All posts by keiralennox

I'm Keira. I'm from a small town in the sunshine state, where I own a pretty little flower shop with my sweet husband, C. I blog about my life, my hobbies, and scoring great style on the cheap.

Gimme All the Cozy Cocoons

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Olive + Oak open knit cardi – m.marie
Vince Camuto leather “Colby” bag – Hautelook
La Mer Collections leather wrap watch

My friend, Meghan, recently celebrated the fifth anniversary of her boutique, m.marie. She had a big open house a few weeks ago, and I scooped up this Olive + Oak cocoon sweater. It called to me from the rack: big chunky knit, neutral color, long enough to cover my butt in leggings; checkity-check-check. When I tried it on and got the nod of approval from my girl, Lisa, it was a done deal.

Now I’m thinking I need a couple more open knit cocoon sweaters to get me through fall and winter; they’re kinda like wrapping yourself in your favorite throw blanket, and I’m alllll about it.

Unplugging

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I started this post a week ago. It languished in draft while I navigated a crazy few days at the flower shop, worked through the weekend, and slept it all off on Sunday. Yesterday, I penciled in some “me time,” and ended up at a bookstore (I always end up at a bookstore) where I spotted this journal and decided I needed to finish, and publish, my thoughts on “unplugging.”

Prince Ea’s “Can We Autocorrect Humanity?” video is making the rounds on my Facebook newsfeed. It’s an important message wrapped in a beautiful delivery.

“Did you know the average person spends 4 years of his life looking down at his cell phone? Kind of ironic, ain’t it? How these touch-screens can make us lose touch…”

It seems especially timely for bloggers, considering Young House Love’s recent farewell post and the NYT article, “When Blogging Becomes a Slog.”

Erin Loechner (Design for Mankind) said,

“I need a little less online, and a little more in life.”

Erin wrote a post two years ago, “The Rebirth of Slow Blogging,” that echoes all my sentiments about blogging and social media as I approach my fifth year of writing A Pretty Penny.

Like all things in my life right now, I want to simplify blogging.

I want to write and share without worrying about a posting schedule, or promoting across my “channels,” or monitoring my traffic. I want a break from advertising and affiliate marketing and “curating” the perfect Pinterest boards. I want to fill my Instagram with pictures of my dog and messy (productive) flower shop and friends’ babies, instead of contrived images designed to drive the most “likes.”

I want to power down in the evenings and weekends. Make dinner for my husband. Read a book. Bake something. Watch my favorite sitcoms from the 90’s (I love you, TV Land). Binge on Netflix.

Most of all, I want to circle back to my original intentions for this blog. I want it to be fun; a creative outlet that makes me feel inspired, instead of obligated.

So I’m turning off the ads, turning down the pressure, and turning a new leaf in my blogging journey where less is more, and real life comes first.

Slow and steady.

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taking stock | 09

Making : homecoming corsages and boutonnieres.
Cooking : lots of crockpot dinners, like this healthy chicken chili. A note: I don’t cut the chicken breast into chunks like the recipe suggests; I toss whole frozen boneless breasts in there and cook it for 5-6 hours on high until the chicken shreds easily. It’s easier and delicious-er.
Drinking : Perrier by the case. (Have I told you about my new hobby of taking weekly trips to the Sam’s Club? I’m getting really fun in my old age, y’all.)
Reading: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer.
Wanting: some fall weather, Florida. Or anything under 75 degrees, really.
Playing: hooky from the shop for a few hours each week. I’m working on managing my time better to make the most of my 9-5 and cut down on the overtime.
Wishing: my friend, Laura, was home to see Gone Girl with me; she made me read the book, which I devoured in a weekend, and it won’t be the same without her film-expert commentary.
Enjoying: lazy game days with friends and these smothered tater tots, which, just, holy moly.
Waiting: for some down time this weekend to binge-watch the new Walking Dead episodes on Netflix.
Liking: the “My Fitness Pal” iOS app. I’ve never been into calorie counting, but the daily nutrition diary helps me balance my diet and keeps me accountable for what I shove down my pie hole; those fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies from the coffee shop add up quickly.
Wondering: what to get my husband for his birthday next month.
Loving: Kari Gran natural skincare; the 3-step system is so simple and effective.
Marvelling: at how close I am to 30; and how not concerned I am about it.
Needing: a truckload of colorful fall mums to plant all around my house. And time to plant them. And maybe some gardening skills?
Smelling: the chamomile essential oil I’m burning in a diffuser. (Begrudgingly.)
Wearing: a LOFT utility blouse and skinnies. I’m seriously considering buying every color and wearing them every day, Doug-style.
Thinking: I should get a jump-start on my Christmas shopping…
Knowing: I’m probably not going to get a jump-start on my Christmas shopping.
Opening: a new bottle of OPI Bubble Bath. It was all I wore from, like, 2005-2007; I’m putting it back on heavy rotation.
Giggling: at Jim Gaffigan’s old Hot Pocket skit. Last week the familiar microwave-zapped aroma wafted into the back of the shop (we share an air vent with our neighbors) and I had to stop everything and find it on YouTube for my staff.
Feeling: content.

Inspired by Sydney, who was inspired by Pip!