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  • Look Book Styling with Give with Joy

    I was in a creative rut in the beginning of this year. It happens often after the holidays die down and those long winter months hit and it's super cold and I'm indoors a lot. I just feel uninspired and my creative juices run low. And I hate feeling like that. 

    I prayed for a new project to come my way that would energize and inspire me in a new way. 

    Enter Aneta with Give with Joy.

    I've been following Aneta for a long time via instagram and had gotten to know the heart behind her business and always loved her illustration style. So when we approached me to style and photograph her product in my home for her next look book, I was thrilled! 

    It was JUST the creative project I was praying for. 

    Her artwork is inspiring in and of itself but then to have the opportunity to style it in my own home and push myself to move things around and see things with fresh eyes was so fun for me. It definitely got my creative juices flowing again.

    She also encouraged me to use items from my own shop in the photos and she included some of my styling tips in her look book! It became this beautiful collaborative project.

    I'm just so proud of how it all came together. 

    Aneta puts so much heart and soul into her artwork and you can just see it. 

    Check out the full look book here. And snag some of her new spring items while you're at it!

    The Fresh Fruit No. 1 is probably my favorite! Close second would be the hand drawn florals!

    And I'm so thankful to Aneta for thinking of me for this project, as it lit a little fire in me. I feel alive when I'm making things beautiful and using the gifts God has given me. So if you think I'd be a good fit for your next project, please don't hesitate to contact me!

  • Capsule Wardrobe Trial

    Last month I tried restricting my closet to only what I would keep if I was going to do a winter capsule wardrobe. I narrowed it down to 25 items.

    I stuck with 5 pairs of shoes, 5 pairs of pants, and 15 tops.

    I stuck with mostly naturals that would be easy to mix and match and accessorize.

    My thoughts:

    I wanted to try restricting my closet to force myself to get a bit creative and also to help me land on my favorite styles. Doing this for a month was pretty easy. Obviously if you were going to do a true capsule wardrobe and stick to it as a lifestyle, you would add in more/different items. According to fashionmagazine.com, a true “capsule wardrobe was defined as a compact wardrobe made up of staple pieces in coordinating colours–usually in the realm of 30 items or fewer, including shoes and sometimes even accessories. One might update the wardrobe with a couple of new trendy or seasonal items two or three times a year, but that was it. The goal was to have a streamlined wardrobe of high-quality pieces that could be worn often and interchangeably, thereby saving money, closet space, and time.” For me and my trial, I wanted to just work with what I had and start to narrow down my closet and style preferences.

    The shoes and the pants were easy, I stick to my favorites mostly anyways. But the tops, I had to get a bit more strategic on what would mix and match well. 

    Pros:

    It was nice to got into my closet and not have to think too much about what I was going to wear.

    My options were limited right before me and pretty much everything matched.

    Everything I picked fit me really well. 

    (Which helped me realize that many of the things I didn't pick were because the fit isn't great on me)

    It forced me to get creative and try new combinations to switch things up.

    And to really take advantage of using accessories to make an outfit feel different.

    Cons:

    I really missed my more fun clothes. I did give myself one more fun top in my 15 but I honestly feel more like me in florals than in neutrals. 

    I got a little bored wearing the same things over and over, and I was only doing it for a month.

    As someone who likes to use clothes to be creative, I think this would be hard for me to do as a lifestyle.

    Overall, I really enjoyed trying it out and learned some good things about myself and my style.

    It also really helped me figure out what things I did not miss at all after a month and what things I had avoided including because they really don't fit me that well. 

    That being said, I've got a closet sale going on of things I'm finally able to part with after doing this little capsule trial. Go check it out, I might be letting go of something I'll regret later. Hah!

  • Tried & Tested: Gift Guide for Him

     

     

    I spent the first couple years of marriage striking out hard in the gifts department for my guy.

    We're both into giving surprise gifts and not just handing each other a list. But a surprise is only really great if the person likes it, hah! So I'm here to save any of you other surprise gift-givers with some tried and true gifts I've given my husband that he has LOVED.

    1. Eno Hammock

    Whether your guy is a hiker or not, this is such a great gift. My husband hangs it in our backyard during the summer and reads. I love to snag it every once in awhile myself. And we can seriously both comfortably sleep in there, nice and cozy.

     Also if you don't mind it in a different color pattern this one is only $34!

    2. Stanley Heritage Thermos

    This thermos gets so much use. When my guy is headed out for a full day, I love to brew him some coffee and fill it to the brim. It keeps it warm all day for him! Your guy not into coffee? It keeps soups warm all day too!

    3. J.Crew Classic Flannel

    You really cannot beat a guy in a classic flannel. And J.Crew makes the classiest ones around in my opinion. And if you shop the Factory, it's only $29!

    4. Traditional Safety Razor

    My guy is sort of an old soul, so this traditional safety razor is right up his alley. Wanna make it extra special? Get it engraved with something sweet!

    5. Jord Wood Watch

    I swear, I have never seen a man get more compliments than when he wears this watch. I get it though, it really is stunning especially when you realize it's made completely out of wood! This is extra special for my husband because he's a woodworker so it fits him perfectly. 

     

    Also I have a code for you guys to get 25% off ANY Jord wood watch so 

    just follow this link to save dat money!

    6. Pair of Theives Dad + Kid Socks

    I mean, does it get any cuter than matching Dad + Kid stuff?

    7. Stumptown Coffee

    Good coffee is always a good idea.

    8. Herschel Supply Co. Travel Kit

    Whether he's going out of town or just showering after the gym, help your guy travel in style and keep all his things together.

    9. Classic Macalister Boots

    These boots have held up so well for my man and they are so easy to dress up or dress down.

    10. Sudio Wireless Headphones

    These headphones are such great quality and make it so easy to just sync with your phone and listen to music or podcasts. Use code HONEYSUCKLE for 15% off. 

    Maybe a subscription to Apple Music to go with?

    11. Leather Magic Wallet

    This slim wallet was a game changer for my guy. He loves to travel light and this little wallet surprisingly holds a lot!

    12. Camp Style Coffee Mug 

    A manly mug if I ever did see one. He can heat it over the fire or warm it on the stove.

    So there you have it. Some tried and tested gifts by yours truly. 

    Give your man something he won't return this year!

    *This post contains affiliate links but all opinons are my own.*

  • Currently Wearing

    As this January has had some unseasonably warm weeks, I've been taking full advantage.
    Sneaking in a Spring look a little early for this month's look.
    Currently wearing:
    Handmade
    I might be a tad biased since Kerry is my best friend, but her bags and clutches are my absolute favorite! The black leather in this bag is so soft and quality and paired with gold hardware, I get compliments on it wherever I go.
    I love this little gold bar necklace and I wear it almost everyday. I actually won it
    in a giveaway that Callie Jewelry had and got it initial with G&G on it for my two little boys.
    I've had it over a year and it's held up really beautifully.
    Deal of the Day
    I could not believe it when I saw that these were $13 on Amazon! They looked so much like
    real leather in the picture and I was a huge skeptic, but for $13 I decided to take a chance.
    And I'm so glad I did. Perfectly neutral with a bit of flair, fit true to size and comfortable!
    They're definitely not the quality of real leather, but I'll take a good knock off anyway!
    Secondhand
    I've told you guys about ThredUp before but I just really love everything they do.
    Their customer service and free returns have been so awesome. Since moving to a small town, I've had to depend on online shopping a lot more and it's been nice to be able to find some well priced pieces online since I don't have the resources for clothing thrifting like I once did.
    If you've never tried it, use my referral link to get money added to your account 
    and buy something cute!
  • Currently Wearing Vol. II

    As spring weather gives way to warm here in the Midwest, I get excited to break out the clothes I haven't seen in awhile.
    Currently wearing:
     
    End of Season Sales
    I like to buy things on major clearance at the end of a season even if I know I'll have to wait awhile to actually wear it. Like this Anthropologie lace up, ruffle top. I had to tuck it away for awhile but I knew my future self would thank me for it. 

    Instagram Closet Sales
    I bought these Madewell skinnies from a friend's Instagram closet sale.
    But I also have several accounts I like to keep an eye on like @pennythrift and @co_reclaimed 

    I'm also shedding a single tear for the end of peony season right now. Until next year, favorite flower.


    Summer slides
    All I wanted this summer was some cute sandals to slide on as I'm running out the door that go with everything. These Blowfish Ginah slides in linen were just the ticket.




    I mean, when the baby is ready for a bike ready, you gotta be ready to go slide something on and go. :)



    Sunday Best
    I was raised that you get dressed up for church and I just can't shake it. I love
    getting out skirts and dresses for me and button downs and suspenders for my boys.

    This Noonday Collection necklace makes me feel fancy no matter what 
    I'm wearing. And I love the mission behind this company. 
    Check it out if you haven't heard of it yet!


    What's a favorite item you're pulling out of your closet these days?