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Here’s my question for bloggers, admirers, and anyone who has an ‘Inspiration’ folder on their desktop or in their email or in real life. How do you organize it? Every day, my Inspiration folder is growing, and it is becoming more and more difficult to organize and file it and also to remember what in the heck I initially loved so much about an image. My Inspiration folder currently holds over 400 images — and that’s only the one on my desktop. I have hundreds of things bookmarked, pinned in Pinterest (follow me), ripped out of magazines, and filed away in my brain. It’s starting to be cluttered. In a desperate attempt to record what exactly it is I like about each image, I’ve started saving them to my desktop with the thing I like as the file name. Example:

I saved this blue bedroom as ‘bedroompendantLOVE.jpg’

and this room as ‘cowhiderug.jpg’

and even more bizarre, this one is ‘reallylikethepaverdesign.jpg’

So please tell me, where do you put all of the things you come across on the World Wide Web that you find intriguing or inspiring?

Also a problem, I can’t even give proper credit to these images because I just randomly saved them to my computer and have no way of knowing where they came from. I think the blue bedroom might be from Lonny Mag???? and the last backyard image is from some real estate website, via Things That Inspire??



Wednesday News!

Many of you probably already know all of this (because let’s face it, the only people who read this thing are my good friends and my parents), but one of my favorite brides-to-be Mallory asked me to style all of the centerpieces at her wedding! This has been in the works since December, but, holy cow, the wedding date is almost here!!

Anyway, I thought I’d share a teensy little detail of the centerpieces. We’re incorporating bits of natural wood in the design.

That’s all I will leave you with about the wedding for now, but there will be more pictures coming soon! The wedding is one month from today! Better start working…



Old vs. New

There’s just something about antiques that is endlessly enchanting to me. Whether it’s a piece of furniture, an old mirror, a chipped tea cup, or an antique wedding band. Antiques are so inspiring. It’s cheesy, and it’s been said before, but the scratches and marks and love that are visible on an antique tell a story. They’ve been lovingly worn, and those imperfect details add so much interest.

This is one of the most special things I own. It’s the wedding band from my great-grandmother and my namesake, Caroline. The monetary value is small, but for me, the sentimental value is immeasurable. If I could wear it, I would but apparently Carrie had freakishly small hands.

New jewelry is beautiful, but I find that antique jewelry, even if it isn’t worth much, is more akin to art.

The scratches and nicks just mean that someone loves it.

You just can’t find handmade details like these anymore.

I’m usually just window shopping but the jewelry cases in antique stores house the most incredible treasures.

There’s also this guy who seldom leaves my arm. I’m not sure where this one came from; my mom gave it to me to replace another gold bangle I lost.

Do you agree with me or no? Are you an antique-y kind-of-girl?

Oh yeah, are you on Pinterest? You definitely should be. Follow me.



Between Your Ears

I haven’t really explained why I named my blog ‘Between Your Ears.’ I figure I should take a moment to cue you in on it all, as there are multiple meanings to the name.

First, one of my favorite quotations is the one that appears on the blog, ‘happiness is between your ears.’ I truly believe that happiness is a state of mind rather than a particular place for which we are constantly searching. I think that our brain has the power to turn the gloomiest day into a warm, sunny one.

Secondly, the blog is intended to record each of the many things that inspire me each day, and I also hope that these things will inspire you. Inspiration occurs between your ears. It’s when your brain makes an emotional connection with something that you see, something that you hear, or something that you smell. Inspiration is truly magical, and sometimes the smallest things can inspire big changes.

The brain is the most powerful organ in our bodies, and I’m fascinated by how it controls every single facet of our lives. Happiness is between your ears. Inspiration is between your ears. Love is between your ears. Friendship. Wisdom. Hope. Peace. Everything is between our ears. The brain is a funny, fascinating, fickle thing, and I hope that everything you see on this blog moves from between my ears to between yours.

PS- Sorry for the lateness of this post.



Spring Outfit Inspiration

Ever since I first saw Breakfast at Tiffany’s, I’ve loved the French Gamine style that Audrey Hepburn popularized. It feels playful, cute, chic, and classic. This Spring, I’m seriously loving the horizontal stripe, and my favorite way to wear it is with the Pixie Pant. These are hands-down the most comfortable pants I own; they are really tinkering on the edge of pants vs. legging. The zipper, the seams, and the straightness of the ankle create the look of pants, but they’re as comfortable as your cotton leggings. Best $88 dollars I’ve ever spent. For serious.

No jewelry. No other accessories. Just comfort and classics.

1. Post Match Top from Anthropologie 2. The Pixie Pant from J. Crew 3. The BEST leather ballet flats out there from J. Crew 4. The Emma Bag by 7 Chi, now on sale!

If I wore lipstick, I’d wear a bright red lipstick like Le Metier’s Cannes.

I haven’t really gone into what has been inspiring me in the fashion world (except this post about my new favorite pair of shoes), but I figured I’d dive in since I ramble on about my other design inspirations. What do you think? Should I keep it up? Also, are you on board with the horizontal stripe? How do you feel about French Gamine? Do you rock it? or hate it?

And PS your comments absolutely make my day, so keep ‘em coming! I’ll keep posting what y’all like reading!



Beach Inspiration

I spent the weekend with friends at the beach, and one sweet girl brought me the most wonderful ‘thank you.’ Brunch is one of my favorite meals, and I can’t wait to start cookin’ up some of these recipes.

You can get it here.

I think I’m going to start with this Chunky Salmon and Crab Cakes recipe. Yum.

I’ve been admiring these for weeks! They’ve given me a little decor-related inspiration. I’ll keep y’all posted on that one.

Thank you, sweet Emily. And to all the girls that hopped on a plane or into a car to spend 12 hours on the beach, thank you, thank you, thank you.



Yesterday’s Mini-Project

I fell in love with this little message from style/SWOON, and I had to make one for myself:

Eh, voilà!

I still prefer the black-on-black of the first one, but this will do for now.

If you answer the first question with a ‘no,’ maybe you should frame this little message. It’ll cheer you right up.