I’m going on a last minute trip to the beach this week! On Thursday we are packing up the car and heading to Florida to visit family and spend some quality time lounging by the ocean. I’ve been craving a visit to the sea so hard lately and the opportunity couldn’t have come at a better moment. It’s been cold and rainy (what?) around here, so I am excited to get out in the sun for a while! Not to mention, I love the ocean. I was hanging out with some friends the other day and about 95% of the group confessed to being terrified of the sea. I was so surprised! It can be nerve wracking sometimes thinking about how deep and far it goes and all of the creatures that call it home, but that doesn’t stop me from getting in that salt water. How about you guys? Are you sea, lake, river, or pool people?
Maria Van Nguyen is a seriously talented New York based student, blogger, and designer. She is a strong believer in the minimalist lifestyle, which is immediately apparent upon viewing her work and photos. Everything she creates has the perfect balance of structure and simplicity. I love discovering new designers, especially those who have the capability to create flattering and unique pieces when diving into the minimalist aesthetic. Keep tabs on this girl, because she is going to be something big.
A few days ago I went to explore an abandoned greenhouse in Denton with some friends. It was eerie and empty but absolutely beautiful. We had some leftover smoke bombs from Fourth of July, so of course we set them off in the greenery. I’ve been working really hard on some pieces for the shop and I have a little surprise in store for next week. I hope everyone is having a good weekend!
I grew up in a home that was always very encouraging as far as my dreams, aspirations, and goals went. My parents let me pick and choose whichever sports I wanted to play, and if I decided to chop off all of my hair and dye it black my mom was right there beside me rinsing my hair in the tub. When I decided to go to college for Anthropology, not the most marketable degree, they cheered me on the whole way. However, during my lifetime I have encountered plenty of people who doubt my decisions and the path that I have taken. I graduated college and accepted a full time office job while attempting to maintain some sort of creative outlet. I absolutely hated my job and was constantly coming across people who asked me what I was going to do with my life and what the heck was I doing sitting in an office. When I decided to quit my job and take the leap into owning my own business while nannying on the side, I received quite a few negative comments. I had people telling me I was irresponsible, how was I going to support myself, and when was I going to grow up? To me, quitting my job and pursuing something I love and responsibly maintaining that was one of the most adult decisions I’ve made in my life. There are always going to be those people who doubt your skills, your decisions, and are constantly going to be telling you that you can do something better. At least once a week I get a phone call saying “you could do THIS job!….you would be so good at this instead of what you’re doing!”, but you know what? I love my job right now. I work hard for what I’ve got and my life is nothing like I thought it would be, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. Surround yourself with positive and encouraging people and get after it. Do what you love, do it responsibly, but do what you love. It’s not worth wasting your life, time, and relationships on passionless pursuits.
One of my favorite bloggers teamed up with one of my new favorite designers, Lily Harris, to photograph the look book for her new label. Lily Stan Studio was created by Lily Harris and features pieces of clothing that are made to be easy to wear and layer together. Each garment is made to order in limited quantities and is meant to be kept as an everyday staple, creating a personal collection of specialty basics.