I have a thing for stained glass. There’s just something so reverently beautiful about rays of sunlight pouring through jewel-tinted glass, casting colorful shadows on the floor. And I’ve always wanted to learn how to make stained glass… but that seems like a pretty time-consuming and expensive hobby. So that’s why I’m especially excited about this project: I’ve found a way to recreate the beauty of stained glass with leaves gathered from Joanna’s backyard! Keep scrolling to create your very own mandala-inspired, stained glass art.
Recently I went on a purging and tidying rampage and at the core of my frustration was our lack of shoe storage. For some reason, I find shoes incredibly annoying to store. I could count of the reasons why for hours, but I’ll spare you. Mostly, I just hate how much space they take up and how shoes can get smashed and misshapen if they are stored incorrectly. After my rampage, I fell down the rabbit hole of shoe storage and found some really good options that are worth sharing with you guys. And, of course, I only want stylish shoe storage, so the aesthetic of each has been taken into consideration! Let’s get started, shall we?
Happy Saturday and greetings from Italy! I’ve been absolutely loving my time here… eating carbs, drinking incredible wine, learning so much from Annette Joseph… this trip is such a dream. It’s only been a few days, bu I already feel inspired and refreshed. Sean is going to meet me soon so we can travel around more after my workshop concludes…. and eat more! God, the food on this trip… And for those of you asking, I will absolutely post recaps of my entire time here. Stay tuned for that ;)
I still have lots of time traveling around Italy, so be sure to follow along on Instagram to catch all my adventures first!
In case you missed it, here’s what we shared on the blog this week:
At the beginning of 2018, I introduced my intention to quit shopping for the entire year. After a few months, I shared an update, including the items I had purchased (one item a month is allowed—for the full set of “rules” see the original post). I’ve heard from so many of you that you’re tackling similar shopping freeze challenges, so I want to really dig in and share how I’m making my current wardrobe work a little harder. Luckily, I haven’t really felt the need to go on a binge and buy everything in sight, which is great. I have, however, had to spend time really thinking about how to make my existing closet work. I have a gazillion weddings (read: five) and personal events coming up, so getting creative is a must. So far, this what I’ve come up with:
My garden is totally out of control this year. Everything has grown in so well and it looks (and smells) incredible. During my recent grocery trip, I even realized I barely needed to buy any veggies! With so many unexpected ingredients to choose from, I asked our resident cocktail expert to dream up a cocktail that would use flavors from my garden. Rocky whipped together this apple & lavender mojito recipe and it was an immediate hit with me and Sean. The cocktail is so refreshing and just a bit dangerous because it doesn’t tasty boozy at all! I loved garnishing it with lavender and Kentucky sweet mint from my garden, too.
After sharing my morning skincare routine yesterday, it’s time to share my (slightly more involved) night time skincare routine! Last year when I was laid up on the couch with my broken leg, I watched hours upon hours of YouTube video about beauty and skincare… and I’ve kind of gone a bit overboard. My new rule is that I’m not allowed to bring anything new into the medicine cabinet until I’ve emptied a bottle. It’s hard though! There are so many great products out there… and so many I want to try.