MADE IT: Striped Terra-Cotta Pots

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My succulents were looking a little plain Jane on my last post so I decided they needed some accessorizing. I got some Terra Cotta pots at home depot and wanted to spruce them up with some white tops. Once home, I also whipped out my pale pink paint and some copper acrylic. The copper, well, it didn't photograph well. It pretty much looks exactly like the all white top planter. It shines bright on my living room, so, I'm still a happy camper. The pale pink stripe gave a nice delicate touch to the spiky rugged plant. I left one in all white that I plan to bring to my nightstand. As I did it on a whim, I have no step-by-step. But, it's easy enough.

HOW TO: Line half of the pot with blue painter's tape. Then, tape the remaining bottom. Do this on all your planters so you can paint them all at once. Then, line them up on top of some newspaper or old magazines. Spray paint the sides first and then the rim. Be sure to keep a distance so the paint does not start to drip. You don't want to get it completely white on the first try. Spray gradually to get a nice consistent layer. I used this paint and it worked wonders. Fast drying and smooth. If you're willing to try the extra line, be sure your pots are EXTRA dry before lining them with blue tape again.


MADE IT is a new monthly on this journal. If I can't find it, I'll MAKE IT! Stay tuned for my next Made IT post, a hand painted canvas with a shiny surprise...

CURRENTLY: Succulents + The winner of the Dear Kate giveaway!

I may have gone a little overboard on the 'adding plants to my apartment' plan. These new babies are now keeping me company in a reading corner I've created. But, not just these. I also bought a fern for the balcony, a snake plant for the living room and flowers for my room. Maybe it's all the Pinterest-ing that has me on a green thumb kick? Well, whoever or whatever is to blame, thanks. They sure seem to light up the whole apartment! Are you on a green kick too?


Congratulations to... Isa Machado! You're the lucking winner of the Dear Kate Giveaway! I'll be emailing you shortly. Thanks to everyone who participated. There are many more surprises to come!

COFFEE WITH: Kelly Ann Mount of Spirit & Haven

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COFFEE WITH IS A MONTHLY SIT DOWN WHERE I HAVE THE CHANCE TO GET TO KNOW WHAT INSPIRES SOME OF MY FAVORITE CREATIVES FROM ALL AROUND. THIS TIME WE HAVE KELLY ANN, CREATIVE DIRECTOR + DESIGNER. I'VE BEEN FOLLOWING HER BLOG SINCE IT WAS A FLOWERCHILD DWELLING AND NOW HER CHANGE INTO SPIRIT & HAVEN. SHE'S ONE OF THE KINDEST LADIES AND HER MUSIC TASTE BORDERS ON PERFECTION. I'VE BEEN LUCKY ENOUGH TO GET HER AWESOME MIXES BY MAIL! I COULD GO ON, BUT... I'LL LET HER TELL YOU MORE ABOUT WHAT INSPIRES HER BELOW. GRAB YOUR CUP OF COFFEE AND SIT DOWN WITH US!


Why/Who I'm Kelly Ann, a graphic designer, sassy redhead, and cancer survivor from California. I own a design studio (& write a little blog) called Spirit & Haven, and I have so much fun collaborating with small businesses, rad brands, and enthusiastic creative types. I love coffee (of course), music, my dog Stella Bird, the sounds of the ocean, the magnetic energy of big cities, and the calm and clarity of mountain air. I also like inappropriate jokes and Leslie Knope. 

I'm a (mostly) self-taught designer who spent years and years learning the ins and outs of design, practicing for a million hours, and asking a ton of questions. I officially got my start creating cool stuff for friends and bloggers, which lead me to some interesting opportunities with different companies and collectives. I tried a few different things before realizing that I would be much happier, and more creative, starting my own business. So, I took the leap and figured it out as I went along. I'm still figuring it out. I don't think that ever stops. The financial/business side of things can be a little terrifying for me, and looking back at the start of this journey, I was not at ALL prepared. Sometimes I think how on earth have I made it this far holy crap. But I'm really proud of myself for just doing it and putting the pieces together as things happened. Maybe I didn't have the smartest strategy, but it's part of my story, and I honor that.

This whole business thing is such a learning process, and a scary process, but also a freaking amazing process that, for me, has been really eye-opening and fulfilling. I'm stoked to be on this adventure - it's not at all where I thought I would be (I actually have a degree in film and thought I would be doing my thing in that industry), but sometimes being spontaneous and taking a totally different path ends up being the very best thing.


FAVORITE MUSIC: Choosing my favorite music is seriously the hardest question ever. So hard it's painful. I'm serious. How do I even begin?

At this very moment, I'm enjoying these albums:

Ledges - Noah Gunderson

Awake - Tycho

Lion's Den - Little Chief

St. Vincent - St. Vincent

Native Dreamer Kin - Joseph

Listen. Love. Share. Repeat.

FAVORITE SHOPS:

Moorea Seal: my dear friend's online shop, and soon to be brick-and-mortar in Seattle, is basically a treasure trove of good stuff for your wardrobe, home, and life. And, a percentage of their proceeds go to great causes!

Record stores: There's nothing like rummaging through stacks and crates and shelves of vinyl. So much history. And stories. And talent. And art. I love it. Here in southern California, Amoeba Records on Sunset Blvd is the place, and a must see if you're in the downtown Hollywood area. I live south of Los Angeles, near the ocean in Orange County, so I usually pop on over to some small record shops in Huntington and Laguna. You usually have to commit to digging through piles and piles, but when you find those gems from time to time? So worth it.

Trader Joe's: Is it weird to have a health food store on the list? Ha! TJoe's is the best - they have everything and I'm in love with them forever. Amen.

The O.C. Mix: I live really close to the Mix, and it's such a unique little place to hang, the shops & restaurants are really cute. Grab a cup of coffee from Portola and explore. It's fun.

True & Co: My best kept boob secret, and it's not Victoria's. Bra shopping was always such an unpleasant experience for me, that I would end up wanting to burn all the bras in the world by the time I was done. (Those bra-burning feminists really had the right idea) But now? I don't mind it so much. The process is easy, True does all the work for you, and you don't have to leave your house. Or your nice, warm bed. Or put pants on. It's a real win-win.

FAVORITE FOOD: All of it. Ha! I love avocados, sweet potatoes (I'm obsessed with potatoes in general), blackberries by the carton, and big bowls of spaghetti squash with lots of veggies and lemon pepper or hot sauce. I've always been a huge veggies girl. But I also really love pizza. And most carbs. And honestly, there's nothing better than a grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup. Comfort food, so good.

COFFEE WITH: like my coffee with half & half and a little vanilla.


INSPIRED BY: Off the top of my head...

VSCO Grid: This site brings me complete joy. Gorgeous photos. Cool community. The entire VSCO brand is fantastic - I love their enthusiasm. VSCO really inspires me to get out there and not only take awesome photos, but be proud of them. 

Rdio: Rdio is my absolute favorite way to listen to music. (besides vinyl) I only use iTunes to purchase albums I absolutely cannot live without (lookin' at you, Beyonce), and Spotify's user interface seriously gives me the sads. It's so clunky and gross. I really wanted something that not only played all my fave tunes, but was also easy on the eyes - and Rdio is proof that if something is designed well, the whole experience is that much more enjoyable. I think it was my pal, Brandon, who pointed me in Rdio's direction. And I haven't looked back. Their music library is growing every day, and their site & apps are top-notch.

Books: Making time for reading is so important to me. Danielle LaPorte's books have brought a lot of clarity lately. (They're beautifully designed, too) And anything by bell hooks - everyone should read bell hooks. I have learned so much from her. Her words are wise and powerful.

Home: I'm a California native, and I really do love this beautiful state. It's certainly not perfect, but man... I have so much gratitude for this place, and the fact that I've gotten to call it home for 26 years. And I still find myself filled with wonder over the beauty I find here. We have a little bit of everything - bustling cities, gorgeous mountains, vast deserts, and that roaring, beautiful sea that will always call my name.

Women: Women always inspire me. Every single day. I love seeing them shatter/obliterate glass ceilings and fight for equality and just love each other in really empowering ways - makes me so proud to be a woman. We're fierce, strong, capable, brilliant - YES.


LEARN MORE ABOUT KELLY ANN BY VISITING HER SITETWITTER AND INSTAGRAM FEED. IF YOU'D LIKE TO SIT DOWN FOR COFFEE, SHOOT ME AN EMAIL! WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU. PAST CREATIVES WHO HAVE SAT DOWN FOR COFFEE CAN BE FOUND HERE. THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR AWESOMENESS KELLY ANN! 

IN THE MAIL: Dear Kate Undies + A Giveaway! (CLOSED)

The Dear Kate love affair started a while ago. As with all things that call my name... First, I noticed the great website. Then, the gorgeous photos. Now, the story and technology behind it was what really got me going. Dear Kate combines patent-pending fabric technology with beautiful design. When they offered to send me a pair I was exited to test out how breathable and wicking they were. But, let's be honest. I was even more thrilled about how pretty they were. I chose the Ella Hipster from their past collection and took them out for a spin. Ladies, the words comfy + dry are no joke. I can't wait to start building my Dear Kate collection!

So, to the part you're really interested in. Want to try them out? Scroll down for the giveaway details! 

Win your very own pair of panties from Dear Kate! To participate: 

Obligatory entry: Head over to the Dear Kate Shop and then head back here to leave a comment letting us know which pair you'd love to try. Make sure to comment below with your name and email so we can contact you if you win! 

Extra Entries: 
1 extra entry: Follow Dear Kate and eimy + co. on Twitter then leave us a comment with your twitter handle to confirm.
1 extra entry: Follow Dear Kate and eimy + co. on Pinterest and leave us a comment with your Pinterest url to confirm. 

Giveaway open Internationally until June 1st, 12AM Eastern Time. Must be 18 or older to participate. Good luck! 


This giveaway is brought to you in collaboration with Dear Kate. Thanks to your awesome support with these collaborations eimy + co. can keep on creating unique content for you!

LOCAL: Cocktails + ChitChat

Some days call for a little girl talk action while celebrating what's to come. Last Sunday it was all about colorful cocktails with Adri! I'd be lying if I said we didn't order these completely based on the fact that they were so pretty. Mumbai in Santurce is an Indian restaurant that has two ambiences in one. A candle lit/dark dining room and an outdoor patio with colorful chairs, walls and drinks! If you're ever traveling over here, make sure you stop by! Check out the other colorful shots of this place here, here + here

FIELD TRIP: LOCAL #VACAYCHRONICLES to VIEQUES

I needed a break! To lounge and recharge. To come back refreshed and ready to go. I've been meaning to get off the main island and visit Vieques for a while. It's so close! So, I decided to do some internal tourism and visit a very colorful place just 30 minutes away. The W in Vieques is magical. Every inch of the Resort surprises you with it's color, design and amenities. I wanted to make sure that I got some actual relaxation out of it so I booked the Spa for the first day and also made time for some Meditation sessions. After that was over and done with, mojitos were calling my name! It's safe to say they were the best vacations in a while.

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I know, I may have gone a little overboard on the photos. But, I couldn't help myself! I was so bummed out that I left my camera I went into "iphone everything mode". It was great to get out of busyville for a while! Now I'm back in full force. Productive city! Do you guys have a 'go-to' place nearby that feels like a whole new country to go to and escape? I think I may have just found mine! 

POSTCARD: Vacation Shot

Greetings from a week full of waves, brunch, drinks and mountains! If you've been following me on instagram, you've seen how over the board exited I was about staying at The W in Vieques. Most colorful + relaxing vacations I've ever taken. Can't wait to share a recap over here! Meanwhile, I'm eating some tacos and realizing that today is my last day of the #vacaychronicles. I miss it already. 

BRB: Vacation time!

It's finally here! I'm on vacation time. A week full of relaxation ahead and I can't wait! Last time I took time off, I was moving to my new apartment. Let's just say it was less of a joyful moment and more of a back pain situation. This time around, I made sure to create a whole vacation plan. Spa? Check. Bestie meet-ups with endless mimosas? Check! Getaway? Check! Check! I even included a pre-vacation day! I mean, I had to be prepared. So, like Essie's nailpolish, that just happens to be on my toes, meet me at sunset. Kay? I'll be back in a week. Meanwhile, follow me on Instagram.

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