Monthly Archives: August 2012
I may not have an empire, but I have a place.
I have two pairs of little eyes that light up when I pull out a craft box.
I have a man who thinks everyone should take beauty advice from me because to him I am the most beautiful woman alive.
I have a scattering of people who would say I have impacted their lives.
I have a God who makes up for all of my lack.
Isn’t this a gorgeous spot? It is one of my favorite coffee shops in Seattle, and my friend who was there this afternoon sent me this pic. I miss it.
This isn’t a design blog at all , but this space is so inspiring I have to talk about it. When I lived in Seattle I would sit here for hours and brilliant things would pop into my head. Well, brilliant for me anyway. That is what great spaces do. They inspire.
A few years ago I realized that life is too short to spend time in environments that don’t inspire me. Even if I have to get really creative with budget and meager resources, it is worth it to make a space that invigorates me.
I thought I would share with you a few of my favorite sites for helping create fantastic environments.
Design Sponge – This site has great pictures to get your mind going. They include DIY, videos & before & afters. Plus, they have really great city guides for where to shop.
Style By Emily Henderson – I love her style. She finds great vintage things from flea markets & craigslist. Plus, she is great at re-purposing items. I want her to come decorate my house.
Apartment Therapy – What isn’t to love about this website? Great ideas for small spaces and small budgets.
Elle Decor – So, this isn’t going to be the most budget friendly site. If you are looking for polished & super stylish ideas…you’ll love it.
Anthropologie – I could spend hours in their stores. I LOVE their spaces and the website is fun to browse.
Okay, those are my favorite places. Where do you go for design inspiration?
- It doesn’t matter what size you are, you can wear skinny jeans. If you aren’t comfortable with the way larger hips look in them (I happen to think it looks fantastic, but that is just me) then you can go for a slim or straight fit. This basically means that instead narrowing between the knee and foot the cut will go straight down from the knee. It balances out curvy hips nicely & creates the same effect. Its also good if you feel you are too old for skinny jeans but want to get in on the trend.
- If you have large thighs, get a dark wash. Fading or texture on the pant leg will only draw attention to the thighs.
- We all love muffins, but not muffin tops…at least not on us. To avoid a spillage at the waist, the band should be about 1 or 1.5 inches below your belly button. You might be tempted to go for a higher waist as an effort to cover up any extra weight. BUT, if you do that then you push all your weight down under the waist band and create the belly bulge. After having two children I am prone to the belly buldge. Boo.
- Proportion is everything. Really. Everything.
- If you tend to carry your weight in the middle then go for an A-line top that will create shape but still skim past your skin.
- Don’t wear a tight top with skinny jeans. Personally, I wish women would skip tight tops all together, but really really skip it if you are wearing skinnies. It is just too much.
- If you are not wanting to highlight your curves, opt for a cute tunic top. It covers the hips and exposes the narrowest part of your thigh. You can also hop on the boyfriend cardigan trend. Wearing one will cover hips & butt nicely. (If you have no idea what I am talking about click here. )
- Shoes! Tuck your skinnies into boots. Wear them with heels or flats. It all works.
- One thing to note. If you are curvier, wearing flats will draw attention to your hips. If you don’t want to show those darlings off, then go with a boot or bulkier heel to bring some proportion.
- Check your backside. Make sure the pair isn’t giving you a wedgie. And make sure the pockets are centered in the middle of your butt to keep you from looking like you have a saggy behind. Don’t get buttoned down pockets on skinnies. It ruins the silhouette.
impoverishedpast participle, past tense of im·pov·er·ish (Verb)
There was chaos in my mind because I hadn’t made the time to really process out all of my emotions and stored up ideas. I moved from one thing to the other without properly concluding my previous activity. My mind raced two different ways because I wasn’t disciplined enough to master it. I was chaotic inside.
I wasn’t worried or anxious, but I was exhausted. I had no new and fresh ideas because I drained all my creativity with 20 projects that never went anywhere. There was nothing to show for all my energy. My days were not guided by any clear direction. It made me feel incapable.
I also realized that there are other areas of confusion that keep me weak and poor in spirit. Questions that have no answers. All the ‘what ifs’ and ‘why nots’. I cannot answer any of them & yet I waste my mental power trying to solve them. I began to mistake vain imagination for daydreaming.
Plotting out my response to situations I may never be in. In the end I am still left without answers. I am full of confusion not clarity. Impoverished confusion.
What I need to do is leave it. Leave it behind & live. Deny the temptation to plot out all the possible scenarios. Embrace what is certain. Celebrate what I do accomplish not plan for 50 things I want to do someday. (thanks Pinterest) Hold on to what I DO know about God and His purposes.
I need to leave my impoverished confusion & live.