Head Over Heals | Derby Madness!

My absence explained: It's Kentucky Derby madness! I landed yesterday and can't wait to debut my two new hats (fascinators, actually) that I put some loving hours into creating. Until I return, here is some inspiration for your own Derby hat adventures... Stay tuned next week for a recap on all things Derby as well as a full guide on throwing a perfect picnic party and of course I'll be back with the usual daily dose of inspiration!

Play with Unique Colors

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I love this hat for its unique color palette. You can find any basic hat and turn it into a unique art piece with a trip to Hobby Lobby or Michaels and a hot glue gun!

Sheer Madness

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Dede Valentine is a great source of inspiration.  Couture milliner to the stars, her beautiful creations simply take your breath away! I love this one, with its unique shape and sheer base paired with a pop of watermelon color.

Ship Shape

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Focus on the shape! I love the saucer hat.  It gives a vintage and elegant feel that is perfect for the Derby.  Rumor has it, the saucer hat shape was invented as a privacy hat for royal attendees and celebrities. They could chat and show their faces to their group while their hat shielded the press and paparazzi.

Fascinator Fashion

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Fascinators allow for ample flexibility with height and embellishments.  I made my Kentucky Oaks hat as well as my Kentucky Derby hat as fascinators (I'll debut those next week!).  Pick up a hat form from etsy.com or find a local millinery shop and start building!

Get Crazy with It

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You just can't take things too seriously, okay? Instead of getting caught up in the I have to look the best out of anyone or else mentality, poke fun at it!  It takes a great sense of humor and a dash of confidence to pull it off, but... who wouldn't want those qualities?!

Have so much fun in your Derby adventures and stay tuned for more creative inspiration coming your way!

Trailer Tuesday | Elsie's Renovation Inspiration

It's Trailer Tuesday! I want to introduce you to the beautiful and lovely, Elsie, my 1960 Shasta trailer. Elsie is named after my Grandma Snyder. She was such an adventurous, loving, and beautiful woman and I hope that Elsie and I can carry on her beautiful legacy.

meet elsie
meet elsie

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I'm so blessed to have found her from an awesome family in Montana, in great condition and basically a giant blank canvas for me to play with! There's something so special about restoring a piece of history and giving it new life and purpose again. Her refridgerator, stove, oven and electrical are all in working condition. Don't get too excited... there is still tons of work to be done before she's ready to debut! Reupholstering, new flooring, new paint, new table and, of course, a beautifully decorated interior are on the must list of to do's. Oh my, what an expensive hobby I've chosen!

ElsiesCOLOR PALETTE
ElsiesCOLOR PALETTE

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Behold her renovation inspiration! I'm incorporating all things that make my heart flutter: lace, black&white, gold, mint, chartreuse and touches of pink, vintage elements, all mixed with a bohemian and natural feel. Everything whimsically fancy, of course!

all roads lead too...
all roads lead too...

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I can't wait to see my Elsie and I adventuring across America on the open road with nothing but the wind against us!

Hooray!

I’ve been brewing this for so long, it’s about time I get starting on this blogging adventure!I’ve come up with a daily topic – there happen to be 7 that catch my fancy – one for each day of the week!  I know that inspiration doesn’t arrive this linearly, but I’ll use it as a way to keep the ideas and creativity flowing!

Starting next week, stay tuned for:

motivationmondays
motivationmondays

All things positive and thought-provoking.  Just because everyone else has a “case of the Mondays” doesn’t mean you have to jump off the bridge too!

trailertuesdays
trailertuesdays

Vintage trailer madness! Find inspiration on trailer trippin, decorating, and hopefully updates on my own 1960 Shasta love, Elsie!

bashwednesdays
bashwednesdays

Inspiration for your next soiree! Here I’ll showcase some of my latest events or inspiration for upcoming ones that I’m excited about!

thirstythursdays
thirstythursdays

I’ll share advice and motivation to keep on heading towards your dreams- you know we all need it!  Whether you’re an artist, entrepreneur, traveler or just plain dreamer, this will be a good boost to keep your motivation up to accomplish those soul-brewed goals.

fancyfoodfridays
fancyfoodfridays

Succulent recipes abound! This will be the headquarters for all things yummy and creative.

spacesaturdays
spacesaturdays

With a passion for all things colorful and creative, I believe your space should be the headquarters! I'll share inspiration for making your nest the best place to display your unique you!

stylesundays
stylesundays

Your style visualizes your inner creativity.  Get inspired for your next peacockin' outfit!

I'm looking forward to many more adventures with you!