Joggers came into trend about three years ago. Initially, it wasn’t a trend I was willing to follow. Could they be worn outside the house and still look pulled together? However, after a year or so and the return of 90’s basics, this trend has staying power and one I’ve come to love. Today I’ve partnered with my friends at Grana, to style cashmere joggers three different ways. From meetings or going out, to a lazy Sunday around the house these looks are perfect for elevating one of the most comfortable items I own.
There’s something about turning 29. No longer in my early twenties, I’m in my late twenties, and almost my thirty. At one point in life, I thought turning thirty was shocking and far off. Now, it is just on the horizon. With hindsight I look back on the past decade and am amazed. I’ve lived in California, Texas, and Kentucky. I’ve completed internships in St. Croix, SoCal, Denver, and Indiana. I’ve taken a team to Estonia and lived in the tension of ever-shifting roles. Pastor, designer, blogger, and student. I’ve worn multiple hats and have found significance and purpose in various responsibilities. Now that I am on this side of my twenties, I must admit they have been some of the most challenging and formative years I’ve known. I have a strong and cemented sense of self, who I am, what I love to do, and I am excited to see how it is going to evolve in the forthcoming years.
This year to celebrate my birthday, I wanted to keep things simple and went to a favorite appetizer. Built out on a large wooden plank, it was impressive, beautiful, and served as a stunning centerpiece. In the past, I used to think antipasto was for the lazy host, but over the past year it has become one of my favorite things to eat. In our house we affectionately refer to it as “adult lunchables.” Filled with sweet and savory pairings, four cheeses, and hot protein options, it is impressive for a crowd and fills everyone up, just as a traditional plated meal would. Paired with a robust red table wine, chambray napkins, and gold flatware, it says effortless entertaining in the best of ways. (This was a gathering that took a total of 30 minutes cooking for five people, making it the shortest prep of any dinner party I’ve done to date.)
When I started the blog over 2 and a half years ago it started as a hobby, a creative space to freely express anything my heart desires. Today, it has evolved to a the online platform for my business, building it into a full-time design studio. Starting out as a blog that only few read, I now have a part-time employee. While it allows the word “blogger” to be added to the resume, it hasn’t been arbitrary or an online journey. It has been fun a lot of hard work.
Today, we are pulling back the curtain and letting you in behind the scenes, answering the question, “How do we make blog posts?”
After reviewing the past year, I think we all could agree we’re thankful for fresh starts and new beginnings. I’m incredibly thankful for 2017. More than anything, I’m focused on creating margin. Margin for things I desire, breathing room for self-care, and gratitude. There are studies that directly correlate gratitude with happiness, the words we speak, and the paths we think. Over the past year, I’ve been confronted with hard feedback. It was phrased as a simple question, really. “Why is life overwhelming hard? Where is the joy found in your life?” Confronted with this reality from a dear friend, I’ve made it my goal to find the inner optimist within. Life is really good, things are looking up, and I’m choosing to be thankful for the ordinary moments. Sometimes it takes practice. What are three things you are thankful for? Why is today a good day? These are questions I’ve been asking myself every evening and I’m finding a new depth of meaning, purpose, and fulfillment to the nuances that fills my days.