Seersucker Sass: February 2017

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Monthly Coffee Date

Happy last day of February, y'all! Can you believe how quickly this year is flying by?  I'm excited to take a moment and catch up with y'all for our monthly coffee date!  I'm skipping the coffee this month & going for green tea with a drop of Thieves, because I can't seem to stay healthy with this changing weather.  Anyone else dealing with that?

Watching •  The Bachelor.  I can't stop.  My fantasy league was hanging in there by a thread, but now that Rachel has been announced as the Bachelorette, RIP to fantasy team Seersucker Sass.  Did anyone else think Danielle M was going to go all the way?!  Also, can I be best friends with Raven?

Traveling •  If you read my newsletter, you know that I've gone to Nashville twice this month!  My brother had a track meet in Nashville the weekend of my birthday, so we carried the birthday celebrations over for a few days.  Watching my brother run is seriously one of my favorite things in this world, so combine that with good food and amazing shopping, and I couldn't have been happier.

On Wednesday, I was given the opportunity to go to Nashville on Thursday in a co-worker's place, and I jumped at the opportunity.  It was a whirlwind, but I tried a few new restaurants and got to see some of my favorite people.

Preparing •  For Lent tomorrow.  Currently trying to figure out what is allowed when it comes to fasting and what isn't.  In the month of February alone, I've given up carbonated drinks (except when I have a stomach ache... give me all of the ginger ale) and picking at my face, so I decided to take on a new, positive habit.  I am going to join a gym!  I've found one that's on my way home with a class schedule that actually works for me, and I couldn't be more excited.

This is also the time of year when I start getting more experimental with my fish recipes, so if you have any that you love, please send them my way!  Otherwise, I will be eating tuna sandwiches for lunch and tilapia for dinner every week.

Buying •  There will be full posts about this at some point this week, but I've been buying all of the It Cosmetics & Mario Badescu products lately.  I also checked this beauty off of my splurge wishlist!

Celebrating •  There has been so much celebrating this month, as Valentine's Day and my birthday hit in the same week + we took off to Nashville to celebrate my brother's indoor track accomplishments.

I am also looking at today as a major day of celebration.  Six years ago today I was diagnosed with cancer.  I will never, ever forget how terrifying that day was, having to call both of my parents separately to tell them that I had cancer, how my worries of passing exams suddenly felt so small and insignificant, and how my sorority little sister did everything in her power to turn that day around and keep me smiling.  Today I'm going to lunch with my mentor, I'm wearing an outfit that makes me happy, and I'm smiling, because despite how challenging that experience was, it made me who I am today, and by God's grace, I made it through it.  Having cancer at 20 was an experience that made me realize I can do anything I put my mind to, and I choose to use today to celebrate how far I've come in six years.

Learning •  Y'all, I may not have been writing much, but I've been learning up a storm over here!  I've been trying to take more webinars (both for blogging and work), I attended a conference last week, and I'm hoping to block time out on my schedule next month to really dig into Skillshare. (You can get three months of Premium for $0.99 if you sign up through my link.)  I really like Skillshare because you can learn about literally anything on there, and the more I learn, the more confident I feel.

Skimming •  Oh my gosh, y'all, I'm finally a Skimm'bassador!  (This means I referred 10+ people to theSkimm, and you can totally be one too!)  Watching the news stresses me out, but I like being informed, which is why I love theSkimm.  Every weekday, I get a quick, easy to read and digest, non-partisan email about what has happened in the past 24 hours.  If you like being informed, but watching the news gives you anxiety and/or raises your blood pressure, theSkimm is for you.  (And for those of y'all who signed up through my referral link, thank you!! You're the best!)

Shew y'all, that was probably more about me than you ever wanted to know, so please take a moment to fill me in on your life!  What's new?

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Weekend Reading + Nordstrom Sale Picks

Happy weekend, y'all!  After a whirlwind week, I am so happy to just be at home.  I spent last weekend in Nashville, and then on Wednesday found out that I would be going to Nashville again on Thursday and Friday.   Needless to say, I'm really looking forward to an opportunity to just unpack my bags, lay around, and get caught up some blog posts!

I'm excited to share my eight favorite links of the past few weeks with y'all, along with my favorite goodies from the Nordstrom Winter Sale.  Sunday is the last day to shop, so don't wait!  I'm hoping to end up with new jeans and a belt.

Office tour

Detox your life
Travel with dogs
DIY pom pillows with text

Feather print peplum
Beverly Hills Valentine
Chambray cold shoulder top
White button down & denim

What are you up to this weekend?

Friday, February 17, 2017

Twenty-Six: The Year of Relationships

Happy Friday, y'all!  Today is an exciting day for me; it's my 26th birthday.

I know that most people set resolutions for the year on January 1, and I do that too, but I also set a resolution every year on my birthday.  Starting a new year is hard.  In my world, I'm still wrapping up the previous year while kicking off things for the new year, at work, at home, in my community involvement, and on this blog.  The first six weeks of the year start to feel like a blur, so I use my birthday as a day of reflection and time to really think about what I want to work on between this birthday and the next one.  25 was the year of owning it.  26 will be the year of relationships.

(outfit details in this post)

I'm happy to report that last year, I did in fact own it.  I owned the good parts of my life, the bad parts of my life, the messy parts of my life, the challenging parts of my life, and the new parts of my life.  I'm not saying I was always successful (because I totally wasn't), but by "owning" my life, I grew so much as a person.  I stopped apologizing for being me.  I presented my ideas as statements instead of questions.  Last year feels like I went through five years of growth.  How am I only turning 26 after that?!

I learned to travel alone.  I learned to cook actual meals.  I learned about politics and policy.  I learned about art.  I learned about the industry that I work in.  I learned about fundraising and leadership.  I learned about self-care and letting my body rest.  I learned how to use a curling wand and a Beauty Blender.

But in the midst of all of that learning, I didn't spend much time focusing on the relationships in my life.  In fact, I really sucked at it.  I realized that I knew a lot of people, but how many of them did I truly know?  I knew their faces, but I didn't know their stories.

My goal for the next 365 days is to focus on relationships.  I want to cultivate the relationships that are currently in my life and build new ones along the way.  And I hope that when the time comes to end toxic friendships and relationships that are plagued with negative energy, I'll have the strength to do so.

If you have any tips for me on how to be better at this, please send them my way!  And thanks for your continuous love and support.  I'm more blessed than I deserve, and that has been overwhelmingly apparent for the past 24 hours.

(And if you want to follow along with the birthday celebrations today and this weekend while I'm in Nashville, be sure to follow along on Snapchat.  username:  seersuckersass)

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Splurge Item Wish List

One of the most difficult things for me to do is spend money on myself.  I have goals that I really want to achieve in the next three years, and saving money is something that I know that I should be doing.  But all work and no play makes a girl dull, and I constantly remind myself that it's okay to splurge on myself every once in awhile.

Whenever I splurge on things, I set a few rules for myself.  It needs to be something that I already have the money for (but I will put it on my Nordstrom card and pay it off at one time so that I can get the points! haha)  I also prefer to buy splurge items on my own.  Now that I'm an adult with an understanding of how much things cost, I can't bring myself to ask relatives for lavish gifts.  Plus, there is something so rewarding about saving up for something and treating myself!

Because my birthday will be here tomorrow and we are in the middle of tax return season (even though I'm a buzzkill and dump it all into savings), I thought it would be fun to share with y'all the splurges I have my eye on, and in some cases, why I haven't been able to pull the trigger yet.

T3 Whirl Trio Interchangeable Styling Wand //   I have heard so many bloggers rave about this curling wand set.  I finally learned the proper way to use a curling wand a few weeks ago, and now I am hooked.  I've heard that the curls last more than one day, which would be amazing.  

What's holding me back?  I have a $50 curling wand that I bought in high school, and saying that I have used it 10 times is a generous estimate.  I've discovered that with enough hair spray, I have two day curls with it.  The biggest drawback is that I'm really considering chopping my hair off, and I won't have enough hair to use the two larger barrels on.

Gucci Belt //  I have seen so many bloggers wearing these belts, and it's such a sharp look!  I wear a lot of flowy silk tops, and I think they would look great tucked in behind such a gorgeous belt.  Plus, I need a belt because none of my jeans fit the way that they should.

What's holding me back?  I couldn't tell you the last time I wore a belt.

Cartier LOVE bracelet //  This is my ultimate wish list item, and I'm embarrassed at how much time I spend researching these online.  If I could only purchase one more accessory and it had to last me the rest of my life, this is what I would want it to be.

What's holding me back?  The $7,000 price tag.  That is a lot of money, and I'd rather put that toward a new car or part of a down payment on a house or even just toward my retirement.  And imagine how many people I could help with $7,000!

Burberry Scarf //  I think a Burberry scarf is one of the most classic items you can own.  And as someone who loves practical things, what's more practical than a scarf?  Imagine how many winter looks this scarf could upgrade!

What's holding me back?  The price alone.  (But I'm warming up to it because you get complimentary monogramming if you order from Burberry!)

Ferragamo flats //  Ferragamo flats are classic and so chic.  I don't love buying shoes, so really investing in a pair would eliminate that problem for a few years.  Black flats have a really good cost-per-wear ratio, so I feel like this is justified.

What's holding me back?  I'm really rough on my shoes.  I rarely wear flat shoes.  Last time I bought a pair of designer flats, I had to wear blister block with them every day, and the sole wore out so quickly and couldn't be replaced.  #bummer

Hermes Clic H bracelet //  Another blogger staple, I feel major wrist admiration whenever I see one of these.  The white and gold would go with pretty much everything, but I'm also eyeing the black and silver.  (I know yellow gold is hot right now, but my watch is silver and my jewelry is white gold, and it would match so much better!)

What's holding me back?  I haven't had an opportunity to try one on... I worry that it would be bulky on my wrist.

Diva Ring //  I really want to dabble in Youtube.  I'd love to share tutorials with y'all on how I do certain hair styles (like my braided bun) or quick time lapse videos of how I do different makeup looks.  The lighting in my apartment isn't great, so Diva Ring to the rescue on that!

What's holding me back?  I have one video on my Youtube channel.  I'm going to start with mini-vlogs of different weekend adventures, and if I can figure it all out, I'll revisit this purchase in Q3.

David Yurman bracelet //  A Yurman bracelet has been on my wishlist for years, and I believe that it will be my first splurge of 2017.  We all have different pieces of jewelry that we love, and for me, it has always been bracelets.  (Arm party days were my favorite!)  I have my eye on a few of them - one // two // three // four

What's holding me back?  I have tiny baby wrists and physically need to try on items, which I haven't had a chance to do yet.

Black diamond earrings //  Over the past six months, I've really fallen in love with Mejuri.  I love jewelry that is dainty and perfect for everyday wear, and this brand just gets it.  I've been eyeing a lot of their black diamond pieces because I wear a lot of black, and I enjoy the uniqueness of black diamonds.

What's holding me back?  I've never invested in a pair of earrings because they are so easy to lose.  If I bought these, I think the only solution would be to never take them out.

Diane von Furstenburg wrap dress //  I have a small closet, so my wardrobe is something that I don't mind to invest in.  Something I've always wanted to add to my closet is a DVF wrap dress!  I bought my first wrap dress at 14 and never looked back.  This would be a beautiful addition to my closet, and sometimes you can even find DVF on Nordstrom Rack.

What's holding me back?  I prefer to splurge on accessories, as they have a better cost-per-wear ratio.

Thanks for letting me share my wishlist with you!  I want to hear from you - what's at the top of your splurge wishlist!

(And if this isn't your thing, no worries!  We'll be back to business tomorrow with more practical posts!)

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Small Business Spotlight: Mimi Mae Boutique

Happy Valentine's Day, y'all!  How is your day going so far?  I hope that no matter what your relationship status is or your plans are, that you'll use today to spread a little love to someone in your life.  Today's post is really special to me, because I'm showing some love to my favorite local boutique - Mimi Mae Boutique.

Mimi Mae is owned by my friend Cori.  We met when I was in high school because we both took dance at the same studio.  For as long as I've known Cori, her goal has been to work in the fashion industry.  She started out by working in a formal wear shop, and eventually branched out to having an online boutique on the side.  Last August, Mimi Mae Boutique branched out into a brick and mortar shop.  (The exterior is pink, of course, and if you know Cori personally, this doesn't surprise you in the least bit!)

The thing about Mimi Mae that sets it apart from other boutiques is that it feels like home.  The posh pink sofa, that would typically seem just for looks, beckons you to have a seat.  Take a piece of candy from the bowl.  Watch an episode of Gossip Girl.  Enjoy a donut or a chicken mini or whatever kind of treat Cori may have brought in for her shoppers that day.  

When I think about my favorite brands, so much of what I love about them comes from that in-store shopping experience.  There's something about being inside of Lilly Pulitzer that just makes me feel happy and giddy.  When I go to Kate Spade, it's like sensory overload, and I love every minute of it.  And riding the escalator to the next floor at Nordstrom makes me feel like I'm transporting into another world.  So for Mimi Mae, a small, local boutique to make me feel the same way says a lot about how Cori turns shopping into an experience.

I had the opportunity to ask Cori a few questions about being a small business owner, work/life balance, and upcoming trends, so keep reading for more of that!

Tell us a little bit about you.

Anyone with a Pinterest account has surely come across the fun pin that reads Glitter in My Veins at  some point. It is more or a less an accurate description of me. I grew up as the older sister of two brothers, and even though Hot Wheels and Scooby-Doo dominated my Mary Kate and Ashley obsession, I never  strayed away from my girly girl roots. Every special occasion I wanted to wear a fancy dress and shoes to  match. Some things never change. J-14 magazines and Teen Vogue were my literary bibles that I constantly  had stashed away in my bedroom. I could not stop wondering about the up and coming fashion pieces. 

When I was 16 years old I got a call from a formal wear store to work part time. That phone call led to a job that I had for 10 years. I learned so very much from my former boss Kristie. You can study fashion day in and day out but until you work in it you are clueless. 

When Mimi Mae started out, it was strictly online, pop-up shops, and meeting people locally to deliver their goodies, while you still worked a full time job.  When did you know it was the right time to set up shop with a brick and mortar location?

Mimi Mae grew quicker and into something more than I would have ever imagined. Though yes, I had been dreaming of someday having my own store, I never expected it to all evolve to what it is now. The formal wear store I mentioned earlier, Annies Room,  was my life for a decade and I will always have a special place for it in my heart; I like to think that I could pick right back up where I left off but I knew I needed to spread my wings when I truly just could not keep up both anymore. 

Okay, let me rephrase that. I could keep both up, but I truly was not giving my all to my second born. MM. My mom once told me that she feared I would wait and wait to branch out with my online store, and the day I did decide to branch out it would be too late. Needless to say her, words haunted me.

You're a wife, a mother, and a small business owner.  How do you balance it all?

Balance seems to be something I learn to manage a bit better as each day comes. I was blessed with a wonderful husband and father who understands my lifestyle and is always giving great advice as he himself is a small business owner. Our daughter Sophie Mae (like Mae in Mimi Mae hehe) is a spirit like no other. She gives me the motivation to get up and do what I do. Being a boutique owner has been rewarding over the past soon to be four years, and I give all the credit to the amazing customers I have acquired. I figure if I have a positive attitude and do the right thing, everything else will fall into place.

What is your favorite and least favorite thing about what you do?  (Submitted by @Livi_Burke)

My favorite thing about what I do would have to be the buying process. I was introduced to buying when I was a teenager ( over a decade ago, Im getting old lol) by a local formalwear store. Seeing all the new trends and styles every season are very exciting but for me personally analyzing past trend reports and choosing pieces and items to bring to the store that I think my girls will love is the coolest.

Hmmm, my least favorite thing. Gosh this is a tough one. Ok for that question I would say that like any business owner, knowing that one day you can be profitable and the next day is not. Everyday I open the store is another day I thank God that I seem to be surviving. 

What are your three favorite pieces of inventory - past or present?  How do you choose your inventory?

Picking three favorite pieces of Mimi is super hard. More like impossible. I just scrolled through the 2,136 posts and looked I've come to realize rompers + Piko dresses in any color + gift items are my most favorite things that I bring into the store but one piece did stand out to me as one of my most favorite.

Like many people that buy, I do take a look at current trends BUT for me personally, if it looks different and gives me butterflies when I see it come down the runway or spot it in an upcoming seasonal catalog, count me in.

What do you think will be the hottest trends for 2017?

So far anything with a grunge or Kylie Jenner appeal has been doing wonders on the racks at 3813 Memorial. As a matter of fact, the more holes and rips the better for some customers. 

I expect to see prints debut heavily come spring and summer.  Gingham will most likely appear as it does from time to time and is always such a classic. 

Anything with a lace up detail will be well taken with the fashion world. Mimi critics too.

What advice do you have for someone who wants to start their own boutique?

The best advice that I could give to someone aspiring to open up a boutique of their own would be to remain different. Whether it be the aesthetic of your store or your ways of customer service, just be different. People fail daily because they are only trying to climb higher with the ideas of someone else. My favorite college professor once told me: You can set up shop next to a store carrying exactly the same product that you do. But find your reason to make the customer want to walk in your door and not their door.

I'd highly encourage y'all to connect with Mimi Mae Boutique on Twitter and Instagram.  (You can place your future orders through the MM Instagram!)  A big thanks to Cori for working with me on this post.  (And if you're as obsessed with her skirt as I am, you can find it here.)

If there's a business you'd like to see highlighted here, I'd love to hear from ya!  Happy Valentine's Day, y'all!  Love you, mean it!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Current Beauty Favorites & Wishlist

Despite the fact that I don't wear makeup every day, I love trying new beauty products.  My friend Katie did my makeup two weekends ago for the gala we attended, and my beauty wishlist has grown by about a mile because of that.  If I could have one of everything in her makeup bag, I might just wear a full face of makeup every day ;)

I've also received some products lately that I'm absolutely in love with and that deserve a place on your beauty wishlist!

Current Favorites

Saying that I'm obsessed with this product is no exaggeration.  (Seriously, it made the cut on my daily essentials post!)  Exfoliation products are usually not my favorite; they take me back to my self tanning days and scrubbing my skin.  I wish I would have had a product like this back then!  To use the product, you use two pumps, massage it into your skin for 20 seconds, then rinse off the clumps.  Perfect for those days that you need a face mask, but don't want to spare 10 minutes.  This product has done wonders for my pores.  

I was nervous about trying out another eye cream because the last one I tried out was too much for my oily skin.  This is a gel, it's very light, and basically a dream for oily skin.

Katie and I both wore this for the gala, and I was so obsessed that I ordered it for myself!  (Tip - If you order, order from Nordstrom.  Free shipping, free returns, and three awesome samples.)  This is a really pretty nude, and I was pleased with how long lasting it was.  I only needed to touch up once between 6:30 PM and 1:30 AM, and that was right after dinner (and red wine.)

My blood sugar crashed the night that I was planning to get my spray tan, so I ended up just self tanning on my own a few hours before the event.  I use this product during the summer, and I was a little concerned about having flashback on my legs because of the SPF, but I ended up having no issues.  (I did carry around a towel while getting ready because there was a little bronzer transfer while getting ready.)  This product is perfect for spring break or a beach vacation!

Beauty Wishlist

I currently use a really basic contour kit that I bought while prepping for this gala in 2016 because I wasn't sure if I would ever use it again.  I have a really round face, and my cheekbones are nothing to write home about, so when I wear face makeup, contouring is my best friend.  Katie used this product on me, and I really liked all of the color options.

A serum based foundation
Katie used Bobbi Brown's Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF 40 when she did my makeup, and I fell in love with it.  However, I didn't fall in love with the $65 price tag.  After browsing on Sephora, I've found a few more affordable options from Sephora ($11), Bare Minerals ($30), and Clinique ($35).  I'm going to make a Sephora run soon for samples, and I'll report back to you!

The Body Shop Vitamin C Liquid Peel
After trying the Youth Liquid Peel, I'm super intrigued by liquid peels and want to try more!  This one is oily skin friendly.

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Makeup 3-in-1 Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm
I've been reading so much about this in the blogosphere and would love to give it a try!  I currently use a gentle cleanser and then have to go behind and remove my makeup afterward, so I love that this is supposed to totally remove your makeup.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil
This is another product that's great for oily and blemish-prone skin, which is what I'm dealing with right now.  This is clinically proven to give you visibly clearer looking skin in one week, so sign me up for that!

I want to hear from y'all - what are you current beauty favorites?  What's on your beauty wishlist?  I'll be reading your responses before making a Sephora (or Ulta!) trip this week!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Weekend Reading & Sales

Happy weekend, y'all!  I think my biggest accomplishment of this weekend is getting this post up.  Haha.  My work/life balance has been really off for the past few months, and finding the time and energy to create content has been a struggle.  I have an infusion yesterday, so infusion recovery has been the perfect excuse to rest and write from bed.  I hope y'all will enjoy this week's links and sales!

Why I date myself

Be a beginner
Pitch to brands

Valentine's Day sugar cookies with royal icing

Pretty in pink
White bodysuit
Basic tees compared
Non-Valentine's Day outfit
Are sneakers the new high heels?

Aerie // 10 panties for $35, $15 bralettes, and $25 bras
Ann Taylor // Extra 50% off sale styles + $50 off full-price dresses
Banana Republic // Extra 50% off markdowns + 40% off your purchase of $200 or more

Express // Extra 40% off markdowns + 30% off dresses
J. Crew Factory // Extra 30% off
LOFT // 40% off cupid's picks + 40% off markdowns

Happy weekend & happy shopping!  What are you getting into this weekend?

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Daily Essentials

When I polled Twitter a couple of weeks ago about what y'all would most like to see on the blog, a "daily essentials" type of post was the winner.  So today, I'm excited to share with you the products that I use day in and day out.

Morning Skin Care  •  I don't like wearing face makeup, so I try to take really good care of my skin.  I start each morning by washing my face with CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser and moisturizing with Olay Regenerist Luminous Moisturizer.

Easy "Uniform"  •  I've really started to hone in on my personal style, and it has made getting ready for work so much easier in the morning.  I love dresses because they're so easy, but my "work uniform" in the cooler months is typically a loose silk blouse paired with dark, fitted pants, and a pair of either nude or black heels.  (I use a steamer each morning on my silk blouses, and there is something so therapeutic and relaxing about steaming them.)

Three Minute Face  •  After my face is moisturized and I'm wearing real clothes, I do a "three minute face." I start with a tinted brow gel to tame my brows. Since I don't wear much makeup, I like to have dramatic lashes. This lash primer is amazing, and I follow it with this mascara. (Lash tip - The primer dries quickly, so I apply primer then mascara to my left eye, primer then mascara to my right eye, and then apply a second coat to both eyes.) The last step is this lipstick, which is hydrating and gives you a really natural flush.

Quick Curls • I go to bed with wet hair (oops...), so in the morning I never really know what I'll wake up with. Some days I have awesome natural texture, and I just spray a little hair spray on it and let it do it's thing. Most of the time I curl it, just because curling takes me less time than straightening. For polished curls, I use a 1.5" curling iron, and I curl the hair away from my face. For waves that are a little more fun, I use a tapered curling wand, and curl away from my face. (I also leave about an inch out on the bottom when using a curling wand to give it a "piecey" look.)  Other hair care essentials - a wet brush, dry shampoo for second day hair, and hair spray that still allows movement.  (I love Aussie products because the smell reminds me of my mom fixing my hair every morning when I was a little girl.  I wish I had never outgrown that!  Haha)

Daily Accessories  •   The last step of my getting ready routine is to layer on my accessories for the day. I typically wear the same jewelry every day - sorority ring, dainty right hand ring, watch, stud earrings, and two Alex and Ani bracelets - an Armenian cross and a St. Francis bangle.

Lemon Water  •   The last thing I do before I leave is make my lemon water for the day. I'm addicted to Young Living Lemon Vitality Oil. To be really honest, I'm just lazy and don't enjoy chopping lemons every Sunday to last me for a week. I fill up my Kong tumbler with water, put three drops of oil, and I'm set until about lunch time when it's time to refill. The oil tastes just like having actual lemon slices in your water, and since I've started using this, I drink about three 26 oz Kongs full of water each day. (If you use the oil, be sure to use it in a metal tumbler. If you don't have a distributor and want to purchase the oil, you can order through me!)

Work day essentials  •  I start out every work day by sitting at my desk reading The Skimm.   It's a quick news briefing of what has happened in the world in the course of the last 24 hours, and it's just a really refreshing way to read the news.

I also use a diffuser in the office, and now that I've started using it, I don't know what I would do without it.  I typically diffuse three drops of RC oil, which is a eucalyptus blend and is supposed to help with breathing, but I'm convinced it helps me focus.  I use the diffuser first thing in the morning and when the 3 PM slump hits.

Other office essentials - I go through a ridiculous amount of yellow pads, brightly colored post-it notes, and a very specific pen.

Evening Hair Care •  I typically wash my hair at night because I love sleeping and washing my hair in the morning requires extra time away from my bed. This shampoo & this conditioner are my absolute favorites. I've tried so many other products, and I always come back to these because they making my hair soft and grow like crazy, you can buy them just about anywhere, and they're super affordable. When my ends start to look gross, I use this hair mask. I received it for free years ago, and I always come back to it.

Evening Skin Care  •  At night, I wash, moisturize, and then apply an eye cream (c/o).  I recently switched to this eye cream because I like the gel texture so much better than the cream I had been using, as it left my skin feeling and looking greasy.  When my skin needs a little extra TLC, I use this mask (c/o) or this liquid exfoliator (c/o), depending on how much time I feel like dedicating to skin care, as the mask takes a little bit of time and the exfoliator is meant to be used for 20 seconds!

Shew, that's a lot of stuff!  Haha.  I want to hear from you - What are your daily essentials?  Do we have anything in common?  Anything you think I should try?

Happy Thursday, y'all!

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Monthly Coffee Date

Happy Wednesday, y'all!  I had hoped to share this yesterday as a kind of a last day of the month catch up session type of thing, but clearly that didn't happen.  So happy February 1!  February is my favorite month because I love Valentine's Day, and my birthday hits right in the middle of the month so there are lots of mini celebration sprinkled throughout.

Anyway, I'm so excited to catch up with y'all today!  I hope you'll grab a coffee, spend a few minutes with me, and get me up to date on what's going on in your life, as well!

blogger chat

Working  •  I haven't been blogging nearly as much as I would like to, and that's because I have been working non-stop!  I'm not complaining, I love my job and I'm so thankful for what I get to do and the people I work with.  But some days I just cannot bring myself to look at a screen when I get home after spending the past 8+ hours doing so.  Here's to hoping that the next few months bring more free time and more inspiration!

Meeting  •  I briefly touched on this on Snapchat a few weeks ago, but I'm the Vice President of my community's young professionals organization.  This organization has made me realize what type of organizations I want to be involved with, because there's always so much enthusiasm and interesting, out of the box ideas being shared.

Gala prepping / dieting  •  I'm attending a gala on Friday, and I feel so unprepared.  Haha.  My dress alterations will be ready today, and my earrings came in last week, but last Friday I realized that I didn't have shoes... and I still don't have them, so I guess that will be today's adventure!  (Fingers crossed that I can find something like this.)  I also need to pick up some new foundation since I'm getting a spray tan, so hopefully I don't forget to do that!  Haha.  (If you have any drug store recommendations for me, let me know!)  

I've also been "dieting" (aka eating healthy by skipping out on junk food and empty calories) because the fabric on my dress isn't very forgiving, and it is miserable.  I am so used to eating whatever I want and snacking constantly.  So far, I have determined that I'm not a boredom eater, I am actually hungry most of the time.  While I don't love depriving myself from the junk food that I love so much, this has been an opportunity for me to research healthy, filling snacks and meals.  With my health, I need to take better care of my body, and this is a really good way to start.  

Planning a birthday trip  •  Traveling is one of my absolute favorite things in the world, so I'm thankful that its how I'll be spending my birthday weekend!  I'm going to take a quick trip to Greenville, South Carolina to look at art and enjoy some amazing, non-diet friendly food.  If you have any recommendations, please send them my way!

(PS - A low key weekend isn't stopping me from buying myself a birthday outfit... What do y'all think of this top?)

Trying something new  •  It's important to me to be as transparent as possible about my health.  One of the things that has helped me cope most with my diagnosis has been people just being totally upfront with me about their experiences, and I strive to be the same way.  Basically, I don't love taking oral medications.  I don't know if it's a physical thing or a psychological thing, but I struggle to swallow pills.  I also have to be very careful about the over the counter medications that I take.  Cold medicine has a way of causing havoc on my entire system.

2016 was the sickest I've been in a really long time.  I felt like I was fighting something off once a month.  My friend Katie is a firm believer in essential oils, and whenever I was around her and wasn't feeling well (which was often), she would always rub some oil on me.  She never pressured me to buy anything, just educated me on how and why the products worked.  I purchased a distributor kit from Young Living last week, and I'm excited to start a journey to better health.  I don't plan to make this an additional income stream or a major focus of my content; I just liked that the distributor kit was a good starting point, and distributors receive discounted product.  If you're interested in Young Living essential oils, check it out here.

Buying  •  I was really good at saving in January!  I made zero Nordstrom purchases (wtf, who am I?!), and the only things I really bought were gala prep items.  Today I'm treating myself to an early birthday gift.  I'm a big fan of Cara Alwill Leyba, and she just released a workbook that follows the life coaching process.  Cara is so glamorous, and if I had a life coach, I would want it to be her, so this is really the next best thing for me!

Okay - wayyy too much about me!  Please give me an update on you!  How's work and/or school?  What have you been up to?  Read any good books lately?  Have any adventures planned?  I want to hear all about it!