Productive and Rested


This week has been quite relaxing, considering the tasks load. But, through several breaks in-between meetings and errand runs, I managed to peruse through some inspiring proverbs, books, and magazines. Additionally, I was able to sink myself into a much-needed spa worthy tub of lemon and rosemary—handmade bath salts that my sister gifted me in the package for my birthday.

Here’s a few other things that I have loved and been inspired by this week.
I love bold colour and patterns to the nth degree. But, when it comes to nail colours and manicure techniques, I tend to embrace uniqueness, but simplicity the most. I kept flipping the pages back and forth, revisiting how lovely these styles were. There are colourblocking manicures to midi ring inspired styles, and it looks quite easy to recreate as well. A pre-autumn burst of influence, if you will.

I did a quick restock of some teas, and made a wicked homemade roasted beet, goat cheese, and spinach pizza with caramelised onions and with fresh basil, of course. You may have seen it on my Instagram. Then, we watched an oldie, but goodie, High Fidelity.

Easy Party Ideas: Have a Mr. and Mrs. Party
I am in the process of making a few hosting tokens for a small party for the mister and had an idea of using these moustaches for little gifts. I grabbed these moustache sheets and paper at an art store, and I made easy boxes out of cardstock and corrugated cardboard. For my girl’s night beauty party, the women had lip smooches on their boxes.

This time the boys will have these moustache boxes. I thought it was a clever and adorable idea to make it special for everyone. I reckon this would be great for a wedding party as well so I will keep this concept in my archives.
I am undecided now, but I may fill them with mini-grooming tools with my personal styling tips, or funny fortunes, and miniature chocolates. 

Be Hopeful and Stylish
One of my close friends didn’t get the job that she had been waiting for after several successful interviews and callbacks, so I told her, “tomorrow let’s meet for breakfast, and dress to the nines.” She laughed, and said, okay. Here’s a glimpse below of what I will be wearing. Sometimes, when we don’t get what we want in the exact timing we want it doesn’t mean that something far better isn’t around the corner.

Happy weekend! I hope that you’ve been inspired by my brief captures of the week. 
 (Above) vintage clutch bag with dazzled heels, and an off-the-shoulder silk rosette top (both handmade by me).

Have you revelled in life’s simplicity and little treasures this week?

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  1. Happy weekend doll, these are wonderful. I really like the different nail styles, I could do with some nail time myself. Always so creative...enjoy yourself xx

  2. francesca r15 August

    I love those manicures and the red sandals are gorgeous!

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  3. Love the mani ideas very much - looks really beautiful. And you know, I love High Fidelity, too, both the movie and the book. :)

  4. Daniella15 August

    Lovely post Madison. The nail designs are amazing, feeling inspired to get creative when I paint my nails today ;) The Mr & Mrs concept with the moustaches is super cut and fun and the advice you gave to your friend was just what she needed to hear I'm sure :)

    Take care and have lovely weekend,
    Daniella xox

  5. Danielle Styles15 August

    Love the nailart! And that pizza looks delicious!

    Have a great weekend!

  6. Erika Sorocco15 August

    Those manis are brilliant - I am so loving them!!


  7. miss b15 August

    The lemon and rosemary bath sounds so fragrant and relaxing. Lovely simple nail polish ideas and the moustache boxes are so cute. I'm sure your friend really appreciates your thoughfulness. Have a lovely weekend!

  8. Productive yet restful weeks are really the best! Those manis look so cool! Happy weekend Madison!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  9. Glam up your Lifestyle15 August

    Die Nägel sehen klasse aus, das sind schon kleine Kunstwerke. Ich hätte dazu keine Geduld. Ich habe das Buch High Fidelity gelesen. Die Bücher von diesem Schriftsteller sind gut.
    Schönes Wochenende Cla

  10. Ivana Džidić15 August

    productive but rested is the way to do! I looove your DIY...let's us know what you fill those boxes a chocolate lover I would be hoping for chocolate but they say men aren't into sweets like us ladies (supposedly it has been scientifically proven but I don't really believe it because I've never met a guy who refused to have a cake I prepared- including my dad who says he neeever eats sweets)

    The nails look fabulous, I love every single one of these mani's!!! It''s been a while I've done sth creative with my nails, it's about time I do...

    kudos for taking your girl out! there is nothing more depressive than being promised a job and then...ah, it happened to me a couple of times and soon my contract is over and I'm job searching at the moment so I really feel for her!

  11. SHE Jenmarie16 August

    You are such a good friend to her! That was such a nice gesture to make and I can't wait to see the outfit all put together. Have a great weekend!

  12. Vix Brearley16 August

    I love the idea of dressing to the nines for breakfast, can't wait to see your outfit modelled by you! x

  13. I like the top right manicure. How nice of you to lift up your friend by suggesting to go out in a stylish way.

  14. oh I definitely enjoyed that post. I like it how you've covered a little bit of fashion, home decor, food, events... versatility is the best thing a blog post can offer! that pizza sounds yummy by the way!

    Maikeni blogi - part of me

  15. i always try to! that's some really cute nail art. a mr and mrs party would definitely be fun. love the props and favors. i'm loving tea a lot!

  16. Happy Monday Madison!! No I haven't haha. I worked the whole week and the weekend too. Glad you had a better one. Sorry about your friend but I agree. Something better is waiting just around the corner. The food looks sooo yummy. Esp. the pizza. Can't wait to see you wear the cute red heels :D

    xx Mira

  17. Dressed with soul18 August

    Liebe Madison, die Nägel sehen so gut aus! Leider bin ich nicht talentiert im Nägelmachen :) Und die Partyidee ist auch so lustig, danke, dass Du das hier zeigst <3 Ich wünsche Dir eine tolle neue Woche!

    Alles Liebe von Rena

  18. Rosalind Jana18 August

    You are a breath of fresh air - your always positive outlook; your creative use of spare moments in your busy day; support of a friend AND making time to produce the moustache boxes.

  19. Thanks Jenmarie. Hope the week is starting off well for you. /Madison

  20. Thank you very much for your comment. So glad that you liked the post. Enjoy your week. :) /Madison

  21. Absolutely! I appreciate your lovely words. It was a great time spent with a friend and the mr & mrs party went well. :)

  22. Thanks Rowena. Have a bright new week.

  23. Thank you. Enjoy your week.

  24. Thanks so much Daniella. Creating the moustache boxes was loads of fun! :) xx

  25. Ivana Džidić18 August

    with or without the mini chocolate!

  26. Yes, Natalia, I agree, regarding High Fidelity--the book the film is such a good one to keep in the archives. :) xx

  27. Thanks Miss b, it was quite relaxing and now a must-have favourite! Enjoy your week.

  28. Thanks Mira, yes it was a lot of fun for me. I hope you enjoy the new week. xx

  29. I appreciate that! thanks so much for your lovely comment Roz! I try to always stay positive--it cerrtainly beats the alternative. :-)

  30. WITH! Guys love food related things, but I also stuck to the grooming tools as well, (so both) which was a big hit. Thanks! :-)

  31. Cla, Danke, ich bin damit einverstanden, die Nägel sind Kunstwerke. "High Fidelity" ist ein guter Film und ich habe auch das Buch gefallen hat.
    Liebe Grüße,

  32. Liebe Rena, Hehe! :) Ja bin ich nicht talentiert im Nägelmachen auch ... Ich wünsche Dir eine guten abend und tolle Woche!

    Alles Liebe,

  33. fifth n sixth18 August

    Great and inspiring post Madison.... The Mr & Mrs idea is a very clever one, and gave me so much ideas.... The pizza looks yummy.
    Great advice you gave your friend, you couldn't have said it any better... Hope you girls had a good time...

    Have a great week!

  34. Diana Ashuayem19 August

    I love the nail art. So pretty.

  35. elmundooo19 August

    Love the nails <3

  36. Thanks for your comment Mica! :)

  37. Thank you. I'm glad that you were inspired by this post. let me know if you make something similar, and link and I will check it out. xx/Madison