two really good things

Oh, boy… it is snowing! For the second time this week, Philly is under a blanket of crisp, perfect, lovely snow and it’s AWESOME. I absolutely love it. I’ve got a mug of cocoa, my hot water bottle, and my favorite thermal socks to keep me warm. Snow always makes everything feel so romantic to me, especially as the sun sets. I want to lounge in finely knit cashmere thigh highs and camis with lace details, all while a fire crackles in my (imaginary) fireplace. Twinkly candlelight is essential, too, don’t you think?

left: Free People leggings
right: Wisuella

two really good things

Well, I did it. I officially turned on the heat in my apartment. Does anyone else like their place to be a sweat lodge? A lady has budget constraints though, so I’m currently brainstorming ways to keep the bills down while maintaining circulation in my toes. Much of my ‘creative problem solving’ involves hunkering down under my down comforter and wearing snowboarding socks. Believe me, bedhead is a good look these days. It’s all sort of romantic though, don’t you think? I’ve got white sheers, so when the low sun filters in and plays atop my duvet, I feel like a character in a Jane Austin novel. Just a little bit anyways.

left: Free People cashmere henley
right: Wit & Delight tumblr

two really good things

Where has the month gone?? I’ve barely even thought about my Halloween costume yet (don’t worry, Noodle’s is totally planned already!). I feel like I need to get in the Halloween spirit ASAP, especially in my apartment. I love the idea of a sophisticated Halloween, full of rich materials in black, touches of gold, and just a pinch of orange. I think I might invite some girlfriends over for cocktails and drape this golden glitter garland from Etsy shop Glitter and Grain over my gallery wall. Or perhaps I will set the table with this onyx flatware from West Elm. Don’t you just love how deep the black enamel is on these pieces?

links: garland from Glitter and Grain / onyx flatware from West Elm

two really good things

The Internet is bursting with goodness today, so much so that I felt the need for two posts today! Between this post from Sanctuary and this post from Desire to Inspire, I knew I had to juxtapose these images. To me, these images are all about celebrating the calm after the storm, relaxing into open spaces, and remaining aware of our own potential. I know it’s a bit esoteric, but these images just remind me to take a moment to breathe.

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two really good things

Sometimes I forget the last time I used a pencil. I mean, I take notes during meetings at work, but rarely is it anything more than a quick scribble. I use my laptop and iphone for everything these days, even journaling. While I was in LA, Anne reminded me to slow down and take time for things. I’ve taken that to mean writing in a proper, paper journal. I love the idea of writing with a pencil, too. There’s something lovely about wearing down the lead to a nubbin and having to sharpen again. Plus, I always seem to need an eraser.

left: pencils from Olive Manna
right: notebooks from Anthropologie