Month: August 2014

What To Wear: Light Hiking, City E-Biking, Outdoor Exploring

Labor Day means heading north for a weekend at Big Canoe to share home cooking and football over campfires and Georgia beer with family. And at last… riding boots! Have a wonderful weekend, y’all. Frye Paige Boots (on sale). Bespoke bag designed in collaboration with the wonderful Andover Trask. Quartz necklace from Le Fortune (similar on Etsy). Michael Kors Runway watch. Thrifted Madewell Alley Jeans (true to size), LOFT space dye tee, Ralph Lauren fishing vest. Vintage Ann Taylor belt.   Pruning the Roses Sep 13, 2014 The other day I was on our back deck with a cup of coffee when I came eye to eye with one brave little squirrel. Paws covered in peat, she paid me little mind, disregarding the sunshine and the wind in the trees alike as that walnut-sized brain seemed to cry out “Winter, winter, winter!”. We’re not so different there. Lately I’ve kept busy stocking up and storing away, following that seasonal instinct to squirrel away the seeds of ideas and projects as the weather starts to cool …

Clean Your Closet: 5 Steps to a Better Wardrobe

2017 update: I’ve made big changes to the R&F guide to cleaning out your closet and building a better wardrobe. You can find the new version here!     A year after first documenting my wardrobe editing process and lessons learned, I’ve just finished a fresh all-seasons closet clean out. And since making a concerted effort to identify my style, create ‘uniforms’ that work well together for cold weather and the warmer months of spring and summer, and be more honest about so-so purchases and bad shopping habits, every cull goes by a little bit quicker, and letting go and shopping smarter has become second nature. If you’re also whittling, grab a cup of coffee and start your own round of super duper strength, five step wardrobe editing with me?

At Home: First Few Years In Our Craftsman Bungalow

– Our First Years At Home – 2012-2014 Archive We’ve made a lot of changes since we first moved into our home in summer of 2012 — the same season I started to write this blog. Here’s a recap of life at home in those first few years (along with a few recipes, DIYs, and furniture-building escapades). Jul 17, 2012 Two months ago, CPR and I began to fall in love with this 1935-built Craftsman Bungalow. Our realtor, Ryan Graham, was beyond patient. We looked at two dozen houses from North Monroe to Candler Park before walking into our favorite in Poncey-Highland. Now that boxes are unpacked, our first garden is establishing itself and the front porch is my favorite place for dinner and drinks. A little grey garden snake visits often. We added a ceiling fan, some southern hanging fern baskets, and a lounge set from Ikea’s Ammerö collection. The house came with concrete planters perfect for lemon balm, chocolate mint, Greek basil, oregano, English lavender, tomato vine, and bell pepper. There’s also a …

Six Ideas For A Stylish Date Night

My latest guest post with BodhiLuxe Magazine is all about fresh ideas for a stylish date night. We cover the power of comfort, a good text message and a signature scent, along with lacy little bits, the story of how I first met CPR, and more: DATE NIGHT: SIX STYLISH IDEAS Want to do date night with all of the love but none of the schmaltz? The style savvy Jess Hunt makes a welcome return to BodhiLuxe to show us how it’s done… Whether going out with someone new or to dinner with your partner of many years, date night is the perfect time to try something new, highlight your affection, and get ready with a difference. A few years ago a particularly handsome guy invited me to a concert, then rang the doorbell with a copy of 100 Years of Solitude and a pack of craft beer in hand. Here are a few date night ideas we’ve shared since then… A simple dinner along the Champ de Mars in Paris Plan It a Little Differently …

About Face: Building A Better Beauty Bag

In the years since first following this beauty routine simplification process, I’ve phased out all products tested on animals. I also try to only purchase natural products made with healthy and responsibly sourced ingredients. Here’s my current five-minute makeup routine, my daily skincare regimen, weekend spa ritual, and seven great tips for everyday makeup. Somewhat unconsciously I’ve pared down my beauty routine to a couple minutes a day. Most mornings start with Thayers Rose Water followed by a tinted moisturizer while water warms in the French Press. As coffee brews it’s a swipe of eyeliner, blush, mascara, and brows. On particularly bleary mornings I’ll add cheek illuminator and dab a bit of concealer under the eyes before pouring coffee and heading out the door. Simplifying this routine has given me confidence to buy better quality products I know I’ll use often, and to dive into a refresh of what’s built up since college and what’s running low (I’m down to using balm stain as blush – shhh). Like a round of wardrobe editing, I started …