Special Occasions

Special Occasions

Happy New Year! Did you have a wonderful holiday? I love seeing everyone all dressed up for family gatherings and Nutcracker performances and Netflix binges every December. My family is always presentable, but we do favor the casual and I sometimes wish we’d take advantage of the occasion to dress things up a bit more (as I type this wearing stretchy pants and a worn flannel).

Over the holiday, my mom relayed a conversation that she recently had with my sister. They were at the pool and my sister had a nice bag that she was handling a bit haphazardly. She wasn’t flinging it around or anything, but she did set it on the ground and toss a bottle of sunscreen inside. My mom made a comment about taking care of her things (as would I have…keep reading) and my sister kind of brushed her off, saying that things are meant to be used and enjoyed. It wasn’t meant or taken as a flippant comment, but a reminder that things are things and if you can’t enjoy them in your everyday life, then what’s the point?

I’m always trying to keep my nice things nice (admittedly because I have a bit of a reputation for having no memory of drilling holes into brand new clothing), and while I think that it is appropriate and respectful to treat things with care, it turns into me saving things for “special occasions” that never materialize and prevents me from using and enjoying the things that I have.

Apparently this a very real affliction that runs in families and is known as Saving It for the Pope. Coincidentally, I seem to remember my Nana once saying “What are you saving that for, your funeral?” Same sentiment, just slightly more dramatic.

When I talk about my nicest or fanciest or favorite things, I don’t necessarily mean the most expensive. That’s just a GAP dress and J.Crew necklace pictured above. Both bought on sale, I’m sure. But I’ve been “saving them” for over a year for no good reason. So I’m going to wear them both to work this week and make an occasion to enjoy them.

Do you find yourself saving your favorite things for special occasions? Or do you wear your pearls to the pool?

Holiday Gift Guide for Her

Pssst…this post contains affiliate links.

When I put together a gift guide, it’s essentially a list of what I’d want to see under the tree on Christmas morning (assuming I haven’t already bought everything for myself, which is the case with all but a handful of items on this year’s list). So, if you know someone exactly like me then you’re in luck, because I have some great gift ideas. 😉

Holiday Gift Guide for Her1. LectroFan white noise machine $55
2. Shashi tassel bracelet $20
3. Balm Dotcom $36
4. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff $28
5. Coqui Coqui candle $57
6. Jonathan Adler mermaid mug $32
7. J.Crew winter plaid scarf $70
8. Old Navy metallic slippers $12
9. Kate Young sunglasses $105
10. Fossil triangle studs $34
11. Mable iPhone case $55
12. Gucci disco bag $980
13. Sugar Paper weekly/monthly planner $13
14. Old Navy metallic dot beanie $9
15. Fujifilm Instax Mini $135
16. Meditations through Coloring $13 (published by my employer, Greenleaf Book Group)
17. Staedtler pens $13

Hillary Halloween

The moment I spotted these striped trousers, I knew that I could not pass up the opportunity to dress as Hillary Clinton circa 1969 for Halloween. I had everything else in my closet, but in case you don’t, here’s how to pull everything together for a stylish Hillary Halloween. Follow me on Instagram to see the final costume reveal on Halloween!

Warning: Being 1969 Hillary ain’t cheap.

Hillary Clinton Halloween Costume, Hillary Halloween Old Navy Harper Trousers $28
UNIQLO Blouse $29
vintage eyeglasses $15
Kork-Ease Myrna sandals $140
Kenneth Jay Lane oversized ring $90
J.Crew barrette $14

Valentine Swap 2015: More Love Edition #vdayswap

Valentine Swap

Welcome to the 4th annual Valentine Swap!

We’re shaking things up this year to include more Valentines and more love. Instead of swapping with one person, we’re going to swap with everyone! Participation is limited to 12 people so sign up early!

Below are the basic guidelines — please leave a comment if you see any red flags. I’ll be sure to send the final guidelines to all participants with address information.

  • Fill out this form by January 24th.
  • Receive final guidelines and full list of participants by February 1st.
  • Buy your Valentines a card and a little something special. It’s up to you how much you want to spend, but $2-3 per person is ideal.
  • Mail your goodies by February 7th to arrive by the big day.
  • As you receive your Valentines, tweet using #vdayswap!

Please only signup if you intend to follow-through. In the interest of cost, it’s also probably best that everyone be in the US. Sorry. While I want everyone to get as much love as they get, I can’t be responsible for any Valentines that do not arrive.


New Year’s Resolutions

New Years Blogging Resolutions

New Year’s resolutions. We all make them. We all break them. But this year I’m making a resolution I can stick to. And you’re involved.

My New Year’s resolution is to blog less.

Yes. You read that right.


It’s not to master a social network or double my page views or monetize. There’s nothing wrong with those goals. I’ve set them. I’ve helped people reach those goals.

They just aren’t for me. Not this year.

I’ve been blogging 3 times a week for four years. Regularly for 11 years. And while I still love blogging, that pace has become unsustainable. Especially as blogging has evolved into one stunningly styled blog post after another. I can’t complete — I don’t have the time, resources, or talent — and I’m wearing myself out trying.

Instead, I want to use that time to take an extra barre class every week. To read another book. To take my dog on an extra long walk. To nap.

So where do you come in?

Well, I’m hoping you don’t leave me high and dry.

I’m so grateful for all of your comments and shares and emails and I know by blogging less frequently I risk you spending your time elsewhere and being pushed to the bottom of your reading list. It happens. I understand.

But I’m still going to be here! And on Twitter. And Instagram. Always ready for a chat.

So, keep visiting, okay?