Several hundred dollars worth of sandals I’mma have to have.

As of the time I’m writing this, it’s only sixteen days, twenty-two hours, and five minutes until the first day of spring. That is literally all there is left of winter. And if you read this post you know how ready I am for this. I’m so ready. Like leaving for Disney World tomorrow ready. Like the chocolate chip cookies in the oven are almost ready ready. Like I’ve been starving myself all day and Thanksgiving dinner will be served in five minutes ready. I think you get my point.

So, like most everyone else, I’ve been pouring through the online shops looking at new spring outfits and shoes, because at this point hope is all we have to cling to. And so: Revolve. Um, they’re over there being all amazing with the New Arrivals and such.

I just feel the first thing to get going on is a new pair of sandals. No particular reason, per se, but it’s probably because subconciously sandals feel the most hot-weather-y. Like, if you can go outside and have your feet exposed, a pool party is about to go down. Here’s a few fab pairs in my go-to black, and one in a not-at-all-hippyish brown, that I’m really digging right now, and would have teleported into my closet immediately if psychic Santa Claus existed (I’m still hoping he does).

All images are via Revolve.

What a girl wants, what a girl needs.

I’m a woman raising girls who remembers what is was like to be a girl. In a word: awesome. Awesome because I liked girl-stuff, girl-talk, and girl-power (don’t hate on my clichés, ’cause they are girl-tastic). Here’s a partial list of reasons being a girl was Da Bomb back in the day:

  • Writing in chunky cursive and dotting my i’s with hearts and circles
  • Being able to sit quietly in class without hitting anybody or farting
  • Hula-hoops
  • White roller skates with pink wheels
  • Having your mom take you to the mall with a group of your friends to get your ears pierced
  • Saddle shoes
  • Sleepovers
  • Easy-bake Oven
  • Jordache Jeans

Obviously, “the day” was some time during the Reagan administration. Here are my girls and I don’t mind telling you that I find them rather charming. By the way, they made these photo collages themselves using Instaframe, a kid-friendly photo editor that they both love to use.

They like being girls too, and here’s some things they think are awesome here in “modern times” (as they referred to it after I shared my list). Maybe you know some girls who’ll think these things are awesome too.

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Phylo Trading Cards

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Bailey’s Flower Press

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“Because it’s good to remember this about me when something’s scary, Mommy”, Strong, Beautiful, Brave Art Print

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A pal (or several) from Coral and Tusk

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Wood-handled slingshot with pom poms

The photos of my daughters were taken by me with my Iphone.

Coming down and staying down.

In a former life, I wore heels. It’s true. Before I decided to stay home with my two little girls and take on this (most fabulous) homeschool mom (ever) role, I worked as an interior designer in the Chicago Loop. You see, as I just said, I wore heels. Cute ones, sexy ones, sky-high ones. And at 5’9 in my stocking feet, I would add another three, four inches and become this towering, sashaying, monument to style. It was all very chic and glamorous (and how I attracted my husband I might add). I loved being creative and fashionable, but girl, my feet were killing me, like, all the time.

All that to say, I don’t miss wearing heels at. all.

Okay, for weddings and other fancy to-dos, yes, I will cram my toes into those pointy tips. But on a day to day basis, I’ve got my feet planted firmly on the ground. Now designers and retailers are finally catching on that flats need to be sleek, cute, and sexy too. Thank goodness, because I was about ready to flip over that fake Crocs kiosk at the mall.

Here, look at these lovely styles. Come my darlings, be grounded with me.

1. Gap electric blue T-straps. Outfit styled via Triple Thread.

2. SixtySeven’s Pebble Madison flat via Free People.

3. Bailee Shoeboot via Free People.

4. Strappy beige flats via Free People.

5. Remember these sleek, loafer cuties from my post about Joinery?

6. Isabel Marant’s Lilo ballerina flat via Totokaelo.

7. Jeffery Campbell’s In Love Rose Gold flat via Need Supply Co..

8. Rachel Comey’s Whistle Flat via Anaise.

PS. Speaking of heels, have you seen Refinery 29’s post about Zara’s new high heeled mules that’re meant to be ruined? Yeaah, I like Zara and all, but I fear someone over there’s been sniffing the glue again. What do you think?

Winter don’t care.

Sorry I haven’t been around for a few days. Everybody in my house has been sick. Being a Good Mom, of course I took care of everyone, and then I caught it. And that, my friends, is called The Thanks I Get. So as I lay huddled under blankets, all sinus-y and over-medicated, I got good and tired of winter.

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Eventually, I got over my cold. But I was still feeling the effects of the chill. I’d been staring at 2-3 foot piles of snow and ice so long, I was seriously starting think we had a Narnia situation going on here. Right? Remember, how the White Witch cast a spell and so it was always winter and Christmas never came? Except that we did have Christmas, but that was before all the snow storms hit so. . . When I had a 102 degree fever this all seemed very reasonable.

The combination of heated air, flannel sheets, and sickness had my poor skin screaming for relief. The skin on my body was so dry and painfully itchy, while my face was so oily and flaky AT THE SAME TIME. And don’t even get me started on how scary and reptilian my hands were becoming. And my hair? So sad, because…like coils of straw. Doesn’t that sound like black magic to you? So now you understand my Narnia/White Witch conspiracy theory.

Why yes, I am low on Vitamin D, why do you ask?

Anyway, things were getting real, so I took matters into my own hands and beefed up my beauty regimen. I simply had to do something about that dry-itchy-oily-scaly-red-and-flaky situation I had going on. I am happy to report that my nearly defeated skin and hair are coming back to life. So I made this pretty little collage of some of the products that helped me get through this crisis.

Oh, and guess what? Temperatures are expected to hit the mid to high 50’s next week. This is the deep magic. Spring is coming to Narnia.

1. Angels on Bare Skin facial cleanser by Lush.

2. Normaderm Anti-age serum by Vichy.

3. Time to Revitalize Extreme Firming Eye Cream by Ahava.

4. Lights, Camera, Lashes! 4 in 1 mascara by Tarte.

5. Ultrabland cleanser and makeup remover by Lush.

6. Hibiscus tinted lip balm by Burt’s Bees.

7. Limited Edition Rose Jam Shower Gel by Lush.

8. Healing Balm all-purpose moisturizer by Honest Company.

9. Dermud Nourishing Body Cream by Ahava.

10. Moroccan Argan Cream Shampoo and Conditioner by Organix.

11. Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy, Conditioning Hair Perfume by Lush.

12. Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil by Nutiva.

PS. This HuffPost article has something to say about refrigerating your beauty products. As if we need to do that this winter.

Joinery

I recently visited the curated shop, Joinery, for a little fashion inspo. What a trove! Dresses, pull-overs, accessories, and jewelry — all just breathtaking in their simplicity. The details, it’s all in the details. I stayed for several minutes just letting my eyes feast, then I scurried back here to share. You’re so very welcome.

All images via Joinery. PS. visit their Living section for many pretty things for the home.

Far and away

Anthro’s Away We Go: Vietnam campaign has left me with a definite case of wanderlust.

Here I am, burrowed deep beneath layers in the new Arctic formerly known as Chicago, watching these clips of a far-away place filled with color, mystery, and above all warm temperatures. I admit to being a little smitten with the idea of leaving all of this snow behind and going on an adventure. I guess a hot bubble bath will have to suffice in the meantime.

Let’s comfort ourselves with a cup of hot cocoa (we deserve whipped cream on top), and a few links to like.

Have a great, and hopefully sparkly, weekend!

Poetical

Photos and words — a blogger’s tools of the trade.

A good blogger will use photos to tell a story, be it a fashion story, a design story, a cooking story, or the story of a beloved child, or trip.

Here’s a series of photos that I think tell another, less practical, more poetical story. The kind of story that inspires daydreaming, and wonderings, and what-ifs. The kind that offers warmth and a bit of fantasy on a snowy winter day such as today.

From the top:

1. “Love alone…” via Instagram

2. Dawn swimmer via Flickr

3. Balloon girl via Pinterest

4. Swinging via Republic of Nowhere

5. Window and rugs via Boots and Pine

6. Hemingway via Pinterest

7. Leotard and skirt via Pinterest

8. Feathers via Tattoo Ideas Central

9. Pressed flower via Tumblr

10. Woman at window via imgfave

11. “Do what you can” via Plum Pretty Sugar

12. Ballerina “Lost In Motion” (National Ballet of Canada) via Tumblr

13. Family photo via Lang Photographers

Plus a poetical Tumblr presenting images of beautiful, sculptural objects, and a link to its adjacent shop offering much of the same.