Summer Wishlist: Moorea Seal Shop

Moorea Seal sat in my living room a couple years ago and told me a vision she was building- a brick and mortar shop of her online items. I loved the idea, and I always encourage friends to go for what they want. Little did I know her dream would not only come true, but now she's added a larger space to it, and has even added a bridal section to it. On a personal level, I'm so proud of her. On a consumer level, she has the coolest items I'd love to have in my own space. I've purchased a few items from her and the shipping and packaging are like Christmas. 

1. Dicarlo Hat in gray.  Everyone looks great in hats, you just have to find the best one for you. Wide brim hats are universal and a bonus if they're in a neutral color. This will look great not just in summer but all year. 

2. Gold Scallops Tumbler. This cup would be perfect to display my makeup brushes. 

3. I Can, I Will. I love these notebooks. This is all the motivation I need to fill the blank pages with an "I Did". 

4. Broken Lines Tote. Handmade leather tote with hand painted lines on it. It's a cute bag with a little kitsch and bonus it goes with everything in your closet. Even leopard print, right??

5. Make A Wish Match Box. Lighting a candle, a birthday cake or just lighting a match when yelling at your husband when he doesn't open the window after using the guest bathroom, this cute matchbox is done in style. 

6. Confetti Tape-I would love to use this to add to my daily planner. 

7. Coconut Milk Bath Soak- The directions for this are "inhale deeply and enjoy". Taking a bath should be on everyone's to do list and the world would be a much less stressful place. 

8. White Metallic Confetti Bomb- Are you celebrating a wedding? A promotion? A bad break up? An engagement? For the rest of us, celebrate a Monday morning with a confetti bomb! 

+ Shop more Moorea Seal here

Mint Ice Cream

This dress is the closest thing to ice cream lately. I have a terrible relationship with dairy. It's painful and I know what will happen if I have it (I'll spare you the details) but I still have it because it's so darn delicious. National Ice Cream Day was last week and this dress came in a little late but I think I can still enjoy it. It's stretchy, comfy and it has ICE CREAM CONES on it. 

Ice cream dress from Gwynnie Bee, handmade bead necklace from Jen Loves Kev, bracelet from Flourish Leather, pink converse from Nordstrom but they're no longer available in pink but they are available in MINT! (my review of these here), Bite Beauty in Lilac, Rivet and Sway glasses in Pink Layer Cake

Fun Facts About Flamingos (An Outfit Post)

+ A flock of flamingos is called a flamboyance.

+ The word flamingo comes from the Latin word flamenco, which means fire, referring to the birds bright feathers. 

+ Don Featherstone of Massachusetts invented the pink plastic lawn flamingo in 1957 and died on National Pink Day. What a great way to go. 

+ Their pink feathers come from eating so much beta carotene in their diet. 

+ Their feathers underneath are black and can only be seen when in flight. 

Dress from Gwynnie Bee, Sam Edelman Felicia flats in Wide (sooo comfy!). This dress feels a little va-va-voom so I try to stay away from over accessorizing it too much. Cleavage is enough of an attention getter, ya know? 

Hello Kitty in NYC

2 subway rides, 1 hour long walk and a very exhausted but worthy trip to see the Hello Kitty statue! Sebastian Masuda is the artist behind the translucent larger than life sized Hello Kitty. Right around the corner was also Nishida Sho-ten, a highly recommended ramen restaurant. I ordered the ramen with the dumpling soup and it was amazing. Ramen and Hello Kitty in NYC made me feel like a little part of what my heaven would look like. The Hello Kitty installation is located on 47th and Second Ave until September 13. 

On Letting Things Go

Not having a Facebook account is this generation’s version of not having television. I recently deleted Facebook and I feel amazing, like I lost an additional 10 pounds. This is definitely not a I’m better than you because I deleted Facebook post. I actually loved Facebook. It was the safe place where I told people I was first pregnant and the first place I told people about Max before anywhere else. It was great to find support in my lifestyle changes, meet new baby loss mom's. and see what friends are up to. But the older i get the more I value my time. I don’t want to spend hours on my phone wondering what other people are up to when I could just text, call (yes, as in a voice to phone) or email them. I love Instagram and Twitter and that’s enough to give me a glimpse of what’s going on with acquaintances and companies I love to follow, this makes it easier to let Facebook go. When I tweeted all the time I was at a different phase in my life, and I understand the excitement of being online and building community. After almost 10 years of being online, I’ve built my community and now I want to nurture the friendships I’ve made and slowly get to know the new ones I’m discovering. We’ve gone from tweets in 140 characters to direct messaging, to texting, to flying hundreds of miles to see each other. 

For months I would pick up my book, get ready for bed, and my plan for the night was to read into my sleep for one hour. Instead, hours later, I would catch myself refreshing my Facebook feed. I was spending more time with Facebook with anything else in my life. I hate admitting that, but I did. Just like I gave up TV, I wanted to give up Facebook. I'm happy with Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter. That already sounds like three too many social media outlets. 

After deleting it from my phone, I found myself refreshing it my computer. It became a distraction to what I really wanted to do. I kept coming back to this post from Where My Heart Resides. I love what Ashlee wrote, “If I’ve learned one thing this past week, it’s that social media should be avoided in a time of grief. You will never notice how much people complain about dumb things more than when you’re grieving about something of actual importance.” I thought about it all the time, even before Max died. Now, after dealing with the worst thing that could happen in my life, everything is noise. I want to just stop, enjoy the friends that have been through not just my worst tweets, but my worst moments. When life gets real and you leave the keyboard and computer screen behind, it’s a testament of love.

If I have to let go of things I like for love, then I’m ready to let it go.

A Fearless Mother's Day

“And let me tell you two things I’ve learned. The first is that it doesn’t matter how old that child is, or when or how he became yours. Once you decide to think of someone as your child, something changes, and everything you have previously enjoyed about them, everything you have previously felt for them, is preceded first by that fear. It’s not biological; it’s something extra-biological, less determination to ensure the survival of one’s genetic code, and more a desire to prove oneself inviolable to the universe’s feints and challenges, to triumph over the things that you want to destroy what’s yours. 

The second thing is: when your child dies, you feel everything you’d expect to feel, feelings so well-documented by so many others that I won’t bother to list them here, except to say that everything that’s written about mourning is all the same, and it’s all the same for a reason- because there is no real deviation from the text. Sometimes you feel more of one thing and less of another, and sometimes you feel them out of order, and sometimes you feel them for a longer time or a shorter time. But the sensations are always the same. 

But here’s what no one says- when it’s your child, a part of you, a very tiny but nonetheless unignorable part of you, also feels relief. Because finally, the moment you have been expecting, been dreading, been preparing yourself for since the day you became a parent, has come.

Ah, you tell yourself. It’s arrived. Here it is

And after that, you have nothing to fear again.” - A Little Life, Hanya Yanagihara

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This quote couldn’t come at a more perfect time. This Mother’s Day, I feel fearless. The worst thing happened, and I’m okay. Some days are unpredictable but instead of fighting the pain I feel, fearing what it may do to my day, to my heart, to my mascara, I’m okay with it. After months, I feel I’ve yet to have better than worse days but until that time comes, I don’t want to be afraid. I’m not inviting the anguish, but I’m familiar enough with it to not rival with it. Just like the author writes above, there are no words that will match it. If you have empty arms or an empty womb this year, I hope you have a fearless Mother’s Day.

(photo from Lightstock)

Swipespeare App + Giveaway

A few months ago my husband made a new app- Swipespeare, inspired for the love of Shakespeare but not many could say the same. Shakespeare to most people is confusing and boring and he wanted to change this. His love of modern technology and Shakespeare made Swipespeare. The app translates both Elizabethan English to modern English to understand Shakespeare, in a simple swipe on a tablet. It's been praised by middle school students to teachers and even loved by Shakespeare professors across the country. Swipespeare has been so popular, it's become one of the first apps to become available on the Apple Watch. Since it's Shakespeare's birthday week, I thought one literary reader would love the full collection of Swipespeare (worth $35). Just enter the Rafflecopter giveaway and one winner will be chosen next week. Whether just reading it for your personal library or a student or teaching it, and you don't wane to wait for the giveaway, download it iTunes, Nook, Windows or Android here for free!

March 2015 Favorites

Let's take a look back at March

Favorite Music Bishop Allen’s Lights Out. This album was released in 2014 and it’s been on my Rdio queue for months, I finally had a chance to listen to it in March and it’s going to be on loop and make it to many summer playlists. It’s catchy, sweet and makes the perfect album for inviting spring. It also justifies the dancing girls on the cover. 

Favorite Instagram feed is @jessicaemilyadams There’s nothing fancy in Jessica’s feed- the occasional coffee mug, the details of an OOTD, but what I love about her feed is the simplicity of it. She’s stylish and is striving to live a simpler life but doesn’t compromise beauty and sass. 

Favorite moment was deleting Facebook. I plan on writing more on this later but wow! I feel like I lost even more weight by deleting it. I loved it, and I loved the women I shared my more personal life with, but after years of denying myself the truth, it was too much for my attention span. I would log on and with the ads, the videos, the whole thing really, it just gave me so much anxiety. Bye, Facebook! 

Favorite book was The Magic of Tidying Up- If you’re a regular blog reader, I’m obsessed with the idea of minimalistic living. Would I actually do it though? No, never. It’s impossible. After reading Marie Kondo’s book, I’m a believer it can be done. I loved the idea behind it- does an item bring you joy? After going through half my closet and makeup, I’m living with less, and I really love it so far. I’m hoping to go through the rest of my home by summer. 

Here's to April 2015!


Change Your Life, Change Your Blog

I'm so excited to present a new look for my blog! It's simple and minimal and even though my last one had a similar minimal feel, it began to feel really cluttered. I recently have been through some personal changes myself and of course, my blog had to follow. 

I've been working with Sophie for over 5 years on my blog and various projects. I've loved everything she's done. It's hard to work with someone else. After getting to know a person on a professional and personal level during so many projects, it becomes easier each time. Thank you SophieI love the changes I've made through it over the years, let's take a look back!

2010 was my first major makeover. I loved the cartoon me and not much has changed- I still wear glasses, have bangs, dark hair and rock peter pan collars with red lipstick. 

This one was my personal favorite. Each photo in the banner had a link to the tag I wanted. This was when I had red hair...with peter pan collars and red lipstick. 

These were some of my favorite headers. 

This one was great, too. I mean, GLITTER.

Thanks so much for reading through the dozens of different blog designs, they all represent where I was at a different time in my life and I'm so grateful for the support.