Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Are you ready for some football?

     As we welcome back the fall, we also welcome football season!  We are more college football fans (Go Trojans!), than NFL, but if there's a fun party with friends, just tell us what team colors to wear and we'll be there! 
     So, here's a party that pleases the "I love football" guest, and the "I'm just here for the party" guest….

The Invite:
via Evite

The Food:
No matter who you're cheering for, these snacks can't loose.

Sweets that Will Score:
Cause chocolate makes everything better...

Fun and Games:
     For those of us who might need a little more to focus on than the game…how about another game and a drink?

So, don't be afraid to get ready for game day.  Because you can make it whatever game day you want!

Jen & Jess

 If you want some more football decor and DIY inspiration, check out some of our other game day posts…

Monday, September 15, 2014

Alice & Ivory Giveaway!

    Happy Monday!  We are thrilled to be giving away one of our personal favorite prints from Alice & Ivory!  This Song of Solomon 8x10 print is perfect for a special someone, or as a gift to a newly engaged or newly married couple!

    We will select someone at random at the end of the week, and announce the winner the following Monday!  You can win in three easy steps!

1. Like Alice & Ivory and Linen, Lace, & Love on Facebook.
2. Share the image above, either on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram.
3. Leave a comment on this post that you completed 1 & 2.

    We can't wait to see who wins!  And make sure and check out the rest of the Alice & Ivory Etsy shop!  They have the cutest pieces for kids as well!

Jen & Jess

Friday, September 12, 2014

Into The Wild...

     …Animal Park!  It's hard to transition to Fall when it's still 80 degrees outside, so don't force it…it will come.  And until then, enjoy the prolonged Summer for as long as it's here.  
     One of the most famous places to visit in San Diego is the San Diego Zoo…but did you know that if you go just a little bit farther east they have a Safari Park?
    The Safari Park is an expansive wildlife sanctuary that is home to more than 2,600 animals. Its renowned botanical collection represents 3,500 species and 1.5 million specimens. Over half of the Park’s 1,800 acres have been set aside as protected native species habitat.
     Walking around is absolutely beautiful, and you can take a tram through their safari area and see all the animals in as close to their natural habitat as you can without going to Africa. 
…or you can try to blend in…
...or find a spot to hide away in the gardens for a little while.
White Top: Free People (oooooooold, but I also like this one) // Black Shorts: H&M (sold out in black, but they still have them in denim) // Flats: Madden Girl ℅ Nordstrom // Bandeau Bra: again old, but similar here

Thanks for joining me for my walk on the wild side.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

No One Else Can Play Your Part

     We interrupt our regularly scheduled programing to bring you an important message…
     Today is, "World Suicide Prevention Day."  You may have heard us talk about the organization To Write Love on Her Arms, but if you haven't: they are a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide.  
     Their latest campaign is, "No one else can play your part" or #NoOneElse14.  People from all walks of life have told why, though imperfect, no else can play their part in this world. 
     So, here's my story.  No one else can play my part, because no one knows what I know, has been where I've been, has learned what I've learned, or has loved who and how I've loved.  I may not know the most, but I know enough to share, to council, and most importantly to listen.  My love has not always been perfect, but it has always been true, and sincere.  I have been through pain enough to share in a friends grief.  I have been in dark enough places to know the value of someone who brings light.  And I believe in the power of prayer, miracles, love, and friendship.
     I have had seasonal depression for a while now, and the Fall, though ironically one of my favorite times of year--with the turning of leaves, apple cider, and the ability to once again dawn sweaters, boots, and scarves--is usually met with great pain and sadness for me.  Every year my world restarts with a choice to fight for joy, and work my way through it again.  I know in my hardest times I spiral when I fixate on myself, but I find great peace and healing in getting out of myself and turning my attention towards others.  Finding a way to just keep moving, pray, sing, create, learn something new, and refocus.
     There is no answer for depression, and often there is no reason either.  If you know someone close to you struggling with depression, show them grace, patience, and endless love and support.  There is a way out.  It will get better.  Keep fighting for it.

Shirt: TWLOHA // Skirt: H&M // Shoes: Keds // Mural by artist Kelsey Montague

     If you are hurting, please cry out for love with the breath in your lungs, and not by taking the breath from them.  Your story is not over, and only you can tell it. 

"You matter to this world, and you matter to the people who love you.  So stay.  Please stay.  No one else can play your part." -TWLOHA

So much LLLove,
Jen & Jess

PS-I am very proud of myself for some how working my very short hair into a halo braid for this post.

Monday, September 8, 2014

DIY: Watercolor 101

     Jess is the artist of the family, she got it from my Dad.  I, on the other hand, inherited my Mom's just-make-it-work-creativity.  That being said, I love watercolor.  There are so many fun options and it's relaxing.  Maybe it's my love of all things water, with my San Diego roots, but it's calming to me.  Also, the fact that it's a more abstract form of art, so broad strokes do a great deal...and I like that.  

  What you will need:
 1) Watercolor paper~having the right paper is key.  This paper is designed to absorb lots of water and not fall apart, or curl.
2) Watercolor pains~I use a drugstore set from RiteAid, they aren't fancy, but they work just fine for little things like this.
3) Watercolor brushes~I still work in broad strokes, so a flat thick brush works for me.  If you want to do more detail, or smaller work, get an absorbent pointed brush with long bristles.
4) Pencil~to draw out your tree (sketching out your tree first helps immensely, because you have to work pretty quickly.)
5) Ruler~I wrote a Bible verse on my watercolor, so I used a ruler for the lines.
6) Sharpy Pen~for the lettering.

Step 1:
      Lightly sketch your tree on the watercolor paper.

Step 2:
     Dip your thicker paintbrush in water and wet the entire page.  By wetting the page you are creating an eraser!  It gives you a layer between the paints and the paper, so you can literally blot out stokes you don't like with a paper towel (as long as the paper stays moist, once it's dry the paint is set).  This technique is also a good trick for making clouds in a blue sky.
      Once your paper is damp, take your first color and brush it on.  The color will get darker as the water layer on the paper dries, so start with broad strokes, and then do darker shadows and such last.

Step 3:
     Take your smaller brush to make the leaves.  I used a patting technique as apposed to a brushing to make the leaves look a bit more separated.  Again, the leaves I did first blended into the paper more, because it was wet, and the last ones I did have more definition.  The look you want is entirely up to you.

Step 4:
     Write out the quote or Bible verse that you want to use on a piece of paper first, so you know how many lines it will take for spacing.

Step 5:
     Using the ruler, space out your lines.

Step 6:
      Draw your might help to use a right angle to do this as well.

Step 7:
     Use a pencil to write out your verse.

Step 8:
      Trace the pencil writing with a thin, permanent marker.     Erase the pencil lines, and your done!  If you are blessed with beautiful handwriting, yours will turn out much better ;).  

     I heard this verse at church this past week, and this image popped into my head.  It's a good reminder to meditate day and night on what is good, and not to let the everyday struggle win.  To have faith that if I am planted in Him, what I do shall prosper.  Amen!


Friday, September 5, 2014

Walking The High Line

     Thanks to the amazing book, "The Stylist's Guide To NYC"  (it's from Anthropology, so you know it's good) I arrived in New York with a laundry list of amazing places to visit! It covers everything from flowers, to craft stores, to hardware, fabrics, paper, decor, you name it! and cute little coffee shops and restaurants to visit along the way.  
     I barely scratched the surface of my list, but I did make sure I went to The High Line.  

     This amazing rooftop garden is a non-profit that opened in 2009.  The High Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets of Manhattan's West Side.  There is always something new blooming, and you can get there by way of the Chelsea Market, so that's doubly fun.

     The full stretch of the garden runs from Gansvoort Street to West 20th Street.  

     With beautiful views from both sides of the walk way, not to mention adorable wooden lounge chairs and sitting areas, shops, restaurants, bars, and a water feature.  I could spend hours getting lost in a book, or just people watching. 

Jumper: Tildon // Scarf: Stella & Dot // "Strength" Key Necklace: The Giving Keys // Black and White Flats: Madden Girl c/o Nordstrom // Camera Bag (Purse that I use as my camera bag): Madewell (sold out, but if you call they may still have it in stores.) // Bracelet: David Yurman 

And with that, I bid a fond farewell to the big apple.  Until next time New York.


Monday, September 1, 2014

Celebrating Labor Day with American-Made Products

    In honor of Labor Day, we wanted to share some of the amazingly talented artisans creating and selling American-made products!  Support these companies and their labor of love, and support your local businesses!

1. MULBERRY PRESS CO.: This only design shop offers fun and creative visual communication through well designed products, from mugs to t-shirts, and more.

2. QUIN CANDY: We had the pleasure of meeting QUIN founder, Jami Curl, last weekend and instantly fell in love with her modern reimagining of the candy classics we have grown up loving!  Not only is the candy delicious and well designed, they also use natural and locally grown ingredients! Sweets + quality = a company we can get behind!

3. RIFLE PAPER CO.: This charming stationery company is based out of Florida, and produces thoughtful and well designed pieces from calendars to cards, and much more!

4. RENNES: Rennes is a Boston based design studio.  All pieces are designed in house, and are either sewed in house or produced local in Massachusetts.  

5. FRESHLY PICKED: This company was started by a crafty mamma,  Susan Petersen.  Today they sell high quality baby moccasins and other clothing for kids, as well as accessories for moms.

6. THE EVERYGIRL: This is not only a fabulous site and brand, but they also offer such gorgeous prints, mugs, phone cases, and more! 

Have a fabulous labor day!

Jen & Jess

Friday, August 29, 2014

Life's A Beach

     Happy Labor day weekend everyone!! I hope you have wonderful plans, full of fun, friends, and sunshine!  Since it's "technically" my last chance to wear white shoes...I thought I would! (Of course that's never stopped me before.)
     And what better place to wear them, than Coney Island! One of our good friends recommended going to a Brooklyn Cyclones game, (the New York Mets farm team) on Coney Island, while we were in New York.  Having never been to Coney Island, or a Cyclones game, this seemed like the perfect weekend outing..and it was.
     Coney Island was packed, and beautiful! Bright colors, happy, sun-soaked tourists, and a giant fair ground! Who could ask for anything more?  
     I have been a fan of the brand, 360 Sweater for a long time now, but the price tag was a bit out of my sweater budget...then I stumbled upon a sample sale in Chelsea Market, and am convinced that Chelsea is my new favorite place ever.

Sweater: 360 Sweater // Jeans: Articles of Society // Shoes: Keds // Sunglasses: Fossil // "Camera Bag" Actually a purse I use as my camera bag: Madewell (old, and I got it on sale, but anything from Madewell is adorable!)

The Cyclones' season ends this weekend, but anyone visiting (or living in) New York should go! It is so much fun, and the park over looks all of Coney Island fair grounds, and the ocean.  Plus, it has the cheapest ballpark hotdog you will ever find! 

"Life's a beach" soak in the sun, run in the waves, and watch the sunset.