Last year, I started questioning the ingredients in my bathroom products because I couldn’t pronounce them & hated how the bright-colored bottles turned my attempt at serenity in the shower into a college rave of neon colors. I’ve learned a lot since my last shower story. I’ve been slowly weeding out my chemical-based products with closer-to-organic ones, especially after meeting Teri at Sérendipité Organiques in East Hills, Grand Rapids. She has a wealth of knowledge, dispels many organic myths & completely lives out what she preaches. Keep Reading
Technically, the freak out happened last weekend but I’m still hungover from it & the full moon has been in Taurus since last night so expect any rages or freak outs to be the exact topic you need to dig deeper on right now. I know this. Mystic Mamma told me so. This week was a lot of head-down work & prepping clients for the upcoming holiday season but I did take a breath of air long enough for:
Holiday decorating at the greenhouse
It’s my first holiday season at the greenhouse meaning I had to “fluff” the trees. Keep Reading
Photos courtesy of Death to the Stock Photo
Hep & Cask is a lifestyle blog crafted to uplift people through photography, positive writing, local hangout reviews & a classic drink recipe or two. When Christopher first introduced his swanky vision for a blog to me, I was instantly hooked. It was a bonus that we met at one of my favorite coffee shops to discuss his intent for the blog.
I like little vignettes. One tiny piece of a story that allows the viewer to wonder what’s happening outside of the calculated frame. Kind of like when you see a design portfolio or an Instagram account & you’re like, “Man, this designer has her shit together!” We don’t see the chaos of her coffee-infused late night scramble to meet a deadline, her apprehension to email a professional she admires or even at 4am when she wakes up in a sweat, haunted by her to-do list & the nagging deeper question, “Why do I care again?”. Keep Reading
Some will look at this painting & think, “This is art?”, “I could’ve done that”, or “I guess scribbles are an art form now”. I used to discredit abstract artwork, as well, based on my expectation of what art should be. The word art is a broad & undefinable concept by nature. I can only share my experience. When I started going to gallery exhibits & art museums, I liked the realistic pieces. Keep Reading
In Great Company is a new Brave Girl series that sparks conversation with people making waves in their communities, careers & life.
Kara Haupt is a designer based out of Portland, Oregon. In addition to developing a design thesis at Pacific Northwest College of Art, teaching workshops on art journaling & photography, Kara is the founder of Babe Vibes. It’s a sisterhood of women channeling their inner babe, standing up for their beliefs & challenging the status quo. Keep Reading