Today I am taking Amalia on a surprise road trip and overnight to Philly to visit my sister and her cousins. She had no idea she was going to miss school which made the surprise so much better! I love the idea of doing things like this every year or season that she’ll (hopefully) remember for a very long time.
My decluttering project is trucking along slowly but surely. I didn’t really realize how long it would take to get rid of everything I cleaned out. I’m trying to do it the right way instead of just dumping everything at Goodwill which is proving more time-consuming than I thought. My guest room is still quite full of bags. But we’ll get there and I’ll share as much as possible along the way.
I’m excited for my office to get pieced back together again next week. I sold my desk and filing cabinet and bought a desk with filing drawers (arriving this weekend) in it to consolidate and get a little more space.
But even more exciting than that, I got two new tattoos this week (pictured below) and I absolutely love. One is a ladybug (you can read about why here) and the other is a doodle that I’ve been drawing since I was pregnant with Luca. I don’t know how I figured it out but the last letter of each of the names in my family is also the first of someone else’s so I connected all of our names together in script: Juliamalianeluca. It looks so pretty, it’s so special, and I love that it requires a little explination.
I also had a really really great call about a project I’m hoping comes to fruition in the next few months. Overall it was a really great week.
Have a great weekend!
AROUND THE WEB
The darkly soothing compulsion of doomscrolling. And can we break this habit?
Clean your closet. Get J.Crew credit. This is so so so cool and I wish I had read about it last week before I sold stuff on Poshmark. You can read more about the J.Crew x ThredUp partnership here.
Even a little alcohol can harm your health. And on that note, consider extending your Dry January to Dry Everuary for better sleep and a healthier heart. I can’t believe I stopped drinking almost 4 months ago!
Kilte rainbow pullover: The sweater I get IG targeted ads for daily. I finally posted about it and ended up connecting with the brand’s founder who explained that her prices are so high because of her incredible detail to quality.
A chicken and rice (and dill and yuzu) soup recipe that I can’t wait to try.
I just ordered this fantastic, bright and happy dress for a tropical vacation we have coming up in March.
Bon Appetit editors share their favorite store-bought snacks.
This over-the-door organizer has transformed our coat closet overnight.
The Vanity Fair interview with Channing Tatum. Welp I love him even more. Didn’t think that was possible.
Chappywrap is having an amazing winter warehouse sale on a ton of select blankets including one of my favorites!
THIS WEEK ON LEMON STRIPES
Photo by Julia Dags.