Where on Earth do I start?

Of Trees and Hues

If it’s been over six months since your last blog post — where on earth do you start? I must have started this blog post countless of times already. I feel as though the first post back needs to be epic — something beautiful & inspiring. But in all honesty, I have just missed this place so deeply. And I have missed you — this wonderful and unbelievably supportive community. I am just so happy to be back at it, music playing loudly in my ears and my fingers banging away at this keyboard. I have missed this so much.

As you might know, the past year or so has been a rollercoaster of events and emotions and sorrow for my family. Late last year, I decided to take some ( yet later turned into a lot more ) time away to spend with family in Tennessee. It was a challenging year, to say the least, and one that I do hope to find the courage to someday put into words. I think that’s what has been keeping me from getting back to blogging — I felt as though my first blog post should be a summary of the past year of events. However, after many months considering it and a few heartfelt talks with some of you, I realize the words will find themselves on these pages when they are ready. When I am ready.

In the meantime, I do hope you’ll have me as I find my way back into the blogging and creative world. As things are beginning to look up for my family, I am settling in back home in California and I have just felt this place — you guys — tugging at me so fiercely.

So, without putting any stress on what “inspiring or beautiful” words I should write… I just want to happily say that you’ll be seeing a lot more of me around here. And I can not be any more excited to catch up with all of you! I’m so eager to hear what you’ve been up to these past few months. Please share!

Talking Shop & Giveaway / Miss Violet Lace

Botanical Skincare + Giveaway — Of Trees and Hues

I’m so thrilled to share today’s Talking Shop with you. I’ve invited Krista from Miss Violet Lace over and she has allowed me to pick her creative brain. As you may remember from Monday’s blog post, Miss Violet Lace is a lovely shop specializing in creating organic and botanical beauty products. I’m such a fan of their shop and am so happy to have Krista over today sharing some incredibly inspiring thoughts about living a healthy life as well as some fun behind the scenes of working with organic ingredients. So, let’s get to it!

1. Tell us a little about the two of you.

My name is Krista and I consider myself fortunate to be able to share my business with my mom, Sandy. We’ve been involved in various forms of hair artistry for 5 years, and only recently as of Autumn 2014 shifted our focus to natural, botanical hair, beauty and skincare products. Our studio is nestled in the countryside, surrounded by fields, woods and an ever-growing source of inspiration and ingredients, so it was a natural progression to handcrafting products sourced from the earth.

We are both self taught, and thoroughly enjoy studying plants, herbs and their remedial and medicinal uses.

2. What inspired the launch of Miss Violet Lace?

Miss Violet Lace came about from a personal experience. After a disastrous haircut I sought a realistic and fashionable hair piece, but was unable to find what I was looking for on the market. I decided on sharing my work with others after extensively reconstructing and hand-altering a hair piece for myself. We developed a small assortment of hair products for both wigs and real hair early on, and released a line of products designed for men years later. MVL has gradually and organically evolved into a lifestyle brand, and is something we are both very passionate about.

Botanical Skincare / Miss Violet Lace

Botanical Skincare | Of Trees and Hues

After turning thirty this year, I’ve noticed a slight shift in my lifestyle. I’m all about healthy living and being more aware of — and cautious about — what I put into my body. The majority of the food I eat is grown locally and all of my hair and skin care products are made from natural ingredients. It just makes me feel good knowing that everything that’s going into my body is actually really good for my body.

I believe that everyone should pamper themselves on occasion, and I know the creative community can agree with me when I say that we totally deserve it, too. We work our butts off and earn the right to soak our feet while binge watching Gilmore Girls.

It’s easy for me to go a little overboard when it comes to hair and skin care products, but then again, is there truly such a thing? I recently got the opportunity to try some from the Miss Violet Lace collection and I am beyond ecstatic to share them with you today!

Makers Co. / Temple Coffee Roasters

Temple Coffee by Of Trees and Hues

My husband and I have toyed with the idea of starting a blog together for ages now. In fact, he has guest written for Of Trees and Hues on numerous occasions. In an effort to explore more as well as to share our favorite places with you, we’re teaming up to start the Makers Collective — a series of stories and imagery to showcase some of our favorite creators. The first issue is Temple Coffee Roasters, a long-standing staple of the Sacramento coffee culture.

Temple Coffee by Of Trees and Hues


Words by Christopher McNeill and Photography by Latrina McNeill

During the day, the Sacramento streets are awash with a sense of urgency. Heels clack in sixteenth notes until dusk while phones are pressed between cheek and shoulder, trying to power through deadlines or rally the troops. As the sun sets, lights begin to flicker on in restaurants and bars, ushering in the weary and helping them to forget that the grind will continue.

While gears of government are always turning, lawmakers and public servants are not the only people who maintain their collective sanity by staying caffeinated, fed, and mildly intoxicated — this city is slowly figuring out that students need their coffee and beer, too.

Sacramento is known for its extensive bar scene, but it is also the home to a slew of coffee roasters and even more independently-owned specialty cafes. Often considered one of the best (or at least one of the most underrated) U.S. cities for coffee, the City of Trees continues to up the ante for coffee aficionados in terms of quantity and quality alike. Leading the charge is Temple Coffee Roasters.

At this Moment / August

I can not begin to express how excited ( and nervous ) I am to blog again. It’s been on my mind for months now but finding a moment to write, with a clear head and creative mind, has been tough these days. A lot of hardships and events have unfolded this year and even though I feel as though I have so much to share with you — I wanted today, my first blog post, to be a positive one. Because, well — things are going really well and I’m excited and I have missed you all so much!

At this moment, I am working my butt off to get back to normalcy. And when I say normalcy, I mean crazy work mode. And what better way to do that than to jump right in!? So many wonderful things are happening right now that I’m just so thankful for — I am currently collaborating with two pretty spectacular artists that I can’t wait to tell you more about! I have a few photoshoots coming up and I’m also in the midst of launching a creative design company. I’ve kept it a secret for so long now that I’m just so excited ( and relieved ) to finally share! It’s been my passion project for nearly a year now and I’m hoping to launch at the end of the month. So, expect a massive blog post in the near future about all the details!

I have missed you all so much — more than you will ever know! And I’m so eager to hear what you’ve been up to these past few months and what goals and aspirations you have for the rest of the year? Spill your guts to me and feel free to leave a few of your own favorite blog posts so I can catch up! xo

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