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What I’m Wearing

A way back somehow (I’m not very sure how) I began receiving the Goop email newsletter. A long with links to interesting stories on their website the offer tips and tricks, how-to’s and product recommendations on fashion and style. At the very end of the newsletter there’s a section of clothing and accessories they currently love. I think it’s pretty cool because what they choose often puts together a really chic outfit with clickable links to buy.

So I’m super casually borrowing it for my blog. I can’t confirm the people at Goop actually use, wear, or love those stylish pieces, but because this is my blog I can confirm I do. I thought this might be a little different than an #OOTD because I want to share the outfits I’m obsessed with or just think are pretty great.

This outfit I wore to Easter dinner at my parents this past weekend. The birdcage skirt is brand new in the spring releases of Who What Wear’s collection with Target. My only gripe is the white is very…thin when it comes to the sun. No matter what color underclothes I tried to wear there was a shadow or they were visible. I would much rather have this skirt in black (it’s available online). Other than a pretty spring skirt the rest of what I chose were just classics in my closet.

Shop This Post: Tank TopBirdcage skirtSunglassesDenim JacketSandalsBag

A Little Life Edit

Long time no see, blog. I’ve been meaning to update, but I’ve become so lost in life. So many assignments and health issues keep coming up and updating seems like not such a big priority. I mean, there’s a pretty sweet post on the Bachelor sitting in my drafts right now just begging to be finished before the EPIC of an episode on Monday, right? Hopefully with spring break happening I’ll finally get around to it. Since there was no February Edit (okay so what if February just ended on Tuesday), I thought I would just give a random Life Edit instead. I mean you can call it a February Edit if you really want. You do you.

  • Watch Abstract: The Art of Design docu-series on Netflix. It’s honestly one of the best documentary series I’ve ever seen and on design no less. What’s cool about this series is it covers so many different types of design and designers that the viewer is given a glimpse into something they may not know much about. I, for one, didn’t know anything about the design process of Nike sneakers nor the reputation of Tinker Hatfield but I was completely engrossed in his story.
  • Wear this Toxic Masculinity shirt from My Favorite Murder. With the state of chaos that America is currently living in why not show your distain for toxic masculinity with this super comfortable tee? This might be one of the softest t-shirts I have ever owned and looks great paired with my super powerful boss lady blazer.
  • Read Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping by Paco Underhill because it’s fascinating to understand why it is we do the things we do. Okay, maybe it’s just fascinating for me since my entire career path is based on getting people to buy things. Plus, I kid you not, this was recommended to me by my dentist when we were casually discussing what business school is like when I was having a check up.
  • Buy this Anine Bing velvet and lace bra because Victoria’s Secret was out of the bra I really wanted last time I headed into their store (not. cool.).
  • Try this trend I’m really not sure about: Ballerina skinny jeans. According to Topshop these are going to be all the rage. I’ve gone back and forth on what I think of them..and still am undecided.
  • Listen to Zombies on Broadway by Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness because no matter how old I get Andrew McMahon is still my jam. Plus it’s a really great album for listening to with the windows down on a nice, sunny day.

Gift Guide: Galentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is next week, and I won’t even sit here and pretend love is super great. In fact, for the first time in my life I actually hate the word love and everything it encompasses. I am no longer the starry-eyed, hopeful girl I once was. The truth is even when you try your hardest and give everything you have to someone else, it doesn’t always work out. I’m not a Debbie Downer but it sucks to feel isolated, alone, and unimportant. So if you’re lucky in love, please do tell me your secrets. 

Enter the greatest (television event) Galentine’s Day. A day for celebrating the two best people who deserve gifts: my friends + myself. My friends are always there for me when I need them and listen to my ridiculous behavior and nonsensical thoughts. Plus we spend so much time together, it’s hard not to love them. I also love myself…sometimes. Galentine’s Day is the ultimate occasion to treat yo self. As they say, you can’t love someone else until you fully love yourself…or whatever that quote says. Even if you don’t have an S.O. to spend time with over the worst of greeting card holidays (only greeting card holiday?), you can always shower those closest to you with love.

Chinti and Parker sweaterSkinny Dip London headphonesBan.do water bottleKate Spade phone caseLouis Sherry chocolatesGalentine’s Day cardSex and the City latte mugBFF Pizza pinHot Dudes Reading Gourmand candleGummy Candies

January

January is the Monday of months. It’s cold and dark. There aren’t many movies out that aren’t scraping the bottom of the barrel of ideas. Good new music is hard to come by. I don’t feel like doing anything except hibernating in my bed. The gym is way too full (but will begin to taper out in the next couple weeks). But yet, the illusion is everything will be a fresh new start. A time to hit the reset button and start over.

America is a crazy place to be right now and I find myself angry quite a bit because this isn’t the America I want to live in nor do people remember the foundations of America to begin with. Obviously I want to avoid discussing this further because while it may be the time to say something, this isn’t the space I want to use. I always begin the year feeling like the possibilities are endless and this year finally everything will fall into place. But the truth is just a month in and I’m already feeling defeated.

Since it is my blog and a representation of me and my life, I’ll just say maybe everything I believed about a lot of things isn’t true. How is it that I continue to be hopeful and believe there’s better out there yet I can’t seem to make it happen for myself? I try to contribute the most I can to my universal bank but when I want to cash out and finally get something in return it just never shows up. It just keeps getting harder and more frustrating. I’m tired of feeling like I’m standing at a fork in the road but constantly making the wrong decision. The road just takes me back exactly to the same place as before. I hate to call it an existential crisis, but why does it feel like everything I’ve ever believed in is false? Maybe it’s just the people I choose to put my faith in who keep letting me down…

Enough of the boring stuff. Here’s all the stuff I think you need to check out right now. If you made it this far, congrats. You are a real trooper.

  • Read This: Forgive Yourself for Not Being Perfect. Then Do It Again Tomorrow. an essay by Liz Welle. Given what I said above about the state of my life, maybe it’s time to give this a shot more.
  • Eat This: Steak Tacos with Cilantro Radish Salsa. I made these a couple weeks back and they were delicious even just the steak without the salsa.
  • Try This: Dry Brushing. Reduce the appearance of cellulite and increase the function of the lymphatic system by dry brushing. It’s a quick way to relax before a shower and it makes your skin look and feel healthy.
  • Listen to This: Darling by Real Estate. Real Estate always makes me think of warmer temperatures driving around in my car with the windows down. Something I long for during winter…that is until spring really comes. Plus it’s brand new music! #blessed
  • Buy This: Reformation Anjela top. I’m obsessed with this romantic looking Reformation top. The sheer detail is perfectly on trend for those of us who aren’t really willing to take the full Kendall Jenner route to sheer tops. Not to mention how dainty and feminine it looks.
  • Watch This: Materialism: A Documentary of Important Things. As human beings we accumulate a lot of things and as someone who is utterly fascinated (and slightly annoyed) by the HGTV show about tiny houses, I found this documentary incredibly interesting. It covers the various ways people approach living a minimalist lifestyle in their own ways. Whether that means building a space that caters to their needs, living in a tiny home (or two suitcases), or just having a 33 piece wardrobe, they examine different ways to embrace a simpler way of life. Experiences and live over mass consumption of material goods. It’s streaming now on Netflix, but I’m just not quite sure I’m prepared to give up my closet for just 33 pieces.

2017 Wellness Resolutions

I have a love/hate relationship with New Years resolutions. I try not to make them because, as any human does, I completely forget them a month later and nothing ever comes of them. For that reason I’m hesitant to even call these “resolutions” since they are more like intentions. Last spring when I began writing this blog (after a very long blogging break) I was exploring the new world of wellness. I completely overhauled my living space, did a juice cleanse, and began trying out new ways of becoming more centered. I realize now that when life begins to feel out of control I begin to search for answers and focus on learning new things with the hopes I can maintain some kind of calm in the chaos. It’s also an incredible distraction.

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That said at the end of 2016 I was struggling to have any answers at all and couldn’t control the chaos. It felt there was no calm coming with this storm. I decided with 2017 I would hit the reset button and try some new things in the year ahead. These aren’t the same intentions set during meditation that are a road map of where I want to go in life, but rather things I aim to bring into practice for my life this year.

  • Stop Buying Things I Already Own. Do I really need a 13th black sweater? Or another pair of jeans? Odd are no. Not purchasing things I already own will save space on clutter not to mention money. This allows me to save up for things I really do want and need while managing to get full use out of things I already own.
  • Continue Dry Brushing. Towards the end of the year I tried dry brushing. I can’t fully say what the impact has been on my skin because it hasn’t been long, but I’m hoping that in the coming weeks I can see some of the benefits. Dry brushing is said to exfoliate skin removing dead skin cells, stimulate the lymphatic system, and decrease cellulite.
  • Incorporate Apple Cider Vinegar into my daily routine. I strictly used ACV when I was feeling run down, but it can be used daily to maintain a healthy system. Plus mixing a bit into sparkling water and adding a lime can be a tasty afternoon pick me up.
  • Do more yoga. I’ve preached about how much I love doing yoga, but recently I’ve given up on the practice. I always found an excuse (like not having enough time or being too tired), but I really miss out on the benefits and the quiet time away from my phone.
  • Unplug more. I believe in social media, but I also believe in taking breaks. Sometimes seeing everything everyone does can be a little overwhelming not to mention the news isn’t always that great to begin with. Everyone’s brain can use a little break, and the posts will all be there when you return. It’s better to just take a break, live in the moment, and be by yourself rather than comparing your hustle to everyone else’s highlight reel.

 

Albums of the Year 2016

Well, another year has come to a close and tradition states I must choose my favorite albums of the year. I’m not really sure how this tradition started for me personally, but it’s been a source of interest for a bit now. I like a wide variety of music, which should be apparent on this blog by now, but if you’re new here (hi!) there’s a lot to choose from.

I tried pretty hard not to choose a bunch of pretty popular albums this year because I often feel like those are a given. I mean who didn’t listen to Lemonade 600 times in a row? Plus choosing lesser known albums gives people a chance to check out some things they haven’t heard of before. It would just be lying to say I didn’t listen to more popular music as well. I’m really looking forward to all the new music coming in 2017 plus the adventures that are coming in the year ahead. I wish everyone the best in the new year! 

Below you’ll find my favorite albums of 2016 + a mini sampler of tracks from each in playlist format.

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Link to Playlist