Wednesday, April 23, 2014

~ Earth Day ~

What a beautiful day to celebrate our beautiful planet.  Yesterday Mother Nature put on quite a show!  Blue skies, spring temperatures, flowers in bloom, bees at full speed.  It could not have been a prettier day!

{a freshly-painted landscape}

A simple outfit for a busy day.

{Old Navy shorts, Gap top, Uniqlo scarf, Old Navy flats}






What a beautiful world we live in!

xoxo,
Eliza

P.S.
I'll leave you with an outfit photo outtake - apparently 12 years of ballet goes down the drain when I'm standing on the stairs...
I hope you've had a lovely day!

Monday, April 21, 2014

~ weekend happenings ~

This weekend the Florida weather lived up to the whole "April showers" thing.  It drizzled ALL DAY on Saturday, but we grabbed the umbrellas and forged ahead with our plans anyway!


Saturday afternoon we went to the wildlife festival at Wakulla Springs to view the exhibits, listen to good music, and tour the beautiful lodge.

{Gap jeans, Gap shoes, target coat, target bag, RL shirt via Goodwill, vintage silk flower}


My hair inspiration:


After going to the festival, we stopped by a thrift store and I found two AMAZING vintage coats.

{1950s coat heaven}

On Sunday, we went to an art festival downtown.  It wasn't raining but it was pretty cloudy and gloomy.  We still had a great time!



I finished the day with matzo pizza and studying for my Anthropology final.


I hope everyone had a great weekend!  And for those of us with finals this week and next, just remember that summer is right around the corner.  We can do it!

xoxo,
Eliza

Friday, April 18, 2014

~ Mad (wo)Men ~

If you are obsessed with Mad Men, but don't have Cable (or any other system that would allow you to watch the episodes as they air), then you will be just as exited as I am to find out that season 6 is now up on Netflix!  After burning through all 5 seasons last summer, I found myself more interested in the evolution of the clothing than I was in the evolution of the characters - maybe this is because one can only handle so many affairs, cigarettes, and 1950s/60s sexism in an episode before they zone out completely and just focus on Betty Draper's shoes.  Despite cringing whenever there's a scene with Don and wanting to fling sharp silverware at Pete Campbell, I'm completely hooked on this show. 

 It must be the fashion.  Let me show you what I mean...

01. Betty Draper.  The epitome of housewife glamour with heaps of badassery thrown in.







02. Joan Holloway.  My fashion role model






03. Peggy Olson.  Now Peggy may not be the most fashionable character on Mad Med, but she's certainly had her moments.





04. Megan Draper.  Young, fiery, and one of the main reasons why I want to cut my hair.





See what I mean?  There's enough style inspiration to last a lifetime!  Better start planning outfits now.

xoxo,
Eliza

Monday, April 14, 2014

~ passover ~

Tonight marks the beginning of Passover - one of my favorite Jewish holidays.  Here are some highlights from this beautiful spring day!

{Gap jeans, Old Navy shoes, F21 top, Old Navy blazer, Uniqlo scarf}

A good message on the sidewalk


My pre-Passover feast!


Tonight's matzo ball soup - YUM!


After getting a boat load of work done today, I'm settled down on the couch with macaroons and tea.  Time to watch Dancing With the Stars!  Happy Passover, everyone!

xoxo,
Eliza

~ greetings from the brink of insanity ~

I consider myself to be a pretty strong person, and I mean that in the less conceited way possible.  I have a high pain tolerance, I'm good at dealing with my emotions, I've learned not to turn pain and anger inwards, I haven't punched anyone yet, etc., etc.  But there's only so much a person can take before cracks start to appear.  


Those cracks, in my case, tend to show up in how I take care of myself.  The first thing to go is the daily vitamins.  I make excuses: "Well...I'm in bed and my blanket is really warm, and I'm super tired, and if I move then the cats will leave my bed so I'll just take them tomorrow."  "Well...it's pretty late and if I take them now then I'll have to drink water and then I'll have to pee in the middle of the night."  "It's really creepy in the kitchen...what if there's a murder hiding in the cabinet, waiting for me to walk in there....I better not take them tonight."  

You get the picture.

The next thing to go is the exercise.  I'm "too busy" or "too tired" or "my workout clothes are in the washing machine" or "well it rained yesterday so the road will be muddy" or "my toe hurts so I'll just do it tomorrow." 
Then I start eating unhealthy foods and forgetting to drink water, and finally I stop creating - no paintings, no sketching, no taking photos.

 Before I know it, it's two weeks later and I feel like crap.  

So here's my prescription for a healthier life....

01. GO OUTSIDE.  Sometimes when you're going through an emotionally traumatic experience, taking the time to appreciate nature is put on the back burner.


02. BUY YOURSELF SOME FLOWERS.  Or just admire them in the grocery store - smells are free!


03. EAT CHOCOLATE.  And lots of it!

04. SING IN THE SHOWER.  Just close the windows first - the neighbors might not appreciate hearing Adele songs being belted at 1 am.

05. WATCH A SUNRISE.  I know, I know.  Getting up early sucks.  But seriously, sunrises are gorgeous.


06. TAKE A NAP.  If you watched the sun rise, then you deserve one.  If you slept till noon, you still deserve one!


07. GO FOR A WALK.  


08. WRITE IN YOUR JOURNAL.

09. HOLD A BABY.  If you can't find a baby, a cat will do.

10. WATCH SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE.  Seriously.  SNL is an emotional cure-all, and they say laughter is the best medicine.  Give it a shot!

11. LAY IN THE GRASS AND WATCH THE CLOUDS.


12.  EAT WELL AND DRINK 8 GLASSES OF WATER A DAY.

And last but certainly not least...

13. TALK TO SOMEONE.  Talking about what you're feeling doesn't work for everyone, but it does help a lot of people.  Find someone who you trust, who is separated from the situation (i.e. if you're having family issues, don't talk to a family member.), and who you know well.  And don't be afraid to talk to a therapist or counselor.  They're wonderful and there to help you.

 Add or subtract what you like to this list, but I think it covers the basics of self-care.  My basics, at least.

If you're anything like me, you're so busy that sometimes you forget that you have to take care of your body so your mind can function properly and you can tackle the to-do list.  But I'm striving to change.

Remember that you can't help others unless you're healthy enough to do so!

xoxo,
Eliza