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Soaring Soul Organic T-Shirt Review

There are very few moments of Zen when you are the mom to a 3 year old. Ok, there are no moments of Zen. In fact it’s pretty much chaos, noise, mess, and joyful exhaustion until bedtime. So the idea of me sitting in lotus pose deep in meditation is sort of hilarious. (more…)

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Yoga for Clear Healthy Skin

Our Karma Krewe bud, Heather, has been working at finding ways to clear her skin holistically, without using harsh chemicals or medications. Last month, Heather shared her delicious homemade detox tea recipe with us that has really helped clarify her skin, and today she is sharing a few simple yoga poses that will help get the blood flowing to your face to promote healthy, glowing skin. Doing a few fun yoga poses every day sounds easy enough! Here is more info from Heather on why yoga is good for a glowing face: (more…)

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Detox Teas for Healthy Skin – Recipe

When I wake up in the morning there is nothing that can make me feel like I’m walkin’ on sunshine quite like a delicious cup of detox tea. It’s just a wonderful way to awaken the senses, before diving into the day. Are you looking for a recipe for a good detox tea? Read on for more info on a great detox tea for healthy skin! (more…)

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Stargirl Butterfly Trip

Summers for me, remind me of Stargirl, one of my favorite books of all time is Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. Summer is a time for riding bikes, walking in the dessert, mediation, and just enjoying the sun. The story is about a girl who is a unique individual, a outcast at times, a girl who cares about people, and plants, and the world, who teaches people how to be themselves, and enjoy life, who makes a impression on one boy, and ends up disappearing in the end, but leaving a mark always. (more…)

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Folk Art Design

I would consider myself a creative person. In grade school I drew, years later I branched out and tackled sewing, design and embroidery. But with all areas of life there seems to be times of inspiration and times of… well ruts. My creativity seems to be fickle at times, dependent on variables, locations, schedules, and simply inspiration. (more…)

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Tips for Hunting Mushrooms

Magic mushrooms is the greatest print ever. The softest raglan ever. This weekend I took some pictures with my daughter and husband, the hardest thing in the world can be getting a good picture with a child. You have to have treats, silly faces, and be willing to try a million different spots and angles. (more…)

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Kindness Matters : Friendship Bracelets for Haiti

So I’m sure all you Soul Flower lovers have been hearing all about National Volunteer Week, and Soul Flowers Kindness Matters Giveaway. If you haven’t shared your story, be sure to do so before the 31st! I have loved reading about the other volunteer experiences, it’s nice to be reminded that in a sometimes “every-man-for himself” world, in a day of crisis and hard times, people are still willing to step outside of their everyday life and do something good. Even though it isn’t required, it might not directly benefit us, and sometimes it isn’t asked for or even appreciated, regardless people find the need to serve, and help, and make the world a better place when they really don’t have to. It is inspiring.

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Well, I heard about the giveaway, and I didn’t have any volunteer ideas in mind. I used to help out at a retirement/ rehabilitation center, which was so much fun, but having a little baby, and not feeling so great, I needed to think of something that would work for now. The beautiful thing about volunteering is there are so many options, there are millions of ways you can help, if you search around a bit, you really can find a opportunity that you will enjoy and that will really use your talents to help others. I find everything happens for a reason, and while I was at church Sunday a friend mentioned that her and her sister were collecting friendship bracelets for orphans in Haiti.

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My Kindness Matters Organic T-Shirt and some friendship bracelets I made 🙂

This was a perfect opportunity for me, something I had the stuff for, something I could do, and although its something little, the fact that a bright colored bracelet could mean so much to a little kid who has hardly anything in terms of family, food, and circumstances, means alot to me. It was something I was excited to do.

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These kids have nothing, one pair of clothes, only one meal a day (no snacks) and just really hard circumstances (over the weekend they even ran out of formula for the babies, so just had to feed them water,) Some of these kids are orphans because their parents abandoned them, couldn’t afford them, died or are missing. The last visit they didn’t have enough bracelets for everyone, the ones who got them just thought they were the coolest things, the ones that didn’t get one were pretty sad. Their goal is to make 250 bracelets so everyone can have one.

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Soul Flower’s Kindness Matters Tee 

I have already made 30, and am trying to get as many done this week as I can, my goal is at least 50, hopefully 100, that way I will be sure everyone gets ones, and gets to choose the one they want. I mentioned this to my family, and Sunday we are having a family dinner, where my brothers, sisters, cousins, and friends said they would also pitch in and make some to send. Although this is something very minimal in terms of making a difference in the world, I most likely only spent $8.00 on supplies, and they are after all just bracelets, I think it is the little things that count, that matter, the effort, the gesture, the fact that you did it, even when you could have said no.

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I like pairing this top with Soul Flower’s Night Nomad Hemp Satchel 🙂

When I first saw the Kindness Matters Organic Tee, I instantly loved it, The color and style are perfect, but the saying really stuck with me. I could use a reminder. I think at times I can be a little shut-off, I am warm and loving and .kind to my friends and family, but maybe I stop it there. Do I build up a hard shell around strangers, if someone doesn’t mean anything to me, or I feel like I wont see them again, so I even acknowledge them? Do I not smile, when I should? Are strangers to me just props and scenery when really they could be so much more, complex, beautiful, struggling  eating breathing human beings like everyone else? I think we forget that, I know I do. The other day I was moving some things, and one of my bags broke, this kind stranger quickly jumped up to help me, asking if I needed help to my car. She helped me carry all my bags, and wished me a happy day. Her smile and positive attitude just made my day. Why am I holding back, when I can make someone feel how she made me feel, why not?

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Hopefully you all got a chance to have a wonderful experience, but if not, remember, the little things matter too, smile at someone, try not to honk at the driver who cuts you off, surprise someone with a note or cookies, be kind. Kindness does matter.

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My Mint Swirl Skater Dress & A Thrift Trip

Mint. Mint would have to be one of my favorite colors, especially in summer. Something about it is so fresh, so girly and so vintage. I see mint, I instantly think of mint porcelain tea cups, tiny key lime bars, and cucumber sandwiches. This dress reminds me of the 1960s, picnics, and Sundays. I love the color, I love that this Swirls Skater Dress can be worn as a maternity dress (I am 7 months along) because of the flowing knit material. I also love the fun little swirls pattern and that the dress is made of earth-kind organic cotton in the USA. Usually I would pair this minty color with more pastels, which is pretty, but being inspired by flea markets and thrift shops, I decided to be a little random, mixing oranges, reds, and prints into this more retro look.

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The mint Swirls Skater dress even has a hand-drawn design!
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 I also carried my fave Mushrooms Messenger Bag which I reviewed recently! 🙂
Spring has just arrived, I have been cooped up in the house getting ready for my new baby, It was a perfect day to get outside and go for a walk. There is this tiny little antique shop a few blocks away, I decided to take the afternoon and browse. This particular shop always lines out a bunch of its items outside in the summer, luring all sorts of people in. I love the mix of colors, mix of old and new, the worn and chipped and faded. Everything is one of a kind. I always stop to look at their collection of colored glasses, wooden duck decoys, and stained glass windows.

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Modern times have turned to a throw-away society. We buy, we make, then we throw away, and buy some more. There is so much treasure out there, so many ways to reuse, re-purpose or go organic. Maybe this month, choose local, choose organic, or find something old and make it new. Because history, experience, and a little bit of rust, can be beautiful.

Peace,
Heather
Latter Day Style

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Works Great as a Diaper Bag

So I am nesting. I just hit my 30 week mark, 7 months, and only a few more weeks until I have my second little girl. Being my second baby I feel like I am a little more prepared, when it comes to knowing what I always should carry. I saw the Mushrooms Messenger Bag, and I instantly thought about how perfect it would be for a diaper bag. I love the saddle bag style, I love the neutral tan color that will literally match every outfit (plus my husband will be able to carry it around without feeling a little girly), and I also love the bit of fantasy the hand-drawn mushroom illustrations add to it.

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Close-up of the hand-drawn mushroom design
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It has adjustable straps
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And is the perfect size for carrying the essentials

The second It got here, I immediately wanted to test it out, make sure it could easily hold all I needed. I packed in the diapers, wipes, a blanket, a change of clothes, toys, the works. And surprisingly it all fit perfectly. Even though the bag doesn’t look big, it will certainly hold the essentials (whether or not you are using it as a diaper bag, school bag, or a purse). The magnetic snap ensures nothing will fall out while I go about my day. And since it’s made of cotton canvas (50% organic cotton), it’s really durable with a sturdy padded strap.

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I am so ready for the summer, I am so ready for this new baby, and I cannot wait to tote along my mushroom saddle bag in the process. It’s just a really great bag!

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Peace,
Heather
Latter Day Style

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Three Little Branches to Spring

 

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The neon/ pastel colors on a basic grey shirt, is so brilliant

So all the snow has finally melted, I’m not sure if it is officially spring yet, but it feels like it. For me when all the snow is melted, and the weather is tolerable, then it is officially spring. And once I got my 3 Little Branches Eco T- Shirt in the mail, then I knew I really needed to get out and celebrate this warm weather, and the happiness the sun brings. I love this top, the second I saw it I about died, the neon/ pastel colors on a basic grey shirt, is so brilliant, along with the Henna-like design, it is just so bright and happy. The swirls of the leaves reminded me a bit of Native American dream catchers. After pairing the eco-friendly top with mint green jeans, I knew I had the perfect shoes to wear. I got these striped tribal moccasins thrifted and they finished the look. With my camera in hand and my sunglasses on I knew just where I wanted to spend the afternoon.

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There is this little historical monument I have been to a few times, and have always been inspired by the old western feel and look of things. The spring makes me feel like taking a road trip to Texas or Arizona, I want to go to an old ghost town, or visit a amazing gift shop with beaded necklaces and dream catchers. The texture and color of this little building is amazing, ranging from the old log house with its grainy, weather-worn stained wood, the canvas embellished tee-pees to the adobe house with its curved clay shingles. So much history around us, so much history uncovered in the spring, and so much history awaiting us.

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Remember back in the winter, when I talked about snow, and how it blankets and conceals everything? You can easily forget what is buried underneath, like buried treasure or historical relics, it may take time, or a bit of digging to discover what happened in the past, and what was buried there. But eventually spring will come, the leaves with sprout, and things will get better. I am so happy for this weather, this time of year. Be sure to get outside and enjoy it, you waited all winter for today, at least I did!

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Peace,
Heather
Check out more style ideas over at my blog Latter Day Style 

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Blue Jean Baby, L.A. Lady

Because I am always altering old t-shirts, and sewing knits, I have been wanting a serger for some time. So after saving, and after some Christmas money, I got an early present. I must say I have been sewing on it daily, and feel a bit like that tiny dancer girl, you know “seamstress for the band”? I figured a day of sewing and embroidery would be a perfect occasion to wear the L.A. Lady Blue Jean Shirt. It is relaxed, comfy, made in the USA, and I love the lyrical reference, love the song, and just love the clever blue jean button up.

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Love dressing up this blue jean button up

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Dig the tie-dyed jean

I have been thinking in strings of  lights lately, my thoughts scrambled in between colorful lights. I want to cover everything in glitter, and cover every inch of my house in lights. I have been working on embellishing this grey t-shirt I have, with rows and rows of colorful thread, it reminds me of colorful rays of light.

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Looks great layered or on its own

The other week my husband tells me he has a surprise, and to get my coat. I figure we are just looking at something outside, but we proceed to get in the car, drive a while, and we pull up to a house covered, I mean COVERED in lights, it was beautiful I don’t think I have ever seen anything so colorful! He changes the station, and the lights are perfectly orchestrated to the music, blinking in and out with the song, changing colors, and pulsing out the rhythm and bringing each song to life. It was so inspiring, made me want to go home and create, be inspired, and finish up my rainbow tee so I could wear it with my jean top, as they would be perfect together.

Hope everyone had a colorful & bright holiday season & a happy new year!

Heather

Tiny Dancer

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Pretty eyed, pirate smile, you’ll marry a music man
Ballerina, you must have seen her dancing in the sand
And now she’s in me, always with me, tiny dancer in my hand
Jesus freaks out in the street
Handing tickets out for God
Turning back she just laughs
The boulevard is not that bad
Piano man he makes his stand
In the auditorium
Looking on she sings the songs
The words she knows, the tune she hums
But oh how it feels so real
Lying here with no one near
Only you, and you can hear me
When I say softly, slowly
Hold me closer tiny dancer
Count the headlights on the highway
Lay me down in sheets of linen
you had a busy day today
Blue jean baby, L.A. lady, seamstress for the band
Pretty eyed, pirate smile, you’ll marry a music man
Ballerina, you must have seen her dancing in the sand
And now she’s in me, always with me, tiny dancer in my hand
But oh how it feels so real
Lying here with no one near
Only you, and you can hear me
When I say softly, slowly
– Elton John

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Hippie Burlesque Skirt : Live in the Moment

I feel like I can’t get enough apples this fall, you would think after spending the last few weeks drying bushels of apples, making cinnamon apples, and pies I would have had my fill of apples for the year. But after getting the Hippie Burlesque Organic Skirt all I can think of are caramel apples. Luckily I still have a little basket of apples, and a bag of caramels.

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Hippie Burlesque Organic Skirt

When you think of fall do you think of food? I can’t stop dreaming of cinnamon doughnuts, hot cocoa, pumpkin pie, peppermint ice cream, all those seasonal special treats. That’s how I think fall should be special, its seasonal, its unique, its beautiful and it comes and goes too fast. Its fleeting, if you don’t take a minute to sit down, play in the leaves, smell the campfire, and pick some apples, they will be gone before you know it. Its a challenge, to live in the moment, and breathe it all in.

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It’s a challenge to live in the moment and breathe it all in

Fall officially feels like it has arrived, I love the seasons, I love the holidays, the family, the food, and I love the clothes. I love layering, mixing and playing with darker colors, I love leggings, sweaters, and boots. Looking over the Soul-Flower fall catalog, I was so inspired by the layering, the gloves, hats, and leggings, that I had to create an outfit that had the same details, I think any color leggings are perfect under dresses or skirts, I wear them as the warmest tights, they make any outfit ready for the chilly weather. I also love layering knits, they are so easy and cozy, you feel ready to take on the cold weather, and explore.

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This organic skirt is perfect for fall and winter because it looks great with warm layers

I love my new Hippie Burlesque Organic Skirt the color is so rich, it reminds me of warm apple cider, cranberry sauce  red velvet cake with a bit of egg nog, its like Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas all rolled into one. This skirt will be my go to piece this fall, it fits into whatever i’m doing, its flexible, comfy, and has a bit of that holiday spirit I live for. Bring on the leaves, bring on the snow!

I am ready to soak up the season.
Heather

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Falling Leaves & Cherry Blossoms

I grew up in the beautiful state of Michigan, I have moved various times since then, but for me Michigan will always remind me of growing up, and the simple beauty of nature. My afternoons were spent with my best friend, exploring the woods in her back yard, on camp-outs we would collect leafs, twigs, and acorns and build tiny “fairy” homes.
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Organic, fleece lined Cherry Blossom Tunic

Lazy summer days we would sprawl out in our backyard reading under our cherry tree. This wasn’t any ordinary cherry tree, it was a mix between a weeping willow and a cherry tree, so the long branches would almost create a pink, flowery curtain encircling us, and on windy days tiny petals would rain down like confetti, sprinkling the ground with papery pink pieces.

When I saw the Mod Cherry Tunic I was instantly reminded of those happy days. Even the design is so childlike, the large pockets, the jumper style and the wide collar, reminds me of something a cute little girl with pig-tails and ribbons would wear, it is so youthful and fun. The moment I got it I knew it would be a perfect outfit to wear while exploring and playing in the fall leaves.

My backyard now reminds me of my childhood memories, our house is older and tiny, and we have a few old trees that practically take over our yard, there branches create a green golden canopy and if it is windy, you might find a few leaves swirling around, almost like my cherry blossom days as a child.

There is something beautiful about the simplicity of nature, the colors of fall leaves, a whole rainbow of hues a gift from nature. I guess this little trip outside reminded me how beautiful fall can be, how amazing it is that I can find a million different shades of green in my own backyard, and to remember the happiness you can experience in little things.

Beautiful embroidery! 

Maybe it is the rainy weather, maybe it is a dogs sloppy kiss, or maybe it is a warm cozy sweater, whatever it is, breathe it in, let it remind you of the good and help you forgive the bad. Because there is nothing better than feeling like a child again.

For further info check out my blog Latter Day Style where I have a video review of the Cherry Blossom Tunic and my latest Soul Flower wishlist! 🙂

Happy fall,
Heather

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