Why Boutique Shopping?

I love to shop, this is obvious to anyone who knows me.  I like to shop at department stores, love going to outlet malls, enjoy shopping online, and I especially love to shop at boutiques.  Long before Lydia & Lilac was even a thought, I loved boutique shopping.  Why?  I mean it’s so simple to just run up to my local department store and find an adorable something to buy for any occasion (which is something I still frequently do!). However, there is something special about shopping at a boutique, so I have put together a list of reasons why I love it so much!

1. You Always Find Something Unique 

When I shop at boutiques I always find something a bit unique that they don’t have at my favorite department store.  It’s nice to have something different in my closet.  When I shop at boutiques I am able to find amazing patterns and textures that are not always available at local department stores.

2. It’s Less Overwhelming

This summer when looking for the perfect dress to wear to my nieces wedding (which is actually what brought about Lydia & Lilac and you can read about it here), I was insanely overwhelmed at the department stores.  There were way too many choices.  I wasn’t able to really look at anything because there were so many things everywhere.  When I shop boutiques, they have just the right amount of choices.  I am able to easily see what they have without feeling overwhelmed or frustrated.

3. The Experience

Have you ever walked into a boutique and thought “everything in this place is so me!”?  Well, I certainly have.  When you find a boutique that is in your niche, it’s a beautiful thing!  This is different from the department store, because instead of trying to stock something for every single person who walks in the door, boutiques are curated with there customers in mind.  For example, at Lydia & Lilac we curate beautiful, feminine clothing perfect for every day wear or special occasions.  When you are looking for something to make you feel lovely and feminine, you know you can find it here!  We love boutique shopping, because we know everything has been hand selected with us in mind.  What a special feeling!

Next time you are wondering whether or not to try out that lovely little boutique, we hope you do!

Chickens…Never Say Never!!!

CHICKENS…Never Say Never

OK, so for those of you who don’t know, our family started raising chickens in January.  This was quite an astonishing event for our household, because I had said at least a hundred times that I would never get chickens…

I’m noticing a reoccurring theme here.  I should really learn to stop saying the word “never” (read about another time I said I would never do something here)…

Anyway, getting chickens was just another item on my “I will never list”.  Then my precious 10 year old son Donovan watched a documentary on the egg industry.  Donovan is genuinely the most compassionate child you will ever meet and loves animals so very much.  He names every animals he meets and know more animal facts than anyone I have ever met.  Try walking through the zoo with this boy and you will learn the  most amazing things!  He came to me in tears about the terrible things he had watched.  It was from that moment I began buying insanely expensive eggs with the guarantee that they were raised humanely, and trust me, with 3 boys in the house we go through eggs like crazy!

One day Jerry said to me, You know, we could always get chickens”.  HAH!  He had been trying to get me to agree to chickens for quite some time at this point, but not to fear there was no way I was going to cave!

That night I decided to look at some chickens just to reinforce my opinion that getting chickens was one of the worst ideas ever. (Am I the only person to ever Google why not to get chickens?)  So here I am looking at these chickens, reading about how much people loved them, when I stumbled on a certain type called Silkies. These adorable chickens were described as the teddy bear of chickens and I was in love!  In the end, we ended up with 4  Silkies (we also have 3 Easter Eggers and 1 Lavender Orpington…which is another story for another day!). Smokey, Dash, Sugar, and Paddington are all part of the family now, and Cloudy, Dazzle, Sunny, and Cordoroy followed behind them.  We built the most gorgeous chicken coop I have ever seen and now spend our free time tending to our 8 chickens.  The crazy part is that I love them!

By the way, I’m still buying crazy expensive eggs as they have not begun laying yet and we just recently learned that Smokey (named after our favorite vacation spot) will never lay eggs, but we love him anyway…he has the cutest roo!  I am pretty sure Sugar may begin to roo soon too, and I’m not honestly sure how that’s going to work out, but we’ll take it one day at a time.

Finding the Perfect Logo

So you have heard the tale of how our lovely little boutique got started.  If you haven’t read it yet, you can find it here.  However, you have yet to hear the story about finding the perfect logo.

Back when we first decided that we would open a boutique, we of course started to think about a name.  I wanted something with meaning, that would represent our boutique well, and that I would never tire of.  I had an ongoing list that included all sorts of combinations.  There was a day however, while shopping in Target ( I know this surprises you, the thought of me shopping of all things!), when it came to me…Lydia!  Lydia exemplified the qualities we wanted to represent in our boutique.  She was a strong business woman, sold the best of goods, and grew to love the Lord.  Feminine, strong, beautiful, perfect!

I had originally looked into Lydia’s Boutique, but that name was already taken.  I began to think of things I could pair it with.  Well Lydia was the seller of purple, but Lydia and Purple just didn’t sound right to me!  It was soon after that I began to think of other names of purple.  I remembered hearing my Grandma Gron tell me how much she loved lilac when I was a little girl, so there it was Lydia & Lilac!

Now we had this beautiful name, but no idea on how to make a logo.  I know I really wanted to incorporate lilacs, wanted it to look feminine, and wanted it to be unique.  The search began.  I looked into several options, but just could not afford a custom logo at this point in the game.  So I turned to the best creative website I know and began my search for logos on Etsy.

I knew that I was going to have to settle on a logo that was not a one of a kind, but that was ok with me.  It was a starting point and I was ok with it.  I began searching like crazy.  I found logos I liked, but the colors were wrong or I found the perfect colors and the wrong style logo.  I put “lilac logo” in the search bar for kicks, I mean there are a ton of lilac logos out there, right?  Of course not, but I wanted to at least see.  I was scrolling through several options when I saw it!  The perfect logo by Pixel & Peony!  I genuinely could not have asked for something more perfect!  As I clicked on the logo and began to read about it, I found out that this was a one of a kind!  Not another one like this we be sold.  At this point I was thrilled!

I made my purchase and contacted Pixel & Peony about the wording of the logo.  When I got the proofs, I was extacic!  She did a phenomenal job!

If you are looking for the perfect logo, I highly recommend Pixel & Peony.  Her work is gorgeous and costumer service is amazing.  The price was perfect and the turn around time was very short, so much quicker than I thought it may be.  She specializes in logos, flyers, and personal branding.  If you are looking for a logo for your blog or business, I highly recommend Pixel & Peony!  Check them out on Etsy today at https://www.etsy.com/shop/PixelandPeony

The post was not sponsored by Pixel & Peony.  We just loved our experience so much, that we wanted to share!  We are sure you will love them too! 

5 Tips for Clear Skin

5 Tips for Clear Skin

Clear skin!  Two wonderful little words that mean so much when put together!  Two wonderful little words that I have not been able to use to describe myself in a very long time.  As a teenager, I never had a huge problem with acne.  I would have breakouts from time to time, but they were easily managed.  Fast forward 15 years, 3 kids, and lots of stress from adult life later and I really struggling with acne.  With the exception of visiting a dermatologist (something I have tried to avoid), I have tried absolutely everything I could to get my skin to clear up.  I had reached my breaking point and finally decided that it may be time to visit the dermatologist; however, I wanted to try one more thing first.  I booked an appointment to have a facial, which would be the first facial I had ever had in my life!  I know!  Insane right?  It was a fantastic experience and my esthetician was able to give me some awesome tips that I wanted to share with you.  This continues to be a struggle for me, but slowly and surely with the steps below I am beginning to see improvements in my skin.  Please note that these are things that have helped my skin, but they may not work for everyone.

1. Schedule a Facial

This is my top recommendation!  If I would have known how beneficial this was going to be to my skin, I would have scheduled one years ago!  Not only was the experience incredibly relaxing, it was good for my skin!  I recommend booking an appointment with an experienced esthetician at a place you will feel comfortable going.  I booked my appointment at my local Aveda, which is where I go for all of my salon needs.  You can ask about treatments specifically for acne prone skin.  I also recommend to ask what to expect during the facial when you book your appointment if this is the first time you have ever had one.  At the appointment, your esthetician will be able to tailor your facial to your unique skin care needs and make recommendations about what products and routines may be beneficial to you.  I will create a more detailed post about my experience at a later date for those of you who may want more information about what to expect.

2. Drink Water

This one is major and I know how important it is, yet I struggle!  With my job, it can be difficult to remember to drink my water during the day.  Water is important for the health of your skin.  It improves skin elasticity and helps flush toxins from your body.  The first thing my esthetician asked me was, “how much water are you drinking?”

3. Moisturize

Ok, so I’ll admit, I thought that if used unmedicated moisturizer not specific to acne prone skin I would be making my acne problem worse.  WRONG!  The truth was, I was under moisturizing my skin and in turn the lack of moisture was making my acne worse.  Because I was not using a light weight oil free moisturizer, my skin was creating more oil in order to compensate for the lack of moisture.  I’m not afraid of moisturizer anymore, now I embrace it!  This is making my skin very happy!

4. Clean Your Makeup Brushes 

Ugh!  I don’t mind the task of cleaning my makeup brushes, but remembering to clean them is something else completely!  To solve this problem, I have set a reminder on my phone to go off each week on a day that I know is usually a little less busy for me.  My esthetician recommended to clean my brushes twice a week to cut down on the amount of bactaria I spread when using my brushes each day.  Twice a week may be a little over zealous, but I am trying to at least commit to once a week for my concealer brush and my face brush.

5. Keep Your Hands Off Your Face

Just like your brushes, keeping your hands off your face helps prevent the spread of bacteria.  I tend to rest my face on my hands a lot.  By doing this, I am spreading not just the bacteria from my breakouts, but also the bacteria my hands have come in contact with on doorknobs, my keyboard, etc.  Kind of gross when I think about it!  I have been making a conscious effort to remember this one and am finally starting to break free from this habit.

In addition to these things, I have also decreased the amount of sweets I eat and try to limit dessert to once I week (I know some of you are thinking that is way too often, but if you know me and how much I love my ice-cream, then you know this is a major accomplishment!) and cutting down on soda. I hope you found these tips helpful!  Keep a look out for my post about my facial experience in the future!