It's been a hot minute, but I'm back! It took a week for my new baby to get to me, and another week for me to get confident enough with it to start posting some photos. Confident isn't quite the word, but we're getting to know each other. The biting cold is back (or hasn't it left? I'm losing track and possibly brain cells due to deep freeze).
So you're all getting to know my living room a little bit better. Which can be fun! This frame, which once served as a wedding day prop (inspired not by wedding blogs or Pinterest boards but by long-ago shenanigans with some wonderfully rowdy locals in delicious Old San Juan), now holds a California flag
area rug textile.
We don't have these ornate radiators back in the bay, so this daybed is a favorite warming spot for both our kittens - the petite and Gunny. That pillow is my favorite, 'Equus' from Thomas Paul, and I got it from One Kings Lane for a song. I've wanted to put a nice long driftwood shelf under the flag for awhile, stacked with reminders from home - a massive candle that belonged to my aunt and which I only burn on very special days, fresh lilac and jasmine bunches, painted Mexican sugar skulls, a jar of sand from a friend's makeshift Viking memorial at a state beach near Santa Cruz. I guess I'm waiting to find the right piece of driftwood!
It's important to have cozy reading nooks in a house. We're a family of readers, and every once in awhile the petite will tell me I should read this or that YA pick of hers. This one is Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. "You'll like it, mom, he makes her a mix tape with Joy Division!" Sold!
After receiving a few of their catalogs, I recently pulled the trigger on a Boden order. Have you heard of them? They seem like a fresh British version of J. Crew in a lot of ways, and their pencil skirts get a lot of love. A friend encouraged me to give 'em a try and I'm so glad I did! I have a feeling the soft Breton shirts I've got will be three-season staples for years to come! They're nice and light without being wimpy, and I'm excited to slip into one of their skirts or dresses next.
What else is new? We celebrated my mom's birthday from afar yesterday - she's coming back this summer for more Cape Cod adventures and I couldn't be more excited, so her birthday care package was full of goodies to help her get in the mood for summery fun, New England-style.
Tonight we're off for an evening of dancing to celebrate another birthday with a friend, despite the cold, and I can't wait. It's been awhile and I really do start to climb the walls if I haven't been dancing lately.
Since this is the last day of February, spring really is just around the corner. You should take a peek at my spring layering tips at Autostraddle - I definitely embrace "cat fashion," and maybe you will, too! In other Autostraddle news, if you're headed to Camp Autostraddle this May, guess who you'll see there? It's finally happening! There are great things in the works, including one-on-one style sessions and a Queer Moms panel, so I hope I get to see some of your lovely faces there.
Jeans - J. Crew Toothpick | Breton Top - Boden | Blazer - H&M Conscious Collection (similar) | Nude Wedges - BCBGeneration (similar here and here) | Necklace - Marc by Marc Jacobs (earrings) | Nail Polish - Zoya Caitlin
Have a lovely weekend, everyone!
PS. We're having a low-key Oscar night this year - just a few close pals, a big fire, lots of popcorn and PAJAMAS. Cozy.
Here's a sobering reminder about the Academy Awards' completely unacceptable diversity gap - it's definitely something to keep in mind while you're enjoying the red carpet fashion and all the other rigmarole around it: