creatively inspired…

How did it get to be Wednesday already?

It’s been so busy lately, but I’m finally sitting down to write a post. Last Saturday, Brittney and I sold some of the stuff we’ve been making for the first time. We’re calling our little “business,” Chrissy Rox. Cute, huh? It’s a take on my first name and her middle name (Roxanne).

A lot of our inspiration comes from brands like J. Crew, Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters.

We’ve made necklaces, detailed shirts, headbands, pillows, door dressings, wine gift bags, tutus, and more. It’s been a lot of fun to create.

There is nothing like the feeling you get when you create something.

We’ll be selling our stuff online soon (www.etsy.com). I’ll give out the exact link once I finish uploading our stuff.

Until then, check our our little table from last week 🙂

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loving these…

What is it about a Friday that is so wonderful? 🙂

Here are some of my favorite websites and blogs I’ve found this week. Check them out as I enjoy the scent of a Bath & Body Works “Winter Glow” candle and my new/used faux-velvet overstuffed armchair and ottoman we recently found at a garage for $50 (can you believe how well it goes with the room??!)

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1) Poetic Home
This little site is full of lovely design ideas and stories. In fact, through Poetic Home I actually learned that I absolutely heart the Wabi Sabi style of design. It’s about finding beauty in imperfection.

“If you ask a Western individual what Wabi Sabi is, her definition will likely describe antique furniture and rusty patinas. Interestingly, ask a Japanese person the same question, and her answer will focus on emotions…”

Check it out, you might love it and not even know it!

2)seaofshoes
This blog is run by a teenager from Dallas. Yes, she’s young, but her style is pretty enviable. I think what I love best is that she pulls together her looks from vintage stores and isn’t a slave to what is on the runways now.

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3)The Bright Side Project
If you need a little cheering up, check out this site! It updates with the most unique and nicest art/home goods/accessories/food/cosmetics….well, everything really…
But the best part is all of the items featured are up for you to win! Yes, you can win that necklace on the screen that you’re drooling over. It’s a simple and creative idea and it’s definitely worth a visit to the FAQs section to see what they’re all about.

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raw organic sunless tanning

Well, I had my first organic spray tan yesterday and I must say, it was wonderful!

I have to admit that I am not a spray tan person. I love the sun. I tolerate the tanning bed. But I hate the feeling of “ick.” To me, spray tanning is “ick.”

I know the statistics and I know the risks associated with regular tanning, but I am a slave to that golden look.

So when My Daily Thread editor gave me the RAW Organic Sunless Tanning assignment, I must admit that I was skeptical. I mean, come on, how could something made from “all natural” ingredients still look and feel good?

Needless to say, I had my doubts.

And then I spoke with the owner, Tiffany. Her own personal story of surviving melanoma skin cancer really struck a chord with me. After all, she’s around my age. She grew up in the sun, like I did. She was also skeptical about sunless tanners, until she had no other option.

So she did what anyone in her situation would do: she hunted down the best sunless tanning solution she could find. And she made it better.

The all natural component of the RAW base is key, according to Tiffany. While spray tans are better for you than the sun or the tanning bed, what is really seeping into your body through the skin? Chemicals. Yuck.

The solution’s organic ingredients include, rosemary, aloe vera and a bark extract that helps tighten cellulite and reduce wrinkles.

Sign me up!

So yesterday when I met Tiffany down at her tanning studio in Inman Park, I was already pretty pumped about the product.

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The cool art gallery vibe of the studio and the one-on-one personalized attention to your tan didn’t hurt my excitement either.

After all the build up, it would have been devastating to hate the way I looked after my spray down (which took all of about 7 minutes!). But I LOVED it!

The color is fabulous! I’m a light tan color, I don’t look like I just stepped off a cruise, I don’t look like an oompa loompa, I just look sun-kissed. Perfect.

But the best part about RAW might be the price. Even with all of the celebrity-like attention you receive, Tiffany has made her prices compete with those of a typical tanning bed. How about $70 per month for UNLIMITED tans??!! AND you’re the color you want to be right away, no going four or five times until you see results!

Plus, Tiffany will even come to you if you want. I thinking “Tanning Party.” Who’s with me??!!!

won’t relent

Sometimes I’m overwhelmed at how blessed I am.

That’s not to say there aren’t days when I feel disconnected or distant. Last night I lay awake thinking of all the “what ifs” for nearly two hours before Michael got up for work, at which point I decided sleep had completely illuded me and I should go ahead and get up.

A conversation last night with my brother-in-law, Anthony, about “breath” and “spirit” has me thinking of so many things.
The rabbit hole to where this conversation led my thinking isn’t necessarily along the lines of what we were talking about, but contemplating breath reminded me how short life is…we will only take so many breaths on this journey and then it’s over. At least, our earthly journey is over, but the spirit goes on.

So what are we doing with this 80 or so years we’re given?

Don’t get me wrong, I want nice things, I want an orderly, comfortable home, I want a career I can be proud of, I want to leave something for the generations that come behind me. I’m sure Michael can get overwhelmed with all of the things “I want.”

But, when it comes down to it, what I really want, what I really need, is for the Lord to look at my spirit and say “well done.”

I’ve been stuck on a song that my brother, John-Paul, introduced me to recently. It helps put me in a spirit of worship and reminds me of Who gave me the breath I have here and now.

This is a process, but I won’t relent…

besame mucho

I know most of you have never been to Key West, but if you ever get the chance…go!

Having lived there for almost two years, I could tell you about all of the typical tourist places to pop into just to say you did, but I won’t because truthfully if you only have a couple of days or a few hours off a cruise ship, then you shouldn’t waste any time. So spend your time in the places with history, wander the cemetery (amazing!!), take a house and garden tour, or eat somewhere a little off Duval.

And if you do get time to shop, head toward Petronia Street. A favorite shop of mine is located in between Whitehead and Thomas.
It’s called “Besame Mucho,” which means “Kiss me again and again…”

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Romantic, right?

It is, but not necessarily in a “boy-meets-girl” kind of way, although that might be true as well. Besame Mucho oozes romance in a way that makes you stop and appreciate all the little things in life. From the music played, to the Moroccan glasses displayed – there is something just a little special about everything they carry.

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And for the architectural enthusiasts among us (me included!), the tiny conch cottage which houses the whimsical store just adds to the uniqueness of Besame Mucho.

Part of the reason I’m so enamored with remembering Besame Mucho right now is because I’m headed to Key West in a couple of weeks…it’s only for the day, but I’m excited to take Michael on a tour of all the little places I used to love.
Those out of the way haunts are what I remember and loved most about the Conch Republic.

Hello world!

Well, since writing is what I do for a living I have consistently shied away from extra journaling. I know, it’s sad. But, I figured (not to mention, was prompt by others)  that it was time to start a blog. Not that it’s going to be a big deal or you should care tremendously, but I hope this blog will become a space for all my off-topic thoughts, finds and ramblings.

While this will be a blog for both Michael and I, I (Christine) will probably be doing most of the updating. We’ll see if we can get Michael to occasionally make an appearance though ;).

Hurray for a first post!