Current Obsession: Evoke the Spirit

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One of the first stops I made on my recent trip to Sayulita, Mexico (travel guide coming soon) was to Evoke the Spirit: a light-filled, eclectic boutique filled with traditional Mexican crafts, home goods, and jewelry, all designed with a sophisticated and modern spirit. Having found their gorgeous yarn-painted skulls randomly on Instagram, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one!

Once I stepped foot in the tiny shop, I never wanted to leave. I felt right at home and immediately started gathering items to turn my own apartment into an exact replica. The stark white-washed walls of the space created the perfect backdrop for all of the brightly colored Mexican blankets, tapestries, cow skulls and macrame wall hangings.

The sales associates were absolutely lovely and were so excited to show me their current collection of yarn-painted skulls that I had come in search of. They even revealed a “secret stash” of larger, long horn skulls that hid behind a gauzy curtain. There were so many stunning options I didn’t know how to choose just one! It took me over an hour to decide on “sweet sunset” a porcelain skull decorated with white, grey, pink and gold yarn in a traditional Huichol design.

While strolling through the village later on that day, I stumbled upon Evoke’s smaller outpost where artisans were in the process of making these beautiful skulls and I got to take a closer look! To make these yarn paintings the artist spreads beeswax on a real cow skull (or a porcelain version), sketches out a design and fills it out by carefully pressing brightly colored yarns into the wax. I was amazed by the intricate yarn work and the true craftsmanship of the pieces they were making. It was then that I realized I was taking home a true work of traditional Mexican art, not just a decorative artifact!

This tiny shop in the middle of a small surfing village truly did evoke the spirit of the local, colorful and bohemian culture, and I was so so happy to be able to take a small reminder of that contagious spirit back home with me.

The many colorful rows of yarn-painted skulls was an Instagram dream.

Even the bright blue floors were stunning!

I wanted all of their vibrantly colored blankets, but settled for a small beautiful rug, which fit more realistically in my carry on :)

A peek at the “secret stash” of larger skulls!

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The store was designed with such casual elegance, I never wanted to leave…

I couldn’t resist snapping a selfie while surrounded by such beautiful things.

If I didn’t have a weight limit on my luggage, I would have taken home a set of their handmade pottery.

How cute is the sales associate who helped me pick out my new yarn-painted skull?! This one they call “sweet sunset” found a new home above my bed!

I even got a chance to witness the traditional Huichol art of yarn-painting in person! I was amazed by the skill of these artisans and the attention to detail that goes into these magnificent art pieces. Can you believe it takes over 40 hours to make one of these skulls?!

Even the stacks of brightly colored yarns were picture perfect.

Now after acquiring a decorative skull for my home, I am 100% addicted. I can’t wait to come back to Sayulita, even just for the opportunity to add to my yarn-painting collection!

St. Patrick’s Day Candy Bar

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St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow and while I rarely miss an opportunity to get a little festive around a holiday, this one seemed to sneak up on me. I didn’t have time to host a cocktail party with Irish libations or bake my Irish soda break scones with sea salt whisky butter, but I did have time to set out a small St. Patrick’s Day candy bar for a few friends that I had over this past weekend. I filled one bowl with gummy lip candy and a sign reading “kiss me, I’m Irish.” In another bowl, I placed a few chocolate coins with the label, “pot of gold” and I filled the third bowl with sour rainbow candy and a sign reading, “follow rainbows.” Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

Supplies:
Gummy Lips 
Sour Rainbows
Chocolate coins
Construction Paper
Circle hole punch
Label Maker
Tooth picks
3 bowls

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Lucky Charms Marshmallow Treats

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St. Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching and while I may not be Irish, I love any excuse to be festive. Last year I made Irish soda bread scones with sea salt whisky butter and this year I thought I’d put a spin on a classic sweet treat for an easy and affordable, yet fun holiday dessert.  Check out my Lucky Charms Marshmallow Treats and Erin go Bragh!

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Total Time: 15  minutes
Serves: 9


Ingredients:
6 tablespoons butter
8 cups miniature marshmallows
12 cups Lucky Charms

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Steps:
1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.

2. Add Lucky Charms cereal. Stir until well coated.

3. Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into an 8-inch square pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into thick squares. Best if served the same day.

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It’s International Women’s Day

 

Did you know March 8th is International Women’s Day?!  Thanks, Google, for alerting us of this fact and for creating this inspiring video.   The momentum is here for women to launch to new heights and break more glass ceilings in 2016 than ever before.  We may even see our first woman president (fingers crossed for you, Hillz).  A few links:

 

Why do we teach girls that it’s cute to be scared?

The smartest newsletter on earth is a one-woman labor of love.

Helpful yoga sequences:  5-min computer work break, 20-min for pms, 20-min for stressed parents, 20-min before a big event.

Bookmark this handy election calendar.

How to Ask for a Raise and other career advice (thanks to a favorite woman of ours, Cup of Jo)

Because the gender wage gap is real.

Laughed my @#$ off reading Tina’s book;  Sheryl’s and Malala’s are also on my shelf.

As if you needed another reason to love amy poehler.

 

…so what will you do one day? #girlpower #onedayiwill

Friday Link Love

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Happy Friday friends! This weekend I’m driving up to Santa Barbara with my fiance and his parents for a quick getaway. I’m looking forward to catching up over a few wine tastings and trying out a some new restaurants in town. I hope you have some adventure (and wine) in store as well! Check out this week’s installment of Friday Link Love and have the sweetest weekend! xo.

1) The prettiest drink blog, like ever.

2) The most beautiful shots in movie history. Swoon.

3) Obsessed with these “shit to do” and “merci” stamps.

4) A fun way to remix all that Easter candy.

5) I love a good coconut oil beauty hack.

6) Good tips for loving yourself.

7) Just when I thought I couldn’t adore Reese Witherspoon more, she goes and does this cuteness.

8) Mini fish and chips appetizer for your Oscar party? Yes please.

9) Inside Bobbi Brown‘s medicine cabinet.

HALLIE’S VALENTINE’S DAY MIX TAPE

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Valentine’s Day in my house has always been rather relaxed. The night unfolds around a home cooked meal, a bottle of wine and some barefoot slow dancing in the living room with my love. If you’re like me and plan to stay in and get cozy – turn up the volume on this Motown Valentine’s Day mix tape. xo

 

“Can’t Nobody Love You” by Solomon Burke
“Use Me” by Bill Withers
“My Girl” by Otis Redding
“Baby, Let Me Hold Your Hand” by Ray Charles
“Bye Bye Blackbird” by Joe Cocker
“Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder
“I Heard It Through the Grapevine” by Marvin Gaye
“Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” by The Temptations
“The Tracks of My Tears” by Smokey Robinson
“Try a Little Tenderness” by Otis Redding
“Love and Happiness” by Al Green
“Take Time to Know Her” by Percy Sledge
“For Your Precious Love” by Otis Redding
“You Send Me” by Aretha Franklin
“In the Midnight Hour” by Wilson Pickett
“You and Me” by Penny & The Quarters
“Midnight Train to Georgia” by Gladys Knight & The Pips

American Girl In Paris

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Last week I went to Paris for the first time and fell madly in love. It was pure magic from the moment I stepped off of the plane.

Prior to my spontaneous trip to the city of lights; however, I gently panicked over what to wear. The weather was a brisk 54 degrees (quite chilly for this Southern California girl) and I knew I’d need to pack layers.

Not wanting to break the bank, I opted for affordable basics: a t-shirt from Old Navy and a hat and booties from the Gap. When it came to denim I turned to old faithful: a distressed pair of Frame Denim jeans which I cuffed to show a bit of ankle. I’d been jonesing for an over-sized coat and found a reasonably priced option on Shopbop (please ignore the fact that my coat is wrinkled from being shoved in my carry on bag). For the accessories I opted for a few of my staple pieces: Club Master Ray-Bans, Hermes enamel bracelets and my cross-body Rebecca Minkoff. All-in-all the look was a pinch of Annie Hall and perfect for exploring Paris.

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Outfit details: Hat, Coat, T-Shirt, Sunglasses, Purse, Jeans, Shoes, Thin Enamel Bracelet (similar), Thick Enamel Bracelet, String Bracelet, Nailpolish: Essie Ballet Slippers

 

Succulent Pumpkin Vase

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Happy (almost) Halloween! If you’re looking for a way to keep those pumpkins around past Saturday night, try turning them into a succulent pumpkin vase. It’s super easy and looks adorable.

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You’ll Need:
a pumpkin
a knife and spoon
succulents
cactus soil
saran wrap

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Steps:
1. Begin by cutting a circle around the stem on the top of your pumpkin.

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2. Remove the top and begin scooping out the innards with your spoon (save the seeds and toast them for a snack).

3. Once the pumpkin guts are fully removed, place saran wrap along the inside walls of the pumpkin.

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4. Fill the inside of your pumpkin 3/4 to the top with cactus soil.

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5. Decide where you want to place your succulents and plant them in the soil.

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Friday Link Love

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Bonjour (and Happy Friday)! I’m bound for Europe on a spontaneous getaway with my love. Knowing how badly I’ve been wanting to travel to the city of lights, Andrew turned to me on a whim and said, “Hey, I’m buying you a ticket and we’re going to Paris for the weekend.” Hashtag swoon. I hope you too have a bit of romance in the coming days. Until then, check out this week’s installment of Friday Link Love. Au revoir LA!

 

1) Fall sangria served out of a pumpkin? Genius.

2) My girl, Keltie Knight, dishes out 10 truths and they’re perfect.

3) Totally making this coconut oil popcorn and watching a scary movie this week.

4) 45 life lessons, written by a 90-year-old.

5) Chic ways to dress up your pumpkin.

6) Um, LOVE these DIY couples costumes! Especially the V-J day sailor and nurse Times Square kiss!

7) Ok, so it’s a kids’ Halloween party but swap the apple juice for pumpkin ale and you have the cutest casual Halloween picnic.

8) These unusual beaches have me looking up airfares.

9) Pumpkin spice cinnamon rolls. Yes! Pumpkin everything!

 

 

 

Tips From the Pros: Three Must-Have Organizing Products

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Guest Post from Allie Kleinman, Professional Organizer:

As an organizing enthusiast (so much so that I’ve turned it into my career), I’m always on the hunt for the best products on the market to help streamline, simplify, and beautify your homes and lives and I love sharing my findings with all of my friends! Since Videndae is definitely a friend of mine, I wanted to share three of my all-time favorite, high-impact products for organizing the home.

 

For the Fashionista – Matching Hangers
Swapping out your mis-matched hangers for cohesive, uniform ones will do wonders for your closet.  These hangers from The Container Store are my favorites! The non-slip velvet finish prevents clothes from sliding off the hanger and onto the floor and the slim design will help you maximize your valuable closet space. The hangers look sleek and orderly on their own without having to rearrange your clothing in any specific order (a big bonus). However, taking the time to coordinate your clothing (either by color, category, etc.) will significantly elevate the overall look and feel of your closet.

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For the Makeup Enthusiast – Cosmetic Organizer
I could write an entire post on organizing your makeup and cosmetics (in fact – I have! Read it here). As a product junkie myself, I’m no stranger to the plethora of cosmetics that can pile up and the mess it can create. Get your essentials in order and save time during your A.M. routine with a cute clear case from Bed Bath & Beyond. They come in a variety of sizes so you can customize according to your needs, routine, and products. Depending on your preference, you can hide these organizers in a cabinet or display it on your vanity for a more accessible and polished look. If you have a lot of makeup (like me), this is the perfect organizer to house your everyday items.

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For the Jet Setter – Jewelry Organizer
In my previous life as a Destination Marketing Specialist, travel was a big part of the job. Luckily, I’m a great packer (seriously, I know how to work a carry-on to fit two weeks’ worth of clothes). However, I always struggled to efficiently pack my jewelry and accessories (and a girl can’t leave home without her jewels). I tried using zip lock bags before eventually upgrading to a proper jewelry organizer. I recently found this one on Brit.co and think it’s perfect! Not only is it cute and fun to assemble, but its practical and durable design will keep your precious gems safe whether they’re packed in your suitcase or stowed away in that tote bag.

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courtesy: Brit.co

Which organizer is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below and if you’re in need of some organizing assistance, I’m offering 20% off in-person and virtual services for all Videndae readers. Please mention “Videndae” when inquiring!

 

A Little Bit About Allie
Allie Kleinman is the founder of Organized by Allie, an LA-based home and lifestyle company focused on simplifying her clients’ lives by organizing their living spaces. Allie discovered her love for organizing and design at a very young age, when she would tidy and rearrange her parents’ house (for fun!) every chance she got. She’s come a long way since and now crafts beautiful and functional living spaces for her clients on a daily basis.  Allie firmly believes in the beauty of an organized home and the positive outward effect it has on one’s life. When not organizing for a client (or for herself!), Allie enjoys traveling, running, and happy hours with friends.

Get organized at www.organizedbyallie.com