Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanks given...

I have been the worst blogger on the face of the planet, but I swear I have good reason! In the last week, my car has died, I flew from Germany to Chicago, landed in a blizzard, bought a new laptop, got knee surgery, had my new laptop go bad on me and now suddenly, here we are at Thanksgiving. 

As I write this, I am lying in bed with a giant ice pack on my elevated leg, the doorbell has just rung and my step- dad is downstairs entertaining a distantly related family member who only comes out of the woodwork on this day each year.  My mom and aunt have their hair dryers going at full force and, since the snow has melted and it's about 60 degrees outside, I can hear more familiar voices out in the driveway through my open window. 

I've never liked Thanksgiving.  The whole idea of it bugs me. My family is not close, and I continually marvel over the way we are nah ever in the same place once a year.  It is my first Thanksgiving back in the states in a few years and I am missing all of my friends (and SB) in Germany. 

I am thankful; however, to be home.  I think I needed a break from my life, even if it was just to be sliced up and sewn back together.  

Anyway, I guess what I'm poorly trying to say (blame the pain drugs) is that even through weirdness, strangeness, foreignness and pain, there is always something to be thankful for.  I wish you all peace and the ability to seek the happy little it's in the midst of anything sad/bad. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


AMI Clubwear grey cardigan, AMI Clubwear tall black fringe boots, Jessica Ricci Jewelry Indian Buddha ring, Jessica Ricci Jewelry Indian elephant bead necklace, Gardens of the Sun Montana sapphire ring, fall fashion, boho outfit

You know what's weird?  When you get really used to traveling and then you don't travel for a month.  It's weird.  After our marathon Baltic cruise followed by a trip to Brussels followed by a trip to Edinburgh all in the span of about 6 weeks, I am totally wanderlusting.  

Granted... I'm actually in the states now (I had knee surgery last night) and I did travel over 4000 miles last weekend, it's just not the same.  

Instead of lying in bed with my leg propped up, I'm wondering if it's a good time to go surfing in Australia and what the weather is like in India...   

Looks like I'm going to have to settle for an increase in Pinterest usage and be happy with my newly curated collection of worldly jewelry... 

Friday, November 20, 2015

: Soft Star Shoes giveaway...

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Gosh, how I love Fridays.  It's weird, because Friday is the end of the week, and usually when things end, it is sad, but when Friday rolls around, I can't think of anyone who gets upset.  And who would be upset when not only is it Friday, it's #freebiefriday?

I am super stoked to announce that this week, ya'll can enter to win a FREE pair of design-your-own Roo Moccasins from Soft Star Shoes (see how I've styled mine HERE).  I discovered Soft Star Shoes on Twitter a while back and fell in love with the idea of an environmentally friendly and minimalistic shoe.  Also, the hippie yoga vibe I've been trying to hone in on lately really felt at home with Soft Star's views on "grounding," meaning having a real connectivity with the earth.  Did you know that shoes with thick synthetic soles can lead to chronic pain, fatigue, and trouble sleeping?  I had no clue!  And Soft Star doesn't only make moccasins.  They have a range of running shoes, sandals, and ballet flats for the whole family!

These moccasins (and all other Soft Star shoes) are made with a soft sole.  They are all suede with a sheepskin (read: warm and fuzzy) inner sole.  You can wear them outside in dry conditions and if you also happen to be a dance teacher, like me, they're great in the dance studio!

This giveaway is simple!  One lucky winner will get to design their own moccasins (child or adult sized, up to $100).   All you have to do to enter is:

1) Click HERE to hop to Instagram to like the giveaway photo.
2) Follow @SoftStarShoes on Instagram
3) Follow @thedailysavant on Instagram
4) Tag one friend

That's it!  This contest is international and will run until 27-November!  Bonne chance!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Let it be...

Love & Pieces skull bracelet, Deb leopard print slip on shoes, Lennon-inspired sunglasses from Emblem Eyewear, casual outfit

I am busy working hard to do as my t-shirt directs and just let it be.  

There is so much in the air right now that it's difficult to stay calm and collected and once again, I find myself searching for the little things to make me happy: a stranger buying my coffee, petting a service dog, a student bringing me a bag of my favourite candies as a pre-surgery recovery gift, an old friend passing through town. 

It's nearly midnight and I've only just sat down for the first time today to check email.  But you know what?  It's ok.  I have a two-columned to-do list, but you know what?  I'm going to procrastinate and just try to get some sleep.  It's ok.  

Just let it be... 

Slouchy beanie handmade by me (It is available for sale for $20!  Please comment with your email and I'll send you a Paypal invoice!) 

Monday, November 16, 2015

A Monday rant...

Limbo Jewelry Colab Chev necklace, Limbo Jewelry stud earrings, Deb long Aztec print sweater, Old Navy tall boots, fall outfit

Monday, Monday, it's another Monday... and really, it's kind of a big blog of BLARG!  Let me explain: 

On Friday, my hand eye coordination failed me.  I got mad at my super slow laptop and went to slam my hand down on my desk, but in my rage, I missed and slammed my hand down on my laptop.  Which shattered my mouse trackpad.  It still works, but today... I don't know how... but today, I managed to make the cracks bigger.  

Good thing I'll be able to access an Apple store soon, though I'm sure they're going to tell me that the repairs on my laptop will cost about as much as a new laptop, which isn't in the budget, and brings me to my next Monday tragedy... 

My car.  It's junk.  I took it in today to get my registration renewed for the year, but to do so, all vehicles must be inspected first.  This time last year, I knew that there were problems with the car, but it passed inspection with flying colours and I was on my merry way.  Well today, friends, the universe  did not hold me in its favor (kind of like last week when I got poison ivy while picking up trash in the woods... did I tell ya'll about that?).  Today, my car absolutely, totally, brilliantly failed inspection.  I was turned away with a list of issues to be repaired, and when I took said list to the mechanic, I was promptly quoted roughly the cost of the value of the car in repairs.  And so, now I have to scrap my car.  

... right before having a surgery for which I was quoted anywhere between $6000 and $15000.  


So, I do apologize for the rant.  I know that I could have it much, much worse.  As you can see, I'm trying to smile! And I'm getting a bit of help from some fancy new gems from Limbo Jewelry!  If you like what you see, make sure to enter to win the Limbo Jewelry lotus lariat necklace giveaway!  

Sunday, November 15, 2015

When the world turns topsy...

DressIn blue tunic sweater, Better Life Bags patchwork tote, The Quarrier necklaces, AMI Clubwear booties, casual outfit, fall outfit, fall fashion

Oh, lala... the state of the world since the end of last week has got me feeling down.  I was already a bit strung out with my own life drama and then the world turned topsy.  

I don't even know what to say. 

The universe is full of good.  The universe contains some bad.  My hope is that the good will prevail.  

... it is with this hope that SB and I headed to the woods for some fresh air, sun beams and some time to disconnect.  

Friday, November 13, 2015

: Limbo Jewelry lariat necklace giveaway...

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I have been bingeing on jewelry again and am happy to announce that I've partnered up with Limbo Jewelry (a great find from Instagram) to bring you this week's #freebiefriday.  Limbo Jewelry is based in Austin, Texas and makes a whole range of wonderful eco-friendly and ethically sourced rings, earrings, necklaces, and bracelets.  They've also re-imagined the lariat and turned it into a rather dainty piece of jewelry.  Lucky for ya'll, one : the daily savant : reader will take home a lotus lariat necklace!

All you have to do is click HERE to jump to Instagram and then: 

1) Follow @LimboJewelry on Instagram
2) Follow @thedailysavant on Instagram 
3)  Tag as many friends as you like (the more people you tag, the more entries you'll receive!) 

This contest is open to entrants with a U.S. address and will run until 4-December!