Florals + Bells
Rad Maverix

A few weeks ago I heard skinny jeans were ‘on the way out’.

This is a catastrophe.

Panic ensues.

Skinny jeans…out of style? GET OUT OF HERE.

I die for a good pair of skinnies (see my favorite + affordable shredded denim here). Maybe it’s because of my height + figure – I just really love the way they make me feel taller + leaner? Not to mention, skinnies can literally go with anything and can be suited for any occasion.

But as with everything else history always repeats itself and the fashion industry has welcomed, with wide-open arms, the return of the bell bottom jeans.

Well, HELLO, longer + leaner legs! I am living for these bells from Vestique and this Giani Bini Floral Bell-Sleeved blouse for the perfect Saturday morning brunch. 

Rad Maverix
Rad Maverix
Rad Maverix
Rad Maverix
Rad Maverix
Rad Maverix


Lonestar High Waisted Bells - Vestique

Floral baby-doll / bell-sleeved blouse (sold out) - LOVE this one, this one & this one!

Sunnies - these are from my shop last summer but here are two pairs that are fun + SUPER affordable - A.J. Morgan or PERVERSE


Are you embracing the bell bottom trend? I'm personally glad this era of clothing is making a comeback. Especially since Momma J and I hit up some estate sales when I was drugged up on pain pills from my wisdom teeth removal and I got to stock up on some seriosuly badass vintage blouses + coats. 


xx, Riss


Photos by Kaci Jo Bute Photography



Lusting Lately: The Inverness Bathhouse
Inverness Bathhouse

Isn’t it true, you always want what you don’t have? Let me rewind. I’ve been obsessing lately over the tiny home movement + very minimal décor. And I think it has a lot to do with the size of house we’re currently living in. 3,300+ square feet; that’s way too much space for 2 humans + 3 dogs. I always thought I wanted a big home but now that we have it, I kind of want something different. I’m dreaming of a home that requires less maintenance, and if we’re being completely honest here, a lot less housework. Less square feet means less space for dog hair to roam.

But I’ve always had a weird obsession with minimal design with a splash of farmhouse style for good measure. Lately, I've been obsessed with the Inverness Bathhouse; like I can't stop thinking and dreaming about it (I'm being serious here). I reached out to the Architects for a bit of backstory on this perfect getaway home.


the inverness bathhouse

This quaint tiny home is located on the Point Reyes peninsula (located near Santa Rosa) along the rustic Northern California coast. Measuring in at 260 square feet, this 'bathhouse' is designed to support a large group of kids for a yearly family summer camp. This building is located in the midst of several farm buildings and is designed to blend in with its environment of the pastoral dairy farm.

During the summer family camp, the kids will pitch tents nearby while the Inverness Bathhouse provides welcoming + relaxing amenities for the nearby sleeping quarters.

The design concept is fun + whimsical and takes you back to the simple + care-free days with its practical character that reveals the rural quality of the property. Richardson Architects built this tiny home for the long-haul using wear-resistant and non-corrosive materials; including galvanized sheet metal, sealed board & batt siding and painted plywood and MDO board (MDO: paintable surface made of plywood with a weather-resistant resin overlay bonded to the wood by heat and pressure).

The bright white interior, gabled roof and wraparound porch gives you all the farmhouse feels and helps the small space fit in as a scaled-down version of the classic farmhouse and surrounding buildings. This property would be perfect for a weekend getaway at the lake or a quaint mother-in-law home perched up next to a weeping willow.


See the stunning structure below.

Inverness Bathhouse
Inverness Bathhouse
Inverness Bathhouse
Inverness Bathhouse
Inverness Bathhouse
Inverness Bathhouse
Inverness Bathhouse
Inverness Bathhouse

Photos provided by Jeff Zaruba / Richardson Architects


What do you think about the Tiny Home Movement? Are you on-board? 






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Why You Should Create a Bucket List



One crucial ingredient to creating + maintaining the "perfect" work/life balance is making sure you're spending enough time on you. This means adding activities to your agenda that leaves you feeling inspired, relaxed, and motivated to conquer the world. So you might be asking, what's the big deal? What does a bucket list have to do with creating a bombass life? Well, whether you call it a bucket list, life list or to-do list, we all need something to keep track of activities + adventures that add value to our lives.

Your bucket list is meant to be completed on your own terms but how many times have you said, "I'll do it later"? Is it because brainstorming all of the activities you want to achieve before you die feels freakin' overwhelming and a bit gruesome? So why not take it one year or even one season at a time? Let's achieve short-term successes and gain lifetime habits. 


A few reasons why I love bucket lists and well…“life-lists” in general:



Keeping + maintaining a list is the BEST way to re-energize! When the dust settles and the excitement of dreaming up your dream lifestyle wears off you’ll probably lose sight of the big picture. A bucket list is perfect to refresh our perspectives and get back on track. Not to mention, a bucket list literally lets you chart your own course in life; even when life gets busy. 


If you’re tired of feeling like you’re not achieving your goals w/ soul or living your 2017 intentions to the fullest it might be time to add some adventure back into your schedule. My favorite therapy is nature. Sad? Get outside. Happy? Get outside! Annoyed? Get outside! Stressed? Get outside! Nature offers one of the most reliable boosts to your mental and physical well-being and helps restore your creativity levels.



Inspire + leave a badass legacy. How would you like to be remembered? Go on and think about it. Years from now when stories are being told by your descendants at the dreaded annual family reunion, what distinction(s) would you like to hold? Badassery? Want to be known as a Dreamer? A go-getter? A get-shit-doner? Or do you want to be known as someone who simply let life go by? It’s up to YOU.



You start the law of attraction. Can I get a HELL YEAH? By creating a bucket list and sharing it you send out #ALLTHEGOODVIBES. Be specific and communicate exactly what you want. The Law of Attraction must be accompanied by a positive attitude and a bit of discipline but things always fall into place as they’re supposed to.



It helps to keep my “what” + “why” on the forefront of my mind. It is so easy to get consumed by the “how” that we often forget about the “what”. This is one of the first questions I ask my clients:

“Imagine looking into the future and living your absolute dream life. WHAT does that look like? Don’t think about HOW it’ll happen but think about WHAT it looks like. Get ridiculously clear on what your dream lifestyle looks like, down to what you’re eating, what you’re wearing, where you’re living, who your friends are and what kind of career you’re kicking ass at.

The answer to this question naturally fills in all of the blanks (your WHY’s). You’re eating healthier because you want to feel better, you landed your dream career because you knew you were meant for ridiculously BIG things, you’re wearing yoga pants because you’re the BOSS and YOU make the rules. These “whys” help define your purpose and will help provide an extra dose of motivation on those “off days” or when you feel like throwing in the towel.

Why You Should Create a Bucket List

What does your dream lifestyle look like? Take 5 minutes to jot down the what + the why.

Get super clear! Tell me about your dreams + let's make it a reality.


You guys! I am ridiculously excited for this Bucket List Challenge.


Fourteen Days. One Bucket List. Free prizes. Are you up for the challenge? Starts Monday, April 10th!


xx, Riss