I feel like this year is already speeding by at a record pace (which is why I’m just getting around to posting a February recap) and I’ve been so focused on work that I haven’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! I’m pretty excited about traveling with my Aunt Shannon, who’s an art history buff and getting schooled in all the things I missed on past trips.
I’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 I’m extremely thankful for that, I’ve also had a lot less time to sleep (and blog).
The truth is, I’ve missed you guys and I’ve missed having the chance to share as regularly in this space but I’m keeping a handwritten list of post ideas that will roll out as I have more time.
Here are some things I’ve been thinking about over the last month:
Self-care has always been a hard one for me. I’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 (“Shauna, your posture sucks!” 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 wouldn’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, I’ve done another closet clean-out and invested in a few things I am beyond obsessed with. I’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 I’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. I’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 I’ve been weighed down by the news (and rage tweets from you-know-who!), deadlines, feeling out of touch….and when that feeling creeps up, it’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 dog’s bed head is important. Those small, everyday moments are what all add up to a life you love.
So, that’s a taste of where I’m at right now. Let’s dig into some links….
• A podcast I’m loving these days is Freakonomics Radio which explores the hidden side of everything. I love how in-depth the episodes are — they go far beneath the headlines and rumors to come up with concrete answers.
• How do you survive when nobody really gets what you do for a living?
• 7 things Robert Smith has promised to release this decade….and hasn’t. Haha!
• Only the most beautifully designed cookbooks will do.
• A look back at New York City in the 1970s through a wonderful collection of photos.
• Some teens are realizing that social media and being connected 24/7 isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and are taking a break.
• When someone goes on a long-winded tirade about the couch they hate, it’s worth a read so you don’t make the same mistake!
• 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.
• Enter your birth date and see how the world has changed in your lifetime. Pretty cool!
• 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 it’s all authenticated. Plus, they run sales all the time. Need I say more?!
• 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?
• Why do some people lose their minds when they’re hungry?! There’s a science behind it.
• Where you choose to live depends on so many different things and it’s interesting to read about why people live where they do.
• Wow! An architect turned an old cement factory into his home.
• I love this simple list known as The Creator’s Code. Timeless advice.
• For those that are worried about Ruth Bader Ginsburg outliving the Trump administration, get a load of her workout routine — this ain’t no joke!
• How to hail a taxi around the world.
• What do people actually eat for lunch?
• Check out this video of every New York Times front page since 1852!
• 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 cold…which is a great excuse to wear this coat! 5. Another desktop shot — I probably have 10 magazine subscriptions going at the moment!