DIY - PUT A SUCCULENT ON IT.

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A few weeks ago I was in Target and saw this adorable dog bowl/cookie jar in the Valentine's Day kitchen section and the first thing that came to mind was to make a terrarium out of it. 

It was very easy to make. I filled the bottom and all hollow areas with terranium soil and planted two little succulents. I wish it were more interesting but thats it! Super simple.

I hope you're enjoying the rest of the weekend! 

Leah.

Resolution Complex.

The start of a new year brings resolutions, promises, goals, and hopes for a new beginning. Even though we can change our diets, commit our selves to an exercising routine, get your closet organized or get up 15 minutes earlier any day you feel like it; there’s this slate you want to clean that you just can’t ignore. A new year and a fresh start that everyone around you is pumped up for! Each motivated and determined to do something different, to be better for the next 365 days. This year, I have no resolutions, I want to look at them as goals. I want to just have a different mindset, I want to make realistic goals for myself … and to actually DO them.

Like a lot of people I want to get in shape. To have a healthier lifestyle and to become more active. I don’t think I need to elaborate but I want to find a common ground with my eating habits. I want something that is realistic and doable because I've tried to go cold turkey on some of those habits, gone to drastic measures to keep me away from them and I find it all gets old real quick.

I’ll be the first one to admit I have a lot of bad habits. I am human. My second goal this year is to procrastinate less. This is a big thing for me, it’s something I’m especially not proud of and I really want to do better with. The other day I was cleaning my work space and found a bunch of notebooks, planners, diaries and sketchbooks that were half way full. I am the worst with things like this. I want to really make an effort with finishing everything I start and I will apply this in other areas of my life. It’s weird to me to realize I do things like this, but I’m in my twenties and I’ve found that this is the stage of my life where I get to deal with my own baggage and bad ways. Got a little deep there for a second but seriously does anyone feel like this? Maybe it’s just me.

My third goal is to be more creative this year. 2013 was such a busy year for me that I put two of the things I love the most aside - photography and graphic design. I really want to do more projects, take more pictures, collaborate or meet people who inspire me. Create.

I really wanted to set simple goals for myself and keep things real.

What are your goals or resolutions? 

 

Leah.

MADE AND CRAFTED / 05 - H.W. Carters & Sons

Details. Little details matter.

H.W. Carters & Sons. A heritage line revived by British designer Greg Chapman had it's start back in 1859 by Henry W. Carter in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Today they're reproducing vintage work wear styles in flattering modern fits while keeping true to the brand's heritage by having their products manufactured domestically here in the United States.

This is a pair of Carter's 5 pocket jean and I purchased this pair on sale through J.Crew. For $60 it's honestly a great deal on a pair of like this, and I'm ecstatic to get myself in to these and happily break them in dirty. I'm pretty clumsy and tend to get myself pretty filthy like an over excited 5 year old on a rainy day so I'm expecting a beautiful aging process! 

Their construction is beautifully done and genuinely simple. Sometimes when want you to do things right you have to get back to the basics.  Double stitched durability, chain stitching where it counts, brass and copper hardware for the button fly and pockets. Made of soft 10.5 ounce natural duck canvas from the legendary Cone White Oak Mill in Greensboro, North Carolina. When you hold this pair you can visibly see the natural cotton seeds woven into the cream white fabric! It's finished with a red, white and blue selvedge thread to proudly reflect it's Made In The USA heritage. 

Cruz

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TOILETRIES / 01 - Lush & Hair Drama.

I have wanted to try Lush products for a while now and it was only a year ago that we had our first San Diego store open. A year ago! I know I'm a little late shopping at Lush, but I procrastinate from time to time.  I've been reading a lot of reviews on the different products Lush offers, and I have come to learn that in the end not everything they make will work the same way for everyone. A lot of Lush products other people love and rave about, I found I was just not impressed with. The great thing about Lush is that you don’t have to dive in and purchase everything in the store just to see if it work for you. The lovely girls working there will seat you comfortably at their welcoming table and generously demonstrate any product that might interest you. If you're still on the fence about anything, just ask and they will pack a sample for you to take home and try!

I wanted to find something for my hair and I should talk a little about my hair before we get into this, yes? I have a LOT of hair! it’s also naturally very curly, rebellious, thick and frizzy and with a lot of body. YUP. It's quite a handful to work with.

I had my hair professionally straightened (worked for a few weeks), I've used at-home straighteners (did not work for me at all), the Brazilian blowout (it’s amazing but expensive – planning on getting it done again… eventually), and the good ol’ flat iron (which works, but is a hassle).

I decided to shorten my hair length and I'm finding it’s easier to manage and style. I think I will keep it shoulder-length until I get the Keratin treatment.  A lot of people tell me that they admire my curls, and some people with straight hair want a curly head of hair like my own. I'd like to trade with them. Ya always want what you don’t have. For me, my hair is just… I don’t know, we have what I would call a "love-hate relationship."

Naturally, I wanted to try all the products that could keep my hair on check and give it plenty of moisture. So it begins (click on the product name for more info & ingredient list).

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HAIR:

1. H’Suan Wen Hua (Treatment): Okay, I always give a fair shot to anything that might help my hair. I will put up with gross smells, sticky consistencies, odd textures, you name it! As long as I feel a difference I will use it. I thought this product was OK. The smell I just could not deal with, and yes my hair felt a little soft, but after trying some of the other Lush treatments listed below, I realize this product just wasn't going to cut it. Will be passing this along to someone else to in hopes it will work for them. *SAMPLE SIZE TESTED* 2. Curly Wurly (Shampoo): You know you really have coconut in your shampoo when you find chunks of it washing out of your hair. It smelled like coconut and honey, and honestly I really like how smooth my hair felt after I washed it with this. However, I might use it as a once a week treatment instead of a daily shampoo, didn't exactly leave my hair feeling clean. Will purchase. *SAMPLE SIZE TESTED* 3. Trichomania (Shampoo): Coconut, coconut, coconut. The scent reminded me of the coconut popsicles I used to eat whilst growing up. It’s a shampoo bar and like Curly Wurly it has chunks of coconut all over. I liked it a lot, but I found that it gave my hair a lot of volume, and that’s the last thing I need. I will keep using the sample but I will probably not purchase it. It’s a shame, because it smells really good. *SAMPLE SIZE TESTED* 4. Jasmine and Henna Fluff-Eaze (Treatment): I got a sample for this and I was so pleased that I went back to the store the same week to get a full size. It smells really good and it left my hair feeling silky soft. I will repurchase. 5. American Cream (Conditioner): I think this is my favorite Lush product so far. It's a good ol’ regular conditioner, it leaves my hair soft but what makes it my favorite is the smell. It smells SO GOOD. I leave it on for a little while just so I can smell it longer and the smell does linger in my hair. I just love it. As soon as I’m done with this bottle I’m planning on getting a larger size. 6. R&B (Leave-in Moisturizer): The first time I went to Lush, this is the only full size product I left with. It smells good; a little bit goes a long way and best of all? It works for my hair. It controls my frizz and it doesn't leave my hair feeling gross. This has definitely become a staple for me. 7. Cynthia Sylvia Stout (Shampoo): Even though it has a thin consistency, again, a little bit goes a long way. You really have to take your time with it though, massage your scalp, and lather well. It smells like beer with lemons, some people don’t like it, I do. I still don’t know if I will repurchase, the squeaky clean feeling in my hair is something I’m not used to. Most Lush shampoos have left my hair feeling like this. We’ll see.* NOT PICTURED – Fair Trade Honey (Shampoo): This shampoo lives up to its name, it smells like honey, exaggerated amounts of honey. I liked it, but if I end up purchasing a full size its because I will just use it as a clarifying shampoo, once a week to get rid of product build up. Again, that squeaky clean feeling, hayayay. *SAMPLE*

BODY:

8. Twilight (Bath Bomb): It smells incredible, and I took my time with using this because it smells amazing. The scent is so strong that it lingered in my bathroom for a while. I love it! It leaves your skin feeling soft and overall I'm pleased with it. I will definitely repurchase more of these. 9. Charity Pot (Lotion): It’s a good, thick lotion. It smells nice and leaves your skin feeling taken care of. With every purchase of this product, Lush donates all the proceeds to help out a variety of charities. And come on what’s better than to help out a good cause? Get it. 10. Dream Cream (Lotion): Cruz got a sample of this because he had really bad, cracked, dry knuckles. His skin dramatically improved after incorporating this in his routine(his hands needed a lot of TLC, he also used other products that complemented this hand cream. He will go into more detail in a future post). I am unsure if we will get the full size since his skin is healed and we still have more on the little sample pot. *SAMPLE* 11. Buffy (Body scrub): I like a good body scrub, this one did not disappoint. This is the last product I use before leaving the shower and I really liked the fact that yes it’s a scrub, its abrasive but it leaves your skin super smooth. I don’t feel the need to put lotion after I come out of the shower.  I will repurchase this.

I hope that if you haven’t tried Lush products (they are all vegan and cruelty free!), you do. And if you have and would like to recommend anything, please let me know. Also, remember, what did not work for me might work for you!

Thanks for reading.

Leah.

MADE AND CRAFTED / 04 - Two feet forward.

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Take care of your feet and your feet will take care of you.

I've mentioned it before that a good pair of shoes makes the difference in the day. I've been stomping around San Diego in a new assortment of footwear in attempts to to put a finger on what's best for me. From the beautiful benchmade Wolverine 1000 Mile Boot to Minnesota's iconic Red Wing Shoe's Heritage models 9111 and the 3140 Chukka. All Made In USA and crafted with pride by their respective companies, all individually unique in style and function. Proud of each one.

I'm working on breaking them and sorting out what's best for me. Expect to see more of them shortly.

-cruz

Lazy Sundays.

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  • Cujo appreciates polka dots
  • Cruz and I went on a candle spree at Target earlier this week.
  • Cleo being Cleo. I love her.
  • In need of some serious makeup organizing. Living out of two bags isn't practical, and I really should make things easier on myself but I am not a fan of the acrylic organizers, want something that won't be an eye sore/bulky. Suggestions are welcomed (please!).
  • Planning some sweet things with these Baggu Bags. Stay tuned! We're pretty excited about it.

Sundays are the most laid back days for us. When we don't go out for walks, or get an early brunch we just sit home and be a happy bunch (ha! see what I did there?). I hope you all had a very restful weekend.

Leah.

DIGS / 04

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Boots, handmade goods, skin care products, make up, a cat in a sweater and socks with Morrisey's face? Yes. I recently cleaned my closet and got rid of a lot of stuff. I decided I would start making wiser decisions when it comes to buying clothes and shoes. Don't get me wrong, I'm a thrift store junkie and I hardly pass up a sale but damn, it piles up! I rediscovered some pieces, donated some more and in the end it honestly wasn't about the amount of clothes I had, but the crappy quality that they were made of. The investment in some pieces is worth it, if you want quality products you pretty much pay for them. I don't feel like I could justify paying 100 bucks for a single t-shirt, but there's certain items like a coat, jeans, a bag or boots that if you pay a little extra, those pieces can last you for years. When you think of it like that, it's worth it. Come on ladies, treat yo' self.

What are some of the things YOU think are worthy of putting that extra buck in?

Leah

LOCAL LOVE / 02 - Blind Lady Ale House.

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Yeast, starch, care, patience and hell of palate for flavor and taste can go a long way. All of those and more tend to be the basic building blocks for mouth salivating pizza and beautifully crafted beer. Blind Lady Ale House satisfies all of these and delivers it all in a "straight to the point" family friendly atmosphere yet still can cater to you and your friends looking for a late night meal at a local dive.

Let's start with the basics.

The decor, the interior and the crowd are incredibly laid back and stuck in time as if ripped out from an episode of Cheers. After a few visits, you're pretty sure everyone will know your name and your order! An open and laid back appeal that welcomes everyone to their wooden dining tables and benches (which one day we'll own a set of our own), you walk up to counter, gaze over the large dusty chalk boards that hover above your head and give your order from their large rotating selection of hand made pizzas and craft beers. The prices are affordable and the beer selection incredible! Grab your well poured pints and find yourself an open table.

Our first visit to Blind Lady Ale House occurred when I had one of my best friend's come to visit from Chicago. Chicagoans are extremely picky about their pizza!  We ordered the delicious Chorizo pizza and a few pints from local breweries and found ourselves there chatting late into the night. It's one of those places that's fantastic for lunch, second lunch, dinner and any time you're craving good pizza and beer. It's a San Diego hotspot that we'll proud to call locally own and we try to patronize as often as we can by filling stomachs with the goods coming of their kitchen. We highly recommend it if you're visiting sunny San Diego or a home bound local looking to expand your late night options.

Blind Lady Ale House

3416 Adams Ave  San Diego, CA 92116

ETSY FAVES / 01 - Lamps and stuff.

With us moving things around the house and such, I can't help but constantly look online for ideas and have that 'want vs. need' battle in my head. Our living room has no ceiling light source, we currently use a small lamp that really doesn't help a lot but it works, for now. I've been looking' for something that could be a better option; something that’s in our budget and it's also, okay, beautiful? Etsy as you know, is the perfect place to find handmade quality goods. I love to support small businesses so when taking my pajamas off is not an option and I still want to shop, Etsy is always my first stop. I came across a lot of talented people along with some vintage treasures and I just need to show you what I found.

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ONE/TWO/THREE/FOUR/FIVE (my favorite)

Ceiling Lamps are not an option, bums me out. This is why:

Raymondbarberousse. I want all you got.

You should also check out the shops (linked above), they've got great stuff.

Do you know of any other shops or places I should check out? Let me know!

Support handmade/small shops!

Leah.

MI CASA, SU CASA / 02 - 5 inspiring interiors.

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Speaking of moving, I thought it would be fun to share a few pictures of interiors that I've been collecting (hoarding) throughout the years. Need to keep the inspiration flowing since we're not even near at finishing our place. We're working on it though, we are. I'm planning to post pictures of our home as we finish. Tomorrow will be a big day for this so I will have something ready by the end of the week for sure.

xx.

MI CASA, SU CASA / 01 - Moving

Hello all! As you may have been able to tell, we've been absent this time of the year from Set The Tigers Free. The winter season may bring chillier temperatures to most, but it brought one heck of a unexpected move and some giant changes to us! We moved, we shared the warm spirits of the holidays with our families, made plans for the spring, had a few little mishaps along the way and ended up having our work life take way too much of our time! This is a little "We're back" note and we wanted to share a few snippets of what life has been like for us lately.  

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MADE AND CRAFTED / 03 - Pointer Brand.

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I grew up with a carpenter for a father and spent many winters tromping through knee high Chicago snow falls. More times than I could count, I raided my father's closet for his pile of Carhartt coats and wide selection of thermal wear.  Growing up I appreciated the garments in his closet a bit more than my own because how his clothes weathered beautifully with time and how well they held up even in the harshest of conditions. Every cold winter morning he would simply remind me how much a Carhartt coat could make a difference in my sure to be below freezing temperature day. He was right and it has stuck to me ever since.  Duck canvas has been a second skin to me for most of my life.

To be honest, a large part of my sense of style and fashionable appeal has been completely molded by my own dad's profession. I'm incredibly grateful for that because today I take a lot of consideration and care into the things and people that I take into my life.

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Flash forward to me age 25 and my undying search for Made In USA denim,. I’m ogling and salivating at every cut and finish companies throw together for it’s very small market. What I’m not salivating about is the high price for the denim jeans I’m finding. I come across a menswear forum and by the suggestion of a fellow forum member, I’m directed to the Bristol, Tennessee based manufacturer L.C. King Manufacturing Company and their flagship Pointer Brand. The prices are affordable, the quality garments are made in the USA and the company have a modest belief about what they offer:

Pointer Brand is for everyone and for every age. It is the best fitting, most comfortable clothing made. Our loyal customers trust the quality workmanship, classic styles and great prices. Our employees are committed, dedicated and deliver on time. We represent the phrase Made in America.

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It’s a belief and objective I hold myself to when I have my own line of products.

Since discovering Pointer Brand and the incredible collection of clothing they produce, one particular item that I have deeply desired is their Pointer Duck Canvas Chore Coat. It’s a garment reminiscent of what I wore during my own childhood and a coat I hope to carry well into my growing adult years.

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Crafted and doubled stitched for durability with 100% domestically sourced lightweight cotton canvas, iconic Pointer branded polished nickle buttons down the front of the coat and at wrists, four large patch pockets with a wide variety of storage uses, a Pointer patch logo and a pencil pocket are the small beautiful touches sewed into this simple but wonderfully manufactured coat.

It's lighter than I thought it would be when I received it. It fits a tad large but being born and raised in the Midwest, it's always a healthy reminder it was made so you can layer up during those chilly winter months! I absolutely love this coat and it will be carried with me for the years to come and have a haystack of memories to go along with it.

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Expect to see me photograph and recount the experiences I have in this coat. I want to give my greatest gratitude and appreciation to the L.C. King Manufacturing Company for generously assisting me in acquiring this beautiful coat. Their company and the Pointer Brand are the roots of what makes manufacturing in this country essential, they deserve to be supported and their products deserve to be worn everyday. Their quality products and the company itself truly do make a difference.

HAPPY HOUR / 03

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Have a restful weekend everyone.

xxLeah

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DIY / 01 - Mason Jar Flower Vases

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Mason jars are one of the most versatile objects you could have in your household; you can pretty much use them for anything and everything. I saw this picture and immediately wanted to replicate and try something a little different as well. I had never spray painted anything before this (....I know guys.), and it was definitely an experience.

My little jars are full of flaws, since I lack the skill, didn't bother to research (mistake) and I'm also one of those that kind of throws the instruction book away and starts using or building things by... instinct? Lesson learned my friends, if I had taken the time to research and gather a few tips, it would've made a difference. I'll show you what I'm talking about but first, here's what you need:

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STEPS:

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1) Make sure the glass surfaces are clean.

2) Place the tape against the glass as smooth as you can in the spots you don't want to get paint on.

3) Spray paint away. (Read this first)

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Now, I did two jars, the first one (pictured above) had some bubbles in some taped sections and some of the spray paint creeped in, I was able to get rid of most of the damage by removing the paint in the edges very carefully with a blade but whatever was left there I really don't mind, I still like it. The second jar I painted all gold. I put on a first thick coat and it started dripping as it dried (OOPS!), despite of my mistake, I actually liked how it turned out, happy accident. All good.

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I'm also loving having flowers in the house. It's the little things, right?

xx.Leah