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taking stock | 04

Making : room in my schedule for more “me time.”
Cooking : lots of salmon lately.
Drinking : home-brewed Tazo iced green tea with lemon.
Reading: Emma by Jane Austen. I just finished A Tree Grows in Brooklyn after half a dozen starts-and-stops, and loved it!
Wanting: a weekend beach getaway.
Looking: for the perfect pair of overalls.
Playing: my old John Legend Get Lifted CD.
Wasting: hours watching House of Cards on Netflix.
Wishing: I had an Anthropologie designer to help with my spring window displays at the flower shop.
Enjoying: daylight savings, now that I’m adjusted to the time change.
Waiting: for a nice neighbor to move into the empty space next to the shop, so I can stop sweating a possible relocation for a while.
Liking: clean, manicured nails with a coat of clear polish.
Wondering: if I should give my hair a good healthy chop.
Loving: Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrate. I read about the paraben-free multitasking moisturizer on Emily Weiss’ Top Shelf, and found it on Hautelook a week later.
Hoping: for some good quality time with my  girlfriends soon. We’re seriously overdue, ladies.
Marvelling: at the loveliness of spring —  the weather, the flowers, the fresh starts…
Needing: to start or join a book swapping club; I’m nearing hoarder territory and need some fresh reads.
Smelling: the first blooms of spring (achoo!).
Wearing: my Brian Atwood flats, like, errday.
Noticing: more gray eyebrow hairs, which is troubling.
Knowing: that change is the only constant in life, and trying to learn to roll with it.
Thinking: this HuffPo list of 16 Habits of Highly Sensitive People sums me up to a T.
Bookmarkinghttp://www.polienne.com.
Opening: all the doors and windows at home to let the spring air in.
Giggling: at this cupcake-loving future debate club president.
Feeling: content.

Inspired by Sydney, who was inspired by Pip!

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When things get really busy at the flower shop (i.e., holiday weeks) my morning M.O. becomes maximize sleep, minimize beauty routine. These are the healthy paraben-free products I reach for in a groggy haze when I want a quick natural face.

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Lorac Creamy Brow Pencil: Even on the laziest of mornings, I can’t neglect my eyebrows. I really like this creamy pencil; it quickly fills in my sparse spots and looks natural.

Too Faced Lash Injection mascara: My favorite mascara, three years going. I’m all about tubing mascaras. They don’t smudge or flake, and wash off easily at the end of a long day.

Fresh Sugar Lip Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 Rose: The best lip balm of all time, ever. You’ll going to balk at the $22 price tag (I did, too) but you’ll use it to the last drop. It’s that good.

Bite Beauty High Pigment Lip PencilI bought the four pack from Sephora last season, and I wear one of these pencils every day.  The matte color sticks around for a long time, and the formula is packed with antioxidants. And they’re small enough to fit in my wallet!

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my newest hobby is all sewn up

This is the year I start my couture collection!

More likely, I’ll make some curtains and a sofa full of throw pillows; every Project Runway contestant has to start somewhere, right? ;-)

I was so excited to open a shiny new Singer sewing machine from my Mom on Christmas Eve. I’ve wanted to learn to sew for as long as I can remember… When my parents were young and on a tight budget, Mom made a lot of her clothes, both from scratch and altered pieces from consignment stores. I shopped for patterns with her when I was tiny, and thought that one day I’d make all of my outfits, too.

I’ve always loved creative things (I get it from my momma). Since I parlayed it into a career a few years ago — which I’m so grateful for — I’ve found that sometimes I just run out of fresh ideas for the shop. Trying new outlets that flex my right brain muscles and spark new inspiration helps refill the well, and makes me a better designer/merchandiser.

While I probably won’t be cranking out a wardrobe any time soon, I’m looking forward to setting up a little sewing space at home and getting started on some small projects!

If anyone has recommendations on resources for beginners, I would love to hear them. Sewing blogs, books, classes? Send ‘em my way!