Leocadia K.

modern art inspired jewelry

West Elm Local

Collaborations, Living Life CreativelyCait SherrickComment
West Elm Local Vendor Artist, Carytown, Richmond, VA

I was selling my jewelry, talking about my fake plants + doing my thang at the Crafted VA Summer Pop-Up last August, when my friend + colleague, Allison came to say hello. Within seconds of hugging hello she went straight to it (like she always does in the most loving way) + asked me if I wanted to be her west elm LOCAL jewelry vendor.

I distinctly recall smiling from ear to ear while jumping up + down before I eventually said yes. 

While working out the details with corporate, Allison moved to the new West Elm location in Carytown - Richmond, VA, so naturally my jewelry moved with her. Because of her move not only can you now get your favorite LK pieces at West Elm in Richmond, but I can also officially say that I’m a west elm LOCAL vendor + artist. 

I’m a west elm LOCAL vendor + artist.
I’m a west elm LOCAL vendor + artist.
I’m a west elm LOCAL vendor + artist.

As a long time admirer, customer + former employee of West Elm, it’s surreal to think that I now partner with them as an artist. Repeating it over + over makes it seem more real.

You see, the growth of my jewelry business has been quite unique to say the least. I tend to get exposure in ways that most jewelry designers don’t, I often partner with people + places that don’t typically want to partner with jewelry designers + despite all of that, my business + I continue to grow just like the rest of them.

And the more I think about it, the more I realize just how on-brand it is for me + my business to take the path less followed, to keep living my life creatively, to be a west elm LOCAL vendor + artist as a jewelry designer, not a home goods maker.

So if you’re in Richmond, Virginia + can’t wait until my next The Brunch Market (I’ll be there in July!) stop by the West Elm in Carytown to see my wares up close + personal. Our aesthetics are very similar, don’t you think?

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Meet Henley

Living Life Creatively, Looks, Style, New ProductsCait SherrickComment
Henley raw brass hexagon beads gold filled wire hoop earrings wood background monastera leaves minimal modern handmade jewelry

Meet Henley. She loves simplicity, geometric details + unique everyday jewelry. I like to say she’s pretty easygoing because she goes with everything.

She's my modern take on a classic hoop - ten tiny brass hexagon beads sit on a 1.75” gold-filled wire circle.

She’s delicate, but don’t let her fool you. She survived a dance party in Mexico. I test wore these hoops while on a work trip to Cancun in January + I accidentally pulled one out of my ear while dancing. The whole dance floor stopped dancing to help me look for them until our bartender saved the night + found it on the other side of the dance floor. It was a testament to just how loyal my coworkers are, just how cool Mexican bartenders are + just how resilient these Henley hoops are. 

Wear her like you would any other hoops, everyday, no matter the outfit. Here are a few of my IRL style ideas, but really any of your style ideas would work too. She’s that simple.


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THE BASICS

1 // Gray T-Shirt
2 // Striped Button Down
3 // Your Favorite Blue Jeans
4 // White Tank Top
5 // Straw Hat (or any hat!)
6 // Black cutoff shorts
7 // Flip Flops
8 // Tan Flats

THE STYLE COMBOS
Add a hat (#5) to any of these outfits for a little extra somethin’ somethin'.

1 // Gray T-Shirt, 3 // Your Favorite Blue Jeans, 8 // Tan Flats
1 // Gray T-Shirt, 3 // Your Favorite Blue Jeans, 7 // Flip Flops
1 // Gray T-Shirt, 6 // Black Cutoff Shorts, 8 // Tan Flats
1 // Gray T-Shirt, 6 // Black Cutoff Shorts, 7 // Flip Flops

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2 // Striped Button Down, 3 // Your Favorite Blue Jeans, 8 // Tan Flats
2 // Striped Button Down, 3 // Your Favorite Blue Jeans, 7 // Flip Flops
2 // Striped Button Down, 6 // Black Cutoff Shorts, 8 // Tan Flats
2 // Striped Button Down, 6 // Black Cutoff Shorts, 7 // Flip Flops

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4 // White Tank Top, 3 // Your Favorite Blue Jeans, 8 // Tan Flats
4 // White Tank Top, 3 // Your Favorite Blue Jeans, 7 // Flip Flops
4 // White Tank Top, 6 // Black Cutoff Shorts, 8 // Tan Flats
4 // White Tank Top, 6 // Black Cutoff Shorts, 7 // Flip Flops

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Homemade Almond Milk

Food & Drink, Living Life CreativelyCait SherrickComment
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In the 17 years I’ve been drinking non-dairy milk, I’ve never made my own nut milk. This week, I finally decided to give it a try for health reasons + today I’m sharing the recipe(s) + alterations I made to account for my miniature kitchen. Want to know why I’ve decided to make it myself? I briefly wrote about that over here.


How To Make Your Own Almond Milk
(a combination of recipes from Deliciously Ella + Kitchn)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw almonds, preferably organic

  • 2 cups filtered water, plus more for soaking

  • Cinnamon or nutmeg (optional)

  • Medjool dates, honey or maple syrup (optional)

Kitchen Tools + Equipment

  • bowls

  • strainer

  • measuring cups

  • blender or food processor

  • cheesecloth or nut milk bag

  • jug or bottle

Directions

1. Soak the almonds. Place the almonds in a bowl + cover with about an inch of water. Cover the bowl with a cloth + leave it on the counter overnight or in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. The longer they soak, the creamier the almond milk. I soaked mine uncovered, on the counter, for a full 24 hours.

2. Drain + rinse the almonds. Drain the almonds + dump the soaking water as it contains phytic acid, which inhibits the body's ability to absorb nutrients. The almonds should feel soft by now.

3. Combine the almonds + water in a blender or food processor. Place the almonds in the blender or food processor, add 2 cups of water + blend it until a smooth, white opaque milk forms. I used a Magic Bullet + blended half the almonds with 1 cup of water because my blender is so small. I added the second half later.

4. Strain the almonds. Place your cheesecloth or nut milk bag over your a bowl + pour the milk through it. I blended the second half of the almonds with the second cup of water + added that to the cheesecloth.

5. Squeeze the almond meal. Once the cheesecloth or bag has drained, squeeze the rest of the liquid out with your hands. Be sure to gather all the edges of your cheesecloth. If there happens to be an opening, the almond meal/milk will find it; it will squeeze out + it will get all over your feet. I may or may not be speaking from experience.

6. Sweeten + spice it to taste. Add your favorite sweetener or spices + blend or whisk it all together. I did not sweeten mine, but I did add cinnamon, because cinnamon makes everything taste better.

7. Store your milk in an airtight container in the fridge + it will keep for up to a week.


So far my tummy seems to like my homemade almond milk more than it's liked any store bought non-dairy milk, so I'll be making it regularly for tea, breakfasts + things.

Have you ever made your own non-dairy nut milk? Tell me about your experience in the comments below!

To our shared health + healing.

Love, Light + Warm Cups of Chai Tea,

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