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Drink SOMA (& an Early Marriage Lesson)

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People often ask me if things feel different after getting married. Since my husband and I cohabitated for a year before we even got engaged, I would've expected to answer "no." Well, I was wrong--and never did that become more apparent than when I bought our first water filter as a married couple.

My husband only likes to buy tried-and-true products. He is anti-trends. Me? I've tried everything from fermented gel lotion (it's the next big thing), to sleep-mask self tanners (get on it), to long distance energy healing sessions. If I see something new, I'm curious to test it out. 50% of my GChat conversations are essentially me sending links of products to my friends followed by "I want this." My husband writes off my ADHD product obsession tendencies half affectionately, half mockingly as an effect of my "blog life." Well, someone's gotta try all the new things.

In water-filter terms, this personality discrepancy means that he lives and dies by the same Brita filter he's used since college while I'm always keeping my eye out for something a little sleeker and cooler. For a year, I tried screw-on faucet filters and a couple alternate water jugs; sadly I found all of them to be quite poorly designed and unpleasant to use. So Brita it was. But when I saw an ad for the SOMA water filter earlier this year, I knew I had to try it. It looked cool. I liked the way the brand photographed the product. The carafe seemed like something I wouldn't mind displaying on our new dining table. There was a clear thought process behind the design. And plus, we had just moved to a new apartment with a fancy Sub-Zero fridge and this would look peeerfect in it. Without another thought, I quickly hit "order."

No sooner had I triumphantly texted my husband that I had upgraded our water filter, did he begin to get concerned. "This is going to suck," he preemptively declared. "Return it immediately. We have 10 Brita filters ready to go. Don't drink the HYPE." I could sense his annoyance growing with every sentence he typed. 

"Well this is odd," I thought. Granted, we had never actually bought anything together as a couple before, but he never really seemed to pay too much attention to my purchases. What's with the sudden interest? The more adamant I became about really wanting the SOMA, the more intensely he matched me in opposition. Were we really bickering over this? Is this what married life is going to be like, where we'd have to agree and come to a joint conclusion on every little thing? Even if it's just water???

The short answer, I realized, is yep.

Luckily, this story has a happy ending. A week later my SOMA arrived and I eagerly set it up and put it to use (didn't even wait the suggested 15 minute filter pre-soak time). The quality of the product was just as beautiful in real life as in those pictures and the design really was so much friendlier than anything else I've seen. The fact that there's no handle or removable lid is awesome. But it was really love at first taste. I don't know what kind of wizardry they put in the filters (the one downside is that the brand is not officially released this info yet), but the water that came out of that carafe was the crispiest, clearest, freshest water I've ever tasted.

My husband begrudgingly agreed. In fact, he kind of really likes this thing now.

So I guess the real lesson of marriage here is: try to agree on joint purchases unless you for a fact know that you're right, in which case, go ahead and just get what you want and win him over later after he actually gets to try the product.

If you're interested in trying to SOMA for yourself, here's $10 off. 

 

 

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New Year, New Style

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I consider myself to be a bit of a style chameleon--that or I'm still working on finding my signature look. I do believe there's a time and place for all styles, though for some looks I've tried before, the time and place should firmly stay in the past. 

After I got married, my style evolved. I finally felt like a grown up. The thing about living in New York is that the transition to becoming an adult is somewhat delayed, thanks to years of living with roommates in cramped apartments and ordering Thai takeout and/or going to happy hour every evening. (Kind of like college, when you think about it.) But now, even though I'm still in the same apartment I've been living in for the past couple years, I feel different. I'm interested in getting organized and having a plan to work towards the ideal version of myself. And of course, a style that reflects that. I'm less interested in clothes that are girly, whimsical, or frivolous and I find myself gravitating towards more streamlined and understated pieces--a bit more Scandinavian. I've been on a selling spree, trying to whittle my closet down to the basics. Maybe it's a phase, or maybe it's a real transition.

I've also become interested in home decor and am more eager than ever to find a home that's reflective of these adults we've become. In interior styling, as in personal styling, I'm feeling more minimalist. Part of this has to do with  my evolving aesthetics, but part of it also has to do with logistics: Manhattan living space is limited and you have to be extra picky about what makes the cut. In this town, you also have to start small, so I began by looking for inspirations in little spaces, most importantly the work space since that's where I need the most clarity. 

Anyway. Enough talking--let's get to the showing. Here's what's inspiring me these days. (Photos not my own, obviously).

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Blogging for Brides

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Oh hey there! What's shaking? Don't mean to sound like a broken record, but yup, I'm still around. Just spending every waking moment not working or blogging, writing thank-you and holiday cards. And drinking wine. Sometimes while working and blogging, and always while writing cards. Welcome to married life!

Now that wedding planning--and the big day--is over, I'm having wedding withdrawal. So much in fact that i've managed to convince the good people over at Brides.com to allow me to spend the next two months blogging every detail about my wedding! I could not be more thrilled because, while I know that I may start to lose friends on Facebook if I post even one more photo, there'a whole world of brides-to-be that may actually find what I have to say interesting and insightful. So, if you are one of these brides--click on over for weekly wedding posts from moi

Also, finally getting around to posting some photos from our engagement session around New York. And I'm giving you all the outfit deets in the captions because I haven't gotten around to shooting any new outfits in like a hundred years. A huge thanks for Christian Oth for the photos! 

Jumpsuit: Charlotte Ronson | Fur: Theory | Shoes: Lanvin

Jumpsuit: Charlotte Ronson | Fur: Theory | Shoes: Lanvin

Top: Theory | Skirt: Erdem | Necklace: Erickson Beamon | Shoes: Charlotte Olympia

Top: Theory | Skirt: Erdem | Necklace: Erickson Beamon | Shoes: Charlotte Olympia

Skirt: Erdem | Shoes: Charlotte Olympia

Skirt: Erdem | Shoes: Charlotte Olympia

Romper: Charlotte Ronson | Shoes: Lanvin

Romper: Charlotte Ronson | Shoes: Lanvin

Dress: Chris Benz | Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti 

Dress: Chris Benz | Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti 

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