore this shirt 5 out of 7 days a week because it was the lightest shirt I owned for Houston heat waves while still looking somewhat dressed up… eating popsicles. Or something like that.
You can see the full post here!
photos by Jared Smith
photo from my DIY xoxo gift wrap
With the holidays coming up, I figured I should go ahead and jump on the gift guide bandwagon early since, if you’re like me, you like to pre-pre-pre plan how to give the perfect gift way in advance. Plus this gives me a great excuse to push my sugar-high tendencies and my love for gold and white on you through my Giftry lists. But let’s be honest, I also need to help my Mom and Dad know what I want for Christmas subliminally through my blog posts, so here we go…
In case you missed out on my recent mini styling sessions at the floral workshop last week, you’re in luck! Macy’s asked if I would show you all how I’d style the new Martha Stewart dining collections this Friday at the Memorial City, and Saturday at the Woodlands Macy’s locations from 1-3pm for free styling for Martha week in celebration of her new collections! I’ll also be available to give you one-on-one style consulting, plus you’ll have a chance to win an autographed copy of Martha’s One Pot book, sample a new recipe and shop the newest Martha Stewart Collections.
Of course I have to add my own little DIY touch too, so expect to see a little confetti, macarons, a touch of gold, and there may even be a few other surprises up my sleeve, so be sure to come by and say hello!
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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