Daily Overview

2/23/2017




Over Thanksgiving, Ian and I were in a bookstore in Mendocino and he was flipping through the Daily Overview book. I made a mental note and got him the book for Christmas. Little did I know I would become mesmerized with the photos myself. Follow on Instagram for daily photo inspiration that will really change your perspective of the world.

1. Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The sand is divided into segments by lifeguard towers known as postos.
2. Plaza Del Ejecutivo in the Venustiano Carranza district of Mexico City, Mexico.
3. The Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville, California. Ian and I have actually driven by this and it's wild to see the airport boneyard in person.
4. The Port of Hamburg, known as Germany's "Gateway to the World," located on the Elbe River in Hamburg. 132.3 million tonnes of cargo move through here yearly (that's around 1/3 of the mass of all living human beings!).

Current Favorites

2/16/2017




Popping in to share a few current favorites.

Design junkie // Ian and I started the new Netflix series Abstract this week and were instantly hooked. It offers a peek behind the curtain of the design world, from an illustrator to a shoe designer to a photographer, to reveal the hard work that goes into making something look simple. Watch the trailer here and read a review here.

Family dramady // I just started The Antiques by Kris D’Adostino and am really enjoying it so far. The Amazon reviews said it’s for fans of Emma Straub and I would agree. It’s an easy read that is smarter than typical so-called chick lit and captures a modern family dynamic really well.

Ready to party // Have you seen J. Crew’s new collection? It’s so good. I already have my eye on the gingham ball skirt pictured above, this eyelet dress and this off the shoulder one (both would be perfect for spring or summer weddings).

Self-soothing // I purchased these Klorane soothing eye patches last spring when I was doing a lot of 48-hour New York trips. They’ve quickly become a regular part of my routine whether I'm traveling or not. I put them on while blowdrying my hair or even walking the dog (with a big pair of sunglasses on) and swear they make me look more awake. Plus, they just feel really nice.

The Thief of Joy

2/13/2017


You know the saying "Comparison is the thief of joy"? Theodore Roosevelt said it, by the way, and I've found it to be completely true. 

When I'm feeling good about a work project I've completed, I'll inevitably read an article about someone who started their own company or who is doing something so beyond what I'm doing. 

When I clean our apartment and get fresh flowers and look around satisfied, I'll inevitably see an Instagram living room or visit friends in their new apartment and I'll come home and feel like I'm returning to a dorm room. 

When I manage to blow dry my hair and put together something to wear that I like, I'll inevitably see someone else at work who looks more put together or who has the boots or jacket I've been coveting. 

I've started to ask myself what it would be like if I didn't compare myself - because I always lose - and instead allowed myself to admire the other person's accomplishment or living room or jacket without diminishing myself and my self worth. I have a feeling it'll be easier said than done but worth the effort.

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Gifts for My Valentine

2/08/2017


My husband and I don’t do anything major on Valentine’s Day. After too many years of overpriced, prix fixe dinners we have opted to cook a nice dinner in and usually just exchange funny cards. If I were getting him something though, it would be off this list.

  1. Maybe it’s my influence, but Ian appreciates a good candle as long as it’s not too overpowering. I think he’d like to unwrap this cheeky Tatine Love That Burns Candle.
  2. I'd write my Valentine something sweet on on this cute Sugar Paper XO Seal Note Card.
  3. Kiehl’s 'Facial Fuel' Energizing Moisture Treatment for Men - so he stops using my moisturizer! 
  4. Fun cufflinks like these striped ones from Paul Smith will make the coming wedding season more fun.
  5. I love gifting Ian something small and inexpensive that is just cool and unexpected, like the Fisher Space Pen. Originally created in the 1940s and sent to space with the NASA Apollo missions, it’s unique and utilitarian. 
  6. A Best Husband Ever Desk Sign because even if you don’t say it every day, it’s true.
  7. You seriously can’t go wrong with a box of chocolates, especially when they’re Charbonnel Et Walker Sea Salt Caramel Chocolates in a heart-shaped box.
  8. I adore clever little matchbooks and we light a lot of candles at our apartment so they wouldn’t go to waste. This one says Mon Amor so it’s perfect for February 14th.
  9. In case you haven’t heard, we have six more weeks of winter so a heathered beanie like this one from Herschel Supply Co. would make a good gift.
  10. Not pictured but in the carousel below: J. Crew x New Balance now has men’s items, which is perfect timing because Ian could really use some new workout clothes. My picks: the Cooling Workout T-Shirt in Stripe, the 2-in-1 Workout Short in Team Dark Green Combo, and the Half-Zip Pullover in Navy Marl.

P.S. The photo above was from a wedding during Valentine's weekend last year! 

Galentine's Gifts

2/02/2017

It's February, which means the holiday everyone either loves or loves to hate is approaching. Ian and I typically stay in on February 14th and exchange funny cards, but I like the idea of gifting my gals something fun for Valentine's Day. Here are some ideas for your BFF, sister, or mom. 
  1. Diptyque candles make the best gifts. This Limited Edition Rosa Mundi Candle is part of a Valentine’s partnership between Diptyque and paper creator and restorer Antoinette Poisson and is so pretty.
  2. Who doesn’t love a bright red lip? Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet in Military Red would make a chic gift on Valentine’s Day.
  3. Chocolate is pretty played out for Valentine's Day. Gift the Tate’s Bake Shop Cookbook for the friend with the sweet tooth instead.
  4. Gift girl power with the The Femme & Fierce Poster. All proceeds from the 11" x 14" museum quality Epson print from design initiative For All Womankind go to the Center for Reproductive Rights and Emily's List, two not-for-profit organizations working to advance reproductive freedoms both in the US and globally, and to elect progressive pro-choice women to office.
  5. This You Complete Me Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle is so sweet. I can picture it on top of a coffee table as a conversation piece.
  6. The cutest little iPhone case I ever did see: Sonic Fancy Heart iPhone Case.
  7. This style of earring has been everywhere lately and you can’t beat the price of the BaubleBar Crispin Drop Earrings. (they come in so many fun colors!)
  8. This cheeky Lulu Guinness Notebook from Chronicle Books would make the perfect Galentine’s Gift.
  9. Can you think of anything more perfect to wear on Valentine’s Day than these Luz Tassel Sandals from Loeffler Randall?
  10. I would love to gift my BFF the Clayton Best Friends Left Heart Basic Tee and keep the other side for myself!