Not Your Typical Wedding Tabletop Arrangement : A Roses & Mint Floral Workshop || West Elm, St Louis Galleria


Fact: My first job was at floral shoppe.

Another Fact: Kira, of Roses and Mint Wedding Florals, is THE most joyful person you'll ever meet. 

We've only had coffee once.
Unless you count the iced coffee right before her floral workshop at West Elm. 
You read that right. 

Spending the evening with Kira and the five ladies attending, at the gorgeous West Elm store in St Louis Galleria - talking about all the things - was nothing short of a blast!

Strangers became friends.
And those who felt like they had no floral talent in the beginning,
walked away with a newfound pride & joy in their resulting arrangements.

The evening's design was a twist on your typical wedding tabletop arrangement with an emphasis on compelling lines & textures. 

I couldn't get enough of the cute containers and how everyone's arrangements looked so different & unique.

Also, I could live in West Elm.

I can't wait for future collaborations with Roses and Mint -- think all things boho elegance -- and was so honored to tag along at the West Elm event. 

Kira ---
You're friendship, encouragement, & industry connections you've helped me with have been invaluable to me. Thank you for welcoming me so well into your city & life. Xoxo.

Happy Tuesday, friends!
--Tara M


WEEKEND WEAR : The Power of 15 Minutes + Simple Summer Wear


While everyone was out eating at cafes
and walking the Delmar Loop just because,
Stephen and I found ourselves at the public library.

For real - look on my Insta Story!

A lot of things have "changed," since getting married. 
Or should I say, our habits are being reworked and our love for learning about each other & the world around us is skyrocketing.

It's this idea of: What can we change & do to enjoy life more fully?
As a result, our personal wardrobe styles have simplified.
And our conversations have become richer.

Current buzz words & questions dominating of our conversations lately:
Did you learn anything today?
I listened to this podcast today and...
Energy management.
Hi. I like you. You're pretty kewl, babe.

It might all be a wave, but we're riding it 100 mph.
Betterment is contagious.

Current Read: 168 Hours - You Have More Time Than You Think.

Initially, Stephen picked it out, read enough to get inspired and moved on.
Then I picked it up.
Approximately 48 hours ago.

And it's kicking my butt.
My perspective, yet again, has refreshingly been turned upside down.

What if we are spending our time all wrong? What if, my lack of discipline is really the only thing standing in my way of achieving my life's goals? Srsly. What if I can work 40+ hours a week, exercise daily, take a bubble bath, make yummy dinners, have a social life AND spend quality time with my husband?

This book is saying that you can and oh hey, there are still hours left over.
Did I mention that there are hours left over even AFTER getting 8 hours of sleep?

According to 1,000's of interviews, surveys, & research, it's possible. 
But how? 

It starts with tracking your time.
Every freaking 15 minutes.
For at least 168 hours = # of hours in 1 week.

You have to know where your time is going so you can use that data (#nerdword) to prioritize and adjust so that you're in charge of those 168 hours.

I'm 48ish hours into my 15 minute time tracker spreadsheet. 
And I've only made it to chapter 2.
It's been nothing but EYE OPENING
+ stupid motivating.  

So yeah. Here's to the weekend!

How will you spend your weekend?
And what good books have you been reading that I should add to my list?!

Weekend Wear Look --> || Tanktop: Avalon Exchange, consignment. Skirt: Rummage Sale. Shoes: Walmart. Sunglasses: Soulard Farmer's Market. Necklace: Gifted. Book: 168 Hours - You Have More Time Than You Think. Location: St Louis, Missouri. ||

--Tara M