On my radar

spring has sprung, and with it a whole host of fun things to have on your radar as temps rise and the sun stays with us a little bit longer each day.

So I neglected to post last week. Don’t worry, I did not fall off the face of the blogging earth again. No, it was what you might call “a doozy of a week.” To be honest, Daylight Savings Time really messed with my sleep schedule the week prior (ergo, my schedule in general), so studio productivity was sleepy in tandem. At the start of last week, I felt a lot better and more rested, but with the bottleneck of work from the week before, shipping out my last custom design project for a while, and then a car break in…well, despite my best laid plans, everything remained off-kilter.

Yes, a car break in. After years of driving in big cities, our vehicle finally fell victim to a smash-and-grab. What’s worse is I am a nut about not leaving stuff in the car, or at minimum hiding it in the wheelwell of our SUV’s trunk area. Joe exists in a more trusting, “what could possibly happen” space, so when he drove him and an out-of-town friend to meet me for dinner, he was less adamant about the friend bringing or hiding his stuff. Yada yada yada; the rear passenger window is now made of cardboard and duct tape.

But as always, I’m your silver linings gal, so I guess if I have to find the good in this particular situation, it’s that I will never spend another second of my life negotiating where my husband should hide shopping bags/messenger bags/anything that looks remotely interesting when we are out and about in SF. He gets it now. Hide that shit!

The other silver lining is that I had a bunch of posts halfway prepped last week, but simply couldn’t finish them, so this week you get three posts! That’s right! You get a Monday post! And you get a Monday post! EVERYBODY GETS A MONDAY POST! And it’s a good one.

Here’s some stuff that’s been on my radar. All of it would be carried with me or hidden in the trunk of the car, were I ever driving around with any of it. View more

From the post: Dresses I'm Loving

Unseen

More photos from real life

Remember last autumn when I shared a series of unpublished photos I’d taken? I ended up really loving that post. It’s fun to offload iPhone pics and give you guys a glimpse into the things I see and snap as the weeks and months go by—kind of like my old Life Lately posts, but even more personal. I hope you enjoy the peek into real life, too! Here are a bunch of snaps from my phone and camera which up until now, had never made it to the blog or Insta: View more

Image Credits:

Images by Victoria McGinley

5 clothing items I’m not sure spark joy, and meh, I’m keeping them anyway

Plus one I finally gave up on, and two for which I need your opinion

Maybe it was the blank slate of a new year. Perhaps it was the dreary weather keeping us cooped inside. Or, blame that Marie Kondo Netflix show everyone pretended they loved.

But one day at the beginning of this year, I took visual inventory of the overstuffed bookshelves in my office, and wondered, “What the hell are all these books and do I care about any of them?”

Having never read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and barely making it through Episode 1 of the Netflix show, this was my “spark joy” equivalent.

I spent the subsequent afternoon sorting through and carting 50 books to our building “library,” a mishmash of weird, wonderful, and often outdated tomes piled just inside our parking garage (it’s like a free book bazaar that is kind of an eyesore, but everyone puts up with it because you occasionally find something great). And whaddya know—miracle of miracles! The bookshelves looked great! So fresh! So clean! My workplace productivity increased by 50000%!

The office clean out spurred a similar one for our hallway closet, previously a mess of folding chairs, Christmas ornaments, and an avalanche of those never-used nylon grocery sacks. My favorite discovery in that black hole was two fishing rods last used by Joe in 2007, on his first and last fishing trip to Lake Tahoe. We certainly sparked joy reminiscing about how his fishing buddy had spent 40 minutes readying the line, only for Joe to attempt his inaugural cast and tangle the entire thing so as to be unusable.

No one has offered to take him fishing since.

But while the whole Marie Kondo method—or its basics, at least—has worked in virtually every other space in our house, I’ve never attempted it with the clothing in my closet.

Why? Because I don’t trust it to keep me from doing something I’ll regret.

Like, what if the pursuit of joy had resulted in giving away the knee-length, wide-rib, tie-waist J.Crew sweater cardigan I’ve owned since—get this1999? Procured during the fall of my sophomore year of high school (let that sink in for a minute), it was my autumnal topper of choice when I’d run out the front door of my house and hop into my friend Kat’s puttering, beat up Chevy Blazer, inevitably off to the Gateway movie theater where after, I’d call my mom on a payphone to tell her we were going to T.G.I. Fridays.

Over the years, that cardigan landed atop a giveaway pile more than once. It languished in my closet during college; it almost didn’t make the move with us to New York in 2013. But I adored its thick, warm, chunky weave. So even when it was absurdly out of style, I could never let it go. Lo and behold, enough time passed, and long cardigans became a thing again. I bought a similar piece from Everlane a few years ago, and as much as I love it (the material is very soft), I reach for my vintage one more.

And so during a recent closet clean out—and to be clear, they do happen often—I made peace with my purging instincts, mentally tagging a few items I’ll never part with. They (mostly) do not bring me joy at present, they are taking up needed space, and I haven’t worn four of these items in YEARS. And yet, here they are, in all their never-gonna-give-you-up glory:

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