This is the best dress. I have it in black (seen here + here)… it’s one of those pieces I reach for again and again when I don’t know what to wear. It’s great for parties/events with heels, or more casual stuff with flats. I wore the black one over and over again so I was so excited when it came out in pink! I think the reason I like it so much is that it hides my arms (which I’m more self conscious about) and shows my legs (which I’m more confident about showing). It’s worth noting that sizing is really based entirely on the length of the dress. Without the belt it’s basically a one size fits all sack. I am wearing the small (but I’m 5’8) but would have gotten a medium if they’d had it in stock as I wouldn’t mind a little bit more length! So if you get the dress, order based off of how tall you are.
Outfit Details: Rhode Resort Ella Dress (also available here, and I linked a bunch of different colors in the widget at the bottom of the post) // Palmgrens Bag (also love this, this, and this.) // Ferragamo Heels // Rachel Comey Acrylic Earrings // Polaroid Sunglasses
In this episode we are talking all about One of Us is Lying, but also… my review of the infamous gravity blanket, and Becca’s natural skincare routine. I feel like we finally got the audio levels right in this episode so am really excited to share it with you. Hope you enjoy!
In other news I’ve been in a bit of a rut but am slowly digging myself out of it. I don’t know about you but this has been SUCH a long winter, and the seasons definitely affect my mindset, big time. I’ve just been feeling really down. Extra anti-social but also very lonely. The weather doesn’t help, but lately I’ve been a funny mix of super lonely but also always wanting to be alone which really makes no sense. I don’t think I even realized how bad it had gotten until the sun came out this weekend and I felt like a giant weight had been lifted. It was such a good weekend to the point where I felt like a broken record saying how nice it was – I spent time with my sister, did a lot of yoga, and mostly stayed outside. It inspired me to think about a few changes though… things to do to get out of this wintery funk!
The first thing was deleting all of my dating apps. So dramatic, right? Goodbye forever! Jk jk. I’ll probably put them back on at some point, but at this point in my life online dating just isn’t making me happy. These dates feel more like obligations vs. something fun and I was starting to dread them or just lose interest in the people I was seeing without having any real reason to. Not really a good sign. Maybe I’ll meet someone IRL or maybe I’ll just take the next few months to focus on myself. The other thing has been making sure I see my sister at least once a week (she’s the greatest) and seeing more of my friends, especially making more of an effort with those friends I really like but somehow never manage to see. Those people you run into at events or email with and are like “WHY DON’T WE HANG OUT MORE!?”
Work has also been chaos. I know a blog might not look like a lot of work but trust me, it is. Between tax time, launching the podcast and a lot of brand campaigns I am pretty overwhelmed. I feel like I am still getting caught up from Cartagena which is just crazy – that trip was over a month ago!!! I feel grateful to be this busy but I also never turn off. I’ve hired an assistant who will be starting in June; this will help to a) get some of my work off of my plate and b) have some company! So YAY for that + more to come there.
The last thing I’m doing is being more mindful about travel. I have a press trip coming up that I’m reaaaaally excited about but I pretty much stopped doing those this year unless it’s a HELL YES kind of thing. (I love that saying, “if it isn’t a HELL YES, it’s a HELL NO!”) I am sorry if this sounds obnoxious – if you’ve never been on a press trip, they probably sound amazing – like a free vacation! The reality is that most of those trips are actually incredibly taxing. Most of the time you don’t get a plus one, so you’re in group activities with strangers (usually lovely strangers, but still… strangers!) from early morning til late at night with very little downtime to work/unwind/etc. On top of being go go go, you are expected to capture beautiful content which can be a lot of pressure, especially when you aren’t given any free time to work on it. And then there’s your regular work! Besides being a massive introvert I am pretty much a one person show here so if I’m on a trip (or even a vacation), I still need to get blog content up. The blog doesn’t stop just because I’m on a trip. I never want you to come here and not have a new post up – that’s always my first priority! So yes, press trips are cool but most of the time you just end up really tired and behind on work. At the end of the day I would rather pay for a trip with my own money and not be beholden to anyone, like I did when I went to Cartagena.
Along those lines, I am taking my first yoga retreat at the end of May. It’s in Cuba (a brand new city for me), and there isn’t really much wifi there so I am hoping to really get off of the grid! I really couldn’t be more excited. Every time I think about it I get giddy like a little kid. I’m so excited about the idea of taking a trip, exploring a new city, AND coming home feeling healthier + better at yoga.
Okay okay, I’m starting to sound a bit pathetic now but I just wanted to share where I’m at. In a rut, feeling a bit blue, but doing everything I can to get out of that headspace as I definitely don’t like feeling this way. (Speaking of HeadSpace, that is helping too! Mid-day meditations help with a work slump and I try to always do it before bedtime.) I know I goof around a lot on social media, and always want to be cheerful and positive here, but I also always want to keep things real. Life isn’t always sunshine and rainbows and pretty dresses (though this definitely is a pretty dress.) Thanks for listening and let’s all please hope for warmer weather and better moods!
photography by Trent Bailey.