November 20, 2015

creme, camel & resurrecting holiday magic

cashmere sweater: Uniqlo (currently on $10 off promo)
skinnys: Gap
OTK boots: Dolce Vita  (currently 25% off)
coat: Wilfred via Aritzia, similar here, here & here
sunnies: Ray Ban

Happy Friday, Ladies!  Today, I want to talk about...


I can not believe it is already the weekend before Thanksgiving.  Time sure is much so that sometimes events do not even seem real.
  I'll try to convey the feeling a little more clearly.  Christmas doesn't really feel like Christmas anymore.  I choose this day as an example because it is the one that really sticks out to me. Probably because Christmas always felt so magical. The time from Thanksgiving to Christmas took on this air of delight...sort of a warm fuzzy glow...if you could actually see the feeling.
The question that keeps swirling about in my head is...where did that go?  I'm not buying into the idea that things just aren't this way for grown ups.  I want it back, so I'm going to seek it out.  I'm going to make it magical this time around.

Who's with me?
I'm going to slow it on down, and steep in the special little moments that make lifelong memories.  Maybe if I can figure out how to shift my perspective a little, I can capture that magic.  Life is so much about perspective, it is so much about what we make it.  We have to decide what we hold tight to, and what we dismiss. 

 What exactly was it about our younger self that was able to filter out whatever it is that puts a damper on that warm fuzzy glow?  

Can you relate?  Either way, I would love to hear your thoughts...

November 17, 2015

INSPIRED {internet inspo vol.1}

Hi Ladies! 
 I hope everyone had a fabulous and restful weekend.  My weekend was nice, but it seems I have been hit with a whopping chest cold that is making me quite lazy this week.  I guess I can't complain too much, because until this nasty bug, I hadn't been sick in over a year.

Anywho, enough sick talk.  On a far more exciting note.  I spend a fair amount of time poking around the web investigating healthy food, beauty tips, new merchandise (or older that I missed the first go round) at my favorite shops, life & style tidbits from people I admire... and so on.  I've decided it is a shame not to share this aspect of what inspires me with you.  So,Look out for this series popping up every other week here on CEA. 

May you be encouraged & inspired.

Have a lovely day, my friends.   Thank you for your support and inspiration.  XO!!

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West Elm & ASPCA!  Could this be any more fantastic?  It sure made my day.

 Humility goes a long way, just ask Jenna Lyons

 Everything you need to know about matcha {including the infamous energized calm} via The Garden Grazer 

 I made this delicious spaghetti squash noodle bowl for myself.  I think the lime peanut sauce is my new obsession.  So delicious!  The recipe offers a few options for a couple of the ingredients.  I used rice wine vinegar, tahini,  & manuka honey.   So much flavor and so much nutrition, you guys!

  This delicious & healthy Matcha Green Tea Latte made with almond milk and 100% pure maple syrup via The Roasted Root 

 I can not wait to try this.
Low Carb Pumpkin & Sage Courgetti via The Londoner 

A piece I'd like to add to my wardrobe... This gorgeous suede midi skirt
over at Ann Taylor.  Currently on a 50% off promo.  Fabulous!

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