What I like to do when I’m sick.

posted on: September 29, 2014

I don’t know if I’ve made this clear through my Twitter whining or my Instagrams from my bed, but I’m sick. I’ve been sick for a few days (fever time, what up!) and today I went to the doctor to get some real medications. However, I’m still at home sick. Here are a few of the things I like to do when I’m partially, not not completely, incapacitated:

1. Brainstorm knitwear
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I know, I know. This is probably the nerdiest activity of them all. But in reality, it’s what I’m doing most of the live-long day from about August through April – if I see a cute sweater, I mentally try to recreate it. If I see a cute hat, I make note of the crown design. If I see a cute cowl, I try to estimate the dimensions. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BRAINSTORMING, Y’ALL. However, I love the pieces from Wool and the Gang – I think they would be the only company I would buy a full “knitting kit” from. And I might just do that to make myself a sweater this winter.

2. Drink tea
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My favorites are: Stash White Christmas tea, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Winter Dream tea, and Good Earth’s Sweet & Spicy tea. Can you sense a theme here people? It’s not tricky to figure out.

3. Watch The Office

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I am ashamed to say that I haven’t yet seen each and every episode of The Office, which means I haven’t fully appreciated the Jim & Pam love story (and isn’t that really the entire point of the show? Feel free to disagree with me but you’d be wrong.) So I have determined that this sick weekend is the perfect time to do so! I am currently on season 5, and I just have to say, thank god they’re only 20 minute episodes! I can power through a hundred of these babies a day.

4. Do some online shopping
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It definitely didn’t help my checking account any that this morning, in my weakened state, Shop it to Me sent me an alert about some of my “favorites” being marked down even further. So, thanks for that, Shop it to Me. Sarcasm! But no, really, thanks – I got something cute.

5. Eat leftover Pho
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My roommate was kind enough last night to get me some Pho but I was still stuffed from all the tea I’d been guzzling and the Lipton’s noodle soup I’d inhaled around 4 pm, so I saved it for today – and let me tell YOU, it was the perfect post-doctor’s-office lunch. There’s nothing like that extra savory broth (it’s probably all the MSG, I love MSG!) and comforting noodle slurping to make you feel better.

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What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re laying low? Give me your tips! I’ve got at least a few more nights of this.

Fashion for a rainy day | A review of Ensambl

posted on: September 22, 2014

I’m not sure if you know this, Bloggees, but in my “real life” my wardrobe usually consists of jeans, boots (my favorite these days are ankle booties – I have 3 pairs), some kind of flowy t-shirt top (I’m obsessed with these J.Crew linen ones), and a cardigan or sweatshirt or other cover-up like piece of fabric.

In other news, I have created a uniform for myself of standard, sometimes-a-little-too-comfortable clothing. That I wear. Every day.

(I hide it so well from you, right?)

Don’t get me wrong – I love putting together outfits, and I love new and daring pieces (I’m still on the hunt for a sequined skirt…), but regularly I just put on something to go to work and call it a day.

Luckily, the team over at Ensambl got in touch with me to try out the new launch of their app, and it was exactly the fashion-tool that I needed.

Ensambl is fantastic because it combines two essential needs: getting dressed with checking the weather. i know, I know, that might sound like something you can do on your own… but if you’re like me, someone who routinely wears the same thing to work, then this app is perfect for giving you a hint of fashion inspiration that matches your actual daily needs.

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First thing’s first: you set your location (by state) and Ensambl loads various bloggers who have outfit posts fit for the weather near you that day. I like this feature because, unlike other apps where you have to go in and follow a bunch of different accounts before you get a solid variety on your feed, this app just shows you many bloggers automatically. I’ve already seen multiple outfits, and discovered multiple bloggers, that I wouldn’t have ever thought to try on my own.

Even better? If you click on a look (instead of just swiping left or right to discard or favorite it), the app takes you to the exact blogger’s post about that look!

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Then, not only can you read about the outfit inspiration (and try to see how you could tweak the look to work for you) but you can also find the exact links for these pieces. Genius.

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I also love that you can look back over your past favorites, so you can go on a swiping spree and then really take an in-depth view of the best choices at a later date. Or, just save them for a rainy day! Har har.

I did a fair amount of Ensambl-ing this weekend, and used some of the fabulous looks on there (my favorites so far are by Sincerely Jules, The Blonde Salad, and Lovely Pepa) to create these potential outfits for different weather situations I expect to experience this fall (you can see the full sets and the product info on my Polyvore!)

1. The Transitional Outfit

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This look is perfect for that interim phase where Summer and Fall overlap – I’m thinking 65 degrees and sunny, with a brisk wind blowing your hair back. This all sounds very photoshoot, doesn’t it? The bright colors set off the darkness of the black boots, making the overall look feel very warm. Literally and figuratively.

2. The Rainy Day Outfit

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When it rains, you don’t want to spend hours pulling yourself together, only to have it all undone the minute you step out the door. With this outfit, it won’t be – chic and casual, but with classic pieces made to accentuate your fashion sense! And, a couple of my favorite winter beauty products – moisturizer and lipstick.

3. The Errands & Brunch Outfit
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This look is my ideal for running errands around town and getting a bite with a few girlfriends afterwards – stylish and simple colors with a touch of glamour (bubble necklace, anyone?) and a dose of practicality (I love my BKR bottles!), you could spend a whole day out and about in this ensamble.

These outfits were all inspired by a few swipes of the Ensambl app – now if only my closet had a similar function! If you’re in a fashion rut, or just want to find some new bloggers to follow, check out Ensambl on the app store. And let me know what you think!

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This review is part of a madeleine|blogs and Ensambl cross-collaboration. As always, you receive my honest opinion in every post. 

Some excuses, and some pictures.

posted on: September 3, 2014

I pride myself on being regular with my blogging. Though it takes an average of 4-5 hours to shoot & edit photos, write the content, set up the formatting, and then publish each little nugget of delight (think about  that 5x a week), it’s worth it to me. So that’s why it really bothers me when I have weeks where that just isn’t possible. I know this may not seem like such a huge lapse to you in reader-land, but it is to me.

This week, I was supposed to be posting about my family’s amazing trip to Montréal and Quebec City from a few weeks ago. This obviously isn’t happening.

Instead, I’d like to share some reasons (coughexcusescough) why not that illustrate my life of late, and some photographic accompaniment. These may or may not match the reasons in any particular fashion. That’s just how I’m feeling today.

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1. MOVING

One of my two roommates moved out to go to graduate school (yay Lily!) and the other and I spent a solid two days swapping our rooms and moving additional furniture into the now-living room. This may or may not have involved swearing, sweating, and the knicking of a doorframe or two – but it’s done. However, that activity (and my subsequent recuperation) took up the bulk of my weekend that I had planned to use for organizing and blogging.



2. WEDDING

I’m going to Seattle this upcoming weekend for Carly’s sister’s wedding, and I could not be more excited. However, this definitely puts a crimp in my blogging/organizing/life plans – I’m leaving tomorrow night after work, which means tonight is spent packing and planning, and the last few nights have been spent still unpacking from all this moving around. Yeesh. It’s a lot. Sleep is not a friend that I know well lately.




3. FAMILY

I spend a lot of time with my family, on the regular. This doesn’t involve sitting around setting up blog posts. This does involve grocery shopping, cooking, playing with the dogs, getting brunch, running errands, and generally being cats about town for a weekend.



4. BREAKUP

I won’t go into detail here, but I’m going through the ending of a relationship that has been going on in my life for a long, long time. That, in turn, means that I am busying myself with friends and family (see above) and knitting and cooking and sometimes just sitting around watching The Mindy Project as a distraction. If you know me at all, you know my life is already pretty full, so making it more full to keep my mind occupied has been necessary but exhausting. Blogging may fall by the wayside sometimes on this packed agenda.

5. KNITTING

I don’t know if you know this, but Fall is pretty much primetime for knitters. My Etsy shop has been on hiatus for the past few months (being summer and all) but now is the time I need to really get back into it. I love knitting, I love making something out of nothing (or very little), and I love sharing that with other people… but it makes me anxious trying to manage all of the things I want to make and do with all of the things I actually have time to make and do. Those two lists just do not match up. I need to prioritize, and sometimes this space will be on hiatus in lieu of my shop.

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Alright, I think that’s just about everything that has been going on and will be going on in my life in the upcoming weeks! I hope to get back to my regularly scheduled blogging soon, but in the meantime, you can keep up on my Instagram and Twitter profiles. Thanks for understanding, all!

How to Take a Vacation

posted on: August 29, 2014

(Psst – We’re changing things up a bit here at madeleine|blogs! In lieu of weekly High Five for Friday posts, I’ll be doing a monthly roundup at the beginning of every new month about the previous month’s activities that may not have made it onto the blog. Check out next week’s August roundup on Friday, 9/05!)

For now, please enjoy this travel post…

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Everyone wants to go on vacation. Show me one person who doesn’t, and I’ll immediately break down that wall of fear and denial. I am a lawyer, you guys! Anyway, let’s just assume, everyone wants to go on vacation. You want time off from the hustle and bustle of work, to see things that are new and different from your everyday life, to relax on a beach with a mai tai. Regardless of your motivation, travel can be for everyone.

The problems start cropping up right around the time that you actually plan that travel. How will you get the time off from work? What will you bring? Will you be able to speak the language?

I present to you: Maddy’s (Very Introductory) Guide to Taking a Vacation.

1. What you want to see

The first step in taking any trip or vacation is deciding what your goal will be of the overall trip. Is it to relax and decompress? Do you want to pack as much sightseeing into your schedule as possible? Figure out whether you want to rest or explore (or a combination of the two) and then determine the location that fits the bill. See if you can get a great fare to Hawaii for several days, and just spend your time out on the beach. Or, alternatively, take a quick trip to New York City, and see a show after walking around Soho or the West Village for the afternoon. If you’re going international, make sure you plan out which sightseeing spots are most important to you – or would you rather sit back and enjoy Italy like a native, relaxing at cafes and listening to the chatter around you?

Keep in mind that you can sightsee anywhere, and you can relax anywhere. It’s all up to you.

Regardless of your plans, it doesn’t hurt to brush up on the language and local customs. You don’t want to offend anyone unintentionally, and though many places speak English, it’s nice to be able to say at least a few phrases in the native tongue. I’ve found the Duolingo app is great for practicing basic grammar in different languages, and the Lonely Planet and Rough Guides series are great for traveler’s tips!

Of course, sometimes you have to go on vacations that are planned for you – family trips, a friend’s wedding, etc. If that is the case, problem solved! You already know what you’ll be seeing and doing! Skip ahead to number 2…

 

2. Where to Stay

This step relates heavily to number one in that, if your goal is to sightsee, it might make more sense to stay in an area that is closer to the museums and parks and restaurants you intend to visit. If you already know you’ll spend much of your time in the historical section of a city (as my family and I did in Montréal recently), then it would make more sense to stay there and be able to walk out your door every morning already in the area you want to explore!

If, on the other hand, you want to relax and occasionally go out for a walk or two, maybe stay in a less bustling neighborhood, or rent a house or apartment from someone in a more residential area. Most cities have pretty good public transit (and there are always cabs) so you aren’t locked into an area once you check in to the hotel or hostel or apartment. It’s all a matter of perspective, and planning.

Of course, sometimes financial constraints can come into play, but you can find great deals nowadays on the internet for lots of places that you wouldn’t ordinarily think were very affordable. Give it a try! (Also, sign up for Airfare Watchdog alerts if you want to travel somewhere but don’t have a set time in mind… they’re great!)

 

3. How to Pack

Once you know where you’re going, and what your activities will likely be, you can begin packing. It sounds obsessive, but making a list of every thing you’re going to bring can be truly helpful. Once it’s all written down and checked off, you can stuff the list in a suitcase pocket and double-check it before leaving your vacay destination – no forgetting shirts in drawers or cell phone chargers in the socket for you! I also tend to cross things off the list that I end up not bringing, so I don’t have a panic attack over a black shirt that never even made it into my luggage.

The key to packing is “editing.” Edit edit edit. Unless you are an expert packer (in which case, congrats!) most of us don’t wear some of the things that we bring on our travels, and those items are only taking up extra space that could be filled with souvenirs, or could turn your checked bag into a lighter (cheaper!) carry on bag.

Take a good look at what you’ll be doing. Will you be walking around? Pack one pair of comfortable walking shoes, maybe sandals or flats. Will you be going to dinners? That same pair of comfortable flats can sometimes double with a dress for a nicer look. If not, pack only one pair of heels that can match most of the things you’re bringing. Will you need pants? Pack one pair of jeans and some different tops to alternate – the key here is to mix and match. You can create so many different outfits from the simplest pieces, instead of bringing your entire closet. I love this post from A Cup of Jo on this very subject.

Once you think you’ve figured out your suitcase situation, go back through and be real with yourself. You probably won’t wear that lime green blazer while you’re in New York in November – put it back. It’ll be there when you come home.

 

4. Get your ducks in a row

Finally, you have to handle your business. You can’t just peace out of your office with a smile and a wave – besides just letting your boss know that you’re going to be out, let anyone else with whom you work closely know of your plans. Tell the team whose project you’re managing who else they can reach out to with questions. Set up a vacation response on your office email.

Be professional, and remember to organize things so that your workplace will still be running smoothly in your absence. They won’t replace you while you’re gone, and they’ll be happy to receive you back when you return.

Obviously the tricky part of going away on a vacation is the nitty gritty details: finding those cheap airfares; booking a hotel on discount that satisfies your brother, your mother, and your cousin’s needs; figuring out whether you can squeeze that last maxi dress into your already stuffed valise. But if you keep these maxims in mind, you can get through it just fine.

And finally…don’t forget to send me a postcard!

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Have any helpful travel tips? Leave them in the comments!

NOLA & The Flamingos | HOT SPOT

posted on: August 28, 2014

Dear Bloggees, I have been so blessed to stay in touch with lots of different friends from different periods of my life.

That sounds braggy, but what I really mean is this: I feel so lucky that these friends are such good people that, for example, even after being out of regular contact for a long time, four of our five middle school “best friends FOREVERRRRR” group were able to get together and catch up. We went to different high schools and different colleges and, besides a couple of accidental run-ins with Evanne in San Francisco, I hadn’t seen any of them in literally years. It was long overdue and it was so much fun.

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Evanne, Michelle, Megan, and I decided the best place to do this reunion would be a long-standing Palo Alto haunt, NOLA.

NOLA is the place I remember going in high school for birthday dinners; the place where, in college, my high school friends and I would re-congregate on holiday breaks (especially after turning 21); a place I frequented in law school. If this place goes out of business, I don’t know what I’d do – where would I get my fill of Creole cuisine and oversized drinks?

No, I take that back. They’re just the right size.

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For any inquiring minds, I got the Ginger Julep. It was delicious, and obviously very photogenic.

What’s that? That’s not a qualification for a drink? Then you’re not a blogger, my friend! Or, you have more discerning taste than I do. Let’s move along…

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We got the crab guacamole (“crabamole”), which was exactly as good as you’d think it was. I am a sucker for fresh crab and anything with avocado on it, so put the two together and your mouth is in California heaven!

We also got the chicken andouille sausage gumbo with cornbread. I don’t usually care for gumbo, so the fact that I lapped this up is astounding.

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I’ll be honest, the fried green tomatoes were not the best…but we ate them anyway. Even the things that are less than stellar at Nola are still pretty darn good and worth your while. Or your mouth’s while.

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These “black and blue” ahi fish tacos more than made up for any fried green let downs! They were delectably spicy and perfectly sized. We cut them each in half because there were four of us (math) and they were still big enough to satisfy our cravings when combined with all the other apps we got.

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Of course, we couldn’t leave without some grits. These BBQ shrimp and grits (with garlic bread to, as the menu says, “mop up”) were fantastic. Subtle, but flavorful, and definitely enough to share and still get your fill.

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And, finally, who doesn’t want macaroni and cheese?

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We finished our evening by making the waiter and then the hostess take a multitude of pictures of us…and then comparing it to a very unflattering (of me, at least) photo of us from 8th grade graduation. Maybe someday I’ll share that with you guys, but, today is not that day. Let’s just say, I’ve come a long way in the art of makeup…

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(Michelle, Evanne, me, and Megan)

For now you’ll have to wait in suspense as to why we called ourselves the Flamingos…!

…Alright, I’ll tell you. I have no earthly idea. All I remember is that I was the red flamingo (duh, hair) and the rest of us were similarly attributed with pink, yellow, blue, and green titles. We were The Flamingos and we were BFFs and we had a grand old middle school time. I’m not being sarcastic! There are some things about your younger years that just make you so happy to remember, that amidst all of the craziness of growing up and finding yourself, you had great friends and inside jokes and you could create this connection with other people that lasted into adulthood.

It was like our very own Now & Then! Aw.

Guys, help me out – why were we flamingos? Did we just like the animal? I need to know! You can tell me at our next club meeting.

Acacia, Valencia Street

posted on: August 27, 2014

When I met Lily Chau — owner of new home furnishings shop Acacia, lawyer-turned-entrepreneur-and-dream-follower — I knew this was a sign from the Universe. A sign that someday, I could pursue my passions. That I could take risks. That I could trod off the beaten path of lawyerly duty somewhere down the line, and indulge my creative desires.

Or, that I just needed to know about a really great home furnishings shop, and try not to spend all of my money there. That could have also been what The Universe was trying to tell me. It’s hard to interpret silent air sometimes, you know?

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Either way, I am completely infatuated with this perfectly curated shop.

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Lily has paired up with the folks at Heliotrope to provide not only great things for your apartment, but also your bod. Their line of skincare using organic, locally-supplied (ya heard!) ingredients provides the perfect sophisticated accent to a shop full of colorful, well-crafted pieces. The two brands work really well together in the space and it’s really refreshing to see artisans coming together like this!

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I popped in just before departing for my Montréal adventure (which you will all hear about next week), so it took a bit of reminding from my friend Rachel (a lawyer and fellow small business-er) to save my money and not buy one of these adorable bear-turned-travel-pillows. That’s not to say I won’t go back on that someday… I have several trips coming up, and sometimes mama needs a bear neck pillow.

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Most of what I loved best about this shop is the arrangement of these beautifully chosen products – you can tell everything has a place, but it’s not so stark as to make you feel uncomfortable looking around and touching things. On the other hand, it’s not so cluttered as to make you feel like an archaeologist wading through generations of goods.

I think Acacia has just the right balance – enough to offer variety without overwhelming the customer. This is harder to achieve than you’d think!

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You know I was impressed when they had my favorite water bottles! I’m so happy to be seeing these bottles take off in so many stores – I bought one the other day for my mom at our local Marin café!

(Ok, I asked Big T to buy it for mom. I didn’t have my wallet.)

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These Pantone coffee makers and mugs were another thing that immediately caught my eye. Such a great mix of modern style and warm, homey goods here! See e.g.: all of those blankets above.

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Sadly, time (and money – or lack thereof) dictated that Rachel and I bid adieu to Lily and Acacia… but I’ll be back. Don’t you worry, I’ll be back! Someday when I can take one of those bears home with me. And maybe a necklace. And a bright wool blanket. And some stationery…

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All jokes aside, this is the perfect place to come to spruce up an apartment, or try Heliotrope‘s great skincare line, or pick up a small goodie or two for a friend’s birthday. I am a big fan of Acacia and I hope it stays in the neighborhood for a good, long time!

Details:

Acacia (and Heliotrope)
415 Valencia Street (near 15th)
San Francisco, CA
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Carrots with Ginger and Black Sesame | THE COOKBOOK CHALLENGE

posted on: August 26, 2014

This recipe is so easy that I almost shouldn’t be able to count it for the challenge, but I posted about salad dressing for god’s sake, so I think this makes the cut.

The flavors in this dish are… tangy. Crisp. Noticeable? Yes. But also delicious! This is a fun, super simple side dish that can accompany the turkey meatballs I’ve already posted, or a good salmon fillet, or even just a sandwich. This can be the thing you bring to a potluck or a dinner party; the thing you whip up when you really want to eat a serving (or seven) of fettuccini alfredo but you feel like you should be a little healthier. This is that thing!

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Just don’t do that thing where you eat this and only this and then you turn yellow like you have jaundice. That’s just weird.

Ingredients
– 4 large carrots
– 2 teaspoons minced ginger
– sea salt
– hot toasted sesame oil
– soy sauce
– 1 tablespoon toasted black sesame seeds

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Clogs are coming back… aren’t they? | Wearables

posted on: August 25, 2014

I’m trying to do this thing called “shopping my own closet.” Have you heard of it? It’s where, instead of buying clothes every weekend for new outfits, you just…wear things that you already own. Revolutionary, I know. I don’t know how I keep up with these newest trends, but I just manage somehow!

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(This is me, laughing at my own little joke.)

These clogs were purchased when I worked in retail between taking the Bar and finding out whether I’d passed (and, therefore, which big girl jobs I could feasibly apply for.) At the time, I thought I would wear them all the time… and then they lived in my closet for a few years. They were just resting up for the big clog comeback!

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I’m happy to say, I think they’ll see a lot more action from now on, especially to casual brunches and days in the park. They give a little bit of lift while still looking nice, and the cushion means I can wear them standing all day! You know how chefs and nurses wear clogs because of all the standing? That’s me! Except, at a standing desk. And only until I get tired and sit in the chair that goes with my desk. Hm.

Maybe it’s not the same at all, but either way, all of the country’s necessary employees are wearing clogs. This is the lesson to take away today.

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Zara yellow and white scarf (similar, similar)
Gap 1969 denim
Ariat clogs (similar)
J.Crew Panama hat
J.Crew linen tee (similar)
Foley + Corinna bag (on sale)
ASOS sunglasses (similar)

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

posted on: August 24, 2014

As you may know, I’m all about trends. This subject, however, is a trend I hope we will someday not have a need for: the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

If you’ve been out of the country for the past month, the Ice Bucket Challenge involves receiving a challenge from someone, and either pouring ice water on your head + donating $10 to ALS research, or skipping the cold bath and donating $100. So far, this challenge has raised $53 million dollars since July 29 (in comparison to raising $19 million in all of 2012…) and there are some hilarious celeb videos.

According to the ALS Association, “Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as ‘Lou Gehrig’s Disease,’ is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost.”

…that means, patients of ALS may eventually lose total motor function in their bodies, becoming completely paralyzed. While statistically the disease only affects 2 out of 100,000 people, there is no cure, and anyone can develop ALS.  I fully support giving more money to research the causes and treatments of ALS, and I hope you’ll consider donating to this cause as well.

I decided to participate in the challenge AND donate funds to ALS research because I think passing along the videos, as obnoxious as it may seem to some (which is a fine stand to take!), does draw increased attention to the cause.

And if you disagree, that is completely your prerogative. You can just enjoy this video of me pouring water on myself. Happy Sunday!

(Thank you to Leslie for the video assist!)

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PS – I found this post by Alex in Wanderland really inspirational, and I hope to make my charitable giving a more regular occurrence!

PPS – I donated to charity:water as well.

 

High Five for Friday | 08/22

posted on: August 22, 2014

Ready for a little weekly round up? Have you been reading Lauren Elizabeth‘s blog? (She hosts the HFFF link ups!) I love her down to earth (but chic) style, and her pictures of cats. Just because I’m allergic doesn’t mean I can’t partake!

Lots of double negatives there. You know what I mean.

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3. I’m so obsessed with these BKR water bottles that when Big T and I were picking up pastries for the family breakfast, I made him buy one for mom. I told him I would pay him back but that hasn’t happened yet, so I’ll just give him the purchasing credit for now.

 

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This weekend, I’m:

- attending Lily’s going away picnic
– doing the ALS ice bucket challenge (I just got called out by my friends at Dearest Darling!)
– helping a friend take portrait pics for her firm’s website
– and, saying goodbye to Lil the Pill as she moves out! She’s going to LA, so we’ll miss her, but at least LA isn’t Antarctica.