Hello My Name Is… Jon Shockness | 21 Questions With the Musician Behind Kid Astronaut

I met Jon 4 or 5 years ago when he was touring with his [then] band Air Dubai. He’s a fellow Denverite, though I didn’t meet him until he came through Philly with one of my good high school friends. In the time I’ve known Jon, I’ve watched as he has gone on to create so much more in both collaborative and solo formats. His vocals are incredible, but Jon’s mindset is what inspires me most. As an inspirational figure in the Denver community, he takes his role seriously. He recognizes that his successes have given his voice even more power – and he uses it.

Color Palette No. 26 | Earthy Tones X Chihuahua

Nothing to see here…no I’m good. Yes my sanity is very much in tact and it is totally normal to have a color palette inspired by a teeny tiny little pupper. Real talk – I have been super into earthy tones lately. I think, in part, my brain is rebelling against all the vibrant tones I fall back on regularly. It’s trying to tell me to switch things up and challenge my creativity a bit more.

A Weekend in NOLA

Hi there! It’s me – the lady who talks a lot about all the things she wants to do and then gets overwhelmed and drops off the creative planet for a month. I had a chance to spend a long weekend in NOLA with my mom for her birthday and it was so refreshing. We went in with few plans and one goal – to spend time together.

Color Palette No. 25 | Lunar Eclipse

Were you one of the lucky people with a view of last week’s lunar eclipse? I drove out to Casper, WY with my boyfriend, baby sister, and brothers to see the solar eclipse that passed over the U.S. last summer and was super bummed to learn we wouldn’t get a good view of the Lunar one that just happened. Some of the images that flooded my feed were so incredible, I figured why not put together a color palette. It’s been a while since my last color palette post but I’ll be pulling more of these palettes together with inspiration from instagram (bc, duh.)

10 Ways to Nurture Your Creativity in Troubled Times

Creativity is a powerful ability. It’s a skill that is honed by years of practice and nurture. My belief is that creativity is like any other skill – you have to nurtutre creativity. If you neglect it and assume it’ll be there when you need it, it’ll abandon you. Maintaining your creativity is a holistic process. The world around you urges you to think one way, part of creativity is being able to ignore those parameters and see the alternatives.

What I’ve Learned From the Skincare Trend

Luxury skincare has been all over the place for the last few years. Everything from the relatively attainable Glossier, to the more luxe Sunday Riley have dominated my newsfeeds in both ad and influencer spotlight form for quite a while now.

Spring Fashion Trends 2018

Remember in The Devil Wears Prada when Meryl Streep’s character get’s super sassy and says: “Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking”. Well that’s kind of what I brace myself for every time I look at spring trends. Don’t get me wrong, I love when seasons change and there’s an excuse to go shopping, but spring fashion for me tends to have a little monotony that fall fashion doesn’t. There are a few things we can expect every single year; sure the size for the florals or decade of inspiration may change, but you can pretty much guarantee that you will in fact see some floral every. single. spring.

Building a Capsule Wardrobe for Work

Capsule wardobes had a major moment a few years ago. Everyone was talking about throwing out all their clothes and starting fresh with a carefully curated capsule wardobe. The idea is nice, but didn’t quite catch my interest. That is, until I had the need for a professional wardrobe. I am now very excited about the prospect of creating a work capsule wardobe. I do not often need professional clothing, but want what I do have to be nice and easy to mix and match.

Surviving Winter – The Best Winter Boots For Cold Weather

Oh winter, you necessary evil. Even as a cooler weather fan, I have a tough time getting on board with the weather when it drops below 20. The past few weeks have just been bitter and miserable, even here in typically moderate St. Louis. I took my dog, Harper, for a walk the other morning and it was 0 degrees out. ZERO. Even with two pairs of pants and an excessive amount of winter accessories, I came home with frost on my eyelashes.

Introducing: Christina Verbarg, smoorelovin’s New Trend Forecaster!

I am so excited to bring Christina on the smoorelovin team because her lens on trends is such an awesome one. I am all about quality over quantity but also enjoy giving trends a try. With her experience working in resale she is queen of finding ways to make ‘old’ clothes work for current trends. She is also and EXCELLENT judge of value.

Going Big With Mrs. Eaves & Finding Time to Experiment Creatively

I have been wanting to paint a mural for a very long time. In fact, it has been my New Year’s Resolution for the last two years. Over the weekend I went to a workshop on taking sketches from small to big scale – i.e. mural size, taught by Gemma O’Brien (so much internal fan-girling.) After the workshop, I can finally stop second guessing my instincts about the how of mural painting. Once my basement is not a flooded wasteland I am going to attack the back wall as a test of my new skills!

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