In My Cup: Weekend Style and Sorts.

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{the best iced latte I have ever had at the 7th Street Farmer’s Market, with Vanilla Bean-infused sugar}

Hm, for the most part life as of late has been pretty busy with here and there, and a lot of craziness in-between. I was stoked about moving somewhere new for the past month, and then like most things, my plans went into a hectic downpour and I decided to stay in my current apartment. In which, yet again, I should know my luck because I waited until the itsy bitsy last minute (as any person of my nature would, life is unpredictable, random invites to Paris could always be hovering around the corner, right?) and someone grabbed my lovely apartment right from beneath me. So now I’m something like a nomad, per usual. Oh, the loveliness of life. Anyhow, after about 3 hours of complete spazz mode seeing I had nine days to figure out a new place to call my habitat, I opted for a bottle of wine. I thought it was a great idea. It must have been actually, because the next day I was notified the heaven-sent angel said he was in ‘no hurry’ to move in (it’s like, where are you going to live you mysterious man? Are you just drifting along, or did you just finish ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ and get all lovely and thankful on me?) so I said karma would grace him any day now, like any normal person would respond. He is giving another 2 months for me to wait until the last minute. What a lovely, indeed.

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{I had to include a quote, you can’t reference ‘Eat, Pray, Love’, without a quote. It’s impossible}

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 {my first choice for stress-management, naturally}

So with the two months in hand, I’m still all over the place as the where I want to move. I could just stay in Charlotte for another year to get a bit more steady, but then my whole ‘Life is short, Laura White, what the hell are you doing?’ voice blows me away like some god-like conscious. Stating the above when I least expect it, like while I’m making coffee, or while I’m in the shower, making pancakes, watching a move, driving, etc. I’m actually kind of a hazard at this moment in my life, please consider this a warning if you see me driving past you…god-like voices from our conscious do not discriminate while driving, apparently.

However, aside from my craziness, as always. I hope your Saturday is lazy and full of summertime randoms. Here are some things/inspirations in my cup lately…

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 {speaking of infusing sugar, I’m thinking of giving this classic idea a healthy twist by infusing my coconut sugar with vanilla beans instead}

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{obvious self portrait moments, that we’re all guilty of, when I realize I’m always ready for it to be Fall/dark color schemes}

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{what I’ll be painting tomorrow, because who can resist gold painted honey bears as vases? Obviously, like, no one. A Beautiful Mess, always has such addicting ideas}

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 {Sex on a first date? My advice, from a gypsy fairy perspective (you’ll know what I mean, ladies, in my best ‘Samantha’ voice), of course}

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 {Refinery29 nails switching to natural makeup-three-part ‘need to knows’ + these Free People slips are so pretty}

sweetlyrawbananadonuts.

{healthy mini-banana donuts, they do exist! Vegan & gluten-free, plus how cute are they?}

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Memorial Weekend: BK; Rain; Beach; Books; Sun; Love; And Other Ponders.

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So I’ve been real MIA for the past few days as some of you may have seen, I didn’t even find the time to post for Monday Morning Madness, but I do hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day (as well as weekend)- with lots of good food, friends, and summer-ish entertainment. I ended up spending my Memorial Day weekend in my old home quarters in Brooklyn, NY. It was a needed trip to say the least, but definitely had its’ up and downs weather-wise and other ponders. Anyhow, I was all about doing some awesome posts while I was up because nothing inspires me quite like being in back in NY from the people to the places- but I found that Iphone’s and blogging is quite a mix…aka, posting is real(lll) difficult. So I decided to just live in the moment, take some time to breathe in the city, feel my youth, and catch up with everyone when I returned home to NC. Hope you loves are doing wonderful! Feeling a little of the Vitamin D from this weekend? 🙂 Well I’m sure I’ll be here all week, writing away about anything and everything- from my trip to a little surprise I have in store with a pretty interesting interview (hopefully). Until then, here’s just a couple photos from my Memorial Day weekend/today that kind of made it worthwhile/inspired me. From reading, to taking in some scenery on the beach yesterday, themin’ random matching outfits from one of my best friends-whose basically the boy version of me kinda’ (twins?), to rainy days in NYC (that resembled something of winter at times), peach laced-trim fedora hats that I kinda’ fell in love with AFTER I bought it, and plenty of laughter to even out even the most absurd weather. Oh, and of course mermaid-inspired nail polish with lovely blue skies and a pool to match. Light, fresh, things that this time of year brings bounty of (most of the times, that is, ahem). Anyhow, I’m sure there’s more to come since my Iphone camera and I have become madly in love with one another.

{Pure and Pink Worthy Randoms: Forever 21 Fedora, Sally Hansen polish in ‘S-teal A Base’, Beach Worthy Book ‘Beautiful Ruins’ by Jess Walters, New Josie Maran Summer Lip Shade in ‘Berry Bliss’ (I wore it basically this whole post, ‘obsessed’ is an understatement) p.s…we ate from Bliss Cafe in Williamsburg in the shot below-it’s a cozy little nook for lunch if you’re in the area and want something on the healthier side. It’s the little things. xoxo}

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What I’m Adoring; In Remembrance; Capturing The Mood.

Today I ran across a new love, Leigh Viner. She is an amazing artist and photographer out of Dever, Colorado. She has collaborated with pretty much every magazine that I’m head-over-heels for and I can’t believe I haven’t discovered her sooner. I thought her illustrations kind of captured the mood so many of us may be in today, and figured I had to share them with you. They are absolutely beautiful and have so much emotion. All are available to order through Etsy.

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“To remember something is to capture humanity at its’ barest- it is in memory we do not forget our mortality- and although it seems a relentless tragedy to think about our momentary lives, it captures our beauty and light.”

ImageImageImageImageImageImageImage(All illustrations and photographs by; Merry Mishap, Leigh Viner. Picture above is linked to Leigh Viner’s Etsy to order any print above)

In humanity we stand, and in loving memory of all on this day.

Monday Morning Madness; “Crazy? Oh girl, that’s all of us interesting people. The rest are bores.”

 Bonjour, My Lovers.

Sometimes, you just need a change, anything will do. To get up and go somewhere just for a different view. Something new and bright. Places can become stale to me if it’s the same for too long. Do you ever think that? Sometimes I think I’m the only one with an addiction to change, I absolutely love it. Anyhow, that’s pretty much how I feel today, a mini-trip to the mountains, a quaint little town to walk through with fun shops (Asheville, Asheville, Asheville!, see below), perhaps even a Zoo visit (I can be a child for a second) would do to fill that void. Just something. To my lovely surprise, mother nature on the other hand, has finally decided to turn on the stepping stones to Fall. Thank you, thank you, thank you! And, I guess after I walked outside to come across such a milestone, my complaining has to take the somewhat back seat for now. The trees were breezy and the sun was just there for that brilliant, Fall-tinted, illuminating light, which seems so perfect when mixed with the coolness. It reminds me of my absolute favorite Sex and The City episode, where Carrie has to bring out a blanket because the crisp air is starting to make its’ way into the city, and Big is about to break the news he’s moving California, and inevitably going to break her heart. Reminds me that, every and any change, when simmered down- is somewhat bittersweet.

The other half of my morning was spent catching up with one of my best friend’s since we were in kindergarden. Is it too much to say that I’m pretty prideful in that statement? That’s a pretty long time to still have a friendship, we’re 23 now! It’s funny to see how she is, and where she is, in her life. We’ve both changed so much, which is beautiful really. Friendships that last that long have such a mirror-aspect to them- you see where you are, where you’ve been, and where you want to be through a person who has pretty much seen the best, and worst of you. She lives in lovely Asheville, North Carolina (one of my favorite places, ever!) at the moment, and on a lighter note, she gets the absolutely best view of Fall. Below I posted a few pictures of the drive up to her place and Asheville itself. The Blue Ridge Parkway is pretty much one of the prettiest places ever this time of year.

Obviously, the title of this post was a quote in our conversation. So true, don’t you agree?

  

 It’s a pretty sweet place. It’s funky and fun, and really works around the idea of ‘local’…it’s not just a buzz-word there. Cough, cough, most of America. Plus they have one of my absolute favorites lines, Evan Healy, which I can never find anywhere but there! I used to use her French Rose Clay Mask, but now that I’m in Charlotte, it’s either head to NYC or Asheville to fetch it! Check out her site! She has wonderful advice, and a reason why I have gotten so into holistic skincare. Definitely an absolute jewel in the beauty industry!

A ‘Blank Slate’ of Mind

                   ‘I have to hand it to you kid. Most people come to Paris to fall in love. You came and got slapped.’ -Big

Sometimes it’s easy to feel a little overwhelmed on the matter of life. You go about your day, and then suddenly it hits you. You’re so far away. Where you need to be seems like miles and miles of desert, your golden castle of success is for sure melting in front of your eyes. You’re down, and a little out, and beauty rest is, well, kind of a joke. After all, you can’t sleep when you’re chasing dreams and juggling reality. When all seems lost and you take just enough time to stop and really think about things… life starts to look a lot like your overflowing closet you’ve been meaning to organize. That is, of course, if your closet is anything resembling mine. It also doesn’t help that when life gives us lemons; our skin usually gives us hell, too. As if things aren’t crazy enough (aka: wishing your Super-Woman outfit, fit, everyday), it doesn’t help that all the sudden you feel like your skin is looking like Cruella De Vil’s on top of everything else.

To no one’s surprise that’s been me as of late. Yet simply, I refuse. We deserve at least to make our days lovely, and our skin luminous, even when the sky of life is looking a little…meek.

So, I’ve been full-‘forcing’ the ‘Mind, Body, and Soul’ mantra. How can we expect to look and feel glamorous, when we actually are freaking the ($%&*!) out about , well, life? Insert; you breathe, perhaps rearrange your apartment 100(000) times, as I have done recently, light some candles, and realize it’s all apart of the package. I think in due time- when all the ickiness fades out- you remember to realize you’ll get there eventually. You’ll work hard at what you want, and WILL do, and not let your determination seep through the cracks of hard times. And, you also won’t forget we are all, without a doubt, fragile beings…and sometimes we just need a little balance when we’re swaying.

I often forget this word, so I’m no saint, I’m no preacher. However, there is something very strong inside us all that can embrace the idea of balance.

With balance I think we learn to master being kind to ourselves. Realizing it’s okay to come down from the clouds if just for a bit and reflect. Maybe even cry a little. Hell, even put on a movie that’ll make you cry if it helps (P.S. I Love You has been calling my name for a good second.) We can’t be glowy goddesses if we’re stressed to the max, and for what? To come to the realization we have no control? We sometimes don’t. That’s the funny thing about life, though we try, and we’re truly beautiful when we try. It kind of makes me realize we’re beings of hope, and that in itself makes me again realize everything will indeed, be okay. Even when I sometimes see my golden castle of success melting (ha.) We’re all beautiful creatures really, we just have to remember it.

Perhaps, also, the idea of beauty is pretty simple if we understand it in the most basic terms; If we aren’t pretty on the inside, we will reflect just that, on the outside. So I figured because I have been a little on the ends and outs I would spread some light to some little ways I like to find simple happiness from time-to-time (and perhaps leave Cruella’s skin behind while I’m at it):

Sex and the City re-runs. Because, I’m a firm believer Carrie Bradshaw can make any day a little brighter. (don’t ya’ love when Big tells her the quote above when he finally sweeps her off her feet in Paris?)

Wearing this color because it makes me feel dangerous, and therefore, untouchable.(pictured above), ‘Blank Slate‘ Sonia Kashuk. (and maybe because I like to pretend it will transport me to a cozy cafe in Paris reading some life-changing book wearing the above from Valentino’s fall collection.)

Candles. Candles. Candles. Which I’m a complete feign for. Such an easy fix to feel a little more glamourous while at home. J’adore.

And finally the grande finale, a lovely Fall-inspired mask. Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Mask, has been my mask-of-choice as of recently. The Glycolic super-brightens your complexion and rids the dullness that sometimes hits our skin full-force. It’s been much(hhh) needed by my stressed-skin as of late. Just in time to turn a new leaf- for the best season of all. (woo!)

Clearly, you wear it while watching Sex and the City. it’s all a circle really. Enjoy loves.