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FEED MY SENSES: DANCE CHURCH

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

DANCE CHURCH | WHERE IS JUNE?

What feeds you?  We consistently give: as wives, as caregivers, as employees, as bosses, as daughters, as sisters, as friends.  But what feeds you – so that you can continue to give?  The adage of “carving out time for yourself”, is a tired track being played on repeat.  But dammit, it’s so true! I’m hoping by sharing some of the ways I feed my senses, it might spark something for you.  Maybe it’s revisiting an old passion or trying something you have never done before.

What feeds me?  Dance Church.  It is my everything.  What the heck is Dance Church?  It is a dance party, just like at the best clubs, but in athleisure instead of your hottest get-up.  Bare feet instead of stilettos.  Coffee after instead of shots before.  Workout instead of hung over.  Oh my gosh, it’s a my dream come true.  Founded by Kate Wallich, Dance Church happens every Sunday morning and Tuesday night.  It is a 90 minute dance workout, however it’s not choreographed.  Kate leads the class and cues movements, but so general in nature that you can move however you please.  There is every type of person represented and that is what makes it so awesome!  The room at Velocity Dance is dimly lit and packed, so you have to like being in close proximity to others while sweating.  The playlists are out of this world {Think RiRi, Bey, Drake, Bieber,}.  I walk out of there on a high every time.  In my 20’s, there was nothing better than dancing into the wee hours of the morning. Dance Church gives me everything I loved: music, movement, and infectious energy.

Would you give Dance Church a try??  Read the personal account of a first timer.

PS:  The mirrors are covered, there is no front, and no one is watching you!  And church has nothing to do with it.

 

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CLOSET DETOX: DONATE CONSCIOUSLY

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

closet detox | Where is June?

Long time readers might remember when I gave my little closet some love.  Well, my quest to simplify my closet and wardrobe continues.  The book, The Curated Closet, might change my life.  Ok, that might be overreaching.  Nonetheless, this beautiful book is a guide to finding your own personal style and building your dream wardrobe.  One chapter in particular jumped out at me and I think it’s a great place to start. A closet detox.  One must purge before one can rebuild.  I’m actually really good at this, but I know others find it really difficult.  Maybe the easiest question is to ask yourself, “Is this piece working?”  It’s a broad question, but one that gets down to it.  {Here are a few other ideas to think about when clearing out a closet.)  Once you detox, you will need to do something with your clothes.

In an attempt to reduce clothing waste, I’ve been researching ways to re-purpose my old clothes in thoughtful ways:

1. ThredUp

Ok, this isn’t a donation, but it’s a great option.  ThredUp is an online consignment store.  They will send you a large bag {postage paid}.  You load up the bag with clothes that are new or like new and send it back.  You are paid for some items right away and others you will be paid once the item sells.  The site is amazing and I plan to shop it once my hiatus is over.  Yes, you could take your clothes to local consignment store and that is a great option.  But honestly, this method fits into our lives easily.  More questions?  I found their FAQ very helpful.

2.  Madewell Denim Recycle

Take an old pair of denim to a Madewell store.  The company partners with Blue Jeans Go Green to recycle jeans into housing insulation.  Plus, they will give you $20 off a new pair of jeans.  Win-Win!

3.  Dress for Success

Donate professional clothing, shoes, accessories, and outerwear to this amazing charity.  This organization gives impoverished women professional attire to secure employment. This a perfect place to donate “work clothes” you no longer need!

4.  Local Women’s Shelter

Find a women’s shelter in your city that is in need of clothing for women and donate directly.  Mary’s Place in Seattle is wonderful option to directly impact women in our area.

Do you have other ideas on how to donate consciously?  I’d love to hear from you.

 

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FEWER|BETTER: INSTANT VACATION

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

instant vacation

I’m trying to adopt a new mantra: Fewer|Better.  While I have talked before about curating my wardrobe, I’m working hard to be more thoughtful about any purchase, clothes or otherwise.  A year ago my absolute favorite pair of sandals broke for the last time. (I had already repaired them twice!) Forced to throw them out, it’s been a months long search to replace them.  Using the Fewer|Better principal, it’s obviously taken longer than most humans would give it.

While I’m still waiting for the perfect gladiator sandal, I finally decided on a minimal pair from Madewell.  A change in direction is always a good thing.  Add a sweet pair of oversized, blush sunglasses and a straw hat and it’s an instant vacation.  COME ON summer!  We can hardly wait until you get here.

Hat | Sunnies | Sandals

 

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IN THE DETAILS- NO. 29

Friday, May 19th, 2017

in the details NO. 29 | Where is June?

My little family is scattered in three directions and 2 states this weekend, but the sun is out and OMG have we been waiting for it!  Thanks for all of your kind and thoughtful feedback this week.  It was amazing to hear that you had missed Where is June? and are willing to take another ride with me.  I hope you have a great weekend.  Put this song on repeat and turn that shit up! xo

This week the things that interest and inspire me include articles to read and Podcasts to listen to:

1. Flower Flashes brighten the day of New Yorkers.  The Flower Bandit strikes again!

2.  My love of Podcasts continue….this time with Katie Couric.  {My favorite episodes are interviews with Sheryl Sandberg and Ina Garten}.

3.  An article that stopped me in my tracks.  My Family’s Slave.

4.  I’m not shopping…but if I was.  This stacked heel from Grey City is what dreams are made of….

5.  On switching careers…..

6.  Needing to do something with my mantle.  Looking for inspiration and this transformation is pretty fantastic!

7.  The Livelovesara blog is totally addicting.  Her packing posts are my favorite.  Take a peek.

 

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FEWER, BETTER: CUYANA

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Cuyana | Where is June?

I have placed myself on a shopping hiatus.  At {almost} 43, I am sort of stuck stylistically.  First, let me reassure you, I don’t prescribe to any notion of “dressing your age”.  Women absolutely don’t need to be told what they can and can’t wear.  For me, it’s more a change in my attitude towards clothes and fashion.  My life is quite simple and I don’t need a separate work wardrobe.  Other than workout gear and casual apparel {jeans and tee}, I’m still finding my way.  So, instead of buying more of the same and creating more clothing waste, I am just taking a break for a while.

The idea of Fewer, Better is a great principal.  It is the philosophy behind the brand Cuyana.  “We believe in style over trends, in quality over quantity, in loving your closet. We believe that fewer, better things lead to a fuller, better life.”  Oh my gosh, YES!  Less stuff.  Their design aesthetic is clean, simple lines and tailored silhouettes.

I had never purchased from their site, but was recently gifted this amazing leather pouch.  It is the perfect color blush and made from soft, supple leather.  I have used it as a clutch on a night out and in my carry-on to hold my headphones and Kindle.  I can tell that it is going to last and it is beautiful to carry.  I will be happy to support this brand in the future.  Investing in fewer, quality pieces is a step in the right direction.

PS:// I love their Lean Closet movement and I am putting this weekender bag on my birthday wish list.

 

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WHERE IS JUNE? | REIMAGINED

Monday, May 15th, 2017

reimagined

I have been thinking about, planning, postponing and drafting this post for many months.  If you have been a reader for the past few years, you surely noticed my absence in posting regularly-or posting at all.  A brief history of Where is June? starts with the blog being a private, “just between friends” space to share my small victories and shortcomings as a mother.  Somewhere around 2011 I decided I missed writing and I thought blogging would be a fun outlet.  My blog became public on Blogspot.  As I began to write and post more frequently, I started to obsessively follow other blogs.  The community was creative and intoxicating.  I read books about successful blogging practices, attended a conference, learned to take photos, purchased my own URL and Where is June?, as you see it today,  was born in 2013.    I found success with growing readership, collaborations with companies, and a shout out in a Better Homes & Garden round-up.  It felt great.  Until it didn’t.

I lost my way.  While I really wanted to find a niche and somehow make money by writing and blogging- it was out of reach.  Or at least it felt like it.  I am the first to admit I do not have an entrepreneurial mind set (I started as a business major and made a quick switch after one year.  Undeclared was better than one more business class.)  Should I have pushed myself out of my comfort zone?  Probably.  Could I have asked friends and acquaintances for business advice?  Absolutely.  BUT…I didn’t.

If I wasn’t going to monetize the blog, what would it be?  I dream of fashion, but I am not a fashion blogger.  I try new recipes all the time, but I am not a food blogger.  I love my kids desperately, but I am not a mommy blogger.  Working out feeds my soul, but I am not a fitness blogger.  Nothing makes me happier than planning a trip, but I am not a travel blogger.  Home design is an obsession, but I’m not a designer. I enjoy creating layouts and taking pictures, but I’m not a graphic artist or photographer.  If I’m not any of those things, what the hell am I doing?  So I stopped.

And now I am ready to start again.  {Thank you for reading this far. You made it through all the rambling}  I have decided Where is June? can be anything I want it to be. {It does seem obvious, I know.}  I don’t need to follow any rules or any specific model.  As the posts begin to pop up more frequently, I hope they are inspired and a bit different.  I want it to feel like a conversation you might have with your girlfriends while sharing a bottle of Rose.  Nothing forced.  Just me sharing with you, just like I would with my friends.  The pictures will probably be from my iPhone and the layouts won’t be perfect, but I promise the writing will be real.  It will be authentic. And most importantly, it will be me.

I thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for reading.  If you have ever shared one of my posts, you are a lovely human.  Here is to more great posts and to building an online community of friends.

xoxo

PS// I’d love to hear what you have enjoyed reading here on the blog in the past.  Leave a comment below or direct message me.

 

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FALLING FOR MULTIPLE PIERCINGS

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

multiple piercings 2

About 2 weeks ago, while washing my face before bed, I noticed my double piercing in my left ear lobe.  Strange how you notice things, right?  I had the piercing done in high school, but I haven’t worn an earring in it for probably 20 years.  I spontaneously decided to try and poke an earring through.  With a little work (and a bit of discomfort), VOILA!  Since then I have worn one of these simple studs, which I absolutely love.  Now I’m totally smitten with multiple piercings and on the search for alternatives to wear.  Catbird, a jewelry design company in Brooklyn, has so many great options.  They have simple, modern styles that are perfect for a second piercing. They even sell some earrings as singles.

Here are four of my favorites:

inspired piercings

1// Leone Emerald

2//  Short Stitch

3// Gold Safety Pin

4// Ballerina

I also love, LOVE this cuff that requires no new piercing!

Do you have multiple piercings?  If so, how do you style your earrings?

{Top images via Pinterest.  Take a peek at my Accessorize board.}

 

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IN THE DETAILS- NO. 28

Friday, February 24th, 2017

in the details no 28| Where is June?

Happiest Friday to all of you!  We are just back from a week long ski trip to Steamboat Springs, CO.  Maybe some of you saw the pictures over on Instagram.  We didn’t get any new snow, but the blue skies and sun were pretty amazing for this “barely” intermediate skier. After 2 seasons on downhill skis {something I said I would never do}, I am starting to grasp the obsession.  My favorite part of of skiing on this trip?  Quiet moments on the chair lift with my husband or my kids.  Which, of course, were directly followed by real moments of my ten year old swearing like a trucker and my almost teen rolling his eyes at me.  Gotta keep things balanced!

Here are few things that interest and inspire me this week:

1.  Frame wallpaper and your own printed snap shots would be so great in a play room or kitchen.

2.  Good. Lord.  This cake looks divine.

3.  Northwest winters require sturdy footwear and these boots might be the perfect investment. Don’t you think they will only get better with time?  I was surprised by the brand!?!

4.  I came across LIVELOVESARA when I was packing for a recent trip to NYC.  Now I’m obsessed.  She breaks down packing for trips and dressing for the everyday.

5.  Cement tiles are one of my favorite things.  These black and white beauties surrounded the bar at Salt and Lime in Steamboat Springs.  So good. {PS/ I love their URL!}

6.  No, I’m not going vegan.  But, since I don’t cook with dairy, these recipes are great for me!  Maybe try to cook one vegan meal a week and see how it goes?

7.  Such an awesome cut!

 

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YVES SAINT LAURENT: THE PERFECTION OF STYLE

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

YSL TRIO| WHERE IS JUNE?

{That black jump suit.  I mean…}

Before it closed, I was able to see the Yves Saint Laurent exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum.  I wish I had gone earlier during its run because I would have loved to have gone back!  Either way, it literally took my breath away.  Admittedly, I think of fashion art, so this exhibit spoke to me.  Yves Saint Laurent was a true artist.  From his sketches, to the dresses, to the way he incorporated modern art and mood into his collections-it was obvious he was a genius and his medium just happened to be clothing.  His genius is timeless.  Many of gowns could be worn on the red carpet today and the celebrity would land herself on the the best dressed list.  Quality and details matter.  In the age of fast fashion- fit, craftsmanship, and detailing is often overlooked.  He painstakingly chose fabrics and added details that make his work inspiring.

Here a few of my favorite snap shots from the exhibit {all taken on my iPhone}:

YSL sketch 1

sketch 2

YSL sketch 3

There were hundreds of his sketches from collections spanning decades.  He sketched each gown or ensemble and added fabric swatches for each creation.

Boho

Any one of these pieces could be worn today!  The prints, draping and details feel so modern.

bow

The 1980’s, in all its absolute grandeur!  That bow.

modern suiting

Modern suiting at its finest.  I’d love to see an actress rock that modern tuxedo at a movie premier!  The cuffs and collar {heart eyes!}

showstopper

The showstopper.  She stood alone.  In a room of Andy Warhol paintings.  Simple, but so edgy!

I’m eager to watch this film about Yves Saint Laurent.  Like any artistic genius, he was tormented much of his life.  After seeing his work, I am so curious to know more about him.

 

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IN THE DETAILS- NO. 27

Friday, January 6th, 2017

in-the-details

It has been frigidly cold in Seattle this week…but it came with abundant sunshine and I will take it!  What are you up to this weekend?  I am FINALLY going to see YSL exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum.  I tried to go on Thursday with my sister-in-law, but the exhibit was sold out.  Ooops.  Instead, we did a little day drinking……

Here are a few things that inspire and interest me this week:

1.   Where is this snowy oasis?   Makes you want to ski week, doesn’t it?!

2.  I have fallen hard for blouses with overstated ruffles.  {I’m eying this one next!}

3.  Just finishing a bathroom renovation, and still can’t get over the black fixtures.  My budget didn’t allow it, but I’m obsessed.

4.  Editors at Harper’s Bazaar make style resolutions.  Such a fun way to think about the new year!

5.  The coolest coffee maker that I gifted myself this Christmas!  Great coffee and it looks so pretty sitting on my shelf.

6.  {Foolproof} Chicken Tortilla Soup.  If you can buy a rotisserie chicken and open canned goods-this recipe is for you!  PS// It’s yummy.

7.  The simplest of leather hair ties.

 

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