Week in Review {Pics + Links}

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Week in Review

I am sitting on the floor of my tent in Ojai, California surrounded by books, cups of tea, my Daybook, and writing materials. Up at 4:30am for this weekend’s Conscious Booksmith writing retreat with Christine Mason Miller, I arrived yesterday afternoon to the Santa Barbara airport and hopped into a generously “upgraded” white muscle car as they were out of my preferred economy choice.

When I sent Tim a photo of the beast, he kept texting me “vroom vroom.” I’m a menace on the road in this thing. It doesn’t even have a key and took me longer than I’d like to admit to start and put into drive. Good news is that I found the country and 80s hair metal Sirius radio stations.

Since I had a couple hours before check in for the retreat, I pulled into a Starbucks outside of Ojai and breathed a sigh of release once I put the car in park (and figured out how to turn it off . . .  again, without a key). I sipped one of their Evolution green juices and googled “what to see in Ojai.” Scrolling through farmers’ markets, antique shopping, and outdoor excursion ideas, I stumbled upon Bart’s Books—an open air used bookstore. I got flushed, felt my pulse quicken, and knew what I had to do. Back to the muscle car.

When I arrived at Bart’s Books, I had to drive around the block a few times because I couldn’t parallel park the boat. After a few illegal U-turns in the middle of the street, I found a large spot ready to house the car. Walking into Bart’s was a religious experience. I wandered around savoring the breeze through the shelves, ambient music, and thriving succulents strategically placed. After carefully selecting four books to consider, I sat at one of their tables topped with an umbrella and thumbed through them feeling in awe of the whole experience. Of course, I left with each of them.

It’s time for lunch so I’m off to dine on the yummy veg meals provided by Meredith Klein of Pranaful. This morning’s chia seed pudding inspired the sharing of the recipe below. What a yummy, filling, protein-filled way to start the day!

Wishing you a chance to fill your belly with fresh whole foods, sit with your breath, and pen your thoughts this weekend. Bisous.

Week in Pics

  1. Creative play on writing retreat with Christine Mason Miller
  2. Tea time
  3. Loot from Bart’s Books
  4. Bart’s Books = heaven on earth
  5. Glamping
  6. Monday’s Capitol Hill lobbying for the animals

Savvy Sources

10 Fun Writing Ideas
9 Daily Questions to Improve Your Life
How to Stay in Shape When You’re Busy
Creative Purpose of Boredom10 Ted Talks That Will Change Your Life
5 Productivity Tips from Busy People
9 Yin Yoga Poses to Summon the Summer
How to Create a Succulent Garden
55 Ways to Help Animals
Chia Seed Pudding How-To

Weekend Wish List

Safe journey home

Packing for Paris {+ Beyond}

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Packing for trips has been known to raise anxiety levels. When I shared this Paris suitcase pic on Instagram, I received a few emails asking what was inside. It’s helpful to see how a few items can transform into multiple outfits.

Although the AirBnB apartment we rented had a washer, I packed many duplicates (hello 2in1 tops and leggings) to alleviate doing more than one to two loads during my 10-day stay.

Rolled clothing items: One stripe savasana throw, one mesh skirt from Italy, four pairs of leggings, one infinity cowl, two printed scarves, four 2in1 tops (three long sleeve, one crop top), one palazzo pant, one ruffle dress, one shift dress, one slip dress, one pencil skirt, one blazer, one boyfriend tank = 20 pieces.

On the plane I wore leggings, a 2in1 top, long sleeve wrap tunic, and the bulky boots. Most items are from TranquiliT’s Capsule Wardrobe.

Shoes: Four pairs turned out to be two too many. The left heels were simply for the photo shoot. I only wore the gold clogs during an evening out sipping champagne at sunset overlooking the Eiffel Tower. The boots and ballet flats were my go-tos all week and would have been plenty.

Items not pictured include: technology, toiletries, intimates, socks, trench, faux leather jacket, books, journal, pens, slippers, meds, passport, yoga mat, candle, gifts, sun hat, purse and its’ contents.

Here’s a handy PDF travel checklist plus mix and match clothing ideas.

Below are photos snapped by Tim during the shoot with Carla Coulson to show a few of the looks, plus a few additional outfits from being a flâneur in the City of Light.


A couple silly outtakes from the shoot where I was giving “that look” and blowing kisses to help relax face muscles. During that second shot, a sweet family of Asian tourists were on the side taking photos of us. I envision them looking back at those photos and being disappointed to realize that, alas, I definitely wasn’t anyone famous.



A few flâneur shots in the ruffle dress, ruffle dress with infinity cowl and leggings, 2in1 crop top with pencil skirt, and boyfriend tank with leggings (and blazer in hand for the sun-behind-clouds moments).


Summer Reading

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A peek into my {overly ambitious} summer reading pile:

Living Beautifully by Pema Chodren
The Writing Life by Annie Dillard
The Anatomy of Story by John Truby
Wildflower by Drew Barrymore
Poser by Claire Dederer
Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
The Gift of Therapy by Irvin Yalom
Porcelain by Moby
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
The Humane Economy by Wayne Pacelle

What’s on yours?

Join me on Goodreads where I’m gleefully 46% through my 2016 Reading Challenge goal.

Happy reading! x