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I'm fully aware that I am *possibly* the worst blogger to exist on the face of the internet. I've hinted at this in a few other posts (trust me, they aren't that many...), but I've fallen out of love with blogging at the moment. This is not to say that I still don't enjoying creating content and pursuing creative realms, but the act of being an influencer and always being "on" has really taken a toll on me. I like to believe that I'll come back to blogging more reguarly, but I'm taking it in piecemeal. 

Last week, I took a much needed social media detox and simply deleted the apps from my phone. During that break, I realized that I do enjoy certain aspects of social media and the authentic content that certain individuals put out into the world. However, I came away knowing that I used to spend way too much time concerned with other's lives and the image they put out in the world than I should have been. In fact, I have been practicing the technique of consuming "mindful media".

For me, that means following people that promote positivity or provide something that I want to learn about and explore, and unfollowing accounts that don't do anything for me. It is also paying attention to what you consume apart from social media; think about podcasts, television shows, etc. I am much more chill with shows and movies though.... watching Baywatch was one of the best decisions I've made in awhile. Ha. 

To continue, another reason that I decided to refocus my energy away from social media and into the real world, is that I want to truly live in the moment. That my friends, is still a work in progress and probably will continue to be. I'm slowly finding ways to be present. Spending less time on Instagram is one way. I'm also training for a half-marathon and have found running to be mediative to me. Just me, the music, and my two feet. Speaking of music, I've been on somewhat of a "music exploration", thanks to Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Times. Music.is.just.so.cool. 

I can say it everyday, life is too short. There is no reason to not live your best life and do it the way you desire. Oh I know. It sounds so incredibly cheesy and cliche. However, as I've learned over the past several months, all of this takes time. So, start today or tomorrow. Just get out there and do what you love. Simply start.

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September's Best of the Best

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Why hello, it's been some time. September was a weird month full of transitions. I've been focusing on spending less time plugged into the internet and I've noticed that my mental clarity is much sharper than ever. Truth be told, another reason I've been MIA is that I just haven't been in the right mindset to blog. Social media is fickle and even after several years, I am still trying to find some balance in my life. To jumpstart my journey back to blogging, here are my long overdue monthly favorites. Oh, and tomorrow is my eighteenth birthday! 

Above (L/R): Mark Rothko Orange & Yellow (1956) and Orange, Red, Yellow (1961)

Through My Eyes

White Collar: USA Network totally peaked from 2009-2012 with its amazing lineup of Suits, NCIS, and White Collar. After catching up on Suits over the summer, I decided to switch gears to White Collar, the FBI meets con-man meets art theft show. It's one of those shows that becomes redundant after a while but still provides some mindless entertainment when necessary. 

Lady Gaga's music videos:  I have been the biggest Lady Gaga fan since her Fame Monster days and genuinely think she is the best artist of our time. One night this month, my brother and I watched a ton of her music videos, which are essentially genius pieces of musical and visual art. My favorites are forever Marry the Night, Paparazzi, and You & I. Go take a look. 

Autumn movies: You've Got Mail, When Harry met Sally, Hocus Pocus, Love Story, Rushmore, Dead Poets Society.... Autumnal movies should be a film genre of their own. I always find them to be both comforting and nostalgic. I recommend watching them all with a hot coffee in hand. 

In My Ears

Playlists: I've curated some new playlists for fall that you can access via Spotify. Here are some of my favorites right now:

Gold Dust Woman - Fleetwood Mac

Last Mile Home - Kings of Leon

No You Girls - Franz Ferdinand

Drinkee- Sofi Tukker

Wake Up - Circa Waves

Everything Now- Arcade Fire

Green Light (Chromeo Remix) - Lorde

Whole Wide World (Unpeeled) - Cage the Elephant

The Man- The Killers

 

In My Wardrobe

Vintage Kimonos: I purchased a vintage kimono style jacket via Etsy after being struck with sartorial inspo from nothing other than... The Parent Trap. Does the yacht dinner scene ring a bell? Instead of going the full mile, I plan to wear my new jacket with denim, t-shirts, and boots. 

Checkered vans: Speaking of funkier pieces, I finally jumped on the checkered vans wagon a decade too late. The ultra classic skater shoe received a modern update with a small platform. Safe to say, I have not worn any other shoes this past month. 

 

In the Kitchen

Tumeric: I've been reading up on anti-inflammatory diets and gut health in order to get my skin back in balance. A few things I've been doing are: 1) cutting down my coffee intake (at least a little bit), 2) drinking kombucha regularly, 3) taking a probiotic, and 4) sneaking in tumeric here and there. Some of my favorite ways are a golden milk latte or as a seasoning for tofu and vegetables. 

Waffles: Since it's starting to get cold again in the mornings, I have started to incorporate hot breakfast again, in lieu of smoothie bowls.  A favorite of mine is protein waffles. All I do is mix my favorite (vegan) chocolate protein powder, buckwheat pancake mix, baking soda, maca powder, cinnamon, coconut sugar, and some almond milk together. Pour it into waffle maker and out comes pure magic. 

Other & Other

Early rising: Getting back into a routine is always difficult. Add school into the equation and oof... One of the things I've been actively attempting to improve is my sleep habits. Truth be told, my sleep schedule is often out of whack, especially as school work piles on, so unless I make a conscious effort to sign off and get some shuteye, I'd be up till the sun rises. One of the biggest "hacks" that has helped me is having an Amazon Echo Dot. No joke. Having an alarm that you can't just switch off and roll back to bed makes a big difference in my morning. Once I hear that annoying sound, I am ~forced~ to get up and at it. 

 

introducing wavves

I'm currently in the tedious, yet enjoyable, process of redesigning the brand-new Sailing the Sea of Style website. But, I wanted to stop and present my latest project, "wavves", a visual and moving diary. 

As a sailor, I've had a longtime love affair with the ocean, so I finally wanted to express that love from behind a lens. wavves is a multimedia collection of photographs and short films that capture the untamed beauty of the ocean with the reckless passion and uncertainty of youth. 

 

episode one, season one was shot in Montauk, NY. 

featuring strangers by the kinks. 

I'm Back

 

Well, well, well.

Fancy seeing you around here, as it’s been quite some time. I finished my final exams last week, so I’m pleased to announce that I’m d-o-n-e with junior year. If you talk to any other person who has gone through this treacherous year, they will firmly agree that it’s akin to Dante’s 9th Circle of Hell. The absolute worst. It’s only recently hit me that I’m going to be a senior come September, but let’s not rush life. We have a full summer ahead before we even have the to cross the bridge to the land of stress, college, and my final year of high school.

During those crazy weeks of finals, I made an executive decision to take some time off from blogging. The main reason I did this was because I simply had zero time to focus on anything else other than school. The other reason, which I think is crucial to bring up, is that I wasn’t feeling inspired or motivated to blog. I know this could be seen as some ~saucy~ news to both readers and fellow people of the interweb, but yes, sometimes I just don’t want to post. After (almost) five year of blogging, I’ve realized that it’s okay to not be “on” all the time. A break is exactly what the digi-doctor ordered. 

So, at this point, you may ask… “Sloane, what’s next?”

And to that my friend, the answer is that some changes will be aflutter around here this summer. In the near future, STSS will begin the process of changing from a blog to an online portfolio with a blog component.  

Now, now, I don’t want you to think this is just for the sake of college applications or because I’m lazy. This is a decision I’ve been planning for awhile because as I grow and change, I feel like my own digital space should reflect that growth. 

Continuing on, in the next month or so, you will witness some design changes being born. To be honest, I’m not exactly sure if these changes will be happening overnight or… Forever and always winging it. Additionally, I have a plethora of digital back-logged posts from the past few months that deserve a spot in the online universe. Keep your eyes peeled for those. 

Now that the we have the nitty-gritty out in the open, time to dig into the goof stuff. What else is in store for this summer? I’ll be dancing the day away at Gov Ball on Saturday, followed by some time out in Montauk for quality surf and sun. No doubt that you’ll see me in the great Ocean State. Both Texas and California are on the horizon in July, so I’ll see you there. Finally, thank you for sticking with me this year. I’m completely aware that content has been up and down and back up, but I’m back.

Until next time, folks. Signing off. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Endless Summer Mentality

I possibly might be downright mental and have caught a severe case of summer blues with the bits of glorious weather we've been having, but I'm counting the days till summer with enthusiasm. When I was younger I loved summer just like every other kid; it brought along the chance to play all day long, be covered in head to toe sun protection (ahem, thank you mother), and enjoy another three months of good old-fashioned fun in the sun. But, as I have "aged" and entered the limbo years of half-adulting and half-youth, summer as turned into a sacred bliss. We dream about in the dark depths of winter as we are huddled underneath several fleece blankets, remembering the times of 8 pm sunsets and outside dining. 

When I think of summer, I see rose-tinted skies, sticky humid heat, short dresses, and the way the light catches each surface. Living is easier, laughing is more frequent, and it seems as if everyone has taken a communal chill-pill. In the summer, there are less shoes, more sunscreen, the music a *little* louder, and I'm taking the long-way home in order to enjoy the wind in my face. In attempts to freeze time, I take photographs and screenshots of funny texts and weather forecasts in order to remember that summer mentality so that when the time rolls around, I'll try to put myself back into that mindset.

If you are in the same boat as me right now, make a list of all your favorites things of summer... the weather, the people, the food, the sky.... and think of ways to implement your own endless summer mentality into the off-season. Ways to do so?

Go to the beach. Spend time outside. Drink iced coffee even though fingertips might freeze off. BraiD hair. Listen to Jimmy Buffet, Zac Brown Band, and your summer playlist. Chill out. 

Even though summer is technically just a season, think of as a way of life until the real deal rolls around. Only 119 days to go, but who is counting? 

*all images via Tumblr*

 

Life, Recently

Long weekends are the best the world can offer me. Nothing is better than shaking up the normal routine with a vacation routine... aka waking up at 10 and proceeding to consume endless cups of freshly-brewed coffee. If you know anything about me, is that I have the strongest inability to sit and do nothing. So, when the rest of the world vegetates somewhere, mindlessly eating and lounging, I'm off doing something. So, this what I got up to over the past few days during this burst of Spring weather in February. 

On Thursday and Friday, I returned to my old summer intern stomping grounds at Fohr Card. I jumped right back into my work routine with one of the best teams around, enjoyed delicious New York lunches, and all the little things that brought me back to summer- even though I was wearing a puffer jacket and wool socks. In addition to being back in the Fohr Card offices on Friday, I also met up with Maryellen for an early morning coffee at sun-filled Lafayette. for meeting for the first time, Maryellen and I connected right away blabbering about coffee, Greenwich (both repping the 06830), blogging, politics, and so forth. Plus, we scored some ten-out-of-ten 'grams with the morning light. As Friday wrapped up, I went to Dogpound and literally wrapped up for my favorite workout. My calves are still sore, so pardon me as I go foam-roll for hours on end. 

On Saturday, my mom and I ventured out to one of the best corners of the world, east end of Long Island. I find myself out there more and more during the off-season, so you can bet I'll be there this summer as well. We fianlly checked out the renovated Gurney's Inn, followed by a delicious lunch and ace people watching. After all, it was Valentine's Day weekend and let's just say, some people did not get a ring! The day would not complete without mutiple trips to Hampton's Coffee and one muddy shoe (do it for the pic, right?). 

Sundays have become my favorite day of the week because they are top-of-the-line for much needed "me" time. It also doesn't hurt when Mother Nature pulls a 65 degree and sunny stunt on New England- global warming strikes again! My day was spent driving with *all* the windows down, a long run down by the beach (along with everyone else in town), and a smoothie trip. Now, I'm really excited for summer. How many days to go?

As for Monday, I'm into my third cup of coffee and basking in this bizarre February sunlight. Adios kiddos.