These photos were taken way back in spring, you know... late February? We were treated to a little preview of what's to come, right before a wallop of a snowstorm and bitterly cold weather that had been absent all winter. The warm weather was lovely, if somewhat alarming (global warming!) and a bit of a tease, but Chris and I made the most of it and wandered around Old City. We grabbed coffee at United By Blue and popped into Meadowsweet to say hi and have a look around. I've had these overalls for a few months now -- picked up from Caitlin of MickNMarianne when they were having a pop-up at Meadowsweet awhile back -- but just finally got around to mending the holes. I'm not opposed to holes in the bum, but my growing collection of vintage patches was begging to be put to use. I'm looking forward to bringing these overalls back out for warmer days and styling them with a monochrome top or maybe something cropped. For now, I'm digging the flared leg all cuffed up.
Happy weekend, friends! Did you go out for St. Patrick's Day? It's my least favorite holiday of all and yet somehow I found myself at a bar last night. Wah wah. After tending to my subsequent headache this morning (but seriously, I had two drinks and some seltzer -- I'm officially old) I met up with a friend for breakfast before vegging out on the couch -- something I almost never do during the day, I'm watching Underground right now - have you see it? -- and later heading to the gym. On top of my regular workouts, this month I'm doing Yoga With Adriene's 30 Day Yoga Challenge and it's been pretty amazing. My new goal is to just continue it - yoga every day in 2017! Tomorrow we're going out for breakfast (diner breakfasts are my favorite thing - diners forever) and running a few errands. Philly is drizzly and snowy, I'm counting down the days 'till summer!
Happy Sunday eve -- how was your weekend? We hid from the cold (and St. Patrick's Day madness) and hit up the Philadelphia Flower Show today. This was our first time attending and it was beautiful. There was so much to see though, I wish we had been a little more prepared! Winter has been holdng on tightly these past few days and it sounds like snow is in the forecast for Tuesday (just in time for me to have to travel to Brooklyn). I've been fantasizing about getting out of town - this time last year I was in Texas for SXSW and could use a little Texas heat right about now, or some camping, or anything above 60 degrees :)
I recently caught myself scrolling through old blog photos, feeling a little... wistful? I'm not sure that's the right word for it, but as I looked through past outfits from four or five years ago, I was reminded of a time when I spent more than a few minutes on my outfits, when heels and platforms dominated my closet, and when jewelry meant piling on the necklaces. It's easy to look at a photo and take it at face value, harder to really analyze and remember how you might have been feeling at the time -- and how far you've come. I'm in a season of my life when getting dressed usually means sneakers, and often means yoga pants if I'm working from home. "Dressing up" usually takes place on the weekends, when Chris and I might be walking around the city, so -- at least in this cold weather -- life dictates sneakers, flat boots, and jeans. And I'm perfectly OK with that. Though I'm COUNTING DOWN the days until I can wear (flat) sandals and a (unrestricting) dress again.
Happy sunny Sunday! We've had the most incredible -- if concerning -- weather these past few days, with several days getting into the 70s. Glorious... but hard not to think about the implications, you know? That said, I'm 100% ready for spring and warmth and less clothing. Now that Chris has weekends off, I can't wait to take advantage of this next season with lots of hikes, beach time, and wandering - there's so much of the area we live in that we haven't seen yet simply because we never had the time together. Today though, we're just chilling. We hosted a dinner with friends last night, so today will be spent enjoying our clean house and getting ready for the week (and definitely spending some time outdoors while the sun's out). xo
I've been hanging on to this velvet tank for years. At least 10, possibly 15. I think I may even have acquired it in high school. If memory serves, it's a hand-me-down from a family friend, and until recently I just didn't know how to wear it. It's a funny length, not long enough to be tucked in or to drape casually over skinny jeans, but too long to be a crop top. Deep down, I knew I'd figure it out someday and it was just too nice and too basic to ever get rid of. I know, I'm ridiculous. it's a goddamn black tank top - what's the problem? But I'd wager everyone has their own version of this -- something nice, but slightly awkward -- hiding in their closet. Well, enter vintage Levi's. You guys, I figured it out. I figured out how to wear a shirt. Groundbreaking. But I really love how nicely it layered beneath this vintage embroidered jacket, and it was blissfully warm enough this past weekend to even go out without a heavy coat.
We're getting a little taste of spring this week, and I'm not mad about it. Global warming, yes, but what a difference a little vitamin D makes. They're calling for temps nearing 70 today -- perhaps a little too warm, but I'll take it, if only for a day or two. C'mon spring!
My schedule has changed pretty dramatically over the past year. Going from a solid 9-6 (usually much later than 6, tbh) office routine to splitting my time between working from home and commuting to Dumbo, it's been a lot to get used to. Some days I have no commute at all, and some days I spend four hours schlepping myself between Philly and Brooklyn, hopping between Uber, Amtrak and the subway. It's a balancing act for sure and I've found that carrying the right bag with the right things in it can make or break the commute. I don't like a lot of fuss, especially in the winter when I'm also burdened with layers and a coat that immediately becomes too warm the second I step on the train. I wish I could say I've perfected it, but 8 months later I'm still making tweaks and adjustments. Sometimes I carry a backpack, sometimes this tote from Moorea Seal is all I need. Today I'm sharing some of the essentials I've been carrying with me these days, many of which are key to making a two hour train ride bearable. Hint: most of them are books... travel activities aren't just for kids! They're for professional, grown-ass adult women too!
Bag: Julia Canright Block Printed Tote Bag
On the hunt for a decent tote bag that could handle my computer on lighter commuting days, I found this great hand-printed tote on Moorea Seal and fell in love. It's roomy enough to hold my laptop and a couple of books, but not too big to also carry as a regular purse on weekends. It's great for weekends at flea markets or wandering the city, when I might pick up a couple of small things and don't want to acquire shopping bags. A Really Good Pen
Because a really good pen makes all the difference between actually using your planner or journal or whatever and living a life of disorganization. I'm liking Ink Joy pens right now. Awakening Loving-Kindness - Pema Chödrön
I've been a fan of Chödrön's uncomplicated approach to meditation for a while now, and like how portable the pocket shambhala classics are. I'm working my way up to a daily meditation practice, but for days when it doesn't happen, or I need a break from the storm, I read this.
52 Lists for Happiness - Moorea Seal
My girl Moorea's 2nd book and it's goooood. I think it's simpler in its approach than the first one and I like that it has a focus - happiness. I'm finding the lists surprisingly difficult to fill out sometimes, which is a good thing. It's making me seriously consider how I spend my time and how I can better tune in to what brings me true happiness.
Law of Attraction Planner
Can you tell I'm on a self-improvement tear this year? After ending 2016 on a lower note, I decided to make 2017 the year of being better. This planner is a whopper for sure, but I love that it's A - not dated and B - has sections for seemingly every area of life. Not just to-dos but current goals, inspiration, and long-term goals for where you hope to be.
So, I clearly like to saddle myself with too many books, this little device is an attempt to at least somewhat break the habit. I was resistant to depending on yet another device, especially one that takes the place of print, but I was having trouble returning my library books on time and I also wanted to be able to spend more time reading during my commute to Brooklyn instead of staring at my laptop screen. Now that I've gotten used to it, I think it'll be great for summer and going back to my mom's, too. 'Coffee' iPhone Case
Because some things just speak your language and my language is coffee, cats and crystals and this case features all three.
Solid Amber Perfume
To me, this smells like pure nostalgia. My mom used to give me these little carved Indian soapstone boxes with solid perfume inside when I was younger and I recently rediscovered them via my favorite metaphysical bookstore here in Philly. This one is 1 note - amber - and I love how simple and warm it is. Free People Sunglasses
My favorites - I have two pairs because they literally work with every outfit. Blackhorne Black Crescent Keychain