First order of business, you guys. YOU GUYS. I can’t think of anything more inspiring than the response I received from yesterday’s post. So. much. love. You all blew up my Facebook page/Gmail inbox and I have never felt so popular. Let’s be real, I love compliments… but I love them even more when they come from brilliant, open minded, articulate and self aware (or trying) readers. That’s you. Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
So naturally, you, reader, are the first item on my Love List this week. I copped this idea from one of my fave bloggers, Laura at keepinghealthygettingstylish.com. She’s a darling Brit with a cheery (but sincere!) voice and a thoughtful approach to healthy living. Do check her out. Anywho, because you’re astonishingly intelligent, you’ve probably already inferred that this week’s Love List is comprised of thing I love… this week.
- My readers. Done.
- Becoming more in tune with my… womanhood. Boys, I’m glad you’re here, but feel free to tune out for a sec: I recently bought a basal body temperature thermometer to chart my cycles. Moon cycles. Lady cycles. The following punctuation mark: . (Again, thank goodness you’re a genius, because I just can’t.) A BBT thermometer is just a super sensitive digital thermometer (you can buy one for seven bucks at almost any pharmacy) that you use to measure your basal body temperature: your temperature first thing in the morning, before you’ve gotten out of bed or eaten anything. You can then record your readings on a BBT chart. Eventually, you’ll notice patterns on your girl graph, and if your BBT suddenly dips… you have a biological explanation for why you can’t stop crying/baking. Google it, girlfriend… but be warned: women use basal body temperature readings to make babies, so most of the information you find will be hosted on sites like “Just Mommies” and “Stork Net.” Single ladies like to know what’s up, too, amiright?! Just Mommies my tush.
- To that effect, have you all heard of seed cycling? Basal body readings only tell you what’s going on… they don’t regulate anything. Seed cycling works like this: eat milled flax and pumpkin seeds during the first fourteen days of your cycle, eat sesame and sunflower seeds the next fourteen days. Bam. That’s it. Basically, seeds contain lignans that help your bod process excess hormones, and fatty acids that aid in hormone production. If eaten as prescribed, they can balance you out… and it’s all about balance, isn’t it? It sounded like baloney to me, too, but people swear by it. I’m going to make some flax/pepita seed butter this weekend, for sure… and I promise to report back!
- Ok, enough girl talk. HA! Who am I? Never enough girl talk! Which is why I love a good catch up sesh with my lady friends over fancy cocktails. Chicagoans, have you been to Drumbar? (I know Emily has! Blog shout out – holla!) It’s very old school businessman – leather couches, wood paneling, really yummy old fashioneds… recommended. And this endorsement coming from someone who is (forgive me) far more Logan Square than she is Viagra Triangle.
- This video, gifted to me via Facebook in response to my serious inquiry: “Where can I find a fringey, leather, biker chick meets Pocahontas jacket?!” Duly noted. Beatnix, here I come. But seriously, comment if you’ve seen one like this in black:
- Things that smell marvelous. These candles in Sweet Olive Blossom. This perfume that my best friend used to wear in sixth grade… I think I need to buy some, for nostalgia’s sake. And also, the salesgirls at Sephora don’t love that I come in every day to sample liberally.
- Spin classes… I usually favor easy-breezy elipticaling whilst watching music videos/yoga… but I’ve been digging the intensity of spin lately. I think this winter has a me a touch stir crazy.
- Looking forward. Looking forward to this weekend’s un-ironic country dancing (?), coffee dates, cocktail dates, solo dates, beautiful friends and Lady Bey’s upcoming halftime performance. Looking forward to visiting my bff/sister in the desert when Chicago is at its coldest. Looking forward to pending opportunities. Looking forward to more feedback from all of you! Because last but not least… (Seriously? Who makes a list of NINE things?)
- I love writing this blog. Creating content and connecting with all of you is crazy fun. Did I already thank you? Well I mean it.
Thank you again and XOXO,