Nap Time

Two Hour Nap

I am a champion napper. No cat naps or lunchtime siestas over here. If I lay down for a nap, it’s a 2-3 hour time investment. And it’s in your best interest not to wake me up before I hit the two-hour mark. I’m not one of those nappers who can fall asleep anywhere, though. The conditions have to be just right. I need pillows, blankets, air conditioning, and relative darkness.

Given the duration of my perfect nap, you’d think it would hinder my nighttime sleep. Not the case. I can get eight blissful hours of sleep shortly after a nap and I can note a handful of occasions where a late afternoon nap segued into a full night’s sleep. (In fact, on my recent trip to Scottsdale, I laid down at five o’clock thinking I’d go out for a late dinner and ended up ordering room service for breakfast the next morning. Oops.)

The benefits of napping are well documented, and this recent NYT article (which is really about vacations — another passion of mine) has some interesting information in regards to work-rest ratios and productivity. Regardless of the benefits, being a working adult unfortunately prohibits regular napping, but I do take advantage on the weekends and consider a Sunday without a nap to be a wasted opportunity.

Are you a napper? A cat napper or a deep sleeper? What’s your ideal napping environment?

Worthy of the Week

Worthy of the Week Happy Dachshund

Worthy of the Week

Book of the Week

You guys. I’ve ditched two more books after giving them 100 pages to get their shit together. This new approach to my reading list is so liberating! Now I See You and I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You were total duds and I don’t feel the least bit guilty returning them to the library the day after picking them up.

What are you reading this week?

Quilted Fashions Under $50

Without realizing it, I have succumb to one of fall’s hottest trends — the quilted look. I bought two jackets and a short sleeve sweater and I can’t wait for the weather to cool off so I can wear them all fall. I love the added texture and weight quilting brings to clothes without all the bulk. Quilting is also synonymous with some pretty upscale brands and the pieces popping up at retailers this fall are doing a darn good job of looking much pricier than they actually are.

Here are a handful of quilted fashions under $50 to add to your fall wardrobe!

Quilted Fashions Under $50{top row}
Asos quilted jacket $47
Mossimo quilted sneakers $25
Tinley Road quilted tee $25

{middle row}
Dorothy Perkins quilted tee $17
Nordstrom quilted bag $25Forever21 quilted sweater $20

{bottom row}
Old Navy quilted dress $37
Athleta quilted baseball cap $25
SimplyBe quilted skirt $48

Buying Glasses Online

Buying Glasses OnlineI like wearing glasses. They’ve become my signature. But there’s something aggravating about someone who doesn’t need glasses wearing them as an accessory. Glasses are finally fashionable and I feel like it’s a reward for everyone who has suffered through being called four-eyes and had to wear wire frames and transition lenses. Stop stealing our thunder!

But I digress.

I gave up on buying my glasses from my eye doctor years ago because 1.) expensive 2.) they didn’t have any of the trendy styles I was looking for and 3.) expensive. Instead, I buy my glasses online. They’re a fraction of the cost, my prescriptions have always been perfect, and you can have your new glasses delivered to your door in less than a week. All you need is your prescription information (and don’t let the doctor make you feel bad for asking!) and the world of eyeglasses is your oyster!

Here’s where I get mine:

Lookmatic GlassesMy everyday glasses are the Payton from Lookmatic. I have them in black and tortoise (so does my mom) and as sunglasses and I’ve literally gotten compliments on them every time I’ve left the house for the last four years.

I also have the Shelby in brown for when I’m feeling especially bookish.

Bon Look GlassesMy funkiest pair of glasses are the New Wave from BonLook. Again, compliments abound and I feel very 1970’s Angelica Houston (it’s a stretch, but let me have my moment). I also just ordered these in lily white and tortoise and am feeling fancy.

Others in my eye-wear wardrobe are from Rivet & Sway and Warby Parker, but there’s also Tortoise & Blonde, Eyefly, and so many more.

Have you ever bought glasses online? What are some other great places to buy eye-wear?

Palm Springs Adventure

And by “adventure” I mean laying by the pool, reading, drinking, and eating for a week. Exactly as planned.

Packing for Palm Springs

I met my sister in LA and we drove to Palm Springs where we stayed at the ACE Palm Springs because everybody stays at the ACE, right? Since we were there the week before Labor Day, the pool was delightfully quite and empty. Highly recommended.

ACE sign

Everything Will Be Okay

ACE Crazy Wall Corrin

Scooters for Rent

Everywhere you looked, the view was amazing. The mountains and palm trees didn’t even look real against such the shockingly blue sky.

ACE Palm Springs Pool Floaties

You Are Here

You Are Everywhere

If you look close (but not too close), you can see me in my preferred vacation spot — reading in the shade next to the pool.

Palm Springs Skyline from ACE

We (read: my sister) received a few special deliveries and I’m never one to turn down poolside bubbles.

Champagne

Dinner at El Jefe inside The Saguaro Hotel didn’t disappoint. Mexican small plates, combined with our questionable Spanish, lead to us ordering one of everything on the menu (and two of a few things). I recommend the pineapple margarita, bean nachos, and carnitas tacos.

Margaritas at El Jefe

Tacos at El Jefe

Our parents cruised into town near the end of the week and we had lovely dinners at Melvyn’s and Norma’s. The Parker Palm Springs is amazing and where I foresee us staying the next time we’re in town.

Mom and Dad at Parker

The Parker Palm Springs

The Parker Fire Pit

Palm Trees at Night

And this picture of my dad is pretty much my favorite from the whole trip.

Dad at The Parker

I also had the brilliant idea to ride the Palm Springs aerial tramway without fully comprehending what riding a tram 8,000 feet up the side of a mountain would entail. Having a five-minute panic attack while crammed into a tram with 50 other people is so much fun.

Original Palm Springs Tram

I should have known things weren’t going to go so well when my mood ring (purchased by my sister in the gift shop, natch) turned black while boarding.

Mood Ring Fear

Luckily, the view was amazing and the 70 degree temperatures were a nice break from a week of 110 degree scorchers. And thankfully, the tram ride down was not nearly as terrifying as the ride up, partly because we had the tram to ourselves.

Palm Springs from above

Palm Springs from telescopePeace out, Palm Springs. I’m now looking into early retirement.

ACE Palm Springs Corrin