Teepees and hayrides.
Gosh you guys...the weekends are so great but the weeks...they really start out rough. It seems like I've been spinning in circles to get organized and when I finally do...it's Thursday and I just collapse.
By a show of hands, anyone else feel this way? Please say yes...
I used to cringe when people told me growing up, "Just you wait, time flies. Enjoy right now. The years go by quicker and quicker."
Sure, it's true but that doesn't mean I have to like it! Let's be honest, it's November. (I round up once we hit mid-month. I think it's the sales woman in me; we live and die by quotas and end of month goals)
This week I am pledging to take time back. I know my kids get so much of my attention but I need to dedicate more time to my husband and I doing "couple" things and me doing "me" things. I think time moves fast when we don't take a second to pause and breathe. I know I acknowledge the beauty in the ordinary because social media has opened my eyes to the impact of a strong visual. But, more and more I'm seeing the dizzying effects of being on the go and I want to create new time boundaries.
A time to blog. A time for social media. A time to work out. A time to talk. A time to sit down and eat (not stand up). A time to sleep...more. A time to be pampered. A time to laugh more. Do you feel me?
I'm babbling guys but stick with me this week. Tomorrow is a fun post with DSW with more Fall goodness on the way.
Last week, my youngest approached me while getting ready for school and lifted up her shirt in the mirror and said, “Mom, I look bloated.” At that moment, I thought to myself, “My god…you have got to stop talking about your body, Johanna.” There I said it. I do all this work on the sidelines but the person who least appreciates it is…ME!
This Labor Day Weekend I slept. Normally this would not be a cause for celebration but I don’t think you understand…sleep is a wishlist item for me or at least it has been lately. This weekend I REALLY slept and you don’t really realize how bad you need sleep until you do it and wake up feeling 100% different. Funny how that works.
Two things about New York:
It’s incredibly hot in July.
It’s impossible to get lost if you know about the grid system.
Life is intricate and one dress does not fit all occasions. That was a major life lesson for me over the years. Some are flirty and some are for business. This is my “get down to business dress.” I found it at Vici, no longer available, but I’ve linked some fun alternatives if you like the cut and style. Regardless, if you like their price points, they have a myriad of lace options that are perfect for summer. Most of their clothes fit TTS for me which seems to be the consensus with most bloggers.
Summer speeds up and slows down all at the same time for me. Yes, there are endless activities, parties and sleepovers but I wouldn’t have it any other way. The “slow” usually hits right around July; specifically on the weekends. Lazy backyard BBQs, bike riding and a heavy dose of strolling. And when I say strolling…I really mean strolling. One of our favorite Saturday activities is to plan an event and a city lunch. This is where the strolling comes in. Walking the neighborhoods at our own pace is probably my single, most favorite pastime.
If I am going to add a print anywhere in the wardrobe mix, it’s undoubtedly going to be cheetah. A little bit sassy and a whole lotta fun. This is my ideal summer night outfit, too. A simple, well made tank with a flouncy skirt. Add a denim jacket for layered warmth and you’re good to go.
After our March trip across the pond, I became passionate about some of the new labels I stumbled upon. Conditions Apply was one of them; also carried at Anthropologie. Known for their whimsical prints and strong use of color, it was just the brand my closet needed to take a break from my uniform B&W routine. And while you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, I can vow that the two pieces I now own will become permanent fixtures in my closet.
Fashion should be fun. I’ve been so uninspired lately. I have to tell you. Casual items - my wish list is long. Dressier options - not so much.
Birthdays are always a time for reflection aren’t they? This year, no milestone, just another trip around the sun. It’s been anything but boring though. I can assure you of that. Eminent growth, many rewarding wins and only a few tough moments. Nothing to complain about, right? Exactly!