Happy May Day! How was your weekend? Mine was really nice. On Saturday I had the nicest little night. It started with having my sister, brother-in-law, and cousin over for wine and cheese and turned into five other friends coming over and several bottles of wine being shared amongst a great group. One of my goals with my new apartment is to a) have it always be ready for an impromptu gathering (snacks! games! a stocked wine fridge! a full bar cart!) and b) have it be so comfortable and cozy that friends just want to stop by to say hello – and stay a while. It’s working out pretty well so far. And then on Sunday, my best friend (now upstairs neighbor) and I drove to Prospect Park for Smorgasburg (my first time – so delicious!!!)
Oh also! I watched first 3 episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale – SO GOOD but SO DISTURBING). A few of you had recommended the book on my last reading list… I’m not sure if I will watch the book but I am loving the show so far – just wish that it was all available at once for true bingeing amazingness.
This outfit is pretty much my Springtime uniform. Denim jacket, cute floral dress, and espadrilles (to add a little height without sacrificing comfort). And while I wasn’t initially sure I could pull off these sunglasses (I don’t feel cool enough!), I love them and have been wearing them pretty constantly!
While I have you – I’m sorry there were so many sponsored posts last week. I try to keep it to two a week, max… but sometimes that doesn’t happen and every advertiser wants their post to go live at the same time. This usually happens at the end of the month and it throws my editorial calendar into a bit of a tailspin. I had two weeks at the beginning of the month where we didn’t have a single sponsored post… and then last week there were three. It goes without saying that I only write about/accept gifts from brands I really like. I’ve been doing this for a long time and feel lucky to be able to pick and choose which campaigns accept and decline. The IAMS campaign was fun as you guys always love hearing about Tyrion (and he really has been eating their food since he was a baby), and the 50 Shades Darker campaign was fun as I got to share a really delicious recipe with you. And the Nordstrom post was basically just a regular outfit post that I was lucky enough to have sponsored. It literally could have been this post, as most of the clothes I wear can be bought at Nordstrom. Still, I hated doing three in a row which is why I also layered in some afternoon posts to break things up.
At the end of the day, I work really hard to keep this blog a place you love coming to everyday. My relationships with you as readers are the most important thing. I say no to more than half of the stuff that comes in but sometimes things work out funny with timing. I do my best but at the end of the day, like with everything, sometimes things don’t go exactly as planned!
photography by Lydia Hudgens.