Thursday, October 13
Offering a space for makers and admirers alike, W I T H / A N O T H E R is a brand new online journal bringing together a collective of creative Chicago women. The focus is on simplicity, small gatherings, exploration, and an essential lifestyle. By highlighting the women who make Chicago a notable city for creatives, W I T H / A N O T H E R focuses on discovering local visionaries, gathering inspiration for an authentic life, and connecting with likeminded ladies. "We believe that when people come together with one another, creativity and community flourish."
The darling women behind the blog are local creatives, Mandy Lancia and Abby St. Claire. (You might remember that Mandy and I collaborated on a Plant Swap together earlier this summer?) I absolutely adore these ladies- from their clean and saturated style to their approach on a well thought out, simple and beautiful lifestyle. They are seriously sweethearts through and through and I love the burst of energy that they are bringing to the local community!
W I T H / A N O T H E R has already featured a wide variety of women in the Chicago creative community- so many that I admire and am inspired by. Shop owners, artists, makers, influencers- I'm totally smitten with the way in which Mandy and Abby have shared these women and their stories. So I was blown over honored when they asked if they could feature Foxtail + Moss! I met Mandy for coffee recently and we chatted about everything from professional weed photography (don't ask) to baby stuff to her upcoming trip to the Pacific Northwest. And then I rambled through some interview questions which you can read here.
Thank you so much for featuring me, ladies. I cannot wait to see where this project takes you and the creative community here in Chicago! Follow W I T H / A N O T H E R on Instagram for some seriously lovely inspiration!
Thursday, October 6
Over the weekend we took a short road trip to the west side of Michigan to meet up with a few friends and go apple picking. It's become a yearly tradition of ours- we call it the Good Clean Fun Autumnal Outing! I get absolutely dorky over Fall activities- hay rides, corn mazes, pumpkin patches- when the weather cools and the leaves change, I need it all in my life! We visited Jollay Orchards- a darling little farm that I highly recommend checking out if you're in the area.
Of course we picked waaaaay too many apples. Like, way to many. I've been making applesauce and apple muffins and apple pear cranberry pie and having apple butter and toast for breakfast every morning and I still have a whole huge bowl full of apples! So when a friend told me she was using her haul to give homemade apple cider vinegar a try, I figured why not!? I'm a huge fan of ACV. Like down a tablespoon of the stuff every morning kind of fan. There are so many benefits to using apple cider vinegar- check it out! I followed a combination of this recipe and this recipe and currently my apples are fermenting in a huge jar in my pantry. I'll definitely let you guys know how it all turns out in a few weeks. In the meantime, if you have any tips, send them my way!
Thursday, September 22
You guys, our baby bash was featured on 100 Layer Cakelet this week and I'm just so darn excited to share a few photos with you! It was seriously the most special day. We gathered at one of our favorite local taco joints, Antique Taco, to feast, laugh, listen to records, and celebrate our little Moonpie with a boho themed party! Head on over to 100 Layer Cakelet to see the full feature.
Up until this point we had kept the whole boy or girl thing a secret, so we decided to reveal the baby's sex at the shower. As guests arrived, we had them place their bets. Toward the end of the shower, we brought out a piñata and let family take a swing. It was by far the highlight of the day- so incredibly fun to see the surprise and joy on everyone's faces as the piñata exploded into a cloud of pink confetti and candy! There were lots and lots of happy tears. We drew a name from those that had cast a girl ballot, and the winner took home a special little raffle prize- a box of Moonpies, of course!
We asked guests to fill out these Wishes for Baby cards designed by Kirra Reyna Designs. I've read over them so many times since that day. The answers make me laugh so hard and tear up and feel all the feelings. It's incredible to know just how loved this little girl is already. She is so lucky to have an amazingly bad ass village of people in her life to support her!
The Foxglove Studio adorned this macrame backdrop (by My Macramania) with wild flowers and greenery and it literally made my heart go pitter patter!
Seriously the most dreamy and fun day! I wish I could relive it a million times over. You can see even more photos on the Avery House blog. I worked with such an incredible group of vendors to make my boho baby dreams come true and I can't thank them enough! Check them out below.
Venue & Catering: Antique Taco / Photographer: Avery House / Flowers: The Foxglove Studio / Flower Crown: Asrai Garden / Macrame Wall Hanging: My Macramania / Cake & Cookies: Alliance Bakery / Mini Donuts: Stan’s Donuts Chicago / Hand Lettered Window: Papa-to-be Matthew Bremer / Invitations & Wishes for Baby Cards: Kirra Reyna Designs / Piñata: Bash Party Goods / My Dress: Free People (similar here) / Make-up: To Have & To Glow