Let’s Be Honest.

#mothersoffduty

I’m in the mood for something different.

I’ve got dark circles under my eyes and my face lacks color, but I don’t want to discuss ways to freshen up my beauty routine. I’m wearing clothing, but I don’t want to tell you how to “get the look.” Do you crave something more like I do? Superficiality is fun and lord knows there’s a place for it in bloggerdom (i.e. my Pinterest feed!), but I find myself seeking more. What, though? Honesty? Depth? Reality? Community? Connections? Heart? Sincerity? Grit? Creativity? All of those things, and probably more. Let’s start with honesty. [Read more…]

A Foraged Holiday Table

Foraged holiday table | fur and feathersFinally, an excuse to use your (or your mama’s) wedding china.

When registering in the big bright Macy’s store at the mall 5 or so years ago, I thought it was so romantic and unquestionably the thing to do to register for wedding china. I still think that, even thought I have not once used my china in the 4+ years I’ve been married. Not so logical, is it? I was inspired to finally use the  stuff, so I threw a little place setting design together with things around the house. I hope you too get around to using that china. What are you waiting for? (PS I know I put the cutlery on the wrong sides…boo!) [Read more…]

Holiday Hair Starts With A Good Blowout

the blowoutHair success Step 1. Blowout. Step 2. Anything can happen.

I can’t speak for everyone else’s hair situation, but I can’t achieve any proper style without blowing out my hair first. This beast must be tamed. It must be tamed hard with heat, a round brush, and good product. Your blowout is the base and greatest basic of hair styling, so you’ve gotta get it right. With that,  I teamed up with SEVEN The Salon to give you a good recipe (you wouldn’t attempt baking, say, a pie crust without a recipe would you??). [Read more…]

Netflix Addict // Hooked On Christmas

Netflix Christmas movies

Time to get all up in yo Christmas!

I realized I watch so much Netflix that it could be considered a part time job. And while my expertise is mainly in documentaries, sci-fi television, and old classic movies, don’t let that scare you away. I still watch tons in other categories! Except really scary movies–not a big fan of scaring the crap out of myself. I like having clean underwear. Anyway, here are my picks for some solid Christmas vibes. [Read more…]

Small Business Saturday Local Shopping Guide

manchik_mooreaseal029_c71c1eec-0b52-498e-9c47-cdd021680d20Stay home on Friday and go shopping on small business Saturday instead. Bonus points if you pay with cash so the credit card companies don’t get their fee. Above photo of Moorea Seal store by Julia Manchik. [Read more…]

Balayage For The Win @ SEVEN The Salon

Copper balayage / updated ombre hair

New hair bitches!

You don’t know how long I’ve wanted to add copper into my hair. In a perfect world, I’d go 100% legit redhead, but there’s no way I can maintain that. The solution? Balayage. Miyoko at SEVEN the salon (Bellevue, WA location) did a full balayage to lift my ends, and then colored over them with a coppery tone. Instead of the typical ombre look, she incorporated my natural hair throughout for dimension and richness.

When I sat in her chair, the two key words I told Miyoko were copper and balayage. I let her do what she wanted from there, which was a good choice. I knew I could trust her because she had beautifully styled and dyed hair herself (never trust a stylist with a whack cut or dye job!). I love my hair because it’s the perfect balance between natural and funky. And I needed a little bit of funky. Since Rowan is now 3 months old, I’m feeling like I’m getting my groove back and I wanted my hair to reflect that. Ya know, so I can be a cool mom (insert Amy Poehler in Mean Girls meme here). [Read more…]

3 Things No. 2

3 things // Elle magazine, Constellation and Co. dear letterpress cards, OPI Lincoln Park After Dark3 things I’m currently loving

1. Elle magazine November // I know November is half over, but I finally cracked open this month’s Elle. As fashion magazines go, it’s one of my favorites alongside Harper’s Bazaar. Those two always have my favorite covers, and this one is even in my favorite colors! :wink:

2. Constellation & Co. dear letterpress cards // These beautiful cards came in my MakrBox (a monthly subscription box of handcrafted goods from the good ol’ Pacific Northwest).

3. OPI Lincoln Park After Dark nail polish // Because classic.

3 things // Elle magazine, Constellation and Co. dear letterpress cards, OPI Lincoln Park After Dark3 things // Elle magazine, Constellation and Co. dear letterpress cards, OPI Lincoln Park After DarkPhotos by Alexis Sargent

 

5 Under $50

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Most of the time when I want to get a little somethin somethin for myself, I can’t spend a ton. I’m a strict budgeter! Just in case you are too, I compiled a list of  5 things under $50. All would make excellent Christmas gifts too if you’re an overachiever and started shopping already.

Kate Spade Dream A Little Dream eyelash mask, $38. The most prettiest eye mask in the world.

GAP cable knit sweater, $34.95. A lovely basic.

How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are, $17.14. Americans love pretending to be Parisian. It’s fun to do every once in a while.

CARLOS by Carlos Santana Frida Foldover Clutch, $26.99. I’d put fur or faux fur on anything.

Crystal Dandelion drops, $34. Because you always need a good statement earring.

Cozy Fall Days

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Touching base on a cozy fall day. Happy snuggles and lazies from Murphy the chihuahua (above), Buddy the chihuahua, Rowan the baby, and I.
Making: milk.
Cooking: apple crisp.
Drinking: water. Aren’t I thrilling?
Reading: Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy.
Wanting: a Polaroid camera.
Looking: at my baby and two chihuahuas all asleep on the couch.
Playing: “Gooey” by Glass Animals.
Wasting: a clear, non-rainy day by staying inside. Totes fine with it though.
Wishing: I wasn’t so close to finishing all 7 seasons of Gilmore Girls.
Enjoying: the end to a quiet Friday.
Waiting: for Thanksgiving and my iPhone 6 to get here.
Wondering: if I can get away with skipping cardio for 4 days.
Loving: my little family.
Hoping: that Taylor Swift isn’t really this crazy.
Marveling: at Jamie Dornan in the Fifty Shades of Grey trailer.
Needing: to renew my library card.
Smelling: residual hair dye smell.
Wearing: yoga pants, a hoodie, and fuzzy house slippers.
Following: absolutely no coherent train of thought.
Noticing: that Gwen Stefani is the running joke on Gilmore Girls.
Knowing: that no one is going to be reading this at 9:30 p.m. on a Friday night.
Thinking: about how much I love my son.
Bookmarking: some basic shirts and things from Everlane.
Opening: dozens of tabs on my internet browser. As per usual.
Giggling: at baby giggles.
Feeling: unmotivated.
Photo by Alexis Sargent

3 Things I’m Loving

Levi's, Kindle, Julep

I’m just going to come out and say it. The theme of this little installment is Fifty Shades. I didn’t want to admit that I’m currently reading the Fifty Shades of Grey series, but I realized (after blurring in Photoshop), you can still read the text on my Kindle. The nail polish is gray so it makes sense, and if you’ve read the book, you get the worn jeans reference. It’s so funny that so many people have read it and it’s becoming a major motion picture in February, but no one wants to admit they’ve read it (because it’s sooooo raunchy!). I promise I’ll be reading books of more substance, especially since I just joined a book club! This month we’re reading The Paris Wife, about the wife of Ernest Hemingway, set in 1920s Paris. [Read more…]