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


scenes from my weekend

Some snippets from a grey but gloriously simplified weekend. It rained, it was cold, and it was something out of London or Seattle - but it was stunning and relaxing and forced us all to take a breath. After that, plenty of time for shopping - naps - runs - dressing up in favorite trench coats - and admiring the textures of fall!

As you know I discovered j.crew factory (ahhh) and had a lovely time perusing their shelves while feeling quite quintessentially fall myself with my flared trench and black pointed flats. It drizzled all morning, and we spent most of the late afternoon (and night) in front of a lovely crackling fire. Chinese take-out may or may not have also happened.

I needed this break of a weekend, to stop and look around at all the beauty of october. I am loving this month so fall and really feeling appreciative that we get to have all four seasons. Even after the chaos of last winter, I feel so thankful that we've had such a lovely taste of it all. A cool but budding spring, a mild and refreshing summer, and now a crisp and moody fall. I love it all.

ciao! happy tues! xo


fall obsessions at j.crew

all via crew factory \\ fair isle sweater \\ denim \\ dome trio necklace \\ miniskirt \\ waffle knit scarf \\ coat

Happy Sunday to you all! It is the quintessential east coast fall morning; leaves are orange, the temperature outside is downright cold (45 degrees, below avg)., I have a cup of La colombe coffee in my hand and the slow pace of r i g h t n o w is simply heavenly. Can this moment last forever?

Maybe another reason I am feeling so content is that yesterday I discovered the gloryness of the 50% off j.crew factory sale. AND it is still going on.   I know that you all probably swear by j.crew too, but I usually strike out there and don't have luck with it - yesterday by some cosmic planetary alignment I completeeeely fell in love with everything I tried on (which is pretty much all of the above and more). And the best part is everything was HALF off, so I felt like I was getting away with something. I am wishing I bought the necklace and scarf (above) and maaay have to hit up the online sale - but I scored two awesome pairs of skinny toothpick jeans (one light wash, one dark) as well as a loose tee that is perfect for under a vest or light jacket.

I also did TOO well at loft...but that's another story (and perhaps another outfit post) for you later.

enjoy your lazy sunday! ciao! xo