Friday, December 26, 2014

Friday Thoughts

photo via folkmagazine

- holidays! it's overrr!
- off to ski this weekend (second time this season)

Friday, December 19, 2014

Tuesday, December 16, 2014



Jackie is my good friend, and also a huge style inspiration. Every time we hang out, I try to pick her brain on how she chooses a belt, or where she got her blazer, or what she looks for in a button-down or a scarf. She just knows.

Several weeks ago, Jackie casually mentioned she was considering donning a jumpsuit for her work's holiday party. My jaw dropped. How cool is she? Obviously, not 2 minutes later, I was trolling Rent the Runway for my own jumpsuit. That's when I spotted this beaut.

Jackie ended up forgoing the jumpsuit she rented in favor of a trusty dress standby. (And that's the beauty of Jackie. She knows when it's right.) I went back and forth, and was ultimately convinced to go for it by the dude in the photo. ("You know you want to." Much wise.)

Not sure how much the jumpsuit had to do with it, but I had an awesome time.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Little Things

photo via thewalkbreakers

My commute home typically starts with a mad dash to catch the train. But a few days ago I actually had time to put on my headphones, and enjoy a leisurely walk to the station. The coolest thing happened...

Friday, December 5, 2014

On Code Review (again)

Hahahahah. This just happened. (reference)

Scuba Weekend

Work has had me in the zone this week. The whole team has been super focused and just crushing it. Felt pretty good, but I'm ready to take a little break.

I'm getting scuba certified this weekend! I've been talking about getting it done since 2007 (after my friend, Monique, did it, and then taught me how to tread water). Now I'm signed up for a class and it's actually happening. Here's hoping I can swim 200 yards without getting hydrogen psychosis. Errr. Help!

Hope you have a fun weekend.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

2 inches

Even though I've always wanted to be taller, I rarely wear heeled shoes. But I dusted off these boots the other day, and it just felt so right. I became the perfect height. (Even rode my bike to the grocery store in these.)

Just out of curiosity, I checked the heel height. A measly two inches. Two inches! Really, life? Was two extra inches too much to ask for? What a joke.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Thelma & Louise

This rainy weather has had me in a movie watching mood lately. And since I'm still pining for the elusive best friend, I've been trolling silly "best friendship movies" lists. That's where I spotted this gem: Thelma and Louise. Have you seen it?

Honestly, I'd watch it just for the fashion inspiration. Dat denim + muscle tank combo looks legit.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Kids and Autonomy

photo via joanna

I recently read a couple of really solid parenting books. (It's weird, I know. But before you judge me, consider the following. People do whole majors in child development. It's just an interesting topic.) What really stuck with me is Pamela Druckerman making a case for encouraging children's autonomy in Bringing Up Bébé.
Letting children "live their lives" isn't about releasing them into the wild or abandoning them. It's about acknowledging that children aren't repositories for their parents' ambitions or projects for their parents to perfect. They are separate and capable, with their own tastes, pleasures, and experiences of the world.
While giving kids independence isn't a novel idea, I don't often see it implemented by American parents. I recently met a couple who hasn't spent more than a few minutes away from their child in the 2 years since the little one was born. That doesn't seem healthy for the child nor the parents.

Obviously, I know nothing about parenting, but this no micro-management style sounds lovely and freeing, don't you think?

Monday, December 1, 2014

Eating Alone


A while ago, Joanna ran this short series where people wrote about what they eat when eating dinner alone. Since mama moved in with me, I don't get to have dinner alone anymore (not that I was a huge fan before). But I still think you can learn a lot about yourself by trying it out.

Without the expectation of feeding anyone else, you get to ask yourself what it is that you want. Maybe you cook up an elaborate meal. Or maybe you don't want to spend any time in the kitchen at all and get takeout. (Gasp. The horror. :) Either way, I think it's a good idea to check in with yourself every once in a while.

This past weekend I learned that, given the opportunity (and no eggs in the fridge), I will literally subsist on expensive cheese and apples. Derp.

my in-the-kitchen-alone jam: soundcloud | spotify | youtube | itunes

P.S. I did get tired of avoiding the kitchen toward the end of the weekend, and broke down to make chocolate babka. So, I don't hate cooking, I swear.