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Giveaway :: Astrida Naturals

Tuesday, September 2, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Since we are dedicating September to focusing on “The Art of Beauty” it only seems fitting to scratch the surface and talk about our skin. Our skin is the one accessory that we always want to shine, yes? But it can also be the source of neglect, frustration, dismay. Now is the time to turn the tables. It is time to focus our energy on what we put on our bodies as well as what we put in it. Seems fitting to introduce you to one of our new favorites in the process.

Maia Singletary discovered the benefits of all natural shea butter and started noticing that the butter used in most skincare products was heavily refined and not at all “natural.” Her research led her to create her own line, Astrida Naturals. Singletary’s products use unrefined shea butter and while also focusing on being aesthetically pleasing. I, for one, notice that I am drawn to branding and packaging and it is so exciting to find a company that realizes how important the details are. After all, if it is beauty we are looking for, it is beauty we want to see. Astrida Naturals carries beauty in the palm of their hand.

Astrida Naturals is giving away two $25 gift certificates to two lucky winners (one each)! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Tuesday, September 9th.
Please visit Astrida Naturals and tell us: Since our beauty routine is such a personal thing, tell us something about yours that is unique to you.
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Sunshine Post :: Astrida Naturals

Tuesday, September 2, 2014  ::  Written by:

Today we are honored to introduce you to Maia from Astrida Naturals.

 

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Please introduce yourself to our readers and explain a little bit about your business.

Hello, my name is Maia, I’m the founder and formulator behind Astrida Naturals. I make healthy, handmade shea butter body care and skin care.

The idea for Astrida Naturals started in 2008. Like many, I was beginning to wonder about what I was putting on my skin and how skin care products were made. I visited our neighborhood bookstore and began reading books about natural skin care, making homemade skin care and aromatherapy.

Around the same time, I personally discovered unrefined shea butter and all it’s great benefits for the skin, but I noticed most of the products on the shelves were made with refined shea, which doesn’t have the same benefits and can be heavily processed with chemical solvents – not very natural. When I did find unrefined shea butter, I was disappointed to see not much attention was given to product packaging or design.

So now, fully invested in living a natural lifestyle, I realized I wanted a healthier alternative to mainstream skin care that was sophisticated and aesthetically pleasing. I began experimenting with my own formulas using organic, unrefined shea butter and fragrances made with pure essential oils. I drew upon my design background to create the product packaging, website… everything – Astrida Naturals was born.

 

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We believe that one of the ways to achieve happiness is to “Do what you love, love what you do.” How does this philosophy apply to your life?

I love working with my hands, experimenting and building new things. Most of these creations will never see the light of day, but that’s okay, it’s the process of creating I enjoy the most. In my business, as long as I can be involved in formulating something I will love what I’m doing and be doing what I love.

 

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Our mission here at The Bright Side Project is to spread sunshine on a daily basis because we firmly believe that life is (still) beautiful. Where do you find beauty and inspiration?

I find beauty in simplicity and in nature. I get a lot in inspiration from my environment and try to fill my space with little organic touches as much as I can.

 

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On a dreary day, what do you do to infuse your life with a little bit of sunshine?

When it’s dreary, I like to meditate or enjoy a hot bath with sea salts and essential oils while treating myself to a homemade facial. These moments of self reflection are precious, beautiful and essential. I always feel energized and ready to go after what ever is next after a few good moments of mediation.

 

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What are you most grateful for?

I’m so very grateful for my family. I have a wonderful husband and son who keep me grounded and remind me to enjoy life when business calls me to make just one more batch of something. Most importantly they give me something to work for, a fulfilling life where I’m am. Everything I do is for them.

 

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September Theme :: The Art of Being Beautiful

Monday, September 1, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Happy September, friends! September is one of my favorite months of the year (though they say we shouldn’t play favorites) and I can’t help but feel a rush of excitement upon waking this morning. The beginning of fall, the change of seasons, the excitement of the holidays coming up…all of it means something special and all of it brings a sense of beauty, a sense of peace into my life. This month, we want to focus on the beauty in our lives and spend some time talking about “The Art of Beauty.” Because, dear friends, beauty is an art.

All this month, we will celebrate beauty and what it means and we will honor the beauty inside each of us. Beauty is a tricky concept when we start to confuse it with appearance and worth and competition. Here at the BSP, our definition of beauty goes much deeper than skin deep. We want to spend September talking about everything beauty means to us and the art behind it. We will bring you brands and artists who celebrate the beauty in making, ideas that will honor the beauty of our daily tasks, and dialogue about what it means to embrace the beauty around us. It’s going to be a good month, indeed!

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Weekly Wisdom :: Joseph Campbell

Sunday, August 31, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Fresh Squeezed Friday :: Friday’s dinner…

Friday, August 29, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Happy Friday, friends! I hope you had a lovely week and that your weekend will be full of love and joy and sunshine. Summer is still, most definitely, upon us here and we are spending this weekend trying to stay as cool as possible! To that end, there will be a lot of book reading, a lot of relaxing, a lot of icy drinks. Speaking of the heat, I’m trying to find some amazing dinners to make that don’t require a ton of heat preparation. No long oven bakes, no toiling over the stove. I’m especially interested in these One Pan Pastas I’ve been hearing so much about. What about you? Any tried and true recipes for the warm evenings when you really just want to call our for delivery? This lady needs some fresh ideas!

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DIY :: Quick & Easy Golden Potted Planter

Thursday, August 28, 2014  ::  Written by:

Hi friends. There is nothing I love more than a quick and easy DIY project. I have such a need to make things and create things and occasionally there are just not enough minutes in the day to get it all done. That’s when these small projects eek their way in. Granted, this is pretty simple and straightforward but that, my friends, is the point.

Now let’s get to making! (The DIY is pretty easily explained visually so enjoy the photos and have a great afternoon!)

 

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Giveaway :: Marisa Messick Jewelry

Wednesday, August 27, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Here at the BSP, we have quite a long lasting love affair with accessories. We couldn’t very well have a “Daily Dose” monthly theme without honoring one of our favorite daily doses: adornment. Each day, we get ourselves ready to face the world and the very last thing we do (well, at least for me) is choose the accessories. Whether shoes, bags, hats, or jewelry, those finishing touches always seem to set the mood for the day. So why not go for the best, right?

Marisa Messick creates stunningly gorgeous pieces that beg to become a part of your daily routine. Messick’s eponymous jewelry line is full of work that honors the natural world and the beauty in every aspect from birth to decay. Sounds a bit morbid for BSP, I’m sure, but really it is a celebration of every phase we experience and Marisa Messick Jewelry brings a strength and delicate beauty to the process. The Crystal Cluster Earrings are a favorite of mine and my love of geodes continues with these Agate Slice earrings. Search and find your own magic.

Marisa Messick Jewelry is giving away one pair of Black Crystal Cluster Earrings to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Wednesday, September 3rd.
Please visit Marisa Messick Jewelry and tell us: What is your best advice for staying positive during challenging times?
Start checking the winner’s box on Tuesday, September 9th, to see if you’ve won!
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Sunshine Post :: Marisa Messick Jewelry

Wednesday, August 27, 2014  ::  Written by:

Today we are honored to introduce you to Marisa from Marisa Messick Jewelry!

 

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Please introduce yourself to our readers and explain a little bit about your business.

Hello! I’m Marisa, the owner and maker behind Marisa Messick Jewelry. I started this little business of mine almost a year ago after I moved from Richmond, VA to Oregon. Nature is such a big influence on my work. Right now I’ve been really inspired by crystal clusters, coral and honeycombs. I am constantly looking for new colors, shapes or patterns that I find in nature to incorporate into my jewelry. Every single component of my jewelry is handmade by me in my studio out of recycled metals and by using responsible studio practices. Being a conscious consumer and maker is a very important aspect to my jewelry.

 

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We believe that one of the ways to achieve happiness is to “Do what you love, love what you do.” How does this philosophy apply to your life?

I am happiest when I’m making. While I love doing all aspects of my job such as editing photos, sending emails, packaging orders I am absolutely in heaven when I am seated at my jeweler’s bench, working away with a warm cup of coffee in my hand. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

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Our mission here at The Bright Side Project is to spread sunshine on a daily basis because we firmly believe that life is (still) beautiful. Where do you find beauty and inspiration?

Beauty strikes me everywhere. I find inspiration in organic shapes of the natural world as well as the structure and geometry of architecture. I am continually investigating ways of balancing both organic and geometric forms to create jewelry that is delicate and feminine yet is empowering and strong enough to stand everyday wear and tear.

 

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On a dreary day, what do you do to infuse your life with a little bit of sunshine?

After living in Oregon now for almost a year, I’ve gotten pretty good at dealing with dreary and drizzly days. Lighting a candle, cozying up with a good cup of coffee or getting a new plant for my living room always put the biggest smile on my face. But all of the dreary days really make me appreciate the sunshine when it comes out.

 

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What are you most grateful for?

I am most grateful for all of the beautiful people in my life that are so encouraging, supporting and loving. I’m so grateful for my boyfriend, who has sacrificed so much in support of my business. I’m also so grateful for my parents who have cheered me on through every obstacle I have faced.

 

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Giveaway :: Thistle & Poppy

Tuesday, August 26, 2014  ::  Written by:

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If you are anything like me, you have a ton of photos. I mean, a ton. I take photos on my regular camera and my phone daily and my digital backlog is a tad overwhelming. Part of the problem is that I’ve stopped printing photos. Want to know why? Because I couldn’t figure out a way to frame them that didn’t feel…well, permanent. I took photos too often and couldn’t grasp how to frame them all and that led to a drawer full of photos and a hard drive overwhelmed. Thank goodness there are people who are problem solvers in the world.

Christie and Jens Frankenstein are the dynamic duo behind Thistle & Poppy, home of beautiful picture frames and innovator of the Snap Point Picture Frame, a framing system that is interchangeable and fits within your need to update photos quickly and easily. Thistle & Poppy has solved the issue of a quick way to update photos while still allowing them to look stylish and aesthetically pleasing. Utilizing tiny magnets, just pop the trim off and on to create dynamic looks that change to fit your need and mood. I, for one, know that the ability to change my mind about decor is something to be revered, given my desire to update and redecorate and revamp as needed. Thistle & Poppy allows me to do that with style and grace. That, my friends, is priceless.

Thistle & Poppy is giving away two Snap Point Picture Frames to two lucky winners (one each!) Winners will get to design their own frames using the frame designer on the website. To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Tuesday, September 2nd. *Giveaway open to US residents only!*
Please visit Thistle & Poppy and tell us: What is your photo situation? Do you store them digitally? Do you print them? What are your tried and true secrets for keeping your photo memories alive?
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Sunshine Post :: Thistle & Poppy

Tuesday, August 26, 2014  ::  Written by:

Today we are honored to introduce you to Christie and Jens from Thistle & Poppy.

 

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Please introduce yourself to our readers and explain a little bit about your business.

Thistle & Poppy was founded by me and my husband Jens. We started out just making custom picture frames in our garage for my photography clients. I have worked in the photography field for many years and after venturing out on my own as a portrait photographer, I recognized the demand for custom frames. The companies that I was working with either didn’t have the styles I was looking for, the prices were way too high or they just took too long to be delivered. I knew I could solve all of these problems easily and set out to begin my own framing venture, that would cater my clients with truly custom pieces to suit their home decor and compliment their photos.

Snap Point Picture Frames were born shortly after Thistle & Poppy. We pretty much just stumbled upon the idea and it has snowballed into the huge wonderful patented product! After spending a grueling holiday season in the wood shop making tons of frames and ornaments, Jens and I were simply discussing ways to make our process more efficient. We were evaluating each aspect of creating the frames, what took the longest, what cost the most, what was necessary and what wasn’t, etc. We were trying to find ways to maintain the huge variety of frame styles I wanted to offer while he was insistent on making the business profitable ;) We ended up stumbling upon a revolutionary solution sitting on our workbench, magnets! We had been in the process of designing a very cool interactive led wall decor display and had tiny magnets leftover. The light bulb switched on for both of us and within minutes we had our first snap point prototype! A picture frame that would allow you to simply place your photo on the base, snap the trim style of our choice on top and voilà! Framing in seconds! This was the perfect solution for so many people but especially for people like me, a photographer who is completely guilty of drawers full of unframed prints!

So the Snap Point idea was born from the idea that you could simply and easily frame your photos without all the hassle of backing, framer’s points, glass, etc. Then the complete interchangeability was added. As an artist I am known for being pretty decisive, and as a woman I totally change my mind all the time. So it just made sense to have each of the trim styles we were already offering become interchangeable pieces for our frames. This making the design options endless! Users can easily change the entire look of your frame. For example, we are in the process of turning our blue nursery into a pink one! Which means the frame bases can stay the same and they only need new trim styles in new coordinating pink hues! So in reality these frames can grow with your family and change with your taste!

 

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We believe that one of the ways to achieve happiness is to “Do what you love, love what you do.” How does this philosophy apply to your life?

I am not ashamed to admit it, I am living the dream! I get to do what I am passionate about every single day all while raising my kiddo. It of course can be super difficult sometimes, but it is worth every second! I get up in the morning and I am excited to get to work, which kind of doesn’t make it work, right?!

 

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Our mission here at The Bright Side Project is to spread sunshine on a daily basis because we firmly believe that life is (still) beautiful. Where do you find beauty and inspiration?

I find inspiration all around me. I studied as a photographer so I get a lot of inspiration from lighting and shadows. More recently I find inspiration from my son, he has such a vibrant and creative personality that he is constantly sparking new ideas in me.

 

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On a dreary day, what do you do to infuse your life with a little bit of sunshine?

Well I live in Florida, the land of sunshine! Those lazy rainy days are few and far between for us and they are my favorite days because of that! I take those days sit back and enjoy my little family, snuggle up on the couch with my babes and watch movies.

 

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What are you most grateful for?

I am most grateful for my wonderful family. All of them! my parents, siblings, my wonderful husband, my gorgeous son and my soon to be daughter. Each person has had a major impact in my life, the person I have become, and they are the driving factor behind my success. love them dearly <3

 

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