Happy Weekending!

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Happy Friday everyone!  What are you up to this weekend?  We’re headed to Salem this weekend.  Witches and potions and ghosts oh my!  Anyone who knows me, know that I love Halloween.  Needless to say, I’m so insanely excited to tool around the town, do a ghost tour and see the Bewitched Statue.  What are you up to this weekend?  Here are some  links I found from around the web, happy clicking!

Listen up,  30 is not the new 20.

Vogue poses 73 Questions to Sarah Jessica Parker and also Nicole Kidman (isn’t she lovely?)

Take a gander at Christian Louboutin’s home in Portugal

I want nothing more that a big warm bowl of this gooey pasta.

This perfume  may be my new fall/ winter scent

Hurry! Ann Taylor is doing 50% off your entire purchase.  I got a new interview outfit and made out like a bandit with some great shoes.

How about some mulled white wine?

Presidential Canditate Poetry Slam.  Enough said.

See you Monday!

This Girl’s Got a Cold

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Hey You guys!

Sorry to let you down but I’ve got a serious case of the sniffles and sneezes.  I’m planning to drink lots of tea, eat this soup and curl up on my couch.  I promise I’ll be back ASAP and I’ll post a little later in the week.  Have any helpful cold remedies you swear by?  Thanks for understanding and can’t wait to be back!

Have a Great Weekend

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Happy Friday you guys!  This weekend Dylan and I are headed to the Cape to visit his parents and go to an oyster festival.  Throughout our relationship Dylan has gotten me to eat dishes I never would’ve considered, beef tongue probably tops the list.  For some reason though, the most difficult of delicacies for me was oysters.  Through persistence and lots of champagne he has finally persuaded me and now I totally can’t wait for this weekend.  Here are some links I found throughout the week I thought I’d share.

I’m SO making this Butternut Squash Carbonara.  

I think I need one of these in every color.

I’ve got an interview tomorrow in Fall River and you’ll never guess whose house is there.  I think I need to stop by for a tour or maybe even an over night considering the house is a B&B!

Here’s a broke twenty-something’s guide to eating cheap and well.  I can get down with these.

Can we talk about how amazing this Halloween mantle is?!

This recipe for homemade bath bombs is big on the indulgence and easy on the budget.

Meet the first ever Cover Boy.  How cool?

These babysitters confessions killed me and were super relatable.

Hey Ladies!  How many of these movies can you check off your list?  I’m at 29.  I have some work to do.

Some of these costumes seriously blew me away!  What are you going to be??

I hope you have the best weekend and I’ll see you all Monday!!

Getting Down to Business

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Getting in the zone and staying there is next to impossible.  For the first two weeks of my job hunt I fell down a virtual rabbit hole of lists, articles and videos all on the art of productivity and focus.  At long last I’ve developed a few practices that usually do the trick so I figured I’d reveal a few of my secrets.

  1. My Productivity Planner has actually changed my life.  It helps me budget time for my most important tasks of the day and breakdown each of those tasks into 25-minute chunks so that I don’t get drained, keeping me energized throughout the day.  I get an inordinate amount of satisfaction each time I get to fill in a little 25 minute bubble.
  2. Meal Planning has taken a surprisingly large amount of stress out of my day.  Having breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks all planned out makes it easy to plan for the day and takes some unnecessary guesswork out of the week.  I can eat at home or I can pack up and take my meal on the road.  Either way it saves some brain power and some cash too.
  3. Morning Rituals really help me feel settled and prepared for the day.  I struggle with anxiety which is often at its peak in the morning.  By developing a morning ritual of preparing breakfast and drinking my coffee while watching the news and checking emails, I feel more at ease and ready to take on the day.
  4. Actually Getting Dressed makes a tremendous difference.  I could do my job hunting from the comfy confines of my couch, I could stay in my pajamas, my hair up in a top-knot and a face mask slathered all over and no one would be the wiser.  That being said, putting on a well-crafted outfit and swiping on a little mascara makes a huge difference in how focused I stay. If I’m in my slippers I want to lounge, if I put on my new Karl Lagerfeld Slip-Ons I’m ready to get out and get it done– whatever it may be.
  5. Going Outside pays its dividends when it comes to staying on-task, focused and energized.  Fall is my favorite time of year and signals the last few months of perfect outdoor weather before the freezing temperatures come our way.  Even going out and taking a walk around my block is refreshing and helps me power through one more application or 30 more minutes on LinkedIn.

What are your best productivity tips?  How do you get in The Zone and Stay there?  I’ll take all the advice I can get.

 

Near and Far:Staying Connected to Long-Distance Loved Ones

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I’ve moved what feels to be a million times, but my move from Orlando to Boston has been unlike any other.  While the list of reasons I love Boston grows by the minute, this move has posed a few challenges I haven’t faced before.  The biggest one being the making and keeping friends.  This is the first time in my life I haven’t had some sort of social institution like school or College that helped me develop a friend base.  That being said, I think I’ve found a decent solution.

I asked my friend Erin from Orlando to do this 31 day challenge with me so that we can participate in something together and help to motivate each other.  We’ve checked in with each other every day sharing recipes, snapping pictures of our weekly meal prep and sending videos from runs and workouts.  Doing this has helped me stay more in touch with her and feel more in the know about what’s going on in her life.  Nothing compares to being with the bestie in real life, but this has definitely helped to curb my withdrawals.  I’m trying a similar thing with my mother too.

My mother came to visit me the other week and we had such a great time.  It was like a sleepover.  We shopped, went out to dinner, binge watched trashy TV shows and even indulged in a spa day.  One night we were talking about books when we decided that we should do a mother-daugheter book club.  We settled on this book as our inaugural title, which actually is based on a town I used to work in.  We decide how many chapters we want to read by Sunday and talk about it Monday morning.  With only two people in the “club” it’s easy to work around our schedules and make time to do something fun together.

These little rituals are small but make a world of difference.  It helps me to feel in touch with the people I care most about keeping me balanced and happier throughout the week.  What do you think?  Do you already do something like this?  What do you do to help you feel closer to your long distance loved ones?

Would You Rather?

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Now that Fall has arrived Mondays (Thursdays and Sundays) have become football nights.  While I’ve never been a huge fan mostly because I don’t understand what’s going on and my attention span dwindles part way through, I know that Dylan loves it and I appreciate the couch time it gets me.  While he stays honed in for most of the game, I comment on the players uniforms (I like the Seahawks color scheme but what is up with those helmets Jacksonville?) and on funny commercials (like this one).

This past Monday though we got into a great round of would you rather thanks to a litany of Buzz Feed quizzes.  I’m not particularly skilled at coming up with good dilemmas but Dylan is truly talented.  I thought I would share a few of my favorite ones.

  1. Would you rather live in a 500 square foot apartment with three angry geese or in a pond with three very nice story-book like geese? Me: Apartment (I really love my apartment) Dylan: Pond.
  2. Would you rather have mittens filled with cotton balls for hands or constantly be holding onto pompoms? Unanimously mittens!
  3. Would you rather step on a Lego or get a paper cut? Me: Lego Dylan: Paper cut,”It’s kind of invigorating..”
  4. Would you rather give up coffee or drinking? This relationship runs on love and caffeine.  The drinks are out for us!
  5. Would you rather forever be covered in glitter or crafting feathers?  Begrudgingly, we both said feathers.  Lesser of two evils.
  6. would you rather always have to wear roller skates or a football helmut?  Me: Helmet Dylan: Roller skates
  7. Would you rather give up socks or underwear? Me: Underwear Dylan: Socks
  8. Would you rather walk across hot coals or broken glass?  Two for the hot coals please!
  9. Would you rather have no air conditioning or no heating?  The north easterners say no AC.
  10. Would you rather be without Seamless (a life-saving food delivery service) or Uber (an on-demand car service)?  As a carless couple, we say Seamless.

I hope you guys laughed as hard as we did at these.  Do you have any good ones?  What are you answers?

See You Monday!

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Happy Fall everyone!  Did you miss me?  I missed you.  I’m sorry that I’ve been gone so long.  I’ve been doing some soul searching and by soul searching I mean ripping myself from the grips of the retail world and searching for a bonafide big girl job.  I’m whipping up some posts for Monday that I hope you’ll love but, in the mean time, here are some gems I found that made me think of you.  Happy clicking!

Let’s be honest, the best thing about cold weather is all the great layering you get to do.  The folks at The 3rd Piece have all the finishing touches for your chilly look.  I’m really loving this scarf and I’m all about this hat.

I have an itch to throw a low-key dinner party.  I have a feeling this salad and appetizer would be on my menu.

I’ve been listening to the silly yet soothing podcast ‘Sleep With Me’ to lull me to sleep on restless nights.  I would try to explain it but I think you better just give it a listen. Sweet dreams…

My mother recently gave me this productivity journal and I can’t tell you the wonders its done for my time management and focus …. okay, and my productivity.  Mother knows best.

Speaking of productivity, Erin Condren has released her new drops for 2017.  While she’s known for her Life Planners™, she’s got everything imaginable to keep you organized in colorful style.

I just recently finished this incredible book by Susan Rebecca Whit.  It’s a deep, heartfelt story that you won’t want to end.

Next time you’re at a cocktail party and feeling a little under cultured, bring up the Hugo Boss Prize. Read up here and impress all your ultra artsy friends.

If you find yourself actually being interested in the Hugo Boss Prize, check out this wildly interesting book.  Interested but not that interested?  Here’s the book’s review.

Ever wished there was a blog devoted entirely to pretty pajamas and unmentionables totally worth mentioning?  Good news: I found one.  Here it is!

The wonderful Rifle Paper Company has come out with a new fabric line!  Any one of the prints would be perfect for bringing old chairs and sofas back to life or even curtains.

I’m a true crime nut.  Call me strange, call me creepy but I’m a sucker for a great who dunnit.  Which leads me to this pressing question: Have you watched all the Jon Benet Ramsey specials??  I listen to Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgariff’s wicked weekly podcast My Favorite Murder religiously.    Hardstark just wrote a two-part article on the specials and a bonus article on the new Netflix documentary, Amanda Knox.  Here they are.

Happy weekending and I’ll meet ya back here Monday.