I recently stumbled upon Livingly, a lovely site with a goal that Skirt PR can certainly back up: to help women live more beautifully every day – inside and out. I love that the platform goes beyond the ultimate wardrobe or a flawless beauty routine to offer insight into maintaining relationships, working on your career, exploring the world, and staying healthy. (Plus, I see a former Northwestern classmate is at the helm – congrats, Deena!)
A few stories that recently caught my eye:
Top Instagram Accounts to Inspire Wanderlust
We’re all guilty of thinking the grass is greener. Now we know where it truly is.
All the Times Amy Schumer Was Our Hero
If you’re not on #TeamAmy yet, get on board!
You Need to Stop Saying “I’m Sorry” at Work, and Here’s Why
Female linguistics has really been quite the topic these days. (Did you read the Women 2.0 article about women over-using “just” that launched a slew of support and opposing arguments?).
How to Live Beautifully, According to Healthy Beauty Activist Tara Foley
Love being introduced to new #girlbosses and her healthy beauty store Follain is so well-curated!
Go ahead, take a peek!
This local florist caught my eye while flipping through my Instagram feed. I was instantly drawn to the petite fresh garden florals that were wrapped in burlap. Curiosity rushed over me and I was soon searching Flowers for Dreams. Here is what I learned.
Not only are the flowers beautiful, but the best part is that every purchase benefits an amazing Chicago local charity. Each month, the florist features one worthy cause and contributes 1/4 of their profits to it.
All the bouquets are locally crafted flowers. The stems are hand-curated daily at local markets to create fresh, unique designs for every customer. Everything is sourced, designed, and delivered by Flowers For Dreams to ensure unprecedented levels of quality control. All bouquets come wrapped in recyclable material and vases range from reclaimed wood to vintage tins.
The flowers have simple prices that I think are very reasonable. They start at just $35. Plus, they offer free delivery! You can feel good in knowing that they deliver by hand, on bikes, with real people, too.
For as long as I can remember I have always had this weird obsession with cakes. It’s not even that I love to eat them, since I’m not a huge fan of frosting, but I just love to look at them and admire the creativity that goes into making each and every one. So when my friend told me about this girl she knows who has a super cute bakery and an even cuter Instagram account, I knew I instantly had to click the follow button.
Based in the Philadelphia area, Aly Debbas started The Createrie in 2011. All cakes are custom designed and baked using the highest quality ingredients. It was pretty impossible for me choose my favorites since they all look amazing, but see below for my attempt!
I wish I could remember how I first stumbled upon Society Social, a modern furniture and design haven. But I fell head-over-heels for the brand’s bar carts. The chic lines, the modern yet somehow vintage aesthetic… sign me up. It wasn’t long after my discovery that I purchased the company’s Sedgewick bar cart (which I later styled and spotlighted in our blog here!). Apparently, I wasn’t alone. A line of original bar carts propelled Society Social to an editorial wonder, as it started to appear in the likes of Real Simple and Daily Candy. Now, it’s a design superstar. Featuring furniture (couches, chairs, and ottomans) and décor accents such as rugs, lamps, and trays, Society Social also outfits all of your entertaining needs – think cute booze totes, hostess gifts, and tabletop pieces. I love the founder Roxy’s values – a family-operated business full of personal touches and a passion for all things pretty.
As Society Social says, life’s a party – shouldn’t your home be well-equipped to celebrate it? Get on this bandwagon, because it’s going places. Enjoy the eye candy!
Fretwork Navy Pillow ($76) // Paloma Footstool (From $345) // Brazilliance by Dorothy Draper ($252) // The Duchess (From $395) // Parker Prince Headboard (From $795)
Who do you have your eye on?
“I activate the hunger people have for the things that give them pleasure and force them to surrender.”
It’s no question that I have the world’s biggest sweet tooth, which is what first drew me to Peter Anton’s artwork. As I was scrolling through Instagram, a post featuring his amazing work caught my eye. Anton is an American artist and sculptor and specializes in oversized food sculptures, specifically sweets.
Although it’s quite fun to imagine how I would take down one of his oversized banana split sundae sculptures if it were real, there is so much more behind his work. Anton aims to give new meaning to food as a way to celebrate life. His work also intends to represent how basic human needs and desires ignite cravings and passion.
Take a look at a few of his pieces, and you will see what I mean. I can’t help but to want to scoop up the spilled sundae before it melts; whether it is the sweet tooth or clean freak in me, it certainly ignites some sort of passion within. And how can you not feel loved by looking at a gigantic heart-shaped box of chocolates, as if it were from your very own valentine?
The best part about Anton’s job? His studio is filled with candy, sweets and treats to eat and familiarize himself with his subjects.