Sunday, February 7, 2016

Quick Inspiration

Sometimes I get super caught up in everyday life that I forget to look at the big picture. I focus on the to-do lists and almost let myself get buried in just accomplishing the next thing. Last week, I was feeling a little lost in it all.

Finding this video couldn't have come at a better time for me and I hope you find it helpful and inspirational too!

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Monogrammed Bucket Bag with Mark and Graham

I love Mark and Graham. It's the ultimate one stop shop for all things monogrammed. They have the perfect gifts for just about everyone. Including yourself. With Valentine's Day right around the corner, you may want to take a peek at the gifts!

To get the celebrations started a little early, Mark and Graham are teaming up to give away a gorgeous monogrammed bucket bag! How beautiful is it?

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PS Here are some fun quick picks for Valentine's Day gifts:

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Friday, February 5, 2016

On My Radar

Does anyone else feel like we blinked and the week just flew by??? How is it Friday? I swear, the best weeks happen after quick weekend trips.

Talbots sent me these gorgeous mini macarons for Valentine's Day, along with this heart and bike sweater! So sweet.

Here's what's been on my radar this week:

True story, my sister and I used to watch The Parent Trap (on VHS, of course) every single Saturday morning together. It got the point where we knew the lines so well we could do the whole thing together each playing the role of a twin. Obsessed would be an understatement. I found the movie on the Apple TV last week and re-watched it one night. I still love it. But I may love it even more now if that's possible! This quiz on Buzzfeed was fun... but also too easy. Still worth taking if you're a big fan!

What do you get when you blend Adele and Mozart? PURE GENIUS. Pure and simple genius. I could listen to this all day. In fact, I kind of have this week! PS You can find ThePianoGuys on Spotify!

THREE // Chi Chi London Dress

If you're looking for a super cute, kind of unique dress for prom or some kind of fancier event... I'm kind of in love with this one. And I'd love it if someone could get it so I could live vicariously through you. It also comes in a gorgeous cream... which would be great for an engagement party or shower.

FOUR // Perfect Score on the AP Calculus Exam

This was such a heartwarming story. Cedrick Argueta got a perfect score on the AP Calculus exam! He was only 1 of 12 in the world to do so. He found out he got a 5 this summer and recently received word that he got every single question correct. I have to say, not only does Cedrick seem like a smart and humble young man... he has an incredible support system with his parents and his teacher. Love hearing these stories!

FIVE // Polar Bear Cub Growth

How adorable is this little polar bear cub?? Just a little something cute to wrap up the post!

Anything fun on your radar this week?
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Thursday, February 4, 2016

J. Crew New Arrivals

You really do have to give credit where credit is due. In this case, it's J. Crew. After a couple of disappointing years, I think they heard the message loud and clear. It takes a lot for a company to really listen to its customer base, make quick and smart decisions, and change course. I don't think I'm the only one here, but I have been really impressed with the new stuff.

I know shopping and clothes is pretty trivial when you're looking at life from a big picture. That said, there's something about being able to walk into a store and find exactly what you're looking for... and more. To slip into the fitting room and feel confident and amazing in what you're wearing.

I think this spring collection is going to be great. When the previews came out there was a lot of gingham and madras and that alone made my heart go aflutter.

The first wave is out. I'm smiling and my wallet is crying...

The new sunglasses are especially amazing. I'm leaning towards this navy pair (!!!) or this classic cat eye.

The Chateau Trench Coat is at the top of my wishlist. I've been on the hunt for a trench coat (still on the fence about the Burberry) and I like that this is a very springy and looks easy to wear. I like the hood a lot and like the gingham lining inside even more. 

Again, the navy sunglasses are really cute and a little different than what I already have. It looks like they spent a lot of time coming up with their sunglass collection and I'm hoping they're as great as they look!

I am all about easy to wear t-shirts, stripes are a major bonus. They can look chic with the right cropped jeans and ballet flats and sporty with denim shorts and sneaks.

My closet is already overflowing with sweaters, but I'm not sure I'll be able to resist this tipped cable knit sweater. Looks perfect for traveling and would be great with cut offs at the beach or sharp navy slacks for a dressier look.

Finding cute skirts seems to get harder and harder every season. I have a few that I love and wear over and over again. This tweed skirt would fit in with my wardrobe quite well I think.

More new arrival top picks below:

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Working Out

After falling off the bandwagon last fall, I really recommitted myself to being more active this year. A huge part of that is just getting outside. Whether it's skiing, leisurely walks with Teddy, or a little hike, I knew I wanted to be moving and outdoors.

The other big part of it was just trying to get some better healthy habits under my belt. I generally eat pretty well and follow the "everything in moderation" rule. But working out? Not really a fan. By and large, I am not an athletic person. Competitive, absolutely. Athletic, not so much.

I did fall in love with yoga last year and now I'm back in the swing of things having found good classes in town here. I love a lot about it, but mostly I love just spending an hour really moving my body and working up a sweat. I never think about how much I sit throughout the day... until I'm really stretching it out in yoga. It feels so good. Along with the love of moving, I've definitely found an appreciation and gratefulness for being able to move. I think about how fortunate I am to have a the strong, healthy body I have and what a waste it is to not use it.

So while I've picked up a good yoga schedule, I'm also adding some general work outs into my everyday routine. My apartment building has a great gym so there's really no excuse. 

Kate Spade's new yoga pants (c/o)... even better than I imagined! I want it all!!!

I'm not trying to put a lot of pressure on myself to stick with a specific plan or routine, but I am trying to do something at least every other day. Since I mix things up, it's easier to work out more as I'm not getting sick of what I'm doing.

– Something outdoors: this is my go-to for when I'm super sore or super stressed and just need to take it easy out in the fresh air. Teddy gets the best deal out of this because I like to include him and for him it's just playtime! 

– Treadmill: I don't love running on the treadmill, but I also don't hate it. When I just want to get a quick run in, it's so easy to pop downstairs and crank up the speed. By crank up the speed, I just put it at a 10 minute mile pace and run for 30 minutes. The machines in our building has televisions with the news... I'm not going to lie, but that helps.

– Yoga: my yoga classes are a serious treat and something I really look forward to. Unfortunately, the studio I go to here doesn't have as many classes offered as my old one so I have to really work it into my schedule. But I loveeeee the teachers I've been going to. Ah-mazing. And the classes are much smaller so I feel like I get personalized instruction. I lost a little bit of my flexibility in my hiatus and I've been working hard to get back to my best!

Kayla Itsines: Guys, I bit the bullet and bought the PDF. Has anyone else done this program before?! I'm on the fence on whether or not I want to do it in its entirety or modify it to work into what I'm already doing. That said, I'm obsessed already. It's took me a bit to familiarize myself with the whole PDF... and then I jumped right into the workouts. 28 minutes doesn't seem that bad, but sheesh! The buuuuurn!!!!! It hurts, in a good way. Here's to an even stronger body! (Has anyone else tried this?!)

What's your favorite workout? How are you staying healthy?
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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Nice and Easy

I recently realized that I haven't posted an outfit in a while. I personally like to post outfits that I genuinely love and wear– not just an outfit for an outfit's sake. This particular one is something I wore a couple of times throughout January. It's been so nice to have mild enough winter to wear heels without freezing and, the best part, no coat. In some ways it feels so wrong, but I have to say that I do not hate it. (Even after the blizzard we had, almost all the snow has already melted!!!)

I first wore this to a dinner with Dooney and Bourke in the city a few weeks ago. I did what I always do when I'm not sure what to wear: piece together something starting with one thing I want to wear. In this case, it was my new black Pixie pants. I love a good sweater/button up combination, even for nighttime so I reached for this super affordable cashmere sweater that I love. (I frequently pair it with jeans and ballet flats for a laid back look.) 

It ended up being the perfect outfit for the dinner and I loved it so much that I wore it a few times after that including a couple of day time appointments with flats.

If you've been a longtime TCP reader, you know that I love my Minnie pants. After a few recommendations from friends, I decided to buy the Pixie pants and they've actually become my favorite now. They're definitely different than the Minnies– more legging than pants, they sit a little higher on the waist, and they're a bit thicker. At first they seemed stiff, but after one wear they softened up and now I reach for them instead of leggings. 

(For sizing, I bought the 0 Short. I'm glad I went with the "short" length because they're the perfect cropped pant!)

I bought these Ivanka Trump heels for holiday parties, but they're unfortunately sold out right now. Some similar bow options below:

I thought I'd share a little fashion PSA here. J. Crew finally finally brought back their ruffled shirts. I bought one years ago (it's what I wore for my headshots) and it's seriously one of my favorite shirts ever. I love the way the ruffled sleeves pop out from shirts and the collar is simply perfection. (Also available in striped and a blue.)

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