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THIS IS 30

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I didn’t put together a 30 Before 30 List even though it is practically some blogger right of passage. My take on this popular concept? It’s just a way to lessen the blow of removing the word “twentysomething” from your social media bios. The challenge of entering our 30s is to find a new way to describe our fun-loving, semi-responsible selves.

Instead, I find myself glad to drop that descriptor since this “new me” is decidedly not ambiguous as it would suggest. I’m even more comfortable challenging the notions that don’t quite seem right and putting my signature sassy spin on common convention. That is why, upon turning 30, I donned a short skirt and zebra print. Age ain’t nothing but a number and youth is fleeting. But sass? It’s forever.

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PLAYLIST: GLITTERING DESCENT

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Ever feel like your life is like a snow globe? Suddenly your world is shaken and you’re all over the place. When you’re thisclose to surrendering to the upheaval, the height of chaos reveals the glitter’s beautiful descent. Catching the light, it’s a transfixing journey back to normalcy.

Thus is my life these days – the glittering descent – and it has inspired this latest playlist. It’s also brought to you by the above gorgeous city, which over the last few weeks has become my gorgeous city. Mine all mine. Smooches, San Francisco, you’re the best.

IN TUNE

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Oh, January. What a funny month you are, bringing about the strangest qualities in people. All of this self improvement drawn while looking back and gazing forward is enough to make a girl dizzy. Yet, I can’t say I’m above all of the reflection and good intentions because when it comes down to it I’m tired of being so busy with a mind and body operating on autopilot. And who wants to experience life in some sort of highway hypnosis?

So it’s time to do something about it, right? Well, it’s at least time to give the situation some thought. It was a strange and slightly pathetic realization to have, but it’s true. It’s likely ingrained in my DNA and strengthened by years of bad habits: I can’t really relax. Oh, I know. Poor me.

Yet, it was so bad that lately my body and mind have had to shout in order to be heard. It’s not the best way to get the message that you should slow down. If that’s you or could nearly be you, please know that there is no prize for being busy, stressed or whatever keeps you ignoring your basic needs.

In order to find a solution, I tried to recall a recent moment where I was truly in tune with my mind and body. Let’s go back in time, to my visit across the pond in August when I felt transported to another world. My friend and I celebrated my birthday at Thermae Bath Spa by lounging in pools and enjoying facials. It wasn’t my first spa experience or treatment, but it truly was bliss. My in-tune moment was during that facial and leaving the room was a slow transition from dreamland back to reality. I was so relaxed that I had trouble walking and talking. Everything I saw and heard was glowing and opaque and I was transcendent. It was like some sort of spa-induced peyote trip that required a room to recover from your extreme relaxation.

Obviously that solution isn’t truly the answer, but it reminds me that it’s possible. Like anything, being calm and listening to your body and mind takes practice. While going to yoga is cliche in January, I think all those people are onto something. I’ve been doing it at home and just signed up for a month of classes. I’m starting to take note when I’m tense and allow myself to ease up and breathe deeply. So far it seems better and I’m hopeful that good habits can eventually replace bad ones. If you have any tips or want to share in this idea of being in-tune, please share!

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JANUARY SNAPSHOTS

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New Years Outfit: Target skirt (also here) | J Crew tee | Dolce Vita Booties
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When One Project Closes: Salvage material hunting for a new project.
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Life is Just a Bowl of Cuties: Better than my other orange food addiction (Cheetos Puffs)!

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January-Ish: Or not January at all. But note to self, I need more chocolate this and every month.