Vibes | 11:11 + Supermoon

Vibes | 11:11 + Supermoon

11:11

I'm writing this post because today is 11/11. Numbers carry energy, frequency and vibration. They are ways the Universe speaks to you, and are, essentially, building blocks of this Universe. What perfect timing following this exhausting election! 11 is one of the most powerful numbers. It is a "master" number. It is the number that I personally see all the time. I always catch the clock at 11:11 or 11:01 or 1:11...so forth. 11:11 is a gateway to higher consciousness, awareness and awakening. When you see these numbers often, it is a reminder for you to be aware of your thoughts - what you are thinking is what you are manifesting, so it is a reminder for you to align your thoughts with your intentions.

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2017 Printable Calendar + Tea Towel / Free download!

2017 Printable Calendar + Tea Towel / Free download!


Seriously though, where did 2016 go?!?

It's that time of year again - Audrey (This Little Street) and I have created 2017's FREE PRINTABLE CALENDAR for you to download! This year, however, we're also super excited to introduce a fun and practical tea towel that we created together and is for sale over on Roostery!

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2017 Calendar Tea Towel | Spoonflower

2017 Calendar Tea Towel | Spoonflower

As promised from my last post, I'm baaaaack! I surely did not anticipate my absence to be so long, but I can't lie: it felt really, really good. A few things that happened: got some much needed rest, focused on my online shop, looked for a new apartment, moved into a new apartment, did lots of shopping for things to fill new apartment (still continuing), spent time outdoors enjoying the summer, and just lived life (without having to worry about social media and blog posts)...so that's where I've been the past few months. What have you been up to?!

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Free desktop and phone wallpaper | July happy tech

Free desktop and phone wallpaper | July happy tech

Ah, hello, July!! I'm in a pretty good mood because as this post goes out, I'm strictly in vacay-mode (again). I LOVE vacation (yeah, well who doesn't). I'll be in Burlington, Vermont for a long July 4th weekend, enjoying small town life, biking trips, and everything that involves relaxing. I'll try to be better at keeping up with my travels on Snapchat (@JessicaKeala), Facebook and Instagram!

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Learn Brush Lettering | Besotted

Today is an exciting day! The awesome lettering duo, Tristan and Michelle, are so sweet to have me featured over on Besotted Blog! In fact, it's an honor because Besotted is one of (if not, my very top!) resource blog for everything lettering and calligraphy! They have amazing resources, tutorials, and lettering knowledge - so be sure to check them out and look around! They are also an invaluable resource in and of themselves: 1) they offer an amazing Skillshare class, "Photoshop for Lettering Artists: An Introduction to Photoshop", and 2) they created some of my favorite go-to, time-saving Photoshop actions through their FotoRx Etsy shop (I use the Lettering Rx action on practically every on of my lettering projects!)

This week, Besotted is diving into the wonderful world of Brush Lettering! It's a whole week of interviews and resources, so be sure to follow along!

Check out my Q&A over on Besotted blog - I'm chatting about my favorite brush lettering supplies, class recommendations, how I digitize my lettering, tips for newbies, my own personal lettering process, and more! Stop by and drop a line to say hello!


All brush lettering done by me for Besotted Blog.

Clean beauty | Leahlani Skincare

I have had THE most amazing skincare regimen the past month or so. I wanted to wait awhile to disclose it on the blog so that I could talk honestly about it after regular use. I first learned about Leahlani Skincare through my sweet friend, Lauren, who raved about it on her blog (she is one of my go-to persons when looking for the best natural beauty and health products!) Lauren was SO kind to sent me a package of Leahlani Skincare and my face literally went all heart eyes once that box was opened. In fact, every time I use one of these products, I go straight to my happy place. And how can you not? The entire Leahlani Skincare line is made with organic cold pressed oils, essential oils, and natural botanicals straight from my most favorite place in the entire world: Hawaii.

First up, obviously: packaging. Spot on. Frosted glass containers. Beautiful mermaid blue labels. Gold touches. And perfect use of script and sans serif font typography. All your packaging dreams come true. I am definitely re-using all the containers!

To begin, I'm a huge fan of oils for skincare. I make my own Coconut and Olive oil concoction as my face "wash" and before using Leahlani, I would use this same concoction for my nightly moisturizer. The Mahina Evening Replenishing Elixir is amazing. It's got organic moringa and marula oils mixed with organic passionflower, chia seed, prickly pear seed, carrot seed, starflower, and vanilla bean oils. I love using it right before bed because the smells alone make me drift off to a happy meditation and sleep. The oils are so good at moisturizing my face overnight, and work great both in cold and warmer weather. My face is mixed (dry and oily) and this Evening Elixir has really helped to balance it out.

For the morning, I have the Aloha Ambrosia Morning Moisture Elixir. A lot of people may think it's weird to use oils as a daytime moisturizer, but I find that the skin absorbs this lighter oil quickly without leaving too much of a sheen, and keeps my face moisturized for a good part of the entire day! Again, even though it's an oil, I have used it in colder and warmer weather. You don't have to use very much (a little goes a long way!) The smell of this one is actually one of my favorites, because it reminds me of my childhood when I would sometimes receive these Hawaiian perfumes and lotions as gifts (this one reminds me of the Pikake fragrance). This light-weight moisturizer contains olive squalane and jojoba oils mixed with organic aloe, mangoseen, goji berry, passionfruit, kiwi seed, guava, and sunflower oils. As delicious as it sounds!

Lastly, the superfood Mermaid Mask! I think Leahlani created this just so that we can all feel like real mermaids! It actually takes me right back to Hawaii when I use it. The smells remind me of the ocean and beach rocks and soil of home. Ingredients include Hawaiian raw honey, spirulina, chlorella, green clay, sea clay, algae, and various essential oils. It's calming, soothing, cleansing, and purifying. Perfect for a girls night in!


All photos by me.