5.31.2013

Happy Friday


Attended a party at NoMi Garden at the Park Hyatt on Wed. The weather was perfect–summer is here.

I always work out in the afternoon but want to get more out of each day, so I woke up at 6:45 on Tuesday and Thursday to try working out in the morning. I have to say–I really like these morning workouts! I am wrapping up week 3 of my comeback, and will go a 4th time on Sat. Can't wait to get back to 5x a week.

Taking off early today for a Cubs game with Alaina and Marie.

Refinery29 called The Everygirl "The Girl-Power Site That Has Us Hooked". Thanks R29. 

Planning on a low key night tonight. Going to watch a movie and catch up on some work since I'm taking most of the day off. Any movie recommendations?

The movies in the park schedule has been released! I'd like to go to at least a handful of movies this summer since it's one of my favorite things to do. Number 1 on the list–Ferris Bueller.

Temps are in the 70s-80s. Lots of thunderstorms, but it feels like summer.

My favorite gorjana necklace is back in stock at shopbop.

This dress is adorable, budget friendly, and on sale.

I want to wish the RNCF team good luck at regionals this weekend. I am SO excited to go to be able to be there to support my people. The workouts and sense of community are unlike anything I've ever experienced, and I feel so lucky to be a part of it.

Wedding Week begins on The Everygirl next week! 

Have a happy, happy weekend!

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5.30.2013

Girls Day In: Cocktails and Baking


I love entertaining, but as you probably know, it can be a lot of work. I have the tendency to overdo things (work, CrossFit, life, etc) but try to keep things simple when it comes to entertaining. In the end, if you're surrounded by good friends, all the little details don't matter nearly as much as you'd think they would. I've found that there are a few tricks for a successful girls day (or night) in.

1. Splurge on some fresh flowers.
2. Light at least one candle. This one is my favorite (love every single scent).
2. Food. Bake, cook, put out some light snacks (like a veggie platter) or buy ready made apps.
3. Last but definitely not least–alcohol. Obviously.

I decided to keep things simple and fun. We enjoyed some delicious sorbet cocktails and baked paleo scones from Gather. We made these muffins, too, although they didn't turn out as well as the scones. I suggest adding some coconut sugar or a little extra honey.



A scone in the making.

We toasted with Smirnoff's sorbet light in raspberry pomegranate, mango passion fruit, and lemon. While vodka is not paleo, it was my drink of choice until I became paleo, and I still enjoy it from time to time. And if I'm going to splurge on something sweet, a lower calorie drink like these light mixes seems like a great options for me. These cocktails are all ~ 100 calories.


Tropical Martini
1.5 oz mango passion fruit
1.5 oz coconut water 
1 oz pineapple juice

In case you can't tell from the bright colors, it's Alaina.


Pomegranate Berry Punch
1.5 oz raspberry pomegranate
1 oz. diet ginger ale
1 oz. cranberry juice

Lemon Pomegranate Punch
1.5 oz lemon smirnoff sorbet
1.5 oz diet sprite
1.5 oz pomegranate juice


Enjoying some sweet drinks, conversation, and a treat.


And yes. Buddy was there, too.

Sources
Marble pastry board c/o Williams-Sonoma
ikat napkins c/o Williams-Sonoma
Oia jules bracelet

photography by me

This post was sponsored by Smirnoff. I only work with brands that I stand by and that reflect my taste as well as the aesthetic of this blog. All opinions are my own.

5.29.2013

Healthy Snacks

We partnered with NatureBox to bring you 11 Healthy Snacks for The Everygirl. The NatureBox team came up with 11 quick, healthy, and delicious recipes, sent some of their snacks our way, and I prepped, styled, and photographed the feature. Not all of these recipes are paleo, but I believe in them. I realize that most people aren't paleo, so if you're going to eat grains, this is the way to do it. Whether you're dairy free, nut free, gluten free, or even paleo, there's something for everyone.

Check it out! And Happy Wednesday.

5.28.2013

Hello, Summer!



Hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend! I spent lots of time with friends, put a last minute BBQ together (with almost 20 people–thanks for hosting, Quico!), and a partner WOD on Memorial Day. It was a little too cold to BBQ, so we picked up Chicago Q and everyone brought sides and snacks. And in case you were wondering, Buddy spent the holiday with his lady, Minnie.

Alaina and I are wrapping up early Friday to head to a Cubs game (my 2nd game ever) with Marie on which means I'm only working 3.5 days this week. This is both fantastic and stressful. So much to do  before Wedding Week begins on The Everygirl next week!

Finishing a feature for NatureBox (on The Everygirl) tomorrow. We love this brand and are so excited that we were able to work with them. I shot, styled, and laid the feature out, so it's a big one for me. Hope you all enjoy it.

I've already gone to CrossFit twice this week and my PT has given me the ok to go 4x! I've spent forever talking about being one of those people who works out in the morning, and went at 8am today. Feels so great!

Really excited to support my friends / gym at the CrossFit games this weekend. My friend Paige has only been a CrossFitter for (almost) a year, and I am SO excited for her. That girl inspires me.

I've been a little out of it lately and completely forgot to mention that my home tour was on Apartment Therapy last week! If you read my blog or The Everygirl, you've probably seen my home tour, but I'm pretty excited to have had it featured on AT. Thanks for the great write up, Carolyn! Loved the comment suggesting that I must not have a husband, child, or dog. This person has obviously not seen my instagram aka Buddy's photo album.

Now if this gloomy weather could come to an end that would be fantastic. Cherries are in season, it's almost June, and I'm ready for some sunshine.

What are you looking forward to this summer?

5.24.2013

Happy Holiday Weekend

I've been spending most of my time here.

Enjoying these.

And of course, snuggling with this guy.

I returned to CrossFit last week and was able to do 40 Rx pull-ups on Tues. I am so sore but feel so good.

J. Crew is having a big sale. Save up to $75 this weekend! Ordered this top and love these shorts.

Arrested Development returns to Netflix on Sunday!

The Big C came to an end. A beautiful, touching, and perfect end to one of my favorite shows.

One of my favorite bloggers was on The Everygirl yesterday.

Watch this video. It will make you cry, but it's beautiful. "Just try to make people happy."

I love Ellen. So, much. Oh, Fitch please...

Looking forward to the weekend. Plans with friends, partner WOD with my friend Lindsey , and a little down time.

What are your plans for the three day weekend? Hope you all have a great one!

Looking forward to a three day weekend!

5.23.2013

Take it Outside

I love having plants and flowers in my home. It must be a miracle, but somehow, I've managed to keep my fiddle leaf fig (seen in my home tour) from Jayson Home alive since August! So now that I'm practically a gardener, I decided to bring some life to my little deck. Because the weather has been lovely, and I want to enjoy as much time as I can outside.

Earlier this week, Alaina and I took a trip to Home Depot to pick up their new Miracle-Gro premium plants. These are exclusive to Home Depot in Chicago, so if you're in the area, you have until the end of may to grab one (or enough to fill your garden!) before they're gone. I (surprise, surprise) went with white. Bought a cute little pot, planted it myself, and set it up on my patio table. I really love having these flowers on my balcony and may go back for the ivy seen here.

There's nothing like working outside with a little fresh fruit on a warm summer day.

I cannot wait to watch this little guy grow!

It's always better when I have my little work buddy by my side.

Do you have any plants? Any tricks when it comes to keeping them alive?

5.22.2013

Be Sun Savvy

In honor of National Skin Cancer Awareness month, Alison and I want to remind you to take care of your skin in the coming summer months (and throughout the year). I first "met" Alison when she read my skin story, left a comment, and linked to her skin story. We started talking, launched Sun Savvy, and have met twice–both in Chicago and Boston.

To give you a brief recap, I found a spot on my forehead a few years ago and went to the dermatologist the next day. It wasn't anything, but the mole on my back that I didn't even know existed until that day needed to be scraped and the results came back as severely atypical. I was told by not one but two dermatologists that it would have eventually become cancerous. Alison's mole was cancerous. My sister recently had a "severely atypical" mole removed. So, I need to ask you for not one but two favors. I know–so demanding. Please wear sunscreen every single day (not just during summer) and please, please see your dermatologist for an annual exam. Make it happen.

J. Crew Panama Hat // Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Moisturizing Balm with SPF 25 // Bobbi Brown Extra SPF Tinted Moisturizing Balm // Alba Botanica Natural Sport Spray Sunscreen // Supergoop Sunscreen Mist with Vitamin C // Jergens Natural Glow (my go-to product to give my legs a little color) // Perfekt Beauty Body Perfection Gel (instant bronzer/self tanner) // Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment with SPF 15 // Ray Ban Outsiders Oversized Wayfarer Sunglasses // Ray Ban New Youngster Sunglasses // Warby Parker Everett Sunglasses // J. Crew Summer Straw Hat // Supergoop Acai Lip Balm SPF 30 // Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder

I know it's just a TV show, but the series finale of The Big C couldn't have come at a more appropriate time. I watched the finale on Monday night and have never cried so much (or sobbed so hysterically) during a TV show.

Speaking of skin care, we're sharing 18 Beauty Essentials for The Everygirl today.

How are you being extra sun savvy this year? Share how on twitter with the hashtag #sunsavvy--or with a comment below! Check out Alison's post today, too. Be safe. Take care of your skin.

5.20.2013

Lately


After a particularly exhausting week, I found myself in desperate need of some fun. I still feel pretty overwhelmed and know there's a lot I need to deal with, but the warmth of the sun, time with friends, and long walks with the pup did wonders for me. I was reminded of how lucky I am. Life is not easy, but if you take time to enjoy these moments, you'll likely be reminded of the fact that the good things far outweigh the bad.

Met Alaina, Caitlin, and Allyson at Benchmark for dinner + (lots of) drinks // Shopping with Gina on Saturday. Treated myself to some flowers // Went for a run by the lake Saturday evening // Citizen with Briana and Gina on Saturday night // Lots of long walks and rolling in the grass for Buddy // Watched Pitch Perfect. Again // I pulled out my juicer and have started juicing again // Brunch with Amanda on Sunday and a walk by the lake.

And Sunday night–Caitlin's farewell dinner with C + Alaina. I'm going to miss Caitlin like crazy but am so excited for what is in store for her. She was the first person to join our little team, and will always hold a very special place in my heart. Take a moment to read this beautiful post and check out her new site! You can also see her home tour on The Everygirl.

Wishing you all a very happy Monday!

5.16.2013

the good stuff


While it has been one thing after another this week, it really helped to get it all out there yesterday. Yes, I am still fairly overwhelmed, but things will be alright–hopefully sooner than later. I do want to thank those of you who left comments or took the time to email me. Your support and the fact that you shared your stories  means a lot to me, so thank you. I know many of you can relate to what I'm going through. Just remember–we are all in this together. And now, let's talk about the things that have made me smile this week. Because the good stuff always makes the bad stuff feel a little less horrible.

First, there's Buddy. I was working with the TEG team yesterday and  he was literally spinning in circles (it's what he does when he gets excited) by my patio door. He just wanted to be outside and enjoy the warm weather. I love him.

And CrossFit. Sure, my endurance and strength are shot to hell and I've had to scale back, but I worked out Monday and Wednesday without any back pain!! I'm seeing my PT first thing this morning and am fairly confident that he'll give me the go ahead to work out a third time this week.

Went to lunch with The Everygirl team (Darlene, Brianna, Meghan, and Alaina. Jessica, we miss you!) on a patio yesterday. Yes, they work for us, but we've become good friends with these girls. I hope we'll always stay in touch. Once an Everygirl, always an Everygirl. Speaking of our team, Brianna adopted a sweet little rescue pup last weekend and she's the cutest thing ever. I can't wait to meet Pita. And that's pita like a pita pocket. Not Peta (animal organization) or Peeta (hunger games).

Highs in the 70s and 80s. Long walks with the pup. Sunshine. Sleeping with the windows open. Feels like summer. 

My fancy new dropdown navigation bar. I really like it.

I have been watching very little TV recently, but do still watch The Little Couple. I love those two, and am so happy that their little family is growing.

Good friends. My friends have been checking in on me–saying hello and seeing how I'm doing. Just letting me know they're here for me. I love my friends and feel so lucky to know each and every one of them. And...one of my best friends/favorite people on the planet told me she'll be coming to Chicago to visit this summer! 

I just got this cookbook. The recipes look and sound phenomenal. I'll be baking paleo scones ASAP.

Mentioned it yesterday, but Gizoogle.net may be the best thing that has ever happened to me.

I finally caved and bought Pitch Perfect. Why is that movie so good?! Fat Amy and good music. And more good music. That's why.

Tell me about the good stuff in your life! What's making you smile this week?

5.15.2013

plans and dreams and stuff


It has been an emotionally and physically exhausting week. The kind where one thing goes very wrong, another feels impossible, and then everything sort of seems to go from there. I was sure the letter from the IRS telling me I owed even more money than I already paid was a mistake, but I confused two payments (leave it to me to do this), and the letter was correct. So that sucked. With most things, it took a day to wrap my mind around the fact that this was happening, and then I moved on. No point in letting this ruin my life.

I haven't gone into this and don't know how much I want to share, but it's an important part of my life, so I'd like to fill you in. This relationship that I am in is actually long distance. I usually keep this part of my life private, but wanted to let you know that I have been struggling lately. I'm sure some of you have been through this or are going through it. It isn't easy.

I started CrossFit one year ago this week. Certain parts of my body were overcompensating for the fact that other parts of my body weren't being used properly (like my core and lats) so I started PT, took 3.5 months off, and am finally back. The past few months were very, very hard on me, and while it feels great to be back, I am now facing the fact that I am starting over, and that sucks. I know I'll get back to where I was, but it won't be easy. My endurance and strength are basically gone. It's going to require patience, so I'm n trouble.

I'm glad I've been able to experience moving across country, living alone, and starting not one but two businesses. But my twenties have come and gone and I'll be 31 in a few months. Turning 30 forces you to face the fact that you don't have forever to do everything. I don't want children tomorrow and I know I'm only 30, but my time is not unlimited. That stupid clock is ticking ticking ticking.

I know I have a lot to be thankful for and that my problems are nothing compared to what most people in the world are going through, but this is what I'm dealing with right now, and lately, it's felt like a lot. So I'm doing my best to take care of myself. To be productive. Exercise. Take long walks with the pup. Give myself a little break when I need one. Watched the sun set on my beautiful city last night, and in that moment, felt truly happy. I love this city. Especially when it isn't 5 degrees and snowing horizontally with wind so cold it feels like it could cut through you like a knife. Spoken like a true LA native. I do have moments when I wonder if I am where I should be, and then I see that skyline and know I belong here. But it is still a struggle.

And when I'm feeling really down, I just gizoogle my blog, twitter, and anything I can think of. It gets me every single time.

image from my instagram

5.14.2013

My Living Room // Before and After

I recently shared my home tour on The Everygirl, and now it's time to show you how it all came together as I did with my last apartment. Decorating my second Chicago apartment was a process. I saw lots of potential but have to tell you–it did not happen overnight. The ceilings and walls were a horrible off white/yellow, so I painted everything. If only switching out that ceiling fan had been an option. I hate that thing. And painted the bedroom twice. Test. With. Paint. Swatches. Lesson learned.

While I kept things pretty neutral, I added some beautiful art above my sofa making this my "colorful" home. It's a tiny little space that serves as my living room and office–and I did my best to bring these two spaces together. Let's start with the living room!

Taken before moving in. Yes, that's Alaina. Who else would I take with me. duh

 Fresh coat of paint! Lovely!

moving day!

Had my dining area rug in the living room, no art, no wood in the fireplace.


My first real piece of art! And my attempt at adding color to my sofa. that did not last long.

Turned my place into the north pole for the holidays.

Wood in the fireplace, sconces, and some neutral pillows. Getting there... 

Played around with the mantle. Oy.

  More mantle styling. Coming together.
New rug, a few new accessories, and voila!

Oh, look. It's Buddy. Doing his thing. In a bow tie.

kept the sofa light with neutrals and gold. shocking, I'm sure.





Once I finally bit the bullet and ordered a custom frame for that print, it all came together.
 and then there's the gnome. can't forget the gnome.


paint color: Farrow and Ball Cornforth White
sofa, Pottery Barn
sconces, Euro Style Lighting
painting, cocoa and hearts
athena feather tray, Jayson Home
rug, West Elm
side table, Ballard Designs
chair, Serena and Lily
gnome, Imm-Living
lucite tray, Parker & Rain
elephant, Furbish
gold pillow, Caitlin Wilson
pillows, Aurelia
candle, Jonathan Adler
bone inlay box, Furbish
glass hurricane, Crate and Barrel
glass hurricane, Crate and Barrel

"after" photos by stoffer photography for the everygirl

5.13.2013

Life's a Beach


Summer is coming.  I can't wait for movies in the park, street festivals, sitting on patios, cubs games, 
rooftops, BBQs. and wearing dresses + sandals. What are you most excited for this season?

Happy Monday. Have a great week!

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5.10.2013

Lately



I returned from LA and Santa Barbara on Monday. So happy to be home.
Coffee with Nicole, spent time with Rosie, celebrated my sister's bday, and went to my favorite restaurants.
Went right into work mode the second I landed. It's been nonstop since.
My site has a fancy new navigation bar. Finally figured out a seamless dropdown menu. Boom.
Oh. And I returned to CrossFit. No pain, but my muscles are so sore. Feels so good to be back.
We hosted an event at Anthropologie last night. I wore this.
Attended Be U Weddings' Gatsby party and went to an early screening of the film. Loved it.

Time to finish work for the day and then relax. Need some down time this weekend!

Happy Friday!

5.09.2013

I like the way you work it

After 3.5 months off, I have finally returned to CrossFit. Again. I know I said it before, but I feel like it's going to stick this time. I've gone back maybe 4x but wasn't strong enough, and then when I was ready, I had a major setback and aggravated my back a few weeks ago. Now that I've recovered (again) I am feeling pretty good. My PT is a genius and has changed the way I do everything.

Turns out, my "injury" is a combination of not properly using my muscles and lots of scar tissue/pain issues in my shoulders (poor posture while sitting at a computer for four years will do that to you). I am constantly working on the way I sit, sleep, and stand, now. And I'm getting better every day. I started out with 4 rounds of a 400 m run, 12 toes to bar, and 10 sumo dead lifts. I'm sure no one cares about my WODs but it's my blog and I want to track my progress.

I have to tell you–yesterday was tough both physically and emotionally. I have seen how different I look (I'm dealing with it but don't like it) but really feeling the effects of how weak I've gotten during my time off was depressing. I was so happy that I didn't leave in pain, but felt so sad and weak. I could do 3 unbroken pull-ups but toes to bar was almost impossible. I am starting over, and that is a lot to process. I don't even want to know what my max anything would be (max weight back squat, push press etc) and I plan on getting back in the game before I try to find out. I worked on strict press yesterday but just went up to 45 lbs and stopped. Previous max was 65. I am being smart and not overdoing it, but it isn't easy. I just want to be the way I was. And then get a lot stronger. I had so many goals, and it's going to be a few extra months until I'm back. But I will get there!

I thought I'd kick off the return of my workout routine by sharing a few essentials/wish list items.


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I had received a gift card to lulu for my birthday (thanks, Kat) and bought these shorts while I was in LA. I have this tank (a birthday gift from Alaina), and love it! I may need to splurge on one more for the summer. I alternate between Nike Free running shoes for days when we aren't weight lifting and while I've been wearing innov8s, I would love to eventually buy these Reebok Nanos, which were designed for CrossFit–great for weight lifting days. But I am not shopping right now, so those will have to wait.

And I am all about the foam roller. Before working out. After working out. That thing (and the lacrosse ball, too) is my best pal. Great for sore/tight muscles. 

It's going to take some time to get to where I was, but I plan on getting back there, and then getting much, much stronger. Lots of goals to reach by the end of the year. Time to make it happen.

What are your workout goals for the rest of the year?


5.08.2013

Lulu and Georgia Giveaway!


If you saw my home tour on The Everygirl, you may have noticed the lovely Sydney lamp in my hallway. Today I'm teaming up with Lulu and Georgia to give one of my readers a Sydney lamp of their very own!

To enter, just follow Lulu and Georgia on Twitter or like them on Facebook, and leave a comment. You have until Tuesday at 11:59 PM to enter. I will announce the winner on Twitter, so please be sure to follow me: @daniellemoss_

Good luck!

photo via stoffer photography for The Everygirl

5.07.2013

Home


Three years ago, I was mentally preparing myself for the fact that in less than 3 months, I'd pack my things and move from LA to Chicago. I woke up crying for weeks and fell into a serious state of depression. A stopped calling my friends, didn't want to do anything, terrified I was making the biggest mistake of my life kind of depression. I was a disaster.

I spent the past few days in LA and Santa Barbara, and as soon as I landed in Chicago yesterday afternoon, a sense of peace came over me. This wasn't the first time I've felt it, but there was something about it this time that really hit me. I was home. I hopped in a cab and headed straight to Gina's to pick up the pup. We ran a few quick errands together, and there was just something about walking through this beautiful city with one of my closest friends. Going up to her place to see a dog so excited to see me that he peed all over the (wood) floor. Oh, Buddy. I walked to the grocery store, cleaned, and am getting back to my routine.

I know I made the right choice when I moved to Chicago, but it's a little bittersweet that the place I used to call home no longer feels that way to me. Yes, I know my way around the city, but it's different now. New places have popped up and my mom moved to a new house. Everything has changed.

But Chicago–it feels like home. And that feels pretty wonderful.

Have you made a big move? How long did it take until your new city felt like home?

5.06.2013

Stay Classy


And have a happy Monday.

Love,
Bow Tie Buddy

photo from my home tour by Stoffer Photography for The Everygirl
bow tie c/o Chic Pup