Wednesday, November 26, 2014

thoughts on twenty seven

Looking back on the last year honestly makes me a tad weepy. I wrote this post on my last birthday and woah. What began as a year without goals turned into way more than I could have hoped for.  I can't begin to comprehend the beauty and blessings that have been poured over my life since those words were written.

Dreams came true and prayers answered. New and dear friendships have been made. Countless celebrations of life and love have taken place. So much to be thankful for.

Twenty-Seven has brought...
a better understanding of the freedom that comes with being myself and being vulnerable.
a joy that wells up inside when I pour my heart and soul into the people and things I'm passionate about.
an overwhelming calm that happens when I release my tight grip and allow life to just be.
a greater sense of His sweet peace and assurance when I'm still figuring out how to balance it all.
an understanding that when I get out of my own way, He has room to work. And it's more beautiful and fulfilling than anything I could ever imagine for myself.

It has been quite a year. A year of growth, of learning, of being stretched and molded. A year of blood, sweat, and definitely some tears. It's been a year I will always hold dear.

Thank you to everyone who sent me a birthday wish! My heart is overflowing from your loving words and support. ♡ 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Our Journey with Essential Oils


As you might know about me, I am always looking for cleaner healthier ways to enhance my family's health and wellbeing. A few months ago, I was introduced to Young Living essential oils by my sweet friend, Casey Wiegand. If you haven't heard of YL, I am SO excited to tell you all about these powerful little bottles!

I've known about and used essential oils for quite some time, but there was something different about YL that stuck out to me. Extracted through careful steam distillation and cold pressing, only unadulterated essential oils are used in YL products. Because of their PURE botanicals, they can be used in many ways: diffused, inhaled, applied topically, incorporated into massage, or taken internally. That's right. These oils are so pure, you can ingest them! YL essential oils are as good as it gets, friends. And every day I learn another tip on how to use them.

As we start our journey with Young Living EOs, I thought I would share with you along the way. If you currently use them and would like to share you experience with us, I would love for you to comment below with your favorite YL tips! I'm all about learning together. If you have been thinking about using essential oils and want to know more, please comment below with your name and e-mail and I would be happy to help you get started. 




*** Any suggestions made on this blog are very specific to Young Living essential oils and should not be used with oils from another source. Statements made on this website about Young Living Essential Oils have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products and information are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician. If you are currently on medication, please DO NOT STOP. This is just how I make & do things. you must make informed decision for yourself and your own family. 


beautiful painting by Oana Befort


Monday, November 17, 2014

feathers and stone



i have this love for barns, vines, and effortless tops.




stone sweater: urban outfitters
pants: free people (similar here)
booties: forever21 (similar here)
feather necklace: anthropologie
hat: forever21

photos by the lovely violet short


Thursday, November 13, 2014

O+H with Better Homes & Gardens!

I am pinching myself as I sit here looking at photos of my home from last Christmas on the Better Homes and Gardens website! A few months ago I received surprising news that BHG wanted to feature O+H on their Christmas website collection. After the initial jaw dropping shock, I immediately said yes and began waiting in anticipation to see it for myself (thinking I was totally being played). But, indeed it is real life! See for yourself here and here. Such a dream come true!

Read the original blog posts here and here.



Thursday, November 6, 2014

plaid and lace


This new addition has been a long time coming, my friends. For a while I've had the itch to express my style through outfit posts but continued shying away from the scary vulnerability of it all. But those days are gone thanks to the sweet and talented Violet Short! She brought me out of the shakes and made it feel like a walk in the park in front of her lens. She's amazing and so his her blog!





plaid shirt: target
trapeze slip: free people
rings: madewell 
boots: coconuts {similar here + here}

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