To all my thirty something peeps:
Aging can be a wonderful thing... ;)
Today I'm wishing my big brother Jonas a Happy Birthday!
Hope you have a wonderful day! Love you!
(Image made using Martha Stewart Craftstudio ITunes app.)
Somewhere in the Grand Canyon in Arizona lies Havasu Falls. I've yet to have the opportunity to go to the Grand Canyon but if I ever get to, I want to go here. It's a place that just seems steeped in mystery and history to me. The history of the earth and it's peoples. The stunning vista it provides fuels my desire for adventure.
I've always dreamed of rafting through the canyon and stopping along the way to make camp near places like Havasu Falls. That being said, I have no clue where in the canyon it lies so I'm not sure that's even possible... Lol.
A girl can dream though, right?
(Image via Pinterest.)
(You can purchase it here.)
"I am seeking
I am striving
I am in it
With all my heart."
Vincent Van Gogh
I want to end my Inspire Me Tuesdays during what many consider to be a month about love on this note.
Love is not all about romantic endeavors and being swept off your feet.
Love, both romantic and otherwise, is about seeking, striving, and being in it (whatever that may be) with all your heart.
When we choose to do these things in love we are not being passive. We are making an active choice. A choice that has to be made every day and from moment to moment. When we live like this we can't lose because no matter what happens we are secure knowing that we truly loved and truly gave our all.
I challenge us all to seek more, strive more, and be in more, and give everything we do and our loved ones more.
Let's give them our whole hearts.
Who knows what we might find or get in return? At the worst we'll find ourselves and a renewed sense of worth... Sounds pretty awesome to me.
(Via Oh My Deer.)
When I saw this fun bright clutch filled with floating neon glitter I fell quirkily in love. It totally reminds me of those glitter and water filled bangle bracelets I used to sport as a kid in the best way.
Neon glitter floats inside a liquid-filled lucite box clutch from Kotur. A crystal kiss lock opens the top, and a rolo chain links one side. Optional pouch. Dust bag included.
Weight: 20oz / 0.57kg.
Height: 4in / 10cm
Length: 6in / 15.5cm
Depth: 2.25in / 5.75cm
After discovering a trove of vintage brocades in an old mill in Hong Kong, native New Yorker and Parsons-educated designer Fiona Kotur was inspired to create a line of handbags that reflected her love of art and fashion. The initial Kotur collection was unveiled in 2004, and ever since, these unique handbags have been sought after by the global fashion set. With pieces that are as easily suited to fashion week as they are to date night, Kotur handbags are the modern woman's carryall of choice."
I think it'd be a great twist with jeans or all dressed up. And it would definitely make me feel young at heart. The $395.00 price tag on the other hand... But that's why it's called wishful thinking though, right?
Would you carry a clutch this eccentric?
(Images and info via Shopbop.)
Have you been kind to yourself lately?
I know I struggle with this a lot. I'm a glass half full kind of gal unless it comes to myself.
I tend to beat myself up and tell myself that I'm under accomplished or not good enough. I often let my poor health, lack of time, etc. make me feel bad about what I haven't done or can't do anymore... When I should really be letting those things make me feel extra good about what I have accomplished and still can accomplish instead... Do you struggle with similar issues?
Hopefully this quote will help to remind me to be as optimistic and compassionate towards myself as I am to others.
I deserve it and you do too!
Today is not just Valentine's Day, it's also my lovely sister in laws birthday!
I was super excited to help surprise her for her birthday earlier this week on Wednesday.
Unbeknownst to her, her Mother and brother flew down from Ohio and I picked them up at the airport and took them over to the house.
This is what happened:
(The really big guy is her husband, my little brother.)
Her reaction was priceless!
Happy, Happy Birthday Jenny!
(Image created and owned by Krista Carson.)
(Found via Let Me Eat Pears tumblr.)
With Valentines Day coming later this week, I think it's a good time to stop and remember to feel with our hearts.
Shoe love... It's often rather irrational, no?
(All images via Anthropologie.)
Tiny heart shadows in a porcelain candle holder.
Enjoying driving my still fairly new car. (And still enjoying my sparkly blue diamond engagement ring too!)
(All designs and images created and owned by Krista Carson.)
If your interested you can purchase it here.
(Via Joss and Main)
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Kate Spade always gets it right.
Fun, sassy, and classy? Yes, please!
Here are my current favorite picks:
Isn't the bow on the back of the dress just the sweetest?!
(All images via Kate Spade.)
Hope these oranges help remind you that warmer days are yet to come! Also, halfway to Friday! What, what!
(All images created and owned by Krista Carson.)
Here's my little something special I told you about earlier!
It's a delicate sterling silver and ruby handcrafted "Secret Love" necklace.
Each lovely ruby bead represents a dot and each sterling cylinder bead represents a dash. Together on their delicate sparkly 18" chain they spell out "Love" in Morse code!
I love love but that doesn't mean I always want to my heart on my sleeve or a literal heart around my neck. I created this necklace for those times when you want something special but also delicate and subtle in a lovely way.
It's a great gift for yourself, friends, sisters, or mothers! It's also great for hinting about to that special someone in your life...
I'm still just getting started with Argento Alchemy again so I only have a limited amount of these at the moment.
Hopefully my new etsy website will be up soon but in the meantime if your interested please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Each necklace is $30.00 and shipping to the continental U.S. is free! All other shipping zones will be shipped at the current US Postal Service rate.)
(Design is property of Krista Carson. All images are created and owned by Krista Carson.)
Things are still pretty crazy around here*... But after my health recently affected me in a negative way once again (and also a sad way that I'm not quite ready to chat about...) I decided it was time to start putting myself first.
For me that means saying no when something is too much, accepting the support of my loved ones (and not feeling guilty about it), putting my body's health before things like dishes and laundry**, and allowing myself to do what I love most; being creative.
Allowing myself to get creative fills me up and de-stresses me like nothing else. Also, it's high time I listen to my Doctors and do the things that help keep my body relaxed and whole. For me that's making.
When I'm playing my ukelele or guitar, writing songs, painting, or any other number of things, I feel good. The only thing that makes me feel better is when I get to share those things with loved ones and the world around me.
Because of that I decided it was high time to get back to work making jewelry for my line Argento Alchemy. I put it on hold to care for a family member for an extended period of time, then because of our move, then because of my own health issues, but no more.
Argento Alchemy is back and it feels awesome! Of course, with that amount of time passing and a Paciffic to Atlantic level location change I'm starting all over at the beginning again... But I don't mind beacause as Julie Andrews sang, it's a very good place to start!
It's not January and this is not a New Years resolution but a life change that needs to stick for my own health. It comes with its challenges, rheumatoid arthritis and hands that randomly go numb... But it's so worth it for the kick ass feeling I get when I power through and create something that another person cherishes.
What are you doing in your life to take care of you? Whatever it is, let's stop feeling guilty about it together and start feeling awesome because when we take care of ourselves we can also share our best selves! Isn't that the goal in life anyway?
Oh, and more to come on the special something very soon!
(All images created and owned by Krista Carson.)
*Yes, I'm still putting away all our Christmas decor after being gone for most of January. Yes, I know it's February... (Sheesh.) And, no, don't cry for me Argentina because I was in Hawaii for my sisters gorgeous wedding. (Yay! Congrats Mr. and Mrs. Rowin!)
** for me that means exercising first and if I don't have the energy to do the dishes when I'm done, well, they can wait... And shockingly wait they do! Lol, who knew? Revolutionary right?