Friday, August 29, 2014

The Sewists ((my first book feature!))

Way back when, I used to make & sell these paper-bag skirts...and even taught my local sewing classes how to sew them.  Many tutorials and patterns popped up after that, so I stopped selling them. I ended up posting a tutorial here on my blog and was contacted shortly afterwards to share it in an upcoming book. I mean, how could I say no?
Fast forward a year or two and badda-bing, the book arrived on my doorstep! It's one thing to be featured in a magazine, but to work so hard to share fresh ideas with the internet world and it be published in a book -- it's a different ball game and I almost didn't share because I didn't want it to seem like I was tooting my own horn. BUT, what good is a blog if I can't share good news!? The Sewists is available today here

Here's a sneak peek into my section. I had literally just had Knox when they needed photos - so I had them just take whatever they needed from my website(s). I love how colorful it turned out!

Thanks for all the support along the way and sharing in the excitement with me! It's an exciting week in Oh, Sweet Joy! land :)


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Fall Vibes

Tee - C/O Riffraff 
((and then I went and bought the ivory one, too, because duh.))
Scarf (similar here) , Denim - Anthropologie 
Watch - Feral watches ((similar & less pricey here))
Booties - Matisse

Honestly, Sundays are one of the few days a week I've been getting *actually* dressed recently. I've been working my rear-end off getting ready for the Fall/Winter collection launch. I'm not aiming at perfection, that's impossible...but I want it to be intentional and put together (not thrown together out of excitement - although that works for me sometimes haha). I want the look-book to be cohesive and well-thought out and attainable for any style/age/size/shape. I'm rambling, y'all. 

Knox usually wakes up early and we play and eat breakfast and Chase leaves for work and we meet up with him at church. I put on a ten minute episode of Bob the Builder so I can try and look decent  put on makeup and do something with my mop hair. Then I let him jump on the bed while I get dressed. I know, mom of the year. TV and dangerous activities. 

Oh, you want a close up of these awesome shoots booties? Well, only if you promise to pretend that my leg doesn't look broken. 


Friday, August 22, 2014

Favorite Things Friday 8.22.14

I kind of loved bringing back a pseudo favorite things friday last week...I thought I would round up my faves from this week too!

1. This Haters Gonna Hate tee. Coincidentally, I had a haters gonna hate tee design in a girly font that I decided to hold off with until spring. Then I saw this at Riffraff and knew I had to snag it for the time being! 

2.  T-Swift's Shake it Off. On repeat, y'all. Goes pretty well with the above tee, if I do say so myself. ;)

3.  Buffalo Chicken Dip - One night this week, I made buffalo chicken salads and then this dip to snack on until dinner time. It's so addicting and delicious. I made it a bit different than this recipe, but I'm sure it tastes the same!

4. Gardening - Y'all. my flower beds are looking so gorgeous.  Dahlias, geraniums, daisies, and a giant orange poppy just bloomed! I can't believe that I have enjoyed taking care of plants as much as I have this summer. Word on the street is I need to start planting spring flowers soon. FUN!

5. Sales and Discounts - the bicycle peplum tee is on sale ($25, normally $32!) through tomorrow. Hop to it! 


Thursday, August 21, 2014

((outfit schmoutfit)) falling for maxis

I've always loved styling maxi skirts (exhibit a/ exhibit b/ exhibit c), but that usually ends when summer does. This is the first time I've styled a maxi with boots or booties and maybe it's the darker tones in the skirt - but I think it really works!  I also love how this maxi is fitted up top and then flowy towards the bottom. The slits were OUTTA control high, so I sewed them down another 6-8 inches. Ain't nobody need to see that much of my leg.

maxi skirt - forever 21 (similar here and here)
v-neck (similar here and here)
hat - target (also here)
booties - c/o riffraff


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

((recipe)) Grilled Peaches with Honeycomb & Vanilla Ice Cream

Have y'all ever grilled peaches? They somehow become even sweeter when they start to caramelize and get those perfect grill marks. Today, I'm showing y'all how I recently combined two of my favorite delicacies - grilled peaches and honeycomb - for a delicious TREAT. Whole Foods had these amazing Palisade peaches that I couldn't resist. You can smell their peachy aroma just walking near them. Simply irresistible. If you haven't ever had a Palisade peach, oh boy. You are missing out. 

We were recently given some honeycomb from some friends who live on a farm that also raises bees for honey. There isn't anything in life much better than that. ;) Especially combined with grilled peaches.

Here's the recipe ((serves 1-2))
-Slice peach in half and heat grill. I brushed coconut oil on there so the peaches wouldn't stick. 
-Place peach halves, flesh down, on the grill. Leave for 3-5 minutes, or until it's nice & warm and there are gorgeous grill marks on the peach. 
-Place peach on a plate or in a bowl and serve with a good scoop of vanilla ice cream. Put a square of honeycomb by the peach and sprinkle it all with cinnamon. 
-Drizzle with honey for added sweetness & flavor. 
((these would be SO cute served in one of those mini cast iron skillets!))



Thursday, August 14, 2014

fun friday links

I thought the perfect way to wrap up my week is to link to a few highlights, as well as a few things I'm loving this week on the interwebs. A couple of highlights were 1 - taking an afternoon off of work and playing hooky from emails and headbands and 2 - spending some time playing with watercolors. Not fancy watercolors, but the kind you buy in the kid's school supply aisle. It was so fun and good for my brain to stretch it in another direction...regardless of the outcome. and now? It's link time.  Ready? OKAY.

1. This video made me literally laugh out loud. If you love college football like we do over here in the Davis household, if you went to Texas A&M or just love a ridiculous and spontaneous dance move - watch here

2. These booties have been the MVP of my wardrobe this week. They're just so fun. 

3. Here's a sneak peek// a look into my moodboard for our Fall/Winter line and look book. I'm so used to getting pumped about one product at a time, that I rush into making items available for purchase. I've really been seeking to be intentional about planning a cohesive line, or collection, and praying about it each step of the way. It may take a bit for it all to come together  but the end result will be something I'm proud of and that will all launch at once. I'm pumped about how all the designs are coming together and hope the lookbook turns out the way it looks in my head!

4. We eat a lot of meat around here, but I'm excited to make these meat-less tacos tonight. 

5. ((a flag that waves itself)) This by Rachel on the Influence blog simply nailed it...and by it, I mean the gospel. Well done, friend.

6. Two kick starters to check out - & the boulder food park.

Have a great weekend, y'all!


Monday, August 11, 2014

((outfit schmoutfit)) a nod to summer and a wink to fall

When I wake up in the mornings, there's the teensiest hint of Fall in the air. We're lucky here in Colorado to be able to wear sweaters earlier than most...but we're not *quite* there yet, unless you're up in the mountains. Usually by mid-morning and for sure by noon, it's hot as all get-out. Well, it's really only been hitting upper 80's, lower 90's....but that Colorado sun is brutal, y'all. 

Anywho, this outfit may be a little premature, but oh well. It's been a really difficult season and although I typically LOVE summer - the warm weather, the margaritas, the pool days (of which I've enjoyed zero thus far) - I'm more than anticipating/ready for a new season, a fresh start, a clean slate.  I just realized last week that I haven't really been able to enjoy summer like I should/normally do. This will lead me to squeezing summer for all it's worth the next few weeks and really trying to savor it. It will also lead to more & more excitement as the weather does remain cool and the days get shorter. And football season. I'm excited for football season. Saturdays spent wearing maroon, eating jalapeƱo poppers and watching the Aggies. Oh, yes. Farmer's Fight.  

I'm digressing again. Back to the outfit post. 

This outfit gives just a wink of summer - but the booties really anchor it for Fall, don't you think? Speaking of these booties, I can't really explain to you how much I love them. They're so comfortable and sassy and fun and I want to wear them with everything. When it's too warm, I can toss off the ((gorgeous)) kimono and still nod to the summer temps while anticipating the crisp air that is to come in a few weeks. 

((discount code on my sidebar!))
Lip color: this & this mixed