Thursday, February 27, 2020

{master bedroom artwork | kira luca art}

The master bedroom is easily my favorite spot in the whole house! It gets amazing light in the morning, has soft soothing colors, is bright and white, but still has fun texture and palm pattern! When Kyle and I began talking about what we wanted art wise above the headboard we agreed on one thing: it needed to reflect where we lived and us as a couple. We talked about Gray Malin artwork (we both love his beach scenes) but neither of us had even traveled to the places that were photographed. We then talked about something textural - maybe drift wood or a sculpture made by a local artist? We kept falling short.

When Kyle left for patrol a month after I moved in I made it my mission to search for something that told "our story". That sounds silly... but we basically wanted it to be about us. So I instantly thought about the colors of Key West water and places that we liked to go to together like the sand bars!

Going off of texture and bright colors I thought of a friend from college who had beautiful artwork on Instagram! Kira Luca Art - she worked with vivid blues, shocking pinks, and had textures to drool over. Her Instagram is so inspiring too! I reached out to her about making a custom piece and we got started - it would arrive right before Christmas so I could surprise Kyle :) Spoiler: he loved it! (I was actually really nervous he wouldn't like it haha)

I emailed Kira the size I had in mind and that I wanted two canvases. We then discussed layouts, inspiration, colors, etc. These are a couple of the images I sent Kira as inspiration:

Initially I thought about a boat moving across the canvases without any sand, but we've made some really great memories at different sand bars in the keys so I loved the idea of incorporating the sand and water. I sent her both ideas because I wanted her opinion since she's the professional. We decided on the layout that had the boats arranged as if they were anchored near the shore (#1 in the first photo below)! Then Kira painted the background of the paintings - the sand, water, and slight waves. Once I gave that a thumbs up she sent me a brief idea of how the boats would be laid out. I was so excited to get that little sketch I could hardly stand it! I gave her another thumbs up and she began painting... and I waited patiently haha.

I love the final design that we chose - incorporating the colors of those gorgeous blue Key West waters and the colors of the "boats" imitating the bright houses on the island! I like to think that the boat moving away is Kyle's Parker!

I love how it ties the whole room together :) definitely nautical which is both of our style!! The bright colors and movement in the water just creates such a soothing vibe.

I've tried to link everything I can below but if you have any questions feel free to email or DM me. Be sure to check out Kira's website too! Because we don't have a lot of space on the side of our King bed (similar bed) Kyle found these floating side tables (the sides of the bed open up into drawers where we store our sheets) but I don't know where they're from!

The striped pillows are from Home Goods (we switch them back and forth with the palm print pillows sometimes) and the Navy blue pillow was custom made for me by a commercial textile company called Geiger. Our curtains are from West Elm but I couldn't find an exact link. Kyle painted the paddle himself and made the leather strap from scraps I got during a furniture factory tour (I love how it all comes full circle back to us mixed with a lot of DIY).

Love Always,

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

{gold ana luisa jewelry}

Layering necklaces and rings has always been my go to jewelry move - there's just something so simple yet intricate about creating layers and different textures.

Pink Tie Dye Dress (same dress in another colorsimilar colors) // Lack of Color Hat // Ana Luisa Braided Ring c/o // Ana Luisa Ring Small c/o // Ana Luisa Necklace Set c/o // Multi-Strand Necklace Clasp (so your chains don't get tangled)

Photography by Jessyca

Living in a constant state of sunshine means that a lot of my favorite statement pieces can be a bit much for the heat. But, your girl here loves some serious sparkle! Even when I'm at the beach I always have my rings on - one of my favorite things to do is stack multiple bands on one finger for a unique look. It's a cool way to wear lots of styles at once and mix and match metals! I also am loving the layered necklace look right now. Ana Luisa has some of the coolest necklace sets I've seen... I love that they mix chain styles too! They make it pretty fool proof if you aren't good at layering ;) each charm looks so cute together and the necklaces can be worn individually too!

Now my outfit... I have been love love looooving the tie dye trend. Not the bright rainbow swirl tie dye. Ha - we're classing it up this season! Lots of soft colors, almost ombre, water like patterns. It's so dreamy and a great way to wear multiple colors in a pattern without it actually being a pattern. I saw this dress and knew I had to have it because 1) I love maxi dresses 2) it has pockets 3) adjustable straps! I'm wearing it super casual with no shoes and a sun hat but it looks adorable with heels, a waist belt, and a white jean jacket too! [I always like to imagine how I could wear something in an office.]

PS these photos were taken at Fort Zach! It's a great beach to spend the day at - family friendly too!

Love Always,

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

{spring break ready | amazon bikinis under $20}

Cactus Suit ($15, M) // Orange Suit ($18, M) // Ruffle Suit ($17, M)

Cactus - runs small - size up one, top is stretchy to pull over, padding
Orange - runs TTS (could've used a S), adjustable straps, metal clasp, v detail in bottoms, padding
Ruffle - runs small - size up one (no stretch in hip ruffles), adjustable straps, hook clasp, padding

Pink Suit ($14, M) // Striped Suit ($16, M) // Black Suit ($19, M)

Pink - runs small - size up two, adjustable tie in back (reversible for some!), padding
Striped - runs small - size up one, no padding
Black - runs TTS (I could've used a S up top but bottoms run small), padding, top stretches over

White Suit ($15, M) // Blue Suit ($18, M) // Patterned Suit ($14, M)

White - runs small  size up one, tie in back is not functional. adjustable straps, padding
Blue - runs small - size up one, adjustabel straps, metal clasp, padding (I removed)
Patterned - runs small - size up two, tie in front is adjustable, no padding

All of these adorable suits are from Amazon and less than $20!! Living in Key West, I wear a bikini almost every weekend and sometimes during my lunch break to get outside haha. Yes, this may seem like a lot but I wash all of my suits and don't like to wear the same one too often lol. Plus, sometimes I want to be sassy in neon orange and sometimes I want something more covered like a striped bikini top. Your mood changes just like your bikinis!

I do also want to note that yes, I am small chested (32A) and most of these suits are cheeky bottoms (normally wear a size 2/4). This is simply what works for me and what I feel best in!! It doesn't make sense for me to order a one piece or high waisted suit when I don't genuinely think I'll wear it (and I do NOT play the try on and return game for profit...). If you look at the reviews from these suits a lot of them have photos with different sized women wearing them! I always choose to look at reviews before I purchase. I think a lot of these will work well for different body types!

At the end of the day, if you have CONFIDENCE, then any bikini will look amazing!!

Love Always,

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

{polka dot green amazon maxi}

The days in Key West have been warm (not hot) during the day and nice at cool at night. Plus, there's always a breeze running through the island. This glorious weather has me reaching for maxi dresses with a flowy material - and a jean jacket for nights on the water!

I ordered this maxi last month because I didn't have a halter dress I loved sitting in my closet. It was oddly enough something very specific that I was searching for and had no luck. Amazon to the rescue am I right? I found the green dress with a slight hi-lo hem and a darling pattern. When I received it in the mail I obviously put it on instantly. I was so happy to see that it barely wrinkled and was the perfect length with sandals on my 5'-6" frame! This would work so well on taller girls, or short girls with heels, or any height girl with heels because the hem doesn't make it look awkward wherever it hits. You can adjust where the elastic waist hits with help of the ribbon - it's not attached and doesn't have loops to go through FYI. I've reached for this dress a couple of times now and am practically thinking about getting another color! Green is my favorite though :)

I know I've worn these Tkees shoes more times than y'all can count... I got them for Christmas from my sister and her fiance! I've had my heart set on these shoes for YEARS but never actually swooped them up. Don't ask my why not because with a price tag at $50 there's no reason to not try them out (they have free returns and exchanges). When Samantha asked me what I wanted for Christmas they were the first thing I put on my list. They. Are. So. Damn. Comfortable!!! Tkees form to your feet and the leather is an absolute dreammmm - feel like I'm walking on clouds!!
A note about sizing: they run small and if you have wide feet you'll have to size up again too. I have very narrow feet so the straps across were a little tight at first but they've stretched out a loooot. I normally wear a 7 and went up to an 8 (no half sizes) and they fit perfectly now.

Let's talk about this bag... yes, I know it's a splurge for a straw bag. However, the double handles, personalization, and quality of materials is above and beyond. I purchased a designer straw bag at the end of last summer (through Rent the Runway, but still a $$ tag) that had short handles and long straps and they style was so convenient. I carried it almost every day but the rough straw began breaking, poking out, and just falling apart. I was very disappointed. I knew that all of the details on this bag would check those boxes and hold up better. The neutral colors make my heart sing and the pocket inside is perfect for your phone! [You can purchase without letters and choose whatever patches you want.]

What's your favorite spring outfit right now? If you're in the cold what are you most excited to throw on the second your vacation starts?!

Love Always,

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