Month: April 2016

Urban Outdoor Envy

Allergies aside, I love Spring.  I love when the weather grows warmer and you have this urge to be outside and soak in all the sun you can.  Of course, it is nice to have an outdoor space at your home you can relax in.  These spaces are giving me major motivation to take my own outdoor space to the next level.  Happy Friday, everyone!  Go enjoy some green space this weekend! Image Sources: 1, 2, 3

Creativity: Always Learning

A few months ago, my husband and I were fortunate to spend some time in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico.  If you have the opportunity to go to the Los Cabos area, I highly recommend staying in San Jose over San Lucas.  It is an absolutely beautiful area set apart from the tourist bombardment that is San Lucas.  We found the perfect spot through Airbnb that gave us a spectacular view of the ocean and a short walk to what turned out to be almost our own private beach.  Thursday nights in San Jose offer an art walk where local artists display and sell their work in the square and galleries open their doors and invite you to become inspired.  As if sparsely populated beaches and local artistry weren’t enough, San Jose is also home to an oasis by the name of Flora Farm.  I wish I could describe the beauty and the feeling of relaxation that the farm provided for me.  I will have to settle for sharing a few pictures so I can get …

38th&T Style: Spring Whites

There is just something special about a classic white shirt.  It never goes out of style.  You look clean and chic with minimal effort.  Yes, please!  Because, in my opinion, it’s all about looking nice without spending hours to make it happen.  The answer?  A comfy pair of jeans and a chic spring white. If jeans are not an option at work, trade them for an equally comfortable pair of slacks or skirt.  Add a touch of classic jewelry, and you’re set! Image Credits: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Shop The Look Shirt: Everlane; Sunnies: Fossil; Mules: Madewell; Jeans: Madewell; Bag: Madewell

Wellness: Managing Anxiety & Depression

By day, I am a school counselor, and this topic is particularly hard for me to write about.  However, part of living well means living honest about the negatives in life so we can work to make a better and more positive existence for those around us as well as for ourselves.  I see more and more kids come through my door who experience a level of anxiety and depression I never encountered at their age.  To make matters worse, I was informed of a new statistic revealing suicides have increased significantly since the 80s, especially in young girls ages 10-14 years old.  Researchers have many hypotheses as to why this is, but nothing solid has been discovered.  All they know for sure is the percentage has nearly tripled in recent years for this age group.  This is disheartening for me as a counselor and as a woman. Knowing this new statistic motivated me to write down a few tips for managing anxiety and depression according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Strategies …

Home: *Still* Can’t Get Enough Subway Tile

  Subway tiles are nothing new in the home design world, but I really can’t get enough of them.  I love the clean look they provide.  If you’re bored with the standard horizontal placement of the tiles, change it up with interesting diamond cuts, a framed half-wall, or add darker grout to really make each tile stand out.  Add some warmth to the room with mixed metal accents and wood touches. Image Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4

Welcome to 38th & Temple

My name is Josie.  A native Texan and transplant Californian.  I grew up in a tiny Texas town on South Old Temple Road surrounded by family and enormous oak trees.  I have found myself, many years later, on 38th Street in California with a husband and more camellias than I have ever seen in one place. The concept of home is important to me.  I say concept because I have a less solid definition of the word than Webster.  To me, home is found in the people you love and who you choose to share your life with.  Home is filling a space with pieces that bring you joy.  Home is a physical place, like the house you grew up in.  And maybe most importantly, home is found in the choice to make the most out of every place on God’s earth you happen to find yourself.  I found a sort of home beside a small fire at a roadside cafe in Ireland sharing stories with a tour bus guide and my best friend.  I was only …