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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

My Monthly Edit



READING
Though it's two years old, I just came across this article last week and it really struck a chord with me.  It talks about sharing with our daughters why staying active & being healthy is important (spoiler alert: it has nothing to do with fitting into a specific size).  I think she makes solid points & provides a great perspective on what our true focus should be.  I've mentioned before my own personal challenges of parenting a tween when it comes to body image (here), so I want to be very purposeful about teaching her the correct motivation for fitness.

WEARING
One of the things I love most about social media is connecting with other women who I would not have otherwise crossed paths with.  I can't remember how I came across Andrea's site, but I instantly loved her realistic approach to clean eating and could definitely relate to her journey dealing with an AI disease.  We had conversed a few times on Instagram, so when she started talking about BeautyCounter, I was intrigued.  I've been trying to slowly transition to beauty products with less harmful ingredients & this seemed like a great option.  I ordered the sunscreen for our whole family & this foundation for myself (I was previously using Estée Lauder Double Wear).  I absolutely fell in love with Tint Skin and found it to be much more natural looking than what I had been wearing before.  It goes on a little light, but has a nice buildable formula for those who need a bit more coverage.  (The shade I wear is Linen & they have a flexible return policy if the color you order isn't a perfect match for your skintone.)

MAKING
With the recent heat wave we've been experiencing in New York, I haven't been wanting to bake for my family as much I normally do.  And my kids were getting upset with me for not letting them eat all the store-bought frozen desserts that their friends in the neighborhood regularly enjoy.  So we came to a compromise and decided to make our own popsicles - that way I could control the ingredients to ensure they were healthy & they would still feel like they were getting a special treat.  I bought these BPA-free molds & we have since used them to make fudgesicles, fruit pops & orange creamsicles.

CRAVING
A mule is the quintessential transitional shoe for wearing in between summer & fall because they combine the coverage of a bootie with ease of a slip-on.  Though I already own some in black (last seen here), I think the neutral tone & 70's-inspired buckle details of this suede pair would be perfect for wearing with everything from maxi skirts to jeans to dresses.

THINKING
It's important not to take fashion too seriously, so I try to challenge myself to have more fun with my wardrobe, play around with trends & take risks.  I'm not 100% certain I can pull off a neckerchief, but I love the classic Grace Kelly-esque look of a silk scarf knotted at the neck.  I've been hunting at local thrift shops & antique stores for a vintage version, but also just ordered this black patterned one.  I plan on tying it like this and wearing with a striped top or crisp button-down.  (This cotton one is another good solid-color option for summer.)

LOVING
This summer I've found myself preferring smaller crossbody bags over my larger satchels & totes.  Not only is it easier on my back to carry something a little lighter, but I appreciate the convenience of hands-free shopping.  Now that it's August, I'm trying to look ahead to the next season & focus on fall-specific purchases...so when I came across this suede saddlebag during a 50% off sale, I quickly snatched it up.  The deep ruby hue is so beautifully rich and it's the ideal size for everyday use.  (There's also a chic bucket bag in the same color.)

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