Currently: June 2015

Recently it came to my attention that, despite the fact that I love getting personal on this blog and writing introspective pieces about anxietybody image, and the like, I don't really talk about my day to day life. Not a lot of details on my dinners or heavy product-focused content. I'm kind of the opposite of one of those people who does shopping haul videos, and I'm fine with that. 

It's just that all of that stuff is regular and everyday to me, and so I feel like no one really cares to hear about it. But in the spirit of trying new things, I'm attempting to make myself realize that it's not everyday for you – because it's my life, and not yours. You don't know what magazine I bought the other day, what flowers are on my table, what I did on Saturday night (hint: sweatpants). Maybe you're curious and maybe you're not but either way, I figure it's time to start sharing a bit more of the everyday. Yeah?

I'm introducing a new column of sorts where each month I'll share a few things that I'm doing, eating, trying, or loving, along with some recent shots around town. Let me know if you like this, or if it feels boring. (I don't want it to feel boring!)

And because I want to maintain some element of internet coolness, I'm calling it Currently. Without further delay, this is what I'm currently up to:

living in a half-empty flat after we shipped all of our stuff to the states via a container freight last month. our piles of books and clothes are currently in the middle of the atlantic. the whole process of shipping a large amount of items internationally started out feeling extremely stressful and ended up being...kind of easy. basically, a mover shows up at your house and makes sure you have nothing in your pile of belongings that could potentially cause a fire. the mover then wraps everything you own in the craziest amount of bubble wrap you've ever seen and sticks it in a box that's as tall as you. it's kind of cool, and  felt freeing to suddenly have all of our belongings gone, just like that. it's a sign of progress and made my head feel a heck of a lot clearer. (also, if you need an international moving recommendation i've got a good one for you.)

using olive oil as a body moisturizer and kind of loving it. i first got into oils via coconut oil, like most people, and as much as i love it, i've gotten a little tired  of smelling like a macaron. the thing is, using olive oil now makes me want a fresh loaf of bread. next on the list to try is almond oil and jojoba oil, as well as the very magical sounding unicorn oil for a solid dose of aromatherapy.

and on the beauty note, last weekend i tried an avocado mask on my hair for the first time. it was messy for sure, but left my hair super soft to the point that i kept asking my husband to touch it.  then, i spent (a long) time flipping my hair around like a pantene commercial. (ps – this was saturday night. i'm very old.)

loving solid white tote bags, which feel surprisingly chic. apiece apart told me to do it, and now i'm hooked.

feeling a wave of appreciation for the incredible female podcasters out there. i finally gave "stuff mom never told you" a chance, and i'm hooked. the one on the history of vegetarianism is so interesting and full of facts like this: only 5% of americans identify as veggie, and only 2% of folks in the uk. isn't that much lower than you would've thought?

wearing my new handmade bracelet nonstop. i took one knitting class in college and have had a huge respect for the knitters of the world ever since. get your own bangle here!

consuming these flax energy bites like it's my job. (see? and this was 2 weeks ago)

wearing only mom jeans and flares, but in the mood for some short, straight skirts – a la this, and sort of like this one and this one

beyond obsessed with amy schumer and watching this video from glamour uk's women of the year awards on repeat. who's watched all of inside amy schumer, and, are you as obsessed as me and the rest of the world?

squeezing in "before we go" things in london, like last weekend's trip to the barbican and a recent trip to columbia road flower market. for those of you who don't know, the barbican is a giant art center – theater, performance hall, galleries, restaurants, that sort of thing. but my favorite part about it is the architecture. the area was left in ruins after the war, and so it was rebuilt in this crazy style of architecture – brutalist, i believe it's called – and it has a minimalist, japanese feel and also feels a little sci-fi. i promise to publish more photos of it soon, along with photos from barcelona! (what? it's only been two months since we got back...) anyway, we made sandwiches in the morning then spent the day wondering around the barbican without even going in – we just enjoyed the architecture and the feeling of being in a super modernist, strangely empty park in the middle of an enormous city. my mission was to get as much sun as possible, so most of my time was spent sitting on benches with my face to the sky. heaven. 

enjoying spices and herbs for sort of the first time. i am terrible at cooking but luckily i married someone who enjoys it, so together we are slowly wading in to the world of herbs and spices. (particular emphasis on things like cilantro and turmeric)

feeling glad that i discovered oh comely before leaving london. not feeling glad that i discovered it right before leaving london. 

not sleeping past 4:30 or 5 in the morning. the sun rises at 4:30 this time of year in london, and even with great curtains and two sleeping masks the struggle is real. 

and for those of you who are wondering what's going on with our move, the long and short of it is that we hope to be in the states by the end of the month. yes, this month. more news to come very, very soon! 

 

thanks for reading! what have you been up to this month? are you into oils? what spices should i try? are you traveling this summer? i'd love to know!

 


Robin Reetz

I’m an expat currently living between London and North Carolina. I'm the Home & Living Editor at Clementine Daily, handle partnerships and more at DesignGood, and create content for folks like Teen Vogue. Also, I love independent designers. Find out more about me here: http://secondfloorflat.com/about-me/