Weekend Wrap Up: 09.06.15

Happy Sunday!

I'm lucky. That's all, really. I'm lucky.
I don't know if that is just my perception because I try to see the bright side of things or my hard work and devotion to my chosen path, but I am genuinely happy with life. I'd like to believe that a little of it is magic... the kind that only comes from things like lucky pennies.

If you've been following me for a while you already know that I am slightly obsessed with lucky pennies. Otherwise, I am perfectly normal, but not when it comes to the one cent sirens. I typically try to keep it under wraps, but this week I may have crossed the 'kooky' line.

I was in the checkout lane, three people back and spotted a shiny disk of fortune at the feet of the fellow on deck. A wave of joy washed over me followed by a shot of adrenaline (it never gets old). At that moment, the kid at the adjacent cash register called me over in an effort to reduce the long line that was forming. I went reluctantly and even considered refusal.

He began ringing me up and making small talk, but all I could think about was how to pick up that lucky penny. You see, I fear that not picking one up that I spot would cause calamity and chaos through the day. Then, just as he gave me the total and reached his hand out for my card, I darted over to the other line and snatched up the penny, and ran back to my place to pay. The look on the cashier's face was priceless. I contemplated an explanation, but decided to pass.

Fortunately, this is one of the few times I have gone a little overboard. I've learned much about lucky pennies (and myself) in the 40 years I have been collecting them. For instance, when walking in Manhattan, don't just stop and pick up a penny without checking the foot traffic behind you first unless you want to land on your face. Also, convince yourself that you don't need the ones in the crosswalks. They've been run over so many times that you will never get them loose without a jack hammer.

Whatever magic works for you, I hope it finds you this week. I will be hard at work on fall content and some fresh new blog posts for you. In the meantime, have a look at some of the things I'm loving right now.

savour... lessons in luck


1 Jiro Dreams of Sushi - on Netflix. This American documentary examines the life of Japanese chef, Jiro Ono, who is regarded as the greatest sushi chef alive. In truth, I don't even love sushi, but this film is so much more than that. The images are beautiful, yet are only the backdrop for an even more beautiful story about family, tradition, and dedication (he's been making sushi for 75+ years). Admittedly, I am a few years late to the party. This has been on my watch list for about a year, but I finally got to it last week. I highly recommend it whether you are a foodie or not.

2 Lowepro Flipside 300 - from Lowepro. Q: Is it a slim city backpack or a camera bag? A: YES. This sleek pack is perfect for navigating crowded city streets or a nature hike. The access is on the side of the bag that presses against your back so there is little chance contents could be stolen from the outside. Inside the bag are removable dividers for camera equipment. There is plenty of room for your camera essentials or you can remove the dividers completely and pack a picnic lunch. For easy access there is a side pocket for storing essentials like your phone and keys. Get it at Lowepro or on Amazon.

3 Eddie Ross / Modern Mix - on Amazon. This new book by style expert, Eddie Ross, has hit bookshelves and is sure to be a hit. The actual title, Modern Mix: Curating Personal Style with Chic & Accessible Finds, highlights Eddie's passion for design and decorating. From flea markets to yard sales, he shows you how to find the best stuff, gather the right tools, and transform your finds into something fantastic. 

4 Blunt XS Metro Umbrella - from Blunt. These people have figured out umbrellas. Nevermind the simply-designed, modern look of it... it is functional. The easy glide opening mechanism means your fingers won't get pinched. The tension system they have developed makes the fabric super taut and it pops right back in place if the wind turns it into a tulip. It is collapsible and comes with a pouch that zips about halfway down to make it easier to manage. And lastly, no pokey corners! Find yours at Blunt or (cheaper) on Amazon.

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