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Gal Meets Glam – Dress collection

Honestly… all I can say about this¬†creation of lifestyle blogger Julia Engel of Gal Meets Glam is its stunning. If you have any occasion where it calls for a dress or you just want to feel feminine and beautiful go with this line. Julia’s flawless designs have made picking out a dress a no brainer.Dresses are available on the¬†Gal Meets Glam¬†website, at Nordstrom or Nordstrom online (select styles).

Chef’s Table Pastry¬†

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I’ve always loved a Chef’s Table on Netflix’s and being an amateur baker I’m obsessed with Chef’s Table Pastry. This show profiles pastry chef’s offering a unique, intimate look into where they draw inspiration from and their creative processes. This show will not only leave you feeling inspired but craving something sweet!

Good Company Magazine

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This magazine Good Company РThe Community Issue is the creation of best-selling author Grace Bonney. It has a very similar vibe to her book In the Company of Women which is wonderful. This debut issue focuses specifically on community. Bonney has employed women in various fields to write about what community looks like. Asking them how they create community and what they hope to/have accomplish/ed in doing such etc..Its powerful, encouraging and drives home the underlying truth we are better together not alone.

MLB Ballpark app

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I’m a Mariners fan at heart and love my local ballpark Safeco Field. Year after year, I’m still discovering new things about it but it wasn’t until this year that I downloaded the MLB Ballpark app. Its free and totally worth it.Once you select your team you’ll be given everything you need to know about their ballpark from where to find your favorite food and drinks to the stats about the starting line up. If you are a baseball fan this app gives you access to everything you would want to know right at your finger tips.

Cheers to 2018!

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I don‚Äôt know about you but the stillness of winter, the holidays and the start of a new year make me super nostalgic and contemplative. In light of everything that‚Äôs happened this year in the United States I realized, that I‚Äôm just grateful. Grateful that my family, friends and I didn‚Äôt have to live through a major natural disaster or endure a terrorist attack etc… I‚Äôm grateful that as a woman I‚Äôm able to speak my mind, be educated and hold a job of my choosing. As a result, my resolutions, goals, dreams whatever you want to call them have become simplified. As far as I‚Äôm concerned, as long as my family and friends are healthy and happy everything else is just icing on the cake. I hope and pray this coming year is a year of good health, blessings and happiness for you and yours. I‚Äôm genuinely thankful for each and every one of you. Cheers to 2018!

– Nicole

New Year! New Inspiration!

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Today I’m sharing some of my favorite creative people I follow. If you want to jump-start your creativity for the coming year definitely check out each and every one of these people!

Designers

Emily Henderson

Joy Cho – Oh Joy!

Joanna Gaines – Magnolia

Tiffany Pratt

DIYers 

A Beautiful Mess РElsie Larson and Emma Chapman

Aww Sam – Sam Ushiro

Studio DIY РKelly Mindell

Oh! I also follow her hubby who’s a¬†photographer Jeff Mindell¬†@jeffmindell

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The Miller Affect – Amanda Miller

Gal Meets Glam РJulia Engel

cupcakes and cashmere – Emily Schuman

Authors/Books – Creative Community

Moorea Seal @mooreaseal

52 Lists; Make Yourself at Home

Grace Bonney – Design Sponge

In The Company of Woman

 

 

Artist Profile – Erica Williams of Lemonsugarillo

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Have you ever just looked at a piece of art and it resonates with you?¬†¬†The artwork of Erica Williams of Lemonsugarillo does¬†just that.¬†I’m beyond thrilled to share¬†with you her up and coming¬†illustration¬†company Lemonsugarillo¬†on the blog today.

What is Lemonsugarillo? 

Lemonsugarillo is my ever-evolving creative space for self, growth, and celebration. In this space I explore the divinity within black women and girls in all states of being. I strive to document my process of being myself unapologetically and fully through my work, while holding a space for others to do the same.

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Lemonsugarillo is such and interesting and unique name. How did you come up with it?

I was actually brainstorming different ways to use my name or initials in my business name to no avail. I fell asleep during this process, woke up in a daze and said ‚ÄúLemonsugar‚ÄĚ and then fell back asleep. When I woke up fully later in the day, the name stuck. The name Lemonsugar embodies the duality that is present within myself, as well as the pieces I create. I am the little girl that grew into an adult woman, that little girl is still present within me. The work I create has elements of cuteness, whimsy, and joy. However, there is an adult woman behind the art that has had some sour experiences¬†that along with the sweet influence my perspective. Plus sometimes I cuss, so I didn‚Äôt want to give off the wrong idea that my work or the space I was creating and cultivating was going to be all goody gumdrops. Thus, Lemonsugar Illustration was born! A year later I condensed it to Lemonsugarillo. I found with trying to create accounts and space online, the name was very long and for some accounts too long. So, I needed to find a way to condense the name, so I dropped the illustration and used the shorthand illo, and it worked perfectly.

 

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Why did you start Lemonsugarillo? 

Initially, I started Lemonsugarillo simply because I couldn‚Äôt get a job as a graphic designer. Because of my aesthetic I didn‚Äôt really fit the mold of an agency designer I always did well on interviews and received compliments on my work, but hiring managers didn‚Äôt know where to place me. They really rested on the idea that somebody would eventually pick me up, and because everyone shared this sentiment I ended up being unemployed for 2 years. I’ve always pushed representation and diversity in my work and I found that within the arena I was trying to be apart of, this push was policed in many ways disguised as ‚Äúart direction‚ÄĚ. After playing by ‚Äútheir‚ÄĚ rules, feeling unfulfilled and tired of creating and providing a visual voice for everyone else but myself. I decided to do it my way, to create what I wanted, when I wanted, and with whom I wanted.

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What’s next for Lemonsugarillo?¬†

I¬†just launched my website on Black Friday.¬†I’m currently¬†offering prints of my artwork and accessories with my prints on them¬†to the public. On a wider scale I definitely want to get into animation, feature films, and comics. Really just about anything media based, and as always continue to learn and grow as an artist, and share that growth and love with people.

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What do you want people to take away from your work?

Whatever they need or desire to extract from my work. I do my best to not concern myself, over think, or control how others receive my work. Everyone will have their own experience with it and honestly that‚Äôs what I desire. Experience it; take what you need, and some extra to share with someone else. I have found focusing more on the craft and the root connection I have to an idea and inspiration of a piece, keeps me in flow of creating from a place of love and authenticity. This focus removes the pressure to ‚Äúperform‚ÄĚ to the perception of others and simply create what I love and what I am connected to.

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 Creator of Lemonsugarillo

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Lemonsugarillo just launched its website recently. I highly suggest checking it out and stocking up on holiday gifts!

https://www.lemonsugarillo.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Hygge Style

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Last year I was watching a show talk about this new trending word ” hygge.” Some pronounce it¬†hoo-ga well others say it’s hue-guh.¬†Either way you say it,¬†it’s the Danish word for all things cozy! Curious about it I decided to do some research and learned that it’s a whole culture surrounding relaxation rooted in nostalgia, indulgence and comfort. It’s something that’s meant to be felt and have that at home touch¬†often, involving family and friends. Recently with the changing of weather I thought to myself there’s no better time to prepare a hygge atmosphere then now. I love fall scents they remind me of home (spices, pumpkin) so¬†they were the¬†first thing I wanted to¬†incorporate into creating a hygge atmosphere. I’m into healthier natural smelling scents so I decided to make a simmer pot. This was my first time¬†trying this and it turned out better than I could have imagined. I just thought of smells I like that would pair well together and came up with this.

Cranberry Orange Spice Simmer Pot

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Ingredients 

1/3 of a cup of whole cloves ( I really like cloves)

2 oranges

cinnamon sticks (2-3)

cranberries 3/4 cup

a couple of sprigs of rosemary

water

4 quart pot

Prepare oranges. Peel and safe skins. Take 1 and a half oranges and cut each wedge into 3rds. Reserve 1/2 an orange for squeezing juice. Throw everything into a 4 quart pot.Squeeze remaining 1/2 orange over it all and add water at least half way or more. Then turn pot on low and stir. Let it simmer all day or for a couple of hours occasionally stirring and the essence it creates is simply delightful. If the water evaporates just add more. Also, I found that these specific ingredients if refrigerated after cooling last for days. After I made this batch I went away for a couple of days and when I can back I popped it back on the stove with more water and it was as good as new.

 

 

I’m also¬†using¬†Wax and Wool candles this fall season.¬†These soy candles¬†are made by a¬†local merchant¬†in¬†small hand poured batches. Right now their featured scents for the fall are cinnamon chai, pumpkin spice and brown sugar & fig. These candles come in really cool amber and mason apothecary jars. I highly suggest checking them out!

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