the weekend list no. 58

If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, then you are an excellent leader.
— Dolly Parton
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I’m still just getting comfortable sharing my lows. I’ve actually considered for a second not having this section because I hate to feel like I’m complaining. But I’m going to keep it for now because it also rubs me the wrong way when bloggers never talk about anything other than the positive. My lows this week are really just two things. One is that I kept waking up with different aches and pains. It was like each day had a different random ache! The second is that my skincare routine is no longer working very well, so I’m having random, unusual breakouts but I’m remedying that so hopefully it goes away quick.

Okay, one big high is this: I’ve been wanting an instant camera for awhile but just couldn’t justify spending $60-$90 on one when I already have my iPhone 8+ and Fujifilm X-T20 to shoot with. The good news is that I scored one on Poshmark for literally $12! It was actually $30, but I somehow had $25 in credit (I must have sold something and never transferred the money over), so it came down to $6 plus $6 for shipping, thus I got a minty blue Instax 8 Mini for $12. 😊

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Last Sunday, I started the week off with dinner at my friend’s house after begging her to make me her signature meal, a piccata with fresh, homemade pasta topped with feta. We laid by the pool, had dinner and drinks, and talked all about our upcoming trip to Europe which is coming up so quickly. The rest of the week was pretty much working, running errands, and a lot of reading! I got some new things from the library that I’m excited to recap at the end of the month.

This morning, I’m heading to the beach to do some reading, get some sun, and go swimming for the earlier part of the day and then later, just running some errands and come home to finish up extra work. Then, next weekend, I’m planning on getting up early to go to the farmer’s market.

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I’m loving Kate Middleton’s new stylist and have got to try that leg makeup trick!

Get ready for a summer roadtrip with Jacey’s essentials!

Such a delicious smoothie recipe.

I want to live here.

So excited about the Sussex instagram account! 🙌

Ten spots in the U.S. to add to your summer travel plans.

Julia’s spring accessories picks are so lovely.

Love these nail polish colors for spring.

This article on the negative impacts of cruises is an indictment. Wow, wow, wow.

Very important.

These are great ideas for incorporating mindfulness into your daily routine.

Some good ideas for boosting circulation, something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately.

the weekend list no. 42


Happy Saturday! It's been a pretty great week around here. I took my mom to see Crazy Rich Asians on Tuesday (second time for me!) where we ate strawberry Pocky and chocolate Hello Panda biscuits. Someone in the theater had noodles with them and the smell kept wafting up to my nose which made me super hungry during all the great food scenes.

Afterwards, we went to Target and I had my first Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice of the season. Wednesday, I was finally able to go in for my Global Entry interview and got my approval the following day! I'm so excited to be able to use it on all of my future flights.

Between work and those things, I've been relaxing a lot this week. The hot weather has sapped by energy this week, so I've spent a lot of my free time in bed watching The Bold Type. What have you all been up to?

Have you seen photos from Chiara Ferragni's wedding to Fedez? Oh my god. Goals.

Teen Vogue writer Lauren Buca is really impressive. Loved this article about her

You have to check out this article about Singapore's gorgeous public housing buildings.

I really liked Brighton's post about 'how to be on mission when you're not in ministry'. 

Jess tried an $895 facial!

Love Jen Gotch and love this article.

How charming is this? It also got me really excited for fall.

The four most underrated American food cities.

Caroline looks so cute in the new tailgate collection from Draper James.

I'm definitely going to use some of these creative ideas during my next trip to Europe in the spring.

Such a pretty little Parisian capsule collection.

Love this old(ish) post from The Everygirl about finding your personal style.

the weekend list no. 41


Happy Saturday! What did you all do this week? On one of my days off, my mom and I went shopping to find a new desk chair. We didn't end up finding one that I loved and I ended up ordering one from Home Depot instead, but we did go to Kirkland's (!!!) which seriously got us in the spirit for fall. I got a few things to nearly complete my desk makeover (the letter board and the little gray sign), now I'm just waiting for my chair to arrive and to go get a fall candle.

Also! I just got a new pair of Lululemon leggings, which has me pretty excited. It's the little things, guys.... Haha. 

Now, on to the links for this weekend...

Julia's breakfast nook is so beautiful!

If you need some super cute, very extra tailgating outfit inspiration, look no further.

Check out these five Southern beach reads over on the Draper James blog. I put all five on my TBR!

Ashley & Ryan's optimism and positivity are really inspiring.

Love Tracy Anderson's tips for staying healthy while traveling.

Great article that blends two topics I love: nutrition and cultural politics.

Kind of want to check out this GOOP Clean Teeth Kit!

Did you know all of these Starbucks hacks?

I want to try all of these infused lemonades before the end of summer!

Becky's photography is so dreamy.

Clean, bohemian decor inspiration.

There's a special place in my heart for blue-and-white porcelain.

This is a must-read.

I love a good office makeover!

Creating a beautiful home yoga practice.

Collected Week 2/26/16

Update: I wanted to make a note about the passing of Sam Beall of Blackberry Farm. For me, he was one of those people that I felt like I knew only because of how often I have heard about him in my industry and just in general. Although I did not know him personally, I know that his work through Blackberry Farm has touched a lot of people and his family is certainly in my thoughts.

Enjoying one, single warm weekend reading magazines with the windows open. Driving a sad rental car and then becoming overjoyed when reunited with my beloved old Lexus. Sheet masks. Working on my goal to develop a list of go-to recipes to work with my appetite problem. This resulted in banana nut muffins and boiled Yukon Gold potatoes. Still working on this goal. Daydreaming about Greece. Contemplating a gypset lifestyle. Enjoying the launch of my best friend's new blog, Modern Swan

It's What I Do - Lynsey Addario
This was one of the most fascinating books I've read and has definitely earned a place in my favorite non-fictions. War photographer Lynsey Addario discusses her career---which has included being kidnapped multiple times and embedding with the army in Korengal---photographing in Afghanistan, Turkey, Libya, Somalia, and elsewhere.

NOVA: Rise of the Hackers  (Netflix)
Especially in the years since I've begun learning to code, I've been fascinated with cyber-security, cyber-warfare, and cyber-espionage. This is a great little PBS documentary that digs into the different facets of this topic. 

Zayn - Pillowtalk

How You'll Know They're Asking Her More (The Coveteur)
The First Monday in May Trailer (YouTube)
Hong Kong's Missing Bookseller Cases Go Unresolved (NPR)
Fashion Week's Over In New York, Now What? (Man Repeller)
Shape Shifting Tech Will Change Work As We Know It (TED)
Klossy's Women in Silicon Valley series (YouTube)
Making Stores Matter in an Multichannel World (McKinsey)
French Designers Against Buy-It-Now Runway Shows (BoF)

Do you ever see a piece of clothing--maybe in a digital ad or a print editorial or even on the street--that just makes your heart swell with happiness? My browser is often flooded with Moda Operandi banners and today this Mary Katrantzou dress popped up. I saw it out of the corner of my eye and, for some reason, just got the butterflies. It certainly isn't the typical kind of gown that I would be drawn to but there is just something about it that struck me.

The same goes for a white Victoria Beckham jacquard camisole which I think would look cute with everything from jeans to shorts to performance leggings. With this particular piece, it was the proportions that caught my attention. The trapeze camisole creates a billowing effect that pairs well with a slim bottom half. 

I've also been quite into the new collection of Self-Portrait dresses on Net-a-Porter. I covet each and every one of them, but this off-white maxi dress evoked the most joy. I think we all imagine what we would wear to an event like the Academy Awards or something. For me, this would be a contender, paired with Chloe sandals and really messy hair.

With this fourth look, the Manuela caftan from Anjuna, I confirm that I am officially becoming a bohemian and harkening back to the days that I wore printed headscarves and fringed shirt dresses to MGMT shows. This time around, though, it's minimalist bohemian---the same flowing silhouettes and embroidered textiles but in neutral colors and with a Parisian edge, I think. So basically I'm saying that my closet needs to be filled exclusively with Chloe and Isabel Marant.