Happy Sunday, friends! This weekend was filled with holiday celebrations- from small get togethers to big parties and everything in between. Today we’re taking it easy with a good workout and home cooked meal in preparation for Monday. Last week was a busy one, and we each did something different that lead to new discoveries and entertaining moments. Keep reading to find out what brought a bit of joy to each of us…
Julia – Last week I attended a beauty event at one of our local boutiques, Ooh Beautiful, where Rose Marie Swift, the founder of RMS Beauty, was giving beauty advice and makeup tutorials using her products. I was familiar with the brand since a few of my friends here use and love her products, but I had yet to really try them or learn more about the line. Right away, I was blown away by Rose Marie. Not only was she completely inspiring, but she is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to organic makeup and why it makes such a huge difference. I happily sat down, had her take off my makeup, and work from the base up, giving me step by step instructions along the way. Right away, I could actually feel the difference in how my skin felt with the new makeup on, and looking in the mirror afterwards, it was clear that I was going to make a switch. I mentioned my experience on Instagram stories later that night and I got an overwhelming amount of responses from readers who either use the products already (all of which said they are obsessed) and others who wanted to learn more. It’s honestly fascinating and I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to discover this world. Quite a few readers even introduced me to sites like Credo Beauty who only carry clean skincare and makeup products. While I still have a lot to learn, I’m excited about switching up the same makeup routine I’ve been doing since high school. My skin needs a refresh. I’ve been playing around with the different products I bought, and so far, my favorites are the RMS Beauty Oil, Un-Coverup, Magic Luminizer and Coconut Makeup Wipes. I plan on posting more once I’m settled into a new routine- I have lots of tips from Rose Marie that I can’t wait to share!
Thomas – On Thursday night my favorite stand up comedian, Mike Birbiglia, performed in Charleston and it was even better than I could have hoped for. I had high expectations as I’ve seen everything he has on Netflix. He’s a master storyteller and at times, I forget that I’m watching a standup comedian, not because it isn’t funny but because I become so invested into the story. My face actually hurt from laughing.
It sounds weird to say but comedy is a passion of mine. If its intention is to make me laugh, then chances are I’ll love it, as long as it’s good. I’ve always had a special respect for stand up comedians, they are up there on stage with a blank canvas and when the lights come on, the audience expects one thing from them, “Be Funny!”. I love trying to be funny. For me it’s a challenge- understand the audience, use something from the situation or conversation and then try to twist that into a joke, all with a quick response time. But standup comedians don’t know their audience and they have to create relatable situations and then twist those to make jokes about. If they don’t pick the right topics or don’t have funny enough jokes about those topics, they won’t be funny, and you’ll turn off that comedy 5 minutes in. And that’s just the words on the paper, I could go on and on about what makes standup comedians funny, but I won’t do that to you guys. Instead, I’ve added a short list of some of my favorite comedy shows and standups that you may like too:
Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
Mike Birbiglia – Thank God For Jokes (Netflix)
Jerry Before Seinfeld (Netflix)
Best in Show
Laura – This past week’s moment of inspiration comes from the SoHo House gallery wall I spotted on Instagram. They’ve taken gallery walls to a whole new level by adding lots of levels, actually. I’m in love with the built-in sections to include more than just framed art; from sconces, to accent pieces, beautiful books, collectibles and so on. This is definitely on my future home checklist. I imagine something like this might be a pain to dust every now and then, but it’s fun to dream about! I also love the idea of keeping some of the built-ins completely empty to create some negative space between decor and that way my composition of pieces within the sections come together as one work of art entirely.
Last week I attended a Holiday Trunk Show at Zero George Street where local creatives and entrepreneurs came to share and sell some of their beautifully made products. I found this gorgeous embroidered clutch from The Celadon that was handmade in India and immediately knew I had to have it. It’s a jewel tone shade of golden yellow and it is currently sitting pretty in my bookcase until I take it for a night out on the town. It inspired me to potentially start a collection of handmade or vintage clutches to showcase on a similar gallery wall (or in my closet shelves someday)! I’ve never started a collection of items before, probably because I don’t like having extra things, but I’ve convinced myself that clutches are the best start for this.
Have you ever grown a special collection of something over the years? I’d love to hear what’s in your library and how you showcase it in your home or life!
Margaret – Every once in awhile I’ll be passed along a Youtube video from a friend that’s too funny/ cute not to share. I’ve shown pretty much everyone these videos of “Mila’s thoughts,” so it’s time to take this sharing to the next level, and introduce her to you on Sunday Series. Her sass is at a level well beyond her age (I think she’s three). I’m impressed. Maybe it’s her facial expressions, hand motions, or mix of both to convey her message, but she gets all of us and says what we’ve all thought at some point. Everything is funnier coming from a toddler. Please notice the eye rolls and how she holds her hand up to get her point across. Here’s what Mila has to say about Santa, the gym, and the joys of football season.