September is a strange month. On one hand, September feels as though it should kick off the Fall season. I love pulling my cozy sweaters out of the closet and pairing them with high-waisted denim (these are my fave fave fave) and ankle boots. Sadly, those sweaters will have to stay in the closet for a bit longer, because September is gearing up to be h-o-t in the Bay. We’ve been working hard to get our patio in tip-top shape to enjoy the last of this Indian Summer, and I’ll definitely be sharing the big reveal in a few weeks.
I’m also jetting off to LA this weekend for a little celebratory getaway – my big bro is turning the big 30! Looks like I’ll be wearing my breezy linen skirts and knotted tees a little while longer…. Happy September! ✌🏼
You’re an outfit-ruiner. You’re a security blanket. You’re frumpy. You’re uncomfortable. You serve no purpose except to hide body insecurities. I dislike you.
You were created by the clothing industry to perpetuate women’s self-consciousness about their arms. I get it, I’ve been there. I haven’t discussed body insecurities on this platform because it’s a tough subject, and I wanted to keep the tone fun and lighthearted around here. However, life isn’t always fun and lighthearted, and everyone has body insecurities and can relate to this topic. So here we go.
I used to wear cardigans for years because I was self-conscious about my arms, too. Even on the hottest summer day, I’d wear a cardigan, so that the rest of the world couldn’t see what I deemed unfit for society. I’d willingly sweat and make myself uncomfortable so that everyone around me wouldn’t have to be in the presence of my exposed arms. How insane is that? I cannot believe there was ever a time when I thought that was okay.
I still cringe when I see old photos of myself wearing a cardigan. For a period in time, I was afraid to wear something sleeveless without one. I want to go back in time to tell myself that it’s okay to let the world see my arms. Everyone will be fine and the earth will keep spinning. In fact, no one will say anything at all. The harshest critics are your own deprecating thoughts.
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when I stopped wearing cardigans, but I know there was certainly a point when I decided to never look back. I’m sad for all the years I wasted feeling uncomfortable in my own body, and trying to make others around me feel more comfortable by covering it up.
My arms are not small and never have been, but wearing a cardigan doesn’t make them smaller. Covering them in fabric doesn’t hide their size. My arms are not small but they are strong. In 5th grade, I beat every boy in my class at arm wrestling. I can do at least 10 real pushups without even trying. I can paddle a kayak, carry groceries, and lift furniture. I can open a jar and pop a bottle of champagne. 🍾
Dear cardigans: no one needs you. You are useless and sad. May you rot in the clearance bin for the rest of eternity, because I’ll never look your way again.
There’s really nothing I love more than being cozy. It’s a word I use frequently in everyday life to describe the way certain things feel to me: slow walks with a close friend, the freedom of a wireless bra, and the feeling of luxuriating in bed on the weekend. Hygge is the Danish word for the feeling of coziness, but it encompasses so much more than that.
From my little family to yours… Merry Christmas! As I type this, I’m currently cozied up at home in Maine under a thick knit blanket, tea steaming and Christmas music warbling. I hope this holiday season finds you happy, healthy and with the ones you love. 2016 was a tough yet rewarding year, and I wish you all the best in 2017.
Thanks for sticking with me and here’s to a fabulous 2017!
A few weeks ago, I celebrated my 26th birthday. I am officially in my LATE twenties. WHAT!? While I’ve seen more than a few grey hairs appear this past year, I’m really satisfied at where I am in my life and feel like I’ve found my stride both personally and professionally. Of course, there are many many more goals I have set for myself, but I also like to sit back once in a while and reflect on my accomplishments and what better time than a birthday?
With Thanksgiving just a few days away, food is at the tippy top of mind. As you may have seen on Instagram, I’ve just recently completed the Whole30! I did it for the entire month of October, ending 10/30 – just in time for Halloween candy, our 9-year anniversary dinner, and all of the delicious holiday food coming up. This is actually my third time around completing the Whole30 (or other type of elimination diet) and I’d classify it as a success.