It's a Lovely Day Today

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

 

Spring swept in two weeks ago and it's been such a lovely, welcomed change from the first two weeks of March which were rainy, cold, and miserable. The weather is still flighty (we had a chilly, thunderstorm-filled weekend) and most afternoons almost feel like summer, so winter clothes are officially packed away!

I couldn't feel more grateful...that last bit of February and March felt so rough to trudge through. I find it so funny how humans truly are seasonal: after a few months of something, we are all ready for a change. And I think everyone was in agreement that this winter dragged on and on. Between the dreary darkness and cold everyday, the few three months of the year have felt like endless slogging forward  - ' we just have to make it through. Just a bit longer.'

And now, April. An exhale, finally. Sunglasses and short sleeved shirts, iced cold brew, and flats and glorious sandals. I can actually enjoy choosing outfits now instead of the calculated 'what will keep me warmest yet pass as professional attire' attitude.

Today is one of those lovely in-between days, a sister day to October mornings, when the sky is perfectly blue, sun glints on the wet grass and through windows, but there's a cool, crisp breeze rippling through trees and hair. A very Doris Day day.

Some things of note this spring so far:

Walking weather
Because the weather has thoroughly switched to warm, albeit occasionally hot, days, it's made walking infinitely more appealing. My work wife and I have been walking to most meetings and I've even ventured to the library a few times. The trick I've learned is to leave early enough for a slow, leisurely stroll

Denim
I recently broke down and placed a few orders of petite jeans because black feels too heavy and hot most days (light denim for spring? Groundbreaking, I know) and I might as well have ones that fit properly. After 20 years, I finally found my perfect inseam as well as own more than one pair of jeans. What a time to be alive...

English countryside Instagram accounts
England has long had my heart with its grassy knolls and hills, National Trusts, trains, and tea with cake...but spring feels especially English with daffodils, gardens, and even a rogue lamb here or there. Charlotte-Anne Fidler's account is always full of scenic countryside views.

Musicals
There isn't a more perfect spring film than Funny Face with Audrey Hepburn. Pink, Paris, flowers, brightly-hued balloons? Spring personified.
 

February Feelings

Tuesday, February 26, 2019



I always love the colors and feel of February...it's a cold month full of rain and cold winds, but still suffused with reds (lipstick, roses in stores, flashes of envelopes in mailboxes, bright sweaters), blushes (prints hanging on the wall, Sunday sunsets, watercolor hues spilling across dappled paper), soft creams (book pages, lattes, plush-topped rugs, lamplit walls), and rich shades of darkness (wooden shelves and tables gleaming under lights, shadows flickering in a candle-lit bathroom, the gathering dusk while coming home). A good month for luxurious, winding saxophone notes reverberating though a hushed room; opening the blinds to let in grey, wet skies; stacking the pile of winter reads high; hot baths on Friday and Sunday evenings; stealing a nap when possible. 

February feels as if it's flying by after the long stretch of January. I'm eager for spring in so many ways--there's a hint here or there these days: purple blossoms in a tree, weekend evenings light past 6 o'clock, daffodils springing up in a burst of golden yellow by the library. But not yet...she's still a ways off, that flighty Spring. She's simply flirting with us, clear and sunny one day, wearying and overcast the next. Even the March rains, roaring in like a lion, have yet to come. 

So for now, a few more days of February. 

For now, still winter. 

Quiet, sleepy, dark, at times dreary...a reminder to keep resting. 

February Covers of the New Yorker

 

The days are only getting grayer and drearier, so here's a few favorite covers from the February issues of the New Yorker...

 







 Happy last week of February!

Winter Covers of The New Yorker

Tuesday, February 12, 2019


 
 
I have a long love affair with covers of The New Yorker. Instantly classic and quirky, it feels quintessentially East Coast and metropolitan. I am always a sucker for excellent art design, whimsical illustrations, and nods to seasonal/current affairs.
 
While winter continues to stretch on and days alternate between freezing and overcast, here are some of my favorite winter covers from January...I love how they capture the feeling of quiet and taking refuge inside. Although, the one with the dog and piano is all too apropos for the long, unending days sometimes.



 
 
 


 

What's saving my life right now

Friday, February 1, 2019

 

And just like that it's Friday, and January is finally over. This month has felt so long, probably because it was five whole weeks!

It's been a slow start to the year for which I'm grateful, because I wish every month felt so solidly like this month we are in right now. Now it's February 1st and already the year feels like it's flying by.

This week in particular felt long and dreary because of the weather (cold, grey, wet, windy, etc.), and yet yesterday night, I realized it was Thursday. Only eight short hours before the weekend begins.

 Anne from Modern Mrs. Darcy periodically shares what's saving her life in whatever current season she is in: it's always a collection of small, silly, and significant things that make life a little easier.

Here's what is saving my life this winter.

Grapefruit. Ever winter, without fail, I find myself dehydrated, constantly reaching for water, and craving citrus. Grapefruits become my favorite snack or a juicy addition to breakfast.

Old Hollywood black and white films. I find myself craving something classic, familiar and comfortable that is light and funny. Rather than deep diving through the numerous, more modern comedies on Netflix or try something new only to stop halfway because the plot is dragging, it's been such a relief to turn to old classics. Something about watching people laugh and quip their way through another era is refreshing too. Some Like It Hot, anyone?

My heating pad. Lately at night, I've taken to slipping it underneath the blankets at the end of the bed as a foot-warmer and it makes aaaall the difference without turning on our heat. It automatically turns off after a while, so there's never any safety issues.

Podcasts. While I don't have a weekly hour and a half drive anymore (thank you, long distance relationship), I've been listening to even more podcasts lately at work or when driving errands. I tend to favor cozy, chatty ones--preferably British--and it always brightens up the workday.

Decluttering/organizing. I love doing this both in winter and at the start of a new year anyway, but since I spent January watching Tidying Up with Marie Kondo and falling in love with her cardigan/skirt combo and joyful exclamations at mess along with the rest of the world. I prefer watching for her, not necessarily the families she visits, but it was fun to put the show on while I tacked the medicine drawer and paper files.

Gloves. One of the worst things about winter is getting in the car and having to drive with a cold steering wheel. My car takes a while to heat up, as most cars do, which means the heat begins as an icy blast. Ryan bought me a pair of inexpensive gloves to keep in my car--during the day, they stay in my purse so I can wear them on the way to and from work. And I'm all the happier for it.

 

 
 
And because who doesn't love good things to read, here are some of my favorite online reads from January...
Marie Kondo's interpreter Marie Iida is quietly delightful, and such a perfect counterpoint to her.

Hannah's post about broken bodies felt especially after I had such a big life change year. She had a baby and writes about the physical stress of that, but I identified with so much she said. Her thoughts on January are equally true.

I've watched Carly's blow-dry tutorial video numerous times. It's oddly therapeutic and satisfying: the gold hotel bathroom details, especially, but she recently shared an updated curling tutorial as well.

I also loved her post about vacuums (welcome to adulthood where the most appealing online content focuses on organizing, cleaning, taxes, and spreadsheets).

Liv's love letter to the suburbs was perfectly timed. I've been thinking more and more about a small ordinary life lately. Many thoughts to follow.

I love Elsie's posts and have been inspired by her and her sister Emma to delve more into crafts this year...I loved seeing how she caught up on photo books.

Speaking of books, Anne's list of 23 books she can't wait to read in 2019 is a sneak peek at new books debuting this year. Her book list posts and summer reading guides are my go-to resources when looking for titles to add to my "to-read" list.

Cup of Jo nailed it again. Who doesn't love ideas like a soup group to survive winter?

Happy February, and (hopefully) last month of winter!