Friday, May 29, 2020

Gotta Catch 'Em All!



Seeing as Andrew and I recently upgraded our phones, I've finally been able to pick Pokémon Go back up again, and I am just overjoyed!

That and the potential of warmer days on the horizon inspired me to make this little Pokémon art series with some of my favorite Pokés!

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Rockin' the Romper



The lakeshore is one of my favorite places to go to clear my mind, and to appreciate the world around me.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Why I Love the Stylebook App



Hello friends!

Today I'm here to tell you all about one of my favorite mobile apps, Stylebook.

It's available on iPad and other mobile platforms, and I've been using it for years now.


Friday, May 22, 2020

Self Care Buys in My Cart






With all the craziness going on in the world, self care is even more paramount these days.  If you're like me, you might have gone into this pandemic trying to power through, find ways to be productive, and have been setting goals to try to continue things as close to normal as could be from home.  And there's a lot to be said for getting dressed every day and trying to keep that sense of normalcy.  But it's also ok to let yourself rest a little more to deal with the stress. 

Thursday, May 21, 2020

The Gemini Starchildren



Oftentimes in my photography, I see myself as someone other than myself, if that makes sense.

I think of myself as a character in a story much of the time, and it's never been truer than in today's series.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Lovely Little Office Refresh



Today is the day, guys!!

I'm very excited to share with you all the pictures from my redesigned sunporch office!

Friday, May 15, 2020

Cooks vs. Bakers



Something I've come to notice as of late is the tendency for those of us foodies out there to either have a gravitation towards cooking or baking.

A lot of times, someone may love the creativity of cooking, but shy away from the rigidity of baking, or vice versa. 

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Magic in the Mundane



The world has been feeling like a very strange place lately, and some days are better than others in my little corner of the world.

But I've been trying to cultivate as much creativity as I can to lift my own spirits and hopefully spread a little bit of joy to others as well.  I've been trying more and more to have some fun with adding a touch of magic to my art, not only to try to lift spirits, but because I believe that life needs a little bit of magic on a normal day!

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Smoothie Bowls — One of my Favorite go-to Breakfasts



Lately one of my favorite go to breakfasts has been smoothie bowls!

I used to go to a Peeled Juice Bar for acai bowls at lunch when I worked at one of my old jobs, and I always loved getting that fresh bowl full of beautiful fruits!  I wasn't sure at the time how one would achieve something like that at home, but recently I came upon a pin from Tasty.co that blew my mind.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Overcoming Discouragement




Today I want to talk about failure and discouragement.

Being an artist can come with it's challenges, some of them being creative burnout and self-confidence.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

She's a Sunshine Girl with Flowers in Her Hair



I will tell you that sometimes the original plan just doesn't work out.  I often find that the blogs and creative accounts out there that I am the most inspired by are those that are drenched in nature.  I love to scroll through galleries depicting leisurely strolls through forests and countrysides in long flowing dresses that seem to have just leapt out of a Jane Austen novel.   I yearn for spring blooms like nothing else.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Healthy May




I have to admit, looking at the long term of my health and diet history, I don't think my habits could really be classified as "healthy".

My only exercise for most of my life was what we were forced to do in gym class in school, and I firmly practiced including sugars as a pretty hefty portion of my personal food triangle.

And for most of my life I would argue that this was 'working' for me.   I was fine, no major issues!

Friday, May 1, 2020

My May Capsule Wardrobe



I'm very excited to have styled together my first monthly capsule wardrobe for the month of May!

I'm already loving this process so much, and I think it will make getting dressed each day fun and exciting.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Catpuccino Time

       



Coffee, caffeine, soda and I have had a long and complicated history, it's true. 

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Salmon Cream Cheese Quiche



Quiches have recently climbed in the ranks to become one of my favorite breakfast/ lunch foods.   We have a cute little shop near where we live that specializes in pie and coffee as their main faire.  They also usually have a selection of quiches by the slice available, and they are positively scrumptious!   They really widened my opinion on quiches, and inspired me to make some at home.  Quiches are very versatile, and will last for days' worth of breakfasts or lunches!

Friday, April 24, 2020

Spring Centerpieces — 2 Ways

One of my favorite little touches to have around the house for the changing seasons are cut flowers.  

I love picking up some beautiful blooms from our local Trader Joe's (they always have the most beautiful flowers right at the entrance!), and making a pretty little vignette for our dining table.  It's always this little breath of freshness that greets you walking into our main living space, so I love to have fun with it and make it feel joyful.  

Thursday, April 23, 2020

A Spring Faerie



Seeing all of the little buds popping up here and there is really bringing me some joy at the moment ♥

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Dressing in Month Capsules


For some time now I've seen the concept of minimalism and capsule wardrobes prevalently emerging in the fashion community.  It's this idea that putting together an outfit gets that much easier when you only have 30 or so items in your closet that all already go together well.  And the prospect of this is tempting, I'll agree.  The ease of only having a few choices to choose from, and the simplicity of only needing to organize, clean and store those 30ish items is intriguing.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Style Inspirations: Wes Anderson



I have long been a fan of Wes Anderson's quirky stories and brightly colored sets, cinematography, and eclectic styling in his movies.   There is something so terrific about the level of attention to detail in so many scenes in Moonrise Kingdom, the Grand Budapest Hotel, and The Fantastic Mr. Fox, and I adore them all so much!  

I feel that the visual caliber of these movies is a big inspiration to me, and they often float through my head while daydreaming.  Here are some of my favorite movie stills / art from his movies!

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Tied with a Bow




For the most part, I am fairly skilled at being self-starting and keeping myself productive and entertained for hours and days of alone time — I'm not sure if it comes from being an only child or just simply from being an introverted creative person.   But most days, I'm able to wake up, get pumped for the day, and go through my tasks that I've planned myself— and I've been doing that for the last 2 1/2 years or so since I started working on my Etsy shop and blog mostly full time.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Brunch It! Eggs Benedict Two Ways

     



One of my favorite breakfasts is the classic Eggs Benedict.   Anytime I am out for breakfast and I see it on a menu, nothing else has a shot at being the thing I order.  There's just something about that poached egg and hollandaise that just clinches it for me.  

So I thought I'd kick off spring with a food post about eggs benedict!  

Friday, April 10, 2020

Best Staple Investment Piece, Hands Down



There is one staple piece that I will always recommend to have in a wardrobe outside of your typical pair of jeans or leggings — those pieces that just pull everything else in your closet together and are an understated but important thing to have to make everything else work.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Bring on the Rabbits!



A little while ago I was lucky enough to find two Miss Patina dresses on Poshmark that were my size, so I scooped them up!  I'm so excited to have this colorful floral frock, just in time for spring!  So much so, that it inspired me to make some rabbit art and incorporate it in this week's outfit post, and pull all our rabbit decorations out of storage!

Really, how many rabbits are too many rabbits? Asking for a friend...  


What's your favorite spring theme that you like to decorate with?


Tuesday, April 7, 2020

8 Outfits for Spring

Modcloth Dress  |   Modcloth Earrings  |  Unique Vintage Shoes

Spring is finally here, and I am in love with all of the spring new arrivals hitting some of my favorite clothing purveyors!  I've rounded up 8 different outfits for spring with pieces out there currently.  

Which is your favorite spring outfit?  😊

Friday, April 3, 2020

Some Lovely Spring Crafts



This year, I've been leaning in a little harder on my crafting abilities.  Originally this post idea was about making a DIY for people to make their own stuffed bunnies, but in my journey to making this little guy I realized I really had no clue what I was doing, and I certainly couldn't make it into an easy DIY for people!  This little rabbit friend is lucky he looks halfway decent!

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Pastel Dreams



Guys, I think spring might be my favorite season.  Don't get me wrong, I love all the pumpkins and fall colors, but I honestly can't contain my joy when it's spring.  After a long Chicago winter and months on end of seeing all the sad, leafless trees and depressing plots of dead grass, I just can't get over how lovely everything looks in bloom.  We're not there quite yet around here, but I'm starting to hear birds chirping again, and I'm seeing the little green sprouts popping up in people's gardens, so we're not too far off from the best time of the year!

I can't wait for those days when we go outside and just can't stop exclaiming about how nice it is out!


Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Spring Hair, Don't Care + My Haircare Story




Hey there, friends!

Just wanted to post a quick fun little update on my hair refresh for spring, and how I've updated my haircare routine in the first few months of 2020 ♥

I recently went to the salon and got some fun rose gold balayage highlights to ring in spring! 😊


Friday, March 27, 2020

Spring MoodBoard + Inspiration

Emily Henderson  |  jovanarikalo  |  dollydowsie  |  Doen  |  Green Wedding Shoes  |  localeclectic  |  The Latest Kate  |  the_seasonal_table  |  aclotheshorse  |  caminoapemberly  |  Green Wedding Shoes  |  Liskin_dol  |  mailboxmermaid  |  Morning Lavender  |  Quinni


 



Just wanted to share a little bit of the imagery that is influencing my creative mind as I move into the spring season.  It's still all snow and dreariness outside, but I'm dreaming of those beautiful blooms and lively greens that will hopefully soon be filling the view from my window.  I'm also chasing a little bit of magic this spring, and hoping to incorporate and share with you some new finds from some brands that are new to me, but that I feel fit so rightly with my soul. ♥

For now I'll be off trying to find that beautiful fairytale castle out there in the world...



Until Next Time, 


— The Lovely Red Fox

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Mad As A March Hare



It's just starting to feel a little bit like spring around here finally, and I'm taking the time to appreciate the little green shoots popping up in people's gardens.  There's something so magical about spring; after so many months of desperately trying to love nature in the winter, just as it starts to feel hopeless, the green comes back in a comforting and beautiful wave, blossoming from branches and covering the ground.  I can't wait — I can feel it in the air.   It's almost enough to make me mad as a March Hare, excited to get outside and take it all in ♥

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Pausing for a Personal Update During a Time of Crisis



Two weeks ago, if you told me that my state would be under a shelter in place order right now, I wouldn't have even known what that meant.

Two weeks ago, I was getting a hair cut, putting pink in my hair, and going about life as per the usual, dreaming up creative ideas of shoots out in the woods, and what travel plans we had upcoming this year.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Strawberry Peach Gallette




Guys, I think I have found my new normal in the way of breakfast tarts.  I could seriously eat this for breakfast every morning.  This beautiful little gem was tweaked from a recipe I found in my Huckleberry cookbook, and oh my gosh is it delicious!!  Her original recipe was for a goat cheese and quince tart, and I basically just switched out my fruit choice for strawberries and peaches, because I just love them so!

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Waves of Winter

     

I've definitely been channelling some Outlander and Little Women vibes in my fashion purchases lately.  This dress jumped out at me as a must have when I saw it on Shein recently.  I thought it required a little trip to the shores in the snow with some little buds and trying out a new hairstyle to boot!

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

For the Elves



When I was growing up, we used to spend some of our summer days at my grandparents' cabin up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.   And while we were there one summer, another girl from the neighborhood who was about my age shared with me a magical place out in the woods, where the elves lived.  I don't know if it's still there, since it's been ages since I've been to the cabin, but I bet you I could retrace my steps through the forest, even these 15 years later.


Sunday, March 15, 2020

That Rainbow Magic



In honor of St. Patrick's day and my blog's birthday happening in the same week, I wanted to make something extra special for the blog this week!  Happy Seventh Birthday, little blog of mine!

This photo series is one of my favorites to date, and involved a LOT more post processing than I do regularly.  I'm so happy with the outcome and I hope you love it as much as I do!


Thursday, March 12, 2020

Feathers all a-flutter



I just love the little pockets in winter where we get a warm day and you can hear all the birds chirping in the trees.  It gives me a little pick me up from the longer drearier days that sometimes seem unending.   It can be so peaceful wandering inbetween the snow patches just listening to the birds and their songs.


Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Style Inspirations: Outlander / Potato Peel Pie Society / Little Women



Shopping for vintage more, and hoping to channel some vibes of decades past...

Lately (and if we're being honest, for always), I've been particularly inspired by period costuming in films.  I just adore the amount of detail that went into clothing going back in history.  Obviously in the 20th century things got quite a lot more comfortable concerning fashion, but gosh almighty, were the styles of old gorgeous works of art!

There have been a few films and tv shows in the last few years that have spoken to me in their costuming, and might just be influencing my wardrobe choices in the future!

Friday, March 6, 2020

Winter Closet Cleanout Part Deux




I'm cleaning through lots of things in my closet lately, and am excited to say that lots more is up on my Poshmark again, so check out these and other goodies there!

I've got lots of accessories this time including shoes, winter hats, and bags!

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Waiting on the Train




Recently I walked down a different street on my way home from work and discovered so many new things in my town that I didn't know existed!  It's so crazy how we can spend so much time in one area consistently, and not even know what there is a couple blocks over!  I am such a creature of habit.  I love to take the same route places, and to know the exact routine that I will have daily.  So here's my little reminder to you and myself to take time to purposely explore new things.  You'll never know what you might find!  If I hadn't taken a new path, I wouldn't have found this cute little train station that was perfect for this week's vintage inspired look!


Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Ethical vs. Affordable



Earrings from an artist on Etsy, Steady Decor


The topic of ethical fashion is paramount these days, as more and more people become aware of the state of the clothing industry and it's effects on our planet and labor force.  The business model of fast fashion has been pretty heartless in its exploitation of garment workers and the effects that cheap, rapid production and dumping of clothing has on our planet. 

Friday, February 28, 2020

The Women's Wellness Retreat

    



In today's stress-filled world, everyone needs a chance to step back and relax.  Some people go on a vacation, a stay-cation, or go on a long weekend somewhere nearby with friends, family, or on their own.  In books and a little bit in person, I've heard whisperings of another kind of life-break:  the retreat.  A chance to step back and recharge or heal from the stresses of life and reassess and relax.  I know I used to get so stressed out, the only thing that

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Somewhere Over the Rainbow



I feel like I am constantly in this in-between feeling, longing for more, wanting to be more successful, and yet striving to be wholly and truly satisfied with the journey.  Because I think it's only natural to be driven by anxiety — wanting more engagement on social media, wanting to form more connections with brands etc., but really, creative energies have to be driven by the genuine love of making.  Seriously, the most fun for me is getting to finally shoot

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

2020 Book Haul



So I'll be the first to admit, I'm not a huge book reader.   I know and see so many people get so much out of reading and are excited to share and talk about their favorites or current ones with others.   I've always felt some sort of disconnect in this area, as I feel like I miss a lot of references to literature or even

Friday, February 21, 2020

Our Home Story: Redesigning the Bedroom



This project is the last of the three major home decoration projects I set out on last fall, and this has been the biggest one to get nailed down, for sure.  Some of you may remember back last summer/ fall when I had an Insta story saga about carrying a green bookshelf 12+ blocks home from the vintage shop, and also one about painting a bedside table for Andrew.  So clearly it's been a while since those stories aired, but everything is finally in place, and we got the wall painted!  I'm so excited to share our finished bedroom design!

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Gothic Vines


When I first envisioned this shoot, I definitely wasn't thinking it would come out looking so... dark and gothic.  Definitely victorian and castle-y, but gothic?  Not really!

But guys... I am loving it!!!  I've really wanted to go in a more fairytale-esque direction with these shoots and this one is definitely doing that.

So enjoy this winter gothic visual fairytale!