Sunday, May 21, 2017

Here & There 5.21

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Happy Sunday! How was your weekend? After a truly insane week last week and being sick over the previous two weekends, my weekend was pretty much exactly what I needed - i.e. relaxing. Chris also tore a tendon in his leg - so beyond going out on my own, we were pretty much forced to stick close to home and quite literally slow down. (seriously, the man is currently walking at a snail's pace). On Saturday I headed up to Fishtown to watch the Kinetic Sculpture derby while drinking wine with Rachel. Planned to stay out for a couple hours... seven hours later... that's how it goes. Today started out slow, then we stopped by the farmers' market and strolled around Old City. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Chris won't need surgery - and that he'll be able to walk a little faster soon!

Have a great week!

Loving this pretty vintage summer dress

Everyone needs a pineapple bag

Joss Whedon made an incredible Planned Parenthood commercial (and I cried)

Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, Stacey, Dawn, Jessi & Mallory

4 photos that make a powerful statement about race

Easy breezy summer pieces, and the shoes to go with them

How to navigate a career change

Love these cute enamel pins

A powerful letter

Obsessed with these handmade overalls (and some cute bags to go with them)

Made me laugh

Have you watched the second season of Master of None yet? So good! How it unexpectedly became TV's best food show

What a pretty skirt

YUM - these cookies look SO GOOD

Gorgeous handmade shoes

53 things you might not know about Parks and Rec

These might be the most adorable earrings

A cute hat with a good message

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Here & There 5.14

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Happy Sunday and happy Mother's Day! Chris and I spent all of last week sick with the flu, so this weekend was all about rest and recovery for us. The weather decided to play along and besides a few glorious hours of sun this morning, it was pretty rainy. After being laid up for most of last week, I'm looking forward to the week ahead, even though I know it's going to be super busy.  Hope you had a great weekend! XO

How rad is this vintage fringe jacket? Perfect for festival season!

What a pretty lip color

In marriage, is there an alternative to nagging?

Because it's Mother's Day: Designer mom style (love that crochet bikini)

How gorgeous are these scissors? (yes, scissors)

5 Tips for a springtime yoga flow

Love this classic handmade bandana (also, wow - this is gorgeous)

What it's like to audition to be a top fitness instructor

The secret to the perfect selfie

How to make healthy breakfast cookies - yum

You can't say no to a pineapple print swimsuit

Mint chocolate chip cake? YES PLEASE

The perfect shoes for summer (and the bag to go with them)

Because it's coming back sooooon: Twin Peaks facts!

Pretty underthings for summer

The smoothie in this article sounds so good

The perfect summer dress - so gorgeous with some big, bold earrings

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Here & There 5.07

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Happy Sunday, friends. How was your weekend? Chris and I are both sick, so ours was pretty uneventful. We managed to go out for breakfast on Saturday before we both started feeling awful, but today was filled with movies, tea, and lots of rest. Right now we're watching Kubo, have you seen it? It's a children's movie, but the story is interesting and the animation is beautiful. Recommended -- also, emotional!

This pretty vintage dress is perfect for spring

Call. Your. Senator.

The perfect gifts for mother's day: a classic timepiece, this pretty handmade ring, a cool kimono top, a minimalist bracelet

This pretty cami would look so cute with vintage Levi's and these sandals (um, and these incredible statement earrings)

In better news: France rejects the far right!

The prettiest bag for spring (love this one too)

The perfect gift to make for Mother's Day

Loving feminine ruffles and lace

12 seltzer cocktails that are actually good

I'd love to wear this gingham dress for date night (love these prints too)

"Marry the nerds and the good guys"

In Dolly we trust

Made me laugh: it's insane that anyone goes camping

The cutest bikini

Kitten "newborns" hearrrrrt

Love this fun dress

The best books to read this month - any you'd add?

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Here & There 4.30

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Happy Sunday night! This weekend has been everything I've needed after last week. It was a busy one for me with the launch of Etsy Studio, plus a two-day photoshoot, but now it's free and easy for the next... well, three hours or so (I started writing this on Friday... and then this morning). With the Draft taking over one half of philadelphia and the Penn Relay taking over the other half, I kept it local today and enjoyed the weather. Chris has been out of town for a few days (coming back today, yayyyy!!!!) so this weekend has been all about me (and Zeph of course). Yesterday I got a much needed haircut, my order from Moorea Seal came in with the pretty new earrings you see above (and tarot cards, which I'm super excited to learn) and today I did a little self-care with a pedicure and some self-tanner. Hope you have a great week ahead of you! Can you believe it's almost May?

The perfect little festival dress

Earrings that make a statement (and a very strong statement)

Chef Goldblum is the hero we all need right now

A pretty bag for spring

"Photoshopping president trump onto muppets"

Love these sandals

A field guide to dumb birds of North America

Would love to keep these pretty soaps in our bathroom

Can you be body positive while dieting and/or wanting to change your body? - this is interesting

The prettiest off the shoulder summer dress (and the sunglasses to wear with it)

"Apologies for the delayed response"

A pretty handmade Mother's Day gift

America's most political food

Love this cute gingham dress

The badass woman who took down Bill O'Reilly

Boob stamps!

Letting go of objects connected to grief

Would love to wear this for date night

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

WORN: Alligator Pants & Denim Jacket

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If my 2017 style could talk, it would gleefully scream "sneakers with everything!" while hurling a pair of heels in the trash. Seriously. Maybe I'll find a loafer I really like one day, and I'm sure in about a month I'll be back in Birks and Tevas, but for now - and in general - I'm 100% on board with shoes that take absolutely zero effort. As I get older my style seems to lean more and more towards becoming an amalgamation of my teenage self and my mother's style from the 80s and 90s. Baggy pants, skate shoes, flowy dresses, and silk and linen. It's a weird combination, but I like it, and what's more, it causes zero discomfort. Looking back on some of my older blog posts from when I first began blogging (7 years ago this summer!), it's funny to see how done up I'd get. Granted, I was working in higher education and still working things out style-wise, but oof... so many high-waist belts! These days I tend to stick with a handful of favorite silhouettes, most recently rediscovering the joys of a loose pant like this vintage silk pair. I mean, they're also covered with alligators, which could be part of the appeal, but with a baggy tank and easy sneakers, it was the perfect outfit for an early spring day.

Get the look:
Vintage wide leg silk pants  - similar
Free People tank
Vans Old Skool sneakers
Vintage denim jacket - similar
Free People sunglasses

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Here & There 4.22

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Woof, what a week! What a 24 hours actually... I nearly got run down by a car this morning, left my computer charger at the office (which means it's currently chilling in Brooklyn), and I got summoned for jury duty. Jury duty! Ha! Safe to say, I'm thrilled it's the weekend. Today I'm doing the whole seasonal closet switcheroo and I can't wait to pack away my sweaters and clean everything out. Coats are going to the dry cleaner, donation bags are going to Goodwill, and I'll also be uploading a bunch of new stuff to my Poshmark, which I've admittedly been neglecting over the past few months - so keep an eye out if you're interested in shopping my closet. I've been feeling a little shoppy these past 24 hours, and I think all the new spring greenery outside is to blame. Philly is beautiful again! Tomorrow we're thinking of heading out to the shore to explore the beach off-season. Have a wonderful weekend!

This handmade bag would be perfect for a summer music festival - so cute!

Everything is on sale at J.Crew! Take 25% off full price and 40% off sale - I just ordered this cute gingham bikini and this pretty off the shoulder top

Seriously Taylor, what is your problem?

Found: The perfect Jane Birken basket bag

Well this is adorable

20% off shoes at UO! Including these perfect sandals

Inside the Paisley Park archives

So in love with these minimalist hoop earrings (these too)

I've heard amazing things about this book

A really interesting piece on Nelly Bly

What a gorgeous swimsuit

To stay married, embrace change

Will we abandon women's rights in the name of progressive politics?

This dress looks so breezy and summery

Frida Kahlo's wardrobe revealed

Love these moon earrings (these are cool too)

Obsessed with this candle

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Nature Looks Good on You: Drifter Organics

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I've been a fan of natural bath and beauty products for awhile now, I've spoken of it before and even quite recently, but it wasn't until last year that using simple, all-natural products became less of an interest and more of a necessity. See, in 2016 I joined the ranks of the blessed many that experience eczema on a frequent basis. Yay! Actually it's the worst. Characterized by dry, itchy, red patches on the body, eczema is not only painful, but also unsightly. Besides my face breaking out from time to time, my skin had always been pretty friendly and accepting of whatever I put on it. I'd never really given much thought to it and just sort of went about my business. Until suddenly I was prescribed a steroid cream to take care of the skin condition that popped up out of nowhere one day - a steroid cream I really didn't want to rely on. Remembering an interview and tutorial I did awhile back with my friend Caroline for Free People where she spoke of her own struggles with her skin, I recommitted myself to only using all-natural products, especially oils, on my body.

And why on earth did I ever stray? Oils have worked wonders on my face, and for body, I absolutely love how nourished and hydrated my skin looks and feels after I slather it on post-shower, and best of all, I seem to be experiencing fewer flare-ups. Nature really does work wonders. Until recently I'd been using straight-up coconut oil from the jar and still reach for it from time to time, but then I got my hands on these body butters from Drifter Organics. And you guys. Heaven. It's no coincidence that these products would help with my skin issues. Drifter Organics was founded by Micaela Hoo, whose blog Oh My Drifter I've been following for what seems like forever, and her mom, Dawn Marie. Micaela has dealt with her own autoimmune issues (detailed on their site), which is what lead her to create her own body products -- and eventually found Drifter Organics -- in the first place. Made with natural, nourishing ingredients like shea butter, avocado oil, jojoba oil, safflower seed oil and vitamin E, the products easily melt into skin, and, depending on the scent, the blend of essential oils all come with their own unique benefits. My favorite is Serenity Now - Seinfeld references aside (which I also love), the combination of lavender and frankincense calms my skin, smells amazing and helps me fall asleep at night. For days when I shower in the morning and will be following up with a fragrance, I turn to the unscented Basic, and all other occasions lead me to the limited edition Barefoot in the Park, a fresh scent that's perfect for spring and summer. After using them for a few weeks, my skin feels smoother and more hydrated, eczema flare-ups have chilled a little, and the extra hydration makes the colors in my tattoos pop.

Now that winter weather is finally over, I'm hoping that the combination of quality products, a cleaned up diet and more exposure to sunlight will help my skin even more. Plus, I love how hydrated my legs look after I use a good-quality body butter, it takes at least some of the self-consciousness out of baring a little more come spring and summer.

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Big thanks to Drifter Organics for the chance to become addicted to their products. All opinions are my own.