Random things on Thursday



Happy Thursday! I’ve been in Orlando all week for training and am so ready to be home and back in a normal routine – I’m craving a home cooked meal and some quality girl time! I’m also moving apartments over the next few weeks and am anxious to get the ball rolling! Stay tuned as I figure out where I’m going next…

I can’t stop checking on these distressed jeans shorts but I’m thinking these would be a great back up option if the others sell out {and such a bargain!}.  My shopping fast is more than halfway over but I don’t think it has stifled any piece of the shopping habit {addiction?}

A healthier-ish mac & cheese – because I’m starving right now and not only does this look delicious but also seems fairly simple to make.  If it appeared next to my computer within the next 5 minutes I wouldn’t be upset…

Summer houses a la Vogue – How stunning are these homes? One of my favorites things to do when I’m in a new city is walk/drive/cruise around different neighborhoods and admire the local houses – I would be in heaven strolling past one of these.

25 habits that will make you smarter – After a few years of working in the corporate world it gets easy to lose the hobbies or interests that once motivated us.  When we always feel “busy” nothing ever seems to change.  But 10 minutes of commitment and effort each and every day has such a large impact over time.

The big problem for shopping for small bras – well if this isn’t the story of my life I don’t know what is…

101 things in 1001 days completed  – You guys, I’m slacking.  Going on vacation and then heading straight to Orlando for training  has thrown me off my game. But I have a few things in the works so I’m not too far behind, stay tuned.

currently listening to – Stitches // currently reading – Crazy Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan {the sequel to Crazy Rich Asian – such a quick and fun read}


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Random Things on Thursday

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Happy Thursday! This week is full of errands and packing, as I’m off to London next week!  Followed by a week of teaching the new-hires in Orlando.  I’ll still be posting throughout my trips, but be sure to following along on Instagram to see more!

1. Rose water – Both my flights to and from London this weekend are overnight – this rose water is going to be my new best friend, along with lots and lots of actual water and hopefully some sleep! *Not-so-glamorous side note, last time I took an overnight flight {Chicago to Rome} my feet were so swollen when we landed that my shoes didn’t fit. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

2. NARS, cruising – My new go-to lip color

3. Is J.Crew slipping? – This is an interesting reading from last week’s Wall Street Journal about the lack of quality and poor fit at J.Crew these past few seasons.  I’m a big fan of J.Crew and have been for years, so maybe it’s just me, but this data surprised me.  I do agree the clothes are getting a bit pricey, but I’ve never had an issue with quality.  And with the frequency of their “30% off everything” emails they’ve basically trained us to wait until an item goes on sale. Are you still on the J.Crew bandwagon? *I linked to the Facebook version of the article to hopefully surpass the subscription wall for you.

4. The Australian blog by two best friends, They All Hate Us, has been one of my favorites for years, but this month they are especially killing it. *Elle’s sister hand-makes the rings I’m always gushing over – Baby Anything

5. All the things – I relate to Jess’ post so, so much.  I want to do all the things and I want to live in multiple places all at once.  I love Chicago and all of my friends, but I miss my family and the little ones growing up at home.  However, I wouldn’t mind living in a completely new place and the adventures that experience would hold.  Is it too much to ask to live in all the places?

101 things in 1001 days completed // Purchased and started taking the vitamins my doctor told me about 3 months ago, Learned how to set on a button thanks to sewing lessons from my mama, sent my second of five “for no reason” gifts, started my 1 month of no shopping {sigh}, tried 1 of 10 new recipes {seriously, the quinoa enchilada recipe I mentioned in the last RTOT was delicious and so so easy}.

currently listening to // Cheerleader by OMI  currently reading // ugh, still haven’t started All the Light We Cannot See


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Random things on Thursday

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1. How to wake up with perfect hair – you guys, I’m two months into this whole wash-your-hair-every-other-day thing and dare I say I’m starting to like it?  But I’m not going lie, some days I wake up and it’s a struggle to make-a-do.  I couldn’t agree more with Santiago, with my straight hair, it’s all about adding some texture {or succumbing to a messy bun}.

2. Never buy a rotten avocado again – How did it take me so many years to learn this little trick? It. is. genius.  Yeah, I felt a little creepy picking up 20 avocados and looking under the stem, but you better believe it was worth it when I cut into that perfectly yellowish-green deliciousness.

3. 5 fresh ways to wear flares – because I’m addicted to flare jeans and everyone keeps asking me why!

4. Healthy food in diagrams – This is the ultimate cheat-sheet – cooking edition.  Including but not limited to: how to cook all different types of grains, quick salad dressing recipe, healthy baking substitutions,  DIY hummus, AND the cutest {and smartest} mason jar salad on the go. Bookmarked.

5. How to become a morning person – As you know, my mission to becoming a morning person is in full swing and I can’t say enough great things about it.  I started really slowly, waking up 15 minutes earlier than my usual time, and have gradually built up to an earlier alarm.  I can really feel a difference in my mood throughout the day when I have some “me time” in the morning {especially when my work schedule is pretty out of my control in the evenings}.

6. BB dakota spring lookbook – How cute is every single piece in the BB Dakota Spring lookbook? I’m eyeing the black and white striped two-piece and the white floral sweatshirt. Gimme.

7. Currently listening to – Cheerleader by Omi // Currently reading podcasting – The Lively Show. I am binge listening to Jess’ show and cannot stop.  She talks about everything from how to listen to your intuition to coping with wrinkles.  Seriously, her guests are so inspiring and I wish I could give her a hug.

Happy Thursday!


random things on thursday

This week’s RTOT is extra random.  It always makes me laugh a little when I’m finished with these posts because how in the world do I find these things? Anyway, on a completely unrelated note, we’ve been getting lots of questions about where Sydney went and why.  Her full-time work has really ramped up, so blogging is on the back burner for her at the moment.

Enjoy this week’s RTOT and please send us any fun/interesting/random articles you stumble upon!

  1. Do you dry brush? {You should be!} – I read this post last month that discussed why we should dry brush and was intrigued by the totally-new-to-me concept. It seems so simple and with alleged benefits of more hydrated and firm skin, all for under $10, sign me up! Plus, it’s week two of my new morning routine {waking up two hours earlier to workout and blog in the morning}, so anything to help a sista wake up!
  2. How to stop screwing yourself over with Mel Robbins – So, I’ve developed a minor obsession with Tedx Talks {and podcasts}. This one is a tough love talk about how many of us are hitting the metaphorical snooze button on our life and how simple it is to change.  I coincidentally listened to it the day before starting my morning routine and when the alarm went off all I could think of was Mel’s voice saying “What’s the first decision you made today? To go right back to sleep?”
  3. This clutch – How springy and perfect is this clutch? It would be so adorable with a white flowy dress or jeans and a tee shirt.
  4. Ramen!!! – I love ramen and I don’t discriminate, 3 minute ramen, fancy restaurant ramen, ramen salad. So obviously when I stumbled upon three easy recipes I had to share
  5. Spring cleaning your life – I mentioned this article briefly last week in my spring cleaning post but it’s an interesting perspective, so I’m saying it again. The article talks about cleaning your life just as you do your home, “this means getting rid of things that no longer work for you, updating the way you do things, and freeing up some space for new and exciting opportunities.” Amen, amen, amen.
  6. This bib is big and beautiful and 30% off.
  7. Should you DIY your taxes or hire a professional? – Because the finance-accounting part of me can’t resist…and because I had a conversation with a friend who was afraid to tackle her taxes on her own but ended up knocking it out in an hour! You go girl.
  8. Last but definitely not least, I found my true calling, which basically boils down to me becoming BFFs with Princess Kate.
  9. Currently listening to – When I get my hands on you by The New Basement Tapes // Currently reading – The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes but holy moly The Girl on the Train was such a good read!

Happy Thursday!


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