I miss you sunshine!

Some summery things to dream about while hiding under a pile of blankets, drinking endless cups of tea, and scowling at leafless trees blowing in the wind outside.

Wow... that's dark. So on to the happy!

Lulu Mules by Loeffler Randall. These would look so good with cropped jeans and a striped tee.

Lulu Mules by Loeffler Randall. These would look so good with cropped jeans and a striped tee.

Small picnic tote by Fivestory New York just large enough for a hearty sandwich, an apple and some crackers. If you get creative, I think there should be some room left over for your wallet and phone too.

Small picnic tote by Fivestory New York just large enough for a hearty sandwich, an apple and some crackers. If you get creative, I think there should be some room left over for your wallet and phone too.

Wall art for exercise inspiration. By Racquet - a quarterly magazine that is all about tennis.

Wall art for exercise inspiration. By Racquet - a quarterly magazine that is all about tennis.

Japanese Gardens

Last spring, John and I traveled to Korea and Japan for two weeks. I have never been to Asia before, so it was such an eye-opening experience for me. One of the highlights of the trip was The Nezu Museum in Tokyo, designed by the architect Kengo Kuma. The renovated main building of the museum was open and modern, with some elements reminiscent of traditional Japanese architecture. But what I really loved was the lush garden behind it. It was an enchanted forest with little winding white gravel paths that led to different vignettes. 

I was reminded of this trip because Gardenista just published a post about a Japanese-inspired garden in Westchester County, New York and it's a beauty! The elements - tall grasses, crushed granite pebbles, large rocks and structural trees - work together in harmony to create a visually interesting, yet calming space for many different activities including raking!

One day, I hope I can have a Japanese meets Baltic garden of my own with pine trees and birches that still let light through, tall grasses that rustle in the wind, and big rocks to sit on. Some items that are on my wishlist:

A gravel rake to keep my paths clean and organized that is pretty enough to have out on display.

A gravel rake to keep my paths clean and organized that is pretty enough to have out on display.

Reed fencing to easily hide any unsightly corners or to create an intimate nook.

Reed fencing to easily hide any unsightly corners or to create an intimate nook.

A Jasper Morison bench for contemplating my wonderful life now that I have a garden, and can afford said bench. Big enough for my friends and dog too!

A Jasper Morison bench for contemplating my wonderful life now that I have a garden, and can afford said bench. Big enough for my friends and dog too!

Chabako Tea Box for making a perfect cup of matcha.

Chabako Tea Box for making a perfect cup of matcha.

Eames Wire Base Table to rest my book and tea (honestly, more like iPhone and LaCroix but shhh).

Eames Wire Base Table to rest my book and tea (honestly, more like iPhone and LaCroix but shhh).

Hope

Today was beautiful and awe-inspiring. Women, men and children around the world united to stand up for equality and respect. In Boston, I saw entire families spanning generations walking for Women's March, because they recognize that women's rights are human rights. 

Let's support one another and lead with love. We are stronger together!

Image by the talented Stephanie DeAngelis

Image by the talented Stephanie DeAngelis

Girlfriend Collective

I have turned into one of those girls that only wears leggings unless absolutely necessary not to. *horror face emoji* Adding to this sad situation, was an offer on ALL THE SOCIAL MEDIA back in September from a company called Girlfriend Collective - free leggings for the cost of shipping. The photos looked nice, the branding was on point, so I ordered them and waited... and waited... and waited. Finally got my fresh pair a couple of weeks ago and wasn't expecting much considering they are made out of recycled water bottles. But was pleasantly surprised!

Why I like them:

1. $22 for shipping and that's it.

2. They are high-waisted and they suck you in. No digging into your side flab.

3. So soft. They are made out of recycled water bottles, but feel like fluffy kittens against your skin. I hope you aren't allergic to kittens though. I am, so let's make it puppies.

4. They lift the booty. It's incredible. I feel like a woman. The lady above isn't really doing it justice with her bum. 

5. So simple. No weird cut-outs and details that are popular right now. The seams are placed for the best fit and lift.

I would order more, but then they will be the only thing I wear.

Sunday wishlist

It's just a week before American Thanksgiving, and there are gift guides everywhere! For your lovely mom, your funny dad, your weird aunt, the friend that travels a lot, your free-spirited hippie brother, your basic bitch cousin that loves to monogram everything... and on and on.

This is just pretty stuff that I want for myself... to make a nest and never leave. A gift guide for your antisocial friend that loves blankets.

A comfy bed by Hedgehouse that you can carry around the house with you, and throw it down anywhere you feel like napping.

A comfy bed by Hedgehouse that you can carry around the house with you, and throw it down anywhere you feel like napping.

Look all dressed up even though you are lazing about in PJ's from Sleepy Jones. Collar + flower pattern = festive.

Look all dressed up even though you are lazing about in PJ's from Sleepy Jones. Collar + flower pattern = festive.

Everything has to smell good too. But not a candle, because you have to remember to blow it out and not just fall asleep. Muji Aroma Diffuser to the rescue!

Everything has to smell good too. But not a candle, because you have to remember to blow it out and not just fall asleep. Muji Aroma Diffuser to the rescue!

A balm for your lips, cuticles, hands, etc. that smells like fresh babies.

A balm for your lips, cuticles, hands, etc. that smells like fresh babies.