Compassion

Lately I’ve been really leaning in on compassion. And it’s in direct response to what feels like an increasing amount of discontent and hostility in the universe. Perhaps it was simply mars in retrograde, but my gosh, what a tense month or so it’s been. 

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It’s only compassion that ever gets us anywhere. Getting even or worse - trying to get the upper hand - just keeps us on the hamster wheel of discontent (awkward analogy?). Plus it’s ugly. We don’t know anyone’s story, really , but own own. And chances are the person who is the meanest to you has had the toughest lot in life. It’s like that, isn’t it?

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On a lighter note, I have been looking everywhere for a pair of simple brown frame / brown lens glasses and this pair from Flower Eyewear is really doing it for me.

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Thanks for reading! Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend.


Madewell jeans (past season) // Flower sunglasses // Kate Spade boots // Fleur du Mal bodysuit

Fall Feels

Happy fall, everyone! Let's just go ahead and proclaim it! No sense in avoiding the inevitable, especially when the inevitable is the best season of the year!

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Fall is my favorite season.  I really don't love being cold in winter (got enough of that growing up.  If you have to start the car to warm it up before driving it, count me out) but I do love being pre-cold.  Which is exactly what fall has to offer.  I like putting on light layers and then shedding them like a butterfly emerging from a chrysalis as the day unfolds into warmer temperatures.  Plus, my hands-down favorite silhouette is covered arms and exposed legs, which is more or less the perfect fall uniform.

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Do people everywhere spend a lot of time talking about seasons and the weather? Because I sure do.  I think part of it might be related to growing up in a place with four distinct seasons per year, and watching them change is historically related to the success of your crops and your harvest and whatnot.  And nowadays, a big part of my daily grind is making sure I am intimately familiar with the 10-day forecast at all times.  Maybe I missed my calling as a meteorologist.  Also, not sure I like the phrase "daily grind." Probably won't be using that one again.

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Thanks for reading! Have a wonderful Sunday.


Uniqlo sweater (old) // Levi's shorts // Clarks sandals // The Sak bag // Armani sunglasses (old)

Making my Peace

I'm really not much of a risk-taker or a rule-breaker.  I've found that people commonly mistake me for the kind of girl who is.  The world is filled with assumptions, and a lot of us see what we want to see.  I actually work a very responsible day job and pack healthy lunches for my kids every morning.

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The challenge I love is pushing the boundaries from within, which actually takes a lot more creativity than just blatantly disregarding laws, rules, and regulations.  I've only ever picked up a hitchhiker, and that was a sincere effort to carpool. You know what actually drives me crazy? Blatant rule breakers who make it hard to get the high-road work done.  

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We are polarized in so many ways: the angel people versus the science people, the philanthropic people versus the self-starters, the high roaders versus the whatever-it-takes people. And so on.  I wish we weren't, but that's probably here to stay.  I'll work on just making my peace.

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Making a side note here to recognize that rules in place to breed oppression are quite fine to break.

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Thanks for reading! Have a wonderful weekend.


Lise Charmel bralette // Gap jacket // Levis shorts // Valentino sunglasses (old) // Vintage boots