Sunday, January 26, 2014

Link Love: Here & Now

Jess_Poshmina downloaded 1_25_14{Like a Woman, Always Cold}

windowpane_work2 from Jessica_Here and Now{Work, Play, Get It Done}

IMG_3338 eShakti dress_Jessica of Here and Now{Spring Forward & A Giveaway}

I’m a little late with this post, but that’s because I wrote to the lovely Jessica of Here & Now to get her permission to share a few photos!  She graciously wrote back and said yes (“as long as I look good”) to which I would reply that she always looks stunning on her blog.  What really caught my attention though is that she is going to teach high school biology, which I think is awesome.  It takes some serious courage to leave the research world to pursue other things—there is a lot of pressure to stay in research and not a lot of resources and encouragement for graduate students and PhDs to seek their fortunes elsewhere.  I have also spent a lot of time struggling to find the right “job fit” for me.  Even after I left what I thought would be my first and only postdoc position, I have taken two other research lab positions: a short second postdoc and now a lab manager position.  Thankfully, despite keeping a toehold in research, I have made the transition onto a new path, and I’m so, so happy to be tutoring science and writing students.  It is a great job.

So hurray for fresh starts and pretty clothes and science!  Onto the links!

* I love this entire outfit.  That gorgeous dress!  The cute sweater!  Fall colors!

* This dress is beautiful.  Apparently I love every dress made by this new-to-me company, Gentle Fawn.  Where have you been all my life, Gentle Fawn?!?

* Holy moly, there’s a difference between plaid and gingham!  I did not know this!  Apparently I am pattern blind.

* This wintertime outfit is perfection.  I’ve kinda given up on maxi-length anything because it’s not bike-able, but I can still admire.  Plus, Jess is wearing one of my favorite three-color combos here: black, purple, and grey.  So lovely!

* This look is great.  I love a lacy, pretty dress with a vest.  I am now the proud owner of two vests—a cardigan-style sweater vest and a neon-pink sporty vest from Brooks—and I am now plotting to wear them both with more dresses…and skirts + tops!  I gotta get on that.

* GAH, THAT DRESS!  I totally signed up for the waitlist in the event that eShakti starts carrying it again. 

* I am a big fan of shirtdresses, and this windowpane pattern is right up my alley.  I love how black and white outfits make it easy to switch different “accessory” colors in and out.

* Posh’mina wrap?!?  What a brilliant idea!  I think a wrap like this could be a staple for Texas winter and spring weather, where a light layer is wanted and needed.  And you can wear it like a scarf on colder days when you need more warmth.

The irony of writing this post is that a crumb of commonsense would tell me that I shouldn’t be shopping this month.  But the only crumbs I like are cookie crumbs.

Happy Sunday, my dears!


  1. Thank you so much for featuring my blog, you're too sweet!

    1. It's my pleasure! Thank you for writing such a fun and lovely blog! xo

  2. A friend of mine from undergrad has been huge in the leaving academia movement. If you don't know about it, you might be interested in her stuff. She recently edited a book of essays called _Moving On: Essays on the Aftermath of Leaving Academia_.

    1. Oh, how neat! I will have to check out that volume. I'm curious about the use of the word "aftermath" in the title--the word choice says the book is about much more than the transition itself. The transition was VERY hard for me, and it was also very gradual (see above re:lab jobs). While every person's experience with this is unique, I'd guess mine has been very unusual.

      Thanks for sharing that with me, Raquelita!

    2. Shoot, right now on Amazon there is only a Kindle edition! Bummer! :-(