Saturday, January 24, 2015

Here & There 1.24

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Guys, remember summer? Yeah... me too. BUT hey, it finally snowed (sort of - turned to rain and slush) last night. In terms of winter Saturdays, today was a pretty good one: experienced my first URBN sample sale (bananas), went to brunch with some friends, cleaned my apartment, and now I'm sitting here watching Friends. It's so cheesy, but I think I like it... and I think it's kind of funny? Maybe this sort of day sounds mundane, but for a rainy day, it was perfect. Chris comes home tonight from spending the week in New Hampshire, and I can't wait! My birthday is this week and we have a full day planned tomorrow. What are you up to this weekend?

Excited to welcome The Awkward Blog as a partner - this Japanese cheesecake recipe looks amazing!

Love this handmade scarab necklace

Yoga doesn't care -- this should be posted in every studio!

Love these over the knee socks

I think I might want to go blonde?

So obsessed with the new Alexa Chung x AG collection - those overalls!

The real deal with Mercury Retrograde

This cardigan is perfection. This one too.

made me laugh - that voice over!

Save an extra 40% off sale items at J. Crew! I've had my eye on these for awhile

Love these sweet little mugs

Yum - these look incredible

My favorite bra is one sale - seriously so comfortable. This one is cute too

The secret problems of other couples (this is an interesting site)

The perfect sneakers for spring and summer - those leopard print ones!

Cute long-haired boys

What a perfect dress for summer

5 Tips for Winter Running

The cutest little backpack

When work takes over your life

Guilt-free Valentine's treats

One of the best books I've read in awhile

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Perfect Valentine's Dress

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It gets a bad rap, but I've always been a fan of Valentine's Day. February is kind of a dismal month in my opinion, dark and cold, the home stretch between Christmas and spring. Valentine's offers an excuse to escape all that, get dressed up, and bask in the glow of pink hearts, tons of flowers, and goofy grocery store candy. It's frivolous, yeah, but hey why not show a little love to yourself, your friends and family, your girlfriend or boyfriend or spouse? Go on a date. I could really use a date right now...

To me, it's the perfect reason to indulge a little, find a cute dress and get fancy. I'm still trying to decide which one I'll add to my closet, but the ones below have stolen my heart. Now I just need to figure out where to wear it...
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Left: UNIF Dress // Right: BB Dakota Dress

Do you have a fave? I'm leaning towards the light pink FP dress and the bight red ruffle dress

image above by Mandy Fierens

Monday, January 19, 2015

Life... Behind the Scenes 1

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What life looks like for me lately. Lots of wandering, attempts at beating the cold, discovering more hidden corners of Philly. Always seeking balance, seeking restfulness, and an escape from the winter doldrums. 

+ I tried putting Glee on as background noise and it. is. unbearable. Back to The Gilmore Girls it is.

+ I've devoted this month to getting our place in proper order and about 85% of it feels great. We bought some new plants: a cat-friendly snake plant and a little bamboo, which seems to have come with a sign on it that says "Zephyr Eat Me." Pure feline destruction... the other 15% of our apartment, however, is a disaster.

+ I am finally (finally!) getting back into a fitness routine and it feels so, SO good! Oh how my now-limp muscles missed being worked. I feel like I am slowly getting back to myself after a few months of being in a strange headspace.

+ I'm missing the funeral of a good friend's father this week and I'm feeling upset about it. We got to see him over the holidays, but when something like this happens the realities of being far from family (and "family") is put in stark reality. 

+ Someone stole a bunch of stuff from my brother's car this weekend, judging by what they took, they likely needed it (sleeping bags, coats, etc.), but the thing is, my brother needed that stuff too. It just bums me out.

+ The Kiki Smith engagement gift bit in Gilmore Girls? Yeah, I totally wouldn't turn my nose up at "Wolf Girl".

+ I'm in love with the Narnia murals on the 4th Street Milk & Honey windows. One of my favorite book series.

How is life for you lately? 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Here & There 1.17

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Happy weekend! I spent this cold, sunny day walking through the city and my mind feels clearer for it. Sometimes you just need a day to reset and reconnect. I'm seeing some lady friends tonight and tomorrow have big plans... to clean the house! Exciting, right? What do you have planned? Here's what I'm loving this week:

How gorgeous is this vintage '70s boho wedding dress?

This vintage cape is what dreams are made of - would look amazing with black skinnies and chelsea boots.

Nothing beats a cute crop top, loving this white cropped sweater tank.

Loving Rebecca Minkoff's jewelry line, especially these arrow earrings -- so perfect for Valentines Day!

This was really sweet... and maybe made me tear up.

7 cultural concepts we could stand to adopt in the US. Hygge sounds pretty perfect for the season.

Love this cute hat.

Mara Hoffman makes me dream of summer.

The colors of January.

What a pretty dress.

Big sale at Free People this weekend! Save an extra 20% off sale items - love this cute striped dress, and this classic bateau tee.

Ever wonder what the art sees at a museum?

This looks like the coziest sweater ever.

Two awesome salad recipes - I know... I made 'em!

Such a cool planter.

11 dogs who have no idea where that mess came from. Also this.

This book looks great.

well this is awesome.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Long Enough for Braids

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My hair seems to be making some progress, case in point: braids. I'm not usually one for two, but I'll work with what I've got. Short hair was fun for a bit, but the truth is I haven't felt much like myself since I made the chop. It's funny how much weight we put into our hair, something so impermanent and, well... dead, how much it can define us and affect us when it changes.

Get the look: Vintage thrifted coat (similar) // Vintage denim jacket (similar) // Thrifted plaid shirt (similar) // H&M jeans (similar) // Jeffrey Campbell boots // Free People rings // Vintage bracelet (similar) // Vintage hat (similar) // Free People sunglasses

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Here & There 1.10

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Happy weekend! I'm planning to spend this freezing cold  day working on projects, what do you have planned? It was a busy week over here and I'm just looking forward to laying low. Have a great weekend!

Because everyone needs vintage sequin pants. It's a proven fact.

Vintage Urban Renewal is having a 30% off sale, including this amazing vintage teddy bear coat.

Love this sleek skirt.

Wind! It's beautiful.

ModCloth is having its biggest sale of the year - up to 70% off! Love these cute, go-with-everything boots, this cute salt and pepper set, and this pretty dress.

How to make round ice.

Forever obsessed with this coat.

A beautiful response to Leelah Alcorn's death.

Buy one, get one free on all F21 sale items - really digging this sweater and this coat.

Ayn Rand reviews children's movies.

Such a cozy room.

Ohh this book looks good! Have you read anything good lately?

What an incredible story, I can't wait to listen to the podcast.

Photo of me by Jana

Thursday, January 8, 2015

White Mountain Woman

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Oh those New Hampshire mountains. A view I'll never tire of, and one I don't realize I long for until it's right there in front of me. A little distance can make even the most mundane tourist vista worth stopping at. We spent the final days of the year in the embrace of the valley we grew up in, a much needed break from reality and technology, a rare occasion to spend more than a couple frenzied days around family and friends. Cold and gorgeous, as always.

Get the look: J.Crew jacket // thrifted sweater (similar) // vintage hat (similar) // vintage tee shirt (similar) // altered J.Crew jeans (similar) // Free People sunglasses, necklace & rings // Seychelles boots