HI. How are you doing? Let’s start with a creepy photo of me in a sheet mask I guess? I mentioned this in last week’s outfit diary but I’ve decided to switch things up and make Monday’s post a list of good, distracting things.
First of all, this article (Jess Kirby linked it) made me laugh so hard and also feel a little better. I seem to alternate between being like… IT IS TIME TO BE PRODUCTIVE – wanting to do all of the things, cook, clean, organize, get ahead on life admin stuff and feeling like a hybrid Alison Roman/Martha Stewart… and being a depressed blob on the couch who wants to just eat goldfish and watch Sex & the City reruns. And it’s OKAY to do that, if that’s what helps you. I think it’s important to just give yourself grace, no matter what mode you are in:
We are all just trying to get through the days as best as we can.
I have been taking a lot of walks, cooking a lot, and just signed up for Melissa Wood Health. And I did my first workout yesterday (a 24 minute combo of yoga + planks which is all I have the energy for right now!). I am watching Tiger King on Netflix and really enjoying all the craziness of that. It is SO wild… stranger than fiction for sure!
That is what’s going on with me… (welcome to the crazy ramblings of my mind)… but how are you doing??? Tell me in the comments. I’d love to hear where you live and what life is like right now. I’d also love to know your favorite distractions. In the meantime, I’ve compiled a list of some fun things that are distracting me right now. This is going to be my Monday column going forward, I think it’s what we all need!
Nancy Meyers Movies
Nancy Meyers is what we all need right now. Older women in beautiful all linen outfits (with the most gorgeous kitchens)… falling in love! My two top picks are It’s Complicated and Something’s Gotta Give. But why not just really go for it and do a full on marathon. The Holiday is one of my most favorite movies of all time but I usually savor it for the holiday season. Top it off with Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride Part 2 and you have yourself a solid Saturday (or plans for the rest of the weeknights this week).
Other Nancy Meyers picks: The Intern, Home Again, and What Women Want!
The Baby Foot Peel
This was Becca’s idea! Now is the time (well, if you are single/not living with your partner LOL) to BABY FOOT PEEL IT UP!!!! By the end of quarantine, we will all have super soft, silky feet!
If you are not familiar with the baby foot peel, read this blog post about it (from 2015!!!). It’s a magical foot peel. You leave the baby foot peel on for an hour and then a few days (possibly longer – it usually takes me 5-7 days to start peeling) the dead skin on your feet starts to molt. Yes, molt. Like, it comes off in sheets. This one is my usual go-to (I do this probably once a year, usually before sandal season happens) but I bought this one this time. It’s working quite well so far. I did the peel on Tuesday and my feet started to peel on Saturday night. Gross but satisfying.
I know, I know… I struggle with this as there’s so much economic and financial uncertainty right now! But looking at pretty things is giving me some level of normalcy so here are a few things I am loving! And if you have the financial means and job security I’m all for stimulating the economy, especially when it comes to supporting small businesses.
I’ve found a few really fun new designers. The first is La Vie Style House; I’m fantasizing about when I can take a trip next and wear one of their beautiful caftans. A cool thing about them is that through March 31st, they’re offering 25% off sitewide with code STAYHEALTHY and donating a portion of sales to the North Texas Food Bank.
The second is Mate the Label. Gorgeous, sustainable loungewear. I am thinking about treating myself to one of their cozy sets. Other things I am eyeing: This bag is frivolous but beautiful, I want a crossbody bag for my phone, and I love Sarah Flint’s new block heel sandals. I also bought these jeans (honestly why???, I haven’t put jeans on all week!) but they are perfect. The distressing at the ankles is perfect.
I included two coats as a few readers asked for Spring coat recs. I don’t know where you are going (I’m living in fleeces right now!) but I like the optimism. Loving this drapey coat and this chic trench!
Mate the Label Joggers // La Vie Style House Caftan // Margaux Sandals // Tory Burch Bag // AGOLDE High Rise Jeans // BB Dakota Drapey Coat // Cupcakes and Cashmere Trench Coat // Korres Cream Cleanser // Loeffler Randall Phone Crossbody // Sarah Flint Perfect Block Sandal (take $50 off your first pair with my code GRACE50) // Mate the Label Pullover // BAGGU Travel Bag // Charlotte Tilbury Contour Duo // Madewell Vintage Tee // Jouer Cosmetics Lip Oil
OK would LOVE your TV show recs. Everyone is saying Gilmore Girls, I just wasn’t a fan. My normal stuff isn’t doing it for me (for example I started Jack Ryan but was just too distracted and found myself rewinding over and over again).
I’ve found myself watching a lot of Gossip Girl and Sex and the City reruns. A friend recommended Catwalk on Netflix (a show about show-cats). The New York Times has a great list of “comforting streaming TV shows for stressful times” (Brooklyn Nine-Nine sounds good?) and Time has a great list of anxiety free content. Or maybe I should just give in and start watching Ninety Day Fiance.
That is it for this week. I will be back tomorrow with a guide to all of my favorite loungewear. In the meantime, tell me your favorite distractions!