Monday, May 11, 2015

Priorities


I have a personality where I absolutely cannot sit still or do one thing at a time. I’m currently sitting on my bed, watching TV, writing this blog post, editing pictures, talking to my boyfriend, and thinking about work tomorrow. Ahh! But what I’ve learned so far this year, is that while you can do ANYTHING, you can’t do EVERYTHING. Prioritization is key, especially when it comes to your finite resources: time, money, energy, brain power, vacation days… ;)


I’ve been working on a big project at work for the past 10 months, and it’s finally going live in three weeks. This is the home stretch, and with SO MUCH to do between now and then, it takes up the majority of my brain space during the week. And then y’all know by now that I’ve been studying for the GMAT (goals #7&8 from this post). I’ve tried since January to do the GMAT class AND study every night AND spend the whole weekend working on the blog, but I ended up half in and half out of everything, and completely stressed out. So with a month to go until test day, I cut myself off from posting to see how much I could improve on the test, and it’s gone really well for my stress level and my score. Only two more weeks until I’ll hopefully be done with studying (!!) and then I’ll be back on the blog with all of my effort on June 1st. Honestly, I can’t wait.


I did want to go ahead and post these pictures from the weekend, because a life that only consists of work + studying would be the worst, so I do try and have a little fun too! My boyfriend and I spent a lot of time exploring Baltimore and attending the Maryland Film Festival, which was a lot of fun. My favorite from the weekend was a hilarious comedy short film called The Outfit. You should 100% go see it if it’s screening in your area.


Speaking of The Outfit, this one is all high street except for the accessories. I’ve had this white skirt forever – I bought it at Zara after sophomore year in college – and this leopard top is from Forever 21 about 6 years ago. You’ve seen this bag and these sunglasses a trillion times now (here, here, and here), but these sandals from Børn are worth noting because they are amazingly comfortable. I have three pairs of Børn shoes – wedges, sandals, and loafers – and they are by far the most comfortable shoes I own. I’ll probably buy another pair this summer because they are perfect for travel, especially when you plan on walking long distances.

Okay - I just spent the last 20 minutes looking at the new Børn shoes and while they can definitely go into orthopedic/ugly territory, I love these and these and these. I promise you won’t regret it – it’s like giving your feet a hug.


Forever 21 Leopard Top | Zara Skirt (similar here and here in gray) | Børn Sandals (love these too) | Proenza Schouler PS1 Bag | Prada Sunglasses (in black here)

I wish I could go on and on, but I've got to keep my head down for a just little while longer. I have a bunch of fun things to share when I’m back to it, so hopefully these few weeks away will be worth it long term.

Wish me luck! xx

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Boyfriend Sweater & Boyfriend Jeans


Hello! How is your week going? I am in the best mood right now because the weather is beautiful, and I watched the most adorable movie last night while making dinner. It's called The Lunchbox, and it's a combination of two of my favorite things: Indian food & love. I highly recommend it.


I wore this to work last week, and it was so sunny and beautiful when I got home, that we took a walk and snapped these pictures for the blog. I was running late that morning (which is most mornings for me), and trying to put together an outfit in a rush always takes way too long. These ripped, boyfriend jeans are great for the casual vibe of my workplace, but the black sweater, heeled sandals and leather bag pull it together enough so that I don't look like I just rolled out of bed. This is also the first time I've noticed how much I like the oversized chain strap of the Boy bag - definitely edgier and more youthful than the Classic Flap.


Speaking of edgy - I love ripped denim. Although it's been very popular in the blogosphere & in the fashion world for the last few seasons, I get some mixed reviews from friends & fam every time I wear these in real life. How do you feel about it? I still adore them, and I'd love to add in a pair of super ripped white denim for this summer, as well as a pair of boyfriend shorts. The key to the "boyfriend" fit is to pair it with feminine accessories - heels or wedges are great for that - and to make sure that while the fit is a bit oversized in some places, it's tight enough in others that it doesn't look baggy or saggy.


Banana Republic Sweater (Men's) | 7 for All Mankind Boyfriend Jeans (old, found at Nordstrom rack, similar style here, similar color here) | J.Crew Heeled Sandals (last seen here) | Karen Walker The Harvest Sunglasses | Chanel Boy Bag | Essie Nail Polish in Good As Gold (last seen here)

Monday, March 30, 2015

Monday Musings: 51 in 501 Update



Now that the third month of 2015 is drawing to a close, and 81 days have passed since I started this challenge, I thought it would be fun to check in on these goals of mine. If you are new to the blog, feel free to check out the original post here.

So in terms of the blog, it’s definitely been harder than I thought to post regularly, but I haven’t given up yet. Three times per week (#1) is always my goal (Monday, Wednesday, Friday), but two is more likely, especially while juggling work & studying for the GMAT. I would so much rather be blogging, though :) In terms of a new series (#4), I did just start the “Monday Musings”, which I love because it incentivizes me to write something every Sunday night. I hope you are liking it too! Even though the more specific blog goals haven’t been crossed off yet, I've accomplished other things for the blog, like attending the Create+Cultivate conference, designing business cards, and brainstorming ways to make this space better and better all the time.


In the brains department, I’m a little over halfway through with my GMAT class (#7), and studying is taking up a ton of my time! Hopefully it will all pay off in the next couple of months. I’ve had a lot of plane time in the past 6 weeks, so I did manage to re-read all of the Harry Potter books (#11)… call me a nerd if you want (#ravenclaw) but I love love love HP. Have you read them?!

With beauty, you all know that I changed my hair at the beginning of this year (#15), and I’m still loving the extensions (read more about them here). I’ve been thinking about getting them trimmed a bit so I can start wearing them straight, but I’m definitely attached to the length already. I don’t see these going away anytime soon!

The fitness goals are definitely on their way, but I’m not quite at an 8-minute mile (#20) or ready for a triathlon (#21). I am trying to work out 2-3 times per week, and have really seen a difference with maintaining a consistent routine. I did end up taking another set of ski lessons while I was in Vail last month (#22), although I have a lot of issues with my knees while I ski. I’m hoping that I can keep improving without any more injuries. And obvi, #26 has been the best goal to cross off this list, as I am recently obsessed with the Snacking Chocolate from BarkThins. Have you tried it? The Dark Chocolate + Almond and the Dark Chocolate + Pretzel are my favorites, and I'm definitely going to try the Mint Chocolate next. Yum!


Everything related to home decor has taken a back seat over the past few months, mostly because I haven’t been able to devote any time or money toward it quite yet – everything has been going to travel, savings, and my GMAT class. We are renewing our lease for at least another year, so hopefully I'll be able to get moving on this again soon!

My tactic of getting the more boring things off of this list first is going well – I can’t wait to officially complete #7-9, so I can keep grinding on the fun goals. Hopefully I’ll be able to cross off another handful by the time this summer rolls around... like a fun trip to Nashville with my high school besties (#49) and a trip to Newport (#48) for my 25th birthday this summer. I can't wait!

How is the start of 2015 going for you? Do we have any goals in common? I'd love to know what you are up to! xx

Friday, March 27, 2015

Furry Layers


Today's outfit is almost an exact opposite of Wednesday's! Lots of snow and layers on layers. I think both settings are beautiful - I love the snow and crisp, cool air, almost as much as mild temperatures and blooming flowers - but I'm really looking forward to packing away my winter coats very soon.


This vest is my favorite find this winter, and I'm excited about wearing it into spring as well. While I've been wearing it layered over a coat for extra warmth, it's easy to wear with a t-shirt and jeans in lieu of a coat (as seen here), and it'll be a perfect addition to dresses and skirts over the next month or so.


Anya Hindmarch Fur Vest (via The Real Real) | Zara Coat (old) | Rag & Bone Denim in "Buxton" | Vince Booties | Chanel Boy Bag | Topshop Earrings (old) | Essie Nail Polish in Big Spender | NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil in Never Say Never

Totally off topic, but have y'all caught up on House of Cards yet? I have one more episode left in this season - I had to drag myself away to write this post - but I'm definitely going to finish it before I go to sleep tonight. Eeek! By the way, I'd love it if you'd come back on Monday for another new post. Since this year is already almost a quarter of the way over (whaaaat?!!), I think it's time for a 51 in 501 check-in. See the original post here! Did you make a list of your own? Let me know and I'll link to you.

Have a great weekend! xx