THOUGHT FULL FRIDAY 19 // TIME OFF

June 14, 2013

Taking time off | House of Harvey

It’s time to take a break.  I decided a while back (after this post actually) to take more time to take time off.  It’s so important to your sanity and your wellbeing to stop what you are doing from time to time and really focus on the art of relaxation.  And while my “time off” is not necessarily a traditional version, I will be taking a few days here and there away from the blog to collect my thoughts and generate some new ideas.

In a world of “go go go” and “the next big thing”, it is easy to get sucked into the whirlwind of life.  But we mustn’t forget that the best, most innovative ideas come from a refreshed and relaxed mind. It’s just a fact.

So as I go on an adventure for the next month, I hope you bear with me, sit tight and maybe even tag along for the ride.  (More to come on these adventures soon enough!) It’s going to be interesting to say the least.

I hope it is a thought full weekend for y’all!

Cheers,

Steph

BREED LOVE // SHAR PEI

June 13, 2013

Shar Pei | House of Harvey

It was about time we tackle an obvious favorite breed, the Shar Pei.  Yes, Harvey happens to be part Shar Pei (part unknown terrier), but my love of this ever-so-wrinkled breed began long ago.

I’ve always had an affinity for wrinkles, both of the canine and human variety, and what more adorably wrinkled creature is there than the Shar Pei?

FUN FACT: Shar Pei’s lose their wrinkles as they age.  They are the true fountain of youth, on four legs. I know my Sharperrier is keeping me young, at least.

 

above photo / laptop decal / salt and pepper shaker / party ornaments / charmsoap / tote

BEACH FAVORITES

June 12, 2013

Beach Favorites | House of Harvey

Although I live about 30 minutes from the coast (and such a beautiful one at that), it shocks me how little time I’ve dedicated to lounging on and enjoying the amazing beaches of SoCal.  This summer, I plan to change that.

In order to fully embrace this new, beachy lifestyle, we’re gonna need some swag…right?  Here are a couple of items on the wishlist.

 

beach chair / radio / bag / octopus dog toytowel / bathing suit / dog carrier / beach ball dog toy

STYLED 09 // BEACH DAY

June 10, 2013

Dog day on the beach | House of Harvey

Sun, sand and Sharperriers make for a very memorable beach day!

Being part Shar Pei – typical water-hating breed – and all, it often shocks me how much Mr. Harvey loves the beach (Exhibit A). He could run, sit, stand, sleep and literally bathe in the sandy glory of the beach for the rest of time.  A swift breeze and some cool sand is all this guy needs to find pure bliss.  And as any mother will tell you (canine or other), when your baby is happy, you are happy.

And thus was the perfect afternoon along the coast.

Dog day on the beach | House of Harvey

Dog day on the beach | House of Harvey

Dog day on the beach | House of Harvey

Dog day on the beach | House of Harvey

Dog day on the beach | House of Harvey

Dog day on the beach | House of Harvey

Dog day on the beach | House of Harvey

Dog day on the beach | House of Harvey

Dog day on the beach | House of Harvey

Dog day on the beach | House of Harvey

Dog day on the beach | House of Harvey

Dog day on the beach | House of Harvey

Dog day on the beach | House of Harvey

 

THOUGHT FULL FRIDAY 18 // PERSPECTIVE

June 7, 2013

gaining perspective | House of Harvey

There have been a lot of changes in life as of late.  The personal, family, and career arenas have all been affected and things are changing at a rapid pace.

In the past, I may have sat with my head in my hands and thrown a pity party for myself, feeling unprepared and stressed out about the direction my life was going in.  But as time has passed and my defense shields have fortified, I feel like I can take on just about anything. (Disclaimer: Surprisingly, I was by no means prepared for last Sunday’s Game of Thrones episode, which seriously threw me into a tizzy.)

This time around, I’ve actually decided not to give any of these changes much thought.  Whereas in the past I might make endless pro/con lists, pose incessant questions to my friends and family, and maybe even arrange for a “life assessing” conference of sorts, this time around I’m just going to let it flow.  Yes, let it flow. (It think they call this moment of enlightenment “gaining perspective”.)

I love change.  I really do.  I absolutely abhor routine and sameness (which has, at times, been a problem).  So what better way to revel in this rapid change by embracing it and moving freely with it, instead of against it.

It’s scary. It’s unknown. It’s unpredictable.  But I think that is just what I need right now.

I tell my friends ALL of the time: “I’m not worried about you.  You will always land on your feet. And if I do become worried about you, I’ll let you know immediately so we can reassess.”

It’s time to take some of my own advice, and JUST NOT WORRY.  Change is imminent; some better than others.  So take it on.  Flow with it. And just wait to see what happens next.

Here’s to a thought full weekend.  Go out there and make some change!

Cheers,

Steph

 

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