This Week

October 22, 2014

Autumn, you beautiful, wonderful season.  I’m so thrilled you’re here.

For me, this weather is perfect – cold enough to start wearing layers, and still pleasant for walking absolutely everywhere.  Apple cider is widely available (I’ve always been a cider gal over a pumpkin flavored drink), and I get to spend most Sundays screaming at the TV like a hooligan.

Besides spending as much time outside as possible, I’m spending this week writing like a madwoman, visiting with my mother (who’s been in India for 3 months!), and heading to New Orleans this weekend for three days of intense eating, networking, and…well, eating.  Because what else does a pregnant lady do in New Orleans?  Bring on the gumbo and pralines!

And for you, dear readers, I’ll bring on the links:

  • Ebola has dominated the news for the past few weeks.  While you should be more diligent while traveling (sanitizing your surfaces on airplanes, washing your hands more often), there’s no need to worry about the disease being a weapon.
  • A heartwarming story on how Siri became the best friend of a boy with autism.
  • Bling with a cause – 100% of the proceeds from BaubleBar’s latest Guest Bartender’s collection will go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Megan’s story is an inspiring one.
  • 293 thoughts a Gilmore girls newbie had while watching the show for the first time.
  • Rarely has a negative book review made me want to read the book even more.  Note – it’s FANTASTIC.
  • It’s never too early to think about holiday gifts, and I absolutely LOVE Cuyana‘s just-launched Give A Hint program.  It is exactly how it sounds – you “hint” the items you’d love from the company and send them to your loved ones.  Now, what to pick…
  • How Narie Foster made the jump from management consulting to co-founding and heading up operations at MM LaFleur.
  • Don’t forget to enter the Hudson+Bleecker giveaway!  We’re offering up 3 prizes in gorgeous calf hair, python, and glitter that resembles crushed diamonds (think Elizabeth Taylor sparkle, versus a Martha Stewart craft project).
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GIVEAWAY – Hudson+Bleecker

October 21, 2014

Everyone has their pre-trip rituals.

For me, it’s taking out the trash, changing the sheets on my bed (NOTHING beats clean sheet night), and packing all of my cosmetics, jewelry, and toiletries inside my beloved Hudson+Bleecker products.

These products are the real deal, you guys.  And I’m a little sad that all of my H+B gear is still in perfect condition, because I want to swap it all for the fall/winter collection.  Inspired by Paris, these items are made from gorgeous faux python, a subtle glitter that will NOT rub off (AT ALL), and luxurious calf hair.

You feel me?

Lucky for you, Hudson+Bleecker and I are giving away THREE prizes, each featuring two pieces from the St. Germain (python), Etoile (glitter), and Le Marais (calf hair) collections.  All you have to do is enter using the widget below.

Consider it an early Christmas gift from me to you.  And if you can’t wait for the prize, you can score 20% off your entire order using the code HOTG20.  Happy shopping!


This Week

October 15, 2014

Honest question – do you believe in the whole Mercury in Retrograde mumbo jumbo?

I used to think it was bull.  These days, I fear the wrath of the retrograde whenever it rears its ugly head.  If anything, it gives me something to blame my inability to focus, be inspired, and get things done with my usual cheer.

This sluggish feeling aside, I’m genuinely loving this week.  An Eagles win on Sunday sets my mood for the week. A blowout win? I’m pretty pumped on Monday.  Feeling the baby kick for the first time DURING said Eagles game (and right after a touchdown, no less)?  Elated is an understatement.

Exciting things on deck this week – a dinner with Viviana and Lindsay, this day-long nerdfest all about the brain, and seeing my mom after 3 looooong months. I’ve missed her.  And her cooking.  Mostly her.  Can’t wait to give her a huge hug.

  • Jen Rubio made her name in the fashion world (Warby Parker, AllSaints).  Her newest job may surprise you.
  • Since our high school days in Colorado, Rachel and I have been criss-crossing the country, always on opposite sides.  She’s now settled in Seattle with her husband, baby girl, a house, and finally a blog.  Her post on going back to work after having her daughter is so poignant.  While things may change (marriage, kids, home ownership), some things stay the same.  Rachel remains one of the most talented writers I know personally.
  • The busy trap.  While I’ve done a fair job of not complaining about how busy I am, I do find myself bogged down in tactical work versus strategic, meaningful work.  If anyone has tips on how to make the shift from busy work to meaningful work, PLEASE share it!
  • Jet Set Candy is a jewelry brand that seems tailor-made for me – high quality, beautifully designed, and features my favorite destinations.  They’re having a trunk show at Bloomingdale’s in NYC from Thursday-Sunday, if you’d like to see the pieces in person.  I’ve started a charm bracelet with luggage tag charms of international destinations my husband and I have traveled together.
  • Talking about the high cost of cancer care in this country gets me ragey.  Scary ragey.  Drugs, while not the entire culprit, are a huge factor in the total care cost. While normally this topic leaves me feeling helpless, this 60 Minutes piece profiled several oncologists speaking out against drug costs. Burdening patients who have battled this disease with six figure debt is just WRONG.  And it has to change.
  • That gorgeous picture up top?  It’s from the newly launched Rose & Ivy, a new quarterly journal that’s all kinds of inspiring and beautiful.  Big thanks to Victoria for sharing the story of the journal and its founder Alison Dulaney.
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