do what works for you

Happy Friday! We have made it!
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Today's theme is: FALL CLOTHES that are cute on models but unflattering on you.
also: clothes that look better on the hanger than they do you.
isn't it the most annoying thing? 
the thing with fall is all the textures you're reintroducing into your daily wardrobe.
vests, jackets, layering tees, boots, socks, scarves, jackets, pants, oh pants.
like, even the socks above. you'd need to have the longest, thinnest legs to pull those off like that.
with a cute boyfriend shirt, all unkempt, cup of coffee in hand - that undone kind of glamour.

I find myself struggling with the easiest of pieces: jeans.
I recently bought a pair of light wash j.crew toothpick jeans and love them...
so i bought them...and wore them finally.
And I just can't pull off the lighter jeans.
So..sticking with the dark.

Another look I can't quite master: layering.
I love the look of a cozy flannel under a cardigan under a vest...
and it all sounds so comfortable, so fall-y...
but I just get so dang hot and before I know it I am reaching for my drapey urban outfitters tees.
(note to self: stock up more on those).

last but not least: booties.
Ah. The idea of booties, the short-length but high-heeled boot is genius.
But somehow on a shorter figure I feel as though it is a challenge,
because the shortened coverage of the boot creates the illusion of a shorter leg.
So I'm thinking of trying some over-the-knee boots to make some semblance of leg elongation.
thoughts? bad idea?

anyway: what are some of your wardrobe struggles when it comes to glorious fall fashion?
ps. HAPPY FRIDAY! ciao, xo


hello, i'm here!

I've slipped off the radar again! Is 'my computer broke' a good enough excuse!? It kind of broke, but all is well and I'm happy as a clam - I had my first experience at the Apple Store's Genuis Bar and it was, luckily, a successful and satisfying visit. So, instead of dumping all of my current goings-on with you, I'll list a few things instead...

1. October. You are stunning. You are glorious. You are here. Your trees are orange. The fields are rusty-yellow. The twilight skies are purple and dusty. It is absolutely perfect. Cozy cool weather that is not too hot, with the right amount of crisp - even enough to justify a sweater and a hot chocolate. We all know this and it's a topic overkilled by bloggers, but here it is just stunning. We have been so lucky this year to really have seasons. 

2. The running routine. What an up-down roller coaster. Since my last update I feel as though I skyrocketed in terms of positive progress, then went down just as fast. One weekend I ran a 5k, no problems - the next, I couldn't get through a mile without a break or two! It is odd. I think eating right has to do with it, the amt. of water I am drinking (never enough) and so on. Currently in a slump but will get back to it.

3. Weekend therapy with Mom. Don't know how else to explain it - this past Sunday was just the best day ever. I spent it entirely with Mom. Rose early, put on this hat (instant outfit!), made some returns, and had a late diner breakfast. Spent the rest of the day doing typical Sunday things like laundry, cleaning up, packing lunches for the week - but the quality time and conversations and moments to think made it SO rejuvenating of a day. Even through the chores we had to do, we just seemed to glide through and have a wonderful day.

4. 1 month, 1 month. S is coming home in one month!!!!! We have an extraordinarily ambitious bucket list planned out. Stay tuned.

5. Skin care routine. My skin care routine has also been a roller coaster of successes and failures over the past few months. I'm thinking about switching dermatologists - but to make a long story short I have been so self-conscious lately about my skin and breakouts, even the littlest ones, that it's become something that consumes my thoughts. Straight to the mirror! I have decided to physically force myself away from the mirror, and so far it is working. Also: a tub of Clinique moisturizer does the trick. And swiping the tiniest, microscopic dab of my mom's La Mer may be helping too, every blue moon or so...

okay - that's that for now! more tomorrow, ciao! xo


a shift in diet

Probably the worst thing you could assume right now is that I have a major announcement and that I am going vegan. Or vegetarian. Or all organic. Which I am not. I wissssh I had the patience and discipline, don't get me wrong - but a total change like that just ins't in the stars right now. But what is - is a subtle but hopefully effective little dietary change I'd like to experiment with: more greens. 

The second worst thing you can assume now is that I hate vegetables; which I don't. I actually love them. The bowl of broccoli rabe and onion actually has me salivating, which is kind of weird because it's 7:00 in the morning. What I want to do is find the time, the patience, and the discipline I lack by integrating simply more of this into what I eat; actually eating a breakfast; saving the heavy pastas and sauces which I so dearly love for maybe once a week or once every two weeks (I shudder). A more plant-based diet is something I want to experiment because I think that in the summer, when I am actually eating more plant-based foods, I feel lighter and more hydrated and my skin is better. I just want to simply continue that feeling.

on my shopping list:
- soy yogurt
- granola
- peaches
- kale and spinach
- strawberries
- blueberries
- banana
- nuts
- red onions
- broccoli
- squash (perhaps butternut?)
- apples 

Each work week, I eat a variation on a theme: easy meals. I don't necessary pop in a lean cuisine but I do make meals that take very little time and effort such as potato gnocchi with pesto. helloooo, carbs (and heaven). Either that or I eat out (vegetable dumplings from the chinese place, thin-crust pizza, penne with spicy marinara - my guilty pleasure, chipotle). Which is killing my wallet and my green-healthy vibes. So, I am declaring this experiment a time of more green smoothies, more oatmeals (and breakfasts for that matter!), more vegetable medleys and more non-dairy products. The goal is to hopefully see the benefits in my skin and my overall sense of feeling healthy.

The workweek is such a challenge - but how do you deal with it? What products or foods do you swear by? I'm curious to know! 

Ciao, xo



A busy little collection of instas, wouldn't you say? lots of colors, lots of sunsets, lots of craziness and  whimsy. So far the fall has a twinge of summer to it, and I'm not complaining...I'm talking wearing shorts with cute chunky sweaters; having ice cream for dinner; bringing the herbal garden inside via desktop terrarium; gorgeous sunsets that rival the august skies. Our late september trip to the sea has definitely prolonged this feeling, but I feel as ready as ever to embrace the chills of october and keep that little hint of summer breeze in my pocket.

I smell change - it's odd how we change right along with the seasons. Maybe that is what changes us. But I sense it, feel it, in a good way, kind of as a renewal. I feel like I am a little more confident in who I am and what I do. I'm accepting the things that do come and go. Some weeks are great, others are dull - sometimes I am very productive, some days I feel stuck. Some days everything seems possible, others it is an accomplishment just to get home for the day. Ebb and flow.

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ciao! xo