Currently: November 2015

I don't know about you guys, but the holidays are already kind of busting my buns. We're heading to London on the 19th and will be there through the new year, which means that I have about two and a half weeks to make all of the things happen. 

No matter, everything will get done. Over the last few months, we've been all over North Carolina, to South Carolina, to Atlanta, and are headed for New York this weekend before we go to London. I love travelling and hate sitting still, so at this point it's just finding ways to fit in everything else around it. For now, my plans include writing holiday cards on the plane, and making a daily and weekly schedule on a piece of poster board, elementary school-style, to make sure everything is in place. I'd be nowhere without nerdy, organizational, multi-tasking tricks like these.

Otherwise, November was a good month for me – I turned 30, and feel like I found my footing after a few months of feeling lost and frankly, a little panicked. I haven't talked about it much here only because I'm assuming you guys can hear about my anxiety related to moving only so many times, but our first few months back in the States were hard. Way harder than I expected, which was surprising. October was a tough month for me, and I struggled with panic attacks.

In the words of Nancy Donovan, it was wicked hahd. But now, I'm on the other side of the tunnel. 

This month will be busy but much better. I feel really solid on my feet and am excited about some new things that will happen in the new year. More to come there.

To catch you up, here are a few quick snaps as well as some thoughts on what I've been up to, currently:

practicing yoga in a studio more often. i'm a big fan of this app for what i like to think of as yoga touch ups, or everyday maintenance, because it provides perfect 15-30 minutes of do-at-home-yoga. still, nothing beats going to an actual class, and i'm lucky that this very talented and generally badass gal is a teacher at my local studio.

he's my husband and all so (obviously) i'm going to say good things, but i've been really, really enjoying this guy's photos of our time and travels around the states lately.

eating the heck out of carob spirulina bites, which i discovered thanks to an impulse buy at my local co-op. i really and truly can't stop eating these guys.  you can find something similar here, though i'd recommend buying the $3-4 version before you commit to a large order. 

drooling over everything by pippa romana, per usual. carla recently sent me the everyday top in gorgeous indigo and i haven't really quite taken it off.

feeling all the feels after a thanksgiving that felt relaxing and not at all rushed. best holiday? best holiday.

meeting internet friends 'IRL', which is one of my favorite things. i spent a recent sunday boozing it up with some lovely ladies for the bright blog bash, ate the kind of delicious treats and snacks that only food bloggers can make, and rubbed elbows with some of the nicest gals around. thanks again, katie + susannah, for throwing one heck of a gorgeous shindig.

wearing the nonstop fall uniform of levi's 501s and a grey sweatshirt. mine is hanes, but i could do with this one as well.

kind of enjoying being 30 so far. i didn't expect to feel different, but i just feel a lot more solid these days. it's awesome.

continuing my longheld relationship with dr. bronner's, thanks to a recently completed bulk order of bar soap in peppermint – it's such a clean scent and a perfect little bar. my go-to for everyday use (meaning every single day).

loving the work of stationery designer (and my new pen pal) kate of of note stationers. take it from someone who knows – these cards are classy, not to mention all completely handmade. minimal holiday greetings, anyone?

becoming a full-on aromatherapy addict after i worked on this guide for clementine daily. favorite picks? vitruvi, happy spritz, little barn, woodlot.

also loving this lotion, which smells so, so good – and helps to save our poor bee population.

thanking my lucky stars for incredible friends like bobbie, queen of happy mail, who sent me the most wonderful birthday card package complete with tons of awesome beauty samples...

and lindsay ryden, my pal and an insanely talented fine artist and illustrator, who sent me a package of her gorgeous holiday cards. email her for commissions!

watching/loving master of none, reading/loving the clasp, and flipping through/loving the gorgeous plotted.

and finally, listening to this podcast nonstop (and i'm sure you are, too). in other podcast news, alec baldwin's 2014 interview with ira glass is golden if you haven't heard it.

 

Thanks for reading, gang! What are you watching/eating/loving/using, currently? I'd love, love, love to hear about your latest random obsessions. Hit me up!


Currently: August + September 2015

I know we're all head over heels for fall at this point, but there are still days in North Carolina that feel downright summery. Were I back in London, I would've been wrapped in long sleeves for months now. But here, in The Old North State? We're only now getting to the point where you need a little something extra for warmth in the mornings. Afternoons are still firmly reserved for bare legs, short sleeves, and light layers.

We've been taking advantage of what the late summer has to offer (last weekend's hurricane weather definitely not included) and spending as much time outdoors as possible. That includes a late August beach trip, and a return to the beach this weekend. Because really – if you haven't been to the beach in autumn, you need to make a point to go. There's just something about being at the beach when there's a slight chill in the air and that shocking, crisp light that only happens at this time of year that's pretty breathtaking. It's also just 2.5 hours away by car, so who can complain?

That's where I'll be if you need me over the next couple of days. In the meantime, here's a look at what we've been up to currently – loving, doing, experiencing, and the rest – in our little pocket of North Carolina:

looking for a quieter mind via meditation and accupuncture, which i'm trying for the first time tonight. all of your wonderful recommendations for meditation have led me on the hunt for a teacher or studio in the raleigh-durham area. i've done some cold research, but if anyone has a recommendation please let me know here. thank you!

loving stowaway's genius tiny makeup which, thanks to its size, means that you'll never keep your mascara or blush for longer than you really should. (hello, bacteria.) bonus: this eyeliner is legitimately the best i've tried in a while.

embracing the very great and very easy life hack of putting smoothie ingredients in the blender the night before. not exactly a game changer, but definitely a time saver.

(finally) jumping on the mindy kaling bandwagon and loving every second of it. after reading "why not me?" for a virtual bookclub with one of my london girlfriends, i began watching "the mindy project" and am now about to start "is everyone hanging out without me?" and genuinely lol-ing across the board.  now, i just want to be friends with her. 

finetuning my copywriting skills and loving it. my background is in magazines and lifestyle journalism, but over the last year i've been doing more copywriting work and found it to be pretty great.

adding turmeric to my warm drink routine and feeling the benefits, especially when used sparingly and paired with raw honey. yum.

smelling pretty good, and working to calm my settling-in-a-new-area anxieties with help from woodlot's lavender + bergamot refreshing mist (love a good mist!) and little barn apothecary's lemongrass + mint body oil.

appreciating the support we've received for monday monday! this is a small side project i've been working on for the last couple of months and it's been so nice to finally share it with others. and if you'd like to buy those lovely striped shirts you see in the picture above, you can do see here.

trying my hand at gardening and almost failing. i recently brought a zebra plant, four succulents, and a sturdy leafy green tropical plant with a name i've already forgotten to our room. embracing bright light, misting, and prayers for their survival. 

enjoying seeing the south, my home region, through the eyes of someone brand new to the area. makes you give things you'd normally pass a second glance, and a deeper look.

obsessing over california, still, and hoping to plan a trip back to l.a. this winter to satisfy my cali-crush. (people who live there: is it as cool as it looks?)

hanging out with beloved family (both here, and visiting from south africa) and feeling grateful. also, feeling thankful for technology (whats up, whatsapp) for connecting me with the ones i love who are far away.

wearing my sailor pants, the product of some serious slow shopping, and my someware lace-up sandals. the two together, paired with long sleeves as needed, are making my north carolina warm fall wardrobe something special.

meeting lots of lovely people in the raleigh-durham area and thanking my stars yet again for the beauty of instagram and the blogging world. my 'network' is ever expanding thanks to this blog and social media and i'm so appreciative of it.

 

what are you up to, currently? anything you're particularly loving, eating, drinking, thinking about, obsessing over lately? even the most mundane things are welcome – i'd love to hear!


Currently: July 2015

Well, things have certainly changed since last month's Currently, haven't they?

It's been almost a month since we arrived in the States but it feels much longer than that. It's so odd how your perception of time can warp depending on a current situation.

We've gotten tons done in the last month (bank accounts, phone numbers, social security stuff, that all-important mattress) and are also allowing for plenty of time to explore the city and try out all of the markets and restaurants – Durham has a killer food scene, and it's a much easier, more affordable experience eating out than it ever was in New York or London (obviously). That's been nice.

Overall, we're loving exploring our new city and settling in to our slower, greener way of life. I've been sleeping so well, thanks to either the release of such a big stress, quieter surroundings, or maybe it's just that giant mattress. We definitely miss London and our friends and family there, but for selfish reasons it is very nice to wake up either naturally or to an alarm, rather than the sound of double decker buses driving by your window at 5 AM. 

Anyway. Here's a look at what we've been up to, Currently, for our first month back in the States:

hunkering down with my mom (and borrowing her car) as we get things settled. to come: our own place, a car, a dog – which is probably the most exciting part of our entire move/maybe the point?

unpacking, albeit intentionally. since we'll be moving to our own place at some point, most personal belongings are staying in the 13 cardboard boxes that surround me as i type this. the very fact that we're able to do that makes me wonder if we even need what's in those boxes. maybe i need to read my own post on minimalist moving tips?

feeling completely obsessed with california after my quick trip to l.a. that i definitely haven't stopped talking about.

looking for new ways to embrace wellness. on my "to try" list is this yoga studio (thanks to sasha for the recommendation), kombucha and kimchi , and maybe this and this.

(finally) wearing summer clothes in all forms, from sandals to sundresses. it's been 3 summers since i needed hot weather clothes, and i've arrived just in time for all of the sales. so far, i'm stocking up on comfy cotton everlane tanks.

drinking all of the iced coffee thanks to the leftovers from my morning chemex, which makes the best homemade iced coffee ever. if you really want to live dangerously, consider adding a dash of chocolate milk. 

cuffs are my go to when it come to bracelets, but i'm currently having a thing for thin, delicate wrap bracelets. this began when i started wearing this one from jukserei and this one from miss balader that i won in a (super sweet) giveaway.

enjoying the flowers that dear june letters sent over, as well as the discovery of my new favorite local flower shop. (thank you!)

minimizing my bug bites with this natural bug spray that also smells pretty great.

reading this book and enjoying the description of brighton and another (very different) expat experience.

eating all of the mexican food in the southeast, because combination plates.

hoping to fit in a last minute trip to the beach next month (!). i haven't worn a bathing suit in two years, y'all, so it's about damn time that happens. (also: the wood paneling in this beach cottage is pretty great.)

 

so: what have you been up to? traveling, camping, trying to stay cool, avoiding bugs, eating mexican food, drinking iced coffee, starting new projects? i'd love to hear!


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!