Life in general, Lifestyle

Summer Throwback

January 21, 2015
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It has been pretty unreasonably cold in NYC lately, and let me tell you that this California girl cannot hang. Sure, it’s warmer than it was last year during the Polar Vortex (ugh), but that doesn’t mean I can’t be cold! I love a good faux fur vest but I miss the sunshine like you couldn’t believe. I’m seriously about to get my indoor tanning on just so I can be around Vitamin D a little bit. Instead of subjecting my skin to that, I’ve decided to reminisce and troll some of my summer archives. Care to join me?

Love this post from the weekend my mom came to visit –  little did I know this would be the first of many times I would see her throughout the course of the year!

Remember that time I got engaged? No big deal. Just the best friggin day of my life!

That time I had all the feelings – although now I’m starting to recognize that perhaps my unwavering standards end up making me more stubborn than I need to be in certain scenarios. More on that next week.

The last post of the season - big changes from the year before. 2014 was such a great year to me.

I try to look forward as often as I can, but I can’t help getting nostalgic every now and then. Besides… with it getting dark so early, and me bundling up all the time I need something to distract me!

Happy Hump Day! :)

At Home, Lifestyle, Reviews

Review: The Simplified Journal by Emily Ley

January 16, 2015
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I am excellent at having tons of great ideas, but I am terrible at making sense of them. I hated being in school and having so much structure, but it turns out that structure is what keeps me sane. I figured this out a few weeks after graduation and spent the years that followed “working for the man” at corporate soul-sucking gigs in order to try and re-gain the comfort and stability I felt when I was in school. I knew where I had to be, what I had to do, and what it all led to. I thought going from school to the corporate world would translate well. It did not.

I yearned for more. I would write in this blog in order to give myself a creative outlet and space to breathe. I wanted to create. I had so many ideas, so many thoughts, but I couldn’t figure out what I wanted them to become. Beauty? Fashion? Personal Style? Recipes? Snarky? Sweet? Feminine? Feminist? I spent so much of my day bound by structure and red tape that when it came time for my personal endeavors I would just sit down and write about anything without having a plan. I wanted to be free! No rules! No red tape! But it didn’t work. I need guidance more than I’d like to admit.

I’m bad at brainstorming because I love skipping the whole “brain dump/think anything” part and heading straight for the outline. I love outlines… kind of like I love lists. I love to know what I’m getting myself into. I love planning. Therefore, I always jump into outlining things right from the start. But sometimes a step back is needed.

The Simplified Journal is my perfect step back. It’s where I go to every night, after the craziness of my day, to just write. I’ll write my random thoughts, or fun quotes I read. I’ll write some ideas that are half-baked and not yet ready for a full plan. But they are still good ideas. And something I’ve learned along the way is that not every good idea needs to become a plan just yet. It’s important to give yourself time to think about it and to let the plan come to you when it’s time.


The journal is truly beautiful. It features a turquoise leatherette covering and a gold ribbon page marker, with Emily’s favorite quote gracing the front in gold foil lettering. It is beautiful to look at, so instead of tucking it away with my other books and journals I always leave it out on my desk.

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In the Office, Lifestyle, Shopping

Things I Can’t Buy Pt. 1: Office

January 14, 2015

Ceramic mug by Ashley Brooke Designs / Black + White Etsy wall art / Blue + White Birds Etsy Mouse Pad / 2015 Kate Spade Throw Caution to the Wind Agenda / Voluspa Amaranth and Jasmine Candle / Bando Writing Pens / Lokai Bead Bracelets / Kate Spade “Head in the Clouds” Phone Case / Kate Spade Raccoon Phone Case / The Southern Weddings Planner by Southern Weddings Magazine

One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to concentrate on collecting memories, not things. Knick Knacks and thing-a-ma-bobs consume the apartment, and Mike has told me that if I can’t stop buying coffee mugs then he will take away the Keurig! We don’t need any more wall art, and I need another bracelet like I need a shot in the head. Whoops.

In an effort to curb my spending, I’ve compiled a list of things I want to purchase but definitely shouldn’t. I’ve been coveting an Ashley Brooke Designs mug for as long as I can remember, but that $23.00 can definitely go to the wedding. AMIRITE?! (back me up so I stop obsessing kthanks).

At Home, In the Office, Lifestyle

“Get It Done” FREE Printable Planner

January 12, 2015

I say this knowing it sounds completely ridiculous: Lists are my entire life.  No really, they are. With all the different things I need to do on a daily basis, I can’t imagine not having a place to write them all down. I’m a “creative” with thousands of ideas floating in my head at any given moment. This means that I can’t count on my brain to remember anything! Fearful of missing deadlines, I’ve had a To-Do notebook since my first internship.

But To-Do notebooks can get boring, and don’t necessarily inspire or even keep you on track. Before I joined the Day Designer party I created my own printable for my smaller notebooks. I would cut each page in half, glue it on the left side of a spiral bound notebook, and take notes on the right side. It’s perfect if you already have a gorgeous notebook but need something to guide you through your days just a bit more.

Download yours for FREE right after the jump: Continue Reading…