Last weekend I flew back to the lake house and hosted a large group of girlfriends for four days. This has become an annual getaway, and while hosting such a large group isn't exactly restful, the time spent together has become really important.
Even though a solid friendship still requires a fair amount of work, technology has made long distance friends feel like they're right beside you. Social media, texting, emails, voxer, we've never had more ways to stay in touch. But nothing accounts for a good friend literally sitting beside you. Face time covers a lot of things. Promise.
I love a good shift dress for any season, but fall seems especially appropriate for this style, since throwing one on with tights and boots makes the easier outfit ever. Here are three I've found on Pinterest lately:
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For your weekend reading pleasure:
- Where to start when your style starts changing. Everyone's style shifts a little over the years, hopefully as we become more decisive about who we are, what we like, and how we want to live. I haven't seen much written on this topic besides "Don't follow trends!" (which can be misleading advice, actually, as following or not following trends can be a way to find your own style).
- Child Services to Mom Who Did Nothing Wrong: "Just Don't Let Your Kids Play Outside" I'm a fan of Lenore Skenazy and her book Free-Range Kids, and could totally see something like this happening in my neighborhood in LA.
- I can't say enough about the advice given here: 15 Career Tips from Smart Women
- George Orwell wrote this about language nearly 80 years ago. Shocking that it still holds true. The written word may have pared down a bit since then, but lazy metaphors, the intent to deceive, and the frequent prediction of its demise are all still around.
- Friday Night Meatballs: How to change your life with pasta. I used to be a part of something like this (though it was Sunday waffles and not Friday meatballs) and it was indeed life-changing. Now that we're out of the fog of baby years, I'd love to do something similar.
We have a pretty busy weekend planned, but I'm still hoping to get in some cooking and some much-needed reading.