Archive for July 25, 2014

Garden State

2103bdae3e35faa4c40d0510bbf0971c

Growing your own greens (+ reds + oranges, for that matter) is one of the basic and yet most rewarding hobbies around.Nothing tastes quite as sweet as a tomato picked right from the vibe.  And watching the mere act of daily watering turn seeds to stems really is exciting.

Beyond that, the pursuits of a horticulturalist are truly grounding, forcing you to reconnect with the simple beauty of life; a crucial reminder that even the smallest + most basic acts affect us. It’s a lesson our mothers taught us from day one, but yet we so frequently sacrifice self-care for survival. It doesn’t take a lot to nourish soul, skin, + everything in between, but there’s always something we can deem more pressing. And so a reminder from a different mother is what we really need to realign our priorities.

But first, we plant.  While it may be well beyond the season for sowing your summer seeds, there’s an entire crop just waiting to be planted for the autumn months ahead. Here’s a handy growing guide of what to plant in July.

Woods-Wallpaper copy

Likewise, apply a good dose of that same kind sentiment inwards. Swap the takeout for a home cooked meal. Meditate. Get an actual eight hours of sleep. A small act can make a mountain of difference.

Image via anthropologie.

Kyoto, Kokomo, Kimono

Char_03_134

Kimonos seem to have been a summer staple this year – the silky, the satiny, the fringy, the flowery.  All sorts of the billowing boudoir basic have come en vogue and not a moment too soon.  The floral patterns, the airy yet elegant structure of their design, the  vintage vibe…kimonos are the perfect pick to bring a laid-back look from “beach-bound” to “out on the town”, or any area in between.  Here are a few current favorites…

But in all honesty, I’m too much of a purist to pick my poncho from a mass retailer.  Especially when such a style harkens so strongly to the one-of-a-kind variety.  Enter Etsy seller shevamps.  I don’t know how I stumbled across these, but they are absolutely astonishing.  And the best part is, each one is unique, which is probably the best part.  You can even create a custom order, if you so desire.  Truly beyond beautiful.

il_570xN.464009403_6h2f

You can check out her shop here, and it looks like she’s just recently started a website at www.shevamps.com.

Images via spelldesigns, shevamps.