• Let me preface this by saying I’m not much of a traveller…

    I’m a creature of comfort, and I enjoy a routine. I don’t travel often because it can be exhausting, time spent at various sites/attractions is very short-lived, and I’m not big on crowds. I’d rather stay and live in a place for a month or so to truly get a feel for the locale, not just the “touristy” hot spots. However, recently, although I was a bit under the weather (health struggles the past few months), I was excited to embark on a spontaneous road trip to the Pacific Northwest (really bad timing due to the fires). I’ve been wanting to visit the Pacific Northwest for a few years now, and I’m so glad I get to check that off my “list.” I definitely want to go back, and potentially live in the Seattle/Bellevue area for a month or so! It was a very short trip, but I learned a few things that I’m going to share briefly below.

    • We didn’t really have an itinerary during this trip, which I sort of regret. Next time, I’d like to do some research and plan a few things I would want to do/see. Also, the trip was so short that it didn’t really make sense to plan for things that may not have occurred during our visit.
    • From this trip, I am inspired to live each day more fully – even (especially) in my own city. I’m taking that back with me and applying that mindset to my day-to-day life. I want to embrace and enjoy all the events, activities, restaurants, attractions, etc etc that a city has to offer: workout classes, book readings, conferences, meet ups, outdoor adventures, whatever it may be!
    • She inspires me 🙂
    • I LOVE treating myself to a new book every time I go to a new place. It’s nice to have something tangible to remember the trip by.

    My essentials for on-the-go style: a roomy cognac tote (exact one linked!) and cozy brown wedge sandals that go with EVERYTHING! Other items (similar) that I wore on this trip are linked below.

    Are you a traveller? Where do you find inspiration from when venturing outside your home city? See you next week!

  • Getting Inspired From New Places

    Let me preface this by saying I’m not much of a traveller…

    I’m a creature of comfort, and I enjoy a routine. I don’t travel often because it can be exhausting, time spent at various sites/attractions is very short-lived, and I’m not big on crowds. I’d rather stay and live in a place for a month or so to truly get a feel for the locale, not just the “touristy” hot spots. However, recently, although I was a bit under the weather (health struggles the past few months), I was excited to embark on a spontaneous road trip to the Pacific Northwest (really bad timing due to the fires). I’ve been wanting to visit the Pacific Northwest for a few years now, and I’m so glad I get to check that off my “list.” I definitely want to go back, and potentially live in the Seattle/Bellevue area for a month or so! It was a very short trip, but I learned a few things that I’m going to share briefly below.

    • We didn’t really have an itinerary during this trip, which I sort of regret. Next time, I’d like to do some research and plan a few things I would want to do/see. Also, the trip was so short that it didn’t really make sense to plan for things that may not have occurred during our visit.
    • From this trip, I am inspired to live each day more fully – even (especially) in my own city. I’m taking that back with me and applying that mindset to my day-to-day life. I want to embrace and enjoy all the events, activities, restaurants, attractions, etc etc that a city has to offer: workout classes, book readings, conferences, meet ups, outdoor adventures, whatever it may be!
    • She inspires me 🙂
    • I LOVE treating myself to a new book every time I go to a new place. It’s nice to have something tangible to remember the trip by.

    My essentials for on-the-go style: a roomy cognac tote (exact one linked!) and cozy brown wedge sandals that go with EVERYTHING! Other items (similar) that I wore on this trip are linked below.

    Are you a traveller? Where do you find inspiration from when venturing outside your home city? See you next week!

  • Fun fact: I am a bit career-obsessed.

    You’d think, that being “career-obsessed”, I would have nailed down what my dream career is… if such a thing even exists. Truth is, there are so many jobs/careers out there (and new ones cropping up all the time), that it would be hard to pick that one dream career. I wrote about landing my “dream job” in this post, and although I did enjoy working in that field, I believe there are many types of careers that would be ideal for me. As human beings, we are very complex, so it makes sense that there are many different types of jobs that can be a great fit for us. The trick is finding commonalities across those different jobs/careers and using that to aid us in our job search.

    Recently, I was lucky enough to land a gig in one of my dream job fields: publishing. The world of publishing has always appealed to me (I love books! Also, I’m a blogger so I love to share written words with whoever is willing to read them! 😉 Working in publishing had always been in the back of my mind, but because I live in Sacramento, CA, I knew it would be difficult to land a publishing gig in this town. After I was laid off from my last job (in marketing/account management), I decided to try something different. So: I started searching for remote jobs and was thrilled when I found something in publishing in San Francisco! I’ve been at this independent publishing house for about a month now, and I absolutely LOVE it! Since it’s remote, I can work from my apartment in Sacramento BUT with the extra perk of being able to come to the bay for a day (if needed). Win win! Most importantly, I love being able to work for an independent publishing house that specializes in works written by diverse female authors. How amazing is that!?!? I’m still pinching myself every single day (sort of, ha!).

    These photos were taken when I ventured out to SF for the day with my sisters. You simply cannot go wrong with SF as a backdrop. Most items in my closet are filled with warm, neutral, and muted colors/tones. Because of this, I can mix and match pretty much anything in my closet. I know what colors look good on me and I know what colors make me happy. If you’re like me, and don’t have much closet space or money to spend on clothing, I highly suggest trying to figure out what your color palette is, and working with that! You can go through old photos and see which colors you tend to wear most often. You can also determine which colors make you feel the best in those photos. Ironically enough, warm colors for makeup is what I tend to gravitate towards as well. It’s kind of interesting to think about the colors we tend to gravitate towards – with our clothing, makeup, home decor, etc etc.

    What colors do you like to wear? Share with me below! Also, outfit details in the widget below. The cognac tote (a new favorite) and beige cardigan are exact items! The suede cognac boots are a good dupe for what I’m wearing, and I LOVE them! At the knee lace-up boots are a new favorite and so, so, so versatile (great for shorter gals who can’t as easily pull off the over the thigh boot trend- ha!). Thanks for stopping by today, appreciate it! Have a fabulous week, cuties, see you next Tuesday! In the meantime, feel free to interact with me more frequently on IG 😉

  • Choosing A Wardrobe Color Palette | Job Update

    Fun fact: I am a bit career-obsessed.

    You’d think, that being “career-obsessed”, I would have nailed down what my dream career is… if such a thing even exists. Truth is, there are so many jobs/careers out there (and new ones cropping up all the time), that it would be hard to pick that one dream career. I wrote about landing my “dream job” in this post, and although I did enjoy working in that field, I believe there are many types of careers that would be ideal for me. As human beings, we are very complex, so it makes sense that there are many different types of jobs that can be a great fit for us. The trick is finding commonalities across those different jobs/careers and using that to aid us in our job search.

    Recently, I was lucky enough to land a gig in one of my dream job fields: publishing. The world of publishing has always appealed to me (I love books! Also, I’m a blogger so I love to share written words with whoever is willing to read them! 😉 Working in publishing had always been in the back of my mind, but because I live in Sacramento, CA, I knew it would be difficult to land a publishing gig in this town. After I was laid off from my last job (in marketing/account management), I decided to try something different. So: I started searching for remote jobs and was thrilled when I found something in publishing in San Francisco! I’ve been at this independent publishing house for about a month now, and I absolutely LOVE it! Since it’s remote, I can work from my apartment in Sacramento BUT with the extra perk of being able to come to the bay for a day (if needed). Win win! Most importantly, I love being able to work for an independent publishing house that specializes in works written by diverse female authors. How amazing is that!?!? I’m still pinching myself every single day (sort of, ha!).

    These photos were taken when I ventured out to SF for the day with my sisters. You simply cannot go wrong with SF as a backdrop. Most items in my closet are filled with warm, neutral, and muted colors/tones. Because of this, I can mix and match pretty much anything in my closet. I know what colors look good on me and I know what colors make me happy. If you’re like me, and don’t have much closet space or money to spend on clothing, I highly suggest trying to figure out what your color palette is, and working with that! You can go through old photos and see which colors you tend to wear most often. You can also determine which colors make you feel the best in those photos. Ironically enough, warm colors for makeup is what I tend to gravitate towards as well. It’s kind of interesting to think about the colors we tend to gravitate towards – with our clothing, makeup, home decor, etc etc.

    What colors do you like to wear? Share with me below! Also, outfit details in the widget below. The cognac tote (a new favorite) and beige cardigan are exact items! The suede cognac boots are a good dupe for what I’m wearing, and I LOVE them! At the knee lace-up boots are a new favorite and so, so, so versatile (great for shorter gals who can’t as easily pull off the over the thigh boot trend- ha!). Thanks for stopping by today, appreciate it! Have a fabulous week, cuties, see you next Tuesday! In the meantime, feel free to interact with me more frequently on IG 😉

  • Helloooo Tuesday, we meet again.

    Today, I want to talk about the mantra I had set for myself earlier in the year, back in January. My #1 mantra for 2017 has been embrace discomfort. Life is filled with so many challenges, upsetting situations, undesirable circumstances, fears, personal struggles, and .. well general discomfort. It’s normal. However, discomfort has prevented me from doing many, many things that I really want to do (like travel, in particular flying, meeting more people, i.e. men I find attractive, get my dream job, start a business, etc). So: I thought, instead of fighting these unpleasant, uncomfortable feelings – why not use it to my advantage? And that’s exactly what I’ve been striving to do this entire year. Some days, I struggle, especially the last two months. But then, I remember my mantra, and pull myself out of a dark situation. Having a mantra (and I have a visual of this on my desk) really works wonders for the mind! You know what they say… mind over matter. Embracing discomfort has been one of the best mantras I’ve set for myself this year. It’s allowed me to push myself to do new things, scary things, uncomfortable things, different things, and most importantly – to challenge old, negative, unhealthy thinking. I’ve “grown” so much this year, in large part to this mantra! (crazy)

    It’s time to start thinking about fall staples! If you read my blog regularly, you’ll probably notice most of my outfits are pretty “simple.” I gravitate towards simple, but lovely, staple pieces. I’m not big on trends at all, mostly because I know what looks good on my figure, and also because my closet and bank account are too small to invest in trends that come and go. My idea of staples are: a black slip dress (I’ve worn it here), a grey cashmere vest (cashmere is my new-ish guilty pleasure!), and this new cognac tote bag (finally, an item that is exactly as pictured – this rarely happens!). The best part about a simple outfit? Sprucing it up with fun accessories, like a head wrap and choker necklace.

    Tell me: have you embraced discomfort recently, or is it something that scares you? What fall staples have you been wearing?

    Have a lovely first week of September and see you next week. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Embrace Discomfort

    Helloooo Tuesday, we meet again.

    Today, I want to talk about the mantra I had set for myself earlier in the year, back in January. My #1 mantra for 2017 has been embrace discomfort. Life is filled with so many challenges, upsetting situations, undesirable circumstances, fears, personal struggles, and .. well general discomfort. It’s normal. However, discomfort has prevented me from doing many, many things that I really want to do (like travel, in particular flying, meeting more people, i.e. men I find attractive, get my dream job, start a business, etc). So: I thought, instead of fighting these unpleasant, uncomfortable feelings – why not use it to my advantage? And that’s exactly what I’ve been striving to do this entire year. Some days, I struggle, especially the last two months. But then, I remember my mantra, and pull myself out of a dark situation. Having a mantra (and I have a visual of this on my desk) really works wonders for the mind! You know what they say… mind over matter. Embracing discomfort has been one of the best mantras I’ve set for myself this year. It’s allowed me to push myself to do new things, scary things, uncomfortable things, different things, and most importantly – to challenge old, negative, unhealthy thinking. I’ve “grown” so much this year, in large part to this mantra! (crazy)

    It’s time to start thinking about fall staples! If you read my blog regularly, you’ll probably notice most of my outfits are pretty “simple.” I gravitate towards simple, but lovely, staple pieces. I’m not big on trends at all, mostly because I know what looks good on my figure, and also because my closet and bank account are too small to invest in trends that come and go. My idea of staples are: a black slip dress (I’ve worn it here), a grey cashmere vest (cashmere is my new-ish guilty pleasure!), and this new cognac tote bag (finally, an item that is exactly as pictured – this rarely happens!). The best part about a simple outfit? Sprucing it up with fun accessories, like a head wrap and choker necklace.

    Tell me: have you embraced discomfort recently, or is it something that scares you? What fall staples have you been wearing?

    Have a lovely first week of September and see you next week. Thanks for stopping by 🙂