I have a mad case of travel on the brain. We’re going to Ecuador in two weeks, and I can hardly wait. It feels like our Spring Break is really late this year, and I AM BEYOND READY. Traveling with my little guys has been one of the greatest joys of my life and I literally spend all year looking forward to our trips. I was talking to someone recently, trying to explain the impact travel has had on our family…and then I came across this NY Times article, Rick Steves Wants To Save The World One Vacation At A Time and yes. The title is a little silly, obviously, but this part especially resonated:
In a park in Oslo, [Rick] had an epiphany: The foreign humans around him, he realized, were leading existences every bit as rich and full as his own. “Right there,” he would write later, “my 14-year-old egocentric worldview took a huge hit.” A life-changing realization clicked into place. “This planet must be home to billions of equally lovable children…”
That right there? That’s what I was trying to describe. The whole article is totally worth a read, and I love his….mania about making world travel accessible and, indeed, important, especially for Americans. So good.
Where to go? I’ve been perusing Forbes’ list of the cheapest places to travel in 2019. I was thrilled to see Turkey on the list. The kids LOVED the Turkish coast last summer, and we were bummed we didn’t get a chance to see Istanbul. Hmmm…..
I’ve officially walked a mile in these shoes. Everlane’s Day Glove flats are cushy, butter soft, and I successfully walked a mile in them, no break-in phase needed. I have the tan color and am thinking of getting another, but it’s pretty hard to beat. (Should we make this a recurring theme? Shoes I Can Walk A Mile In?)
Never enough stripes. Social Threads’ striped sweatsuit is calling my name. And since I just ripped a giant hole directly in the BUM of my beloved Free People sweats (talk about an awkward walk home from dance)…I’m ready for something new. (Although who am I kidding? I’m such a Wearer of Sweatpants that l’ll prob get both.)
Let’s not underestimate the fade. I’m so freaking picky about the wash of my black jeans – you guys likely know this by now – and, in summary, they need to be a faded black wash. Almost a gray, but CANNOT BE gray. They need to be that sort of broken-in, perfectly faded black, with many (natural looking) tonal variations. So I blinked – in surprise – when I saw these faded black skinny jeans from J.Crew. They are PERFECT. And reviewers seem to agree. While you’re there, also check out these cropped demi-boot jeans with a center seam down the leg. I have the petite length and they’re seriously cute on – even with sneakers.
Midnight shopping is…problematic. I was at Nordstrom Rack (virtually, I mean) stocking up on my beloved James Perse tees (thanks Laura!) when I realized that they have all of this STUFF I LOVE, discounted. It’s like I completely forget about Nordstrom Rack and then rediscover it and suddenly am all WHAT TREASURE TROVE IS THIS? OH WHAT WONDERS! For example, they have my exact Elizabeth and James sunglasses – my brown ones – just in a different color for $28. That. Is crazy. And that Alice + Olivia skirt I’ve been dying to wear with a graphic tee and sneakers and the Joie cork mini-wedge sandals I know I wrote about last summer. Anyway, I put all of my finds in this week’s Weekly Sales Report (at the very bottom, cause my picks were LATE and that’s the rules)….but I’m wondering if we should do a monthly series where we pick the best of Nordstrom Rack or other similar places. I love expensive stuff on deep discounts, ya know?
No crepey eyelids. I swear by a combo of Dr. Denis Gross’ Retinol and Vitamin C serum plus Urban Decay’s anti-aging primer to keep my eyelids from looking crepey. But there’s no SPF in that formula, so I’m seriously considering Supergoop’s new line of cream eyeshadows with SPF. The colors look natural and gorgeous.
No seasons in hell. I was fascinated by The Atlantic’s recent article, “What is Spring Like On Other Planets?” where they march through, planet by planet, describing each planet’s version of Spring. Or not. Venus was the planet that prompted the quote, “no seasons in hell” yet it’s been Spring on Pluto since 1990. Love this stuff.