Everyone seems to be in the mood for lists right now. A handful of bloggers that I adore have published list posts lately: The Life & Lessons of Rachel Wilkerson’s What I’ve Been Eating, What I’ve Been Reading, What I’ve Been Writing, What I’ve Been Wearing, Holly Would If She Could’s 16 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Me, and SnackFace’s This Week’s Sounds, Scents, Sips, Snacks & Sights…
And with my hectic schedule lately, both at work and personally, I’ve been living and dying by my daily To Do lists. First thing in the morning I make a list of all the things that need to get done that day and before I leave the office for the day I take the list of tasks and put them in chronological order. Don’t worry, I’m not going to share my daily To Do lists with you. I thought I’d take a cue from my blogging idols though and share some of the details of what’s going on in my life these days.
What I’ve Been Eating:
I didn’t do a great job following a healthy diet in April or May, as I confessed, so I’ve been doing my best to rectify that over the last few weeks. Tons of fruits and veggies, and smoothies galore. Green smoothies, berry-based smoothies, and even peanut butter smoothies. Yum!
What I’ve Been Reading:
My boyfriend’s mother insisted that I read The Botticelli Secret by Marina Fiorato, and I ended up reading all 544 pages over the course of a weekend because I couldn’t put it down. Botticelli’s Primavera has been my favorite painting of his since I saw it in Florence when I was 21 so I was especially drawn to the storyline. I’ve also just finished Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think by Brian Wansink and was stunned by how much I related to each and every study that he discussed. Definitely keep an eye out for a Book Report on this! I’ve also just started Add More -Ing to Your Life: A Hip Guide to Happiness by Gabrielle Bernstein, which isn’t a self-help book – I swear – it’s a self-transformation book. I’m looking forward to seeing how it impacts my daily approach to life as part of my #1 2012 goal to Be Positive.
Oh, and I have a serious fashion magazine problem. Like a - I need a 12 step program type of problem.
What I’ve Been Writing:
One of my goals for 2012 is to publish a piece of my writing and while this has been a personal goal for years, this is the first time I’ve officially written it down. Not to make excuses, but as a result of my spinal injury and my laptop dying earlier this year, I haven’t worked on this goal much so far in 2012. Hopefully this post will serve as motivation for me to start editing my first novel, I started writing it when I was 20 and wrote a large chunk of it while I was traveling around Europe by myself when I was 21.
What I’ve Been Wearing:
During May I submitted a handful of looks to a fashion challenge run by Definitely RA, you can so you can check out some of those looks – Mission: Put Together 2012 – Part I and Mission: Put Together 2012 – Part II. The challenge was great and I wish I’d had time to participate more, but even putting together a few looks was fun. And as part of my goals for June I wanted to make an effort to wear less black, especially on sunny weekends, so that’s been a major factor in choosing my daily looks. Definitely an adjustment not to automatically reach for the black pieces!
Some Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Me:
- I don’t actively follow astrology but I’ve always believed that I embody many of the traits of my Scorpio sign - Determined, loyal, suspicious, discreet, introverted, dramatic, passionate, possessive…
- I originally hurt my back springboard diving in college when I was 18
- If I could only eat one food for the rest of my life it would be sweet potatoes. There’s an endless number of ways to cook them… Chips, fries, baked, mashed, in pudding. They can be sweet or savory. Hmmm… Now I kind of want to spend a weekend eating only sweet potatoes and blog about all the recipes I come up with!
- Sometimes I forget that I don’t really “know” bloggers. I begin to feel like I’m friends with people whose lives I read about every day. Does that happen to anyone else?
- I have three tattoos.
And so that we can continue to get to know each other, I’m going to re-start my short-lived Les Confessions series, where I post some “confessions” about myself and my life on a regular basis.
I’ve been listening to 70′s and 80′s music non-stop. From vintage Bon Jovi, Kenny Loggins, and Twisted Sister to fabulous 80′s movie soundtracks – Footloose, Pretty In Pink, Breakfast Club. The upside is that it’s really upbeat music that wakes me up and makes me smile every morning, the downside is that I dance at my desk. A lot.
I’m a peppermint junkie! Candles, air fresheners, essential oils… Whatever I can find. I’ve also been baking up a storm and I love the scent of raw cacao and carob powders as their heating up.
Peppermint tea – duh – and I have to confess that my guilty pleasure these days is Cherry Coke Zero or Cherry Diet Dr. Pepper. My boyfriend is horrified by the red color from the syrup but I treat myself to one a week! I’ve also rediscovered the Synergy Kombucha drinks, and I laugh every time I get carded buying them!
I seem to have almost forgotten about hummus when the weather was cooler but now that it’s warming up I’m craving hummus daily. Carrots, celery, sugar snap peas, and radishes dipped in spicy hummus is favorite after-work snack. I’ve also been eating my bodyweight in fruit on virtually a daily basis – pounds of grapes, cherries, apples, and bananas. Just can’t get enough!
This Spring was amazing with weekends in Sonoma, San Diego, and Sea Ranch, but June has been a gorgeous month in San Francisco and I’ve been really enjoying spending time in my favorite city. Walking everywhere, trips to the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market, lazy days spent shopping and wandering around the sun-drenched streets… Amazing!
So tell me, what have you been up to? Do you like to make lists to ensure that you get everything done that needs to be done each day?
Welcome to my first post in connection with Definitely RA‘s 2012 fashion challenge, which is called Mission: Put Together - 2012. I really, really enjoyed the difficulty of the first fashion challenge that I participated in earlier this year – Freckles In April’s’ 10 Day Style Challenge - it was fun and a great reminder to keep things interesting.
As you can see from the diagram above, this challenge is pretty well-rounded and includes some great categories to try out during May. Due to time constraints I didn’t get a chance to submit a daily look, but I was able to participate at least a few times each week.
So stay tuned, this will be post number one of five relating to Mission: Put Together – 2012!
When I first looked at this – fine, when I printed a copy and stuck it to the wall in my closet – I realized something unexpected. A large chunk of the pieces in my closet that I would label as “colored” are patterned as well.
Truth is, very little of the clothing in my closet is completely monochromatic, outside of the black family that is. I have lots of solid black.
I originally ordered this dress when I was still in my ‘all black all the time’ phase. I was always really ambitious about colors but frequently the things I ordered/bought sat in my closet with the tags firmly in tact until one of my famous closet cleaning parties (I’ll video the next one, my friends are hysterical!) This dress however, I bravely put on and immediately fell in love with. Red, white, and black animal print sounds much more intense than this dress ends up being, and given the length and cut I’ve even deemed it work-appropriate (see What NOT to Wear to Work).
One color that I do have a few solid colored pieces of is bright coral – I actually have three different dresses in virtually the exact same shade.
I got my colors done when I was a teenager and at the time I was told that coral and blue were the ideal colors for me to wear. However, I was surprised to find this past week that this bright coral shade looks just as good with my new red hair color as it always does with my natural strawberry blonde shade. Maybe its my skin tone not my hair color?
This is a great summer outfit, the thin t-shirt dress is perfect for warm days and the color is really fun.
As exhausted as I am by the phrase “pop of color” already this season, I do like this trend very much. I think it’s fun and fresh, and give you a chance to really be creative. Below are two of my favorite splashes during this first week of the challenge. And both – surprise – are kind of patterned as well!
I’ll use any excuse to ditch my giant Mary Poppins purse and carry a day clutch – and adding this much-needed splash of coral to a jeans and t-shirt look was just such an excuse!
How pretty is this pattern? Ruby & Bloom are one of my favorite brands of flats, as I’ve mentioned before, and these are incredibly comfortable shoes. I wore these with rolled up dark denim jeans and they looked adorable.
As we all know, I love stripes. In fact, I’m so smitten by them that I chose this heavy knit, knee-length Victoria’s Secret dress for a friend’s wedding two weeks ago.
Who wears stripes to a wedding?
I told you I had a stripe problem. My favorite part of the look, as per usual, were the accessories. I’ve had this black floral necklace for ages and I think I’ve only worn it once before.
Then of course there’s the bag I insisted on carrying…
And as nervous as I was, the dress ended up being a big hit, everyone loved it including my mom who is usually my toughest critic!
Prints were sort of my sartorial gateway drug. When I decided that I was going to wear less black on a daily basis the first thing I turned to were prints. I’d collected dozens of striped and printed pieces way before ever touching a solidly colored frock.
Is there anything easier to wear than a jersey wrap dress? They’re just so effortlessly chic. Must be the Diane Von Furstenberg factor.
I love love love black & white outfits with bright accessories or shoes, and while I adore this new necklace, I have to say that I wouldn’t have enjoyed the look nearly as much if I hadn’t decided to also add the yellow flower and jade rings.
What do you think? Are you interested joining the challenge and spicing up your Spring & Summer wardrobes?