more thoughts about packing light

i’m still thinking through how to pack in the most efficient way for our upcoming trip to australia. my plan to pack only a carry-on is still on, but only because i haven’t yet obtained said carry-on and tried to do it. gonna try and get on that soon.

here’s the current breakdown:australia v. 2australia v. 2 by swinginthelobby featuring linen tops

this should be obvious, but i don’t actually own every single one of these specific pieces (holy prices) but mostly they are approximations of my stuff. i’ll need to add in a pair of pajama pants–maybe yoga pants for the sake of space–and a few camisoles, as well as other underthings and leggings/tights. i bought a tiny hairdryer yesterday and am going to force myself to only pack what toiletries i can’t live without then just pick up the rest once we’re in australia/use what’s in the hotel.  i’m also going to have to limit myself to a teensy makeup bag. negotiating how to pack my liquids (foundation, concealer, argan oil, hair products, etc.) will be a blast.

this has motivated me to go start working on my lists. i keep thinking of things to pack or take along and not having lists started means that i don’t remember what those were at all.

here’s to getting it all in a carry-on!



today, one of my lifelong ambitions was realized: i got glasses.

taking this smug bathroom shot gave me a (very brief) pang of nostalgia for the myspace days. then i one-upped myspace using this awesome app thanks to my awesome mom.

whoo! glasses.

things i did today

i didn’t get to do my scheduled reading for the day because a wicked, nearly day-long allergy attack made it impossible to translate words on a page. in lieu of the moaning i’m tempted to do about that, i’m going to instead list out the things i did do, in no particular order:

-missed my mom (she just went home after a really great week-long visit)

-washed dishes (and missed my mom some more since she was an expert dish-washer during her visit)

-went to my first acupuncture appointment

-picked up and helped Husband install a window air conditioner in our bedroom (!!!)

-watched Keeping Up with the Kardashians and The Real Housewives of New York City


-made cold-press coffee for the morning

-went to Home Depot with Husband (even though I hate, hate, hate that place)

-read 3,264 blogs

-went to the bank

-went to the post office

-drank a glass of wine

you should read this

there’s this really cool new blog that you all would do yourselves a favor by reading. it’s called Girls Like Giants.

it happens to be written by two of my besties, sarah todd and phoebe bronstein, but i promise that i’m recommending them more because they’re super smart, really funny, and attune to things that matter than because i happen to adore them both.

check it out.

i like this

rye rye and prabal gurung are both pretty amazing. put them together and something really special happens.

garden update

i’ve finished all my coursework (FOREVER), graded all my students’ final exams, and turned in all necessary paperwork. it’s officially summer!

i spent some time out in my yard today, giving my tomato plants their fertilizer and telling all the other plants many nice things about themselves. i also took a few pictures.

the cat was screaming at me the whole time to let her come outside and help.

baby green strawberries!

flowers that promise to become peas.

ranunculus! i’m pretty excited about this one.


resort 2012

as the inevitable haze and exhaustion of finals week takes hold, i found some solace in the newly released resort 2012 collections. i’ve collected my favorites here, but first i want to imagine where these clothes will be worn.

all images from the cool hunter‘s “amazing places” album

santorini, greece

green canyon, west java, indonesia

crystalline turquoise lake, jiuzhaigou national park, china


bora bora

norway alesund

enter the clothes. my favorites were thakoon, erdem, and yves saint laurent. all images courtesy of first up: thakoon. the color palette, tailoring, and shapes are so, so perfect.

next: erdem. their signature prints always slay me, but the textures and layers added in this time around are especially spot-on. these textiles are incredible.

two final erdem-related notes. 1) i know she’s just doing as directed, but that model needs to close her mouth. something’s gonna fly in there. 2) wouldn’t it be a fun challenge to see what those amazing shoes wouldn’t go with?

finally, yves saint laurent. i love the prints, the blocks of color, and the retro patterns the creative team must have drawn from. i also that some of the looks, especially in their styling, are borderline caricatures–seems like just the right note to strike.