March 16, 2018

..Love First

The deets: J.Crew tee; F21 sunnies; Madewell booties (similar) and jeans (similar); Topshop jacket; KTD bar neckalce; Alexander Wang bag (similar, similar under $70). 

A good friend that works in the fashion biz once told me smart fashionistas mix their high and low stuff together and get away with looking more expensive since you don't know what's what. Well I don't think it gets any more high and low (in MY closet anyway) than a pair of my least expensive sunnies (under $8) with an Alexander Wang cross-body. I was just feeling the hippie vibe and thought my most John Lennon eye-ware would be the best fit for a tee with "Love First" on it as well as my trust bar necklace that I wear almost every day that has my wedding date. My sis snapped these photos while I was visiting her at the end of February. We met my brother and Dad for a little NJ diner breakfast, which is my favorite kind. Simply walking into the shiny dated establishments and getting a whiff that distinct and delicious diner smell makes me happy.

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March 8, 2018

..15 Ways to Brighten Your Work Space

..15 Ways to Brighten Your Work Space

Hi, it's me. I am not dead. I know it's been about a month since you've heard from me but I had some inspiration strike for a post so here I am back in the blog saddle. I came up with the idea for this post for two reasons. First, I very recently paid of my student loan (WOO HOO! - which was a 15 year loan that I paid off five years early #getthatdirtoffyashoulda) and it had me remembering how I felt in the spring of 2008, newly graduated and not sure about what the future held for me except that I'd likely be working behind a computer screen in a dimly lit cubicle. Ten years later - while my offices have changed a few times over the years - I still do. Secondly, If you are like me, you might need that little bit of joy from small things around you to get you through the mundane workday. These little pieces of cheer really do bring me happiness so I wanted to share these fifteen things. They would all also make AWESOME new graduate gifts! The best part is that almost all of these items are under $15.

1. I have this exact gold framed calendar and honestly look forward to creating new lettering for each month and mapping out my days. I literally look up different handwriting styles and play around with them each month. If you have to look at it every day - should be cute right? It's also eco-friendly since you reuse it instead of throwing away calendar paper.

2. Fun pens. Enough said.

3. This unicorn head pen holder is super cute - the exact one I have is a gold baby deer head but very similar!

4. I have gold paper clips that get little gold bits everywhere so I wouldn't suggest them but these little flamingo ones are precious and cheap! Also come in pineapple.

5. A pretty coaster is a great way to save your desk from rings and bring some cheer. I have one that says "Do Your Best."

7. I have this exact mouse pad in gold marble. Can't beat it for the price!

8. I also have this exact trinket dish that holds my cute paper clips but this little turtle one is also very cute!

10. I have an agate box on my desk that I use to hold mints, tea packets, cough drops, and the like.

11. I have been eyeing this acrylic tissue box holder for some time.

12. A cheeky little mug to match your cheeky little notepad.

13. I have these little animal head pins to tack up my boring schedules. My boss laughs and calls them my "kills" as if I were a tiny animal hunter.

14. Plants are an easy way to freshen up any area. This one is a parlor palm, I have one home and it's very hard to kill.

15. Some personal photos! I used Frambridge to frame one of my favorite Instagram photos and hung it up in my cube for smiles. Under $40!

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January 24, 2018

..Velvet Overalls


Okay confession time - I wore this outfit and took these photos on..Christmas Eve. Yes, that's right. I am the laziest blogger there ever was. I have been sitting on these photos for a full 30 days, a whole different year, a different time, a simpler time (jk), but better late than never because despite my lack of motivation to post them on the blog I do LOVE these overalls and have lots of enthusiasm for them. They are the perfect casual comfortable item that has been chic-ed up with the velvet so you can get away with wearing them casually OR, you know, Christmas Eve dinner with the fam. I hope overalls never goes out of style because they are my favorite!

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January 18, 2018

..Green Stripes

The deets: Anthropologie dress; Topshop jacket; Zara booties (old, similar, similar under $45); SAM beanie (similar under $15); Prada sunnies (similar under $15); Coach mini backpack (sold out, similar under $25, and here); earrings (gift from a bestie, similar).

I like to stick to a theme when dressing for an event and this green dress was what I wore to celebrate Christmas with my in laws. We went there a few days early since we spent actual Christmas with my extended family up in New Jersey this year. We then had pre-Christmas with my mom's side the next day, Christmas eve with my dad's side, and then Christmas day with my immediate family. Needless to say there was A LOT of red and green in my suitcase. This dress was great because it can also work at the office past the season (has long sleeves), I actually wore it to my office holiday party too!

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January 16, 2018

..Planning for the Future!

Thank you Clearblue® for sponsoring this post. The new Clearblue® Connected Ovulation Test System is now available at major retailers across the U.S. such as Walmart, Target, Amazon and Meijer. Visit a store near you to try it!.
As per one of my latest posts (here) you guys know how I am all about managing stress any way that I can. You also know that aside from this side gig as a blogger which happens to be my favorite "job," I also have a pretty demanding full time day job in the corporate world. Throw in meaningful time with friends, family obligations, a workout schedule, and a holiday season and you get my time literally accounted for by the hour most weeks. This can be a real challenge especially when you want to put your full heart and focus into every one of these things.

I am lucky enough to say I married my college boyfriend and love of my life of 10 years in September of 2016 (some of my favorite photos from that day can be found here). We wanted to take time to fully enjoy our first year of marriage and spent that time traveling to different cities around the U.S., making a ton fun memories with our friends, and celebrating the arrivals of a bunch of new little ones into our world, including our first niece!

At the one year mark we decided it was time to have the conversation about if we were ready to start a family and it turns out we both were on board! Shortly there after I began my research. I learned you only have a small window of time each month where you can actually conceive, so you need to start tracking your ovulation cycle. The next step for me was figuring out the best way to make that happen since we are both so busy without adding any extra stress. I mean, this is supposed to be the fun part, right? As someone who literally LIVES by my iPhone I was thrilled to find an ovulation test system kit that also has an app! The Clearblue® Connected Ovulation Test System is connected via Bluetooth so my test results are sent right to my iPhone app for immediate analysis.

I use the Calm meditation app to keep me centered, I use the Map My Run app to track my workouts, I even use the Wunderlist app to keep track of the groceries I need to buy. I love having all the necessities needed to run my life at my fingertips so this test system was a no-brainer for me. Pairing the accuracy of a Clearblue® Ovulation Test System with the convenience of an app is such a great idea. The Clearblue® Connected Ovulation Test System maximizes chances of getting pregnant in a way like never before for us millenials. 

I love that the data in my app is fully tailored to what is going on in my body. This test system helps me understand my fertility by allowing me to compare multiple cycles and also share this information with my doctor. When it comes to tracking a woman’s fertility, I learned that all cycles are different. This test system accurately identifies your personal fertile days using your own hormone data – instead of guessing from a standardized algorithm. 

A recent published study found that only 9% of free apps accurately predict the best days for conception,1 opening a large window for error, so when you are as booked up as I am you definitely don't want those precious couple of days to slip away from you. This test system allowed me to understand and take control of my reproductive health by connecting me directly to my personal fertility information right on my iPhone.

We have only been using the system for a couple of months and aren't pregnant yet but hope to be in 2018 and will keep you updated on this fun new chapter.

1Setton et al. Obstet Gynecol (2016) 128: 58–63.


I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.