“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.” – Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
This quote made me sit upright in my chair: wow. It brought to mind Alison’s response to my jagged musings on 2017: “Some years pass kind of quietly and others you come out at the end a completely different person than when you started. It’s clear this one was the latter!”
Last year asked a lot of questions. Come to think of it, last year asked a lot of me, full-stop. It was an intense, unwieldy, incessant series of swoops and dips into stress, emotions, and challenges I’d not anticipated. I became a mother, I recovered from a c-section, I closed a business, I moved cities, I bungled through a botched move, I parted ways with a home, I metamorphosed into an entirely new kind of work. I did not always handle the turbulence elegantly. I remember stepping into the glass-walled shower of our old Chicago home about eight or nine days after mini was born, turning on the water, and sobbing for no reason and every reason. I am a crier by nature, but this was different: I could not give a name to the intensity of what I was feeling. “Why am I crying?” I wondered, groping for the familiar shapes of disappointment, or frustration, or hurt, or tenderness and emerging empty-handed.
Now I know: it was the agony of change, offset by painkillers and hormones from mini’s delivery, shot through with the thrill and potency of new parenthood.
I wouldn’t say that 2018 has presented me with answers, exactly, as I still have only the haziest idea of what the future will hold. But 2018 is an answer, even if I haven’t yet discerned its meaning. It has the feel of resolution, of a page turned. “Here, then: the next chapter.”
What about you? Is 2018 a year that is asking questions or answering?
I absolutely loved listening to Sarah Jessica Parker on the Goop podcast. She is whip smart, deeply kind, ambitious, and self-effacing. Her vocabulary is sterling, too — she uses “circumspect” where I might use something banal like “cautious” — and she talks a bit about her love of books, her relatively new imprint with Hogarth, and the first book she published through it, which I now am desperate to read. (Listening to her marvel over the book was delicious.)
I adore the brass crab figurine in the snap above. I think I need one for my bookshelves — a nod to my Mid-Atlantic roots. I also love that it’s nestled alongside a vintage Cecil Beaton New York book! #COVET
These are at the top of my beauty lust list. I’m currently using and loving this — hint, hint, I will be gifting this to basically every woman I know at some point this year — which seems to fill a similar beauty niche, but…glow drops?!
I am absolutely obsessed with Jonathan Van Ness from the re-boot of Queer Eye. (Can another season come out ASAP?) My father recently chided me for my overuse of the word “obsess,” but this circumstance merits its use. He is hilarious, self-deprecating, thoughtful, modern, and this interview was a delight.
I love the simplicity of these K. Jacques sandals. Thinking they might be my go-to next summer.
I need to get out of my candle rut. I am contemplating this, this, or this. (PSSST – check out the copywriting on the Goop candle description. Outrageously stirring and provocative! Who writes for her?! Get that woman a book deal for her first volume of poetry.)
Thinking I might snag a bottle of this for those weeks in between Tilly’s baths.
My mom gave me one of these in my stocking one year, and I use it every day after getting out of the shower. Genius because my hair gets really tangly.
Has anyone tried Outdoor Voices’ relay shorts? I’m inclined to give them a whirl in that cheery pink or sweet lilac.
I use these clear pouches when traveling — they’re TSA approved for all of your liquids and much chic-er than a baggy. Also, on sale RN!
Speaking of travel, Paravel is offering 20% off orders over $75 with code OUTOFOFFICE. I have long been eyeing their chic weekender and crossbodies, both of which can be personalized with hand-painted lettering and emojis!
I’m intrigued by these gorgeous turquoise AB sandals, which boast a heel far more manageable than the pair I usually wear of theirs and a price tag that is pretty darn impossible to turn down, but — what to wear them with?! I’ve never worn turquoise in my life…
I have a major crush on this bag by Naghedi, which looks like Bottega Veneta to me.