Saturday, May 19, 2018

Queen City Gems, Vol. 7

Hi, friends! You may remember I've started a little series on here called "Queen City Gems", basically, where I brag about my city and the folks who live here. Feeling really lucky today to be surrounded by so many inspiring people and ideas; here are a few I'm particularly excited about.

1. SGFCO Launches Instagram, Website and Product Line
There's nothing better than seeing your friends dream up a concept, put in the hours, and watch it come to fruition. There are a lot of reasons I've chosen to stay in Springfield and put down roots here, and a huge one for me is having a likeminded community. SGFCO's initial product launch features a shirt that says "This place is as good as any", and their message that SGF is "perfectly satisfactory" is communicated through stellar design that pays homage to features of the 417. Stay tuned for more to come, and for now, check out their Instagram and website.
Photo courtesy of SGFCO
Photo courtesy of SGFCO

2. Erin O'Sullivan's Final Showing of "Piece by Piece"
Erin O'Sullivan is a sweet friend, pictured in the first photo reppin' the SGF CO tee, and finishing up her BFA work at MSU. I had the opportunity to see her installation, "Piece by Piece", at her first showing, and she will be doing the final showing tonight. Her work explores themes of loss and recovery — how we pick up the pieces and move on without our loved ones in physical form. The installation itself is beautiful and serene; you will feel things, and you should go.
Missouri State, Brick City 3 | Second Floor, Room 235 | Installation open from 7:30-9

Photography courtesy of Erin O'Sullivan

3. "How Seriously You Take Yourself" is Perfect for Your Summer Playlist
While the duo's name is Ski Lift, their new EP, "How Seriously You Take Yourself" is made for all the rooftop gatherings you'll be attending this season. Ski Lift is made of Abby Webster and Trey George; together, they've made something that's both soothing to the ears and soul — take a listen to those lyrics.


P.S. Last thing, but there's a SSLYBY show at the Outland tonight, and what's more Springfield than that?!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Taking Baby Steps Toward Bigger Goals

The road to achieving our goals isn't always as direct as it seems. Ain't that the truth! My hometown has a lot of hidden gems (see proof here), and one of those is The Bravery Board. A few of my friends started The Bravery Board to promote mental health to creatives and others who desire growth, and maaaaan, do they do a good job with it!


I've been to most of The Bravery Board's events, which they host quarterly in my hometown of Springfield, MO. Each time I leave the sessions feeling awake and inspired — likely thanks to the fuel of Eurasia Coffee, where The Bravery Board meets. The gals who run The Bravery Board have wonderfully curated speakers and topics; sometimes based off of felt needs, other times they bring ideas to the table and ask you to consider them in a fresh way.


Recently, I had the opportunity to talk with my friend, Michelle, for The Bravery Board's most recent podcast. It was an engaging conversation on the topic of taking baby steps toward bigger goals — which I highly recommend everybody do! If you're in need of some encouragement to "do the thing", here's some of my most candid advice on the topic.




I certainly can't say I've achieved all of my goals at this point, but I'm thankful for the windy road I'm on as I'm making my way through somewhat of a "DIY" career. You can take a listen to my conversation with Michelle either on SoundCloud or iTunes. xo!


P.S. Here's details to this outfit: Similar Top, Wide Legged Jeans (on sale for $9 😱)!, Shoes (I got these in Hawaii last year, and now I will never not wear them), Similar Sunnies

Monday, April 23, 2018

Top Picks from Target's New Opalhouse Collection

Have you seen the new Opalhouse collection at Target?! The big box retailer is killin' it these days with a quirky, vintage and global-inspired new line. If you haven't made it to your local Target yet to snag some of these goods, I'm sharing my favorite top buys from Opalhouse's decor. Their kitchen accessories are so good, I could write a-whole-nother post on those, too.

According to the Target blog, they here sent their design team to cities like Aix-en-Provence, Lisbon, Paris and Mallorca to gain inspiration, and it shows! (Target, if you're reading this, I volunteer to be part of your design team. 😉) Anyway, back to the topic: Here are the affordable home embellishments you'll be eyeing this spring.


1. Rugs. Opalhouse has a ton of cute, small rugs for bathrooms, kitchens and the like, but this one stopped me in my tracks. It's low pile, wool and a versatile enough design that it would hold its own anywhere in your house.
2. This chandelier that convinced me I need a chandelier. Ok, so we rent and this beauty needs to be hardwired, so I'm not going to be purchasing. But the vintage-inspired design reminds me of some chandeliers in my friends homes that I've begged them not to switch out, so it made me smile. Plus, it's a good deal for the price if you're flipping a house or want a lower-priced fixture for your own!
3. The stand that will transform your plants from almost-dead to beautiful, lush and green. Maybe. It's worth a shot! You should probably still water them, though.
4.  Cute and affordable printed sheets? I'm in. I definitely would have registered for these for our wedding if Opalhouse existed 6 months ago.
5. Removable wallpaper! I honestly thing Target has done the best job so far of making wallpaper accessible, no matter your lifestyle or budget. Perfect for apartment-dwellers and statement walls when you want to commit, but only kind of. There are really so many things you could do with these with a little creativity.
6. Pretty sure Target saw this Anthropologie pillow I've been eyeing for a year and then gave us this.
7. Lots of the Opalhouse shower curtains look like designer curtains for only $24.99. Sadly, my favorite curtain is sold out already, but here's another option I like.

What do you think about Opalhouse? Are you as obsessed as I am?