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.