Happy Friday! Any good plans this weekend? None here. I might try and sneak out for a much needed manicure and try a bright color to ward off these winter blues. Next week I’ll be featuring a new Made Series post so make sure to check back in, it’s a good one!
Sight: Have you seen About Time? It’s so f*ing good. Seriously watch it. Watching the preview just now made me want to watch it again.
It’s not often I post just to talk about one piece of clothing, but that’s how good this Acne Poplin dress is. It is the perfect dress. Spring time with clogs, summer day with a pair of sandals, night out with heels and statement necklace, fall with a light jacket and boots, winter layered with a sweater and leather leggings, seriously dress, I could wear you year round. I would love you so much. I will find a way for you to make it to my closet.
As part of my 2014 goals, I talked about making my closet match my style. In my head I have a clear view of what things I like, what I value, and what looks good on me. My closet is filled with some great pieces and a lot of cheap one night stand pieces. You know the kind, that top from the mall that was only $22 so you wear it out that night and then never again… not to mention it was probably made to fit a 14 yr old and you are a 30 yr old mom. Yeah, that kind. I have to be somewhat loose with things as I am 4 months postpartum, have boobs for the first time ever, and am breastfeeding and love easy access. So here are the steps:
Define is important. Making sure I know what I’m going for. Classic, well made, quality pieces that I will wear today, tomorrow, and a year from now. I referred to my pinterest boards for inspiration and validation. My common themes were neutrals, unexpected details, small pops of color, a balance of clean structured lines with fluid organic touches. Mostly tomboyish with a little feminine flair and all very wearable. This may seem boring to some, but I think it’s a great base and adding flair with a leopard shoe or bright lipstick is right up my alley. Have you defined your style?
Oh Bubby, you are incredible. Every day more and more of your personality shines through. You are silly, sweet, quirky and observant. You listen intently when people talk to you and study their faces. Sometimes you even try to do what they are doing. Lately you have been all about spitting, drooling, jumping and growling while mauling my face.
No more co-sleeper! You are now going to bed in your crib in your own room. I didn’t realize how hard the move would be for me, not being able to roll over and see your little sleeping face. But you are a trooper and sleep quite well in there. Lately you take a big long afternoon nap and have been going down so easily at night and sleeping from 7:30/8pm to 8am with just ONE nighttime feeding around 4:30am. It is awesome! But of course, sometimes there is a little step back and you need more feedings and extra nighttime attention. I’ll try my best not to get frustrated and remember that it is temporary and you’ll go back to sleeping like a champ.
Sight: Norris (the cat) is one of your new favorite things to watch.
I’m so excited to share this new series: made. For as long as I can remember I’ve dreamt of owning a little shop. Though its name and concept have grown slightly, the dream has never gone away – seriously, I still look at storefront real estate (one day Detroit, one day). Unfortunately, those brick and mortar dreams are not coming true anytime soon, but I thought, hey wait, I don’t need a store to curate a space of beautifully made products and the story behind them, that’s what this blog is for! So I hope you enjoy this series and have fun learning about some great things made in your backyard and the people that made them. First up, LURK…
LURK creates small batch artisan fragrances, hand blended and poured in SoHo NY. Using pure essential oils in a certified organic jojoba base, creator Anne Sanford uses old school methodologies like enfleurage (a process where flowers are smothered in fats before pressing them between sheets of glass to extract their essential oils). Today I’m wearing AS01 and it is perfect for this cold winter morning.
How did you get into perfume making?
I’m most definitely beauty obsessed, have always been a product junkie (skincare, makeup & fragrance), have worked in the beauty industry for years in sales, branding, marketing, product development etc. etc. so it was a natural transition for me. I also fell in love with essential oils years ago when I owned an apothecary specializing in green beauty and during that time I became really interested in aromatherapy and that evolved into wanting to create fragrances using only pure essential oils.. I felt there was a gap in the market and really wanted to try to put something out there that was sophisticated and a little bit edgy but still natural. When I started mixing my own scents there were some amazing things on the market but nothing that I really loved so I set out to try and blend scents that smelled like true luxury perfume using only 100% natural ingredients. It has been a challenge and is something that I’m very passionate about. I really love what I do.
Was it important to be a natural or American made company? And how did you come up with your perfume making process?
Yes, It was very important to be natural, small batch & hand made. I felt that was the only way to insure quality and be able to be as creative as possible.
The process that I use for making the scents is very simple but it is labor intensive. I haven’t deviated from the original process because I feel it gets the best results and I can control the factors start to finish. The process was devised by trial and error and the way I infuse the concentrates into the base is a bit different from the industry standard but again, I feel that it yields the best results.
You have a background in branding, what did you want to convey with the name LURK and it’s branding?
I wanted to convey a definite edge, and I think fragrance should be a little bit shy or quiet so the word LURK speaks to that as does the simplicity of the packaging. It’s also a bit dark but has sense of humor which I love.
I also wanted the brand to be accessible to both and women and I feel that the name lends itself to a diverse customer base. It’s unexpected and can be thought provoking and I like that.
Where does the inspiration for your scents come from?
Inspiration usually comes from a single note that I really want to work with or an idea in my mind of how I want something to smell. That inspiration is sometimes tied to seasons, imagery, a certain place etc. From there I build on the scent and the story so to speak. I also don’t like to follow general rules of perfumery (i.e. certain scents should only be mixed with certain other scents etc.). I like to try things that are outside of the box and it can just be kind of intuitive and fun for the most part. I like to bend the rules a bit and see what happens. The process can be long and sourcing oils is also a bit of a labor of love. There are so many different types (genus/species) of lavender or jasmine for instance and they each have their own individual scent profile. The region where an oil comes from can also have a significant bearing on it’s scent and all of those nuances and subtleties can change and affect the scent blend in significant ways.. The process in and of itself becomes the inspiration after a while.
I’m inspired by the city, as well as nature and that creates some interesting polarities in my fragrances. I like the unexpected so I also get inspired by single notes that I run across during sourcing. These single notes can sometimes be notes that are hard to blend and I can stuck on those tough formulas.. But, in the end it’s always worth it..
I also get inspired by daydreams, places I’ve travelled or want to travel to.. Emotions, laughter. I have a bit of a dark side and that plays a role as well..
What’s a typical day like for you?
I would say first that no 2 days are alike .. But for the most part my days start with emails, sales support, social media and just the business of doing business. It tends to be interspersed with creative bursts (I take a lot of notes about things that pop into my head that I want to work on and play around with regarding scent, products etc).
I try to reserve the afternoons for production and/or creative but that’s a battle as there can be so little time left after all of the business tasks. I also spend a lot of time with our customers (phone, email etc) on both the wholesale and the retail side which also doesn’t leave much time for other things but that is a hugely important aspect of the company that I strongly believe in.. Customer service is everything: if a buyer or client is taking the time to purchase what I make I am going to make them a priority. People want to know a lot about the company, the products and me so I want to give them everything that I can to that end.
What do you do outside of LURK?
Outside of LURK I’m a single mom, and an interior designer. I love what I do so the boundary between work and life is limited for sure. I’m also super introverted so I really just love to spend time with my son and close friends. I like to recharge with travel, the beach (when weather permits), reading and just trying to enjoy every minute the best that I can.
What’s next for LURK (or you)?
For LURK, more fragrances and skincare for sure.. For me, I’m not sure I have so many things that I want to work on and delve into but for now I think I have my hands full ..
So let me start off by saying I’m not a great baker or recipe maker or food photographer. And yet here I am about to share the recipe I came up with. Are you still there?
Ok so you should also know I’m bad at measuring and following directions. Not that I don’t know how, just lazy I suppose. Yeah yeah yeah, so why the hell am I sharing a recipe I made up? Well because it worked and I like it! I may not be the worlds greatest baker but man can I wing it, I’m also pretty good at figuring out a way to use multiple ingredients that are on their way to the trash. I had realllllly ripe bananas, buttermilk about to expire, not a lot of butter and a hankering for gingerbread. So I looked up a dozen recipes… banana bread, gingerbread, buttermilk banana bread, spice cake, buttermilk cake, on and on. Then I took them all and mashed them together based on what I had on hand. Et violà! My frankencake! (Realtime: just realized I threw out the recipe I wrote down, going to dig thru the trash now). Found it!
Spiced Banana Bread
2 1/4 c. flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp all spice
1/4 c. butter
1/3 c. sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 c. molasses
3 really ripe bananas
1 c. buttermilk
Preheat oven to 350. Butter a loaf pan. In bowl, whisk all dry ingredients.
In large mixing bowl (I used the Kitchen Aid mixer) cream sugar and butter, add rest of the wet ingredients and mix together, mash bananas separately and mix those in too. A tip: oil your measuring cup before using for molasses and it will slide out really easy.
Add dry to wet and mix until just blended. I added in slowly while mixer was on.
Pour in prepared loaf pan. Pop in the oven for about an hour, until browned and wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on rack. Slice and eat. It’s also nice to toast and butter a piece in the morning with a cup of coffee. Which I highly recommend making with this thing I got for Christmas. It makes one clean mean cup o joe.
Happy New Year! 2013 was very good to me and I was happy to celebrate the year’s end with a couple of great friends, good snacks, and hilarious games we weren’t so good at. In the past year we bought and renovated a home, I turned 30, and had a beautiful baby boy. Of course with the good came some struggle, but I love a fresh start. I’m very excited about some goals I have for 2014. Goals for this blog, for me, for my family.
For The Senses Five: new series, more posts, new design. I have been writing posts here for quite a long time and one thing I realized was I didn’t want to post for contents sake. I really enjoy sharing on this space and don’t want to lose site on why I do this. I have reflected on what I like about other blogs, and what I don’t like and how I can make this a space that I would enjoy coming to. When I got wrapped up into pushing out content, I didn’t always like what came out. So babbling over, there’s some changes coming that I am excited about and I hope you’ll enjoy as well!
For me: wardrobe, try something new, meditation and reflection. It’s finally time for the big change in my wardrobe. In my head my style is defined and clear, but when I look in my closet I see something very different. It’s time for these things to align. I’ll talk more about this soon and how I plan to slowly but surely transition my closet. Trying new things doesn’t have to be a huge things, just something. A class, a food, a new route to the place you go to over and over again, a new book. And last but not least meditation and reflection – 5 minutes a day. That’s all. Just 5 minutes of me. No phone, no computer, no tv, no baby, no one else.
For my family: me, wife, mom. Yes, in that order. Being a mom is one of the best things I have ever experienced. But I am not alone in this, I am one half of a parenting duo. I want to make an effort to remember that. And also remember that I am a wife and a person aside from both those things. It may be controversial but I believe that putting myself first will make me a better wife and mom, and a strong marriage will make us better parents.
Hope you have a joyous holiday! Going to take a little blog break and soak up some cozy time with the sweetest littlest babe. The Senses Five has a lot in store for 2014. I can’t wait to share a new series, new design, and more. See you next year! xo
It’s HOLIDAY TIME. To be honest, I’ve had a hard time getting in the Christmas spirit this year. Our tree is half lit because I ran out of lights… even after I took them all off and put them on again. There are no presents wrapped under the tree with care. Just a Gap bag of jammas thrown on the guest bed. No cards went out. Seriously! This is very strange for me. I freaking love the holidays and this is our first FAMILY Christmas. So this weekend I’m getting out of my slump before it’s too late. I’m drinking eggnog… probably with some booze in it (hey, i’m in a slump remember), listening to christmas carols and decorating the shit out of that big beautiful tree. Here are some things that will help. I would love suggestions from you as well. What gets your holiday juices flowing?
Sight: Christmas movies! We have a TON, like a billion. Keeping in the Murray Christmas theme, let’s watch Scrooged this weekend.
Smell: In case the tree isn’t putting off enough of those sweet fir fumes we’ll just fake it with a candle.
Sound: Oskar seemed to really like this twistmas song… or maybe it was my awesome dance moves. Ya never know.
Taste: This gingerbread looks amazing. I bet it would be really good with coffee in the morning.
Touch: Gotta be curnfy (or comfy as you probably say) to get in that winter wonderland mood. And slippers are key!
I don’t know if it was the pregnancy or living in Ann Arbor for too long, but I finally hopped on the clog train. They are cute, not frumpy, and comfy. I look forward to wearing my slip ins with dresses throughout the summer, sometimes you want a little height but don’t want to come off too dressy, these will do the trick. I’ve enjoyed just wearing them around the house with comfy sweaters, since we have a ton of snow outside. But should you want to clog around your cold town, you can get a pair of shearling lined boot clogs. Or for those of you who live in not so snowy climates, a pair with interesting detail like these would be awesome. Clogs for all!