a pretty {sweet} summer

Life's little loves...

Floral patterns, tie-dye, lakes, braids, cotton candy, hammocks, iced tea, ice cream – just some of the things that I love that make more sense in the summer. 

In my effort to embrace summer, I'm reminding myself that it's the little things {life's little loves} that make for a life fulfilled. And that the smell of sunscreen, the feel of sand on my feet, the taste of summer's first strawberry, the sound of the rain, and the sight of fully-bloomed flowers all add up to one sweet summer.

{images via : pinterest & we heart it}


pretty {city} prima ballerina

I'm sure I've mentioned before that I wanted to be a ballerina when I was a little girl. What little girl doesn't have that dream? I don't know what it is as children that makes us girls want to be ballerinas {perhaps their outward perfection makes them resemble life-size dolls?}, but as an adult, I find dancers more fascinating than ever. The human body and the way some people can manipulate their own, amazes me.

The Ballerina Project juxtaposes the limber curves and arcs of a ballerina's powerful body with the straight lines and hardened exterior of New York City. And somehow, those tiny girls seem mightier than the city itself. Stronger than the skyscrapers that surround them. Less like life-size dolls... more like Superwomen.

{via : The Ballerina Project}


pretty birdie {bottle caps}

Hey peeps! Just a quick note to say, a new breed of bird has flocked to our Etsy shop. Introducing swallows, Chester and Sally {hand drawn by yours truly}! Our new line is underway, as are some new products. Our brand-new bottle cap pendants are an inexpensive, chic and trendy way to procure some Pretty {much} Art. Say hello to our beloved swallows, in the form of birdie bottle cap pendants, right here.

{via : Pretty {much} Art}


summer lovin {these pretty photos}

Well, tomorrow it's officially summer. I know, I sound really excited. The thing is, summer is certainly not my favorite season. I'm way too much of a sweater and scarfs aficionado for summer's heat. Also, my name is Stephanie, and I am a jacket-aholic. It's a real problem. Sadly, said jackets are stored away for the season, and I'm reminded that summer has {literally} just begun.

With my "meh, I guess it's ok" attitude towards summer, now a secret to no one, I must say, there are a few times that I do get why so many people love this season. Admittedly, there is something magical about summer. Back in the day {um, about eight years ago - the last time I didn't have a job for the summer} when Summer Vacation was a part of life, carefree days seemed endless. Summer was a time for new beginnings. A changing of the seasons where it somehow seemed possible that your life could change as well. Sipping an ice tea and reading a good book outside {I'm talking a really good book, unlike the ones you had to read during the school year}. Soaking up the sun while daydreaming of finding a summer love. Long summer days that stretched into long summer nights; it seemed time took a vacation when you did. With days like that, what's not to love about summer?

Perhaps growing up and entering the "real world" has made me forget that magical feeling summer can bring. It's something I was suddenly reminded of when I saw these images by Berlin photographer, Matthias Heiderich. Quintessential summer days brought to life in the form of a photo. Perhaps, I'll embrace summer this year. After all, who's to say the magic's really gone?

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