Top 10 Fashion Trends for summer

This top from Lulu’s is super versatile in that it can be worn tucked, untucked, belted, over a dress, and with jeans. Plus sheer is in!

Solid color crop tops like this one on Threadsence are a great addition to your wardrobe this season.

Love this taupey maxi by BB Dakota on Threadsence. A perfect neutral and would look great with a crop top or color pop accessories.

Here we go with a gorgeous and flowy green asymmetrical skirt from Threadsence.

Super simple tutorial with Alie from With an ie.

Mint jeans are the pastel trend of the century. They are everywhere and everyone wants a pair like the cute little skinny pedal pushers from Modcloth. The question is: do you?

Color blocking, different hues stacked one atop the other. Love this Kelly green blazer matched with the neon, pastel skinny pants from Lulu’s.

This is the perfect lace tank top from Lulu’s to pair with any and everything you own.

This How have you Vanilla Bean? Dress from Modcloth is really a perfect polka dot. It’s a neutral and would be great to match up with a bright polka dotted sweater (like this one) or one of this seasons pop color accessories.

This black and white stripe skirt from free people really fits the bill, you get your versatile maxi (simply pull up over your chest and belt for a simple summer dress.

So what is my number on tip for you? Invest in neutrals and save the trends for accessories and the occasional top or bottom, don’t fill your closet with trends.

My number two? Always quality jeans. I know I didn’t mention them in the trends, that’s because they are a staple closet item. I spend a good hour in the thrift store trying on every pair of jeans in my sizes till I find the right pair. Sometimes I don’t find it, but sometimes I get lucky! And the perfect pair of jeans for 7 bucks? Who could argue with that?

I hope you have fun with it and feel inspired. Remember, neutrals are your best friend, because they make everything look good.

Hillery

Thoughts on living creatively

Sometimes it can be hard to give into our passions and what we love because of our wiring to view success in life as something entirely separate of our creative passions. So in order to be successful at what we love, we have to forget all that we’ve been told and re-write the parameters to fit our creative souls.

  1. I will appreciate my creative self and not attempt to weigh it against others. All beings express our-selves differently and there is a place in this universe for all of us.
  2. I will stop thinking of success in number gains and begin thinking of it in joys gained.
  3. I will remember not to take my day to day for granted, that life is the journey and that everyday is another mile in the direction we want to go.
  4. I will except that even experts make mistakes and allow myself some wiggle room to work all the kinks out.
  5. I will always allow myself to have a rest, taking time to clear my mind and recharge.

The warm weather is rolling in and this is the season for celebrating life, ourselves, and each other. Give into your passions a little more each day. You’ll be glad you did.

Hillery

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Early Morning in the Garden

After a night of little sleep, I went out into the garden in the early morning. I took some product shots and enjoyed the quite quiet morning before the world around me began to wake. I had a lovely little hour to myself out there.

I set up my tripod and got to work photographing my new pieces. I love working with a tripod, it’s fun and liberating. I have 12 new items I have got to get in the shop this week. I can’t wait to work on this week’s set. This is a pretty fun little project and I can only hope I can keep up this momentum. I am going to try the shots again this evening just before sunset when the sun is on the other side.

Here’s a little tour of the back garden behind our apartment/house (We live in the attic apartment of a house built in the 1800s, there are three other apartments).

(There is actually a little bit of feather on my nose, if you look closely you can see it)

We are very lucky to have such a space available to us. I am very much looking forward to the summer and lazy afternoons reading books and sipping on lemonade.

Are you feeling creative today?

I hope you had a beautiful weekend with lots of family time. Have a lovely Monday morning!

Hillery

Happy Birthday – My first Ukulele Song

In the spirit of creating new habits and working on conquering fears. I recorded a little video of myself last night. Yesterday, I received my birthday present from James and it is a brand new Lanikai Ukulele. I spent the day carrying it all around on our trip to the market and the dry goods store secretly wishing I could break out in song.

When we got home I did some research and found a great site for beginners. If you ever want to learn to play the ukulele this site www.ukeschool.com is the best ever. Someday I hope to be able to make a contribution, because I have been so incredible impressed so far. It’s almost as if I am taking an actual lesson, and the fellow is hilarious, so it’s just great.

So I sat me down and learned me the basics; and just over an hour later I was playing my first song, the birthday song.

With that I leave you to marvel in awe at my natural talent.

For those who might be interested, I am a lefty, although, I am playing the uke strung standard and flipped over to the left. The main reason for this is so’s not to limit myself musically. Technically, I should be able to pick up any standardly strung ukulele and simply flip it over. It’s pretty simple to learn as I am just inverting the fret board.

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s day to my beautiful and amazing mother.

I love you more than words Momma and I wish I could be down there with the whole family on this day to celebrate you and hug and kiss you to death.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Momma’s out there!

Savory Vegan Un-roasted Sunflower seeds

This is one of my favorite go to snacks for traveling or a lazy afternoon that can be quite easy to make if you have a morning at home and even if you don’t have a dehydrator.

Nutritional yeast is full of fantastic vitamins and nutrients, most notably it contains vitamins B and B12 and only a 1/2 tbsp provides the daily suggested amount of B12 for an adult. It’s also rich in amino acids, folic acid, protein, and biotin, not to mention it’s lovely savory flavor. I use it in snacks, entrees like vegan lentil loaf, savory vegan stroganoff, and in homemade gravies. It is also a perfect cheese replacer and a little dash can jazz up any meal in seconds. Even salads! It is definitely a key player in this delicious and savory afternoon snack.

Here is a “fast” and simple version of Vegan Un-roasted Sunflower Seeds:

  • 1 1/2 cups raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp or generous amount of nutritional yeast
  • Your favorite sea salt to taste
  • 1 1/2 tsp curry spice
  • 1/8 cup water

Pre heat your oven to it’s lowest setting or to 140 degrees if possible prop the door of the oven open with a rolled up dish towel or oven mit to encourage air circulation and lower the temperature a bit.

In a mixing bowl add your seeds, spices and nutritional yeast, giving it a little stir slowly pour in your water to help the yummy flavors stick to the seeds. Spread onto a baking sheet or your dehydrator shelf with a spatula. And allow to dehydrate for about 2 hours.

For the longer version, far superior might I add, and for making in bulk:

  • 4 cups sunflower seeds
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 4 tbsp of nutritional yeast
  •  2 tsp you favorite seas salt
  • 1 tbsp curry spice
  • 1/2 + cup water

Soak your seeds for 4 – 5 hours strain any excess water before combining ingredients, but save a 1/2 cup soaking liquid for mixing seasonings. The same method of dehydration is used only this time you may need two baking sheets and it will take approximately 8 hours dehydration time.

I love to add dehydrated cranberries, raisins, or lemon zest for a little bit of contrasting flavor and sweetness. I hope you enjoy!

Hillery

25 Before 26 – A Years worth of Goals

I decided to make my first ever __ before __ list this year (insert age you are and age you will be). I love setting goals and challenges for myself and I’ve always been good at short-term goals, just need to get better at the long-term. So here’s my little list of 25 things I want to do before I turn 26 next year.

I even left it in all of its messy glory as I felt I might be cheating rewriting it till it looked perfect, plus it’s just a list. Please forgive my spelling mistakes as hopefully they are not a reflection of my character. (:

I also forgot to edit these photos before uploading them. Ehhh, oh well. These were taken using the manual settings on our new camera with natural lighting. I am still learning. Today has been one of the busiest days of my life and writing this list and taking these photos was one of the finer, relaxed points of my morning.

That’s right, I’m lefty. Gazing out over brass snails into the black walnut tree.

Enjoying some savory un-roast sunflower seeds and raisins with a spot of tea to re-energize before moving on with my day.

My hope is that I can realistically complete most of the goals on this list in a years time. I am thinking of grouping them into long-term and short-term and then breaking the short-term into monthly to fit with my current goals and make the list a little less daunting. I tried to think realistically, but also challenge myself to go further.

It will be exciting to see a year from now what I was able to do and what might take me a bit more time. No harm in that, it’s all experience, gain, and learning.

Have you ever created a list like this? Been successful? If you’d like to, let me know what you think in the comments below.