A Sale on Self-Portrait

on the off chance you've been living under a rock...

Nordstrom is having one of their sales - not the semi-annual, but the half-yearly. Veryyyyy different, obviously... and if you're anything like me (which I can only assume that you are if you're here) then you have an undying appreciation for Self-Portrait. Our very own Duchess of Sussex adores the brand as well, so we're in great company.

Cheers to good taste (and to marrying a rebellious royal!)

p.s. yes, I pressed pause on Worth Noting this week, and yes, this post is coming to you an hour or so late. I slept in. Blame it on the half-price margaritas and the impossibly lovely Nashville weather. 

Well Read: Mother and Child

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title

Mother and Child

AUTHOR

Claiborne Swanson Frank

*worked for Vogue under Anna Wintour

DETAILS

280 pages of aesthetically ASTONISHING photographs capturing IT girls at every age - including two of my personal favorites, Lauren Santo Domingo and Elizabeth Chambers Hammer. A self-proclaimed exploration of 'modern motherhood.'

If you're partial to her previous work American Beauty and Young Hollywood, you need not be persuaded. 

Thankfully I had the foresight to preorder this on (checking Amazon) April 22nd - because it's temporarily out of stock!

Move over, Ibiza Bohemia - there's a new hot pink beauty in town. 

AESTHETICS

Hot Pink / 9.9 x 1.5 x 13 inches / 6 lbs. 

Sick Day Diary

 Alexandrea Jarvis - a day in the life - sick day diary

Once again, I find myself nearly to the end of the month without realizing it.

Life is blurry. It’s flying. 

I intended to post this last Thursday (the day in question) but, of course, time got away from me. Nevertheless, please enjoy a painstakingly average (sick) day in my life. 

6:34 am

I’m sporting a cough I can’t seem to kick. I grab a grapefruit flavored cough drop from my nightstand and begin my morning Instagram scroll. I let Hank out. He enjoys his mornings to “bird” which includes running eagerly from corner to corner of the backyard - inspecting both trees and bushes - on the hunt for any unwelcome intruders (birds). 

7:02 am

Soap and Glory Peaches + Clean Cleansing Milk. ExfoliKate. Tata Harper Rejuvenating Serum. Nurse Jamie Uplift. Quip (a gift in my stocking at Christmas.) Q-Tips. I'm a bit aggressive in terms of skincare - and while most of these products are a splurge, I can guarantee that they are all worth their price.

And let it be known: the Soap and Glory Peaches + Clean Cleansing Milk is a steal. If you follow it up with ExfoliKate, it even's out. No?

Everything in moderation. 

7:48 am

Coffee. I’m not much for breakfast, but I have croissants left-over from Steeplechase so I pop one into my toaster oven for a minute or two and drizzle a bit of honey over the top. Grab my laptop and settle in for a bit of online shopping. A necessary ritual when sick. Purchase a few things from H&M.

Certain I'll be spending the entire summer in THIS black tunic. THIS easy-breezy fine-knit cardigan is perfect for chilly summer nights and is only $12.99. And THIS light blue embroidered dress will make the perfect outfit for Father's Day. 

9:00 AM

Post on Instagram. If you're not yet following me, now's the time. 

9:12 AM

Decide to finally (!!!) watch The First Monday in May. It has been on my list since it debuted but this year's Met Gala reminded me that it was time to finally check it off. It's possible it was the DayQuill... but I LOVED IT.

I spent the entirety of the film simultaneously empathizing with Andrew Bolton, the Met's Head Curator of the Costume Institute and in awe of Sylvana Ward Durrett, Vogue's Director of Special Events (at the time.) She now owns a luxury children's company, Maisonette

11:07 am

Leftover tikka misala and the Summer Friday’s Jetlag Mask. My skin is notoriously dry and this mask is a life-changer. Can one have too many skincare products? No. Not possible. 

11:45 am

Hop over into Adobe and create a few graphics for Katie Madden’s new website. 

2:00 pm

Grab my laptop and begin digging through the bottomless pit of articles I've bookmarked to read at a later date. Apparently today is said later date. Loved THIS one titled ' How to Get Through Creative Dry Spells' and THIS one on goop titled, 'Passion, Intimacy and Why a Little Hate is Normal.'

Move from the left couch to the right couch to avoid a sore neck

3:15 PM

Decide fresh air might be the solution and take Hank for a short walk. It is Spring. (I think? It has been a consistent 90 degrees for nearly two weeks now.) It’s hotter than hot and not exactly pleasant. Upon our return I collect all the discarded cough drop wrappers and light a candle. 

4:57 PM

Spend - no kidding - nearly an hour reading Chrissy Teigen's tweets...

6:05 pm

Stumble upon something called the 'Enneagram' on Drop Cap Design's Instagram and am immediately consumed. Turns out I'm a 7 - an "Enthusiast." Read all about it on her blog HERE

7:00 PM

Shower. 

7:42 pm

Champagne (probably not the smartest while ill) and pimento cheese whilst watching Real Housewives of New York.


And yes, of course I realize just how incredibly, painfully normal all of this is. It doesn't necessarily merit a blog post, but I'm writing it anyway. 

What does your sick day look like? Am I the laziest person you've ever met?!

xo - a

IMAGE VIA HILL HOUSE HOME


 

Worth Noting

 Alexandrea Jarvis | Dinner Party Devotee | Worth Noting; Bestie Brainwaves
 Alexandrea Jarvis | Dinner Party Devotee | Worth Noting; A Dose of Vitamin C
 Alexandrea Jarvis | Dinner Party Devotee | Worth Noting; Gwyneth x Blythe
 Alexandrea Jarvis | Dinner Party Devotee | Worth Noting; Sweetbitter on STARZ
 
 

face masks + meditation

'Either way, my routine is consistent: I wake up, brush my teeth—and my tongue—and rinse my face. Right away, I always put on a mask. I’ve learned if I don’t put it on first thing, I won’t ever do it.'

It's true, I've read nearly every article GOOP publishes, and yes, they're all to my liking. I'm certainly their target audience. It's also true that I am enamored with the idea of routines - and am notoriously a morning person.

So when I stumbled upon this interview with Taryn Toomey, founder of Class, I knew it was 'worth noting.'

Successful people seem to consistently emphasize the importance of a non-negotiable morning routine, so if you don't yet have one, it's worth a try. 

BESTIE BRAINWAVES

A friend will help you move, goes an old saying, while a good friend will help you move a body.

I stumbled upon this article by the New York Times proclaiming (scientifically) what we've always known - we share brainwaves with our besites. 

Read all about it here. 

A dose of VITAMIN C

Skincare Snob. A title I don'y wholly despise. Self-care is, after-all, said to be a necessity. This article on Vitamin C Serum is a pure joy, so give it a read. 

'Vitamin C is one of the most universally effective and well-rounded active ingredients in skincare.

No matter what type of issues you have with your skin — dullness, hyper-pigmentation, redness, fine lines, lack of firmness — Vitamin C will yield some impressive improvements to the appearance of your complexion once you commit to daily application of it.'

via PureWow

The article is a must-read, but if you're simply here for a recommendation, the experts agree - its Drunk Elephant's C-Firma Day Serum.

Jean, GOOP's beauty all-knowing director, is even on board, "THIS serum from Drunk Elephant has C, E, and ferulic, plus, unlike its conventional counterparts, is made with ultra-moisturizing marula oil in place of all the chemicals, so it’s truly The. Very. Best. One."

GWYNETH X BLYTHE

Yes. GP will likely be a constant each Monday for Worth Noting. This past week, the GOOP podcast featured their fearless leader, and the woman who made her a reality, Blythe Danner. 

'They talk about what it was like acting together, why Blythe was hard on her daughter, and things they would have done—or said—differently. They talk about old boyfriends.

They talk about Tinder and vibrators. They talk about the strange thing that happens when you win a major award (an Oscar for GP, a Tony for Blythe) at twenty-six.

They talk about how much they love GP’s dad and still feel him with them. They talk about co-parenting and forgiveness. They talk about what’s left to accomplish—and the beauty of letting go.'

Listen here. 

SWEETBITTER ON STARZ

If you step inside my home, you might be tempted to consider me quite the intellectual - based solely on the volume of novels and newspapers scattered about from room to room. 

In truth, I simply have an obsession with purchasing any book recommended by someone I admire - and Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler was recommended time and time (and time!) again. 

Thankfully, STARZ has partnered with Danler in creating a television series based on the renowned novel, premiering May 6th. I'll definitely be watching. 


Worth Noting

 

modern mothers

LAUREN SANTO DOMINGO. ELIZABETH CHAMBERS HAMMER. CAROLINA HERRERA.

Just a handful of the incredibly talented, influential and interesting humans, specifically women, specifically mothers profiled in Claiborne Swanson Frank's newest tome.  

Mother and Child (which I have naturally already pre-ordered via Amazon) champions 70 influential and iconic modern mothers for your reading, and viewing, pleasure. 

You're welcome. 
 

Let Them Eat Açaí

I'm a firm believer that anyone who eats breakfast every day is likely a psychopath, but if Meghan insists, let us all eat our acai. 


HOW TO MAKE MEGHAN'S AÇAÍ BOWL:

  • Blend one frozen açaí packet with 1/3 cup of almond milk, 1/2 banana, a handful of frozen berries.
  • This should be thick so add almond milk sparingly as you go.
  • Top with coconut flakes, fresh berries, sliced banana, a drizzle of manuka honey, sprinkle of bee pollen (if you want), and  serve immediately.

    via EyeSwoon
     

Noteworthy Nashville Native

I'm all for an Instagram worthy dining experience, and Nashville's newest, Henrietta Red is just that. It doesn't hurt that it's the brainchild of a Nashville Native and that it's received high praise from both Bon Appétit and the New York Times. 

This Thursday, they are hosting a happy hour benefiting No Kid Hungry, which is all the more reason to give this newbie a try. 
 

LYLAS, WWH

I first fell in love with Whitney Wolfe Herd while drooling over her Southern Italian wedding in the pages of Vogue (think hand-embroidered place settings customized for each and every guest - and an overdose of couture) which has since only developed after listening to NPR's How I Built This podcast episode on Bumble.

All this to say, I couldn't be more excited that she was named one of TIME magazine's 100 Most Influential People (alongside Elon Musk and Oprah, nbd.) 

p.s. Bumble HQ in Austin, Texas looks like an absolute duh-ream. She gave Architectural Digest a tour here, and it's definitely worth your time. 
 

#henweekend

America's high priestess has returned after her self-proclaimed #henweekend at 'thousand-acre private beachfront Four Seasons Resort community where elemental luxury and spirited adventure live together', Costa Palmas attended by besties Cameron Diaz and Stella McCartney. 

 


 

Worth Noting

 

GOOP X DALLAS

everything - and i mean everything - gwyneth paltrow does makes my mouth water. i'm aware it's likely not gp herself, but a team of over-qualified designers, responsible for goop's newest dallas post - but i am smitten nonetheless.  

 

Spring's spice(y) salad

camille styles' blog has long been a favorite of mine (and, well, everyone with a sense of style), but never before had i ventured out and attempted one of her many recipes. 

hint: i did and this cumin chickpea salad with mint chutney was quite the crowd pleaser. i posted about it on my instagram stories, so if you're not yet following along with me over there, now's the time.

 

Girl with no job, no longer

at long last - my life is complete (again.) my one true love, claudia oshry, has risen from the ashes and is back and better than ever. check out her new podcast, the morning toast

 

alex katz's "industrial slum"

one of my most prized possession's is my alex katz coffee table book... i can't afford one of his pieces for real for real, but i pretend by strategically placing his tome front and center in my living room. 

when i stumbled upon his interview with architectural digest, i knew i had to grab a la croix and dive in. 

 

a very carrie affair

the thought of having a wedding - scratch that, a party of any genre - at the new york public library is a damn duh-ream. 

if i ever become influential in any capacity, you better believe i am throwing myself a soiree there... i'm thinking astor hall. 

 

late to the party

i'm aware that this cinomatic masterpiece has been around for quite a while at this point, i'm nothing if not fashionably late, but i finally watched 'Call me by your name' and subsequently read everything i could find on the film, and the legendary director, luca guadagnino. 

finger's crossed for a sequel, right?