At Home, In the Office, Life in general

Morning Reads

October 29, 2014
Morning Reads on We Heart Beauty

Wednesdays are always hard for me. Before completely diving into things head first on my hardest day, I like to start the morning with some organization and work/life balance inspiration. Between planning a wedding, working a full time job, trying to reach my fitness goals, and freelance brand planning I need to make sure I continue to remained focused. These articles were inspiring to me and a good read is a great way to get a little hump-day motivation.

1. Interview with Ashley Brooke in The Well Designed Life Series by Mary Verett: My dad used to always say “there’s a time and place for everything,” and I’m starting to understand the phrase more and more in my adult life. I wear so many hats and don’t just work regular office hours since I continue to work on my freelancing even when I come home. But I often get too excited for projects, and end up working even if the hubs and I were supposed to be having a Netflix date. As Ashley Brooke says in this interview, “I am better at my job when I have boundaries” … and it’s totally true. Remembering to be focused when the time is right is a challenge for me that I am working on.

2. Get More Sh*t Done in Women’s Health Mag by Kate Ashford (pictured): I am easily distracted by pretty much anything. This is why I live by my lists – because if I don’t write it down I won’t remember that it needs to get done. This article in the November 2014 issue of Women’s Health Magazine has some excellent tips regarding staying focused and getting more sh*t done in general. My favorite tip? Removing all “new email” outlook and gmail alerts. Since I get these on my phone, I really don’t need them on my desktop too!

3. Is it Better to Work Hard or Take a Step Back? on The Julia Kristina Blog by Julia Kristina: Sometimes I feel over worked and incredibly stressed, but I never want my fears of failing or a lack of focus to get in the way of my dreams and goals. It was great to read this post by Julia Kristina, a Registered Clinical Counselor in Vancouver, BC, as she brought up an amazing point: “The point is, don’t let fear stop you from working to pursue your goals, but also don’t let fear cause you to work so hard that you neglect the other really significant and meaningful things in life.”

My Style, Shopping, Style

Fall Style Picks

October 28, 2014

fall style picks featuring faux fur vest

H M grey v neck sweater, $24 / Abercrombie Fitch Faux Leather Vest / Vero Moda slim black pants, $34 / Forever 21 boots / French Connection saddle bag / Karl Lagerfeld felt hat, $300 / Charlotte Tilbury lips makeup / Not That Kind of Girl A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned”

I’m a sucker for a good trend. In this case, I’m a huge sucker for faux fur vests and wide brim hats. While I only own a faux fur vest right now I’m doing my best to track down a hat that doesn’t look ridiculous on me. And also leather leggings that don’t make me look insane. Really this is more of a “what I would wear if I could pull it off” style board. The reality is I’m wearing pink minnetonkas.

And along with everyone else, I’m reading Lena Dunham’s new book and it is everything I wanted it to be and more. Hilarious, awkwardly uncomfortable, and pure genius. I highly recommend it and I’m only 50 pages in.

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Review: Neutrogena Hand Cream

October 27, 2014
Neutrogena Norwegian Formula fast absorbing Hand Cream

As the weather gets cooler and I reluctantly put on a pair of tights, my skin starts to react in an unpleasant way. I grew up with eczema all over my arms and even on my face. Now that I’m older the dry skin skips my face (thankfully), but goes straight for my hands. It’s to the point where even just washing my hands results in uncomfortable dryness and even little cuts if I’m not careful.

When I’m at work one of my biggest peeves is when my lotions are so sticky that they inevitably leave residue all over my keyboard and mouse. At first I started using the Neutrogena classic Norwegian Formula®. However, it is so thick and was a lot heavier than what I needed. Neutrogena Norwegian Formula® Fast Absorbing Hand Cream is its sister: fast absorbing (obviously), light, and non-greasy, which means my keyboard and mouse get a nice break from being over moisturized. Problem solved!

This gentle hand cream lives with me at all times when temperatures start to drop, and with good reason. It provides immediate relief to my dry hands and keeps them smooth and soft. Plus, at only $4.99 it is obviously worth the investment.

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My rating? 5 out of 5! The price is right and it works wonders.

 

 

In the Kitchen, Lifestyle

Halloween Party Recipes

October 26, 2014

I’ve been throwing an annual Halloween party for a few years now, and it is always a fun excuse to eat too much candy get creative with treats. I used to shy away from heavily themed snacks and go the more “color coordinated” route, but I think this year I am definitely going to try my hand at a little bit more complicated recipes. Gotta try and level up my Domestic Goddess status!

1. Halloween Bark by Family Fresh Meals: With a prep time of 1 minute and a cook  time of 5 minutes I doubt I’ll be able to mess this us! (Famous last words)

2. Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats via Eille la cheap: Anything that doesn’t require an oven is perfect in my book. That food coloring though.

3. Easy Pumpkin Cupcakes by lilluna.com: Pumpkin and Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting? I’m in! And it will be nice that only one thing will require the oven.

4. Frankenstein Marshmallow Pops by JustaTaste.com: These are simply too cute for words. And who doesn’t like marshmallows?!

We were originally going to have our party on Halloween, but I am obv going to need some time perfecting these recipes, so November 1st it is. And as for the costumes: we always do this thing where we wait until the last minute to figure out what to be. We have a few good ideas in the running, but any suggestions for me and my two roomies would be very much appreciated!