Goodbye 2014 – Hello 2015

Who knew a year could be over quickly? 2014 has been good to me and so much happened. It has been one of the best I might say. Here is my 2014 recap.
gb2014Here’s to looking to you 2015. I look forward to what this new year has in store for Basically Bubbly.

Cozy Sunday

While I am a summer baby, always ready for the pool or picnic, winter months also have their appeal. It’s the perfect time to snuggle up with your special someone, read a book or sip something warm. And this Sunday seems simply perfect for all things cozy.

But what is it that really makes a day or place feel like you want to snuggle? It’s all the little things combined. I have outlined my top 5 items that can transform a bedroom into some place you will never want to leave.cozy inspiration

1. The Duvet:
Jas has never been fond of duvets, he always says they’re too hot or there are too many covers on the bed, but let’s be honest, a duvet is essential to a perfect bed. Without one, a bed can seem flat and without that dreamy fluffy feel; they bring the snuggle factor. And just like all things, duvets some in a variety of  weights. If you tend to be warm at night choose one with a lighter weight alternative down inside. You can add the fluff without all the heat. Or if you need something thicker choose a heavier one with duck down for the ultimate plushy experience.I personally love Parachute Home bedding, especially their duvets. And if you’re like me and don’t want a hundred layers to try to position every day when making the bed, opt to store that top sheet away until the summer and cover your duvet in a machine washable cover.

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2. The Textures:
Next come the textures; think rugs, pillows and throws mixed with your fluffy duvet. Faux fur throws and large pillows covered in a chunky knit pillow case will make your bed warm and inviting. If you want to add a little sparkle to the mix, think a Moroccan wedding blanket which includes beautiful silver sequins with a white knit. It brings a sense of luxury to the snuggle piece. And don’t be afraid to layer your textures. Pair a pin tuck duvet cover, with a large braided quilt, a micro knit throw and faux Mongolian lamb pillow cases for the ultimate layered experience. And even if you have carpet, a warm rug beside the bed can add a little something extra.

Comfy & cozy hammock. I love the colour combo and the fur with the cable nit throw.

3. The Lights:
Onto lighting, and let’s be honest, mood lighting is essential. Warm fires cast yellow shades and candles have shadows that dance along the walls. But if you’re in an apartment without a fire place, like Jas and I, you have to find other ways to have pretty lighting. I do love candles, but my pup seems to not be afraid of anything I am always worried she is going to burn herself. So our alternative to fires and candles… string lights! Jas brought home beautiful LED constellation string lights the other day and I was so excited. The tiny copper wire make the lights seem like they’re floating when you look at them from bed. The best part about string lights, you can hang them anywhere an outlet is easily accessed, around a window, headboard or door frame; along a mirror, a shelf or even the ceiling. Jas and I chose to hang our from the ceiling creating something of a canopy. They have definitely added something extra to our room.

Canopy Lights

4. The Colors:
The color of a room can change the mood almost instantly and neutrals are perfect to transition seasons without having to buy all new items every year to stay on trend. I tend to love a mix of warm, dark hues like charcoals, chocolates and navies with bright shades like white and gray. The contrasting colors bring unexpected levels of interest.

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5. The Company: 
The final item for a cozy day in a comfy room is definitely the company. Snuggling with your sleep puppy or favorite someone, any day can seem like a perfect cozy day.

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See more of my favorite pin-spiration for a cozy day here. What are yours? Be sure to share pin them and tag me (@basicallybubbly). Happy Sunday!

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Wishlist Swap with Taryn St. Michele

The Christmas tree is twinkling and gingerbread men are in the oven. It’s going to be a good day. Last week Taryn of Taryn St. Michele and I decided to put our heads together and swap our holiday wish lists. She has such a killer sense of style and elegance so I have been dying to see what she chose for her wishlist and she has not disappointed! Everything she has paired so perfectly together. So take a peek, then be sure to see what things I have on my list.

Taryn St. Michele Wish-ListTom Dixon Orientalist Scented Candle
As if the shiny gold embossed cup weren’t enough, this Tom Dixon candle burns scents of rose petals and giant cinnamon sticks. Um, yes please!

Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens
I’ve had my eye on this baby for a while. Looks like my selfies could get a series upgrade.

Carrie Feather Strappy Heeled Sandals Black
These fancy numbers are not only super cute but I’ve been told feathery heels promote major rug cutting action.

Dinner Diaries: Reviving The Art of The Hostess
Reviving The Art of The Hostess….Need I say more?

Sloane Stationery S/2 Journals, Naughty/Nice
I’ve been a fan of black and white lately. A little naughty, a little nice. Sounds like fun to me!

Rosewood Hotel London
Now we’re talking! What better way to spend the holidays than in London. My love for this city never fades and the Rosewood Hotel is looking pretty posh these days. Tis the Season!

Diane von Furstenberg Adieu 18” Carry On Hardside Spinner Suitcase
I am always on the hunt for luggage that is cute and functional. The spinning wheels, lightweight design and gold detailing on this baby just may seal the deal for me.

And keep an eye out, Taryn, Korin, Rol and I have some Pinteresting action happening starting now so be sure to follow each of us to see what we have been up to.

Traditions Old & New

Christmas time is something that I look forward to and not even realize it until I am surrounded in holiday cheer. I can’t help but feel overwhelmingly content when the lights are all strung and the rich aroma of the mulling spices and gingerbread men fill the house. Twinkling lights and glittering ornaments, comforting cocoas and delicious soups, fuzzy socks and cozy blankets, nothing is better this time of year.

I was inspired by Patience Brewster, an artist and designer of unique, hand-crafted ornaments, to share my holiday traditions and my family has quite a few now that I think about it. A Mass service followed by a wine and cheese dinner (one of my most favorite traditions) with one gift Christmas eve, waking up before the sun and waiting for the rest of the family before opening the pile of presents, lounging around the rest of the day and calling our extended family to say “thank you and Merry Christmas”. Dad always makes prime rib for dinner and Mom always set the table with beautiful flowers and decorations… everything just feels good and like home.

When my fiance entered the picture we made it a must-do to go around town and see all the Christmas lights we could in one night with hot cocoa or coffee in hand. I drove the first year and he still teases me about taking a corner on two wheels. We also spent half of Christmas day at each other’s house in attempt to enjoy both our families together.

This year will be a little different though, it will be our first Christmas together in one house. We have decorated our apartment with gold and white decorations with holly swags on the door, warm blankets in all the rooms and our first Christmas tree.

Our First Christmas Simple Decor

My parents have just moved across the country so this will be the first year without them and while I am going to miss them, I am going to also carry on some of those traditions in my new apartment to keep the memories alive. I am not sure how it will go, but Jas and I are looking forward to merging our families’ special moments and beginning our very own.

What traditions could not live without? Share them with me by tagging @basicallybubbly on Instagram or Twitter so I can see how you and yours celebrate this wonderful time of year.

Images via:
1. Holly Door Swag || 2. Restoration Hardware Luxe Throws || 3. Anthro Constellation LED Lights || 4. Target Bottle Brush Tree || My own Patience Brewster Krinkles “Dancer Reindeer” ornament with my tree

 

 

 

Wishlist Swap with HelloKorin

Did the weather forget that it’s December here in Atlanta? It’s in the 60’s and absolutely gorgeous! I am loving it, even if it is unusual for December. But the warm weather won’t distract me from the holidays!

HelloKorin and I swapped wish lists again this year (last year we had too much fun!) and I am completely ga-ga for her 2014 suggestions. Below you will find her favorite things. When you’re done, check out what I am wishing for.

Hopefully our lists inspire some items for your very own wish list. Happy gifting!

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Mint Leather Tassel Keychain
“A simple, chic tassel would be a beautiful update to my key ring.”

Gold Polaroid Frame
“I’m in love with these gold magnetic polaroid frames!”

Khiel Eye Cream
“I have been dying to indulge in this Khiel’s eye cream with avocado.”

Steve Madden Ankle Boots
“These leather ankle booties are my perfect shoe: easy, elegant, and comfortable.”

Thug Life T-Shirt
“This cheeky graphic tee is so fun :)”

Cornelius Stick Stud Earrings
“It’d be so hard to not wear these clean, classic earrings every day. And part of what you pay goes to charity!”

Thanksgiving Day 2014

Things have been booming in the Basically Bubbly world. Engagement fun, wedding planning, moving my parents, new job and Holiday prep work. This year was the first year Jas and I really spent Thanksgiving together so we decided to make a thing of it. We hosted his family for dinner and prepared the larger ticket items (turkey, gravy, dressing, cranberry relish and mulled wine). I was a little worried, since I am not a master chef like my dad, but Jas had faith we could pull it off. Man, oh man, did we ever! Our turkey was beyond flavorful and cooked perfectly. And our sides complimented the bird nicely. Jas’s mom brought some other sides (mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, caramelized onions and more wine!) We spent the night eating and enjoying each other’s company. It made me realize just how much I LOVE playing the role of hostess!

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I have so much to be grateful for and I could take an entire book and fill it with the names of my loved ones, friends and events.

And while my life continues to blossom, Basically Bubbly is growing as well. I have added more merchandise, been working on some collaborations and even have been water coloring some new pieces (more on those to come). As a thank you to everyone who has been supporting me I wanted to offer some discounts for Friday and this weekend.

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I hope everyone has had a wonderful Thanksgiving day. Much love from the Basically Bubbly family to yours.

xo, Lexi, Jas and Tucker

Going to the Chapel

I’m getting married! It has been one blissful week since Jas proposed in the beautiful Orchid house of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. It was the sweetest thing in a beautiful place and such a surprise.

Now that I've told my amazing family, I can share it with the world! #imengaged #imgettingmarried #finallyalbert

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Jas & I have retold our proposal story over a dozen times (each!) and family have already started asking about all the nitty gritty details. I didn’t realize I was supposed to know our wedding date 2 hours after the proposal!? And the to-do list… it’s pages long! But thankfully I have been Pinteresting for a couple years now.

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I naturally thrive under pressure, while Jas is always chill; I want this time in our lives to be wonderful and fun, not stressful and nuts. Plus I don’t want to become bridezilla.

Pre-Engagment

So I wanted to ask y’all, what was the best piece of advice you were given during your engagement and wedding planning?

 

leaf.tv – a new fave

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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"

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