How about a good ramble session today? :) I know I’ve needed one lately, so this should be fun. Let’s jump in!
Current playlist: Morning Coffee Summer. Chill, lo-fi tunes for a slow summer morning. This one is still a work in progress, so expect more additions and edits over the weeks.
Currently watching: The current season of Project Runway. To say I love the new take on this show would be an understatement. There’s a new lineup of judges (including Elaine Welteroth who just released her new book!) and a lot of these new designers have a passion for sustainability and inclusivity — I am here for it! I’m a few episodes behind, but so far, the show has this wonderful feeling of camaraderie, too. Contestants are quick to help their fellow designers, and there’s less catty drama — I mean, of course there’s some catty drama, but just less so far.
Currently reading: The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World by Melinda Gates. Truly a perspective-shifting and enlightening read. I’m also flipping through My Residence magazine any time I need a bit of visual inspiration.
Currently listening to: The Spousal Support Podcast by my friends Jaana and Paul. They talk life, marriage and parenting with a fantastic sense of humor. You probably remember Jaana because she used to be a regular guest blogger here! We live states apart and only get to see each other every other year or so, but Jaana is dear to me, so getting to listen to their podcast each week feels like such a treat — like a mini hang out sesh.
Current fav snack: Smart Sweets Gummy Bears. I don’t know how, but these taste just like Haribo and a whole bag only has 3 grams of sugar (and no artificial sweeteners!). They are my weakness right now.
Current fav self care routine: Grey hairs are popping up on my head more and more these days, and every time I see one, I say, out loud, “You are very welcome here.” I know, it sounds like the cheesiest thing. But I’ve been doing it for the past 6 or so months, and I feel like it’s had a profound impact on how I view myself and my age. There’s something therapeutic about being fully present to my greying hair, instead of trying to hide it from myself or pretend it isn’t happening.
I’m not saying I’ll never dye my hair or cover my greys — I don’t like putting that kind of expectation on myself because I know that change is the only constant in life. All I can speak for is this moment. But right now, at this moment, “You are very welcome here.”
Currently mulling over: “Assuming positive intent is necessary for any relationship you want to nurture.” I know I’ve heard this general idea before, but I was glad for the timely reminder. It hit me on a day where I was frustrated with a relationship, and absolutely not assuming positive intent. Hello gut check. :) Anyway, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about the idea ever since. (Though, unfortunately, I cannot remember where I found this quote. I’ll keep retracing my internet steps and update if I find the source).
Favorite recent clothing purchase: I’ve got two!
EMU Australia slippers | I’m big on house shoes — I wear them at all times and even take them with me when I travel. These are beautiful and fun to wear around the house, but what I’m really loving is how well they are holding up with heavy use. The rubber sole is great for when I need to pop outside, and they are actually staying nice and clean.
Na Nin Oliver Shorts. THESE SHORTS. To me, they are perfect in every way. The soft, unstructured raw silk creates the most beautiful drape (and doesn’t puff out around the midsection when sitting). The rise is high, the inseam is a little longer, and I LOVE the whole flat waistband in the front, elastic waistband in the back thing. Comfort all the way! I have them in sand (pictured below) and black, and plan to get the Oliver pants a little closer to fall. Yep, I love them that much.
Since, these shorts are a bit of an investment, here are a few similar options under $50:
Current style vision: My style is leaning more towards the chic side these days, which is kind of surprising to me. I expected to go more boho, since that’s usually where I lean in the warmer months. But that could be because it’s our first summer living in Dallas, and I’ve always noticed my style changes a bit depending on where we’re living at the time.
Comfort is everything to me right now when it comes to my style — I’m only looking for soft elastic waist bottoms, and honestly, I’m feeling done with jeans at the moment (though I’m sure that won’t last too long). Either way, it feels nice to give my denim a break and try something new.
Current blog content vision: I’m eager to explore versatility this summer. You know, more posts that feature one item styled multiple ways, or posts that show how to mix and match a limited number of items. What do you think?
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And there you have it!
Now I’d love to hear from you! What’s your current style vision these days? Care to share anything you’ve been reading + listening to + watching lately? And please tell me I’m not the only one obsessed with those gummy bears. :)