Let’s Talk About Mejuri

If you’re into dainty, classic, fine jewelry, chances are you’ve probably heard of Mejuri. The TL;DR version is that they are a fine jewelry brand with affordable prices because of their decision to eliminate the middleman. The materials they use run the gamut of precious metals, ethically sourced diamonds, genuine gemstones, and pearls.

Recently I was gifted the Star Necklace (gold vermeil and white sapphires), and have now had the chance to see why Mejuri jewelry is so popular. The necklace manages to be simultaneously classic and unique. Due to the longer length of the chain, I can layer it with shorter pieces for a completely new look. Although I’ll admit, I prefer the way it looks on its own. So minimal and elegant!

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This necklace has been a great introduction to the brand, and I’m already eyeing other pieces to add to my collection!

What do you think of Mejuri’s Star Necklace?

**Gifted, but all thoughts are my own!

2019 Current Obsessions

I’ve made a pact with myself to try to be more mindful of what I buy and how much I buy. Just because I like something, doesn’t mean I need it. I’m still working out my “no” muscles. They’re jiggly, but they have gotten stronger. A stuffed closet and cluttered home really bothers my peace of mind. I can’t relax when I’m looking at a bunch of stuff surrounding me. So I cleared out a bunch of stuff and now I try to only buy pieces that I’ll have and love and use for a long time. I’m trying to live a curated life! It’s more elegant, isn’t it?

So, while I haven’t bought a ton of stuff this year so far, here are a few things that I bought and can’t stop salivating over.

 

Summer Favorites
1. Lack of Color Cruz Panama II Hat   2. Bobbi Brown Cream Blush 
  3. Cesca Chair   4. Seagrass Basket & Planter

1. I had a really hard time finding the perfect, high-quality straw hat. I didn’t want a fedora or a floppy hat. I wear this panama hat way more than I should, but I’m not sorry.

2. When I discovered how wearing blush can make you look so healthy and glow-y and fresh, I haven’t been able to stop using it. On days when I want minimal makeup, I pat on this blush (very little, it’s pigmented!) and it melts into my skin like butter. It doesn’t last that long, but I also touch my face a lot so I may not be the best judge of wear time. The formula is beautiful, though!

3. I was recently in Chicago and in a hotel where there were cesca(ish). I fell in love. They just give off such a bohemian, Miami, industrial, vintage vibe all in one! Don’t look at me like that–it’s a thing.

4. Sometimes I go too far in the modern direction in my place and it starts feeling cold and museum-y. Plants instantly bring it right back around to cozy and organic and relaxed. And this straw basket?! Obsessed. I’m currently trying to assess if I need more. I think I might.

These are the things that I’m loving, but what about you? What things are you feeling as the weather gets warmer? Tell me in the comments below!

Five January Favorites

I have a hard time making decisions about things I like when I’m shopping. This leads to me buying everything I like, then returning ninety percent of my purchases later. Not a good system, but I’m working on it. I’m also working on buying less by way of only buying things that I love certainly, one hundred percent. Here are the things I bought in January that made the cut.

January Faves
1. Grapefruit Reed Diffuser   2. Lush Hair Moisturizer   3. Snakeskin Print Cushion Cover 
  4. Byredo Bibliothèque Candle   5. Black Matte Flatware

1. The Nest Diffuser in the grapefruit fragrance. I love a good citrus scent, and this one is very powerful. It scents a large room or foyer. Mine was too strong for the room I put it in, so I had to remove some of the reeds, and that fixed the (fancy) problem!

2. I have very curly and very ornery hair. It don’t listen to nobody, including me. But at least now it stays moisturized! The scent on this is kind of earthy and the texture is pretty thick and nourishing.

3. I’ll be honest with you here and admit that I can’t resist snakeskin. You can give me almost anything snakeskin, and I’ll probably flip over it. I did with this pillow from Zara Home. I bought it in the sale and it was only $5.90. Six dollars! It does have a white back to it, which I was skeptical about initially, but it just doesn’t make a difference when it’s sitting on my chair. I don’t even see it.

4. Whoo boy, this candle is strong! It scents a small room even when it’s not lit. It smells immediately of plums and peonies but has a deeper, slightly masculine base. And the packaging–I live for the packaging.

5. Where do I even start? Black matte silverware! These have made my dinner parties (i.e. cheese and wine parties with my friends) so chic. Everyone who has seen them buys them for themselves. Seriously. Except my mom. She thinks they’re ridiculous. Hey, you can’t please everyone!

Do you have any of these items? What are some of your favorite things you bought last month?

The Best Coffee Table Books

I’m a major photography enthusiast. Wait–that sounds like I know the names of very talented and influential photographers. I don’t. What I mean is I love to look at beautiful and interesting photos (and sometimes try to create my own!). Thus my love for the coffee table book. There is no easier way to turn a bland surface into a sophisticated display or an empty corner into a riveting accent.

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via Elisabeth Heier
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via Pinterest

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kinfolk books
via Elisabeth Heier

I could look at coffee table books for hours! Here are some of my favorites:

  1. Tom Ford: Tom Ford
  2. Chanel: The Vocabulary of Style
  3. Modernist Paradise: Niemeyer House, Boyd Collection
  4. Obama: An Intimate Portrait
  5. This is Home: The Art of Simple Living
  6. The Kinfolk Home: Interiors for Slow Living

Little Changes

Happy New Year!

Guys, I’m not going to promise myself to eat clean twenty-four seven, to run every day, or to never think another negative thought. But I am going to promise myself to make small, incremental changes. Changes that are sustainable and palatable. Changes that I may struggle with a bit in the beginning but won’t make me want to rip my hair out.

 

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Adding more nutrition into my day is one of the changes I’ll be implementing this year. More fiber, less sugar, more greens. The Super Elixir and the Nourishing Protein, both by Welleco is my preferred way to do all of that in less than five minutes during the day. I add two teaspoons of the Super Elixir to coconut water, shake, and drink. And whenever I want a quick, healthy snack I add a scoop of the Nourishing Protein to almond milk, shake, and drink. It couldn’t be easier. And that’s the only way I’m guaranteed to stick with something.

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What are some of the little ways you keep yourself energetic and healthy? Any tricks and tips to lose old habits and form newer, productive ones? Let me know in the comments!

The 3 Best Books I’ve Read This Year

 

I made a goal to read forty books this year. I finished twenty-five. When I made the goal of forty, I knew there was a high probability I wouldn’t hit that number. But I also knew that I’d try like hell to read them all, resulting in reading many more books than I would have had I set a goal of, say, ten. I used to be a voracious and insatiable reader when I was a kid, but my desire for the written word had started to wane a bit in the last 5-7 years. That wasn’t okay with me, and I wanted to find the joy of reading again. I did this year!

Following are the three books that I enjoyed the most this year.

 

Josephine
The Josephine B. Trilogy by Sandra Gulland

The story of Josephine Bonaparte before and during her life with Napoleon Bonaparte and told from her perspective

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color of law
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein

A book that destroys the myth that America’s cities are and have been racially segregated because of individual bigotry and class differences, but rather through the laws and policy of local, state, and federal governments.

factfulness
Factfulness: 10 Reasons We’re Wrong About the World and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund

You think you know, but you have no idea! This book exposes our tendency to think that our opinions are facts, never really taking the time to seek out real information.

What were some of your favorite books that you read this year?