Memorial Day Weekend. The official start of summer...even though the calendar has us waiting until late June. Since we had heavy snow at my house last week, I haven't given much thought to my summer wardrobe...but I'd better start!
If you're hoping to add a few new tops to your wardrobe this season, now's the perfect time.
Anthropologie is having a sale on sale!
I’ve never shared my Anthro Faves from the sale room before....but today, I'm doing just that.
Below are my current favorite markdowns at Anthropologie.
I'm sticking with tops because they're an easy fit.
And it's always nice to start a new season with a fresh top or two:-)
If you shop this weekend (May 26-29, 2017), you’ll save an additional 40% off of SALE merchandise. That means 40% off of the lowest markdown price!
Please know that some of these styles might have limited stock levels. Be sure to check online and in your local Anthropologie.
When in stores, if you don’t see an item you want on the sales floor, be sure to ask an associate for help. Sometimes there is more sale merchandise tucked away in the stockroom.
Hoping that by mentioning my sale ‘faves’, it'll help you can snag a few awesome deals and get on with the cookout phase of your holiday weekend!
As always, I’m not being compensated in any way for this post. I just enjoy sharing what I know and love at Anthropologie.
Deep-V Ribbed Top $39.95
This top is a lightweight layer for cool summer nights or chilly air-conditioning. Beautiful drape. It looks much richer than a sweatshirt. You can dress it up or down. All of the colors are pretty in person.
Peplum Pocket Top $49.95
I love this top. It’s essentially a sweatshirt with a stylish twist. The upper fabric is French terry cloth. The bottom is linen with just the right amount of flounce. It’s chic and easy to wear.
Margot Gathered Top $29.95
A t-shirt with a dash of sass. This top runs a bit big. It’s quite flattering on the body. Both colors options are flattering.
Washed Linen Shirt $49.95
This blouse is great buttoned up or worn open, more like a jacket. The green is less yellow in person. It’s good in all colors.
Alexe Embroidered Bomber $99.95
I love this bomber. It’s elegant and well-made. It works over a dress or pants...and looks equally sharp with a pair of jeans and a white t-shirt. The same-color embroidery on the back is stunning.
Allyson Textured Top $39.95
Perfect for date night. I own this top. It wears like a blouse, but it’s a knit. So comfortable. So pretty. I didn’t realize it came in military green...now I want that one too!
Maddie One-Shoulder Top $49.95
This chambray top has super style. The lines are good. The fit is a bit short so you might need to pair it with high-waisted bottoms. It’s a nice summer alternative to a basic chambray button-down or tank top.
Ruffled Linen One-Shoulder Top $29.95
I love this top. It’s a little playful and so pretty on the body. Soft and easy to wear on a hot day.
And since we currently have an awesome selection of new merchandise, I’ll throw in two of my favorite full-priced styles...
Seamed Raglan Tee $38
I haven’t purchased this one yet...but I think it’s on my short list. Cool detailing. Nice price. I’ll probably buy it in white. I like the idea of a new white tee with some interest.
Draped V-Neck Tee $48
I have this tee in grey. It’s fabulous. Effortless, but a touch more fun than a basic, athletic-gray t-shirt. Big surprise: I’ve even worn mine under a blazer with jeans:-) Super good.
Happy Sale Shopping!
Hope you find yourself a fab top at a dynamite price.
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Feeling much gratitude for those who we remember on Memorial Day.
My first born child will graduate from high school tomorrow. It’s been a week of sometimes dizzying emotions. Long to-do lists, party preparations, the rapid firing of a dozen school year's worth of memories, out-of-town guests and the knowledge that our family is about to experience a wonderful (but profound) occasion. One that ultimately sets in motion a slew of enormous changes.
A few months ago, I vowed to do everything in my power to stay as present as possible during the weeks and days leading up to this grand occasion. I decided that I was going to soak it all in.
Well, I’m here.
It’s the eleventh hour.
T minus one sleep and it’s time for her to walk. Milestones can be tricky. Milestones that involve our kids, often take our breath away.
The past has a way of sharpening the edges. Making things that much more acute. Flooded with mental images of our ‘little kids', we often feel paralyzed. Trapped in our thoughts. Unable to move forward because the future seems scary...or completely inconceivable because she was just heading to Kindergarten five minutes ago!
Something happened to me earlier this week.
I felt a shift.
Without any decision or forethought, I felt myself surrender.
verb. abandon oneself entirely to (a powerful emotion or influence); give in to.
I rarely use the word surrender. The last time I recall even considering the word ‘surrender’ was when my three children were small. I was smack in the middle of the full-on mothering years. Monotony was the norm. Repetitive tasks filled my days. I felt a bit resentful and overwhelmed.
I stumbled upon (or the Universe directed me to:-) a book titled Surrendering to Motherhood- Losing Your Mind, Finding Your Soul by Lois Krasnow.
This honest, 200 page read opened my eyes to the art of surrendering. Ms. Krasnow’s words hit home. I needed her message. It helped me yield to the demands of my busy life mothering three toddlers. In yielding, I discovered some contentment.
The act of surrendering is powerful. The relief that follows the ‘letting go’ is profound.
I’ve been overcome by an unexpected wave of peace this week. My heart and soul have decided to simply ride it out.
All the way.
Right through the heartstring-tugging sounds of Pomp and Circumstance, past the celebration of Greta’s exceptional K-12 career. . .and clear into next week when I’ll be that mom who can say, “My daughter just graduated from high school”.
The tsunami of emotions? I’m riding that out, too. Feeling all the feels.
In the past few days...I’ve quietly fallen apart talking with favorite Anthropologie clients and old neighbors. I’m sure if the deli counter guy asks ‘How’s it going this week?’, I’ll become a puddle. I'm very thankful for waterproof mascara.
But...and this surprises me a bit...it feels okay (even good) to feel it all.
I guess I always thought of surrender as a sign of weakness. I usually opt to dig in my heels and fight. Often I'm merely fighting myself by resisting what is. Holding on too long to an idea or a thought or a way of being.
I’m beginning to think that all the work I’ve done to be more present is actually paying off. I truly believe that this week’s unconscious surrendering is a beautiful byproduct of living more fully in the Now.
I didn’t choose to surrender, it just happened.
By yielding to all of the feelings, emotions and memories that accompany this big life event, I’m finding real joy.
I am incredibly proud of Greta.
I’m excited for the Now when her name is called and she walks to receive her high school diploma.
I will be 100% present.
Surrendered fully to the moment and the milestone.
Happy Weekend, folks. If you see a woman in the grocery store today who looks like she’s been testing her waterproof mascara, whisper a wish of surrender...she might be needing it.
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P.S. I’ve been randomly listening to Pomp and Circumstance on my phone since before Greta’s sixth grade graduation. My hopes? That by the time she graduated from high school, I’d be immune to its triumphant sound and not fall apart during the first few measures. No such luck. It’s playing in my office as I type these words. Blubbering mess:-)
As I type, I realize this post screams, ‘first world problem’. I’m struggling to even continue writing. However, this issue comes up very often in my line of work. Women are always asking me, “What causes those annoying little holes on the front of my t-shirts and how can I prevent them?"
My clients are currently stocking up on new cotton tanks and t-shirts for summer. They want to avoid the all too common outbreak of tiny holes just below the bellybutton.
If you don’t know what I’m talking about, feel free to skip this post...or read on and file this info away for future reference:-)
These tiny mystery holes always seem to crop up on the lower front part of cotton t-shirts.
Right about where the button is on jeans or where a belt buckle hits the shirt.
If you Google this bothersome issue you’ll quickly discover that there are lots of theories out there about the origin of the holes. And lots of solutions.
In an effort to help you avoid this damaging situation, I'm offering my two cents.
From my own personal experience, here’s what I know for sure…
I very rarely, if ever, get these holes in my t-shirts.
I almost always tuck in the front part of my tops.
I usually wear a belt.
These little holes don't seem to discriminate. I’ve seen this problem occur with lots of variables...
Women of all shapes and sizes
Hand washed and machine laundered
Line dried and tumble dried
$78 tees and $5 tees
100% cotton and blended fabrics
Want to avoid the holes?
I suggest the following-
Rock the front tuck
Bonus: this simple fix gives your outfits a modern, youthful look.
Wear a belt
My go-to favorite is leopard print. You can see it here.
Cut off the sticky part of a Band-Aid and use it to cover the button on your jeans. While I haven’t ever tried this, I’ve had many clients tell me this method works like magic. No more holes!
Take It Back
Return the damaged top to the retailer...most stores will stand behind their merchandise. Anthropologie is great about this. Don’t hesitate because the top has been worn. All clothing should hold up under normal wear, laundering and circumstances.
Please share. Let’s save each other from future tiny holes!
I'm heading into graduation week for my daughter. She will officially be out of high school next weekend! Lots of feelings and emotions (combined with waterproof mascara and a pretty hanky:-). Soaking it all in. Now is now.
Thanks for being here. Go have yourself an amazing week!
When I was a child, my maternal grandparents lived in Niagara Falls, New York. My family would visit them every summer. I have lots of wonderful, vivid memories of their home.
Wiffle golf balls tied to strings at the back of the garage to guide my grandparents to perfect parking.
A tandem bicycle for after-dinner rides.
A next door neighbor with a trampoline.
And...an antique commode (or potty) that was used as an end table in the family room.
This potty is a cool piece of furniture, in fact, I secured it for myself when it was time to divide my grandparents’ possessions. It’s sitting right next to me in my office as I type this:-)
However cool the potty, for me, the best part of it was what sat on top.
Piled precariously high atop this ancient necessity was a stack of magazines. Women’s magazines. Redbook, Better Homes and Gardens, Good Housekeeping. Months worth of glossy pages just waiting to be explored.
I loved that pile.
It represented to me all that was possible as an adult. I could have a beautiful home, make delicious meals and have lots of time to sit and read magazines. (Truth be told, I rarely recall my grandmother sitting down to read a magazine)
I guess this is where my love (bordering on obsession) of magazines was born.
In my teens and twenties, I spent lots of time paging through fashion and celebrity magazines. I’d carefully cut out images and collage anything that would hold up to spray mount….closet doors, locker doors, dorm room walls. It was like living in a Pinterest board. Way before Pinterest:-)
Recently, my love of magazines has become a bit of a problem.
I currently have 10 basically unread magazines in my bedroom. By ‘basically unread’ I mean that I’ve cracked a few open...but haven’t found time to actually enjoy the entire issue.
At this stage of my life, magazines taunt me.
Thanks to my husband’s airline miles, I’m regularly solicited by the Miles for Mags folks. And I usually cave. After all, there’s no cost and there are so many great titles available in exchange for a few miles.
And if I'm actually paying for the magazines, I concluded some time ago, that it’s far more economical to have a subscription to a publication than to buy each issue at the newsstand. I mean, the savings is ridiculous.
The problem with a subscription is...they just keep coming.
Month after month after month.
And...I’ll admit it, I’m a bit of a hoarder when it comes to magazines.
I want to save each new issue until the perfect afternoon arrives...
and my schedule is clear...
and the light is just right...
and I can curl up and devour the issue from cover to cover.
In such an ideal setting, I just know I'd benefit from all of the promises, with lots of time for the proper oohing and aahing over all the beautiful images, getting lost in the glossy pages!
However….and I’m quite sure you can already guess the trouble…
Those idyllic afternoons are few and very far between. Or a fantasy altogether.
So, a new issue arrives. Snug in it’s plastic safety cover. I give it a place of honor next to my nightstand.
And I wait.
Then, astonishingly fast, the next ‘new issue’ arrives. What?! I haven’t even taken the plastic off of last month’s issue.
My work requires that I stay current on all things style and organizing. So, reading magazines could be considered ‘Research and Development’ for my work at Anthropologie and The Together Act.
However, as I continue to simplify my life...I'm having a struggle with the magazine pile.
"feelings of deserving blame especially for imagined offenses or from a sense of inadequacy."
Here's what happens in my mind...
Every time I glance at the pile, I begin to feel guilty that I’ve never opened these amazing tomes of information. I’m fooled into thinking that the answer to a better life is within those unread magazines. Each issue containing information that will surely improve my world.
And I also I feel bad about all of the paper wasted and energy/resources required to bring the issues to me.
I feel crummy about my too busy life.
I beat myself up.
How can I not find time to read a magazine? Or six?
Even with a pile at home, the pull of a new issue is strong. If I'm in the grocery store for a few items mid-week...I spy a new issue of a magazine that I don’t have a subscription to...and I honestly consider buying it! Until I remind myself that I have 10 unread magazines already at home!
All this to say that I need a new plan.
It’s time to simplify my magazine reading program.
After all, I'm saving them like they're a great Guilty Pleasure, but I'm missing the pleasure part.
I’m not sure if making time to read the magazines will make me want to keep receiving issues or have the opposite effect. I’m certainly aware that most magazines repeat the same basic fluff every few months...so what am I really going to gain by reading 5 or 6 magazines every 30 days? Just typing it makes it seem exhausting!
I want to love magazines again.
Or, I want to realize that my love affair with glossy page has come to an end.
Something needs to change.
Either the pile or my outlook.
I’m going to schedule some magazine time on my calendar.
Then, once I’ve spent some time actually reading the magazines, if I don't feel like I’m gaining anything...I’m going to cancel the subscriptions.
The miles can expire or add up to equal a fabulous trip!
Guilt. What a waste.
Our mind decides we should feel bad or worse, inadequate...and so we do. We spend precious minutes of our one and only life feeling a sense of self-imposed yuck.
What’s making you feel guilty?
How would you feel if you just let it go?
Please share your thoughts...
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Deciding what you want and naming it is often considered the first step to success. I'm not so good at this. Setting personal intentions is tough for me. Before the yoga class is over, I've often lost sight of the intention I set during the first mountain pose.
Goal setting? My skills are poor. As I’ve mentioned, I’m still working to actually identify my goals on a regular basis so that I have something concrete to work towards. I've always been kind of soft in this area. I think my subconscious reasoning was that if I don't set a goal then I haven't really failed if I don't achieve it. The reality is that I'd have a much greater chance for success if I had an actual plan. A vision.
I see this now.
I'm intrigued by the current trend to pick a word at the start of the new year and then hold that word as a reminder and compass for the following 365 days. This practice makes some sense to me. I rather like the idea of having a word to guide my actions and decisions during a specific time period.
A touchstone of sorts.
I'm pretty good with challenges. Especially those having clear directions and manageable time parameters.
So, I’ve decided to dive in and try it.
Knowing my limits, I’m starting with one month.
I’m naming my intentions for the month of May.
I’ve chosen four words...
and yes, that might be too many, but I’m going all in!
The fifth month of 2017 is a big one for my family. Peter will turn 16. Greta will graduate from high school. We'll have two permitted drivers. Henry will finish his freshman year.
Lots of wonderful milestones to celebrate!
And lots of very busy days.
My four words for the month of May...
Memories- I’m expecting May to be filled with lots of emotions. I want to feel them all. The memories of my teenagers as little kids come to mind quickly now. I’m feeling all the feels of having my first child on the cusp of adulthood...with the other two right on her heels. I want to get a bit lost in the sweet memories of them as children. I want to cherish how far they’ve come.
And, I want to make wonderful memories as we celebrate the incredible ‘big kids’ they’ve are now. I plan to enjoy the time we'll spend with family and friends. Soaking in the joy and being present every possible minute.
Meditation- Intellectually, I’m an excellent meditator. In actuality, my practice is spotty. I’d like that to change. I’m committed to sitting on my cushion every day. Some days it might only be for two minutes, but I’ve learned that once I begin sitting...sitting regularly becomes much easier.
So, I’ll sit. No excuses. Just my butt on the cushion and my breath flowing.
Simple...right? Not so much, but I know that the benefits are worth the difficulty of trying to fit meditation into my days. My mind is noticeably calmer when I meditate regularly...and currently, I need that more than ever:-)
Manifesting- I think maybe it's the pending tuition payments, but I need an attitude adjustment. I’ve been stuck in a mindset of lack. I’ve spent too much time worrying about money and feeling like there’s never enough. I realize that I control what I think about...and I attract more of what I think about...it’s time to shift my thinking.
Abundance is everywhere....just take a peek outside. Countless leaves and flowers, and blades of grass. Plenty of air and sky and earth. I’ll be focusing on that and I will begin to attract exactly what I need.
Marriage- On May 18th, Matthew and I will celebrate 21 years of marriage. That’s a long time. I’m super proud of our happy marriage. We've worked hard over the past two decades to keep our love real and fresh and strong.
Matthew recently started a new job. He’s in charge of a cool new wine brand called St. Mayhem. His new role is challenging and exciting and time consuming. He's busy. Over the years, we've noticed that when one of us has a very full plate, our connection can sometimes suffer.
In May, I'll look for ways to improve our marriage and keep us steady even when life feels almost too full. Instead of being frustrated by Matthew's longer workdays and increased travel, I'll choose gratitude. I’m very thankful for his enormous contribution to our family...so I will work to welcome the mayhem.
Sometimes we both need to be reminded of what makes us so good together. Our anniversary month is the perfect time to reflect on our past and plan for our future.
Seems like I have my work cut out for me during the 31 days of May.
I like a challenge and I always work better with an outline...
Mmm, then maybe I should start setting goals and intentions more often, huh?
One step at a time.
What will you commit to for the month of May?
Will you pick a word or four? Which ones feel right to you?
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Please help! Any tips for making it through your child’s high school graduation? I’ve been listening to Pomp and Circumstance for months trying to prepare myself and still can’t get through it without weeping:-)
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Photos by the amazing Teresa Nora Trobbe. You can find her at Fotos by T. She's also responsible for making me feel sexy.
If you have littles...
Believe what 'they' say. It all goes incredibly fast! One day you'll find yourself here.
Sitting on the far edge of your baby's childhood.
The days are long, but the years are indeed very short.
Try not to miss too much by tending to the stuff that doesn't matter:-)
It's happening. Slowly, but surely, I’m beginning to believe that there’s actually something to the much talked about and celebrated act of being present. Until recently, I didn’t fully realize the incredible power of this seemingly small act. The reality is that ‘living in the present moment’ or ‘coming back to the Now’, though simple, is not at all easy. Such a basic concept….become aware of your breathing and of this very moment...nothing else.
Why is the practice so mind-blowingly difficult?!
The idea of mindful living isn’t new to me. I’ve been hearing about and reading about the Now for years...Jon Kabat-Zin, Thich Nhat Hanh, Pema Chödrön...I read their words, yet only absorbed a few.
Obviously, I wasn’t really ready for the message until recently. I understood the idea and the benefits of staying present, but I wasn’t living it.
Grasping something intellectually is definitely not the same thing as actually doing it.
I was happily comprehending, but not really doing the work. I was playing it safe and then wondering why nothing was changing. Kind of foolish, huh?
Everyone is different, but for me Eckhart Tolle and two of his books were like lightning bolts.
For the past few months, I have been re-reading Mr. Tolle’s words and working towards becoming more present.
I’m all in. 100% committed to really living more of each day in the Now.
Well, I’d love to report that I’m fully enlightened, spending each and every day fully conscious and as a byproduct, my life is blissfully perfect.
Nope. Not even close.
But...something is different.
Things are happening, shifting, changing as a result of my paying more attention to Now.
Please know that there are still enormous chunks of time that pass with my mind in complete control. I’m lost inside the sea of thoughts with absolutely no regard for the present moment.
In those times,
I remain unbelievably unaware that I’m unaware. Crazy.
However, when I finally return from all the thinking, from what seems a bit like a dream, I’m able to recognize that I’ve been ‘gone’ and then happily stay present for a few seconds.
Sadly, it seems that a few seconds at a time of present moment living is all most people can manage. It’s ridiculously difficult to stay present in the midst of our full lives. It’s even difficult when sitting in silent meditation. Wacky really.
Our mind wants to call all the shots and if we don’t wake up...it does. Filling us with worry, anxiety, stress, anger, fear...that all seem very real and almost impossible to escape.
If you are one of the lucky humans who’s already figured this out, I applaud you and I’m a bit envious. I feel like I’m late to the mindfulness party.
But, in this instance I’m banking on…”better late than never”.
Ready to try it for yourself?
It's not too late to start...
If you haven’t read The Power of Now and A New Earth (both by Eckhart Tolle), begin there. Check them out of your local library or order them from Amazon. Both (used) books combined will cost less than $25. I’m honestly feeling like they were the best investment I’ve made in years.
Seems obvious, but I’ve been known to buy a book with great intentions and then never actually crack it open. You’ve got to commit to reading the words.
Notice the Now.
Start catching the present moment. Once you get the hang of it, the act of recognizing the Now becomes a little game. Try and see how often you can be present in an hour or an afternoon. Be prepared to fail miserably and then laugh at yourself.
The wonderful thing is that the present moment continues to repeat itself over and over again for the rest of your life. Every day we are given 86,400 seconds to try again. Lots of opportunities for success
Watch for changes..this has been the most remarkable part for me. I never imagined that by being more present in my life I’d begin to see things with so much clarity. Sure, I’d read about that happening for other people, but my expectations were low. Mind blown.
Here’s a bit of what I’m experiencing…
I enjoy the foamy milk on my morning coffee
I actually hear the laughter of my children
I notice my husband’s beautiful blue eyes
I feel the energy of the plants in my home
I’m drawn in by the flicker of a candle flame
I hear music more deeply
I’m in complete awe of the power of a sunrise or a sunset
and here's a less cliche example...
I recently had an exchange with my youngest son that made us both aware of how much I’m shifting. .
During a school day, I received the following text from Henry regarding his cell phone.
“Crap, I wrecked my screen...it still works, but it’s super broken”.
The truth is that a new iPhone isn’t really in the budget right now. I sincerely wish that his phone wasn’t going to need to be replaced any time soon.
However, as a result of the simple yet profound words of my new guru:-), Eckhart Tolle...I chose to accept the situation as it is.
I didn’t resist and become angry or irritated.
I was able to reply to my son’s text with kindness and compassion and presence of mind.
After exchanging a few texts about the phone situation, he actually wrote…
“Thanks for being so kind about this. I was worried.”
(as in, he was worried I’d completely freak out...and I’m sure I would have a few months ago)
If I’d tried to find a real life example of the power of Now...I couldn’t have come up with one this meaningful. It matter how I treat people. Being present helps me be a better person.
My actions and reactions are changing.
I know this maybe sounds corny, hokey or far out. And I agree.
But I also know that I’m seeing things differently. And the most bizarre part is that I can actually FEEL it happening. It’s wild! And it’s wonderful.
How well do you manage to stay present throughout the day? What's your best tip? Please share! I always enjoy learning what works for others.
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It's been a while since I've shared my most favorite things at Anthropologie. That's partially because I don't shop much during the winter. It's such a transitional time for both weather and retail inventories that I prefer to wait until the spring styles have arrived in stores. And this year, since I've been focusing on creating a new vision for my wardrobe, it's been easier to resist buying...even during the post-holiday sales.
For the past several weeks, we've been receiving new merchandise at Anthropologie almost daily! It's such an exciting time to be in the store. The visual displays have a fresh feel (like those gorgeous handmade flowers pictured above) and the clothing and home goods are incredible!
It was hard to narrow down my choices for this post. I've included pieces I own or want to own...or pieces that look amazing on my customers. For this round-up I've stayed with fairly classic styles since that's my vibe and I feel they're super wearable for all ages and body types.
Note: This is not an affiliate post. As always, all opinions are my own and I'm not compensated in any way for sharing my faves.
Here's what I'm currently crushing on at Anthropologie...
Shimmered Tee $58
I loved this tee the minute I saw it in the April catalog. It's fabulous! The fabric is soft with just the right about of sparkle for warmer weather. I found it runs a bit big, I bought an XS. I can't wait to wear it! (In the photo it appears almost iridescent or mother of pearl, it's not. It's just a good gold with dark flecks)
Relaxed Chino Pants $88
You probably already know about my obsession with chinos. I love them! This season, Pilcro chinos have been replaced with Chino by Anthropologie. At first, I was concerned...don't mess with a good thing. However, I'm happy to report that I love these new chinos even more! They're softer and slightly looser. Great seam detail at the ankle. I'm 5'6" and I can cuff or roll the hem for the same length as shown on the model. Tons of colors!
Crewneck Swing Tank Top $68
Awesome basic with a little fair! The fabric is a lightweight French terry cloth. It has the best (subtle) puff sleeve. The swing of this top is dynamite. It's a glorified white t-shirt with pizzazz! And it's also available in other colors:-)
Nighttide Jumpsuit $128
I'm not usually drawn to jumpsuits for my own wardrobe. I only sometimes like them on others. This one is making me rethink my position. What a perfect piece. The fit of this jumpsuit is spot on. It can be dressed up or down. Great for travel. If you've been wanting to try one...this is a super entry-level jumpsuit.
Crewneck Swing Tank Top $68
I've been searching for great basic tanks. This one is terrific. It's not too long, It has cool detailing. It's sleeveless but covers your bra strap. I grabbed it in navy and in white. I realize it's a little pricey for a tank top, but I really love the fit and fabric and colors....so I invested.
If you're ever wondering about a piece from Anthropologie, just ask me.
Post your question in the comments below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I'm happy to offer my honest thoughts on fit, sizing, fabric, quality, etc. After all, I want you to have your own Anthro Faves!
Wishing you a wonderful holiday weekend!
I'm really hunkering down this spring and soaking in all of the family time I possibly can, Thanks for your patience if this space takes a back seat for a bit.
In addition to holding my people close, I'm also working on a new course, an Instagram revamp and a different blog format. I'm extremely excited to share it all with you...probably in a month or two.
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Think S I M P L E....
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There are some parts of aging that bug me more than others. I accept the wrinkles. I’m learning not to cringe when I see the super saggy skin hanging off my face. Honestly. Where does that come from? Gross. I’m doing my part to keep my body firm and strong...I'm trying to understand that crepey skin is a reality at my age.
However, I’m having a tough time letting go of beautifully polished fingernails.
I’ve loved manicures since childhood. My paternal grandmother was the queen of home manicures. She applied fresh polish to her nails weekly (a frosty pink shade by Revlon) and taught me the delicate art of using three simple strokes to coat each nail.
I did my own nails for years...once even in a high school English class:-) Occasionally, I’d splurge on a professional manicure. Enjoying the pampering and perfection of having someone highly skilled perform this task for me.
Then along came that incredible development called Gel or Shellac polish. The stuff wears like iron! And the best part? Your nails are bone dry when you leave the salon. No more dinging the polish as you reach for your keys or wallet. Genius!
I loved my first gel manicure.
It was a Mother's Day gift. A mother-daughter manicure at a cool salon in West Hollywood while on vacation.
The polish was shiny and flawless for three weeks! Cooking, cleaning, gardening...nothing could mess up my nails!
I was hooked...
until it was time to remove the polish.
I wasn’t prepared for the struggle of getting the dang gel off my nails. Ten foil-tipped fingers drenched in acetone for 20-30 minutes. Ugh!
After that first gel manicure my nails were a wreck. My fingertips cracked. My nails were extremely weak. They split and they broke. All of them. Repeatedly. It was painful and unattractive.
Eventually, I nursed my nails back to better health.
The memory dimmed and I was once again lured by the long-lasting wear and stunning shine of a gel manicure. And each time I was very sorry once the polish came off.
It seems that my fingernails can no longer tolerate nail polish remover. Specifically, the quantity and exposure time needed to remove the gel.
The reality is that my nails are a disaster for months after a gel manicure.
I’ve actually made Greta promise to talk me out of it if I ever mention having another gel manicure!
It bums me out. I love manicured nails. I’m envious of women who always have meticulously painted nails. Fun colors that reflect their mood and the season.
However, as with many other things, I’m coming to terms with this change in my life.
My season for manicures seems to be over. With the exception of possibly my children's weddings, I think I’m finished with glossy coats of nail polish. (Thankfully, my toes are tough, so pedicures are still happening:)
If someone invents something as wonderful as gel that doesn’t require harsh chemicals for removal...I’ll certainly reconsider!
Until then, I’m doing what I can to keep my hands and nails looking healthy.
My tips for embracing healthy, natural nails...
Great lotion- my favorite (discovered when my fingertips kept cracking) O’Keeffe’s. This stuff is amazing. It actually heals the cracks and soothes dry skin. And it helps strengthen my fingernails. I’ve used the tub and the tube. Both rock! Available at most grocery stores and Target.
Vitamin E Oil- I use one that brushes on by Sally Hansen. I’ve started to apply this stuff religiously. It’s the only thing that seems to moisturize my very dry nails. Great for my cuticles also!
Short and clean- I keep my fingernails relatively short and square. This helps prevent breaking. I’m also a stickler for keeping my nails clean. No polish means that everything under the tip of my nails is visible. Yuck. A nail brush is my friend:-)
Rubber gloves- They might seem old-school, but my yellow dish-washing gloves are the best! The best trick is to slather lotion on your hands and nails before you don the gloves. Then do the dishes...the hot water + the lotion = a spa moisture treatment for your hands. And clean dishes, too! Win. Win.
Have something that works for keeping your hands and nails looking great? Please share!
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As part of my Simply 50 challenge, I decided that I desperately wanted to welcome more luxury into my everyday life. I felt that at 50, I should stop waiting for ‘someday’, quit settling and begin incorporating beautiful things into my world.
Thankfully, I have a few close friends who are quite skilled in this area.
Though younger and obviously wiser, these women are embracing life luxuriously.
I’ve always been hesitant to buy the best. I’m a frugal shopper, often to a fault. I sometimes don’t follow my own professional advice and end up with the lesser version because I wanted to save a few bucks.
Intellectually, I know this method isn’t the smartest, but I still let the voice in my head (which says there isn’t ever enough money and therefore I can’t afford it) call the shots.
I made a conscious decision to change that outlook last fall.
I’m happy to report that I’ve added a little luxury and it feels incredible. Now, I realize that my idea of luxury might be very different from yours. Please know that while none of the items below were bank-breakers, I had to step out of my financial comfort zone to purchase each of them.
I’m worth it.
Here’s what I’ve added and why…
Pottery Barn Flickering Flameless Wax Pillar Candle-
A dear friend...truly an old-soul who oozes calm and warmth and wisdom….shared her love of these candles.
At first, I was scared of the price...the smallest and least expensive is $50. I hadn’t yet seem them in person, only on a video clip shared by my friend.
I had to admit, they had an amazing glow!
Then I ventured into Pottery Barn to take a look for myself. Honestly, I was mesmerized by the realistic flame. It flickers and dances and truly looks like a lit candle.
I decided to put one on my Christmas list. Figuring my husband and children would be happy to indulge my new desire for more luxury. Note: My husband has this idea down and has been patiently waiting for me to come around.
I received one for Christmas. I smile every single evening when it comes on (did I mention that these candles operate on timers?!). I couldn’t love this simple pillar candle more.
They are much, much better in your home in the evening than they appear online or even in the brightly lit store.
Full disclosure: in an effort to save money, I purchased a few other types of flameless candles. Bad plan. The other options pale in comparison.
The PB candle is superior in every way. Well worth the extra cash, even if you only buy one at a time and build your collection slowly. Because, let’s be honest...most folks can't afford to drop $250-$300 on 5 or 6 pillar candles in the name of luxury?
Next up on the luxury list…
Crate and Barrel Lino II Linen Sheets-
I’ve wanted a set of 100% linen sheets for years. I love the feel of linen. This timeless fabric brings to mind an era long past and at the same time, feels extremely modern. And expensive.
Yet, I reserved linen sheets as a luxury...for later.
Someday, I’d sleep on linen sheets.
A few months ago, when discussing everyday luxury with a friend, she mentioned that for her, such luxury came in the form of linen sheets. She spoke of them with such affection and enthusiasm.
I decided, maybe it was time for linen sheets.
I mentioned this to my husband. Luckily, he is a firm believer in living with luxury (not over-extended, credit-card debt causing luxury, but investing in quality whenever possible)....he said “I want linen sheets for Christmas”.
Over the next several weeks, he repeated this desire. Assuring me that a set of linen sheets was all he wanted for Christmas.
I took him at his word and began to search for our perfect starter set:-)
Crate and Barrel came through with the most beautiful creamy-white linen sheets (and now they’re on sale). We’ve been sleeping on since December 26th. They are truly divine!
Our bedroom has often been the most overlooked room in the house. I always wanted it to feel like a retreat, like a boutique hotel room. It finally does.
Rumpled and soft and sexy
And finally...a grown-up sound machine.
L'ectro Fan Sound Machine-
Everyone in my house sleeps with a sound machine. Before moving from our old house last February, my husband and I tossed ours. It was an inexpensive version that I purchased from Amazon and it had a very annoying repeat loop in every sound. It was just enough to keep us awake...waiting for the catch where the sound started over again.
At the new house we opted for a $20 box fan positioned in the corner of our bedroom. We turned the fan to face the wall during the cooler months and slept soundly to its whir.
Then I performed a mini-makeover on our master bedroom in January...prompted by the linen sheets:-) and I decided it was time to upgrade the sound machine and get rid of the box fan (after all, we have a ceiling fan to move the air).
Again, I searched Amazon. I was sure I could find a sound machine for $20 or so.
I found several, but they all played lots of other sounds besides white noise...I didn’t want crickets or rain or ocean waves...
I wanted the sound of a box fan without having to look at the ugly thing.
Enter ‘LectroFan. This little device is a game-changer. It’s small and mighty. Unlike the models that play nursery rhymes while projecting dancing sea creatures onto the ceiling (yes, one of my kids still has this one), the ‘LectroFan’s modern design is sleek and suitable for an adult room.
I hesitated (as I always do) to spend $50 on a somewhat unnecessary luxury.
But...then I read that in addition to looking great and having only fan and white noise options (20 total)...this fan works on an algorithm that prevents it from ever repeating! The sound is authentic and soothing. Sold.
Solid and well-made
Small and simple
Matthew has mentioned several times in the past month that he really likes it. Winning.
Are there upgrades to everyday items you’d like to try, but don’t because they seem like a huge splurge?
What’s your favorite luxury item?
How do you incorporate luxury into your everyday living?
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I'm motivated by the image above. When I look at the photo I feel inspired, calm and refreshed. This beautifully limited collection makes me want to build outfits! I long to feel that way about my own wardrobe,
Blegh! I’m having some issues with my clothes. Lately, when I look inside my closet, I’m bored with the contents. I’m not inspired by what I see.
I'll admit it...I’m in a style rut.
It’s a bit like the ‘shoemaker’s children having no shoes’. I’m aware of the irony that as a personal stylist, I should have an amazing wardrobe!
The truth is that I have some really great pieces. The problem is that I also have a lot of not so great pieces.
There’s too much mediocre and not enough fabulous!
This reality came to a head recently when a box arrived from Mr. Porter.
My husband has needed some new clothes for a while. He decided it was time to make it happen. For the record, Matthew has excellent taste. He’s a very smart shopper. He’s tall and lean (aka everything fits him). He shops almost exclusively online.
So, he spent one afternoon with his laptop, scanning the virtual world of men’s fashion. His go-to site is Mr. Porter (brother of the more expensive women's site, Net-A-Porte). He has consistent good luck with finding fantastic pieces at really good prices.
He shared a few pics with me and asked my opinion about a couple of items...then he placed an order.
Three days later, a box arrived...meticulously filled with black tissue packets, Matthew’s new wardrobe is here! Just. Like. That.
I was thrilled for him...what personal shopper wife doesn’t want her husband to look stylish and find super deals? However, I was also a little miffed.
Shopping truly is easier for men!
I became determined to find a way to mimic Matthew’s simple shopping style and make it work for me. Time to hunt instead of gather.
Here's my full closet confession...
So, there you have it...
This Personal Stylist needs to follow her own advice.
And I'm going to do just that...
I've scheduled some time to dig in and purge the unworn, unloved items from my closet. I'll be sure to document the task so I can share the project with you.
Then, I'll move onto the research phase and create a plan for my new (or probably just slightly modified) look.
I promise to keep you posted as I do the work needed to refresh my wardrobe.
And you know what? If I'm very still...I can hear the Capsule Wardrobe calling:-) Wonder how long I'm going to keep ignoring it.
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