UPDATE: I write my posts well in advance of their publication and was distraught that the turbothot for this post (on civility, the art of conversation, and the impetus to avoid “saying the wrong thing”) felt horribly out of place — tone-deaf — in the context of this week’s devastating news. I have redacted it.
On the far more important subject of the horrific events of this week: I don’t have words. There are many others who do, and I am listening to them, educating myself, reflecting, and pledging to do better.
My Latest Snag: New Everyday Running Shoes.
I wrote about these elsewhere in the past week, but I bought a new pair of running shoes to celebrate my return to jogging. Because my decision to ease back into the pastime materialized seemingly within an hour, I made do with a couple of old pairs of trainers so that I could hit the pavement ASAP, planning to purchase a new pair once I’d done some recon. Bad idea — the treads on my shoes were worn down and I could tell my left foot in particular was landing somewhat awkwardly. Still, determined as I was, I continued to run with them — and (no surprise) developed a painful case of plantar fasciitis! I was furious with myself! My eagerness (recklessness) to just get started meant that once I’d finally started hitting my stride, I was out of commission, unable to enjoy the solitary outside excursions I’d come to crave, and in pain/limping around my apartment. Foolish! Let my mistake serve as a cautionary tale for anyone else attempting to restart a fitness habit — just buy new shoes!
I am beginning to feel better now after a lot of stretching and minimal walking for the past week and a half but practicing discipline — will aim to wait another week for good measure.
And, of course, will be wearing new sneakers. I bought mine in the white/psychic blue/laser crimson colorway but would have preferred the iced lilac color — sold out everywhere in my size. (More sizes here, though!)
You’re Sooooo Popular: A Coastal-Chic Rug.
The most popular items on the blog this past week:
+Absolutely love the color and cut of this sweet swimsuit. (On sale!)
+BEST FACE MASK — OBSESSED. I have been using this every other night and my skin has never felt softer or looked glassier/smoother. Definitely try this!
+Sweetest sandals for a little girl — with a VELCRO closure! Brilliant!
+Love the block letters on this personalized notepad.
+Cute shorts-and-top situation for a little one.
+This block-print dress is ultra-chic and crazy affordable!
+Love this USA sweatshirt (under $25).
+Affordable vitamin C serum — update after a week of use: it does feel tacky/sticky after application but I am so far impressed with the results. Will continue to try this for another month and then re-evaluate.
+Currently getting the children’s summer gear organized (full post on outdoor children gear coming Monday!) as we spend more time in the Park and plan to visit our cousin in Quogue later this summer — Hill is ultra-fair and so I’ve ordered him this rash guard and a plain white one (much less expensive).
+Another super cute Amazon swimsuit find (faded gray color with ruffles) for mini!
+This oversized floral shirtdress is incredible.
+Mini and micro love cereal in the morning; I can’t believe how much we go through. Thinking of ordering these to keep them fresh!
+Love the monogram on these packing cubes. I swear by packing cubes to keep myself sane and organized with two small children while traveling! We use these — I have a few sets in different colors so that I can easily grab mini’s items versus micro, and I love that they are clear (easier to find stuff!). Still, tempted by the monogrammed style above…
+Super cute floral dress for $35.
+Inexpensive childrens dining sets for summer — love the colors.
+This is the kind of thing I love wearing around the apartment on hot summer days — with bare feet and a top knot.
+THIS DRESS for a bride-to-be!!! OMG. Engagement pictures or engagement party (if we can ever have those again)?
+More bridal finds here.
+And this gives me major Zimmermann vibes for a fraction of the price.