Although the phrase is somewhat passé now, I was definitely called a "tomboy" as a kid. Now, I prefer to just look at that as an expression of myself that didn't need to be pigeonholed into one gender or the other. However, with the mindset of relating to anything and everything tomboy, I picked up a copy of You'll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klien. There are some true laugh-out-loud moments in the book, right down to discussing the difference between women who are wolves and women who are poodles. I'm a wolf, no doubt about it. The author isn't disparaging either type, just making a comparison of women who always seem to have it together and know how to be feminine from birth (poodles) and women who are a bit rougher around the edges (wolves).
Is there anyone you know who isn't listening to Frank Ocean's new album? In particular, I love the art direction behind the visual components just as much as I enjoy the tracks. My favorite is "White Ferarri," but that's to be expected given that Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) is featured. Speaking of Bon Iver, I can't stop listening to his new track "22 (OVER S∞∞N)." I love the fact that the title is the age that I'm leaving behind this month and the song repeats the phrase "It might be over soon." Yes, yes it might be, indeed.
If I don't start watching another show soon, the 1970s vibes of The Get Down are going to take over my entire wardrobe. This show has it going on: Baz Luhrmann directing, the history of the rise of hip hop, an amazing soundtrack all around, a wonderful cast of young talent, poetry, graffiti and a social activism component. So, I won't stop watching. I'll just keep looking at platform shoes and halter tops online after each episode.
Although I typically try to post a recipe that is inspiring me each week, it hasn't really been that kind of week. It's been more of a pizza and ice cream kind of week. But not just any ice cream. I pass right by the Ben & Jerry's and Mayfield's for one pint in particular: Talenti Gelato. I usually prefer tart, fruity flavors when it comes to desert, but the Talenti Tahitian Vanilla Bean is my comfort food of choice.
I recently got an hour long facial at Wild Lavender Spa & Wellness Studio in downtown Knoxville. As it turns out, the owner Hannah and I actually both started Maryville College at the same time and were there for a semester together before she transferred! It was really cool to connect with someone my age who is so entrepreneurial and who obviously cares as much about awesome, holistic skin care as I do. She gave me samples of some products and I have to say that I saw such a huge difference using the Jojoba Lavender serum from Odacite. Keep your eyes out for an interview with Hannah coming soon!
We're all friends here, right? So when I mention that some very dramatic life events led me to get off track on my no buy month, we can forgive and forget? Plus, it just means I have some good recommendations for you.
First of all, these Alexa Chung for AG Revolution Corduroy Trousers embody the exact 70s rocker vibe I need in my life. I happened to find them at TJ Maxx for quite a bit less than they are listed online, so I suggest checking your local store. Secondly, I caved and finally tried out the Skargorn #61 tee which is often hailed as "the perfect white tee." It definitely is the perfect oversized, casual tee; but I'm standing by my J. Crew Factory studio tee for my official perfect white tee recommendation.