Thanksgiving: thoughts on gratitude, giving and receiving

Thanksgiving: thoughts on gratitude, giving and receiving

The holidays are officially in full swing over here in the states, and boy, do we need a little peace and goodwill right now. Personally, my two favorite holidays are the Fourth of July and Halloween. Cookouts and costumes are more my thing than tinsel and turkeys but to each their own. There is certainly something to be said about slowing down, gathering together with loved ones and getting your hygge on. Overall the holidays are lovely, but lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about gratitude and the dance between giving and receiving.

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Five Piece French Wardrobe: Update #13

This past week has been rough. I normally don’t like to talk politics here, but I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t incredibly upset over the results of this election. All I can say is continue to vote, donate time and money to the causes you care about, and let’s all be good to each other over the next four years.

I feel a little flippant posting about fashion this soon, but after such a toxic few months I found it incredibly therapeutic to just sit down, flip through some beautiful images, and put together my mood board and shopping list for this season.

So as usual, here’s the general vibe I’m going for this season:

FFPFW-fall-winter-2016

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The Reading List: loved, hated and currently reading

I’ve been branching out a little more in my reading these past few months, and have been trying to incorporate more non-fiction and memoirs instead of staying in my comfort zone, also known as the fiction section. So shout out to all the great recommendations from my fellow bookworms! And without further ado, here is a quick summary of all the books that I’ve read along with my (highly) subjective reviews of each.

Loved

Three books that I loved

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Thoughts On Traveling Alone

Thoughts on Traveling Alone

A few months ago I had the pleasure of speaking at the ForwardJS conference in San Francisco. If you’re interested, you can watch my talk on using Omniscient, Immutable and Immstruct with React here.

It was my first trip to San Francisco, first time speaking to a packed audience, and it was also the first time that I was traveling solo in a new city for a long while. Of course, it’s a small world so I met up with a friend for lunch and ran into an acquaintance who was also attending the conference, but that didn’t change the fact that I spent the majority of my time alone. Also, the cell towers for T-Mobile were down so I was relying on snatches of stolen wifi for navigating and email checking.

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Five of my Favourite Apps

Almost three (!) years ago I shared five apps that I use to keep my sanity, so I figured it was time for an updated list of my favourite apps. Since, as everyone knows, three years is basically an eternity in tech.

Some of those apps still earn their keep on my phone such as Remember the Milk, Google calendar and Google drive, but I’ve swapped out a few other apps for more updated versions and added a few that I didn’t know I needed before.

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Five Piece French Wardrobe: Update #12

five-piece french wardrobe update #12

White tank top, Everlane $20 / Silk pants, thrifted / Tali wedge pump, Cole Haan $170 / Pearl earrings, Etsy $16

Woohoo, a real live OOTD photo! As I’ve mentioned before I’m not usually in front of the camera (and I never know what to do with my hands or face in photos, thank god for pockets) but these pants were such a find and a flat layout just wasn’t doing them justice.

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