Tuesday, August 15, 2017

My Thoughts on Self Care

One of my favorite things to do when walking around the city or riding the subway is to listen to podcasts.  I have a few tried and true favorites, like Monocycle and the Tim Ferriss Show.  However, I was recently introduced to The Simple Sophisticate podcast by Shannon Ables and I feel that it has already improved my life in subtle, small ways.  One topic Shannon often discusses on her podcast is the idea of self care.  How do we care for ourselves as a woman in the modern world?  Most self care articles and opinions shared today focus on women who are moms- and for good reason.  Everyone knows being a mom (and a dad!) is emotionally and physically taxing.  Combine that with many who also have full-time careers, and it's easy to understand why mothers need to be reminded of the importance of caring for themselves first.   But one topic that isn't often discussed is self care as a single woman.  The Simple Sophisticate shares her opinion that being single can actually be quite luxurious, and I couldn't agree more. The past 2 years I have been single, and it's given me a lot of time and space to grow as a person.  I've gotten to go to the beat of my own drum- move across the country, develop a routine that worked well for me, explore my newfound interests, and become incredibly resourceful on my own.  In the end, I think these things will only allow me to be a better partner for someone down the line.


So how does self care look for me?   Here are 5 things I've done to nurture my sense of well-being:

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Style Stalking: Maja Wyh

I've always considered myself someone who appreciates fashion and is inspired by good style.  I love to observe trends, study the biannual fashion week runways, and read the next season projections in my favorite glossies.  I also find it fascinating that the way people dress often reflects a country's current economic state (yes, there is a correlation- ever heard of the hemline theory?).  As much as I love following fashion, I don't get too creative or adventurous when it comes to my own wardrobe.  I'm short (5' 2"), and I know by now the silhouettes and cuts that work best on my shape- and I tend to stick with those when pulling together a look. Still, I do borrow subtle styling ideas and layering techniques from fashion gurus.  One style maven I've become infatuated with this year is Maja Wyh.  Her website sits on my favorites bar and I love scrolling through her site and her instagram to check out her latest looks.  She's the queen of baggy pants, strappy heels, breezy dresses and wraps, and layers upon layers of sweaters and coats when the weather calls for it.  Here are a few of my favorite looks from Maja:



To me, her style transcends fashion and is more of an art form.  She manages to balance the loose and free flowing with the tailored, the masculine with the feminine, the flashy with the classic.  Her looks are fabulously curated yet she presents them effortlessly.











While it feels criminal to find inspiration from winter ensembles at the moment, it would be remiss of me not to share some of Maja's layered cold weather looks:






Obviously I love the leopard print accents in many of her looks, as well.  The girl is fierce!  Which look is your fave?

Follow Maja's blog here and her instagram here.

Monday, August 7, 2017

5 Woven Handbags Under $50

I'm all about joining in on a seasonal trend, but not at an exorbitant cost. That's why today I rounded up some of my favorite woven basket bags, all under $50! With the majority of August still in front of us, and if you're very lucky, a warm September too, I think now is still a great time to invest in one of these bags.

1.) Urban Outfitters Roseanne Straw Bucket Bag, $49


2.) Etsy Round Straw Basket Bag, $49


3.) Zara Raffia Bucket Bag, $19.99


4.) En Shalla Basket Bag, $47.50 (and a more neutral option that's just a bit over $50!):

5.) Round Wicker Basket with Double Leather Handle, $41:



6.) Ahava Small Handwoven Straw Bag, $40:


BONUS:  My favorite is this vintage beauty originally from Bali, for just a bit more ($78):
...And, a cute tote that could also conveniently be used as a basket in your home, $35:







Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Color Cravings

Hi all!  I've slowly climbed back in to the work week after a relaxing, long vacation, so I apologize for my absence earlier this week.  Today's post is quite random, but I really just wanted to share some beautiful imagery that falls within specific color palettes that feel inspiring to me.  

...WHITE + BLUSH...





...PINK...




 ...RED, WHITE, & BLUE...


March 11 Embroidered Top, Similar Here and Here:


A petite tufted chair in the prettiest blue:



And a statement-making headboard in a cherry apple red:


A Persian rug that combines these 2 luscious hues:

...BLUE AND WHITE...












Happy Hump Day!

XO,


Sam



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Friday, July 28, 2017

Friday's Worthy Links- 7.28.17

Happy Friday!  Any big plans for the weekend?  I head back to NYC tomorrow morning after a fun week of vacation in Seaside, FL.  I'll be sad to say goodbye to my family (especially my niece and nephew) after such a fun week together.  Thank you to everyone who emailed/tweeted/instagram commented and shared their favorite spots in the 30A/Seaside/Destin area.  I tried to visit as many as I could!  Before stepping in to my last full day on vacation, I wanted to share my favorite links from this past week.


Friday's Worthy Links:

Don't blame yourself. - The New Yorker

Get inspired by these absolutely elegant small bathrooms- My Domaine

Speaking of small bathrooms, this has changed my before-work routine.  I prefer sitting down at my makeshift vanity to do makeup with this now versus leaning over my sink to try and use my minuscule bathroom mirror. - Amazon

I've been reading this book on my Kindle app and have found it so fascinating.  Next up, I want to read this in preparation for the upcoming movie! - Amazon

After receiving the few items I ordered from the #nSale, this was definitely my favorite. I ordered a size small and it fits perfectly.  If you want a looser look, size up. -Nordstrom

What to say (and not say) to a grieving friend. - A Cup of Jo

-How to piss off every New Yorker in 36 seconds. - You Tube

-Feeling particularly inspired by this design firm's portfolio. - Studio Life.style.

-What I wish I knew before I became an influencer. - The Man Repeller

-This resonated with me.  - Raptitude 

-I invested in these recently and I can't stop wearing them.  They made a little appearance in a recent instagram snap here, too! -The Frye Company

-Can't stop listening to this song when I get home from work and am unwinding. -You Tube

Have a great weekend!

XOXO,

Sam






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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Sam Loves: 24

This week I've been at the beach with my family and it's been just lovely.  We're in Seaside, Florida where The Truman Show was filmed and I completely understand why they chose this location:  it's absolutely dreamy.  We rented a beach house this week to celebrate my mom and dad's birthdays and we've all been going back and forth between the house's pool and the beach nearby.  Last night we made a low country shrimp boil on the back porch and today we're going out to a restaurant for dinner in 30A.  It's been so nice to get out of the concrete jungle for the week and enjoy the slow pace of vacation.  Because of vacation vibes, I'm drawn to soft summer hues like sky blue and sea green this week and a mix of textures that only beach life can inspire:



Sam Loves: 24 (From top to bottom, left to right):

Sundrop Earrings, $49.95/

Idyllic seating arrangement designed by Summer Thorton Design, featured on Circa Lighting's website.

Jenny Wolf's newly renovated Cobble Hill townhouse is perfect down to the last drop.  The guest bedroom features bedding by Leontine Linens and Farrow & Ball's Oval Room Blue on the walls./

20" x 26" Retro Mod Small Navy II Art Piece, $149/

Catalina Lace Up Dress, $170/

Urban Electric Harford Light Fixture hanging in a stunning kitchen, both designed by Steven Gambrel/

Kayu Coco Bag, $160/

Set of 10 Gold Greek Key Goblets, $275/


Happy Thursday!

XOXO,

Sam




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