Renegade comes to San Francisco

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style design  Renegade comes to San Francisco
style design  Renegade comes to San Francisco

The Renegade Craft Fair–an ever-growing, curated event for DIY-ers and small businesses—came to SF a couple of weekends ago and we had to check it out. We always enjoyed seeing what sorts of inspired products popped up when we would visit in New York (here’s my a post about the last one I went to, in Williamsburg). 

Some of my favorite finds this year…

style design  Renegade comes to San Francisco
style design  Renegade comes to San Francisco
style design  Renegade comes to San Francisco
style design  Renegade comes to San Francisco

Sycamore Street Press (Letterpress and Design, like beautiful custom stamps—that’s me and Skyler with Eva) / Hero Handmade (Illustration & Screen Printing—great posters for SF fans) / Small Adventure (Illustration & Paper Goods—aesthetic is very Wes Anderson) / Cactus Club (Paper Goods–love the prints!) / Young America Creative (collective design studio—gorgeous Seasonal Eats posters) / Joshu + Vela (totes, backpacks, & wallets) / Martine USA (gorgeous leather accessories—I bought myself a keychain) / Emmiebean (cute custom portraits)

If you recognize any vendors in the photos whose links I missed, let me know! (Update: Alpaca throws at top by Asher Market)

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Two of my other favorite sources for independent maker gifts: BRIKA and GREAT.LY. Great shopping options for the holidays!

style design  Renegade comes to San Francisco
style design  Renegade comes to San Francisco

One of the best parts of the Craft Fair can be the venue. The setting—Fort Mason, with stunning views of the Bay—was particularly beautiful, and maybe the best find of all.

P.S. Skyler and I took the cutest photos at the photo booth, but I can’t find them! Drats! I still love these first ones so much.

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Have a great weekend! (& Friday links)

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Thank you so much to those of you who came out on Tuesday night to celebrate the arrival of Madewell in Sacramento! It was such a fun night, and I really enjoyed getting to say hello to some readers.

I shared a few photos on Instagram (#MadewellCA), if you’d like to see.

Now looking forward to putting on those jeans I bought and enjoying a quiet, autumn weekend before the holiday rush! How about you?

Here are some other items of note lately…

These are hilarious. (And are a little like the art history version of these favorites from a couple of weeks back.)

There’s a new list of coveted cookbooks calling out for a round-up, but this lovely interview Jenny did with Gabrielle Hamilton of Prune just put that one at the top.

What would a text message from Jane Eyre look like?

Great idea: kids’ shoe rental. (They grow out of them so fast.)

Remember my craving? We finally tried Vik’s Chaat Corner in Berkeley and it totally satisfied it. So good, if you’re local!

Parents: what do you think if a stranger calls you “Mom” or “Dad”? Is this sign of a “Mommy Problem“?

A world calendar for next year. What festivals would you most like to attend? And what’s missing?

Kate interviewed me for her Project 30 series.

Also, I still get questions about my puffball hat. JCrew just put one on their new Women’s Gift Guide—which is gorgeous, of course. (Use SHOPNOW for 25% off everything right now.)

Yep, it’s gift guide season… hard to believe. Here are some more sales for those of you trying to get ahead: Madewell (Code FALLBACK for 25% off sale), Gap (Code HAPPY for 30% off), & Macy’s (Code GIFT for 25% off).

[Photo courtesy of Betsy Schuh. Thank you!]

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Skirts with pockets

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Clothing without pockets is a bit of a pet-peeve.

I’ve always favored fuller skirts with pockets, and I actually think it’s a bit criminal to leave them out—especially as it doesn’t disturb the silhouette. I’ve been gently teased over my enthusiasm for the appendages in dressing rooms: “And it has pockets!” Because it usually means I’m justifying an otherwise unnecessary purchase. But there was an interesting article in The Atlantic a little while back that fully supports my position on this matter.

Tanya Basu’s “The Gender Politics of Pockets” uses the latest (larger) iPhone size as the jump-off point to argue that a lack of pockets may actually be holding women back—forcing them to grab a purse if heading to lunch or a meeting with colleagues. Whether or not this is a factor in determining equality in the workplace is of course up for debate, but certainly women’s clothing should account for both form and function.

So, in light of that—and the possibility that you might be considering your closet for the upcoming holidays—here are some favorite items that mix (feminine) form and function: skirts with pockets.

Above: Zara Midi Skirt / Zara (detail) / JCrew Pleated Skirt / Madewell Satin Pleated Midi / Zara Midi Skirt (I have this one in pink; it’s the same one I wore in this post)

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Above, left to right:  
 Chelsea 29 Full Circle Midi / JOA Pleated Long Skirt / Boden Flock Spot Ponte Skirt / Banana Republic Jacquard Midi Skirt / Horses Atelier Tie Skirt / Boden British Tweed Mini / JOA Pleated Long Skirt / Chelsea 28 Full Pleat Skirt / Hanna Andersson High Waist Skirt

P.S. This tunic has pockets! Also, fall boots to pair with a midi-length skirt.

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Let’s Party! Welcome, Madewell.

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style  Lets Party! Welcome, Madewell.
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Madewell is coming to Sacramento! And they’re having a launch party this Tuesday night that I’m co-hosting!

It’s no secret that I’m a big Madewell fan. In fact, when they called to talk about launching their new shop, I glanced down and realized that I was—at that moment—already wearing no less than three items from the store.

So while I’ve clearly had no trouble shopping the online site, I was super excited to learn that they were opening in Sacramento’s Arden Fair Mall. I’ve missed browsing the denim bar, trying on a dress or some shoes, stacking rings from the accessories table… just that tactile experience. Now they will be about 20 minutes away!

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style  Lets Party! Welcome, Madewell.

They were kind enough to let check out more of their fall line in anticipation of the event. I love the detailing on what are, ostensibly, basics. “Skinny skinny” knee-rip jeans with just the right whiskering on the rise, a swingy tunic with pin-tucks (and pockets!), and a blazer with long arms and a bit of stretch that’s easy to dress down.

I asked Raymond Kim to take a few photos over coffee at The Mill—a new-to-me favorite coffee spot to work or meet at in midtown. (See? So many exciting new things happening in Sacramento.)

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style  Lets Party! Welcome, Madewell.

Madewell’s Sacramento grand opening event is Tuesday night from 7pm-9pm at Arden Fair Mall and, if you’re local, you should definitely swing by and check out the fall line while the DJ spins. (I’ve got my eye on these oxfords and this hat as well.)

I’d love to meet you—and toast the opening together! Help me welcome them to town.

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style  Lets Party! Welcome, Madewell.

Photos by Raymond Kim.
Most clothing courtesy of Madewell. Also pictured: Billie Boot, Pivot Pendant, Bracelet cuff & Transport Tote.
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What to wear apple picking (& Friday links)

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What to wear Apple Picking in California. 

Just kidding. (Sort of. We went to Apple Hill yesterday and it was pretty warm.)

Actually, even though it still feels like summer here, we’re headed to the beach next week. (Aron has a conference for work and we’re tagging along—and squeezing into his hotel room.) 

So as I pack up the swimsuits and fins, I thought I’d share the details of my favorite (post-partum) swimwear for me and my favorite swim covers for kids. (How’s that for seasonally appropriate?)

I got a lot of questions about the bathing suit in the “Thoughts on Italy with Kids” post; that’s it up there: the Sorrento from BodenIt’s on sale now, so I’m almost tempted to buy myself another before it sells out. I love it. It’s sort of a pain to pull on because it has some built in shape-wear panels—and they say you might consider sizing up if you don’t want that squeeze—but that’s what makes it so great! (Especially for anyone with two babes, but really for anyone.) This Boyleg Maillot, from Anthropologie, is a close second (you can see it in this post—where I’m actually pregnant). 

Boden stops stocking swimwear over the winter, but they’re also my favorite source for kids’ swimwear. Hudson’s and Skyler’s surf suits and Skyler’s towel poncho that you saw in the Positano travelogue (and all summer) are from there, too. Check the clearance!

Ok… just a few items of note for the weekend…

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Reading List: Lena Dunham

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Are you a Lena Dunham fan? I’ve been falling down the Dunham rabbit hole the past couple of days and I’m not even sure I realized how polarizing she is.

For my part, I’m a fan. I don’t always relate to her comedy but I think she’s incredibly talented and smart and even as I’m cringing, I’m usually laughing.

To back up, I was looking up the release date of her book (Not That Kind of Girlstyle  Reading List: Lena Dunham is coming out September 30! Are you going to read it?) and reading the New York Times Magazine piece about her (lots of comparisons to Woody Allen who, I thought it was odd was never referenced as equally polarizing for another reason) and I wanted more. It reminded me of the time Aron and I first watched Girls as a preview and quickly followed it by watching her film, Tiny Furniture.

One of the best things I stumbled upon this time was a 2013-interview (or, more accurately, conversation) Dunham conducted with fellow writer/comedian/future bff Mindy Kaling for a print offshoot of Rookie (a smart website for teen girls that is an equally notable piece of the interview equation) and which was republished in Rolling Stone. (I told you… Rabbit Hole.)

If you like these two, you’ll enjoy it.

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Do you watch Girls? The Mindy Project? Will you be reading Not That Kind of Girlstyle  Reading List: Lena Dunham ? (And if not, what are you watching? And why not?)

P.S. A couple of good (very different) non-fiction reads: The Power of Habit and The Happiness Project

[photos via The New York Times Magazine; 2nd photo Credit Benjamin Lowy/Reportage, for The New York Times]

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Hair: How to use Dry Shampoo

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I love dry shampoo. It’s what makes having bangs in August tolerable. (I’ve also said before that it could be considered a new-mom essential.) It wasn’t until recently, however, that I started appreciating how much it can also be a styling tool—rather than simply a blow-out extender. I’ve been using Batistestyle  Hair: How to use Dry Shampoo recently (which makes your hair look crazy white until you really rub it in) and, though it leaves behind a bit of build-up I’m afraid, it gives you such great volume.

My friend, Natalie, is a total dry-shampoo guru—hair-guru, actually (read this post)—so I asked her if she’d share her top tips for using dry shampoo. Here’s what she had to say:

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Great.ly (Make Better)

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style  Great.ly (Make Better)

Have you heard of Great.ly? Sarah Bryden-Brown, a wonderful person I’ve met through blogging, recently founded the online marketplace which aims to compensate all involved—the maker you love, the tastemaker you trust.

Essentially, “tastemakers” (bloggers and the like) curate their own shops and do all of the selling, so that the makers are left to making and creating rather than to marketing and selling! It’s a lovely concept and everyone is invited to join. In support, I’ve chosen some favorite items to feature today (and of course, they’re all available in the boutique I’ve created as well.)

Leather Switch plates // Scarf // Bookends // Leather Tote // Giraffe Chalkboard // Draw Your Own Postcard // Cork Planter // Cushion // Bowls and Cutting Board

Check it out! And if you’re a maker and you’re interested in selling on Great.ly, here’s how to apply.

Have a great weekend!

[All images via makers on Great.ly. Here’s the link to my boutique. And to shop Great.ly at large.]

 

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5 Hats for August

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Heading into balmy August (it’s right around the corner!), here are five easy summer hat styles to keep the sun out of your eyes on warm afternoons in the park, on the beach, on vacation, or in your own backyard.
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These Ecuadorian hats are made with tremendous care, woven from the leaves of the toquilla palm at night-time only, to protect the material from the sweat of the workers making them. The hats have a long and colorful history that includes cameos from Teddy Roosevelt (who wore one while visiting the Panama Canal), and a slew of stars from both past and present, including Ernest Hemingway, Jon Hamm, and Diane Kruger.

  1. Madewell + Biltmore Panama hat, $58
  2. Metal-accented Panama hat, $42
  3. Clyde pinch Panama hat, $248

IMAGE:  Sincerely, Jules photographed by Temoc Gonzalez.
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Did you know that the bowler hat—and not what we recognize as the traditional cowboy hat—is what was known as the “hat the won the West”? It wasn’t until the 1860s, when John Batterson Stetson created the very first cowboy hat, that the modern iteration was born. (For inspiration on keeping cowboy hats current, visit Refinery29, here.)

  1. Straw cowboy hat, $19.95
  2. Palm Straw cowboy hat, $29.95
  3. Mixed braid cowboy hat, $28

IMAGE:  Arizona Muse photographed by Craig Arend.
 

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Elegant and ultra-feminine, the wide-brim floppy hat is perfect for days when there’s not a cloud in the sky. Wear one with a dress and sandals (or just a bathing suit or a beach cover-up) for instant polish.

  1. Terrain Newport hat, $68
  2. Serena Straw Floppy Hat, $38
  3. Floppy hat, $22.94

 IMAGE: Blair Eadie of Atlantic-Pacifc, photographed by Bess Friday for Who What Wear.

 
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Traditionally a men’s hat, the boater is made of stiff straw and comes encircled in ribbon. Best known in the past as a political accessory or as part of school uniforms, the boater has been making a unisex fashion comeback as of late—Forever21, Urban Outfitters, and ASOS have all thrown their respective hats (sorry, couldn’t help it) in the ring.

  1. Straw Boater Hat, $22.86
  2. Black straw boater, $30
  3. Straw Roll Brim Boater, $13.34

IMAGE: Amy Nelson on Chictopia.

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Baseball caps date back to the mid 1800s, and were designed to shield players’ eyes from harsh sunlight. They’re still worn on the field today, but non-athletes can get in on the fun, too, with patterns and prints and a variety of textures (chambray or straw in the summer, wool or felt in the winter).
  1. Chambray baseball cap, $34.50
  2. Polka-dot cap, $29
  3. Cotton baseball cap, $88

IMAGE: Sara Strand photographed by Janka Polliani.

[Top image: Photo by Kara Rosenlund via Design*Sponge]

P.S. This summer’s perfect Summer Sandals? (Though these are probably still my all-time favorites.)

Many thanks to Shoko for her help with this post, and to Lily for the graphics.

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Bright and Bold Necklaces for summer

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I love the look of a fun necklace with a simple summer tank or tee. It’s a way to layer without raising the temperature! And they pack more easily than a change of clothes.
Here are some to toss in your suitcase…

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The one that I’m wearing up top (number 6) is one of eight exclusive summer necklaces created by BRIKA makers that was sent to me to try. If you’d like one, too, good news: They’re offering the same one as a giveaway on Instagram—check the details @AshleyMuirBruhn.

You can see their whole summer collection, here.

P.S. BRIKA has been a favorite shop of mine since they opened. I wrote about them here, and routinely check the site for good gifts (and baby announcements).

Update: Thanks for asking! These are the sunglasses pictured

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

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He’ll no doubt love anything his kids make for him, most of all. That mis-shapen clay cup with a precarious handle, that memorable hand-drawn card where everyone has necks like giraffes…

But here are some ideas for a little something extra for dad, if you’re on the hunt.

  1. Time for some flattering, on-trend swim trunks! Two great options with a 6-1/2-inch inseam, from Venroy and JCrew.
  2. Help him channel his inner boy scout (or, better yet, his inner Bear Grylls). Just don’t let him forget to check his Card Toolstyle family  Fathers Day Gift Guide before going through the TSA line.
  3. Tea. Only this tea is Crafted for Cocktails. Would be so delicious with whiskey.
  4. Truly quality men’s shoes can be so expensive. These aren’t cheap, but they’re a relative bargain.
  5. A good non-fiction read. Aron is intrigued by Trees in Paradise: A California Historystyle family  Fathers Day Gift Guide  after hearing about it on KQED. And when we were in New York, he couldn’t stop talking about The Big Oysterstyle family  Fathers Day Gift Guide .
  6. Not ready to spend $10K on a solid gold iPhone case? Me, neither. This aluminum one seems like a smart alternative: minimal, attractive, and hard as all-get-out.
  7. Some potty humor for adult hours: Cards Against Humanitystyle family  Fathers Day Gift Guide .
  8. The most handsome live-edge cutting board.
  9. So many dads have bad backs (Aron hurt his again!). Lumo Back—and the forthcoming Lumo Lift—look intriguing.
  10. I’m a big fan of toys as gifts for grown men. Most of the guys I know already buy themselves the things they need, so why not get something fun? I stand by the helicopter recommendation, but this might be the year for a remote-controlled boat. This racing boatstyle family  Fathers Day Gift Guide  is recommended as a good entry-level (read: budget) option for the open seas, but I’d consider this onestyle family  Fathers Day Gift Guide  (or this sailboatstyle family  Fathers Day Gift Guide ) for the home pool (or Central Park).

And photo gifts are always a good idea. I like this and this from Pinhole Press. They’re offering 15% off through Father’s Day, with the code Hither15.

Finally, don’t forget to plan something fun to do together!

P.S. Last year’s gift guide. And more past inspiration.

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Hair: Going short (and growing it out)

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style  Hair: Going short (and growing it out)

When I was in college, I brought in a photo of Anne Heche (in her Ellen Degeneres coupling days), and asked for a pixie-cut. Twice I went through the awkward grow-out phase, only to cut it super-short again. Aron assures me I looked lovely with short or long hair, so I’m always slightly tempted when I see someone looking super chic with a short crop. Case in point: my gorgeous friend, Rebecca. She’s managed to look stunning in at every length. I’ve asked her if she’d share more about going short and—perhaps the scariest part—going back to long. Here’s what Rebecca had to say…

My husband and I moved to NYC nearly six years ago, and within months of my arrival, I thought it’d be a genius idea to chop my chin length bob into a Katie Holmes pixie. I think most life changes end in a new hairstyle of some sort, or at least that has always been the case for me. Despite looking back at a few photos that irk me (DANG, my hair was SHORT), it was ridiculously perfect at the time. I rarely ever touched my hair and the pixie always came through. It’s impossible to mess up.

Fast forward about six months later to when my pixie high ran out. The time I gained never fixing my hair was now transferred into my face being front and center. I realized less hair equals more face and I should actually put on some makeup in a proper fashion. Makeup is not a topic that necessarily interests me, but HELLO my face is out there for all to see.

Anyway, at some point or another the pixie started wearing ME. I felt the need to wear certain things to balance out the edginess of the pixie—if that makes sense? This is getting all too philosophical for a measly haircut, but long story short, I just didn’t feel like myself.

Which leads me to a few tips on the horror of growing out a pixie.

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Think Pink

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Aron recommended I listen to this piece on NPR about the history of the color pink, and our evolving perception of it as a feminine color. Apparently, pink was recommended in a trade catalogue for boys’ clothing “because it’s a stronger and more passionate color, and because it’s actually derived from red,” and the thinking would have been common up until around World War II.

It seems of particular interest because we both have been finding ourselves so much more open to the color pink since Skyler was born—in a way I would have never expected. But photographer JeongMee Yoon’s portrait of her daughter, surrounded by pink, reads like a cautionary tale.

Do you find yourself drawn to or adverse to traditionally gendered clothes and colors? I never liked pink when I was a little girl, but now I find it’s all in the hue.

The exhibition “Think Pink” is up at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston for one more week.

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In the bag: beach arsenal

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If you’re lucky enough to live by the beach or by a friend with a pool—or maybe you’re really lucky and you’re about to jet off someplace tropical for spring break—it never hurts to have a swim bag packed at the ready when opportunity strikes. I like to be optimistic.

Actually, last summer, I kept just such a bag in the trunk of my car (though admittedly it was more for weekly swim lessons and spontaneous afternoons at the community pool than for jaunts to the coast). So here’s some inspiration—for summertime optimists and lucky-duck spring breakers alike.

In my bag… 

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Perfect summer sandals?

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Every year, around this time, I can’t help but start looking ahead to sandal season, browsing online to see if anyone is selling the perfect summer sandals. Aron will insist that it’s a moving target… and he’s probably right. But I’ve at least developed a few favorites, and I know what I’m looking for: essentially, a slightly more refined version of my beloved salt-water sandal.

Could these from Madewell be it?! They look pretty darn perfect!

P.S. Past favorites

[Images: Crisscross Sightseer Sandals in Tan and Black, by Madewell]

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Happy six years, Hither & Thither!

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travel style new york home food drink family design california  Happy six years, Hither & Thither!
travel style new york home food drink family design california  Happy six years, Hither & Thither!
travel style new york home food drink family design california  Happy six years, Hither & Thither!
travel style new york home food drink family design california  Happy six years, Hither & Thither!

It’s been a fantastic year. I can’t believe this past Sunday marked six years of blogging on Hither & Thither. It continues to inspire me—owing so much to the feedback and comraderie I get from readers, but also thanks to the joy of having an outlet to practice skills like writing and photography and to the joy of documenting and sharing personal milestones. I would have never expected this to become the rewarding work that it has, when Aron and I first started building the space together on that cold January day. (He wrote the first post! With no photos!)

I really enjoyed looking back over highlights last year, at five years, and hoped you might again, too. (Warning: it’s a long one!) …

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My workout essentials (pregnant or not)

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Last week, just before we left for Tahoe, I stopped into Old Navy to try out the latest from their Active line. I’d been invited to try it out and was a little hesitant about looking at new clothes this late in my pregnancy, but I honestly loved everything. And the kicker? I bypassed the maternity section entirely. They actually do have a great selection of maternity workout clothes, but these will work for everyone—pregnant or not. (And all Active wear is 40% off right now!)

Truth: I haven’t been that great about working out these past few months. I was super-active at the start, so hopefully my body will take pity on me and remember that! Either way, I’m happy to have found some workout clothes that look sleek enough to also lounge around in—now and after the baby arrives. If memory serves, stretchy yoga pants are key.

Some more essentials…

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Catbird Alphabet rings (and a Friday link list)

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Catbird, a jewelry shop in Williamsburg, has lovely little gift guides—including one for new moms. My favorite are the delicate little alphabet rings.  So many of my friends are (also) pregnant with baby #2; wouldn’t it be sweet to wear stacked rings, one with each child’s initial? Of course they’d make a great gift for anyone who want to keep a romantic someone’s initial close at hand, too.

More links for your weekend…

Are you done with your holiday shopping? I almost am. If you’re too late for on-time shipping, maybe consider donating to a charity—or to public radio or television in someone’s name (to say thank you for This American Life and Downton Abbey)! But if you’d like something you can wrap, here are my gift guides: For Her, For Him, For the Kiddo, and For Everyone Else.

Also, Our Common Mug, a sweet gift to share with a friend who is too far away. (Thanks for the tip, Allie!)

This send-up of Instagram clichés is hilarious. (Guilty of too many to count. Whoops!)

On a slightly related note: remember our dining room pics and my hunt for a new dining table? We got one just in time for Thanksgiving.

We just got a Christmas card from Aron’s aunt, who made a painting based on one of my photographs and used the image for her cards. So awesome to see! Here are the snowy images of Manhattan after a big storm, taken mostly in Central Park. (They’re still some of my favorite!)

A brilliant paper-snowflake-cutting tutorial, if you’re in the mood to get fancy.

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