2.14.2019

Rain Rain Go Away, But Actually Stay This One Time Please.








Today was the FIRST day back to school since a half day last Friday, the week of which we only actually had two days total of school, and - stay with me here folks - we are about to have 9 days off.  SO that means in 3 weeks we will have had 3.5days of school.  SO as rain started to fall today, I started to have heart palpitations thinking I saw snow flakes - turns out it was just flying off the truck in front of me on the freeway.

I love my kiddos, I love spending time with my boys.  It's just A LOT harder when there is a to-do list and agenda that was not accounted for when plans changed.

All this to say, as it poured rain today, and I breathed a sigh of relief, it's about time I share this raincoat.  I firmly believe fashion and function does exist, and there is definitely a place for function in fashion, especially in motherhood.  We schlep our crew around in ALL elements, so why not find a rain jacket that keeps you dry and that you feel great putting on.

Designer and Founder Wendy currently lives in Seattle, not much better place to be inspired by rain.  The water repellant fabric used for Feller Raincoats is made from traditional British waxed cotton fabric and made in the USA.  Feller also gives back to the Seattle Humane Society, a place that has become near and dear to my family as the newest furry member of our family, Gilligan, or as my son has decided Gilligen, has entered our life, rescued by the Humane Society.

raincoat - Feller c/o
see more outfit details here.

thank you for reading.  Do you think it should be Gilligan or Gilligen?

Happy Friday!

best
Kirsty

Photos by Sarah.

2.05.2019

Rosemary Maple Bourbon Sour

rosemary maple bourbon sour

well it was SUPPOSED to be posted "tomorrow" two days ago, stay with me - then we had two snow days.  So there you go.  Life.  And perhaps even more of a reason to put these on your cocktails to be made tomorrow list.

They are sort of a year round go-to...the maple screams fall.  The bourbon warms you in winter, and the bright fresh sour lemon gives you spring fever into summer refreshment.  It's all perfectly balanced for any time.

This recipe came from one of our favorite cocktail recipe books, Shake, you can find it in our shop Queen Anne Frame & Gift.  If you live in Seattle that is what you should do, come visit us.



Recipe makes 1 serving.  We just multiple for however many are sipping, and make in one big batch.

1 1/2 oz Bourbon
3/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice (please use fresh)
1/3 oz Maple Syrup
1 small sprig rosemary, more for garnish if you wish.
Ice

Smack the rosemary between palm of your hands.  Mix rosemary and all the above ingredients in a shaker with ice (you can simply use a mason jar).  Shake vigorously for at least 15 seconds, pour into lowball glasses with more ice.  Garnish with Rosemary.

Enjoy!

cheers to back to school tomorrow.

Thank you for reading
Kirsty

photos by Kristen





2.01.2019

Tapestry Weaving, Bourbon Cocktails & Bacon Flights.






Sounds like a fabulous way to spend a winter afternoon am I right?

It's still January, barely, well ok when I started writing this post is was, so Happy February Y'all...and I'm still talking about what I want to make sure I do LOTS of in the next 11 months, or really just always.

Setting intentions, and one of my favorite things over the last year was gathering with girlfriends to create.  I want to do this more, I need to do this more.  It fills my soul and I love being creative in different ways.

This is why I love the Crafters Box subscription, they find the coolest crafts and gather everything needed to make it happen, including an inspirational instruction video, all you have to do is get a date on the calendar with your friends, gather the ingredients for your favorite cocktail, and in this case, add bacon...

maple bourbon sours

bacon flight

easy cheese plate

pumpkin bread


We kept our Cocktailing Crafternoon very simple this time...

Sally mixed up a brilliant winter cocktail, Rosemary Maple Bourbon Sours.  These are the right balance of sweet and sour with a solid foundation of good bourbon.  Best trick for any cocktail, add a sprig of any herb, immediately ups your drinking game style.  Most likely you have something growing in your yard that will do just the trick.  Stay tuned tomorrow, yes tomorrow for the recipe.

Erin had the brilliant idea of Bacon Flights.  Have you ever heard of this?  Basically pick your favorite, may I suggest Rosemary CandiedPraline and Bourbon Brown Sugar Maple, the fourth was a thick cut peppered bacon, simply serve them in mason jars with little menu tags.  The easiest and most popular dish at any gathering.

Of course no gathering is complete without a cheese plate, and an heirloom pumpkin bread rounded out our brunch.  It was divine.  I'm salivating now, and it's bedtime.  darnit.





Our craft was tapestry weaving, using the Pibione technique, an ancient practice kept alive by a group of artists on the island of Sardinia in Italy.  How cool is that?  This may be my favorite one yet.  The loom was handcrafted in studio in San Diego, and the incredible fibers we used were hand-dyed indigo, Merino Wool and even recycled water bottles.  This is why I'm so crazy about the Crafters Box.  Even if I happened upon the idea of Pibione tapestry weaving, finding all these amazing materials and the talented artists to instruct, it's really an incredible product. 



diy loom



We spent most of our time together assembling our looms.  The best part is that there is a part two to this project, so stay tuned for our finished projects.

Happy Friday.  Thank you for reading.

Photos by Kristen (that cute baby belly pictured above.)  Thank you to Sally for letting us use her wonderful space.

best,
Kirsty

1.24.2019

The Curl Files. 3 Ways To Improve Scalp Health.

This post is for all us ladies (and gents) who have figured out how to extend hair washing days.  When you aren’t washing but every 3...4...5...days it’s important to keep your scalp healthy.  

Scalp Health



Why does this matter?  Well the healthier your scalp the longer you can go without washing.  Improving scalp health also improves hair growth and prevents premature hair loss.

3 things I do to improve scalp health...

1.  Cutting out silicones in my hair products has made a HUGE difference in the health of my scalp, basically my head was suffocating before under the slick coating...lots of flaking and dandruff.  Bonus, cutting out silicones is just plain better for you health.  You can read more in depth about silicones in hair products in this article.

2.  Evening scalp massages are key.  You know - after I brush (and ahem floss) my teeth, wash and massage my face, then onto my hair.  Phew.  But really it doesn't have to be long and drawn out. although that does feel so nice.  Essential oils are very helpful, especially lavender at stimulating hair follicles and improving blood flow and these work for hair that is prone to get oily - you just need a drop.  I simply put a drop on my fingertips and massage at the scalp.  For those of us wishing our hair would get more oily Righteous Roots Oil and Innersense Organic Beauty Harmonic Healing Oil can be added, I usually mix the lavender with another oil.  You can read more about why I like essential oils for hair growth in this blog post.

3.  Scalp brush in the shower.  I use mine when I condition after my hair is detangled and smooth to minimize breakage.  If I try to use while shampooing there's too much resistance.  This is a great article about scalp brushing.

You can also find these items below, click on image.





Thank you for reading.  


best,






1.22.2019

Intentionally Shopping.


Staying on my resolution theme....

This year, I want to wear outfits that bring me joy, head to toe happy - is that possible?  I'm gonna try.  This outfit is a great start.  From my hat to my heels to my handbag I love it.  I feel like I have super powers.  I totally admit fashion therapy is a thing for me.

And I want to shop with intention.  If I think about my favorite pieces from the last year, and well always, they all have great stories behind them.

Like those Marc Jacobs shoes I scored for 85% off that I crawled on my hands and knees, through a crowd, 10 weeks pregnant, to find in my size.  Wow what a cure for morning sickness.  Those stories are great.

But also the stories with heart behind the companies.  Like this beautiful handbag, the best deep eggplant color and such an easy shape, that doesn't weigh a ton to begin with, because it definitely does after I mom bag it out.  The handbag is made by Jo, I originally discovered this brand at the shop across the street from my shop, Nat & Sus, a store wonderfully curated with natural and sustainable clothing and accessories.  Jo bags are unique and simply showstoppers, made with sustainably sourced leather and dedication to minimal waste.  Love that.  Their pieces are meant only to get better with age.  Really love that.

If only we all could adopt this mantra, only getting better with age.  Wait, why haven't we??

I'm writing this on my bathroom mirror tomorrow.


Jo Handbag

wide leg cropped corduroy pants



long curly hair

brixton fisherman cap

how to style cowboy boots

shirt - Nation LTD c/o
pants - Frye on sale
boots - Frye 
handbag - Jo Handbags c/o.  find locally at Nat & Sus
necklaces available at Queen Anne Frame
hat - Brixton

Carrying forward into 2019 wearing what I love and shopping more with intention, and getting better with age - I really like this plan.  Good thing I have this blog to catalog my favorite outfits.  What are the favorite pieces in your closet and why?  I wanna know.

thank you for reading.

best
Kirsty

photos by Sarah.