Life Lately: Volume 41

Persifor Palm Shorts

This week started out on a weird note when a CT scan showed pretty extreme inflammation in my sinuses in addition to my nasal polyps (read more on my history with that here) and my doctor told me that surgery was really the only option to help me be able to breathe well again. It will be my second sinus surgery in 10 years but apparently it’s easier after the first go-round so I’m trying to stay really optimistic and focus on the fact that I’ll feel so much better when it’s all over. I can’t wait to be able to breathe through my nose!

The scary part for me, besides the fact that someone will be, you know, cutting into my face, is that it’s chronic inflammation and something that I’ll have to deal with in some capacity for the rest of my life. But now that I know what’s going on and I have a plan to manage it, I feel a little more in control.

After that blow at the beginning of the week, things turned around with beautiful weather and some exciting projects cropping up. I hope you all have a great weekend!

Sail to Sable Sweater / Persifor Shorts c/o / J.Crew Cap / Jack Rogers Sandals

High & Low

Highest moment: On Wednesday night I went out with my girlfriends for dinner and drinks and had such a great evening. I miss getting out of the house with my friends with no kids just to let loose and have a good time. This particular group moms (all of whom are entrepreneurs!) gets together once a month and I always look forward to it for weeks. We went to a restaurant that I had never tried, and for anyone local, I can’t recommend Kawa Ni in Westport enough! It’s Japanese pub food and so delicious.

Lowest moment: When it sunk in that I was going to have to get the surgery. When the doctor first told me, I was excited that we were going to fix my problems and that I would be able to breathe again, but as I thought about it more throughout that day, I felt nervous about the whole situation. I’ve since come to terms with it and am just ready to get it overwith!

Around the Web

Lust-worthy apartment. This is a week old so you may have already seen it, but my friend Grace’s apartment was featured on The Coveteur. Her Brooklyn abode is so colorful and happy!

goop guide. I was shocked to see so many items under $100 on goop’s Mother’s Day gift guide this year… Next to $3000 watches and $400 scarves of course. I’ll be posting my list of gifts next week so stay tuned for that.

Gal Meets Glam collection. Unless you live under a rock, you know that Julia from Gal Meets Glam launched a beautiful collection of dresses that are also being sold at Nordstrom. I just ordered this one and this one!

The Everymom. Danelle and Alaina, the two masterminds behind the The Everygirl are both pregnant with their first babies. So of course they started the most perfect website ever for moms, The Everymom! If you haven’t checked it out yet, I highly recommend a peek. Plus I wrote an article for them about mom shaming.

Simple swimsuit. I bought this bikini top (and matching bottom) in navy for our trip last week and loved the sexy simplicity of it. It felt like a sports bra but looks so chic! I can already tell it’s going to be my go-to this summer.

F*ck your Noguchi coffee table. A friend of mine sent me this Tumblr and I spent a good 30 minutes scrolling through and laughing. Enjoy!

Crunchy thai quinoa salad. Um, yum. I’m definitely making this recipe next week.

White lace dress. I’ll be wearing this dress to my Sail to Sable event today. It’s so pretty and flattering.

The truth behind sponsored content. Last year I wrote a post about how I work with brands and I think it was eye opening for a lot of people. I’m always fascinated to hear what other bloggers do in similar situations, so I loved reading my friend Jess’s post about sponsored content.

Self care isn’t selfish. A reader sent me this article last week and it really resonated. As a mom, it is easy to feel guilty when you take time for yourself.

New look for Converse. I stumbled across these new low top Converse All Stars the other day and immediately needed them… Although I can’t decide between the coral and turquoise! I love that you can slip them on and off easily.

Currently reading. Last week I finished The Nightengale after so many of you recommended it. I absolutely loved it and became overly attached to all of the characters which made it hard to start my next book! But after a few nights of reading it, I’m now hooked on a whole new set of characters in An American Marriage. I’m almost halfway through and already would recommend it!

Currently watching. I don’t watch a lot of TV lately, but when I get a free hour I want something uplifting and happy. Anel and I are obsessed (as always) with this season of Homeland, but it’s super intense so I needed to find the perfect palette cleanser which I found in the new season of Queer Eye on Netflix. The best way to describe it is happy!

Striped blouse. Madewell, can you do no wrong? Seriously I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything by the brand that I didn’t love, including this striped top. So gorge.

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  1. Katherine said:

    Made the Thai salad last week and added edamame and it was SOO good. One of the best salads I have had in a while.

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    • Julia said:

      Oh YES! So excited to try it myself. The recipe looks amazing. All of my favorite flavors!

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  2. Allie said:

    I loved the Nightingale too. The author just came out with a new book, the Great Alone and I can’t wait to read it! I wish the library wait list wasn’t so long..I may give in and stop at Barnes and Noble tonight. Love your GMG picks, I can’t wait to see how you style them.
    Happy Friday! xAllie

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    • Julia said:

      I LOVED The Great Alone. I actually liked it better than The Nightingale even though everyone seems to disagree! I’m interested to hear what you think.

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