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    Pen Pals

    03.10.2015 / FAMILY

    As a child, I attended an annual summer camp in southern Indiana. I’d leave home with drawstring shorts and bug spray and lip gloss stuffed into an orange cracked-leather suitcase smelling of rust and something else, chamomile? And a week later, I’d return with pages of contact info scrawled onto notebook paper tear-outs, tucked into nooks and crannies of the silk luggage lining. Reid Carlisle’s address near my left shoe. Julie Rhynhardt’s phone number by the toothpaste. Before I’d unpack, …

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    The Apple Slice

    03.06.2015 / LIFE

    Here’s what I want to tell you today. I want to tell you that, if my words are causing vibrations that are running opposite to the truths you hold – sound waves striking dissonance or resistance or choppiness in the good and worthy balance you’ve been working toward, close this browser. There is a difference between being actively challenged and being passively influenced. The first is to arrive with a softened heart and an open mind, but with searching eyes …

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    Outfit 25 (Part 4)

    03.04.2015 / PLAY

    Another week, another round of outfits built from the 25 items currently hanging in my closet. I am beating a dead horse here, and so I will simply say this: I have fallen ill to the matters of reducing. I find myself purging everything, from pantries to toy bins and craft closets to medicine cabinets. My local thrift store loves me, or hates me – of yet I have to determine – from the sheer amount of frequent drop-offs they’ve …

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    Upstream

    03.03.2015 / OTHER

    This is the part of my story I didn’t want to write. It’s the part the filmmaker sometimes leaves on the cutting floor, because the character does something to offend, like cracks her gum or runs over a cat with her car, and you think, “Can I finish this movie? Can I get past this and still like her? Can I root for her story long enough to see her through until the credits roll?” And so, the small offense …

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    The Era

    02.27.2015 / FAMILY

    I’ve been craving cheese souffles. The last time I ate one, the kind I’m thinking of, my father-in-law was still alive. Ken and I had just moved home from Los Angeles and we were in a state of limbo, sleeping on his childhood sheets and searching for something that could be ours again. On Saturday mornings, Ken’s mother and I would wake early, just after the sun, and hop in her car to visit a bakery chain just a few …

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    A Simpler Beauty Routine

    02.25.2015 / OTHER

    Note: This is a sponsored post for bareMinerals, a company that believes in potential over perfection, beauty over pretty and pure over parabens. Thanks for reading! As soon as I began purging my wardrobe last year, I started taking steps to reduce the contents of my bathroom cabinet as well. I’ve got a long way to go (I don’t want to talk about the alarming number of lipstick tubes I’ve amassed over the years), but today, I’m happy to report …

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