Wednesday, November 27, 2013

weekend deals and new products!

If you're shopping this weekend for your family and friends (or even yourself!), I'd love for you to stop by the shop!

Take 30% off your whole purchase with the code HELLOHUE30 at checkout. This is the biggest discount I've ever done, and it will be a long time before I offer one this big again! 

On Monday, December 2nd, when you buy a 5x7 print, you'll receive a second one FREE! Please specify which print you'd like me to add to your order in the message to seller. (This does not include calendars or 8x10 prints.)

Click here to shop now! 

I've also added a bunch of new stuff to the shop-- new necklaces and new gray cover notebooks!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

a round-up of weekend deals!

Planning to do some shopping for friends and family this weekend? Below are some awesome Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals from sponsors and friends. There's everything from essential oils, to cozy knits, adorable handmade headbands, and printed leggings for your favorite little girl. You might even want to browse around Lulu's for a fancy holiday dress. 

You and I both know that (most of the time) we don't need any of the things on our wishlists, but this time of year, I'm ecstatic to be able to support fellow small business owners while shopping for the people I love.

I'll be back tomorrow morning to share Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for HelloHueStudio before signing off for the weekend!

Click the image or shop name to head over to the sites below. 

25% off entire shop! 
Offer ends Tuesday, Decmber 3rd

(code) CYBERMONDAY1 - free domestic shipping!
(code) CYBERMONDAY2- buy one, get one half off! 
OR get a free headband when you spend $25! (while supplies last!)

free shipping on all orders! 
no code necessary

My Chemical Breakup Essential Oils
Become a Wholesale Member and get a free oils travel case when you make any purchase!
Enroll with a kit and receive a free Modern Essentials book!

30% off the whole shop 
(valid until Mandie goes into labor!)

$10 off your purchase when you spend $100 or more
(code) TURKEY10

early sale! 15% off until Thursday 
(code) GIVING15

Monday, November 25, 2013

off the grid.

This weekend, I signed off the grid for a bit and spent more time in the little moments. The minutes waiting for Chris to come downstairs after putting Silas to bed, or after dinner when we're all full and sleepy and just sitting on the couch.  Those are moments when I would usually check out and flip through my blog feed. It was relaxing to be bored for once. I don't think I allow myself to be quiet enough lately. To just sit and watch Silas attempt to rescue a ball from under a chair. Or to eat breakfast with only a book as my companion (instead of the 1,000+ people I follow on Instagram.)

We ate gooey cinnamon buns for breakfast (with green smoothies, which cancels out the gluttony, right?!). We accomplished nothing on our to-do list except for a grocery run, which turned into a Panera dinner and shopping for flannel shirts at Old Navy. There are milk drips all over our kitchen floor from a leaky sippy cup, flour dusting the table from our homemade pizza night, and toys are strewn about the living room, which is driving me crazy right now. But the little moments piled on top of each other made for a nothing remarkable, but sweet weekend.

I'm ready to head into the week with my heart a little quieter and prepared to take in this advent season.

Friday, November 22, 2013

links I liked.

My mind and heart have been pretty busy processing the thoughts I posted on Wednesday, and I haven't accomplished much more than packaging a few orders, keeping Silas from eating playdough, and sneaking in several hundred tickle fests with him this week. 

But I've been browsing on my phone, and these are some of my favorite links from the week. 

Kim just released her new wire headband collection. "Memaw's Curtains" is by far my favorite of the fabrics choices. 

I can't wait to pull of stunts like this with Chris when Silas is older.  We'll need to expand his dino collection. 

The audio recordings for the 2013 Influence Conference are live and available for purchase! If you didn't attend and you're thinking of purchasing one or two of the recordings, my recommendations would be Hayley's talk on lies we believe, Annie's on why our words matter , or Jessi's feminine influence talk.  

I'm sure you'll see it in an outfit post soon, but I just bought the coziest plaid flannel scarf from EclecticJoy. I bought one for Si too, and he looks like a cute little European kid when he wears it. If you like pretty, cozy things, you should shop there. 

This weekend, I'm stepping out of my comfort zone and taking an analog weekend. I'm setting aside my phone and spending more time with my boys. To be honest, it's going to be tough, but I'm excited to slow things down a little, maybe pick up a book,  sketch just for the heck of it, and spend more time face to face with my boys. 

If you're looking to be encouraged today, I think this post is a great place to start. Ashlee shares the things in life that she does, and doesn't do, and there is so much freedom in her post. Also, her blog is inspiring me to pick up my real camera more this weekend. 

Alrighty, friends. I'd say I'm sorry that I wasn't around here more this week, but I'm not. Some weeks are just quiet and that's okay. Next week, I'll be sharing another fall outfit and some Black Friday deals that you won't want to miss. 


(PS. None of these links are sponsored. Just so you know.)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

drinking from the stream of grace.

I posted this photo of our messy bedroom to Instagram yesterday during a naptime where I just felt like I was getting nothing done, and I was so upset with myself. Like so many of you, I juggle the roles of wife, mama, blogger and shop keeper and sometimes it feels like all of those proverbial balls are just rolling around on the floor while I stand there completely befuddled. 

I have orders to package, but oops, ran out of packaging supplies. Such a bad shop owner. 

Silas ate a peanut butter sandwich for lunch again, and nothing else. I'm an awful mom. 

I'm way too attached to my phone and Chris and I both know it. What a crappy wife, I am. 

I haven't blogged all week, but I'm not sure anyone actually misses me. 

These are honest thoughts that haunt me many days of the week and I'll tell you what-- they are not of Jesus. These thoughts flood my brain and heart when I'm relying on my own strength to be the perfect wife, mama, blogger, etc. They are most poisonous right after a day or two of feeling like I've got my stuff together and 'aren't I awesome at this?!" Today, I'm going back to Jeremiah 17, where I'm told
 "Cursed is the man (or woman!) who trusts in man,who depends on flesh for his strength... but blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes..."
I'm drinking from that stream of grace this morning, embracing the mess (somewhat) and loving on my boys as best as I can.

And you? You're doing a great job, girl. Right where you are, in the mess, in the craziness. 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

all about instagram :: my most-loved photo editing apps

Today we're kicking off the first official post of the new Instagram series! There are tons of apps out there to help you take, edit, and beautify your photos. Below are my top four apps, all of which I use on a weekly, if not daily, basis.

Afterlight -- (99 cents, available for iphone only) I use this app to edit every photo that I post on Instagram. I'll go over my editing process in another post, but my favorite filter is Russ at 50%. This app is completely worth the .99-- it's what I use to post non-square photos (like if I post a photo from my DSLR and want to keep it's original proportions). They also recently added some gorgeous wallpapers and new seasonal apps as well. I love that I can bump up the exposure to get an airer feel to a photo and there are many different crop and frame options (including circles and letters of the alphabet!)

TimerCam -- (free, iphone only, I think) It would be really nice if the camera on our phones had a timer, but for some reason, it does not. This is where Timercam saves the day. I use this most often for selfies (another topic soon to be discussed!), group photos and family photos. I like that you can set it for 5, 10, 15 or 30 seconds and it counts down if my ringer is turned on (which always catches Silas' attention for pics!).

Diptic-- (99 cents, iphone and android) This app gives you tons of options for making photo collages. It's simple and easy to use. Thumbs up from me.

A Beautiful Mess-- ( 99 cents, iphone only) I use this app least of all. As you can tell below, I use it mostly for announcements about shop stuff. I really prefer to let my photos do the talking, so if I do add graphics, (like on the ice cream one below), it's really minimal. The app has lots of graphics, fonts, and borders. It's fun to play around with for sure.

So those are my most-loved apps. I have other apps in my Photography folder (like Snapseed, Camera + and Pic Stitch), but I rarely use those.

I'd love to hear about your favorite photo editing apps! Got some that we need to hear about?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

two recent custom paintings.

Of all the fun things I get to do with my paints, creating custom pieces ranks as one of my very favorites. I always feel so excited when a person emails me with an idea for artwork as a gift for a friend, or just to hang on their own walls. There are so many talented artists and for someone to choose my art, I just feel really blessed.

One of the best parts about creating a custom piece for someone is that I get to interact with my customers a little bit more than when I get orders through my shop. I get to know their passions, their decorating style, the way they communicate, even the colors of their walls. I recently finished up two custom pieces that I thought I'd share today. They're so very different and have beautiful meanings to their new owners. 

The first is a mother-daughter piece I created for a dear friend of mine from our Florida days. She has one daughter and is expecting another baby girl soon! She is putting together a big girl room for her daughter and wanted a special painting for the purple and turquoise gallery wall. I love the quote that she chose and it was fun creating 'mermaid portraits' of her and her daughter. I can't wait to see the whole room put together! 

I finished this piece last night and am really stoked with how it turned out. Kelley wanted me to create a  painting representing her husband's acting career and each of the plays he's been a part of. I think my favorite icon would have to be either the ruby slippers from Oz, or Wonka's chocolate bar. I'm betting on the fact that Kelley's husband isn't a Hello Hue reader-- she'll be giving this to him for Christmas (girlfriend is on top of her game!)

To see more custom paintings, and to find info on how you can snag a spot on the queue, hop over to this page!  If you are thinking about a custom order for Christmas, email me soon! 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

style blogger confessions

slouchy hat:: {c/o fountain top creations}
white tee:: {target}
kimono:: {c/o lulu's}
watch:: {c/o feral watches}
jeans:: {american eagle}
socks:: {old navy}
wedges:: {payless}

This hat has barely left my noggin since it arrived in the mail last week. I fear that I may have dreds showing up soon. It's the best thing that ever happened to this mama who is lucky to wash her hair every other day (is that gross? How often do you wash your hair?) Mary from Fountain Top Creations has an adorable shop filled not only with slouchy hats, but the most adorable hats for little kiddos and some incredibly awesome knit scarves. This is the comfiest thing I've worn on my head and if you want to snag one for yourself, use the code HELLOHUE15 at checkout for 15% off! 

Confession #2: I didn't actually wear this outfit all day. I may have only worn it for the pictures. (don't stone me!) Truthfully, I've been bundled up in leggings, Chris' fleece, and this hat all weekend and that is most definitely not anything to post about. I put this outfit together and immediately thought how fun it would be to wear for a casual Thanksgiving dinner. We might be hosting some people at our house and I think this may just be my outfit of choice. I love the contrast of the cozy knit hat with the silky kimono. Style blogger faux paus, I know- to wear an outfit for pictures' sake-- but does it count if it's my new favorite outfit?!

And finally, let's talk about sponsors. Specifically, that c/o stuff above. It stands for "courtesy of" and means that I received product from a small business or company in exchange for sharing it with you. What's cool about that is that yes, I get free stuff, but it also really excites me to introduce you to companies and handmade businesses that you may not already have heard of. You and I both know that you don't need any of the products I share on here-- but dressing cute is such a fun part of being a woman and if I can help you feel great by introducing you to some sponsors I love, then I'm a happy girl. 

Here's my promise to you-- sponsors on this blog will never change my style or voice. I'm picky about who I bring onto the blog, because I want to remain true to myself and true to you, my readers. Rest assured, you won't find me wearing Valentino Rockstuds anytime soon. Unless they make some that I can rock with peanut-butter covered leggings. 


Thursday, November 7, 2013

introducing a new blog series on instagram!

Social media is a phenomena that I never really grasped until I became a blogger and small time business owner in 2009. For some reason, I was adamantly against Twitter and didn't join for a few months after I started my shop. I quickly found fellow business owners and bloggers to discuss strategy with, military wives that understood the tough schedule our family dealt with, and friends to chat with and support. I was won over to social media and the power that it held to connect people.

On the morning that Instagram became available for Android users, I remember lying in bed reading the announcement and immediately clicking 'install'. I didn't know what I was in for. I've fallen in love with the process of creating bright and colorful photos to share. I've found literally hundreds of other creative people like myself and many of those people have become good friends. I've been able to connect with my fellow bloggers in the smallest moments of our days. 

This is the first post in a series I'll be posting about Instagram. It's become a huge part of my life and I hope that this series will be not only helpful to you in practical ways, but also inspirational. The posts to come will cover everything from my favorite editing apps, tips and tricks to getting well-lit, beautiful photos, ways to print and share your photos, a giveaway from Stickygram, and of course I'll be sharing many of my favorite Instagrammers. 

I'd love to hear from you-- are there any topics (specific or broad) that you'd like to see me cover during this series? 

If you'd like to follow me on Instagram, you can find me here! 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

art on our walls (and a giveaway!)

Today, I'm sharing a little bit about the beginning of our living room gallery wall, and I have a giveaway that will help you build your own!

When I was preparing for our home tour on Life Made Lovely last week, it really irked me that I hadn't gotten artwork up on our walls yet. As I shared over there, artwork on the walls is one of the things that makes a house into a home for me. The artwork on your walls tells a story about where you've been, what means the most to you, and what your personality is like. So, since I didn't want our blank walls to paint a massive, "BORING" over our heads, I got to work getting a few things hung. 

The wall behind our couch is odd, because there are three small windows above it. For now, I decided to leave it blank and display some artwork on either side of the couch.

On the right side of the couch are three frames and a fedora. I love hats hanging on the walls and all the texture and dimension they give. The small square frame holds scraps of paper from our first Valentine's Day together engaged (which also happened to be 100 days before our wedding). I filled a jar with 100 reasons I love Chris, and this frame holds just a few of those paper scraps. The other two frames are just pretty fillers that make me smile. 

On the left side of the couch are some pieces that hold a lot of meaning. 

The lyrics in coral red at the top are from a Coldplay song that we adopted as ' our song' while dating. There was a lot of waiting during that season (read more about our story here) and the chords at the beginning of that song always grab my heart. 

To the left of that painting, sits a print I made with the lyrics from Christina Perri's song, "1,000 years". It was a song that I heard over and over again at our OB's office while pregnant with Silas and so it became 'our song'. I truly felt like I had loved him for 1,000 years before even meeting him. 

The other two pieces in this little collage were sent to me by sweet friends. On the bottom is a custom portrait created for us, that I'm very excited to share with you soon! 

And in the middle is a sweet photograph taken by Meg Newsom. Meg has a beautiful Etsy shop where she sells her fine art photography and she sent me this photograph recently. I love the bold colors of the flowers against the drab background. Each of her photos are so peaceful and seem to tell a story, which is what I love about them. 

Meg has some other lovely photographs in her shop that would be perfect for a kitchen collage (I love the pomegranate one!) or adding some color and depth to a gallery wall. 

One winner will receive a $50 shop credit to Meg's shop, which could get you a whole array of small prints to make a gorgeous photo grid, or go big and get a huge photo! 

Enter using the Rafflecopter widgit below! Giveaway is open until November 13th! 

(FYI. Mandatory entry requires you to come back to this post to let us know how you'd spend your $50!)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

six ways to style a striped dress this fall and winter.

Yesterday, I showed you one way I wore this striped skater dress from Forever21. I've been wearing this dress to death since I bought it two weeks ago. It's so basic that it pairs well with anything in my wardrobe. Any color goes, and stripes make pattern mixing easy. Today I'll show you six different ways to style it for this fall and winter. 

1. If you've seen this post, you know I love re-fashioning my dresses. Add a buttoned up cardigan and a belt on top of your dress and all of the sudden, you're wearing 'separates'. 

cardigan:: {target}
 boots:: {rack room shoes}

2. Got a tank or tunic from this summer you miss wearing? Wear it over your dress as a faux vest. I like that this one resembles a military vest. 

tunic:: {c/o lulu's}
 necklace:: {c/o nspottery}
wedges:: {c/o lulu's}

3. Toss on an embellished hoodie and some colored tights for a sweet and simple look. You could even do a hoodie and tennies for a cute sporty look. 

lace hoodie:: {anthropologie} {similar)
tights:: {target}
flats:: {clark's}
 headband:: {much love illy}

4. A floral kimono adds a flowy layer that fancies the dress up just a bit. Wear black leggings or go bold with some colored tights-- a rust orange would also be fun with this look! 

kimono:: {c/o lulu's}
necklace:: {gift from a friend}
leggings:: {francesca's}
boots:: {rack room shoes}

5. A full, A-line skirt looks great worn over the bottom portion of this dress. Wear tights in a similar tone for a mono-chromatic look on bottom. 

 skirt:: {target}
 tights:: {target} 
wedges:: {c/o lulu's}

6. I'm a big fan of cozy lately. An oversized sweater, beanie and boots make this perfect for lounging around. I'm wearing nude tights in this look, but thick leggings could make this look even comfier. I added a pearl necklace to keep me from feeling too frumpy. 

hat:: {target}
 boots:: {rack room shoes}
necklace:: {wedding gift from Chris}

If you're interested in trying some of these looks, I've scrounged up a few links to similar dresses below!

So, which of these styles would you wear? Do you have other ways you'd wear this dress? 

(psst... some affiliate links used. Find out more at the bottom of this page.)

Monday, November 4, 2013

don't leave me!

dress:: {forever21} (similar)
cardigan:: {francesca's collections} (similar)
necklace:: {urban outfitters}
boots:: {c/o blowfish shoes} (similar)

I'm currently curled up on the couch enjoying breakfast in our living room which is dripping with morning sunshine. 

The best part is-- I'm alone. 

Silas (thankfully) didn't get the daylight savings time memo, and has been sleeping in the past two mornings! So, this morning it's avocado toast and strawberries, topped off with a hot (yes, hot, not lukewarm or microwaved) mug of toasted coconut Kona coffee. 

There's not much to say about this outfit except that you may have noticed a pattern lately-- dresses and colored tights. I'm trying to make the most of this fall before I'm forced to dress only in pants and bulky layers. I just peeked at my weather app and it says that it's currently 28 degrees outside, but feels like 15 degrees. We'll be staying inside in our pj pants and hoodies this morning, in case you were wondering... Winter is not welcome yet-- don't leave us quite yet, fall! 

Keep an eye out later this week for five more ways to style a striped dress like this one this fall and winter. And I've gotten several emails lately about my hair (how I get the cut and how I curl it) and I promise I'm not ignoring you-- a post is still in the works to chat about hair! 

Friday, November 1, 2013

behind the scenes of our home tour.

Today, over on Life Made Lovely, I'm sharing some of our favorite rooms in our home! I know many of you have been asking me about a home tour for awhile, so hop on over and check it out. There is still quite a bit I haven't shared, but I hope to post more rooms on here as we work on them. 

Here are a few behind-the-scenes tidbits, lest the pictures give you a false sense of perfection.

I know it's easy to look at these pictures and see a neat, uncluttered room and be impressed. Don't be too impressed. Behind the camera, I assure you, there were piles of random clutter that I cleared from the tabletops. I'm constantly shoving things in drawers when guests come over. 

The night before I took the pictures, I was up in my studio, pulling an all-nighter (which means I was up until 11pm, ha!). I started by just organizing a few shelves with some IKEA supplies I had bought earlier that day, but it turned into a 'pull everything out and purge it all!" kind of night. My studio has never been more organized, and I doubt it will stay that way, but for now, it's refreshing.

If some of the pictures had audio, you would hear Silas in the background throwing a temper tantrum. My guess would be it was about something like I wouldn't let him pour his milk out on the floor. 

Several of the pieces of art hung in my studio are held up with packaging tape. Desperate times... 

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the pictures and getting a glimpse into our home and decorating style. Head over to Heather's blog and get the full tour! Happy weekend!