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The Perfect Getaway.

December 17th, 2013

Following up on yesterday’s post, I have been perusing the internet for escapes. Some a re a reality, some not. This falls more in the not category, but HOLY HELL this is exactly what the perfect “get away from it all and unplug” place looks like in my dreams.  Meet The Hope House Mousehole (yes, the area is called Mousehole! MOUSEHOLE! Can it GET ANY QUAINTER???)  There is a house and a separate loft for rent in this sleepy seaside village in Cornwall, England.  Can I pack a ton of books, cable knit sweaters and tea and go NOW?

I. FRIGGIN’. DIE.

The House: The stuff my monochromatic dreams are made of.

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The Loft: Where modern and rustic meet.

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Burnout.

December 16th, 2013

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I woke up this morning in Chicago and remembered that I am an hour behind my normal schedule here, and kind of freaked out.  I was busy yesterday and last night and didn’t have time to prep a post for today.  And I woke up completely exhausted to boot.  Between finishing my book, other random shoots and projects, keeping up with client work, writing this blog, taking care of the dogs, Christmas preparation craziness and attempting to maintain friendships and a marriage I have to admit, I am burned out.  In Blogland I feel like everyone seems to do everything perfectly in perfect outfits with hair and makeup done to Pinterest perfection, but my truth right now is this: I feel and look like hell because I’m so freaking tired.

Really, really tired.

I love being busy and I thrive under the high pressure environment I create for myself, but I’ve gotten to the point where I have lost the understanding and ability to truly relax and shut off. And that isn’t good.  I cannot remember for the life of me a day in the past 7 years where I just laid on the couch and read a book.  Even when I try to sit down and watch a movie with my husband, I find myself get anxious if I don’t check my email and typically end up turning on my computer to start working again.  I feel like “down time” is “wasted time” and I know that’s not healthy.   The constant feelings of guilt are something I live with daily. I ask myself to do more, more, more and when I don’t get an absurd amount of things done I berate myself for not “living up to my potential”. I really need to tell that little perfectionist voice in my head to give it a f*cking REST.

On top of the work pressure I put on myself, I pile on the stress and guilt of not being able to get pregnant as of yet. And I know that these things are probably linked- stress is no good for babymaking. All aspects of it!  And I approach it like I do my work with tons of research and action plans and to do lists.  I’m doing all the right things technically, good doctors, acupuncture, eating right but the key for me, I think, is going to me learning to give myself a break. About everything- about work, pregnancy, wanting to be the perfect, wife, daughter, sister,  friend, blogger, writer, dog mom, etc. etc…. I can’t help but see this one thing I cannot manage to do as a failure, and I DO NOT deal well with failure. No, sir.

So this comes a bit early, but I am determined to take a massive chill pill this year as my resolution.  To give myself more breaks and attempt to alleviate the guilt and pressure just a little. To make time to go to yoga or take an afternoon to just drive somewhere new or just take a walk without my damn phone. Or maybe even sit on the couch and DO NOTHING, which is such a foreign concept to me. This will not make me lazy, but rather a more productive creative force.  The brain needs a rest in order to be at it’s best, and so does the body. Instead of operating in constant panic mode, I want to do things slower, more deliberately and with more depth.  This doesn’t mean I’ll do less, in fact I already have tons of ideas for more projects, books and such for this year, but I want to enjoy the process more. I need to remember that not everything has to be done RIGHT! THIS! MINUTE! I need to say no more but also yes more, and be able to discern what’s truly important from what’s something I’m just doing so I can say I’m doing MORE.

I need to breathe.  I need to reboot.

How about you?

Fashion Friday: Baby It’s Cold Outside

December 13th, 2013

No seriously. It’s freezing. I’m all kinds of miserable in frigid temperatures, except for all the great sweaters, boots and jackets I get to wear!!! I just bought two new pairs of winter boots this week (new UGGS are essential in New England), inspired by our incoming snowstorm this weekend.  Here’s a cute outfit that will keep you warm and looking great even when the mercury dips.

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This or That III

December 12th, 2013

Another installment of my favorite- This or That- pairing interiors and fashion. Which would you choose?

A buffalo plaid blanket or buffalo plaid coat (I just bought it- SO CUTE- and over 30% off now as is ALL of J.Crew with code GIFTNOW)

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Purple, red and a hint of gold in a room or on your neck with this necklace?

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A sexy black bedroom or a sexy black romper to sleep in?

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A mongolian lamb pillow or jacket (how friggin’ perfect is this shot of Olivia Palermo??)

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Structured black and tan leather chairs in a dining room or this ADORABLE Zac Posen bag? (I’ll take the bag, please!)

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Cheetah spotted wallpaper in a wild powder room or on your feet via these Louboutins?

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A bold pop of yellow in a wingchair or a wool coat?

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Stripes for days in a hallway or on the perfect long sleeve tee?

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Blue and white embroidery framed as art (via cool new company St. Frank) or a summer embroidered top (can we all go on vacay now?)

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Classic black and leopard outfit or classic black and leopard chair (half price today too! Actually all of Horchow is 25-30% off)

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Agate coasters or agate earrings?

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 Grey and gold in a kitchen or on a handbag? (Those cabinets are the exact color I wanted my lower cabinets- makes me want to cry).

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Girly Glam Gifts with Kate Spade New York

December 11th, 2013

Got some ladies on your list? Guaranteed. There are a few brands that are a go-to for me when looking for girly gifts and Kate Spade New York is one of those! Here are some holiday gift ideas from them along with a look back at some of my favorite ad images from the brand:

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While we’re on the topic of Kate Spade, I waned to gather a collection of some of my most favorite ads from their past.  They have such a strong artistic edge, I simply LOVE them. Some of my favorite ads of all time.

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(can I be friends with this couple? no, can I BE this couple?)

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*This post is sponsored by Kate Spade New York. Opinions and selections my own.