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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! 😉

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    Since getting a new job (my dream job!!), I’ve been focusing on investing in quality and chic work-wear staples.

    I’m at that point in my life (and career) where I would rather spend a little more money on quality AND versatile items that I’ll wear for years to come. The good old classic (but still cute) staples. The pieces that I’m excited to reach for, time and time again. The pieces that I’ll always make room for in my closet. The pieces that make me happy.

    One such classic piece is a great black skirt. A black skirt that you can wear to work, to meetings, work trips, interviews, networking events, maybe even happy hour with a fun top. A black skirt that is either mid-thigh or longer, so NOT a miniskirt 🙂 I chose a black skirt from Rebecca Taylor with modest ruffle details on the ends and in the back. I think the details add a little something extra AND they flatter slimmer figures. I tend to stay away from pencil skirts as they don’t really flatter my body type, but for you curvy gals out there – a black pencil skirt would look amazing on you!

    I’ve searched for a few similar skirts as well as other great black skirts in the widget below. Take a look, if you’re in the market for a black skirt!

    Next up is trying to find that perfect blouse. I’ve been searching for one for YEARS, but have yet to find one. The search continues 😉 If you have recommendations, do let me know! Thanks for visiting and I hope you have an amazing day!

  • Curating A Working Girl’s Closet | Quality Black Skirt

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    Since getting a new job (my dream job!!), I’ve been focusing on investing in quality and chic work-wear staples.

    I’m at that point in my life (and career) where I would rather spend a little more money on quality AND versatile items that I’ll wear for years to come. The good old classic (but still cute) staples. The pieces that I’m excited to reach for, time and time again. The pieces that I’ll always make room for in my closet. The pieces that make me happy.

    One such classic piece is a great black skirt. A black skirt that you can wear to work, to meetings, work trips, interviews, networking events, maybe even happy hour with a fun top. A black skirt that is either mid-thigh or longer, so NOT a miniskirt 🙂 I chose a black skirt from Rebecca Taylor with modest ruffle details on the ends and in the back. I think the details add a little something extra AND they flatter slimmer figures. I tend to stay away from pencil skirts as they don’t really flatter my body type, but for you curvy gals out there – a black pencil skirt would look amazing on you!

    I’ve searched for a few similar skirts as well as other great black skirts in the widget below. Take a look, if you’re in the market for a black skirt!

    Next up is trying to find that perfect blouse. I’ve been searching for one for YEARS, but have yet to find one. The search continues 😉 If you have recommendations, do let me know! Thanks for visiting and I hope you have an amazing day!