This whole week has been a blur. I have been feeling pretty out of sorts and just not completely myself. I don’t know if it’s jet lag or what. I also had pretty low blood pressure yesterday morning, and that certainly wasn’t helping. Hopefully, a mostly offline weekend will do the trick. Fingers are crossed.
Before I get into the rest of the post, I have to share this gluten-free banana bread recipe that I found online. Baking gluten-free stresses me out because I’m never convinced that it will turn out right. This recipe had so many amazing reviews and comments that I decided to give it a try. (For the record, I eat a lot of gluten! But I’m seeing someone this weekend who is strictly GF.) It’s a one-bowl recipe, too, so minimal cleanup.
ONE // Cameron Bow Stretch Pants
These. Pants. Are. So. Cute. Nine times out of ten, when I’m buying for pants, I’m looking for function over anything else. These pants are the exception. I’m obsessed with the tuxedo stripe and, duh, THE BOW.
TWO // The Growth of Athleta
When I was in SF, I was invited to tour the Athleta headquarters. I’m obsessed with Athleta right now, so I was pretty pumped to see where it all goes down. Even though I love the brand, I didn’t know too much about the history behind it. This is a great article talking about one element of Athleta’s success: they don’t leave out any women. Whenever I get the catalog, I’m always inspired by the REAL athletes that they feature! It doesn’t matter what size or age you are.
THREE // Boiled Wool Monogrammed Tote
“I do not need another tote. I do not need another tote. I do not need another tote.” But…. ugh, this tote is so cute. Perfect for fall. (Actually, I’d bookmark this as a great gift idea for moms, hint hint girls!)
FOUR // Inspirational Personal Trainer
This man’s story moved me to tears. He woke up one morning with a disability and turned it into a positive by helping others.
I read this article, written by a college professor, and couldn’t stop nodding. She shares super practical advice that every college student should really take note of. You feel like you have all the time in the world, but then those four years are over in a blink. Don’t waste it!
SIX // Bow Neck Sweater
One of my favorite sweaters from last year is back on J. Crew Factory right now. While you’re there, take a look around. So many cute things and everything is 40% off. I got this skirt (under $50!), this plaid shirt (only $32!), and these velvet jeans (under $50!).
SEVEN // Demi Lovato’s New Documentary
I can’t wait for this documentary about Demi Lovato. I love the way she’s used her platform to help people with mental illness. She had some rough moments but seems to have turned her life around for the better and helps others get through their own obstacles.
Okay. Ending on the best note. Literally. This video of the Cardinal Shehan School Choir practicing (practicing… this is just a rehearsal!) “Rise Up” gave me chills. These kids have the purest kind of talent.