Monday, January 4, 2016

My Year.


I'm not usually big on resolutions, mostly because I'm real stubborn and I believe that I don't need to change A FREAKIN' THING. For years, I worked in an environment where people were obsessed with self improvement and many times, it caused a lot of harm -- both physically and mentally. So, it kind of stuck with me that improving is bad and you should just do what you want and deal with it. Not actually a rational or healthy train of thought, I KNOW. But admitting defeat is the first step.

I have to admit it, our move to Los Angeles really shook things up a bit and not necessarily in the best way. In SF, I walked EVERYWHERE. It was my main form of exercise AND transportation. Here? Hello, Uber. I also am not big on change. I have friends who move apartments a lot or switch jobs with the seasons which is really cool and empowering, but man... that is just not for me. That is some anxiety inducing crap that would result in me being hospitalized for exhaustion. I worked quickly on making our LA house a home because I couldn't stand the feeling of transition for one more second. I've been in full nesting mode -- and this includes lots of comfort food and pizza delivery on speed dial. My body (and brain) have fallen victim big time.

Needless to say, I just don't feel HEALTHY. So, I'm actually resolving on making 2016 a better year, both physically and mentally. I shared a bit on Instagram, but this new fitness bracelet is giving me just the push I need. Mira is a fashion-forward fitness tracker that has already motivated me to step out of my front door and walk around. Groundbreaking. Here are a few things I'm hoping I'll stick to in the new year. They're pretty silly, but I feel confident that they'll help both my physical and mental health. So, voila:

-Once a week, walk to the flower market for fresh flowers for the house. 
-Stop being such a hobbit and treat myself to a manicure/pedicure once a month.
-Stop being so self deprecating and saying things like 'hobbit' when referring to myself. 
-Swap out beer for green juice. Sometimes. 
-Overcome my CRAZY social anxiety and enroll in fitness classes in the neighborhood: pilates, barre, and yoga. Actually go instead of justifying reasons why I should just do the workout at home.
-Get back to written to-do lists/calendars. I am always so much more organized when I write it down each day.
-Journal my progress and keep notes on what I've been up to. I desperately want to hold onto my memories and remember this part of my life. 
-More books. Less iPhone.
-Be kinder to my body with an anti-inflammatory diet. 
-Cultivate more relationships here in Los Angeles, but don't compromise my friendships with friends who live in other cities and states.
-Stop buying crappy clothes because they're on sale. Be more thoughtful with my purchases. 
-Walk a few miles each day, and track it with my Mira. Don't stop this after 1.5 weeks.

WHEW. That's maybe overly ambitious. But it's also NOT THAT ambitious either. Like, I am pretty confident most of you reading this probably do those things already. So I think I can make it all happen. If I know anything, sharing your goals publicly is the best way to stay accountable. So here I am... sharing away.

Any other tips to make this magic happen?

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Pop the Bubbly!

2015 was one heckuva year, don't you think? I've been working on about 20 posts for this bloggy-blog. (Let's be realistic, 4 to 7ish posts.) And they're all about 3/4s of the way done, as are most things in my life right now. The heaviest sigh of the year was juuuuust sighed.

Anyway, I'm 100% reveling in this whole "Christmas vacation" deal and the thought of typing at a computer just makes me cringe. CRINGE. Regardless, I wanted to pop on by and wish everyone a fabulous, fun, sparkly, and safe New Year's Eve. It's one of the best holidays and I fully believe in the power of a fresh start -- even if it's just the date on the calendar that prompts it.

We're holding true to one of our FAVORITE New Year's traditions, but you'll have to follow along on Instagram for the fun. I look forward to writing back here next year. ;)

Wednesday, December 9, 2015


Last week, the team at Rue released our annual holiday issue. It's one of my favorite issues of the year because it forces me into the Christmas spirit BIG TIME. In the past, most of us were in the same city and would gather at Maia's apartment in Oakland to work super late -- crunch time, baby! The Christmas music would be blasting and we'd order takeout long after the sun went down. I'd get seconds, because, winter. Now, we're all in different cities but I still try to keep the vibe alive as we type back and forth as fast as we can on g-chat. I made hot chocolate and put on some festive tunes. Look up the "Christmas Classics" playlist on Spotify. You won't be disappointed.

I also really love that this issue includes such a comprehensive gift guide. Our Style Editor, Victoria, has SUCH a pulse on "what's new" that I am always so excited to see her picks. Without fail, I'll discover a few new brands and add those items directly onto my own wish list.

Here are a few of my personal highlights from the issue:

Our founder opened the doors to her own home! Crystal has such exquisite style and I am always in awe of her design skills. This SF apartment may be small, but her aesthetic shines in every corner. I particularly love this dining nook. Cozy yet CRAZY beautiful.
[photo: Emily Johnston]

My extremely talented friend hosted a holiday party that was beyond-beautiful. Everything is super sophisticated but not stuffy. Genius. Bianca Sotelo is one to watch, you guys.
[photo: Debarr Moradi]

This San Francisco bachelor pad has a super rad 3D gallery wall that I adore.
[photo: Odessa]

I interviewed the unrivaled Jay Jeffers, and sort of want to sign up to be president of his fan club.
[photo: Aubrie Pick]

This Sonoma escape is the definition of a dream. I love the rustic details. It also houses a pretty fantastic art collection. 
[photo: Emily Johnston]

Our graphic designer, Julie, opened the doors to her Oakland home just in time for the holidays. I love the sophisticated approach. I hate when it looks like Santa threw up.
[photo: Suzanna Scott]

Annnnnd.... HELLO. That's my house! Yep, Haley from Homepolish turned our little home into my version of paradise. Take the tour here.
[photo: Tessa Neustadt]

If you saw the issue, I'd love your feedback! Did you have a favorite feature?

Monday, November 23, 2015

Anthropologie at Home

So, is it just me... or has Anthropologie really stepped up their home game recently? I have always enjoyed shopping there for quirky dishes, thoughtful knick knacks, and the occasional hook or drawer pull. But recently, I've found myself longing to just live there. (If you think about it, there are so many nooks and crannies in those stores, I can't imagine them figuring it out for like... 2 weeks probably.) When the Fall House & Home Lookbook landed on my doorstep, I was instantly inspired. Instead of my usual routine of looking at 1-2 pages and then tossing it directly into the recycling bin alongside 9 other catalogs, I devoured it cover to cover TWICE. Twice! I think it's because their home goods are super sophisticated... more so than in years past, anyway.

Here are a few moments that really caught my eye:

First, I was like "oh, there's a horse in that room and that's ridiculous." But then I noticed that sturdy coffee table and the subtle detailing of the rug and I thought both would look quite nice in my own home. While I appreciate the sofa (okay, LOVE IT), I also am adult enough to admit that a printed sofa just isn't right for me. I'd hate it after 2 days. However, what IS right for me... that mirror. I went searching for it on their site and came up empty handed. But then I found this magical one that has a jute rope and wondered why I don't own 100.

This room is a perfect combination of mine and Tim's aesthetics. I know for a fact he's hoping to have a leather chesterfield someday. I also know for a fact that those geo-faceted-mirrored tables are insane in just the right way... and Tim probably would never agree to one. I like them because it's a look you don't see often, and as you know... I'm all about that visual refresh. Though, I'm going to be honest, I don't care for the chandelier. Can you imagine dusting it?

I have nothing specific to say about this room, except that I could snooze there all darn day, every day, for a year. Maybe more?

This chair gives me life. Actual life. It's so striking, don't you think? The color, shape, texture... it all adds up to one perfect chair. While this look is feeling trendy, I think the overall vibe of the chair is classic. It's a piece that you could own for years and years, and it'd always fit right in, even if your style changed drastically.

While I do think Anthro can be a bit out there - I'm looking at you, horse - I am really enjoying what they're doing on the home front and can't wait to see what's next.

And on a final note, we probably should all order this faux-fur sweater. It's perfect.