There goes Ralph Waldo Emerson dropping knowledge like acorns.
I had the best gig ever last week. I email-interviewed Emily Brewer-Yarnall of Été Noir for @manoucheshop. I wrote about how that experienced helped me through last week. In the post (on my Insta home page) there's a link to the interview. I was thinking today about how some retailers market things as aspirational as in, One day I'll have ____ and then the world will know I've made it! The thing is, we're here. We've made it. We're meant to be wherever it is we are. I think one of the reasons I appreciate the work that Kim (who owns Manouche) and Emily do is because they've taken their talents and interests and used them for the greater good. I'll take inspiration over aspiration any day! Thanks @etenoir! xo Whitney
This beautiful day has me doing laundry, cooking meals for the week and dreaming of spring. What are you up to? xo Whitney
Love this kitchen by @kitchenlabinteriors Rebekah Zaveloff. She's one of my favorite designers. If you've been on the Oak Park Kitchen Walk the past couple years (Takes place in April and usually on a rainy day!) you've probably seen her work in person. A beautiful kitchen is a great way to make your heart sing! I just love the tile choices. ❤ xo Whitney
I read this FANTASTIC book called The War of Art. There's a review of it on Beauty Life Design. Every creative endeavor is a battle between our divine gifts of expression and the resistance. Our son painted this Darth Vader when he was 4. I just love his interpretation. Notice the red sparkly shoes. It's as if Vader just wants to go home - like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz - to the time before he crossed over to the dark side. Children are much more brave when it comes to creative battles. xo Whitney
Now I'm officially obsessed with this organic virgin coconut oil sugar scrub I've been blending at home. I keep some next to our sink and use it on my hands after I wash them. The oil is so much better for my dry hands than lotion. What do you use on your dry hands?
Yesterday I launched a new site for my friend Kim Shimkus and her beautiful @manoucheshop. We've been collaborating for the past several months in order to share the Manouche philosophy with others. The result is a site that reflects her kinder intentional approach to shop local retail. I'll leave the link up for you to check it out. And I may have added some great pieces from her shop to my personal collection during the process. ;)
I've been dry brushing for the past decade. It's a great way to detox your skin, improve circulation and it's so invigorating! I love it! A dry brush is only as good as its user's knowledge of the practice. My lastest post shares the why's and how's of dry brushing. It's a well-being game changer! BLD Inside Out! xo Whitney