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January 16, 2017

It’s that time of year one things can feel a bit blah. The holidays are over and much of the country feels gloomy. With that in mind, here are some recent finds that could brighten up the season.

For the Home:

Anthropologie Swiss Dot Blanket (Source)

Anthropologie Wall Art (source)

H&M Ruffle Duvet Cover (source)

Clothing:

Joggers (source)

Leith Flounce Midi (source)

Old Navy Tercel Top (source)

Abercrombie Cold Shoulder Top (source)

Happy MLK day!

Authentic

The Time Has Come

January 3, 2017

Does anyone else remember Golly from Harriet the Spy saying:

“The time has come,” the Walrus said, “to talk of many things”.

That little bit that Golly says to Harriet has always stuck in my mind. It’s from a Lewis Carroll poem and while the poem ends up in a walrus and carpenter eating some oysters, the words have mean something more to me.

When I hear these words, I instantly think of turning points and change. Of course, with a new year, who wouldn’t find this phrase a little applicable?

So indeed, the time has come to talk of many things.

Last year when I began this blog, it was purely experimental. I figured I would run it for a year and see if I could make a go of it. If it didn’t work out, I’d close up shop and no harm no foul. A year has come (what!?!?) and I had to make the decision of whether or not I would continue on with this experiment.

I really hesitated to keep this going. There have been months at a time where I cannot tend to blog content because of school. There have been so many times when I haven’t been able to find my voice. There have been SO many times when I’ve worried that if I keep this going there’s a sort of narcissism or self-promotion in doing so. The last is my biggest concern however my goal is to use this site as a place for growth, inspiration, and encouragement.

However, as large as all of those concerns are, there is a greater reality. That reality is I can reach more people and offer ideas and encouragement by partaking in this experiment than not. So with that, I am pressing on with some exciting things to come in 2017!

There are some things I hope to bring to Louis and Elm in 2017 that reflect what I really love and value.

  • Adventure: Travel, new life stuff, all of it.
  • Authenticity: I try so hard to say what I mean and mean what I say. I want to promote that and promote that feeling within others. Anything here will be something I believe in, promote, or just ideas I love.
  • Aesthetic: I love pretty and beautiful things and events. Some of this beauty comes from things and some is human beauty. Good news… I plan to share both! Coming this year, I hope to provide a link to shop art that I make for the home for you to share in. I also plan on celebrating awesome human moments.

These are all areas that I want to continually focus on. Call me “triple A”.

For those who have stopped by and visited, “Thank you so much”.

I look forward to moving this forward with hope and joy.

Happy 2017!