September 30, 2014

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Sunday Supply Co. Opening October 7th

This past month (if you've seen us) most likely you've seen ragged jeans, old t-shirts, paint in our hair, and many many blisters. To say the least, we've rolled up our sleeves alongside some amazing makers, builders, and craftsmen. We've had hammers fall on our head, brick dust in every crevice, crazy breakouts on our face (due to the aforementioned dust), and everything in between. The process has not been easy, but it has been worth it. All this work for the glorious moment when we swing our door wide open for our friends, family, locals, and future friends to experience a place of inspiration, life, and authenticity. We are thrilled to announce that Sunday Supply Co. will be open in Old Town Fort Collins on Tuesday, October 7th! Please join us for cupcakes from Butter Cream Cupcakery, coffee from Little Bird Bakeshop, and a thoughtfully curated collection of our favorite fall clothing and home goods. 
We'll be announcing our Grand Opening Event shortly so follow along for updates. We hope to see you soon!

September 02, 2014

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Heirloom Goes Brick + Mortar

What started as a mere thought has turned into something like a dream. The last eight months have been filled with a lot of learning, growing, and experiencing doubts and successes. But just like that (or not just like that) we (two friends and business partners) are opening our very own brick and mortar shop in Old Town Fort Collins, Colorado. We'll be honest. Turning a little lifestyle blog into an actual shop isn't the easiest task. In fact, it's downright crazy. We know. We've been told by several people. 

The thing is, we've also been encouraged by more people than not, and we are so thankful for all of you. We are thrilled to offer an inspiring shop featuring quality apparel, accessories, and denim combined with well-crafted home goods we hand selected to celebrate a classic and effortless lifestyle. 

This blog will remain a lifestyle blog featuring the latest trends, recipes, our brands, decor, and people making things happen, but I (Kelli) am collaborating with an incredible friend and business partner on this new shop adventure. Over time, our hope is to create a space where we call our customers and readers friends. Feel free to browse our brand new site, read about our story, and see some of the pieces you'll find in store and online very soon. Oh, and we'll be operating under the name Sunday Supply Co. Turns out Heirloom isn't that original of a name ;).

We hope you'll follow along as we finish renovations in our historic space in Old Town Fort Collins, and we'll keep you updated on our Grand Opening date! Find us on social media @sundaysupply.

Cheers to new life adventures, many mistakes, and even more successes! 

xo,  Kelli and Amanda

August 19, 2014

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Unfancy | Creating a Capsule Wardrobe

I don't know about you, but my summer has been busy! Full of work, travel, friends, family, and tons of new adventure. All of which I'm so grateful for. In the midst of my busiest season, I find ways to make life a little easier, lighter, and purposeful. One of the areas I can simplify is my wardrobe. Today I'm so thrilled to have the sweet Caroline of Unfancy sharing her approach to creating a capsule wardrobe. What is a capsule wardrobe, you ask? Probably the most genius approach to finding your style in the most simple, attainable, and budget-friendly way. Below, read the Q&A from Caroline, and then go download her free wardrobe planner here!

 

1. What exactly is a capsule wardrobe?

Simple definition? It’s a mini wardrobe made up of really versatile pieces that you love to wear + that fit your day to day lifestyle. For Unfancy purposes, it’s a 37 piece wardrobe that includes tops, bottoms, dresses, outerwear, and shoes. I create 4 capsule wardrobes a year – one for each season.

2. What inspired you to create a capsule wardrobe?

On Black Friday 2013, I went on a clothes shopping binge, buying anything and everything in the heat of the frenzy. I got home with a mess of Forever21 items that contributed nothing to my style or my needs – and immediately knew this was part of a bigger problem. Recently, I had noticed that I had a bad habit of using shopping as a way to jolt myself out of a meh mood with a little instant gratification. Not the worst thing in the world … but … it hit me pretty hard when I realized I wasn’t shopping for clothes – I was shopping for happiness. No wonder my closet didn’t make any sense.

I wanted a change. I wanted to stop spending money on emotional purchases + stop buying clothes that were going to end up in the donation pile after a month + start finding my style and confidence. I started googling “How to find your style” and discovered the idea of the capsule wardrobe. In an extreme move, I whittled my closet down to 30 pieces + put the rest in storage + went on a shopping hiatus for three months, forcing myself to live with + make the best of my pieces that I’d bought in that Black Friday frenzy.

Even with those pieces that I didn’t love, I was surprised to find that I could make a ton of outfits. And I was even more surprised to find that I was honing in on my style with every day that passed. I got hooked on the idea of a minimal closet, so much so that I wanted to experiment with it as a long term lifestyle.

3. What's your style philosophy?

I think style is a way to play with possibility. With each breath we have another chance to do things differently. To see ourselves differently. Style can help with that. By changing your style, you’re forced to change the way you see yourself. And if you can see yourself differently, you can start to feel differently. About your body. About your worth. About your purpose and role here on this planet.

Think about it -- when you like how you look, you feel more confident. And confident people change the world.

P.S. No one said you have the Pinterest-perfect closet complete with a chandelier + shoe wall in order to have style. It’s not about how much you have, but how you style it.

4. After creating a capsule wardrobe, what/who prompted you to start a style blog?

I was so surprised to find that living with a capsule wardrobe actually reflected my style with dazzling clarity. I couldn’t help but want to share my journey + show women that it was possible to be happier with a lot less.

I remember sitting in the bathtub, of all places, journaling out this silly idea I had to start a blog about style + minimalism. It started out as a journal entry to get it out of my system, but by the end of the page I had talked myself into doing it.

It took me a few days to get up the courage to tell anyone about this burning idea, because I couldn’t bring myself to say the words “fashion blog” with a straight face. But I finally told my two closest lady friends over burgers one night. And then a few days later, casually mentioned it to my husband who, God bless him, shared my enthusiasm and told me to make it happen. About a month later, Unfancy was born.

5. How do you describe your style? 

Right now, it’s a mix of cool-edgy with soft-organic. Think a black leather jacket with white linen dress. I like going in two extreme directions with my capsule wardrobe because then I can create a lot of looks that fall on either side of the spectrum – or right in the middle of the two, which is where I usually hang out.

I also like to pinpoint cities that inspire me – like, I’ll ask myself, “What would I wear if I were going on a trip to ______ ?” Right now my inspiration cities are Palm Springs + Seattle + Provence.

6. It seems like it would be expensive to create a new wardrobe each season. How do you save money and keep it simple?

This is an awesome question, and one I’m experimenting with right now. First of all, let me clarify that I don’t buy 37 new pieces for each wardrobe. Each capsule wardrobe is pieced together from three sources: (1) pieces I already own that I pull from storage, (2) pieces that roll over from last season’s capsule, (3) pieces that I purchase new.

The number that I purchase changes, depending on my needs. This summer I ended up purchasing 16 new pieces – more than I expected to buy, but I’m still learning how all this works best. Since this is my first year at it, I think it’ll be the heaviest buying year. My hope is to build 4 really solid capsule wardrobes this year so that next year I can just pull them out of storage, maybe add in 4-8 updated pieces, and go!

I can already hear you asking, “What if your style changes by next year?” That’s an awesome question, and I have to be honest: I don’t know. But the longer I do this, the more I notice my style stabilizing. I’m less into trends and more into what I like – my real style is coming through. I have a sneaking suspicion I’ll still love my clothes next year.

And on the topic of saving money – for me at least, shopping only once every three months has helped me save a tremendous amount of money on clothes. Yes, now my purchases are in big lump sums -- this summer it was $500 in four days -- but that was carefully saved money + carefully planned purchases. And since I only shop once every 3 months, $500 actually comes out to about $165 a month. I can tell you from experience: when I would shop to jolt myself out of a bad mood, I was spending a whole lot more than that each month. But it was harder to notice because it was only $40 here, $60 there, and so on. It was scary just how fast my justifiable little purchases added up over the month. Now, I don’t have to worry about that.

 

*Please head over to Caroline's blog to read more about her capsule wardrobes, find style inspiration, and even create your very own capsule wardrobe. Cheers!

June 18, 2014

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In The Shop | Earth Tu Face

Hi friends! We apologize if we've been a little infrequent on our posts here. We believe in quality over quantity so we want to make sure that everything on this blog is relevant, purposeful, and well-thought-out. It's also my(Kelli) busiest season yet, and I'm working on some new things that are stretching and challenging me in ways I've never been before. I hope you'll continue to follow along because we have some really really great things on the horizon :). 

With that said, today we're talking about skin! With so many skincare products on the market, how do you go about finding the right product for your skin type, and how do you know it's 100% natural, ethically made, free of toxins, and safe for the long term? Today I share with you the amazing, 100% plant-based, non-toxic skincare line, Earth Tu Face. Below you'll see which products help certain skin ailments.

"We have grown our skincare line from the ground up, intentionally choosing plants that heal, restore, and rejuvenate skin cells. We believe that you should never put on your skin what you wouldn't put in your mouth."  -Founders of Earth Tu Face

Face Wash

Ingredients: Water, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Olive Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Guar Gum Extract, Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Rosemary Flower Extract, Non-GMO Vitamin E, Organic Hemp Seed Oil, Organic Rose Geranium, Organic Lavender, Organic Palmarosa, Organic Ylang Ylang

Helps with: Acne, Redness/Irritation, Rashes/Inflammation, Eczema, Scars, Psoriasis, Uneven Skin Tone, Sun Spots, Oily Skin, Sunburn, Rosacea

Great for: Young Skin, Aging Skin, Sensitive Skin, Combination Skin

Skin Stick (my personal fave!)

Ingredients: Organic Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Beeswax, Sunflower Seed Wax, Organic Palmarosa, Organic Rose Geranium, Organic Vetiver Root, Organic Lavender, Organic Patchouli, Organic Ylang Ylang, Non-GMO Vitamin E

Helps with: Redness/Irritation, Rashes/Inflammation, Eczema, Scars, Psoriasis, Sunburn, Chapped skin

Great for: All skin types, Lips, Face, Body

Body Butter

Ingredients: Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Unrefined Cocoa Butter, Sunflower Seed Wax, Organic Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Cardamom, Organic Cinnamon Leaf, Non-GMO Vitamin E

Helps with: Redness/Irritation, Rashes/Inflammation, Scars, Uneven Skin Tone, Sun Spots, Sunburn, Chapped Skin

Great for: Dry Skin, Young Skin, Aging Skin, Sensitive Skin, Combination Skin

Salt Scrub

Ingredients: Dead Sea Salts, Organic Safflower Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Basil, Organic Lavender, Organic Orange, California Lemon, Bergamot, Non-GMO Vitamin E

Helps with: Scars, Uneven Skin Tone, Cellulite

Great for: Dry Skin, Young Skin, Aging Skin, Sensitive Skin, Combination Skin

February 04, 2014

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DIY Avocado + Honey + Cacao Face Mask

We talk a lot about what to put inside our bodies, but we often neglect our skin, leaving us exposed to toxins from the air, our environment, and even the products we find at the store. Not only is it important to nourish our internal body, it is equally important we take care of our most tender and largest organ, the skin. Most favorably there are a few impressive non-toxic skin care lines; one of which I use often is Tata Harper. Do something good for yourself and try the sample kit. I'm certain you'll begin using Tata Harper regularly.

Nonetheless, we wanted to create a mask that you can make at home once a week and see results. The best part... it's affordable and easily accessible. Below you'll see the incredibly nourishing and healing benefits of avocado, raw honey, raw cacao, and cucumber to create soft and glowing skin. 

Ingredients:

1 organic avocado

1 TBSP organic raw honey

1 TBSP cacao powder (I use Navitas Natural Organic Cacao Powder)

3-4 cucumber slices

Instructions:

In a medium bowl, de-skin avocado and mash with a fork until consistency is smooth. In the same bowl, stir in honey and cacao powder. Squeeze the juice of the cucumbers, making sure not to get the seeds into the mixture. Stir everything until smooth. 

Spread a thick layer all over face. Leave on for 20-30 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. 

Benefits:

Avocado: Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, avocados are anti-inflammatory and increase the elasticity of the skin.  

Raw Honey: A great anti-bacterial agent and healer, raw honey will open up the pores, and cleanse and detoxify the skin leaving the skin with a soft and smooth glow.  

Cacao Powder: Raw cacao in its purest form has a high amount of cancer fighting, disease busting, premature age destroying antioxidants.

Cucumber: Helps in cleansing and softening the skin and reduces swelling. 

January 19, 2014

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DIY Body Sugar Scrub

Every year, the Colorado air seems to wreck our skin.  Let's be honest... dry, scaly, and cracked skin isn't too attractive.  Anyone else know what we're talking about? 

Because some of you might experience this same problem, we've created a sugar scrub that is so soft on the skin and naturally exfoliates and moisturizes without leaving skin with a layer of grease and toxic chemicals. Plus, who doesn't love a little DIY project on a day off? This body scrub makes a perfect birthday, house warming, or Valentine's day gift for friends. Enjoy! 

Ingredients:

1 - 1 1/2 cups sugar (enough to fill jar)

4 TBSP raw honey

4 TBSP coconut oil, warmed 

2 tsp raw cocoa butter, warmed

2-3 drops vanilla essential oil (optional)

Instructions:

Since coconut oil and raw cocoa butter are solid at room temperature, place coconut oil and raw cocoa butter jars in warm water to liquify. (Don't put in microwave)

Fill a 4 oz. jar with sugar. In a medium bowl mix honey, oil, cocoa butter, and vanilla essential oil (optional). Pour mixture over sugar and stir until well combined. 

Lather sugar scrub to exfoliate and moisturize the skin. Rinse off with warm water. 

*Note: Coconut oil solidifies in colder temperatures so keep the jar in the shower or in a warm place to prevent coconut oil from solidifying. 

*All of these ingredients can be found at Whole Foods, Sprouts, Trader Joe's, Natural Grocers, or a local health food store. 

December 11, 2013

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Recipe | Dark Chocolate Nut Butter Cups

Because we all need a little sugar sometimes, these Dark Chocolate Nut Butter Cups are so perfect to satisfy any sweet tooth. My girl, Hannah, made these a while back for a party she hosted, and I knew we had to feature them on the blog. They are truly delicious. Bring them to your holiday parties this year. I bet the plate will be empty by the end of the night!

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Combine nut butter with coconut flour. You may need to add or subtract more flour to absorb the moisture. Heat a medium saucepan over low heat. Add dark chocolate chips and coconut oil and stir until melted. Paint the bottom of a mini cupcake liner with melted chocolate. Scoop a rounded teaspoon of nut butter mixture into the liner and drizzle melted chocolate over the top. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Place finished cups into the freezer for about 15-20 minutes to set. Enjoy!