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    Oh, how the year is flying by…

    Life has been a bit busy lately, which is why blog posts have been pretty much non-existent the past couple of weeks. I also haven’t been very present and engaged in the social media realm, which has been really, really nice. I do miss connecting and interacting with you all here though, and I wanted to take some time to reflect/fill you in on what I’ve been up to lately. These types of posts are my favorite to write, and it forces me to slow down and do a mental check-in. I do check-ins with myself every season or so, and it’s fun to do them on a broader scale here on the blog. So…

    Work | As some of you may recall, I started a new job about 2 months ago! I took a role in account management at a creative marketing/branding agency, and I can say without a doubt, that it has been one crazy roller coaster ride! I’m learning a TON about the agency setting, and although I’ve worked in marketing before, working on the agency side is a whole other ball game. It has definitely been a challenging couple of months, which I actually do like (once I tell myself to stop being so hard on myself and to leave work at work). This is something I’m constantly working on. So far though, I’m so grateful and so happy to be working in a field I’ve always dreamed of working in!

    Personal | Things with me have been going really, really great these past few weeks. I’ve gotten better at prioritizing activities that make me happy and incorporating more of it in my day to day life. I’ve been taking a lot of risks (go, me! keep it up!), doing different things, and getting outside of my comfort zone (all things I wanted to focus on in 2017). I’ve also been noticing a difference in my mood when I wake up earlier each day, so I’ve been taking advantage of that! I’m constantly searching for the “key to happiness” and I think I might be on to something. For me, it’s been shifting my thought processes, focusing on the positives, and finding pleasure in the day-to-day moments that pass by really quickly. I’ve always struggled with being overly productive and driven to the point where it made me unable to relax and enjoy the present moment. To-do lists are both my friend and enemy. To make them work with my lifestyle, I’ve been adding fun activities to my list. To-do lists are never-ending – so why not add fun and relaxing activities to that list?! So that’s what I plan on doing here on out! 🙂

    Blog | Nothing new to report here as the blog has taken a backseat lately. I had someone reach out to me recently regarding some of my services as it pertains to this blog, and that was exciting!! The other day, I was invited to attend Sacramento County Fair’s Media Night, which was a really awesome experience.

    Style | I recently picked up some great pieces at my local Crossroads Trading Co, and I can’t wait to style those looks on the blog! I’ve been really drawn to embroidered pieces lately, and I can’t resist a great dress! I love how finding great pieces of clothing can really change my mood for the better – one of my favorite parts of getting dressed and sharing here with you all.

    I hope spring is treating you wonderfully and you’re all ready for summertime! What have you all been up to lately?

    Editor’s Note: These photos were actually taken last year! Since I’ve been slacking on taking photos, I decided to go through old drafts and found these. In the widget below, I’ve linked similar items 🙂

  • Lisa Lately | Spring to Summer Edition

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    Oh, how the year is flying by…

    Life has been a bit busy lately, which is why blog posts have been pretty much non-existent the past couple of weeks. I also haven’t been very present and engaged in the social media realm, which has been really, really nice. I do miss connecting and interacting with you all here though, and I wanted to take some time to reflect/fill you in on what I’ve been up to lately. These types of posts are my favorite to write, and it forces me to slow down and do a mental check-in. I do check-ins with myself every season or so, and it’s fun to do them on a broader scale here on the blog. So…

    Work | As some of you may recall, I started a new job about 2 months ago! I took a role in account management at a creative marketing/branding agency, and I can say without a doubt, that it has been one crazy roller coaster ride! I’m learning a TON about the agency setting, and although I’ve worked in marketing before, working on the agency side is a whole other ball game. It has definitely been a challenging couple of months, which I actually do like (once I tell myself to stop being so hard on myself and to leave work at work). This is something I’m constantly working on. So far though, I’m so grateful and so happy to be working in a field I’ve always dreamed of working in!

    Personal | Things with me have been going really, really great these past few weeks. I’ve gotten better at prioritizing activities that make me happy and incorporating more of it in my day to day life. I’ve been taking a lot of risks (go, me! keep it up!), doing different things, and getting outside of my comfort zone (all things I wanted to focus on in 2017). I’ve also been noticing a difference in my mood when I wake up earlier each day, so I’ve been taking advantage of that! I’m constantly searching for the “key to happiness” and I think I might be on to something. For me, it’s been shifting my thought processes, focusing on the positives, and finding pleasure in the day-to-day moments that pass by really quickly. I’ve always struggled with being overly productive and driven to the point where it made me unable to relax and enjoy the present moment. To-do lists are both my friend and enemy. To make them work with my lifestyle, I’ve been adding fun activities to my list. To-do lists are never-ending – so why not add fun and relaxing activities to that list?! So that’s what I plan on doing here on out! 🙂

    Blog | Nothing new to report here as the blog has taken a backseat lately. I had someone reach out to me recently regarding some of my services as it pertains to this blog, and that was exciting!! The other day, I was invited to attend Sacramento County Fair’s Media Night, which was a really awesome experience.

    Style | I recently picked up some great pieces at my local Crossroads Trading Co, and I can’t wait to style those looks on the blog! I’ve been really drawn to embroidered pieces lately, and I can’t resist a great dress! I love how finding great pieces of clothing can really change my mood for the better – one of my favorite parts of getting dressed and sharing here with you all.

    I hope spring is treating you wonderfully and you’re all ready for summertime! What have you all been up to lately?

    Editor’s Note: These photos were actually taken last year! Since I’ve been slacking on taking photos, I decided to go through old drafts and found these. In the widget below, I’ve linked similar items 🙂

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    My ideal workday morning routine looks a little something like this…

    • Wake up around 7;30am (I don’t have to be at work until 9), stretch, GET UP, and make my bed
    • Take the puppy out for his morning walk
    • Make a quick breakfast and have some tea (or pick up breakfast on the walk to work – either way I like to have a beverage in the morning. I’ve been enjoying ginger tea in the morning and it’s also good for your digestive system!)
    • Wash my face and moisturize with SPF (I’m really bad at this, but I’m working on maintaining a strict regimen)
    • Light a candle and/or diffuse some essential oil (loving a peppermint scent lately), and enjoy the relaxing/fun part of my morning: put on makeup, do my hair, and put together a cute outfit – looking great makes a HUGE difference 🙂
    • Spend some time writing in a journal to set the intention for the day (I’m currently writing in The Happy Journal). I also have framed inspirational quotes around my room. Sometimes I pick one and focus on that quote for the entire day! A favorite of mine is “Do one thing a day that scares you” – then I really try to do that one thing! It’s a fun little challenge/experiment I like to do all week-long! 🙂
    • (IF I happen to wake up a bit earlier and have some spare time) Spend some quality time on something personal/productive: taking blog photos, prepping a post, cleaning the apartment/tidying up, other errand type stuff. It feels amazing to be so productive in the morning!

    The most important (and most difficult thing) is getting up early enough so you are not rushed in the morning. I find that when I am finally able to pull myself out of bed and spend some time eating breakfast, getting ready, AND maybe even doing something productive – I feel so great throughout the entire day! Honestly, over time, I’ve learned that snoozing is usually never worth those extra minutes of so-called sleep. I’ve gotten so much better at just getting up and starting my day on a chipper note.

    Side Note: If I didn’t get enough sleep, instead of trying to get that “extra” hour of sleep (doesn’t make a difference if I’m super tired) – instead of being grouchy and irritable all day, I make an effort to wake up early and spend time getting ready and getting things done. This actually makes my day so much better and happier (despite the lack of sleep). I love this tip on those nights where good sleep just isn’t going to happen!

    Editor’s Note: These photos initially came out terrible (I’m awful at doing lifestyle type shoots), but after some editing and cropping, they aren’t so bad! I actually kind of like how the final product came out! There’s something about white crisp jeans and a mustard yellow floral top that makes me so happy and energized. I’ve linked some similar options in the widget below.

    Final Editor’s Note: For a LONG time (my whole life, really) I was never a morning person. In college, I used to sleep in until noon on the weekends (sometimes past noon!!) But within the last few weeks/month, that’s all kind of started to change. I will never LOVE mornings, but now I kind of like them (if I’m able to just pull myself out of bed in the AM!!)

    I hope you enjoyed this post and it was encouraging to some of you! 🙂 Have a wonderful week and see you next time!

  • Ideal Morning Routine | Workday Edition

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    My ideal workday morning routine looks a little something like this…

    • Wake up around 7;30am (I don’t have to be at work until 9), stretch, GET UP, and make my bed
    • Take the puppy out for his morning walk
    • Make a quick breakfast and have some tea (or pick up breakfast on the walk to work – either way I like to have a beverage in the morning. I’ve been enjoying ginger tea in the morning and it’s also good for your digestive system!)
    • Wash my face and moisturize with SPF (I’m really bad at this, but I’m working on maintaining a strict regimen)
    • Light a candle and/or diffuse some essential oil (loving a peppermint scent lately), and enjoy the relaxing/fun part of my morning: put on makeup, do my hair, and put together a cute outfit – looking great makes a HUGE difference 🙂
    • Spend some time writing in a journal to set the intention for the day (I’m currently writing in The Happy Journal). I also have framed inspirational quotes around my room. Sometimes I pick one and focus on that quote for the entire day! A favorite of mine is “Do one thing a day that scares you” – then I really try to do that one thing! It’s a fun little challenge/experiment I like to do all week-long! 🙂
    • (IF I happen to wake up a bit earlier and have some spare time) Spend some quality time on something personal/productive: taking blog photos, prepping a post, cleaning the apartment/tidying up, other errand type stuff. It feels amazing to be so productive in the morning!

    The most important (and most difficult thing) is getting up early enough so you are not rushed in the morning. I find that when I am finally able to pull myself out of bed and spend some time eating breakfast, getting ready, AND maybe even doing something productive – I feel so great throughout the entire day! Honestly, over time, I’ve learned that snoozing is usually never worth those extra minutes of so-called sleep. I’ve gotten so much better at just getting up and starting my day on a chipper note.

    Side Note: If I didn’t get enough sleep, instead of trying to get that “extra” hour of sleep (doesn’t make a difference if I’m super tired) – instead of being grouchy and irritable all day, I make an effort to wake up early and spend time getting ready and getting things done. This actually makes my day so much better and happier (despite the lack of sleep). I love this tip on those nights where good sleep just isn’t going to happen!

    Editor’s Note: These photos initially came out terrible (I’m awful at doing lifestyle type shoots), but after some editing and cropping, they aren’t so bad! I actually kind of like how the final product came out! There’s something about white crisp jeans and a mustard yellow floral top that makes me so happy and energized. I’ve linked some similar options in the widget below.

    Final Editor’s Note: For a LONG time (my whole life, really) I was never a morning person. In college, I used to sleep in until noon on the weekends (sometimes past noon!!) But within the last few weeks/month, that’s all kind of started to change. I will never LOVE mornings, but now I kind of like them (if I’m able to just pull myself out of bed in the AM!!)

    I hope you enjoyed this post and it was encouraging to some of you! 🙂 Have a wonderful week and see you next time!

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    When you’re feelin’ down, put on something great and turn it all around.

    Life has been crazy, stressful, and difficult these past few weeks. I won’t go into details here, as I try to make this blog a happy, inspiring, and uplifting place. However, I will say that when you go through tough times, you really prioritize and learn what is important in your life – and therefore choose to spend your time, resources, and energy more strategically. Personally, I am constantly evaluating my life and making tweaks/changes every so often (typically coinciding with the season or major life events). This helps to ensure I’m being pro-active, aware, and truly living a life that is fulfilling and beautiful (to me). It is never too late to make changes and live the life and be the person that you want to be!! #cheesybuttrue

    All of that aside – one of my favorite #lifetips is to put on something great when things get rough/you’re feeling down/having a bad day/everything is going wrong/life sucks. It sounds counter-intuitive (you’d rather wear sweats and hide under the covers!), but it definitely helps change my mindset! When I’m wearing something great, I feel great, and want to channel that positive energy into the universe – by being extra kind to myself, being extra kind to others, being helpful, and trying to be the best person I can be. It seriously sometimes takes one person, and of course, it begins with YOU!

    I’ve been loving this black slip dress lately. I’ve worn it so many times, especially when I’m going out/have a date and don’t know what to wear! I love how it looks with a long and comfy hoodie -sweet and sexy! I amp up the casual look with a leopard print clutch (one of my favorite and outfit changing accessories to date!) and a sweet and sexy choker necklace. Depending on my mood (and what I’m doing), I’ll add a pair of nude heels or booties.

    What’s everyone been up to? How’s April been treating you? Let me know below – I’d love to hear from you! Thanks for stopping by today, I really appreciate it. I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week, and I encourage you to take stock of your life and decide if you’re going down a path you’re happy to be on! If yes – GREAT – keep going! If not – what changes do you think you need to make? Hard questions but so worth asking! (in my opinion) 🙂

    You can shop my look in the widget below. Affordably priced! 😉

  • My Favorite and Most Worn Black Slip Dress

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    When you’re feelin’ down, put on something great and turn it all around.

    Life has been crazy, stressful, and difficult these past few weeks. I won’t go into details here, as I try to make this blog a happy, inspiring, and uplifting place. However, I will say that when you go through tough times, you really prioritize and learn what is important in your life – and therefore choose to spend your time, resources, and energy more strategically. Personally, I am constantly evaluating my life and making tweaks/changes every so often (typically coinciding with the season or major life events). This helps to ensure I’m being pro-active, aware, and truly living a life that is fulfilling and beautiful (to me). It is never too late to make changes and live the life and be the person that you want to be!! #cheesybuttrue

    All of that aside – one of my favorite #lifetips is to put on something great when things get rough/you’re feeling down/having a bad day/everything is going wrong/life sucks. It sounds counter-intuitive (you’d rather wear sweats and hide under the covers!), but it definitely helps change my mindset! When I’m wearing something great, I feel great, and want to channel that positive energy into the universe – by being extra kind to myself, being extra kind to others, being helpful, and trying to be the best person I can be. It seriously sometimes takes one person, and of course, it begins with YOU!

    I’ve been loving this black slip dress lately. I’ve worn it so many times, especially when I’m going out/have a date and don’t know what to wear! I love how it looks with a long and comfy hoodie -sweet and sexy! I amp up the casual look with a leopard print clutch (one of my favorite and outfit changing accessories to date!) and a sweet and sexy choker necklace. Depending on my mood (and what I’m doing), I’ll add a pair of nude heels or booties.

    What’s everyone been up to? How’s April been treating you? Let me know below – I’d love to hear from you! Thanks for stopping by today, I really appreciate it. I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week, and I encourage you to take stock of your life and decide if you’re going down a path you’re happy to be on! If yes – GREAT – keep going! If not – what changes do you think you need to make? Hard questions but so worth asking! (in my opinion) 🙂

    You can shop my look in the widget below. Affordably priced! 😉