From the Ground Up

Screen Shot 2016-06-01 at 10.16.47 AMIt’s been a while since my last post. I keep telling myself I need to sit down on a regular basis and write (wrote an amazing best high pressure shower head guide last week, btw)…unfortunately life takes over and my writing takes a backseat. So much is happening at the moment, I almost feel overwhelmed on where to start. We’re at the final stages of architectural planning, and at the beginning phase of construction. I cannot tell you the excitement I feel of finally being able to design our own space, with the help of builders Plymouth, of course.

The creative process of bringing a vision to life, has been and is, part of my DNA. Whether it’s working with clients, designing our own home or starting a new business venture, the creativity that follows a vision is really what fuels my whole being.

I love how my husband reminds me that everyday is another opportunity to design and live creatively. Outside noises and negativity wreaks havoc not only on my spirit but also on my creative process. Staying open and grounded to what’s real and true is the real work in staying and being creative. I’m so looking forward to this next stage of chaos…lets be real, there’s a lot of chaos in creativity. 😉 Nevertheless, I welcome the path that’s unfolding in front of me and I look forward to sharing in the journey. On the flip side take an inventory on what fuels you, creativity does not only live in the “creative” space.  Happy Hump Day, xoxo

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Finding Time

IMG_4921It’s crazy the balancing act that life really is. When we’re kids, the importance of being kind and respectful is taught to us at almost every turn. We hear, be kind share your toys, always say please and thank you, respect other’s for their differences, be grateful, have compassion and be happy for another’s accomplishments. But what happens to some as we age? Those fundamental teachings get forgotten about and our insecurities and downfalls start bringing the misguided and what I think, “the evil” out. Aren’t we supposed to grow old gracefully and with growing older comes knowledge, power with that knowledge and inner awareness and peace?

I guess in a perfect world that would happen, but guess what…we’re far from perfect. I could sit here ranting and raving about all the “wrongs” I feel people have done or are doing, but honestly, that doesn’t do anything except keep the negative swirling. What I chose to do is try to learn and go deeper inside myself so that I can continue to grow and share positivity with others.

 

I was given a book about 15 years ago that helped me understand and bring clarity to the happenings that were taking place around me. I think now in 2016, it’s time to bring it back out and revisit it. The book is called The Four Agreements. I highly recommend taking a few moments for just yourself to grow and understand “you” better. In the end what was happening around me, I was in control of changing. I will definitely be taking my own advice and finding time for me!. xoxo

Back to Reality…

FullSizeRenderThere’s something about the holidays that transports me into la la land. For two weeks I feel that I’m basically floating. Between crazy family moments, Star Wars marathon’s, New Years and the NFL playoff picture (husband’s involved with the Seahawks,) these two weeks are fun, relaxing and exhausting all at the same time. It’s a time that is none like any other time of the year, and once the new year starts, it leaves me sad that the two weeks have flown by.

So it’s a new year, now what!? I guess it really is a new beginning, a rebirth, that every year we’re given the chance to change things up. Maybe not huge life changing moments, but small changes that will shift our lives for the better. So that over time those small changes lead to big one’s.

About nine month’s ago I left and closed a pilates business that I had had for over 20 years. It was a huge decision for me for many different reasons. One, leaving a group of women that had truly become my family was extremely difficult. The comfort and joy that they brought me would probably be something that I would not be able to re-create in another business. Two, leaving behind an independence that I had created for myself was something very unfamiliar to me. I’ve never not earned my own money, and never not owned my own business. Making a transition into being “just a mom and wife,” however short that title may last, was uncharted.

These last nine months have been fun, exciting, difficult and frustrating all at the same time. Many lessons have taken place and honestly they really didn’t hit me till the end of the year. I’m in this unique opportunity to take advantage and do whatever it is I want to do. Not do what other’s think I SHOULD do, or stop myself because of the judgment and perception of others opinions. I’m honestly done with that thought process. It curbs my creativity and honestly I don’t have the strength to deal with others insecurities being put on me.

So here I am “back to reality” in this new beginning… Starting with my blog, I really do enjoy writing and expressing what I feel and sharing fashion, interior design and life experiences. I’m going to change Show and Tell Me a bit. Making it more “real” on what’s happening with me and around me, I think will fulfill me more than just writing my opinions on fashion etc. Of course keeping my privacy will be a balancing act, but I think this process will unfold in a way that not only will light me up creatively, but maybe will also inspire you to find your own journey.

I’m excited for 2016. For someone who has never been keen on the “unknown,” I’m looking forward to peeling back the layers and:

Work hard.

Talk less.

Do what I feel is right.

Learn from my mistakes.

Build people up.

Laugh often.

Stop complaining.

Invest in myself.

Dream big

Plan ahead

and Love unconditionally.

Here’s to my new reality. xoxo

Who Are You?…

DSC_9415As I was growing up my parents tried to instill independence, original thinking, a sense of “anything is possible” and most of all to not “believe the hype”. I didn’t always know exactly what they were talking about, or how it related to me, but over time and as I’ve grown older it has become clear.

I wouldn’t say that their skills of how they tried to instill these values were that great, but I think I learned more by their examples of how they lived vs just the word. One statement that always stuck with me was dad would constantly tell me, “Figure out who you are and dress accordingly”. As a teenager I would look at him and think, what are you saying? I would think, ok I’m 16, I know I’m 16, and I really like my Guess jeans! I was good with just knowing that about myself. Obviously that’s not what he was getting at, and it took me a good 10 years to really understand what he was saying.

There’s a lot of clutter in the world that keeps us from really looking inside. And I often feel that society is set up to make it difficult for us to really “see”. It’s much easier to bury our heads in the sand and not drudge our own paths. We have so much “stuff” (social media, societal views, our own crazy wheels in our brains) around us, that it’s difficult to sit in silence and listen to what’s inside.

As I look around and coexist with society I find myself surrounded by anger, lack of common decency and a complete disconnect to others. I’m not writing this blog to bash others or to write that I have all the answers because I definitely don’t, but I’m fed up with the lack of insight that we as a society have. How can we possibly teach our kids to have compassion and respect for others when there’s so little of it being shown on a daily bases. Now, my husband would say that the statement I just made is not entirely true. Yes, maybe there are plenty of examples of shit in the world (my interpretation of what he would say) but how we take in this information, how we respond to it, and how we allow it to impact us is what we have control over. Just because another person may not exhibit the compassion and respect we want, doesn’t mean that we respond in that same disgusting manner. Man, this is a topic that can go on forever! I’m not sure I’m smart enough to go there, so I won’t, but my point!?

I think my dad had/has it right…Figure out who you are and dress accordingly. Spend time in stillness and listen to what’s inside. Don’t believe the hype that other’s want you to believe. Get to know who you really are and what you’re about so that you are clear when weeding out the crap and recognizing the gems. Change starts with one person, I challenge all of us to be that person. We may not be able to control the chaos around us, but we can control how we move around it. This is a life long journey, not a weekend retreat…And to all the noise that’s around…We control the volume. 😉 Happy Hump Day. xoxo

Photo Cred// Nyanzi

 

Black Out

228d6d7eda9c9cd8771649bf127cb6b3As we’re getting ready to start the process of building/remodeling, my closeted interior design side starts going into overdrive. There’s a lot of excitement living inside me right now, but I’d be lying if I told you my anxiety hasn’t kicked up a bit. I have to keep reminding myself that this is a slow process, so with that, enjoying the journey is my goal. Many changes have taken place since the beginning of the year and it looks like I’ll be living in a state a flux for a time to come. In the meantime, studying interiors and architecture will be my obsession. Who knows…Show and Tell Me Design could be brewing for the future. 😉  Happy Hump Day! xoxo

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Photo Cred// Amber Interiors, NYC&G, Life.Style

Trend Alert

WOMENSWEARIt’s no secret that gold has made a huge impact during the past decade. Adding glitz and glamour to anything from skin, to closets, to living spaces. Now, kitchens are getting in on the action. Brass and copper is a trend that has been gaining momentum the last couple of years. Adding texture and warmth to a sometimes stark space, brass can give that bit of surprise that is pleasing to the eye. One word of caution, brass does pit, so it’s up keep may not be the lowest of maintenance. But if you’re anything like me…who cares. We want what we want. 🙂 xoxo

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New Year, New You

e385185d93523e547a3e6d46f3b0623eSo, here we are 2015.  The first page of a 365 page journey.  How will you make your year different/better!?  I personally look forward to living a life of more internal freedom and clarity, with my feet firmly grounded beneath me.  A conscious and daily practice to know and understand what’s truly important, and grateful for every moment life offers.

With that said, my love for fashion, style, interiors and beauty continues to grow, and where this journey takes me is still unclear.  I will continue to write my blog and enjoy every part of it’s creative process.  I look forward to pealing back layers and keep striving to live an authentic, complete life.  With my husband and my little boy by my side, my journey will be full of love and excitement.  And for that I am truly grateful.  I wish the best for you and yours in 2015.  I hope for all your dreams to come true, and that you may walk with love and peace in your heart.  xoxo

Call of the Wild

Paper-Mache-UnicornI’ve been obsessed lately with antlers.  Yarn bombed, resin, natural, it doesn’t matter I love the raw look of the outdoors.  Now granted in order to get antlers the unthinkable has to happen, so lets just say I haven’t had the heart.  In thinking ahead of updating my son’s “big boy” room I’d love to add a pair of yarn bombed antlers.  I don’t know if I can pull the trigger (total pun) but I do love looking at all the inspiration.  xoxo

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