Spring 2015 Nail Colors

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Happy Marathon Monday, Boston friends! It might be a little dreary today, but we’re dreaming of bright and springy manis. Whether you’re picking a color at the salon, or doing your nails at home, it’s time to trade out those winter colors for something more fun! Spring nail colors can range anywhere from pastels and neutrals to shimmery and saturated colors, whichever you choose – just make sure they make you excited for sunnier weather!


Formula X in Lively
Nails Inc. Luxe Boho in Coral
Butter London in Artful Dodger
Sally Hansen in Sheer Ecstacy
Essie in Resort Fling
OPI in Pompeii Purple


 

Sweet Beats // April 2015

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This weekend we’ll be throwing a big birthday bash for several friends/roommates in Boston, so naturally I’m in party playlist mode. I will warn you, this mix is pretty random. You may think at one point that I’ve gone a little mental, but it’s pretty much just a sample mix of a much more epically-scaled one that I’ve created for the night-of. I spared you all of the Whitney Houston and Bruce Springsteen, but that’s not to say that they won’t be played. OH, they’ll be played.

Click here for a link on Spotify


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01. soul man // save & dave

02. me, myself & i // de la soul

03. kryponite – feat. big boi // big boi

04. bassment party // the cool kids

05. the seed (2.0) // the roots

06. should i stay or should i go // the clash

07. it’s tricky // run-dmc

08. roses // outlkast

09. got to give it up (part 1) // marvin gaye

10. let’s dance // ramones

11. rock & roll // the velvet underground

12. all caps // madvillain

13. restless leg // har mar superstar

14. we don’t sleep // har mar superstar

15. new beat // toro y moi


Music Festival Packing List

Reg and I went to Bonnaroo a few times in college and boy did we wish we had some guidance that first year! Between the extreme Tennessee heat, the all-night galavanting, and the 16 hour road trip… music festivals can do a number on ya. That being said, having a well stocked bag can make all the difference!

01. Sun Protection

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You’re going to want to get some sun (and we don’t blame you — I could totally use some rays right about now), but that pesky heat wears you out. It’s inevitable that you’ll get a little color, but be prepared for HOURS in the sun. This gal above has it all right — layers, a hat & a water bottle.


Straw Sunhat // Sunglasses // Sweat-Proof SPF


02. Daily Gear

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You might be able to run back and forth to your tent or car, but you’re not going to want to — so pack a cute and useful bag. Don’t let it get too heavy, but make sure you have your essentials  – wallet, camera, phone, external battery charger, snacks & water bottle, and something to sit on to you’re not on itchy grass all day. Check out Lauren Conrad’s Festival Bag from last year.


Turkish Towel // Bag // Water Bottle // Phone Charger // Snacks // Camera


03. Beauty

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Pretty hippie hair and festivals sort of come hand-in-hand. But to be totally honest, you won’t be showering nearly as often as you’re used to. It helps to be prepared with handy toiletries to help you feel glow-y, not smelly. On the plus side, dirty hair usually makes cool braided styles much more easily!


Dry Shampoo (this brand comes in different hair colors!) // Head Bands // Mattifying Moisturizer // Water-Proof Mascara // Yes to Cucumbers Face Towels // Bobby Pins


04. Trendy Clothing

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These days music festivals are almost more about the fashion than the music! Standard outfit rules just don’t apply here, and it’s the only time where it feels totally appropriate to wear fringe, a flower crown, and those random metallic tattoos you bought on Etsy one night. Feel free to get a little weird!


Bathing Suit // Flouncy Skirt // Rain Boots //  Lacy Bralette // Strappy Sandals // Tunic Dress // Denim Shorts // Temporary Metallic Tattoos //



05. The Real Clothes

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You know what most people don’t tell you about when it comes to camping? It’s FREEZING at night! So here you are packed for your cute sunny outfits, and all of a sudden you’re scrambling for appropriate sleepwear. You can still look good while being comfy, ladies — we live at the perfect time where it’s acceptable to go out in joggers and slouchy graphic sweatshirts — so use that! You’re going to be tired, hung over, deydrated and wishing for anything but your shortest jorts pretty fast. It’s going to feel amazing to pull those leggings on. Before you leave, mentally put together some outfits revolving around your comfiest joggers, so you know exactly how to dress down.


 Cozy Sweatshirt // Joggers // All-Purpose Leggings // Slouchy Tee // Chunky socks // Breathable Sports Bra // More Undies Than You Think You Need // Lightweight Sneakers // Rain Boots // Rain Jacket


Etsy Round Up // Vol 15

Guys, I went to a lovely concert last night (Sufjan Stevens), the weekend was wonderfully warm & I finally started refinishing a table for my new apartment that I’ve been meaning to revamp since college (4 years ago…), so let’s say that April is off to a good start! And this is why April’s Etsy Round Up is fun, colorful and inspiring! Let’s jump into spring with a bang!

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Those are some cute handmade S&P shakers!

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I’m thinking this bourbon & vanilla soap would go wonderfully with the sage & rose face mist

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I want to hand these out to all of my friends because they’re the cutest!

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Colorful Clutch
Mini Salt & Pepper Shaker Set
Sage & Rose Face Mist
Bourbon & Vanilla Soap
“Let’s Get Coffee” Letterpressed Card
20in Marble Balloon 


 

 

1 Item 3 Ways // Hooded Trench

Oh April, why are you so glum? Just a grey, wet, mess of a month you are! There’s pretty much only two things to get us through this limbo, and it’s the prospect of long summer days on the horizon and cute gear to help us through the New England downpours. That’s when the classic trench coat comes in. (*oh, and flowers – we’re cool with April showers if it brings May flowers)

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Look One
H&M Peach Handbag
Zara Floral Blouse
H&M Skinnies
Bella-Vita Rain Booties


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Look Two
Forever 21 Stone Necklace
H&M Narrow Belt
Asos Punch-Out Clutch
H&M Tunic Dress

Fitzwell Lago Riding Boot


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Look Three
H&M Striped Boatneck Top
J.Crew Factory Ponte Skirt
New Balance Floral Sneakers
Sam Edelman Beaded Tote
Warby Parker Banks Sunnies


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Artist Profile: Tara Shupe

Two Octobers ago I had the exciting and unique opportunity to be a Blogshop intern in NYC, and one of the best parts was meeting and co-interning with Tara Shupe! We clicked instantly, with people asking us if we had known each other prior to the weekend workshop. The answer was no, but we worked hard and had a blast getting to know each other and the fun students of Blogshop.

At that time this blog wasn’t even an idea yet (what!), but Tara had a blog, Old Socks and we chatted about her photography (which I didn’t know at the time was so beautiful). She was living in Stamford, thinking of moving to NYC and was interested in taking fern crown selfies with me (aka my kind of gal). Today she is traveling around the world, expanding her photography business and settling back in the midwest. This is her story…

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You get to switch up your focus and subjects a lot — Etsy product shots, European travels, Free People outfit shoots (uh, basically dream jobs!)— what have been some of your favorite career highlights so far? It’s funny because I think I always think my highlights have yet to happen, but I also don’t check in with myself as often as I should and tell myself, “look how far you’ve come!” Some of my personal fav’s though were definitely working with Carissa from “Us the Duo” (photo below) and being styled by Free People, also her wearing one of my deer antler necklaces while she partied with Fergie! I think for a while I got caught up feeling “cool” as I worked on large photo sets, or retouched for Birchbox, Clarins and other well known brands…but although I was learning I found the most success in seeing my personal work grow. Like having my first successful Etsy Holiday, (at least in my mind) or pushing my personal work with every photoshoot.

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What inspired your recent world traveling? How has the experience shaped you or your photos? Big changes were happening in my life and after making the decision that NYC was coming to an end it wasn’t long before I was searching flights ANYWHERE! I had promised myself I would backpack Europe before:
  1. I got married
  2. Turned 30
  3. Left NY – simply bc of flight costs

I still have a few years left before 30, but I made the decision, bought a flight and had about six weeks to plan my month long journey! It was a pretty emotional/crazy last month as I sold almost everything I owned and said bye to people and a place I loved. I was with my best friend the first ten days and then completely alone for 11 days before meeting up with my cousin in Lisbon. Traveling with my camera is never boring, and I actually found I really loved traveling alone…there was something empowering about relying only on myself and at times laughing with myself.

Besides your art, what else do you like to fill your time with? Collin (my Fiance) and I love to travel, and we’ve always been long distance so I think it has really created this love for adventure and traveling between the two of us. I also love being outdoors, or working with my hands on misc. projects – these days crafting for the Etsy Shop.

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You’re originally from Missouri, studied in Iowa, lived in Connecticut and NYC, and now have settling back in Kansas City – have you found a difference between the Midwest and the East Coast as far as inspiration goes? They’re inspiring in so many different ways. The Midwest connects with my soul – I’m inspired by the quiet of nature. It recharges me when I’m not always able to be amongst the craziness. The East Coast however is a creative Mecca! It’s screaming at you everywhere you go and you’re constantly inspired at the talent you see. However, for me it could feel overwhelming, especially if I couldn’t find a balance. At times I think I found that balance, but I was desperate for that mental break to calm my creative mind.

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How has your work progressed over the years — either aesthetically or content wise? Oh man…I love seeing progression in my work and the day I don’t I’ll be quite worried! I would say the biggest changes are in my editing styles. I’m not sure at first I was doing it consciously, but over time it’s molded into a style filled with dark/muted tones with a very intimate feel.

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How do you find a balance between your personal photography from the ones you make a career of? Do they tend to lead into each other, or do you like to keep them separate? I think I used to maybe feel that I needed to do that, but naturally they became one. I feel like you start to create what you’re drawn to and love anyway, so having two styles wouldn’t make sense unless you’re just experimenting. I like to have fun with different editing styles, and I’ve started playing around with Polaroids that I wouldn’t consider my “professional” work. I of course have hopes that some day somebody will be paying me for them! ;)Inspiration can spark from anywhere – memories, places, books, music – what do you like to use as tools to stay enlightened? I should try to be better at this, but my personal muse is my alone time. Sitting, meditating, coffee drinking and really getting in my own head. I like to step away from pinterest and so many common creative “outlets” that can make my ideas foggy with too many ideas and really focus on what I’m really trying to do. I also get inspired by listening or interacting with people that I look up to or admire and it really encourages me to keep following my dreams. Recently I helped contribute to an amazing heartfelt workshop, called Monarch and I left feeling ready to conquer the world!

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Do your photos tend to portray your general personal style? Or would you say you use it more as an outlet to express something you may ordinarily not? Absolutely! I think one thing I’m the most proud of is how my style happened naturally. Although it has evolved, I never had to stop and say…and now I want my photos to look like this! I’m drawn to nature and my friends even used to tease me about only wearing neutrals colors, but there’s something intimate about connecting with the earths color palette.

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Anyone in the art field knows that it’s not always the easiest path to make a living out of — how did you get the business end of things started for yourself? Do you ever partner up with other creative talents, or do you prefer to ride solo? Let’s just say I struggle! There are still SOO many things I have left to figure out. Taxes have become more complicated, but this last year I was lucky to have a lot of longer term freelance work – which can be good and bad. I suggest really understanding your needs, like if you’re going to need really good health insurance, keep that in mind. It seems like with every individual client I figure out something new, (sometimes the hard way) but as long as I’m learning how to do it better I’m okay with that. I use freshbooks for quick invoices and love square for a 3% fee you can brand beautiful invoices and clients can pay with ease. As for collaborating, I LOVE IT! I can be a HUGE introvert and it’s easy to get into the “I’ll do it myself” mindset, but it’s been on my projects I worked with other creatives that I found myself wanting even more to do my absolute best work. I felt like people invested in me and it’s always a great learning experience!

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Any photo or travel gear you’d be lost without? I don’t go on any job, trip or day adventure without one of my three lowepro bags (1, 2, 3), and since I’ve had a lot of bad Hard drive problems, this is my go to rugged HD. And then I always carry a journal.

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Go to late-night junk food? Stupid queso dip & chips, and always hot coffee

Night owl or morning bird? I’m the most productive in the mornings, but I’ve pulled more than my share of all nighters to finish some things!

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Photography can require a surprising amount of confidence and knowledge — any advice you’d give a budding photographer? With very situation I give myself a pep talk. I tell myself, “look you’ve never came out with zero images you’ve been proud of, so keep calm and get into your zen.” For some reason that has always helped, but being mainly self taught there have been moments I have felt very self conscious of the middle aged tech talk – yes I stereotyped it! This has happened to me on multiple occasions, every where from the camera store to shooting and I simply acknowledge my humility and go figure it out for myself. There’s nothing wrong with not knowing, but understand there are far more important things than just having top notch equipment, like composition, lighting and connecting with your subject.

I try to explore new things, like shooting a single scene in different apertures and look at it later and learn what I liked or didn’t like. Take a reflector even on a cloudy day, ask a friend to assist you so you can try something new – make it fun!

A big thank you to Tara for answering our questions! Make sure to also check out her work on her facebook & instagram!

 

 

Pins We Love

Good morning! How was everyone’s weekend? Hope it was both relaxing and exciting all at once. It’s finally sort of starting to feel like spring around here (and by that, I mean that we can wear flats and rolled up jeans without our ankles shivering), so we’re feeling inspired and light. We feel like cleaning, painting, cooking, & exercising all at once. While of course that’s probably over-ambitions and we’re likely to only get one of those tasks done if we’re lucky, it’s nice to dream! Here are some of our favorite pretty pins keeping us inspired this week:

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Happy Weekend!

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Hey all, what’s everyone up to this weekend? Hopefully it doesn’t involve holiday traffic, but does involve lots of tasty treats! Have yourselves a happy weekend, and we’ll see you all on Monday!

cct // Gemma Correll does it again!

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cct // I’m loving this chia seed pudding trend (I’m a big tapioca fan), and this looks delicioussss

rkv // 8 things that never go through you head while on the subway

cct // These ladies are amazing, eat up all of their advice!  

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rkv // The Easter candy personality test

 

Loft Spring 2015

While it may not be quite warm enough to show this much skin, we can at least browse the web and keep our eyes peeled for spring deals! And that is exactly what happened with Loft. They are in the full spring swing of things over there and we are into it — textures, pastels and leather are the star of the show this season. Plus, they’re having 45% off of everything right now, can’t go wrong with that!

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Love, Want, Need // Bags in Bags

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So we’ve come to the realization that we’re sort of crazy nomadic bag ladies, and that we simply need bags inside of bags. We’ve been feeling very on-the-go these days, so a carry-all tote has become an essential. However, totes aren’t really any good if you just throw your plethora of things in there, hence, the secondary bag. Bag #2 is great for your cosmetics, or other random what-not, to keep it easily stored and out of the way from the rest of the bits & bobs you may have. We’re even advocates for a third and fourth bag for you extreme baggers out there — we’re schleppers, and we’re not ashamed!


Love: Target Geo-Print Bag // Forever 21 Quilted Denim Pouch
Want: Old Navy Reversable Tote // Forever 21 Southwestern-Patterned Clutch
Need: Asos Leather Tote // Artsy Modern Kissing Seagulls Flat Pouch