Things I Love Lately

Sunday’s Modern Love by Monica Wesolowska took my breath away.  In prose that I found both plain and powerful, Wesolowska outlines the ways in which years of ordinary life can be as challenging as 38 days in the middle of a hurricane, and in so doing highlights the way that ordinary life can be both extraordinarily gorgeous and cripplingly difficult.

Black leather leggings – It has been so cold this winter that I’ve been wearing my pair non-stop.  I bought them last year – a splurge (though I got them on ebay!) – and wasn’t sure how much I’d wear them.  But, oh, wow, I know the answer now: a lot.  With sneakers, mostly.  And sweaters.  So warm.  Mine are from Theory, and the style is Ima.  Love.

Beauty Counter – my beloved godsister (her mother is my godmother, and vice versa) Alexandra introduced me to Beauty Counter, and I love their products, their business model, and their philosophy of using toxin-free ingredients in skincare.  So far I’m totally besotted by the rosewater spray (as is Grace) and the Twig lip sheer is great – really feels like chapstick, which is crucial for me, but a step up in terms of color and sophistication.  Win win!

The Moment is Now – Oh, this essay is beautiful.  When the author writes about wanting to witness her own life and about being more in love with her children than ever while also being more pulled by work than ever, I found myself actively crying.  She also quotes Landslide (though she attributes the line to the Dixie Chicks, and I would have cited Fleetwood Mac), is about to turn 40 (as am I), and quotes the same Modern Love essay that I’d already written about at the top of this post.  Goosebumps.  I highly recommend reading this piece, which is a moving love letter to the same full, demanding, exhaustion season of life in which I find myself.  (Thank you to Emily for sharing this link with me)

28 Days of Play – I’m honored to have participated in Rachel Cedar’s marvelous project (my essay, about crafting, was up yesterday).  Ever day this month she is publishing a post by a parent about the particular challenges, joys, and disappointments of playing with our children.  The essays addresses head-on one of those uncomfortable truths about parenting: many of us vaguely dread or actively dislike playing with our kids.  Why?  What can we learn from this reaction, and from trying to override it?

Flywheel – Another godsister Alexandra introduction!  I have been going to Flywheel Boston approximately weekly since they opened.  I’m all about the 45 minute option.  Right now, I’m in a slump (in an annual black hole of work busy-ness) but I will be back.

I’m listening to Ray Lamontagne, who’s long been a favorite, a lot lately.  Especially Let It Be Me.

What are you reading, thinking about, listening, and loving lately?  I’d really like to know.

I do these collections of Things I Love approximately monthly.  You can find them all here.


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10 Comments

  1. Amy
    Posted February 26, 2014 at 7:01 am | Permalink

    I love Flywheel! 🙂 And I love these monthly love posts of yours! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Alexandra (aka "A")
    Posted February 26, 2014 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the BEAUTYCOUNTER and FLYWHEEL nods. These are two of my favorite things for sure. I am so glad to share the love. XX

  3. Posted February 26, 2014 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    These posts are so fun. I’m such a product junkie, so I can’t wait to check out Beauty Counter. xoxo

  4. Posted February 26, 2014 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    Wonderful, as always. I am still reeling from Rebecca’s post. http://www.girlsgonechild.net/2014/02/old-houses-are-like-this.html

  5. Posted February 26, 2014 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    I am loving the much needed drizzle of rain here in California,
    my new yellow canvas Tretorn “happy shoes” as someone called them, the adventure in the Signature of All Things, by Elizabeth Gilbert, and spending time each morning making a nice breakfast for myself. Fun entry!

  6. Posted February 26, 2014 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    I love your lists, Lindsey, and happened to see your gray day post on instagram … I must say that I’m grateful to have had winter and the brilliant covering of snow throughout most of the season, I’m now yearning toward color and flowers and warmth.

    Also, I’m loving the fact that my family and I have been back in the US for an entire year as of this coming weekend. It’s been a momentous time of change, and will continue to be as we’ll have 2 teenagers in the house as of this weekend, too. But it is wonderful to see them embracing the experience of being teenagers in this country. We have so very much to be thankful for.

    Have a great week! xo

  7. Posted February 26, 2014 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    I will have to check out Beauty Counter. I buy Tarte cheek stain because of their avoidance of toxins, but wasn’t happy with their eyeliner. And if means not having to cross reference the EWG’s Skin Deep website, I’m sold! I just started The Orchardist, by Amanda Coplin (it won over The Circle, by Dave Eggers in my TBR pile, only because I wanted a paperback to lug around) and my winter clothing uniform/splurge has been the Discovery mid-layer zip jackets by Salomon. I had coral from 2012, but just bought a pretty blue and black because I wear it so often. Always love your lists.

  8. Gale
    Posted February 26, 2014 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    Love your list. Esp the leggings recommendation! I’m loving:

    Swimming. I injured my right groin muscle last summer and it’s terribly slow to heal so I can’t run. But I’ve taken up swimming as part of my rehab and I love it.

    Bobbi Brown’s Uber Nude lipstick which Santa put in my stocking and which is the perfect amount of color.

    Isabel Allende’s “The House of the Spirits” which took me a while to get into but am now obsessed with.

    LOFT pants in Marissa cut because they fit me perfectly and are available in a thousand styles.

    My every-day winter breakfast of an egg white, English muffin, segmented grapefruit, and hot cocoa.

    Suzanne Kasler’s design books which have become my personal happy place because they are appointed so beautifully yet so simply.

  9. Posted February 26, 2014 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    Great links! I tried flywheel once when I visited my parents in Chicago. It’s HARD!!!

  10. Posted March 7, 2014 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    How much do I love that you bought leather leggings!!!