Tuesday, January 1, 2019

2019: A Year of BIG Change

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have already seen this. But, I’m putting it out here to y’all in hopes for accountability and a safe place to share 😊 and, I’d love to know your honest thoughts! So leave me a comment below if you're so inclined... 

2019 starts today and I’ve taken some time to reflect on what I want to accomplish personally in the new year. My top nine of 2018 show that people like to see real life on Instagram. No filters, no nonsense, just peeks into our real life. Me being me and us being us.

So, that is my IG goal for 2019. Giving you a peek into my/our REAL life. I do not filter my pictures. I do not “pose”. I do not use a professional photographer to shoot my outfits. What you see is what you get, the real me. The real us. I will also transfer that here, to my blog, with a goal of being more present here.

While 2018 was a huge accomplishment for me with a resolution (a picture of myself every day for 365 days as a daily reminder that turning 40 is awesome) I do not have a resolution to share daily in 2019. I can’t take the personal pressure of that 😂🤷🏼‍♀️

My 2019 resolution is to be more present, which means less technology. More books. More memorable moments. More play. My son starts preschool this year so it’s my last bit of time to relish being home and being in the moment with him. And I want to maximize those moments.

I have decided to join Meg Hall in her #noshop19 challenge as well as Kari Montgomery in her #cultivatingacontentcloset challenge for 2019. I do not plan on shopping for the year for myself. Writing that SCARES me. BUT I am allowing myself one clothing item and one accessory at the end of the month provided I made it the whole month without a random purchase, should I choose to take advantage of it. I will also be fully cleaning and purging my entire house throughout 2019 and have a goal of one box/bag leaving my home each week. Yep- 52 boxes/bags leaving in 2019.

Putting this out to the internet world kind of scares me and frightens me but makes it more accountable that I know others are watching. I plan to do a lot of outfit planning on Instagram to maximize the pieces I do have and will use this space to keep track of that as well as share the process in getting to the dream closet/wardrobe I have envisioned in my head that seems so far from reality.

Thanks for reading and for joining me on this ride. Let’s do it 2019! #naomisclosetchallenge

Monday, November 12, 2018

Must Eat Monday: L'Orcio, New Haven

Restaurant week, how do I love thee, let me count the ways. Numbers one, two, and three: L'Orcio.

For some reason, we forget how amazing this place is and every time we go we're always blown away. 

Restaurant week is a great time to go because you can get three courses for about the price of an entree, which is always nice for the wallet. 

The beef carpaccio was exceptional. Fresh, shaved, and topped with an arugula salad.

We also had their escargot appetizer, not served in the typical way, and was delicious.

We ordered our toddler their gnocchi with butter and parm as he devoured it. We get it to come the same time as our appetizers because it's a big portion and it takes him a while to eat it. 


The butternut and sage ravioli was light and fluffy and the sauce was slop-it-up-with-bread-worthy. 

The veal saltambuca is truly extraordinary. Like no joke. The best dish on the menu.

For dessert, we had nutella crepes and their chocolate torte special. Both were simply amazing. 

And our son enjoyed a small dish of whipped cream, so he was happy as a clam! 

Have you ever been to L'Orcio? If not, you should totally go! 

Friday, November 9, 2018

Friday Favorites: My Go-To Wardrobe PIcks

So, lately, I tend to be drawn to some pieces on repeat. Do you get like that? Ok good, I'm not alone. 

Here's my most recent pieces I'm grabbing: 

1. Target furry mules

Laugh all you want, these shoes are ALL they're cracked up to be. And a fraction of the price of the Gucci ones. Honestly, I feel more put together when I'm wearing them, even though they look like slippers.

2. American Eagle Tomgirl jeans

These are SO far OUTSIDE of my preppy comfort zone but I don't care because they're THAT comfortable. They feel like pajamas but they're jeans. I know, hard to believe, but SO true.

3.  Gap plaid scarf

This style is new this year and Gap scarves usually itch me (I have crazy sensitive skin with fabrics) and I had been hunting for a fun tartan plaid BIG scarf, but not blanket scarf. And this one I scored during their friends and family sale for under $20. That's as good as Target, maybe even better!

4. My Rothy's, specifically my yellow ones. 

Now, if you've been around for a while, you know I'm obsessed with them. Presently I own 6 pair and am waiting for new colors to snag lucky number seven. But this pair gets worn the MOST. Not sure why, maybe yellow just makes me happy?!

5. Vivian Drew earrings

Yes, I sell Stella & Dot. But I wear ALL kinds of jewelry and accessories and these are just perfection. I have 3 different pair of earrings by her and just love them all. 

Friday, November 2, 2018

Friday Favorites: Book Series for Adolescent Boys

So, my dad called earlier this week asking for what books to get for my nephew who is turning 11. Which got me thinking that I haven't shared book suggestions in a while. As a former reading teacher (and elementary and middle school teacher) I have a HUGE adoration for all kinds of books, especially children's' and adolescent literature. Mainly because one of my Master's Degrees is that very subject! 

Anyways, here's what I recommended to him. And I chose series/sets to ease gift giving. Because, well, he's a man and he's old and it's easiest for him that way! 

1. Harry Potter set

Why? Because he doesn't have it yet and every adolescent needs to whole set. 

2. Chronicles of Narnia

By far my personal favorite series as a child and I adore passing that love onto the next generation to come. There's something just perfect about this classic. 

3. Jerry Spinelli

One of my favorite adolescent literature authors. Stargirl, just fantastic. And Amazing has a set of Jerry Spinelli books so why not expose him to all he has to offer?! 

4. Percy Jackson 

What boy doesn't love Percy Jackson and a mild thriller?! 

5. Alex Rider set 

This is a new one for me as it wasn't around when I was teaching but word on the street is it's the next big deal! 

What do you recommend to adolescent boys looking for a good book?