Playing dress up

photo via sea of shoes

photo via sea of shoes

With a change of season around the corner I find myself playing in my closet. What’s too used, what’s too new, what’s missing, what haven’t I put together before?
When inspiration has left the premises I turn to this little lady I’ve been following for years. She’s turned “playing dress up” into an entire career complete with wonderful photos for your viewing pleasure. Jane is a great reminder for me to have a little fun, scratch that, have a party with my clothes! I can suffocate myself in gray, black, denim and white – not very fun.

photo via sea of shoes

photo via sea of shoes

When I’ve looked at 100 pairs of black boots but can’t seem to find anything I like.  I start thinking about these lovelies from The Office of Angela Scott and all of the sudden black seems boring!

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photo via sea of shoes

Happy Friday, hope everyone has a little fun playing dress up this season!


Summertiiiiiiiiime

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So, I finally get the itch to write a little something to all of you wonderful folks who tune in now and again and I actually forgot my web address.  I’m a little horrified, but mainly I’m thinking it’s the perfect example for how I’m trying to live my life this summer.

You’ve heard me talk about “growing your garden” before, planting your interests, desires and hobbies.  Well, I’m working on tending my garden this summer.  A few rows were left forgotten, the weeds took over and everything is dead.  That, in a nutshell, is a metaphor for my efforts on waste reduction,  living minimally,  and living with heart.  I’ve done more shopping than reducing, I’ve made purchases based on fear “what if” type stuff or fantasy life stuff, aka Pintrest worthy life, and with each of these steps it’s been harder and harder to hear my own voice…..it’s getting drowned out by the media I’m surrounding myself with.

Enter these fellas who I stumbled upon.  The Minimalists are currently touring with their latest book “Everything That Remains”.  I LOVE the title.  A nugget I’ve begun reciting is “Organizing is often well planned hoarding”.  Yup, that one smacked me right in the face after 2 weekends spent “organizing”.  The Minimalists’ site is composed mainly of short essays, most revolve around very similar topics.  This repetition annoys some, I’m not among the annoyed.  I like hearing the same message 20 different ways, I need to hear the same message 20 different ways.   I’m not sure most of us realize how often we’re forced to absorb messages, if you open a computer, watch a TV show, pick up a magazine, drive down a road, walk into a store, go see a movie.   The majority of the time we did not go looking for these messages, images and temptations – they are just THERE, EVERYWHERE.  So if someone can fill my head with the stuff I want to think about, the more the better as far as I’m concerned.

Here are a few more experts that are helping me get my garden back in shape.

The master of lists – Leo.

The waste reduction goddess – Bea.

A great reminder to enjoy life’s journey and be happy.

These rules for a 2 1/2 year old would arguably work well for anyone wanting to tone down impulse buying.

Happy Gardening.

P.S. this one is unrelated but I have always wondered about the do’s and don’ts of working out in underwear.

 


A Hodge Podge – Saturday Morning

via Darling be Daring

via Darling be Daring

via Darling be Daring

via Darling be Daring

Spit balls on the ceiling courtesy of my 8 year old daughter

Spit balls on the ceiling courtesy of my 8 year old daughter

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via Darling be Daring

via Darling be Daring

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I wish I could hang out with Laura Miller

Laura Miller from Sidesaddle Kitchen, makes jewelry and costumes out of fruits and veggies and then posts on Instagram, need I say more?  Yes?  Well, her hilarious, dry, witty commentary never fails to make me laugh, she seems real, relatable and I’m putting in my application for her new best friend.  A raw, vegan lifestyle is not for everyone, myself included, but some of her down-to-earth budget friendly tips are what keep me checking in…..also the aforementioned laughing.

photos via Laura Miller's Instagram

photos via Laura Miller’s Instagram

If you are interested in making your own ‘kraut for probiotics on the cheap – we are beginning our second sauerkraut attempt this week OR maybe your own kombucha – Miller recommends apple cider vinegar, sparkling water and lemon – OR you are actually into raw or vegan or both, then head over to Sidesaddle Kitchen.


I get by with a little help from my friends….

Like so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so many others my family and I are getting geared up for a winter detox.  For my husband and I the main aim is nutrition, giving our bodies a break from all the wonderful indulging we’ve done all season long.  Our kids need a bit of a reset as well, like the reminder that sugary sweets do not typically come with every meal, i.e. hot chocolate for breakfast!  Shows over kids, time to pack up the sugar for awhile.

Before we begin I like to do research and gather a little pile of inspiration and support during our detox journey.  Finding folks that live in a perpetual state of what I consider “detox” makes it all seem so reasonable and therefore less of a sacrifice.  One source that’s got me in detox training mode is The Chalkboard Mag.

Photo via The Chalkboard

Photo via The Chalkboard

Their “Green Goddess Guide” series (like May Lindstrom above) is exactly the kind of support and inspiration I’ll need next week and is also the reason that as I sit here and type my hair is slathered in coconut oil.  For my next trick, raw honey all over my face, oh yeah all the green goddesses are doing it!  Really the whole site has been like sitting down with a cup of tea and  a treasured friend that knows about EVERYTHING and is also really damn cool.

Another one that never disappoints is good old Goop.  The latest post includes a few warm smoothie recipes which sound downright inviting as I look at next week’s chilly temperatures.  Also in the post is an interview with Dr. Habib Sadeghi about his upcoming book and a nice take on self-love, (hint: it’s got nothing to do with bubble baths).

Photo via Goop

Photo via Goop

Lastly, when double checking if cauliflower is a nightshade (it’s not by the way) I came across this blog.  This woman’s profile picture alone intrigued me, she looks like a human lightbulb, gorgeous and just radiating health and happiness.  Although the blog looks like it’s been left dormant the information it contains is alive with greatness, lots on Ayurveda and simple, healthy recipes.

Photo via Food for Awakening

Photo via Food for Awakening

I’ll try whipping these bars up for the kids as an alternative to the cinnamon muffins that have been in constant rotation since Thanksgiving.

There you have it, a small snippet of my support posse for our upcoming detox adventure!  Good luck to me and to you on any and all adventures for 2014.


I tumblr for ya

In the world of bloggers, I fall into the luddite category.  I’m not on Facebook, I don’t twitter or tweet, there’s no instagram, I don’t even pinterest.  But somehow Tumblr has found it’s way into my world of arrows.  According to wiki, Tumblr is a “microblogging” platform and social networking site.  I’m not really sure what “microblogging” is so according to 800 arrows Tumblr is similar to a lookbook or a vision board that uses imagery to convey a feeling, tell a story. One that has found it’s way into my daily internet viewing is: Darling, be daring.

Darling, be daring seems to be curated by a 30-something male and provides images and quotes that I wish I could dive into and stay awhile.  Here are some of my favorites for a Sunday morning

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Web round-up

photo via refinery 29

photo via refinery 29

A few gems brought to you by my latest internet distractions:

After hearing a piece on NPR about the Green House Project, an innovative elderly care facility, I was intrigued and stumbled upon this while looking at their website.  I LOVED IT.

Looking for more inspiration on how to dress like a style-y grown-up but still be comfy?  Check this lady out.

Salad does not seem to be hitting the spot these days so I plan to eat more of this and this kind of thing.

We are trying out a new budget system this fall, I read this and although I found it mainly silly, but I do love the idea of “free Thursdays”!

I could never find Miss Minimalist’s seat belt purse, but stumbled upon this one made out of recycled bicycle tubes!


Web Round-up

A few fun distractions courtesy of the amazing internet.

The lovely lady with the drool-worthy kitchen, blogs!  Love her profiles.

A friend send me this with the “time-suck” warning.  They had me at their “Creative Manifesto”.

After a short trip to NYC this summer I got re-hooked on this blog.

This feels a little “Godfather” to me, “every time I get out they pull me back in“.  J. Crew is blogging and I like it – it’s no roll neck sweater but I take the goodness where I can find it.

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Cool Kids

My husband and I recently had dinner with two new friends, they are both about 10 years younger than myself.  Creative types, one’s an actress, the other a writer, both “involved” in the world.  Far from “kids”, these two are squarely in the adult realm of their 20’s; still their views on troubling topics like education, health care, the fiscal impasse all had a ring of hope to them.  I suppose I attribute hope to youth….not in a naive way, more like a “young at heart” sentiment.  This hope says you still have the courage to face down our world’s conundrums and happily go in search of the ways you can make a positive difference you believe in.

It got me thinking about some other cool kids, the ones that started and work on Kinfolk.

image via Kinfolk

image via Kinfolk

It’s an online (and print) publication, but far from your typical magazine.  I’m not sure anything is even for sale in their pages, you don’t find oodles of recipes, it’s more like a cookbook for a life well lived.  Sharing meals with good people, short stories on baking bread, poetry about chicks hatching in a well loved coop.  Basically it’s a lot about what life was like a hundred or so years ago, accept now we long to embrace the simplicity rather than run from it.  The videos are also super cool.  Happy Friday.


Going on a walkabout

Except I’m not Australian, or male or in adolescence.  But we are taking a walking trip……..in FRANCE.

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I am mildly, hyper excited.  We will pack up our seven and five year old for a 16 day trip, we will have several days in the city of Paris and 10 days walking through the Northwest region of Normandy.  We will be walking on well established trails winding through countryside, small villages and, of course, in the city too.  My husband and I have vowed that this will be a backpack only trip, my own pack will be no more and no less than 16 liters (that is SMALL folks).  Our reasoning is: 1.  Once we are in Normandy, we will have to carry everything on our backs anyway…..for about 10 miles a day.  2.  This will force us to keep things simple for the kids, and for us.  3.  A test to free ourselves from some of our usual “comforts”.

I fear I might have to break one of my own travel rules and leave the bathing suit at home this time.

For advice and tips on undertaking this packing challenge, I’ve turned to Miss Minimalist:

This post as well as this one I found pretty inspiring and helpful….packing cubes – was I the last to know?

Also, we are trying out Air BnB for the first time, renting two different apartments during our trip, I’ll be sure to let you know our experience with them.

In the meantime, I’m watching “Finding Nemo” in French a lot…..think that’ll help??