Beautiful Distractions No. 15

Srsly, where has summer gone? It went from sunshine warmth on my shoulders to a nip in the air in a hot second. While the leaves are falling outside my office window, I’m in the midst of some ahhhhhmazing house projects. Stay tuned for a kitchen update (this week) and a while the entire main floor is ripped up, why don’t we tear apart the upstairs with a crazy spur of the moment bedroom project as well. So as I bang on my house with no pretty rooms to post, I’ve gone down some weird Instagram rabbit holes. Today’s Beautiful Distractions are beyond cool. Keep reading if you know what’s good for ya!

Beautiful Distractions No. 15


Hipster 101 is knowing what’s cool before it’s cool. The ultimate hipster in my book is David Byrne…lead singer of the Talking Heads…yes, that David Byrne. He’s pretty much an art icon. I stumbled upon his new website, Reasons To Be Cheerful. It’s a non-profit editorial project that is tonic for tumultuous times. The world got ya down? Find stories of hope and curiosity here.

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know cannabis is quickly becoming mainstream. More and more luxury paraphernalia companies are popping up, and they have incredibly beautiful products. I’m not heavy into the weed scene but have been appreciating the beauty of the emerging brands’ typography and color palettes…gone are the pots leaves, skulls, and rasta colors. BTDubs, this is a particular Instagram rabbit hole that hooked me for hours. Utterly fascinating.

Verde.vie pretty cannabis paraphernalia

While in this heady rabbit hole, I scrolled over an image by @itsnicepaper. I thought it was an old skool zine…remember those? Ya no, it’s so not that. It’s an Instagram account dedicated to educating folks on the art of getting high…and not in a Dazed and Confused kinda way.



I took a step back because talking about weed openly is such a foreign concept to me. Who knew? Well, maybe you knew, but I didn’t know. I was clueless when it came to stash cases and grinder cards. (TBH, I didn’t know what any of that was to begin with…I’m so outta the loop.) I somehow landed on Verde.Vie. Then I found Recess…sparkling water infused with hemp for balance and clarity. Basically, it’s the LaCroix of cannabis with 3 flavors to choose from. Anyhoo, weed is becoming a big thing and when it hits your state, you’re now in the know, whether you care to partake or not.

Recess - CBD infused sparkling water

During my recent visit to New York, I sat outside a little French café on Lafayette Street and people watched for hours sans phone. The fashion is so much edgier than anything you’d find in the midwest so it was incredibly entertaining. It didn’t take long for me to figure out that if you’re looking for under-the-radar cool-girl status, you need to pick up a Susan Alexandra bag. They’re beaded. They’re beautiful. They’ll take you back to your childhood.

Susan Alexandra Bags

Speaking of childhood…want to dress your kids like little hipsters? Head on over to The Animals Observatory. My daughter, Zozo, takes fashionista to diva level, but because of the heftier price tag, she’s not decked out head to toe, but she does, however, have a couple of pieces and finds outfit inspo on their site. Oh, and their collab with Reebok is giving me all the 80s feels. Can they make these kicks happen in adult sizes?

The Animals Observatory - How to dress your child like a tiny hipster

Rebecca Atwood has just released her newest book Living With Color. Her first book is not only a best seller but also one of my top 3 favorites interior design books. I cannot get enough of this latest one. I’m a tried and true white on tan on beige on brown on black kinda gal. What I like about this book is Rebecca teaches you how to incorporate color impactfully with your existing neutrals. She also does a great job breaking down palettes and guiding you through the process of bringing the magic of color to your home. Be sure to put this one on your wish list.

Rebecca Atwood Living With Color

Can we flip back to New York really quick? I have to tell you about the new perfume Henry Rose. I found it at the GOOP shop, and it’s by Michelle Pfeiffer. Because of health issues, she quit wearing fragrances and decided to develop clean formulas — meaning no synthetic fragrances, flavors or isolates. There are 5 fragrances and my favorites are Fog and Jake’s House. Can’t find them but what to smell em? You can purchase this 5 sample discovery set for $20 and receive a $20 credit towards your first 50ML bottle. The Instagram page also has a video of Michelle explaining how to layer the scents. And FYI, while wearing Fog, I can’t tell you how many people stopped me to ask what I was wearing.

Henry Rose Perfume by Michelle Pfeiffer

Does your bathroom need some added fancy?  No. 2, or @gono.2 on the Gram, is 100% bamboo toilet paper wrapped in beautiful patterns you want to show off. Their schtick is what they refer to as zero butt crumple…basically, it doesn’t leave tiny pieces “behind”. Our home is on septic, so I don’t think I can’t use it, but (omg, so many puns in this paragraph..and yes I’m so trying to use “hindsight” but the words are coming to me) the ultra-stylish leopard or floral prints would make a lovely and unique housewarming gift.

No. 2 - Fancy toilet paper for your bathroom

Since we started this post off with things to be cheerful about, let’s ended on a high note. Meet Madeline Stuart. She’s the world’s most famous supermodel with Down’s Syndrome. Madeline is ending the stigma attached to disability, breaking down barriers in the industry and is a force to be reckoned with. Go girl go!



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