Happy Friday! I hope you had a lovely Valentine’s Day. It’s been kind of a weird week filled with highs and lows. On the career front, I received some incredible news that I am super excited about. It’s also been so fun watching the Olympics. That said, I was devastated to hear of yet another school shooting, this time in Florida. Most of you know that I was a high school Spanish teacher ten years ago. During my short, four year tenure as an educator, I experienced two very frightening events at the two schools where I taught. There was a stabbing at the first school and at the second school, a terrifying shooting which resulted in a young boy committing suicide with the gun his parents gave him as a gift for his sixteenth birthday. He shot himself in the head during lunch in the courtyard, in front of everyone. It was terribly tragic, but thankfully, it was not a mass shooting. At the time, I remember the panic on my students’ faces as we were on lockdown in our classroom. I vividly remember seeing one of the vice principals run down the hallway through the window in my classroom’s door wearing just his undershirt, covered in blood. It turned out, he was the first one to go to the boy to try to save his life and had used his dress shirt to wrap his wounds. We had no idea what was happening at the time, just that there was an active shooter in the building, and I didn’t know how I would protect my kids. I was scared to my core.
Unfortunately, it seems like this has become the tragic “norm” in our society. I still remember when Columbine happened, I was a junior in high school. It seems that everything changed after that and school shootings became part of our vernacular. I refuse to accept that this is just part of our society. I don’t believe that there is a simple solution to this very complex issue, but something has to be done beyond sending thoughts and prayers. It’s a much bigger conversation, that I certainly don’t have the answers to. Our teachers and students should feel safe at school– end of story. I’m sorry to be a Debbie Downer, but this has weighed heavily on my heart and it hits close to home having been a teacher. On to a few more frivolous things to lighten the mood!
Design: Are you familiar with Tuckernuck? They have a lot of really great wardrobe staples and fun accessories that I frequently include in my Lust List and In the Mood posts. They’ve recently begun adding more home decor, tabletop, and linens to their website and they recently asked me to curate an assortment of my favorites. You can read the full feature here and shop my favorite picks here.
Style: Fall/Winter New York Fashion Week has taken place this week and it was announced that the Carolina Herrera show which took place on Monday would be her last before stepping down as Creative Director after 37 years at the helm of her eponymous fashion house. Carolina is an icon and a beacon of elegance, feminine, and classic style. Her immaculate gift will be missed, but I have a good feeling about the direction things will help as Wes Gordon takes the reigns. After all, he has been designing by her side for years. It’s the end of an era and the beginning of a new one.
Wellness: While in L.A., I stopped by Moon Juice on Melrose place for an immunity shot made with Elderflower, Ginger, and Apple Cider Vinegar. While I was there, I mentioned to the girl that I had been taking similar shots and loading up on Vitamin C since I’ve been so paranoid about getting sick during flu season. She recommended that I also take a dose of Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C which differs from a traditional Vitamin C supplement pill in that it has a 90% absorption rate versus the typical 3% absorption rate of a regular vitamin. Isn’t that crazy? “Most ordinary forms of oral Vitamin C, tablets, capsules, powders, liquids and even Vitamin C from your diet, are not processed and absorbed efficiently by your body. As a result, much of this Vitamin C is never transferred into your bloodstream and even less of it makes it into your cells. When you take 1,000 milligrams or more of regular oral Vitamin C, more than half of it is passed as waste by your body. Unlike pills and powders, which are not absorbed efficiently, Lypo Spheric products use liposomes made from Essential Phospholipids to maximize absorption. Phospholipids are primary building blocks of the cellular membrane: the thin, protective wall around each cell in your body. The phospholipid wall functions as a skin for each cell, keeping things in or out. While your body can make some phospholipid compounds on its own, others must be supplied by your diet. I’ve been adding a dose to a few ounces of water each day and have been feeling great and have noticed a boost in my energy level. Perhaps a packet a day keeps the doctor away?
Read: It seems that as winter drags on, many people in my Instagram feed are heading to sunnier and warmer locales for either a long weekend or a full-on vacation. Whether you’re planning to hop on a plane soon or just need a good, new read, be sure to check out Jackie, Janet, and Lee, a biography of three of the most glamorous women of the twentieth century, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, her sister Lee Radziwill, and their mother Janet Auchincloss. I am fascinated by all things pertaining to Jackie and Lee, so I am excited to delve into this book! Also, acclaimed Southern author, Kristy Woodson Harvey, one half of the mother/daughter blogging duo at My Design Chic will be releasing the second book in her beloved Peachtree Bluff Series very soon. The Secret to Southern Charm is a story of love and redemption, told with Kristy’s signature wit and warmth. You can pre-order your copy here and while you wait for it to arrive, get caught up by reading the first book in the series, Slightly South of Simple, a story about falling from grace and going back to one’s roots, which lead the New York Times to call Kristy “the next major voice in Southern Fiction”. If you are a fan of The Notebook and The Help, this is your cue!
Eat: Since we were out of town in L.A. last weekend, I never made it to the grocery store this week and we’ve ordered in every night. I am determined to cook next week because I always feel better about what we are putting into our bodies when we do so. Last week, I mentioned a simple roasted salmon that I like to serve with roasted potatoes and a yummy salad. Is there anything better than a healthy, flavorful meal that you can quickly make on a sheet pan in the oven? I don’t think so, which is why I was so happy to come across this list of “7 Sheet Pan Dinners that Will Make Your Life Infinitely Easier“.I am hoping to try some of these recipes soon. What are your go-to, weeknight dinners?
Shop: President’s Day is on Monday which means a lot of great sales are taking place this weekend. Nordstrom is having a winter sale with up to 40% off on some items, while J.Crew is offering 30% off and free shipping through the weekend. I’m currently loving this timeless trench, this pretty pintucked top, and these flirty heels with a feminine bow detail from J. Crew. If you’re shopping for your home, both Wisteria and One Kings Lane are currently extending a 20% discount off of everything on their sites!