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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

What's Inspiring Me Now

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Creativity requires cultivation on a daily basis. Right now, these are just a few of the things that are inspiring me:)


  • Mary Jane shoes. To me, they're the perfect shoe! Feminine, vintage and practical. This is a shoe that won't fall off as you're walking down the stairs or running to your car between the rain-drops!
  • New York. I need to travel and travel soon. I really want to get back to NYC and then even further north to Boston, Newport and Maine. 
  • Autumn twinkle lights. There's something special about the colors of fall and when combined with tiny sparkle lights.....it's magical :)
  • Camel coats. I'm hoping to add a camel coat to my wardrobe this season. It's so classic and timeless. 
  • Pups in wreaths! I really want to shoot some pets for the holidays this year! I think I'll try to enlist the help of my nephew....
  • Dream kitchen. Siiiiigh. Hoping to move to a better and larger space next year and this kitchen is exactly what i'm dreaming of!
  • Green. Having cats makes it hard to have live plants in the house. Thinking these giant fronds would make a great print to add to my walls!
Where do you get your creativity from?
What's inspiring you right now?
Thank you to Pinterest for the above images:)
<3 Jenn





Sunday, October 16, 2016

Life Lately // Keep Love In Your Heart

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Hello dear friends, it's been a few weeks since I last checked in. I've been having some computer issues, I think it's time to invest in a new one. Siiiigh....adulting is such fun right?! Anywho, not gonna let this get me down!

So....what's been going on lately? Well, it's officially fall now. Although Coastal Virginia still wants to wear her summer sundress and sandals...it's going to be 80* tomorrow and the upper 70's till Friday. But then, come next Saturday we will be in the 60's and I'm hopeful that will be the end of the heat. I know we'll be begging for warm, sun-filled days in the months to come...but right now, I want to wear my boots, sweaters and tights. I want to open my windows and keep them open. I want to see the leaves on the trees change colors then drop to the ground, creating a layer of colors to walk on. That beautiful "crunch, crunch, crunch" Ahhhhhh, yes!

We are also thick in the ugly center of our 2016 presidential debate. And it is truly ugly. I've never in my life seen or heard anything so sad and disheartening. That sick pit in my stomach isn't the sushi or meatball sub I ate the other day....it's the result of opening up twitter or turning on the news and seeing what our "leaders" are doing or saying. I think it's created a sickness across our nation, people are stressed our and anxious over this election. It's just not healthy.

So, we need to practice some self-care right now.

I deleted my Face Book account last week to start with. Every time I logged on I felt my blood pressure rising and my anger tripling. Engaging with several people, just to try to get a point across proved futile and I just decided....I'm done. It's the best feeling ever. Social media is a great thing, it's also a really horrible thing. I think we all need to individually decide how it works for us and how much we want it inter-twined in our daily life. Personally, I don't miss it. I have 30 days to decide if I want to re-activate my account before it's permanently deleted and I really don't see myself going back. (Yet, I do want to keep my business page and unfortunately you can't just have a business page without a personal page. So, alas....I'll likely keep my account active so that I can start posting on Orange Tree Square again...... Stay tuned.)

Another thing I'm doing it surrounding myself with flowers. They make me happy. They're delicate and vulnerable, like my heart lately. But when they bloom, they're bright and bold and magnificent. They cheer up a dingy space and they remind me of the good in this world. Because, there still is good in this world. We just have to remind ourselves of it:)

"Keep love in your heart. A life without is is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead."
~ Oscar Wilde 

Here's hoping that you have a beautiful week ahead. Planning to update my computer situation soon too, and with that I'll be blogging more! I have so much I want to say and share with you all....

<3 Jenn