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happyweekendso, as is the theme in pretty much every blog post/facebook post/tweet i’ve read today, labor day weekend is here and HOLY SHIT HOW IS LABOR DAY WEEKEND HERE?! i am usually not really a fan of summer, but even i am slightly sad that the scorching season is done. this summer flew by; it seems like just a week or so ago i was pulling my maxi dresses to the front of the closet and scoping out shoe stores for a few new pairs of sandals. time flies when you’ve got summer fridays, i guess. i’ve got one last beach day scheduled for tomorrow, and then it’s back to the grind. no more early fridays, back to 6pm soul with my girl krista, and back to weekends that aren’t peppered with sand and hot sunshine. to be honest, i’m a bit excited for fall. and by that i mean, it’s my absolute favorite season of all, and i can’t wait to pull out my cozy sweaters and big scarves and just be one big ball o’ COZINESS. with apple cider, of course.

there’s something about september that encourages you to push the reset button, and i intend to use this next month to do just that: get back into my routine, but in a way that feels natural and relaxed, not frantic and full of fear. this summer was wonderful, but i feel like i spent it running around, trying to squeeze everything in, worried i’d miss out on something. what that something was, i don’t really know. but i’ve got very few plans this weekend, and i’m quite happy about that. i’ve been away more days than i’ve been home in august, and i’m excited to do super-boring things like wash my couch covers, get my nails done, go to soul cycle, cuddle with penny, and whip up some new recipes. #grandmastatus

i hope that whatever you’re doing this weekend – however you’re ending summer and pushing reset – you have a wonderful time.

now, for the things i loved this week: 

the one word that comes up in women’s performance reviews (but not men’s). a good (albeit slightly depressing) read.

a dream home in sag harbor. this “cottage” is so pretty – i’d move in immediately.

speaking of moving in, i want my imaginary boyfriend to take me on a romantic weekend to the cape, and i want to stay here. 

my new favorite read. so much pretty here!

i was obsessed with taylor’s apartment when it was originally featured on design*sponge a few months back, and i’m even more obsessed with the before and after shots. proof that you can take a shithole and turn it into something beautiful so long as you’ve got good bones. side note: the idea of painting my kitchen cabinets and putting up backsplash makes me nervous – but maybe that’s just because i’ve always had “big bad corporate” landlords and not small town crown heights ones.

i just finished this book, and L-O-V-E-D it. i haven’t read a book that’s stuck with me like this one did in quite some time (the last book i loved this much was cheryl strayed’s “tiny beautiful things“)

happyweekendoh my god, you guys, we made it! it’s FINALLY friday, and amazingly, it’s also august 1st. when did THAT happen? i’m not exactly summer’s biggest fan, but i have to admit, june and july were pretty darn good this year. new york has been mercifully spared the sort of humid, sweaty days we’re usually doled out during the summer months, and instead, we’ve gotten lots of sunshine, plenty of low humidity, and some seriously incredible beach days. i’ve got a really wonderful august coming up, so i can’t really complain that we’re more than halfway through the sunshine season. next weekend, i head to the beautiful beaches of rhode island for a family vacation, and i’ll be gone through wednesday. a nice little break, with lots of ice cream eating and suntanning to be done. then i’m back at work for two days before heading out to montauk for the first time. back to work for another week, and then off to the dirty jerz, where friends and i have rented a gorgeous victorian for a long weekend of debauchery and relaxation in good ol’ asbury park.

and then, just like that, it’ll be labor day, and boom, summer’s basically over. time flies when you’re tan and happy!

on a less jubilant note, i’ve been dealing with some annoying things on the job front (freelance, not day job), and i’ve been trying my very best not to let that ish get me down, and to be the better person, but mostly, i’ve been feeling like this. i’m attempting to remember that money is just money, a job is just a job, and i don’t need either as much as i need respect.

so, now, back to the regularly scheduled programming. here’s some some stuff i liked on the interwebs this week:

on over-scheduling, and the invasion of busy.  louis ck said it best here.

this story of amazing customer service by warby parker made me smile. there are still good eggs out there, and good companies, too.

into the woods is going to be SO.FREAKING.GOOD. christmas day can’t come soon enough.

and, speaking of movies, how excited are we for gone girl?! one of my favorite reads over the past few years. (speaking of reading, check out my summer reading reccos here). the movie poster leaves a bit to be desired, no?

i want to live in this montauk beach house.

misty copeland’s underarmour ad is amazing. seriously, her bod. i can’t even deal! and also, this spot, in general – spots like this are the reason i wanted to work in advertising in the first place.

an interesting read on pushing yourself to the limit – does exercise have to hurt to work? i vote no, personally. or at least, not hurt hurt.

ps: fun things to shop for this week, including perfume that smells like a day at the beach.

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okay, first things first: how freaking adorable is this cat? i mean, hi, please cuddle with me ALL DAY EVERY DAY. there are two persian kittens currently looking for a home at kitty kind, where i volunteer (union square petco, nyc folks!), and while they’re as cute as it gets, i think this cat might win in a “take me home” contest.

anywho, the weekend. we did it, folks. we (or at least i) are officially on christmas vacation! i am thrilled to be away from new york (even though i just had a vacation), and even more thrilled to be home in massachusetts for almost a week (!). while my apartment here in NYC feels like home, there’s no home like my parent’s house. in fact, i’m not sure there ever will be. maybe when i have kids myself.

speaking of having kids, one of my favorite things this week was emily henderson’s birth story and accompanying photos (not gross ones, i promise). i’m a huge fan of emily’s blog, and have been following her baby stories over the past year. this was by far my favorite post, and made me really, really excited to pop out some babies like it ain’t no thang! just kidding – emily was honest about how insanely PAINFUL birth is. but she also talked about how beautiful it is, how the happiness is so great that it’s like nothing you’ve ever felt, and boy, do i want that feeling. helloooo, biological clock. tick tick tick tick tick…

other things that struck my fancy this week:

this DIY on spray-painting gold hardware. perfect for ikea hackers everywhere.

this NYTimes piece on dasani, a homeless child in new york. it’s at once frightening, incredibly moving, and heartbreaking. an absolute must read.

this article on how 2013 was a great year for women on the small screen. i couldn’t agree more. i loved OITNB, and am a scandal addict. notably, however, the piece missed a few of my favorite women-fronted shows: nashville, and my beloved pretty little liars.

this movie poster, for the fault in our stars, one of my favorite books of the past year (john green, you rock!). i’m not 100% sold on the tagline they chose, but i still can’t wait to see the film. shailene woodley is going to kill it as hazel.

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oh, what a week it’s been. the first week back from vacation is always quite rough, isn’t it? this week certainly was for me. after getting in super late sunday night, i was a total zombie at work on monday. note to self: always give yourself an extra vacation day to recoup, do laundry, go grocery shopping, become a human again, etc. i spent tues-friday trying to get my life back in order, and getting back into the swing of my schedule: bar method in the mornings, a tues night soul cycle class with my favorite instructor, isabel, marathons of chicago fire, shrimp pasta with fresh basil and tomato. you know the drill. i read a quiz in this month’s self magazine that was all about whether you were an adventurous type or a homebody. not that i really needed a quiz to tell me which type i was, but guess what, folks? i’m a creative of habit. even self thinks so. which explains why, despite the absolutely incredible time i had on my trip to nicaragua, i am thrilled to be back home and back in the habit.

on the docket for this weekend:

a friday night friend soul cycle/dinner date with my girl katie, who i haven’t seen in far too long, and whose southern accent i miss dearly; saturday morning bar method then brunch at lafayette with my friend sara, and a sunday afternoon lunch and last minute christmas shopping with my ladies kara and sophie. and of course, my requisite sunday night soul class, where i tap it back and get my groove on for the week ahead.

in the meantime, i’ll leave you with the things i loved this week:

this holiday candle has been making my apartment smell amazing for the past few weeks. it smells like christmas in a candle, all pine and yummy spices and the scent of snow. get it, trust me.

* this roundup of blair eadie’s 2013 outfits offers some serious sartorial inspiration. blair’s style is a bit more overdone than my personal taste, but i still get inspired by her unique, feminine fashion choices.

* i bought a few of these notepads for my girlfriends for the holidays, and i can’t wait to gift them. everyone loves a cute notepad, right? ain’t nothing like staying organized in style!

* my mom got me this new, holiday-appropriate deborah lippman polish for hanukkah, and i can’t get enough of it. it’s the perfect shimmery forest green.

* do you read love taza? it’s one of my favorite blogs. naomi is a great writer, and her photos of her beautiful family are always such a nice dose of inspiration. she recently went blonde, and i can’t get enough. it’s making me want to go platinum.

* speaking of inspirational, here are 10 ways to dazzle in a meeting, courtesy of the everygirl.

* i’m reading lean in. love sandberg or hate her, agree or disagree with her, it’s a really interesting read. suffice it to say it’s making me feel angry, passionate, emotional, and totally fired up all at once.