Blue Monday


Did you know that today, in addition to being Martin Luther King Jr. Day, is known as Blue Monday? The third Monday in January is rumored to be the gloomiest day of the year because of the time of year and other factors. 

I'm someone who has to constantly work to not let anxiety, which is always with me, bubbling below the surface, and depression, waiting to cloud my days when I least expect it, rule my days. So far this year I've felt better than I have in the past six months, which makes it easier to do the things that I know from experience help me stay positive - going for a run, working on a project, reading a book. I'm going to try to continue to stay on the up and up.

So if you are succumbing to being blue today consider this post a little virtual hug from me to you and this quote which I've always loved: "Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always."


Current Inspiration


I don’t know if it’s because it’s the beginning of the New Year, but I’ve been doing a lot of pinning lately. I typically pin to pass some time during my commute or on a Saturday morning with my coffee (cliché blogger, anyone?) but lately I have been pinning more and actually looking ta my boards to find new ways to wear what I have in my closet or think about small ways to improve our apartment. Here are a few things I’ve been pinning lately, in case you care to see. 
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Have you noticed the monogrammed denim trend popping up? Inspired by this pin, I’m thinking of personalizing a denim jacket on Madewell. For more denim inspiration, visit my WEAR: Denim Days board

Our bedroom furniture is all hand-me-downs and I’ve been thinking of ways to freshen (and lighten) it up since it’s dark wood. I pinned this bedroom and love everything from the navy piping on the bedding to the bamboo bedside table. For more bedroom inspiration, visit my DECOR: Bedrooms board

I have been seeing shearling everywhere and love this leather + shearling coat. This IRO one is to die (and has the price tag to match) but I also love this affordable camel one from BB Dakota. See more current wishlist items on my WEAR: Closet Cravings board.

This image makes me miss London and my family there! See more cityscapes and dreamy images on my THE CITY board.
I was slow to embrace the highlighter trend, but I love my Glossier luminizer and this image is making me want to kick it up a notch. I’m pinning more beauty looks on my BEAUTY: Makeup + Nails board.

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Cropped, I'm Sure


I've been seeing cropped, flared denim all over fashion blogs this fall and wondered if I could pull of the trend. When the J. Crew pair I'd been eying went on major sale (I scored them for $37) I knew I had to pull the trigger. Even then, it took me some courage to wear them. Since height is not in my favor, I paired them with these heeled Sam Edelman booties. I know the leggy J. Crew models can wear them with flat Oxfords, but I tried that and it made me look like I have cankles (which I thankfully do not). The height made the overall look slimmer and paired with a favorite striped sweater I felt like I was stepping just right outside of my comfort zone.

Here are a few other cropped pairs from J. Crew, Frame, and M.i.h.

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Well hello, 2017. I think everyone was ready to say goodbye to 2016 and start a new year. I'm not one for making major resolutions, but I do love the fresh slate feeling of the new year. Cheers to you and yours.

Eight Turtlenecks


Turtlenecks are officially back, and I’m all about them this winter. Here are a few of my picks for turtlenecks to scoop up this season. 

  1. I’d wear this roomy Topshop turtleneck in light pink color with leather leggings for some contrast. 
  2. This red ribbed Zara turtleneck is on sale! 
  3. Also from Zara, this sweater takes on two trends: velvet and turtleneck. 
  4. Another trend that’s continuing is the bell sleeve. I love this gray one from H&M
  5. And this H&M one is an update on the classic cable knit. 
  6. The J. Crew Tipi Turtleneck would get a lot of use! 
  7. I love this cozy Fair Isle Turtleneck (also from J. Crew). 
  8. And if you’re just easing your way into the turtleneck trend, try this one

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