It has been unbearably hot for the last few weeks, but it’s usually too cold in my office for a sleeveless look. Our A/C was out at work last week, giving me the perfect opportunity to wear light summer dresses! This dress combines the gingham trend with a breezy fabric that’s perfect for this heat. I combined it with understated jewelry & cut-out pumps to dress it up a little for the office.
See It. I’m an introvert by nature, so my ideal weekend would be a time to unwind & recharge. Somehow that never seems to happen & my weekends end up just as packed as the week. I try to squeeze in activities that didn’t make the cut during the week, which gets exhausting. I think that many of us overload ourselves in the mistaken belief that success comes from constant hard work. Enter Career Girl Daily’s 7 Activities that Super Successful People Do During the Weekend! Turns out that a time for recharging, reflecting, & spending time with loved ones can help you succeed!
Love It. I’ve been a subscriber of every monthly beauty box on the market, but I ended up with a box of samples that I may never use. Then I found Rocksbox – for $19 a month, Rocksbox will send you 3 pieces of gorgeous jewelry at a time! Start by completing a style quiz & building a wish list. Then a stylist will select 3 pieces to send to you from collections like Kendra Scott, House of Harlow, & Gorjana. You have the option to keep any of the pieces for a discounted price, or send them back to exchange for new pieces. So far, I’ve received two boxes & kept one piece (pictured above). I’m still debating a piece from my latest box.
Want It. I’m a sucker for anything personalized. It doesn’t matter if it’s my name, monogram, zodiac sign, whatever – I’m going to want it. I love that this gold-foil-stamped Taurus print uses the constellation, rather than the typical bull image. It’s modern & feminine at the same time, & would look perfect in my office!
I’ve worn this sundress so many times already this summer! It really is the perfect piece for looking put together in the summer hear. The breathable linen is perfect for keeping cool without much effort. I love that the embroidered detail spices up the simple little white dress. Add white wedges and a delicate bar necklace, and you’re ready for any outdoor fete. I’ve also added denim jacket or blue cardigan for work.
Today I want to share a hair product that has changed my life! I got a sample of this little gem in my Birchbox last year & it sat in my maybe-I’ll-try-this-later box of samples for a few weeks. I have super fine hair that tends toward oily, so I’m always suspicious of leave-in treatments. They tend to weigh my hair down and/or make it look greasy. After a friend, who has a similar hair type, raved about the Beauty Protector – Protect & Detangle, I decided to give it a try. I’ve been using it daily ever since & cannot praise it enough!
First, it smells great! While not critical, it’s always a nice treat to have good-smelling products.
Second, it detangles! My fine hair tangles up instantly when I get out of the shower. I’m trying to grow out my hair some more, so it’s important to protect against breakage that can occur when combing out wet hair. Protect & Detangle makes it so much easier & less painful to manage my wet hair.
Third, it protects! If I’m going to wear my hair down, I have to wash it in the morning. Washing at night only leads to oily, unmanageable hair in the am, & a ponytail. Washing in the am also means I have to blow-dry it almost daily to avoid going to work with wet hair. Protect & Detangle has reduced the broken/split ends & fly-aways that come with constant blow drying, plus it helps protect the color from heat.
Fourth, it lightly conditions! As I said, my fine hair leans toward oily, so I can’t deal with heavy conditioners. They also tend to weigh my hair down. With Protect & Detangle, even after blow-drying, my color-treated hair is soft & shiny. It’s lightweight so I don’t feel like I lose any volume either.
Finally, it’s versatile! I use it daily on wet hair to detangle & protect before blowing drying. But, it has also come in handy to detangle dry, windblown hair before brushing out.
Top: Loft, very similar on sale! // Jeans: Loft (an extra 60% off!) // Shoes: old, similar & similar // Bag: Rebecca Minkoff, similar // Ring: Pink Peonies Collection // Necklaces: Kendra Scott; Stella & Dot, similar
Here’s a quick look at what I wore for a recent date night. I apologize for the poor quality photos, it was a spur of the moment shoot with an iPhone! I planned the entire look around the fabulous, ruffled red shoes. I’ve had them for years & don’t wear them often enough! I went with my favorite fluid tank from Loft in black (the cream version was shown here), skinny jeans, & delicate gold jewelry.
See it. One of my favorite parts of summer is the opportunity to spend time outdoors with friends & family. And there is no better outdoor activity than cooking out! Food52’s 10 All-American Classics is a timely collection of classic foods that includes everything from deviled eggs and potato salad to pie and fudgesicles. I’m excited to try the rosemary-brined buttermilk fried chicken!
Love it. After seeing this skirt on Suburban Faux-Pas, I decided that I had to have it. It’s fun, it’s flirty, it can be dressed up or down, and best of all – it’s covered in flamingos! It arrived yesterday & it’s even better in person. I can’t wait to wear it out! Expect some photos soon.
Want it. I’ve always sketched and painted, so I recently decided to explore graphic design as a creative outlet. It is easier for me to sketch by hand, then import a design into an Adobe program for finishing up. I recently discovered Paper by FiftyThree, which is an amazing app that allows you to freehand sketches, diagrams, paintings, etc. on your iPad. The Pencil is a stylus designed specifically for use with Paper. Although it connects to Paper, bit also works as a non-connected stylus in any other app and on any other touchscreen. I cannot wait to get my hands on one!
It’s that time of year again – the annual Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! Not only is it the time to score amazing deals, but it’s usually my first look toward fall fashion. Here’s a look at what I have on my wish list this year. I’ve been eying Kate Spade’s Gramercy watch for awhile, so this is the perfect time to snag it in gold! For fall, I love big, cozy sweaters & deeper colors. This olive green one has a little extra interest with a deep V & asymmetrical hem. I also try to take advantage of any chance to get a classic DVF wrap dress at a discount. This hot pink clutch may look a little out of place among the dark colors, but I just can’t resist grabbing a bag in such a fun pink!
I am a people-pleaser by nature & find it very hard to say no to people & opportunities. I find myself involved in many different organizations, in addition to finding time for family & friends. It can be hard to keep all of the balls in the air! It’s easy to become overwhelmed & anxious if I don’t have a good system in place for organizing my schedule & to-do lists. Today I thought that I would share how I organize & plan my week. It’s taken time to discover & fine tune what works for me. My method may not work for everyone, but hopefully you’ll find something to incorporate into your own routine to make keeping yourself on schedule a little easier.
I use a combination of a paper planner & Google calendar. My paper planner is heavy, so it doesn’t go everywhere with me. Every appointment goes on both calendars, so I have access to my schedule regardless of whether I have my paper planner or my phone. I typically take 5 minutes at the end of every day to be sure that all appointments are reflected on both calendars.
I schedule a planning session every Sunday. I used to go through several paper planners every year, searching for the perfect fit. Then I found the Day Designer & I am hooked! I especially love the yearly goal setting section & the online community of support, but more on that in another post!
I begin my planning session by syncing Google calendar and the monthly calendar in my Day Designer. I use a color-coding system for all appointments, so I can easily tell if a category (work, personal, volunteer) is out of balance. I use the “monthly to-do” section to list what my book club is reading for the month & any other notes/reminders for the month. Erin Condren’s customizable event stickers fit perfectly, so I use them for important birthdays & holidays. It’s important to keep your long-term goals in mind when planning for the week, so I love the “goals for the month” section as a daily reminder of my top 3 monthly goals.
Next, I move on to the daily pages. I transfer any appointments to the daily pages. The highlighted time is my workday. I’ve found that highlighting the numbers, rather than blocking out time allows me to add in meetings or appointments. I don’t use all of the boxes in the upper right of each page – I cover “dollars” with a hydrate sticker to track my water intake & I use “don’t forget” for any upcoming activities/events that I need to keep in mind. I try to use “dinner” to meal plan for the week, but I’ve been pretty lax on that recently. Maybe that will be one of my top 3 goals for August. I often use the “download” section to jot down notes, thoughts, etc. each day. There’s also a space for writing down your “gratitude” each day, thought I’ve been falling behind on that too. Another August goal?
I keep a running to-do list in Evernote, so I can jot down tasks whenever I think of them, even if I don’t have my paper planner handy. During my weekly planning session, I transfer the big to-do’s to my paper planner. These are typically tasks that must be accomplished, or completed, on a certain date . I try to spread the big tasks out evenly over the week. Again, I use my color-coding system as an easy way to determine if any category is occupying the majority of my time. It’s all about maintaining balance!
Each morning, I take 5-10 minutes to plan my day. I review my schedule for the day & the previous day’s to-do list to see what tasks were not completed. I prioritize my top 3 to-do’s for each day. These are usually tasks that have a hard deadline, though they sometimes get bumped to the next day if I don’t quite finish. Then, I look to my running to-do list & fill in the other tasks that I hope to accomplish. It’s so satisfying to see a completed checked-off to-do list, so I try to be reasonable about what can be accomplished in a given day. If a task remains unfinished at the end of the day, I simply move it to the next day’s list. I take a few minutes at the end of each day to review what I accomplished & note what I’m grateful for.
And that’s a brief overview of how I keep myself organizing & on schedule! I’m constantly tinkering with the system as I learn more about what works, & what doesn’t. Now, on to the fun part! I don’t decorate my planner as much as some people, I prefer a clean layout, but I do like to add a little pizazz with stickers. Here are some of the fabulous stickers that I use to decorate & make certain to-do’s or appointments stand out. Faye Creates has become one of my most-visited Etsy shops. She has so many adorable options & is constantly coming up with new ones! The hydrate, plan, and dot bar stickers are also from Faye Creates.
**Thanks to Blog Society for the gorgeous title image!**
I wore this look over the weekend to run errands. You may have seen this Market & Spruce top styled with jeans on my Instagram last week. I received the dolman sleeve top in my latest StitchFix and instantly fell in love – it is unbelievably soft and comfy! Pair it with shorts, sandals, and a great tote, and you’re ready for a day of running around town. I added gold jewelry, including my favorite monogram necklace, to finish off the look.
We eat a lot of Mexican food in my house. If possible, Patrick would have chips and salsa with every meal. Over the last year or so, he has perfected his homemade salsa recipe. I love that it’s so flavorful, without setting your mouth on fire. I’m a wimp, so he always sets aside a portion for me, then adds extra jalapeno to his.
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 can Rotel
1 large can diced tomatoes
1 large jalapeno (diced)
1 tsp minced garlic
1/2 white onion, finely chopped
1 Tbsp salt
2 Tbsp vinegar
1.5 Tbsp black pepper
Juice from 3 limes
Fresh cilantro to taste
Dump all of the ingredients into a blender. Blend until the tomatoes are pureed. I like a pretty smooth consistency, but you can blend less if you’d like a thicker salsa.