I've figuratively made it back from the dead. After spending a week sick in bed, I'm home for the holidays and ready for some Pacific Northwest adventures. I tend to pack pretty lightly when I come home, so I'll be checking in over the next week with my must-have pieces for traveling and how I rework them for new looks. And now for a selection of items I wish I could have packed had I owned them.
Mango sweater, Current/Elliot denim, Rag and Bone hat, Dolce Vita boots, BCBGeneration bag
J.Crew coat, SIX scarf, Kate Spade bag, JustFab denim, Lily and Violet flannel, Vans sneakers
It's my last weekend at home before I head back to Seattle for a much-needed holiday with my family. I got to slip home for a few days over Thanksgiving, but I'm counting on nine days of time off work and time away from the city being just what the doctor ordered. So ready to drink endless amounts of morning coffee with Dad, get some work done on my book and drive through my hometown streets with my Elyse and a fantastic playlist. No arguing that this is the most wonderful time of the year with plans like mine.
Ever since I snagged this J.Crew parka, life has been a little more grey than black and I don't hate it. Temperatures dropped unexpectedly while I was home for Thanksgiving, so I was glad to have it on hand. We spent Saturday perusing shops in quaint downtown and daydreaming about decades past at the antique store my aunt owns in town. I can't wait to go back for Christmas in just a couple of short weeks, and this coat will definitely be making the trip once again.
Most mornings, I roll out of bed and into a black sweater and black denim. It's my standard. I don't have to think about it. But back in October when my blogging gal pal Lindsey's birthday rolled around (tea time for young royals, still giggling over the inside joke), I decided to try a little harder. A top fit for an overdressed table and a printed trench coat with dainty flats was about as far out of my comfort zone as I could go for a weekend tea party.
Today's post is going to be somewhat of an update. It's one of those times that I won't be able to feel organized until I write everything out and can see it all in front of me. I just landed in Seattle for Thanksgiving, and it has already been a whirlwind because Caitlin and I didn't tell anyone else in the family I was coming. My family and I are very tight, so we're all a little overwhelmed about the happy surprise and loving being in each others' company for the next couple of days. Secondly, I've picked up my first freelance writing job. If you know me at all, you know I go on and on about writing all the time and how much I love it. While I'm in the midst of writing my first book with big dreams of someday publishing, I've finally got my foot in the door with at least a bit of a byline. I'm writing for RedCurrentabout local events going on in the Twin Cities. I'm really into it so far as each article is based around the story of a person involved with each event. It's also going to be released as a sweet app in January, so keep an eye out for that. My latest piece was on a favorite shop in the North Loop, Roe Wolfe.
Fall selection at Roe Wolfe
Finally, I'm making a slight adjustment to my posting schedule. When I first started Zipped, I posted five days a week. After a few months of that, I started posting Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and have kept that up for the past three years. My schedule has gotten progressively busier since then (for better or for worse) making it harder for me to meet the deadlines I've given myself. I'll still be posting three times each week, but you may find a new post on Sunday instead of Monday or Thursday instead of Friday. I want to make sure the content I'm putting out is up to par with my goals, and this can help me do that.
I hope you all have a great holiday weekend and shop until you drop this Friday. Here are a few places to keep an eye on:
It's not often that I have a packed week. I like to have at least a couple of evenings free during the week to catch up on emails and have sometime for myself. This was not one of those weeks, but I'm glad to have the weekend clear so far. There's a chance I could go a little stir-crazy, but as long as I still make it out for a cup of coffee every day...
Till then, I'll stay in with my turtlenecks and my journal. The turtleneck life is one I never want to give up. This one by Tory Burch is pretty unique, but I can't help feeling drawn to it. Maybe that it's just unique enough?