Wednesday, April 16, 2014

This is the hardest post I've ever had to write.

My mom passed away two weeks ago.

She was a very private person and I never felt comfortable writing about her illness on here. I still don't. I will say that she fought to the very end and I am so proud to be her daughter.

I have always felt unusually fortunate. I have never taken my life for granted. But I also never imagined I'd know this kind of pain. Not at 29, at least.

I'm not sure where to go from here. I search for purpose and meaning in each day, and maybe someday soon that'll translate to my writing. I hope so.

Feel free to email me if you'd like to keep in touch.

Thanks for reading.


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

When I started this blog six years ago, I was sort of at a crossroads. I wanted to find myself. I had a dozen ideas about blogs I could write, but every single one was super specific. I felt like I was drawing lines more than I was crossing them. I ultimately decided to create a little space where I could write about whatever I pleased, and thus Jewish Girl in Wasp's Clothing was born.

If you've been reading awhile, you might be wondering where the hell I've been for the past few months. These days it's an accomplishment to publish one post a week, which is a drastic change from my old ways - a new post going up at 6AM EST every week day.

The truth is that I've been dealing with some really tough stuff, and this blog has undeniably taken a backseat to other commitments. I don't see that changing anytime soon.

I started my blog because I was desperate for a creative outlet, an escape from the doldrums of my 9-5 job. But most of all, I started my blog because I wanted to write a book. And for whatever reason, this felt like a really good place to start.

I recently blew out the candles on my 29th birthday cake. I usually treat myself to some lavish gift to celebrate. This year is a little bit different. I've decided to give myself a break. The gift of time.

Lately I've come to the realization that I simply cannot keep up with my commitments (family, friends, work, and otherwise), blog on a regular basis, and finish my book by the time I'm 30, which is something I promised myself (at 25) I would do. So something's gotta give.

It's time to finish the book.

I have immensely enjoyed sharing my life with all of you here for the past six years, and I know I'll continue to. You won't see as much of me here, but I do hope you'll stay tuned.

it's times like these you learn to live again
it's times like these you give and give again
it's times like these you learn to love again
it's times like these time and time again


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

In 2012, I made a list of mini goals at the beginning of each month.

In 2013, I took a different approach and made a list of things I wanted to accomplish over the course of the year.

2014. I'm still not sure.

So I'm going back to my 2012 tactic and giving this another shot in hopes that it'll help me get a tangible grasp on my immediate future. I'll check in at the end of the end of the month to let you know how I did.


Friday, February 28, 2014

{finale at DVF F/W 2014, glitter falling on the runway}

Usually on a Friday I'd say TGIF, but lately, Fridays don't feel like Fridays. Weekends don't feel like weekends. All of the days kind of blend together. Does anyone else feel like this week flew by? Maybe it's because I didn't leave my couch on Monday (except to eat waffles) and didn't leave my apartment whatsoever between Sunday evening and Tuesday morning. I'm getting over a bad cold and another bout of insomnia. I've been a terrible sleeper all my life but some weeks are worse than others, and this one was a doozy. I'm hoping to catch up over the weekend.

So... no TGIF. But, cheers to the little things. Like surprising your loved ones with cupcakes. And flowers from sweet sorority sisters. And witty cards from knowing friends. And pretty new sneaks. And waffles for dinner. (<--- forgot to take a photo.)

I read a great quote recently that really resonated with me. "Life is like photography. You need the negatives to develop."

Brilliant, no?

Cheers to the little things, to developing, and to all of you. Have a great weekend.

P.S. The above photo is from the one and only show I went to during NYFW, and it was incredible. I meant to do a full recap here, but things have just been so crazy. Luck was on my side that day, though. I got to sit two seats over from Lisa Love (senior west coast editor of Vogue/Lauren Conrad's boss on The Hills) and Amy Astley (Editor in Chief of Teen Vogue) and right behind Anna Wintour. I haven't been that close to her since I interned at Vogue 10 years ago and we shared a terrifying elevator ride. (You can see the back of her head/signature bob at the bottom left of my photo!)


Monday, February 24, 2014

~ I am thus far completely unimpressed with the year of 2014 and the age of 29.

~ The recently renovated Club Monaco in Flatiron is amazing. The space includes an offshoot of Strand Book Store and is attached to Toby's Estate Coffee. If you live locally - or are visiting - you must stop by. (The iced coffee is delish.)

~ The Citrus Super C from Juice Generation is a really lovely pick-me-up. (I caught a bad cold this weekend.)

~ This Kate Spade key bangle is so Kappa.

~ I love this poem - and sentiment - Grace shared on her blog.

~ I suffer from awful eczema in the winter and am always on the search for a solution. I find the majority of hand creams to be messy and greasy. The Lush Tiny Hands moisturizing bar is lightly scented and surprisingly effective. I dig it.

Why emotions are vital to success.

~ Anthropologie is having an amazing sale, especially on dresses. I stopped into two different stores yesterday, but neither had my size in anything I wanted. Let me know if you score!

~ February sucks. I pray March brings better days.

photo via Club Monaco


Monday, February 17, 2014

2014 - and 29 - have gotten off to a very rough start for me. I'm sorry I haven't been around much. The truth is that my recent time at a graveside, and at a hospital, and in general feeling overwhelmingly sad ... are not things I can elaborate on here.

But I remind myself that overwhelmingly sad is not something I could've handled a few years ago. Things are tough, but I no longer live in the bottom of a dark hole. That helps.

I've been going to yoga again. I found an instructor I love and I look forward to her class. It's been a nice change of pace from dragging myself there begrudgingly. That helps.

I look for the little pockets of joy in day-to-day life. They're less obvious these days, but they're still there. And that helps.

Wine helps. And Lush Bath Bombs help.

But most of all, the amazing people in my life help. People I am honored and privileged to call my family and friends. They inspire me to search for strength and keep at it.

I've learned that sometimes when the chips are down, the toughest part is not to keep on living but knowing how to live.

I'll let you know if I figure it out. But for now, I'm doing my best every day. And that's good enough.

image via

TGIF (...?)

Friday, February 7, 2014


Is it really, truly Friday? Hard to believe, because lately every day feels like Groundhog's Day. Never ending, but at the same time, not enough hours. Every night has been a late one (work-wise) and I wake up the next day feeling just awful. Vicious cycle.

There were a few highlights this week, though! On Wednesday, a dear friend took me out to dinner to celebrate my birthday. We had the most amazing meal at Buddakan and she got me the prettiest gift. Tonight, I'm having dinner and drinks with my best friend, also to celebrate #teddinine. I ended up being out of town on my actual birthday, so it's been the best feeling knowing that my friends want to celebrate me - especially in the midst of a really shitty couple of weeks.

Last night, my parents surprised me with a mini Funfetti cake and an early Valentine. They also lent me their MacBook Air because my MacBook Pro just ain't cutting anymore (too much use and abuse, I guess) and I'm not quite ready to drop another grand over at Apple. Anyone have the Air? If so, do you like it?

So, TGIF? Yes. Looking forward to a fun night, yoga and spin this weekend, a fashion show on Sunday, and - hopefully - equal parts productivity and relaxation in between. I really need to organize and clean and get my life in order, but I am also desperate for some extra sleep and to recharge in general.

What are you up to? Whatever it is, I hope it's wonderful and makes you smile. Happy weekend.

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