The Emerald Girl

casual. classic. curious.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Pink + Grapefruits Palm Desert Style

The morning light in Palm Desert is perfection. Especially this time of the year when you don't have to get up to early to enjoy it. When I saw these pink lacey pants at J.Crew Factory I knew I had to have them! The perfect pants for every occasion and most of all Valentine's Day. They paired perfectly with my favorite Lilly For Target collection clutch and those freshly picked grapefruits!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

This Was Not the Vacation I had Planned

I'm lucky enough to have a place to stay in Palm Springs whenever I want. A short 2.5 hour flight and I'm having fun in the sun. The goal of this trip was to just be warm and feel the sun. So, in the that respect, my goal was achieved and I reminded myself of that daily. I will gladly trade below 50 degree weather for over 70 degrees any day of the week. My other goal was to eat at Tommy Bahamas Restaurant a couple of times and that also was more than achieved.
This time of year, the desert is beautiful. The surrounding mountains are topped with snow while you sit in 80 degree heat. The first leg of our family vacation was spent with my parents. The second half of our trip was going to be just my little family of four but our plans got cut short when Matt had to fly home early. As a loving wife, I was, of course, supportive of my husband but one can't help but feel sad when the plans of being just us got cut to everyone leaving on the same day while I stay behind with the kids. It's mostly just the single parenting that I don't enjoy. A 5 year old and 1.5 year old are a LOT of work and do not ever let anyone tell you otherwise. The cherry on top of all of this was being punched in the eye by my 5 year old and having a black eye the entirety of the trip and beyond.
I dealt with it the best way I know how. Fill the days. So fill them I did. The kids and I were out and about every day, sometimes driving over an hour to see the sites. The funny thing is, as I told Matt, I probably did a heck of a lot more things without him than I would have done if he was here. I've got a YouTube video coming soon to share in the many adventures of me and my littles.
Although the trip was not what I thought it would be, it was bittersweet leaving in the end. I never want to leave the sun and the palm trees but I did miss my husband and was ready to dual parent again.



Tuesday, February 7, 2017

What I'm Giving Up for Lent 2017

I'm about to embark on a one month leave from social media. Everything except blogging and possibly IG stories (just creating, not consuming). On this leave of absence, I will be treating myself to Artist Dates.

"The Artist Date is a once-weekly, festive, solo expedition to explore
something that interests you. The Artist Date need not be overtly
“artistic” — think mischief more than mastery. Artist Dates fire up the
imagination. They spark whimsy. They encourage play. Since art is about the
play of ideas, they feed our creative work by replenishing our inner well
of images and inspiration. When choosing an Artist Date, it is good to ask
yourself, “what sounds fun?” — and then allow yourself to try it."
-Julie Cameron, from here.
For over a year now, I've seen the "Be Still" text that is so popular on the internets, felt a deep calling for myself to be still and yet I have not heeded the command. My heart longs for creative entrepreneurship but I feel more like a hamster in a wheel - just running in circles. It's exhausting and discouraging. I have fallen deep into the death trap of comparison (as you may have surmised from my last post). It's time to step back, breathe and fill my well.
It's scary and exciting but mostly scary. I had put so much energy into my Instagram so to stop and lose the momentum feels depressing. I think the scariest thing is letting go of the tiny bit of what I felt like was moving me in the general direction that I wanted to go. It's scary to think that maybe my goals aren't what God has planned for my life and I hate the idea of not getting what I want. Hope is what remains. Hopeful that I will gain clarity and feel enthusiastic and balanced.
I'm not catholic but think that lent is a good day to embark on this new challenge. 40 days and 40 nights without consuming other people's social media feeds, 1 artist date a week (I'll look up some fun stuff to do and share in another post), reading the Bible, playing with my kids, reading other books, writing. Lent begins on March 1 and ends on April 13th. This is a perfect transition out of this gloomy season of winter and into spring.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

First Tulips of the Year

Shades of pink are beginning to pop up everywhere. The day I bought these tulips it was pouring down rain but I had heard fresh tulips were showing up at local farmers markets and I had to get some! It was quite serendipitous that I parked across from pink painted trains. Happy first day of February - let the countdown to Valentine's Day begin!