Shhhowercap

I love these stylish bathing caps from Shhhowercap. I admit I was first sucked in after seeing some of their photographs which felt like a little nod to photographer Deborah Turbeville’s amazing bathhouse series from the mid-1970s. Jacquelyn De Jesu designed these beauties to fit what turns out to be a pretty big market of people who wanted to look good at home, out and about, at the beach, and at the pool. Plus, the longer and thicker your hair is, the more awkward and painful putting on a tight, traditional rubber swim cap has always been. I love the turban shape and cute prints. My current faves are The Opal, The Minx, The Astor, and The Kent. More HERE.

Images courtesy of Shhhowercap.

Korinne Vader

There are so many sweet designs for sunny days available from Canadian designer Korinne Vader! I love Korinne’s mission statement “I believe in providing well-made products, in a timely matter with a low environmental impact. I try hard to keep my prices reasonable. I rarely have sales and believe strongly in the ‘you get what to pay for’ theory.” YES. It’s also nice that Korinne donates her leftover fabric scraps to local seamstresses and she has a zero waste goal for her business for 2018. My favorites are the white Linen Robe, the lilac linen Flora Dress, the black linen Margot Dress, the black linen Everyday Dress, the black linen V-neck Dress with 3/4 sleeves, the black linen Odette Jumpsuit, the black washed linen Everyday Jumpsuit, the light pink linen Rose Top, the oatmeal linen Pocket Top, and the grey linen Drawstring Trousers. Please note: Korinne is a one woman show and currently only makes one size for each garment. More HERE.

Images courtesy of Korinne Vader. Photos by Kelly Brown.

Happy Spring + A Personal Update

Hello friends! As you may have noticed, I’ve been out of commission for longer than originally anticipated when I signed off for the new year. Thank you so much for all the emails and messages on social media — it has really meant a lot. I’m OK. I’ve just been going through some physical and mental health issues and really needed to tend to them with the kind of love and compassion I usually only reserve for other people (I know, I know… I’m working on it!).

Near the end of 2017, I started having a lot of pain in my left arm that was exacerbated by being on my laptop for many hours at a time. I started seeing my chiropractor, then a sports medicine arm specialist, then a physical therapist. I had been trying to focus on getting the care and being diligent with my exercises to get my arm back to normal, but any relief has been temporary and the regimens and schedules have been exhausting. So frustrating.

After months of this work, I finally had an MRI of my neck. The MRI shows that I have two discs that are compressing the nerve that goes across my left shoulder blade and down my left arm. It was good to figure out what the issue has been, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t scared about what this finding means. I will most likely need spine surgery.

It took a while to be able to get in with a spine specialist since the doctor I had been seeing was an arm specialist. The neurosurgeon I finally met with recently says he thinks I will need ACDF surgery — which is definitely not the minimally invasive variety I was hoping it would be. I am seeing another specialist soon for a second opinion to weigh my options and plan the timing that works best for surgery and recovery. Fortunately, I was prescribed a medication that has helped soften some of the nerve pain I’ve been experiencing and the neurosurgeon says that I’m not in an emergency situation and should be able to plan to have surgery for whenever it works for my little family this year.

I’m so happy to be back to blogging. It has been a difficult time with lots of pain and dark days, but being here sure pulls me back up and I’m certainly not mad at this spring sunshine! Thank you all for sticking with me during this cuckoo time in my life — I cannot tell you how much it means to me. I’ve got a lot of posts in the works as I’m getting back into the swing of things. I probably won’t be back to blogging every single day until fall, but I’ll be here sharing as much and as often as possible. I hope you’re all doing well! xx Jen

P.S. If any of you out there has had spinal issues or has any advice because of what loved ones have gone through — I’d love to hear about it! Thank you! ♥

La La La Love You

Hello! Happy Valentine’s Day! My winter break went a bit longer than anticipated and I’ll post more about what has been going on with me next week (it’s a long personal post that I’m not quite finished with), but I wanted to pop in beforehand and send you all some love and post some beautiful new paintings by my fellow rose lover, Seattle-based artist Jenny Vorwaller. I dream of someday hanging a big night rose garden scene by her talented hands in my home. See more of Jenny’s work HERE. xoxo Jen

P.S. Check out the yummy pistachio meringue and rose water cream cookies I made! They are from this wonderful book. I talked about my minor tweaks in my Instagram post. ♥

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PHOTOS: Artwork by Jenny Vorwaller.

Happy New Year!

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Happiest New Year to you all! I’m so grateful for you joining me here — it means so much to me. Truly. It’s been such a tough year and the next one doesn’t look to be getting any easier with the people in power. I am working on my New Year’s Intentions list to post in the next couple weeks, but my heart is just so thankful for unity and community. Most of us aim to be on the right side of history and knowing that is what keeps hope alive for the triumph of decency and progress. Knowing that there are more good people than bad is a potent energy. Sending you all lots and lots of love. I’m going to keep it light and take some much needed time off in January, but I’ll definitely be popping in for some posts. I hope you make room for some self-care, too! xoxo Jen

SOME VERY LOVELY LINKS…

♥ Make sure to ENTER MY EGG PRESS GIVEAWAY! It ends next week.

♥ Take some time to curl up and peruse The Best of Honey Kennedy 2017!

♥ I put together these NYE HAIR IDEAS for you.

♥ If you’re on the hunt for your pretty NYE RED LIPSTICK!

♥ CHEERS! To CHAMPAGNE COCKTAILS & THE GLASSWARE.

♥ If you want some GOOD BOOZE IDEAS.

♥ And… MORE COCKTAILS & MOCKTAILS!

♥ I should do another soon — here are a bunch of MUSIC MIXES.

♥ If you’d rather stay home, here is my BIG LIST OF LOVELY BOOKS.

A SWEET DEAL:

♥ Fleur lovers! The amazing Floret seeds and dahlias go on sale on January 2nd! Be quick!

♥ Buy 2 of these magic self-care potions and get $20 off your total for a limited time!

♥ Get 20% off all the these jewels at Rebecca Mir Grady with GOODBYE2017 thru 12/31/17.

♥ Get 20% off all the jewels at Upper Metal Class with: HAPPYHOLIDAYS thru 12/31/17.

♥ Get 20% off everything at Wood & Faulk with code: AFTER thru 12/31/17.

♥ Get 20% off everything at Project Object with VERYLASTMINUTE thru 12/31/17.

♥ Get 15% off all those textiles from Flutter that I mentioned! Out of town? Give them a call.

♥ Get 40% off all these cozy styles with code: BIGONE now thru 12/31.

♥ Take an extra 30% off these final sale items with BIGONE thru 12/31/17.

♥ Take an extra 30% off all these sale styles with code: YESPLEASE thru 1/4/18.

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PHOTOS: Lana Turner looking like a badass queen in The Prodigal. Also, #bedgoals.