Saturday, June 17, 2017

Here & There 6.17

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Happy weekend, friends! How was your week? My week went by fast. Too fast, almost (but not really because I'm stoked for the weekend). On Wednesday I went up to the office in Brooklyn, which was a nice change of pace, as I've been working from home for the past two straight weeks. After the quiet of my home office (and by "home office" I mean the island in our kitchen and/or the couch), it's almost a relief to make the commute to Dumbo. I've been spending too much money on lattes just for the human interaction... because if I don't, it's just me and Zephyr and podcasts for 8 hours while I work. It's supposed to rain today, which is both a bummer and a blessing, because the thing that does not happen during the week is cleaning, and last weekend was so beautiful that the house remained a mess while we spent every second of it outdoors. I'm hoping to do a bit of decluttering. I've been sporadically pulling things out of my drawers to donate and have a bunch of random piles around our apartment, and our basement needs some attention desperately. Whenever life gets a little uncertain, my brain switches into two mindsets: I want to get rid of everything and I want to move. This week we had car trouble and our little Subaru ended up at the mechanic, I received a large and unexpected medical bill, and other aspects of life became a little uncertain. So, right on schedule my brain is all, "That's it! We're outta here. Donate all of it and let's get packing." This is a frustrating mindset to be in. Because the rational side of my brain knows to wait it out, pay the bill, fix the car, clean the house, be thankful it's only this much. But my crazy lizard brain (ha) wants out. So, I'm striking a compromise and donating a few bags of stuff and getting life at least a little more organized. Tonight we're headed to New Hope for an artist talk, and then on Sunday we're going to the Pride parade here in Philly - I can't wait! I hope you have a beautiful weekend, sharing some of my favorite links from the week below.

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I'm loving the re-emergence of smaller bags for summer - the less literal and figurative baggage we carry the better! This vintage tooled leather cross body fits the bill perfectly, the ideal size for keys-phone-wallet.

Are you celebrating Father's Day? This DIY beard oil makes a great Father's Day gift - and you can also use it for yourself on your hair (I love masculine scents for myself). I bet this handmade option smells pretty amazing too.

"Let her speak, please"

Summer is here, which means I'm obsessing over everything linen. I love the unique cut of this handmade top and the drama of this handmade linen dress.

Want to know a secret? As much as I loved our wedding, I hated planning it and sometimes I wish we had just gone to the courthouse. I love looking at courthouse wedding photos and thought this photo series was beautiful.

I've been seeing these cute bamboo ark bags everywhere and finally found a handmade/small business option - also loving that there are two size options.

The title of this satirical children's book made me laugh so hard. Also, a question I ask myself constantly.

Are you as into statement earrings as I am? Personally, I think they're the perfect jewelry for summer - cool and statement-making and they won't touch your skin! I love these handmade monstera earrings, these hammered brass hoops, and these tassels for making your own.

I'm about halfway through this book and highly recommend it. It reminds me a bit of the Handmaid's Tale in some ways, but instead of offering an alternate future, it offers an alternate history and present-day and is a little terrifying to see some similarities with what's happening in the world now.

I try not to purchase much from Forever 21 - but I bought these shorts last year and am thinking about getting another pair. They're comfortable and have an internal lining, which is key for running on hot days in shorter shorts - no wedgies.

This presidency feels so petty (among other things) - and now trump is rolling back travel and trade policies with Cuba put in place by Obama. I mean, it's been 200+ days, can he just move on??

ModCloth is having a sale-on-sale right now with an extra 40% off. I'm feeling highly tempted by these cat print pants. ALso really into these vintage-inspired overalls.



Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Olive Midi Dress & Espadrilles

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Apparently Mother Nature overheard me complaining about the rain and the less than ideal temperatures lately, because BOOM... it's hot as heck! I've been living in this recycled cotton dress from Moorea Seal these past few 90-degree days. It caught my eye because I've been looking for a casual midi-length dress to wear with sneakers and sandals, and this fit the bill. Super specific, I know, but sometimes you just know what you want - it looks super cute with Vans Classics, sandals, and Birks, ticking off all the boxes. I love the color too - it's different than what I'd typically gravitate towards (black, blue, etc.) - but works with most of my jewelry, shoes and accessories for the season. I wore this on Sunday (and Friday, and Saturday, too), to grab a drink at one of Philly's many pop-up beer gardens then do some gardening of my own by repotting all of my plants.

I've had a lot of people ask about these sunglasses - they're from Quay and I got them on sale from ShopBop, who happens to be having a sale-on-sale right now. Through June 16th at 11:59 pm, take an additional 25% off sale items with no exclusions... which is nothing to snub your nose at. Enter the code 'SCORE17' at checkout. I'm after a cute denim skirt and maybe another pair of Soludos.

Get the look:
Backbeat Rags Dress from Moorea Seal
Ellen & James bag from Etsy
Quay sunglasses (more options here)
Soludos sandals (more options here)
Vintage rings (similar vintage options)
Vintage bandana

Monday, June 12, 2017

Here & There 6.12

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Happy, er... Monday! This weekend flew right by, didn't it? Summer finally paid us a visit and oof! The weather was gorgeous! Chris and I spent the majority of the weekend outside - hit up a flea market, grabbed lunch, did a ton of walking, and repotted all of our plants. It felt good. The sun, the breeze, even the 90-degree weather. We both got a little too much sun (related: Has anyone tried this sunscreen yet? Here's 20% off your first order) but I'm not even mad... summer I am here for you. Have a great week!

The perfect vintage gingham dress for summer

Today is Loving Day! 50 years ago today interracial marriage became legal thanks to the Lovings, a very aptly named interracial couple who were arrested for marrying outside their own race and who would eventually bring their case to the supreme court. Listen to this podcast to learn more about the Lovings and the history of this day.

I feel like I need to print this out and pin it up: How to maintain your sanity when you work alone all the time

My favorite color for late spring (so pretty with these modern shoes)

This bride planned her friend's proposal at her own wedding - this was so sweet

I just got this dress and I am ob-sessed - so comfy for summer! Perfect with these rosegold earrings

Made me laugh: Apartment Therapy writes an episode of House Hunters

The prettiest way to show off your rings

The most fun little summer bag (love these options, and these rad straps too)

This would make a great (not cheesy!) Father's Day gift (and a sorta cheesy but really cute Father's Day gift)

10 times people failed to send dogs pics to 'We Rate Dogs' - too funny

How gorgeous are these handmade statement earrings?

Using sarcasm to improve your life (I LOVED this episode!)

How insanely cute are these measuring spoons? Absolutely love these kitty spoons too!

Yum - this cake looks so good!

Love this cute summer dress

Gorgeous simple shoes



Friday, June 9, 2017

What I Wore This Week: June 9th

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Life has been busy lately, leaving very little time for anything, especially outfit photos. I've been having convincing Chris to snap a pic here and there with his phone while we're out and thought I'd share a few of my favorite looks from the past couple of weeks here. Who knows, maybe it'll be a recurring thing. The weather in Philly has been miserable these past couple of weeks, making the thought of getting for real dressed feel like, well, too much. All this rain! So when the sun does finally come out from behind the clouds, I've been celebrating with lots of vintage and my favorite dresses. After a winter spent wearing pretty much the same thing every day - all my spring and summer clothes feel so fresh and light.

I often think of my style as a little inconsistent, so I love seeing how these outfits speak to one another all lined up. Granted, there are several shared accessories and shoes, but as I work on paring down my wardrobe, it's helpful to see what fits and what I return to, and what I may be ready to part ways with.

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See how I wore this .50 cent vintage jumpsuit back in 2011! Side note: what a baby.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Why I Love Thrive Market

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If you follow me on Instagram, you've likely seen Thrive Market pop up in my Instagram stories a few times. I joined the service back in October, and after a 30 day trial, I decided to become a member. Since then, I've been ordering from Thrive about once a month. I love sharing my favorite products on Instagram, and through those stories received several requests for a post and questions about the marketplace – so, here we are.

If Thrive Market is new to you, here's the gist: Thrive Market is an online health and natural foods marketplace that uses the power of direct buying to bring a huge variety of products to its members at wholesale prices (typically marked down 25-50%). For every year-long membership purchased (about $60), Thrive gifts a membership to a low-income family so they're able to access healthy, organic food and dry-good options at deeply discounted prices and have their food shipped directly to them. Pretty awesome, right? You can try Thrive for 30 days without commitment (and you'll receive an extra 15% off) by signing up here. What can you buy? Everything from organic makeup to supplements to toothpaste to tortilla chips - basically everything but produce and refrigerated food and products... they even have yoga mats if you need one. The real stars here of course are the food and pantry items, they carry a huge variety of products at affordable prices.

I initially tried Thrive for 30 days back in late 2015. I liked it, but at the time chose to not join the service for a few different reasons. A major one: Chris was working at Whole Foods, so his employee discount brought prices down to a similar place as Thrive so I couldn't see myself using it that often. And I wasn't thrilled with the amount of extra packaging included in my order, most of which was difficult to recycle. I held off, until October this past year, when I was looking for a few specific supplements that were priced fairly high at Whole Foods. My search brought me back to Thrive Market and I decided to give it another go. I was happy to see the product assortment had expanded considerably and when my order arrived I was thrilled to see they had changed up their packaging to be more eco-friendly and easily recycled with less plastic overall. Ultimately, I ended up purchasing a membership, a decision I didn't regret, especially when Chris left Whole Foods for his new gig just a month or so later. I love that I can find my supplements, Zephyr's cat food, and high quality organic cooking essentials, like olive and coconut oils and gluten-free/paleo baking supplies, for a lower price than what's available locally, and have it all delivered right to me. Thrive Market's selection is constantly expanding, and they offer a huge variety of foods to suit all dietary preferences – they have an awesome Paleo and gluten-free selection, as well as vegan, vegetarian, etc.

So, what do I rely on Thrive Market for? Below are just a few of my favorites, though each order varies here and there:

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Pantry items:

Thrive Market Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil: This olive oil has rave reviews for good reason. It tastes pure, it's organic, and at 24 oz. for $15, the price can't be beat. We go through a lot of olive oil and end up using about one bottle a month.

Dr. Bronner's Coconut Oil: This stuff, man. It's the best - super high quality, pure, and delicious. I slather it on everything - my face, my eggs, my coffee (ok, slather isn't the right word exactly, but you get it). And it's nearly half the price on Thrive than our local Whole Foods.

Better Half Unsweetened Coconut Cream & Almond Milk: I usually order 4 boxes at a time for the month. I use this in my coffee - it's creamier than almond milk but not as thick as coconut milk. Plus, no carrageenan, which has been found to cause gastrointestinal distress and potentially stomach cancers.

Garden of Life Raw Fit Protein Powder & Nutiva Hemp Protein Powder: I use these interchangeably. Both are great plant-based protein powders, extra points for the Nutiva Hemp Protein because it's one ingredient, but I prefer to use the Raw Fit on heavy workout days.

Great Lakes Collagen Hydrolysate: I usually add this to my coffee, sometimes my smoothies if it's a smoothie kind of morning. You can't taste it and it adds just a bit of thickness. Collagen is amazing for your gut and digestion and helps keep hair, skin, joints and nails healthy.

*Wellness Cat Food & Halo salmon treats: OK, so this one comes with a caveat: I recently found a store that sells Wellness for 10 cents cheaper than Thrive, but still, Thrive's price is about 50% cheaper than Whole Foods. This cat food is high-quality and grain-free and a good choice for Zephyr who (sob!) is getting old. The salmon treats took some getting used to (also, they smell terrible), but now Zeph loves them and I like that they're one ingredient. Note: you DO need to break them up, as the pieces are fairly large.

EatingEvolved Dark Chocolate: By far the best and simplest dark chocolate I've had. It's super creamy - no chalkyness - and has only three ingredients.

Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar: I go through a lot of ACV - and Thrive carries it for about half the price of our local ShopRite, so I stock up. I use this as a facial toner, and drink a tablespoon in water before bed and mixed into my morning lemon water.

Supplements:

Green Pasture Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver Oil: Ok, so this isn't technically marked down, but it's negligibly less expensive than Amazon and purchasing from Thrive is convenient. I love this product - no "fish burps" and a great way to boost digestion, gut health, and brain power.

Gaia Herbs Adrenal Health: 2017 is the year I eradicate chronic stress from my life and this supplement has been so helpful in balancing my hormones. I'm currently taking a break from it (i.e. I need to order more) but I would absolutely recommend asking a holistic doctor about it if you're feeling stressed and panicky all the time.

Garden of Life Raw Probiotics Ultimate Care: The best probiotic I've taken. I switch these out off and on with Good Belly unsweetened straight shots for variety. I do want to try The Coconut Cult cultured coconut yogurt because I've heard some amazing things. I'm all about probiotics - since I started taking them I've experienced no stomach bloat and amazing digestion.

I've also found some awesome reusable sandwich bags that have completely replaced disposable sandwich bags in our home, some great storage containers, and when I run out of essential oils, I'll absolutely be ordering them from Thrive. Shipping is free after $59, and they often include a free gift in your order so you can try new products. Would I recommend Thrive? Absolutely, if you think you'll use it. It's made a big difference for us, but the key is knowing whether or not you'll order consistently enough to negate the $59 join fee and reap actual savings. However, it's encouraging to know that with every membership purchased, one is gifted to a family in need, providing them convenient access to organic and all-natural pantry and home items.

So there you have it! Have a lingering question? Ask in the comments and I'll be sure to answer (just be sure to check back)

Note: It should go without saying that this is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own - as they always are.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Here & There 6.4

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Happy Sunday, friends, and happy June too (side note: where is this year going?!). How are you spending this last day of the weekend? It's finally farmers' market season here in Philly, so I took a walk up to Headhouse Square to grab a few things and browse the bookstore nearby for a couple of gifts. This is my favorite time of year here in Philly, even with all the rain this year. It's not too hot yet (because I know it will be soon!), everything is gloriously green, and the markets are filling up with all the local goodies. I'm planning on making a strawberry-rhubarb something this evening (haven't decided exactly what yet), and enjoying it on my stoop. This coming week shouldn't be too crazy, I've been working from home more frequently and have been enjoying the opportunity to get to the gym and a local yoga class on the regular, two things that are partially to blame for my absence from this blog as of late. It's hard to do everything, and lately I've been trying to figure out how best to put my mental and physical health first - and unfortunately (but also fortunately?) that doesn't involve extra hours in front of this screen. Or any other screen... which is hard when The Handmaid's Tale and Nashville are just calling your name.

(And by lately I really mean since January but especially since April when some weird health realities emerged - I'm fine, but perspective, you know?)

ANYWAY. Here are a few of my favorite things from the internet this week... see you soon with a real, live blog post about my experience with Thrive Market. Until then...

First and foremost: Our current leadership is still shitty, but there's things you can do - What YOU can do about climate change

This vintage wrap skirt is a summertime dream - I'd wear it with a black tank and ankle-wrap sandals

"Our brains behave like a beachball filled with bees" - funny, but also a really worthwhile read!

Love this avant-garde dress (this would look rad layered over it, too)

The mayor of Austin had the perfect response to... well, really the most ridiculous and insulting letter ever

How cute is this off-the-shoulder dress? These earrings would look great with it!

How to grow your own kombucha scoby - mine died recently, time to make a new one!

This swimsuit made me laugh (love these one piece swimsuits too)

What? This dress is so cute and from the most unexpected place (love the white option too and both are on sale!)

Don't become one of the 30 most disappointing under 30 (funny, but also a solid reality check)

I've been using this self-tanner lately and LOVE it - best I've used thus far

Easy breezy pieces for summer

A field of lavender nourished by trumps shitty tweets

Love this gorgeous handmade ring

Candles that smell like home

Sorry, but I think this is really funny: A father's day mug (and a cute card)

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Here & There (& Weekend sale info!) 5.28

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Happy long weekend! I just got back from some much needed lake time and I'm so happy to also have tomorrow off. After a couple days of relaxation, I'm planning on spending Monday getting shit done (like writing a couple honest-to-goodness real, live blog posts). Have a good one friends, and read on for my favorite links this week.

So in love with this perfect vintage tooled leather purse

The best romantic comedies of all time (which one is your favorite?)

How cute is this gingham jumpsuit?... and this one? ...and this adorable dress? Save 20% off Asos with code 'LIT20'!

The emotional load of women (even if you don't have kids, this is worth reading)

Beautiful minimalist earrings (and some disco balls for the non-minimalist) - save up to 20% off all items from Moorea Seal!

Because we need this: Photos of Trudeau and Macron at the G7 summit

Save up to 50% off from Urban Outfitters! On my list: vintage Levi's cut-offs, these cool babouche flats, and this comfy dress

Yum - these healthy Memorial Day summer recipes look so good!

On my summer reading list

Save and extra 25% off sale items on Free People! Always obsessed with the lace-up Joe boots (actually on sale!) and these perfect pants

When self-improvement becomes self-destruction - worth reading

My new favorite summer bag

How to make the weekend last longer

Save an extra 30% off sale items from J.Crew! Like these perfect earrings and this classic tee shirt

YES - we can do better than "Girlboss"

How cozy does this tunic look? Perfect with cut-offs for beach days

Save 40% off all items from Loft! Including this perfect maxi dress

Not to be missed: The Nordstrom half-yearly sale is happening! Save up to 40% off. I'm digging these shoes, this classic bag (under $20!), and this rad necklace