Currently | August Edition

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Dreaming up costumes for this year's Highball Halloween with my design partner, Shiree. Since our "Broken Dolls" collection won 1st place last year, we've got a lot to live up to for this year's show!

Watching (shamefully) America's Next Top Model season 4,782. Don't ask me why because there is absolutely no acceptable excuse. I just can't risk missing out on any of Tyra's crazy and I clearly have garbage taste in television.

Reading everything! Currently I'm on Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, but I'll have a full book report of my August reading list soon, so stay tuned!

Feeling relaxed amidst chaos thanks to these 10-minute slices of heaven from the Meditation Minis podcast. I did accidentally fall asleep for three whole hours while listening to one the other day, but I've always been an overachiever like that. ;)

Eating salad all the time. Isn't that just what always sounds good in the summer? Well, that and ice cream, which I've also been eating on the reg. #noregrets

Working on product designs and upcoming projects that I can't wait to share!

Thinking about the importance (at least for me) of waking up early and scheduling creative time. This is one of the hardest things for me to control, so I'm always trying to figure out ways to make a "normal" schedule work for me. Does anyone else have this problem? I'm working on a future blog post about the relationship between structure and creativity and I'd love, love, love to hear your thoughts, opinions, or just general gripes on the issue.

Wearing kimonos all day, errryday. When I reorganized my closet recently, these were the categories I ended up with: tanks, blouses, kimonos, and structured jackets. All were equally represented as far as amount of items go. I don't think that's "normal" but this girl knows what she likes. And it's got lots of drape.

Planning out all the furniture paint projects I'm going to take on as soon as I can stand to be outside for more than 3 minutes. (i.e. the fall)

Listening to music from the 70s. I think a lot about 70s-era fashion lately, with it being such a major trend, so I guess it just seems to fit the mood. Plus, let's be honest, I love a man in makeup and heels. I'm kind of obsessively listening to "Telegram Sam" right now.

Sidebar: You probably want to get out a fresh slice of notebook paper and title it "Future Dance Move Ideas" because this audience is killing it. ;)

What's on your "Currently" list this month? Pick a prompt (or two, or ten) and let's chat! :)

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July Wishlist: Workin' On My Fitness

I don't know about you guys but to even think about losing weight I have to work hard. Like military regimen hard. I don't talk about it much on here but I have an auto-immune disease that has wiped out my thyroid completely- that handy little thing that controls important weight-related things like your energy level and metabolism. So for me it's an uphill battle all of the time for even the tiniest result. Some months are harder than others, but lately I've been so grateful to be enjoying a stretch of feeling well and being motivated to work out. And since I also get stretches of feeling horrible, whenever I'm in the upswing I try to run with it as long as I can. This past month or so I've been trying not to miss any workouts and usually double up on days, doing both a half-marathon walking program and my newest obsession POP Pilates by Cassey of Blogilates. I love her personality and the wide variety of videos keep it really entertaining.

I'm loving my programs, but I've realized lately just how badly I need to upgrade my gear. Here's what's on my workout wishlist this month...

 

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yoga mat | tee | sports bra | fitbit | pants | water bottle | sneakers

 

Hallelujah for a sports bra with clasps and under wires! And how amazing is that yoga mat?! There are several other patterns of the magic carpet mat at Anthropologie through the link above. And while we're talking yoga, I have to confess that I really love meditation but can never get into any kind of regular routine with it. I love the idea in theory, but in reality I find it much too hard to turn away from my to-do list to literally do nothing for 20 minutes.

Anyone else have this problem? And if so, have you tried the Insight Timer app?...

 

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It's apparently a guided meditation app that shows the activity of others with scores and awards milestones reached, making it a hit among the competitive, goal-oriented people who are generally more high-strung than your average ohm-er. So long story short, who wants to join with me and watch while I crush you in mental clarity? ;)

 

Do you use any of the products above? Give me your good, bad, and ugly reviews in the comments section!

 

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