Luna

Last Sunday I joined three other bloggers for a fun meal at Luna Pizza in West Hartford. The family owned restaurant has been around since 1997 and have done their best to keep all the ingredients and methods unchanged over the last 21 years. They are a very family friendly restaurant, but offer plenty of options for anyone who enjoys a more adventurous pie. I loved the briny, tangy, kalamata olive and goat cheese pie, along with the white honey garlic, and the bacon avocado reminded me of a BLT in pizza form.

Since I don't go to the Hartford area too often, I took advantage of an otherwise open Sunday afternoon and stopped at the Westfarms Mall. In a world where it feels like malls are dying, this one was surprisingly bustling. Every store I stopped in had a line for the dressing rooms and checkout, and at least three strangers stopped to compliment my cherry shoes. They have been around since nearly the inception of this blog, and are probably the most 'whimsical' shoe I own. They don't come out as often as they once did, but it's nice to know they are still as eye catching as ever.

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Striped Ruffle Bodysuit J.Crew Factory
Jeans "Tomboy" M.I.H. via The Outnet
Cherry Pumps Cha Cha Oh...Deer! pair on ebay
Straw Clutch Rodo Italy via Goodwill similar
Versailles Earrings  Julie Vos 
 Bracelet The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Chevron Ring Etsy via Silver Canyon Jewelry
Stacked Rings Gorjana via TJMaxx similar




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Peaks of the Week


 
When I decided to start doing "Peaks of the Week", it wasn't just so that I could share fun or interesting articles and things to buy, it was to force me to reflect on the week and actually talk about what the good parts were. So far I've pretty much failed to abide by that. That said, the actual peak of my week was when a groundhog ran into my office. I keep the door open when it's nice out, so it's basically always been an invitation for the chipmunks to run in, but this is the first time I've ever seen a groundhog. He was really cute, he disappeared for about five minutes, then came running out covered in cobwebs (I blame the cleaning people, they consistently do a poor job). I managed to snap a photo of him as he peered in.

Other than that, I finished season two of Santa Clarita Diet, and it was so good. I love that they managed to find a way to have Nathan Fillion's character return, and if the concept of Drew Barrymore as a zombie doesn't appeal to you, I urge you to give it a try anyway. The comedy is so good, and the half hour episodes zip by and leave me wanting more.

❖  In case you missed it, a raccoon's accent up a skyscraper went viral on Twitter.

❖ When Anthony Bourdain defended an 88 year old food critic's review of Olive Garden, and then went on to help her publish a book.

❖ Adorable bucket bag in white leather and straw.

❖ Some influencers are overstepping when it comes to what they expect to be gifted.

❖ I've been thinking I want to learn how to do weight training.

❖ I'm not sure if I like that Instagram is more shoppable, or am coming to resent that everyone is just trying to sell me something.

❖ This recipe for Tahini and Halva Brownies has definitely peaked my interest.

❖ Another red and white floral dress - I have a problem.

❖ This might make a ponytail look chic, but it's still a $630 hair tie.

❖ I'd all but forgotten about Chicane, but when Running to the Sea turned up in my Discover Weekly, it turns out that 21 years later, they are still making music, and I still like it.

Summer Vibes

Bodysuits and high waisted pants were pretty much made for one another. And nothing beats the comfort of a flowy wide leg and an elastic waist. These pants are great, because with heels and a cardigan, I wore them to work, but then put them on to relax in over the weekend. They are currently on sale for under $40, so grab a pair!

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The Rundown
White Bodysuit Gap similar
Striped Culottes Gap
Black Slides c/o Soak
Vintage Japanese Bamboo Bag via eBay similar vintage
Circle Earrings c/o AUrate New York
Alphabet Necklace c/o Gorjana similar
White and Rose Gold Link Bracelet c/o Jeweshop similar
 Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx




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Everyday Luxury

Thanks AUrate for sponsoring this post!

When it came to pierced ears, I was a bit of a late adopter. My mother never had good luck with pierced ears, prone to sensitivity and infection, my sister, eight years my junior jumped at the chance to get her ears pierced as soon as my mom let her, and that was promptly followed by an infection. So you can see why I wasn't super eager to try it out for myself.

Eventually, at the tender age of 20, feeling let down by the complete discomfort of clip on earrings, I took the plunge, headed into a Claire's, and got my ears pierced. A whole new world of accessories had opened to me, and I celebrated with a stop at So Good Jewelry - a mecca of glitzy and inexpensive earrings. I'm pretty sure they are no longer in business, and I'm even more certain that if they were I would no longer shop there. The decor was an explosion of bright pink with animal print carpeting, and I've since developed a sensitivity with my ears which keeps me from buying anything other than sterling silver, gold, or gold vermeil.

Thankfully my love of jewelry has never once faded, but has, gratefully, evolved. Now I try to fill my collection with high quality pieces,  and I'm always delighted to discover and share companies like AUrate, which focuses on making fine jewelry without concessions, crafted from high quality durable materials, 14 and 18 karat gold, pearls sourced from Japan and the South Sea, and the use of only S1-clarity diamonds on every piece, which are all handmade in New York.

AUrate's pieces are simple, timeless, and completely wearable. Since my gold circle earrings have arrived, I've put them on nearly everyday.  They are small enough that I can wear them comfortably, and of course have no reaction to the metal.

Because AUrate sells directly to the customer, they are focused on honest pricing, which means that  earrings in 14 karat gold would cost $550, instead of something like $1,200. The icing on the cake (aside from free shipping and returns) is that AUrate wants to give back, and are currently working to help develop the literacy of students in New York. For every purchase made, AUrate donates a book to a child in need.

When it comes to pieces I'm confident I'll want to wear forever, I don't mind investing in quality, and I know there are more pieces from AUrate I want to add to my collection.

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Side Tie Knit Top J.Crew Factory
White Wide Leg Jeans Gap similar
Huarache Mules "Camila" Rebecca Minkoff
Vintage Macrame Tote Etsy
Straw Boater Hat Hinge similar
Circle Earrings c/o AUrate New York
Chevron Cuff "Vista" Gorjana similar
Gold Ring Thrifted
Crystal Bar Ring Upper Metal Class






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Peaks of the Week


I'm just going to say it, it has not been a very good week. The weather for the first week of June has been less than stellar; Apple didn't announce any new hardware, so I'll have to wait until September; work has been painfully slow and I've mostly been alone, so the days have really dragged; Kate Spade died, and it makes me sad to learn how unhappy she must have been; and I've wasted far too many hours searching for a hat I don't need.

It's just another quest in an endless pursuit of 'the magical item that is going to change everything'. I know hat is a hat and wearing it will not make my photos come out better, nor will it make my blog more popular, find me a new friend, boyfriend, or job. It will keep the sun off my face, because it's a hat.

Yet I search, during all the in-between time on my phone. The late hours when I should be sleeping, the early ones before I'm ready to face the day. Trying to find the perfect hat, at the best price, and with free shipping. If only I could channel that energy into a more constructive activity. One that will actually elicit the changes I want, rather than just becoming another thing in an overstuffed closet.


Cee published her second book, Before the World Opened, and I can't wait to read it!

How social media is changing the way we adopt dogs.

❖ The makeup we love comes with a 90% markup.

❖ I'm just as guilty of ogling over the tiny houses as the next person, but one thing they are always devoid of is daily living, which might not be all it's cracked up to be.

❖ Everything really is click bait, and it's nuts.

We really are truly distracted.

❖ Alissa's call to action for bloggers to give more consideration to their content.

Who wears the pants.

❖ Influencers work seven days a week, with no paid vacation, and the constant pressure to be creating new content and stay relevant, or risk losing it all. Are we surprised they are getting burnt out?

❖ Kimberly talks about finding balance with her blog.

A history of yearbook trends. I guarantee there are plenty of 'wuz ^'s in my middle school yearbook.

Potential 'magic' hat.

Alternate potential 'magic' hat.

Tall Tall Grass

For my second outfit at Lyman Orchards I wanted to wear something a bit more casual, so I grabbed light wash jeans, flats, and naturally another hat (as my hair was about four days unwashed).

Courtney encouraged me to sit in the grass, probably not something I've ever done in my blog photos before. I might even go so far as to say I've got a little grass phobia (or at least paranoia over grass stains). However the seated photos are by far my favorites of this bunch, which proves that sometimes it's nice to have someone else behind the camera with a different view.


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Floral Swing Blouse Gap similar
Boyfriend Jeans Old Navy similar
Katrine Mule Crown Vintage via DSW
Vintage Macrame Tote Etsy
 Panama Hat J.Crew
Gold Circle Bracelet St. Thomas c/o TJMaxx similar
Chevron Ring Etsy via Silver Canyon Jewelry
 Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry





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Before Apple Picking

Back in February when I first met Courtney, we made plans to visit the apple orchard when the trees were in bloom. On that frigid winter day, the warm air of springtime seemed like it would never arrive.

When the evidence on Instagram implied that the trees were finally blooming, we headed to Lyman Orchards on a Friday evening. The weather was perfect, and we traipsed through the tall grass and hid among the blooms. Much unlike the orchards in the fall, we were completely alone, and it felt like a different world.

It took me quite a while to slog through the editing of these photos. We shot for nearly two hours and I ended up with 600 or so photos to sort through. Narrowing them down was a task, editing made very difficult by my now nearly 10 year old MacBook Pro. Lightroom just unexpectedly quits left and right. So I took my time with the editing, and I could not be happier. I love how these photos came out, and easily could have posted five times as many.

Lets hope Apple announces they are updating their MacBooks later this morning so I can finally upgrade!


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Maxi Dress ASOS similar
 Brown Wedge Sandals Franco Sarto via TJMaxx similar
Vintage Macrame Tote Etsy
Straw Hat Kate Spade Outlet similar
Gold Hoop Earrings Amazon
Alphabet Necklace c/o Gorjana similar
Gold Bracelet The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Chevron Ring Etsy via Silver Canyon Jewelry
 Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry




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