coming around again


hi! long time no see. I didn’t realize it had been over a month since my last blog post, simply because these past 5 weeks have gone by in a blur. why the absence? the long of it is since july 18, James and I visited Boston, packed, moved, unpacked, now commute 1 hour and 15 minutes each way to work Monday-Friday, and are still unpacking during the weekends. the short of it is life is kind of crazy (to put it mildly) right now. there was one point about a week or so into my absence where I was a little peeved with myself about not getting everything checked off my to-do list. this lasted for about 5 seconds, until I was overwhelmed just by thinking about the sheer amount of things that had to be done and just decided to let go. for those who know me well in real life, this is big because letting go is not my thing. but in this case, it was either lose my mind or let go. so I focused on the things that absolutely needed to get taken care of, mainly my responsibilities at my full-time job, packing/moving/unpacking, and not being a completely stressed-out PITA for James. everything else got set aside, including this blog.

the time away was very much necessary. I had the time to focus on pressing, important things and more time to spend with the important people in my life, which includes myself. l read books, I thought long and hard about what changes I wanted to make in my life, sometimes I was lazy…it was lovely to have things a little bit more simple for a little while. these weeks have given me some perspective, new discernment, rest, and a new creative energy that was hard for me to find in the months leading up to the move. and now, I’m coming round again.

I stated over 11 months ago in my first post on this blog after moving to wordpress that fall for me always feels like the beginning of something new, and I feel the same way now, as summer comes to a close. I start school in a little over a week, we’re adjusting to our new living situation, and I’m writing again, here. I’m ready for a new season.

are you ready for fall?

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the friday five


happy Friday! the weekend is here, and I can’t wait…it looks to be a good one. my sister is back for the last couple of weeks of her summer, so we’ll hang, James and I are painting our new bedroom (after taking forever to decide on a color), Boston is less than a week away…and the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has begun for everyone. I always try to pick up some of the pricier fall things I might want/need during this sale because the prices are great. this week’s friday five is made up of the top 5 things I’m eyeing. have a great weekend!

sale highlights


| I love everything about this topper…the color, the shape, the fit, the price |


| such a cool jacket…in comfortable leather-trimmed wool |


| definitely not a need, but isn’t it lovely? |


| what can I say? I’m a sucker for wool and leather, doubly so when they’re paired in a chic way, like on this jacket |


| I’ve been wanting a a pair of riding boots for years. this one has the potential to fit my big calves, fingers crossed. |

wishlisted | black & white with a touch of blue


one j.crew embroidered scallop dress | two giantlion bar studs | three essie nailpolish in strut your stuff | four j.crew dulci pumps (love the color & the kitten heel) | five kate spade 17-month agenda

we are right in the middle of our move, which means packing, packing, dumping, cleaning…and more packing. all of our free time is consumed by packing, so I haven’t been doing very much shopping, online or otherwise, save for a few necessary things. but there is a light around the corner – the packing has to get done sometime soon, and we’re going to Boston next week to visit James’ family, which will give us a much needed reprieve from the daily chaos. aside from meeting up with old friends and hanging with family, James and I are planning on wandering around the city for a day, taking in the sites, eating lots of seafood, and doing some window/real shopping. maybe one or two of these babies will come home with me…

one j.crew embroidered scallop dress | two giantlion bar studs | three essie nailpolish in strut your stuff | four j.crew dulci pumps (love the color & the kitten heel) | five kate spade 17-month agenda

things I love | essie haute in the heat


those of you who follow on instagram would have seen this shot, but I wanted to do a little shout out on the blog, because I’m loving the color, and I couldn’t be more surprised. I tend to go for barely there nudes and neutrals; moody, dark greys and blues; and a red or coral here and there. pink is usually not on my tips. in fact, I own only two other pink shades in my stash, and they end up on my toes 99% of the time. but I saw this color on the shelf at target, and I found myself taking it home. I still wasn’t convinced that I liked it even as I was applying, but when it all dried and set, it won me over. it leans more towards a warm, tame reddish-pink in the shade or out of direct sunlight, but as you can see, it’s this lovely raspberry in the light. if the color wasn’t lovely enough, the formula is fantastic – this was almost perfect at one coat and spot-on at two coats.

james and I did some paint sampling the day before I snapped the picture, so my nails are looking a little worse for wear, but at least they’re pretty, right? ;)

monday memo | dear monday


apologies for the radio silence, but life is just all over the place right now, between the move, registering for classes, and my 9-5 job. I feel like I’m barely keeping it all rolling, and I find myself thinking, “man, I’m glad I don’t have kids yet, because then I would really be sucking at juggling everything”. so there’s that…ha! but seriously, I will try to get some posts up since I’m excited to share about our adventures in finding a paint color and how we’re planning on outfitting our new digs, among other things. in the meantime, I’ll be dreaming about Friday.

have a good Monday! ;)


monday memo


I’m going to be honest: today’s monday memo is a pep talk to me. we’re in the thick of packing and our whole place is a mess. every time I scan our living room, I can feel myself getting irritated about the absolute chaos, but I’ve been forcing myself to just let go because it can’t be helped. no matter how well prepared or organized you are, moving is chaotic. moving is messy. and really, why wouldn’t it be? you are packing up your whole life from one place to another – that’s not exactly a walk in the park. so I’m going to turn a blind eye to the current state of our apartment and will myself to just keep moving so that little by little, everything gets back in balance.


4th of july


hi, everyone! just a quick post to wish you all a safe and happy 4th of July. we’re doing some cleaning and choosing a paint color today, just taking the day easy and enjoying each other’s company.

it’s a beautiful day to celebrate the birth of our country. it’s not perfect – it’s big, it’s complicated, it’s full of contradictions, it’s sometimes frustrating, but it is beautiful and always itself.

to America, land that I love.