Keeping it Together: 4 Busy Girl Essentials

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Water Bottle | Makeup | Planner | Pillow Cases

How many of you are super busy, over-scheduled, and slightly delirious?  Raise your hand if you are so busy that you have no idea why in the world you’re even reading this blog post.  I feel for you.  There are times when I feel like a slight (read: MAJOR) disaster, too. Oh, but you’d never know it – my game face is good.  And frankly, I’ve become a master of my busy schedule. BUT, I am absolutely, positively, undeniably lost without the following essentials:

Water.  You need hydration to stay alert and maintain your pretty glow.  Water.  Water.  Don’t forget your water!  And when you get home, wash and reuse.  No more wasting money on plastic BPA springs!

Glam.  Your 5 minute makeup routine is the prettiest.  You look natural, well-kept and put together in a flash!   It’s a promise.

Plans.  The classic paper daily planner is still my BFF – even in the digital age.  I make adjustments to mine 2 hours before bed and again in the morning.

Sleep.  If you can do one thing for yourself: get a good night’s sleep.  Every night.  Turn the lights down approximately 1 hour before bed.  Doing so will tell your brain to release melatonin (the Sandman’s favorite hormone).  Maybe one day I’ll write an entire post on the importance of sleep.  Until then, get to counting those sheep!

Running around like a turkey is only fun when you’re playing tag with your other turkey friends.  What?  I’m not sure, either.  Here’s to keeping life organized!



8 of the Web’s Best Sites for Statement Jewelry Under $30

Websites for Jewelry Under $30

Featured Jewel: Samantha necklace by JewelMint

Be the object of everyone’s envy when you walk into the next Stella & Dot party and politely refuse to pay $50 for a spikey, plastic bracelet. I promise that’s not a dig. Their merchandise is too lovely for words. I would gladly buy and wear everything from their catalogs, but I’d be forced to live out of my car and I think I’d really miss hot showers.

If you’re a bauble queen on a budget like we are, here are a few sites that might help you maintain your jewelry hoarding tendencies:

1. Jewelmint

The majority of pieces are marked $29.99, but savvy girls know that’s no deal. Just for signing up, I received a discount code to purchase two pieces for $29.99 total. Plus, the other day I also received an email announcing $10 rings and $15 earrings. Now THAT’S a price point where my inner Angela Basset can get her groove on! Also, free shipping is always a win, win.

2. Baublebar

Prices vary so I typically filter my results by “lowest price to highest” and then I stop scrolling when I hear cash register ca-chings.

3. The Limited

I adore accessories from The Limited. Great quality pieces and perfect for a feminine professional lady. Some of the necklaces start at around $50, but if you’re patient enough, everything goes on sale within a few weeks, sometimes even within days. I receive emails from The Limited and their almost daily deals are ahhhmazing. They make it worth your while to give up your sacred email address.

4. Ruche

Pretty! Vintage! For the best deals, sort your results using the “price, low to high” filter.

5. Charming Charlie

The price is all kinds of right, but the quality is questionable. Best to shop in-store so you can see the quality up-close-and-personal.

6. Nordstrom’s Juniors Department

Repeat after me: When I walk into Nordstroms, I will skip the Kate Spade counter and go straight to the Junior’s Department. Amanda and I both got our watches here and we love them! Also, I get most of my stud earrings here.

7. Forever 21

If you have the patience to shop at a Forever21 store on a Saturday or Sunday, bless your little heart. I outright refuse. No lie, I take days off from work and trek to the mall in the middle of the week just to do my Forever21 shopping in peace.

8. Francescas

*In an Oprah singsong voice* Jewelry BOGOs!!!!


Quotes of Note: Walt Whitman on Your Wall

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My love for the Transcendentalism movement began in high school.  During Junior year, I was assigned a research project on the topic and it cultivated an appreciation for Whitman in ways I never thought imaginable.

On a mission to earn an ‘A’ on said project, I marched out to front yard and yanked a medium-sized chunk of grass and dirt from the lawn.  This didn’t go over well with the adults!  But yes, I was set on the idea of gluing actual “Leaves of Grass” onto the cover page.  High school teachers: I feel for you.

Anyhow, I thought it would be fun to share a couple of cute renditions of my favorite Whitman quotes.  These whimsical prints would liven up just about any room in the house.

My favorite Whitman words of all time:  Do I contradict myself?  Very well then, I contradict myself, I am large — I contain multitudes.  Ladies, you feel free to chant that during your finest hours of hormonal bliss.


5 Things As Golden As An Oscar

Gold Accessories

C'est la vie print from Etsy

This Sunday is the ladies Super Bowl. More popularly known as The Oscars.

I’ve already bumped up my brunch plans an hour earlier so I can make it back in time for the first rounds of the red carpet step and repeat. That’s a solid 6 hours of coverage. Maybe even more. Who knows, who’s counting. It’s the best day of the year. Don’t judge me!

I’m pre-gaming The Oscars, baby, with some lovely gold accessories. Won’t you join me for a quick walk to gorgeous-ville?

Pink Necklace
Pink + gold is always a stunning color combination. Add some feminine spikes and a curved, sturdy chain and you’ve got yourself a golden statue in the lead actress category.

Polka Dots Cosmetic Case
Now your makeup can feel all girly and pretty and tucked away until morning.

Tassel Necklace
There are love songs dedicated to necklaces like this. I love the way it sways. And the pearls are the perfect romantic touch for softening a loose fitting t-shirt and jeans.

Mr & Mrs Glasses
Clink, clink! You think Brad and Angelina drink out of paper cups on Hollywood’s biggest night? No, ma’am. Neither should you.

C’est La Vie Print
You win some, you lose some. That’s life. And now there’s a print to remind you not to sweat all the small stuff.

Ok, ladies. Kickoff is at 8pm sharp. Be there or Bradley Cooper’s perm from American Hustle will be your punishment for the week.


5 Items for an Easy, Laid-Back Stylish Spring Break in Florida

5 Items for a Week in Florida

1. flats / 2. sunglasses / 3. t-shirt / 4. necklace / 5. shorts

No co-eds. No late-night parties. This is a Florida spring break of the classy variety. As in quiet beach strolls at sunrise, lounging in the shade far away from the pool bar, and nightly ice cream indulgences. In other words, I’m really excited! I’m gearing up for a week to sunny Florida in early March for some much needed Vitamin D.

My vacation personality is laid-back cool. A great pair of sunnies, flowy, feminine shorts, a tshirt that says it all, a stunning bauble and a new pair of flats are all I need to make an impression that says: Hold all my calls, I’m currently relaxing.

I dream of waking up without the cry of an alarm clock. Swapping my coffee for a beach run. And comfy, cozy, breezy style. Oh did I mention family time? The most important time there is.


4 Hangable Items that Won’t Take Up Space in Your Closet

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Window Treatments | Earrings | Cherry Blossom Print | Purse

Did I miss something?  I keep seeing market media, blog posts, and magazine ads pushing “the hot new color” – pink.  They are saying things like, check out this season’s color and how to wear the pink trend.  This makes me laugh.   WHEN IN THE WORLD DID PINK GO OUT OF STYLE?

Sometimes I wonder about the fashion industry.  Okay, I don’t wonder.  I know what they’re up to.  Still, it amazes me how quickly trends change and how a single color can become yesterday’s news.  Give it a few years and the item/color is all the rage again.  It’s all slightly foolish.  I will never, ever stop loving pink or “radiant orchid” or cobalt blue.  Why?  Because I try to wear colors that work with my complexion and integrate into my existing wardrobe.  Let’s make a vow to wear whatever color we so desire.  Deal?  Excellent.  I’ll quit with the snark.

Pink excels when it’s paired with neutrals, and I’d consider hanging it somewhere other than in your closet!  It can soften a room with neutral linen window treatments or brighten up your woolen coat with the swing of a shoulder bag.  Endless possibilities, my friends.

It’s good to know the hues in my wardrobe have come full circle… once again.  Trend report aside, what is your favorite color?


Fireplace Cozy, the Chic Cure for Cabin Fever

Fireplace Cozy

Fondue | Socks | Tray | MarshmallowsScarf

Being stuck inside loses its novelty after the second consecutive day of  being snowed in. It’s called cabin fever and it’s becoming a  normal routine here on the East Coast. During our last blizzard, I ran out of chocolate on Day 1.

I almost called 9-1-1.

You know what would remedy the situation? All these things I do not have:

  • cozy fireplace
  • oversized pillow
  • stack of library books
  • chocolate fondue

My wishlist isn’t asking too much, is it? A girl can dream of lounging by a warm fire in cute pjs with thick, wool socks. A gold tray by her side with two hot chocolates topped with gourmet, dark chocolate marshmallows. And if that wasn’t enough, add in a bowl of fresh strawberries and a sweet fondue for dipping. A scarf is essential for sneaking out into the elements to replenish the wood. Oh wait, add in a husband or special loved one to do the heavy lifting.

Yes, now the day is perfect.