first sunday of advent


Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. – Romans 13: 11-14

blog design

blog design fashion blog

When I started blogging, I didn’t expect to fall in love with graphic design. I’m quite proud of the headers, graphics, and sidebar details I’ve created, particularly the Platinum and Rust logo and the design details on my fair trade blog, Style Wise.

I use a combination of PicMonkey and Pixlr for editing. I get my graphics from free background websites and from PicMonkey‘s stickers section, editing for contrast, color, and size to get the perfect finished product. It takes a lot of tinkering and playing around, but I really enjoy it.

blog design sidebar buttons

(p)inspiration saturday


I had a hard time getting inspired to accomplish much of anything this week. My new work schedule has totally shifted the way my week runs, so I’ve been fighting physical and emotional fatigue to acclimate to the change.

Pinterest was created for times like these. It’s a sensory escape. I’ve been drawn to girls in glasses, all things mod, spring-colored shoes, art, and quirky home decor.

I’ve glanced at The Lovers by Rene Magritte over and over again in the past few days. The image is startling, eerie, romantic, and insightful. In a sense, we must approach interpersonal relationships with bags over our heads; we never see a person objectively and we never fully know them. But we take the plunge anyway. It’s a harsh truth that while we long and seek to be fully understood – fully known – we can never achieve it. It’s a testament to our will to thrive that we continue to seek it out anyway, that we devote so much of our lives trying to get to the core, the essence, of ourselves and our loved ones. We sense that if we could just see into people’s souls, if we could whisper their true names*, we’d have arrived at a place of peace. Of perfection.

*Eragon reference. 

Image sources: one, two, three, four, five, six

images & inspiration

The weather was blindingly cold today (that will make sense to you if you had to walk outside facing the wind for any length of time), so I felt no desire to venture out once my shift at work ended. Instead, I’m sipping my second cup of Oolong tea and enjoying some quality time with pinterest while Daniel reads excerpts of his school reading to me.

pinterest collage

  1. A little house with a yellow door
  2. Eley Kishimoto for Clarks Desert Boots
  3. Leather jacket and polka dots (no link available)
  4. Shallow dof + storefront + love
  5. Swedish design is so in right now
  6. I want to stay in that house for awhile
  7. American Eagle Tie-Dye Denim Corset Dress

catalog favorites

Winter hasn’t quite hit Charlottesville, but I’m already excited for spring fashion. I know fall is the season for fashion, but I’ve always preferred the bright, floral, bare-legged styles of spring over the drab, monotone glamour of fall. Fall is too serious for my taste.

I’ve been flipping through old Google catalogs for inspiration. Here are some of my favorite looks (including some fall looks that easily transition into spring):


Clockwise from top:

  1.  Anthropologie, March 2012
  2. Clarks, Fall 2012
  3. Fossil, Fall 2012
  4. Madewell, Spring 2012
  5. J. Crew, February 2012
  6. Madewell, Spring 2012

4 simple goals

4 simple goals(based on a misreading of A Beautiful Mess blog’s challenge)

2013 goals: 

  1. Grow my online business: be intentional about advertising, sourcing items, bookkeeping, and having an online presence. 
  2. Put money in savings every month: emergency preparedness and stocking away for the future are always good things.
  3. Buy fair trade/second hand as often as possible: stop making excuses and consider all my consumer options.
  4. Travel to a new place: go somewhere I haven’t been before.

I did my best to establish achievable goals that I really want to pursue. 2013 will be a good year as long as I stay motivated and don’t overwhelm myself. One thing at a time.