April 29, 2014

Interview : Andrea from Everyday Soiree

Hello everyone! 

I'd love to introduce you to Andrea, who runs a beautiful blog called The Everyday Soiree.  

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What do you blog about? 
My blog is a journal of my life. I try to document most of the things that look beautiful (or at least put-together) like fashion, do-it-yourself projects and home interior. However, I also try to capture some of the not so pretty stuff too, such as parenting moments, womanly struggles and my constant battle with how to maintain a balanced and healthy life.  My blog is just a hodgepodge of pictures and thoughts that make up my own little everyday party.

How do you stay inspired?
Blogging is how I stay inspired day to day. I find that all my creativity can get sucked out by my little children (pun very much intended).  But there is nothing more encouraging than reading other blogs of women also just 'in it', immersed in the daily-grind of it all, but taking the time to share what they find beautiful each day.  I think we all have a story to tell and a different way we tell it.  I follow blogs to learn about others and to get inspired artistically. I love that by blogging myself, I am contributing to this amazing community.

Tell us what it's like to live in Austin! 
Oh Austin, my Austin.  Obviously the secret is out as we get 110 new people moving here A DAY! But let me tell you, everything good you've heard about Austin is true.  No matter how hot it gets, you will always find the streets full of runners, cyclists and yogis all on our way from a fabulous work-out and heading to meet friends for margaritas and queso. And don't worry if you don't know anyone here, because we are the friendliest people around. Everyone I know (myself included) talks a big game about not liking people that move here.

However, as soon as we meet you, we are guaranteed to invite you to sit with us, share with you are favorite band/bar and persuade you to join us on our next social bike ride.  It's a city full of grown-up kids who work hard and play harder. As a parent I get the best of both worlds, I finally get to utilize all the fabulous family resources here in town, but I get the nightlife as well.

And just a little fun fact I learned recently, Austin has more dogs than children and more vets than pediatricians. We love our dogs, our rivers, our guitars and our bicycles. Come visit!

andrea at everyday soiree

What's been your biggest accomplishment in life?
This is a very difficult question for me, although I physically accomplished so much in my twenties, I really believe my thirties will be the decade I grow in to my own skin, as an artist, a professional and a woman. However, you're not asking me this question ten years from now. So, as of now I truly believe my greatest accomplishment is becoming the person I was supposed to be. Sometimes in life we have to break away from the way in which we were raised, whether that be in religious or political beliefs or just in the way we conduct ourselves as human beings.  I for one, think nothing is harder than carving out our own path. After more than my own share of mess-ups, I definitely think I have not only found my path, but am comfortable on it.

What's your favorite song, and why?
Man in the Mirror by Michael Jackson. Without a doubt or hesitation.  (but pretty high on the list is also 'Can the Circle be unbroken', which is an old hymn performed by many country artists and 'Shoop' by Salt-n-pepa! duh girl, duh!) 

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If you could be any mythical creature, what would you be?
Ok, funny story. I was older than I'll ever admit when I found out that Narwals were real actual mammals.  I had thought that they were mythical creatures. Seriously y'all, seriously. I think I almost had a heart attack upon finding this out, I was more excited than one should be.  To this day, just thinking about Narwhals I become overwhelmed with how much magic is around us all the time in this gorgeous world.  I believe Narwhals are my spirit-animal, the content of my next big tattoo and unquestionably what I would love to be. (sorry I know that didn't answer the question).


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April 28, 2014


It might be vain, but I am quite enamored with my own booty in these jeans...  What can I say.  High rise skinnies.  They're my everything.  Makes me anxious to start wearing more body-conscious clothing again, after being huddled up in layers all winter.


April 25, 2014

It's Friday...


Guess this must be the week of selfies... I've been digging around in pictures from a few months ago and trying out new Lightroom filters, since I regrettably haven't taken any photos this week.  It's been a bit busy, even though I can't really say what I've been up to.  I tend to forget a lot of day-to-day details, and remember things in chunks...

So that's why I'm just going to recap some random stuff that went down :)


April 23, 2014

Mother's Day with Uncommon Goods + $50 Giveaway!

Happy Wednesday, everyone! 

Phew… time is flying by this spring, and I realized that Mother’s Day is coming up very shortly!  I always knew my mom was awesome.  But in my adulthood, I’ve started to truly realize just how amazing she really is, and how wonderful, and even necessary to have this special day to honor her.   (This page has some great ideas ;)

Recently I’ve been talking with the lovely people at Uncommon Goods, and stealing looks at their website for Mother’s Day gift inspiration.  If you’re unfamiliar with this company- not only do they offer unique and handcrafted products, but their entire manifesto is one of facilitating positive change in the world.  They are all about supporting artists, and the general well-being of people, animals, and the environment.

Did you know they hold a series of panels in Brooklyn to help small businesses?  Topics include things like how to network, implementing green practices, and using social media tools to grow your business.   I actually went to one last month, and it was awesome!!  They also do things like design challenges to help people get their work out there, and support a non-profit with every purchase. 

Either way, their site is chock-full of stunning offerings for Mother’s Day.  It’s a really amazing place to find a unique gift for her special day!  Here are some things that I’d like to buy for my mom J

ug salt

This salt test-tube set is pretty cool!!  There are several varieties of salt from all over the world, and they all have different uses. 

ug tea

My mom also loves tea- just like I do!  These are also in test tubes, and are a ton of different varieties.

ug birds

I adore this necklace.  You can even choose the number of “chicks!”

ug gratitude

This statement is so true, and something my mom would be totally into.

ug bag

I don’t know why I think my mom would like this bag.  I think she has a similar one.  The print just reminds me of an adventurous soul… it makes me happy and makes me think of her J

So time for the next part…


As part of this wonderful collaboration, Uncommon Goods is giving away a $50 credit to their store!!  So you could also get something super unique for your mother on her special day.  

I’m so excited to be able to offer someone this wonderful prize!  Good luck!!!

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**Terms** Giveaway is US only.  Entrants must like Uncommon Goods on Facebook, and be a follower of Chantilly’s blog.  Entrants will be added to Uncommon Goods’ mailing list.

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April 21, 2014

What's in a Name?



How was your weekend?!  Mine was amazing, but unfortunately we didn't have time to get any style photos done.  So none for this week!  Instead, I've got some thoughts for you...

When I started thinking about making new recordings earlier this year, I didn't know what I wanted.  Up to the Moon was sounding stale to me, and I felt like I was outgrowing it.  Conversations with the producer about a new direction were highly ambivalent, and I couldn't really say what I was going for.

I just wanted something new.

So fast forward a few months!  The recordings are done, and they have a slightly different sound than the last ones.  And when I was recently doing the redesign of my site, I was thinking about it through the lens of a future music release.  I started considering not only completely different look for my online presence, and a new sound, but also a new name...


April 18, 2014

Spring Cleaning... Site Redesign!

Phew!  I cannot tell you how I've been looking forward to this moment. I've been craving a visual freshening for at least a few months.  But something recently has been pushing me to get it done NOW NOW NOW.  And finally, I had some time to work on it this week.

Change is good!


April 16, 2014

Spring Dress Wishlist

When I was looking through some of the pretty dresses at Sheinside recently, my eye kept going back to a few things-

- Style:  Maxi and/ or Flowy
- Color:  Apricot and/ or white
- Material:  Lace and/ or crochet

I can't help it... bohemia has taken over my brain.  All I want is to look like a silly hippie, dancing around at Coachella with flowers in my hair.  My other thing is 90's-esque florals... go figure.  I've started my annual re-watching Beverly Hills 90210 (Team Brenda!)

1.  I love the print on this dress!
2. The rainbow stitching on this  gorgeous maxi makes my life complete just looking at it.
3. This one... perfect to wear to the aforementioned festival.  Or any festival, really.  Or.... just anywhere.
4.  Fairy girl dress.
5.  More of a party dress.  But since I'm not that fancy, I'd probably just wear it to a party in my living room :)
6.  I'd really need a big floppy hat to complete this look.  It's probably more Blossom than Brenda, anyway...
7.  Lace!  Give me all the lace!!
8.  Want to wear this floral number with wedge platforms on a summer day.  

Hope you are all feeling fine on this lovely day :)  What spring trends are you looking to try?


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April 15, 2014

April 01, 2014

Hot Tip: How Reshape a Straw Hat

Fear not, crumpled hat-wearers of the world!

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