Ski Town Style

Rackscarf2New Wool Hat :: Pistil  {similar – purchased at Shaw’s General Store in Stowe last week}
Favorite Coat :: Patagonia
Fringe Infinity Scarf :: 14th & Union  {on sale for $4.49 – seriously!}
Location :: Antique Canadian front door at Stowe Meadows in Elmore, VT

Sorelboots2New Black Boots :: Sorel  {also purchased at Shaw’s General Store in Stowe last week; already have brown and LIVE in them}
Location :: Outside Plate in Stowe, VT with freshly falling snow

Zaradress2Wool Dress :: Zara  {the one I told you about!}
Necklace :: a gift from Mom a few years back
Fleece Lined Leggings :: Heat Holders  {the warmest winter leggings}
Location :: Hen of the Wood in Waterbury, VT after an outstanding dinner

GAPthredUP2Navy Boatneck Top :: GAP
Beige Leather Clutch :: Garnet Hill
Paisley Skirt :: Tinley Road from thredUP
Navy Leggings :: Splendid
Suede Boots :: UGG {similar}
Location :: Topnotch Spa in Stowe, VT after massage and Tai Chi class

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Wool Hat :: Pistil  {in love with this hat}
Cozy Sweater :: Victoria Secret  {practically vintage}
Beige Leather Clutch :: Garnet Hill
Location :: Black Cap Coffee in Stowe, VT for my daily chai

Yoga is my Therapy

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Yoga Mat :: Manduka
Tank :: Lululemon {similar}
Live In Leggings :: Zella
Tibetan Prayer Beads worn as bracelet :: Mandala Crafts

 Yoga

I’ve been taking yoga classes since the year 2000, but I didn’t call myself a yogi until recently.  I truly found my yoga practice when Sweet Pea started preschool and I had 6 hours to myself a week.  6 whole hours!  Inconceivable in the early days of parenthood, especially when grandparents aren’t close by.

I found a yoga studio in the same plaza as a grocery store, drug store, dry cleaners, ATM, and one of my favorite shops —TJ Maxx.  Location, location, location!  I could get all of my errands done and maximize my coveted 3 hours.  Buddhaful Souls Yoga Studio became my home away from home as I would religiously loose myself between the pink mirror-less walls of the studio.

Yoga has taught me so many lessons, but most importantly: to be mindful.  When I get frustrated waiting in a long line at the grocery store, I remember to breathe.  I’ve learned to be in the moment and to cherish the time I have with my monkeys now that they are both in elementary school and I seem to have less and less time with them.  During last week’s school vacation, I stretched here and there, but being back in the studio yesterday felt fantastic.  It’s a feeling I can’t recreate at home.

Yoga dissolves my stress and anxiety.  My body craves the stretching and my mind craves the break. I don’t think about my to-do list or plan meals, and when my mind drifts off, I bring it back to the present.  Yoga helps me take care of myself and my mental health.

I’ve never breathed so deeply.  I’ve never understood my body so well.  I’ve never felt so strong.  Yoga is truly therapeutic.  The consistency of going to class 2-3 times a week keeps me sane.  I’d take a yoga class over a day at the spa any day (well, I guess I could actually use a massage…maybe next week?).  

I truly believe that yoga is for every body.  You have to find the right teacher and the right studio for you.  I don’t do incense.  I hate mirrors.  I love props.  It took me years to figure this out…and I’m so happy I did.  Because yoga is my therapy, and I can’t wait to be on my mat again today.

Namaste.

{which means, I bow to you…and I definitely do. thanks for reading!}


Have you met Harry?

HarrysMeet Harry, the new razor in town.

Months after Don had been shaving with a shiny, new razor from a start up, I decided I should try it.  If you’re wondering…no he doesn’t share. 

Don and I cozied up on the couch one chilly evening to check out Harry’s.  I ordered the Truman set with an ivory razor.  It was only $15 for the razor, 3 blades, and shaving cream with free shipping. Then Don added extra blades for me to his monthly delivery (honestly, one less trip to the drugstore).

I was really excited to try out this new guy Harry.  My left armpit went first: OUCH.  Chafing…not good.  I put Harry down and went back to my old razor for the other armpit.  Then I moved on to use Harry on my legs.  The handle is way nicer to hold than my old razor.  So silky and smooth!  The blade took some getting used to though.  It’s not as forgiving as my old razor.  I had to shave slower and rinse the shaving cream more often.  After using the Harry razor a few more times, my legs stayed smoother longer and I didn’t cut myself.  I finally had the courage to try Harry on my armpits again.  Success! 

It turns out that Harry has amazing blade technology developed in Germany.  It’s a much closer, longer lasting shave.  To get used to it, move the razor slowly and don’t bare down as hard as you would with another razor.  I’ve been using Harry for a few months now, and I have less ingrown hairs and smoother legs.  Oooh la la! 

Besides the fabulous shave, Harry’s packaging is pretty.  The razors are engravable and therefore gift-able (Hello, Valentine’s Day is on Saturday people!).  Better yet: the blades are cheaper than the ones we have been buying at the drugstore for over a decade!  It’s exciting to actually SAVE money on a new product.  

Harry’s Customer Service is impressive.  About 2 weeks after I received my razor, they emailed me to see how I liked my razor.  On top of that, they have a quality guarantee: “If you don’t love your first shave, it’s on us.”

Now before I give you the link to check out some fabulous razors, heads up that Harry’s is targeting men.  They say it right on their site, and we can tell.  Not that we need pink and purple razors, but let’s be realistic here, Harry.  Women have far more surface area to shave…and we shop more.  

I have a feeling this start up will soon have a new mission – to give everyone a quality razor at a quality price.  Until then, check out Harry’s for yourself and your Valentine.  You won’t be disappointed.

 

Note: This post was not sponsored by Harry’s.  I purchased the razor myself and loved it so much that I had to share.


Things You Should Know About Me…

Under the Monkey Bars

  1. Yoga is my therapy.
  2. Sometimes there’s bacon in my purse.
  3. I love half days, snow days, weekends, and summer vacations.  I’d like to keep my girls home with me indefinitely, but that’s called homeschooling and it’s not for us.
  4. I love to travel, hate to pack.
  5. In the morning, I won’t leave the house without the beds made and an empty sink.
  6. I’ve never drank a cup of coffee but I absolutely adore coffee shops.
  7. I hate crafts.  H A T E.  Don’t even get me started on glitter…
  8. I love a good sale.  Honestly, it doesn’t even have to be good.  Just a sale.  I love sales.
  9. I believe laughing is the best medicine; I don’t take medicine unless I absolutely must.
  10. I won’t eat gluten and I avoid sugar, soy, and dairy.
  11. I was a cheerleader from grade 5 through college.
  12. Speaking of college, I met my soul mate and the love of my life at Villanova University.
  13. I have a water bottle and two snacks with me at all times.
  14. I am obsessed with European culture.
  15. I wear many hats: mother, daughter, sister, wife, aunt, friend.
  16. I’ve lived in two places in Pennsylvania and four towns in Massachusetts, but never felt so at home here in Newburyport.
  17. I was green before it was cool; I hate to waste anything useable.
  18. I’m a dog lover, yet allergic to dogs.
  19. Politics aren’t my cup of tea, but I’ll take a cup of chai, french breakfast, or green tea any day.
  20. I’m a go big or go home kind of gal.

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My Favorite Fall Outfit

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Leather Jacket :: Levi’s {similar}Sweater :: Free People {last season}
Wide Strap Tank :: Zara
Leggings :: BCBGMAXAZRIABoots :: Frye
Watch :: Michele Chronograph

It’s funny how fate can jump right into your inbox.  The day I decided to start this blog I received an email from Kelly Mintz at SEE Shore Photography looking for a model for a teaching shoot.  Not having any good pictures of myself was on my list of excuses as to why I couldn’t start a blog.  Here we go…

On the day of the shoot, I realized pretty quickly that the photography student, Vicki Hendrix, was really talented.  It was fun to model for Vicki while listening to Kelly teach.

For the shoot, we went to Spencer-Pierce-Little Farm in Newbury, a historical 230-acre farm that was home to a Lithuanian family for most of the twentieth century.  I wasn’t aware of the history of the farm until I just googled it now.  See, I’m half Lithuanian.  Pretty cool connection! This little farm is full of old world charm, New England style, and I totally love that.

I chose this outfit for the shoot because it is truly me.  It’s comfortable, and it can go anywhere at anytime.  The true test of a good outfit, don’t you think?  I could never go into a store and buy an “outfit.”  To me, an outfit comes from various sources and becomes uniquely your own.  I love to bring clothes home and see what pops out of my closet to create a unique outfit.  I have less time to put things together these days, which makes it even more of a challenge.

The girls and I sometimes have “fashion challenges” where we wear clothes or accessories we haven’t worn in a while.…or ever.  It’s a fantastic closet cleaning game.  Try it in your closet.  It’s amazing what treasures you can find in there!

 

Note: This is not a sponsored post.