May Budget



Joie Mckenna Silk Blouse, $42 via ThredUP
H&M Rib Knit Pants, $18
H&M Linen Top, $25
Ray-Ban Sunglasses, $60 via TJMaxx
Ann Taylor Factory Leopard Print Wrap Dress, $24
Joie Parsin Sandals, $45 via DSW
Rachel Roy Tortoise Bamboo Bag, $40 via TJMaxx
Banana Republic Rib Knit Bodysuit, $13
Chic Wish Fringe Midi Skirt, $40
Joie Tariana Blouse, $60
Joie Eloisa Sweater, $28 via ThredUP

Routines

I miss routines. I miss knowing what day of the week it is without having to look at my phone. I miss yoga class, Starbucks runs, and TJMaxx. I miss seeing my friends, and I miss being in this space. I don't know how all these weeks have just drifted away, a blur of watching the world shutdown, not leaving the house, and perpetually waiting for a tomorrow when things will be better.

Businesses are starting to open up again, but what has actually changed? The same risk associated with going out into the world is still there. I may have ordered some cute masks, but that wont make eating at a restaurant any safer. Will I be able to find an outdoor social distancing yoga class, or will I just continue to be left to my own devices, which in short, are not good.

Will attempting to be out in the world, shopping, dining, exercising, be more stressful than satisfying?

I feel like the last three months have just been lost. Can I stand to lose another?

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The Rundown
Cream Cashmere Sweater Nordstrom similar
Rust Pleated Midi Skirt Banana Republic
Kitten Heels "Moxie" c/o SAS
Leopard Clutch Clare V c/o Shopbop
 Earrings Thrifted
Gold Rope Chain Necklace Thrifted similar
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry



The Importance of Getting Dressed

While it seems like the end of quarantine as we know it is finally within view, I imagine the reopening will be a slow process, and changes to our day to day lives will likely be small at first. Over these last two months I haven't gotten fully dressed too often, but I at least embraced the routine of getting dressed, moving from nighttime pajamas into daytime pajamas (or loungewear, if you prefer).

Over the weekend I had a slip up; I stayed in my nighttime pajamas all day, and suffered dearly for it. The day started off well enough, I cooked soufflĂ© pancakes for a Mother's Day brunch, with every intention of getting dressed before eating, but the process was slow and the shelf of the pancakes extremely short, so by the time we were ready to eat at noon, it felt like the window had passed and I might as well not bother changing. The combination of pajamas and mimosas resulted in a sloth-like existence for the rest of the day, later accompanied by a myriad of aches; head, stomach, back. In a futile attempt to reverse the damage, I chose a short yoga flow from YouTube at random, took a shower, and changed into a fresh pair of pajamas. Sadly, it was too late, my headache got worse before it got better, and my sister is mad at me for falling asleep five minutes into the episode of "Dead to Me" she'd put on. 

The moral of the story is of course, to just get dressed. It's more the action than what is put on, and I have no excuse as I've added several new loungewear pieces to my collection these last few weeks. Also ordering more Cosabella bralettes, because I tried it, and underwire is just not happening right now.

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The Rundown
Floral Midi Dress H&M similar
Sandals Manolo Blahnik via Coco's on the Green
Caned Bag Vintage similar
Woven Leather Belt Thrifted similar
Gold Rectangle Chain Necklace Etsy
Earrings Thrifted similar
Rings Vintage via Etsy
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx
Nail Color "Just the way you Arctic" Essie


Magnoila


Some days, despite the heaviness of quarantine, I can still feel the hopefulness of spring. The reminder that things will get better and life doesn't have to only be doom and gloom. Though to be fair, there are plenty of those days; when I get an email about yet another event being canceled, when I try to buy hand sanitizer but the only place it's in stock is eBay for double the retail price, when it's cold and raw and raining for days on end...

But then there are the other days. When the sun comes out, when I look out my bedroom window and see the cherry blossom tree in full bloom, when I get packages in the mail, even if they contain boring things like shampoo and deodorant, (but you know there are enough 'fun' packages ending up on my porch too). Sometimes positive thoughts come into my mind and they get to linger for a few minutes before the negative ones overtake them. Sometimes I scroll though my spring blog posts from all the years past and revel in the comfort that the flowers always arrive, the world turns green, and eventually the cold fades away.

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The Rundown
White Ruffle Sleeve Sweater Sara Campbell via Coco's on the Green
Gingham Pants Old Navy
Pointed Flats Rothy's
Black Straw Box Bag Zara similar
Aries Pendant Necklace Mejuri
 Gold Bracelets The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Midi Stackable Diamond Ring c/o AUrate New York
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx