YUM!

Is it 5 o’clock yet?

A Blushed Life

I don’t know about you guys but this week has been crazy, I’m ready for a drink. and it’s not even 5 yet. I think I was ready for one by 11am, actually. Between new samples arriving, prepping for ATL market, photoshopping new products, etc…I’m about to lose my shit. This is going to be an expensive, but hopefully awesome trip. We got a ton of new samples to take down there this week, as I mentioned in an earlier post, and that included about 25 new pillow styles and 8 new scarf styles. It feels like Christmas every time a package comes in with new samples. There isn’t a better feeling than pulling something out of the box and thinking “I designed this myself!” We got some of our spring/summer scarf styles and I’ll be doing a post later with all of the different ways you can wear them. I’m super excited about them! The only problem I have now is our sweet little designs are taking up all of my space and until yesterday I was literally swimming through pillows and practically doing hopscotch over cocktail napkins just to get around.

So about those pillows…Guess what? I shipped them all down to ATL yesterday, as well as my beloved faux bamboo chairs. The girl who handles all of our shipping is awesome, and they were busy so she told me she’d email me our invoice and I could come pay it tomorrow. $450 and an anxiety attack later, I’m at home now stressing about everything getting there safely, on time, and to our booth. Does anyone else have starting-a-business-is-terrifying freak out moments like I do? They seriously suck.

Well, I think I deserve a good, stiff drink tonight and found this cocktail recipe on Pinterest.

YUM!

YUM!

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Uh, YUM! And easy too. I think 2-3 of these could help settle my nerves about everything, and now that it’s almost 5 I should probably get a head start on making one. Tomorrow is Friday and I couldn’t be happier about that!

Golden Lady 6 by Mia Oatley

Art Obsession: Mia Oatley

Art Obsession

It’s Monday again, yay! I wish I really felt like that today, but we just received a huge shipment of new scarf and pillow samples for Atlanta Market and I’m running around like a crazy lady. I am up to my ears in pillows and scarves. Literally. This is my current couch situation:

Christie's current couch situation.

Christie’s current couch situation.

And that’s only half of the pillows and doesn’t include glasses, dinnerware, scarves, cocktail napkins, etc. I’m going to need a warehouse before I lose my mind. Anyway, before my ADD gets the best of me, back to what I meant to write about in the first place: Art!

I always find new artists on Instagram. Before long I’m going to be known as the girl who trolls Instagram for art and artists. Sometimes I feel kind of like Kristen Duote from Vanderpump Rules, except instead of trolling for dirt on Tom Sandoval, I look for funky colorful paintings & drawings. That’s not creepy, right? Btw, if you don’t watch that show, you should.

Recently I came across Mia Oatley, an artist out of Australia. She’s been in the art scene for 10 years, and according to her bio, has shown her work all over Australia, and in Paris, Germany, Holland, NZ, Japan, and the US. Pretty awesome! I took a look at some of her work and was obviously drawn to her use of bright color, but I also really like the way she sketches figures and bodies. It’s very simple, and everything blends well together. Just take a look at a couple of my favorites below!

Essence of Paradise by Mia Oatley

Essence of Paradise by Mia Oatley

Golden Lady 6 by Mia Oatley

Golden Lady 6 by Mia Oatley

Spotman by Mia Oatley

Spotman by Mia Oatley

An Ordinary Eden by Mia Oatley

An Ordinary Eden by Mia Oatley

Aren’t they such interesting pieces? The first and last pieces are limited edition giclee prints, and the two in the middle are original drawings. They are also reasonably priced, ranging from $120 AUD to $350 AUD, approximately $98-$288 in USD. I love the Golden Lady 6 drawing, and if we do well enough at market, I might need to treat myself to that piece if it’s still available in a couple of weeks. Check out all of her available stuff here. She ships worldwide–I checked! And be sure to check her Instagram account out as well because it’s full of some really cute stuff.

Anyway, I need to get back to trying to find room for all of the new stuff we got today. And hopefully I won’t go nuts in the process. Happy Monday!

 

Fresh Skincare

A Winter Must-Have by Fresh

A Blushed Life

I’m a total Sephora junkie. I literally cannot walk into that store without spending $100. I’m not kidding, the girls that work there know me by name and the last time I walked in one went “We haven’t seen you in awhile!” Because I go there so often, I get lots of different product samples. Some I get at checkout, and some I get because I ask for them. Just an FYI, they will give you samples of products if you want to try something out first, so just ask! Last time I ordered something online I used one of the online promo codes and got a bag full of sample goodies. It was probably the last thing I need since my bathroom is already overflowing with half-used facial creams, eye creams, etc. Most of the products that I got were ok, but one really stood out and I think I’m going to have to break down and buy the regular sized bottle–Fresh’s Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil.

Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil

Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil

I’ve always been pretty lucky because I have “normal” skin (Thanks, Mom!) which doesn’t dry out much, I rarely get a blemish, and it’s never oily either. But, it’s that time of the year when your skin gets a little dry and uncomfortable because it’s cold. I use a regular moisturizer and my skin looks alright, but I started using this oil prior to putting on the moisturizer and I think it makes a huge difference. My skin is so much softer. I’ve used oils by Algenist, Josie Maran, and Tarte, but I think this one is the best. It’s a little bit thicker than the others and I think my skin absorbs it a little bit better, which gives it a better glow overall because it doesn’t just sit on your skin. If it isn’t absorbed well–you’ll look shiny. It smells really good too! That’s a big thing for me…if I don’t like the smell, I’m not wearing it. I don’t care how great it makes me look. I even put a couple of drops on my legs because they actually do get really dry during the winter months. I think it’s helped them as well. Fresh also has a body oil, which I will be picking up for my legs so I don’t waste all of my face oil on them! The face oil not terribly expensive either. You can pick up the smaller bottle (0.5 oz) for $18.50 or the larger (1.6 oz) for $50.

Just a head’s up, there’s a little trick to putting oils on, which I didn’t know about at first. When I got my first oil sample I dripped it into my hand and rubbed it all over my face and hated how shiny I was for the rest of the day. I mentioned this to one of the girls at the store and she laughed and said, “That’s NOT how you want to apply it!” Apparently you’re supposed to put about 1-2 drops into the palm of your hand, rub your hands together to warm it up, and then lightly pat it all over your face. So if you use oils under your moisturizers, remember that! Using too much is probably asking for a breakout. Anyway, I’m off to make pillows and cocktail napkins for the rest of the day, yay! Have a fantastic Sunday!