today I love: bright colors

Right now I'm obsessed with using color to add a little pop of joy to everyday life.
1. Right now I spend a third of my day with a clipboard in my hand. I think I need to pick up a few of these. Staples, $6.89 2. Brightly colored notebooks are much easier to find in the huge tote that I constantly carry. Moleskeine, $18.95 3. This is just ridiculously cute and I want one. JCrew, $36.50 4. The third of the day that I'm carrying a clipboard I'm also holding a pen. I write. A lot. So I refuse to use icky pen, and this kind is my absolute fave. Target, $20.49/12 5. What's a brightly colored roundup without some arm candy? Target, $3.48.


wednesday wonderfulness, its been a week edition

I always pick up blogging again with the best of intentions. Will plan ahead! Will schedule posts! And then the whole "I could write a post, or I could take a nap" thing surfaces....and naps usually win. So there's that. This week has been a little more hectic than usual on the work front, and now I'm staring at the weekend ahead: I am photographing the last wedding and family session until FT 2.0 arrives, and possibly the last ever. AND I AM SO HAPPY. However, first I have to survive this weekend....

Well, that's probably enough to keep you all going for a while...and I need to either edit photos or eat dinner. Or shower. That's an option too, I suppose. 


time filler for a two-year-old

I ran across this idea a couple of weeks ago via pinterest, and we tried it out on a rainy day last week. SO GOOD. FT mixed it up (with a little help from me, of course) and then proceeded to play with it for a solid 45 minutes. When he was done I scooped the dough into a bowl, wrapped it in plastic, and popped it in the fridge. This morning we pulled it out again, and as of right now he's been playing for a solid hour and a half.
The mess is definitely present, but since it's cornstarch (as opposed to flour) it's pretty easy to clean up. Anything that keeps my kid occupied with minimal supervision for more than an hour? WINNER. Save this one, mamas.


wednesday wonderfulness

Hey lovelies! You know what's awesome? Having internets attached to my lovely, huge-screened computer. Having done most of my browsing on my iPhone since last December, having a 30-inch screen on which to open ONE MILLION TABS is genuinely fabulous. Anyway, I'm catching up on my feedly, and have even had time to dig back into some archives, so excuse me if some of this stuff is older/I've already posted it.

  • I'm always a fan of a good carrot cake recipe; this one probably needs to be tried. 
  • Free printable! It has an umbrella, so...there's that. 
  • This mom photographs her children's toys. Gorgeously. 
  • This is a very cool way to decorate walls, but would it be a huge pain to keep clean? I think maybe. 
  • This nursery is gorgeous. And gender neutral. And will probably transition nicely into a child's room. 
  • Best free things to do in NYC: the list is in the comments. I know a lot of these, but some (FIT museum? What? I AM SO THERE) I'd never heard of, and I cannot wait to check them out. 
  • I'm not a huge Kiki Dunst fan, but that second-to-last image... yes. 
  • What do you think of the idea of an articles club
  • 5 ways sexism hurts men. I talk about feminism a lot, and here are a few reasons why it's as important for men as it is for women. 
  • Make your own pumpkin chai latte. This looks insane. In a good way. 
  • I really love this shared brother/sister room
  • "Do the work that's in front of you." 
  • Finally, I listened to this interview with Elizabeth Gilbert several weeks ago and really loved it. (She's a fantastic public speaker, you guys.) I can't find a transcript anywhere, but it's worth the 20 minutes or so. She talks about being a one-hit wonder and the secret to never being boring. 


covet:: sweatshirts

Remember back when I wore super-cute outfits and heels all the time? Even when nine months pregnant? Even while toting a newborn? Those were good times. Good times that ended once I had a mobile tiny person, with sticky hands and super-fast running skills. These days I seem to live in some variation of sweatshirt/jeans/brightly colored flats. Every time I attempt a dress, my child decides to hide under it while in public. When I pull out a vintage top, I rip out the sleeves attempting to pick him up. Heels? He starts running down our gravel driveway and I'm wobbling behind.
So this is where I am: in a momiform. I've packed away all my vintage and most of my cute shoes, knowing there will come a day when they'll come back out. And in the meantime? I'm trying to make sure I wear something a little bit cuter than a Hanes crewneck fleece.

1. How cute would this be with skinnies and slouchy boots? Or leggings and ankle boots and a beanie? I like the longer length; butt coverage is key. Old Navy 2. I mean, Jcrew is basically the Mecca of sweatshirts that are a little more classy. But seriously. JCrew 3. Nerd alert, right? But so fun! And a good color. SoEffingCute 4. Octopi are gorgeous anyway, and I love this dramatic black and white design. skipnwhistle 5. This tunic-length top would look adorable with zips undone over a neon tank. Gap
So how are you classing up comfy? Or are you refusing to cave?


inspiration on a Monday

A few words of wisdom that make me, at least, want to kick Monday in the pants (in a good way).

Anybody who tells people to “do what you love no matter what” should also have to teach a money management course. 
Low overhead + “do what you love” = a good life. 
“I deserve nice things” + “do what you love” = a time bomb. –Austin Kleon 

Whatever you choose, however many roads you travel, I hope that you choose not to be a lady. I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. And I also hope that you will choose to make some of that trouble on behalf of women. –Nora Ephron, via this post

You can tell whether some misogynistic societal pressure is being exerted on women by calmly enquiring, “And are the men doing this, as well?” If they aren’t, chances are you’re dealing with what we strident feminists refer to as “some total fucking bullshit. – Caitlin Moran, via this article
And finally. three tasks you should do every day to stay happy and productive


things I've been reading

Some fun, some serious. Enjoy!

all of the changes

So...it's been a while. I'm going to say that about a week before I made my last post, we learned that Fat Toddler v2.0 was on the way. In addition, a week before I learned that, I received a promotion I'd been working toward at Starbucks. So I've spent the summer working as an Assistant Store Manager at a Starbucks an hour away from where I live. Which means I'm training to be a manger, but in the meantime, I am busting my booty, trying to prove myself in this new position. While being preggo.
But that's (almost) all behind me now. My final presentation is about three weeks away, I'm currently 30 weeks pregnant, and I should go out on maternity leave mid-December. Hooray for totally chill holidays with a tiny squishy newborn!
A big part of stepping up at Starbucks is stepping down from photography. I hate running a business, always have. But since FT was born it's gotten harder to want to pour my free time into building a business that's only going to use up MORE free time. So at the same time I got promoted I made the decision to shut down the photography side of things, at least for a few years. It's been AMAZING. I'll literally go weeks and weeks without picking up my camera, and I love it. I've one more wedding to photograph at the end of this month, and then all my contracts are fulfilled.  Le hubs loves the fact that when I'm home, I'm HOME. I don't have to catch up on editing or emails or anything like that.
But yeah, that's why I haven't been writing anything lately. There just haven't been the brain cells to spare, and time? That's not a thing. Chocolate, on the other hand, totally is. With FT I craved all things salty. This time not so much. I seriously have chocolate in my purse at all times. Despite that, I've gained maybe 15 pounds so far? So that's not too bad. Anyway, Fat Toddler is no longer fat, nor really much of a toddler. He's more of a little boy. And that's me at 29 weeks preggo. (We've taken precisely two belly pictures this time around. With any luck we'll get a third before I go into labor.)