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Hello, Blowfish B.log readers! Today I thought I would follow along in Lindsey's footsteps and share what's been going on in my life lately - insta style!
Recently my fiancé Scott and I hopped on a plane to visit his family in Louisville, Kentucky. We had a layover in Atlanta, Georgia and I so wished we had more time to get out of the airport and explore. Next time, Atlanta!
One of the first things I noticed when we landed in Louisville was how green everything was - like heaven to this desert rat! This Magnolia tree outside of Scott's grandparents' home caught my eye and I couldn't stop admiring it during our whole trip.
We did a lot of driving during our trip and passed by this cute building a couple times a day - You Go Girl!
Stopping at local coffee shops was definitely on our "to-do list" while in Louisville, and the Blue Dog Bakery definitely did not disappoint.
On our way out of the Blue Dog Bakery we were stopped by a local street style photographer and were asked if she could take our picture - talk about super sweet and flattering!
While in Louisville we were also on a mission to find the best local donuts. We were directed to Nord's Bakery and were in donut heaven!
We spent our last night in Louisville in the cutest 1920's home watching Big Easy Express and talking about going to concerts with Scott's very hip great aunt.
Louisville really won our hearts and we can't wait to go back some day! Do you have any summer trips planned? We are hoping to take at least one more trip before the summer ends!
Thanks again for having me Blowfish Shoes, and until next time!
If you haven't heard, we are currently celebrating summer with a fun Instagram Photo Contest. All you need to do to enter is post a pic to Instagram with #BFSUMMERLOVIN. Easy enough, right? There are plenty of flowers, so much sunshine & lots of summer moments to capture- so start snappin!
We are having so much fun looking through all of the photos so far!
Here are some of our favorites...
Aren't these fantastic!? Ok, NOW GO ENTER!!! #BFSUMMERLOVIN
Hello, friends! This is Ilene (aka illy) from Much Love, illy again and wanted to chat about a little something that has been on my mind lately. Actually, it's been on my mind for quite some time now but it wasn't until Mother's Day that I put it into action. So this past Mother's Day, I decided to hand write and mail cards to not only my Mom, but also two two other special mothers in my life - one to my sister who is expecting her first child this summer and the second to one of my close friends who is a single mother. I have always loved snail mail, sending and receiving them. One of my favorite childhood memories was writing back and forth to my penpal in Canada or to my best friend back home in South Carolina when my family and I moved to Japan. But thanks to the technology, the art of note-writing has been cut abruptly short. Birthday greeting can be easily posted to a Facebook wall. Congrats can be tweeted, and photographs sent via Instagram. And I am not anti-technology at all (look for me on just about any social media outlet and I am so there), but in a way, I think as much as those venues of salutations can be just as thoughtful, the value of the hand written note card is only raised to further heights. After writing those cards and mailing them off, I could not help but feel good to make someone else's day in an unexpected way. And I felt even better when I heard back from them, saying how much they loved their cards. My sister said I even made her cry (tears were most likely courtesy of pregnancy hormones, but I will take credit with my card, too). And because of those three notes, I decided that I would make note-writing to friends and family and more regular occurrence - whether for specific holidays or just because. It's one small way to make somebody smile, letting them know that you believe that they are special and loved. And everybody needs a reminder like that, don't you think?
Hello, Blowfish B.log readers! Chelsea here again, back to share some tips for making your graduation today the best it can be!
With graduation approaching fast, I've found myself thinking back to when I graduated with my Bachelor's degree in 2011. At the time I was SO excited to finally be done with my Journalism degree, but at the same time was a bit sad to be leaving a beautiful school and sweet classmates behind. However, knowing that I would be starting graduate school in the fall, and realizing that my classmates were only a text/phone call/tweet away, I eased my fears of what post-graduation life would be like. This time around, my emotions are running high once again, but I truly know that post-graduation life is going to be amazing and I am so ready to celebrate!
1. Wear comfy, low-heeled shoes! This was a big one for me, and something that I am so thankful that I did. I wasn't afraid of falling on my face when I had to walk across the stage to get my diploma, and I still had my shoes on come the end of the evening (when many other graduating ladies had tossed their's to the side).
2. When it's time to line-up to walk out and get your diploma, get in line quick so that you don't have to wait a long time and let the nerves sink in anymore. Plus, afterward you get to watch all of your classmates get handed their diplomas from a comfy seat.
3. It's ok to be nervous, but realize that this moment is something you have worked SO hard for and you deserve to enjoy it!
4. When you walk out onto the stage and get handed your diploma, take a second to look out into the crowd and smile! All of your family, friends, classmates, and professors are watching!
5. Enjoy the experience! Take in every moment you can, and just have the best day ever!
I would love to hear if you all have any other tips or tricks for graduation day? And if you're graduation, please let us know what you're getting your degree in!
Congrats, fellow graduates! We did it!
Thanks again for having me Blowfish Shoes, and until next time!
Hello, Blowfish B.log readers! Chelsea here again, back to share with you all about the pre-spring fever I've recently caught!
Even though it's only February, and we still have a few more weeks of winter left (says Punxsutawney Phil), it seems that spring has already sprung in Phoenix. The weather has been unseasonably warm, flowers are starting to bloom (and my allergies as well), and the area is gearing up for another busy season of spring madness. Phoenix is not only home to the Cactus League (spring training for multiple baseball teams), but is also home to so many neat concert venues - many of which just announced some amazing spring shows! So in honor of my early spring fever, and the handful of shows just announced that I couldn't be more giddy about, I've made two mood/inspiration boards that will hopefully inspire you as well.
The Tugo's from the spring collection are right up there at the top of my spring wish list, and I think they would be perfect to wear out to an evening concert. I'm also in love with this pretty, tribal print dress from LuLu*s, and these accessories from Modcloth and LuLu*s as well. I would to wear something like this outfit to the Local Natives show I plan on attending in April in Tucson!
The Quite are also on my spring wish list, and would be super comfortable to wear around town on a swarm spring day( along with this pretty dress and accessories from LuLu*s)! I'm also planning on going to see The Postal Service (ECK!) the same week as Local Natives, and think this would be the perfect outfit to wear to the show. From what I hear Jenny Lewis, of the now defunct band Rilo Kiley, will be planning with The Postal Service and I definitely think this is an outfit that she would approve of!
Do you have spring fever yet? What are you most excited for this spring? Which style from the Blowfish Shoes spring collection is at the top of your wish list?
Thanks for having me Blowfish Shoes, and until next time!
images via pinterest
Hello again! One of my favorite style icons has to be Lana Del Rey. This amazing songstress is not only talented but also has a great sense of style. She can be girly, quirky & vintage-y but can still dress a bit street. I'm all about contrasting styles to create something that's unique & all your own! Want to get Lana's look?
Here's how I'd do it!
How about you guys? Who's your style icon?
Oh, February. Such a tease of a month. January is known for it's bleakness and emotional low after the highs and festivities of the previous months. And now February, the time of the year when the sun likes to make its appearance yet still finds a reason to shine without the rays warming up the earth and melting away the snow. Because of this, I still find myself hiding indoors, keeping myself self busy with projects and the regular routine of orders, cleaning up the apartment, cooking hot meals and drinking lots of hot chocolate and coffee. However, in the midst of the holiday season and the busyness of my most recent move, I forgot the rejuvenating and refreshing experience that a book can bring a person.
If you know me at all, I am an avid reader but through November and December, I hit a reading rut. Happens to the best of us, I admit. However, I have only recently been able to devour a couple new books in the past few weeks and have found my mind and my soul completely refreshed. I needed that more than I realized.
There is nothing like opening up a book (whether on your e-reader or an actual book in your hands) and getting lost in a whole different world. I think our minds and our souls need that break - to hear stories (whether fiction or non-fiction) that we can relate to or escape to. The words that jump off the page become as alive as your own breathing and your heartbeat.
So if the gloomy winter weather is keeping you indoors or the busyness of life and its pace is nearly suffocating you, grab your favorite cup of hot chocolate (top it with extra whip cream) and that book you have been meaning to read for forever. Wrap yourself in a cozy blanket and slip into your favorite PJs as you settle into a brand new world.
Here are some of my favorites that might help you get a kick start on reading:
Fault in Our Stars - John Green
Divergent - Veronica Roth
Clockwork Prince - Cassandra Clare
Delirium - Lauren Oliver
Cinder - Marissa Meyer
What are some of your favorite books?
Do share! I'm always looking for something new and fresh!
much love, ilene
Hello! Valentina here. Today I’d like to share some thoughts on going to Ireland. I was just in Dublin last week playing some songs and I had the most amazing time. I’m so lucky to have many friends there who take me to the best places. So if you are on your way to Ireland, here are some places you have to visit.
Whelan’s : Whelan’s is a magical place. I went four times during my ten-day trip and never went home before 3 in the morning... They have several bars where you can order Guinness or anything you wish, and then they have two stages where they have concerts going on all the time! I went to see Nanu Nanu with a friend who knew them. It was great craic (fun)!
The International : My friend Tony often goes there to play some tunes with friends. When I went it was so fun and casual. Everyone who was sitting around was welcome to join in and sing with them! Furthermore, they have a wonderful Open Mic every Monday called The Monday Echo. It’s downstairs and it’s a lot of fun!
The Bleeding Horse : If you are a singer, you should go to their Apollo Sessions which happen every Sunday. Open mic. Sign in and sing your song! I’ve done it twice now. John and Fiach who run it are lovely souls.
The Ruby Sessions : I was lucky enough to play the Ruby Sessions last week with The Young Folk, Danny of The Coronas and Wyvern Lingo. The Ruby Sessions go on every Tuesday in Doyle’s Bar.
County Cork & County Kerry : Now these aren’t pubs or restaurants. I’m talking about the actual counties out west! Why? Because you will be amazed at how beautiful it is over there! Ireland is so small, it’ll take no time to get there.
What does one wear to go to Ireland? Well, expect there to be rain at least half the time you’re there. I’d recommend a trench coat, and some good shoes that won’t get soaked. Don’t bring an umbrella with you, just buy one at Penney’s! It’s a magical place. I would pick out some good boots: Makepeace, Mistress, Kaydon, Kanne, Kenessa all seem suitable. And for a night out at Whelan’s go for Colt flats!
PS. These are only a few suggestions! If you want more, feel free to come over to my blog and ask away.
So, it's no secret that we love partnering with bloggers, artists, designers, stylists, photographers, musicians over here - we love to be inspired by all the amazing things that people are creating! We wanted to celebrate some of the awesome women that make up our Blowfish family, so we started this It Girl program! An It Girl exudes effortless originality, isn't afraid to express herself, and offers a bit of the unexpected! She also has amazing style - so we've asked her to pick a selection of her favorite shoes!
Elycia, author of Love, Elycia, is our newest "It Girl"! She's a blogger, fashionist, diy queen, cat lady & so much more! Check out her blog for style tips, cat adventures, diy project tutorials, and lots of lovely photos and snippets from her life in Canada!
Here's a peek from our interview with Elycia:
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Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Stoney Creek, Ontario, right beside Hamilton where I live now.
What's your idea of the perfect adventure?
A road trip somewhere awesome with good friends, yummy snacks and silly music. Yeah, I'm pretty adventurous.
When did you start blogging and crafting etc.?
I have been crafting for as long as I can remember, it has always been a part of my life. I started blogging January 2010 and I am so glad I did. Blogging has allowed me to meet so many awesome people.
What were some of your 2013 resolutions and are you sticking to them?
Is it terrible that I didn't make any 2013 resolutions? I had planned on doing it but then just never got around to it. I did do a pretty good job of sticking to my 2012 ones though!
What are some of your favorite blogs to follow?
Of course I love to check in on my best friend's blog, The Dainty Squid, to make sure she's not having too much fun without me. Other than that I try to pop by One Sheepish Girl, A Beautiful Mess, Scathingly Brilliant and a handful of other blogs everyday.
Do you have any big plans this year?
Yes! We actually have some really huge plans this year but I can't quite tell you what they are yet! Other than this big, super secret plan I'm hoping to finish a huge granny square afghan I started last year.
What has blogging taught you?
Blogging has taught me to be confident in who I am and what I am putting out there into the online world. It can be a scary place sometimes so it is really important to be comfortable and stay true to yourself. Blogging has also taught me to appreciate the little things more.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I was always terrible at answering this question in job interviews. Maybe that's why I never got hired? I see myself being five years older (yikes) and still blogging, playing with cats and wearing silly outfits.
What are your favorite places to shop online?
For clothes, definitely ModCloth. I just love almost everything they have in their shop. For shoes, obviously I love Blowfish! I have been a huge Blowfish fan from the days before I even knew what the heck a blog was.
Are you more of a flats or heels kinda gal?
I do love heels, but it is usually flats that find their way onto my feet.
What is your favorite season and why?
I absolutely love Fall. The leaves are so beautiful and I love the days when you can just throw on a sweater and be perfectly comfortable.
Where is your favorite place you've ever been?
Oh my gosh, I am the worst at picking favourites. We visited Chicago this summer and I really loved it there. Oh, and I visited Sydney, Australia when I was in high school and thought it was amazing.
What's the best thing about living in Canada?
The free healthcare. That is defintely the very best part. Go Canada!
Follow Elycia's blog for more fun, snippets, photos & silly outfits!
Hello everyone! We love meeting young women who can be an inspiration for all and the day I met Celina (she's the floral designer for my wedding coming up this Spring), she definitely struck me as one of those types of girls! Celina is the floral designer & owner of Violette's. She's bright, creative & really has a knack for knowing what her clients want. Check out our interview with Celina to learn more about her!
1. Tell us a little bit about Violette’s Flowers. How did you come up with the idea for it? Where did the name come from?
When I was choosing names for my business, right off the bat I knew I didn’t want it to be Celina’s Flowers. I didn’t want my name in there at all. The idea just made me cringe. I wanted my business to have it’s own name. And one day when I was showering, the name Violette’s popped up. The name resembled violet (which is my favorite color of all time!) and it’s quirky pronunciation just felt right (Because I’m inept at phonics, I pronounced my business as “vee-oh-lets” even though it looks like is should sound like “violet”). And lastly, Violette’s looked pretty on paper so I was sold.
2. When did you decide you wanted to have your own business & why?
After apprenticing at a local flower shop and getting slightly over my irrational fear of failure, I decided to take a leap of faith. I fell in love with the feeling of contributing in some way to an event that celebrated the love between two people. Every time I handed a bride her bouquet, I would feel a rush of happiness. I loved that my job entailed making people happy. But most importantly, for the first time in my life, I knew this was something that I really wanted. I never felt this way towards my Bachelor’s Degree so I knew I had to run with it.
3. When did you fall in love with floral design?
I fell in love with floral design when I realized the endless possibilities of arrangements I could make. I loved seeing the beauty in things that were unconventionally beautiful. But above all, I loved working with my hands and bringing what I see in my mind to reality.
The most dangerous hobby of all: SHOPPING. Hahaha But I also love trying new types of foods and any kind of activity that involves my friends. I love photography but I am no expert. I only shoot in Av mode and I do a victory dance whenever I can get the lighting just right.
I grew up in the San Gabriel Valley. Therefore, I am doomed to forever crave boba, pho and tacos and in that order.
I draw my inspiration from nature. Everything I make, I try to make it as if it grew that way. Whenever I’m designing I think I mostly reflect on the days of when I studied abroad in London. I’m always trying to imitate the natural and effortless beauty of the English gardens that I visited.
It would have to be a tie between the freesia and lilac. Freesias smell amazing and I feel like I can look at them forever. As for lilacs, I love their color and texture.
I love the relationship that I get to establish with my clients; especially the freedom in being able to be personable. Secretly, it’s because I really love being able to use emoticons in my emails. But most importantly, nothing beats seeing the bride and groom’s expressions when they walk into a space I’ve decorated. Their happiness is my happiness.
I love to listen to music with my headphones when I brush my teeth. So there are incidences where I have been caught dancing or singing into the mirror. My family members and college roommate can vouch for that. You’d think I would have learned to shut the door for the sake of the public, but alas I always seem to forget.
Below are some pieces that Celina has done!
Really into Celina's work? You can see more of it here!