The last few weeks have been a bit of a mess. At least, it feels that way at that moment. I’m feeling off-kilter right now, so I have no quips, observations or words of wisdom to share. But I do have pictures of puppies to dull the sharp edges of a bad week. Meet Cash, Dancer and Penny. They’re usually not this well-behaved; they were begging for a treat. But Charles Schulz was right, happiness is a warm puppy.
1) I was looking for an inexpensive way to spruce up my coffee table when I spotted these marble-print trays from Nate Berkus. I love the simple white and black color palette and the subtle pattern. I also picked up this carved wood peacock from Pottery Barn.
2) Speaking of decor, Corporette shares her thoughts on how to personalize your workspace.
3) I’m always searching for stylish shoes that make a statement. It’s especially helpful if they cost under-$150. These grey ankle-strap pumps from Sole Society and these gorgeous tortoise-shell flats from Isola are both on my wish list.
4) Our clothes are a reflection of our personality. So if they’re stained, they reflect poorly. The University of Illinois Extension put together a comprehensive guide to removing stains that will blow your mind.
5) My skin isn’t perfect, but now that an antibiotic-laced cream has kept my acne at bay for a few months, I’m ready to start healing the existing damage. I want to see how much difference products can make before I invest time and pain in Fraxel treatments.
To this end, I purchased Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum and Tammy Fender Intensive Repair Balm. Maybe it will help a lot, maybe it will help a little. But I’d like to see what the beauty counter has before I go under the laser.
6) California passed a law that creates a “digital eraser” for teenagers looking to scrub their online footprint of red Solo cups, duck-faced selfies and any scandalous material that they may have posted without thinking. I wonder if they’ll eventually wind up giving everyone access to this magical mistake mitigator?
7) Sweater-dresses are the workhorses of my autumn/winter wardrobe. I wear them on casual Friday, when I travel and on the weekends. They’re the easiest thing to wear when you feel like you have a closet full of nothing-to-wear.
I don’t shop at Old Navy very often, but they have a great selection of inexpensive sweater dresses. This cable-knit sweater is a great choice. I also like this longsleeve v-neck and this basic black-and-white stripe dress. Old Navy sells some lovely plus-size options as well. I wish this dolman sweater dress came in misses’ sizes, I like it that much.
8) Finding a bra that fits properly can be a real chore. This week, Jezebel featured an inforgraphic from HerRoom that teaches you how to measure yourself properly and what “sister” bra sizes can help you adjust when your regular size is feeling to big or too small. Personally, I’m a huge fan of the Calvin Klein ‘Perfectly Fit’ Racerback bra.
9) I’ve been walking the gravel path along the Mall for exercise, and while it may be warm during the day, the mornings are quite chilly. To keep warm, I searched the Nordstrom sale section for an activewear jacket. I’m really happy with the Zella jacket I picked up. It’s warm, comfortable and stretches to accommodate extra layers. I also bought the Heavenly Hail Hoodie from Athleta. After all, a girl needs choices.
10) The new television shows are out, and my DVR is working over time to record them all. It’s too soon to tell what my “new favorite” shoes will be, but I was impressed with The Blacklist and Sleepy Hollow shows some promise. If you’re a television-fanatic, I’d love to know what new and returning shows your excited about.
Frankly, I (like many people) am just waiting for the next season of Downton Abbey. I also don’t know how Mad Men fans do it, these long hiatuses have kept me from picking up the series, I don’t want to be emotionally invested in a storyline that requires two years of waiting before I get a resolution. I’m just not that patient.