This Week

July 23, 2014

I purposefully kept this week blocked off from any social activities.

Best. Decision. Ever.

It’s not to say I’m holed up in my apartment like a hermit.  Between work commitments, a volunteering project with Entrepreneurs@Athena, and my ongoing work with Alanna Bess jewelry, it’s been the perfect balance of enough work to keep me busy while maintaining my sanity.

No may be my new favorite word of my 30′s.

  • Blake Lively just launched her website Preserve.  I’m not a fan of the site’s design, but I did enjoy this article on New Orleans and this profile on bartender Bobby Hicks.  Thoughts?  Anyone else craving enchiladas after reading the editor’s letter?
  • Hallie has put together the perfect summer playlist.  I’ve been jamming to it on repeat.
  • I was simultaneously horrified and enthralled by this essay on being a professional party girl in the Hamptons.  One thing that never fails to surprise me about New York is just how different everyone’s life is.
  • Do yourself a favor and make this deliciously hydrating smoothie.  I can’t get enough of it.
  • On baby photos and the Internet.  This topic has been the subject of the “one day, when we’re parents” conversations my husband and I have.  Though I choose to live a more public life online, I agree with the author’s original decision to limit his child’s pictures on the shared Internet.  I’d love to know your thoughts!
  • Lisa wrote what I’ve been thinking for some time – mani/pedis can sometimes be the best business expense.
image via // mario testino for vogue, august 2014

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Should we call this the grey and gold edition of The Hit List?  Because…it is.

I can’t believe we have a week and a half left of this month!  As usual, time is going by way too fast.  However, I couldn’t be more excited for August  – it’s a relatively relaxing month (famous last words) and brings us one month closer to AUTUMN.

I digress.  Back to this month, and my favorite things from it.

I wore out this Sole Society tote after some heavy duty use during vacation, so I splurged on Cuyana‘s full leather version.  Best decision.  The leather is gorgeous, the tote is roomy, and the bag can withstand my heavy duty abuse.  Another vacation item that spilled over into day-to-day life is my Chrysalis cardigan from encircled - I wore it nonstop in Scandinavia, and have been throwing it on at home when I have those “I should get dressed but I don’t know what to wear” moments.  Which are often.  I can’t-stop-won’t-stop wearing my blinged out BaubleBar x Frends headphones – the sound quality is outstanding, and the extra sparkle just makes me happy.  I love that the headphones come with a plain gold cap as well, in case you’d want to swap them out (which I do, depending on my mood).  BaubleBar also killed it with its collection with Grace of Stripes and Sequins.  Instagram shows that I wore this necklace all the time, but I also love this delicate Crystal Mason ring from the collection.  I’ve been eyeing this Julie Vos necklace for a while, and I’m so glad I finally pulled the trigger on it.  It’s simple, but adds just a little extra something to an outfit in a season where I’d like to be wearing as little to nothing as possible.

On the non-fashion front, I’m having a love affair with my juicer.  After spending far too much money on bottled juices, I finally took the plunge and purchased this compact model that pulverizes any vegetable or fruit I could want.  Best part – it was $100 and most of the parts are machine washable.  (Sidebar – let me know if you’d like me to share some recipes I’ve found or made up on the juice front).  I’ve been sleeping so much better with the help of this Perpetual Shade silk eyemask.  I’ve tried nearly every eyemask on the market, so believe me when I tell you that this one is THE BEST.  Period.  Finito.  I use it every night, and sleep like a baby.  Paul Varghese is a new-to-me comedian that my cousin recommended, and I’ve been literally laughing out loud (in public, no less) to his album.  Embarrassing AND entertaining for me – a combination you don’t see every day.  I’ve been eagerly waiting for the release of The Book Of Life since I finished the first two books of the All Souls Trilogy in January, and the last book does. not. disappoint.  If you haven’t picked up that trilogy yet, I highly recommend it. #bookcrack at its finest.  Beautiful Ruins is our book club’s latest choice.  While it took a few chapters for me to get into it, I ended up being sad when the book was finished because it was just so beautiful.

What are some of your favorite discoveries or items this month?  COMMENT below and let me know!

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This Week

July 16, 2014

Oh, the dreaded vacation hangover.

Mine was albeit delayed, but hit me like a vengeance this week.  Also, I may have made the small mistake of completely overbooking my last week, right after we returned home (oops).

Thank goodness the second half of the week will be spent at my parents’ house, to celebrate my mother’s birthday and the visit of my amazing cousin and nieces from Vancouver.  Hard core family bonding is always worth rallying for.

So are naps.  Lots of naps.

Here are the links that I managed to read in entirety.

I’m off to wake myself up and prepare for a fun day in the city with my nieces.  Hope you have a great rest of your week!

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