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Friday, March 13, 2015

Friday Links of Wisdom

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An OCD person's dream

It's called the Courtney bib, so I have to have it right?

A cute read

Another cute read, and a HUGE "thank you" to my mum for being amazing! 

It makes me happy to realize that there are good people in this world 

The dresses from SheInside are on point this season! My bank hates me, but my closet loves me

Shay Shull (Sean Lowe from the Bachelor's sister) is one of my fav bloggers

She has me wanting to read every one of these! She's so darn cute!

This is going to be HUGE!

I've always loved this song 

Wishing I was hanging here right about now

Have a fabulous weekend! 

Friday, March 6, 2015

Friday Links Of Wisdom

I can't wait until I have a free moment to sit and watch all these

I relate to waaaay too many of these

I LOVED Delias. Woof 

I really love me some Gilmore Girls 

I would probably be their first follower

I just discovered this sweet girl and I am in LOVE with her blog

What a moving story, and a great mom! 

Do you have a printer? Then check out this girl, and print, print, print! 

Well, what are the odds of that!

Luke Bryan you are my everything

You too, Tom Brady, you too

Grab the tissues

Quit with the lies MK&A!

Is is SUMMER yet?


Wednesday, March 4, 2015


1. 5th and Mercer Dress // 2. Superga Sneaker // 3. Joe's Jeans Sandal // 4. Sam Edelman Sandals //  5. Nanette Lepore Swimsuit // 6.  L*Space Bikini // 7. Adidas by Stella McCartney Swimsuit //  
8. Alaia Beach Dress // 9. ONE by Pink Stitch Maxi // 10. Coolchange Beach Cover Up // 
11. Marc by Marc Jacobs Mini Bag // 12. Phillp Lim Satchel // 13. Rebecca Minkoff Clutch //
14. Paige Skinny Jeans // 15.Blank Denim Skinny Jeans // 16. J Brand Skinny Jeans


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Thank You Notes: Why They're So Important

About two years ago my sister-in-law gave me a set of monogrammed stationary. Obviously I loved it because it was monogrammed, but I also really loved it because I had never had my own stationary before. I wasn't sure how much I'd actually use it, but the set was so stinking cute I figured I'd find use for it somehow.

Fast forward a few years and I have realized how crucial it is to have your own stationary. I have used it for countless different notes, "thank yous", sympathy letters, and "get well soons." I find the act of letter writing to be so "ladylike" and mature. People don't send out hand written notes enough. In today's world we're too quick to send an email or even a text. It is so important to put the pen to paper and keep the communication going. 
To send or not to send:
There have been many times in which I have been unsure if I should reach out to someone whether it be to acknowledge them for a gift, apologize for a loss, or even to thank them for opening up their home to me for an event or party.
When in doubt, write it out!
 You can never go wrong when it comes to sending someone a letter or a note. 

Here are some of my favs for fun and unique stationary! 


Stamper- Swoozies                          Monogrammed Sticker

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Nighttime Routine

I am NOT a morning person. And that is putting it kindly. 
I can barely walk, let alone talk in the mornings. It is BAD.

When I was in college I would always go to bed at crazy hours and then sleep in the next day. Or I'd be super tired at night and go to bed wicked early and end up wired the next morning at 6:00am. I was never really on a schedule, and if you know me at all, you know that I like need a schedule.

Once I started working full time and commuting on the train at 7:00am each morning, I quickly learned that a strict schedule is key. I needed to go to bed by a certain time each night and allow myself to get enough rest to be able to even think about functioning in the mornings. 

My current nighttime routine is one that I have come to know and love. By the time I turn the lights off at the end of the day I am fast asleep in a matter of minutes, so I thought I'd share with you some of my tips and tricks!

1. Take a shower or a bath.
I don't wash my hair every night, but I do always shower every night before I go to sleep. Taking a hot bath or shower always relaxes me and puts me in a calm mood before I'm about to lay my head down for the night. 

2. Take off your makeup. All. Of. It. 
Either before I shower or during my shower I always wash my face using my Clarisonic Mia2. I cannot say enough great things about my Clarisonic. I absolutely LOVE it. This little machine is seriously so powerful and works wonders with taking off all your makeup as well as any dead skin, oils or dirt on your face. After I wash with my Clarisonic every night I feel like I'm ready for a great night sleep with a refreshed face!

3. Stop eating two hours before bed, and drink a glass of water. 
I'm not always the best at this (I tend to be a snacker- especially during Bachelor Monday's), but I find that going to sleep with a less full stomach helps me to sleep longer. Whenever I am extremely full I end up tossing and turning all night.

4. Get a sound machine
My nieces and nephew sleep with sound machines to help block out the noises that we all inevitably make downstairs when they go to sleep at night. I ended up getting the same one for my apartment and I LOVE it. This little "dohm" is great for blocking out city noises as well as any noises from the TV in my living room, the kitchen, or even the shutting and closing of doors. It really helps me to just zone out and not get interrupted when I'm trying to sleep. 

5. Put your phone on "Do Not Disturb.
Recently I have been putting my iPhone on the sleep mode which I never used to do, but really recommend. When you do this your phone is still on, but your notifications from Snapchat, Instagram. Facebook etc don't pop up and light up your phone. Your texts don't vibrate or ding (unless specifically specified to do so.) And your alarm clock still works for the desired time. You can also set "Do Not Disturb" to work for certain settings. For instance, I have my phone set so that if anyone from my "favorites" list calls me that it will still ring. This way I know that if there was an emergency with someone in my family, I would still hear my phone. Sleep mode or "Do Not Disturb" is also set so that if someone calls you twice within three minutes that it will not silence the call. Getting away from electronics and social media can be tough, but if you want to get a good night sleep you must "sign off" and "power down."

Another Tip:
Workout during the day to allow yourself to burn off some of that extra jittery energy and make for an easy night sleep. When I go to the gym during my lunch hour, or even after work I find that I not only have more energy for the remainder of the day (it almost jump starts my body during my mid day slump), but I also can fall asleep much quicker at night because my body is actually tired from all the exercise and movement.

I hope these tips and tricks were helpful for you! Happy sleeping!

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