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Ah, yes. The Nordstrom Half Annual Sale. Where hard earned money goes to be spent on things you don’t need, but for some reason just have to have. Luckily I’m getting a little better at not blowing all my cash so quickly. While shopping the site, I was definitely tempted to start throwing things in my cart. So far I’ve been able to resist, but I guess we’ll see how long that lasts. While I haven’t yet personally taken advantage of the sale, here is a round-up of some of my favorite items available, by category, all under $150 (most under $100)!
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Vince Camuto Cranita Perforated Bootie in Grey // Dr.Scholls ‘Original Collection Wiley’ Wedge in Bone Fabric // Louis Et Cie Mirin Wedge Sandal in Neutral Nubuck // Sam Edelmen ‘Thea’ Strappy Pump in Primrose Suede
I’m a sucker for neutral toned shoes. Block heels are trending right now, and for good reason. These shoes give that added height that legs (and short girls like me) love, while remaining comfortable enough for all-day wear. Wedges will always be may favorite go-to. I can imagine the Dr. Scholls pair are pretty easy on the feet!
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Chelsea28 Lace Trim Off the Shoulder Top in Ivory // Cupcakes and Cashmere Kerrine Embroidered Maxi Dress // Chelsea28 Lace Fit & Flare Dress // Caslon Print Detail Pocket Sweatshirt in Pink Blush
I’m definitely leaning more towards lighter neutrals here as well. I wear a lot of dark, rich colors in the fall and winter so I really take advantage of the more muted and light tones in the spring and summer months. As much as I would love to buy up all of this and throw it in my closet, I really need to work on narrowing it down and picking a few versatile pieces that I can mix and match all season long.
Athleisure is my all time favorite. I have an entire dresser in my closet dedicated specifically to athletic gear, not even joking. I can’t help it! Everything is so cute now. When I first started working out in high school I was just fine with my cheap cotton leggings and cotton t-shirts. Now, I swear by anything sweat-wicking, cool/dry/heat technology, pretty prints, and so much more. This adidas top is so cute because it has a bit of that see-through look in polka dot form, without baring too much. And the Zella Flash leggings have the CUTEST mesh cutouts up the thigh. I adore them.
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Somehow I manage to pick much more expensive accessories than clothes when I shop these sales. I fell in love with all of the watches that were available, especially the too-cute and wino-approved Wine and Dine watch by Kate Spade New York. Absolutely love that one! Definitely seemed to stick with a pattern of lighter neutral colors for the most part here as well. I definitely have a certain aesthetic I’m trying to attain for summer, apparently!
If you’ve been here for a while, you know that back in February I tried a no-spend challenge. And I did pretty good! Unfortunately since then, I have not done so good. I’ve done bad. So I’m really working on curbing my spending habits. My purchases right now revolve around food, coffee, and books. I really try to wait on clothes until it feels like an absolute necessity (ie. I bought new work pants because mine were old and the clasp was coming off, and I bought some new blouses because mine were all dark fall/winter prints). As much as I would love to buy up everything I’ve listed above (and then some), I’m going to be holding back.
Until next time!
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When life gets you down, it’s so easy to get sucked into your emotions. It’s easy to panic, to retreat from friendships and family, to lose your cool and lash out and those around you. It’s easy to get angry and blame it on your feelings later. But it also totally freaking sucks. Who wants to look back on a day or series of days and say “wow, yeah, sorry about that. I was just in a bad mood LOL”. NO. This is not okay. While it is understandable to be upset, it’s so important to learn how to handle those emotions, reign them in, and take control back over your head. (note: it is a much different situation if you suffer from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or other severe mood-altering mental diseases. please understand my post is referencing a much simpler form of emotion!)
I have a few fail-safe ways to calm my nerves and my brain after it becomes overwhelmed with stress. I mean, ideally we would be able to counter anything before a total freak out. But let’s be real: you don’t always see the breakdown coming. So, what do I do to calm down?
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Mother’s day is coming up, friends! And to those of you who love your momma and want to give her a wonderful Sunday, good for you! My mom has been a centerpiece of my life time and time again. She is always supportive, encouraging, and PROUD of me through all my endeavors. When I told her I wanted to be an accountant like her, she was overjoyed. When I shared my love for photography in high school she surprised me with my first Canon DSLR camera, and still gets me accessories for my hobby. When I mentioned I was starting a blog, she thought it was such a cool idea and discussed ideas she has had about a blog of her own (which I wish she would start because she’s an amazing writer!). All this and much, much more make my mom so special to me. And while I want to give her the world this mother’s day, I’m also a young adult with a starting salary and lots of bills to pay. What’s a girl (or boy, if you guys out there are reading this!) to do with a constricted budget and a mom who deserves diamonds?
One really important thing my mom taught me is that a gift or experience doesn’t have to be expensive to be cherished. So if you’re running on a tight budget, here are some simple, inexpensive ideas to show her your appreciation!
This one is a given. Who DOESN’T love breakfast in bed? Make your mom a healthy omelette or a yummy berries and yogurt parfait. If you really have time and a bigger appetite in the morning, you should definitely try this amazing looking breakfast pizza recipe from Real Simple! If you do, let me know how it is! I’ve been dying to try it myself, and just haven’t found the time. Bonus points here for a refreshing mimosa and fresh hot coffee!
I’m sure most moms will be overjoyed if they walked into a sparkling clean kitchen or living room. Let her kick her feet up while you help handle some of the mundane household chores! Don’t take too long, though! Leave time to spend some true quality moments together.
This one is something my mom and I did for at least three years in a row. We would drive to all the local nurseries and look at all the freshly bloomed flowers. Some years we would buy hundreds of dollars worth of flowers and totally re-do the front gardens, and others we would each get just one little plant and see how long we could keep it alive. These are some of my most cherished days with my mom, even in their simplicity. Flowers can be pretty inexpensive, and it’s a fun way to brighten up a desk or table!
Okay, this one could get a little pricey. But how much fun would it be to surprise mom with a box of goodies delivered right to her doorstep? While my subscription box experience solely lies with Trunk Club, the box from FabFitFun looks like a great idea! It runs a little pricier, but it has a nice array of products that anyone would enjoy. They are seasonal, though! So that’s something to keep in mind. If she’s a makeup lover, you could always go for the Ipsy or Birchbox subscriptions as well! There are tons of different themes for subscription boxes now, so definitely look for those as a fun gift idea.
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If your mom is outdoors-y, strap on your hiking boots and go for a nice hike! The fresh outdoor air will make you both feel amazing, and you can fill the time with great conversation and catch up!
While I hope to take my mom on another flower shopping trip and out for brunch, I know she would be just as happy with a big bottle of wine shared on the back deck enjoying the company of her family. And that’s the beauty of some moms, isn’t it? They love you more than any gift you could ever give, because you are their greatest gift.
Happy mother’s day to all the wonderful moms I know. <3
Spring has sprung, but that’s hardly a condolence to those of us who spend most of our time indoors for the 9-5. During the early weeks of Spring, those crucial hours are the ones where the sun shines the most, the air feels warmest, and the colors are brightest. While we work away in our offices and cubicles, flowers are blooming and sharing their cheery colors with anyone who cares to see. And we miss it. Every year.
I really love flowers. I love the way the air smells in the spring when they’ve bloomed. Spring is always tough for me because my part of the office is a corner with no windows, no natural light, nothing. We have a glass block window in the room, but it’s behind me and on the other side and I get nothing from it. If I don’t turn around or leave my desk for a while I wouldn’t know if it’s sunny or cloudy out. Feeling this closed in and cut off from the outdoors is really rough on me during the spring months. This is why I make a point to have flowers or plants on my desk as much as possible. Bonus points for real ones!
I’m very lucky with the location of where I work, as I’m able to walk less than a mile to a local grocery store. While I go mostly for my lunches (great salad bar, and who can say no to $5 sushi Wednesday!), they also always have a great selection of fresh flowers to take back to the office. I usually will buy and bring back the flowers on Mondays so I can get the most out of them when they are their freshest. Here are some of my favorite desk plants, some I’ve tried and some I haven’t come across yet!
During the holiday season this is a super great plant to have. It’s easy to take care of, and the smaller ones are usually pretty cheap (and plentiful!) and most stores. I really love having imperfect ones, like the one above with spotted leaves. It brought a lot of character to my little corner! And paired with the other holiday decorations in the accounting department, it really helped encourage that extra bit of Christmas cheer.
2. Spider Plant
I haven’t personally had one at the office, but these plants are great in low-light situations as well. As an added bonus, they also help to improve indoor air quality. They are even proven to help cling to dust in the air, which may help with some allergies for coworkers! Reading through the benefits of this plant are actually making me want to find one. Don’t have a lot of desk space? These plants work great in hanging baskets, so see about fastening a hook or getting a stand to hold a basket up off the floor.
3. Peace Lily
I’ve come to the conclusion that any kind of lily will always be one of my favorite plants. I once tried having tiger lilies in the office, but they didn’t last very long. In fact, they started closing up on the walk back becuase of the brisk wind! So that was unfortunate. Luckily I was able to get them for only $5! The Peace Lily, however, will handle much better in the office. Like the spider plant, it is also known to help improve indoor air quality. The flower itself is rather pretty, and adds more to a desk than the normal green shade-friendly plants.
4. Gerber Daisies
My personal favorite for in the office is the Gerber Daisy. These babies are super easy to take care of, and on average last me about two weeks. You can get them in more natural colors or fun artificially dyed oes. Either way, they are a cheerful and fun way to bring some life to your desk! And they are super easy to come across in stores during the spring months. I highly recommend them if you are more of a black thumb like myself. I usually only have to fill the vase once or twice!
The more I have plants in the office, the more I want to learn about them. I would love to really start getting interesting plants and learning how to take care of them and help them thrive. I do wish I had a window so I could really introduce some fun, colorful flowers. Unfortunately I don’t have such luck. Our offices will be movign in the next year or two, so maybe I’ll have better luck in the next building? Fingers crossed!
Make sure before bringing any plants into your office that your coworkers don’t have any allergies. When you work in close quarters, it’s important to make sure you aren’t infringing on the comfort (and productivity!) of others. Fake plants are always a great option to bring that color into the space, and they require no care! So that’s always a great option too if allergies are a concern.
What plants have you had luck with in your office space? What ar some of your favorites, or some that worked out better than you expected? Let me know in the comments below!
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – This book was a ton of fun. I really enjoy video games, so it’s always cool to have a story based on gaming (especially if the gamer group saves the world!). It’s pretty lengthy but is actually a very enjoyable read. It took me a little over a week to get through this one. Again, definitely a good recommendation for anyone looking for a game-relevant storyline!
Okay, I’ve been watching Shameless and Seven Deadly Sins (anime) nonstop on Netflix, with the occasional movie here and there. But the one movie that stuck with me all month long is the 2005 Phantom of the Opera with Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum. I LOVE this movie. I grew up listening to the Phantom of the Opera soundtrack because of my mom’s love for the story, and now I can’t help but feel chills when I listen to those songs. If you love lots of opera and singing and for some reason you HAVEN’T seen this yet, do yourself a favor and check it out. Hopefully you love it as much as I do. <3
I’ve also been addicted to watching Heidi Somers (aka Buffbunny) vlogs on Youtube. She just comes across so natural and bubbly and sincere, and every video I watch motivates me to work harder on myself and to be a happier person and really enjoy the life I live. She motivates me to get to the gym and to find a healthy balance between work, life, hobbies, and health. I started watching her videos from the very beginning, and I love that she has stayed true to herself while growing and making a name for herself in the fitness industry. It’s really inspiring seeing someone work so hard and fight for their goals and actually create the life they want to live.
Grilled Cheese with Bacon and Guacamole. Intrigued? You should be. This was the BEST thing I ate this month, hands down. And it is so easy to make! Two slices of bread (I used wheat), two slices of provolone cheese, one slice of mild cheddar, half of a single-serve pack of Wholly Guacamole (because I’m too lazy to make my own!), and two strips of bacon! Mmmm-mmm good!
My all-time favorite memory from this month was being able to take Willow to a park and go swimming in the river! We were surprised with an 80 degree day and took full advantage with an exhausting hike and, for her, a fun swim to cool off! It was so much fun seeing her happy and energetic. I can’t wait until we have more war weather for getting outside to play!
Anyway, those are some of my favorites of…well…everything! None of this content was sponsored or affiliate based. But I definitely recommend making that grilled cheese for yourself. Seriously, TO DIE FOR. Give it a go and let me know what you think!
What are some of the things you enjoyed most this past month? Let me know in the comments below!