Swooning

I.  Love.  This.  Jacket.  It’s new at J. Crew for fall.  And it’s already sold out!  My heart!

I’ve always had a soft spot for leopard, so I’ve been very excited to see it gaining traction again this fall.  This velvet blazer has everything I want, from a lovely rose hue to a not–too-big, not-too-small print to a soft, easy drape.  I’ve got my fingers and toes crossed that it gets restocked…

ETA: I called J. Crew, and a very kind associate said they did, in fact, have my size available!  I’m so excited!  If you love this jacket as much as I do, try calling to order.  Maybe you’ll get lucky as well.

Fall home inspiration

Anthropologie has debuted their fall home line in stores, and it is full of inspiring hues and textiles.  They’ve got me very excited about velvet and jewel tones!  Here are a few of my favorite vignettes from the Anthropologie & Co. fall home launch event, if you’d like to see.  I especially like the way they’ve incorporated lux fall fabrics with more all-season items — it’s an approachable way to decorate your home, and most of us do not start from scratch every season!  There were so many pieces I’d love to have in my own home, perhaps especially that gorgeous blue velvet sofa, and those oversized prints and wall hangings.  Enjoy!

 

Then and now

Very recently I had the pleasure of visiting with a friend I hadn’t seen since high school.  We had a lovely afternoon catching up and laughing at the antics of her small son.  Life took us on our own paths, and then somehow dumped us out into a fortuitous afternoon — one where we could just walk and smile and enjoy a moment in time together.  It got me thinking, about thens and nows, and about the people we become.

Certainly I am not the same person I was 18 years ago.  It was more than half a lifetime ago, and since then I have experienced joys and sorrows, victories and defeats, pain and love.  But in some ways, I think I am still that girl, too.  Idealistic, quick-witted, a bit self-conscious?  That girl is still there.  She is deeper now, though, and more multi-faceted.  Hopefully a little wiser.  Maybe a bit more of a realist, but no less a romantic.

The way we grow, the paths that we carve towards change — these make for quite the journey.  I get caught up in the day-to-day so often that I forget sometimes how far I’ve come, and how far I still can go.  Thank you, C, for unwittingly prompting this meditation on self.  It was lovely to see you.  And to see me, in a slightly different light.

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goop x CB2

As fate would have it, I was able to attend the goop x CB2 launch event this past weekend, only days after professing my love for the gorgeous Cerchio chairs.  CB2 did a delightful job of hosting, with pressed juices, meditation, DIY sage bundling, and a chat with the lovely Caroline of Love & Loathing Los Angeles.  Here are a few snaps from the event, if you’d like to see:

While I had no need for new dining chairs, I may or may not have bought a new coffee table — and I am so excited!  I think it will be just the bit of curvy modernism my living room needs/wants/has to have.  In the meantime, thank you goop and CB2 for a lovely event!

Almost autumn

While it is still warm here, by mid-September my thoughts always turn towards autumn.  Fond back-to-school shopping memories bubble up, with sweaters and corduroy and new jeans just begging for cooler weather to make their debut.  Even though I’m not in school anymore, shopping this time of year has such a nice nostalgia element to it!  I picked out a few new staples recently in honor of fall, and plan to incorporate them bit by bit as the weather allows.  Honestly, though, can’t wait to wear them all together — latte in hand on a crisp fall afternoon.

I’m always a fan of leopard, so I’m excited to see it getting more traction again.  These loafers are perfection.  And the softest cardigan in a mossy green, an excellent pair of skinny jeans, and a cute backpack to schlep my things in day-to-day?  Not a bad way to kick off fall, if I do say so myself.

Loafers  Cardigan  Skinny jeans  Mini backpack

 

(By the way, major kudos to Madewell.  Not only have they been offering a wider range of sizes, but they are also currently offering samples in store to try on for sizes that are normally only offered online.  Definitely a step in the right direction.)

 

Mio amato

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I fell in love today.  Meet my new crush, the Cerchio chair from the new goop x CB2 collaboration.  It’s got the perfect vintage Italian vibe — without the hassle of toting an actual vintage set back home from Italy somehow.  I think these are gorgeous just as shown, or would be amazing in a matchy-clashy set mixed with some Thonet chairs and Eames shell chairs.  Maybe it is just because it is Monday, but today, I am infatuated.  Be still, my heart.  I have literally zero need for new dining furniture, but girl can dream.

 

Cerchio chair  Vienna chair  Eames-style shell chair

Dog Songs

While I was blissfully meandering in a bookstore in Seattle, I stumbled upon Mary Oliver’s Dog Songs.  I find her work to be meditative, insightful, and beautiful, and this slender volume about dogs did not disappoint.

Some of the poems seem to be simple, lyrical observations, but gradually you find yourself drawn into contemplations about life, love, and the simple joys and sorrows of being.  I read the whole book in a single quiet afternoon, my dogs sleeping at my feet — and in hindsight, I cannot think of a more restorative way to spend a Saturday.  Oliver’s keen eye and unabashed incorporation of nature into the fiber of her life make Dog Songs a unique entry in the canine companion poetry milieu.  A quietly moving read.

Hey, Seattle (part II)

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Welcome to Part II of my little Seattle guide, with things to do and places to stay.  If you missed Part I you can read it here for all kinds of great places to eat!

Visit:

Pike Place Market

No visit to Seattle would be complete without a stroll through the public market.  Amazingly fresh seafood, bites of all kinds (see! told you more food!), beautiful flower stalls, and the original Starbucks location await you here.  Grab a salmon pâté piroshky from Piroshky Piroshky, walk down to pick up some smoked salmon from Pure Food Fish Market, and then wander as you munch.  You can duck upstairs to Storyville Coffee to escape the bustle for a few minutes if you like.  Oh, and I highly recommend a stop at Le Panier before you leave — this boulangerie and patisserie offers the best pain au chocolat I’ve had since Paris.

 

Seattle Art Museum

With an excellent permanent collection and innovative exhibitions, SAM is well worth a visit.  The museum “contains nearly 25,000 works of art from around the world. Dating from antiquity to the present, the permanent collection represents a wide range of global cultures and historical perspectives.”  The current temporary exhibit, Double Exposure, is worth a look even on its own; it is a satisfyingly nuanced look at portrayals of Pacific Northwest native peoples over the last 150 years.

 

The Elliott Bay Book Company

This bookstore in the Capital Hill neighborhood has been serving Seattle for over four decades, and is a delight in every way.  Highlighted local authors and subjects, quirky giftware for the bibliophile, and an on-site cafe make for a lovely afternoon.  Despite the likelihood of an overly-heavy suitcase, I had to bring three books home with me.

 

Melrose Market

Melrose Market is like the teeny tiny well-curated cousin of Pike Place.  Meats, liquor, shellfish, homewares — all can be found in this little urban refuge.  Sitka and Spruce is located here, as it the most excellent homeware store Butter Home.  I wanted one of everything!  Their art prints and jewelry in particular caught my eye, but their are tons of other fun things to be had in this lovely little shop.  Visit if you can, and then grab a cocktail at Still Liquor.

 

Segway Tours of Seattle

Perhaps a little cheesy and touristy, but so much fun!  We spent a morning touring the city center by Segway, and got to see so many great spots.  The Space Needle, Lake Union, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center, and the Museum of Pop Culture were highlights, but the running commentary from our excellent guide was no less interesting.  We actually walked back to the Gates Foundation Discovery Center for a closer look later in the afternoon, which proved to be both fascinating and inspiring.

 

Seattle is the city where Nordstrom was founded, so you can visit their original store location for kicks (and excellent shopping).  And the Chihuly Garden and Glass is definitely on my list for next time.

 

Stay:

Seattle is full of both excellent hotels and great AirBnB choices.  This visit we stayed at the Ballard Jungalow and had a delightful stay.  The host is kind, and her home is just the kind of serene escape I was craving.

If I you prefer a hotel, I have heard nothing but good things about the ever-hip Ace Hotel Seattle.  Reasonable prices, great vibes, and a great central location make this one a great pick.

Thank you for such a lovely week, Seattle!  We had so much fun and can’t wait to return!

 

Rest, wander, live…

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“The most valuable thing we can do for the psyche, occasionally, is to let it rest, wander, live in the changing light of room, not try to be or do anything whatever.”

May Sarton

My cold still hasn’t quite let up, so I’m especially grateful for a long weekend on this fine Friday.  Wishing you all a restful Labor Day weekend!