Thursday, February 15, 2018

Avocado Mattress Review

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When we set our minds on moving back to Maine 5 months ago, my mind went to one thing: finally getting rid of our awful mattress. Really. That's what I thought about. Not the gorgeous scenery, the proximity to family, or the calmer lifestyle. Nope. Finally bidding adieu to the world's gnarliest mattress took top spot (seriously, the thing looked so bad I actually laid awake at night plotting how we'd eventually discard it without the neighbors seeing it... insomnia does funny things to a person). Anyway.

Let me explain. We'd been sleeping on this mattress for 10 years... but its history goes back further. Before we shared it, it was Chris's mattress from high school. By 2017, it was old, it was unsupportive, and it had developed a pronounced lump at the center that had become a sort of third entity in our marriage. This lump was uncomfortable, but even worse, it acted as a separator. Which is funny... but only in retrospect. No one wanted to lie on the lump, and even if you tried to, you'd sort of just end up rolling into one of the human-shaped divots on either side of the lump. It was problematic... at best. The final nail in the gnarly mattress coffin was that we were both exhausted all the time, despite getting a decent amount of sleep each night. This alone was a sign is was time for a new mattress. But neither of us knew where to start. After sleeping on the mattress we had, we weren't thrilled with the chemical-laden, super pricey options out there (most mattresses are made with formaldehyde, a chemical I'm absolutely not down with inhaling every night, and most traditional mattresses are so expensive they require financing). Knowing we'd be moving in with my mom for a few months, it was the perfect opportunity/excuse to say farewell to our nightmare mattress and search for something new. On moving day, I don't think I've ever been so excited to kick something to the curb.

But of course, we still didn't have anything to sleep on. Until I connected with Avocado Green Mattress. Avocado Green Mattresses are made with natural Dunlop latex rubber, harvested in Asia with zero trees harmed in the process. The final product is anti-microbial, resistant to mold and mildew, and a natural barrier to dust mites (all very important qualities when you consider how close your face is to that mattress every night!). These mattresses are also VOC-free (volatile organic compounds), meaning there's no off-gassing – once your mattress is set up, you can sleep on it 30 minutes later. Finished with New Zaland wool and organic cotton, and strategically-placed steel coils, the final product – which is made to order mind you, not sitting in a factory waiting to be bought – is majorly supportive, firm-yet-extremely comfortable, and the perfect temperature whether it's hot or cold (we had fist-hand experience with this in my mom's home of constantly fluctuating temperatures!).

We chose the pillow-top option for a bit more support, as we're side and back sleepers and I tend to have some pain in my knees and legs after running, and also picked out two of their pillows. After a bit of wait time after ordering (remember, they're made to order), two big boxes appeared in the front yard, containing our mattress and pillows. Time to set up! These mattresses are no joke. I recommend getting some strong friends to help you get your mattress set up, because this ish is heavy. Even the pillows are heavy. The mattresses are vacuum-packed and arrive in quite a bit of plastic, but as we recently learned when we moved our mattress from my mom's to our new place -  they need to be (I'll get to that more below). It's also tall. The pillow top adds a few inches, and it's actually recommended for platform beds, so until we figure out a solution for our beloved bed frame (not the one pictured here, which was our temporary bedroom), we're sort of Princess and the Pea-ing it.

But let's cut to the chase and answer the big question: How are we sleeping? Like freaking babies, folks. Freaking babies. You know that Cinderella song that goes, "you don't know what you got, 'till it's gone"? Well our version goes, "you don't know how crappy your old mattress is, until you replace it with a new one." I think we've got a hit single. I've had virtually zero post-workout pain, and we both have an easier time getting out of bed in the morning (a sign of a restful night).

Pros:

  • Truly eco-friendly, with no harm to trees and no off-gassing.
  • Supportive and will keep you warm in cold weather and cool in warm weather.
  • Made to order, not sitting around in a factory waiting to be shipped out.
  • Affordable (especially when compared to traditional mattresses) and financing is available for those who choose it.
  • Certified sustainable.
  • Greenguard certified to ensure rigorous emissions standards are met.
  • Just extremely comfortable, soft but not too soft, firm but not too firm.
Cons:
  • Extremely heavy. Just be prepared to enlist several friends or hire a couple of circus strongmen if you have to move your mattress. There are handles on the sides, which are helpful, but it still took five people to very awkwardly transport ours from a moving truck and up five stairs and into our new place (not flights of stairs, just five stairs). This isn't so much of a critique as it is a heads up – just be prepared.
  • The pillows aren't the most comfortable, especially if you're a fan of softer pillows. I use mine as back support if I'm reading or working in bed (they're great for this purpose), otherwise it sort of gets shoved aside.
  • Not the friendliest to traditional bed frames. But that's also not the end of the world. If you don't have a platform bed, just know you may have to make some adjustments.

Would I recommend Avocado Green Mattress? Yes, absolutely. In fact I already have to a friend and a co-worker. We're so pleased with ours, and finally feel as though we're getting adequate rest. I also love knowing we're not breathing in fumes or dust mites at night, which helps me sleep even more soundly.
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This was our temporary bedroom at my mother's house. I've linked same and similar decor items below, as a lot of it was either pre-existing or bought secondhand (like the rug and bed frame). I'll post a tour of our new bedroom soon! This post was in collaboration with Avocado Green Mattress. As always, all opinions are my own and have not been influenced in anyway.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Weekend Links

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Happy Sunday! It's been a quiet couple of weeks over here... because life has been really fu*&ing busy. Last weekend I celebrated my birthday and we've spent the past four days painting our new place... and we're so totally not done yet. It's a surreal feeling, as though Chris and I have been running a weird marathon for the past 7 months (really for the past * almost * year) that's finally sort of coming to an end. But only sort of, because really it isn't... maybe we're just at a much-needed hydration station of life? Ha! I think that could be a good way of looking at things, because, you know... life has it's up and downs or maybe sprints and rests... I don't know... anyway! I'm keeping my fingers crossed we get moved in by mid-week. As much as it's been a godsend to stay with my mom these past several months, I'm ready to be in my own place again – and decorate. I feel like it's rare to have the opportunity to start over in a sense, and we're planning to make the most of it. Have a lovely week!


It's almost spring (is it though?) which means it's almost kimono season (I'm making this a thing) - love this one

Because we can't ignore it: Four ethicists walk into a super bowl party

The perfect self care gift for Valentine's Day

Speaking of self care - Tether Yourself (a concept for teens that I believe we should all adopt)

Think it's chocolate? Think again. How carob traumatized a generation. This made me laugh.

February wishlist: a pair of cozy pjs, some nice weather so I can wear walkable slides and a great pair of jeans, and a goes-with-everything minimalist bag

These vintage drawer knobs would be pretty on a rehabbed dresser or even reimagined as coat hooks

Valentine's day desserts you can make right now

Spring in Maine is so far away but I can't stop dreaming about it - love this embroidered jacket and these cute as heck jeans

Found! An affordable version of those cute cat eye sunglasses your favorite IG models have been wearing lately (so cute with this dress)

What to do when you worry yourself awake (*slowly raises hand)

Dreaming of the perfect linen duvet cover - love this one

DIY rose chocolate bark for Valentine's Day - simple & delicious!

Love these pretty handmade earrings

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Vintage Pea Coat at Portland Headlight

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Mostly thanks to thrift shopping, over the past several years my cold weather jacket collection has gotten somewhat... out of hand. I blame living in Pittsburgh, which turned out to be the thrifty jacket capitol and where my collection seemed to multiply (thanks also to a thrift shopping habit fueled by too much time alone). I've reigned it back a bit over the years, but as we've already discussed, when you live in a cold-ass climate, a fun jacket jacket can make or break your winter style goals. This one has jumped from my closet to the 'to donate' pile more than once, but every time I wear it, I remember why I bought it (and with the menswear-inspired pieces that have been dominating lately, it's more relevant than ever). Tips for finding a great vintage jacket at the thrift store? Shop in the boonies, shop at the very beginning of the season (when everyone is getting rid of their old winter stuff and thrift stores finally put out seasonal pieces), and always check the men's section!

Paired with my vintage self-cropped jeans (which were thrifted in France, incidentally), Dr. Martens (my #1 purchase of 2017), and a vintage fisherman's cap, I thought the look struck the right balance of 60s-meets-90s and was surprisingly warm for a frigid day on the coast. Like, really really frigid. I'm not sure I've ever been so cold, so fast, but we absolutely needed to see the ocean on this day. And by "we" I mean me. Since signing the lease on our new place, I've been obsessively calculating the distance from our apartment to various beaches and guys, everything is so close. I can't wait for summer. But first, we gotta get through this winter. And for that we need... you guessed it... coats!

(P.S. - Shopbop is having their first big sale of the yearTake an extra 25% off all Designer Boutique sale styles with code GETLUXE from today through 11:59pm pst 1/25)

Wearing: Thrifted vintage peacoat, thrifted vintage Levi's 501s, vintage fisherman's cap, Dr. Martens 'Clemency' boots, Baggu bag, Moorea Seal earrings, Zara turtleneck

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Weekend Links

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Happy Friday! I'm super stoked for the weekend - nothing huge happening, just excited for a couple days to rest and reset. I'm almost more excited because I don't have huge plans. Tomorrow I'm getting together with some old friends from summer camp, then I'm planning to work on some freelance stuff. And that's all. We move in a week and a half, so I've been focusing a lot on planning out our move (we got the go-ahead to paint! Which is awesome and also super daunting at the same time). Anyway - Have a wonderful weekend, what are you up to?

This pretty vintage floral dress has me dreaming of warm days (how cute with a pair of Dr. martins??)

I'm in the mood to bake this weekend - how good do these sourdough cinnamon rolls look? And these vegan white chocolate banana muffins?

Pretty much dreaming of a vacation to anywhere right now - would love to wear one of these sleek swim suits and accessorize with any of these fun beach accessories (but especially that peacock pool float). And maybe one of these breezy boho sets, too.

This apartment tour is serving up some serious inspiration for our new place (we got the go-ahead to paint!)

Swooning over these fun (and super affordable) jewelry pieces (those moon earrings!)

The cookbook we should all add to our shelves (everything looks incredible, too)

How cool is this planter?

My friend's brother made a movie and it looks so good

Loving all these fun cards

Fairytales for the modern woman

Obsessed with these simple home necessities (those peace sign hooks would look pre-tty good in my new bathroom)


Monday, January 15, 2018

The Secret to Getting Through a Bitterly Cold Winter

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You guys. It's been cold. Like, really cold... -23˚f cold. On the flip side, it's been sunny as hell and I 100% do not regret moving to Maine (thinking back on those city wind tunnels, oof..shiver...) BUT, winter is long here (at least an extra month or so), and therefore, certain survival methodologies must be activated. Chief among them: a fun coat.

Like, a really fun coat. Maybe more than one.

I'm not fooling around here. This season, more and more bright accents have been making their way into my fairly neutral wardrobe, and honestly? It's made a difference in my mood. Last winter I found myself stuck in a rut of sorts, I was traveling back and forth to Brooklyn three times per week, waking up at 5am, and pretty much wore the same thing everyday. Working from home in the middle of the woods? One might expect the same thing to happen, but living here has had a surprising effect on my personal style.

I actually feel inspired again.

So, yeah. Maybe an all-black outfit with a cool coat isn't groundbreaking, but frankly, I think it's a pretty solid outfit equation for when it's cold as hell but you want to look cute. Also, pro tip for you long haired ladies: braids from now 'till April because static is not our friend.

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Weekend Links

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Aaaaaand it's the end of the week again. How? HOW? This week FLEW by and I don't understand it. I guess it was kind of a big week - we spent a few days house and cat-sitting for our neighbors, where we enjoyed unlimited hot water that didn't require a song and dance routine to get (hot water at my mothers is iffy in the first place, extra iffy when it's negative degrees), AND our big news: we were approved for the apartment we applied for! We're both so excited, but it feels a little surreal. If you had asked me at the beginning of 2017 where I thought I'd be in 2018, I don't think I would have answered "back home in Maine" or even "Portland".  Life is wild like that. We move in early February, and while I'm actually a little nervous to leave the calm of country life behind (my stress levels are possibly the lowest they've ever been), I can't wait to be within walking distance of things again. And be able to ride my bike to the ferry and the beach. And be close to some good friends.  What a rare luxury is was to actually be able to calmly look for the right apartment, instead of the usual harried rush of our past searches. I'm excited to move in (not excited to move in February... in Maine) and even more excited to get set up and really pick and choose what we want to bring back. As someone who has a tough time letting go of things, I think having the majority of our belongings in storage for four months was probably one of the healthiest things I could have done for myself. I'm ready for a fresh start with intentionally-chosen favorites and no clutter (ugh, the clutter struggle is real). So excuse me if this link roundup is a little decor-heavy.

These vintage suede boots would be perfect for this weird weather we've been having (warm today, negative 9 tonight!)

This has been getting a lit of attention for good reason: "I made the pizza cinnamon rolls from Mario Batali's sexual misconduct apology letter"

On my wishlist (besides a tropical vacation): Cool loungewear, goes-with-everything boots, rainbow-everything (these make me absurdly happy), because for god's sake we could use some color around here

How to stay organized in 2018

Speaking of color and decor - how pretty is the new DesignLoveFest for Target line? Love this cute settee 

A fascinating look at an off-grid community

Save an extra 40% off sale items from Free People! Including one of my favorite dresses, this cozy jacket, and this pretty velvet wrap dress

A Cuban coffee sounds delicious (with a fascinating history)

Two cookbooks I want to try: The new Healthyish Cookbook and the Plantpower Way

You guys, this RUG. So gorgeous.

Save up to 40% off home items from Urban Outfitters! Love these cozy pillows.


Sunday, January 7, 2018

Weekend Links

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Happy weekend! We're cozied up cat sitting for our neighbors after a whirlwind weekend of apartment hunting in Portland. It's slightly earlier than we planned to move, but when the right one comes along, the right one comes along and we've got our fingers crossed the one we have our eye on works out. As I'm sure you know, it's been freaking ridiculous incredibly stupidly cold (I'm talking -23˚f at 8:30 am this morning), and after three weeks of this weather, I'm over it (actually, I think everyone is over it). But! This week looks as though we're going to get a much-needed break. Who knew I'd actually be looking forward to a 30˚ degree day? On Tuesday we're headed to a local ski mountain for some night riding, and I'm looking forward to getting back to the gym this week.

This vintage kimono would look gorgeous with a black turtleneck and vintage Levi's

Did you catch the incredible super moon last week? I've never been happier to live in the country with zero light pollution. Love these moon phase bracelets (these too!)

A fascinating theory about Muppets and us

PSA: the Madewell sale is now an extra 40% off (this sweater, I'm serious guys)

Found my next weekend project

Three beautiful calendars: one, two, three

How to survive _rump's second year in office: engage politically

Curious about this pretty mask - anyone tried it?

Maybe she's born with it...

Roasted vegetable crumble? Yes. Please.

I'm almost done with this book and loved it - woman returns to the hometown she once despised... very relevant material!

Another book in my amazon cart

Examples of toxic femininity in the workplace (don't worry, it's funny)

Tried those Love Beauty & Planet shampoo, conditioner and body wash this week and fell in love. Really want to try these.