WINTER LIGHT

Winter Light

Early nightfall these days have given way to some seriously gorgeous sunsets.  This end of day light has been incredibly inspiring and particularly fun to shoot with.  We snapped this series in Northern California at Celene's Dad's house.  We love the deep tones of this blouse (which is technically part of a silk pajama set!) and the rich lip color.  Perfect for a winter day and a night out on the town.

Winter Light
Winter Light

GERANIUM OIL RELIEF

Geranium Oil

I spent the past weekend with quite the case of the sniffles.  What perhaps made it even worse is that I'm not entirely sure it was a cold, but my first run in with seasonal allergies. I have laughed hard and often at friends during massive sneeze attacks (you know who you are).  I come away from the weekend with understanding and empathy, for I now have felt your misery as well.

My itchy nose reminded me of a new tip I heard from a friend up north.  Geranium oil, when rubbed on the arch of the foot, can help soothe allergies.  What the what?  Feels a bit witchy but, hey!  Why not?  Off to make a quick purchase then a foot rub.  No more sneezing, wahoo!  Readers, have any of you heard of this trick?  

A TOUCH OF HONEY

What can we say? We love a good slouchy tee. We like to add a bra with some vintage flair in a seriously unexpected shade. This unique style from Mimi Holliday has the comfy cups of a t-shirt bra, with unique honeycomb lace straps. Sure, our grandmas might not approve of showing quite this much lace, but we think it's a fresh and modern way to liven up an off-the-shoulder basic with some cool sex appeal. 

POWERS OF TWO

Being one half of a creative pair myself, I can tell you first hand how invaluable it is to have a partner in the pursuit of creative work. Celene has qualities that I totally lack, and together, we make up for one another's shortcomings. Our brainstorms together are always more fruitful than the ones we have apart. When we are dreaming up new business ideas, or subjects for the blog, it's hard to remember who even came up with what. 

In his book Powers of Two, Joshua Wolf Shenk explores the dynamics between some of history's most powerful duos: Lennon and McCartney, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and Marie and Pierre Curie, just to name a few. The book deep dives into the power dynamics, creative mind meld, and role reversals that occur when two separately creative people come together to innovate and create together. Shenk explores paradigms that he believes help illuminate the interactions between duos. The result? A fascinating read. While I myself had a hard time finding Celene and I in some of the more intense duos (like Vincent and Theo van Gogh), it was overall illuminating to begin to understand how two minds really are better than one. 

THRIVE MARKET

In case you haven't heard, there's a new powerhouse in ethical, wholesome food. Thrive Market is the brainchild of some seriously cool people looking to end food deserts in America. The concept: for a relatively low yearly fee, you get access to all your favorite healthy foods and products (think whatever non-perishables you buy at Whole Foods) at wholesale prices. The best part? Your yearly fee sponsors a family in need--so they can get access to all the same yummy healthy stuff at an affordable price. Nearly 80% of low-income families buy food they know isn't healthy just to make ends meet; Thrive wants to make choosing healthy, organic staples easier and more affordable. Bonus: they have a wide selection of teas and herbal supplements. What more do you need?