links of the week

TGIF! I cannot say that I'm said to see February go. February is typically my least favorite month because around this time every year I've had it with winter. This year is no exception. Can we all agree that the snow needs to go? Like now. 

Now, onto my favorite links of the week..

25 Pieces From Target That Look Way More Expensive Than They Are. Need I say more?
Piperlime has a major sale going on this week. I picked up this printed top in hopes that Spring is right around the corner.
If you follow me on Twitter, you might have noticed that I'm a huge Bachelor Fan. I love reading Danielle's recaps because I share her #secondaryembarassment come Monday night. Team Kaitlyn!
I received my first wedding gift last weekend and I cannot wait to try Jackie's brown butter rice krispies recipe. Yum!!
I leave you with another sale, select full-priced styles are 25% off at JCrew. I've been eying this lavender tunic. Can you tell that I'm ready for spring?

I hope you have a fabulous weekend! 

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Posted on February 27, 2015 and filed under Fashion, Lifestyle.

5 tips to stay inspired at work

Workday ruts happen to the best of us. Even if you love your job, there are times when you just need to shake things up to break up the routine. Here are my tips and tricks for staying motivated. 

1. Change your desktop background. A motivational phrase or a great design could be all that is standing between you and conquering that to-do list. Checkout my favorite resource, Design Love Fest, for some amazing options. 

2. Deep clean your workspace. I'm guilty of a messy desk just as much as the next person, but Lysol wipes go a long way and a fresh scent might be what you need to keep things moving.

3. Get moving. Get out of that desk chair and walk away from your inbox for ten minutes. If it's nice out, a walk around the block might be just what you need. For extra motivation, wear a fitness band as a reminder to get moving - it's even more fun if you can compete with your coworkers for steps during the day.

4. Spruce up your workspace. Upgrading office supplies to your favorite set of pens or a gold stapler may be the excitement you need to start the day off on a good foot. I also recommend hanging your favorite pictures and bringing a coaster from home to make that morning cup of coffee feel a little more indulgent. 

5. Stay hydrated. Dehydration impacts your concentration and can make you feel tired and sluggish. Keep a water bottle at your desk, extra points if it's cute, as a reminder to keep filling it up throughout the day. Remember, your daily water intake should be half of your body weight in ounces. So, if you weigh 140 you should be drinking 70 oz a day. 

I'd love to know how you stay inspired at work. Let me know what tips and tricks you use to break up the 9-5. 

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Posted on February 25, 2015 .

oscars red lip

oscars red lip

It's no secret that red was the color of choice for the Oscars last night. While certain gowns stole the show (hello Rosamund Pike) the red lip was also a popular choice. If you're looking to re-create last night's bold lip trend, staying power and pigment are the top two qualities you should looking for in a lipstick or stain. My favorite products for serious staying power are NARS velvet matte lip pencils, Stila liquid lipstick and YSL's Rogue Per Couture, my personal favorite. 

My favorite bold lip of the night was Margot Robbie. Which, according to Hourglass' instagram account, was created using the Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in "Raven"

Who were your favorites from last night?


Posted on February 23, 2015 .

Treat Yourself


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Steve and I have never been very big on Valentines Day. Our birthday's are right around Christmas and by the time Valentines's Day comes around a nice dinner out or a heart shaped pizza and a night in is the extent of our celebrations. Lou malnati's heart shaped pizzas are AMAZING by the way. 

Valentine's Day brings back memories of spending the day with my single girl friends throughout college. One of us always happened to be newly single (read: swearing off boys) and it was our mission to celebrate our friendships, treat ourselves to mani/pedis, and indulge in a bottle of wine, or two. Now that we've grown up, and just about everyone is married (yikes!) I like to think of Valentine's Day as a way to celebrate being a woman and use it as an excuse to treat myself to something girly. Whether that be a champagne scented candle, new lipstick or even a water bottle with a cute heart on it, it's nice to celebrate just being you once in awhile. 

Cheers to all my gals! I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine's Day this weekend and remember to treat yourself. :)


Posted on February 13, 2015 and filed under Beauty, Fashion.