She didn't cry, but she didn't smile” was the caption that accompanied Raelyn's first (hilarious) Christmas photo with Santa // At 11 months, this kid already knows she's too old for this stuff. . This bundle of cute & cheeks, I swear, with all her sweetness & sass - we couldn't love her more! . . #ARZchristmas #babiesaregravy #RaelynofSunshine #photowithsanta // @veealley @happybacardi
This image & its message (thanks @jengotch) was the focus I needed to finally get the latest post on my blog written and out into the world. It's about the struggle of doing what you love & detaching it from shame. Duh. . In the name of transparency, I talk about giving up my seat at 'the cool table', what it's like on the adult version of The Island of Misfit Toys, and finally reveal the job that's been providing me the money to live and pay dem damn bills. It's probably not what you thought. . . #WelcometoLife #wereinthistogether #thestruggleisreal #noshamegame
Christmas Eve’s in two weeks. Let’s cut ourselves a break, shall we? // #ARZchristmas #truebokehapp
I went on a walk with my sister yesterday evening, and it didn’t look anything like this photo. It was pitch black out and I had on two pairs of pants, a sweatshirt, my Northface jacket, a beanie, and my hood over it. New York Decembers don’t play. ❄️🎄 We walked a good mile in our neighborhood, passed houses lit for Christmas, called our dad, talked about how hard it is to make friends as adults, and stopped at Walgreens. Thank goodness for the precious time we spend together in this lonely season and confusing time.
#ARZ_recentpins for #december // This month: quiet and crafty, with a subtle & chic color vibe -- the way the look of Christmas is in my real life this year, kinda a little maybe. . . For some reason, I like the idea of pink hair in December. // Millennial pink decorations and DIY wrapping paper too. Holi-DIY is the best kind of DIY...especially when it's durable enough to last forever, or easy enough to recreate each Christmas 'til the end of time. // longing for a comfy velvet piece of clothing. // been thinking a lot about future Christmases with a kid. I imagine we would paint large scale cardboard animals and use them as wall decorations & festive displays. I'd dress her in velvet too. // finally those two words: begin again. ....because I never realized how much I love them paired together, contextually & aesthetically. ...and because we all begin again when that clock strikes midnight on 12/31. ...and we all begin again with each and every moment that passes. // #dreams #beginagain
Okay...weird creepy paper-lover confession: for several years, I’ve been rinsing out and saving my red Starbucks cups. 🙈 What can I say? I like the idea of looking back and seeing the design evolution over time (although by now there’s probably a website for that. ...or a Buzzfeed article. Sheesh!). I was reeeallly close to displaying them all on my window sill as part of ‘the look of Christmas 2017’ but decided against it. I came to the conclusion it would create too much of a ‘Hoarding: Buried Alive’ vibe. 🙃 // I’ll figure it out. One of these Christmases, my odd little stash will get their time to shine. ✊️😎♥️ #notsobasic #ARZchristmas