The Art of Aging

Resident wordsmith, Tuvy, approaches every situation with a little wit and a lot of humour. She contributes monthly columns that will make you think and just might tickle you. Like/love what she's doing? Let us know in the comment section or simply click the heart on the bottom right!

The inevitable process of agingsome dread it, others embrace it. Where do I want to stand?  Somewhere in between “you act very mature for your age” and “wow you look AMAZING for your age.” (Cue Britney Spears’ “I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman.”)

It’s a natural process, they say. With each passing experience, you are supposed to be wiser and more confident even though your hair is falling out and your skin is not as firm and glow-y as it used to be, but yay, go self-esteem! You learn to accept yourself and just have your shit figured out. But what they don’t tell you is that with age, you become scared of things your mother used to constantly nag you about.

For example,

Mom: “Don’t work on your laptop on top of your uterus, you are frying your eggs.”

Teenager me: “Pfftthhh.” 

Present me: “Holy shit, what if she’s right?!”

Since I’ve known myself the longest, I realized that the more days I’m feeling feelings, the more fearful I’ve become. Youth must be a synonym for fearlessness or giving zero fucks, because I used to stroll down the streets of hot New Orleans town without any SPF (whoa, we have a bad ass over here).  Yes, I do have other fears besides questionable moles, but I won’t get into my anxiety over awkward small talk.

I have learned and accepted that aging is unavoidable. I know I am wiser now than 10 years ago.  Instead of spending money on frilly objects, I buy red wine. Simply pamper your body, mind, and soul, and all will be fine. 

Also, give an eff, wear SPF, because baby, you’re timeless.


Travel: Dallas Hyatt's Stay Shop Sparkle

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Dallas. I think I may have visited this Texas juggernaut maybe once a couple years ago. I spent most of the time hanging in the suburbs at my cousin's home so I never earned a valid opinion. When the Hyatt Regency Dallas invited me to get to know the city better through their lens, I leaped at the opportunity to experience their Stay, Shop, Sparkle package. Developed with NorthPark Center, this package is perfect for the stylish girl (or girlfriends or couple!) who is looking for a relaxing getaway with a chic shopping experience.

Josh, Jameson, and I were welcomed with a beautiful corner room overlooking downtown Dallas. Not only was it the perfect location to see the city's glowing sunsets, the Hyatt made sure Jameson was comfortable.  Our room was equipped with a large dog bed, food and water bowls, toys, and treats.  Umm can all hotels do that please? The good news - all Hyatt hotels are this accommodating! We were pretty pooped from the drive so we ordered room service and called it an early night.

The following day, I met the sweetest Kristina of the blog Pretty, Shiny, Sparkly for an amazing day planned by the Hyatt and NorthPark Center team. It started with a delicious breakfast then we were off to do some shopping.  Immediately upon walking in, I realized NorthPark is no ordinary mall. There is a distinctly calm aura about it that Stephanie Abernathy, NorthPark's Tourism manager, explained is one of its standout features. Lots of buzzing activity and traffic but no one is hassling you to buy this and that. Privately owned by the Nasher family, the shopping center carries a careful selection of stores including my favorite Intermix (damage done!) as well as boasts an amazing selection of art. 

After we wrapped our shopping and lunch at La Duni Cafe, Kristina and I were then off to Dry Bar for my first ever blowout experience! Mimosas, a head massage, a pretty environment, and leaving with hair that's finally brushed? I was allllll set for the night's festivities. Later that day, Josh and I were given a tour of the Reunion Tower, which gave way to a stunning 360 view of the city. If you're a techie like me, you'll appreciate the Minority Report-ish computer set-up! Then, we were off to a romantic dinner at Abacus followed by an intimate tour by our sweet driver Eris. Such a great day!

And of course, true to Josh and my traveling style, we took some time out to roam and explore. Such a clean city with a notable appreciation for art. We also found the most charming bakery, Village Baking Co., where we picked up baguettes and croissants that could easily rival real French bakeries! Dallas, you're golden in my book. 

So yep, that happened. And guess what? You can experience this package, too! I'll be hosting a giveaway on my Instagram account this week so make sure you and your bestie and your mom and her mom are following! >> @upperlyneco

Outfits:
1. Forever 21 striped pajamas (long version here)
2. IRO linen t-shirt & Shop Loeil skirt
3. Marc Jacobs dress, Zara three-strap wedges
4. IRO linen t-shirt, Gap sandals (on sale!), ALC bag, Prada sunglasses


Tiffany & Co. T Collection

H&M sweater | ALC bag | ASOS skirt | Tiffany & Co. jewelry | Massimo Dutti heels (sold out, love these)

Last week, I had the fun opportunity to style and wear an almost uncomfortable amount of Tiffany & Co.'s new contemporary line.  The T collection was designed by its new design director, Francesca Amfitheatrof,  who to my surprise, is the first female design director! She also recently made Stylecaster's 50 Most Powerful Women in Fashion. Incredible.  The new line introduces luxury into jewelry that can easily be worn every day.  For someone who is drawn to durable accessories, this collection has my name written all over it! I just love how beautiful each piece looks on its own as well as stacked. 

photos via: becs


Juley & Julia | Watermelon & Feta Salad

A few weeks ago my sister's family clan and I ventured into the Bywater neighborhood to revisit a childhood favorite - Elizabeth's Restaurant (601 Gallier Street). Elizabeth's is the kind of place that people have no frills about visiting. The food is uniquely New Orleans, the people are sassy sweet, and the atmosphere couldn't be further from pretentious. The menu runs the gamut - from duck waffles and crab cake eggs benedict to praline bacon. All fun choices, but on this particular day there was a special that spoke to my lighter side. It was a simple arugula salad of feta, ice cold watermelon cubes, and a lemon vinaigrette that to this day, I can't get over. I tried my darndest and I think, just maybe, I did an ok job of recreating it.  Here it is and I implore you to make this for yourself!

Watermelon & Feta Salad

Ingredients:
About 2 cups mix arugula and spinach leaves
1 cup of cubed watermelon, keep in refrigerator until ready to use
1/4 cup feta crumbles
Sliced skirt steak (or protein of your choice), optional
For the dressing:
1 tbsp. sugar, about 3 tbsp. white balsamic vinegar, juice of half a lemon, 1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil, and salt & pepper to taste

Directions:
1.  Combine arugula and spinach, cold watermelon cubes, and feta in a large bowl, set aside. 
2. Prepare dressing by mixing all ingredients with a fork until evenly combined. Add salt and pepper to your liking.
3. Immediately drizzle dressing on salad, mix, top with your choice of protein and enjoy!