“I can take that meeting on Tuesday if that is the only time that works, but my chakras are likely to be a bit out of whack.” I half joked to my husband as we were confirming a meeting. “Well we don’t need that on a regular basis. I’ll avoid Tuesdays in the future.” Neither my husband nor I would be described as woo-woo or new age, but we both know that the class just works for me.
I go to classes regularly at Unplug, a meditation studio in Los Angeles where the Tuesday Chakra balancing class led by Camilla Sacre-Dallerup takes place. She is a gift and her approach and strategies are so simple, yet profound. I wrote about how her approach and a particular mediation bolstered my cleaner eating habits here. I was so excited to get my hands on her new book, Reinvent Me. The cover also served as the perfect nail art inspiration.
The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June. The colors are “Looks to Thrill” by Essie Gel Couture and “Alpine Snow” by OPI.
Items in the photos include:
J. Crew Scarf
Tory Burch Tote
Jonathan Simkhai Dress
Madewell Striped Tee
Loeffler Randall Slides
Hugo Boss Jacket
Joseph Fair Isle Sweater
“Mommy, it’s 59 degrees outside right now.” said my seven year old at 7:00 am. “I’m wearing pants today?”
“Are you sure? It will be warmer later. Do you want to just wear your jacket?”
“I’ll wear that, too. It should be Autumn by now.”
“True, it is technically Autumn.” I try to put something together for a morning meeting that I won’t be sweating in by mid-day.
When I got an email and saw this cashmere sweatshirt from Madewell on Instagram I knew I needed to check out it immediately. It is so soft and lightweight, perfect for this cooler in the morning but warm by mid-day weather. It will also be great for layering when it actually does stay in the 50s and 60s all day.
While I was there I checked out the denim that they are so well known for. I tried a few pairs and had trouble choosing just one. They have a slim boyjean with an 11 inch rise that were a nice take on the slim boyfriend jean trend. They are on my list. The slim straight was a great fit. I love that it is clean and straight without being super skinny and they are so comfortable. I completed the look with my favorite driving shoes that are 12 years old (you can read about finding them in Antwerp here) and one of my favorite Legend of Lido clutches.
Shoes (similar here and here)
“Congratulations! You knocked it out of the park. We are extending an offer.” said the voice on the other end of the line. I was so excited about my first job out of college at a management consulting firm in San Francisco. I could not wait to go shopping for my work wardrobe.
This was before the tech boom and there was no such thing as business casual. In fact, I had been strongly discouraged from wearing pantsuits. “The manager of the office prefers skirt suits in dresses”, was what I had been told. This was not in writing or an employee handbook, of course. It was not that long ago. It is still is hard to believe. I did not really consider it a hardship at the time, but eventually the need to wear hosiery (and have at least one spare pare at my desk) got old.
I was more conservative then with my skirt suits, dresses, modest necklines and reasonable (though always above the knee) hemlines. The firm where I worked was “buttoned up” and conservative. There was something reassuring about having a “uniform”.
A few years later casual Friday was introduced. I was a not a fan. I hated having to put a more casual look together. I was in charge of recruitment for the firm and often had interview rounds on Friday. I felt it was unfair to ask an undergrad or even an MBA to interview without their uniform. So I insisted on those Friday’s not being casual and I was the bad guy.
I continued to wear suits long after the dress codes were truly business casual. Eventually I did not want to look like an auditor, so my business attire evolved into business casual. I miss the more formal dress (minus the hosiery).
I was drawn to the simple statement buttons on the sleeve of this top. I styled it with a new pair of vintage crop jeans (with a step-hem) and a clutch and navy sequin shoes.
Shoes (older style but I love these)
Who are the stars of your story? I have been asking myself that question in a number of ways. In my meditation practice I am working on making my internal narrator a positive one. That voice has a lot of air time and it is not always kind.
Last week my husband and I attended a memorial service for someone my husband worked with right after business school. I never met her and she was gone far too young to breast cancer. The service was beautiful and inspiring. The stars of her story had genuine love for her. She had made her friendships and interactions count. The finite nature of our lives was brought home, but I also thought about how she will remain a star in the stories of those whose lives she impacted. Life is short. I am dedicated to flashing the smile, extending the kindness, going the extra mile, attending the concert or performance and being present. I want to be a positive star in the lives I touch and in my own story.
The manicure and nail art are Olive & June. The color is “Haute to Trot” by Essie Gel Couture.
Items featured in the photos include:
Studded Jean Jacket
Gingham Bell Sleeve Top and Tweed Shoes
Legend of Lido Clutch
Faux Fur Jacket
Moon and Stars Sweatshirt
Embroidered Denim Shirt
Glitter Clutch and Pink Ruffle Sweater
Star Denim Jeans
Star Denim Dress
Miu Miu Shoes
Kate Spade Bag
J. Crew Jacket
I have a confession. I do not love fall. I don’t like Pumpkin Spice Lattes. I enjoyed fall more in a real four season climate (New York, Chicago) where the fashion changes actually went with the weather. In Los Angeles it still feels like summer with less daylight. We lose just a little each day, but I notice it. I can no longer drive to Sunday night mediation with my sunglasses on. I long for summer. I miss the long carefree days with no homework and lots of traveling. Now the school year seems long, even though it flies by. I prefer summer clothes. You can’t layer a sweater over a bell sleeve top. Or can you?
I decided to try just that with this new gingham bell sleeve top. I chose a cashmere sweater with three quarter sleeves. I completed the look with my skinny black jeans and favorite new shoes. Maybe I can learn to love fall…
Sweater (similar here)
Everything in this look is 30% of through October 9, 2017 with the code GOSHOP.
“Monsieur and Madame, your car is here.” My heart sinks it is fifteen minutes early and I just don’t want to leave. “Are you ready?” , my husband asks. “No” I reply sadly. I soak in the last seconds of our charming hotel lobby. The Hotel Thoumieux did not disappoint in any way. “I’ll help get the bags down. Take a minute.” I take a last photo of the lobby with its’ perfect leopard print accents and I reluctantly head down the stairs to the car. We ride silently to Charles De Gaulle as I continue to breathe in Paris. Right before we arrive, I get organized. I have a big job to do, filing my VAT paperwork.
“Does this really work?” my husband asks. “Yes, just wait. You will see a lot of credits on our credit card.” As I wait my turn I watch a couple rifling through their luggage madly to present their proof of purchases. My heart beat hastens. I know I organized everything with the purchases at the top, but it still makes me nervous. I go up to the window and hand over my documents. “Where are you traveling to?” “Los Angeles”. My twelve forms are stamped and now I must place each in an envelope and mail them. I am moving at a fast speed, all efficiency. My husband snaps a photo. We can now check in and we are on our way home. I am distracted by my mental calculations of my refunds for a few moments and forget how sad I am to leave.
It has been three years since our last trip to Paris and I think about it all the time. Facebook has been serving up daily memories. I don’t have our next trip planned, yet. In the meantime, I continue to enjoy these fun travel based t-shirts from J. Crew. I styled this one with denim, a cashmere cardigan and my new favorite shoes.
“Harry! Where is Sally?” I am panicked. “I know ten days is a long time, but the time-release feeder still has some food left. Did you eat her? Did you eat Sally?”, I plead, desperate for a response I know I’ll never get.
Where could she be? She jumped to her almost death once before. I came home just in time to put her back in the bowl. I don’t see her or any remains on the floor near the bowl. What happened to her? I knew ten days was too long. I had planned on eight and ended up extending my trip to San Francisco. Not since I transported them from 30th and Madison to 13th and University have I been this worried.
Harry and Sally were the perfect New York City pets. They greeted me each night when I got home. Cleaning their tank satisfied my need to care for something other than myself and just looking at them lowered my blood pressure (or so I read). I had won them at the Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy within a few months of moving to New York.
For the next four days I eye Harry suspiciously each time I walk by the bowl. One afternoon I get home early from a meeting and catch my bi-monthly housekeeper on her way out.
“Hello, Ms. Jennifer.”
“Do you know where Sally went?”
“Who? Do you have a roommate?
“The fish, the smaller one.”
“Oh, she was stuck to the floor last time. I cleaned the floor. I am so sorry. You were in California and I did not want to bother you.”
“I am so relieved. I thought Harry ate her.”
She gives me a puzzled look.
“I’m sorry about your fish.”
“Me too. But I’m relieved Harry isn’t a cannibal.”
The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June. The color is “Surrounded by Studs” by Essie Gel Couture.
Items in the photos include:
Navy Corduroy Bootie
Navy Leopard Print Top
Gucci Mule in Gold
Love is all you need. And a good pair of shoes. And a great bag. And some great sunglasses. And Camo (everything).
I love the gold detail on this t-shirt. I styled it with my new favorite denim and my “neutral” orange driving shoes.
I can not wait for the temperatures to drop! I am looking forward to rocking my faux fur leopard coat with everything from workout wear to evening wear. I styled it with navy and my new favorite kicks. My sweater is on sale and is so versatile. I styled it here with a shirt under it.
Fall has me easing into darker nail color. This orangey-red is a new favorite. I kept it light with a slice of blood orange. I was surprised at just how neutral this color turned out to be.
The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June. The color is “Flashed” by Essie Gel Couture.
Items featured in the photos include:
White Shirt with Belt