Peaks of the Week

Winter scene

❖ Yet another nor'easter rolled through this week. No one showed up at work but me (not uncommon) so I got to have music on all day. My Discover playlists on Spotify have been good lately, giving me little gems like Stranded by Flight Facilities.

❖ This week we celebrated Pi Day. While I like to celebrate with pie,  it's far more mathematical side is quite interesting, as we have uncovered 22 trillion digits of Pi, with no end in sight.

❖ My mom's birthday cake came out really well, and the two of us had it polished off by Wednesday night. This meme pretty much sums it up.

❖ Thankfully we had a Chocolate Lemon Pie waiting in the wings. (We are allegedly cutting back our sugar intake after Easter my birthday.)

❖ I feel like I was off the market when online dating really exploded and somehow became more normal than meeting people in real life. I've never actually tried it, and after reading this article, I have even more reservations.

❖ Apparently what was a subtle creeping of 80's fashion has now become a full blown invasion. I for one have no desire to wear anything involving giant shoulder pads or print mixing in primary colors. Though I might have a soft spot for a statement belt.

❖ We share a lot of our lives online as bloggers, and for some, death too.

❖ Sam shared some adorable gingham pieces under $100 in anticipation of spring. I can't choose between this Target skirt or this J.Crew Factory one.

❖ This article about our nation's obsession with home renovations brought up some good points, and it does kind of feel like we are losing some of our individuality on a quest for clean white spaces. Admittedly I'm just as guilty for idolizing white kitchens.

❖ E's structural handbag is making me swoon.

Chocolate Lemon Pie for Pi Day

Happy Pi Day! I don't have a typical post for today, because I wanted to introduce you to a new project. For a while I'd mused about the idea of starting a food blog, I even had the name all picked out, but never felt like I'd have the time and energy to get it off the ground while still running this blog. Then last year my mom said she wanted to start a food blog, and that she'd do it with me. I was anxious to get the ball rolling, registered a domain, and got things set up with blogger (clearly, I'm afraid to leave my comfort zone). There was an attempt at a cheesecake recipe and then... nothing.

I forged on, learning the nuances of getting a food blog set up - apparently all the cute recipe card widgets are in the Wordpress only club - but I did eventually find a template I could use that would be pinterest friendly. My only still persistent technical problem is that I can't get the domain to redirect without the 'www' - as it turns out the instructions I followed six years ago when I set up my domain don't work presently. If anyone knows how to fix this, message me please!

That was a year ago, and no amount of badgering on my part seemed to get my mom to embrace the blog. However, it was not something I was ready to let go of, and since I'm back home again, I traded nagging for insistence. I demanded she choose a recipe for Pi Day, and she chose the Connecticut native pie, Chocolate Lemon. She did the baking, while I took care of the technical aspects of photographing, editing, and formatting the post. She wrote the copy.

I'm determined to make posts on the food blog weekly, with the focus largely being on classic family recipes, the ones my siblings and I would always be calling my mom for, the ones which feel like home.

Anyway, I hope you will check out Cooking In Cashmere and give it some love!

Sweater and Jeans Ad Nauseam

I took outfit photos six times in February. I feel like that has to be some sort of record low. Even the coldest of times, I used to be so dedicated. I can even remember some of those days very clearly thinking, "Why, oh why, am I standing out here in the freezing cold with this tripod taking photos?"

I feel a little guilty, because when I started blogging it was in part to motivate me to want to dress my best every day. Now it's more like, wear jeans and a sweater every day, but maybe put on some cute heels the day I take photos. Just because I don't like wearing tights anymore doesn't mean I have to write off winter style, and while I ride out these last few weeks of winter (because the reality is that it is still winter) I feel like I should try harder to make the most of it in a way I haven't been these last few months.

I suppose now that I've got that extra hour of daylight I have one less excuse for not taking photos on weekdays.

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The Rundown
Snow Bird Sweater Lou & Grey
Grey Jeans Gap similar
Nude Pumps "Natalie" Naturalizer
Fur Bag Vintage via Roundabout similar
Gold Ball Studs Kohl's
Necklace Taken for Granite
Signature Spade Ring Kate Spade
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx
Nail Color "Caviar Bar" Essie


Friday Five Under $50

Winter is still holding on strong, with the latest snowstorm causing power outages across the state, myself included. No power in the winter is no fun, especially since that means no heat! At least it was only for one night, but for the moment I'm wishing I were somewhere much warmer! Unsurprisingly I have some very summery items in the mix today.

I was very excited about the Gap & Banana Republic Friends and Family sale, which is going on now, because everything, even denim is 40% off with an extra 10%, and I snapped up three pairs of jeans, black, white, and button fly. Friends and Family is the only sale where denim is included in the promotion, so I like to take advantage. They had a lot of other cute new things like this dress and this skirt, but I'm trying to be good.

This weekend I'll be celebrating my mom's birthday, though she hasn't decided what she wants to do yet. I'm baking her a cake, and while I usually go with Ina Garten's chocolate cake, I wouldn't mind trying something new. Does anyone have a chocolate cake recipie they swear by?

Button Fly Denim Pencil Skirt, $60 at Gap 40% off with code FRIEND 

Dot Dot Dot

...Photos after dark with the flash are not a common occurrence, but Meg and I really wanted to take outfit photos before dinner at Jack's Bar and Steakhouse last week, so we made it work. Normally I avoid harsh direct light like the plague (and the closeups we tried for turned out a bit garish) however overall I'm kind of into the film noir vibe of the dark alley.

While not intentional, I feel like this outfit is a testament to my thriftiness, the new J.Crew blouse I only paid $5 for, my vintage trench and these thrifted jeans cost even less - seriously. I won the shoes in a giveaway, and I love them. They are from Shoes of Prey, and you can customize every shoe they have. It may seem silly, but I made half a dozen slightly different versions of this shoe before settling on the suede d'orsay with a rose gold leather insole trim that you definitely can not make out in these photos.

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The Rundown
Polka Dot Wrap Top J.Crew
Cropped Bootcut Jeans Gap thrifted similar
Trench Coat London Fog thrifted similar
Toe Cap Pumps "Varesse 70" Shoes of Prey
Snakeskin Box Purse c/o Vintanthromodern similar
Necklace "Scottie" LuxbyUK
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Nail Color "Caviar Bar" Essie

Linking up with Classy Yet Trendy's Trendy Wednesday

Catch of the Day

I keep getting excited, thinking that spring might be arriving, but it was nowhere to be seen this past weekend. The sun didn't make much of an appearance, and the winds from friday's nor'easter (which only turned out to be rain on the shoreline) refused to die down. At least the countdown to Daylight Savings Time is on, and next week at this time I'll (hopefully) be basking in the glow of a 6 p.m. sunset.

Though the snowdrops have made an appearance, a small reminder that time is marching forward, soon the world will be green, the boats back in their slips, this dock a far more bustling place. As much as I don't care for the cold and the grey, it is always a nice reprieve to be taking outfit photos when no one else is watching.

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The Rundown
Rust Orange Mock Neck Sweater Madewell
Jeans Max Studio via TJMaxx similar
Fur Trimmed Mules Target similar
Fringe Bucket Bag Margot via TJMaxx similar
Pave Triangle Earrings TJMaxx similar
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Crystal Bar Ring Upper Metal Class
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx
Nail Color "Couture Curator" Essie


Peaks of the Week

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I had been toying with the idea of starting this Friday summation type of post since the start of the year, but quickly realized that I could not cobble it together at 9 p.m. on Thursday night, and it would in fact require advance planning during the preceding week. My intent being to create a space where I might write a bit more, and perhaps touch upon the progress of the goals I set out for myself two months ago. Truthfully, other than exceeding my reading goals, no other advancements been made. But anyway, here is what I loved, lusted after, or otherwise enjoyed this week:

❖ My peak of the week was attending a blogger event at Jack's Bar and Steakhouse in New Haven, I got to sample lots of yummy food and drink, catch up with some of my favorite bloggers, and be introduced to a great restaurant I might not have otherwise tried.

❖ Last fall I saw Lo Moon when they opened for Phoenix at College Street Music Hall and while it was the first time I'd heard them, I was instantly hooked. These past four months felt like a long time to wait for their debut album to finally be released, but it's every bit as good as I'd hoped. Start at the beginning, or jump ahead to 'Real Love' first, either way, I promise it will be on repeat.

❖ I might be late to the party, but I'm kind of smitten with the Selena Gomez for Coach collection. While I've always proclaimed my love of vintage Coach and snubbed anything new they've done, I'm loving the take on a classic bag with contemporary flare.

❖ There is no reason for this dress to be in my closet, but I want it in my closet. I'd also love a pair of button fly jeans.

❖ I'm having a springtime crush on this combination of blush, olive, and grey.

❖ Courtney's post on "Looking out the Window Syndrome" really hit home for me.

❖ The only events I watched during the winter Olympics were figure skating, and I thought this article about skating costumes and why so few wear bodysuits was interesting.

❖ I really enjoyed Krystal's reflections on blogging now vs. blogging back in 2009. She posted a link to what her blog looked like in 2010 and the moment I saw her old header I really felt like I'd just taken a step back in time. I immediately had to punch in my own url and get all nostalgic over 2011 Chic on the Cheap.

❖ What if all stats and metrics were removed from social media? Would it feel like more than just an endless comparison game? This New Yorker article discussed such an experience after a installing a browser extension which removes all the metrics from Twitter.

❖ Chloe is now 18, and The Pain of Loving Old Dogs resonated with me.

I'd love to know if you'd like to see more of this kind of post in the future, and I hope you all have a great weekend!