How are we already a week into 2019? The first part of a new year is always time to look back at the previous year & look forward to the year ahead. It’s a time of fresh starts & clean slates. I’ve spent some time over the last week reflecting on what 2018 brought & thinking about what I want to accomplish in the upcoming year. Today I’m excited to share my reflections on 2018 & my goals for 2019 with you!CONTINUE READING
Happy Memorial Day friends! I hope that everyone takes a minute during their holiday to remember those who gave their lives in service for our country & the families who were left behind.
Today I wanted to quickly share some of my favorites pieces from the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale & some of the best Memorial Day Sales going on now. The Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale runs through June 3, so I’ve added a tab under the “Shop” menu that I’ll be updating throughout the sale as things sell-out & new items are added. Some of my most-worn pieces are in this sale, so be sure to check out my Instagram stories today to see which ones they are!
Good morning friends! Your smile is one of the first things that people notice about you, so I am so excited to be teaming up with Smile Brilliant today to share how I’ve been whitening & brightening my smile! This is something that I have struggled with for as long as I can remember. As most of you know, I love coffee & red wine, neither of which are ideal for keeping your smile sparkly white. Over the counter whitening products never did much for me, so when Smile Brilliant reached out, I was eager to give their professional system a try. I cannot begin to tell you how pleased I am with my results & the Smile Brilliant at-home teeth whitening system! The Smile Brilliant custom teeth whitening kit is just like what you’d receive at a dentist’s office, at a fraction of the cost. Plus, Smile Brilliant makes it so easy to get custom teeth whitening trays from the comfort of your home – their kit contains everything you need!
Guys, I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am to be heading off to the Caribbean next week for a 7 night cruise with Royal Caribbean! This will be Patrick & I’s second cruise together, but we’re going to 2 new ports this time to keep it new & interesting. We’ll be stopping at Roatan, Honduras, Costa Maya, Mexico & Cozumel, Mexico. Follow me on Instagram & Stories to keep up with all of the fun! In the meantime, I’ve been planning my outfits in an attempt to keep from over-packing & today I’m sharing what to pack for a cruise vacation!
1: Denim Peplum Top // 2: Sparkly Dress // 3: Pink Cover-up // 4: Asymetrical Top (sold out in olive) // 5: Scalloped Shorts // 6: Blue & White Sundress // 7: Boho OTS Top // 8: Racerback Dress // 9: Block-heel Sandals // 10: Flat Sandals // 11: Striped OTS Top // 12: Cold Shoulder Dress // 13: Bell Sleeve Dress // 14: Green Tank // 15: Distressed Denim Shorts
A few weeks ago I shared my newfound love for Rent the Runway’s Unlimited subscription service in a See It, Love It, Want It post. It’s been another month & I am even more obsessed with the service, if that’s possible, so I wanted to share a little more details & some of my finds. As I mentioned before, Rent the Runway now has a huge selection of everyday, work, & casual clothing, handbags & accessories. Think brands like Kate Spade, Tory Burch, DVF, Derek Lam 10 Crosby, Joie, Rebecca Taylor & so many more!
Good morning! I’m back in the office for the start of another work week, but I know that lots of you are at home enjoying the long weekend so I wanted to pop in to share a few of the amazing President’s Day Sales that are going on right now. You know that I love a good sale!
This year, rather than blindly set resolutions as soon as the clock strikes midnight on January 1 (which I inevitably break by mid-month), I decided to take my time, go through Whitney English’s “Well-Designed Year,” & really think through where I want to focus my time & energy in 2017. I love that the “Well-Designed Year” guides you through setting goals that align with your principles, powers, & passions. While I used the “Well-Designed Year” last year, I went back through the process of uncovering my values & passions because those can change over time. I don’t want to get into the rut of focusing on the same goals year after year, even though those goals no longer align with what’s most important to me. I wasn’t surprised that many of my principles & passions were similar to last year, but there were a few changes. I used Tom Rath’s StrengthsFinder 2.0 to identify my powers & it was really cool to see myself so truly reflected in the results. It’s also interesting to see where the overlaps are: Learning & Thinking & Reading, Compassion & Fairness, Integrity & Responsibility, Balance & Harmony & Organizing.
After going through the process of identifying your principles, powers, & passions, you brainstorm all of your potential goals in each of 5 categories. These aren’t necessarily things that you have to accomplish in the next year, but an idea of what your ideal achievements would look like.
Once you brainstorm what you want to accomplish this year, you bring it all together as three “big ideas.” Rather than focusing on specific goals, the “big ideas” are your areas of focus for 2017. Many of my goals centered around my family & personal well-being, so two of my “big ideas” are my relationships & my health. My family, spiritual, & personal goals fit under those two areas. My third “big idea” is this little corner of the internet since it includes two of my big passions – fashion & writing. I love having a creative outlet & this year I really want to focus on my content.
Once you have your three “big ideas,” you have your core! I keep a copy in my Day Designer & hanging above my desk for easy reference throughout the year. Anytime I feel myself straying off course, I can refer back to my core values, strengths, & passions, plus my mission for the year to refocus myself.
By now, almost everyone has heard of The Zoe Report’s Box of Style. Every season, it delivers over $400 of exclusive Rachel Zoe picks for only $99! I started receiving the Box of Style this past fall & was immediately hooked! The soft, color-blocked poncho was a game-changer. And let’s get real – if Rachel Zoe says that something is a must-have, then you have to have it. Plus, it’s a chance to get pieces that can’t be found anywhere else. In case you’re undecided, I thought that I would share what was in the Winter 2016 box. Click here to get $10 off your first box!
Everything comes packaged in a chic box. Usually, the box is black, but I like that they changed it up for winter. Each item is individually wrapped in tissue paper, so you the excitement of unwrapping each little gift! It’s the small things in life, lol. Included in each box is a guide with tips on how to use each item.
Dylanlex Zoey Custom Necklace ($200)
How gorgeous is this crystal necklace?!? I tend to lean toward more delicate jewelry, but I cannot resist this statement maker. The length is adjustable so you can wear it as a choker or more of a collar. I wore it recently with jeans & a white button down for some instant glam! I’ll also be pairing it with a cocktail dress later this week. The necklace was designed exclusively for the Box of Style, so you can’t get it anywhere else!
Soia & Kyo Olivia Cable Knit Hat ($50)
We don’t get many days where it’s cold enough to need a warm beanie, but this soft knit one will come in handy when it does! Subscribers got the choice of three colors – black, winter white, or burgundy. I went with the winter white because it’ll go with just about everything in my closet.
Sunday Riley Tidal Enzyme Brightening Water Cream ($65)
Winter weather can be so harsh on your skin. My skin is more dry & breaks out more during the winter, so I’m always on the lookout for something to give my skin a little TLC. I was excited to see this cream included in the winter box. It’s a water-based cream that will soothe & hydrate the dryest skin. It also helps fight wrinkles & brighten dark spots. You can layer it on for a deep hydration mask at home, or wear a thin layer under makeup during the day to protect skin. I love how light it is & it smells sooo refreshing!
D.L. & Co The Zoe Report “Birch” Custom Candle ($50)
I am a candle-hoarder. Seriously, I can’t walk out of Bath & Body Works without a new scent. This black & gold candle is perfect for a winter night, with a woodsy “birch” scent. Right now, it ‘s sitting on the desk in my home office, ready for me to buckle down & do some work! I was really impressed by the quality of the candle, it holds a ton of scent & the jar is heavy glass. Once I’m down with the candle, the jar will make a great holder for makeup brushes!
Dagne Dover Leather Card Case ($50)
Does anyone else have trouble finding a wallet small enough to fit into a clutch? I have so many cute, tiny bags that I love to carry out, but I end up just tossing my ID & cards into the clutch & hoping that I don’t lose anything. This card case holds just the essentials – ID, credit card, some cash – & fits perfectly into my smallest bag! I carried it several times over the break to keep everything together & organized while out & about. When you aren’t using it as a mini-wallet, it’s a chic alternative to a business card holder.
Clinique Lip Color + Primer in Berry Pop ($18)
A deep berry lip is a great winter alternative to the classic red lip. I’d been looking for the perfect color & it turned up on my doorstep! This formula has a built-in primer to make the lipstick go on smooth & last for hours. Anything that combines steps is a lifesaver in my book. The berry color is universally flattering & is saturated to stay true as it goes on. The color + primer also comes in 15 other shades, so I may have found my go-to formula.
Juciy Couture Viva La Juicy Fragrance (bonus!)
As a bonus, each box contained a trial size of Viva La Juicy, a fresh & fun fragrance. It blends berries, vanilla, & jasmine for a floral, fruity scent that will be amazing for spring!
This month I got the opportunity to try out POPSUGAR’s Must-Have Box service. I was so impressed with the value that I received in September’s box – nearly $150 in products! The products included are full-size, no tiny one-use samples here. I love subscription boxes, like POPSUGAR’s, because they are a great way to try new products that I wouldn’t normally pick up for myself. You can use the code SHOP5 to get $5 off your first box now! Just click here!
Jack & Lucy – Bicoastal Wide Brim Hat (Sugg Retail $58)
The first item out of the box was a wide brim, fedora style hat. It’s an effortlessly chic classic that will pair with everything from a clean suit to distressed denim. I am not typically a hat person, but this allowed me to experiment with it at home. I can definitely see this hat becoming part of my weekly wardrobe. The best part? The hat is adjustable to fit a range of head sizes! Genius for someone like me – my smallish head tends to let hats fall down over my ears in a weird way. Overall, the quality is good, the fit is easy, & the style is classic.
This mani kit has everything you need to keep your nails in shape in an easy, cute, & portable pack – clippers, a nail file, scissors, & 2 shaped pushers. It immediately went into my purse, because is there anything more annoying than a chipped or split nail when you lack the tools to fix it? Now, no matter where I am, I can take care of any mishaps before they get worse! This would make a great gift or stocking stuffer for any beauty addict.
This restorative hair mask promises to reduce breakage & restore natural vibrancy to even the most over-processed hair using B-vitamins, rosehip and argan oils, algae, and biotin. I’m a little skeptical of most deep conditioners because they can weigh down fine hair like mine, but after one 5 minute treatment, all I’ve noticed is softer & more manageable hair. The cream was light-weight & smells like summer – amazing! It doesn’t contain sulfates, parabens, or silicones, so it’s safe for color-treated hair. Briogeo recommends weekly treatments, with best results after at least 3 treatments, so I’ll keep you posted on my results!
Flint Lint Roller (Sugg Retail $9.99)
I have 2 animals at home that both shed uncontrollably, so I also have lint rollers everywhere. This tiny little tube contains a retractable lint roller. I love it! You can toss it in any bag & know that the top sheet will stay sticky & clean. It’s easily refillable & 60 sheets are only $3! Plus, because you aren’t throwing away the plastic base that a typical lint roller is made from, you’re helping to reduce waste & protect the planet.
I love a good lipgloss! At any time, I probably have a half dozen in my bag, lol! This Smith & Cult lacquer meets all of my expectations. It’s a thick gloss with high shine, but isn’t sticky or tacky like some glosses. Don’t let the bright red color scare you – it goes on smooth & provides a layer of sheer coverage. Gold microshimmer adds a cheeky touch to this beauty staple. Because it’s vegan, & paraben & gluten free, it has an extended wear & you don’t have to worry about what ingredients you’re putting on your lips.
The GFB was founded by two brothers, who had trouble finding high protein but still tasty snacks. They created these little bites & bars. All are vegan & gluten-free, made without GMO’s or dairy, & are sweet & high-protein. Holy deliciousness! These tiny little bites pack a rich chocolate flavor, which combines perfectly with the toasted coconut shell. They’re only 100 calories for 2 bites. If you’re worried about being able to tell that they’re vegan or gluten-free, don’t be! They are so tasty & have a smooth texture. The best part, I can recognize & pronounce all of the ingredients! I cannot wait to try the other flavors!
**This is a sponsored post. I received a complimentary Must-Have Box in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**
Belated happy new year! I cannot believe that it’s already February! Between getting back to work after a long holiday break & the start of Mardi Gras season, I’ve been incredibly busy. Even though it’s a full month into 2016, I want to start this blogging year with my goals for 2016. I don’t want to spend too much time on the nitty-gritty of yearly goal setting right, but I do want to share what works for me.
Last year, I used Whitney English’s “Well-Designed Year” program to evaluate 2014 & make some long-term goals for 2015. It is an amazing program & I highly recommend using the worksheets to identify your strengths, weaknesses, & passions. Using those as guidelines, you can set goals that align with what matters most to you. There are countless other similar programs out there & the trick is to find the one that works best for you. I am using the “Well-Designed Year” again. I also used Year Compass’s “Close 2015 – Plan 2016” booklet & Emily’s Ley’s free “Family Meeting” printable to review what worked last year & what I need to improve on.
Rather than make a long list of goals, which are usually just a million things that I wish I could accomplish this year, I like that the “Well-Designed Year” takes you through discovering your strengths, passions, & values. For some reason, the hardest part for me is always discovering my 5 passions. It’s a time consuming process, but it’s so worth it. You then come up with 3 “Big Ideas,” which are the 3 most important things you wish to accomplish or focus on for the coming year. I love that the process allows me to focus on what is really important, instead of what I think should be important. It’s no surprise that narrowing down your goals & focusing on your passion helps to set you up for success! Here’s where I am so far in my planning:
Now I need to break down my 3 focal areas, or big ideas, into smaller & more manageable steps. Last summer I shared how I plan my week & I’m continuing the same process in 2016 using the new mini-Day Designer. I really love that the planner is designed to work with the “Well-Designed Year” & I can keep my goals, broken down into manageable steps, in mind as I plan my days, weeks, & months.
Here are some more great resources to help you make the most of 2016:
- 8 Habits of Successful People That You Can Master in 15 Minutes – some of the best habits that help really successful ladies keep track of their tasks & stay on top of everything
- How to Recharge and Find Happiness in the New Year – 10 tips for coming back stronger in the new year
- How to Make a Great Plan for Success in 2016 and Actually Stick To It – tricks for putting plans into action in the new year
- 6 Habits from Successful People Under 30 – you don’t have to be under 30 to learn something from those who found success young
- Great Expectations: Setting Intentions for 2016 – just because resolutions aren’t your thing doesn’t mean you can’t lay out some goals
- The Coveteur’s interview with Leah Chernikoff – career advice from Elle.com’s editorial director? yes, please!
- The Definitive Guide to Setting Successful Goals – the 5 steps to achieving your goals this year