leaf.tv – a new fave

leaf.tv

Leaf, where have you been all my life?!

Leaf.Tv, it’s simple, sleek + powerful. This site holds tons of how-to videos; some answer those common questions we don’t want to reveal we don’t actually know like how to cut watermelon or some more abstract like how to throw a Moroccan dinner party. This lifestyle resource is a must for the modern woman.

Each video is less than 2 minutes which is great since I am usually searching things in a rush right before guests arrive. And the focal items in the videos are shoppable! It really doesn’t get better than that.

So here are some of my favorites. Be sure to show me yours!

4 Ways to Wear Your Hair with a Hat

11 Steps to a Bohemian Living Space

Dark Chocolate + Olive Oil + Sea Salt Tartine

Spotted! MC

Abstract Artist with a Passion for Pink, Megan Carn

Megan Carn holding some of her latest work

Megan Carn is perfectly pink in every way and I love it! She’s an abstract artist with an eye for color and has captured my heart in every way. Her bubbly personality can be seen in not only her work, but in everything she does.

I found Megan while skimming Instagram - I love using social media to find everything trendy, including new artists! Her Sassy Giraffe was the piece that held my initial attention, then I couldn’t stop scrolling. The whimsy in her designs, the punchy patterns + vivid colors made me grin from ear to ear while looking at her work. Her page left me feeling excited and ready to take on the day. So naturally I had to meet Megan.

Not long ago she was a college student (like myself) and now she is designing art for those looking to make a statement. While interviewing her, I loved learning about her adventures from her beginnings to today. Continue reading to learn her inspiration, go-to items + best advice.

EloiseName: Megan Carn
Age: 22
Occupation: Abstract Artist

1. Tell me a little about being an abstract artist?

It’s really great! First of all, I love that the pieces I do aren’t held to looking like photographic copies of my subjects. I can use hot pink and peach and gold and blue, or any color I want, and it’s my prerogative to do that. I love to paint, so it is a hobby and it is translating into a growing business. It’s a constant learning experience and it’s a constant thought process. There is so much work that goes into making and selling art- not only do you have to think of what to paint and actually do the painting, you also have to photograph it and figure out how to show people you make beautiful things. I am almost always working on something! All of the hard work considered, it is so much fun.

2. All of your paintings are punchy + vibrant (two of the best things), I simply can’t choose my favorite! What is yours?

This question is really difficult! I love almost all of them- if I don’t love a painting when I finish, I let it sit for a few days and come back to it. If I still don’t like it, I paint over it! If I had to choose a few favorites right now though? “The Fancy Elephant” would be one for sure. Then, I would choose “Life is a Party!” and “Pretty in Pink.” And maybe a few others.

3. Did your studies in college apply to what you’re doing now? If not, when and where did you acquire the necessary skills?

I was actually a studio art major in college! I wasn’t sure exactly what I would do with an art degree when I declared it during my sophomore year, but I knew I wanted it. I wanted to do something fun and special. So I did.

** I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Presbyterian College in May of 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science. (Psychology major, Studio Art Major, and Art History Minor)

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset4. What is a day in the life of Megan like?

I wake up, eat a quick breakfast, and go to my full-time job Monday-Friday (and sometimes Saturday). I manage a sweet little heritage museum in Elloree, SC- a job that includes coordinating exhibits, meetings, programs, events, and fundraisers, writing grants, handling tours, processing memberships, and anything else that pops up. When I get home, I almost always paint! On weekends, I usually paint unless I go out of town to see a friend. Late at night and during the day I manage emails, website changes, and social media. It’s overwhelming sometimes, but I think it is worth it!

5. You can’t leave home without…?

  1. Phone. I know that’s not the “hip” or “cool” thing to say, but for me right now, its crucial. Clients contact me on it, I photograph my art with it, I manage my business social media accounts and emails with it, people from my job contact me on it.. Oh, and I like my friends and talking to them! (Note: Most of my friends live an hour or many hours away. So face to face conversations aren’t a happening thing all the time. Hayyy phone!)
  2. Planner and Journal. Dates are so important, and so are writing down ideas when I have them. Also, I list everything. It helps me feel so much better about attacking the work I have to do!
  3. Purse and a bottle of water. Hungry? I’m sure there’s a KIND bar somewhere in the purse. Forgot earrings? Need a Flashdrive? Toothbrush? Eos chapstick? Confetti? Anything? It’s probably in there. Then I get thirsty so I need water.

Pretty in Pink

6. Where do you find your inspiration?

Fashion. Textures. Pattern. Nature. Bright colors and metallic paint. Other art. And then sometimes, I look at something and say “Hmm. That sure would look neat in a really bright painting.”

7. How do you unwind?

I like to be with friends- or painting. I love really cool restaurants and cocktails too. Sometimes though, I come home from work, put on pajamas, and watch the Food Network. Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives is the best!

8. What was your first job out of college and how long did you hold that position?

My current position at the Elloree Heritage Museum and Cultural Center is the first job I have had! I started in October 2013 after a long and treacherous job search.

Megan Carn painting

10. What is the best advice you would give to aspiring entrepreneurs? What is the best piece of advice you have received?

Christmas of my senior year of college, I was inquiring about art-related jobs via the internet. I came across Dana Gibson Designs, and I loved everything on her site. I sent her an inquiry about internships or positions, just like I did for so so many other places. Of the hundreds of inquiries, Ms. Gibson was the only one to respond. Unfortunately, she did not have any sort of position, but she was very complimentary. (The first non-family/friend compliments I had ever gotten!) She also said this, paraphrased slightly: You have the talent and the drive. Keep working hard {because 80% of artistic work is hard work} and eventually, everything will work out for you. It’s only a matter of time.

My advice: Be sure before you start something that you love it enough to work for it. Be original and follow your dream; don’t just do something because you saw someone else do it. Ask constantly for advice, be organized, and once you start something you want- don’t quit. It will take time, it will probably cost money, and it may get stressful. But you love it, right?

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11. What was the biggest obstacle you faced while pursuing your dreams?

Managing a full time job, social life, and a growing side business- having the time to work, paint, socialize, and sleep is really tough.

Two of my favorite quotes right now:

“Let’s do what we love and a lot of it.” –Marc Jacobs

“Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.” –Mae West

How BB Would Style My Megan Carn Original

So how would I style Megan’s glam pieces? Well, let me show you what I would add with her killer pieces in a home studio.

megan carn + my officeMegan Carn Piece: Spring!
1. The Fashionable Cocktail // 2. Design Love Fest’s Dress Your Tech #50 // 3. Warby Parker Finch Eye Wear // 4. Biscuit Poodle Bookeneds // 5. Mark & Graham Gold Desk Embosser // 6. Lipstick Paperweight // 7. Sticky 9 Instagram Magnets // 8. Jonathan Adler Pop Champagne Candle

Don’t forget to check out all of Megan Carn’s shop!

Palm Weekend

Palm Weekend

I can’t help loving all the palm leaves!
This week has been hella long and I’m super pumped to escape to the weekend. I hope everyone has fun and tag me in some of your adventures! #BBWeekend

Set of 3 Mini Photos, Fine Art Photography

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Tommy Bahama // Palm Print Cushion Cover // 40 x 40cm // Jungle Green // As Seen at The Sydney Writers' Festival 2013

Los Angeles Palm Trees, Retro, California Decor, Palm Trees, Landscape Photograph, California Wall Art, Large Wall Art "California Love"

// Click the images to add these palms to your home

Guest Blogger: Pinterest God’s Gift to Men

Pinterest: God's Gift to Men

Pinterest… I can practically see you cringe and give me dirty looks through your computer screen. I know what you’re thinking so let’s clear that up before you ask: yes I have a penis and no, I don’t have an account. Every, and I do mean every, man dislikes this place. And to be completely honest, I’m not entirely sure why. We just don’t. We just dislike it. We avoid it like the tampon aisle in the grocery store. That’s probably because it’s one of the most feminine creations in the history of man. It’s full of girly pictures and none of them are nudes. Up until about a year ago I was just like you.

Basically Bubbly on Pinterest

Yes it’s girly. Yes it’s stupid. Yes we hate it. But Pinterest is also God’s gift to men. Don’t take this the wrong way; I am NOT advocating that you go sign up. If you did that I would be forced to maliciously destroy your man card and confiscate the tiny shred of dignity you had left.

What I mean is that every single female, whether in their 20s or 70s, has a Pinterest. I guarantee you every single woman you are interested in, or will have an interest in, has one. Pinterest is this magical place where women post pictures of everything they have ever liked or wanted…Everything. I shit you not; clothes, jewelry, favorite stores, decorations, dream vacation destinations, the puppy she wants, even the engagement ring she would die to have. It is an endless supply of ideas. Not just ideas, but the things that she actually likes. You never have an excuse for giving your girl a bad gift ever again. They’re practically handing us material on a silver platter.Pinterest FavesAnd the best part: you don’t need to sign up to see the things she posted. Google “Pinterest + ‘her name’” and I promise you it will be the first thing that pops up.

You’re welcome.
– Jason

Jason Albert{all images via Pinterest}

Meet Tucker

Nose + Paw

Everyone, I would like to introduce you to Tucker Senic-Albert, the latest addition to our family!

Tucker the AussieShe’s a spunky, lovable Australian Shepherd that follows Jas + I everywhere! A perfect little shadow. Her piercing blue eyes seem to notice every detail and she’s a peanut butter hog. Sleepy Tucker Tucker + Lamb Chop She’s 7 weeks now and about the size of a Chiweenie (yes, those are real), but I know she is going to grow up quick. Be sure to follow her adventures on Instagram, @Tucker_Aussie. I thought having a dedicated account would help keep me from overly posting pictures of her to my personal one.

Wish Jas + I luck with our new bundle of joy because right now we are onto day 2 of having no more than 2.5 hours of sleep.

DIY: Window Coffee Table

DIY Coffee Table

Our apartment is finally to a point where I am comfortable photographing pieces of it; emphasis on the pieces. For the past couple months Jas and I have been busting our tails on the weekends trying to help my parents get the house “show worthy” for their big move to Cali. Why yes, I am a little jealous. But I digress, with all our effort going towards their house our space has been a little neglected. But we are still making progress!

I promised an Instagram follower and friend a while ago that I would give more details on how Jas and I made our beautiful window frame coffee table. So without further adieu…

Before every good project begins, there is always some inspiration. Thank you Pinterest for always adding these ideas in my head. HERE are just a couple Jas + I looked at before getting started.

And it’s always helpful to know in advance what you need before beginning so after some trial and error, here is everything you’re going to need (*there are a couple of things listed, but not shown listed you may or may not need depending on the condition of your frame so be sure to plan ahead):

Supply ListThrifted Window Frame // Wood (The Home Depot) // Anthropologie Chandelier Knob // Long Hinge  // Ikea Mod Legs // Annie Sloan Chalk Paint // Paint Stripper* // Putty Knife* // Extra Glass Panes (found at local glass shop) // Sandpaper

1. Find the frame – Be sure you pick out one that is larger, or at least large enough for a coffee table in your living space. The best place to find the frame is a junk yard, thrift store or somewhere with used frames {$7.00}. Don’t worry if the frame is a little dirty to begin with; you can clean up the wood using sand paper, and if its really bad, a spray on paint stripper and a putty knife for scraping the paint off and razor blades for the panes. This part honestly was the most time consuming part of this project. Depending on the condition of your frame it might take some time (and a lot of patience) to strip all the previous years’ worth of wear off. If your frame doesn’t have glass panels, don’t worry, your local glass shop will have panes {$2.50 e.} for inexpensive.

Before photo of the window frameExtra panesSitting in the window

2. Build the box – Jas + I made our coffee table with the lid resting on top. We liked the idea of it being lifted with fun things peeking from inside. But I have also seen that it could be done where the lid fits snug inside the box. Both ways look great so don’t be afraid of which to choose! We also chose to rest the inner boards along runners inside the box, so instead of having screws all along the outside holding in perfectly sized planks, ours lay across the bottom and are free to be removed during transit. If you don’t have a saw, The Home Depot has got you covered! They can cut your wood for you for a small fee. Thankfully, we were able to borrow my dad’s while we worked on this project. Wood {$35.00}.

Building the boxPre-box

 3. Paint! – Have you used chalk paint before?! It’s great! The finish is so sleek and simple, with a slight matte finish {$15.00}. Of course you can always use Bher or Glidden with an eggshell finish. A coffee table like this doesn’t need to be super shiny. I did 2 coats on the entire box exterior of the box then stained the inside and planks. Sanding between each layer or stain and paint allows for a smoother, more professional finish. And don’t forget to clear coat (if desired).

4. Choose the hardware – The hardware selected for your coffee table with not only add character, but it will also determine the look and feel. The great thing about this project is that you can pick type of hardware and not go wrong. Our IKEA legs {$16.00}and killer Anthro knob {$25.00} make this table a combination between modern and boho (just like Jas + I).

IKEA legs in action Anthro handle

5. Voila! -Once everything is all put together you’re going to be thrilled! Now, it’s time to enjoy your coffee table.

DSCN1572 DSCN1575 DSCN1579So instead of buying a new coffee table for a couple hundred dollars, we built this baby in less than $100! Thanks Home Depot for having us covered with all of our supply needs; you may or may not be one of my favorite places to go. And a big thanks to IKEA and Anthropologie for adding some flare to our latest apartment piece.

I loved getting to work on this project because not only did we design something fun and pretty for the apartment, but it was great bonding time with Jas. He built it and I made it look good. It’s now something we use and look at every day, proud of our accomplishment. Be sure to comment below and show me your latest DIY coffee table! I can’t wait to see.

 

Spotted! MDP

NYC Photographer, Michael Della Polla

Michael Della Polla

We were friends in college. He was a Chemistry student who was always going full speed and always willing to begin an adventure. His music would blast from his dorm on the 1st floor and his eclectic attire was always on point with a distinct essence of 80’s inspiration. Michael Della Polla was one cool cat.

Michael is now a professional photographer and adventurer in glamorous New York City. He captures stunning portraits of celebrities and the ordinary, skaters and city streets. His images are both beautiful and mysterious, always leaving you wanting more. Thankfully he fills his Tumblr and Instagram to the brim with killer shots.

Michael’s career has not been a straight line to his dream. His determination to develop his skills and ever-growing confidence in his own work are things I admire.  Without those, he would not thrive in the fast paced city. So how does he do it? Keep reading for his advice and career highlights thus far.

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Name: Michael Della Polla
Age: 25
Occupation: Photographer

1. Tell me a little about being a photographer and what was the turning point to get started?

Being a photographer in New York is a mix of crazy rewarding and draining, though far more on the rewarding end. It is a special experience to go home at the end of the day having “created” something new. I got my start in Macon, Georgia having seen a large cloud of smoke fuming across the city. After biking over and just happening to bring a camera I had recently purchased on Craigslist, I snapped a handful of photos. I stayed for the firemen and police to arrive, still capturing that fleeting moment. Eventually I left and had a hard time as I was within the police barricade, passing the news teams on the way out. I ended up getting images no one else had the opportunity to capture that day which allowed me to release them to college and local newspapers. Following that, I shot more for those publications. These were good projects that pushed me and forced me to focus far more closely on photography.

2. The hardest part I’ve found of being a photographer (besides capturing the best shot) is how to gracefully lug around my clunky camera. How do you handle this juggling act?

Juggling the weight of equipment is never easy. Having used a plethora of lenses, camera bodies, and flashes I have refined what I like and better know what is best used in what situations. I normally carry a single camera body and lens inside a sweatshirt everywhere I go. On days I know I’ll meet a celebrity or artist I normally pack a film camera as well.

 

10519682_2449914803454_387979118_n3. Did your studies in college apply to what you’re doing now? If not, when and where did you acquire the necessary skills?

I took classes on Photoshop and other Adobe software. I also was a part of various clubs and shot for those small pubs in college. Once in NYC I began assisting and was able to learn a lot of real world knowledge. Retouching here versus college is night and day.

4. What is a day in the life of Michael Della Polla like?

A day in the life isn’t very glamorous… an average day I work at a retouching house during 9-6 and then head to work with Quiet Lunch magazine and make some portraits until late.. Try to fit in some late night eats and then pass out.

5. Where do you find your inspiration?

I actually find a lot of new inspiration from Instagram and other photographers I admire. The inspiration for the foundation of my work goes to more painters and early photographers, Arnold Newman, Yousuf Karsh and Edward Hopper.

 6. How do you unwind?

I often unwind by buying Vans on EBAY. I buy a lot of things on EBAY. People thing I’m weird….

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7. What was your first job out of college and how long did you hold that position?

After college I worked a summer camp teaching Photoshop in Boston. After that I worked an 8 month internship on a feature film in Atlanta.

8. What advice would you give your 23 year old self? What is the best piece of advice you have received?

Exercise more fatty! I still don’t exercise enough now.. or sleep.. Meh…

9. What is your favorite picture you have ever taken and why?

This is an incredibly hard question.. The photos that are the most rewarding are the photos that are the most difficult to capture but with planning and execution I manage to get them. Larry Clark, Patti Smith, Michael Cera, lots more…

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10. What do you hope people take away from your images?

I hope my images are attractive enough to the eye to invite the viewer in while revealing an unusual intimate perspective of my subject.

11. What was the biggest obstacle you faced while pursuing your dreams?

One of my biggest obstacles was not having an education in art or photography. Gaining the confidence to say I am a photographer instead of saying “I shoot a lot” or “I am learning to be a photographer” were big hurdles.

 

Enjoyed reading about Michael? Keep up with his latest adventures and see more of his work via his Instagram, Tumblr and website.

 

 

 

Shop Update

Happy Friday! It’s been a long, but rewarding week. I have something great planned for Monday so be sure to check back. This weekend, I’m on the hunt for office decor and know I will be adding one of my new pups from the shop to my desk chair. You can see all their new little faces below!

And I want to know how you style your Basically Bubbly pup. Tweet, Facebook or Instagram how you decorate your space with art from my shop this weekend and I will pick a couple of my favorites for the blog Shop page! Be sure to use the hashtage #BasicallyBubblyPup. I can’t wait to see!

Tate the Bulldog

Meet Tate the Bulldog – Native to Athens, Georgia, Tate is a football loving pooch. He likes to watch the Dawgs stomp those Gators every time. If you’re a UGA fan, Tate is the perfect pup for you.

Belle the Lab

Belle the Lab – Belle is as sweet as a peach. Her colors bring warmth and her charm brings smiles.

Aurora the Welshie

Aurora the Welshie – Aurora is an instant love. Her playful eyes and Velcro personality will win over anyone’s heart. This little lady is looking for a good place to stay. Bring her home and see what a delight she can be.

Pip the Chihuahua

Pip the Chihuahua – Pip is ready for anything. Her bright blues make anyone smile.

Custom Ordered Pups

Custom Orders – Custom Order prints are now available! What better way to celebrate your pup than have a framed piece of art.

Guest Blogger Ethan’s Trendy Twitter

Twitter.

Either you love to hate it or hate to love it. Twitter connects opposite sides of the globe with 140 characters. 140, that includes punctuation! Talk about effective communication; other social medias cannot even compare, with their wordy posts and poking animals. Okay. Okay, you’re right. Instagram connects people using only an image, but that’s just Twitter for people who can’t read.

The difference that sets a primo Tweeter apart from the pack is how they manipulate those characters into miniature stories. The lame ones tweet about what they just ate or what they’re watching on TV. The real kick ass people people, the ones who’s content you actually want to read, carefully craft their words, providing comic relief to an otherwise stressful day, igniting inspiration or giving you a good reason to tweet something yourself. Allow me to introduce you to some of the best:

The Foodies

AltonBrownAlton Brown – Formerly of Good Eats on the Food Network and currently of Cutthroat Kitchen. He has a line of bowties with hook + ALBERT. He is a Southern Man whose personality has graced television and his twitter is just as great. When he replies to tweets he writes his responses on sticky notes and posts pictures of the notes on his feed; it matches his quirky personality. The man I credit for my love of cooking and food culture. Does a podcast cast called the Alton Brown Cast and has many of the major names in the culinary world as guests; discussing the world today and the current state of culinary affairs.

Andrew Zimmern – The man behind the Go Fork Yourself podcast and Bizarre Foods. He is an excellent follow on Twitter and Instagram; he likes to document his food adventures. His television personality is lighthearted and fun, not many would guess that his beginnings in the culinary world were a very dark time. A true American success story.


High Road Ice Cream
– Gourmet ice cream made right in Atlanta. With flavors such as Bourbon Burnt Sugar, I cannot stress enough that you should follow them.

 

Jack Rudy Cocktail – I am a sucker for all things Charleston. Jack Rudy Cocktail makes bar goods, such as tonic, bitters, and grenadine. With my love for gin and tonic, I can only imagine that some of their small batch tonic would enhance my experience.

The Bloggers

Back Down South – A blog of the Fontenot’s, a couple transplanted from the South that have recently returned home. Complete with giveaways from great brands and my favorite segment “Drink This”, the blog will have you pining for a return to the south or wanting to quickly move south of the Mason-Dixon.

Red Clay Soul – A man who has eyes on every sale that could possibly arise; the best source for southern fashion that I have come across. He is a magician at finding items off of Ebay. Once you start following him on twitter and reading his blog, prepare for your wallet to feel significantly lighter.

Hunters of Brora  – A hold over from my time in Scotland, I love tweed. Hunter’s tweed will sell you bolts of tweed and help you with your bespoke clothing desires. Might be a Christmas gift to myself this year; follow them for updates on their selection and availability.

The Musicians

Imagine Dragons – I have seen these guys in concert and it was by far the best show that I have been too. They are very interactive with their fans on twitter and always posting pictures from the road.

 

The Comedians

Cloyd Rivers - Cloyd will keep you laughing for hours. Half the joy of this Twitter handle is the complete and utter stereotypical redneckness of it all. Yes, redneckness is now a new word. He’s the beer drinking, shotgun toting, 1-upping better American . If you’re easily offended, I don’t recommend his account.

Post Grad Problems – This account tells the horrors of being an adult. No matter what, you will walk  away feeling like you’re hot stuff. These hilarious events include the ridiculous boss, crowded workplaces and the insane water cooler chatter. Everything you imagine in a cube farm.

 

Don’t forget to check in with me at Dapper Pub for more of Men’s Fashion and Living Well. Be sure to comment below with which Twitter handles you liked from my list or one of your favorites.  Cheers – Ethan

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MH: Sumertime Wishlist

Mondays always seem to hit me like a ton of bricks and being on vacation for four days made this Monday even worse. So it seemed only logical to put together a quick summertime wishlist. Here are just a few of my must haves:

1. Spicy shorts

These shorts a great summer staple. Comfy like gym shorts, but with a sophisticated twist. They pair great with bold colors and fun wedges. Find them on Etsy.

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2. Cow skulls

These Child of Wild cow skulls have an added punch with their designs. The turquoise beading is a beautiful contrast to the bleach white bone. This would be the focal point in any room.

3. Anything Flamingos

Flamingos and pineapples are a perfect summertime trend. check out my treasury of all these playful pinkies on Etsy.

Flamingos

4. Flash tats

These flash tattoos from Child of Wild are stunning! Metallic temporary tattoos are definitely a summer staple.

5. Frank’s body scrub

After the long hours in the summer your skin needs a little love. Frank’s coffee scrubs pamper and polish. Plus their scents are heavenly. Mine smells like oranges and I can’t believe how smooth my skin is after I use it.

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What are some of your summertime must haves? Comment below with your favorites.

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