Loving My (Kind of) New Look

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So. I wouldn’t call this post the most timely because usually when one has a blog redesign, they yell it from the rooftops with a big reveal and such. Well, I had the most lovely site refresh completed by CooperHouse a few months back, and I never got the chance to thank them!

If you don’t remember, my website looked like this.

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Not a crazy departure from the new look, but I was just hurting for a header, sidebar, and font refresh. Well, Erin totally hooked me up with a great new look, and I couldn’t be happier. (Also, how badly did I need the category links up top? SO BADLY, I SAY.)

Anyway, thanks to CooperHouse for my mini-makeover! You can check out some of their great work here.



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1. Last night I had the honor of hosting a party for my friends at one of my very favorite stores, Splendid. I had such a fun time – shopping, manicures, braids by Drybar, champagne, and my very favorite treat ever, Sidecar Doughnuts. Thanks to everyone for coming out! (This is the CUTEST dress ever, by the way. Oh, and these pants? Perfection.)

2. Okay, you all have to check out this website. Two good friends with opposite relationship problems found themselves single at the same time. As an experiment, they dated for 40 days. It’s awesome.

3. I’ve got lots of hair fodder up at Style United. How to get a tousled updo :: Everything you need to know before you chop bangs :: Make your own saltwater spray for beachy waves :: The hot new undercut braid

4. When Tracy gets new cookbooks, I take notes.

5. I just love this photo of my girl crush and her bearded man. That is all.

6. 10 words that you are probably misusing. Travesty? Really?

7. As my tribute to the 80s, 50 things only 80s kids can understand AND 53 things only 80s girls can understand. Pegged jeans! Rio by Duran Duran! Scratch and sniff stickers! Pulling the dots off your Matrix printer paper! Those glitter batons filled with mysterious fluid! JAKE RYAN. (I could go on and on, really.)

Happy weekend, everyone!



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Get Some Headspace

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I planned for this post to be a list of completely awesome ideas, objects, and websites that I’ve received over the past few years from you all. A readers’ recommendations best of the best, if you will, because, wowza, you all have offered up some amazing tips. Never fear, that list will still be published soon, but while compiling and writing the list, I found myself going on and on and on about a website that was very recently shared with me by a commenter (thanks, Janette!), Headspace.

Now, you know I try to keep things super light at Whoorl (sale at Madewell! Best pinkish nude lipgloss ever!), but the truth of the matter is that I’ve had a tough year in regards to my physical, and subsequently mental (funny how those two walk hand-in-hand) health. I’ve alluded to it a few times here, and while I won’t bore you with the details, let’s just keep it simple. 2013 has been a challenging year for me. Lots of searching for answers via doctors, physical therapists, behavioral therapists, acupuncturists, and naturopaths.

Because we all want answers, right? To be able to compartmentalize every feeling and thought and sensation and know that it’s fine. It’ll be fine! Everything is going to be alright because A, B, and C. I’m a girl who likes answers. I’ll research night and day just to feel like I have my arms confidently wrapped around a situation. However, the universe doesn’t see it that way, and as much as I’ve been fighting it and stressing out and not sleeping and hurting, I’ve recently experienced a shift in my core.

It’s time for me to quit searching outwardly for the answers and look inward.

Whoah there, Whoorl…can’t you just recommend your favorite curling iron today? Did you see those adorable Darby flats at J. Crew?

I know, I know. Quite a departure from my usual spiel, but something that I feel I need to share with you.

Being mindful, you guys. I’m working on it.

Listen, the first few times friends and acquaintances suggested I consider meditation, I physically couldn’t keep my eyes from rolling into the back of my head. Me? Meditate? This Type A, hamster-wheel-of-a-brain, work-at-home mom with a million things to do? Yeah. no thanks.

I gave it shot, though. I listened to several guided meditations and podcasts, and tried really hard to make it work, but I just didn’t feel connected at all. Either the voice was all wrong or the subject matter was too hippie dippie or the freaking wind chimes made me want to puke. It was just too much. I needed baby steps.

Enter Headspace.

You all, I can’t even express to you how grateful I am for this website. It’s meditation, but completely manageable. I want to write paragraph after paragraph about the Headspace concept in regards to meditation, but this video says it all. If you have 10 minutes, I highly recommend watching Headspace founder Andy Puddicombe’s TED talk about taking 10 minutes a day to be more mindful. (The guy knows of what he speaks…he is a former Buddhist monk. And, apparently, juggles.)

If 10 minutes is too much for you, check out this 1-minute video which I love as well.

I am just finishing the Take 10 program, and I swear I have so much more mental clarity and focus than I did a week and a half ago. It wasn’t easy – trust me, I am so NOT good at sitting alone with my thoughts. (It’s much easier to distract with a laptop screen or iPhone, right?) My first few meditations were wracked with shallow breaths and chest tightness, but as the days passed, the anxiety dissipated and calmness prevailed. I even find myself continuing to meditate after the 10-minute program has ended. I can’t wait to start Take 15 next on the Headspace app.

Also, Andy’s voice is just about the most perfect voice ever to guide you through meditation. No new age synthesizers, no wind chimes, none of it. Just his calming voice. (Also, I’m just going to say it. I think I have a crush. WHAT? I CAN’T HELP IT.)

Anyway, if you have considered mediating, but don’t know where to start, I highly recommend checking Headspace out. It’s 100 times better than that adorable silk blouse I plan on telling you about soon.



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1. One of the latest pins on my Beard Porn board. Yep.

2. I love Emily’s connect-the-dot technique for lining your eyes.

3. 6 things happy people never do. A must-read.

4. What are your thoughts on reading novels on backlit screens at night? Studies show it can suppress melatonin and cause insomnia. Since I’ve been dealing with a bout of insomnia for the past 5 weeks (REALLY, WHO’S COUNTING, THOUGH? *sobbing*), I’m a little nervous to bust out my Kindle Fire these days. What do you read on at night? Old School Kindle? iPad? Physical books? Looks like I’ll be making a trip to the library soon. Also, please humor me and tell me how many hours you sleep a night on average.

(I will say….I fell fast asleep for the first time in forever last night while watching this week’s episode of The Bachelorette. YAWN.)

5. Why is this adorable dress 600+ bucks? Do you think it’s a typo? Geez.

6. Okay, you guys. You simply must watch Wita practicing her kicks at dance this week. I mean, STOP IT.

I hope you all have a very happy weekend with lots of RESTFUL SLEEP. zzzzzzzzzzzzz



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