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)

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Weekend Reading 8.4

Hello! Happy AUGUST. I've officially reached that point in the summer, I'm booked up. My calendar is full. I've reached max capacity. Do you know what I'm talking about? It's that point in the summer when you attempt to make plans, but realize every single weekend – and most weekdays – are all booked. No vacancy. If you're lucky – or rather, if you're smart – you've remembered to leave some time for yourself during all this. I didn't. So I'll be cleaning my apartment in the early mornings, preparing for next weekend's houseguests while simultaneously coming down from this weekend, which was spent (joyously, mind you) celebrating a friend's pregnancy in Rhode Island. it's all good stuff, but like any summer in New England, it all comes at once. When you spend half the year hibernating, the summer months tend to fill up... fast. The past few weekends were no exception. I had a summer camp reunion, visits from family, and lots of work between all that. This evening I'm heading home from previously mentioned Rhode Island/ Massachusetts trip and hopefully going to the grocery store, because the pickings are slim after all this busyness. ANYWAY, I hope your summer has been FULL and GOOD. Sharing some items of interest below:

A friend introduced me to this podcast this weekend and now I bequeath it to you: You're Wrong About podcast. I started with the Anna Nicole episode and highly recommend.

Head's up: Shopbop just added a ton of cute pieces to their sale section! I always grab a couple of statement pieces for the next season from their sale section (yes, I know. I can't believe I'm talking about fall either). This time around I'm looking for a cute statement bag.

A devastating but engrossing and important long read: Driven to the end.

The Outdoor Voices sale is still going strong - and I'm still stocking up on leggings (I'm obsessed with the Tech Sweat fabric)

Made me laugh (and also how almost all my days start)

My skin has been going haywire this month, and I've been hearing so many good things about CBD -infused skincare. I discovered that a CBD pain-relieving balm is also great for after-sun care (goodbye redness), and I have this CBD skin booster in my cart. A friend also gave this CBD serum rave reviews.

Related to the above: is this "BAD summer?". Is that what this is?

I'm still loving neon, especially paired with neutrals for fall – how pretty are these neon statement pieces? So pretty paired with more organic, understated jewelry (those horn hoops!).

This is what I want for dinner: Harissa chicken salad

Both Chris and I have been using this shampoo lately and I feel like it's making our routines so much easier. It adds a bit of grit to your hair (but not too much) so it's easier to style.

Heavy stuff, but I feel I can't not acknowledge the fact that, yet again, our country has experienced trauma, senseless death and tragedy at the hands of someone with a gun: The virality of evil (NYT) and Rihanna speaks for all of us (hopefully)

A coworker introduced me to this wallet this week and now I want one. (sleek, compact and has an RFID blocker)

I finally picked up this book (Maine content) last week and I'm loving it – perfect easy, funny, but poignant read for the beach

Want to change the world? Do this (very simple) thing.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Weekend Reading 7.19

What. A. Week. Anyone else feeling the crushing weight of current events this week? Because I AM. Woof. How are we all feeling, friends? Personally, I'm exhausted. Between work, the heat, and the news, I could use a little decompression, which I'm planning for this weekend. It's supposed to be HOT, so I'm still a bit unsure of how I'll deal. Maybe I'll stay indoors and take care of some of the stuff that's been pushed aside, maybe I'll hop a ferry out to an island (I'm leaning towards taking the responsible route). Who knows. Tonight I'm off to Thompson's Point, and outdoor venue here in Portland, to see Lord Huron with a pal who's in from out of town. Hope your weekend plans include plenty of relaxation. XO

It's definitely not baking weather but damn... Creme Fraiche Chocolate Chunk Cookie Bars

OMG, a Gossip Girl reboot? I'm here for it!

On Instagram this week we were discussing what to wear to a funeral - I ended up ordering this dress because I can wear it again, even in colder weather. A few more funeral attire options: This button-up dress, this chic wrap dress, this long sleeve option, this sleek jumpsuit, and this short wrap option.

Have you been to the beach yet this year? I've been living on my paddle board on the weekends and have my eye on some cute floral bikinis like these and some bright and cute beach accessories (that pineapple fan!)

And of course a great pair of sunglasses

Whose job is it to clean up the world's messes? Ours? Women's?

Mango's sale is on sale! Get an extra 20% off 4 or more items. I'm eyeing up this gingham midi dress, this polkadot dress, these strappy flat sandals, and this cowrie shell necklace

How vanity changes with age - love the varied perspectives in this piece

Aren't these handmade shell necklaces beautiful? Would be suuuuuper nice as an anniversary gift (cough, cough... just saying)

I'm going to a summer camp reunion next weekend (!!!) and am tempted to make this peanut butter s'mores dip (I mean... how good?!)

These handmade minimalist mugs are so pretty - perfect for morning coffee on the patio

You probably haven't heard, but the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is live. I'm thinking about these red loafers, this pretty makeup palette, and this set of perfume minis . And this eyelash serum!

Simple recipes for a really hot summer weekend

Save an extra 30% off sale items at Anthropologie. Loving this pretty top, this headband, and these fun throw pillows.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Weekend Reading 7.14

Happy weekend! After a week of crazy early mornings and not enough sleep I spent this weekend getting back to my baseline. For me that meant sleeping a sufficient number of hours (and not forcing myself to wake up early even when I know I need more sleep), spending some quality time with Zephyr, eating food that fuels me, and getting outdoors. And vacuuming, because damn. Summer always seems to be such a whirlwind, doesn't it? Hope your weekend was a good one! Sharing some links below for you:


Are we connected on Instagram yet? I share much more frequently over there and recently shared a bit about this week's work trip to a gorgeous spot in New Hampshire.

If you're looking for some new gym or active clothes: Outdoor Voices is having a major sale! I bought these leggings and have my eye on these

YUM - I might make these keto magic bars this weekend (I'm not keto but I try to keep my treats low-carb)

I've been on the hunt for the perfect pair of summer sandals lately and love these mixed print options (the snake print!). Perfect with a pair of statement shorts and a straw bag.

Love this primer for shopping better online. I used the size-up trick for this skirt off Poshmark.

Megan Rapinoe for president. Love her.

How beautiful are these candlesThis one sounds lovely and those containers would make perfect pots for plants.

I just started this book and it's brought me back to the late '90s and pop-punk and my old Toyota. Highly recommended. This is next on my list.

6 Women on the decision to not have children

10 Apps to help you gain financial literacy and manage your money

This healthy orange julius protein smoothie sounds so good (if you're interested in trying Thrive Market use this code for 25% off your first order!)

Really into these customizable hair clips (i want one that says "CATS")

The best books of summer 2019, statistically speaking.

I've been using this natural self-tanner religiously this summer and swear by it for the perfect glow.

Just a heads up: I updated my Shop My Closet page

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Long Weekend Reading + 4th of July Sales

Happy 4th! How are you celebrating? (If you celebrate...) I'm off to go paddle boarding through the Scarborough marsh and I can't wait. I haven't taken my board out at all yet and the weather looks like it's going to be perfection. However you spend the day, I hope it's fun and safe. Sharing a few good links + 4th of July sale info for you below:

ICYMI: One of my favorite super simple summer outfits

The best 4th of July sales:

Take an extra 50% off Anthropologie sale items (love this)

Take 25% off summer styles from Madewell

Save an extra 15% off sale items from Mango – obsessed with this shell necklace

Sale items from M.Gemi are up to 65% off - love these espadrilles

Ulta is taking up to 50% off sale items

Choose what you pay from Everlane

It's officially officially summer, which means summer dressing! Love these sweet, breezy pieces (that white set with the buttons!). I've also been on the hunt for the perfect pair of strappy sandals and a great beach bag.

Why is this so funny?

Just started using this body oil spray and it's so lovely

You guys - teens are writing about YouTube drama for their exams. What is happening.

I've had this song on repeat lately - and the video is pretty spectacular

The morning routines of 5 successful people – attempted.

Blueberry pecan galette... yes please