Friday, May 26, 2017

Friday Favorites

Hi friends! We have officially made it through another week! AND we have a nice 3 day weekend ahead of us, let's all let out a collective sigh of relief, shall we?

I wanted to share a few of my favorite things I've found around the web this week!

Iiiii mean... how amazing, right?

Not gunna lie... I've never played domino's, but I just might have to for these cuties!
Could you imagine it in some fun colors even??

I'm a California girl through and through, and don't even get me started on poppies. I'm not sure when my love of poppies began, maybe it was in the scene of Wizard of Oz when Dorothy was in a field of poppies that made her fall asleep (literally two of my favorite things). 

Weird I know, but, I love "tools" that are cute. This isn't over the top girly but it's also not black and orange and super masculine looking, thus, I want it. 

Everyone knows I love Palm Springs (and sleep, duh) so this mask is a no-brainer. 

Speaking of Palm Springs, this DIY desk organizer from one of my favs Kailo Chic is EVERYTHING. By now, I'm sure you're familiar with the infamous Palm Springs "Pink Door", and if you're not, what are you living under a rock?? Kara recreated it in this awesome DIY and it has me giving it ALL the heart eyes. 

And last but not least, speaking of the infamous "Pink Door", my favorite artist Paige Poppe (check out her "Meet the Maker" feature here) has an adorable print of it!

And that rounds out this weeks favorites!
I hope you all have a fun and safe Memorial Day weekend!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Bachelorette Season 13: Rachel Lindsay // Meet the Men!

The time has come my friends... for an all new season of The Bachelorette!
It's no secret that I am a proud member of Bachelor Nation. This weekend we had our Bachelorette Fantasy Draft (yes, that's  a thing). Abc released the contestant bios SO LATE this season that we really didn't have ample time to study up before it was time to draft. I figured I'd go through and give my two cents on what I think of this season's crop of dudes before the season begins, complete with my overall score (out of 10).  Let's dive into the sea of men, shall we??
Age: 27
Occupation: Real Estate Agent
Choice line from bio: The most romantic present he ever received was a threesome for his birthday. No... just... no. 
Overall Score: 6
Age: 28
Occupation: Information Systems Supervisor... whatever that means.
Choice line from bio: Man there are a few to chose from... His 3 worst attributes are that he is "selfish, unemotional and unapologetic" wow... what a great combo. Also... he ate a live salamander and cant come up with 3 favorite groups/artists because AND I QUOTE "Music isn't a big part of my life". WHAT?!
Overall Score: 6
Age: 26
Occupation: Education Software Manager
Choice line from bio: If he was stranded on a desert island it would be made of "probably those flesh-eating plants from Life of Pi." What?? The standard answer is something like "rocky road ice cream".
Overall Score: 7
Age: 31
Occupation: Aspiring Drummer. Blake, you're 31, you're not "aspiring", you're "unemployed". 
Choice line from bio: The closest he ever came to being married was being engaged for 48 hours, I MUST know more about this. 
Overall Score: 4
Age: 29
 Occupation: U.S. Marine Veteran
Choice line from bio: If he was stranded on a desert island it would be made of Chipotle because, as he says "Chipotle is my life". SAME.
Overall Score: 7
Age: 29
Occupation: Male Model (I always think it's funny that they add "Male"... couldn't they just say "Model"?)
Choice line from bio: The most romantic present he ever received is "Lululemon sweatpants. She knew the way to my heart is cuddling on the couch in well-made, high quality sweats." SAME
Overall Score: 7
Age: 37
Occupation: Chiropractor 
Choice line from bio: The most embarrassing style he's ever rocked "JNCO Jeans!!! Sooooo baggy lol. Skate or Die, man!! I looked ridiculous!" I like a guy who can poke fun of himself. 
Overall Score: 8
Age: 30
Occupation: Firefighter
Choice line from bio: There are lots to choose from with this one but I'm going to go with him saying his dream job would be to be a "Professional Instagrammer". Sorry, no.
Overall Score: 4
Age: 26
Occupation: Startup Recruiter
Choice line from bio: He has "righteous" tattooed on his inner lip. That's gunna be a no from me. 
Overall Score: 8
Age: 30
Occupation: Executive Recruiter
Choice line from bio: When asked if he prefers to be the center of attention or being more mysterious his response was "I won't like, I love attention... not like '07 B. Spears attention or 2011 Sheen. Natural attention like when Justin and Brit wore those incredible denim outfits." Pop culture references are my JAM. Also, he managed to use Britney as a reference point for BOTH SIDES. You win DeMario... you win. 
Overall Score: 6
Age:31
 Occupation: Senior Inventory Analyst (this sounds like it's a fancy way of saying he plays video games before they are released or something.)
Choice line from bio: His most embarrassing moment was "When I was stranded on a toilet for hours in 5th grade". Diggy... you know you can get off the toilet, right?
Overall Score: 8
Age:29
Occupation: Personal Trainer (we all know they had to have at least one)
Choice line from bio: His favorite soft drink/juice is "green drink". Boy bye. 
Overall Score: 2
Age: 27
Occupation: Executive Assistant
Choice line from bio: His biggest fear date is having his card declined and he loves it when his date pays for the meal... Am I sensing this guy has no money?
Overall Score: 2
Age: 29
Occupation: Emergency Medicine Physician
Choice line from bio: His favorite song is "Ice Ice Baby" because he used to sing it at Bar Mitzvahs on stage. PROVE IT. 
Overall Score: 4
Age: 30
Occupation: Consulting Firm CEO
Choice line from bio: He listed his 3 best attributes (Passionate, loyal and witty) as his 3 worst attributes. 
Overall Score:3
Age: 32
Occupation: Attorney
Choice line from bio: His favorite thing go do in his hometown is "Work out, take my dogs on walks, try new restaurants and food". SAME. Well, mostly just the food part. 
Overall Score: 7
Age: 32
Occupation: Sales Account Executive
Choice line from bio: It's a tie. When asked where he sees himself in 5 years he said "I am trying not to make plans in life" and when asked to describe his best friend of the opposite sex he said "I do not have female friends". Wow. 
Overall Score: 5
Age: 35
Occupation: ER Physician
Choice line from bio: When asked if he had any pets, "Not currently. All former dogs were over 1/2 wolf." Um what? And... why?
Overall Score: 5
Age: 31
 Occupation: Tickle Monster. NOPE.
Choice line from bio: His three favorite groups/artists are Elvis Presley, Britney Spears and Flo Rida. Uuuuuuum....
Overall Score: 3
Age: 28
Occupation: Prosecuting Attorney
Choice line from bio: His worst date memory is being catfished. He says the girl arrived on the date PREGNANT!
Overall Score: 6
Age: 35
Occupation: Professional Wrestler
Choice line from bio: The most romantic present he has ever given is a "Different Edible Arrangement every day for a birthday week". That is way too much fruit for one person. 
Overall Score: 4
Age: 26
Occupation: Marketing Consultant
Choice line from bio: "Having a bunch of people over and firing up the grill is my jam." I feel you Kyle, I feel you. 
Overall Score: 7
Age: 30
Occupation: Singer/Songwriter
Choice line from bio: "I'm more of a "dive bar" type person". Yaaaaas.
Overall Score: 7
Age: 30
Occupation: Whaboom (Sorry, no.)
Choice line from bio: This guy seems like a wacko... there is a lot to choose from. I'll go with his response to "Do you have any pets"... "Had a dog and cat growing up. Now an ant farm, fish and I'm an uncle to a cat." 
Overall Score: 1
Age: 32
Occupation: Construction Sales Rep
Choice line from bio: If he could watch any movie right now it would be Wedding Crashers. Danica and I quote that movie almost every day. 
Overall Score: 8
Age: 26
Occupation: Former Professional Basketball Player
Choice line from bio: When asked "Do you like being the center of attention or do you prefer being more mysterious and why", he responded with "Definitely no the center of attention because there is always a reason why people need attention." I swear I have said those exact words. 
Overall Score: 4
Age: 31
Occupation: Hotel Recreation Supervisor... does that mean hotel lifeguard?
Choice line from bio: What he hopes to get out of participating on this show is DISCOVERED. Not a wife... he wants to get DISCOVERED... that's never good.
Overall Score: 4
Age: 26
Occupation: Product Manager
Choice line from bio: The wildest thing he ever did in the bedroom involved Tabasco. Yikes. 
Overall Score: 2
Age: 31
Occupation: Business Owner
Choice line from bio: His ideal mate is intelligent, kind, hard-working, motherly, mature, sophisticated and drive. He actually seems to be looking for grown up things, unlike some of these clowns. 
Overall Score: 10 (He was my round one draft pick)
Age: 30
Occupation: Law Student
Choice line from bio: If he could be any superhero he would be "Superman! He's got the coolest superpowers and is also a U.S. alien, like me!" Superman is an ACTUAL alien though, he's from Krypton, HELLO. (I only know this from watching Smallville... remember Smallville??)
Overall Score: 4
Age: 28
Occupation: Sales Manager
Choice line from bio: If he could be anyone for just one day he'd be "Will Smith because he's the Fresh Prince". Interesting tidbit about me, Will Smith was one of my firs celebrity crushes, I had his Men in Black poster hanging over my bed. 
Overall Score: 4

And that rounds out the 31 men vying for Rachel's heart (and the D list celebrity fame that goes along with it). I am basically obsessed with Rachel and can't wait to get to spend at least two hours of my week with her every Monday night. 

Here are the 6 guys that I will be actively rooting for to get me the most points for my fantasy league...
*All photos from Abc*

Meet the Maker: Lauren of Josie B

Happy Monday! I'm back with an all new "Meet the Maker" Monday! Today I am featuring Lauren of Josie B. She makes adorable doormats!
If you've heard of a little thing called the internet, I'm sure you've seen Lauren's work. She is the originator of the original "Bye Felecia" doormat. She has since expanded and makes dozens of others (My personal favorite: "If You're Pizza, Amazon or Ryan Gosling I'm Home"). Her fun sense of humor really comes across in her work (which, by the way has been featured on BUZZFEED, Huffington Post, Lucy Hale's Instagram and some of them are even sold at NYLON shop!). Lets get to know her, shall we?

Tell me a little bit about yourself...

Hmm where do I start? I'll be 33 this July, and that's a little terrifying. My business is my life. I'm in my second year doing it, and it's the most rewarding and also challenging thing I have ever done. I am a bit of a hermit, but I do love getting gussied up getting out and visiting with friends as much as I can. I'm sarcastic and am always the one to say the most inappropriate line I can think of. Ask my family! I just enjoy seeing people squirm, haha! My goal is to make people laugh, and I try, but not too hard, to make that happen as much as I can. 

What is it that you make and how did you get started?

Well, I was a hairdresser for 5 years and after going through an awful breakup, I realized I needed a change. I quit my job and decided to go to College. Snooze! During that time realized that I really needed a creative outlet. Books were boring af, and I started brainstorming. I was out shopping one day and saw a cute but rather boring outdoor mat and thought "I could totally do that-- but with a funny saying!". At that time, "Bye Felicia" was coming out of everyones mouth, even the grandmas! So poof! That was it. I had an Etsy shop where I was selling hair ties so I made a couple "felicia" mats, and posted them to my shop. I also posted them on my Instagram and they just sort of took off. I have now done over 100 different doormat styles and have made and sold over 5,800 mats. 

Loves: Starting a business and being newly single sort of put me into "hermit mode", but that's what gave me the time to really get to know myself (and also gave me LOADS of free time!) I love my business and putting my time into it. I of course love catching up with friends as much as I can. I also love working on new projects and DIYs. I just remodeled my bedroom and decorating is my new obsession. I pretty much had my office in my room and now I finally have that separation. I think a bedroom should be a sanctuary! I also love a good Netflix binge, duh! 

Hates: Before I vent, I must say I try hard to keep a positive outlook. To be honest, I used to be pretty negative especially after going through hard times. I remember thinking "what did I do to deserve this??". But I have a new outlook on life being in business and feel so grateful. Now with all of that being said...here's what I can't stand. A big part of my business and interaction is on social media, specifically Instagram, and I see so much hate. I can't stand it. I can't stand seeing a comment where someone feels the need to...make a comment about something or someone. It always seems to be that they think it's "their opinion" so they're entitled to it. The problem is, is that helping anything? I wish that before every comment someone made they would ask themselves "is this productive?". If the answer is no, don't say anything. Just scroll on, dude! I can't wrap my head around the fact that people have to say nasty stuff to strangers. Oh, and I also hate copycats. I see it everywhere. People copy me and other businesses and it's totally lame. I do not believe in that saying "Imitation is the biggest form of flattery". I'm not flattered, I'm annoyed.  

Guilty Pleasures: I guess I'd say the Housewives shows. Really, anything on Bravo actually! I mean, is that even a guilty pleasure? I'm a proud fan!  

Cocktail of Choice: Margys, always! 

What advice to you have for fellow makers?

Do it! Seriously, I am speaking from experience here. If you have an idea, go with it. Trust your gut. I promise you, if you don't do it, someone else will end up doing it and you'll just be kicking yourself later. That happened to me once and it was one of those ideas where I thought "it's stupid and no one will like it or get it". Then someone else did it and people loved the idea! Self doubt is real people! Obviously, I don't mean you should put yourself in a financial strain, but we are capable of so much more than we think, so make moves! Having the confidence is hard, I know, and putting yourself out there is scary. But the benefits of putting something out that people like and respond well to is the most rewarding feeling I have ever felt. I'm an open book and share so much on social media and this message is the most important to me. I never felt like I had anyone pushing me so if my experiences or stories can help someone make that leap, I love to help!

PS--For the record, when I say I love to share so much, I don't mean I have 50 insta stories at one time talking about nothing. I am also not one of those "Lauren just checked into the gym" (on Facebook) kind of girls. In my opinion, no one cares that I'm at the gym, so what's the point? Oh and I don't go to the gym. So there's that. 
Thank you for tuning in to another week of my "Meet the Maker" series! 
Be sure to check out Lauren on  Instagram // Etsy

Monday, May 15, 2017

Meet the Maker: Nik Vandeventer of Wasting Thyme

Happy Monday! I'm back with another installment of my "Meet the Maker" series. Today I'm introducing you to  Nik Vandeventer of Wasting Thyme
I first met Nik through this awesome group that I'm a part of called Orange County Makers, which is this wonderful online community for local makers! Her fun style and her no nonsense attitude are just a couple of the things I love about her, and the fact that she loves craft beer as much as I do is just icing on the crafty cake. 

Tell me a little bit about yourself...

Hi! I'm Nik, born & raised in SoCal, I currently live in Long Beach with my Husband and 3 cats (who I can't shut up about). I am self-taught hand embroiderer, creative maker, day dreamer & potty mouth.

What is it that you make and how did you get started?

I will DIY pretty much anything I can but mostly stick to naughty hand embroidery & sassy greeting cards. I've been a maker for as long as I can remember, I take after my grandma who is a quilter, art doll maker & all around awesome and creative boss bitch. After much support from friends and family and the final push from a stranger (a dental hygienist of all people!) I finally opened my Etsy shop, Wasting Thyme, 3 years ago. I have learned SO much within that time and still have so much more to learn but I have been pretty happy with the way it's grown. 
Loves: Cats, Coffee, Craft Beer & Cursing 

Hates: Peas! ugh get outta here with your nasty selves. 

Guilty Pleasures: Super cheesy Cozy Mystery Novels & All of the Fast & Furious movies, Like I legitimately love them & can't wait to see the new one! hahah

Cocktail of Choice: Bombay Sapphire Gin & Soda with lime 

What advice to you have for fellow makers?

Give yourself a break, be kind & patient with yourself. Sometimes everything won't go as planned and that is ok. Sometimes everything will go as planned and you still won't be happy about it, and that's ok too.
Thank you Nik for being a part of this Meet the Maker series! 
Be sure to check her out on  Facebook // Instagram // Etsy