I feel like this year is already speeding by at a record pace (which is why Iâ€™m just getting around to posting a February recap) and Iâ€™ve been so focused on work that I havenâ€™t gotten out much to enjoy the world around me. How are you feeling so far?
The trade-off is that towards the end of 2017, I have a few big things to look forward to including a 3 week trip to Italy, Spain and Morocco! Iâ€™m pretty excited about traveling with my Aunt Shannon, whoâ€™s an art history buff and getting schooled in all the things I missed on past trips.
Iâ€™ve also been struggling with any semblance of balance so far this year. Projects at the studio have increased and what was once a slow time in the beginning of the year is now packed. While Iâ€™m extremely thankful for that, Iâ€™ve also had a lot less time to sleep (and blog).
The truth is, Iâ€™ve missed you guys and Iâ€™ve missed having the chance to share as regularly in this space but Iâ€™m keeping a handwritten list of post ideas that will roll out as I have more time.
Here are some things Iâ€™ve been thinking about over the last month:
Self-care has always been a hard one for me. Iâ€™m very much all or nothing when it comes to work, life and adventures and often, I forget to slow down and take care of myself. I booked in a deep tissue massage on Monday and it kind of changed my life. My masseuse, Danielle was observant and not afraid to speak her mind (â€œShauna, your posture sucks!â€ was one particular nugget of wisdom. Haha!) I booked my next appointment on my way out because sitting for 12+ hours a day definitely has its setbacks.
2. Style Goals
A few weeks ago, I was having a late night chat with Gala about personal style and it occurred to me that there were things I wanted 15 years ago and was STILL thinking about! Over the next few days, I kept coming back to an internal dialogue: what would it mean to buy less cheap, low quality stuff and instead focus on investing in those special, high quality items that wouldnâ€™t end up in the donation pile after a year? What would it mean to own less, but feel great in everything I wore? Since then, Iâ€™ve done another closet clean-out and invested in a few things I am beyond obsessed with. Iâ€™m more inspired to get dressed up in the morning now instead of reaching for the same black jeans and tees.
3. Black Pants Brigade
I love a good pair of black pants and while Iâ€™ve been wearing the BDG Twig jeans for the last decade (black, high rise and come on, they have my nickname!) I was on the hunt for something more polished but still affordable and comfortable. Enter these pants. Iâ€™m actually wearing them now! Beware that they run a size large so if you want to get a pair, order down (trust me on this).
4. Being Present
There have been times this year where Iâ€™ve been weighed down by the news (and rage tweets from you-know-who!), deadlines, feeling out of touchâ€¦.and when that feeling creeps up, itâ€™s important to set down the phone, close out your email and focus on the here and now. Last night, I left work early and walked around a mall with Joey and then we went out to a nice, long dinner. Breaks are so important. Staying in touch with the people you love is important. Watching your squirrel eat tofu is important. Laughing at your dogâ€™s bed head is important. Those small, everyday moments are what all add up to a life you love.
So, thatâ€™s a taste of where Iâ€™m at right now. Letâ€™s dig into some linksâ€¦.
â€¢ A podcast Iâ€™m loving these days is Freakonomics Radio which explores the hidden side of everything. I love how in-depth the episodes are â€” they go far beneath the headlines and rumors to come up with concrete answers.
â€¢ How do you survive when nobody really gets what you do for a living?
â€¢ 7 things Robert Smith has promised to release this decadeâ€¦.and hasnâ€™t. Haha!
â€¢Â Only the most beautifully designed cookbooks will do.
â€¢ A look back at New York City in the 1970s through a wonderful collection of photos.
â€¢Â Some teens are realizing that social media and being connected 24/7 isnâ€™t all itâ€™s cracked up to be and are taking a break.
â€¢ When someone goes on a long-winded tirade about the couch they hate, itâ€™s worth a read so you donâ€™t make the same mistake!
â€¢ Another podcast I absolutely love is Death, Sex & Money. As you can guess from the title, it focuses on all the big questions and hard choices that people usually leave out of polite conversation but think about all the time.
â€¢ Enter your birth date and see how the world has changed in your lifetime. Pretty cool!
â€¢ I recently discovered The Real Real and am obsessed. What I love about this site is that all the designer goods are previously owned which brings the prices down dramatically and itâ€™s all authenticated. Plus, they run sales all the time. Need I say more?!
â€¢ Back in 2000, Amazon ran a contest asking their customers what they thought the best books, movies and albums were. How has it held up?
â€¢ Why do some people lose their minds when theyâ€™re hungry?! Thereâ€™s a science behind it.
â€¢Â Where you choose to live depends on so many different things and itâ€™s interesting to read about why people live where they do.
â€¢ Wow! An architect turned an old cement factory into his home.
â€¢ I love this simple list known as The Creatorâ€™s Code. Timeless advice.
â€¢ For those that are worried about Ruth Bader Ginsburg outliving the Trump administration, get a load of her workout routine â€” this ainâ€™t no joke!
â€¢ How to hail a taxi around the world.
â€¢ What do people actually eat for lunch?
â€¢ Check out this video of every New York Times front page since 1852!
â€¢ 10 steps to setting up your creative business.
Photos: 1. My desk yesterday morning with some Naomi fierceness. 2. Admiring the shelves in Good Coffee. 3. I love this little corner. 4. My office is all brick with open rafters so it gets super coldâ€¦which is a great excuse to wear this coat! 5. Another desktop shot â€” I probably have 10 magazine subscriptions going at the moment!