Peaks of the Week


This week I simultaneously thought that it was dragging along, while also going to quickly. Nothing on my to-do list got scratched off, and I consistently could not fall asleep, most nights resorting watching The Office until finally drifting off around 2 a.m. When does life stop feeling like a game of catch-up?

After trying to figure out something to wear for brunch last Sunday, I feel like I'm overdue for a closet clean out. That should be easy since half of it is still hanging over various pieces of furniture in my room. (Though I jest, the likelihood of a closet clean out happening this weekend is probably 20%.) I ended up wearing my new button fly jeans and my old 'Cheers' collector tee from J.Crew factory - photos should be up next week.

This weekend I have another blogger event, and I'm really hoping some cherry blossoms pop - who knows with this crazy weather!


❀ This article sheds light on dog auctions, and reveals that not all rescues are 'rescuing' in the manner we believe. Just another reminder that we can't simply put our blinders on and think "pet store bad, rescue good".

❀ How did I not realize Nordstrom didn't have a store in New York before? But there is going to be one now, and they believe they've got what it takes to open retail when so many others are shuttering.

❀ When sundaes on dessert menus feel like cop-outs instead of evoking nostalgia. Of course the only nostalgic sundae for me would be the Friendly's Cone Head, with an entire bowl of reese's pieces on the side, from that one time they forgot them on the bottom and generously overcompensated.

Skydiving as a cure for depression? Something to ponder.

❀ When your wealthy socialite friend turns out to be a fraud.

❀ Forget strenuous exercise for better brain health - just stand up.

❀ Can you Imagine going through some of the 14 million photos at the Library of Congress? Seeing the history of the country like that must be amazing.

❀ Polyvore was acquired by Ssense earlier this month and without warning the whole site was shut down. Naturally fans are upset, myself included as I have over 100 sets linked to old blog posts. They let you download your content, but the sets are all square (ugh) and all 600px wide (ugh ugh). Now have I have to go through my archives and fix old posts because I don't want broken images on my site. At least it isn't nearly as bad as what Photobucket did to their users.

❀ Since macrame bags are in again, if I want to partake in the trend then it has to be a vintage one. I really love this bag, but with shipping costs it comes to nearly $70. Kind of hard to justify when there are so many other bags for less than half that cost, like this one, or this one.

❀ J.Crew Factory's flash sale ads haunted me on instagram until I placed an order for these pants, this top, this cami, and this bodysuit (had to hit that free shipping minimum).

❀ Loving Whitney's simple spring outfit!

Lulu The Face Company

Over the weekend I visited Lulu The Face Company in Litchfield, CT. In a gorgeous sunny space, mirror lined walls provided the backdrop for the displays of makeup. With 30 years in the beauty industry, owner Linda Temkin set out to create a makeup line that would be more like skin care. The 100% natural and 95% vegan line uses anti-aging peptides and botanicals, as well as pure minerals which have anti-inflammatory properties to calm the skin. Though in my opinion, it's the option to have products customized that really sets the line apart.

I had a lovely afternoon socializing, trying out some new makeup, and enjoying snacks which were provided by Mockingbird Kitchen & Bar, which I will have to add to my list of restaurants to visit next time I'm in the area.

I got to have my very own custom mixed CC cream after a quick conversation with Linda about my skincare concerns, all of which could easily be addressed. Mattifier for my oily skin, sunscreen so I could skip an extra step in the morning, and a couple drops of ylang ylang essential oil to help with acne.

In addition to custom foundation colors, custom lip colors can also be blended, and given any kind of finish desired, from glossy to matte, with or without cinnamon and peppermint as plumping agents.

For anyone who loves the idea of having customized makeup sent right to their door, Lulu is launching a quarterly subscription box. The Lulu Love List Box will retail for $135, with a value of $225-$275 and contain three full size items. After signing up for the box a questionnaire can be filled out online, or local customers can set up a time to meet with Linda in person to determine how they'd like their products to be customized. Only 25 of these subscription boxes will be available when they launch next month. If you'd like to try a product from Lulu The Face Company this month, use code INSIDERAPRIL for 25% off your purchase!

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Thanks to Lulu The Face Company for inviting me to your insider event!

Glimpse

Saturday was beautiful as promised, my windows down and sunroof open as I drove to Litchfield, letting the warm air blow in and tousle my hair. The center of Litchfield proved to be charming, pink doors and white windows. After the event at Lulu The Face Company, which I'll talk about tomorrow, I cajoled Ilse, one of the other bloggers, to take photos with me. In heavy foot traffic areas dealing with the tripod is a huge challenge, and we had our fair share of photobombs as it was. One of which happened to be a middle-aged man who just straight up came and put his arm around me. People (men) do the strangest things when they see bloggers taking photos.

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Grey Tee c/o ThredUP similar
White Pleated Midi Skirt TJMaxx similar
Nude Pumps "Natalie" Naturalizer
Scalloped Clutch Matine
Loyce Earrings Elizabeth Cole c/o Shopbop
Alphabet Necklace c/o Gorjana similar
Fatima Bracelet c/o Gorjana similar
Bee Ring Kohl's similar
Chevron Ring Etsy via Silver Canyon Jewelry
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx
Nail Color "Princess Charming" Essie




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Peaks of the Week

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Happy Friday! This weekend is a busy one for me - breaking my rule of only one plan per weekend - I'm attending an insider event at LuLu The Face Company on Saturday, and then going to brunch at The Place 2 Be on Sunday. But that does mean I'll have stuff to blog next week, yay! Haha.

❀ It's been 10 years since The Office's Dinner Party episode, I enjoyed this look back on it. And while we're on the subject, how do you not love John Krasinski?

❀ New Haven made this list of cities and states which will pay you to live there. It's probably one of the few places where my dream of owning a giant old Victorian home could become a reality, with an equally good chance that it would be squished in-between neighbors, as many homes were built before zoning laws. Though if I could have this house, I wouldn't care. Isn't it completely breathtaking?

❀ Loved this answer on Quora with regards to choice overload.

❀ On growth.

❀ Target, how do you always have so many cute things, like these scalloped leggings and this striped dress?

❀ I do wish it was easier to make new friends, but according to this study, you've got to log 200 hours of quality time with a person within four months of meeting them, or you'll probably never be friends.

❀ How do you not love when a dog and cat are BFFs who hike and camp and have an instagram with the aesthetic of Sarah Vickers?

Think Spring

I decided to wear my ideal spring outfit, despite it still being cold for it. Yes, it is too much to ask to wear a blazer instead of a winter coat. Funny how when I was just starting to transition into fall, I reached for this particular floral blouse, and it's what came to mind when I wanted to wear something decidedly spring-like.

The perks of lingering winter weather? My favorite seasonal drink at Willoughby's Coffee Shop, the Mexican Spice Mocha remains on the menu, and the hot beverage is just what I needed to keep my hands warm. I've put away my gloves for the year in protest, but it's really a lose-lose situation. There is a promise of 60° on Saturday, but if happens, it will only be a brief reprieve.

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Floral Blouse Equipment via Roundabout similar
Rust Satin Boyfriend Blazer Banana Republic
White Jeans Old Navy
Nude Pumps "Natalie" Naturalizer
Round Rattan Bag Etsy
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx
Nail Color "Couture Curator" Essie




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Ruffles and Flares

Clearly I'd forgotten just how comfortable these flared jeans are, as this is the first time I've worn them since possibly last April. That sounds bad. But all those fall and winter days I could have been wearing them I was caught in the monotony of cycling through the same four pairs of skinny jeans. There's a lot of my closet which went unworn over the last two seasons. It's about time to get reacquainted with the rest of my wardrobe that isn't "really old grey sweater" and "really old white sweater", which I've essentially been living in all winter, and these past couple weeks of "spring".

Not that the chill is gone from the air, but when the sun is shining, and the wind isn't blowing, it almost feels like spring. I was hoping to do an outfit post with this fun blouse before it was totally sold out, but considering it was discounted to $15, it's no surprise the stock quickly dwindled. I was on the fence when it came to the zhushed up sleeve trend, trying on tops and thinking "but I don't want to be a pirate", however since they have inundated the stores I suppose it was inevitable that I'd eventually come across one I liked, that doesn't make me feel like a pirate ;)

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Ruffle Sleeve Blouse Ann Taylor
Flared Denim Gap similar
Booties "Calixta" Cole Haan similar
Round Rattan Bag Etsy
Silk Floral Scarf Ann Taylor
Gold Ball Studs Kohl's
Bracelet The Cavernous Jewelry Box similar
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Chevron Ring Etsy via Silver Canyon Jewelry
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx
Nail Color "Couture Curator" Essie




Peaks of the Week


I've been in a bit of a blog funk, well, more like a life funk that takes the blog along with it. Every Friday I think I'm going to have a productive weekend, shoot outfits, write posts, and then it slips by in a blur. I've been wanting to write more, but I feel like I just can't find my voice.

To check in on my goals for the year, now that we are already a quarter of the way through, I've applied to two jobs, I didn't hear back from either. I've read four books (still on track for one a month), but the current two I have checked out have already been renewed once and I've barely touched them. One definite success, a Monday night yoga class I've attended for the last three weeks.

❀ April marks the start of cherry blossom season. In D.C. the trees hit their peak blooms yesterday. There is even a pop up cherry blossom themed bar, which I would love to see! Blooms in Connecticut are still about two weeks out, and hopefully I'll get to Wooster Square at the peak, which I missed last year.

❀ Caitlin shared her stay at the Gilded Hotel in Newport, RI, and first of all, now I want to go there, and second, I now have lots of home decor inspiration. Thankfully Target just launched Opal House and now I can get a jewel toned velvet chair and whimsical wallpaper on the cheap.

❀ I will probably never be a light packer, but I suppose it does offer this idea of freedom while traveling. We are in so many ways, tied to our stuff.

❀ I do not need to add anything new to my closet, but these bow slides are just darling.

❀ Modern science has changed a lot about what it means to be alive, this article leaves me feeling very conflicted and sad.

❀ Even though I haven't been dating, I already decided on an over-corrective post-breakup rule of no more guys in the restaurant industry.

❀ You might think after all the egg salad consumed this week (from a dozen easter eggs) I'd be tried of egg salad, but now I want to give this recipe a try.

❀ Crystals for people with low expectations of crystals. Yup, that's me.

❀ If you need a dose of puppy, Diana's poodle just turned one year old!

Teddy Coat for the Last Snow of the Season

A very wintery look from Monday's snow, not that you can see much of it in these photos. I wish I'd been able to take them while the snow was still falling, it was so big and fluffy. Of course by late afternoon it had stopped, the sun was out, and the snow quickly melting away.

Try as I might, I can't let a winter pass without adding a new coat to my wardrobe. It is a weakness, for sure. But having just the right coat to complete an outfit feels essential to me. I don't regret picking up this teddy coat this year. It's not a super heavy coat, but when layered it's quite cozy.

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White Sweater Loft similar
Funnel Neck Fleece Teddy Coat Loft similar
Yoga Jeans Second Denim via Coco & Vera's Giveaway
Brown Boots "Mullin Spice" Clarks via eBay
Wide Brim Fedora "Lady Roulette" Goorin Bros. via ebay similar
Bag Tahari c/o TJMaxx similar
Silk Floral Scarf Ann Taylor
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Nail Color "Couture Curator" Essie




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