When my husband saw this picture, he asked me why I was drinking coffee out of a beer mug… I thought it was a glass coffee mug! 🤷🏻♀️ So in case you think I’m holding a glass of beer at 7AM, this is indeed coffee.
Now that that’s out of the way, good morning! I hope you’ve had a good week and are getting back into the swing of things after a long holiday break.
My week got off to a bit of a rocky start, but I’m slowly getting acclimated to being back on a regular school and work schedule.
I got really lax with exercise and workouts over the past few months, which happens every year because life and work get so busy during the fourth quarter. I try to give myself some grace and then get right back on the horse, so to speak, as soon as the holidays are over. All that to say, I’ve been trying to make exercise and movement a priority this week.
The older I get, the tighter and more inflexible I get, and I really need to focus on stretching as well as regular movement. I’ve been saying for months… okay, years, that I need to get into a yoga class or something, so maybe I can finally figure that out this year.
I know there are YouTube videos galore, and I’ve done those, but I am far more consistent when I have an appointment and somewhere to go. Plus, I’m terribly uncoordinated, and I really need an instructor to make sure I’m using proper form.
Anyway, in the meantime, I’m increasing my mileage on my daily walks and forcing myself to carve out time to stretch when I get back home.
In other news, Paul and the kids were busy this weekend, so I took some time to myself to go to the mall yesterday and see what’s new. I also met a friend for dinner after that, which was fun.
I was wanting a pair of flat boots, and I found these Tory Burch Chelsea Boots for 50% off. They are gorgeous and a great price for the quality, so I wanted to mention them before they start selling out. They run true to size, or size down if in between.
I also replaced my plain white Veja Esplar sneakers, which are 4 years old and starting to look tired, with the Extra-White Sable color way. I wanted something neutral, but I didn’t want to get the exact same shoes I had before, so I think these are going to be perfect. I kind of wanted the Extra-White Platine, but I think these are more versatile since I wear so much silver jewelry. I know that shouldn’t matter, but it would bug me.
And then I totally splurged on this Rails cardigan. It’s awfully bright for me, but it’s really soft and cozy, and I always find myself tired of all my neutrals at this time of year. Plus, I love the contrasting black buttons and the raglan sleeves and the cardigan styling. It just hits all the right notes!
I can’t believe it’s time to send Caroline back to college, but that’s happening this week. Her break is really short – shorter than most college breaks, and she is not happy about it.
She would love to have an extra week to finish up some sewing projects and spend more time with Savannah, but she doesn’t have much say in the matter. I’ll miss her, but Spring Break isn’t too far off!
Speaking of which… I’m working on a trip to Florida next month to shoot pictures for the blog. That’s fun, but also a lot of pressure to find enough spring outfits to make the trip worth my while. And then of course, I have to get it all down there. I’ll be the girl pushing two large suitcases through the airport!
There wasn’t much in the way of spring styles at Nordstrom yesterday, except in the resort wear section, but that was all really high end. So I guess I’ll need to wait a few weeks before I can start planning those outfits.
From the responses I got to my question about a winter trends post yesterday, it sounds like you all want to see more winter content anyway, so I’ll definitely be working on that!
I enjoyed all the comments on my Worst Purchases post. It sounds like we all want to do better and make smarter purchases this year, but sometimes you just have to try things and see. And sometimes that means ripping the tags off and wearing them once or twice, or allowing the return window to expire while you wait and see if they work with the rest of your wardrobe.
If I’ve learned anything from doing this as a job for the past five years, it’s that keeping a tightly edited closet is an ongoing process. Even though I write these worst purchases posts seasonally, I remove things from my closet all the time. It’s not even a once a month thing; it’s whenever I realize something is no longer serving me.
Anyway, that was a tangent, but I need to cut this off and get myself outside for a walk before it’s too late. It’s beautiful outside, but verrrrry cold, so I need to factor in some extra time to bundle up.
Have a great day!
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