Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Neutrals, Dots, and Navy

While it can be easy to get pulled into following the latest trends, it's even better to buy a few classic, quality pieces.  This way they can be mixed and matched with items you already have and be worn for multiple seasons.  This month I was able to knock a few pieces off my wishlist, and what I like the most is that any of them can be thrown together to make an instant outfit.

Lace Blouse (BR Factory)
Polka Dot Pencil Skirt (Loft)
Sleeveless Shift Dress (Old Navy)
Distressed, Bf Jeans (Gap Outlet)
1969 Cuffed Always Skinny Jeans (Gap)
Gladiator Sandals, Circus by Sam Edelman (Zappos)

Tan Belt (J. Crew)
Market Tote (J. Crew)
Gold Watch (Fossil)
Blue/Silver Necklace (Old Navy)

Linking up with Fran's Budgeting Bloggers!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Spring Reading List


Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain (here)
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghes (here)
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (here)
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman (here)
Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell (here)

What's on your reading list?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Run time, Fun time: Run or Dye 2014

I hope everyone had a great Easter weekend and is enjoying this lovely weather!  My weekend festivities began with the Run or Dye 5k on Saturday morning.  Part of the "fun run" trend, every kilometer of the course you're dusted with a plant-based powered dye (it feels like baby powder) in different colors.  By the time you reach the finish line, you look like this: 

While I ran very little, it was fun to get moving and catch up with a good friend.  There were lots of families and people of all ages in attendance.  While some people chose to run, many walked.  The next time this 5k is in your area, I definitely recommend checking it out.  We found discounted registration on Groupon so look around and you should be able to find a good deal.  I may not be ready to do a big marathon just yet, but this was a good start and a lot of fun! 

Find out more here!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Saved By Grace

Naught have I gotten but what I received,
Grace hath bestowed it since I have believed;
Boasting excluded, pride I abase—
I’m only a sinner saved by grace! —Gray

Happy Easter!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

I first visited the Philadelphia's Magic Gardens (PMG) last summer, and now that the weather is warming up I recommend checking it out if you've never been.  The garden is the sculptural and mosaic masterpiece of seasoned artist Isaiah Zagar.  The walls, floors, and ceilings of PMG (indoor and outdoor) are filled with the time consuming, intricate patterns and stories created by Zagar, making this space an interesting place to spend a morning or afternoon.  Looking back at some of the pictures I took, I've noticed that there are also many subtle messages, images, and references hidden throughout the bold pieces.  Filled with bits of mirror, glass, stones and metals, it's a place where the mundane has been reimagined.  PMG is also a photographer's dream; even in the darkest shadows the mixed media create a sense of movement, interest and light.  I love the concept of bringing life back into old things, finding use and beauty in that which has been discarded and forgotten.  Consideration of the time and effort it took to create this space makes me like it even more.  Many of Zagar's other pieces can be seen on the walls of businesses and buildings along South Street.  In addition to the visual experience, PMG offers tours as well as educational and service initiatives; the space is also available for private events.

Interested in visiting?  You can find more information here!


Friday, April 11, 2014

These are the Days

Too often we try to wait for all conditions to be right before we take the next step or make our next big move.  Don't get me wrong, preparation is an important part of success, but sometimes the best way to see change is to just change; the best way to move forward is to just move.  I was reminded of this yesterday when I picked up a copy of this book at a book fair.  Too often people save their resolutions, their fresh starts for a new year or a new month.  But sometimes you just have to start where you're at, and take a chance.  Just move forward.  When you look back, you'll be amazed at how far you've come.       

It will be interesting to look back and see how my responses to questions about my likes, hopes, dreams, habits, feelings, and desires have changed over the next few years.


Monday, April 7, 2014

Flourish: April 2014

Journaling and stocking up on thank you cards w/ these Target goodies. 

This month I'm going to continue with my projects for the new year, a big one being eliminating waste.  This includes getting rid of things I no longer use or need as making the most of what I already have.  I also want to focus on establishing better habits, especially where physical fitness is concerned.  Here's a few of things I'll be focusing on this month:

Improve my morning routine.  Prep lunch the night before to save time in the morning.  Eat breakfast at home (instead of dry granola or Kashi bars at my desk).  Get on more of a schedule that includes some morning yoga
Weekly wardrobe.  Style outfits a week at a time and keep track of what I'm actually wearing to identify holes in my wardrobe and things I don't wear/need.  Limit the desire for more by working with what I already have. 
Sell.  Post at least 2 items a week on Ebay until I get rid of everything I don't need.  Take a trip to the consignment shop to drop off a few pieces that will sell better there.
Read More.  My list of books read compared to the list of books I want to read has grown disproportionately.  I'd like to do as much reading as possible while I have the time.  My goal is a book a week, starting by finishing up these.
Create. With a ton of recipes and DIY ideas from magazine clippings and pins, I want to start actually using them.  I have here and there, but I've collected so many I know I've forgotten what I have.  Time to revisit some of these good ideas and put them to use. 

How will you flourish this month?

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Honey House Naturals Bee Bar Lotion

Over a year ago, I picked up this Honey House Naturals Bee Bar Lotion at the Philadelphia Flower Show.  I'll admit it, I was initially drawn to the adorable packaging, but this product is much more than good looks.  I picked it up again a few weeks ago, and it's been just what I needed to get my heels in shape.  This lotion bar does a great job of moisturizing dry skin with jojoba and shea butter.  It comes in two sizes, and it's perfect for giving some extra attention to areas that need it.  I've had it for a while, and it holds up well.  The decorative tin also makes for no mess storage.  It comes in a variety of fragrances, including Vanilla which I'm using right now, and with the results I've been getting I know I'll be using more of this lotion in the future!

What do you use to keep your skin moisturized?

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