bloggers unite: my first out-of-state style collective meet-up!

bloggers unite: my first out-of-state style collective meet-up!

as many of you know, when i started this blog i was lucky enough to stumble upon style collective, a community of bloggers from all over the county that banded together to offer each other tips, tricks, support, and of course friendship! being a part of style collective has introduced me to so many likeminded, entrepreneurial young women who inspire me to continue producing high-quality, creative and original content every day. because style collective sisters are country-wide, it’s super easy to meet up with your insta-buddies IRL while on vacation… so i took the opportunity to have a few cocktails with kat pierre and karen edwin during my stay a the embassy row hotel in washington, d.c.!  Continue reading “bloggers unite: my first out-of-state style collective meet-up!”

clay trays for days: how a trip to michael’s inspired my latest d.i.y.

i recently decided to try a d.i.y. project featured on hgtv.com, fueled by the colorful and abundant clay aisle at michael’s. i wanted to work on something that wasn’t too daunting, but would keep me out of the cold for a few hours…. and who couldn’t always use a cute catch-all (or three) to display around the house?

welcome to my teeny tiny brooklyn kitchen, where  a williams sonoma marble cutting board acts as “additional counter space” to display my materials. i chose three pyrex items of various sizes (two bowls and a measuring cup) and three different neutral-toned clays. the first was a metallic copper, the second was a true terra-cotta, and the third was a grayish/marbled textured clay. i also purchased some basic sculpey modeling tools for less than $10… a small price to pay to not have to use my own knives!

the steps are super easy. first i rolled the clays out so that they were about 1/8 of an inch thick. think the size of a  ‘standard corn taco tortilla’ – yes everything comes back to tacos. next, i used one of my sculpey tools to cut my rolled clay into perfect circles, tracing around the pyrex bowls for symmetry:

step three is where the hilarity ensues. i stretched out a bobby pin and etched designs into two out of the three flattened clay ‘tortillas’ (the third, i wanted to keep super simple – i rolled three small bits of clay into tiny balls and fashioned them to the back as mini ‘legs’ so that the bowl doesn’t sit directly on the table but is instead propped a bit higher than the rest.) i digress, back to the designs: full disclosure – i thought they were super cute and i was excited that they’d be a part of my finished product… but in true trial-and-error fashion, i baked them wrong-side-up, so now my catch-all dishes have secret designs on the bottoms that are unseen unless you turn them upside down. #diyfail. there’s always next time?

fourth, i placed my three ‘tortillas’ of clay onto the backs of my pyrex bowls. i pinched the edges of the two largest dishes to create a ripple effect. then, i baked them on 275 degrees for about 30 minutes, and left them out to cool and harden for the rest of the day.

and voilá! the finished product. these nesting dishes would be a great (and personalized) hostess gift, conversation coffee table piece, or even a fun activity to do with kids!

i had a blast working on this, and i’m pretty excited to do it a second time so i can get it right! check us out on instagram and facebook for more inspo, and comment below with some of your own great d.i.y. ideas!

why 2017 is the year to actually keep your resolutions

resolutions are made to be broken, right? every december we make them and every february we break them. it’s this weird cycle that we almost get enjoyment out of. sometimes i feel like we make new year’s resolutions simply so we can talk about them for two months over brunch. i think we can all agree that 2016 was a wonky year. no matter who you are, there was a collective “hurry up and get the rest of this year overwith” happening everywhere i turned. new years’ eve was spent lamenting and ruminating. we’ve practically lunged head (and heart) first into 2017 with high hopes of it being ‘better’ than the year before.

now from my perspective, i had an amazing year. i planned my dream wedding and said i do to my best friend and partner in crime… went on an incredible honeymoon to turkey and greece, lost nearly 30 pounds, and put plans into motion to launch this very blog…. but i sympathize with the masses who felt last year was particularly rough. i get it, it makes sense, and were it not for the things i listed above i’d probably be right there with you.

so what do i do when i’m faced with doubt/challenge/bad vibes? i go above and beyond to outshine them. i guess it’s the competitive side to being a gemini. because frankly i’d rather have plenty of #humblebrags ready to fire off at all those springtime brunches than filling my winter ones with empty promises.

in a nutshell, this is why i think 2017 is the year to actually keep our resolutions. if we are going to lunge head (and heart) first with the highest of hopes…. we need to put in the work on the back end to create positive, long-lasting memories, achievements, and milestones that we’ll still be talking about as we’re ringing in 2018. memories, achievements, and milestones that are so great, they’ll take precedence over anything you’ll see on the news.  if you want next new years’ eve to feel very different than this last one – full of joy, reminiscing on the days that have passed – then the good times and good vibes necessary to fill these 365 days start now.

my resolutions: 1. keep the weight off – maintain – don’t get complacent, because the pounds come back way faster than they went. and 2. when the blogging gets tough and the content’s not flowing the way it needs to, keep the faith and find the post hidden in every one of life’s experiences.

one way i’m attempting to stick to my guns is by actively writing in a planner. usually i opt for calendars that can fit easily into my purse, but this year i’ve added an “at-home” planner to the mix. (get one of your own, and all the extra accessories, at michael’s) the “at-home” planner allows me to write down full thoughts, store extra paperwork, and really keep track of what i’ve done before which will keep this blog from being redundant. fresh is the key! feeling like i have a place to brainstorm, schedule and structure indigo heights gives me motivation to continue filling the pages of the planner – and the site – as we get further into this soft launch. if you have any 2017 goals that you’re working toward, adding some (really cute) structure to your scheduling – with room to map it all out as you go along – is a huge recommendation of mine.

if you’re like me and you’re looking to keep weight off and maintain a healthy lifestyle, there are many day to day things you can be doing to keep this resolution going strong all year long. weekly weigh-ins are a super effective option that is much healthier than checking the scale every single day. friday is my favorite weigh-day, because on saturday – if all goes as planned – i can reward myself! nothing better than going into a weekend with positive vibes, feelings of achievement, and chinese food. another out-of-the-box way to keep this resolution? plan a trip! nothing motivates me more than knowing i’ll be donning a swimsuit. personally, this tip does double duty for me, as planning a trip also means instant new, blogworthy experiences.

are you trying to be more kind to people?

have you finally committed to running that 10k?

do you want to spend less and save more?

put your phone away at the dinner table?

whatever the goal, the temptation to quit is not welcome in 2017.

what are your resolutions? comment below! i’d love to hear how you plan to keep them.

shop this post: sweatshirt – aerie // track shorts – old navy // headphones – beats by dre // socks – sweaty betty // gym bag fragrance – ralph lauren tender romance // planner & accessories – michael’s