Weekend Links / / Lately

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Looking around, I can’t quite comprehend what I did this week. How did we reach the weekend? We don’t have too much planned for the weekend besides a little work, football, and hopefully a night out to see Gone Girl! Did you read the book? It was a thrilling read.

And here are my weekend links!

Make / / Earlier this week my friend, Teresa, and I swapped recipes on each other’s blog. I plan on gathering the ingredients to make her frittata soon! Also, Lindt dark chocolate with coconut is the perfect sweet treat.

Read / / I’m reading Julie & Julia after discovering it while unpacking, this blog that I’m rediscovering, and this magazine.

Listen / / Jordan and I have been listening to this playlist while working. He made it for our road trip to Nashville, so it’s full of fun, energetic pop tunes.

Watch / / Jordan and I don’t have cable here, so we decided to renew our Netflix subscription. The other night while browsing we landed on this sweet French film, Last Love, about a man reconnecting with life after his wife passes. It stars Michael Caine and Clémence Poésy. I love finding unexpected gems.

Also, I started Scandal and I’m not sure why I waited so long!

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Style Obsession / / Clogs

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There are many fashion styles I feared would never resurface: overalls, adult backpacks, (tiny) floral patterned dresses, but most of all clogs. (Basically everything Angela Chase wore on My So-Called Life.) I had clogs growing up, but they certainly weren’t cute. They looked more like these (except the inexpensive/cheap store brand). A few years ago, I started seeing clogs resurface on the streets of Chicago. I wasn’t exactly sure what I thought about them, but slowly my mind began to change especially after seeing how they were being styled (here, herehere & here).

Last winter I went thrifting for sweaters and found a lone pair of clogs just waiting for a new home. By some miracle they were exactly my size and have been a perfect addition to my closet!

I’ve talked before about my desire to purchase quality over quantity in regards to fashion. I used to buy cheap $20 shoes constantly and more often than not, they revealed themselves to be completely uncomfortable and poorly constructed. I’ve weeded most of those shoes out of my closet and have begun replacing them with higher quality products (I still have this pair on my wish list). Despite what you might think of wooden soles, clogs are extremely comfortable and durable shoes. I look forward to having them for many years to come!

Have you been wearing something lately you thought you’d never try? What are your thoughts about the resurgence of clogs?

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Weekend Links / / We Need a Dog Issue

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Nashville is beginning to feel a little less like vacation and a little more like real life. We’re finding our rhythm; Jordan more than I as my first day of work isn’t until later today. We have a few events lined up this weekend: seeing friends (and Real Friends), exploring this city and especially enjoying the warm sun still very much alive in TN.  I’m excited to live somewhere that has a longer autumn season. Fall in Chicago, though awesome, is over too soon.

On a completely other note, Nashvillians LOVE their dogs. Seriously, I think we’re the only people in our unit that doesn’t own a dog. I’m hoping to become friends with a pair of golden doodles. Maybe a dog treat and a scratch behind the ears will do the trick.

A few gems from the internet this week:

/ / Susanna shares about when dreaming hurts. We are all encouraged to have dreams and goals, but what happens when those plans change. Sacrifices might be made throughout life, but new dreams can grow.

/ / As a creative, Megan shares why she chooses to run to help keep mental clarity. I’m still getting the hang of running, but now I’m super intrigued to read, Born to Run. Maybe I’m taking this running approach all wrong.

/ / Emma Watson gave an incredible speech to the UN on feminism. While, growing up, we didn’t talk much about feminism (except that one time I asked my mom if she experienced bra burnings in the 70s… she did not). My parents nurtured a healthy home environment environment; I had the same opportunities as my brothers. So in a way, they were teaching us a healthy view and value of feminism.

“Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong. … It is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum, not as two opposing sets of ideals. If we stop defining each other by what we are not and start defining ourselves by what we are — we can all be freer. And this is what HeForShe is about. It’s about freedom.”

You go, Emma! View the website: #heforshe

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Weekend Links / / Our Last

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^ The pre-family-picture pictures are always the best. I love that Jenna is standing all stoic waiting for the rest of us to follow suit.

This was a good, but also bittersweet week. It began with visiting Jordan’s grandparents. Over the past nine years I’ve been embraced as their own grandchild and it feels really special. They live about two hours away, so we took a mini road trip with his youngest sisters. On Sunday, Jordan and I celebrated our birthday with our families. It’s quirky sharing a birthday, but we’ve grown to love it. For dinner, my dad made his famous Cincinnati Chili, but we each chose our own cake; you can’t share everything!

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My mom baked my favorite cinnamon chocolate cake, which complimented my mother-in-law’s homemade ice cream cake! In between packing and moving preparations, we had dinner dates with family and friends. This is our last weekend as Illinois residents, but I still haven’t fully grasped what that all means. People continually ask me how it feels, but honestly it’ll take a couple of months for this new reality to actually seem real. My last day of work is on Monday and we leave on Tuesday. Most of our belongings are packed away, but I’m sure I’ve missed something.

Please pardon me as I become extremely frantic over packing details.

These articles/blog post/interviews served as great inspiration and perfect procrastination material.

1 | When I grow up. It’s daunting to determine what we will do when we grow up. I appreciated Rebecca’s honest words about her journey through different education decisions, careers, and life choices. Maybe our life path isn’t what we set out to accomplish, but life is created in those unexpected moments.

2 | Fresh Air interviews Joan Rivers. A compilation of three interviews Terry Gross has had with Joan over the years.

3 | On turning 30. For her 30th birthday, Sarah shares 30 things she still has yet to learn. The older I get the more I realize I always have more to learn.

4 | The secret to 80 years of marriage.

5 | Chelsea’s list of 10 lies every girl tells herself had me cracking up. Particularly the one about not regretting chopping your hair off. I’ve definitely been there and done that!

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Backyard Serenade / / The WillowWacks

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Social media gets a lot of flak. The blame of society’s problems seems to be placed on the ubiquitous selfie and Facebook in general. But the reality is, I have maintained many long-distance relationships that probably wouldn’t still exist without social media. I didn’t go to college far away but a lot of my childhood and high school friends did…some had job opportunities that brought them back to Chicago, but many never returned. I like that I’m able to see the highlight reel.

Lauren was my dreamer friend. The friend who pretended Peter Pan was real (I had a big Tinker Bell obsession) and wrote me secret notes in invisible ink. I distinctly remember Lauren notifying us in high school that was going to major in glass blowing (what?!). Unlike many other “traditional” college majors chosen by friends, she actually landed a job after graduation in her field (Arts? Who would have known?!) during the great recession of the mid oughts.

After landing her job, Lauren moved to Florida (one of the few that was smart to leave Chicago winters behind). Last year she married Micah (her college boyfriend) and they started playing music together. Lauren messaged me last spring, filling me in on their plan to visit friends/family all over the US, weaving in opportunities to play their music live. She wondered if I would still be in town (yes!) and I asked if we could take pictures to document the night (yes!).

I enjoy supporting friends while they pursue their dreams. I love that they are following their passion!

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The WillowWacks performed the perfect kind of backyard concert. They played mostly originals, but some fun covers were mixed in as well (Devo + Paul McCartney to name a few). Each song had their unique spin on modern day folk music.

One song that Lauren wrote, St. Scott, moves me to tears every time I listen to it. It holds a lot of significance from high school and I was glad to hear it live. You can sample and purchase their EP here!

Follow along with their summer RV adventures of The WillowWacks:

Website | Facebook | YouTube | Instagram

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^They have a series on YouTube called, Between Two Lamps. 🙂 My favorite is Comes Back Deep.

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^ Lauren rocks a ukulele bass like no one else I know!

Thanks for the great summer night!

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Weekend Links / / Labor Day

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Last week I mentioned the unromantic stage of moving was in full swing in the Short household. I’m happy to report that signing up for car insurance, new bank accounts, and our moving truck have been crossed off! We downsized prior to moving in with my parents for the summer, but we are still finding ways to eliminate more and it feels really good.

How are you spending this three-day weekend? Unlike me, I hope you actually have all of the days off (#retail). My brother, SIL, and little munchkins are visiting, so in-between work we’ll be soaking in a lot of family time.

A few of my favorite reads from this past week.

1 | Hannah’s weekly Wednesday walks around Paris have me itching to go back (and re-look at our vacation photos)! In my opinion, Paris is best viewed on foot.

2 | When we got back from NYC I decided to eliminate dairy again and actually it’s been going really well. I discovered that I like my iced americanos black. Sometimes I don’t recognize myself 😉 Tracy’s avocado & chocolate pudding sounds so delicious and a recipe I’ll keep on rotation.

3 | My hair is finally getting long enough for fun styles. I’ve been pinning a lot of braid and twists, but these three easy ponytails are a great alternative.

4| My So-Called Life premiered 20 years ago! Please tell me you’ve watched that show? It’s widely regarded as one of the best dramas to portray adolescence. Included in the 40 most important objects of MSCL are Rayanne’s crazy earrings, Jordan’s red car, and “Brian’s bike of perpetual loneliness.” Almost 15 years ago, I tried purchasing the DVD box set online not knowing I was purchasing a scam. This was pre-amazon/everyone-buys-all-the-things-online. Thankfully, the show was released officially.

5 | I’ve been toying with the idea of purchasing a sewing machine and taking lessons for a while now. Abbe
y’s easy kimono tutorial utilizing a scarf seems like a good, simple start.

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Weekend Links / / Moving Addition

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I have officially entered the unromantic stage of moving: changing banks, car insurance plans, and backing up my computer. We’re also trying to get caught up on doctors visits (mainly the dentist – boo!).  All of these things I have put off in the name of travel, but since we’ve been back from NYC for over a month, that excuse isn’t valid anymore. If you find this space a little quieter than usual, you know what I’m doing.

I’ve been rather nonchalant about our move because neither of us are changing jobs or having to sell a house, but it’s time to buckle down and get the unglamorous work done. We only have a few weeks left!

Instead of researching truck rentals, this is what I’ve been reading this week.

1 | When you are tightly wound. Kate Bauer’s writing is so effortless, but hits you with such clarity.

2 | On marriage and why love isn’t enough.

3 | Essie Button goes Nordic. I first discovered Estée through her beauty channel on YouTube, but she and her boyfriend, Aslan, are vlogging their way through Denmark, Norway, and Sweden and I can’t stop watching!

4 | Banana + Chocolate + Peanut butter. Everything I want in a snack, that I hadn’t thought to combine.

5 | Creating a capsule wardrobe. I LOVE this idea and I have begun sorting through my closet this week. Instead of having all four seasons vying for coveted closet space, one 37 piece capsule is displayed at once (potentially two if you need a separate work wardrobe). Have any of you tried this concept yet?

What have you been reading?

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Weekend Links

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Hey all, we made it to Friday! Jordan and I have a full line up this weekend hanging with friends and celebrating his sister at her high school graduation party! Speaking of summer, I decided to sponsor a couple of blogs for the season. Today my feature on TJ’s blog, His Little Lady is live. I’d love for you all to stop on over and read my little Q & A! Once you are finished, you absolutely should read about her recent trip to Victoria, British Colombia! My parents honeymooned there and I’ve always had a strong desire to spend time in the Pacific Northwest.

While we are on the topic of blogs, I’m joining in with #bloggerlove and sharing my favorites recent reads.

1 | Are any of you following Joanna’s series, Motherhood around the world? Even though I’m not a mother, I am finding each feature absolutely fascinating. While it’s important to gather advice from our community, I think it’s extremely beneficial to see how other cultures solve their challenges: be that sleep patterns, safety, education, and a child’s general well-being. We have so much to learn from one another!

2 | Susanna participated in a weekly summer challenge, creating meals from items found at Trader Joe’s. That grocery store, despite its small size, has a range of products to help aid in quick, healthy meals. I’ve loved getting suggestions on how to use certain items. As a bonus, Susanna includes her families weekly meal plan at the end of each post.

3 | I loved this post from my beautiful friend Kate, wrestling with the Bigger Picture. I know that I can get lost in my own woes and need help reminding myself that I’m not alone in those worries. Tomorrow is always a new day.

4 | I’m still letting Emily’s words on being Set Free sink in. What is our identity, really? You also might recognize a familiar face on her sidebar 😉

And a couple from the celebrity world:

5 | Zosia Mamet on her struggle with an eating disorder. Bobbie Thomas and Savannah Guthrie from the Today Show, candidly share different perspectives on infertility.

I would love to hear what you have been reading this week!

Happy Weekend to you all!

 

Book Club: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

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“…I considered my options. There were only two and they were essentially the same. I could go back in the direction I had come from, or I could go forward in the direction I intended to go.” –  Cheryl Strayed, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Reading and I are in a dysfunctional relationship. We have our highs and lows like any other couple: There are seasons where I have to turn down new books because there are too many good ones on my nightstand. But there are also low points where I wonder “Is the world filled exclusively with YA books about terminally ill vampire teenagers, living in a dysotopia future and fighting for their lives, while riding the roller coaster of love?!?”… Not that I haven’t read those books and maybe enjoyed one or two.

Anyway, earlier this summer I was in a drought. Books were letting me down and it was extremely frustrating especially with all of the travel coming up.

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Summer Tunes

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In the winter, my taste tends to reflect the weather…cold and moody. But as soon as the nights grow longer, hemlines inch shorter, and tanlines appear on my body, the music I’m listening to changes.  I need good upbeat jams for the summer!

I’m sharing this Spotify playlist that I created with a little help from the king of playlists himself, Jordan. It’s a mixture of new and old songs with a little 80’s flair thrown in for fun. I love to listen to this mix while I’m getting ready for the day or out driving!

Here are three of my favorites, a peek into what has been on repeat.

1 | “Boom Clap” – Charli XCX

Jordan and I saw Charli perform a couple years ago when she opened for Coldplay and I’ve been a fan since. She’s more known for her collaborations with other artists than her own stuff (at least here in the States), though I quite like her album. Charli notably wrote and sang on Icona Pop’s “I Got It” last summer. “Boom Clap” is featured on The Fault In Our Stars soundtrack (who else used to obsess over movie soundtracks?), but hopefully this means she’ll have a new album soon!

2 | “Fancy” – Iggy Azalea

I could have titled this post, Why Charli XCX is the Current Queen of Summer Pop, because she also cowrote and performed on “Fancy”. Iggy brings a fresh new flavor to hip hop and this song just screams summer to me. The perfect car windows down, hair blowing in the wind, making me feel all kinds of fancy, song.

3 | “Hang With Me” – Robyn

Robyn is a go-to for upbeat sing-a-long pop songs. “Hang With Me” is one of my favorites, but truthfully I could have selected any song from her album, Body Talk. Robyn first arrived on the music scene in the late 90s; the Swedish import to compete with Britney and Christina, but she continued to grow musically. I’ll let you decide on the other two for yourself 🙂

Honorable Mentions: Kylie Minogue, Future Islands, and Arcade Fire.

/ / Check out the entire playlist for more jams!

/ / What are you listening to this summer?