This past week has been... emotional. We celebrated my dad's 60th birthday. We reflected on the past year and life without my mom. We laughed, we cried. We were surrounded by family and friends I felt overwhelmed by both sadness and love.
This weekend will be decidedly more low-key and I'm starting it a day early by getting ready to escape the city for a few days.
Whether you're celebrating Passover, Easter or neither this weekend... I hope it's a good one! Here are a few ideas on how to spend it.
Brighten up your wardrobe. I've been a firm believer that color can improve your mood ever since I started working at Lilly Pulitzer in college. I don't know about you, but I am SO tired of living in grays and blacks. I've gotten rid of a LOT of clothing over the past year, so I'm excited to add a few new items to my rotation. I'm loving my new Onzie capris, but if you're looking to spice up your workout wardrobe on a budget, I found an awesome pair of bright printed capris at TJMaxx for $25 yesterday. (Wore 'em to studio cycling last night... love 'em already!) For non-gym gear, I have my eye on this floral cutout dress, this flamingo print dress, this racerback tank, and this clutch (in orange, yellow or pink... I can't decide).
Go grain-free. Whether or not you're attending a Seder in the next few evenings, sometimes it's nice to take a break from bread and cut out grains for a few days - or even one! Backing off the carbs always challenges me to get creative, and I find it helps me sleep better as well. I feel lighter. If only I didn't love bread, granola, pasta, cereal, etc as much as I do and could eat the Passover way more permanently. (Here are my favorite grain-free meals and snacks.) (P.S. There's no grain in fro-yo. Hey-o!)
Watch Glee's final curtain call. I've been a fan of Glee since the first season, but I pretty much stopped watching after Cory Monteith died. He was hands down my favorite one and the show really never felt the same to me after he was gone. Even though I didn't watch the last few seasons, I wanted to see how it all ended so I made sure to DVR the finale. I kind of forgot about it until a few days ago when I was flipping through my DVR list and saw it. The first hour is a flashback to 2009 - and to be honest, I could've lived without it - but the actual last episode is wonderful. I read an interview with Ryan Murphy shortly after Cory's death in which he revealed that he always imagined the last scene of the show zero-ing in on Finn sitting in the choir room while Rachel walked in (presumably returning from being on Broadway) and looked at him and said, "I'm home." Well, this isn't that, but the final performance is pretty spectacular. If you're like me and at some point in time you have appreciated and enjoyed the show - even if you haven't kept up - I implore you to watch this clip. I kind of think the show changed television in a way. Truly inspiring. (This particular scene also reminded me of how much I regret never having seen Spring Awakening on Broadway. #ILoveJonathanGroff)
Happy holidays and have a great weekend!