OOTD: Dressing for Spring with JORD

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Wood Watch ℅ JORD | Moonbeam Necklace: Miriam Designs | Geometric Wood Necklace: Fable and Lore | Linen Tunic: Eileen Fisher | Boots: ShoeMint | Crossbody Bag: Michael Kors

How beautiful is this wood watch from JORD? They’re another fabulous local(!!!) company that reached out about collaborating and I enthusiastically agreed. I’ve been impressed with JORD from the beginning. Their watches are all STUNNING, especially in person and the customer service has been flawless throughout the whole process. They even have a live chat rep available to answer any questions. I needed to add another link to my watch–which was included–and being able to ask a real person exactly what to do was so convenient.

I love the androgynous styling of all their watches–Andrew and I have been fighting over this one! Haha, I think I may buy him one for his birthday this year. I chose the Ely watch in maple. It’s really lightweight and easy to wear! It’s a beautiful, neutral texture that seems to go with any outfit. l really love it.

PLUS I’m really excited to host a JORD Wood Watch giveaway this week! The giveaway post will go live tomorrow morning so check back! :)


Disclaimer: I was given free product in exchange for this post, but the opinions shared are entirely my own and based on my personal experience.
This post uses affiliate links to some specifically pictured items that I own and love. Clicking on or purchasing via an affiliate link may result in commissions for this site. 

Green With Indie 2015

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Green With Indie is one of my favorite local craft shows! It has an eco-friendly focus and always features a great group of vendors, plus it’s located in Webster Groves which attracts a wonderful crowd of shoppers. Webster residents love any arts and culture event and they really show up, which is awesome! :) The weather was lovely and I had my most successful GWI yet!

Over the winter, I was kind of hoping to hide away in a creative cocoon and emerge at GWI (my first show of the year) as a fabulous crafty butterfly with tons of new items and a beautiful new display. While I wish I would’ve gotten more sewing and jewelry making done, I did debut my paintings and several new prints–including that fancy gold foil one! So shiny! Haha. I also got my pegboard display figured out and looove the way it turned out! I’m definitely feeling more inspired by the way my booth looks.

This year I’d love to narrow my focus a bit and concentrate on products that represent my best. I know I spread myself a bit thin now by doing too many different things at once, but hey, this is my creative outlet where I encourage myself to try new things and see what sticks.

Unfortunately, that means I spend money on lots of different supplies for different things. I don’t just buy illustration supplies, but jewelry making tools, and sewing supplies. I don’t sell tons of any one thing, so my profits don’t do much more than break even because I can’t buy huge quantities of supplies. I’d love to get more serious about the business side of things in 2015. I finally caved and bought a bookkeeping service and it’s already motivating me to focus on the decisions I’m making in more practical way.

I’m going to try and take photos this week to do a big remodel of my Etsy shop, so look for new prints and jewelry soon! I’d also like to set up a new, independent e-commerce site this Spring. I’m definitely on the “Etsy is a giant bummer now” train and I’d like to start distancing myself from them.

Drawn: Lauren of Daisycakes Creative

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My latest portrait commission is for Lauren Dee of Daisycakes Creative! Lauren provides lots of services for her clients including writing, editing, and proofreading. She wanted a portrait that reflected her business and its name.

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Lauren was one of those clients who had a pretty clear vision for what she wanted. She loves yellow and blue, chevron patterns, and wanted to make sure to reference her love of books. She also wanted some kind of daisy border or frame. The composition pretty easily built itself!

She really responded to the second sketch with the circle of flowers and suggested a chevron pattern for her shirt. I wanted to make sure the book was a title that reflected her taste and personality–Pride and Prejudice it is! A girl after my own heart. :) I had to play off of Jessica Hische’s cover design because really. So gorgeous.

FF41: Aidy Bryant x Dusen Dusen Home

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This week Design*Sponge announced a collaboration between perfect angel baby, Aidy Bryant and Dusen Dusen for their first home collection, debuting Fall 2015. I had hearts in my eyes immediately and want to share this news with the world!

I’m obsessed with Aidy. Not only is she hilarious and charming on SNL every week (I legitimately listened to Back Home Baller at least once daily for two weeks after it came out) but she has adorable personal style. Her instagram is my happy place.

Dusen Dusen is also a big crush of mine. I love their fun color palettes, simple shapes, and whimsical patterns. Everything they make feels so fresh and fun. I often feel such serious, melancholy vibes with high end brands, but Dusen Dusen girls look so carefree. They definitely have an easy-going attitude and a sense of humor. Like, “I care about looking cute, but don’t take fashion so seriously, man!” No pretension.

I’ve mentioned that I’m so into interior design inspiration lately so this pairing is my dream come true. They suit each other so perfectly! Now if only I could afford any of it! Haha.

Photographs by Brian W. Ferry, via Design*Sponge

Paintings

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I’m not necessarily a creature of habit. I enjoy multitasking and dabbling in many different jobs and tasks at once. It keeps me on my toes and engaged. Apparently I’ve been working at my computer too much lately because a switch flipped in me, just needing to get messy with my paints and hands.

I’ve been having fun making some really self-indulgent things and messing with layers and textures. Some of these are still in progress. I hope to have a nice little gallery of original work for sale at Green With Indie next Saturday (YIKES!)

I mostly use acrylics on canvas because I always have them handy. I like the flexibility of acrylic. I can use thick layers of paint and smear and blur or I can use thinner coats and let them dry quickly so I can go color crazy without getting muddy. It’s a great paint when I’m craving some instant gratification and just want to churn out a finished product.

New Hair

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Ta-da! I’ve had basically the same hair style for like 6 years now. I have no idea how that happened. I used to switch it up more often in college, but you know how it goes. I feel like every girl goes through a “I want long princess mermaid hair!” phase. My last one just lasted a bit longer than I expected.

I asked the crazy talented Kristen Linares to give me a shorter, light, fluffy cut with a light pink, ombre kind of thing. I tried to go in with a vague idea so Kirsten could just do her magic. I looove the end result! I can stop playing with it! :)

Drawn: Lauren & Jeremy

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Lauren was one of the first bloggers I really fell in love with and I’ve had the pleasure of hanging out with her a few times. We bond over our mutual love of good food, good drinks, cats, and handmade stuff. She’s fantastic.

I was so excited when she asked me to draw a portrait of her and her lovely boyfriend, Jeremy (plus her perfect kitties) for Valentine’s Day!

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I wanted to have fun with lots of bright colors and incorporate little details personal to them. Lauren makes amazing pom-pom headbands, so I had to include one of those! The banner has a latin phrase that’s meaningful to the two of them and her yarn brooch was another requested personal touch. I’m really happy with the final product and think I managed to capture them well–the best test for a portrait!

Drizly: Booze Delivered to Your Front Door!

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Today I’m super excited to share my experience with a new alcohol delivery service, Drizly! I’ll be honest, every time I say their name, I kind of laugh and think about Gryzzl–Parks and Rec, anyone? 

Drizly is an app and website that delivers beer, wine, and liquor straight to your door! Now the most important things in life are available for home delivery: pizza, movies, and booze. When it’s this cold and miserable outside, why ever leave?

Drizly delivers from one of my favorite local businesses: Randall’s Wines and Spirits, so I know I’ll always have access to the best selection at a great price.

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My favorite part of Drizly is how well-designed the app and website are! It’s SO easy to use and find exactly what you’re looking for. You choose what kind of alcohol you’re looking for and each category is alphabetically ordered with prices and images. It’s so perfect for that situation when you’re like “Man, I really want that bottle of whiskey we tried the other night but I don’t remember the name, just what the bottle looks like.”

My only criticism of Drizly is that they aren’t super clear on what their delivery hours are. I was told their hours would match Randall’s store hours, but they don’t clearly confirm or deny that on the site or app–at least not that I could find. Our original plan was to order my mom’s favorite liqueur while they were over for dinner on a Sunday evening, but I wasn’t informed until after I tried to add the item to my cart that delivery ended at 1pm. I had been planning according to Randall’s closing time, which is 6pm on Sundays. It was a bummer!

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Andrew and I ended up treating ourselves during a Valentine’s evening in. I ordered a bottle of Disaronno for me and Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon for Andrew. Perfect to keep our cozy vibe going at home without leaving to brave the cold!

Delivery clocked in right at 40 minutes, just as they said and we got a text notification 15 minutes before they arrived. Perfect!

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Andrew’s our resident aspiring bartender. He loves experimenting with mixing drinks at home and collecting new toys and treats for our bar. I gave him full creative control here and let him throw together a little cocktail to enjoy and share!

The Double Sunday
3 ounces Disaronno (or other Amaretto liqueur)
1 1/2 ounces Bourbon
1/2 ounce grenadine
1/2 ounce apple pucker
simple syrup to taste

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We had a great experience with Drizly and can’t wait to try them out again. I think alcohol delivery would be perfect for hosting any kind of party or dinner–you have so much work to do around the house already with cleaning, cooking, etc. For the booze to just show up for you is so great! Plus, I’m sure it would be a big crowd pleaser if you already had folks over. :)

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Drizly has offered a FREE delivery for my St. Louis readers! Use the code “FreeSTL” at checkout to cancel your $5 delivery charge.

Not an STL native? Drizly may also be available in your city! They’re currently delivering in 11 cities in the US including Austin, Baltimore, Chicago, Indianapolis, Seattle, NYC, LA, and more! Check out a complete listing of cities here!

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Happy drinking! xo

*This post was sponsored by Drizly, but the opinions shared are entirely my own and based on my personal experience.

OOTD: Are We Out of the Woods Yet?

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We enjoyed a reprieve from the super cold winter temperatures over the weekend, so I shed those extra layers and channeled my inner teen witch.

 With my dark lipstick and hat, I must admit I was also feeling a Taylor Swift vibe–remember the Red cover? Haha, I am so into TSwift lately. I was a hater back when she was a slut-shaming, sappy teenager with a country twang, but I’ve totally fallen for her lady-loving pop rebirth. She’s always been a talented songwriter and I feel like she’s growing up really well. I can’t deny how cute and fun she seems. Plus, 1989 is SUCH a good album. I just want to hang out with her girl gang, bake cookies and compare cat photos while dancing in her kitchen.

FF40: Wish I Was Wearing

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1. Jeffrey Campbell Cut-Out Booties // 2. Ashlyn Fluffy Knit Skirt + Shirt
3. Rebecca Minkoff Amorous Satchel // 4. Denim Pencil Skirt // 5. Madewell Bucket Bag
6. Lazy Oaf Oversized Shirt // 7. Miu Miu Patent Leather Slippers
8. Wildfox Oversized Sweatshirt // 9. Lazy Oaf Oversized Cropped Sweatshirt
10. Hue Fleece Lined Leggings // 11. Nishe Skater Dress // 12. Plastic Cat Eye Sunglasses

I’ve been trying to utilize my Pinterest more lately. It’s a fun tool, but I often just forget about it. There’s a lot of content to wade through! Since I’ve been so into interior design inspiration, Pinterest has become more practical. I started a “Wish I Was Wearing” board last week and enjoy pinning new favorites every few days. Seeing them all laid out together looks so pretty and gives me a clearer image of where my tastes are, too!

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Disclaimer: This post uses affiliate links to some specifically pictured items that I love. Clicking on or purchasing via an affiliate link may result in commissions for this site.