Friday, August 23, 2013


Happy Friday! I'm actually in Portland, OR right now with my family- and LOVING it! A few days at a beach house [with limited cell service, no less] is just what the doctor ordered. From there, I'm hopping on a plane and heading further up the coast. Seattle, here I come! 

I'll be in the Emerald City for a Video & Media Workshop with the talented Kelley Moore. I am really looking forward to it and can't wait to learn everything I possible can. 

Of course, all of this might mean a little bit of radio silence around here and on social media. Just letting you know so you don't think I ran off and joined the circus. I hope you all have a great weekend, and I'll see you back here in a week! 


Thursday, August 22, 2013

Workspace featured on Glitter Guide

Yesterday, I was thrilled to be featured on one of my favorite sites- The Glitter Guide!! My workspace is featured alongside some of my favorite businesswomen and bloggers. It was a lot of fun to share my creative process and organizational tips. Plus, it's a feature I'd love to read, so it's a huge honor to be included. My friend Anna Marks, talented photographer and adorable blogger, came by to take the photos. There were so many great ones that I wanted to share the extras here. Enjoy:

OUTFIT DETAILS: top Gap [old, similar] // pants Anthropologie // necklace Nordstrom BP // Roxanne's Hankie Handmade ;)
WORKSPACE DETAILS: desk West Elm // chair West Elm [old, similar] // sheepskin IKEA // rug Joy & Revelry // **any other detail items are vintage or collected finds. If you're curious about one, leave a comment and I'll do my best to let you know where you can find something similar!! 

You might be thinking "Kelli, haven't we seen your workspace already??" to which I say yep, twice. Here and here. And yep, I move it around a lot. But this *just might* be its permanent home. We moved a large piece of artwork to it's old location [which you'll be seeing soon on Rue], so the desk nestled its way into another bay window. I like it here a lot. I don't LOVE that I can't decorate with artwork along the back, but it is nice to have so much sunshine and a great view. Plus, Roxanne likes to hang out in the sun which is pretty cool and a nice excuse for a break.

Thank you so much to Anna for taking these gorgeous photos of my workspace [and Roxanne], and thanks to Glitter Guide for having me! You can see the full feature here

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Heather Day // Part 3 // Winner!

We've reached the third and final post in my Heather Day series [you can see the other posts here and here], and I am sad to see it go! I always find Heather's artwork to be totally inspiring, and it makes decorating a breeze. In fact, if I've learned anything in this series- it's that any gorgeous room can begin with one beautiful piece that you truly love. If you ever find yourself in a rut- apply that principle and you'll definitely have success!

 I actually first saw this painting a few weeks ago, and Heather had just completed it. I knew it was the ideal painting for my dream bedroom. I am really fond of all white bedrooms with gold accents and one bold use of color. The blues she used are very soothing and I [obviously] love the hint of gold. I only wish our bedroom allowed for a large piece of artwork... someday!

Now, of course- to announce the winner of the giveaway!! Congratulations, Shanna! Check your email to claim your prize. :) 

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A HUGE thank you to Heather Day for partnering on this giveaway. For more information on Heather Day, click here

Friday, August 9, 2013

Happy Hour: Lavender Lemonade

Welcome to my new favorite series on Leopard and Lavender. Every Friday, I'll be sharing a drink I found on Pinterest to help ease us into the weekend. I pin so many pretty pictures of cocktails and milkshakes and root beer floats, but I never end up making any. I'm setting out to make Pinterest useful again and actually utilize the information I pin. What better way to start than with a delicious beverage? I'm glad you agree: 
After the popularity of this photo, Lavender Lemonade was a no brainer. This recipe was pinned from Against All Grain, and is just as delicious as it is pretty. Lavender lemonade is perfectly refreshing and not too sweet. I have a pretty big week ahead, so I'm avoiding alcohol for the next few days- but if you need a little kick this evening, this would pair well with vodka. Click here to get the recipe, and enjoy!


[image & recipe here]

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Washi Tape Vase Update

It's no secret- you know I'm a fan of painstakingly easy DIY projects that involve washi tape [like this one]. I just don't really have the patience or desire to try anything much bigger. But washi tape.... oh, washi tape I can handle. I thought of this project because I really, really love this vase. UNFORTUNATELY, I'm not going to spend that on a vase and also I'm not engaged or having a baby so I can't register for it. I know the result is nowhere near the same... but with a small piece of tape and a dollar store vase- I ended up with just enough of a change to satisfy my craving for polka dots. Plus, it looks pretty adorable in our kitchen. Let's get started: 

Washi Tape
Chalk Pen
Seasonal Blooms

1. With a ruler or measuring tape, identify how low you want the tape to sit. 
2. Using the ruler as a guide, make four dots around the circumference of the vase with a chalk pen. 
3. Carefully place the tape along the dots. TIP: If you're like me, it will take a few times for the tape to lay flat and straight. Luckily, washi tape is very forgiving!! 
4. Cut a clean line at the end, and make sure the edges line up. 
5. Arrange your flowers and enjoy!! 

If you decide to tackle this project at home ["tackle" being used lightly, of course!], then be sure to share with me on Instagram using hashtag #leopardandlavender. I'd love to see!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Heather Day // Part 2 // Giveaway!!

Last week, I was excited to introduce you to talented abstract artist, Heather Day. As I mentioned, I'm designing a few rooms around Heather's original artwork. In addition to "Room #2" debuting today, there's a little somethin'-somethin' happening that I think you'll love. First- let's chat design: 

For this drawing, I immediately was in love with the textures and soothing colors. I opted to recreate the drawing in furniture- calming colors and layered textures. This is my dream relaxation space... and full of pieces that Tim would probably veto. I've long been obsessed with this Jonathan Adler couch, and I'd obviously need a sheepskin poof to put up my feet. I played up the hint of gold in the drawing by adding a bright rug from Lulu & Georgia.  This would be the perfect space to wrap up in a blanket, pour myself a Pimm's Cup, and dive into Kelly Wearstler's latest book.

NOW, the fun part. One lucky reader is going to get a Heather Day piece to call their own:
SO rad!! I wish I could win... but I won't be selfish. All you need to do is enter using Rafflecopter below. The winner will be announced next week. Good luck!! 
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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Best Northern California Getaways // Part 1

There are so many great things about living in San Francisco- it truly is one of the best places on earth. However, at the end of the day- it's still a bustling city. That means street noise [car alarms], tons of other humans [really long brunch lines], and the occasional desire to get away. I had never really spent any time in the state of California before I moved- so over the past year, Tim and I have really enjoyed taking long weekends and seeing what this region has to offer. I wanted to share my favorites for my fellow Bay Area bloggers, but also for anyone who is looking to make a trip this way. Since I could write a REALLY long post for EACH place on the list, I tried to keep my thoughts super condensed. I'm also breaking the list into two separate posts so as not to bore everyone on the East Coast. Here goes:


I feel almost guilty sharing my number one choice here, since Sea Ranch feels like a very private escape for Tim and I. His family friend has a home there and generously lets us use it when we need to get away. Sea Ranch is located on the Sonoma Coast about 100 miles north of SF, and is a planned unincorporated community. It's famous for its unique and distinctive architecture. Known as the "Sea Ranch style," you'll see modern structures with wooden siding and huge windows. The homes blend seamlessly with nature, adding to the overall zen factor of the area. 

When we visit Sea Ranch, we treat it as a chance to completely disconnect from "real life." There isn't cell phone service which makes this super easy! Our favorite activities include hiking the area [either towards the coastline or up through the redwoods], laying out on the sun deck for some Vitamin D, and of course- late night movie marathons. 

For dining, we really like Upper Crust Pizza- located in Gualala a few miles north. We'll also stock up on groceries at the Surf Market- a cute grocery store full of healthy, whole foods and a killer wine selection. For rental information, I suggest this agency. True story- if I could go to Sea Ranch every single weekend, I would. 


We've only been to Carmel once for a quick getaway, but Tim went quite a bit when he was a boy. Located about 120 miles south of the city, it's a fun and luxurious destination. It is FULL of amazing food and tons of shopping. Carmel is ideal if you want to be out of the city and away from your regular routine, but don't want to fully unplug. We stayed at the Carmel Fireplace Inn, which has an ideal location but is also very cozy. I suggest strolling through downtown and checking out the art galleries, then grabbing a glass of wine and pizza at Little Napoli. End the evening with a walk to the beach. The surrounding lights on the water is nothing short of magical.


Saratoga is a MAJOR favorite of mine, and a lot of people don't know about it [yet]. It's basically next door to San Jose and is a total hidden gem. Saratoga is an ideal destination for a day-trip, but has some cute hotels if you want to stay a night or two [I recommend the Saratoga Oaks Lodge]. Saratoga houses a lot of top notch wineries- I love the history at Cooper Garrod, and the view at Mountain Winery is irreplaceable. [NOTE: They have a wonderful limo company that can drive you to the tastings.] For dining, I really love Casa de Cobre. The margaritas are amazing and I dream about the queso on a regular basis. Lastly, Preston Wynne is a really beautiful spa right in the heart of downtown. I haven't had any skin treatments, but their pedicures are heaven. Did I mention I love Saratoga??? 


Santa Cruz is another great spot for a day trip. It's about 72 miles south of SF and is famous for its beach boardwalk. It is SO MUCH FUN to walk along the beach, get snacks from the food vendors, and ride on the Giant Dipper. It's a historic roller coaster and I'm obsessed with it. When you're feeling on the brink of sensory overload, you can take a moment to relax on the famous Sky Glider. Also, the boardwalk has Dippin' Dots... which you can't find very many places anymore, am I right? We usually just get "fair food" like corn dogs or pretzels, but I've heard there are actually a lot of great dining spots if you want something more substantial. While many think of this as a quick Saturday excursion, I'm itching to spend a weekend at this hotel- which would fulfill my childhood dreams of a true California vacation.

Next week, I'll be sharing the rest of my Nor-Cal list + telling you where I'm off to next!! 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Mellow Yellow.

top H&M [old] // jeans Citizens // sandals Target

This top was buried in the dark corners of my closet, and I'm so glad I rediscovered it. It's a great option when I don't want to put much thought or time into a look but need to be presentable in public. With the bright colors and intricate print, I don't have to think too much about accessorizing. The only downside is the sleeves/sides are kind of bunchy, so it's hard to wear with a jacket [a requirement in this windy city]. Other than that, it's a shirt that's been moved front and center in my closet- and I'll definitely be reaching for it more often.

Happy Thursday!