As I write this, I am looking out the window of my new home office at the perfect lawn and beautiful stonework of our new neighbors. Our grass hasn’t come yet (yes, we live in a world where grass is installed on a timeline). We have been in our new build and first home for 48 hours. We are homeowners. Do.not.panic.
Tell me if any of this sounds familiar. Before weight training:
- I restricted what I ate
- Hated myself when I would eat something I “shouldn’t”
- The only exercise I thought I could do was cardio or pilates/yoga/group classes
- I thought if I walked into the weight room I would get “bulky” (which is virtually impossible)
- I just wanted to “tone” (also impossible)
A few months ago, I wrote about my struggle with food and how, through it, I learned to show myself a little grace. Since then, fitness and wellness have become a huge part of my daily life, and I’m so thankful I found them (and my trainer, Sarah Manns).
I’m continuously learning that there are so many misconceptions when it comes to fitness, strength and nutrition. But there have been a few key mental areas I focus on that help keep me grounded. [Read more…]
One of the great ironies of technology is that as the world seems to get smaller, human connections seem to get more and more feeble.
But sometimes I get a glimpse of how it can bring people and ideas together that never would have joined were it not for the internets. [Read more…]
It’s not often that you get to meet the makers and artists behind a brand. It’s rarer still that you connect both with those people and their mission.
Such was the case when I was introduced to Apse. This brand of ethical handmade goods for men and women revolves around the culture of adornment and equipment with purity of love and passionate responsibility. [Read more…]
Casual Friday outfits.
The idea of casual Friday is different in every industry. If you work in corporate, it might be the one day a week you get to wear jeans (hooray denim!). If you’re a creative, like me, every day might be pretty low-key sans the occasional client meeting. (Or if you’re a freelancer like past me, it might be leggings and slippers all day errday. No judgement.)
Valentine’s Day. I can’t help but think that, even more than making significant others feel loved and celebrated, the holiday just makes singles feel even more, well, single.
No one should ever feel less than for not being in a relationship, whether by choice or by circumstance. Valentine’s Day is actually so loathed that there are now Anti-Valentine’s Day parties. Have you ever seen an Anti-Easter party or an Anti-Fourth-of-July party? Doubtful. [Read more…]
Does relishing simplicity mean I’m getting old(er)?
I have a very clear memory of Christmastime when I was about six years old. I grabbed a toy catalog, circled literally everything I wanted and handed it to my parents in lieu of a list. Santa could handle eight new Breyer horses and a Barbie Jeep, right?
I still have a list of stuff I think I need. It’s called a Pinterest board. I’m still working on
needing wanting less stuff, but in the past year I have truly noticed my personal and home style taking a drastic shift toward the minimal. Cuts, colors, accessories, patterns.
And it’s not just because simple is easy. Simple feels clean and mature. It feels pure. It feels—French.
World, meet my new favorite coat. It is, quite literally, everything.
It’s this wonderfully luscious wine red sweater material. Oh, and it’s fab. I love that it feels like a sweater and then—surprise!—the wide lapel makes this chic little appearance. I immediately knew it would be the perfect way to dress up an athleisure look. Was not disappointed.
Not into athleisure? Never fear, it goes with juuuust about everything else. (I would know, as haven’t taken it off since it landed on my doorstep.) Did I mention it’s more than 50% off right meow? [Read more…]
Don’t be fooled by the lounge-y photo. This blog post took exponentially longer to write than most. Days, in fact. But planning and goal setting are inextricably linked with retrospection and introspection.
That meant taking the pieces of 2016, laying them out all around me and diving in.
What did I accomplish?
What brought me joy?
Who did I become?
What do I want to leave behind? [Read more…]
My affinity for athleisure essentially makes me question everything I know about myself.
Not to be dramatic, but if you had told me a few years ago that I would wear sneakers with jeans on purpose I probably would have lit myself on fire.