hello! i wanted to share this cool moodboard with you guys — i put this together the night before i started my new job (!!!) and it’s a peek of what i’ve been inspired by over the past week. lately that means mustard with mauve, the square tiles we recently added to our kitchen, and my obvious obsession with 70s decor. this roundup is not quite holiday, but has wintery vibes: silver stars, chanel sheepskin jacket (yes), oversized statement earrings, black strappy sandals, fig tarts, pink hair…all so good:
hello there! it’s been a while since I’ve jumped on here so it’s about time for a new post. during my unintended hiatus, i’ve tackled a few personal goals (starting the dreaded closet purge which is the worst), and accomplished some professional goals (presenting on a panel about social media and small business — a big one for me this month!) and sadly blogging is always the first project that takes a backseat. But i’m back because fall is officially here, which means a new season, fresh starts and oh so many good patterns. but more on that later.
today, i’m talking about hair — my hair specifically! September has always been my favorite time of year; there’s something about that crisp air that generates a feeling of newness, and it’s so motivating. i treat fall like a head-start to the new year, and the first thing i tackle come September is making an appointment for a fresh cut and color. cutting off dead-ends, hiding those creeping grays (eek!), and introducing a shape back into my ‘do does wonders for my confidence and overall attitude. with new hair, i feel like i can take on anything!
if you’re anything like my friends and I, finding the right hairstylist in the city is always challenge. luckily i’ve stumbled upon an absolute gem — one who needs to be shared!
meet Allie K: boston hair stylist, balayage queen and all around amazing human being. since my first appointment with her, i’ve trusted allie completely with my hair. she just gets me. when i walked into her salon at the beginning of the month, i gave her full creative control for both cut and color. the result: possibly my favorite hairstyle i’ve ever had! i am obsessed with the honey color, and the blunt cut.
i have a lotttt of hair and Allie managed to take the weight out, giving me a modern cut with movement and versatility. rather than throwing my hair up in a bun (my go-to), i can’t help but wear it down as much as possible!
one more thing? i adore the thoughtful placement of color. those face framing highlights really brighten my skin tone, and i can achieve a brand new look simply by changing my part. i’ve gotten a handful of compliments from friends, colleges and strangers since walking out of allie’s chair — the mark of an amazing hairdresser for sure!
all in all, i love my new look and am ready to conquer what this season throws at me.
if you’re interested in booking an appointment with allie, she is currently accepting new clients at Salon de cheveux in south boston. and please tell her i sent you her way! i promise, you will love her as much as i do!
it's Marathon Monday here in Boston. i love being a Bostonian on days like this, where the city swells with pride and there's an incredible buzz in the air. not to mention thousands of people coming together to perform a crazy feat. although i'm no runner, it's still a great day to call this place home. after a crazy few weeks of life, i finally got a chance to sit down and work on a list of my March favorites. let me know what you think!:
rather than always being glued to my computer screen, i'm trying to step away and make time to create art with my hands -- an ongoing personal project of sorts. i've mentioned embroidery and keeping a journal in my January favorites, and it's amazing how relaxing and reenergizing it can be. this month i decided to pull out my old watercolors and take a stab at some simple lettering (seen here!).
i've been loving Jasmine Dowling's the beautiful work, especially over on her instagram and blog (a must follow, trust me!). everything this Aussie artist creates is beautifully feminine, yet raw, refreshing and personal. other favorites include Eva Black and the lovely Cocorrina. if you have any artists i should check out please share!
amature lettering / by me
HOMEMADE ALMOND MILK
is there anything better than stumbling upon a recipe that becomes one of your secret weapons? simply put: no, there's nothing quite like it. similar to my bone broth experiment, and this easy pickled onion recipe (another favorite from my friend Gabi's blog), homemade almond milk is officially one of my pantry staples. all you need is a cup of almonds, water, a few dates for sweetness, a blender and some patience. the result is a creamy, insanely delicious almond milk that is low in calories and actually good for you. plus it tastes a million times better than the store bought version. i like adding almond milk to my coffee or drinking it as is. in case you want to give it a go, the recipe i've been using is linked here.
i wore these earrings while running a few errands after work (a visit to Sephora counts as an errand, right?) and i was shocked at how many compliments i got. i bought them from Madewell, and they came exactly as expected. i absolutely love the yellow color and simple shape, and for $34, it's a no brainer! i only wish they came in more colors (are you listening, Madewell?).
i am trying NOT to sound like a broken record....but i'm mentioning mules again. more specifically this pair from Zara. yes, i recently made a wish list with ten of my favorite mules-of-the-moment, but after hitting publish i came across these pineapple cuties and had to share. what can i say, i crumble at the sight of satin pink fabric, and cheeky details.
"OFF-TROPIC" NAIL POLISH BY ESSIE
i love dark nail colors, so i naturally gravitated towards this emerald green polish by Essie during a recent trip to Target. if i'm being honest, it was a beautiful spring day and i felt the need to treat myself, and i'm glad i did. this green is a little darker than pictured, and is really nice on. i like that it's a unique alternative to the reds, burgundy, and plums i usually reach for. and hey, it's Pantone's color of the year. #trendy.