In March, I celebrated another trip around the sun and watched with wonder as spring bloomed all around me. I took walks every day I could. Watching spring arrive slowly, watching the trees begin to bud, watching the lawns green — it gave me LIFE. I also got to spend a wonderful week in my hometown, connecting with my family, going to the zoo with my nephews, and sharing a bottle of wine with good friends. I also, of course, spent a whole lot of time blogging! It’s been so good to be back in this space. I’m really happy that I was able to accomplish my goal of blogging every day this month and I’m excited for what’s to come.
Here are a few other things I’ve been loving this month:
Current playlist: Blueberries. I’ve been working on this playlist for a little while and I’m excited to share it! The overall theme is beats, but make it chill. It features current tunes that are groove-heavy, but laid-back and soothing. Perfect for when you want to vibe but not get hyped. Most of the songs are subtly optimistic, a little summer-y, and I’ve found it to be great for all different times of the day — morning tea, afternoon slumps, and late nights. You’ll hear artists like Raveena (I recommended her album, Lucid, in last month’s Life Lately post), Honeywhip, Chiiild, Wet, Denya, and Kacey Hill.
Current fav song: Lost Track by Haim. Just a fantastic new jam by my all-time favorite group (for music and style inspo).
Favorite recent beauty find: Ilia Limitless Mascara. WOWWW. Most mascaras give me raccoon eyes within a couple hours of application — I actually gave up on mascara all together a few years ago. BUT THEN. A friend recommended Ilia. I’m obsessed. Not only is it a clean formula, it looks SO NATURAL and stays put all day, even after a full day of traveling. I love the brush — it has a regular mascara brush on one side and a comb on the other, to give more separation to your lashes.
I haven’t tried any of Ilia’s other makeup, but once I run out of my current concealer I’m very curious to try theirs. Do you have any experience with their foundation or concealer? Let me know!
Current fav self-care routine: I’ve recently adopted the practice of greeting strong emotions that arise from within by saying, “Hello [fear, anger, whatever emotion shows up]. I will take good care of you.” I first heard about this practice from Thich Nhat Hanh. It sounds so simple but it’s a perspective shift that has had a profound effect on my mental health. It allows me to accept and acknowledge the feeling with compassion — while also reminding me that I am so much more than a passing feeling.
Favorite recent clothing purchase:
Ancient Greek Sandals Charys Sandal (on sale) | I’m such a fan of The Row aesthetic, but since they are out of my budget right now, I’ve been finding ways to get the look for less. This pair of platform flip flops by Ancient Greek Sandals is similar to The Row’s Ginza sandal for much less. Ancient Greek Sandals are such high quality and have the best support. They run a little small — I’m usually a 7, but I had to size up to an 8/38. More sizes here (still on sale but about $30 more than the first link).
Abercrombie’s Oversized Poplin Button Down Shirt | I might have two of these, I love them so much! The fabric is quality and the cut and drape are honestly stunning for the price. It’s pretty oversized, so I don’t need to size up — I get a Small. When it warms up, it can be challenging to add that “third piece” to your outfit without getting hot. But this shirt is so very lightweight. It’s perfect to wear open over a square neck tank on a warm day.
Current blogging vision: I really enjoyed the “outfit diary” approach I took in March — it helped me further hone in on my style, which I hoped it would. It was so special to shoot all the outfits in a studio space — I’ve always wanted to do that! I’ll probably move back to home shoots in April, but we’ll see.
I’m going to take a quick break from blogging the first week in April, but then I’ll be back on the blog with outfit posts two or three times a week. Plus I’ve got a spring wardrobe post in the works, and a packing list template that I’m excited about!
I’m excited to continue experimenting with different ways to share outfits, so while I’ll still be sharing on the blog, in April, I’ll be putting most of my energy into creating content specifically for Pinterest. I’m excited to try something different and I’d love it if you’d follow along on Pinterest.
I’d love to hear if there are any specific posts or topics you’d like to see in the future. Let me know!