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Best Plants to Liven Up a Low-Light Office Space

Best Plants to Liven Up a Low-Light Office Space

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!

 

1. Poinsetta

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!

 

xo, Karli

What I Loved in April

What I Loved in April

I cannot believe it is already MAY. This is crazy. This year is flying by, each day slipping through my fingers no matter how hard I hold on. It was a wonderfully warm month, though. And I was able to accomplish so much and get so much good out of it that I can look back on the past weeks with fondness, as well as have excitement for the upcoming weeks of May! I had typed up a pretty great post earlier, but had accidentally refreshed the page without saving  a draft. That was painful. I’m going to try my best to recreate it without getting sloppy, as I can be sometimes when I rush to recreate things. Without further adeu, here are a few of my favorite books, movies, youtube channels, and photos from this past month! Read: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon – This book was a lot better than I had expected. I’ve been wanting to read it for quite some time now, and finally picked it up a few weeks ago. Seeing the ad for the movie reminded me that I hadn’t even read the novel! I prefer to read before watching a movie, so I took it home and got started. Needless to say, I had it finished in 2 to 3 sessions. It was that good. I seriously could not put it down, and when I did I was so excited to pick it back up when I got home! In fact, one of my favorite days of this month was Easter morning when I woke up and drank coffee and read Everything, Everything for an hour before getting ready and meeting up with family.

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!

Watched:

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.

Ate/Drank

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!

Wine Of course, what would a post be without either fashion or wine involved? I’ll inlude just the wine this time. I fell in LOVE with a new wine I tried as part of my Winc subscription. Haven’t heard of Winc? Well if you love wine, you should check them out! You can sign up for their service and take a wine survey, where they get an idea of your tastes and pair you up with some new wines each month based on your results. If you review 10 bottles, you get $10 toward a future purchase! I have only received one wine I didn’t particularly enjoy, but everything else has been amazing! So far I have tried at least 15 different wines I believe. My personal favorites are Summer Water, Outer Sounds, and #TGIF [red blend]. I highly recommend giving them a try. If you do decide you want to try, use this link and receive $13 off in credits towards your first order. That’s a free bottle, people! Disclaimer: I also receive $13 in Winc credits if you buy a box using this link! I was lucky enough to buy into the Summer Water Societé summer subscription, where I get three “magnum” (2x the size) bottles of their limited edition Summer Water rose in May, June, and July! The first box should be here any day now and I simply cannot wait. You HAVE to get your hands on this wine if you love rosé. I promise you won’t regret it.
Photo Dump The rest of this post is going to be some photos from throughout the month. Some made it to Instagram, some did not. These are just some of my favorite items or snapshots from April!
Favorite Shoes – Minnetonka Santorini Sandals (no longer available on most sites!)  
Fave Go-to Lunch: 4 oz Baked Chicken with green beans and one cup brown rice, lightly drizzled with barbeque sauce. 
Favorite Pastime: Reading on the balcony on the first few warm days of spring!
Pretty building we passed while walking to a local festival! In our area we have a Maple Festival, where you can enjoy all things maple! My favorite thing is to get the maple stirs, where you get a little cup of maple syrup that has been processed so that stirring causes it to harden into maple candy. I still eat mine while it’s warm and gooey! My sister always buys bags of the maple coffee they sell, and it took all of my willpower to not buy a gallon jug of local maple syrup. I really REALLY love maple. Starbucks in our area actually had a Golden Maple Latte one fall, but it was just a local “test run” drink and apparently didn’t make it very far. It was the most delicious drink they ever made and I really wish they would bring it back…  

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!

xo, Karli

How to Revamp Your Closet Without Spending a Penny

How to Revamp Your Closet Without Spending a Penny

Okay. So shopping is my thing. You know it, I know it, my dad knows it, EVERYONE knows it. I love refreshing my closet or adding new accessories to my rotation, especially during season changes. Unfortunately, I also fall out of love with a lot of pieces in my closet. Faster than I’d like to admit, in fact. And we’ve all been there! That sweater is staring you down at the store that you just HAVE TO HAVE IT. But then a few months go by, and the sweater was only worn once, or maybe shrank from a medium to a small in the dryer (did it say lay flat to dry? whoops). Or hey, maybe your style changed and it simply doesn’t belong. That’s okay! I’ll be the first to admit that I have a constant pile of clothes next to my dresser that I have every intention to donate. Granted, I always wait ’till it’s a little large to take it to the local thrift store. But my intentions are good!

I had such a stack growing for some time when my friend sent me a Facebook invite to a clothing swap. Intrigued, I checked out the info. My friend is a very environmentally friendly person. She makes the constant effort to do her best to maintain a level of sustainability most of us will never achieve. She is the person who has encouraged me to never have paper plates, cups, or plastic-ware in the house. I grab a dish rag faster than a paper towel when going to clean up a mess. I recycle anything I do use (as long as it is recyclable!) and try my best to cut down on my own personal waste. But I never EVER thought to do something along the lines of a clothing swap.

The invite was super exciting, too: she would be making quiche and providing mimosas to the group as well. Her quiche is to die for and, well, who could say no to a mimosa on a sunny Sunday afternoon? I found myself driving to her place a few weeks later with a duffel bag of old clothes and accessories.

The event was a total success. A few people went home with some previously loved pieces of mine, and I raked in a handful of perfect pieces to add to my closet as well! Even better, some of them are items I’ve been trying to keep an eye out for in stores but haven’t had the courage to fork over the dough (ie. a simple white and black stripe plaid shirt, mock neck knit sweater, and a few cute dresses perfect for spring and summer). I was even lucky enough to snag a few Calvin Klein pieces! Even though we were browsing used items, the shopping experience was a ton of fun. Everyone showed up in yoga pants and white camis for easy try-ons. The compliments were flying, people were finding clothes that fit them and their style better than the old items they had brought along. The atmosphere was bubbly and light, and the energy was positive and exciting. The experience itself was worth the trip, let alone the loot!

I’ll be sharing some of my looks in the next few weeks over on my Instagram. My goal this week is to wear outfits comprising at least one new item from the swap each day. So far, so good! Here are the outfits I’ve created thus far:

This top is probably one of my favorites. As soon as I found it I knew I would wear it to work on Monday. Paired with my Limited grey cropped pants (similar here) and my favorite sparkly Aldo flats (currently a STEAL at $24.98!), this instantly became my new favorite go-to outfit.

This maxi dress won my heart. It’s hard to tell in the photo, but it’s a navy blue color and slightly cinched at the waste. I wore this to work with a simple white cardigan and my braided Minnetonka Santorini sandals (these are last season’s style, so it was hard to find you a pair but I linked one on sale at Cabela’s!). I adore the high-low cut of the dress. It’s overall very flattering on me, and probably my favorite casual dress right now. The tag says it’s a Merona dress, so definitely a Target find. Of course, who would have thought I’d like something from Target?

Apparently I didn’t take a photo of Tuesday’s outfit, but it was a cute L.L.Bean Grey Cable Knit sweater (similar here, plus some cute beading!), layered over a Gap white and black plaid button up. Follow my Instagram to see more of the looks I create with these previously-loved pieces!

If you and your friends are similar sizes and have un-worn, previously loved clothing in your closets I HIGHLY recommened setting up a group clothing and accessory swap. Throw some shoes in the mix if you can! It was so much fun revamping my closet knowing that I was spending no money, and probably bringing joy to someone who used to love the clothes I took home! Bonus points if you follow in my friend’s footsteps: she was able to donate five bags full of clothes to a local, fair trade thrift store! It feels good that on top of the shopping, mimosas, and delicious quiche, we were helping a cause near and dear to her heart.

 

xo, Karli

Trunk Club Review – Athleisure Edit

Trunk Club Review – Athleisure Edit

**I paid for my items and styling fees, and receive no benefits from this review. I simply wanted to share my finds with you! Enjoy! **

My addiction to shopping knows no bounds. I love every bit of it: the stores, the browsing (normally with coffee in hand), and the excitement of finding the next “perfect thing”. I’m always on the hunt for a particular piece. Bonus points if it’s on sale! Due to this love of the entire experience, I shocked myself when I decided to subscribe to a clothing box. You’ve all heard of them: Stitch Fix, Le Tote, Trunk Club. You pay them a styling fee and after taking a quiz they put together some pieces for you and send them along! For Trunk Club, the fee is $25, and this amount will be credited off any items you decide to keep from the box. Everything else is sent back with the provided shipping stickers within five business days of receiving the box. This gives you five days to really decide whether or not to keep an item.

I decided to try the Athleisure box. I live in athletic wear outside of work hours, so I was really excited to see what new styles my stylist would have me try. Via the app or website you can see the original 10 items your stylist has selected for you. I go through each one and decide what I definitely want to try, and what doesn’t quite look like my style (or, normally, what’s out of my price range). They will replace any items you decided against preliminarily, and then your box is sent! My stylist so far has been GREAT with finding me dupes and replacements. On my first ever box I nixxed a pair of jeans that were $120, and she sent me a very similar pair that rang in around $70 but are easily the MOST comfortable jeans ever. Definitely kept them. I’ve had really good luck with Trunks before (check out this sweet jacket, for example!) so I was bouncing on the balls of my feet when I got the notifcation that my Trunk had been delivered!

My trunk came with these items:

 

1. Nike Free RN Flyknit 2 Running Shoe ($120)
2. Nike Dry Training Tank ($40)
3. Nike Roshe Two FlyKnit Sneaker ($130)  [[currently on sale on Nike’s website for $89.97 in seven different colors!]] 4. Coast Capris by Alo Yoga ($94)
5. Nike ‘Element’ Dri-FIT Half Zip Performance Top ($65)
6. Flex Sports Bra by Zella Body ($39)
7. 24/7 Racerback Tank by Zella ($39)
8. Recharge Keyhole Bralette by Zella Body ($23.40 on sale!)
9. Heartbeat LS Tee by Zella ($49)
10. Nike Flex Dri-FIT Training Jacket ($90, on sale for $69.96!)

 

I really wanted to like everything. Due to budget constraints, I was only willling to spend anywhere from $50-$150. So I tried on everything for a good long while to really get a feel for it.

 

The Nike jacket was neat. Pretty comfortable, an interesting matte-looking black color, a slight hi-lo cut, and really cute mesh on the upper back of the jacket that was only the slightest bit see-through. I really wanted to love this item! Unfortunately, I feel like where the jacket hit on my hips was a little too high. I have a small torso, and tops that draw attention to that are usually a no-no for me. It went back in the box.

The 24/7 Racerback Tank was one that I really thought I was going to keep (worn here with the Alo Yoga leggings). I actually really enjoyed the fit of this. It was a little tight in the tummy, but still super comfortable. The only reason I decided to send this back? While it looks a cute faded pink in the photo, it’s actually really thin pink and white stripes. I’m not the biggest fan of little stripes unfortunately. With athletic clothes I stick to plain colors or some modest graphics, but that’s about it. So, sadly, this went back. I do have it favorited though in case I feel like purchasing in a different color in the future!

I will say I adored the Element Half Zip. This thing was unbelievably comfortable. The color is identical to a McDonald’s Shamrock shake, which actually really liked about it. I don’t own anything this color! If this were maybe $45, I probably would have kept it. But due to my budget constraints (and the item I had my eye on), this ended up going back.

I loved combining the Flex Sports Bra by Zella and the Nike Dry Training Tank. I see this look on a lot of fitness bloggers and I love how cute and simple it is. I unfortunately did not keep either of these items either: the tank was too tight and I would never wear it out of the house. The sports bra was cute, but didn’t have the support that I prefer. Even though I’m a B, I still prefer feeling secure in my sports bras. Both of these went back.

“Gee, did she keep anything?!” you ask? Yes. I did. We’re getting there I promise!

These. These were cute. The mesh cutouts were large but still felt secure. I always worry about mesh snagging, and I felt like these were thick enough that it wouldn’t be a concern. I’ve always wanted to try a pair of Alo leggings. I have to say, while they were pretty comfortable I wouldn’t say they were more comfortable than my favorite pair of Forever 21 leggings. Is that horrible? I do have a few Alo leggings on my wishlist. I adore the moto-style ones. If I would have received a pair of those, I probably would have kept them! These, unfortunately, as I’m sure you can already guess, went back to my stylist.

As I’m sure you’re starting to guess, it came down to the shoes. Of course, the shoes. Why wouldn’t it be the shoes? I have a shoe ADDICTION. And I’ve really been itching for a new pair of Nikes. The last time I  owned good Nike shoes were my Free Run 2.0 back four or five years ago, simple black and white. I wore them until my toes wore holes into the fabric on the side. I wore them running, training, walking, hiking, to school, to work, EVERYWHERE. I’m shocked they lasted as long as they did. So getting to try on these two cute pairs of shoes was a lot of fun, and I just knew I was going to end up keeping one of them.

Honestly, I thought it was going to be a more difficult decision. I tried on the Roshe’s, and they were nice. Decently comfortable, probably a good walking shoe. When I first saw the shoes I would be getting in my trunk I was convinced these were the ones I would be getting. I liked the colors in the photo, and loved the half black half white sole. Unfortuntely I didn’t like the shoe as much ON. I felt like I noticed more of the dark blue, less of the mint. And if anything, I preferred the mint.

I didn’t think I was going to enjoy the Free Run Flyknit shoes. I never thought I’d like the Flyknit, although I’ve only ever heard good things. I thought it would feel to flimsy, to awkward with socks, not sturdy enough for my wants and needs. Boy was I WRONG. These shoes are the most comfortable shoes I own. It’s almost as if someone just took the sole and attached it to my foot. I feel like I’m wearing nothing, but still have tons of support. They’re great for running (for me! always learn more about your running style and cushioning needs before going out and buyihg a running shoe!) and training and walking. I haven’t worn them outside yet because of all the rain. My other pair of running shoes are grey and pink and have a HUGE brown mud stain on them. I’ve learned that lesson. Indoors only for a while.

So, I kept the Nike Free Run shoes, and everything else went back.

 

I had a lot of fun with the Athleisure Box. I definitely think I’ll try one again in the future. For now, I’ll stick to everyday wear. I should probably start working out more regularly before spending more money on athletic gear!

Do you participate in a style-box service? Which one do you use? What have been some of your favorite pieces? Tell me all about it in the comments below!

 

xo, Karli

 

Turning 25

Wow.

Turning 25. Here we are. This is it. Is this considered a milestone birthday? If not, it really should be. 25 means so much,somehow. 25 is different. 25, and now I’m closer to 30 than I am to 20. 25, and I have a career and my own place and adulthood is really starting. 25, and a person I thought I was going to lose in my life ended up asking me to marry him (!!!). 24 brought so much: adventure, happiness, heartache…the whole nine yards really. Despite all the wonderful moments of being 24, I’m beyond ready for this next year. 24 was hard. But I don’t want to remember it for its hardships, and I don’t want to carry that dead weight with me into 25. I want this year to be the year I blossom into the person I feel I am on the inside. I want to show the world who I am, who I really am, besides just a wine loving shop-a-holic who really likes purses and shoes. I promise there is so much more to me than that, so much more that, at 25, I’m still discovering.

My favorite moments from this past year are those shared with family and my fiance. Driving through the night from Ohio to Townsend, TN just in time to see the sunrise. Spending a week exploring mountains and hiking and camping. Long weekends spent camping in more local places, just to be outdoors. The beers and the fires and the laughter. The random group texts for happy hours and gathering to just have a simple good time. Those are the types of moments that stand out to me the most. These moments have a hold over my heart, and are the moments I look back on when I need to lift my spirits and feel thankfulness and gratitude.

I also started a blog! I’ve always wanted to do it, and 24 was the year I finally made it happen. Maybe I haven’t been the best in keeping up with it, but just allowing myself the freedom to find a new hobby (and a creative one at that) has been so refreshing. I’ve always done the same old thing, so this was a step in a new direction for me. I’m super excited to see where I can take this in the next year.

There was so much about 24 that was great. I want to do so much more now with 25. I really want to make this the BEST year of my life. I can’t wait to see what I can accomplish!

 

xo, Karli