9 Aug

The Art of Being Alone

So, it’s Friday night and you don’t have any plans. Not because you don’t have any options, but because you chose to be alone. Some of you may think it’s a crazy proposition… but is it?

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In a world where we are constantly connected— inundated by the noise of texting, Facebook, Twitter, and email alerts; blaring Pandora in our headphones; going from work to gym to play— it can be shocking to sit still in a quiet house.  On the other hand, it can be a reprieve to find some solitude in your hectic life. It can feel as though you have your own space to call yours and the rest of the world is shut out, even if only for a night.

Our society seems to connect being alone to loneliness, when in fact these are two very different things. Alone time is truly so important. It’s a time where we don’t have to be anywhere, we don’t have to get ready for anyone or anything, and we can just be.

So, what can you do when you’re alone? You can do a little bit of nothing, which many times, includes the things we never make time to do. Try any of the below for some satisfying downtime away from your hectic go-go-go schedule.

1. Pamper your oh-so-deserving self. I feel like I’m always in a rush to get ready. When I finally have some “me time” I like to do some extra feel-good steps: put a good-smelling lotion on after a shower, use a facemask, exfoliate, whiten my teeth … you get the idea.

2. Make that long overdue phone call to a friend or family member.

3. Lay in bed (because none of us actually spend enough time there!) and get lost in a magazine, or even better, a book.

4. Do the little things you’ve been putting off. Order prints of your most recent photos to fill that empty frame or deep clean your bathroom. (Yes, cleaning isn’t that glamorous but it’s oddly therapeutic.)

5. Cook. When was the last time you actually made a meal that involved more thought than which Lean Cuisine you should microwave? It’s so much easier to get take-out, I know. But there’s something soothing about using your hands to make something and a house that smells like baked goodness. Real Simple and Cooking Light have great recipes and the blog Carrots ‘N Cake has innovative healthy ones, too.

If you’re feeling ambitious, try a digital detox for a night. And for some more feel-good things to try, check out these YOLO-inspired ideas.

Come the next morning, I guarantee you’ll feel recharged just by doing something for you. Even if that something was a little bit of nothing!

What are your thoughts on spending some quality alone time? Do you have any favorite ways to wind down? Share them below!

3 Aug

Have a Sweet Weekend

Happy Friday, lovely readers!  This week has been such a whirlwind with our move, but I’m so happy to officially be in our new place (even though it’s full of boxes and looks a little bit like a tornado hit :)  This weekend promises to be just as busy— I’m driving up to Sonoma to do hair & makeup for a wedding, then Trav and I are spending our Sunday furniture shopping, woo!

But before all that, let’s take a few minutes to check out some fun links from around the web…

A beautiful DIY washer and ribbon necklace… who knew?!

A great resource for finding your next good read.

This is just what we need.

Polka dot tie.

Love this classic, go-with-everything bag

Cute updo for short or long hair!

Is it Fall yet?  Because I want some pumpkin fluff dip.

The sexiest spot for a tattoo…

I’m doing this woman’s hair for her wedding… this was our trial run :)

And a few {bb} posts you may have missed…

How to make your own terrarium.

Easy onion strings.

Simple summer makeup

What are you up to this weekend?  Doing anything fun?  Any tips for finding good furniture?  Share your thoughts in the comments!

27 Jul

Have a Cheerful Weekend (Go, Giants!)

Happy Friday!  What are you up to?  Travis and I are starting our move!  I can’t believe it’s really happening— it all fell into place so quickly.  We’re super excited to have more space and hopefully settle into this new apartment long-term.  (This is our FIFTH apartment in FOUR years… too much moving!)

My family is coming up to the city to help, and we’re also going to a Giants-Dodgers game while they’re visiting.  It’s going to be a whirlwind!  (I hope we have time to watch the start of the Olympics!)

So, before the craziness kicks in, let’s peruse these fun links from around the web…

Cool patchwork quilt.

Trav and I want to make cinnamon roll pancakes this weekend!

Drugstore alternatives to pricey makeup.

Sometimes judging a book by its cover can be hilarious :)

100 jaw-dropping lipstick looks!

Love this eco-chic wedding

A video to get you pumped for London 2012!

Creative tattoos— I love the ampersand.

Dip dyed wrap dress.

Five maxi skirt sewing tutorials!

And a few {bb} posts you may have missed…

DIY heart garland.

Short hairstyle inspiration…

Backyard havens.

What are you up to this weekend?  Are you a busy bee or will you be laying low?  Will you be tuning into the opening ceremonies for the Olympics tonight?  Got any fun links of your own to share?

18 Jul

On Book Clubs…

A few months ago, a friend invited me to join her book club here in the city.  After graduating college, I had been hoping to join one— I love to read, but I never make enough time for it, and I thought a book club would help keep me reading new books.  Little did I know just how AWESOME it truly is!

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The book club serves its original purpose: I am definitely reading more.  We meet every 4-6 weeks and this month we’re reading a memoir called Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman, which I highly recommend.  But I’m finding that there’s so much more to book clubs than just the reading.

I love the ladies in my group, and I adore the monthly ritual of getting together and enjoying dinner (or appetizers, or brunch) and chatting about everything from relationships to pap smears (and, oh yeah— the books!)

I’d encourage all of you to try creating a book club of your own, or if your interests lie somewhere else, start a sewing club or a baking swap.  Make the time for yourself to spend one evening a month with a group of gals, and I guarantee you’ll be hooked.

Are you part of a book club?  Have you thought about starting a different type of club?  What about a couple’s book club with women & men?  What are you reading at the moment?  Share your thoughts in the comments!

25 May

Have A Fabulously Long Weekend

What are you up to this holiday weekend, my sweets?  Travis and I are going camping!  I’m super excited; we both love to camp, but we didn’t have time to go last summer because we were planning our wedding.  I can’t wait to read by the lake, make s’mores, and spend a couple of night snuggled up by a bonfire.

Let’s kick off this weekend with some fun posts from around the web…

Mmmm… fruit pizza!

Non-white wedding dresses.

Which of these makeup looks is your fave?

A fun use for trendy summer neon.

How magical is this bed?!

Neat uses for old books.

Embrace messy hair!

And a few {bb} posts you may have missed…

A recipe for delicious homemade pesto.

How did you meet your significant other?

Would you rather: beauty edition.

Dream house.

See you back here on Tuesday!

How are you celebrating Memorial weekend?  Going out of town?  Hosting a shindig?  Catching up on sleep?  Share in the comments!