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mid-week round-up

What’s new on this Wednesday, friends? It’s a beautiful day where I am and I’d love to be spending the day outdoors but ALAS…too much work to be done. The weekend can’t come soon enough. Honestly not much to report at the moment. My cat is meowing incessantly so I better go see what he’s up to and I’m starting to get hungry for lunch, so let’s do this link thing…

Talking with the songsmiths of Sesame Street.

Newest addition to my reading list.

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A berry crumble recipe (made with frozen fruit!).

Julia Louis-Dreyfus explains 9 looks from Seinfeld to Veep.

How did James Holzhauer turn Jeopardy into his own A.T.M.?

A glimpse inside the lives of asylum-seekers, new couples, prisoners, and pen pals through their letters, texts, WhatsApp messages, and Facebook posts.

Do memes change how we remember history?

What one woman learned about hunger in America after volunteering at 200 food banks.

[Related: Good and Cheap — How to Eat on a Shoestring Budget]

Take a moment to tell your mom what she means to you with a FREE customized Mother’s Day photo card from Artifact Uprising.

This story about a roomba made me laugh.

A sweet tribute to Notre Dame.

The death of the hippies.

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — Kicking off SEASON TWO of Uncovered the Podcast and 5 Ways to Cultivate a More Meaningful Life.

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mid-week round-up

What are you up to this week? We had three of our dear friends down to visit this past weekend and I’m headed to Indianapolis next weekend to spend time with my bestie and podcasting co-host, Katie. We’ll be recording a live episode of our show and also seeing My Favorite Murder on tour. I’m so freaking excited!!! Suffice it to say, a work week book-ended by all this fun is not the easiest. ; ) Hope you have a great Wednesday, and here are a few things I’ve enjoyed reading this week…

Why people wait 10 days to do something that takes 10 minutes.

A bright kitchen makeover honoring vintage wares.

On a new luxury retreat and Silicon Valley ageism.

Yum! Hummus breakfast tacos.

Laughed out loud.

An interview with Aminatou Sow on all things financial.

See you later, post-vacation blues!

Every black woman deserves a doula.

How to turn a few ingredients into infinite possibilities.

Who is Billie Eilish?

The shift in Michelle Obama’s style.

We’ve always hated girls online.

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — Is Online Therapy for You? and 5 Ways to Cultivate a More Meaningful Life.

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We’re headed out on our first of two holiday road trips later this week, and I’m super excited to bundle up in the car and head out. (Hope Chet is down to listen to Christmas music and true crime podcasts the whole way!) We’re seeing family, and I’m looking forward to eating some favorite foods and stopping by for a stroll through a holiday lights display. Also, I hope you’ll check out this year’s holiday gift guides; I always love putting them together for you guys. Hope you have a great rest of your week, and here are some links for your Wednesday enjoyment…

If someone surprised me with one of these (filled with childhood photos), I might burst into tears.

The Confederacy was built on slavery. How can so many Southern whites still believe otherwise?

Great inspo for delighting customers.

Only after she was shot did the author of this article begin to understand America’s complicated relationship with guns.

Hidden in L.A. suburbia, wrenching poverty preys on children and destroys dreams.

Reliving my childhood aka talking about Saved by the Bell.

The lady hero’s journey.

[Related: In Pursuit of Female Road Narratives]

The inventor of iPhone autocorrect says, “Sorry about that, and you’re welcome.”

The best movies of 2018 according to The New Yorker.

4 women get a haircut they never thought they’d get.

Don’t know if I love or hate this, lol.

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P.S. A few Finding Delight posts  you may have missed — My Favorite Websites and Blogs and Book Review: The Binding Chair.

Winter Wardrobe Pieces

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Guys! Do you rotate your wardrobe seasonally — tucking away your summer tank-tops in a bottom drawer once the weather turns and pulling down big, floofy sweaters from a plastic tub at the top of your closet? While my clothes will never be that organized, I love the idea of reserving a few, special pieces for each season. Those items that stand the test of time, tucked away for the rest of the year, just waiting for their moment to shine. You’d pull them out when the moment is right and feel nostalgia and excitement for the impending weather change. While this may seem like a hard task to invoke excitement for winter weather, here are 9 pieces from ModCloth that just might fit the bill…
Modcloth Forever Pieces

(Clockwise from top left.)

Cat Sweater … for a bit of whimsy as you bundle up tight. ($49.99)

Pointed Ballet Flats … to tuck under your desk so you can slip them on once you’ve shed your morning commute snow-boots. ($49.99)

Slouch Hat … so your noggin stays stylishly warm. ($14.99)

Gemstone Earrings … for a touch of femininity that won’t get covered up by your giant parka. ($7.99)

Pleated Purple Sweater … to layer on top of all your favorite blouses. ($39.99)

Circle Scarf … because who needs a necklace when you’ve got such a dainty scarf?! ($14.99)

Floral & Lacy Undies Set … for feeling like a babe even when you’re wearing approximately 22 layers of clothing on top. ($6.99 for panties, $13.99 for bralette)

Thigh High Socks … a colorful way to add warmth. ($12.99)

Moisturizing Lipstick … to finish off all your winter weather looks. ($24.99)
Over to you! Do you have any favorite winter wardrobe pieces? Where are you shopping these days? I’d love to know! 

P.S. A review of my most recent Stitch Fix box and shopping ModCloth home decor.

A Helpful Tip: 5-4-3-2-1 Packing

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Chet and I are headed to Louisiana in a little over a week and I couldn’t be more excited to get out of Miami for a few days. (Maybe we’ll encounter some actual Fall weather!) It’s no wonder I have packing on the brain! With our trip on the horizon, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to share one of my favorite packing tips with you. The 5-4-3-2-1 Packing Formula is my favorite strategy for carry-on travel. It keeps luggage weight and stress levels low, low, LOW!
Just follow this simple equation … 5 + 4 + 3 + 2 + 1 = ALL PACKED and ready for FUN!
5-4-3-2-1 PackingAbove, I considered our upcoming trip and followed the formula to map out an idea of the wardrobe I’ll bring. Our trip is one week long and includes; visiting family, an outdoor music festival, and a day-trip to New Orleans. Those 19 pieces will have me dressed and ready for ALL those activities and MORE!
Choose what will suit your suitcase according to your destination. (I like to swap out my outer layers for bathing suits if I’m going somewhere warm and beachy.) Remember to select items that can easily mix and match. The more outfit combinations the better!
Let’s get packing!
Are you going on any trips this Fall? Are you a one carry-on suitcase packer? Have any packing strategies you swear by? Let me know!

mid-week round-up

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Hi friends! What’s going on in your world this week? Chet and I are putting plans in place for an October trip to Louisiana. (Remember this? We’re hoping to hit up Festivals Acadiens again. Mmmmm, crawfish potatoes!) Hope your day is spectacular, and if you’re in an internet-y mood, here are 12 links to keep you clicking…

Customs that are totally normal in some countries, but weird everywhere else.

The agony and ecstasy of dating at a strict Christian college.

Re-tracing a rail adventure across half the continent to Haight-Ashbury.

Archaeologists are discovering how fugitive slaves kept their freedom deep in the swamps.

Why do tourists visit ancient ruins everywhere except the United States?

Stacy London on ageing and style.

Extreme hunger is tearing apart Venezuela.

Mother Teresa: Martyr or Myth?

Ann M. Martin talks The Babysitters Club and rebooting another children’s series.

Why doesn’t Keeping Up With the Kardashian’s show nannies?

The consequences of monetizing your bliss.

So, this is going down in Lexington.

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Happy Wednesday, pals!!! We’re heading up to St. Petersburg, FL on Friday to meet up with my sister, brother, sister-in-law, and mom for a belated Christmas celebration. I can’t wait to see them all (in one place!) and enjoy some quality family time. I guess I better wrap their Christmas presents tonight! Do you have any fun plans for this weekend? Let me know below…I’d love to hear what you’re getting into. In the mean time, here are a few links for your viewing pleasure…

Gorgeous Golden Globe dresses.

‘Making a Murderer’ and the power of words.

Obsessed with this jacket from Forever 21.

How cute are these car-themed valentines?

A photographer scopes out abandoned buildings for creative photo shoots with her pup.

Will the “real” Dietary Guidelines please stand up?

Minimalism gone wrong?

Hilarious lady tweets.

A mind-blowingly detailed dollhouse DIY.

The UN Library’s most checked out book of 2015 is a little unsettling.

Appalachian code switching.

A homeless shelter for young adults, created by young adults.

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Hi friends! Got any big plans as the count down to Christmas begins? Chet and I are leaving for Louisiana tomorrow morning, and I’m feeling like I have a million things to do today in preparation. (Getting actual work done the day before a vacation is so hard, isn’t it?) We’re excited for some cooler weather, chilling with friends and family, a million po-boys, and maybe the chance to explore Avery Island. Here’s hoping you have a wonderful week, and in the mean time here are some links for you to peruse…

Thinking I should get a pair of these and just really lean in to this whole working from home gig. (I would never take them off!)

The AP Stylebook thinks climate change deniers are giving actual skeptics a bad name.

Santa, if you please!

Russians still aren’t sure about the last czars.

How to dress ethically from head to toe.

Christmas Gwynnie! (Made me LOL IRL)

I need to give this Cuban Black Beans crock-pot recipe a try soon.

Need to fill some stockings?

If you’re living that tiny kitchen life, this one item could go a long way towards making your life a little easier. (And it’s under twenty bucks!)

Well, this article is the culmination of sev-uh-rahl of my interests.

And another funny riff on Christmas gifts for rich people! Love you, Deadspin!

What I wouldn’t give to open an envelope and be greeted with this card.

H&M Style Updates for Fall – Basics

Back to Basics with H&M
Let’s talk Fall wardrobe updates! While the season doesn’t officially change until later this month, with back-to-school chatter and the return of the prodigal Pumpkin Spice Latte,
today seems like a fine time to discuss. Just for fun, I thought I’d fill you in on the pieces I would choose for a sartorial refresh of the autumnal variety! I went with H&M because it’s a little more realistic for the ol’ pocketbook. With the fresh start feeling Fall offers (maybe that’s a holdover from school days), this season is a great time to get back to basics wardrobe-wise. Here are the 8 wardrobe essentials I’m loving for Autumn…
1. Crepe blouse. I love the flowy, easy-to-wear cut of this shirt. Dressed up or dressed down, it’s gonna be a comfortable addition to your closet. These are the type of shirts I find myself reaching for again and again because they look effortlessly put together no matter what you pair them with. ($14.99)
2. Monochrome tees. Go for these basics in a little larger size and look adorable on your jeans and t-shirt days with a casual front tuck and messy braid. These will be awesome for layering once the weather turns enough for you to pull on a jacket before heading out the door. And nothing makes a piece of statement jewelry pop like a simple white or black tee. ($5.99)
3. Patterned sleeveless blouses. For something a little more academic-looking, I’m a big fan of collared shirts paired with a cute cardigan. Not so big a fan of sweating because it’s still TOO hot for cardigans in September. (Especially in Florida, haha, but it definitely was in Kentucky as well!) Solution: sleeveless! I love the geometric pattern on the black & white and the gorgeous stars on the blue. Either would surely look adorbz with any existing cardigan collection you’ve been itchin’ to crack out. ($5.99)
4. Super slim black pants. Now I know 70’s flares are “in” this Fall in a major way, and if that’s your jam by all means, go for it! But I just think there’s something so badass about a pair of tight black trousers. And Lord knows it’s too hot for these bad boys in the Summer months. This pair is a tad high-waisted so your legs will look as though they stretch for miles! ($19.99)
5. Boyfriend jeans. Who doesn’t love a trend that involves making sloppy look sexy? These are the perfect thing to pull on for long weekend afternoons spent picking apples or raking leaves or enjoying football games…you get the idea. All those quintessential, cozy Fall activities! Plus, the cute little cuffs allow you to show off new kicks! ($39.99)  
6. LBD. You probably already have a go-to black dress in your repertoire. But if you don’t let me urge you to rectify that situation. They make a fantastic base for building an outfit, especially as the temperatures begin to plummet. Scarves, sweaters, jackets, tights, boots…the LBD is your blank canvas. This one is pretty casual and comfy just the way Fall SHOULD be! ($12.95)
7. Leopard print slip-ons. Slip-on sneakers, unlike bulkier lace-up kicks, look absolutely amazing with jeans. The fun print provides a little more pizzazz to your wardrobe color palette. Perfect for running errands or running late to class. ($29.99)
8. Loafers. I’ve seen several bloggers refer to loafers as the “nerdy glasses” of this season. They’re sophisticated and smart and give you that “I just came from the library!” look. Plus, I can see them being work OR brunch approps. Which is a win in my book! ($14.99)
P.S. Looking for accessories to pair with these digs? For jewelry I love this cocktail ring (opal!), the long and layered look of this necklace, and this aztec collar for when you’re REALLY going for it. For bags, if it’s in your budget, my pick would most definitely be this beauty!  
Thoughts? What will you be wearing this Fall? When do you buy your wardrobe basics? I’d love to know…

mid-week round-up

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Hi friends! What are your plans for this week? We’ve been acclimating ourselves to our new surroundings with trips out to find nearby stores and easy dinners cooked at home. Also, we had a nose around Florida International University (where Chet will be working) and it is GORGEOUS. Finally, we checked out our pool yesterday evening and splashed around for about an hour before dinner. Bliss! I could get used to such things. Have a great rest of your week, and enjoy a dozen links on me…

Some paranormal happenings at Kings Island theme park.

Appalachian Lit books to read if you’re into the Southern Contemporary genre.

“My hijab has nothing to do with oppression. It’s a feminist statement.”

Reason #34950 I love my home state. #BikeKY

A few real food groceries to pick up on your next TJ’s shopping trip.

I would proudly rock this rad t-shirt.

Will you see the new Poehler/Fey movie? It looks too funny to be true!

The Swiss Army Knife of lady jackets. Spoiler alert: I want one.

I should have made this my final project at Good Foods Co-op.

Inspired to start buying random rolls of film at flea markets.

If you love Instagram and cats (as I do), this parody will make you laugh out loud.

Wow! These celebs have come a long way!