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Happy Friday! Even though yesterday was a bit chilly in NYC, I think we have finally turned the corner towards warmer weather! This means time to put all of the tired out winter clothes away and start thinking about summery outfits. While there will always be staple pieces that I keep from season to season, it is nice to spruce things up with some inexpensive trendy accents. To me, the key is to splurge on classic pieces that you will keep for years and to cut corners on the super trendy stuff. ASOS has become on of my new favorite sites to get trendy and inexpensive pieces; and they have free shipping! Here are some ideas inspired from their website:
As summer is quickly approaching, floral prints seem to be everywhere! It is a much needed break from the blah grays and blacks of winter. While floral prints certainly are not new or ground breaking, this season’s florals have an air of sophistication and modernism. Take a look at some of my favorite picks for floral prints:
Happy Monday! Today’s post is somewhat of a personal one. Over the past few months, I have had the pleasure of working with a client who has also become a friend. He was introduced to me in need of a revamp of his apartment. It took some convincing to get him to part with his beloved brown leather reclining sofas, but once he did, I think the end product turned out great! We wanted a clean, sophisticated and masculine feel with an emphasis on usability and comfort. Take a look at some of the photos that were shot last week by the awesome Meg Miller of Meg Miller Photography!
All photography credit goes to Meg Miller Photography! Check out her website
Dust off your seeksucker suits and floral dresses! It’s time for the Derby! Tomorrow marks the 140th running of the “Greatest Two Minutes in Sports.” While I won’t be attending the Kentucky Derby in person, I will be attending (like so many others around the country) a theme party where we will be partaking in sipping mint juleps and channeling all things southern. Here are a few of my favorite ensembles to help inspire you for Derby Day!
Have a great weekend!
Please take the time to read this great blog post by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits. Great advice 🙂
Let’s hypothesize that there’s a substance that’s been irritating you and causing problems in all areas of your life: it causes you to be unhappy, to be stressed, to procrastinate, to be distracted, to be angry with people, to be dissatisfied with your life, to be overweight and unhealthy, to not exercise or eat healthy, and much more.
Horrible substance, right? Now imagine there were a salve that could ease the bad effects of this substance, and make all those other areas better.
The substance is real: it’s your suffering. We all suffer, in small and large ways, every day. And it causes all the other problems I mentioned.
The salve is also real: it’s self-compassion. Which sounds too fluffy for most people, but it’s a concrete practice that will have concrete benefits, in all areas of your life.
Let’s take a minute to explore suffering, and what would happen if you applied the salve of self-compassion.
We don’t always think of ourselves as suffering, if we’re leading normal lives. But in fact, we’re suffering more often than we usually realize, just not necessarily suffering greatly. We suffer in small ways, and that affects our happiness, the happiness of those around us, and our actions and habits throughout the day.
I could go on forever, because suffering takes many forms. But you can see the pattern: self-compassion eases the pain of the suffering, reducing the bad effects and allowing us to choose more helpful ways of living.
Let’s turn to a method of self-compassion.
This is a method you can practice through a daily habit, to help with suffering in all forms:
This is not always easy to practice, and so I recommend a daily session where you turn inward for a couple minutes, and practice without the distractions of daily life. You’ll get better at the self-compassion habit with practice.
But it’s worth the practice. The salve of self-compassion can change your entire life.
If you’re interested in forming the self-compassion habit, we’re working on that in May in the Sea Change Program.
Sign up in the next few days to join the Self-Compassion Habit module: get a plan, a video, some articles on the habit, a live webinar with me and an accountability forum. Join us here.