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Tips for soaking up the end of summer + NEW casetify!

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Happy Monday! I still can't believe it's August already, can you? Summer is just flying by!

It has been a little slow around the studio lately and I can only attribute that to everyone out and about enjoying their summer. So instead of allowing this to make me anxious, I have decided to use this time as my own time to soak in the remainder of summer. What follows are the ways I plan on doing so. Try the flollowing out if you too find yourself with some down time...

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1. ART JOURNAL

I always love sketching and journaling but feel since art school I have really slowed down on doing this things for fun. So now that I have some down time this month I plan on spending time each day to explore in my art journal. You can do this too! You do not have to be an artist. Grab any journal or sketchbook, something to add some color like paint or markers, and something to collage with i.e. magazines or postcards and have fun! I will be sharing more behind the scenes of art journaling on my instagram.

2. READ A NEW BOOK

I don't know about you, but I always end up re-reading books I have in my own personal library but I think it is time to pick up something new!

Since I am on an artist budget I have decided to go the library to pick up some new books to read and I am actually really looking forward to it. There is something SO nostalgic about the library. it can also be a nice motivation to get some work or reading done in a quiet place. Plus, it's also a great reminder to continue to learn. I will be sharing what I pick up at the library later this week in my new monthly book club post, so stay tuned!

The library is also a great place to retreat from the heat at the end of summer with the kiddos! You can even pick up an audio book or dvdv plus there a re a tone of online resources available nowadays. If you live in Orange County I highly suggest the Newport Beach Public Library.

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3. TAKE A BREAK FROM YOUR PHONE

A common thing among us all, too much time on our phones.

I have been really trying to be aware of this lately by replacing screen time with other things, see above i.e. reading, getting outside, journaling. Maybe try setting a end-of-summer goal for yourself. Like turning off your phone one day a week? or turning it off at night when you go to bed?

One way to help you reach your goal is to set a reward for yourself once you achieved this new habit. Maybe something like a new phone case would be appropriate? ; ) I actually love the leather iPhone case below that folds over the screen for the purpose of not always looking at my screen for notifications. Which iPhone case in my new end-of-summer Casetify collection would you pick?

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4. GET OUTSIDE IN THE MORNING

The main point of this is just to get outside to soak up the rest of summer but....with the weather so hot here in the O.C. I added "in the morning." Not only is this a great way to start your day, if you have pets this will keep them cool too. Mr.Bailey and me have been doing walks by the beach atleast a few times a week in the morning. Some other ideas include having your coffee or breakfast outside, going for a walk around your neighborhood with a good podcast in your ears or on the weekend have a brunch picnic with friends or family before noon.

Hope all you ladyfolk enjoy the rest of this season! Tell me in the comments... What is something you are looking forward to enjoying before the end of summer?


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Rocky Barnes X Cleobella with Ladyfolk Studio Event Recap

events, Watercolor WorkshopsKimberly HeimbachComment
 Photography // Tien Nguyen  @tienphotographer  

Photography // Tien Nguyen @tienphotographer 

It was one bad-ass group of women that brought together the details of the Rocky Barnes x Cleobella summer collection launch at the beautiful Biz Babes space in downtown LA.

Also, can we just take a moment to talk about that gorgeous tropical spread above?!

Ladyfolk Studio provided the entertainment for the day, which consisted of me teaching some basic tricks with watercolor while attendees painted in watercolor coloring pages with palm tree artwork I created inspired by the collection.

Scroll down to see all the pretty details, light, love and creativity that was shared this day!

 Photography // Tien Nguyen  @tienphotographer  

Photography // Tien Nguyen @tienphotographer 

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It was so fun sharing my love for art, especially tropical watercolor, with these lovely ladies. Seen above Rocky Barnes sits and paints with Dani Nagel of Dazey LA. Dani is also the co-owner of Biz Babez LA, which is this awesome space in downtown  LA that has co-working space and hosts events. I had never heard of the Dazey brand before my visit here and meeting Dani, but I have to tell you I was missing out! She has such a fun personality and brand, she is my favorite person to follow on insta. Also, check out the AirBnB she decked out and owns, the Dazey Desert House.

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Biz Babez decor speaks to my heart, see the pink wall and pink couch! If you live in DTLA area I think this would be such a great space to meet other like minded business ladies. You can apply to be a member on their website here.

 Photography // Tien Nguyen  @tienphotographer  

Photography // Tien Nguyen @tienphotographer 

rocky barnes x cleobella event

There was also gorgeous florals from Tess Made Studios, check out the back drop of flowers at the end of this post, LOVE IT! Also, I will definitely be recreating the signature cocktail before the end of summer. It was the perfect refreshing cocktail with all the things I love; coconut, champagne, pineapple and ginger.

 Photography // Tien Nguyen  @tienphotographer  

Photography // Tien Nguyen @tienphotographer 

rocky barnes x cleobella event

One of the beautiful things about my watercolor workshops is that I always encourage individuality. Just look how gorgeous all the different versions there are of the coloring pages, colors and approaches. There is no right or wrong in art. 

Rocky Barnes X Cleobella Event Recap
Rocky Barnes X Cleobella Event Recap
Rocky Barnes X Cleobella Event Recap
rocky barnes x cleobella event

...and that's a wrap! Thank you to everyone who painted with me. If you are interested in hiring Ladyfolk Studio for your event or party I provide a variety of creative entertainment with watercolor. Please reach out with any questions kimberly@ladyfolkstudio.com.


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August Free Desktop Background!

Watercolor Wallpapers, desktop artKimberly HeimbachComment
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Happy August 1st ladyfolk!

Let's keep the happy vibes of summer going with this colorful watercolor desktop art I created for you to enjoy. I was inspired to create this desktop art after being enthralled in the brightly saturated colors of the summer foilage around Laguna Beach.

Simply click the image below to enlarge and save to your desktop, then right click to set as your desktop background. I would love it if you shared in an instagram post or story your desktop once you update. Show me the space you are working from! See my photo above for inspiration.

*artwork copyright © Kimberly Heimbach 2018, please do not duplicate or recreate anything with this artwork, thank you!

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I clothespinned the original painting I did on my macrame wall hanging, do you like that idea?

Let me know in the comments!

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