Life / Monday, 11 Feb 2019

Becoming: Jordan Ferney

If you’re just joining in, for the month of January we were inspired to change up our content for the month to focus on women who we find inspiring and can tell us about their journey of “becoming” based on our Book Club book of the month by Michelle Obama. We received such a great reaction, we’ll be sharing them as a permanent column. You can read the rest of the interviews here. Stay tuned for many more!

Jordan Ferney is the founder of the delightful party website and shop, Oh Happy Day, and color experience, Color Factory. She was one of the first bloggers to focus on creating beautiful original content on Oh Happy Day and set the bar high both in quality and innovation. I first became familiar with Jordan’s work when I came on board as a contributor in 2011 creating party tutorials and have loved following along on her journey ever since. I’ve grown to admire her dedication to setting high goals and going after them even if they’re super risky. As a non risk-taker, I value seeing that pathway. She’s always been super generous with her business advice both and I’ve been so lucky to be on the receiving end of it. Lately, one of my favorite things to do is to follow her personal Instagram page because she’s super open about showing both her successes and failures. This year she’s shaking things up a bit and she’s sharing some if it with us today.

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Life / Friday, 8 Feb 2019

Book Club: Umbrellas of Cherbourg

The impetus for the Lars Book Club was to create a home for creatives reading creative-related books.In all honesty, it was a selfish move to hold me accountable for reading more. Over the years we’ve read some awesome books, but I started to notice that I wasn’t so thrilled with the movies I was spending my time on. They’re generally dictated to me through Netflix rather than seeking out visually stimulating or thoughtfully made films.  So, we decided to try something new out this month Hope you like it!–Brittany

Umbrellas of Cherbourg

After such a great response to The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, whose movie had just reached theaters, we decided to try something new this year, and add another cultural and artistic aspect to Lars Book Club: movies! Movies can move us, enchant us, remain unforgettable, or just plain beautiful. We’ll post questions and have artwork just like each month we read a book, but instead we’ll be discussing a film! What do you think? Are you willing to try it?

February often makes us think of love in the air, so we’re starting this new idea off with the 1964 French musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. Writer and director Jacques Demy displayed a bold new type of musical film, one where every word of dialogue is sung, and the whole movie is full of vibrant, almost jarring color. But although the film may be fabulous candy for the eye, there are tough decisions made and harsh realities to face in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.

Follow along with us @larsbookclub as we chat about the movie this month!

Lars Book Club is led by Julie Richardson

Life / Thursday, 7 Feb 2019

Brittany on Studio 5

Last week I visited my friend, Brooke Walker, and friends at KSL Studio 5 and shared some books that are inspiring me right now. These are books that are aimed to help you get out of a creative funk or help you find your artistic voice. I made a new year’s resolution to grow my creative skills and I was needing a push so I decided to share them with you!

4 books to get your creative juices flowing

  1. Your Brightest Life Journal by Caroline Kelso Zook
  2. Craft a Life You Love by Amy Tangerine 
  3. Weaving Within Reach by Anne Weil
  4. and of course, our own, My Life In Color by uh, me, Brittany Watson Jepsen (ha!) My Life In Color prompted journal

Projects / Wednesday, 6 Feb 2019

DIY apple basket valentines

We’ve had Tootsie Pops on the brain ever since our Valentine cherries–turns out they’re extremely versatile. This time, it’s harvest season and we’re going apple picking! But no good harvest collection is complete without Valentine-inspired baskets and a printable worm making his way into the apple love feast. Nom nom!

See below for the full tutorial!

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Life / Tuesday, 5 Feb 2019

Becoming: Emily Henderson

If you’re just joining in, for the month of January we were inspired to change up our content for the month to focus on women who we find inspiring and can tell us about their journey of “becoming” based on our Book Club book of the month by Michelle Obama. You can read the rest of the interviews here. Stay tuned for many more!

I’m thrilled to introduce one of my favorite people to follow, interior designer and stylist, Emily Henderson. I was definitely rooting for her when she first appeared on HGTV’s Design Star and WON! And it’s been wonderful cheering along from the sidelines as she’s grown her business and team. Yes, I love following her for all the tricks and tips she has, but even more than that, she’s got the unique talent of also being enjoyable to read and watch. She makes design come alive just in how she talks about it and for that reason, I will read every word she puts out there. Without further ado…

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