On Seedlings & Self-Care...

The list of ways to properly tend to an orchid plant is approximately 23 steps long, and judging by the one on my counter-top, I only made it to the second step. 

(Sorry, Mama. Succulent next time?!)

Most of my leafy little friends stay pretty happy around the house, but the moment I saw the elegant ivory blooms start dropping to the floor, it was clear that the end was in sight... A tiny fuchsia face covered in dog hair and dust - my guilt growing as I realized she wouldn't make it through the week.

There just always seems to be too much to remember with those orchids. 

The work quickly outweighing the worth, and a LONG list of things that I should be doing instead...

(Anyone wanna come over and help me hang art this weekend? SO many fraaaaaames.)

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The thing about precious plants is that they are a bit like our physical bodies, no?  Each species and breed is unique to it's indigenous region, while the idiosyncrasies and innate preferences can make caring for them a real challenge.

GENERAL RULES OF THUMB (green or otherwise):

  • Keep them near a sunny window. Real Vitamin D does wonders for the soil AND soul. 
     
  • Feed them with the best nutrients. Coffee grounds & compost (cookies) - sparingly for you, generously in the garden.
     
  • Leaves seem to glow more when they're clean. Everyone needs a little exfoliation now and again.
     
  • Let them shine in pretty pots. Terracotta is fine for balconies & backyards, but a bit of glitz adds SO much more style inside.
     
  • Movement increases growth. Switch positions so that the branches get stronger as they grow towards the light. (And watch them wiggle with you when you turn on the dance party tunes.)

The main thing to remember is that these bodies that we're born into? They are treasures, you see -- and when it comes to taking care of such precious gifts, the chance to flourish and bloom into our best selves is always worth the work. [Tweet it!]

Tell me: How are you going to tend to your beautiful body today? This weekend, or this season?

I could talk about this topic for days and on end (and we do each month at brunch!), so let me know if you have questions or challenges and I'll do my best to loop them in to our special little chats.  

Leafy-green Love,

XOXO - Jessie Pepper

Ps. - Orchids are always watered from the bottom up, while succulents like to be bone-dry before taking a drink. You're welcome, friends. (Thanks, Google.)


SECOND-HAND STYLE // Posted about something near and dear on the blog today, and can't wait to hear what you think about the why behindhow I shop and the handy tips I shared for finding thrifted treasures of your very own!  Are you a fellow second-hand shopper, or is shiny and new more your style?

On Saying Goodbye to Summer...

Let's just take a sec to give her one final salute, shall we?

The Cicadas are still singing about lazy life in the trees, while we picnic on patches of uncut grass.

Watermelon juice trickling down our wrists.  Neon toe-nails, shining even brighter on bare feet.

Tan lines telling tales of their own exotic trips, too spontaneous to be smothered in the best SPF.

The neighbor’s cook-out acting like an old fashioned dinner bell - Telling you it's time to eat by sending up that charcoal-grill smell.

First-name-basis with your favorite farmer at the market, and smiling to see he has yourbushel of berries ready when you get there.

RoadtripsFamily timeSwimsuitsSpicy drinks.
Laughing fitsDate nightAirportsLate sunlight
Beach hair. (Don't care.) How the heck did that sand get there?
 
Tell me the absolute ALL-TIME highlight of your summer this year, and let's relive each moment as the season starts to fade!

XOXO - Jessie Pepper

Ps. - I LOVE YOU more than sunsets and sweet fruit and sparkly water, and I'm SO grateful that you let me pop up in your in-box each week! 


CUFF CREATION // Need a little DIY to spice up your weekend plans? I fell in love with the leather wrist-wraps at the Celine runway show a few seasons back, and decided to whip up my own version right at home.  Check out the how-to video on S&P-TV, and as always - I'd love to know what you think!

On the Pull of the Pacific...

She draws me in, and I surrender - hook line and sinker...

After a full and focused two days of writing and wrapping my mind (and arms) around what I'd like these letters to someday become, I'm feeling a little dry on words at the moment...

All I can say for now is:  I came, I saw, I surfed and now my soul is feeling far more anchored than ever before.

Sending My Longboard-sized Love from Laguna Beach,

XOXO - Jessie Pepper

Ps. -  I'm finishing up the rest of the week with my bestie on Balboa Island, and am feeling so blessed by the chance to give my brain a breather... Now your turn to tell me - What will you be doing to let your own mind have some downtime over the next few days?  


WHITE OUT // As much as I LOVE bold brights, I've been feeling drawn to a more bleached-out look lately... This little mini-dresshas been galavanting through my daydreams, and I can't help but think she'd be the perfect piece to go from swim cover-up to cocktail dress with nothing but a quick swipe of your favoritecrayon.  (Faster than you can say coconut coin purse!) *wink*

On Passing the Pit-stops of Fear...

Hey. You don’t need to be afraid today.

At least humor me and think about holding off until tomorrow...

But right now? You've gotta tell that fear to scram.  

Just say, "Get out of my way, Dude. I've got big things to do."

Big things are mostly made up of lots of little things, and those tiny guys are easy to put off when the thought of tripping-up trickles in.

Let's take these beautiful minds of ours and gently tell them to get back on track, shall we?

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I recognize a special kind of spirit in you (mostly because I see it in my own self) … She’s like a wonder-on-wheels, zig-zagging all over the map like only the best cross-country road-trips can do.  

The thing is: I’ve driven this route before (am pretty much a regular in these parts), and I can tell you that fear is most definitely lurking at that seedy little pit-stop that sits way off in the distance.  

(I’m pointing. Can you see it?)

The glow is so easily drawing you in during a dubiously dark stretch of country highway... I know you’re tired and really have to pee (plus, a bag of the best would rock your world right about now), but I'm going to beg you to drive right past.  

Please, keep going my dear... 

I promise that the neon-signs of negativity and shiny souvenirs of self-doubt rarely lead anywhere that is truly worth the detour.

(Unless you like trucker hats and orange fingers covered in cheese-puff dust, but those are two things from my past that I admittedly always regret.)

Before you turn off the highway out of desperation or habit, let me assure you that there are far more promising options up ahead...

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As the sun starts to turn the sky from navy to pink, you'll start to see them: 

There's a diner with coffee so hot it keeps your heart warm for days.  Ask for Hazel; She'll treat you like family, and wait until your eyes are bright before sending you back on the road with a slice of homemade pie and a hug.

A little farther, you’ll see a road-side stand that has crates simply brimming with courage. The farmers will make you belly-laugh with their stories, and you'll feel stronger with each fresh berry that you pop into that pretty little mouth.  (Nature's own version of raspberry lip stain looks SO much better on a smile!)

Just as you start to feel desperate for a dose of beauty that will take you all the way to the next stop, you'll come across a sign for Look-out Point right at sunset.  

Pull over and get out.  

Gaze at that land while the dusk-y light lasts, and remember that it's ok to feel small amidst the vastness of a very big world.  

Let yourself be still until you're ready to press on, and while the breeze blows your hair back, it will surely confirm that you are not alone.  

I almost always feel like there's still a long ways to go (are we there yet?!), but soon enough - these small markers will have us MILES closer to our next big thing.

And in the long run? I'll tell you that it's totally worth the trip.  :)

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Now, in case you'd like to play along with the pondering this week - Are there any things waving a fear-flag in front of you today?  

Try writing down one thing that is making you feel anxious or uneasy today, and then think about the positive parts of your route that you can look forward to stopping at instead.

(Remember: No cheese puffs.)

Of COURSE I'd love to hear your thoughts, and getting the chance to encourage you along the way is easily one of the greatest highlights of my week... I mean, honestly - Traveling is WAY more fun when you have someone to sing back-up on your favorite road-trip tunes, don't you think?

Sending Good Vibes & An Open Road,

XOXO - Jessie Pepper

Ps. - Can you tell I've got traveling on the brain?  We're hitting the road on Friday, so follow along here for sweet snaps of the latest #PepperAdventure!


I'M NOT FANCY:  My girls Brooke & Summer have done it again, and now I can't get their version of Iggy's newest hit song unstuck from my head... (If you're a mama, you're gunna love it.)