A Figurative Gut Punch

In case you’re wondering what it’s like to be simultaneously eviscerated and kicked in the teeth, it feels a lot like this:

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I found this note in MGM’s (9) room while gathering dirty socks and other laundry over the weekend.

Cue all the tears.

I knew that the transition to my new job and our new life would be hard, and it is.

While I don’t think it’s necessarily harder than I thought it would be, now that we’re in the hard part, it’s just really, really difficult.

I hugged both kids so tightly this weekend and told them that this is temporary and we’re building for something better, but I’m not sure they were convinced.

The only upside to this was that I’d already given away all of our Girl Scout cookies to our babysitter, or I probably would have eviscerated those Samoas.

Big sigh for my life.

J. Crew March Edit

I will not buy these things.

I will not buy these things.

I will not buy these things.

(I am hoping that saying it three times makes this intention true, but who are we kidding?)

 

Seriously, many of J. Crew’s latest offerings feel fresh and spring-like. Check these out:

This embellished bell sleeve blouse has buttons on the back, although since it’s part of J. Crew’s Collection line, the price is steep ($250).

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I’m not sure if the blouse would look good with this Soleil crystal necklace, but I’m willing to take the risk:

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I don’t wear a lot of heavy earrings, but this pair is making me reconsider:

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And how about the colors of this cashmere Pop Stripe sweater?

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If the price of the sweater ($278) is too high, this boatneck tee in a vintage stripe has a similar vibe for less ($39.50):

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I’m not usually good at switching my bags from season to season, AND a bag this light should reasonably make me nervous given my propensity to spill things everywhere, but this Marine salt hobo feels right for the warmer months:

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And finally, shoes, shoesshoes and more shoes:

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Happy Weekend

The sunset earlier this week – even seen through the window – was so incredible that I had to capture it.

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After a busy week, I’m looking forward to some relaxation, friends and – hopefully – a lot of sleep.

I’m hosting a dinner party on Sunday night for my dear friend G., who is moving to NYC in a few weeks. I’m planning to give my champagne saber a workout and another friend is mixing cocktails. The menu isn’t final yet, but I’m thinking of a Bibb lettuce and hazelnut salad, garlicky monkey bread, a vegetarian polenta and pesto lasagna and my favorite party dessert – flourless chocolate cake – as the finale. Fingers crossed since my cooking skills are not strong.

What are your weekend plans?

One More Thing, #31

Tory Burch has two great coats in the Spring 2017 collection.

The Hibbert Coat is extremely pretty and lady-like, but let’s not kid ourselves: with my propensity to spill coffee, trip and fall, and generally do things like get splashed with mystery liquids, this light colored number is probably NOT for me.

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This bright Castleton peacoat in “Samba” might be more suitable:

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It’s hard to tell from the picture, but the coat has bracelet length sleeves and a cool blue and white lining.

I want this to go on sale NOW!

 

Bag Scarves

Handbags accessorized with scarves seem to be a Thing this spring.

Here’s one version from J. Crew:

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And Tory Burch is really pushing this trend with the new T satchel:

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Speaking of the T satchel, it’s a great pick if you are searching for a structured, lady-like bag:

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It comes in six colors and full retail price is $495.

I have too many bags, so I’ll probably skip this one, but it would make an amazing gift for a college grad as a first “grown up bag” suitable for work or interviews.

 

 

 

 

Trixie’s 8th Birthday

Trixie turned eight on Sunday.

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She was sooooo excited to open her presents that she woke me up at 6 A.M. to get the party started.

After being told that 6 A.M. was far too early to wake everyone up on a Sunday, she came back to check at 6:30 and 7:00.

At 7:01, I relented, got out of bed and fired up the coffee.

Through my friend M., we were able to secure a Hatchimal as a gift.

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Unfortunately, Trixie’s Hatchimal did not hatch, which appears to be a common problem.

We were able to open the shell ourselves, which prompted her to declare that her Hatchimal – “Pinky” – was born via cesarean section.

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After a birthday party with friends at a local bowling alley, the four of us headed home for her dinner of choice: sushi, followed by a (gluten-free) red velvet cake and ice cream, a round of a new game (Disney’s “Beat the Parents”) and a showing of “Garfield, a Tail of Two Kitties.” 

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She declared it the best birthday ever. Heart full.

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Turning Around a Bad Day

Yesterday was not a good day.

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It. Just. Was. Not.

I won’t get into details, but one conversation at the start of the day turned my smile upside down.

Before this happened, though, I’d already had a few minor issues.

Starting with this:

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I did not like my outfit.

Individually, I like all of the pieces. Especially this J. Crew necklace:

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When I put it together, though, I didn’t feel like myself. I felt like a frumpy businesswoman. 

Maybe I am a frumpy businesswoman, but I prefer not to think that way.

(The rest of the outfit is a blouse from last season at Anthropologie and a jacket and pants from M.M. LaFleur, which is usually a solid go-to).

Note to self: ruthlessly cull wardrobe.

Next problem: I got hangry.

I was busy. I ran from one thing to the next. I didn’t have time to eat. I was under coffee’d.

Super Grrrrr.

But magically, it turned around.

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I finished work and drove to the W Foshay Hotel, which was my destination for the night.

This is one of my favorite hotels, and one that I have stayed at many, many times for City Getaways, although usually with Spouse.

The only problem is that now my whole life requires living in a hotel, and the style of hotel for living on my own dime and one that I (briefly) visit for a holiday is vastly different. Now, I only stay at the W when I get an incredible deal.

But sometimes I do. Today was one of those days.

As I walked in, there was a red carpet set up in the lobby.

Hotel employees were lining the carpet and clapping to greet arriving guests.

Ok, I know this is some kind of hotel directive, but seriously, it is effective. 

 I walked that red carpet like I was Gigi Hadid.

(Did I mention there was a mini cocktail at the end?)

I checked in. I had a smile on my face. I told the desk host that the red carpet made my day.

But it didn’t end there.

I took the elevator to my assigned room and noticed that an adjacent elevator opened.

The hotel’s concierge exited and headed to my room. After a tiny moment of confusion, she told me that she had a delivery because this was my 100th night at this hotel.

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Ok, this was awesome.

Champagne, chocolates and snacks, plus a personalized note for hitting my 100th stay.

It wasn’t just the alcohol – although, honestly, this blurred the dissatisfaction from earlier in the day – but it was the entire sentiment that made me smile from my head to my toes.

Life has not always been perfect or easy lately, but this made my day. 

Thank you, W Minneapolis!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glam Boutique

This isn’t exactly a Valentine’s Day-related post, but this made my heart swell on multiple levels. 

Last week Trixie created a doll store from a cardboard box.

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Welcome to Glam, ladies and gents!

I love her creativity, especially the wall displays (catalog images) and the cash register (??) made of legos bricks. The counter is stocked with accessories. This is *exactly* the kind of thing I would have made when I was her age. Heart.

Spouse created an elaborate backstory for Glam, namely that it’s such an exclusive boutique that it’s appointment only.

Late in the week, he sent me this text:

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Made me laugh. So much love.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Friends!