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wear it // thirty-eight

February 12, 2014


Jam packed weekends have kind of been my thing for, well, for ever. In school my Saturdays and Sundays were spent working. Through college I managed to spend more hours at Fitz’s on a weekend than in my actual apartment. Then this full time job thing happened, and I no longer needed to spend weekends working to make rent. At first weekends were a foreign concept. What was I supposed to do with all this new found time? I’ve got days to just…be! And then, like magic, all free time disappeared. Weekends were filled with trips to the grocery store, birthday parties, brunches and…exercise?

As is indicative of the seasons, i’ve been staying in a lot more on weekends (so much for all that exercise!). Sitting on my couch with a mug of coffee and the newest Kinfolk is better than stepping out into 15 degree cold to run errands. Though I really wish the winter torture would end, it’s been nice to be home instead of running about town every Saturday. I’m averaging about two baked goods and three naps per weekend in 2014.

[ shirt: Forever 21 / pants: snatched from SK's closet / watch: c/o May 28th x Anthropologie]



How are you spending your weekends – do you pack them to brim with activites, or go with a more relaxed approach?

[All photos by Abby Gillardi.]

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let them eat cake.

February 10, 2014


Today i’m a quarter of a century old. I’ve already had a teensy freak out moment about being closer to thirty than I am to twenty. And I definitely thought i’d have my shit together by now.

It’s hard not to laugh when I think about my thirteen year old self making life plans. “I’m going to college, then i’ll get a job, and i’ll be married in my early twenties, so I can have children in my mid twenties.” Just like that. Everything was going to be so easy. At 25, i’m looking around thinking “I still have no idea what I actually want to do, dating is hard, and the thought of being responsible for another human right now is terrifying.” On top of the big life stuff, I eat ice cream (or cheese) for dinner at least one night a week, which is definitely not how i’d define ‘having your shit together.’

But, you know what? I’m happy. So, twenty five isn’t looking so bad.

Plus, I ate cake for breakfast.

*Image created for City in a Jar by @loveleesie.


hey you. have a fabulous week.

February 3, 2014

Hey You

I have a love/hate relationship with the month of February. In theory it has potential to be my favorite month. A holiday celebrating love (hi, i’m jessica and i’m a hopeless romantic), and my birthday? Endless celebrations. Turns out in practice, neither of the two above occasions have really ever lived up to expectations. At almost a quarter of a century old, i’m learning to lower said expectations. It’s a good thing February is the shortest month of the year.

On a positive note, i’ve never had to feign excitement at some weird stuffed animal on Valentine’s day and i’m an excellent (birthday) cake baker.

I’m also kicking Mondays ass by singing and dancing to Otis Redding. How are you starting off the week?

*Photo created for City in a Jar by @loveleesie .

wear it // thirty-seven

January 29, 2014

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This cold, cold weather has put me into an ‘all black everything’ phase. All color has been washed out of my life by single digit temperatures. Okay, maybe i’m being a bit dramatic. But it seems most of my ‘warmer’ clothes are solid, dark hues.

To add a bit of color into my dreary winter days I popped into the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts during Reset (an unconventional series of programs between exhibitions). The Candy Crush wall/floor installation by David Scanavino was unreal – and made me a little dizzy. But the colors, oh the colors!

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Do you ever get stuck in a winter rut? Tell me how you shake it!

[All photos by Abby Gillardi.]

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okay, let’s do this.

January 27, 2014

Okay Lets Do This

Whoops. It might look like I let the entire holiday season slip right past me. I didn’t post once about traditions or putting up a tree – which is still sitting in my loft, and at this point has just become another house plant. We didn’t celebrate New Years together by making resolutions most of us have by now, late in January,  probably forgotten.

It may seem (due to lack of posting here) that I fell off the planet in the last few months. But alas, I have not! I prefer to think of it as hibernation. I danced with friends, caught up with oh-so-wonderful family, and snagged Grandpa’s 1987 four point buck in the Obermark gift exchange.

I even skipped the whole “fresh start” January thing. I just wasn’t ready. There were still too many pies to be eaten and hot toddys to be sipped. But now, as February nears i’m ready to kick half-marathon training into full gear, practice yoga consistently, maybe open one of the books that are collecting dust on my shelf, and share lots of excellent content with you!

So whaddya say, join me in a late start to the “New Year”?

Okay, let’s do this.

*Photo by @loveleesie – a must follow Instagram account!

wear it // thirty-six

December 3, 2013

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Years ago I gifted this scarf to one of my best friends. It’s colorful, and weird, and cozy – just like her!  Then one day I borrowed it, and never returned it (confessions of a bad friend). It’s not like i’m hiding the scarf. I wear it around her. It’s actually taken on some duel-custody, which I totally don’t deserve because I swiped a birthday present that I gifted. And what kind of friend does that?

But let’s move past the scarf swiping onto the wide brimmed hat and pleated leather skirt combo, shall we? Subdued colors, a couple patterns, and a variety of textures does a winter outfit make. Though if i’m really going to make it through winter, I should probably toss on a coat.

Now, back to the confessions of a bad friend. Do you buy your friends gifts that you (secretly) want? Have you ever kept a gift you bought for someone else?

[ hat: thrifted / shirt: H&M / scarf: Anthropologie / skirt: Miss Ohio Vintage's Closet]



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[All photos by Abby Gillardi.]

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wear it // thirty-five

November 21, 2013

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This outfit is full of ‘conversation starters’; the beaded flamingos holding all my things, the rhinoceros peeking out from behind a red blazer, and the mint pouf pinned ever-so-strategically to my lapel. Separately these are some of my most favorite items – together, I think they make a killer combo.

Admittedly, the so-called ‘conversation starters’ are really just pieces i find interesting, and in some cases other people do to! There’s no better place to wear said ‘conversation starters’ than a coffee shop full of people just sitting around chatting. People love to touch the beaded clutch, or the mint pouf (hey there buddy, watch where those hands are going!), or comment on a weird shirt. And just like that, you’ve sparked a conversation!

[ blazer: thrifted / shirt: J. Crew / pouf: / clutch: Anthropologie / phone case: Kate Spade]

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Got any ‘conversation starters’ in your closet?

[All photos by Abby Gillardi.]

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