17
Mar

3 Easy Ways to Transition your Home from Winter to Spring

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With the temperatures reaching the 80s lately in Statesboro, GA, it seems that we have almost jumped right over spring and into summer.

However many of us are still holding on to our winter home décor. With the rising temperatures and Easter coming up, now is the time to begin transitioning your home décor to more spring related pieces.

If you are unsure of what you can do to bring a cheery vibe to your neutral winter décor we are sharing three easy tips to help you out!

 

Add Flowers – One of the easiest ways you can introduce spring into your home is by adding a fresh cut of flowers to your table. Stop by your local florist for bright tulips, lillys, or roses!

 

Toss in a Throw Pillow – Brighten up your living room couch or chair with a few bright, new throw pillows. At Walker Boutique we carry The Dylan Collection brand of throw pillows that come in all colors from a bright yellow to a poppy pink!

 

Pick the Right Scent – Another easy item to add to your house during this transitional stage would be a spring scented candle or linen spray. Pick a scent that reminds you of spring and fill your house with it.

 

Once you have these things done the rest of the transition will come naturally!

I do hope that these tips help you in sprucing up your spring décor this year and would love to hear what you plan to do to your home in the comments below!

 

 

10
Mar

Create New Ideas With 2016 Color of the Year

 

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Coffee and a good book

Ebony and ivory

Peanut butter and jelly

What do all these things have in common?  

One of these things by itself is great.  But the full experience of its value is in the combined balance of its companion.  In the words of Rob Bass, “it takes two to make a thing go right”!  Apparently, Pantone agreed with this statement when they set tradition aside and announced that their 2016 Color of the Year would be a harmonious pair of two colors, Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue.

For some, this may lead to another question: What is Pantone?

You know, you really have an inquisitive mind.  I think I like you. 🙂  To answer your question, Pantone is an American corporation best known for its color-matching system that influences many industries, especially those involving textiles.  For years, Pantone has been announcing their official Color of the Year as a way to inspire creative thought and to remind us to celebrate every color on the spectrum for its possibilities.  Many industries such as the fashion world, home decor companies, and the wedding industry work with Pantone to incorporate this color of the year into their products in order to make it available to the consumer.  That’s you!

In recent years, Pantone’s official colors have been rich, one-dimensional shades such as Marsala, Orchid, and Emerald.  For 2016, Pantone decided to break from tradition to bring versatility and tranquil balance in two complimentary colors that work in harmony for fresh inspiration.  So without further ado, today we would like to kick off a celebration of new ideas with ready-to-pin photo collages of these two colors, Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue.  We are featuring three areas in which anyone can express their favorite ways of styling these colors of the year, so follow us through our favorite photos that show this duo in fashion, home decor, and weddings for beautiful examples in how you can make these colors all your own this year!

Industry one : fashion  

Rose quartz has the ability to perform as an elegant neutral or feminine pastel, and the recent popularity of rose gold jewelry may have been the prelude to this darling hue making a splash in apparel.  With the gentle and light touch of a blushing glow, this shade will translate from sweet spring pastels to serene winter neutrals throughout the year!

A complimentary contrast to rose quartz is the tranquil and pleasant hue of Serenity Blue that both balances and enhances its softer counter-part.  Whether worn alone in our ever-popular chambray shirtdress or paired with its 2016 pink partner in a stunning watercolor like our trending cut-out shoulder top, this sentimental shade is sure to become a favorite for its clean and soothing tones.

Industry two: home decor

Decorating your living spaces really provides the opportunity to experiment and the freedom of creative control with how much of each color you would like to feature in your home.  As seen here, making a statement with a fixed feature such as your front door, a major appliance, or even an accent wall can allow for accentuating with a statement piece.  Or if you’re more of a mix-and-match person, consider collecting small details like rose gold table accents or incorporating another shade like a slate gray.  These colors are just as suitable as featured statement colors or accent colors on a variety of color palettes.  Translate these shades in any style from French Country to Modern!

Industry three: weddings

Weddings are the quintessential event for creating a color theme, and 2016’s color pairing is producing some of my favorite looks for the traditional blue and pink combination.  Far from cutesy and juvenile shades that we see at baby showers, the dusty periwinkle and blushing rose speak elegance and provide undertones of stength and tenderness to make it the perfect balance for a marriage of masculine and feminine colors.  Make your ceremony crisp and clean with precise balances of these two shades or feel free to accentuate using other complimentary colors with verdent greenery, neutral wooden ornaments, golden table accents, or even red roses in your bouquets!  The possibilities are endless to take this inspiration and make it all your own!

Each season will bring new ideas on styling these classic colors, from the pastels of spring to adding pops of bold color to mix with in summer, to the transition to understated neutrals in fall and winter.  We can’t wait to see a regeneration of all-new ideas and themes for 2016!

Which of these areas are you most likely to try the Colors of the Year?  Do you have any particular favorite stylings?

 

writer~ A note from the author: Are you enjoying this 2016’s Colors of the Year?  Each individual has their own palettes and hues that captivate them, and my anticipation grows each year to see what Pantone might suggest as the new color for inspired experimentation!  Not every year promises a shade that we gravitate towards, but the mission of forcing our minds to quite literally “color outside” of the box is always accomplished.  I hope that you find wonderful ways to make these colors work for you.  Go color your world!

 

 

2
Mar

Essential Tips For Your Wedding Registry

 

You’re engaged!

Congratulations!  You’re a freshly-minted fiancee 😉  And now, the planning begins…  

Like many brides, you may find yourself with more questions than you expected now that the ring is officially on your finger.  Is your mind consumed with wondering about the where, when, and how of planning details?   Today, we are discussing one of the most exciting parts of wedding planning: the registry.  Don’t let your questions overwhelm you because we are here to help!  Here are our tips and advice for how and where to register, what to select, and the life-saving knowledge of wedding registry etiquette!

Understand your style as a couple

We have all heard that opposites attract, but when you’re beginning to figure out how to meld your personal tastes, it is crucial to learn a balanced compromise that represents both of you.  Understanding your “couple style” is the foundation for all of your registry decisions.  Try this exercise: each of you make a list of words that describe your style and then compare to research how you could combine preferred color palettes, textures, and themes!  It is important to note that your tastes will likely change dramatically as years go by and you experience different seasons of life, so be sure to keep a guideline of selecting classic and timeless items.

Know the scope of your wedding

The scale and theme of your wedding will reflect in your registry.  Are you planning a large, extravagant wedding or a small gathering?  Do your family and friends live nearby or far away?  Are they likely to shop online?  Each of these questions gives you insight into making practical choices that make buying the gifts you need more convenient for your loved ones.  One way to do that is by registering at one to three stores with at least one having a brick-and-mortar location for those who don’t do online purchasing.  (Why register at more than one store?  Read on for more insight…) 

Register for all price points

To ensure that you are being considerate to each friend and their budgets, register for gifts at all price points. Real Simple Magazine recommends dividing your registry in thirds: keep one third of the items in the $50 and under range, one third in the $50-$100 range, and another third in the $150+ range.  This will afford each person an opportunity to choose a gift within her price-range, while knowing that she has purchased something special that you truly want or need.

Don’t be afraid to over-register (Yes, you should, and no, it isn’t greedy!)

Registering for making your house a home is one of those rare circumstances in which it is best to overdo it.  Again, as Real Simple Magazine states, a good guideline is to select 125 items minimum per 100 guests.  Sound greedy?  Think about it: registering at different price points usually means that you break down larger costs into smaller sets of items such as flatware and smaller kitchen accessories or home decor.  Your friends or relatives shopping in the lower price points will be allowed to have fun mixing and matching a personalized gift set that completes your registry and ensures that they are giving you exactly what you need and want.  Win, win!

In addition, it is best to register at one to three stores with a cohesive plan, varying for the selection each store provides: one for fine china, one for home decor, one for hobbies, et cetera.  Plan ahead with a definite list of what you need so that you don’t end up with unnecessary items, duplicates, or more stress of keeping various lists updated.  Our lovely registry specialist, Mrs. Kathy, highly recommends a walk-through of a store before you register to get an idea of what products and styles are available.  This is a great time to walk through together with your fiance, unless he prefers to go with you to the registry appointment. (Hint: limit the number of people you invite to accompany you on these trips and appointments or else you may end up scanning items you don’t truly want!)  

Select your dinnerware (or other priority items) first

When choosing items for your registry, it is wise to start with the items that you definitely want to have, leaving time to add any home decor items later as you discover your tastes.  For instance, if you know you want china, it is best to choose your collection and metal serving pieces first before items like bed and bath linens or kitchen necessities.  Eight to twelve is a good range for place settings, and if you love to entertain, you would do best to register for twelve.

Once you are firm on your china selection, begin forming your decor color schemes.  Until you have your color palettes agreed upon, stick to registering for your basic needs like the essential decor items with no color schemes, such as wood, metal, and glass materials.  This salad bowl by Mud Pie is a classic and popular piece among our bridal registries, and it is perfect for mixing styles and textures!

Get to know china designs

At Walker, we carry collections that are famous for their high quality, durability, and style longevity.  While there are many other style and price points to choose from, our favorite lines offer everything to the elegant traditionalist and the spunky free spirit alike.  Juliska‘s Berry and Thread, Vietri‘s Forma (swoon!), Skyros‘ Isabella, Spode‘s Blue Italian or Woodland, and Lenox‘s Venetian Lace are the timeless collections you will have your choice of at your registry appointment, and Coton Colors are a great option for the non-traditionalist who loves bright colors and fun details!  

Put the money to its best use

If you are foregoing the china idea but aren’t sure where to put the money, we have some ideas for you, too!  Use it wisely to invest in style basics, choosing items with interchangeable colors, patterns, and details that give versatility to basic white dinnerware (think colorful place mats and napkins), or channel those funds towards your common interests such as hiking gear, DIY projects, or other non-traditional activities you enjoy.  Some relatives or friends may prefer to give you more traditional gifts, but many people love the option of funding activities or purchases like your first grown-up payment on a house.  In either case, be sure to send a thank-you note within one to three weeks of receiving your gift, detailing how you envision using the item or the contributions.  This timeframe will show them how genuinely grateful you are, and it will relieve their worries on whether you received the gift.  Remember, honest gratitude goes a long way in strengthening bonds.  Your fiance loves you, but don’t forget about the ones who show their love with their gifts and support!

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 ~ A note from the author, Sydney: Congratulations, sweet one!  I can imagine you are filled with both anxious thoughts and giddy anticipation about planning your dream wedding, and I hope that our tips on registering abated those fears and inspired your creativity to make your house a home for you and your soon-to-be spouse.  If any of your questions have not been answered, please comment below or call us at (912) 623-2099 to speak with a registry specialist.  We will be happy to help you figure it all out!  Remember, don’t cheat yourself out of building your future by getting caught up in small details.  Pour your heart and energy into building a faithful and loving marriage, and you will find yourself creating the home of your dreams where Love welcomes you at the door and invites all to linger in its presence.  Happy Wednesday!
24
Feb

5 Spring Fashion Trends To Inspire You In 2016

 

Spring Fashion Trends

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I don’t know about you, but I have approached fashion trend reports with more than a little caution – and for good reason!  To be honest, I don’t like to be told what to do when it comes to fashion (okay, maybe when it comes to life in general, too).  Perhaps you’re like me and your rebel streak comes out when someone tries to dictate your wardrobe.  Excuse me, you don’t know my life!  This is especially frustrating when those orchestrating the trends are designing clothes for only one body type.  And frankly, it is unsettling when there is a mystery around what designs, silhouettes, and colors are going to trickle down from the runway or fashion blog.  No matter how high-end some try to make it look, let’s face it: some designs just don’t work for the everywoman!

However, as I began to study fashion in college and became more familiar with how to observe cohesive designs or predict coming trends, I became more comfortable with the idea of allowing these designs to inspire my own personal taste rather than brainwash me into “what’s hot” and what’s not.  Because each woman is different in her figure and in her personality, it is illogical to feel as though fashion bloggers and runway designers set unbreakable rules in place.  So instead of seeing these predictions as intimidating rules to live by, we are free to instead view them as assets in bringing refreshing new ideas to our own personal expressions of style.  Without further ado, we would like to reveal five upcoming trends from the runways and street style inspiration that you can make your own for spring 2016!

One: Flared denim

In fashion, the pendulum tends to swing from one extreme to the other within a period of time and brings refreshing differences from the way we have grown accustomed to styling our wardrobes.  For instance, skinny jeans have taken culture by storm and are here to stay as classic standards.  But this spring, it’s time to celebrate the pendulum’s swing to the other side and to break out the universally-flattering flare leg!  How this cut ever faded into the background is a mystery.  The slim design from thigh to mid-calf is accentuated with a tasteful flare that brings dimension and balance to your figure, and with high waists also enjoying some popularity, the combination gives you endless options to elongate your legs and flatter your shape.  Be sure to check out this how-to in selecting the best shoes to pair with this look!

 

Two: Ruffles

To be certain, this trend will be fun to watch as it is interpreted for a variety of styles from the dynamic and dramatic to the simple and feminine.  Although I have always been one to approach this style with hesitation, the variations in design for 2016 are eye-catching show stoppers, such as dainty ruffles on cap sleeves or flowing waves encircling maxi skirts.  In our boutique, we love this classic design from Mud Pie in lightweight chambray with fun ruffles on the neckline.  It’s perfectly suited to your work apparel or after-hours “playtime”!

 

Three: High Necklines

 The high neckline is coming back in a couple of different variations such as the Victorian-era fashions from the runways that feature delicate accents like ruffles and lace.  The ’90s are also inspiring a lot of high neck halters that we saw bring a more feminine appeal than the traditional open-neck halter.  We particularly love the high necklines in swimsuit designs for 2016!

 

Cut-out Shoulders

It’s time to break out the shoulder workouts this season because you might just be playing peekaboo with your sleeves!  The runways are featuring more fun and funky designs to reveal a little skin, but fashion bloggers and street style fashion photographers are capturing this look in a more relatable style with appealing designs.  We are seeing a lot of off-the-shoulder tops, but the most popular style is the cut-out sleeve that guarantees you’ll be comfortable in your own skin.  Enjoy showing a little shoulder as the temperature rises!

 

Wrap skirts 

The hallmark of any trend worth noticing is versatility, and the wrap skirt has such potential to transform your ability to mix and match.  Examples of this trend are all over the map from casual minis to dramatic, flowy maxis, but my personal favorite is the twist on the classy pencil skirt!  The midi length gives the wrap design a chance to spruce up office attire without risking wardrobe malfunctions, and the silhouette is stunning in solids or fun prints!

These are just a few ideas to kickstart your spring wardrobe inspiration!  Other honorable mentions for upcoming trends are:

What do you think of these looks?  Which ones would you try this season?  We would love to know your expert opinion!

 

~ A note from the author, Sydney:

Thanks for stopping by today for our spring trend forecast!  The study of fashion and culture is fascinating, and I love that we can recreate and inspire with such creativity even with our wardrobes.  I don’t know how I feel about the mule shoe trend, but I am personally very excited to pull my yellow cathead sneakers out again and flare leg jeans are my true love in denim 🙂  Be brave this year and do your thing with your favorite designs that you see!  As a wise lady, once said, “You do you, girl!”  Happy Wednesday, we will see you next week!

17
Feb

Spring 2016 Home Trends

We are a little over a month away from spring and I am getting more and more excited each day. There is something about spring that brings out pure happiness in me. Maybe its to arrival of bright colors and new trends or maybe its the newness of nature that surrounds the season. Regardless spring is a season of change and new things. 

The newness of spring brings about many changes whether in style, home decor, or whatever. Things get lighter as the weight of winter is lifted and new trends evolve. Hours are spent browsing Apartment Therapy in hopes of sparking joy with these new trends and DIY projects that have been put on the back burner are completed!

I am thoroughly excited to see what this spring holds trend-wise. From what I have seen so far there is a lot of promise in the trends for the upcoming season.


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Texture is huge this spring. Every where I look, I see beautiful handmade wall weavings adding color and texture to bedrooms, living rooms, and more. The above weaving is a simple DIY project that can be completed in just a few hours. 

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Floral is also making a huge comeback this year. From magazines to apartment tours I am seeing an influx in floral prints, elements, and natural flowers. I can’t deny that I adore this trend and am excited to see even more when spring makes its debut. The above floral wall hanging from The Kitchy Kitchen would make a great addition to any bedroom or kitchen!

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Copper – Unless you have been living under a rock, you have obviously noticed the huge leap in the direction of copper. With rows at Target being dedicated to this gorgeous metal, it is obvious that this trend is here to stay for a while. It is simple to add a few copper elements in your home. For example this project from Hello! Upholstery would take less than 30 minutes!

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Marble – Finally and much to my surprise, marbled items are making headway in the home decor realm. From dinner napkins, to coffee mugs, to planters marble is popping up everywhere! It is simple to create your own marble items such as these napkins from Apartment Therapy

 

What trends are you excited to see this spring? 

10
Feb

5 Refreshing Valentine’s Date Ideas

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I am going to let you in on a little secret… I actually despise traditional dates. There is just something about a dinner and a movie that gets under my skin and irks me. I tend find that I am happiest when I am doing something a little more exciting with my significant other. The issue with this is that often times I find myself struggling to think of fun and exciting date ideas that go beyond tradition. 

Over the past 4 years of dating, I have found that my absolute favorite dates are the ones that involve new experiences and giving back to others. I have compiled my top 5 dates to share with you today! 

Travel Somewhere New

Whether the destination be near or far the excitement of visiting somewhere new is by far one of the best feelings. You could stick close to home and visit a nearby town you have never found time to go to or even travel a few hours away and stay in a local Bed and Breakfast. With this date the possibilities are endless.

Take a Hike

As our pharmacists clearly stated on their Facebook page, nature is an essential “medication.” Taking a walk around your neighborhood, at a local trail, or at any state park can be a fun way to spend your afternoon with your significant other and get a bit of exercise in the process. 

Coffee Shop Hop

My personal favorite date involves excessive amounts of caffeine and calories. I absolutely love coffee shops (it may have something to do with working at one) and I love to frequent them as much as possible. Many times coffee shops will have local bands play which makes for a calming cheap date. Visit one shop and sip on a cappuccino while listening to the band before making your way to the next shop to hear another artist and indulge in a pastry. 

Play with the Puppies

Ever since I got my pup, Lilly, I have become an obsessive dog mom. I spend way too much time dreaming about saving all of the shelter dogs. Though I realize this is not possible, it is possible to bring a bit of joy to these puppies. Get together with your loved one and make a date our of visiting the shelter. Bring a few new toys along and stay for a while playing with the dogs currently awaiting adoption. 

Shop for Someone Else

Finally, one of the most rewarding dates I have been on involved my boyfriend and I going to Walmart and shopping for others. When we did this we were shopping for toys for Toys for Tots but there are so many other charities that could use the support. Imagine picking up dog toys and food for the shelter, canned goods for the food pantry, or essential items for the homeless shelter. Choose a charity near and dear to your heart and shop until you drop!

 

How do you plan to spend your Valentine’s Day? Tell me below in the comments!

3
Feb

Five Unusual Beauty Tips

 

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Five unusual tips for your beauty regimen

 

For some, beauty regimens mean tranquil time to themselves to think, relax, and creatively put themselves together each morning.  It’s a routine they wouldn’t miss for the world.  For others, a beauty regimen is a chore, a stressful configuration of what to use, when to use it, what to combine, and how to get it done efficiently.  There are numerous and helpful posts that will cater to either crowd to provide the best methods and the best products.  While we hope to share with you some of our favorites, today we would like to explore some more unusual and broader tips for experimentation within your lifestyle and your beauty repertoire! 

Experiment One: Give the understudy a chance

We all have that one feature that we are more confident about or at least we are more comfortable in our ability to enhance with makeup and beauty products.  This feature is the star of the show, so to speak.  Maybe it’s your luscious hair, your stunning eyes, or your enviable jawline.  But what if you devoted some time to highlighting a different feature?  (Give yourself a challenge and select the area you feel the least confident about!)  Learn about your features and what makes them distinct like the shape, color, or size.  Then, look up tutorials on different ways to give those areas some love!  If you’ve got the perfect pout, you probably rock red lipstick every day.  But what about your cheekbones?  Put the red lip pout in time-out and draw the eyes up toward your cheekbones with some bronzing powder or dewy blush mousse!  Do you have gorgeous eyes but your skin could use some TLC?  Research or ask a consultant for an accurate match to your complexion and find the best product that gives you illuminating coverage.  And do yourself the favor of drinking water and eating fruits to give your skin a rejuvenated glow!  Highlighting other features will provide you with more wonderful options for different daytime and evening looks!  If you’re looking for some insight on good products or for tutorials on new ways to enhance your features, check out one of my favorite resources at Beauty and the Boutique for wonderful step-by-step educational videos!

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Experiment Two: Be a relationship revolutionary

How much of our time on our devices is spent looking at ways we could look better, feel better, do better?  Try putting aside the time you might be spending on your phone so that you can engage with people.  Make an effort to circumvent the small chat and even avoid discussions centered around what you saw online, if possible.  Think of questions that you’ve really wondered about and instead, wonder aloud!  Finally mentioning those thoughts that you believe only you think of might generate some lively and bonding conversation.  Instead of using the same stale questions of  “where are you from?” or “what did you study in college?”, ask others questions that you truly want to know the answer to.  Think of what you might like to be asked and then offer those questions to invite personable dialogue!  Engaging the people around you in the human experience together will challenge you, validate you, and encourage you and those with whom you spend that time!  And when less trivial matters are finally not the order of discussion, personal characteristics like empathy and insight and even some shared laughter will lift your spirit above the things that make you self-aware.  If we don’t want to be judged as books by their covers, we must offer more interesting conversation than simple book title-length sentences.

 

Experiment Three – Shop deliberately for quality clothing

Too many of us have bought a garment too soon due to pressure, cultural dictations, or our own curiosity that made it seem like a good idea at the time!  But now that it’s out of the store and in the closet, that budding shopping romance has come to a cold and bitter end.  What if we experimented with shopping more thoughtfully and learned to avoid buying cheap, poorly constructed garments?  In order to shop deliberately, make a list of your closet essentials and then add the silhouettes you know that you like or that aren’t the most flattering to your build.  (For me, capris and patterned bottoms are a no-no, but cargo jeans or fit-and-flare dresses are welcomed in my closets!) Then with patience and a discerning eye, shop with deliberate knowledge of what you need from clothing lines that provide high quality fabric and construction.  Your patience will literally pay off as you invest in garments that are well-made, long-lasting, and complementing to your body.  At Walker Boutique, we enjoy providing collections with fine, tailored construction and quality fabrics such as Mud Pie and TYLER BÖE that will give you your money’s worth in quality and items with a long life of use!  One of my favorites in Mud Pie’s spring line is our  Marley shirtdress in chambray with a charming tie waist and figure-flattering button-up silhouette!

 

Experiment Four: Go to bed thirty minutes earlier

Getting more rest isn’t as unusual a tip and it seems like a no-brainer for health and beauty reasons.  And yet, we STILL don’t do it, do we?  We know it’s better for our bodies, and we know that when we are well-rested, we look and feel more relaxed, confident, and beautiful.  So quit the excuses, Sweetheart!  🙂  Reevaluate and carve out thirty minutes of your time that you may be subconsciously spending in unnecessary areas that are taking away those healthy benefits.  Just for a week, go to bed thirty minutes earlier than normal and see how you feel in the mornings!  This may be more difficult for night owls, but make the decision to power down around 8:30 or 9 in the evening and get in the bed by 10.  Those hours of sleep before midnight are as restorative to your body as all the other hours after midnight combined, so give your brain and body the chance to experience this kind of rest!  Soon you’ll begin to notice the small changes that result in a more rested you and you will have the renewed energy and interest in dressing yourself, as well as the confidence to try new things.

Experiment Five: Try ten new things in a year

Women feel most confident and beautiful not when they spend five hours getting their hair and makeup just right but when they are doing an activity that loosens the bonds on the real woman within.  Numerous red carpet celebrities have been quoted saying that they feel most beautiful when they are doing something they love; why can’t that be true for you, too?  Take the time for a mini-vacation or even a day-trip adventure, get your hands dirty in the yard or garden, volunteer for your favorite local charity, play paintball, or sign up for dancing lessons!  Dancing especially has a unique way of allowing you to express emotions that can’t be put into words.  In the privacy of home, search YouTube to try the fiery flamenco or the spirited lindy hop to loosen up and let your hair down!  Whatever activity you choose, just take the risk to enjoy anything that requires an adventurous spirit and not a stitch of makeup!  Giving yourself – and your face – a break from the routine will provide the chance to get reacquainted with the true you and the reasons you should love that person within.

Some of these ideas may seem unorthodox for incorporating into a beauty regimen, but it’s so important to remember that beauty doesn’t come from a jar or a contour kit!  Beauty comes from the person you are, and it would be a tragic shame to let the world’s expectations or dictations squelch all that you are or prevent you from taking care of yourself, body and soul.  We hope that you will try at least one experiment for just a month and see what a difference it makes both in your appearance and more importantly, your spirit.  Until next Wednesday, Beautiful! 😉

 

~ A note from Sydney:  Thank you, dear Reader, for coming to visit with us again!  We are eager to learn more about how we can serve our customers in lasting ways and to know what matters to you.  I invite you to please do us the honor of sharing with us by your comments, emails, or posts on any of our social media any questions or comments you may have for us!  Is there a line you wish we would carry?  Do you have questions about weddings, fashion, home decor, or lifestyle interests?  We are here to listen to what you have to say, and it would be the greatest pleasure to hear from you!  Please comment below and be on the lookout for upcoming newsletters and voluntary surveys if you are interested in providing customer feedback!  Until next time, Happy Wednesday!

 

27
Jan

Tips for Staying on Top During Flu Season

 

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By now you are already sick or know someone who is coming down with a cold. Once again, it is that time of year. The time when sniffy noses and cold chills begin to take over our bodies as we succumb to none other than the flu. At Walker Pharmacy and Boutique we take health very seriously. What can we say? It’s in our genes.

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20
Jan

4 Sources of Inspiration: A Collection of Our Favorite Blogs and Websites

 

The Internet is saturated with information, a zillion different blogs, and Pinterest categories that we try to wade through to find the inspiration and knowledge that we seek.  With all the information out there to wade through and our limited time to read it all, how can we decide where to find the best information?  Tutorials – which are the most effective?  Recipes – whose are the tastiest?  Editorials – who is telling the truth?  The best resource providers and bloggers out there are going to give you the best quality of information that they know how to provide.  You should be able to visit and come away feeling more encouraged, more inspired, more knowledgeable, or more introspective than before.  So today, we are bringing you a round up of some of the best resources out there for you to add to your inspiration repertoire!  From beauty to design to lifestyle, we are showcasing the best business owners and designers in their respective fields!

4 Sources of Inspiration

Katie. Brittany Jepsen. Dale Partridge. Lauren Hooker.

Beauty & the Boutique – British stylist and makeup artist simply known on her site as “Katie” founded this site where you can find all manner of beauty and styling tips, tricks, and information in her video tutorials.  As one who struggled with confidence in the area of beauty products, Katie founded her site to share her victory over self-esteem struggles.  Now a very successful makeup artist, she can give you all the inside information about the easy and inexpensive ways to reveal your natural beauty and personal style!  Some of our favorite videos are The Right Way To Apply Eyeliner For Your Eye ShapeOne Genius Way To Inspire Every Outfit, and How To Layer Your Tops Like Never Before!

Elle & Co. Design – Graphic designer and entrepreneur Lauren Hooker devotes her time and business to helping “other creative business owners through designing their brands, offering e-courses, and sharing tips and insights” on her blog.  This brilliant lady possesses a unique belief that a business owner doesn’t have to hide her secrets of success, but can become successful as a resource to help others achieve their dreams, even if they become competitors in her own field.  You will find in her an inexhaustible wealth of information for how to run your beautifully designed business or blog in a successful and distinct way.  She is the embodiment of what Zig Ziglar meant when he said, “Stop selling.  Start helping.”  Check out her amazing blog here and don’t miss her offered courses in Adobe Illustrator and more! 

The House That Lars Built – Interior designer Brittany Jepsen has turned her degree in design into a successful and gorgeous platform where she shares her latest creations, collaborations with other artists, and DIY projects.  I discovered her on Pinterest and had to control my temptation to spend twelve or more hours just looking at her innovative, bright, and cheerful ideas! Follow this link to print her beautiful floral (and FREE) 2016 calendar!

The Daily Positive – Entrepreneur Dale Partridge founded this source of daily encouragement and thought-provoking challenges after his own struggle with anxiety.  In keeping with his mission for starting this site, each article will provide you with the reminder you need to daily “live a life of purpose.”  From How To Become A Millionaire By 30 to 3 Hard Truths About Liars to How The Most Mature People Create Meaningful Relationships, this site endeavors to help you stand all the way up into the person you were meant to be by delivering articles of hard truths and sound wisdom.  It’s more than just a database of motivational quotes; you can find deep encouragement of substance in Health, Relationships, Business, Leadership, Faith, and Culture in daily doses that give your mind just enough to chew on and become inspired!  Check out one of my favorite infographics from their post on How To Become A Morning Person And Love It to help you kick-start your productivity!

Do This, Not That - Become a Productive Person

Take Back Your Mornings

 

~ A note from the author, Sydney: One of my favorite quotes is from entrepreneur Dale Partridge: “A wealth of information creates a poverty of attention.”  Isn’t that so true today?  With an infinity of information at our fingertips, we live in a constant state of needing inspiration, direction, motivation, or knowledge; but our time – and attention spans – are so limited.  I hope that today’s post provided you with time well-spent discovering meaningful resources that will encourage you and challenge you to live the life to which you are called and to chase after the dream that ignites a fire in your bones!  As Zig Ziglar said, “If you can dream it, you can achieve it.”  Now go – take a hold of that dream!  We’ll see you next week!

13
Jan

Interview With Wedding Videographer Justin Peay

 

Planning your wedding has untold mysteries and quandaries to handle: the cake, the dress, the venue, the budget!  The happiest day of your life can be a vortex of decisions and debates, and one of the most pressing questions for brides today is whether to hire a videographer.  And if so, who?  For today’s post, we are putting the spotlight on Statesboro’s most talented and dynamic videographer, Justin Peay.  We met with Justin to ask him questions that brides need to know about hiring a videographer and to get some insight on who he is as the most sought-after artist in the area.  For further information on Justin Peay Productions, be sure to follow the link below after the interview!

 

Justin Peay Productions

“The main purpose of the videographer is to capture the story, because it matters.”

WB: Justin, you have worked long enough with weddings and families to now know some secrets and some helpful insights.  We would like to give brides an idea of why they might want to hire a videographer for their big day and how to choose the right one!  What do you consider to be the top three things a bride should know before hiring a videographer?

JP: It is so important to remember to be yourself!  Forget the feeling that you have to perform, because you want to relive this day remembering everything you were thinking and feeling, instead of remembering the pressure of trying to act.

Another significant tip is to call attention to a specific shot or moment that you want captured.  If you assume that we will automatically know what moments are most important to you and your story, but we are unaware, we may miss them.  We want to capture your story, but please make sure to communicate those moments that are most significant to you.

Lastly, and this may sound odd, but be sure to hire a good photographer.  If you plan to hire both a photographer and a videographer, make sure to notify them and discuss if they’re comfortable working together.  Much of our work as videographers is dependent on the photographer because, whereas I will plan to be there all day, many photographers have a set schedule and itinerary that they have to stick to.   It helps to know how to work together to get the client the best products we each can.  Some of the best photographers I’ve worked with are Rachel Smith, the Paper Lily team, Shauna Veasey, and Jason Hurst.  Each of them is talented and capable of working well with a videographer.

Bonus tip: Hire a good planner!  As the videographer, I don’t create the whole theme and schedule of the day.  The venue, the decorations, and those unique moments written into the schedule are all organized by your wedding planner, and whatever is produced for the day is what I will be capturing.  So if you want a seamless, organized, and beautiful day, I recommend hiring a solid wedding planner.

WB: Aside from those top three recommendations, what are the basic requirements specific to a videographer?  What should the bride and groom have in mind as they search for the right person to film their day?

JP: The main purpose of the videographer is to capture the story, because it matters.  Look for someone who can capture the highlights of the day in a way that captures it wholly and artistically, who balances the artistic shots along with telling the story.  They need a good balance of those two.  And look at their work ahead of time to get an idea of how they capture the story.  And I say that it needs to tell a story, just because that’s what I do, that’s my perspective.  But when video is set to music and music alone, it doesn’t give the viewer a chance to connect with the bride and groom.  If the audience can connect to them, then I think that’s what makes it a successful video.

WB: Is there anything that the bride and groom need to know about making your job easier?

JP: Providing food and time are crucial.  I don’t offer my services on an hourly basis because that wouldn’t allow for capturing the whole story; I could potentially miss those important moments.  Since I plan to be there all day, having sustenance available is essential.  In addition, allowing for enough time is crucial.  If you have certain moments you definitely want captured, discuss it with your wedding planner to schedule it so that my team and I will definitely get them in.

WB: Clients obviously want to be a little familiar with the artists and videographers they hire.  Is there anything you like to know about your clients ahead of time, before the big day?

JP: Because I love to capture the story, it’s good to know ahead of time anything out of the ordinary from a normal wedding itinerary or something that would affect the normal traditions.  If you’ve planned a unique way to express yourselves, if you’re dedicating something to a lost loved one, or anything else that is unique and distinct to your wedding day, knowing that ahead of time ensures that I can highlight and weave those things into your film.

WB: What makes you distinct?  What do you do that makes you set apart from the other talented film makers?

JP: That’s tough.  As much as I’d like to say I don’t, I do compare myself to others.  But I’ve been doing this long enough to have created my own style.  Not that there aren’t others who use some of the same techniques, but I feel that I have figured out what works best for my style.  I observed how others executed their business: how did they provide their product to clients, how long the videos are, etc.  And a lot of these videographers were giving their clients these forty minute long films, which is fine for the bride and groom, if they are the only ones watching it.  You know, I’d love to watch forty minutes of just me and my wife, but would I want to watch forty minutes of a friend or relative?  So I decided I wanted to create the Director’s Cut, which is the most popular film that I create.  It’s a six to eight minute film of their entire day that allows the viewer to watch it, and especially if they weren’t able to attend the wedding, hopefully this will make them feel like they were, and they didn’t miss out on the significant moments.  I don’t know many videographers that do it the way that I do it.  Some will do one to two minute trailers, but it’s video clips with music that isn’t much to connect to, and you’ll have to watch that forty minute film to get the story.  So that idea of a Director’s Cut that I’ve developed over the years is a significant difference that sets my style apart.

WB:  I’ve noticed that as well just researching your work and as I watched some of your Director’s Cuts, I found myself struggling to stop after watching one or two!  You do a great job of getting that connection.  For instance, your video about the Australian groom and Southern bride, Liam and Jessica, was particularly captivating!  These people are strangers to me, and I felt like I connected to them.  I can’t imagine how much the people who do know and love them enjoy the video because it captures that story; it captures the moments that they remember being part of or the moments that they didn’t witness but are able to engage in by watching the film.  And I think a bride and a groom would love to have that even if they can’t envision ahead of time what their film will be like or how the day will come together.  They can have that video to relive the day as both participants or “stars” of the film and also as the audience later -what a priceless gift!

“I hope that when a bride and groom watches their film 30 years from now, they feel just as connected with that day as they were on their honeymoon.” ~ Justin Peay

WB: What have you learned since you started?

JP: Different scenarios have built a confidence in me that there won’t be a curve ball you can throw at me.  But two of my most valuable assets are my second shooters, Jon Irvan and Ryan Callahan.  I trust my life with these guys.  I can send them to film something like the groom getting ready and I trust them so much.  If that side of it doesn’t get filmed, then it’s pretty much ruined, but I can trust them.  We’ve been together so long that we know each others’ nuances.  I know what their strengths and weaknesses are and they know mine, so I put them in positions to highlight their strengths and we work together to create the best film.  

WB: What is your goal with your work?  What do you hope to accomplish in telling the story?

JP: I hope that when a bride and groom watches their film 30 years from now, they feel just as connected with that day as they were on their honeymoon.  I want to capture those moments that they never want to forget and remember those things on every anniversary.

WB: What inspires your style?

JP: Occasionally, the night before a wedding, I will watch other wedding videos.  Even though I have a certain style, things are always changing and the only way to know how they’re changing is to watch other people’s work.  So if there is something that another videographer is doing well, I will go on Vimeo and just watch the lastest to keep up with it.  And I would absolutely say that where I am now is because of tutorials online.  I’ve never taken a class and I didn’t go to college for this; this is all what I have picked up from other people.  That’s what’s different about the creative world – someone can produce something that floors me but is entirely different from what I do.  And that doesn’t devalue what I do, but it’s a different way to create a film that caters to a different crowd or demographic.  And I wish someone told me when I was learning to definitely look at other people’s work when you’re starting out because you can learn from them.  Don’t steal or copy it, but once you film long enough, you’re going to create your own style that will provide for a demographic that those other videographers aren’t.

WB: Why did you choose wedding videography?  Why do you do what you do?

JP: I started because of a need for money.  My wife Alaina’s health was declining, and we didn’t know at the time that she would need a kidney transplant, but I was looking for something to pay our already existing medical bills.  My first film was for my now second shooter, Jon Irvan’s wedding. That’s when I realized the need, the opportunity to do what I do.  I knew the local talent out there, and I didn’t want to detract from them.  But shooting that first wedding made me realize the opportunity for creating my style, and even though I was just looking for something to pay the bills, I became really passionate about it, and it was a way to make a living as well.  Any kind of film-making that has a story is my passion, and weddings are all different.  They all have stories.  

WB: How can we follow you on social media?

JP: I have accounts on InstagramTwitter, Facebook, and Vimeo.  My accounts aren’t separate from my business and my personal life.  I want people to know who they’re hiring, not just based solely on my work.  You can see parts of my life, the things that I value like my relationship with Christ, and my wife and my son, and that gives you an idea of who I am and how and why I do what I do. 

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As mentioned in the article, Justin’s wife Alaina was in need of a kidney transplant two years ago, and the story of their perfect match is an inspiring message of the kind of love that we are called to in life and in marriage.  Be sure to check out the About section of his website to learn more!

There you have it!  Justin, thank you again for your time and for the opportunity to highlight the gift you have for capturing people’s stories and making them matter.  And dear reader, I hope that this information alleviates your wedding planning stress and that you will be able to enjoy your wedding day both on the actual date and for many anniversaries to come!

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~ A note from the author, Sydney: This has been my favorite blog post yet because I love helping people find the resources that they need and helping those business resources find the people to whom they want to offer their services!  It’s a win-win situation, and in this case you can be certain that the man in the spotlight isn’t merely talented; he is a man of integrity who will provide you with his best work to help you look back on your day and the precious memories you made.  And his genuine and fun personality will put you at ease so that he will feel like part of your family or another friend who just wants to celebrate with you.  I hope you enjoyed this week’s post and check back with us next week for another insightful article!