A Little Mid-Century Modern Inspo

I spotted this Case Study Planter earlier this week and immediately fell in love with it. I’ve been wanting to add a few plants to my space — you know, decorate with new life and love — but I keep chickening out! Partly because I’m afraid I’ll kill them and have to face myself over it, partly because I just don’t know where to begin! Nonetheless, the planter inspired a whole mood board of desired mid-century modern-inspired upgrades. Hope you’re having an awesome week! (PS did you know that some plants can actually clean your air? I wrote a little piece about it for work… check it out!)

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Grasshopper Task Table Lamp
Eiffel Dining Chair
Jo Malone London Candle
Large Lucite Geo Tray
Gold Form Jug
Stadler Form Fan
Ferm Wire Basket
Merci Word Play Sign
Tropical Banana Leaves Watercolor Print
Case Study Planter

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5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Haim

Like many of you, I’ve been taken in and spun around by the 70s-inspired, R&B-meets-folksy sounds of Haim. Obsessed. In case you’ve never heard the name spoken, it’s pronounced haɪm, as in rhymes with ‘time’, and this sister trio has blown up in a big way. Probably one of the fastest tracks to the top of our time, which I love; it speaks to their talent. After all, their inaugural album was just released in September of last year!

With voices reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac and a talented all-girl energy not felt since the Bangles, these all too stylish ladies are quickly becoming a go-to on our Spotify playlists. Although, don’t call them a “girl band.” Understandably, the band prefers to be referred to as just musicians in a band.. why’s it gotta be a girl thing? I get it. Here are 5 things you probably didn’t know about Haim, plus a few of my favorite songs of the moment. Happy [Music] Monday!


1. They once embraced candy pop. Whatever. Didn’t we all? No shame. The two oldest sisters got their feet wet in an all-girl singing group call The Valli Girls, with an ‘i’ instead of an ‘ey’ of course. Cute. Gotta start somewhere! And let’s be honest, if we were offered a spot in an all girl singing group when we were 16 and dying to be famous singers, we would have done it, too.

2. Haim was just a hobby that the sister enjoyed on the side while they were busy with other projects.

Eldest sis Este, who you usually see on bass making her infamous “bass face,” holds a bachelors degree in ethnomusicology, which she reportedly completed in two years rather than the standard five. Ummmmm what an awesome major! I’m pretty sure that wasn’t offered as a concentration when I was studying vocal performance… talk about feeling gypped.

Middle child and lead vocalist Danielle toured with some notable musicians before deciding to take Haim more seriously. She kicked off a tour with Rilo Kiley’s Jenny Lewis, and also toured with the likes of The Strokes’ Jilian Casablancas, Scarlet Fever and Cee Lo Green.

And Haim baby Alana, who rocks out the keyboards and back up vocals, spent one year in college before saying eff this noise I just wanna make awesome music. Thadda girl! I know it was a gamble and all, but sometimes risk pays off, right?! And we’re all glad she gambled.

3. Seriously talented musicians. How cute are the family scenes in the video above?!I guess when your parents are undercover musical talents, you pick up a thing or two. Mama Haim plays the guitar and Papa can kill it on the drums. This reportedly made for some fun family gatherings! Now, Este plays both guitar and bass, Danielle plays guitar and drums, and Alana plays guitar, keyboards and percussion. Oh, and all three carry the vocals. No biggie.

4. The UK recognized muscial awesome before we did… again. In 2012, Haim signed with Polydor Records in the UK and later released their first single, Forever. They hit up a U.S. tour with Mumford & Sons then headed back across the pond to close out a tour with Florrence in the Machine. Later, the BBC announced that Haim had topped the Sound of 2013, an annual poll and new music review conducted by the who’s who of talent-seeking professionals. A nod to the talented group, for sure!

5. They stay humble and hungry. After all the hard work, long nights and grueling sets, they still seriously freakout when they hear one of their songs on the radio. Which I think is so awesome and adorable.

Happy Cherry Blossoms, D.C.!

It’s kind of absurd that I’ve lived 45 minutes from D.C. my entire life, and 10 minutes from the city for the last 13 years, and there are still memorials and museums I’ve never seen. It’s just too easy to take it for granted when “there’s always next weekend,” you know? As if the perfect marriage of time and sight-seeing ambition will just magically fall in my lap. Yeah right! Add to that that I went to school here and most of my best friends are also locals — I literally never have out-of-towners to entertain and show around — I’m never pushed to see the city. So this year I decided I’d welcome the idea of just being a tourist in my town. Which is actually really fun!

This weekend, we celebrated the District’s un-official start to spring, the Cherry Blossom Festival. And since I’ve made this new commitment to play tourist and experience and appreciate all the things I love about D.C., it was an event I knew I couldn’t miss. I invited the nephew, seen below enjoying the breeze in front of the Capitol and just toured the entire length of the Mall. My only regret is that I didn’t any pics from the river side. *sigh* next year. I’m just glad I finally got some of the shots I’ve wanted for too long. Now which to frame?! And bigger question.. black and white or color?? I think for the frame I should go black and white…

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Lucky You – You Can Buy a Little Irish Luck!

I remember spending hours looking for four leaf clovers as a little girl. Our neighbor had found one in the field by our house, and my dad had one saved in an envelope that he had found years prior, so I knew it was possible; I knew four leaf clovers existed in real life, and potentially even right under my nose. Alas, I never found one. Childhood dreams – dashed. Until now. Thanks, Etsy!

While Im sure I’ll still look when given the op, truth is I’m not too proud to buy what I never naturally stumbled upon, especially when the packaging is cute. It’s called outsourcing, so take that, “chance”. This is such a cute novelty gift, isn’t it!? Happy St. Paddy’s Day!


Motivation for Monday: Don’t Look Back. You’re Not Going That Way


Polished // Winter Pinks

You may remember by obsession with nail colors. If you follow me instagram you know you that my nails are rarely bare; something about having my nails done makes me feel like I have my life together, you know? And when I find a new color I love – on top of the world. So when the temps started dropping and my pink hues started to feel like a lie, I was so excited to spot some slightly cloudy and smokey versions of my favorite pink polishes.

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Here are the three I’ve trusted so far this winter. Day brighteners!!!! (To Note: Essie’s Topless and Barefoot looks a little more beige on the website than it does in real like – it’s honestly the most perfect winter pink of all three below.)

Also, Have you tried the Deborah Lipman Pro Gel set yet? MUST!!!! The cost is a little ‘whaaaaaaaa’ but hands down worth it!!!! More on that later; I’ve tried it with almost every other brand and can report the brands with which it’s compatible and the brands with which you get the peels.)

winter pink love

Debora Lipman | Before He Cheats (Also LOVE Baby Love)

Sephora Formula X | Dollface (Also love Breathtaking!)

Essie | Topless and Barefoot

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