Summer Picks

Summer is finally here and I am sooooo ready for it as I’m sure many of you are.June so far has been a pretty rainy month here in Washington but that’s all about to change.Sun is in the projected forecast for at least the next week!!!!!I’m preparing for summer so I thought I would share some of my summer go-to picks with you.Cheers to a great summer!!!!

Billie Razor//Supergoop CC Cream//Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen//Polarized Aviator Sunglasses//Victoria Emerson Wrap Bracelets//Beach Sun Hat//Tie Dye T-Shirt Dress//Boyfriend Denim Shorts//Arizona Birkenstock Slide Sandal//Starbucks Unsweetened Dark Roast Ice Coffee//Coffee Mate Vanilla Almond Milk Creamer//Stainless Steel Mermaid Straws

Mother’s Day Gift Guide 🌸

I hope each and every one of you is having an awesome weekend!Mother’s Day is fast approaching so I thought I’d share some really awesome Mother’s Day gifts. All of which can be ordered from the comfort of your own home and delivered to theirs.

Victoria Emerson’s bracelet wraps and cuffs are my go-to accessories for dressing up any outfit. I’ve given these to family and friends and they are a big hit every time!Not only are they stunning and comfortable they come in a wide variety of styles. My personal favorites are the wrap bracelets.

Essential Oil Diffuser – Amazon

I love my Asakuki essential oil diffuser and use it throughout my day. It creates a calming atmosphere with its customizable multi- light features, soothing scents and sounds.

Young Living – Essential oils

This is the only company I’ve ever bought essential oils from. My favorite blends are combination of orange and lavender or eucalyptus blue.

Moon Valley Organics – Organic Skin Care & Honey Products

I became a big fan of this company and it’s products years ago while visiting the Pike’s Place market.They produce a wide array of organic personal care items and honey!Not only are their items organic they smell and work phenomenally. I suggest the gift set bundles or a gift card.

How can we talk about Mother’s Day without talking about chocolate!!Enough said. Here’s some of Seattle’s/Tacoma’s best chocolate and toffee treats.

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Theo Chocolate – Mother’s Day gift sets

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Also, keep in mind there are a lot of great shops and restaurants that are closed right due to Covid-19. A great way to continue to support local businesses while getting your mom a gift is to buy a gift card for future use.

I hope you find these gift suggestions helpful.

Be well, Nicole

Feelin it – Summer Summer Time 🌞

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 – The 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.

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 “Lemonsugar” 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’t 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’t get a job as a graphic designer. Because of my aesthetic I didn’t really fit the mold of an agency designer I always did well on interviews and received compliments on my work, but hiring managers didn’t 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 “art direction”. After playing by “their” 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’s 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 “perform” 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/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feelin’ It

The Crafted Life – Peace Gun Enamel Pin for Charity

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http://thecraftedlife.com/charity-flair-new-pin-in-the-shop/#more-14092

I follow a wonderful blog called The Crafted Life and the author Rachel Smith is selling these beautiful pins in her Etsy shop to raise money for charity. You can buy these stylish pins for $12.00 each and all the proceeds will go to DAV.org a non-profit that helps homeless and disabled veterans. Buy a crazy cool pin and help contributed to this great cause! They look great with anything jean!

Lauren Conrad’s bird earrings

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https://www.kohls.com/product/prd-2454996/lc-lauren-conrad-bird-stud-earrings.jsp?prdPV=1

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One of the many things I associate with spring is the sound of birds chirping. This spring I purchased these super cute bird earrings from Lauren Conrad’s jewelry collection from Kohls. Everyone knows if you’re from the Northwest everything is better when you put a bird on it! They are my favorite earrings at the moment and on sale right now for only $5.99!

Book – Chasing Slowly

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http://designformankind.com/chasingslow/

For about half of the month of March I was sick and during that time I was able to read this delightful book called Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner. She addresses the American cultures obsession with equating success with mass consumerism, accomplishments and money. Erin shares her own personal successes and failures.  It’s insanely relatable and Erin’s transparency is refreshing and encouraging.

Puyallup Farmers Market

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http://www.puyallupmainstreet.com/events/puyallup-farmers-market/

This is one of my favorite local markets which features a wide variety of vendors. You can find everything from art, produce, plants/flowers and honey from local farmers. Located in the beautiful family friendly Pioneer Park. The market will be opening on April 15th and it runs through October 14th on Saturdays from 9am-2pm.