Good Tuesday Morning to you guys! I just got back from a trip to my home state, Oklahoma, and while I had the BEST time – I came back exhausted. Probably because I was on the go most of the time and not to mention my body took in a few too many cocktails – oops! ;) Anyway, I am just now getting back in the groove and I am thankful we don’t have a trip planned for a few months. I have found it’s hard for me to get back into my daily routine after a few days away. I have to ease my way into it. Oh how I envy you weekly travelers who can jump back into work and then leave again the next week! This girl is going to ease her way into the day with a little Pinterest :)
Last weekend I had the pleasure of helping arrange two events at West Elm Fenway. One of them was a shop-in-shop featuring Miles of Fiber and Water, a handmade burlap wall art and (now!) pillow studio based out of Maine. I first met Miles + his team at the SOWA Open Market in Boston when Cody and I were in town searching for an apartment. They really left an impression on me, first because we had a good conversation and second, because I was looking through their prints and was for sure they wouldn’t have Oklahoma and they DID! The print was the perfect addition to the San Diego print – which this wall is now becoming a collection of art from every place we have lived (thus far).
Alright, alright…I won’t sing the “Oklahoma!” song to you.
Instead I am going to tell you: Cody and I are heading to Oklahoma tomorrow (early) morning and this girl is SO EXCITED! If you didn’t already know, I was born and raised in Oklahoma City and went to college at OSU in Stillwater. Oklahoma holds a lot of great (and some not so great) memories, my sweet family and a lot of amazing friends. Although I am very happy I moved away from Oklahoma to experience living on (now) both coasts, I miss a lot about it.
Why I LOVE Oklahoma: doors will always be opened for you (i love southern folks), people in the neighborhood I grew up in always wave at familiar faces that walk/drive by, there is rarely anyone honking at each other in traffic (unless it’s necessary), the sunsets are THE BEST, college football is no joke (go pokes!) and on that note – the tailgates are the best day of your life, & THE PEOPLE. Alright, you get the point.
A few Oklahoma items from a couple of my favorite OK-Local shops!
I’ve got jungle fever. But we’re not talking about my love life, here.
I like to think that bringing a little wild side to my space or my person makes me feel a little less stiff, and that the walls separating my living space, my desk, or my wardrobe from the outdoors become more fluid, allowing a little bit of the outside in. Now when I say “wild” side, I don’t mean black-glitter lipstick or dancing on bars. We’ll save that for Ke$ha, and college girls. I am referring to wildlife. Animals. Plants. Pretty, living things.
For a more bold outfit statement, I sometimes go for a bright, floral patterned, flowy trouser or even a trouser & top set, if I’m feeling a bit cheeky. But one doesn’t always have to assert one’s inner Nature-Goddess so loudly. For an everyday look that makes a subdued statement, it’s easy to start by mixing materials. A cropped cashmere sweater casually front-tucked into some leather shorts (or these phenomenally convincing faux-leather track shorts from Zara) is almost like mixing patterns; the pieces stand out more on their own when juxtaposed with such a varying counterpart. The tiger on this cropped sweater from designer Autumn Cashmere found at Pink Lagoon in La Jolla throws that jungle aspect into an otherwise very minimalistic outfit. My lovely photographer Jasmine was either being hilarious, or my inner tiger is just roaring.
Simplicity is the word with your living or working space as well. Adding an indoor plant or two to your interior can soften up a stark space, brighten up a dark space, or simply just add the organic element that I seem to love so much because I keep repeating it in these posts. I really do love it. I’ll say it again. Organic element. Chills.
I may have taken my own advice a little too far, as I have about 15 indoor plants, just in my bedroom alone. I have some green leafy friends in my bathroom, and on my desk at the office, too. But hey, don’t blame me, blame science. House plants make people feel calmer and more optimistic, says Bruno Cortis, M.D., a Chicago cardiologist. Interestingly, he says that studies have shown that hospital patients who face a window with a garden view recovered more quickly than those who had to look at a wall. I like to believe that’s why I am hardly ever sick! (*knocks on wood, er, nearby succulent on my nightstand).
I love how these simple rooms have subtle color palettes of just white, black, and warm wood tones, but the indoor plants are what make the statement. The room with the green sofa next to his living neighbor tucked in the corner makes the whole side of that room look alive. And that zebra rug? Talk about a touch of jungle!
You can start with something as easy as an air plant if you’re a little on the forgetful side and are afraid to get an indoor plant because you don’t want it’s death on your conscience. But taking a trip down to your local nursery and picking an employee’s brains about indoor plants might be a fun saturday activity. Ok, Lazy. You can check online, too.
From minimalistic to animalistic, let the outside in!
1 / random light fixture in an old home in cambridge…I am falling in love with the architectural details that surround me.
2 / It was Opening Weekend at Fenway Park and I purchased my first Boston Red Sox shirt, I am now a fan :)
3 / Cody + I took a stroll through our neighborhood (Beacon Hill) and every street is so charming with brick streets full of brownstones which all are a little different…I am IN LOVE with this neighborhood.
4 / There were a couple of events I was helping with at West Elm in Fenway – one was with Fiber & Water (which I have a fun post coming up about them) and the other was a terrarium event with Krissy of Boston Pollen. She is extremely talented and it was great chatting with her about Boston and San Diego (she just got back from a trip to SD).
I don’t remember the last time I was this excited for April to arrive.
I went through so many changes and emotions in such a short amount of time – from getting married to finding out we were moving to Boston immediately after our honeymoon and leaving my career and friends in San Diego. After the initial excitement of living somewhere new – I actually enjoy change – I found myself really searching for inspiration and motivation through the winter. I don’t know how many times I have heard, “oh just wait till Spring/Summer you will love it here”… and finally it is here! I want to soak up every minute of it and rekindle the inspiration that I have been so desperately needing! It’s crazy what a little bit of sunlight and a few smiles on the streets of Boston will do. Plus today is Opening Day at Fenway Park for the Red Sox – Boston looks like a whole new city today.