Saturday, July 4, 2020

My July Capsule Wardrobe




Hey there, lovelies!

It's simultaneously hard to believe it's July already, and also hard to believe that it is still 2020 at this point in the year.  But here we are in the deep of summer, hanging out on our balconies and trying to make the best of the world we're in right now.  

When I started to concept my month capsule for July, the obvious color palette seemed to be the iconic red white and blue inspired by the Fourth of July, so I decided to run with it but still try to not make it too America - centric.  Sort of Americana inspired with a vintage quirky girly twist so as to stay true to my own personal style tendencies :)  Also strawberries and bonfire attire were major influences!

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Putting Up the Stars in the Sky

       


When I was a kid, I used to think that people lived under the stoplights, switching the colors manually for every traffic cycle.  Obviously, at some point I learned the actual process involved in traffic lights, but things like this and lying looking up at the ceiling + imagining it was actually the floor seems like some deep rooted ideas in my mind about seeing the world in an alternative way.  I think it's daydreams like these that inspire a lot of my ideas for art, and so I'm leaning way in!!!

Like, what if one lone fairy was responsible for putting the stars and moon up each night?  What would that be like? 

Friday, June 26, 2020

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Some of My Favorite Art in Our Home


One of my favorite things about decorating a home is that it truly is a weaving of new and old to tell the story of a person.  What they enjoy, their history, and things that influence them.  Whenever I'm choosing art to put up on our walls, it's always a mixture of things I've been saving for the right moment, things I'm seeking out new, and things from our life's adventures.   I love being able to look around and be reminded of several different memories from life at a single glance. 

So I've rounded up a handful of my favorites from around our home to share their stories!

Sunday, June 21, 2020

A Midsummer Morning Outlander Dream



If you've watched the Starz series Outlander or you've been following my Instagram posts this weekend, then you already know where this is going...

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Celebrating Litha



This weekend is the summer solstice, otherwise known as Litha.

June 21st has the longest amount of daylight in a day for the year, and marks the beginning of the descent into winter, aka the height of summer, or midsummer.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Victorian Blooms

        



It's going to sound crazy, but I think this year might be the first ever that I've actually had enough time to stop and literally smell the roses around me.  

Every transitioning season (fall and spring) I am so desperate to stop and take time to fully appreciate the subtle changes in nature around me.  I always knew spring meant flowers, but until this year I'm not sure I actually ever saw them.   Life has been so... busy and unending at some points, and every year I have this urgent longing to spend the spring and summer taking note of the trees but have never had the right amount of time to do it.  

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Sweet as Strawberries in the Sun


With the prospect of summer on the horizon, I have been overwhelmingly in love with fruits lately, and one of my top favorites has been strawberries!  I love them on their own, on our morning oats, and blended up in a smoothie bowl, so I thought, how about we make a strawberry cake???

Friday, June 12, 2020

Reaching Out Instead of Retreating In





Today I'd like to share with you possibly the most important thing that I've learned during this strange time in our world's history.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

A Touch of Honey



"We were romantics.  We didn't just read poetry.  We let it drip from our tongues like honey."  — Dead Poets Society


Sometimes when I'm brainstorming how a shoot will work, or what I want the set for the whole month will feel like, I start imagining a mood, or framework for how I imagine it will all feel once it's all shot and together.   And of course it's a little trial and error getting to the final result and seeing

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

My June Capsule




Hello friends!

After all the fun I had with my May capsule last month, I've decided to keep going with the idea and do another capsule for June.  😊


I'm learning some things as I go about my daily fashion habits, so this routine is really helping me a lot!

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.