Sometimes You Just Need To Write A Post With No Point (That Turns Into A Reflection On Dreams And Depression)

If you couldn’t tell, I’ve been trying to blog more. It’s been both easier and harder than I thought. Easier, because I love blogging and writing and it is easy to do things that your spirit requires to feel most like itself. Harder, because I’m so out of practice, and sometimes I don’t know what to say or how to say it. Sometimes I don’t believe that I have anything to offer; sometimes I spend time crafting posts, but dither over publishing them. Sometimes I wonder if I’ve hit the zenith of any talent or ability I had, and it’s

Wardrobe Planning: A Spring 2016 Shopping List Addendum!

In the interest of full disclosure of my mindful shopping/wardrobe commitment — and as I further wend my way through my wardrobe/closet clean-out — here are a few more things I’m on the lookout for this season in terms of spring shopping. This is more on the utilitarian tip, but it’s amazing how these ‘non-fashion’ items still can eat up your budget and attention. + Bras and undies! It’s so weird to talk about your ‘intimates’ on the Internet, but, well…I need new knickers! Now that I’m weaning the baby, I can finally start looking into new bras that don’t

City Years, Country Years

Last weekend my sweetheart and I took our first little getaway without the baby in quite awhile. It was pretty simple, just a night at The James in downtown Chicago — dinner, a little shopping, walks by Lake Michigan to enjoy the first burst of springtime weather that we were lucky to get. I just appreciated seeing all the people and having all these possibilities laid out in front of me: restaurants, cafes, shops, bars, spas, museums, galleries, Eately. (I also was incredibly psyched to go to Trader Joe’s — people who live in places with Trader Joe’s, do not

The Fun Part About Cleaning Out Your Closet: Making A Shopping List!

My epic closet clean-out has been slow-going but steady. I’m almost done with dresses and tops at the moment, and then I tackle accessories, which should be quite an odyssey. I wish I could go a little faster, but my little one gets really curious about all the piles of clothes and suddenly my closet clean-out turns into an ad-hoc playground. (It’s funny, he dives into a pile of dresses like how other kids dive into a pile of leaves!) But one of the advantages of being turtle-like about it is taking the time to make a more thoughtful shopping