Normally I find the transition to spring to be a bit awkward, especially given how unpredictable the Chicago weather can be (seriously what do I even wear right now?). However, this April is off to a fairly pleasant start and I find myself wrapping my arms around those tiny signs that summer is on its way. So far it’s been a refreshing month filled with lots of moments of creativity which I’ve been channeling towards my next release. I’m currently focused on adding more desktop tools and home goods to my collection and hoping to strike the perfect balance between function and beauty.
I love how the new year provides an opportunity for a pulse check. A chance to look at the relationships we have with our self, others and our environment to determine what’s working and what’s not. I never like to think of the new year as a magic button that instantly transforms us into the person we want to be, but rather as an opportunity to refocus our energies and reevaluate our needs.
I’ve been doing just that with Evermore during these first few weeks of 2019 and must say I’ve got a pretty long to do list for the year ahead. I’m challenging myself in new ways and working to create a plan that I can commit too, because let’s be honest, it’s easy to skip deadlines when you’re the boss.
Each year I like to create a list of intentions to help keep me focused and remind me of what’s most important. They provide the foundation for everything I do and as I start to put some of my plans into action for the year, I thought it was appropriate to share this year’s list, which I also keep tacked to my inspo board.
As for those big plans? Here’s a quick list of what you can expect to see in 2019:
More product releases (I’m shooting for 4 this year!)
A tiny brand and website refresh
And last, but certainly not least, more blog posts and freebies!!!
I can already tell it’s going to be a good year and am so excited to share it with you!
Hello! I’d like to share that I will be taking a little hiatus from 9/21 - 10/21 to get married and enjoy our honeymoon (!!!). In order to be fully present during this special time, I have decided to put my Etsy shop in vacation mode.
If you are a wholesale buyer, please note that all wholesale fulfillment will come to a halt starting this Friday and continuing until 10/21. You will still have the ability to place orders, either through the wholesale shop or by email, but they will not be shipped until my return.
As a one-woman show, it’s a tad daunting to take a step back like this, but life is calling and I can’t resist the urge to take some time for myself and soon-to-be husband. I greatly appreciate your patience during this period and expect to return later this fall with tons of creative energy and a very full heart.
This past Memorial Day weekend, Travis and I jetted off to Palm Springs for a relaxing adventure in the desert. We usually take camping trips this time of year, but after how much we enjoyed last year's trip to Miami, we wanted to take a similar approach to help ease us into the summer months. Thankfully, there were still plenty of outdoor activities to embrace and when mixed with great dining and poolside relaxing, we found ourselves in the best of both worlds.
We stayed at Korakia Pensione in the Thessaly Suite. The ornate grounds, charming rooms, quiet ambiance and daily brunch surpassed all of our expectations. It's the perfect place if you're looking to unwind in a more peaceful setting and we wish we could have stayed longer.
EAT + DRINK
- Workshop Kitchen + Bar - Amazing drinks and food made even better by our awesome bartender.
- Norma's - Great brunch/lunch spot in a trendy atmosphere.
- Le Vallauris - Lobster ravioli. Enough said.
- Truss + Twine - Try the Green Philter!
- The Natural Sisters Cafe - We stopped in for some refreshing smoothies after our trip to Joshua Tree. The food looked great too!
SEE + DO
- Take a bike ride through Deepwell Estates to admire the great mid-century architecture.
- Palm Springs Aerial Tramway - Hike the Desert View Trail (1.5 mi) for gorgeous valley vistas.
- Joshua Tree National Park - Just a short drive away for scenic views and great hikes. We went up Ryan Mountain for the views and then over to Hidden Valley to take in the cool rock formations.
We loved every minute of our stay and like any trip, had a tough time squeezing in everything that we wanted to do. Here are a few things on out list for next time, because I think it's safe to say we will be heading back sooner rather than later.
- Drinks at Bootlegger Tiki - You can't go wrong with a Tiki bar!
- Dinner at Birba - Chill looking scene
- Dune Buggy Rentals - We saw this on our way out and were so sad to have missed it
- Dinner at Mister Parker's
- Hike through Tahquitz Canyon
- Check out more of the local galleries and mid-century vintage shops
I'm excited to announce that Travis and I are headed to London for three months starting September 10th. September 10th...as in a week from this Saturday! I'm pretty much bursting with excitement and it's been so hard keeping this a secret, but I've been waiting for all the details to fall into place before sharing the news.
The reason for our trip is so that Travis can help his company open their new office. Obviously, I couldn't resist the chance to tag along, especially since we've been hoping for an opportunity like this for years. It's been a goal of mine to get Evermore to a place where I could work remotely and/or travel for an extended period of time and I can't believe that time has finally come. Abbey, my awesome and energetic sister, will be taking over my shipping responsibilities and managing my inventory and I could not be more thankful.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the systems we've put in place will allow business to continue as normal while I'm away and give me the peace of mind to focus on new work and the business end of things. This announcement may seem a little sudden, but it's something I've worked on for the better portion of this year and I know that I am leaving things in the best hands possible. I also put together this little FAQ (mostly for my lovely stockists) to help answer any additional questions.
With that said, I would love to hear your suggestions. We are starting out in an airbnb in Bethnal Green with plans to look for something more permanent once we arrive. What are your favorite restaurants, parks, coffee shops, neighborhoods and things to do? Also, we hope to squeeze in a few side trips, so please share your recommendations for those as well. Bath, Bruges, the Peak District, Edinburgh and Amsterdam are all at the top of our list. Lastly, I'll be covering our journey with #evermoretravels and sharing more of the day-to-day activities on my personal Instagram account, which is @ashleykukulski. I hope you'll follow along!
Happy Cinco de Mayo! Anyone who knows me well, knows that I never met a margarita I didn't like. It's often my go-to drink and one that I like to experiment with at home. Today I am sharing my three favorites: classic, grapefruit and coconut. I also created a free recipe card download for each so that you can give them a try yourself. The best part is that each uses 5 ingredients or less and are super easy to make. All you need to get this fiesta started is a glass juicer, shaker, some ice and a strainer. You can find the full recipes below along with the free recipe card download and some tips for making the best margarita ever. Enjoy!
MARGARITA RECIPE CARD DOWNLOAD
Click here to download the margarita recipe cards. I recommend using thick 8.5 x 11" card stock. Each final card will measure 4 x 6" and I included guide lines to assist with the trimming.
TIPS & TRICKS
- After juicing the fruit, I often strain it once through a mesh sieve or tea strainer to remove any pulp.
- Use a lime to wet the rim of your glass before adding salt to it and serve in an old-fashioned glass, like this.
- For a spicier option, replace the agave nectar or simple syrup with a jalapeno-infused simple syrup or add cayenne pepper to your salted rim
- Use larger ice cubes to prevent your drink from becoming watered down. I recommend these.