Cool Sh*t to Share, Vol. 29 - Among Other Things

Cool Sh*t to Share, Vol. 29

Inspiring stories, the leggings I’ve been living in and the spring sweater you need… Among Other Things.

Happy Friday, my friends. I have a lot of great links to distract you from your workload this week — as well as a little disclaimer (or apology of sorts), so let’s get to it.


Peaks & Pits:

Pit: I’ve gotta dedicate this week’s pit to you guys, because I’ve been feeling really guilty about the lack of content I’ve been producing for you since the beginning of the year.

It takes a lot for me to admit that I need to slow down, and the rug was finally ripped out from under my feet last Sunday. I caught a nasty flu bug that rendered me useless (and at the doctor) for a few days, but I will say I’m glad I am finally healing. (I’ve had this lingering cough for the last month that’s on it’s way out, at last!)

In addition, I always have to remind myself that Seasonal Affect Disorder is a real thing — and it can impact you in really subconscious ways. This tends to go hand-in-hand with workplace burn-out for me, unfortunately (and I know you can relate). Last year right around this time, I wrote a post about my sure-fire ways to get yourself out of a rut. I re-read it this week and every one of those things remains to be true.

When your hobby becomes your job (twice-over, in my case), it can be challenging to figure out how to channel your creative energy in a way that isn’t to make a living, which is why I’m excited to share with you that…

Peak: I’m taking DJ lessons! Like, officially. Wahoo!

Quick back-story: Late last year, one of my BFFs asked me to DJ her wedding this summer, and I knew I wanted to go all-in — or said another way, not half-ass it. I’m almost a full month into my lessons, and holy shit, you guys — it’s hard. But I love it. So much!

So that’s been keeping me busy on top of teaching, which would also attribute to the lighter-than-I’d-like blog posting frequency around here. I appreciate you sticking with me, though, and with my health (finally) on the up-and-up, I feel good — for real — about promising you all of that wellness, fitness and style content we’ve been talking about. Any requests on what to prioritize? (My weight loss post seems to be the front-runner, but let me know otherwise.)

Lots of music updates to come on the DJ front — I still have so much to learn. (That’s the beauty of it, though.)

In the meantime, let’s get to this week’s round-up…

This Week’s Links:

Sales & such:

  • I’m so proud of my travel-savvy friend Hitha on the recent release of her book “How to Pack.
  • … Another girlfriend, Julia, designed a super cute summer hat with in collaboration with Hat Attack. I already got mine and I can’t wait to wear it! (Warmer weather, where you at?)
  • Real talk: V thankful for my go-to “Live-In” high-waisted leggings — I lived in (ahem, fittingly) them over the last week when I had to force my sick ass out the door. On the reg, though, they’re great for the gym and your weekend errands. Affordable, too!
  • It’s looking chilly in Chicago this weekend, but I don’t mind an excuse to prolong the wear of my favorite over-the-knee boots. It’s a relief to actually be able to walk in a pair of boots without stressing about your feet hurting.
  • I’ve been using this St. Tropez “Ultimate Escape Kit” self-tanner to perk up my pasty-looking legs and arms. The packaging is really cute — it’s done in partnership with Lilly Pulitzer. It’s easy to apply, too — and I swear, I’m challenged in the at-home tanning department.



Around the web:

  • In light of International Women’s Day, I loved this post from Lauryn on why “Women Bashing Sucks — and, um, seriously can’t believe she heard a brand bad-mouthing her over the phone. (“Being mean is out!”) Let’s be a little kinder to one another this weekend, ‘kay? (You really never know…)


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  • Glad you are feeling better!

    DJ lessons sounds so cool!

    Have a great weekend, Hallie

    • Thanks! They’re so fun but SO much work. Hope you have a great week Tracy!

  • Elle

    Love these posts! Glad you are starting to feel better. You always need to think about yourself and your health! DJ lessons?! How cool!
    xo elle //

  • Glad to hear you’re feeling better, lady!

    • Thanks girl, me too! Hope our paths cross in-person soon. x

  • I love that you’re taking DJ lessons! It makes me want to explore some of the avenues I’ve been daydreaming about lately. Can’t wait to hop on a bike and ride with you next week 🙂

    26 and Not Counting

  • I really need to stop reading your blog posts because everytime I do, I buy something! 😉 Two pairs of those leggings are headed my wayyyyy.

    • Girl, I’m in the same boat. Occupational hazard! You’ll love those leggings though — perfect for this week’s weather! Enjoy x

      • My mom always says I’ll be the most stylish homeless person (because SF rent is SF rent.) She’s…not entirely wrong. Womp womp.

  • Dana Mannarino

    Good to hear you’re feeling better! And DJ lessons?! Now your classes are going to be even more fire!!! That’s so awesome, Hallie!

    Pink Champagne Problems

    • I hope so! It’s SO damn challenging but I’m loving it — can’t wait to share some mixes soon. : )

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