weekend warrior // october 17

I've been working my way through some cookbooks we received as wedding gifts and, boy, is my husband lucky. I have so many fall favorites coming up this week, starting with a hearty lentil soup tomorrow night. but speaking of fall -- confession: I haven't picked up a pumpkin yet! (it's shameful but true) Since we don't have a front porch anymore, I think I'll get a couple little guys tomorrow and do some sweet metallic sharpie designs on them. (inspired by this!) Such a fun project to do while catching up on all of the TV pilots for fall. (Already hooked on Marry Me, not too sure about A to Z ... )

I've also started looking at Christmas card designs. I know, I've lost it. 

img via thisinsignificantlife

real talk // redefining sucess

the subject of defining success has been on my mind a lot lately. the minute we moved to this city, I realized I had an opportunity to re-evaluate what that word really means to me.

I love to work hard, multitask and constantly improve, but at what point does having/doing it all start to hinder your happiness? and is it worth it?

I remembered back to an article in glamour by the poignant zoisa mamet and she brought out some real truths for me. I immediately felt vindicated. Here was another woman admitting exactly what I was feeling. maybe success doesn't have to mean running a successful corporation, winning project runway, or starring in your own youtube series. it's OK to not want those things! (even if everyone else is telling you that you should.)

success to one woman doesn't necessarily define success to another. just because we ladies have the opportunity to do all of these amazing things doesn't mean we are failures if we don't achieve or pursue every lofty goal set in front of us. you shouldn't have to feel like an underachiever just because one of your friends has a trendy start-up and another is a high-profile investment banker (or wants to be one). 

i believe it's all a balance. be proud of your achievements, work hard, and be successful on your own terms. remember, some women don't "want it all," they just want to be happy. 

// img via creating motherhood // 

weekend warrior // october 10

I desperately just want to hide out at home this weekend! Manhattan has a nice sheet of gray clouds above it and comfy clothes and a grey's anatomy marathon sound pretty outstanding right now.

I continue to reap the benefits of unemployment: lots of cooking, lots of housekeeping, lots of couch time. with chris in law school, he's pretty keen to stay home and work too so i've gotta push both of us out the front door so we feel like we've done something with our weekend. I think I'll take him to see some manhattan goodies this weekend. central park and eataly will definitely take the edge off the heaps of laundry we have to do.

// shoes via madewell // 

dream closet // charlotte gainsbourg

charlotte gainsbourg style

as a child of jane birkin and serge gainsbourg, charlotte inherited some serious fashion genes. when I envision her style, I think of clean lines, menswear-inspired sexiness, and classic french sensibility. there is always one extra button undone on her blouses and she can wear the hell out of a white t-shirt. that's my kinda girl. 

button down // bra // polish // watch // crop sweater // oxfords // tuxedo pants // necklace // blazer // boots // lip and cheek stain