Leocadia K.

Meet Henley

Living Life Creatively, Looks, Style, New ProductsCait SherrickComment
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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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Leocadia K. // Lee-oh-kay-dee-uh Kay

Branding, Living Life CreativelyCait SherrickComment
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Leocadia K. (Lee-oh-kay-dee-uh Kay).

It's funny, when I'm at markets + art fairs, people always ask me if my plants are real, they always ask me if my plants are for sale + they sometimes ask me how to pronounce my business name, usually while saying it correctly, but they rarely ask me what my business name means.

I can count the number of people who've asked about the meaning on my hand. Strange, right?

When I decided to start a business, coming up with the name was the easy part. I honestly didn't put much thought into it because Leocadia K. just felt right. It was very intuitive.

Leocadia was my Polish grandmother's first name (my mom's mom) + it just so happens that both her maiden + married last names started with a K, so I couldn't not use it. It was way too serendipitous + adding an initial to the end of anything always makes it feel a little more elevated.

My Babci (Polish for Grandmother) passed the year before I was born, but I’ve always felt very connected to her not only spiritually, but also through my Mom + her stories. She was quite the modern woman for her time. In the 1940s, she worked an assembly line, oversaw air raid drills + modelled plus-size bras + lingerie, while being courted by a Texas cattle baron. She made her own clothes, her kid’s clothes + even the upholstery for her house, using patterns of her own design that she cut out of newspaper. She was president of her church’s Lady’s Guild + she was so well-liked there that the priest would come to her house for Sunday dinner.

In the 1960s, she founded + ran WATES – the Women’s Association to Enjoy Slimming. Any woman small or large could join. They met at the health department + worked together to lose weight under a doctor’s supervision. She always took care of the neighborhood kids. Everyone in our hometown knew who she was + loved her + like most small towns, she knew where her girls were + what they were doing long before they told her, simply because the town would keep her updated.

She was so inherently good, that she couldn’t hate anyone or anything, even if she tried. She didn’t swear, ever (the non-swearing gene skipped me. Sorry, Mom). Even during arguments, she kept her cool + tried to help everyone see reason. When she hugged you, you’d get lost in her embrace + she had an extremely close relationship with God + Heaven.

I like to think her essence + my artistic intuition connected to bring you the Leocadia K. you see here.

There’s no fancy hidden meaning or higher purpose. I just decided Leocadia K. would be my business name. It's really that simple.

The answers to those plant questions are simple too. My plants are fake + they're not for sale.

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