FYI TV launched Tiny House Nation in July. Each weekly episode is an hour long and showcases a different family’s transition to and design of a newly built Tiny Home under 300 square feet. Other homes in the small space/tiny home category are also shown as mini-features. Tiny House Nation is not a detailed DIY presentation of the tiny home building and planning process. Nor does it explore legal challenges an owner may encounter in different states. The show does provide an expedited and summarized glimpse into tiny living focusing on the clever use of space and multi-purpose pieces. Whether we live in a tiny home, an apartment or have a room that is multi-purpose, we can all learn a tiny thing or two from Tiny House Nation.
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Don’t you hate it when people say (or write) “I die”? Me too. Yes Rachel Zoe, I’m talking to you. However, when I stumbled upon the Spring Summer 2014 line by Upstate, those are the exact words that ran through my head as my jaw dropped to the floor.
Kalen Kaminski and Astrid Chastka founded Upstate out of Brooklyn in 2010 based on a mutual love of making things. They were inspired by the Japanese textile art of shibori. Shibori is the binding, pleating, wrapping or stitching of fabric prior to dying to create patterns, both simple and elaborate.
I’ve always loved a jacket that get its bones from the traditional kimono or happi. Although the kimono inspired cardigan or jacket has been a hot trend the past few summers at all price points, it is by no means a new shape. The soft flowing shape is a classic. Designers in Hawaii, Asia and beyond have created pieces inspired by the kimono or happi for decades. My own wardrobe includes jackets from Winter Kate as well as vintage happi from Japan. Another favorite is a cropped army trench by Atsuro Tayama with kimono like sleeves purchased on a trip to Hong Kong a decade ago.
The hand dyed creations by Upstate are tempting long-term additions to my collection. Their unique pieces can be worn over a casual day outfit, as a touch of boho flair for a night out or as luxurious lounge wear. I covet the kimono jacket on the bottom left but would welcome any item from their offerings which range from sarongs to elegant jumpsuits.
Upstate also wants to dress your home. Linens and throw pillows in their shibori patterns are an easy way to add interest and a touch of art to your space. They also make slouchy totes and envelope clutch bags.
All images via Upstate.
Today is my birthday and for the first time in my adulthood, I am unequivocally alone and single. My relationship status on its own is not pivotal, however that combined with a transformed perception toward life, love and the future is. In the past few years I ended an increasingly tumultuous relationship, simplified my lifestyle and set goals that exceed my prior beliefs of what is possible. I see opportunity and freedom in my solitude. I am free to look inward, grow and change without compromise. Part of the simplifying process is feeling and expressing gratitude for what we already have. If we do not appreciate what is already present, it is easy to lose focus on what is ultimately important. Living simply with gratitude is key to living intently. Until we live with intention, it is easy to merely coast through life or stray from what we value.
To celebrate this birthday, I am embarking on a year long project, a daily practice of gratitude and reflection. Instagram is my favorite social media platform and I will be sharing an image each day with a note of appreciation. Some days will be deep and soulful while others may just be a pretty little or silly thing that caught my eye or made me smile. As I searched for gratitude projects online I stumbled upon 365 Grateful. Hailey Bartholomew, a filmmaker and photographer in Australia did just that in 2008 after meeting with a life coach who advised her the secret to happiness is reflection and gratitude. Self-reflection and gratitude can lead us down a positive path. On the flip side, those who do not reflect and appreciate their present are more likely to engage in poor life decisions as a result of their discontent. Hailey found the simple act of daily gratitude improved her marriage, spirituality and health.
I’ll be posting with the hashtags #mauishopgirl365 and #365Grateful. Please feel free to join me (and tag me) at any time. Your 365 can start on whatever day you wish. You can also follow my daily gratitude posting on Instagram – MauiShopGirl.
To read more about Hailey’s 365 project and film, visit 365 Grateful.
If you would like to embark on 365 days of gratitude but Instagram is not your thing, here are a few other options:
- A gratitude journal
- A daily tweet or facebook status update
- A scrapbook or sketch pad
- Chalkboard or white board on your desk or in your kitchen
- An email to a loved one or group of friends
- A phone app
- Jot your daily gratitude down on a small slip of paper to fill a mason or cookie jar.
- On origami or craft paper to be displayed
Also feel free to share what you are feeling grateful for today in the comments below.
Video via 365 Grateful on YouTube.
Form meets function is my mantra for small home interiors. Furnishings and storage that appeal to my sense of whimsy make my small space dweller heart sing.
The wall mounted desk and shelf by VIASHstudios for the Lax Series line is not limited to web surfing. A dining nook, entryway table, vanity, bar or buffet are just a few ways this piece can transform.
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IMUA Family Services annual gala, the Fantasia Ball, is just days away! It will be a night to remember.
The Black & White Fantasia Ball will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Kaanapali on April 5th. Fashion, dining, shopping and more come together to support an extremely important and valuable resource for our Maui county families, Imua Family Services.
Imua Family Services mission is to provide comprehensive early childhood development services to children and their families with the support and resources needed to achieve their full potential in life. I attended the ball last year and learned so much about the services Imua offers our families and also listened to stories of keikis and their parents who have been helped by Imua.
The Fantasia Ball is a fantastic and fun event for a worthwhile organization and this year’s event will be no exception. It is truly one of THE events I look forward to each year. Here’s a few highlights on this year’s program:
- Fashion collection showing by MONaRREZ, Chicago’s 2013 Designer of the Year
- Original design showing by Fashion Technology Program Students from the University of Hawaii, Maui
- An instagram contest with a prize from the Cos Bar at the Shops at Wailea.
You can read more about the Fantasia Ball here and buy tickets here. I hope to see you there!
If you can’t make the Ball, come and dance the night away with us at the after party to end all after parties, Fantasia After Dark.
All images courtesy of Imua Family Services.