I can't express with words how much I simply adore you all. I was reading through your lovely comments again this morning and found this renewed faith that blogging is still the same beautiful space that I first fell in love with. With these developed friendships we have built throughout the years, we have grown together, learned from one another. You all mean so much to me and I truly hope you know how much I mean that.
Eric and I are moving into our new apartment tomorrow morning. This sense of light, freedom and excitement are running through me. I can't wait to start decorating and sharing bits and pieces of our space with you shortly. In the meantime, with a new month quickly approaching I wanted to open back up my sponsorships. If you are interested in sponsoring the Little Lady blog for the month of March, make sure to look this over for further information and shoot me an email. Can't wait to see what pretty faces will be making their way onto my sidebar!
Sending you all a little thank you for your sweet and encouraging emails and comments to yesterdays post. Let us remember to be gentle with ourselves and to always be a source of inspiration to one another. Love you all! xx
What can I say that hasn't been said before. We all get a case of the "blahs" every now and again. Whether it be with our bodies, our creativity, relationships, work, the sin of comparison, or all of the above. You name it, we've all been there. Right now I feel like I have a big case of the "blahs" when it comes to the blogging world. Many people have noticed that blogging interaction has gone down significantly the past few months which can play mind tricks with your ego. Are people still reading blogs? Are people still reading my blog? Is my content relevant? Are my pictures pretty enough so that they will be "pinned"? With all of these higher social media platforms now, bloggers have to start getting creative when it comes to everything they put out into the media world. It's not really about the quality of writing anymore, but rather being better than other bloggers and having more of a follower base. And then you see all of these bloggers who have been having loads of success (heading to fashion week, being published in magazines, writing their own books, creating their own phone apps, doing company collaborations). I can't help but think, why not me? The sin of comparison is no fun. But I don't want this entire post to be a "debbie downer". I guess I just wanted to play my tiny violin and see if I was the only one feeling this way. All in all, I miss you! I miss your comments. I miss the friendships that spring from this blogging universe. Instead of comparing let's applaud others successes; let's inspire one another!
What tricks do you have to getting out of a "blah" state of mind?
Introducing Hannah Adamaszek, a UK based freelance artist from her self entitled shop HANNAH ADAMASZEK. After stumbling across her beautiful site a little over a week ago, I instantly craved to have one of her pieces hanging up in our new apartment. With the attention to detail in her female portraits and an eye for the perfect color palettes, she brings to life these captivating women who encompass boldness, beauty and strength. I predict Hannah is someone we should be watching out for in the artist world, and someone "you oughta know".
NAME: Hannah Adamaszek AGE: 32 CITY: London, UK CAREER: Artist STYLE INSPIRATION: My style is stripped down to the basics, layering each process so that each one can be identified in one harmonious composition. I think I've always painted in the style I have now, its what came most naturally to me. I only fairly recently in the last 2 years started to use stencils as I felt it made the eyes softer and stronger, rather than when I was hand painting them. I was influenced a lot by punk when I was growing up, this teamed with my love of nature have really pulled my style together. It's more the subject in the painting that has changed over the years.
DESIGN INSPIRATION: A lot of my influences come from the great outdoors, nature is the greatest artist, so I try to use shapes or patterns that I gather - whether it be feathers or animals or plants. I attempt to capture the feeling of being in my paintings, a state of mind where the beauty and timelessness of the world come into sharp focus. I'm a huge jewelry fan, when I get any spare cash I splash out on it, and try to incorporate any jewelry that I love into my work. I collaborated with jewelry designer NF Jewelry and have painted in St. Eve Jewelry in the past. Coryn Madley is a huge inspiration, I love how she styles everything. FAVORITE DESTINATIONS: I would choose anywhere with mountains. I'm not very good at doing the beach thing, I end up getting restless and going for a walk. There are so many places I haven't been yet. I've been keeping a Pinterest board of amazing places to visit one day. It would be a dream to get up and go see all of them. A friend went to South Africa, after seeing her photos I think that's next on my list.
SPARE TIME CHOICES: I love the outside, when I'm not painting I'm often found out running or biking in the forests. It would be a dream to live in the mountains with an art studio, running in the summer and skiiing in the winter. NEXT BIG ADVENTURE: This year is another really exciting one. For my next big project I'm heading to Barcelona for my second Solo Show with Fousion Gallery in April. I'm planning on making a new body of work for this that's a little darker than my past work and have been planning already. There are a few more collaborations coming up that I've wanted to do for a long time. I've just started one today that I've wanted to get started on for weeks. I'm going to make this one last for ages because I know I'm going to love doing it so much. Plus a few more pieces in the streets and some events such as Femme Fierce and Stroke Artfair. YOU OUGHTA KNOW: I once shipped a painting in a real rush and ended up putting a dirty sock in there, luckily I was sending it somewhere I was going and opened it myself. Now I make sure I'm never near any washing when I pack anything :)
Thanks Hannah! xx
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If you follow me on Pinterest, then you know that I have quite a collection of photos stashed away on my "hair" board. I find it amusing since I feel like most days I end up going with what's easy - down or my signature messy bun. So I decided to start a new series documenting a hairstyle that is inspired by my Pinterest board each week. Today we have the "deep part", quickly becoming one of my favorites. Would you rock this hairstyle?
Nothing is more romantic then getting cozy in a snowed in cabin. For Valentine's day, Eric and I decided to take a last minute trip up to his family cabin to spend some much needed one on one time together. We had dinner at our favorite local diner and spent the rest of the night watching season 2 of House of Cards on Netflix (SO good!), exchanging sappy gifts and watching the snow fall outside the window. Now that's my kind of V-day!
You asked, I deliver! I've gotten lots of requests lately to do a tutorial for my designated "top knot" (as seen here, here and here). Get ready for the easiest hair tutorial yet. All you need is a hair tie, truly. Something to note, best if done with day two or day three of unwashed hair.
STEP ONE: Give hair a good toss to add texture.
STEP TWO: Gather hair into a pony tail using fingers, leaving a slight side part to top of head. Remember, the messier the better! Hold pony tail with your hand (don't use your hair tie yet).
STEP THREE: With free hand, loosely wrap hair around the pony tail in counter clockwise motion.
STEP FOUR: Tuck end pieces under the newly formed bun, then secure with hair tie.
Super easy and super fun for those relaxed days. Also, today you can find me on Kabinet! Kabinet is a great site where you can share your favorite skin, hair and body care products with friends while also finding great recommendations through other people. They make it super easy by breaking it down by skin type, hair color, etc. I have loved playing around with it the past week, adding items to my wishlist and seeing what other people are using (especially for their hair)! If you want to join in on the fun, start here! Make sure to look me up!!
Moving back home to Seattle has been an adjustment. I'm mostly missing the warm Florida weather, especially on this snowy morning. Snow in Seattle, this literally never happens! I've traded my flip flops for ankle booties, and t-shirts for lots of layers. Including this borrowed coat from the baby SIL that Eric and I have dubbed the Macklemore coat. In other words, goodbye Florida :(
And in case you missed it, don't forget to send in your "funny Valentine" pictures of you and the one you love. More details can be found here!
Boy, how I love this funny Valentine of mine! Who is your funny Valentine? Keeping up with tradition, I want YOU to send in your favorite photo of you and your main squeeze to be shared in one giant collage on the day of love! If you want to participate, please send over one photograph no later than February 12 with the subject reading "Funny Valentine" to tj.hislittlelady (at) gmail (dot) com.
Can't wait to have all of your pretty faces on HLL soon! <3
If you have been following me on Instagram then you might already know that I just spent the past few days up in Orlando with a fun filled day at Universal Studios. We wanted one last excursion before leaving Florida, and it did not disappoint. And yes, Harry Potter World (and the butterbeer) is even better than you can imagine! Below are some of my favorite moments from that day!