Good day! I'm pretty excited about today's vibes...probably because I'm still on a high from watching Minimalism last night. Any fans? If you haven't seen it yet, I highly encourage taking a 1.5 hour break to do so. Definitely makes you think. I also encourage making your friends and family play Speak Out because it's just so ridiculously good. (more vibes, right this way.)
1. WATCHING // MINIMALISM: After hearing about the Netflix documentary from a handful of people, all within a handful of days, I sat down last night to watch Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things. The doc follows Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus (“The Minimalists”) on a 10 week book tour across the US. As they begin to spread the message of their latest book (“Everything That Remains: A Memoir by The Minimalists”), the audiences at the book readings grow from just a few to hundreds and their lifestyle approach to living a meaningful life gains traction, more followers, and media coverage. As a viewer, it was impossible not to get totally absorbed in what Joshua and Ryan are saying…we all have so. much. stuff. And we constantly want more, more, more. But is it all making us happy? Do we even love and use all that stuff? And what would happen if we started to pair down – to go from abundance to just necessities and or things with meaning? They show us what would happen. And without pointing too many fingers or laying on guilt, they tell us how we’ve been wired to want, want, want. I might not sell off all my possessions asap (nor do they prescribe this) but I do have a giant urge to examine and evaluate my “stuff.” My plan is to start going through closets, drawers, etc. this weekend then hopefully subscribe to a “one in, one out” rule. The idea of only living with my most favorite things, tuning out the wants, and getting down to what really adds value to my life sounds incredibly freeing. The hardest part for me is that I hold on to things for sentimental reasons and it’s turned me into quite the hoarder. Anyway – I highly, highly recommend watching the documentary if you have a chance!
2. READING // A DOG’S PURPOSE: The last “dog book” I read was “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein. I didn’t even have my beloved Blue then and it made me sob like a baby. So of course, I start seeing trailers for this moving, A Dog’s Purpose and I get choked up because, dogs. They start as precious puppies and become gentle dogs and eventually leave us and it just breaks my heart. What I’ve gathered about “A Dog’s Purpose” by W. Bruce Cameron (next on my list to read) is that the soul of the dog telling the story is reincarnated again and again…living multiple adventures, finding love with the humans he connects with, and learning the true purpose of being a dog. I mean, give me the tissues. I’d determined to finish the book before the film is in theaters at the end of this month.
3. SMOOCHING // NUDE LIP: It’s crazy for me to even be saying I want a new lipstick after talking about wanting to go through all the stuff I have and don’t use in No. 1 of this post (I basically have a beauty closet) but I’d rather sort through all the tubes of colors I have and don’t use, invest in one great shade and wear it to death, than have an over assortment that just sits there! When it comes to my lips, I go for nude, natural hues. I’ve got some favorite glosses in these shades but not a true lipstick. And after hearing such great things about Charlotte Tilbury’s formulas and nude colors, I’m really wanting to try some shades on myself. Thinking that the “Hot Lips” Lipstick in Kim K.W. might work on me but I may not be tan enough. To be continued…
4. LOVING // NEW TIBI: I like what shirts. That much was obvious from Monday’s post. So of course, when I saw the new arrivals from Tibi I took note of all the fabulous white tops. What I love about Tibi is their pieces have a classic quality but unique details that set them apart. Subtle statements…which makes them all the more wearable. My favorites are the Satin Smocked Poplin Top (shown in the collage), Satin Poplin Notched Off The Shoulder Top, and the Orla Bloom Silk Tank (pop of orange!).
5. LOVING // JULIE BLACKMON: I saw a Julie Blackmon exhibit at a Kansas City museum when I was in college and fell for the compositions with cute kids and vintage-like scenes. I have to say, I kind of forgot about Julie and her incredible photography but Sally and her love for artists brought her back to my attention a few years ago. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I’ve been helping Sally get settled in her new house and that’s meant unpacking, organizing and arranging. I came across her copy of “Homegrown” by Julie Blackmon and decided to take a much needed break to flip through the images. The photos are absolutely mesmerizing but it was the one-on-one interview between Julie and Reese Witherspoon at the back of the book that I ended up loving most. Getting to learn more about Julie, her vision, methods, and work was so fun – even more fun that it was Reese doing the interview. Maybe someday I’ll own a Julie Blackmon original but for now, I’ve ordered myself a copy of “Homegrown” and “Domestic Vacations” (her other book).
6. SWEATING // KNSY x BEYOND YOGA: Yesterday on The Today Show there was someone on one of the segments showcasing cute/cool athletic wear and explaining how wearing good-looking workout clothes can actually make you feel better and make you have a better workout (this is me paraphrasing). I don’t know if I totally believe that but I’d be lying if I said I don’t love wearing cool workout gear. There are several brands I buy and wear most and Beyond Yoga happens to be one of them…so imagine my excitement when I learned that kate spade partnered with Beyond Yoga to create a 21 piece activewear capsule collection. The tops, pants, jackets, and bras all have the quality and fit Beyond Yoga is known for with colors, patterns, and feminine details that perfectly align with the kate spade brand. I’d say this collab is a home run (see what I did there?! sports reference for the win) and I definitely want to get my hands on a few things…love this jacket, this tank, and these printed pants.
7. PLAYING // SPEAK OUT: This past Christmas our family was really into playing games. There are a few family members who are super competitive but most of us just like that it’s a fun way to do something together that doesn’t involve having the TV on. Sally and I bought Speak Out before coming home and after playing it with everyone I have to say that it might be one of the funniest games ever. It’s ridiculous. You’re in teams and one partner wears a mouthpiece that doesn’t let them close their mouth and they have to try and say phrases that their partner guesses. If you need a visual, watch this video of Zooey Deschanel on Ellen playing. Or this video of Khloe Kardashian and Kevin Heart is even better. Hilarity. People in my family may or may not have peed their pants while we were playing…