It didn’t start out that way, but this blog has been built upon craftswomanship of all kinds. Its beauty is truly within the quality materials sourced by small local, national and global women and minority artists who take pride in the details of the handmade pieces they produce. The purpose? To empower the artists whose work I have fallen in love with over the years and create a marketplace where those artists can feel inspired but also supported, in their every endeavor. That is why (among other reasons) when I came across Santa Barbara designer Amy Digregorio and her amazing work, I not only fell in love with her amazing pieces but also came to truly admire the dedication and carefully crafted handiwork behind them. Her attention to detail, reliance on quality materials as well as quality pieces really sealed the deal.Read More
"With joy in her heart, she turned away from the busy Parisian streets, and ducked behind the Hotel du Grand Veneur, pressing her hand against the cool wrought iron gate. As the heavy gate slowly swung away on its old hinges, her senses drifted ahead of her, born on the wafting breeze that beckoned her forward. Inside the secret garden, roses in multitudes clung to their trellises, ascending into the blue sky above. Jasmine flowers sang out, enraptured, exalting desire. A warmth rose within her, too, as she paused, transfixed. And then she saw him, the one with eyes for her alone, her love." - Morgan TompkinsRead More
The side hustle is grueling.
The people who tell you its easy are lying. Because behind every perfectly polished article, picture, video, social media account or website, is a pile of mess ups, mix ups and pardon my french, but honestly, fuck ups lying on the cutting room floor that simply didn't make the big screen.Read More
When Molly Blanchard Dearstine, co-owner of Emma’s Daisyhill Farm in western Howard County, and Janice Ingson, yoga instructor, launched Yoga With Goats - Maryland in April 2017 the first class sold out within three hours, the second class sold out in 45 minutes and today, they have a waiting list full of people from all over the country.
It’s hard to imagine that only a few short months prior to that, neither one of them had ever even heard of such a thing.Read More
Here's the thing about inspiration.
It's illusive A.F.
I can't tell you how many times I've gone out seeking that one thing to inspire me.
Thinking that if I just go looking, then just looking will almost certainly be enough universal intention for inspiration to find me.
And yet somehow, someway, without fail, the more I look, the less I find.Read More
If the era of Trump has taught us anything, I think it is this.Read More
We'll get to that, but first things first.
What do you remember about school? What is your favorite memory? Who was your favorite teacher? What was your favorite subject?Read More
I've been in a funk lately. I've been letting things get to me a little too much, a little too often. This week, instead of letting it go, I engaged with a coworker who was literally upset about a coffee carafe. Not even lying. Like I actually got upset with her. My blood pressure shot up, I started to see red, I stomped through the office. And I felt justified, if I'm being honest, even writing this I still do. But also (thankfully) I know, in my heart of hearts, how ridiculous it all was.Read More
If you've ever stumbled upon a lush, green oasis in the midst of urban dwelling, you know the feeling of finding the city's equivalent of a diamond in the rough.Read More
Have a bad track record with keeping green things alive but love the idea of creating your own leafy retreat? We've got just the thing for you!Read More
The age-old, time-tested tradition of making a New Years resolution or two is upon us again. And sure, you could commit to signing up for more yoga classes, squeezing in more cardio, saying no to the carbs or eating more salad. In fact, I think you absolutely should incorporate those things into an overall commitment to live a healthier lifestyle if that's one of your 2018 goals.
But that's not all.Read More
With the holiday season in full swing, finding new ways to creatively tackle gifts for those hard-to-shop-for friends or family members can be tough.But one local business owner, Stacey Price of Shop Made in DC has opened her doors to provide a one stop shop where you can find all your favorite DC-based artists and makers in one spot.Read More
Some things never change.
Like the magic of a good old-fashioned love story gift-wrapped tenderly in the glow of the holiday season. Or as it turns out, the time-honored tradition of the wedding registry (although the internet has lent it's helpful hand along the way).
But what has changed? Well, historically, a lot.Read More
I'm getting to that age where all my friends are big time "adulting". Growing up, getting engaged, getting married and moving all over the place. I have a friend who picked up with her husband after their whirlwind Paris elopement and moved to Asheville so he could pursue a dental residency program. A friend who married a Naval Academy graduate and a month after their wedding picked up and moved to Bahrain. Talk about true bravery, sacrifice and just plain TRUST. And of course while moving somewhere and traveling somewhere are two very different things, it got me thinking.Read More
I raise up my voice—not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard...we cannot succeed when half of us are held back. ― Malala Yousafzai
I debated writing this because as a woman I have never considered myself a feminist. At least not in the not-shaving-my-armpits, burning-my-bra type way.Read More
Every year, as soon as a chill hits the air, the Halloween decorations start popping up in stores and we start pulling out the winter gear, I get this feeling of nostalgia. You see, fall and winter is such a magical time for me. Little kids in their cutie Halloween costumes, the holidays, Thanksgiving with the family, cutting down our Christmas tree, toasty nights spent by the fire, sweaters, hot chocolate, snuggling up with the dogs watching The Grinch. I love all of it, everything about it, always have.Read More
I am an avid reader. It's in my blood. My mom is a teacher turned librarian who read to us incessantly growing up. And in turn, we devoured novels in a single sitting. I read my little brothers the entire Harry Potter series in a single summer.Read More
Have you ever been in a situation where you knew you were wrong but you consciously made the decision not to apologize?Read More
On Friday night, my boyfriend Tyler and I met up with some friends of ours in Federal Hill for a drink or two. We hit the usual spots, paying the jukebox at No Way Jose to play our favorite songs, eating pizza at PubDog and making our way home in the early morning hours with the rest of the Baltimore bar-goers.Read More