Dress Well: Sunday Dinners

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Super old tank (no idea where it was from originally), J. Crew tank layered underneath (old), Paige Denim jeans, Chie Mihara wedges, Old necklace, J. Crew pavé bracelet, J. Crew bangles, Anthropologie bag, Ray-Ban sunglasses

Y’all – it was WARM this weekend. It was warm and sunny enough this past weekend to cause me to get sunburned in all kinds of weird patterns – on my wrists (???), on my shoulders, on the tip of my nose, on my knees. Being exposed to that kind of sun is so rare for us San Francisco dwellers that I almost feel like I spent the past two days on a beach vacation – I mean, there was no swimming, and no bathing suits, but….it was close enough.

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DSC_5146There were multiple moments this past weekend where I stopped, looked around, and dedicated a few seconds to thinking, “does it GET any better than this?” The first time was when I was reading up on my roof on Saturday afternoon – the sun was shining, the temperature was perfect, and I had a beautiful panorama view of San Francisco. Seriously – what’s better than that? The second time I had that same thought, I was running the Lyon Street steps, getting to the top, basking in the breezy 75 degree weather, and looking out over the San Francisco Bay.

When I wasn’t admiring my surroundings, I was enjoying time, meals, and laughs with my husband or friends. It was truly a weekend for the record books – low-stress, high happiness, and gorgeous in every minute. How did I get so lucky?

Hopefully you had a similarly wonderful weekend. ‘Til the next one…

Live Well: Reliving Childhood – Eleanor & Park + Boyhood

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Entirely coincidentally, I spent this past weekend stuck firmly in childhood and adolescence. On Friday night I finished reading Eleanor & Park and on Saturday we went to see Richard Linklater’s Boyhood. Each is a very well-regarded work on what it means to grow up – here’s my take on them:

First up, Eleanor & Park. Truth be told, I was so excited to start reading this book after hearing rave reviews from many, many sources that I trust. A well-told teenage love story pulls at the heartstrings of everyone, so I couldn’t wait to dive in. However, I have to say that I found most of the book underwhelming. The story was well-written and a very authentic depiction of what your first relationship is like when you’re sixteen years old, but I wouldn’t describe it as a masterpiece. And after everything I’d heard about it, I don’t think I could have been satisfied with anything less.

All of that being said – the end was truly touching. But much of that has to do with my own personal bias (I think). Without giving away too much, the book ends with the two main characters being separated after one has to move. The description of how intensely sad each of them were in the move’s aftermath hit too close to home for me – I cried myself to sleep after finishing the book just reliving what it was like when my now-husband (then-middle school boyfriend) moved away before eighth grade. Again, I think Rainbow Rowell did a great job conveying what those emotions feel like when you’re that age and dealing with those changes…but I don’t think I came away with a better understanding of life and love because of the book. And that deeper understanding is what I was hoping for.

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Luckily, a better understanding of life and love is exactly what Boyhood delivered. I know having a favorite director is probably the most pretentious thing on the face of the planet, but I don’t care – Richard Linklater is my favorite director, and I will see everything he makes for the rest of his life. Y’all – Boyhood was spectacular. Run, don’t walk, to go see it.

For those of you who haven’t heard about it yet, over the course of twelve years Richard Linklater got the same group of actors together for two weeks every year to film a story about a boy growing up. Ellar Coltrane, the star, starts out as a six-year-old, and the movie progresses until he leaves for college. We watch Ellar, his sister (Lorelai Linklater, Richard Linklater’s daughter), and his parents (Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette) age in a time-lapse fashion – the characters get older, people come in and out of their lives, they make mistakes, they try their best, they’re real people. The experience is something I can barely describe – you really have to see it for yourself.

This movie will be enjoyable for anyone who grew up during the 2000s, but it will be particularly enjoyable for everyone who, like me, grew up in Houston in the 2000s. Almost their entire childhood is filmed in Houston, which led to my husband and I whispering excitedly in the theater every time they showed a different Houston location. I would argue that the movie is even better than home movies for transporting you back in time – the music, the scenery, the props – for a few minutes, you are truly living in a year gone by, and each time it feels so good.

I could go on endlessly about my admiration of this movie, but I’m going to cut it off here. I hope you don’t need more convincing that this movie is worth your time, money, and brain space – if nothing else, I can tell you that you won’t see anything like it ever again (with the possible exception of the Before movies – another Linklater masterpiece).

Have a spectacular day, everyone.

Dress Well: Saturdays on the Town

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Anthropologie blouse, Paige Denim jeans, Chie Mihara wedges (on sale!), J. Crew necklace (old), Rebecca Minkoff bag, Ray-Ban sunglasses

It’s official: I think you guys have seen every piece of clothing that I own. These days, I look in my closet and find a complete lack of inspiration. And for that reason, you’ll have to forgive me when my outfits seem very repetitive. I just can’t afford new clothes every week, you know?

There’s one other thing I have to admit to: I currently have a terrible yoga crops tan. Like I wore yoga crops to read on my rooftop deck, and ended up with a tan where it looks like I’m constantly wearing socks. I won’t be baring my legs again until it evens back up…and that could take a few months. Awkward tan lines are kind of my forte.

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DSC_4945Despite my lack of new clothes and my terrible yoga crops tan, we still had a fantastic weekend. We had friends in town from Texas and had the greatest time hanging out, getting dinner, and catching up with the people we love. Also, after MONTHS of anticipation, we finally got to go see Boyhood, which I will be writing more about tomorrow (spoiler alert: we LOVED it). All in all, we were reminded yet again that we lead a wonderful life. I hope you felt similarly this past weekend.

See you back here tomorrow. Have a great day.