Quality Over Quanitiy

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I’m not really a new years goal setting kind of person. This year, I decided to focus, not on goals or looking back, but more on something that is more all encompassing. Something that I can apply to a facet of things in the upcoming year. Maybe this came about as a rebellion to the overwhelming feeling you get when baby things start to accumulate, but I’ll take inspiration wherever it may show its face. Call it a mantra, a yearly philosophy or some other hippie phrase, but it is the thing I want to be present and overarching in all of my decisions and daily interactions throughout the year.

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“Quality over quantity”

It’s not a new saying. It’s not something I came up with on my own. It is, however, something I envision can seep into nearly every aspect of my life. I want to choose quality content to be posted on this blog and not just quantity. I’d rather one solid and well written post a week over three where I just throw up pictures and some cheeky text about winter jackets. I want to choose quality words in conversations. I no longer need to be the one that talks the most. Lately, I’ve been simplifying my wardrobe down to well-crafted and staple pieces over the disposable trendy options that require little appreciation. I only want to share quality pieces of information and images on social media. The excessiveness in which we just word vomit things for everyone to read is alarming. I want to be more intentional on where we purchase our food as to be more in-the-know on where it came from. The most convenient option isn’t always the best. I want to deepen and enrich the friendships I already have instead of just being an acquaintance to a larger circle of people. In the online world terms, this means I want to foster the community I already have instead of focusing so much on numbers. I want to stop and ask myself.... does this add value to my life/blog/marriage/friendships. My hope is that this will challenge me to be creative and disciplined with my decisions, actions and time. In sum, I want better instead of more.

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DIY :: Turquoise Stone Necklace

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I know what your thinking. This necklace is far too small and dainty for my liking. As a girl who is aware of her eye for large and over-the-top jewelry, I would agree with you. But there is something about the changing of the seasons, the crisp fall air and colorful sunsets that brings me back to a place of simplicity. Granted, this vibe may only last a week, but ya know... I'll just go with it! 

Recently, the idea of a simple chain necklace has been catching my eye. To not only wear on it's own, but to layer with other chain necklaces with chunky sweaters and t-shirts. I've seen a variety with small stones on them and figured that was one easy as pie DIY. And trust me, it's pretty darn simple. 

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WHAT YOU'LL NEED :: 

- chain

pliers

jump rings

- eye pin

- clasp

- stone 

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DIRECTIONS :: 

- Wrap and measure out the chain around your neck to the desired length. Cut the chain. 

- Attach the clasp to one end of the chain and a jump ring to the other. This will be the closure to your necklace.

- Put the eye pin through the stone and, using the pliers, curve the end in a circle to match the other side. This is tricky at times, but watch this video to get some pointers. 

- Attach a jump ring to both ends. 

- Find the center of the chain and cut with the pliers to create two ends. Attach the jump rings to the ends of each chain end and then to the eye pins on the stone. 

- You have now completed your very own simple fall stone necklace. Proceed to wear with everything! 

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ALT SUMMIT NYC :: Recap

Yep, I know. I'm way way way behind on this post (stop judging!), but if you've been following along with me on Twitter and/or Instagram, you will know it's been a couple of chaotic weeks. So I say, better late than never people. And who doesn't love the joy of re-living a momentous day? It would be sad if these wonderful photos (that I actually took myself!) were to never see the light of a computer screen! So, just do me the favor and indulge my little heart by pretending you've never seen an Alt Summit NYC post before! 

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After meeting so many new faces and chatting the night away at our Blog Brunch event the night before, Megan and I were basically functioning on little sleep and lots of coffee (read: a day full of delirious giggle attacks!).

Few things bring me more joy than getting to sit in a room with so many like-minded creatives and 'talkin shop'. I heard the best keynote ever spoken at a conference by the amazingly talented Tina Roth Eisenberg of.... you know... well, everything.... Swiss Miss, Creative Mornings, Teux Deux, Tattly. You must check out this gorgeous and super smart infographic by Sarah of 'Note To Self' on Tina's talk. We got to tour the Martha offices, staring at the dear employees like viewing animals at the zoo in their natural habitat. I apologized and then gave them the half-smile look of 'sorry we're not sorry we're poking around in your office'. We then proceeded to their stunning rooftop for some mingling and champagne served by male models/actors..... this is New York after all.  

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Thanks to Bing, Martha Stewart and everyone who helped put Alt Summit NYC together. Let's do it again soon!