Friday, April 12, 2019

Weekend Reading 4.12

Happy Friday! This week was a doozy for some reason – and by "for some reason" I 100% mean "because of taxes, paying taxes, working and traveling all last weekend, and generally feeling exhausted." So anyway, YES. WEEKEND. After Monday's snowstorm I'm looking forward to actual, real warm weather tomorrow (65!) and hopefully spending some time with Chris outside. Our work schedules have been all over the place lately, so time together has been scarce lately and when we do have it, we always seem to end up running errands. So this weekend I'm really hoping to do some exploring. And also put up shelves for my shoes, because that's how it goes. Also feeling tempted to make my life super difficult and do the seasonal closet switch-e-roo way too early (it's still April, after all, which qualifies for winter here in Maine). As usual, too many to-dos and not enough time to do it all. Hope you've got something fun planned! xo

ICYMI: My favorite activewear for spring

It's the last day of the Shopbop sale! Browse my picks here. I placed my order but I'm feeling tempted by these travel-ready bags (that leopard tote!) and these summer-ready pieces.

There's a new alcohol-free bar in Brooklyn! I can't wait to visit the next time I'm in town.

I just for my haircut but I'm tempted to go shorter - love the texture of this cut!

How gorgeous is this white eyelet dress? So so perfect for summer! (Really in love with all the wedding-ready dresses)

Aren't these zodiac earrings pretty? There's a necklace too...

DIY essential oil towlettes

I've been using this sea salt air dry spray on my hair lately and I love it – it * actually * gives great texture (super curious about this product)

Love this post about Instagram etiquette - that Nigel Slater response!

Save an extra 50% off J.Crew sale items! Into this sunny yellow top and this spring-ready sweater

Guys - banana pudding that actually looks good

The perfect bag to feed your '90s lime green obsession

If beauty Youtubers existed in the '90s (dying)

love these cute striped earrings

Apparently this candle smells like Le Labo's Santal 33 (AKA heaven)

Found: a cropped hoodie that's actually cute (and fits well)

Thursday, April 11, 2019

My Favorite Activewear for Spring

Is it safe to call this spring? Frankly, after Monday's snowstorm I'm feeling a little gun-shy. BUT today the weather reached a whopping 50 degrees and the sun actually felt warm if you stood in the right spot. For those not living in New England, the constant complaints and refrain about the weather may sound... endless? Redundant? When in fact, complaining about the weather is a competitive sport here in the Northeast. Really though, springtime always makes me feel hopeful – coming out of a dark winter, springtime makes me excited to get outside again. I can't wait to hike and surf – but even before all that, I can't wait to run outside without the fear of slipping on ice! With most of the snow now gone in Portland, I've been feeling that extra boost of motivation that comes with spring weather – and of course the new workout clothes that come with it. I can't be the only one who gets super excited to workout when I get a new pair of sneakers, cute high-waisted leggings or a freshened-up arsenal of sports bras (or even better, a set - the one above is the Intro Kit). Weird? Maybe (but I know I'm not alone here) but the options are just too good:

Sports Bras: I love a fun sports bra and there are so many good ones out there now! I just ordered this one from Onzie (that pattern!), which will be perfect for weights days and yoga, and I have my eye on this one for summer hiking.

Leggings: You might be surprised – or not – to learn that my collection of leggings is a little out of control. Between working from home (aka loungewear central) and actually working out, I go through a lot of them. For spring I'm hoping to get a new pair for hiking, and some ankle-length leggings for the gym (love these).

Sneakers: So, I really need a new pair of sneakers – but I'm torn. My running shoes are shot – I have these and loved them – but I'm finding I also need a pair for weight days too. Maybe these? Have you tried a pair of training shoes? I'd love to know what you thought.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Favorite Summer Pieces on Sale

Currently re-acclimating after spending the past four days in Brooklyn. And by "re-acclimating" I mean I traveled from 70 and sunny in Williamsburg to 30 and actively snowing here in Maine. Woof. This weather was so unexpected, everyone's out of salt for the roads and most equipment has been stored for the season - so yeah, it's the rare occasion that we're all a little unprepared up here. And it's made me even more excited for warm weather – especially my warm weather wardrobe. I've been looking for a few special pieces to add to my summer closet and today Shopbop is kicking off their big spring sale save 20% off orders under $500 and 25% off orders of $500+ with the code EVENT19! (some exclusions apply - see all sale details here)
Code: EVENT19
20% off orders under $500
25% off orders of $500 or more

Offer expired April 12, 2019 at 11:59pm PT
By now, you know I love a Shopbop sale – they're the perfect way to score on something special you've had your eye on (I bought my Staud bucket bag during the last one and saved a bundle - so in love with the new light blue color BTW), or team up with co-workers or friends to get a deal.

Personally, I can't wait to pack away my boots and heavy sweaters (although you could argue that now is a great time to stock up on sale coats and discounted sweaters) in favor of lighter options. SO what am I looking for? Glad you asked...

Splitting my time between working from home and the physicality of the others aspects of my job means clothes have to be highly functional – so I'm looking for a couple of special day dresses that can go from couch (aka my office) to sourcing vintage furniture. You all know I love a midi dress especially if it looks good with sneakers– and these are always my warm weather go-to.

Some of my staple pieces from last year are looking a little tired, so I'm grabbing a few super soft basics (love that some come in a pack!) to wear with statement skirts and vintage pants and – let's be real – leggings

I'm dipping my toes in the neon trend in the smallest way possible – with a pair of neon sunglasses (I got the orange but I'm really torn on the green!)

As much as I love a vintage tee I'm also a sucker for gauzy spring blouses, especially paired with vintage-inspired denim! Loving these options and this is one of my favorite pieces in my closet right now.

What are you after? I'd love to know!

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Weekend Reading 3.30.19

Happy weekend! This week felt about a million years long and I'm thrilled that the weekend is here – anyone else a day ahead all week? Definitely thought it was Thursday on Wednesday, so yeah, I'm ready for a couple of days off. Looks like rain this weekend, so I'm planning on unplugging for a bit and doing some spring cleaning and organizing, and maybe working on some tactile projects as well. This is entirely influenced by the podcast I'm listening to right now – Wild Ideas Worth Living from REI, specifically How to Unplug with Danny Kim (you can read the transcript here). As a social media manager and otherwise internet-oriented person, I find it really difficult to unplug for any length of time, but it's something I've been working on. This week was a total bust, though. I'm feeling a bit disconnected from my regular routine, so this weekend is all about getting back into it. Hope you have something fun and/or relaxing planned!


ICYMI - my 3 favorite accessory trends for spring

Major Anthropologie sale alert: save an extra 40% off sale items ! I ordered this gorgeous skirt, and I have my eye on this dress and these shams - (discount in cart)

This bralette is so pretty and comes in the perfect springtime shades - love the blue!

Yum - these keto cadbury creme eggs look so good

We've been doing some simple organizing and updating to get ready for spring - loving these simple wall hooks for the bathroom or behind a door

Kind of obsessed with this gorgeous home - all that art!

Slim wide leg jeans are a thing and they're perfect for people like me who just can't do the super wide crops I'm seeing everywhere.

I think I'm going to make it a goal to bake something new each week - tomorrow I'm going to make this paleo carrot cake - the ingredients are actually reasonable (only 4 eggs instead of the usual dozen!)

How cool is this handmade concrete incense holder?

Love this look on Mara - and yes, she totally inspired me to get that skirt!

Topical: how to make your life more pleasurable

The important stuff: The dogs of the 2020 presidential race

This handmade eye pillow would be a pretty Mother's Day gift

Major news: Reformation just expanded their size range permanently - loving this simple dress and this must-have skirt

Did you watch Shrill? I loved it! What we can learn from Ryan, the bare-minimum boyfriend

How cool is this stained glass aloe vera plant?

Love this cute cat enamel pin


Monday, March 25, 2019

Small Wonders: My Favorite Accessories for Spring

It finally feels like spring here in Maine! Which is funny to say because it snowed this weekend. But that's Maine for you. One second it's 30 and snowing, the next, it's 60 and sunny. Still, most of the snow in Portland has melted, and like everyone else, I'm anxious to pack away my sweaters and boots in favor of lighter fabrics and loafers, sandals, and sneakers. There's still a few weeks left of winter dressing though, so I'm working in as many hints of spring to my wardrobe as possible. This means trading wool pullovers for cardigans, heavy coats for the occasional denim jacket (on a good day), and showing off a pretty accessory or two – like delicate necklaces and a pearl hair clip. Adding these little hints of – there's no better word for it – sparkle (ha), makes me feel a little more pulled together during a time of year that feels exactly the opposite, that is, drab, grey, and ridiculously muddy.

Necklaces: In the past, I've gravitated towards big jewelry, and while I still love a statement earring, lately I've been into the tiny, delicate necklaces and layered necklaces that have been popping up.

Hair clips: I'm 100% here for the statement hair clip microtrend happening right now. Now that the weather is warming and hats are becoming less necessary, I can finally do my hair again – and I love adding these little – and large – clips to finish off a look.

Exceptionally large sneakers: Listen, I resisted as long as I could, but I find trends that are also practical extremely difficult to resist. And c'mon, sneakers. Sneakers! After years of wearing heels to work, I'm 100% behind the trend of dad sneakers. I just got this pair and I love them.

Really into sneakers.

What trends are you loving for spring?

Friday, March 22, 2019

Weekend Reading 3.23.19

Happy weekend! And happy spring! This week really did feel like spring, even though it snowed today for about an hour. It's amazing what the extra daylight can do. It's Maple Weekend in Maine and New Hampshire this weekend, which is when all the maple sugar shacks open up to the public and everyone openly admits to worshipping at the altar of maple syrup. Chris and I are going up to Waldoboro for a maple dinner at Tops'l Farm – I bought the tickets in early January and I kind of can't believe the weekend is already here. Also the local collective addiction to real maple syrup in New England is kind of my favorite. xo

I'm determined to make cookies this weekend - I've been craving chocolate chip for weeks. These look amazing but I think I'm going to make these vegan chocolate chip cookies

Exclusive: get 10% off any order over $50 from Brooklinen with the code orchid10 - I've been sleeping on the classic sheets in cream and they're so comfortable!

Do you watch Bob's Burgers? It's one of Chris and my favorites and it might be our collective coping mechanism

I'm really into this resurfacing mask - after 10 minutes my skin feels amazing (get a free 15-piece gift set with code SPRING)

The true story behind Hulu's The Act (have you watched it?)

Save 30% off new items from J.Crew! Love this chic linen tee, this cute mini dress and this button-front dress

The 96 year old yoga queen 

& Other Stories is having a huge sale! Eyeing up this zebra-stripe skirt, this patterned midi wrap dress, this sleek coat (for next winter), and these cool yellow jeans

Yum - or maybe I'll make this healthy banana bread

I've been on a pretty serious sneaker bender as of late and I'm eyeing these up as my next pair

Love this great guide to houseplants from Jess

Have you tried a wake up light? I'm struggling to get up in the AM and am super curious!

Some great practical tips for beating burnout

Eyeing up this delicate floral midi skirt - so pretty with a light sweater for spring and under $50!

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Weekend Reading 3.17.19

This weekend felt like spring! Maybe for the majority of the country this is not news, but for Maine, where spring doesn't usually arrive until much later, it was a welcome change from winter. This weekend was relatively chill and normal, which was also a welcome change from crazy schedules and weekends spent solo while Chris works. Hope yours was as chill as you needed it to be too XO

On my March wishlist: These bright and spring-ready bags, a perfect pair of vintage-inspired jeans, a little hair flair,  and these bright and bold pieces (loving that polkadot dress!)

A great article about Outdoor Voices (NYT)

Save an extra 50% off sale items from J.Crew! Loving this chic black dress, this springy sweater, and this super cute polkadot swimsuit

How cute are these DIY rainbow earrings?

Obsessed with this vintage-inspired acrylic bag

Opinion: Go home to your dying hometown

I've been collecting fun hair clips lately and just got these pearl hair clips - so cute!

In the wake of the college admissions scam – does it really matter where you go to college?

Literally the BEST non-toxic deodorant I've ever used

On my must-read list (have you read it yet?)

how incredible are these floral rings?

Ever feel like your pets know when you're sick? There's science behind it

I've been looking for a wireless cotton bra and this one has rave reviews

The squirrels have declared war (cackling)

Have you seen ModCloth's homepage lately? It's SO GOOD! (watch the video here)

Jennifer Aniston... secret muse?