January Recap & Favorites

Life in January has been a fitting beginning. It hasn't been without any faults, and I've definitely felt Mercury in retrograde. More than anything, it's been a productive month, and I think I've started in the direction I want to continue moving in throughout the rest of this year. It'll be good. I just need to keep going. So goodbye January.

Also, I've been thinking about these end-of-the-month posts, and I've decided to go ahead and combine them. It makes more sense for now. So below are some things I've enjoyed this month: 

1. Pretty, sheer, gauzy things in the mail

2. Ginger beer, yes please

3. Chamomile tea, for a cold and for comfort

4. Faux fur everywhere

5. Layers, they're just so satisfying

I hope January was good to you. What did you enjoy about the month?

Basket Case

That's probably the absolute cheesiest line I could've come up with for the title, but it's done, and I have to live with that.

I have an unhealthy obsession with baskets. Like, take a photo of baskets I want to buy and post them to Instagram, unhealthy. I would keep stacks of them around a house, and fill them with flowers and literally anything else. I love them. I've got two that currently have to be kept out of sight for space and storage purposes, but they've changed my life. Baskets solve so many problems, so of course I'm going to draw them when I'm feeling a little artistically blocked. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Since I've ended the Doodle Every Day project, I've had more time to spend on other paintings and illustrations. It's been so nice to be able to work at a slower pace, and I'm definitely enjoying the process even more now than before the project. It's still slightly bittersweet. I pulled out all of my daily illustrations from 2015 a few days ago, and it really made me miss the project. It's only been about four weeks though, so we'll see how I feel about it later.

Until then, have some baskets.

Coveting: An Anthropologie Velvet Couch

Though I already have a dream sofa picked out (something like this), I've been thinking more about statement pieces lately. This primarily stems from Pinterest, where anyone can easily learn that a colorful couch can pull a room together, even at it's most minimal state, and it's a genius idea. A very recent browse through Polyvore led me to a pink velvet piece from Anthropologie, and I fell into a black hole from there. I quickly realized that velvet is the key to catching my attention (not surprising), and Anthropologie is a gold mine. Who knew? I've listed some of my favorite options above and below, though the colors were too difficult to narrow down.

So what are your opinions on statement furniture? Do you see anything you like here?

*This is not a sponsored post. I do not own the images in this post. Source: Anthropologie

Romanticizing Used Bottles

I have this daydream that I reflect on from time to time where I live in a nice space, and I have fresh flowers everywhere, stuck in interesting wine (usually) bottles that are scattered around. The idea came about years ago, and it wasn't even my own, but I've definitely taken it. So here are two, and I've gained a couple more since these photos were taken (hello 21), and though they've only got fake flowers stuck in them for the moment, I know they'll be fresh one day, and it will be lovely and worth it. 

I hope Monday is treating you well. I've been redoing the bathroom since Friday, and I really need to have this done. I prefer canvas and paper to walls and cabinets. I'm a little bit over it, but it does look so much better than it did. Keep your bathrooms bright and airy y'all. Let the space breathe.

Statement Lighting - The Future Perfect

I was lost in Snapchat the other night, and came across a gorgeous light fixture that ultimately led me to these. I need them all, ASAP. Goodbye basic table lamps.

See anything you like?

*I do not own the images in this post. Source: The Future Perfect

The Replacement Boots

My beloved witch boots are no longer. They met their match last month with all of the holiday hustle and bustle, and there were too many holes to go on. So, as all of my other shoe options are sandals, I had to go out and hunt for boots on a serious budget. I originally set out for a pair similar to the pair I lost, but I couldn't seem to find anything anywhere. I tried these on as a last resort, and though they were far from what I was looking for, they were probably looking for me. Sure. But they work with any combination of clothing items I wear (i.e. ripped jeans or a maxi/mini dress), so why not? If I needed any further reassurance, the Dondup Pre-Fall '16 collection, the Roberto Cavalli Fall '16 Menswear collection, and the Philopsophy Pre-Fall '16 collection (also mentioned here hey) all feature women in feminine frocks paired with "masculine" shoes, and they're all killing it. So welcome to my wardrobe new boots.

I can't actually remember where I bought these. As I said, I was in the midst of holiday havoc, and I was Christmas shopping this day. I stopped at fifty different shops (a very mild exaggeration), and I somehow ended up with these. They were cheap, so they honestly probably won't last, and it was a blur. Below I've added some similar pairs I've come across that are just as great, and possibly better quality. If you're interested: 

Coat Belt As A Scarf

Oh yes. It works.

Skinny scarves are everywhere, and I completely support this trend. It's the best way to cover your neck without overheating, and it looks great on everyone. I really think it gives the illusion of a longer neck as well. If you want that giraffe neck look, try twenty at once. Anyway, because I'm not exactly in a position to go spend fifty dollars on a skinny scarf, my coat belt is the next best thing. I can easily get away with this, and if your coat has a belt, you can too.

I honestly did not want this coat when I got it. I didn't even have a coat though, because I didn't see the point when I was in school, and then I lived in the desert. When I came back to Texas, I had to cave. I couldn't handle being out without one. However, my only option on such short notice (and for the style I wanted) was Target, and even then, I couldn't find a simple solid colored coat. This was the closest thing, and I hated it, but I needed it, and now it's one of my favorite possessions. It's versatile, and makes me feel powerful. There's a metaphor in there somewhere.

How's Tuesday treating you?

Illustration Every Hour - 1.16.16

I can't spell zucchini without spellcheck. Let's just get that out of the way first. It's one of my favorite vegetables, and I can't spell it.

This was my Saturday. It was very much a day for catching up on editing and illustrating after a week of being unable to truly get my shit together. I feel like a broken record at this point. It's week three of this year, and I keep saying I need to get it together. I think I keep saying that when it's not really true. I've definitely been more productive, and I do feel even more creatively fulfilled. Last week was a weird week though, and I've been having these scatterbrain moments. I keep starting something and then I forget about it and leave the room. Does that mean something? Do I need a vitamin or something? Does anyone know? I'm losing my mind.

Anyway, Saturday was great for planning and cleaning up some ideas for next month. I started watching The Grand Budapest Hotel again, and remembered how much I adore that movie. Who doesn't? It was cold, it rained, I had strawberry lemonade, and it was all in all a pretty nice day. I hope your Saturday was too.

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