Springtime Blooming

I know, I know, I'm slippin' on my blog game lately. But believe me there's a lot of behind the scenes stuff going on right now that will soon make it's way to be shared here. I'm in my yearly Springtime frenzy/hiatus mode where I do a full examination of my home/wardrobe/goals/projects/everything. Spring is my favorite season, but I admit it does make me a little crazy. Something about the newness in the air sends me into a creative overdrive. I'm apparently very in touch with my animal instincts and "come out of hibernation" this way every year. I do a massive deep cleaning and purging process to clear my slate and make way for new growth. I feel like when my home is de-cluttered, my mind is de-cluttered and I can think more clearly.
 I even paused my usual thrifting mania for a couple months to re-evaluate what I'm after these days. After an abnormally big purge this year I have been re-thinking my "stuff" and really only want the cream of the vintage crop. Having a child has made me want to lighten my load and have less junk to store, clean and organize.
I also get a little crazed this time of year to make big life changes and to travel. We have been thinking about buying a house lately and it has been driving me nuts trying to decide if we should go for it or wait. I have a moving addiction at the best of times but it always gets amped up around now too. I think I may have lived in this home longer than I have lived anywhere in my life.

To help regroup and calm the traveling and moving urge for a bit, we took a couple of short trips out of the city to take in some nature in the Texas Hill Country. After some quality wildflower viewing, hiking and fresh Spring river dips, I'm ready to bloom again.

The final puzzle pieces to some re-decorating schemes that have been on hold for months are falling into place. (It's hard to commit to design when you may move at any time, but I did it anyway) Blog posts are being planned and some creative projects are in the works.
My little one is getting bigger and a bit more independent and flexible as well, which will allow me time to revitalize my neglected vintage shop. So I have reason and purpose to thrift again!

So anyway, that's what's been going on with me. The projects are officially rolling and inspiration is flowing. I'm slowly getting my groove back. So stay tuned.

Also- Am I the only one who gets all antsy this time of year? 


*All photos are from my Instagram @GypsyYaya



Art And People || Beautiful Botanical Prints by Laura Garcia Serventi

If you're a regular around here, you know that I'm crazy about plants, art and color. So it's a no brainer that these prints I just discovered on ETSY are presently blowing my mind.
They are the work of Brooklyn based artist Laura Garcia Serventi, and man is she killin' it.  Her moody use of color is slaying me. Lucky for me (and you) her prints are SUPER affordable and would make an amazing Mothers Day gift. Amiright? I might need several of these but I think I'll start with that beauty on the lower right. It's made for me.
You can find these prints and more on her ETSY shop Art And People . There's just enough time to order one for the art loving Mamma in your world too. Or treat yo'self, you deserve it.



Camilla || Road To The Blue House Lookbook + New Life Paths

It's been a whirlwind of both good and bad these last two weeks that has kept me from posting. The good - A dear family friend came from Canada to hang with us for a few days and we had a ball!  The bad - my sweet little babe had her first real illness; a nasty stomach virus.  I don't know who was more traumatized - her, or my husband and I. She's all better now, but it sure shook us up. There is nothing worse than watching your child suffer and not being able to take away all of their discomfort. I cannot imagine the heartache of having to deal with a worse sickness.
Then to compound an already super stressful and sleepless time, we got the news that change is coming down the pipes with my mans j.o.b. It looks like he won't be able to work from home anymore at best. The little lady and I will miss having him around for family lunches for sure. As with all change, I am trying to see the good. More than likely there is an underlying blessing to be revealed to us soon enough. There always is.
So, not to be a downer or anything but the creative juices just ain't flowin' around here while we recoup and wait for our new path to open ahead of us. My projects are on hold until I can gather my gusto again. I'm gonna do my best to keep the energy flowing around here at GypsyYaya though. I think creativity begets creativity and sometimes you just have to force yourself out of a slump to get moving. Then before you know it, inspiration is flowing again.

Now down to the post at hand.  I was desperately searching for some eye candy to get me going and BAM, I found this. Whasssup Camilla! The new Autumn/Winter 2015 collection Road To The Blue House by Aussie designer Camilla Franks. Inspired by Frida Kahlo and her enchanting blue house in magical Mexico, it's a feast for the eyes isn't it? Her lookbooks never disappoint with her use of riotous color and pattern and there are too many pieces in this collection that I would love to have in my closet.

Pretty gorgeous stuff right? I love the representation of the Virgin Mary in there as well. And I'm not going to lie- I have considered incorporating fairy lights into my outfits on more than one occasion. Why not? View the entire lookbook in all it's glory HERE