Springing forward took me by total surprise this year. My sleep cycle is finally up to speed, though, and I’m very much looking forward to dinners during the last hours of daylight. Here’s five links for your weekend reading pleasure:
Quotes considered cliché likely have grains of truth for all of us. “Be present” is one we hear often, but I find it difficult to apply as a future-focused 24-year-old. But then this morning, I read someone write about it as their mantra, explaining the importance of their present moments in paving their future. This article teaches that lesson: what you do today will make for a better tomorrow. Below are four other fun links to read this weekend!
I live in a pair of cotton drawstring pants I got from a street vendor in Paris, so I’m eyeing this chambray version.
This Aquazzura meets de Gournay collaboration has me pining for spring.
Healthy eaters weigh in on their habits. My favorite: the Frenchies.
Hi friends! This week has been–and will continue to be–a whirlwind in the best way. My best friend got married last weekend, my birthday followed that Monday, and I’m celebrating in San Fran starting today. So I hope you’ll indulge me for my all things travel Friday Five today.
I’ll be boozy brunching by the bay with my boyfriend in a few hours at the beautiful Leo’s Oyster Bar.
More big baby news for L. Avenue! My brother and sister welcomed a little girl into the world this Wednesday. We love Eloise Jane already, and I can’t wait to watch her grow up with her big brother, Max. Here’s five links for reading this weekend:
Decorate :: Eloise will have a Palm Springs inspired nursery with this crib sheet. Seeing this girl’s room makes my imagination go wild for all the magical ways her room can evolve with this theme and color scheme.
Go :: I’m already salivating for a boozy brunch at Leo’s Oyster Bar on the San Francisco Bay for my birthday, but my next stop may be this whimsical café on the other side of the world.
Browse :: I feel as though I’ve found my British kindred spirit in Louise Roe, budding lifestyle blogger who happens to reside in the same city as my top two faves, Garance Doré and Emily Schuman. May have to pay a visit to LA!
Eat :: I recently discovered acclaimed Houston chef Chris Shepherd’s curated list of his favorite spots around town. WD and I tried London Sizzler, and it satisfied my saag paneer craving big time.
Shop :: I love the feminine edge of this biker jacket, and for the price, I wouldn’t feel bad for only wearing it on occasion in the mild Houston weather.
Looking forward to volunteering at tonight’s A Couture Cause and meeting some of you. Don’t be shy, and please say hi!
Hello, friends! To shake things up from my weekly Friday Five, I’m posting today instead. I often find I have more mindspace to fully digest good reads from around the web on the weekend, so I hope you can set aside some time today for these:
I’ve never owned a pair of truly high-waisted jeans, until now. This round-up encouraged me to order this pair (from none other than Abercrombie & Fitch) without trying them on, and for under $40, I have new favorites.
I’ll never quit loving New York, but I don’t know if I’ll ever live there like I always dreamed. This post instilled that sentiment all the more.
In light of this week’s headlining news, I found it timely to see Natalie Portman in Jackie this week with girlfriends. Her performance is stunning, and I loved the way the story was told, through her careful conversations with a journalist and priest.
Looking forward to joining Lyndsey and all the most stylish ladies about town at A Couture Cause this Thursday. I hope to see you there!
It’s Friday the 13th! Piggybacking off my post on resolutions last week, I want to talk fear today. I think there’s two camps of people when we start a new year: those fearful of what the future might bring and those excited to take it on. Funny enough, the same nerves that manifest fear and anxiety within you also create excitement. So, the next time fear comes knocking, channel that energy into excitement. I’ve rounded up five articles that touch on something a lot of us fear in hopes that they inspire you to embrace these things rather than shy away in 2017.
new places :: I’m heading to San Francisco for the first time next month, but I’m all intrigued by places much unlike my own like Africa, Australia and India.
In reflecting on 2016 and resolving for 2017, I decided to come up with three words that defined the past year and three I wanted to shape this one. So, today’s Friday Five features articles to inspire my efforts toward those: better care, vaster knowledge and greater commitment in 2017.
Knowledge :: I’m digging deep into my make-up bag, removing the trash and adding treasures. First things first: this magical, mineral primer. I’ll be focusing on one product a month; I’d love to know your favorite finds.
Pardon My French is my new favorite podcast, and this episode, where my favorite Frenchie, Garance Doré, interviews Aussie Elle McPherson is the latest and greatest. A lesson from Elle on embracing beauty from the inside out:
When a woman smiles, she’s more beautiful and that comes from the inside. When her skin is good, because she’s eating well, that comes from the inside and it shows. When you’re a person who is happy in your life and motivated and inspired, it really shows on the outside. You can put as much creme on as you want, but if you’re miserable, it’s not going to make you beautiful!
With switching jobs and moving out last year, it was hard to break down my budget. In a more stable place now, I’m breaking down my budget and turning to guides like this one.
Commitment :: There’s overlap here, of course. Ultimately, my commitment to these habits daily, weekly or whatever it may be will have me looking back this December feeling as though these words did define 2017. Here are some good habits we all could have.
If you could define this year in three words, what would they be?
If your inbox resembles mine at all, you’ve been inundated with gift guides galore. And if you’re anything like me, you’ve found yourself diverting from your original goal of getting gifts for your people and instead, pinning the perfect things for you.
So, today, I’m listing five things I told Santa I’d like in 2016:
luggage :: My mom has two styles of Bric’s Bellagio luggage, and I’ve always thought they were beautiful. I’d like my own–the carry-on spinner trunk size–in this gorgeous blue cognac.
slides :: The new flat alternative didn’t really pique my interest until I laid eyes on these pink suede ‘Kiltie’ loafers by Jeffrey Campbell exclusively carried by Anthro.
camo :: Two years ago, I was on the hunt (pun intended) for stylish camo gear I could wear even when I wasn’t huddled up in a blind. Now, the neutral print is everywhere, so I’m getting more selective. I like how subtle the camoflauge is on these Rag & Bone pants.
gold :: My Macbook has stayed with me since senior year of high school, so I usually stick to browsing blogs on my iPhone. I’d love a bigger surface to see all my favorite sites, and I think this gold iPad air 2 would do me and my eyeballs just right.
scarf :: In a light wool, this colorful CJW scarf is ‘everything.’ Literally. Seek and you shall find a few of my favorite things like bagel and lox and a glass half full of Pinot Noir.
Two weekend countdown before Christmas is here! Enjoy the merriment while it lasts.
Skip the stress this Christmas season. While dubbed the “most wonderful time of the year,” so many of us struggle to say sane in the midst of all the merriment. So, with less than a week before turkey time, here’s five links on how to stay sane this year:
keep exercising :: Don’t let a packed holiday schedule interfere with your exercise regiment. Run for 30 minutes! Though the time may seem more valuable spent otherwise, that half hour release will actually help you sort through the thoughts scrambling in your head.
heathy eating, boiled down :: Don’t get bogged down by “nevers, only and always” when it comes to dieting. Indulge in the items you actually crave during the Christmas season and pass on the rest. Read this researcher’s reasonable rules for healthy habits year-round to apply to the holidays.
soak up me time :: I straddle the introvert/extrovert spectrum, but I still think I tip slightly toward an introvert, so I’ll be sure to set aside time to recharge my social batteries between engagements. When I do, I’ll be diving into this book by Donald Miller.
party hardy :: But, while you’re at those festivities, make the most of ’em. After all, they only come once a year, so learn something from the people you love or better yet the strangers you’re meeting. See these tips for small talk.
My nephew/niece count will reach a dozen at the start of the new year. My sister-in-law is due in January, so she’s having a sprinkle soon to celebrate her first daughter. I’m giving her this book (spoiler alert, sis!), thus the inspiration for this installment of the Friday Five:
sadness :: Famous figures speak their peace on dealing with depression, and there’s an overwhelming consensus that being sad–in some ways–feels good and like a release while being depressed feels numb and like nothing.
glamorous :: Always a girl in pearls, I finally found a proper evening bag to bring to weddings and special occasions in the summer, winter and seasons in between.
love :: A college friend’s older sister reached out to request a flower from each of her close friends to make a friendship bouquet. It’s acts like these that make kindness karma go round.
impressed :: I visited the Degas exhibit at MFAH last night and was wowed by his portrayal of movement, preparation and performance. Dallas is rivaling it with a Monet exhibit: which impressionist do you prefer?