Friday, July 23, 2021

All the Frills: The Marble Shelf

Not content with adding some new d├ęcor pieces to our bedrooms, I recently did a little reordering of things in my main living area and creating a little display of my growing statuette and “marble” bust collection. I’m very pleased with the results – this remains my favourite little space in my house.

Weekend Reading:

Monday, July 12, 2021

The Weather Is Always My Greatest Foe

Well, it was lovely and warm and summery here (before the recent heat wave struck). And then the rain started. So my plans to wear a cute dress now needed to involve boots and a coat. Sigh. In more exciting news, looks like I might be heading back into my office by mid-August! It’s honestly going to be beyond weird to not be working from home and I will definitely need a bit of time to adjust but I’m excited!
dress: BB Dakota / necklace: Target / jacket: Vince Camuto / boots: Looks Like Summer 

Feature: This is amazing online market that showcases BIPOC creators.

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

The Oddity of It All

There’s something that still feels fundamentally strange to me about the fact that every morning I dress as though I were going to the office, sit through a couple of morning Zoom meetings in my work wear, and usually find myself in sweats by around 11 am each day. And yet, here we are.
leggings: Amazon (I seriously found the most amazingly comfortable and well-fitting leggings on Amazon) / shirt: Old Navy / blazer: Wilfred / shoes: Aldo / purse: Zara / necklace: Kate Hewko 

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Is It Summer?

Why yes, this is about as summery as I get…seriously, I don’t give up my all black looks in the summer but a linen maxi dress with side slits definitely helps to offset the heat a bit.
dress: Donna Karen / blazer: Philosophy / necklace: Swarovski / shoes: Spring 

Feature: This site’s resources on the history of BIPOC fashion are amazingly fascinating.

Friday, June 11, 2021

All the Frills: Art Addition

In addition to sprucing up Eleanor’s room recently, I also got a new print for the master bedroom (I’ve also always been captivated by Picasso’s Guernica). I think it’s a nice opposing wall to the gallery wall set up I have over the bed. Sort of evens the room out…

Weekend Reading:

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Poncho Addict

I may or may not be a bit of a poncho addict – I think it grew out of my fascination with capes (a poncho is, in many ways, a bit easier to wear as my arm movement isn’t restricted, although that’s never stopped me from a cape). At this point, in all seriousness, my closet is filled with an alarming number of caftans, ponchos, and capes. I’m just going to lean into that…
leggings: Hue / poncho: Fraas / necklace: Nordstrom Rack 

Feature: Some amazing Canadian BIPOC-owned brands.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

The Weather Has Foiled Me Again

When I took these photos it was finally nice enough, after a stretch of rainy days, wind, and lower than usual temperatures, for me to pack away my winter coats and transition to lighter weight jackets for my morning run to drop off Eleanor at her day home (you know, the only reason I have for leaving the house). Don't worry, it snowed (snowed!) since then, so there's that bubble burst. But, I also recently got my first dose of vaccine so I am 100% riding that high even if the weather confounds me.
coat: Bagatelle / leggings: Amazon / shirt: Reitmans / shoes: Spring 

Feature: So I’m way behind on things but I finally watched Netflix’s Disclosure and it was phenomenal – I highly recommend it!

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Just a Ball of Stress

Work these days has been punishing for me – no other good way to describe it than punishing. There are a bunch of legislative changes in the offing where I live that have the potential to have huge ramifications on the structure and daily operations of my organization and result in massive headaches and potential loss of revenue. Not only is that incredibly stressful but the worst part is we don’t know exactly the full scope of the changes (which means the impacts could range from next to nothing to a total overhaul of how we do almost everything) or exactly when the regulations will be released and take effect. So basically I wake up every morning with a sense of impending dread, which then follows me around for the day, and accompanies me to bed. And this situation has been going on for almost a year now – so I’m getting very close to my breaking point! I really need to increase my meditation frequency so I don’t completely lose it. Well, at least I look relatively calm on the outside?
dress: Simons / shoes: Old Navy / necklace: birthday gift 

Feature: You know I love Bravo and this was an amazing piece in relation to its programming.

Friday, April 30, 2021

All the Frills: Eleanor's Bedroom Refresh

Eleanor has graduated to a big kid bed so I used the purchase of this new furniture to give her room a little refresh (I’m particularly proud of her silver star curtains and my little flowerpot and ostrich feather concoction. And I was able to get some photos before she demanded that we get her Paw Patrol bedding and put that on...

Weekend Reading:

  • Okay, I’ve been to hundreds of yard sales in the New Haven area. How come this never happened to me? 

  • This is an amazing set of reflections on the amazingly talented and barrier-breaking Misty Copeland

  • I mean, of course the US tax code is riddled with racial inequities

  • This interview with a realtor who has a very strange property to sell is quite amusing. 

  • This is an amazing photography project that charts women’s friendships over an extended period.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

The Great Headband Experiment

Trying out a headband. This is where I’m at in my life, and in the pandemic, a place of headband experimentation. I guess there are worse places I could be…
leggings: Old Navy / headband: H&M / shoes: Aldo / jacket: Century 21 / shirt: ASOS 

Feature: I recently did an online bystander intervention training session with Hollaback! and I really, really recommend their offerings!

Monday, April 12, 2021

How Is It Winter Again?

We had a freak resurgence of winter recently (it snowed, temperatures dipped below freezing, and there was a several day streak of insanely blustery winds) and I was forced to pull out my heavier sweaters and boots (you know, for that glorious 15 minutes of the day that I actually spend outside of my house, seemingly chained to my home office).
dress: Zara / cardigan: ASOS / leggings: Old Navy / boots: Target / necklace: Saks Off 5th Feature: This is a great read about how we can shift perceptions around Black-owned brands being "only for Black people."

Monday, April 5, 2021

Ode to the Real Housewives of New Jersey

Just another morning, standing in front of my garage door before driving Eleanor to her day home, looking like a reject from the Real Housewives of New Jersey cast (no, that’s not accurate as they would never wear such sensible shoes).
shirt: Vince Camuto / jacket: Simons / pants: RW and Co / shoes: Aldo / necklace: Simons 

Feature: I’m excited to start this course, designed to be an eye-opener and a call to action for those who seek to be allies to Black women, in my downtime.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

This Sweatshirt Gets Me

Work has been very, very stressful for me of late so I find myself just wanting to live in leggings and oversized sweatshirts most days. And this one, in particular, is just so perfect for my mood of late.
shirt: Married to the Mob / leggings: Hue / boots: Aldo / jacket: The Bay / purse: Zara 

Feature: After reading Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodgee, I’ve moved onto their podcast, About Race (clearly I’m super into podcasts these days) and I highly recommend it.

Friday, March 12, 2021

All the Frills: Smelling Good Until 2022

I was lucky enough to receive a lot of my favourite perfume for Christmas. Like a lot, a lot. So, my little scent tray is now a full sized tray to accommodate everything and I’ll be smelling wonderful for several years.

Weekend Reading:

  • I’m sure it’s the Italian Renaissance portrait motif but I truly love this Dior collection

  • The Undefeated is an amazing project charting Black athletes in professional sport – I’m not super into sports but I’m definitely learning a lot. 

  • This is a fascinating read and really affirms the need for better pre-natal care (including paid leave pre-birth) as a way to ensure better post-natal outcomes. 

  • This person is my new hero

  • This is an amazing discovery!