I am a no fuss no muss kind of make-up person and have accepted that about myself. I like a clean look so I go for a slim bundle of cosmetics that make it into my routine. Often what this means is I get convinced of a product by someone at a makeup counter and then never use it resorting to my basic tinted moisturizer and feeling so so about it.
It is sad but true that in exercise, as in most things in life, there is no silver bullet. In order to look and feel the way you want you need to take a holistic approach and it is somewhat of a journey of self discovery to figure out what works best for you. One philosophy that seems to be universal is that optimal health (physical and mental) is all about a balance between flexibility and strength. When you build muscle, you need to stretch it out.
We have all heard the saying, what's old is new again and have seen the cycles fly through fashion with seemingly increasing velocity and wackiness (cropped flares? really? I might as well be back in 6th grade at Limited Too trying to buy my first pair of bell bottoms after my growth spurt- although I must admit- some can pull it off.) In interiors, however, the cycles are slower and we are sometimes left asking ourselves if a trend will ever come back. Antiques in the home is one such category that we haven't seen in a while but I think is on it's way back in a big way.
I don't know about you guys but for me, dressings are the most illusive element to building an amazing salad. I tend to shy away from bottled dressings from the grocery store because I have yet to find a truly great one. Typically I do the lemon juice + dijon mustard + olive oil + S&P thing, occasionally I add a little bit of chopped shallot or roasted garlic but for the most part I keep it simple and semi satisfying.
A few weeks ago I came across a new favorite Instagram that reads like the modern day funnies for the woman. The cartoonist is Julie Loren a talented and hilarious designer at jcrew. Her posts always make me laugh out loud with their wit and cutting honesty- hope you enjoy and happy friday! Follow her here for your daily dose!
Sometimes Zara just gets it right. You really can't beat the price point for something you are not sure you are going to love far into the future making it perfect for the fashion focused purchase. As with most retailers, sometimes their seasonal collections hit the mark and I think Zara is hitting their stride at the moment. Here are some of my latest finds...
I have developed an addiction to vegan chocolate truffles from the juice place down the street from me. They are silky smooth and have the perfect chocolate to salt ratio. I have been meaning to try and recreate my own chocolate truffle concoction at home if for no other reason than to save a few bucks and have some fun in the kitchen.
All of this writing about The Design of Sleep (here and here) has got me thinking about my favorite routines for the ever illusive good night sleep. A perfect night sleep for me includes clean sheets, a relaxed state of mind, a tired body, and that extra special something that sets the intention around a deep and lovely sleep.
I finished this book last night on the train and it was such a pleasant read! It was recommended by my mother in law (who always recommends excellent books!) so I was eager crack the spine and I am so glad that I did.