The world is full of opportunities.
Every minute, of every day , the possibility of “something” is upon us.
We take a path. The path twists and turns . We then make a quick judgement .
Do we take the path in front of us?
Do we take the off-beaten path? The road less traveled?
Do we create our own path? Hoping it collides with a highway to the unknown?
Do we take that main highway? [The one we’ve been on a million times]
But as we see it .. That road ‘ less traveled’… Is unknown to us.
Others [might] know it. But we do not.
It is a new horizon.
And that is when inspiration can strike.
Inspiration comes in many forms.
A dogs kiss when you arrive home.
Seeing a beloved family member after many years.
A hot meal. A smile. A laugh. A movie.
[Yes. A Movie. Three words.]
A road less traveled.
An unknown destination.
A handmade product.
Made with care.
Made with Love.
Made just for you.
My world got the pleasure to collide with Alicia Waltz [Etsy Boutique ~ Dawn and Copper]
The designs are refreshing . Such creativity.
Her decor and handmade jewelry captures the beauty and spirit of the breath-taking Pacific Northwest. The rebel’s heart. The adventurers eye. The wanderlust spirit.
Ethical Fashion that fits you. Eco Fashion that fuels you. And your Lifestyle.
A land that ‘my pack ‘ will soon call home.
It was pleasure to feature Dawn and Copper on my Instagram and Blog.
I look forward to our future collaborations together next year.
Thank you Alicia for your work.
A small piece of inspiration.
A small piece of Art … That I can take on my small unknown trek.. Called life.
Go take a trek through these Instagram shots.
[And see how The Force inspired this photo series]
-Dawn and Copper Brass Necklace | White & Pink Beaded Hoop Earrings
Location: Blue Ridge Parkway Asheville, NC
” Chewie, We’re Home” – Han Solo
“Rey, May the Force Be With You.” – Leia
“Every generation has a story.” – The TagLine to a Great Film
“Same thing I always do, talk my way out of it.” – Han Solo
“It’s True. All of it. The Dark Side, The Jedi. They’re real.” – Han Solo
“Alicia, you rock.” – US
Quirky and inspired by collaborating & lifting others up,
Last weekend …. I got to adventure around a cabin nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains….
[Yay! Cabin in the woods! Cue: horror music interlude]
I had family in town , that I hadn’t seen in a long time.
[It was a blast to run around and act all ” touristy” in a neighboring town of Chimney Rock, NC]
So , let’s see .
Where do we start?
We got lost trying to find the cabin.
I got several bouts of motion sickness. [blargh]
But , we had wonderful weather.
And I had my trusty Pink Westie Sunglasses.
When you’re in a pinch, and feeling woozy from car sickness, it’s amazing how a good pair of sunglasses and a lot of ginger [can be your friend]
I stumbled upon Ramsey Supply Co. [Ramsey Supply on Instagram]
Each pair of sunglasses are hand-made, hand-crafted , and unique.
No two pairs of sunglasses are the same
[yes. That means no one will have your exact pair]
Each piece of wood is different, and they have a great selection.
They’re affordable , and come with a lifetime guarantee.
And here’s the best part about the company .
Their kind, compassionate, and a portion of each pair of Sunglasses …
Is donated to charity!
[I absolutely Love this]
[1mwave on Instagram]
One More Wave Surf Co. is a 301C Non-Profit organization the provides wounded and injured veterans with surfboards [customized for their needs]
Soooo [let’s sum this up]
*My sunglasses we’re hand-crafted and hand-made ?
*They are ethically made , family-run, and made in the USA ?
*The bamboo wood is renewable and sustainable?
*Ramsey gives back to those in need?
Just knowing that by getting a pair of sunglasses, you’re helping multiple people? …
They say , ” She saw the world full of rose-colored glasses”. I mean, they are pink. [Yes. Kind of like a baby/ rose pink]
And my weekend family vacation?
My mom & stepdad came to visit.
My stepdad has suffered close to 9 strokes this year.
He has gone from complete paralysis , losing his speech, motor functions, and has gone thru months of physical therapy.
I hadn’t seen them for over 8 months…
I saw my stepdad walk for the first time.
He is up and walking around. He is talking. He is laughing.
And my “Pink Westie” sunglasses were with me.
Sometimes …something as small [as Sunglasses] ….can be so much more.
Thank you Ramsey Supply Co.
We need more good.
We need more good companies like you.
I’ll let the pictures do the talking.
Quirky [sitting in the sun and Inspired] ,
It’s our day off.
What’s any good day off involve ?
Well , let’s see…
It might involve that whole ” Adulting ” thing.
[Ya know] Like paying bills , running errands, and grabbing groceries.
Closely followed by an amazing Enchilada lunch [I’ll blog later] and a good cup of coffee.
I almost forgot about the puppies.
…Somewhere in between that Enchilada Queso sauce and a Venti Vanilla Latte ..
We stopped for puppies.
We just happened to be driving past Brother Wolfe Animal Rescue.
[Brother Wolf Animal Rescue is a wonderful no-kill rescue facility located in Asheville, NC ]
Me: “Let’s stop by. We can visit the puppies . We can give them treats. And show them some Love”.
The husband [so smart]: “You’re going to get attached. You’re going to want to adopt all the dogs. And we can’t right now”.
Me: yea. No . I’m totally fine. I just want to say hi [he’s totally right]
[Have you ever had a vision of running in a field filled with Puppies? Doesn’t that sound like the best dream ever?!]
So. There we we’re at Brother Wolf.
Just walking thru. Visiting & handing out treats.
And then we saw her.
A little smiling face . Wagging tail.
The cutest little furball in the world.
She looked like some kind of mini- Aussie & Lab mix
Body and mannerisms of a mini-Aussie. Fur of a lab.
She had this twinkle in her eye.
We’d continue looking around, and we’d look over, and there she was smiling at us.
My husband couldn’t stop smiling.
As we we’re leaving, we talked about how she would be a wonderful addition to our family.
We named her Lexi. “Little Gray”. And talked about picking up an adoption application.
I want to rescue all the puppies.
Sometimes , you have to know when to give up, throw in the towel, or get a new sweater.
Which brings us to sweaters.
Do you realize how many sweaters are out there?
Specifically dog sweaters.
We ended up at Petsmart. Surrounded by dog sweaters.
We sat and debated all the different sweaters for our dogs.
Salvatore needs a rain slicker. The border collie doesn’t like getting his fur wet. Spencer [our mini Aussie] loves wearing sweaters. Plus she gets cold. And the one she has now is a little worn. So she is due for an upgrade.
You know , you’re that ‘Dog Parent’ when you spend 30 minutes debating over dog sweaters. Literally.
Pink doesn’t fit her’. The Velcro could be uncomfortable. The argyle square print . The argyle square is perfect.
We leave with one sweater.But want five sweaters. Sound familiar?
***[Luckily till tomorrow, Petsmart , is having a 40% sale ,on coats & sweaters. plus an additional 15% for PetPerks Members YES. So we got a $20 sweater, for $10] ***
Some things are unresolved. Timing is everything. We’d love little Grey. But, right now ,we have two dog sweaters. We don’t want to overstuff the closet. But we’d love a bigger family. Maybe sometime soon. I’m grateful for the beautiful family I do have.
Quirky and in love with adorable dog sweaters,
Celebrations are a time to celebrate.
Sometimes these celebrations will result in cake.
I mean, they should involve cake.
[In fact] I think everyday is a great day for cake.
I mean .. Why not? …
Bad day? Cake. Monday? Cake.
An already awesome day , like , Your husband’s birthday? A super large Cake. [duh]
I’ve made cookies, but would consider myself , a new baker.
I’m the cook of the house , my husband, is the baker.
Like. A fantastic baker.
I swear he secretly takes lessons.
He’s that awesome.
Considering he’s an esteemed “Hungry Man Dinner Alumni”.
So I had to step up my game for his birthday.
Snicker doodle Cookies + Husband= favorite cookie.
And considering ,I’ve never made him a cake, SnickerDoodle Cake it is.
We tend to not keep to many treats in the house.
[I have a bit of a sweet tooth] Meaning, I’ll probably eat it all.
So here you go:
Whole Foods “You Complete Me” [And My Grocery Bill]
#5 The SnickerDoodle [Gluten-Free] Cake
+King Arthur Gluten-Free Yellow Cake Mix
+ Whole Foods Large Brown Cage-Free Eggs
+[3/4 cup ]Almond Breeze Vanilla Almond Milk
+[5 Tablespoons] Frontier Co-Op Ground Cinnamon
+[2 Teaspoons] Frontier Organic Vanilla Extract
+[8 Tablespoons] Earth Balance Organic Butter Spread
+Topsee Tulip Cream Cheese Frosting [Icing]
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees
-Mix cake mix, cinnamon, milk, butter, eggs, vanilla
-[I started to use an electric mixer, and it started to fling all over the kitchen [yup], so I hand-mixed
-Transfer to pan, Sprinkle a little extra cinnamon, on top
-My bake time: 42 minutes [varies , use your best judgement ]
-For example, If the cake is still jiggling, it’s not done. Put back in the oven.
-Allow to cool , icing
Enjoy! [Try not to eat the entire cake in one sitting]
*Organic *Gluten-Free *Non-GMO *No white Sugar included
All my ingredients we’re purchased at my friendly neighborhood Whole Foods Market.
Fresh local ingredients – Always have a pleasant shopping Trip- Thank you !
What’s your favorite baked good?
What are some of your favorite celebration sweets?
This cake would be an awesome addition to your next holiday family event , party, or just because , CAKE
Excuse us, we’re gonna go eat cake [for dinner]
Happy Birthday Sweetheart!
Quirky and ready to bake more ,
[I mean… I don’t want the milk to spoil]
It’s wonderful when you get a chance to collaborate with others.
This past week , I had the opportunity , to feature my first boutique on my Instagram [and Blog] [YAY!]
I fell in love with the jewelry of FableBay on etsy.
One day it scrolled across my Insta newsfeed , and I was like ” Hey. ”
And the pretty wire-wrapped gemstones necklace was like “hey”.
It was like ..Love at first sight.
I like the idea of supporting a hand-made product, supporting small business. Products are made in the USA and you are supporting business owners, artists & creatives. By supporting small business, these businesses are able to thrive and in turn , support their family.
Amber who runs FableBay Jewelry was so sweet. She was open to collaboration, willing to make time ,for my little newbie blog. She personalized my stone , and got to work that day, and shipped the next day. Professional & Super efficient. The idea that two creatives could collaborate on a first name basis, across the country, is fun and inspiring. Girl Bosses unite.
Go check out her jewelry. It’s beautiful work. Http://www.fablebay.etsy.com
[Plus no stone is the same. Wire-wrapped. Totally fit my bo-ho rocker style …Unique pieces , what up?!.. I got your number now]
*[And if you follow my Instagram Feed, you’ll see a present discount code , if you make a $50 purchase by the end of the day. ] *I’m just saying.
Plus. You should be following my Instagram.
I post too many cute dog photos. [oh , & there’s the photographer, my husband ♥️]
Quirky , creative , and happy to collaborate ,
Everyone has one in their group of friends.
Sometimes we are the person.
Sometimes ….Like everyday .
I’m that person.
At the end of the day :
we just want to throw our hair up, put on our comfy pants, push play on Netflix, and cuddle puppies.
So here’s a list for you –
6 Signs your [That] Dog Parent
1. At the party–
Everyone : socializing / laughing / drinking
You: you’ve found the homeowner’s dog & and are laughing /smiling /giving big belly rubs
2. Go to pull out your wallet, results in a handful of doggie bags .
3. Rocking your new black shirt at work.
co-worker: nice grey shirt!
You: Thanks! It’s black.
co–worker: actually it’s grey. Um. You got some dog hair on it
You: Oh yea. Uh, thanks ! [everyday]
4. Facebook/Instagram/Twitter etc –
Everyone: people sharing their kids big moments , first day of school , wedding announcements , college graduation , selfie’s, etc
You: sharing your ‘dogs day’ at the dog park , on a walk, sleeping, wearing a sweater , taking a selfie
5. On the dog walk / any- given social situation
Everyone : dog & owner walk- by [nod /wave/ smile]
You: [as dog pulls to visit other dog , barks excitedly] “She’s the talkative one” “He’s the social butterfly” [awkward social setting over-sharer]
6. After a long day –
Everyone: sits down on their couch
You: the couch is already taken.
I’m probably guilty of all these things. [Yes. Yes I am]
Our sweet rescues are my world.
Are you guilty of any of these things? Do you know someone who is?
What are some of your humorous dog-parent situations?
Excuse me, I gotta go let the dogs out
Quirky and happy around my puppies,
I always tell the girls, never take it seriously, if ya never take it seriously, ya never get hurt, ya never get hurt, ya always have fun, and if you ever get lonely, just go to the record* store and visit your friends.
-Penny Lane [Almost Famous]
I’m sure when Penny Lane , said record* store, she probably meant [Retail] store.
Penny was very wise.She made great fashion choices, was original, creative ,was super nice, and always had on a cute outfit. [plus her name is awesome]
As you guys know by now ; I’ve been revamping my closet.
Oh. Yes! ..If you’re just tuning in .. [hold onto your butts]
I’m re-vamping my closet & style.
See previous posts [ “How to rock cool clothes already in your closet”
& “How to obtain a Minimalist closet” ]
It’s Monday. So I feel like I need an extra boost.
Ok. I need a revolution.
I woke up to fall breezes and puppy kisses.
So yes. I’d love to just go back to bed.
About 2 cups of coffee in, “I was like what do I wear today?
“Ooo that new chocolate creamer …I got from Whole Foods is awesome, Kelli stay on track.. What do I wear today?”
Let’s think outside the box.
My outfit is inspired by a TV show or a Movie?
[cuz why not?!]
Monday outfit is brought to you by my spirited closet , practical cheap finds, and the love child of “Almost Famous” & ” That 70’s Show”.
- High-waisted Flare Jeans
I didn’t think I’d want high-waist jeans. I didn’t want to look like a mom from the 80’s.
But these are cute, comfortable (soft!) & awesomely priced. That’s the best part.
You can find good deals at outlets. You can find great deals on the clearance rack at Outlets.
I got these at the gap factory outlet. They were on SALE + additional 60% off= $12 jeans.
I just wish I had a skinny brown belt.
2. Striped 3/4 Shirt
If we learned anything from Foreman on “That 70’s show”, a striped shirt is always a good idea.
I’m a big fan of blue, so I liked the blue-yellow combo. Soft, fitted , Stretchy. Versatile top can be worn with quite a bit. Would look cute with some corduroy leggings & boots. What’s better is the price. American Eagle Outfitters – Goodwill = $1.25 . That’s right. $1.25. You can find new-gently worn merchandise at Goodwill. After all [I am in the middle of purging my closet] whatever I don’t sale, I’ll be donating to Goodwill.
Now if this was an official, “Penny Lane’ ” style outfit, it would require a fake fur & sunnies.
[But I chose to personalize my accessories.]
*Engagement & Wedding Ring [yes. I know. I’m cheesy . I lovvvve it. Pun intended]
*Silver Vintage-style picture locket
[gift from my husband. Yes. I still need to put a picture in the locket]
*Animal rescue bracelet [proceeds benefit ASPCA]
*Survival Bracelet [you never know when you need to defend yourself against a star-struck groupie, box of dozen donuts, or rush hour traffic]
*Fake Birkenstocks from my closet [probably about 10 years old]Accessories can really tie an outfit together.
Next time ,I’ll totally rock some flowers, in my hair.
I promise.[ok. Let’s be real. this is a very tame outfit]
hey, I’m proud to not just wear Yoga pants,
come on … at least the inspiration was there.
So happy [fall] is here!
What are some of your fall fashion inspirations?
If you could dress in any time period, [what & why] ?
Is there a look that you love from a movie or TV show?
Ps. The pumpkin spice latte is back. [but I’ll bet you already knew that]
Quirky & flare jeans for days ,