Monday, January 15, 2018

The Secret to Getting Through a Bitterly Cold Winter

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You guys. It's been cold. Like, really cold... -23˚f cold. On the flip side, it's been sunny as hell and I 100% do not regret moving to Maine (thinking back on those city wind tunnels, oof..shiver...) BUT, winter is long here (at least an extra month or so), and therefore, certain survival methodologies must be activated. Chief among them: a fun coat.

Like, a really fun coat. Maybe more than one.

I'm not fooling around here. This season, more and more bright accents have been making their way into my fairly neutral wardrobe, and honestly? It's made a difference in my mood. Last winter I found myself stuck in a rut of sorts, I was traveling back and forth to Brooklyn three times per week, waking up at 5am, and pretty much wore the same thing everyday. Working from home in the middle of the woods? One might expect the same thing to happen, but living here has had a surprising effect on my personal style.

I actually feel inspired again.

So, yeah. Maybe an all-black outfit with a cool coat isn't groundbreaking, but frankly, I think it's a pretty solid outfit equation for when it's cold as hell but you want to look cute. Also, pro tip for you long haired ladies: braids from now 'till April because static is not our friend.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Weekend Links

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Aaaaaand it's the end of the week again. How? HOW? This week FLEW by and I don't understand it. I guess it was kind of a big week - we spent a few days house and cat-sitting for our neighbors, where we enjoyed unlimited hot water that didn't require a song and dance routine to get (hot water at my mothers is iffy in the first place, extra iffy when it's negative degrees), AND our big news: we were approved for the apartment we applied for! We're both so excited, but it feels a little surreal. If you had asked me at the beginning of 2017 where I thought I'd be in 2018, I don't think I would have answered "back home in Maine" or even "Portland".  Life is wild like that. We move in early February, and while I'm actually a little nervous to leave the calm of country life behind (my stress levels are possibly the lowest they've ever been), I can't wait to be within walking distance of things again. And be able to ride my bike to the ferry and the beach. And be close to some good friends.  What a rare luxury is was to actually be able to calmly look for the right apartment, instead of the usual harried rush of our past searches. I'm excited to move in (not excited to move in February... in Maine) and even more excited to get set up and really pick and choose what we want to bring back. As someone who has a tough time letting go of things, I think having the majority of our belongings in storage for four months was probably one of the healthiest things I could have done for myself. I'm ready for a fresh start with intentionally-chosen favorites and no clutter (ugh, the clutter struggle is real). So excuse me if this link roundup is a little decor-heavy.

These vintage suede boots would be perfect for this weird weather we've been having (warm today, negative 9 tonight!)

This has been getting a lit of attention for good reason: "I made the pizza cinnamon rolls from Mario Batali's sexual misconduct apology letter"

On my wishlist (besides a tropical vacation): Cool loungewear, goes-with-everything boots, rainbow-everything (these make me absurdly happy), because for god's sake we could use some color around here

How to stay organized in 2018

Speaking of color and decor - how pretty is the new DesignLoveFest for Target line? Love this cute settee 

A fascinating look at an off-grid community

Save an extra 40% off sale items from Free People! Including one of my favorite dresses, this cozy jacket, and this pretty velvet wrap dress

A Cuban coffee sounds delicious (with a fascinating history)

Two cookbooks I want to try: The new Healthyish Cookbook and the Plantpower Way

You guys, this RUG. So gorgeous.

Save up to 40% off home items from Urban Outfitters! Love these cozy pillows.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Weekend Links

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Happy weekend! We're cozied up cat sitting for our neighbors after a whirlwind weekend of apartment hunting in Portland. It's slightly earlier than we planned to move, but when the right one comes along, the right one comes along and we've got our fingers crossed the one we have our eye on works out. As I'm sure you know, it's been freaking ridiculous incredibly stupidly cold (I'm talking -23˚f at 8:30 am this morning), and after three weeks of this weather, I'm over it (actually, I think everyone is over it). But! This week looks as though we're going to get a much-needed break. Who knew I'd actually be looking forward to a 30˚ degree day? On Tuesday we're headed to a local ski mountain for some night riding, and I'm looking forward to getting back to the gym this week.

This vintage kimono would look gorgeous with a black turtleneck and vintage Levi's

Did you catch the incredible super moon last week? I've never been happier to live in the country with zero light pollution. Love these moon phase bracelets (these too!)

A fascinating theory about Muppets and us

PSA: the Madewell sale is now an extra 40% off (this sweater, I'm serious guys)

Found my next weekend project

Three beautiful calendars: one, two, three

How to survive _rump's second year in office: engage politically

Curious about this pretty mask - anyone tried it?

Maybe she's born with it...

Roasted vegetable crumble? Yes. Please.

I'm almost done with this book and loved it - woman returns to the hometown she once despised... very relevant material!

Another book in my amazon cart

Examples of toxic femininity in the workplace (don't worry, it's funny)

Tried those Love Beauty & Planet shampoo, conditioner and body wash this week and fell in love. Really want to try these.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Weekend Links

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Happy (almost) new year! Can you believe 2017 is coming to a close? Personally, I can't believe how quickly it passed by, but I'm not sad to leave this year in the dust. I'm hoping to have more of a personal post about 2017 soon, because if it was anything, it was a year of learning for me. This week was a doozy, with epically cold weather (-20f last night!) and not much activity for me (note to self: next year, take this week OFF and get the hell out of town). Chris and I are headed out to buy a boxspring tomorrow (thrilling!), then running some errands. The weather changed our plans a bit for Sunday and I think we're headed out for a snowshoe instead of snowboarding, because the temperature on the mountains will surely be ridiculous. And I'm looking forward to a super early AM yoga class on Monday to kick off 2018. Next week I'm excited to jump back in to life, so to speak. After being laid up for most of December, I can't wait to get back to the gym and start feeling strong again (I think my legs have atrophied). Happy New Year, friends... see you next year!

For warm-weather readers looking for the perfect bag... here it is

Some serious inspiration from a life coach (I needed this)

If I were a NYE party-goer, I would most certainly wear this velvet dress, swoon

Goal for 2018: Let's all get over our need to be liked

West Elm is having a big ol' sale and I'm pretty much dying to buy everything, especially these incredible pillows

Practical: How to stop killing your houseplants

Save an extra 30% off sale from UO, love this linen duvet and this cute dinnerware set... also holy hell, the beauty sale is legit (check out this set)

The best decluttering advice of 2017

Madewell's extra 30% off sale-on-sale is still going strong - this sweater is super cute and I regret not buying this (but I'm cutting myself off!)

Yum... these vegan treats look incredible

Save an extra 40% off Free People sale items, including this NYE-ready dress and these great cropped velvet pants

Love the idea of an anti-bucket list

Thursday, December 28, 2017

4 Alternative Ways to Celebrate New Year's Eve

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When it comes to New Year's Eve, I've never been a big partier. My partying days are (mostly) behind me anyway, and when it comes to New Year's, to me there's nothing more awful than starting off a new year - and spending an extra day off for that matter - feeling hungover, sick and full of regrets. No thank you. Over the past several years, we've scaled back our New Year's Eve festivities so we can really take in the first of the year and start things off right. In my mind, January 1 can help set the tone for the following 364 days, and I don't want alcohol to factor into that (lest I sound too holier-than-thou, yes, I will probably have a cocktail on Sunday night).

At the risk of sounding like a wet blanket, I'd rather get some sleep and wake up super early to watch the sun rise on a new year and then spend the first day of January doing something fun and active (like a new year's day yoga class). This year, Chris and I are throwing it back to how we used to celebrate New Year's Eve in high school (mostly me because Chris was a wild child): We're going snowboarding. When I was a teenager, my friends and I would take the last lift up the mountain, right before they'd set off the NYE fireworks and then hide in the woods to wait for ski patrol to pass through. We'd then have the best seats in the house to watch the fireworks display and get last run. While we'll probably play by the rules this year (we're not 16 anymore, after all), I'm looking forward to a fun day on the mountain, watching some fireworks from the lodge, and then going to sleep before 10. If you're like us and choose to chill on New Year's Eve, below are a few more ideas for fun, hangover-free ways to ring in a new year:

Get outside: If skiing or riding isn't your thing, there's plenty of other ways to spend the last day of the year outdoors. Go snowshoeing, cross country skiing (which tends to be more affordable then downhill because there's no lift involved), sledding (remember sledding?), or get out for a hike if there's no snow on the ground. If you're a monster, subject yourself to ice skating (does anyone actually enjoy ice skating?). Once you're ready to head back indoors, warm up by making a bit pot of hot cocoa or spiced apple cider and cozy up next to the wood stove (or space heater, as the case may be).

Have a bonfire: Growing up, wintertime bonfires were a regular occurrence and often accompanied by sledding parties. Personally, for a cold weather holiday like New Year's Eve, I'd rather spend it bundled up outdoors than shivering in a party dress, there's very little shivering when you're standing next to a blazing bonfire. Bring some marshmallows, graham crackers and good dark chocolate for s'mores, and grab some paper and a pen, too. After you've filled up on s'mores, write your goals and hopes for the coming year on the slips of paper and (safely, carefully) place them in the flames.

Host a movie night: Not into freezing your ass off? Skip the cold and go straight for the cocoa, cider and Netflix. Invite some like-minded friends over while you're at it and watch your favorite series or movie trilogy (might I suggest the original Star Wars?) or series. Bake some cookies to really set the mood - I recommend these.

Plan a midnight hike: Aaaaand we're back outside. Can you sense a theme here? The moon will be almost full (officially full on January 1st) on December 31st, plan a moonlit hike to to top of a local peak to view the moon and stars in all their glory. I love using All Trails to find local hikes, just be sure to bring a friend (or a group!) to stay safe.

How are you planning on celebrating this weekend? Let me know, I'd love some more ideas...

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

4 Post-Holiday Sales to Shop

How was everyone's holiday? We had a super relaxing day, filled with lots of snow - in all I believe we got 8 inches! After a big breakfast (and subsequent nap), we spent part of the day snowshoeing before visiting some friends around town. Second only to last year's solo Christmas, this might have been our most relaxing holiday yet. Today it's back to the grind, and I'm softening the blow by doing a little sale shopping. If you're doing the same, the four below should keep you occupied (psst... the Shopbop sale is killer).

Save up to 75% off at Shopbop! Use code 'JOY25' to save an additional 25% off sale pieces. Love these boots and this cozy robe

Moorea Seal is having a big end of season sale - into this pretty tank and this cozy sweater dress

Take an extra 30% off all sale items from Madewell! Including my favorite sweater and these classic boots

Take an extra 30% off all final sale items from J.Crew! Love this gorgeous sweater and these cute rain boots 

Happy Tuesday!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Weekend Links

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Well it's almost Christmas and I am woefully underprepared. Laughably so, even. I am finally, finally! starting to feel better and it looks like Chris is on the upswing, too. So for that we can be thankful. So we're playing a big, sorry game of "Christmas catch-up" and I'm buying my relatives bottles of wine and acting like that was the plan all along. Confidence will get you far (acting as though I won't be explaining how sick we've been to literally everyone).  So tomorrow I'm hell-bent on making gingerbread cookies and wrapping gifts and probably strong arming Chris into watching Love Actually because it's Christmas, dammit, and we're gonna get festive.

This vintage patchwork jacket is the most fun - so cool with Levi's, a plain white tee and ankle boots

ICYMI: Easy, eco-friendly holiday decor

30% off at Madewell! 100% into this rad jumpsuit (you can get it monogrammed!), this velvet jumpsuit, and this sweater jumpsuit (obviously very into jumpsuits these days)

Ha! This made me laugh

Guys, this rug. So gorgeous (and on sale with code 'giftyoself'). I seriously can-not-wait for an apartment to decorate.

Paul Stanley made a Folgers commercial. Here it is.

I've been on the hunt for a new bag lately - love the classic but eye-catching styling of these

Some light reading for the holidays: A history of women who burned to death in their dresses. Delightful!

While we're talking jumpsuits - this one is tres chic and would be great for new year's (also... on sale!)

A winter reading list that is now my winter reading list, too

Everything is still on major sale from LOFT and Lou & Grey (50% off everything!) - really into this big, cozy striped sweater

Wearing above: Thrifted vintage coat & vintage Levi's, Zara turtleneck, sweater from TJMaxx, Sigerson Morrison boots, and OHME earrings from Moorea Seal