Fall is Finally Falling

Fall is my favorite season, next to spring, and I am excited that if finally seems to be coming. The crisp weather changes, the colors of the leaves on the trees, the comfort food, and the fall layered wardrobe. The colors and smells of fall make me almost as happy as when it is time to pump the Christmas tunes.

In the home, fall means comfort and the use of throws and sweaters (ooh sweaters, my fave!).

Worthington Court Blog’s fall mantel

Plaids and patterns are especially good in the fall. This table decor is probably one of my favorite I have seen using plaid.

Plaid Tablescape

And the patterns aren’t limited to the table. Sweaters and scarves are definite fall musts for layering. With the weather changes, you have to be armed with fashionable gear.

Fall Plaid Layering

Fall foods are all about warmth and comfort. Stews, soups, and root vegetables are abundant this time of year, and I am here for it all! I love hearty vegetables and stews, and these recipes don’t disappoint.

Autumn Beef Stew
Squash Lentil and Wild Rice Stew

Another favorite decor accessory of mine are pillows! Pillows can help update a room with the flip of a cover. You can mix and match covers to change with the seasons. These new ones from Home Goods are an inexpensive way to add a little fall color and glam to your home.

Fall Pillows from Home Goods

Whatever your fall style, enjoy the season. #FallisFalling

Have a Little Faith

Two years ago I had an a-ha moment. I was trying to determine a way to channel my creativity. I wanted to do something different with events, but not planning. I would have moments that I wanted to just shake my hands and get the creativity out. Doing graphics wasn’t enough, I needed something tactile, something I could touch and share.

My a-ha moment came through a name change. The name Native November came naturally; a combination of my Native American heritage and my birth month of November. I wrote it down and just liked the way it looked. Then I came up with what that meant, and how could I make that come to life. What did I want that name to represent. I went with things that are important to me or represent who I am and what is special about my birth month; it’s the fall season. Things like natural fabrics with simple colors and patterns. Simple but functional. Coming from the event world, I wanted to create something that was functional both in the home and at an event. I wanted to create something that made a guest or attendee at an event say “hey I would love that pillow in my guest room.”

Things somewhat started to fall into place the moment I just let the creativity take over. I created these for a fundraiser, then decided I should take a class to make sure I knew what I was doing, as far as pillows. In that class, I took in all the information the teacher had, beyond pillows, and really learned a lot and just kind of let things take their own path.

I say all this to say, things fall into place the way they’re supposed to. I’ve had this proven over the years. Many times I didn’t pay attention or wanted something else to happen instead. I tried to create a path like I thought it should go, but fate and nature had other plans. It is kind of hard to put into words, but sometimes in life you have to just let things happen without your force or input. It leaves you open to the possibilities.

In the past month and a half, I have taken a 9-5 job that really was a whirlwind happenstance. Someone I knew on social media said they had a friend with an opening, I said I was qualified, she referred me, I got a call back two days later, I had three interviews in one week, and started by that following Monday. It’s been an interesting ride ever since. Many fall into the pit of not following their paths once “work” gets in the way. But I’ve been finding that it just furthers my possibilities and opportunities. The people I meet, the situations I am put in, and just being where I stand. That has been a really interesting place to be.

Needless to say, I am still ready to create and be productive. I just want to let the path show me where it is going instead of trying to make one where there is none. May seem a little stagnant, but I have been learning that it is truly best to let faith be your guide.

Spring is Finally Here…Maybe | Music Monday

I think spring is finally here. Only time will tell. The weather surely hasn’t been kind to the U.S. and I can’t wait until spring has finally sprung, because it’s one of my favorite seasons.

I have started working a traditional 9-5 again, but really enjoy the position. This playlist is one that I’ve had on repeat a few of those busy days. Enjoy and listen to the music!

Weekly Playlist April 23
Petit Biscuit, Lido “Problems”
ODESZA, Madelyn Grant “Sun Models”
Skrillex, Poo Bear “Would You Ever”
The Knocks, Foster the People “Ride or Die”
YOSIE, Lo “Lights”
Kiefer “Miss U”
Poolside “Next to You”
Taylor McFerrin, Robert Glasper,  “Already There”
SG Lewis “Coming Up”
Diplo, Mø “Get it Right”
RAC, MNDR, Manatee Commune “Unusual”
BoTalks, Laura Marano “Weekend”
Wafia, Felix Cartal  “Bodies”
Sigrid ”Strangers”
DJ Harrison “CandleLit”
Hugo LX “November”
VERITE, Heavy Mellow “Please Me Out”
Zedd, Maren Morris  “Beautiful”
Maroon 5, Chromeo “Wait”
Daft Punk “Phoenix”

 

Here is the full playlist.

Happy Spring!

Women’s Month Playlist

So March is National Women’s Month. In honor of some powerful women in music, this list will inspire, lift, and get you moving. Let the strong women in your life know that they are appreciated and that you see them. Women have enough to deal with, we have to lift each other up.

Weekly Playlist March 20

Madonna “Who’s that Girl”
Sade “Soldier of Love”
Karyn White “Superwoman”
Klymaxx “Meeting in the Ladies Room”
Feist “Inside and Out”
Mary J. Blige “Just Fine”
Mary Jane Girls “Candy Man”
Monica “Don’t Take it Personal”
Beyoncé “Who Run the World (Girls)”
Rihanna “Disturbia”
Adele “Rolling in the Deep”
Sheryl Crow “All I Wanna Do”
Shania Twain  “Man! I Feel Like a Woman”
Lorde ”Royals”
Missy Elliott “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly”
Mary Mary “Go Get It”
Carrie Underwood “Wine After Whiskey”
Christina Aguilera  “Beautiful”
Roxette “It Must Have Been Love”
Carole King “It’s Too Late”
Kylie Minogue “Get Outta My Way”
The Cardigans “Lovefool”
Robyn “Show Me Love”
Whitney Houston “How Will I Know”
Mariah Carey “Breakdown”
Janet Jackson, Carly Simon “Son of a Gun”
Brandy “Full Moon”
Imogen Heap “Loose Ends”
Roisin Murphy “Let Me Know”
702 “Where My Girls At”

 

You can find the full playlist here.

#WomenRule #GirlPower

Music Monday

Spring is almost here. It’s one of my favorite seasons. It represents a new beginning and the renewal of things that have been laying dormant through the winter freeze. This week’s music inspiration comes with the vibe of renewal and more sunshine filled days.

Weekly Playlist – February 26

Exposé “Seasons Change”
Jean-Luc Ponty “Spring Episode”
The Beatles “Here Comes the Sun”
Georgs Pelēcis, Gidon Kremer “Flowering Jasmine”
Simon & Garfunkel “April Come She Will”
Gold Panda “In My Car”
ODESZA, Zyra “It’s Only”
Petit Biscuit “Sunset Lover”
Thrupence “Rinse Repeat”
RÜFÜS DU SOL “Sundream”
Vallis Alps “Oceans”
Billie English “Ocean Eyes – Astronomyy Remis”
Set Mo, Deutsch Duke  “White Dress”
Jonti ”Rain”
Mr. Probz, Robin Schultz “Waves”
OutKast “Roses”
The Chainsmokers “Roses”
Aso  “Seasons”
ODESZA, Naomi Wild “Higher Ground”
Love Deluxe “Cool Breeze Over the Mountains”
Here is the link to the playlist. Enjoy!