Friends! Things at the Mayfield house are moving right along! In fact, we are completely done. Yep, that's right we are done with the renovation. So hard to believe! A couple of weekends ago I spent two solid days cleaning, organizing and rearranging the place so we could take photos. We had ZERO money for any sort of furniture or decorating since we spent every single penny, and then some on the renovations. It took some major creativity (and several painting sessions) to clean up old hand-me-down furniture pieces and figure out how to place things together to give the space a sense of completeness. We still haven't hung much of anything on the walls, in fact I think we only have one picture up... But it finally feels like a real, liveable home! I can't wait to put together the before and after posts and share them with you!
Have you heard of the Portland band Horsefeathers? I've been listening to their most recent album, Cynic's New Year on loop for the past few months. I just can't turn it off! Their melodies and stunning, poetic lyrics, are just perfect all the way through.
Photo from Horse Feathers' official flickr page.
This summer, we went to Hawaii for my brother's wedding. On our way out there, we had a five hour layover in Seattle. We felt super lucky to get stuck at one of the very few U.S. airports connected to its city by light rail, so we jumped at the opportunity to explore a tiny section of the 'Emerald City'. Here's a roundup of how we spent our five hour adventure, along with tips on how you could do the same!
1. Enjoy the view of Mt. Rainier from your airplane window as you land.
2. Once landed, make your way to the light rail terminal to buy a pass (they're around $2). The station is pretty easy to find, but if you have trouble an airport employee can point you in the right direction. We had never been to this airport before and found it in about 10 minutes.
4. Walk from the light rail station to Rainier Avenue, the neighborhood main street. It's about an 8 minute walk.
5. Grab some food at Lottie's.
6. Replenish your nutrients with fresh pressed juice from the JusBar. Charge your phones here!
7. Next, head to Columbia Park, just a couple blocks away.
8. Once you make it to Columbia Park, run around for as long as you can to stretch your legs and burn some calories. Maybe even do a cartwheel or two.
9. Then, take a nap in the park. Soak in the sunshine and enjoy the fresh air.
10. When you wake up, head back to the light rail station, your flight will be departing soon! Be sure to stop and smell the hydrangeas along the way to the station.
11. Adore all the little cottages as you walk too!
12. Pick a few wildflower souvenirs while you're waiting for the train and be thankful to be boarding your next flight feeling a bit more refreshed and rejuvenated since you just treated yourself to a stellar, 4 hour mini vacation!
All iPhone snaps by me.
You probably wouldn't know it from the (few) photos I've posted of myself on this blog, but I have the craziest, curliest hair! When I was little my mom used to dress me up like Shirley Temple. It was super great and adorable then, but didn't bode so well as I got older.
Throughout my adolescence, I was never able to figure out the perfect curly hair 'cocktail' and growing up in the hot, icky Florida humidity only made things worse. Any time I'd try to wear it 'natural' or 'curly' it just looked like a big frizzy mess. Meanwhile all my friends’ hair looked shiny and straight.
As a result, I've never, ever felt pretty or confident in my natural curly hair and have spent so much of my life ironing it straight, pulling it back, or contemplating one of those formaldehyde infused keratin treatments. A statement Diane von Furstenburg made in an interview a couple years ago pretty much sums up my experience with my curly hair:
Sound familiar? Ms. von Furstenburg has also gone on to say that her ‘Epiphany Moment’ was the day she decided to let her hair go naturally curly. Bold stuff.
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve determined that just because most girls have straight hair, or chemically straighten their hair, doesn't mean I have to. I've had my own sort of epiphany moment and have decided to wear my hair wild, curly, natural, and (try to) love it.
This past year I started trying out new toxic-free products, and it has been quite the experience! My hair is still pretty unruly most of the time, and the humidity is as killer as always, but it feels like a brand new version of myself.
The non-toxic products I used on my air-dried hair in the photos above are (in order of use): Giovanni Avacado & Oil Leave-In Conditioning Spray (Certified Organic and Non-Toxic); Shea Moisture Thickening Growth Milk (Non-Toxic); DevaCurl AnGel Light Defining Gel (this gel is not as "non-toxic" as I would like, has a few ingredients that I'm not too keen on, I'll let you know when I find a good, complelety non-toxic gel!); Giovanni Frizz be Gone Anti Frizz Serum (Certified Organic and Non-Toxic)
What has been your experience with your hair? Is it crazy curly or super straight? Have you always loved it? Do you have any natural tips or products you like? I’d love to hear!
Also! When I come across any additional products or mixes I like, I will definitely share! Until then, you can see more of my Natural Beauty and Curly Hair inspiration right here, on pinterest or follow me on instagram for the occasional curly haired selfie, #girlswithcurls!
From Above: 1. Refinery29 'Real Beauty' interview with Daniela Perdomo. Photo by Mark Iantosca. 2. Anna Morozova captured by photographer Katie Morgason. 3. I can't find the source... Anyone know?? 4. Diane von Furstenburg on the cover of 'Interview', the day she decided to go curly. 5. Bottom Row of Images, Me!
I came across these photos of a little bouquet and boutonniere combo I made in May and thought I would share. Hope you are having a great August!
Ingredients: Peonies, Spanish Needles, Oak Leaves
Flowers and Photos by Me, Mary Stonecypher Maslow.