Friday, August 1, 2014

follow friday: @madisonsteward (& august desktop calendar!)

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(right click & save as desktop photo // photo by kaitlin & hand lettering by chelsea)

happy follow friday (& first day of august!)! sorry things have been a little quiet over here this week. chelsea moved into her new apartment + kaitlin has been busy beautifying people at the salon. 

this week we are featuring the adorable madison. this girl is too much. she is crafty, beautiful & someone i would love to meet over coffee and knit with. i have been so amazed by all of these young girls that are so talented. i wish i was half as cool as this girl when i was 18. i came across her feed over 6 months ago and i fell in love with her amazing knit creations. (plus she looks like one of my girl crushes, lucy hale)

thank you madison for being apart of the feel & flourish family!

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1. Madison Steward/ 18/ Springfield, MO/ etsy shop owner

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2. we love to knit over here at feel & flourish. are you mostly into knitting or crocheting? 

I would say knitting any day, simply because it comes easier for me. I do crochet every now and then, but I don't have the same "flow" as I would with two needles. I used to knit during classes in school. My teachers didn't mind at all, because I could pay attention without looking at my hands. I now use that to my advantage and work while binge watching a TV show, so by the time it's over, I'll have at least three scarves done!

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3. what inspired you to open your etsy shop?

I've always made things, (pins, scarves, etc.) and so many people would order or request something and I would make and deliver it in person. Sometimes they would "forget" to pay me for something I worked really hard on, and though I loved the idea of making and selling, that way just didn't feel right to me. My English teacher of two years suggested I start up an etsy shop, and after he mentioned it I have been dreaming of it ever since.

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4. okay, so i see you have a cat.. what do you love most about your cat??

My cat can be a handful sometimes, but oddly enough she has a similar personality to mine. She's always very interested in what I'm doing. I love that whenever I'm cutting material for a skirt or costume, she will lay down right in the middle of the fabric and stare at me, so I'll stop and pet her. If I'm putting pins together on the table, she'll hop up there and watch me. 

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5. if you could live in any era, what era would it be?

Oh, man. It's a tough one, but I would definitely pick the 60s. Not just because of the fashion, but also for the music. I would have no problem styling my hair in a beehive every day, and I'm a pretty big fan of The Beach Boys. 

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6. where do you hope to see yourself in 5 years?

I hope to be in a neat little apartment (with two cats), and getting an education for my dream job (I want to be a ModStylist at Modcloth more than anything). 

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7. who are some of your favorite IGers?

A difficult thing to narrow down, since I follow so many inspirational people! My top three are @jesiii, @solonah, and @strawberrykoi. These ladies always inspire me to make my photos better and more creative, and their accounts are just amazing!

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8. what are you currently jamming to?

I'm so hooked on this song Bad Vibrations by one of my favorite local bands here in Springfield, The Midwest Indies. This song is always on my bike riding playlist, and has been on repeat all summer! The song, and their first album, can be found on Spotify.

9. what is your ideal day?

During the summer, my days are pretty easy to begin with. I go through etsy orders at my kitchen table, after a mug of cereal, and sketch new pin ideas. From there I work on whatever project I'm knitting while watching Netflix (right now that would be Scandal), then making a post office run to ship off orders. I always end my day watching The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon with my boyfriend.

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10. describe yourself in 3 words!

(I've always been terrible at picking just three words, but I'll try!) Quirky, introvert, perfectionist.

now give this girl a follow!
happy friday,
x's + o's,
chelsea diane + kaitlin elaine 

Monday, July 28, 2014

make-up monday: beachy waves for short hair

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i've been receiving a lot of requests for a tutorial on how i do my beach waves on my shorter hair [as seen in my last makeup tutorial!]. so, here it is, i've attempted to explain it in the easiest way possible and even included a short video clip to help you see the process!

i have some natural wave/texture, as you will see in the first scary photo, which helps achieve this look. most of the time i will wash my hair the night before, sleep on it, and wake up with crazy bedhead waves that need a bit of taming. but because i like the crazy/messiness of it, i just encourage it along with the help of my flatiron and a few products!
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1. skinny flatiron
2. clip to section hair
3. sea salt texturizing spray
4. comb or brush
5. hairspray

let's get started...

one //
this is my crazy fluffy, frizzy bedhead. but its better than starting with straight hair, so it's all good.
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two //
section hair in the nape from ear to ear. take about 1-2 inch sections of hair, and begin at the top of the hair strand. you are going to be using a method similar to curling ribbon with scissors. ha, sounds funny, i know. you are going to begin at the top and wrap the hair around the flat iron nearly 360 degrees, and at the same time pull and slide down the strand. sounds confusing but its not, i promise.
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three //
i find that this layer isn't the most important because it's so short and hard to make a "perfect" wave, so i just kinda mess with the ends and don't fuss too much. the other hair covers it anyway. let down the next section of hair from your temples to crown area. i don't worry about parting my hair until the top section. continue the same ribbon curling process.
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four //
i made a small video clip of the motion you should be doing. this is the same process all over the hair. i always curl away from my face on both sides. i hope this helps! it's a hard method to explain but so easy to do.

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five // 
the top section you will want to find your parting, i chose a deep side part but sometimes i center part it too! when you're done, mess it up, break apart the waves, this is an imperfect, messy look! then add texturizing sea salt spray and a little hairspray to hold it all in place.
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and that's it! the messier the better. don't try to over-perfect it, it's beachy and summery and carefree! it looks even better the next day, but sometimes it can get a bit frizzy!
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let me know if you try this on your short hair!

x's + o's
kaitlin elaine

ps. my pink hair has seemed to disappear! :( any suggestions for good pink haircolor?
pps. you might have noticed my new tattoo! i got it done at Under the Needle in Seattle, if you're in the area! they do amazing work.

Friday, July 25, 2014

follow friday // @chromarose

name // Elisabeth Rose Kokesh 
age // Twenty
location // Portland, Oregon
occupation // Fashion Photographer

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i recently became obsessed with this rad gal's instagram feed after finding her through a comment she left on a photo of mine regarding our mutual love of bell bottoms! i soon after learned she lives in portland oregon, which is only like 3 hours from me. [!!!] needless to say, i was ecstatic over the possibility of meeting the girl behind the camera who takes amazing photos and has the psychedelic 60's/70's vibes i am always channeling. and then even more excited at the thought of her possibly taking MY photo, making me look [or at least feel] like i belong in First Aid Kit or someone who could have dated George Harrison. go follow her!

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1 // your style is on point & i would love to raid your closet/go vintage shopping with you: what are 3 of your staple clothing items you could never live without?
Frye booties, Minnetonka braided leather all weather hat, and these psychedelic Janis Joplin-esque pants I scored for $10 at Buffalo Exchange.
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2 // your photos are so inspiring! how did you start taking photos & what inspires your photography?
My mother shot all of my childhood photos on her Pentax k1000, you could say film runs through my blood. Day to day reality tends to bore me, but ironically I only ever shoot my closest friends, which helps me create these timeless, intimate abstractions of everyday life. The vintage Polaroid feel of Neil Krug and the nostalgic work of Petra Collins really inspires my work. And of course, good ole rock n' roll.
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3 // what's your favorite part about taking a photograph?
I love making people feel beautiful. Helping women see themselves in a different light through the lens is what keeps me shooting and happy.
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4 // if you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be & where would you plant yourself?
A ponderosa pine, which are scattered all throughout my hometown of Sisters, Oregon. They stand firm and relentless against the test of any season or element, and I would forever get to grow close to home. 
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5 // what are your 5 items you'd bring on a deserted island with you?
My Canon AE-1, a polaroid camera, as much film as possible, a hammock, and my travel diary.
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6 // where do you see yourself in 5 years personally & professionally?
I will forever call the Pacific Northwest home, but I don't see myself settling into any certain place or career for years to come. I am too preoccupied with the allure of travel, of immersing myself in foreign peoples and culture. After a long while maybe making my way home and hopefully working for Free People.
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7 // what's the best part about living where you do, & do you want to live anywhere else?
I've been all over America, but no place will ever have such a hold on my heart as Oregon. Beer, mountains, bearded men, and folk music galore... what more could a girl ask for?
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8 // describe your personality in 3 words:
Inquisitive, introspective, and passionate.
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9 // if you could trade lives with anyone dead or alive for one day, who would you be?
Marie Antoinette; Speak french, live in Versailles, eat cake and lounge in beautiful clothes all day, vive la vie!
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10 // share a piece of advice or a message you'd love to broadcast to the world:
Spend time alone, stick to your gut, and live fearlessly... the most important relationship of your life is with yourself.
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x's + o's
kaitlin elaine

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

what i wore: girl's night

i promise i was having a blast with my lovely friends charlotte & libbie despite the fact i look incredibly depressed in these photos, ha! we colored hair, enjoyed the sun, sipped some summery drinks and hung out with their adorable pup Otis. i'm still in love with my clogs and i don't care what anyone else says, i will wear them with everything!!

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details //
top -- forever 21
skirt -- american apparel
hat -- khols
clogs -- thrifted
bag -- FOUNT
necklace -- forever 21
rings -- temper
bracelet -- thrifted
sunnies -- urban outfitters

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x's + o's
kaitlin elaine

[thank you charlotte gane for the photos!]