This Week

August 26th

The making of an arts + crafts loft


I’m reading Phoenix Noir and All the Light We Cannot See.  I recently finished Wild and Freedom. I loved Wild. Cheryl Strayed’s Dear Sugar saved my life once. (That’s a story for another day. Thank you Juliann!) Her podcast “Dear Sugars” is also great.

Freedom was a beast, and I’m glad I read it. I’m more interested in Franzen’s new book Purity than I thought I would be. His books are a commitment. The character development is so thoughtful, but the lack of dialog can make the story slower than it should be at points. That said, I think he is the best author of our time to capture middle class America living and somehow make it interesting.

Side note: I stood in front of the “new in paperback” section at Target this week and drooled. I have a cornucopia of books to read; I’m making a sincere effort to read what I have and pass them on. But oh, the bright and shiny happiness of the new $12 paperbacks that I could inhale in 2 days is delirious. Instead, I’m fighting the urge to buy new when that same delirious feeling came over me every time I bought the 400 or so books collecting dust in our office.


I’m back to hot yoga. I’ve been taking 4-5 classes a week for the last few, and have joined the little studio in our neighborhood. The timing of their morning classes works out great; I can get a butt-busting workout in before work and make it to my desk with a hot cup of coffee by 8 am. All this exercise and the waning summer heat has me looking at my wardrobe with disgust. I’m tired of the same look, the same things, and the same soccer-mom Gap sense of style. I want to dress more like this and less like this. I’m in a rut.

I need to mix it up. I’m just not sure where to start. Conceptually, I like the idea of these for fall, but I’m pretty sure I’m not going from cotton capris to leather leggings and tennis shoes. There has to be a more gentle move toward being on fleek, right?

Louise. On fleek. Am I even using that right?



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5 Responses

  1. I hear you about fashion – I want to through away pretty much everything I own and start over. Problem is I have a Boden, Anthro, Nordstrom taste on a Target budget. Oh well – it helps me be creative!! But seriously. So sick of everything I own.

  2. Have you heard of the Get Your Pretty On wardrobe challenges? It might be something you might like to try!

  3. 5 words – STITCH FIX ITEMS ON EBAY!!

    You always look stylish – and I envy your commitment to your health. I need to find my inner zen too and get better about moving by body, but am not sure that will happen before 8am!

  4. If you like a good read, try “H is for Hawk” by Helen MacDonald. And you can get it at the library 😉

  5. StephanieS September 21, 2015

    Reading some back blogs and had this thought: the thing that Boden and others do so well is layering.