Tuesday, March 12, 2013

And the Wanderlust + Co winner is....

Congrats Patti Fore, you just got yourself a new bracelet!! 
Through the contact form to the right, send me your email address as well as your mailing address and we'll get everything taken care of for you!

Thank you Wanderlust + Co!!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Meet Jennifer Low of Wanderlust + CO & Enter to win a GIVEAWAY!!

I'm beyond excited to share with you my interview with Wanderlust + CO's, Jennifer Low! This amazing woman travels the world, manages a business, designs an array of [affordable!] jewelry, and somehow still finds time for herself! I don't know how she does it but she's doing it well.. Wanderlust + CO is one of my favorite websites to browse for great jewelry; the options seem endless and you'll be sure to find that pair of stud earrings you've been looking for and the perfect dainty bracelet to add to your collection.. I'm warning you now, the site is dangerous! 
But seriously, how does she do it?!

After working in Australia's fashion industry you decided to create Wanderlust + Co. What really pushed you to take this leap of faith and start your own company?
I've always loved fashion and all things to do with fashion, especially the business of fashion. The behind-the-scenes elements of it - the buying, planning, numbers and decisions behind what you see on websites and in stores, excite me! Being quite obsessed with quirky, beautiful things, as well as the business side of running a brand was what pushed me to kickstart Wanderlust + Co. I'm also a firm believer in how accessories, namely jewelry, can make a woman feel instantly more beautiful, and add something else to your daily repertoire without breaking the bank. Plus, jewelry does not discriminate - it doesn't matter how old you are, what size you are, or whether you are seven months pregnant... there is something about a sparkly new find that makes the wearer feel good! 

Currently you live in Malaysia, tell me about the inspiration that surrounds you there, I can only imagine!
I spend quite a bit of time in Malaysia and that is so very wonderful as I am close to the manufacturing hubs of the world being in Asia. It certainly makes it much quicker to go from an idea or concept, to a finished sample. Truth be told though, my husband and I travel quite a bit, and we still spend a lot of time in Australia, so I guess I am fortunate to be able to draw inspiration from all the amazing cities we spend time in.

Describe to me the Wanderlust + Co lady..
The Wanderlust + Co lady is someone who loves herself and those around her, adores beautiful things, and appreciates the fun, simple things in life. She wants to look and feel beautiful, but doesn't want to spend too much time fussing over a look. She loves jewelry and fashion - and appreciates pieces that are easy and quick to wear, and will suit how she looks and feels for that day. She is a dreamer, a doer and an explorer! 

I love that your pieces are affordable. I could create an entire 'arm party' and not completely break the bank! For the budget conscious girl, what sites would you suggest for online shopping?
Thank you for saying that - that is such a compliment as we do set out to make lovely things at prices that would work for most. Makes layering and stacking pieces on much more realistic I suppose! I personally love our Wanderlust + Co pieces for accessorizing of course. As for clothing, I can't go past Zara and ASOS, and with homeware or other bits and pieces, I would hit up Etsy as well as Anthropologie.com.

Your one piece of advice when it comes to accessorizing..
Don't overthink it. Pick a color, material or hardware that you're feeling for the day or for the moment... put that piece on, then layer other things around it. The general rule is to keep to one statement piece, and to layer on other pieces that accent the statement piece. If you're not rocking a statement piece for the day, then I love a good arm party, petite rings, a classic, staple necklace, and quality stud earrings.

What's your favorite way to unwind after a hectic day?
I love having a play with my dog, Chloe. She's a toy poodle and is incredibly affectionate, gentle but a psycho all at the same time (especially during play time!). Adore catching up with my husband about our day over a bottle of red wine, and/or a Hendricks Gin & Tonic with cucumber. Also addicted to Voluspa candles - my favorite scent is Saijo Persimmon which is a subtle yet bright, happy scent that makes relaxing at home and switching off work, all that much easier after a long day!

What's your style when it comes to interiors? Describe your dream home..
My dream home will be cosy and have lots of love! :) Interiors on the other hand... I'm a fan of clean, open plan spaces with a strong neutral base of whites, greys, beiges and wood colors. I prefer to inject color in a space via homeware and decorative pieces, so I can chop and change things up every few months without too much effort. Also love using wallpaper to completely change the personality of a room. My favorite interior designer is Kit Kemp - she manages to keep things contemporary and current, without drawing away the soul of a space... keeping it very cosy and warm.

A color palette you're always drawn to? 
Mint green, hence the Wanderlust + Co color! Adore gold accents on accessories, and obsessed with a soft grey marle where a neutral palette is necessary.

You're a jet-setter.. Top five things you never travel without and favorite bag to throw them all into?
This is an easy one! My Kate Spade toiletries pouch with all my skin care and make-up, SK-II face mask (it works instant miracles!), Repetto ballet flats for the airport and all that walking, oh and my iPhone and MacBook air of course - to keep on top of work and everything else. Everything then gets packed into my Samsonite four wheel spinner - you can't feel the weight of the bag's contents at all, it just glides along!

I must say that one of my favorites on the site right now is the hook-leather bracelet.. it's simple enough to throw into my daily group of bracelets yet unique enough to wear alone. 

Guess what? It can be YOURS!!

All you need to do is.. 
Comment below to let me know you want it!
Want to double your chances? 

I will choose a winner at random on Monday the 11th.
Good Luck!!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Many people come to reinvention when life changes around them, but people come in all different stripes. I'm oriented to change. ~Jane Pauley

My love for stripes runs deep so I've tried to think outside of the horizontal two toned sweater box to find brighter colors and new patterns. Stripes, you can rest on my sweater, table runner, scarf.. go ahead, wrap yourself around my necklace.. I don't care, I love you.

Stripe Obsessed
1. Lemlem   2. Tory Burch   3. Etsy Vintage   4. Wallis   

Friday, February 15, 2013

T.G.I.F :: Wise Words & Blissful Beats

This really grabbed my attention this morning. 
With all of the amazing blogs we see everyday and the endless hours we spend on Pinterest, we are surrounded by beautiful images. Style bloggers always posed in perfect outfits with their hair smoothly blown out, mama bloggers whose pictures make you feel like you must be doing something wrong because you haven't looked that put together in weeks and images of neatly styled celebrations.. if only you had that unlimited budget. But here's the thing.. those pictures are there to inspire. Don't you dare use those pictures to judge your own life or make you second guess yourself. 
Live your life and create your own picture, because that's the life you're supposed to live.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentines Day!

Send love out into the world today and try to make someone's day a little more special. Smile at strangers, hold doors open, send a text to someone you haven't talked to in a while. As always, it's the little things that make a difference!
Sending my love out to each of you, I appreciate your support and sweet words and hope you have a fabulous day filled with chocolates, "I Love You's" and kind gestures.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Oh, if it be to choose and call thee mine, love, thou art every day my Valentine! ~Thomas Hood

Oh, Valentines Day... You're such a horrible holiday.
Shouldn't we remind the ones we love just how much we love them every day? Why do we need cupid to run around on February 14th with hallmark cards and boxes of chocolates, making singles feel secluded and pressuring couples to plan expensive dinners and buy flowers and girlfriends don't forget to post everything on facebook to show off just how amazing your boyfriend is!!!!!!!!!!!
But then again, it is another excuse to celebrate and plan a party!

So why not have a tea party?

 Mix and match and be sure to go all out with the pink theme, after all it is a silly girly holiday, right?

Like what you see? 

A horrible holiday, yes. But it really does make for such a pretty get together! 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A man ought to carry himself in the world as an orange tree would if it could walk up and down in the garden, swinging perfume from every little censer it holds up to the air. ~Henry Ward Beecher

This past weekend we pupsitted this adorable sweet cuddly pooch. I've been trying to convince Nick that we really need a dog around the house, so it was nice to see what it would actually be like. The verdict? If we did cave in, it would have to be to one that doesn't make me sneeze. I've grown up with a few different breeds of dogs and never had a problem, but thinking back.. the big dogs that were more prone to shedding were always outside dogs.
In hopes of alleviating my sneezes and runny nose now that the pup's gone, I've washed and vacuumed just about everything. During my cleaning frenzy I remembered this great DIY for natural air fresheners from Terrain's blog

image from shopterrain.com

They're just like the yummy holiday concoction we warm on our stoves to make our homes smell like Christmas, only this time around, grab fresh clean smelling ingredients to create your favorite scent!

I grabbed these colorful citruses while I was at the store,

Sliced them up and threw in a handful of fresh mint..

And let them simmer in a pot of water all afternoon.

I thought it would be nice to freshen up the house in a natural way [I was sneezing enough already!] and this did just that. Next time I'll have to splurge and buy vanilla beans to throw in..

Thursday, February 7, 2013

The sea pronounces something, over and over, in a hoarse whisper; I cannot quite make it out. ~Annie Dillard

I've said it a million times and I'll say it again.. there's just something about the beach that completes me. That salty smell, the mist, the sand that always seems to find its way home with you.. oh and the sound of those crashing waves. 
It whispers remember to breathe.

1. shirt   2. heart art   3. towel   4. ring   5. chair
6. iphone case   7. foot soak   8. moroccan oil   9. sneakers   10. bronzer
11. ring   12. bird house   13. pitcher   14. tote   15. sunnies

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Monday, February 4, 2013

So.. You like pretty art?

"What's that? You'd like to start an art collection??"

You may have heard me talk about Kiah before, but let's go over a few things again..

Homegirl is an AMAZING artist..
Whose work has been printed in national publications.

You can find her work in homes across the county..

And soon somewhere in the background of the Untitled Terrance Malick Project, featuring Ryan Gossling, Christian Bale, Natalie Portman and other famous lovely people.

Now let's learn a little more..

Why am I telling you all of this? 
Because now you can easily purchase a piece of Art by Kiah in her newly launched Etsy shop!! You can snag a print (one of the ladies that Ryan & Natalie probably fought over because they wanted them for their own homes)  for only $45 or an original framed ink drawing for $160.. check out the store and see for yourself! 

And if you haven't already..
'Like" the Art by Kiah page 
Check out her new website
Add her Etsy shop as a 'Favorite'

Maybe if we're lucky.. Kiah will agree to a little giveaway soon for Roam & Wander readers! ;)

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating. ~Luciano Pavarotti and William Wright, Pavarotti, My Own Story

Mini things are just adorable.
Mini converse, tea cup pups, mini boden, micro pigs, terrariums, mini ipads, mini people... you get it.

So, if I were to plan a party right now, it'd be one where all food served was bite sized. Now, here I go on my rant. 
The food would actually be bite sized. 

There is nothing worse than being at an event and you're starving, so you've piled up all the cute little hor d'oeuvres on your tiny little plate and realize that with wine in one hand and this plate in the other you're stuck just staring at all of your food. Then your friend walks up and wants to introduce you to so-and-so but you have no free hands and you look like a total mess [or pig, but let's go with mess] as you say hello and give an awkward shrug because it's obvious you don't have anyway to shake hands. You finish the conversation and excuse yourself. You finish the wine and ditch the cup (reluctantly) so you can actually have a hand to eat with because this slider has been just sitting there and your mouth has been watering so you take a bite, but there is no way to fit the entire thing in your mouth and now you have that delicious thousand island sauce all over the place and, oh no, here comes another so-and-so that you really need to introduce yourself to AND... ugh you get it. 
If only you had food that was actually bite sized!!!! So I'd have a party with one bite goodies.. seriously ONE bite.

Monday, January 28, 2013

A Very Simple Pizza Dough Recipe

In New York, a city with delicious pizza joints on every corner, Nick and I became big Dominos fans. I know, it doesn't make sense - there was even a perfect pizza place on our corner, but not having to walk up and down 4 [steep] flights of stairs was really nice.. don't worry we always met the Dominos delivery guy half way! Although there is a delicious pizza place in Burlingame (and a Dominos) I was set on making my own pizza dough for us to have Friday night. Turns out it's really not that hard to throw together and makes for a tasty loaf of bread! 

Homemade Pizza Dough
Makes enough for 2 pizzas and can be made the night before or day of.

You'll need:
1 packet of active dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
1 cup warm water
1 1/4 cups cool water
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
5 1/2 cups flour 
(I used half gluten free, half all-purpose [ha!] but feel free to use whatever flour you're comfortable with.. just make sure not to use 5 1/2 cups of whole wheat because you won't get the nice crust you're looking for)
Clean Hands

To Make:
Dissolve yeast in warm water, let sit 5 minutes. Add in cool water, oil, sugar & salt. Whisk together to combine.
Get your arm workout on..
Add in flour cup by cup, mixing together as you go with your hands! Knead the dough for about 8 minutes, let sit for 2, then knead for another 2 or 3 minutes until the dough is smooth.
If you have a mixture with a dough hook, mix together for 8 minutes, let stand for 2 and then mix on low for another 6 minutes until smooth. 
Divide the dough in half and place each dough ball in either a zip lock coated in cooking spray or a greased bowl, seal and chill overnight or up to two days (I threw mine in the fridge for about 6 hours and they were fine). Take out an hour before cook time to let sit at room temperature.
You can freeze the dough in a freezer zip lock for up to two months.
Flour a counter top, roll out dough. Place on a baking sheet dusted in cornmeal and throw on your favorite toppings. Cook at 375 for 30-40 minutes and enjoy your homemade masterpiece!

Now, we didn't have any freezer safe bags and we didn't want to make two pizzas so we went ahead and made the second one into a loaf of bread... 

I floured the dough ball and placed on more cornmeal. Baked for about 45 minutes and then devoured at least 3 slices of the warm bread.

It also made for some excellent Saturday morning toast! 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

What a wonderful thing is the mail, capable of conveying across continents a warm human hand-clasp. ~Author Unknown

A hand written letter is such a gem when you find it hidden between bills and Valpaks. An unexpected card from your cross country pal can seriously brighten any rainy day. Being such a fan of snail mail and paper goods, I was ecstatic when I came across OliveBox. Once a member, you'll be sent a box packed full of hand-picked paper goods every month. How cool is that?! I haven't joined yet - but you can bet once I have a steady pay check again, this will be my first splurge!