This Week's Loves

Simple Sophistication

So, I kind of have a crush on J.Crew's Scalloped Carrie Cami... Of course, I love its namesake quality — its pretty scallop detail. But, its dainty, little straps and the refreshingly airy feel of the ivory version, pictured above, are also speaking to me. And, it's silk! So, I can only imagine how buttery and luxurious it would feel...

The only thing deterring me from scooping this little puppy up is the price tag... Therefore, instead of adding it to my cart and clicking buy without remorse, I've been shopping around for some comparable, yet more affordable alternatives. So far, my qualifying candidates include: 

...the Scallop Trim Reversible Barcelona Cami from Express, the Racer Front Scallop Edge Cami Top from Asos, and, also from Asos, the Soft Gathered Pretty Cami Top. ...and, yeah, I realize that the last option doesn't include any scallop detailing, but, in my opinion, its adorable peplum shape more than makes up for it ;).

What do you think, guys? Do you have any other options at the ready?

120 Songs for 2015 by The Artistree

If you haven't yet, you should definitely check out 120 Songs for 2015, a Spotify playlist by The Artistree, a "creative collective" with a passion for collaborating with and sharing the stories of music artists. These guys know their stuff, so you might want to give them a follow on Spotify and check out their website to see what cool stuff they've been up to while you're at it!

Roots vs. Wings

My heart wants roots. My mind wants wings. I cannot bear their bickerings.

— E.Y. "Yip" Harburg

Thanks to writer, poet, and lyricist E.Y. Harburg, perhaps most famous for writing the lyrics to the song Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz, for this quote reminding me that a lot of people deal with this inner struggle, not just me ;).

Allbirds Wool Runners

A year ago, I couldn't have imagined wearing wool in any way, shape, or form, let alone as exercise gear. I just imagined it would be itchy and suffocating while holding in all the excess moisture. ...ick. This past winter, though, I became a wool sock convert after trying SmartWool socks and realizing that wool actually has quite the opposite set of qualities. It feels soft and luxurious while maintaining a consistently pleasant temperature and wicking excess moisture away!

Now that I've been turned on to the power of wool clothing, the sneakers by Allbirds made from an "innovative wool fabric" have me curious. The company has deemed them "the most comfortable shoe imaginable" and they feature beautifully clean and modern styling with minimal branding. With all that clout, I'm definitely down to give them a go!

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This Week's Loves

Goats of Anarchy

Isn't this little sweetie pie just the cutest thing!? I can't get over the contrast of her Lynyrd Skynyrd tee (really! ...11th picture down) against her little flower crown and demure, little pose ...😂. She's got the bohemian festival look down (!) which, I guess, is only fitting since this photo was taken as part of a shoot by Free People.

This precious babe lives on a goat rescue farm founded by event planner turned goat rescuer Leanne Lauricella. To follow along with the adorable antics of the goats, as well as the other animals living on the farm, check out the Goats of Anarchy Instagram account. For a more in-depth experience, visit the Goat of Anarchy blog.

— via exPress-o

The In-Between

Honor the space between no longer and not yet.

Is It Time for a Graceful Exit? by Nancy Levin

This quote taken from Is It Time for a Graceful Exit?, a blog post by author, speaker, and life coach Nancy Levin, has been serving as my reminder to simmer down and enjoy the process of life, even during times of great transition.

Floating Acrylic Frame DIY

I love the luxurious look achieved by the combination of modern brass findings and clean acrylic used in this totally doable floating picture frame DIY by A Beautiful Mess. It would lend a touch of polished elegance to any space and beautifully showcase any print contained within it! ...So good!

Forget Not

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.

— Khalil Gibran

When my grandpa was sick, he told me that he dreamt of running through a field of long grass in his bare feet. His confession and, in turn, this quote by artist, poet, and writer Khalil Gibran reminded me that, despite our tendency to become engulfed by the chaos of life, it's the small, slow, meaningful experiences that truly matter in the end.

I Am Freaking Cold Sweatshirt

This sweatshirt by Everfitte would be a totally appropriate choice for me nearly every day.

This Week's Loves

I’m loving the clever and painterly illustrated posters designed by Olly Moss for Firewatch, “a mystery game set in the Wyoming wilderness.”

If you're also digging the look of the posters, be sure to check out the Firewatch game's promotional website as well! Just watch what happens to the illustrated banner image when you scroll! ...although, you might want to check it out in Chrome or Firefox; it's not quite as breathtaking in Safari.

— via Brave the Woods

Want to Create Things That Matter? Be lazy.

If you’re driven to produce things that matter, then you need to put deep work at the center of your professional life. To do so will probably require that you become 'lazier' in the Feynman and Stephenson sense of the term: that is, you must treat with sluggish wariness efforts that keep you away from depth, regardless of how many small benefits they promise.

Want to Create Things That Matter? Be Lazy. by Cal Newport

These days, it seems that we're all hustling — working our day jobs, developing our side projects, unyieldingly posting to every social media outlet, attending galas and dinners and networking events and conferences, taking public speaking opportunities… The list is never-ending. But, if we’re always hustling — spreading ourselves thin by attempting to do it all — can we ever devote a large enough chunk of our time to accomplish anything of real substance? Then again, as the inverse of the word “hustle” implies, are we lazy if we don’t engage in these activities?

In Want to Create Things That Matter? Be Lazy., author Cal Newport discusses how we can free ourselves up to create things of meaning and substance rather than fragmented bits of promise, but only if we’re willing to do the opposite of hustle and be thought lazy by the masses.

The vintage feel of the business card designs composing this Great Gatsby-inspired poster by The Heads of State is spot-on. The business cards represent the guest lists of the extravagant parties hosted by Gatsby in the summer of 1922.

Productivity Tips from Tim Ferriss

[...] determine your next physical action for the #1 to-do that consumes 20 minutes or less, then take it. For instance, 'Clean up desk' is too broad. It needs to be extremely easy to follow without any decision. In that example 'Type all random to-do scraps into Sticky Notes, then discard paper' or 'Remove all paper, and stack on floor for later scanning into Evernote at 5 PM' (then set a reminder) are better.

— Tim Ferriss via Trello

This list of productivity tips from author and early-stage investor Tim Ferriss is straightforward and simple, yet it has definitely helped revolutionize the way I consider tackling my to-do list.

On Becoming Unfuckwithable

The answer is becoming unfuckwithable, so no matter what happens — because something will always happen —  you will figure it out. You will always land on your feet. And you will always outsmart the bullshit in this world.

On Becoming Unfuckwithable by Ash Ambirge of The Middle Finger Project

Pardon the language, but the guidance offered in this post by Ash Ambirge of The Middle Finger Project is simply perfect. In the post, Ambirge acknowledges that there will always be someone or something in this world fixed on knocking us down. She advises, though, that the solution to this problem is not to hide or give in. Instead, it is to acknowledge these obstacles and then make the conscious decision to not let them bother us.