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Lately: Get It Done.

accessories for my photo shoot on saturday

accessories for my photo shoot on saturday

I don’t like the “b” word. I don’t like to use it, and I would rather avoid talking about it at all costs. I like working, I like improving my brand, and I like making money. To do that, I’m usually at my desk, beyond the normal amount of time as the average American. As most people know, I’ve been rather of a hermit the last couple of weeks (maybe even months). I’m in a get it done mindset. Unfortunately, I haven’t quite figured out how to include writing into that mix.

So I figured I’d share a few things that I’ve been up to:

I find my clients are very inspiring, talented people. I’ve been blown away with everything each one offers, and I was very excited to help them with their branding and site redesigns.

  •  A Sweat Life: Jeana Anderson is the editor behind this guide to a healthy, purposeful life. She showcases the best gyms in the area as well as give awesome tutorials on workouts you can do at home. Jeana also sets up these monthly workout-networking sessions called #sweatworking. They are unbelievable – so much fun and you get some great goodies. I’m excited for her August one at Enrgi Fitness.
  • The Little Foxes: Ashlee Piper is the editor behind this advocacy site and resource. Ashlee provides insights on how anyone can incorporate cruelty-free products into their everyday life. It includes everything from food to fashion and beauty. I really admire her approach to it. Most “vegans” have a militant attitude towards it, but Ashlee’s approach is very appealing and will make you a little bit more conscious about your choices.
  • The Style Letters: I had the pleasure of helping Maria MacNamara redesign and transfer her site from Blogger to WordPress. Maria’s site is focuses on all aspects of style in a very endearing, passionate way. Her redesign coordinated with her feature in Redbook magazine. We snapped photographs as part of the redesign. I really love the one’s that I shot at 52Eighty.
  • Caravan of Style: Before I left for Madison, Monica and I wanted to revisit some elements of her site, mainly color. I used this pillow from CB2 as inspiration – to add more gold elements with a softer blush and black and white. Despite being a hermit for the past couple of weeks, I’m still on trend, because my work from home uniform is all about sweatshirts.

Last weekend, I took photographs of Jennie from Actually, Just Jennie. It was a perfect Saturday morning for photographs, and she lives near this wall of ivy that I’m kind of obsessed with.

I did manage to play hooky one afternoon. I went to the pool with Sam after I snapped some photographs for her. These photographs were my favorite. It’s the Kate Spade dress on a green background: it’s so fresh, fun and classic.

While I have been trying to get it all done, I’ve managed to still read to decompress. I finished Nora Ephron’s I Feel Bad About My Neck & Other Thoughts On Being a Woman which I loved and #GirlBoss, also loved. It’s been a good reading month, and I’m really excited for those future Wearing Lit posts.

Lots of cool things are going on, and I’m trying to soak them all in and enjoy it. This month has a lot on the agenda, and I can’t wait to share with you the other things! Stay tuned!

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Leaving or Settling

Leaving or Settling Photograph by Lindsay Humes

from the fireplace mantel

Last week, we moved down the block. Moving stirred up several emotions and reflections, one of which was stress. As my father highlighted to me, this apartment is the 5th place I’ve lived in 6 years; my garden apt. in lakeview being the only place I lived at for two consecutive years. With each move, I couldn’t wait to get out of the old place and into the new, and yet, a year later, the cycle repeated.

What is easier – packing or unpacking AKA leaving or settling? Leaving is definitely quicker and finite. Settling is a process. Even when everything has been unpacked, it hasn’t quite settled into its place and purpose. I’ve unpacked everything, but I’m still trying to remember where I put the olive oil or the towels, or if makes sense to have the chair on the side or in the corner. I feel like my body needs to respond to the allocation of objects and determine if it is logical over time.

Leaving or Settling Photograph by Lindsay Humes

from the dining room of the new apartment (a modification to my IKEA table)

Everything we need, we have. I replaced my kitchen linens as they were embarassingly stained (and probably unsanitary), and we did decide to upgrade our bed – which might be the most important piece of furniture anyone owns – to a king (hello a full nights rest!) Other than that, our vases are finding their place, our books are spread sporadically through the house, and we have everything we need to cook and eat a meal (also a basic necessity). There’s no new furniture or whole new decor scheme, because in the end, the furniture pieces I have do in fact have some sentimental meaning that has developed from place to place.

Leaving or Settling Photograph by Lindsay Humes

from the bedroom: books and art

I look around the new apartment, and I think it has a lot of potential to become a “home”. I probably thought that about all the other places I lived, but now I know why those didn’t work out. My experiences – jobs, relationships, friendships, etc – with each apartment define my sentiments to it. I’m curious to see what experiences will define this new place for A and I, what memories will shape its walls, and in the end, will it feel like a home…

Art

RK Design

RK Design On The Wall #4

RK Design On The Wall #4

I discovered RK Design, by way of Riikka’s blog Weekday Carnival. Riikka sells her prints on Society 6, which is my go to resource for non-traditional prints. I love how her pieces play on pattern, movement, color, and repetition in a basic, geometric manner. Most of her prints, though full of pastels, seem neutral enough for a shared-gender home. I’m kind of obsessed with them. I can’t figure out which one is my favorite, but I’ve got plans for a headboard/gallery wall in the new bedroom, and I think one of them would be a great accent. Riikka has also done some animal prints, from earlier collections. I kind of love the simplicity of this giraffe. It is energetic while at the same time basic and elegant.  She also makes jewelry, which if I wasn’t on a jewelry pause due to my everyday-consistent wear of Michelle Starbuck Jewelry (I see no need to wear anything else), I would totally be down for a pendant.

RK Design On The Wall #4

RK Design On The Wall #3


RK Design On The Wall #2

RK Design On The Wall #2


RK Design Pink Rock

RK Design Pink Rock


RK Design Giraf

RK Design Giraf


RK Design Sometimes

RK Design Sometimes

Wearing Literature

Clear Skin Detox Diet

Wearing Lit's Clear Skin Detox Diet Review by Lindsay Humes of The Garden Apt.

I discovered Clear Skin Detox Diet from my friend Ashlee at The Little Foxes. Intrigued, I purchased the book off of Amazon and read it in less than 24 hours. Shaheen, who also read the book and interviewed Lauren Talbot here, agreed that it makes perfect sense. The book outlines what foods help promote healthy skin. The thing I enjoyed about it was that it wasn’t radical. Talbot doesn’t advocated for a strict vegan only diet, but is very realistic about the choices and decisions one should make to help promote healthy skin. The key is a plant-based diet, and eating fruit in the morning (you’ll have to read to find out why this is key, but this has been a game changer for me).

You might be asking yourself, where’s the carrot print shorts? The chicken leg printed tee? Well, I view this wearing lit as less literal and more of a lifestyle ideal – stylish, simple, sophisticated. This whole ensemble would be great for my summer uniform. The days of wearing booty shorts and skimpy tank tops are long gone for me, and my summer apparel is now more reserved – tees with printed skirts, shorts with sweatshirts, etc. Not to mention, as I encroach on 30, I’ve finally become serious about skincare. I’m moisturizing daily, and I’ve become addicted to serums thanks to Laurie and Caitlin. I’ve also come to terms with the sun. As a woman of Irish-Scotish-English ancestory, the sun is not my friend. Spray tans are my friend; hence, the importance of hats.

Pattern Play

Bright Florals

Pattern Play Bright Florals by Lindsay Humes of The Garden Apt.

The popular sentiments of florals are that they are girly, ultra-feminine and pretty. While floral prints for the most part give off that vibe, there are certain prints that are more bold, more hipster, and more eccentric. This play on the feminine/pretty is something that I not only appreciate but I’m kind of obsessed with. I love the juxtaposition of a bright floral against a strong neutral – a spacious typography, a dark background, or to wear with basic denim. This relationship plays on the business-fun metaphor, i.e. the mullet: business in front, party in back. The bright floral is simply a more sophisticated relationship of business-party in design. I also like the fact that a neon floral isn’t your grandmother’s or mother’s floral. It is edgy and bold, yet still feminine.