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I’m alive! Sorry for the radio silence all week (aside from this post). I forgot how time consuming moving is, and with all the unpacking and organizing along with work, the poor blog got pushed aside. Now that we’re settled into the new place I’ll get back into a new routine and with hopefully a lot more recipes and original content since we now have a much bigger space. Woo hoo! Here are a few interesting links to get your Friday morning off to a good start. Have a nice weekend!

Racked has a pretty in depth article on online shopping habits, and the crazy amount of research a lot of people (myself included) do before pulling the trigger. The story also talks about how consumers are not very brand loyal and will just look for the least expensive price. Do you agree? I mostly do, though there are a few sites (Net a Porter is one) that I am loyal to even if it means paying a tiny bit more; I know their shipping is fast, the customer service is great and that their packaging is always so beautiful. Plus, you get to save on taxes when shipping to California!

10 Things Standing Between You and a Spontaneous Life Adventure, via Stylist. An interesting read!

-This is sweet, just in time for Mother’s Day: Vogue Editors on the Clothes They ‘Borrow’ from Mom. When I lived at home my friends and I would always wear my mom’s cardigans and sweaters, they were just so cozy. What about you, anything you like to steal from mom?

-Have you read this crazy new study on the science behind weight loss? I thought we knew all there was to know about it (basically that you need to expel more calories than you take in) but apparently it’s not that simple. Read it if you have a few minutes, it’s very interesting.

-I love these illustrations of women doing everyday things.

weekend links

ccc419e8c717805b4d699b0075fc9a30Happy Friday, you guys. I’ve been a bit MIA this week, I know, but things have been busy with work and we have been getting stuff sorted for our move on Monday! I’m pretty excited, though I had forgotten how much packing sucks. It’s crazy to see how much stuff you accumulate over the years. I did a little bit of ‘Konmari’ and got rid of things that I don’t love, but it’s hard! Alright, I have to go pack. Have a good weekend, let me know if you’re doing something fun so I can live vicariously through you.

-This is so sweet: ‘Women in Their Thirties on the Advice They Wish They Had in Their Twenties’, ranging from silly “velvet pants are not a good look” to poignant “you have as much right to exist, join in, and contribute to society or just a conversation, as the next person”. Give it a read.

An interview with Net a Porter’s handbag buyer about ‘investment bags’; what goes into making one, and what to look for when buying one. This one is my favorite of her picks.

Six fascinating facts about Korean beauty. We all know they’re into their products and face masks but I didn’t realize plastic surgery was so prevalent, did you?

How to spend 36 Hours on the Amalfi Coast, from NY Times. Yes, please!

Tips and tricks for starting an indoor garden.

gingham

112202c06a347175294a281c1c856c94 Gingham pops up in the shops every year around this time, but this season it seems like the pattern is everywhere, and I like it. I mentioned a while back that J.Crew has an entire section dedicated to all things gingham, and I’ve seen it in quite a few editorials and blogs as well. Gingham can tend to veer super preppy and buttoned up (think Reese Witherspoon) or casual-chic (a la Brigtte Bardot), but I think the ideal way to style it is somewhere in between the two. I absolutely love how Ines de la Fressange wears gingham, below – she looks classic and put together but a little bit edgy thanks to her accessories. Perfection, right?

A few of my favorite gingham pieces are this fun skirt from J.Crew (worn with something casual up top like a slouchy white t shirt to keep it from looking too twee), this amazing halter top (I know, a halter top! but look how cute the back is), and this printed dress which would look so cute with some strappy sandals. I also have my eye on these Solid and Striped swimsuits. Thoughts? Are you into gingham or is it not a pattern that you can see yourself wearing?

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