Cute as a Cactus

Whew. What a week. The boy and I left a week ago Saturday and flew to Burbank, CA (yay!). After a fabulous few days with friends we tracked down a rental car and headed off to Tehachapi (it’s okay,  I didn’t know where it was either!) to help my mother-in-law sort through a bunch of storage. After a lot of dust, about 200 boxes and some good fun, we loaded up a truck, trailer and SUV and started the trek back to Oklahoma. Thus my extended absence.

We had such a good time traveling through California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. The boy even agreed to make a detour to the Grand Canyon! I’ll have a ton of pictures to show you later on but I wanted to share with you my latest obsession – a.k.a. the succulent.

By absolutely no means do I have a green thumb. I scorched an herb garden when I was 7 and that’s about the extent of my gardening skills (although I did grow a pretty mean bean sprout in kindergarten and some tasty baby carrots in junior high). I love flowers but never think to grow them. Particularly since I’ve lived in an apartment for over 10 years!

While traveling through the desert  I became somewhat captivated by all things cactus, however. And to top it off, there is so much Native pottery that it looks just stunning in. I wanted a cactus (I later realized I actually wanted a succulent, but you get my point). And then to my dismay, there wasn’t one to be found! We stopped at every trading post and souvenir shop along Route 66 seeking out the perfect little guy to no avail! I finally found one at The Big Texan in Amarillo, TX but just hated its “made in china” pot.

So here I am, sitting at home cacti-free and wishing I had one of these.

cactus inspiration

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She Says: Out With the Old, In With the New

Ever heard the expression “Living in the monkey house”? When you walk into the monkey exhibit at the zoo you think, OMG! It smells horrible in here! But if you stay in the monkey house for long enough, you don’t really smell it anymore, right? Everyone else who enters the monkey house has to plug their nose, but those who have gotten used to the smell don’t seem to notice it at all anymore. How does this relate to beauty? Getting used to your look, your style, and your makeup techniques can all be detrimental to your outward image!

You know that girl that always has the orange base line around her jaw? Do you think she realizes that she looks like an oompa loompa? Of course not. She thinks she is hot stuff with her “tan” face! Other people that she meets recognize that she could use a lighter color foundation and maybe a lesson in blending, but again, she has been living in the monkey house with this orange face for far too long and can no longer recognize how ridiculous she looks.

What about the lady with the poufy bangs? She loved how they looked in the early 90’s so she decided to keep them. Now she has become accustomed to how they look on her, and she thinks she would look weird without them. She and her bangs are happily shacked up in the monkey house.

And then there’s the woman who has had a couple of kids and has let herself go a bit. She started off by omitting blush and eyeliner to shave some time off of her morning routine. Nowadays the morning routine has been whittled down to the use of a hair brush and maybe some powder and Chapstick. She slowly cut out one beauty product after the next until she had completely crossed over to the homely side without even knowing it. She certainly doesn’t think she looks her very best, but has an “it’ll do” attitude about her appearance. This situation is a slow fade, but in the end, she and her housewife appearance have definitely taken up residence in the monkey house.

What these hypothetical women need to realize is that sometimes you need to look somewhere other than the mirror to see how you really look. Check out what’s current by grabbing the newest People, turning on E!, or just noticing what other women are doing. This is not to conform, but simply to stay relevant to what is happening today.

Think about who stands out as beautiful in your eyes. Whose style would you like to emulate? Who has the look and the class that makes you say, “She always looks great!”? I say Jennifer Aniston is a great example. Well, do you see Jennifer Aniston wearing 3 inch acrylic nails? Nope. Maybe it’s time to lose those. Is she wearing Crocs? Well, maybe those aren’t the most fashionable style of shoe on the market. Is her lip liner 4 shades darker than her lipstick? No? Perhaps that’s because that look does not work for anyone! It’s a harsh fact of life, but if it doesn’t look good on anyone else, it probably doesn’t look good on you either.

A good rule of thumb is to never go longer than 3 years without reevaluating your look and making some updates. Whether it be changing where you shop, your hair style, or your makeup shades, if you want to look your best, change is necessary!

Pardon the cheese factor in this quote, but “If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies.” – Mary Kay Ash

Image Credit:   © Lester Cohen/WireImage.com

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Simply Summer

It’s hot outside. Too hot for early June. I’m a Fall girl at heart so the only way to make through the scorching heat is to dream up pretty things to wear!

From top left: Handbag, Melie Bianco; Vintage Dress, adVintagous, Rope Necklace, The Vamoose; Shoes, Gabriella Rocha; Lipgloss, M.A.C.

How do you stay cool in the Summer?

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Sailor Made

I’m pretty sure I’ve never been on a sailboat in my life. But there’s something about summer that makes me want to hit the high seas – or at least dress the part!

Nautical FashionFrom top left: Striped Tee + Gold Coin Necklace, Modcloth; Shorts, Topshop; Canvas Wedges, Urban Outfitters; Handbag, Lucky

What’s your favorite summer style?

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New Accessories for the Bridal Party

Well now. Wedding season is off and in full swing! This week I’ve had the pleasure of dressing some lovely girls in these oh-so-feminine dollops!

If you’d like one of these for your very own, check them out in the shop!

And watch out…today I’m working on a lovely hair piece for the blushing bride!

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A Day at the Zoo

Today we spent the afternoon with friends at the zoo! I love the zoo. Even thought it’s only a few miles from our house I haven’t been in almost 8 years! Absurd, considering my love for all things furry and four-legged! Some of my favorites of the day were:

This guy:

His name is Bixby. He’s a goat.

I could watch these guys all day. Quite the entertainers!

And finally, nothing gets cuter than this little doll! This isn’t the actual OKC red panda but my goodness he’s a sweetheart!

What did you do on this lovely Memorial Day?

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Artists I Love: Pamela Michelle

Located in a small studio in Dallas, TX, Pamela Michelle creates and designs original artwork in wood, on canvas and on paper that you can wear, hang, love and enjoy. Pamela and I have both been vendors in a few shows around the Midwest and let me tell you, she’s a sweetheart. Along with her main man, Dylan (a.k.a. Dowdy Studio), these two make a fabulous team!

I own this little Foxy Fox!

The Crafty Duo at Renegade

Visit Pamela Michelle to find some of the most darling, thoughtful illustration for miles!

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