LIFE

Ch-ch-ch-ch changes….

02.28.17

Even though it’s only February it’s 77 degrees and it feels like Spring in Atlanta. The trees are blooming, the pollen is abundant and in true Atlanta fashion, it will drop to 33 degrees tomorrow…

But isn’t that what change does? It takes something that you have become accustomed to and flips it so that you don’t know what’s coming next.  If you are lucky, while sometimes being difficult to manage, change opens up new pathways and opportunities that you didn’t always see

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LIFE

MOTHERHOOD

11.13.15

I had a baby 6 weeks ago. I did it at home with no drugs and only my Midwife, my mother and my boyfriend to assist. It was great. Exactly how I had imagined it, and afterwards I got to lie in my own bed, on my own sheets and stare at my son uninterrupted and with no overly ventilated hospital gown.

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LIFE

Circle of Life

10.06.15

IMG_0044 I buried my best friend two weeks ago. He was 41. Even though I knew he was sick, there is absolutely nothing that prepares you for that call. It stops you dead in your tracks and all of the sudden you are left with a hundred questions that should have been asked, a thousand words that should have been said…

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DESIGN

Succulent Wall

08.20.15

I am obsessed with plants. I love all the variations and different looks. I love that they are living, breathing roommates and help to cleanse the air. In my home I have potted plants, hanging plants, fiddle leaf figs, cacti and one beautiful purple shamrock that closes every night when the sun goes down.

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BEAUTY / LIFE

Pregnant at 40

08.13.15

I wasn’t always sure that I would have kids. When I got married at the ripe old age of 31, I figured at some point in the next few years but that point never came. It was the wrong person, the wrong time and for that reason it never happened. Grateful I dodged that bullet because we divorced and being a single Mom was never on my list of life goals.

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CULTURE

Venice Gives Back

05.20.15

 

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On Sunday, May 17th, I had the pleasure of attending a local fundraiser (with my godson Rocky in tow) thrown by a group of ladies called the Venice Angelinos.   The group partnered with a non profit called “Help for Orphans”, and the fundraiser and silent and live auctions raised funds to help build a water well for the children of Limbe Academy in Haiti.   Wine was sponsored by local vintners Tanner Defoe and Bandolet Wines, and beer was provided by House Beer (a Unique Camp and Highbrow Hippie favorite!). I personally donated a ‘Highbrow Hippie Haircolor consultation and makeover’, which was featured in the live auction along with a limited edition Venice Beach print from Steven Lake Photography.

 

Other sponsors and auction donations included:

UNIF Musical instruments/amps by local musician BOC
Help for Orphans International
AGAIN Apparel – dresses
Art piece by Kana Manglapus
Mary Breedlove Pilates Session
Steven Lake Photography – 1 hour Portrait
Hip’Tique Gift certificate
Bones and Feathers Jewelry
Nordstrom Gift Certificate
Bandolet Wines
Tanner DaFoe Wines
One-Nine Design event planning

It’s not too late to donate to this awesome cause.  Every bit helps, and every dollar raised will go directly to this impoverished community.

http://www.gofundme.com/limbeacademy

http://www.limbeacademy.com.

All photos by Steven Lake Photography

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BEAUTY

Nailing It. Habit Nail Polish

05.18.15

I love a good beauty find. It’s my business so I’m always on the hunt for something cool and different to bring into WAX or BUFF. My latest find is Habit Cosmetics – a natural nail polish line fortified with myrrh. I was first drawn to habit nail polish because of the packaging and the vibrancy of it’s colors. I am a sucker for packaging and the fact that the line included a green polish (my most fave color of all time) made it an easy pick.

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Besides the fact that it’s beautiful, it polishes well, wears well and dries quickly. The trifecta of nail polishes. If you haven’t given it a try, I recommend it highly.

**Available in Atlanta exclusively at BUFF Nail Bar**

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BEAUTY

Barefoot Season

05.11.15

Because Summer is almost here and all I want to do is dig my toes into the sand. As the owner of a nail bar, I am obsessed with keeping my hands and feet moisturized. Dry skin? No way. So imagine my excitement when I came across this exfoliating foot peel. There is something about peeling skin that excites me. Remember my face peel? Yeah…this is just like that but better because it’s not on your face.

I’ll spare you all the gross during pictures (just google baby foot peel if you really need to know) but know that I’ve done it twice and so consider myself an expert. As an expert I offer up the following guidelines on what to do/expect during the peel:

1. Schedule accordingly. The entire process takes about 12-14 days before all the skin is removed so make sure you can wear closed shoes the entire time.

2. Get a pedicure the week before you do the peel. No polish. The acids in the peel will destroy it anyway. Your feet will disgust you with their peeling so the least you can do is have trimmed toenails and cuticles.

3. Soak feet in water before putting on the booties. For some reason this accelerates the peeling.

4. Wear socks once peeling begins. Especially while you sleep. Otherwise your sheets will be filled with dead skin. Not ideal.  Feet will begin to peel in 3-4 days.

5. Resist the urge to peel off skin. It will be hard but you don’t want to remove skin before it’s ready.

6. Once the peeling has subsided make sure to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. My go to combo is a mix of the HBH Remedy oil and Aquaphor.

This treatment is best done twice a year – once in the Spring before sandal season and at the end of the Summer.

Baby Foot can be purchased for $25 at BeautySage.com or if you are local in Atlanta, come check out the service at BUFF Nail Bar and get a free manicure. Way more civilized than sloshing around your living room in plastic booties.

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DESIGN

Bathroom Trend: Tub in the Shower

03.12.15

When I first started seeing this trend pop up, I had to laugh to myself. Apparently, I have been ahead of the trend because the bathroom in my loft (which is in dire need of renovation) has had the tub in the shower for the past 15 years.

I’ve been working on my loft bit, by bit over the past year. Now, as I gear up for my bathroom renovation, I’ve been debating whether to take out the tub and create a larger shower. But as I look at some of these designs, I’m thinking that maybe I will leave it. Now all I need is a wall of windows…or plants…
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