5th Anniversary ...

So I was checking out a LinkedIn notification on my app this morning, and low and behold I'm scrolling down and see "Haydee is celebrating 5 years at Happenstance." Whoa, that would be me. I had totally forgotten you guys! It's been 5 years since I started Happenstance and with all the preparation to launch Westerly Commons, it totally slipped my mind. Well almost. In honor of my fifth anniversary of blogging here I decided to reflect on five things that Happenstance has done for me ...

Special Announcement ...

Hi there! I apologize for the lack of posts lately, but I assure you it's been for good reason. You see, I've created something that's finally coming to fruition ... a brand for kids called Westerly Commons! Come check out the Westerly Commons site and learn more about the brand on the blog.

While I don't plan on stopping Happenstance, I will be spending more time over at the Westerly Commons blog, so I hope you'll join me over there and follow along on my new adventure!

Thanks everyone, hope you're all well! Group hug:)

Sundry x J.Crew ...

And so it is that one of my favorite easy-to-wear brands, Sundry and one of my fave mega brands, J.Crew have united for a capsule collection due out in May. Get excited you guys, cut off jean shorts season is right around the corner. 

Read about and see more glimpses of the summer pieces here

Crafty Lately ...

Can I tell you how hard it was to shoot these adorable poms without the glare?! Obviously I'm not a photographer. But I am a crafter! Sort of. If you know me, then you know that I'm usually a self proclaimed DIFM (do if for me) type. First it was these pantone chips that inspired me to make some similarly colored poms for Easter. And then I ran into an ages old knitting project (if you follow me on Instagram, then you know what I'm talking about) that I suddenly wanted to pick up and continue. And here's the doozy you guys ... I took my first sewing class a couple of days ago and loved it! 

So I don't know what it is. Maybe it's the springtime air. Maybe I've found myself with more time on my hands? I don't know. All I know is that I'm going to embrace it. A new leaf has been turned party people. 

Hope everyone has a wonderful and beautiful Easter weekend with family and friends! Group hug:) 

Be the Light

Half ...

This image really grabbed my attention. From new publication Noon

Via: Nowness

Hello New Week ...

Hello! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. We had exceptionally warm weather here in So Cal which made for a perfect day at the beach for the 4th Annual Adler Paddler event we attended. So many friends and family gathered for a fun day of paddling to celebrate the life of a friend who was lost five years ago. It was definitely a memorable and beautiful day in the sunshine.

I also wanted to share a great book I finished this weekend called The Law of Divine Compensation by Marianne Williamson.

Brows and Stares ...

Heavy on the brows and the stares, but I really love this capture.

Love ...

Coming across this amazing lettering by Matthew Tapia couldn't have come at a more apropos time. I'm currently reading The Law of Divine Compensation by the awe inspiring Marianne Williamson and in it she talks about how love should be the bottom line for everything. Family, friends, money, career, strangers, neighbors, everything. I for one, firmly believe that. Yes, it can be quite the practice at times in such a complex world, but let's keep practicing every single day!

Don't forget to move your clocks ahead an hour (Spring forward) this Sunday–can you believe it's already time? Happy weekend lovers! 
Be the light.

Great Rooms ...

Inspired by these interior shots this morning. Bookshelves, and rooms with great, natural light are what draw me lately. 

Porter Magazine

"So why would it [online retail giant, Net-A-Porter] step backward into publishing on paper? Because, it turns out, women prefer to read about fashion on glossy pages even as they shop online." – Christina Binkley, WSJ
I for one could not agree more. I have always been a fan of print. There's just something special about flipping through a magazine. Even with digital formats on the rise, I always thought print magazines just needed to be reinvented and have some perspective shifted. 

Then along came retail fave Net-A-Porter to prove my thought this month with the release of its new fashion mag, Porter. After reading about this new release, I'm happy to say it isn't just a glossy, catalog-type, promo piece. Published bi-monthly, Porter's editor-in-chief is Lucy Yeomans from British Harper's Bazaar, which lends itself to some pretty good fashion authority. This can only mean that Porter means serious fashion magazine business. 

I can't wait to check out this inaugural issue. Especially since articles are supposedly toward the front of each issue instead of having to thumb through what seems like 300 pages of ads. Only down side? Its $9.99 newsstand price. I would love to hear what you think. Is there room for a new print fashion magazine out in digi-land? Will you check out Porter?

Images and quote: WSJ
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