Saturday, September 21, 2019

Weekend Reading 9.21

Happy Saturday, friends! I just got back from working as a photographer's assistant for a wedding and I. Am. Beat. This week was a long one spent checking off some big to-dos, the most exciting of which is I finally pulled the trigger and bought a car. Chris and I have been sharing one car for months, and while I wish owning two wasn't necessary, with his schedule it absolutely is. So, now that I have a way to get around outside of my easily walkable radius, tomorrow I'm planning on taking my paddleboard out to enjoy the second wave of summery weather that's hit Portland. I can't believe it's already the end of September – this year has flown by at an incredible pace, but I'm also really excited about the next few weeks. My brother is coming to town – the last time I saw him was in 2017 – and to be honest, I'm just really looking forward to fall and everything that comes with it. Apple picking? Yes please. Fall hikes? Sign me up. I'm ready for all of it.


A great and powerful read: Jonathon Van Ness comes out as HIV-positive (NYT)

Related: I just ordered his book

How to join the youth climate strike – no matter your age. Did you protest this week? I couldn't go but am hoping to this Friday!

I've been on the hunt for a new fall coat - loving this menswear-inspired plaid jacket, this cozy shearling moto jacket and this dreamy faux-fur jacket

Are you going to see the new Downton Abbey movie? I have so much catching up to do!

For the true crime lovers out there, a long read: the hunt for the serial killer of Laredo

I have my eye on this cozy cashmere sweater – so pretty with jeans or even with a skirt for fall

Why doesn't anyone feel like an adult anymore?

Found: a really good matte black nail polish (perfect for the season)

How to make a lifestyle change actually stick – I needed this

Can you tell I'm on a sweater kick? Loving this cozy striped sweater

This is pretty major – Allure just launched a clean beauty seal!

Love this modern take on the liner jacket - especially in that ochre color

These chai spice cookies are on my must-make list

Iced horchata latte? Sign me up.

OK, this pink faux-fur moto jacket is too good

Friday, September 13, 2019

Weekend Reading 9.13

Happy Friday the 13th! I feel like I've been looking forward to this weekend for, well, weeks. Life has felt like a whirlwind lately, and I'm in desperate need of some downtime. I don't have much planned for myself this weekend, for once – I'm doing some car research so I can hopefully get myself a car next week (a big reason why life has felt so crazy has been sharing a car with someone who works 90 hours a week), and going to the Portland Yard Sale on Sunday. And cleaning my disaster of an apartment – not sure about you, but you can tell a lot about my mental state by the state of my apartment, and right now it's in shambles. There are about 1000 other things I'd like to add to my to-do list, but I'm trying – REALLY TRYING – to slow down and take the time I need to get back to my baseline of feeling somewhat better (I need sleep, badly). Anyway – I hope YOUR weekend is restful and relaxing and exactly what you need it to be. If you're in Maine/Portland, come out to the Portland Yard Sale! I'll have a rack of vintage there and all proceeds go to RAICES to support families separated at the border.


Fall hit fast this year (it's currently 40°f!) and I'm really excited about dressing for it. I have my eye on this cool bag company for a good work-friendly bag, some hiking-inspired sneakers (that green pair!), and some kind of cozy, fluffy faux-fur coat

Have you seen the new Madewell x Dickies collab? Giving me major flashbacks in the best way. I have these pants and this jumpsuit (pink!) in my cart.

Teens explain their back-to-school outfits (everything looks like the Delias catalog from 1997 and I LOVE IT) (Related: I feel old but that's OK)

I have plants to bake something this weekend – and I think it might be this delicious-looking pumpkin bread

I have my eye on this pretty layering necklace – I haven't seen one like this before and think it would be so nice on its own or layered up

Have you seen Everlane's new corduroy pieces? I wasn't sure about them but have since convinced myself that I need these high waist wide leg pants - so good with sneakers and a vintage tee, right? I'm thinking Navy...

Always love seeing who Bon Appetit nominates for their 50 Best Restaurants list – no Maine on there, but I do see Providence and Boston!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE seeing more size representation on Shopbop! They still have a ways to go for total inclusivity, but I love that they didn't make a big deal about it (You know what I mean? Some companies seem to only do it for the press coverage and like they're doing people a favor – I like that they just did it). MORE OF THIS PLEASE!

My favorite loafers now come in a (really good) snake print - ordering now!

Started this powerful book this week - so far I'm loving it, one part memoir, one part self-help/advice, but from someone who has experienced more than most of us will ever experience in one lifetime

What you can do now to financially prep for the holidays - I needed this, but also how about emotionally prepping? Thinking about that a lot lately.

The best new cookbooks for fall – I seriously need some inspiration, I feel like I've been stuck on autopilot recently

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Long Weekend Reading 09.01

Happy long weekend! Can you believe it's Labor Day weekend already? This summer flew by (and TBH I'm ready for fall), but I'm also not quite ready to admit summer's nearly over – with how our schedules worked out, this summer was a bit of a bust, so really I'm celebrating the arrival of September and what that means for us. Chris and I have some plans to unplug this weekend and celebrate the end of the busiest season at work – at least the proverbial end (it's probably not going to end) – and I'm looking forward to doing some reading, writing and hiking. Hope yours is sun-filled and relaxing – here's some links to click, read & shop:

ICYMI: Dainty gold necklaces for fall

Save 50% off sale styles + 40% off your purchase from J.Crew! Including this adorable dress and this classic bag

August's most popular recipes - those grilled shrimp look so good!

Receive a great 5 piece gift set with any Biossance purchase - this gorgeous oil literally changed my life

PSA: Don't fly with cake mix

I've been working on updating my Poshmark closet more frequently - if you've been thinking about joining, you can use the code 'ORCHIDGREY' to sign up and get $10!

on the desire to look less "Instagrammable"

Save 50% off sale items from Anthropologie. I have my eye on this cozy-looking henley dress, this headband and this adorable beaded bag

Made me laugh (re: Lizzo)

On my wishlist for fall: Cozy fall pieces in muted colors (that color-block cardigan!), a perfect faux-fur jacket, and some pretty, dainty hair accessories

Have you watched the trailer yet for The Goldfinch? I'm so excited!

Crushing on this chunky knit cardigan and these button-up pants

How to stretch your grocery budget

My other holy grail skin product now comes in a duo with an oil - plus receive a free full-size gift!

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Style Crush: Dainty Gold Necklaces for Fall

At time of writing, it's 54°f here in Maine... I think it's ok that I start talking about fall. While I won't wish summer away just yet, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't excited for the opportunity to throw on a light sweater and dabble in transitioning my summer wardrobe to styles meant for cooler weather. This time between summer and fall is one of my favorites, especially during that sweet spot when you can wear sweaters thrown over dresses and paired with skirts – no boots or tights just yet. That's the time of year I love, and I'm looking forward to carrying a few summer trends over to the cooler temps, namely the dainty gold necklaces I've been wearing non-stop for the past few months.

As someone who always gravitated towards chunkier statement jewelry and lots of silver, I never thought I'd be so won over by the layered necklace trend I've been seeing everywhere, especially in gold – but here we are. I love them peeking out from button-ups and, come cooler weather, I'll be wearing them with blazers and fluffy, fuzzy sweaters – gold just feels classic, simple, and easy to throw on to finish off an outfit. Life has been so busy lately, anything that I can do to feel pulled together and somewhat with it these days is a lifesaver – the styles I've been drawn to are on the simpler side, easy to wear and allow me to move freely. Maybe this is why I've been taken with smaller, more delicate jewelry – it's simply lighter.

What are you most excited to wear for the upcoming season?

Friday, August 23, 2019

Weekend Reading 8.23

Happy Weekend! Can you believe Labor Day is just a week away? How did summer flash by so fast? This weekend we're celebrating a friend's recent marriage, and I'm planning on working on my new site (I've had a template for nearly a year that I'm finally working on installing – one step at a time, you know?). Chris and I have some fun plans next weekend, so I'm going to try to work ahead a bit to get some projects done before then. As a chronic procrastinator, nothing makes me feel calmer than having my work done on time, or – gasp! – early. We're supposed to get a glimpse of early fall weather this weekend and I can't wait. As much as I don't want winter to get here any faster than it needs to, I'm ready to sleep a little better and sweat a little less. Hope your weekend is filled with only the good stuff. XO

ICYMI: A little pre-fall look

5 ways to help the Amazon – and why you should: Support indigenous people through Amazon Watch, help buy land in the Amazon through Rainforest Trust, protect animals in the rainforest through the WWF, protect an acre of Amazon through the Rainforest Action Network

Started a new thrifting series on Instagram this week and so excited about it

This quiz is awesome and incredibly informative

Wow - these stained glass insects are so stunning! (this little stained glass moon is darling too)

Related and irony of all ironies: the founder of Amazon is the only person rich enough to save the actual Amazon

Now for a complete 180. Exciting advancements in the world of underpants: Everlane's new barely there line looks perfect for under jeans and tight things, and Thinx now offers an 'all cycle long' set

This looks like the perfect late-summer meal (just swap for veg. sausage to make it meatless if that's your jam)

Are we still loving barrettes? Just kidding – you can pry them from my cold, dead hands. Really into this solid set of barrettes (under $10) and these pretty options (and these headbands too)

Have you checked out the NPR 'Life Kit' series? Love this piece on making and keeping friends – something I've been working on lately

Still loving my leopard slip skirt - how pretty is this option? (and it goes up to size 24)

These DIY wax balloon vessels are so pretty and modern

Kind of obsessed with these baby blue loafers

Looking for a new book to read? Here are 10 of the best books by women of color

Reminder: You're more than the best and worst thing you've ever done

Did 2019 kill the heel? Damn I hope so...

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

A Glimpse Of Fall At Snug Harbor Farm (+ a Local Eclectic discount)

Are you ready for fall? I'm 100% not... but I'm definitely appreciating the cooler nights and mornings that Maine has been experiencing lately. Waking up to Portland's fog and the smell of the ocean is just one of the many reasons why I love living here, and this time of year seems to heighten the ocean's effect. The past few weeks have been the perfect little taste of the season to come while our feet remain firmly planted in summer (the thought of putting fall boots on is enough to make me shudder). This season is short, I'm not about to wish it away... BUT I've been seeing a lot of very cute looks around lately, and I've shifted my shopping focus to searching out a few key pieces suitable for cooler weather – like a great plaid menswear blazer and delicate, dainty blouses (I found the one pictured here secondhand in Portland). Both so perfect with dainty jewelry all layered up, a look I've been leaning into hard lately – exhibit A: this pretty crescent moon necklace from Local Eclectic. Do I feel like the moon's #1 fan when I wear it with my crescent tattoo showing? Yes. Do I care? No. Also also, you can save 10% off your first purchase from Local Eclectic with the code 'Julie10' - enjoy! What are you loving for fall 2019?

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Weekend Reading 8.17

I'm not sure I've been so excited for a weekend in quite some time. Why? Do I have major plans? Something thrilling on the docket? No and no, in fact, I have NOTHING ON MY TO-DO LIST AT ALL. And I'm thrilled. It's been a crazy few weeks with some very fun and very packed weekends but I'm in desperate need of a couple days off. How about you? You too? Frankly, while I'm not about to wish fall upon us any sooner than it needs to be here, I am excited for the inevitable chill that comes with the end of summer. Already, I can feel nature slowing down a little bit – feeling a little sleepy. The cicadas have been droning, nights have been blissfully cool, it's great. Today, all I have scheduled is a massage to deal with the massive knots that have formed in my upper back, and I'll probably stop by the farmer's market on my way home. That's it. Whatever else happens, happens – there's plenty that I'd like to accomplish of course, but this weekend I'm doing my best impression of someone who doesn't over commit. This week, Chris and I are celebrating our 8 year wedding anniversary (!!!) with dinner at Drifters Wife (I'm so excited – we've never been). And until then I'll be doing very little at all – enjoy your weekend!

For a limited time you can save 10% off your first purchase from Local Eclectic with the code Julie 10! I've been wearing this necklace non-stop and love these tortoise earrings.

Wait... is Mark Maron hot? "I love a dirtbag with a heart of gold" Girl, me too.

On my August wishlist: style that straddles summer and fall, a sweet mini bag (as long as it can carry my phone), casual denim dressing and a cute, cheeky tee (pasta!)

I have a big tub of blueberries that need to be used ASAP and I think I'm going to make this paleo blueberry coffee cake tomorrow

Despite it not being coat season, this coat is calling my name. Like, really calling it. See also this leopard print coat.

How to actually forgive someone (noted. As someone who tends to hold a grudge)

Save 50% off Reformation! This dress would be great for a wedding in summer or fall, this is one of my favorite dresses of summer, and I ordered these jeans.

New podcast obsession: Press Send (it's my favorite thing to listen to on my mile and a half walk to yoga)

J.Crew rewards members get 30% off their purchase this weekend - it's free to sign up (I just did). Love the idea of this cashmere sweater dressed up with a slip skirt or dressed down with leggings.

Dermstore is having a big sale – i swear by this clean beauty CC cream and have been loving this natural enzyme peel (it smells like cherry pie!)

If music represents our culture, is American pop music contributing to climate change?

Love this new color of the most comfortable pants (so good with that baby blue)

What's the most memorable thing a therapist has ever told you?

How chic are these snake-print loafers? Perfect for fall!

Would you make "Murder Cookies" they sound sort of good (not sure if i can get down with Crisco though)