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First roundup of February, wahoo! My new sweatshirt (which I’ll show you soon!!) and a future robe in fabric form, waiting to be cut and stitched up. 😍
Anyway, here are a few things that have caught my eye this week:
Madewell’s AND The Loft’s larger sizes. Y’ALL. Two of my fave clothing brands now have more inclusive sizes!!! As I mentioned earlier I’ve been lusting after a certain skirt from The Loft (which I got for my birthday, thanks mom!) and now that The Loft is having a 40% off sale this weekend (along with an additional 20% off sale items) I’m having trouble not caving on my no spend February. And Madewell is having a 20% off sale items sale too! Unfortunately (or fortunately for my bank account) not a ton of the larger sizes have made their way to the sale section, so I’ve rounded up my picks for both the sale AND the new sizes below!*
Happy Aquarius month!!! It’s my birthday month, which is always fun but a wee bit frustrating since somehow February became the month of love? YAWN. February has a lot more going on in it than just Valentine’s Day. For example, it’s Black History Month (celebrate by supporting black women running for election!!!), there’s the post-Valentine’s Day chocolate sale, and, this year, The Olympics. So much going on!!! For me personally I’ve been seeking and finding inspiration for all different aspects of my life, which means…
February is The Month of Inspiration
Crystals, specifically Aragonite and Celestine (aka my babies 💖💖), are helping me connect to myself in a deeper way, especially when I use them while meditating. Records, like Kesha’s and Niall’s, are fueling me through a cleaning and organizing frenzy that’s overtaken the house. This fabric, the fabric of my dreams, look at it!! I’m planning on making this robe and sweatshirt from them ASAP, thanks in part to Seamwork’s Design Your Wardrobe series (free for members*). These wise words from Taraji P. Henson have been helping me figure out what fears and hangups are actually mine and which ones have been projected onto me. Deep stuff is happening y’all.
January, the month that felt like eight. But really, this month seemed to drag on. Maybe it was all the news? Maybe it was the weird weather that made it seem like Spring for three days before plunging us back into winter? Who knows. Either way there’s a lot that’s happened and I wanted to round up my favorites for y’all!
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I already talked about this book here, but I am still thinking about it and it’s been weeks since I finished it. I would highly recommend picking up a copy for yourself to enjoy, read and learn from. Honestly, I had to take a break from books for a bit because it was that good.
Offerings by Typhoon. I’ve loved Typhoon for eight years now, since before they released their first studio album. My friends saw them open for STRFKR in Salem, OR where we went to college, then we made a trip up to a random Burgerville in Portland to see them live before convincing the rest of the Wulapalooza planning committee to book them for that year’s festival. Now they’ve played SXSW, been featured on All Songs Considered multiple times and have finally released a new album that is so incredible. Just listen to it, please. Thank you. Standout track: Empiricist.
Memory I Made:
My friend got married last weekend!!! That was lovely to see and be invited to celebrate the beginning of their married life together! As unromantic as I am in my own life I love it when my friends find love and make that commitment when it’s right for them. I always cry, because I am that person.
Thing That Made Me Laugh Out Loud:
I’ve been cleaning my room in a big way this past month and came across a Build-A-Bear I made in college. With a special voice note thing that plays when you press it. What did I record almost nine years ago? A quote from my favorite movie at the time, Thunderpants… “I can’t control my arse.” YEP. Now, can I donate this knowing it says that? Dear readers, help me. Whenever I press the button Mag goes wild and starts licking the bear. I think she’s worried that part of me is in there? I will continue to research.
Thing I Made:
So the day before said friend’s wedding I realized I didn’t like anything I had in my closet, AND I had been meaning to make a dress out of this fabric I had just got. I already had the pattern cut out from making a dress from it previously, so it was easy-peasy to whip up! I made the Piedra dress from Seamwork* (which I talked about here) and honestly it’s one of the easiest things I’ve ever made. Five seams. FIVE. Okay, not including hemming or the neckline, but whatever. F I V E S E A M S !!!!!! Can you tell I’m excited about it? I got tons of compliments about it and everyone was shocked when I told them I made it! Next up: the Almada, the Skipper and the Shelly. WHEW!
What Eight People Want You To Know About Immigration in America. I love The Man Repeller so much, and their interviews, essays and posts in general are on point. I especially love how they’ve been using their massive platform to highlight different issues America is facing, and showing the human side that we might not get to see on the news. One especially poignant article? Eight people write about their experiences with immigration in America. They tell their stories of how they and their families got here, and each one is moving. I highly recommend reading it now, especially Neva Alsheik’s story at the end.
Way I Worked Out:
Remember how I said I wanted to be able to go on hikes with Mag and not get tired? I’ve been hitting the gym specifically with that in mind. Which basically means I hop on the treadmill for about 40 minutes to an hour, keep it slow and steady but increase the incline every five minutes or so until I do five minutes at the highest incline possible. WHEW. I know it’s not a whole lot, but I’ve been working on building my endurance and knowing that it gets just the littlest bit easier every time I hop on feels so so good. I’ve been working on maintaining a 2.5-3 speed, and I’m hoping to keep increasing that slowly but surely.
I recently purchased a few cuts of fabric for various projects online, and wanted to share my excitement with someone I’m close with. I had splurged on fancier fabric than I would find at my local Joann’s (not shade at Joann’s though, I love you) and couldn’t wait to show off the fabric plus my ideas for what I would make with them. One piece I bought? A beautiful white thermal knit to make lounging leggings with, perfect for the cold months we’re in right now. When I told this person the different fabrics I had purchased, along with the project I had in mind for them they shut down my idea for the thermal knit quite quickly.
“Are you going to make another sweatshirt with that?” they asked after I had just said I purchased it to make leggings with. “No, I’m planning on making leggings with this.”
“I just don’t think most people should wear white on the bottom,” they replied.
Maybe it’s because a lot of my body image issues stem from casual throwaways from this person, but this instantly cut at me. Because I am clearly one of the people they think shouldn’t wear white on the bottom. This one simple line squashed any excitement I had over my fabric, my ideas for what I would make and my day dreams of snuggling up in my cozy leggings with a warm (self-made) sweatshirt to read and cuddle with Mag. Instead of amplifying my happiness they chose to squash it instead.
Well hello! Who else has been slammed by the winter weather we’ve been getting? I shoveled the driveway THREE times in two days; it was… not fun. But it also gave me an excuse for not getting out of the house to go to the gym.. whoops! I also just bought this beautiful sweatshirt fleece to make a sweatshirt from Seamwork (see below) and I’m so hyped to receive it and get to sewing!
Unfortunately both the lipstick and tumbler are sold out and I’m frankly too lazy to find dupes for the lipstick color. BUT ban.do does have a bunch of cute alternatives and I’ve created a handy lil widget so you can shop them below!*
Anyway, onto the list of my loves for the week!
Me, loving lipstick? Whatever gave you that idea?! I firmly believe everyone should know their perfect red, and I try to spread the love as much as I can. Read More
I love Kesha. I have since 2009 and I first heard “Tik Tok” at a college party and drunkenly thought “SHE GETS IT!!!!” I’ve loved her since “We R Who We R” was released and my friends and I all sang along to it while eating Juanita’s tortilla chips for the first time. I loved her while laughing along to “Gold Trans Am” and learning a dance to “C’Mon” for my sorority. During her five year absence I spent the time defending her to music snobs, wishing for more music and preaching the word of Kesha whenever I could. My friends and I would complain about a lack of new music and were horrified and angry when we found out the reason why she hadn’t released new music in so long.
I’m not going to go too much into the Dr. Luke situation, but I will say I think it’s a travesty that he still has an imprint on Sony. He shouldn’t have a career anymore. End of.
In October I was lucky enough to not only get to visit with said friend for a lovely weekend, but also see Kesha for the second time with her as well! We cried far too much, felt the love, joy and resilience in the room. We danced to Boogie Feet and barely held it together for Praying. Through it all Kesha continually spoke out about her love of us, her fans, her desire for us to all feel safe and welcome at her concert and to essentially fuck the haters.
Last week I shared why I’m focusing on my health and getting in shape. This week I’m going to share how I’m going about this.
I get overwhelmed easily. Truly, if I could magically curl up into myself when I get overwhelmed I’d be in a ball 20/6. Every time I’ve previously gotten into a health kick I’ve quickly been dissuaded by just how. much. I need to change and improve. My eating habits? Horrible. My workout routine? Merely a fantasy in my “healthiest Chelsea possible!” dreams. My fruit and veggie consumption? I… don’t want to talk about it.
Basically everything related to my health needs an overhaul.
Now, if it wasn’t clear from above in the past I’d look at all the improvements I need to make and try to do them all at once. Which multiple websites, bloggers, experts and humans in general will tell you is a bad idea. Because it is. Four days in: cue the overwhelm, curling into a ball in five..four..three..two..one…
This time around I’m focusing on one aspect of my health per month and building on what I’ve already established. And to further break it down I’m going to focus in on season-by-season goals to make sure I’m not piling on too much at once. So this winter I’m focusing on creating a solid groundwork for the rest of the year, including establishing a workout routine, cutting out sugar and making my own meals.
One of my longest goals has been to feel happy and healthy in my body and life. For far too long I’ve been at war with myself over how I look, how I feel in my body and what space my body takes up in the world. Basically, I was focusing on all the ways my body was wrong rather than all the ways my body helps me.
Rather than love my body for what it can do, I decided to hate my body for what it looked like.
This led to me intentionally and unintentionally hurting myself. Whether it was through purposefully bad food choices (a dozen cupcakes in three days. Yep.) to refusing to exercise, even when my body craved it. I resented my body and punished it accordingly. But now I’m finally getting to a place of love and appreciation for myself and want to reflect that change by taking a turn for the healthy.
Whew buddy, who else is not a fan of this cold? My dog, diva that she is, is luckily doing pretty well with the snow and actually loves getting to run around in it. Me? Not so much. But the things we do for love, right? Right.
Aside from the gross weather there’s been a lot going on! From the new year starting, to figuring my shit out (more on that later!) to making more concrete strides to be healthy and happy this year I’ve been busy reading various articles that are all in that vein. I’m going to be rounding up my favorites weekly, and I’d love to know what you’ve been reading, watching and listening to every week as well!
Madewell Sale!! All sale items are 40% off until Monday (!!!) and I am here for it. I tend to keep my wishlist chock full of items and periodically go through to weed out things that are no longer available.. so I have about 15 items that are finally on sale and I’m having trouble not pulling the trigger on it.. whoops. See some of my picks below! Note: some of the prices are the regular price, but if you click through they should show the sale price.