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Women That Inspire Me

Women that Inspire Me: Larissa Loden

Women That Inspire Me, Women in Business, One of a kind furniture, Creative Inspiration, Bohemian Home Decor IdeasPamela DeweyComment

Hi friends.

For my fourth installment of my blog series Women that Inspire Me, I am featuring Minneapolis jewelry maker, Larissa Loden.

I first discovered Larissa’s jewelry at Art-A-Whirl several years ago. As a long-time rock collector (Yes! Nerd alert!), I love gemstone jewelry. And well, Larissa’s jewelry is particularly striking. I was drawn to it immediately.

According to her website, “Larissa Loden designs for women who aren’t afraid to express themselves. They are strong and fearless, interested in history and love to dress up.”

If that doesn't sound like the kind of woman that most of us want to be, I don't know what does. So yeah, sign me up. :)

The jewelry maker “is inspired by stories behind the pieces and those wearing them, and feeds off seeing her jewelry complete a look.” So Larissa not only gets inspired by the materials she works with, but also by the women who wear her jewelry.  Again, women like you and me.

The first piece I purchased from her was this Lune necklace. Black is my favorite color, and I also am a big fan of agates. After I bought it, I was wearing the necklace almost daily. It is a fantastic piece.

 The  Lune Necklace  is pictured here along with one of my geodes. :)

The Lune Necklace is pictured here along with one of my geodes. :)

Not only is her jewelry unique, but her offerings are also accessibly priced. Her pieces are mostly in the $30-$50 range.

According to Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, Larissa states, “I’ve toyed with the idea of a luxury line. I just don’t want to price myself out of what my customers have learned to love.”

As someone who also tries to keep her prices affordable, I certainly appreciate Larissa’s commitment to her art and her customers.

Like many of us, Larissa started out making jewelry as a side hustle. She worked as an art teacher by day and designed jewelry at night. She now creates jewelry full time out of her Northeast Minneapolis studio.

Larissa also sells her jewelry at markets all across on the country, as well as offering her wares “at more than 300 stores, including the House of Blues hotel gift shops, The Getty in Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.”

Inspired by Larissa's fantastic creations, I painted this See the World Through Rose Quartz and Turquoise Oak Dresser. The dresser features genuine rose quartz and brass knobs from Anthropologie. I am just in love with this joyful color palette. This vintage oak dresser is available for delivery to Minneapolis and St. Paul Shoppers.

Get this one-of-a-kind upcycled oak dresser for $225!

Women that Inspire Me: Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson

Women That Inspire Me, Women in Business, How to Cope with Stress, Bohemian Home Decor Ideas, Vintage home decorPamela DeweyComment

Hi friends.

I have the third installment of my blog series Women that Inspire Me, and this week I am featuring two women, Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson.

Jessica and Phoebe are the comedians and best friends behind the podcast, 2 Dope Queens. If you aren't listening to 2 Dope Queens, you are seriously missing out.

Jessica and Phoebe’s show is my favorite podcast. Not only are these ladies funny AF, but their show features a slew of other comedians that are funny AF.

Not sure how you handle stress or sadness, but one way I deal is to seek out things that make me laugh.

How did I cope on November 9th, 2016? I listened to 2 Dope Queens, and I laughed. Even on that day, they still made me laugh. A lot.

According to their website, the show features “stories about sex, romance, race, hair journeys, living in New York, and Billy Joel. Plus a whole bunch of other s**t.” These two dope queens are also all about featuring women and people of color.

They've had on big names like Jon Stewart, Tig Notaro, Connie Britton, Kevin Bacon, as well as comedians like Michelle Buteau, Illano Glazer, Joe Mande, Aparna Nancherla and Lindy West.

 This is a very funny episode from 2 Dope Queens called " A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the U2 Concert.  "

This is a very funny episode from 2 Dope Queens called "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the U2 Concert. "

Sure their comedy isn't for everyone. But if you think woke women you love rosè and the occasional fart joke are funny, they you will probably love their podcast.

You might recognize Jessica from her role as a senior correspondent on The Daily Show. When she debuted at age 23, she was the youngest correspondent on the show. She has also appeared on Season 3 of Girls and several movies and television shows.

Jessica also happens to be the star of the 2017 Netflix comedy movie, The Incredible Jessica James. The semi-autobiographical movie is, as described by the Guardian, about "a struggling Brooklyn-based playwright navigating the murky waters of modern romance while waiting impatiently for her big break.”

Phoebe has a solo podcast, Sooo Many White Guys, which I also really enjoy. On this podcast, she interviews “musicians, actors, writers and comedians who are killing it in their fields--AND who aren’t white dudes!

She also writes and has been published in publications like Glamour, The New York Times and Vanity Fair. And NBD, her book, You Can't Touch My Hair (And Other Things I Still Have to Explain) was a New York Times Bestseller.

Phoebe has appeared on numerous television shows, including the Amazon original show, I Love Dick. If you haven’t watched this show, I highly recommend it. It also stars Kevin Bacon and Kathryn Hahn, and was created by Jill Soloway.

And now these seriously funny women have a series of 4 hour long specials on HBO. I've watched the first two, and the episodes were just as funny and charming as their podcast. If you don't have HBO, you can stream the first special for free here

So in honor of Jessica and Phoebe's love of rosè, I decided to create a bar cart. Because any self-respecting rosè fans needs a classy place to set their bottle on. But as sometimes happens, I didn't get the bar casrt quite done in time. So I will be adding the bar cart later this week.

Stay tuned!

 

 You can grab this vintage glass decanter for only $20 right   here .

You can grab this vintage glass decanter for only $20 right here.

In the meantime, I just added this seriously stylish glass decanter, which would hold A LOT of rosè or whiskey or water. Whatever. This vintage decanter will make your drinks look classy AF. So I think Jessica and Phoebe would approve.

Women that Inspire Me: Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman

Bohemian Home Decor Ideas, Bohemian Style Ideas, Women That Inspire Me, Upcycling, Vintage home decor, macrame home decor, Home Design Ideas, Women in BusinessPamela DeweyComment

Hi friends!

I have the second installment of my blog series Women that Inspire Me, and this week I am featuring two women, Emma Chapman and Elsie Larson.

Emma and Elsie are sisters that created the blog, A Beautiful Mess. Their blog features DIY recipes, crafts, furniture projects, home décor, as well as advice about blogging and photography.

Elsie started A Beautiful Mess as a personal blog in 2007, and then Emma started a food blog a few years later. They combined their blogs into one in 2010, and this version of A Beautiful Mess was born.

Their styles are ever evolving, but always inspiring. I can personally thank them for my love of all things pink, brass and marble. But their style is also fun and quirky.

I mean, check out Elsie’s before and after of her den. What a beautiful, zen space.

I also really enjoy that though their homes are beautiful, the spaces also are comfortable and lived in. The site states, “If you haven’t guessed by now A Beautiful Mess is all about living a creative, and sometimes messy, life.”

 

They understand paint gets spilled, dogs shed and sometimes, well sometimes you just make home décor mistakes.

But A Beautiful Mess is not just a blog. It is also “a women’s lifestyle company focused on creating happiness every day through a homemade lifestyle.”

Elsie and Emma also have an online shop, Oui Fresh. Their store sells t-shirts, sunglasses, organizational items and their own line of essential oils and natural lipsticks and lip glosses. Their makeup is non-toxic, cruelty free, gluten free and GMO free.

The pair has also written multiple books. They've written a photography book: A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book: 95 Inspiring Idea for Photographing Your Friends, Your World, and Yourself. They've written a home décor and DIY book: A Beautiful Mess Happy Handmade Home: Painting, Crafting, and Decorating a Cheerful, More Inspiring Space. And they've written a cookbook: A Beautiful Mess Weekday Weekend: How to live a healthy veggie life...and still eat treats.

And if that all wasn't enough, these talented ladies have two apps. A Color Story and the newly launched, A Design Kit. A Color Story is a photo filter and effect app. A Design Kit allows you to add text, stickers, backgrounds, shapes and use different brushes to draw on your photos. I've just started playing around with A Design Kit, but I use A Color Story to filter most of my photos for the shop.

Plus Elsie and Emma try to keep their blog "focused on positivity and love" and they use the "business to try to give back" when they can.

So these insanely talented, creative stylish ladies also try to give back to their communities and are serious about clean living.

In honor of Elsie and Emma from A Beautiful Mess, I am sharing all things blush and brass that I have listed in the shop.  Shop the links below.

Women that Inspire Me: Justina Blakeney

Bohemian Style Ideas, Bohemian Home Decor Ideas, Women That Inspire Me, Creative Inspiration, Women in BusinessPamela DeweyComment

Hi friends.

I love Instagram. I love scrolling through Instagram and seeing what painters, crafters, interior designers and writers are creating.

I follow a lot of other female makers because I believe it is important to support other women making their art. And believe me, there are so many women creating beautiful things.

When I see what they are doing, I get inspiration for my painting and writing.

Because so many of these women inspire me, I wanted to share some of these women with you. Some of them I’ve spoken about before, and some of them are incredibly well known. And some of them are well known where I live, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

So starting today, I will be sharing a little bit about a woman (or a pair of woman) that inspire me. And then I will share some furniture or home décor I created or sourced inspired by these women and what they do.

First up on the list is Justina Blakeney. I’ve written about her before in my blog post 5 Bohemian Looks Worth Stealing for Your Home. Blakeney is the creator of the design blog, TheJungalow.com and the queen of all things bohemian.

 Blakeney with her husband and daughter in Blakeney's book,     The New Bohemians: Cool & Collected       Homes

Blakeney with her husband and daughter in Blakeney's book,  The New Bohemians: Cool & Collected Homes

Blakeney draws and paints. She is a pattern-maker, interior designer and a writer.

In addition to her blog, she has written two books, The New Bohemians: Cool & Collected Homes and The New Bohemians Handbook: Come Home to Good Vibes. She is also a designer with multiple product lines.

You can now shop The Jungalow, and there is furniture, art prints, light fixtures, plates, bedding and planters. You can pretty much buy all things boho home décor there.

I love her #newbohemian style, which she describes as having “a passion for color, pattern and plants.” But I also really admire how her creative passions spill into so many different areas. And she doesn’t try to limit herself, but explores all of these different pursuits.

I received a copy of The New Bohemians Handbook: Come Home to Good Vibes for Christmas, and it is just as chock full of inspiration as her previous book.

The book starts out with several maxims, and below are two of my favorites.

 Photo of image from Blakeney's book,    The New Bohemians Handbook: Come Home to Good Vibes

Photo of image from Blakeney's book,  The New Bohemians Handbook: Come Home to Good Vibes

 Photo of image from Blakeney's book,    The New Bohemians Handbook: Come Home to Good Vibes

Photo of image from Blakeney's book,  The New Bohemians Handbook: Come Home to Good Vibes

I too believe in vintage and handmade and that objects made with love bring that love with them.

Blakeney is a truly talented women who has created a boho empire. And it all started with her blog, The Jungalow.

Here are some #jungalowstyle pieces I have available in the shop. I just added this Starburst Wicker Basket with Lid today, and I am kind of obsessed with it.

Be on the lookout for another woman that inspires me in two weeks!