Archives for August 2014
I picked up the cutest desk accessories in a theme of stripes from Design Darling’s birthday sale! I’m glad I grabbed them when I did because items in the shop were selling out fast! I grabbed the Kate Spade Striped Notepads, which are lined and perfectly sized for my forever changing to-do lists. I also grabbed the Scalloped Desk organizer in navy stripes and the Navy Stripe Deskpad. The scalloped desk organizer has been perfect for holding my mail. I was really excited for the Navy Striped Deskpad so I have somewhere to write down all my random notes!
Did you guys have an eventful weekend? Have any desk essentials that I should know about? Let me know in the comments below!
You wake up on Sunday morning so cheery and bright! You got to sleep in late, you slowly get up to make some coffee and you feel like you have all the time in the world to do whatever moves you. Then, all of a sudden, its 6 p.m. and you feel like the week is already here. You’re thinking about your work inbox and the projects that are due to be completed and the seemingly endless tasks list that you were oh-so-happy to leave at the office when you took off on Friday.
I tend to get this feeling every Sunday afternoon and my boyfriend has dubbed it my Sunday Blues. I start to focus too much on the week ahead and all the work that needs to be done and I forget to enjoy my Sunday. It’s a terrible cycle of sudden anxiety and nerves that I was determined to put a stop to. After many a sad Sunday, I have found some great ways to to subdue the Sunday Blues.
1. Fix yourself a Sunday Pamper evening. Grab yourself a scented bath bomb, a soothing face mask and a calming playlist and draw yourself a warm bath. It is the perfect way to calmly ease yourself into the start of a new week. It’s become one of my cherished Sunday rituals to pop myself in a hot bath and take some very necessary ‘me’ time.
2. Plan a special Sunday dinner. I usually end up rushing through my weekday dinners and rarely take the time to make a proper meal. I also tend to eat ridiculously fast so I can get onto whatever I’m doing next. This doesn’t exactly make for a relaxing meal. On Sundays, I try to make or order something special; Taking my sweet time to enjoy a particular favorite, eat a dessert, drink some wine. Having a special meal encourages me to slow down and take the time to enjoy my Sunday.
3. Pick out a great end-of-weekend movie. Whether it’s an old one that you’d love to see again or a new one that you’ve been wanting to see for awhile, plan to make it a Sunday night event. Grab the popcorn, red vines or whatever candy you prefer and settle in to watch your end-of-weekend flick.
4. Put on your comfiest pair of pajamas. Pajamas, to me, are like a big warm hug. To relieve any nerves about the coming week, putting on your comfiest pair of pajamas is always a great idea. My favorite pair is a Nick & Nora Sock Monkey Onesie! It is the comfiest thing I’ve ever worn. If it was considered appropriate, I would totally wear them to work everyday. (Oh, if only!)
5. Take the time to read a bit. Reading is a treasured pastime of mine. It can completely transport me and after a few pages, I totally forget about anything, but the story in the book. (I’ve walked into a few doors this way) I make sure that reading is the last thing I do on Sunday night and the first thing I do when I wake up Monday morning. It’s a perfect way to end my weekend and it puts me in a great mood to start a fresh, new week.
Do you ever get the Sunday blues? Have any tips of your own? Share them with me in the comments below!
1. Burberry Brit Hooded Wool Duffle Coat – I feel like a warm coat is a complete necessity for the Fall/Winter season. This Burberry Brit Hooded Wool Duffle Coat, while insanely expensive, would be an amazing must-have for Fall! It’s such a gorgeous shade of red and has the two things I always feel are necessary for a perfect fall coat, a big hood and toggles! I love toggles!
2. Tory Burch Riding Boots – I have read so many positive reviews on the Tory Burch Riding boots. After buying more than a couple pairs of inexpensive, poorly made boots, I now understand the importance of investing in a better pair. I think the Tory Burch Riding Boots would be a perfect investment for the many Fall seasons of the future.
3. Coach Cashmere Lined Leather Gloves – Keep those chilly hands warm & toasty! Coach comes out with these gloves every year and every year I always talk myself out of buying them. Hopefully this year I break that cycle. If you live in a city with ridiculously chilly weather, then you definitely need to pick yourself up a pair of gloves!
4. Clarisonic Mia2 in Navy Blue – As the seasons change, my skin tends to go a little wonky and exfoliating it properly is a necessity for keeping it from going over the edge. I love how clean the Clarisonic makes your skin feel, like its sloughing off all the dirt of the city. It will be an amazing staple in my fall/winter skin routine. I’m also in love with this dark navy blue shade!
5. Over the knee socks – I love, love, love over-the-knee socks. I love to wear dresses and boots in the Fall, which means that the little space between my boots and my dress can get a little nippy my poor knees. I love having a myriad of over-the-knee socks in various colors to style myself up and keep my legs toasty & warm.
6. Essie Polish in Wicked – Fall for me means turning in my brightly colored nails & toes and opting for darker shades. One of my all time favorites for Fall is Essie polish in Wicked! I love the dark cranberry coloring and it matches the colors of the season.
Have some Fall necessities of your own? Share them with me in the comments below! I would love to hear about your must haves for the Fall season!
I write this as I begin my own self-instituted spending freeze for the month of August. It’s a hard task, but it will save me a ton of stress and aggravation further down the line. I went on too many Lush, Sephora, Amazon.com & Target small time shopping trips. It was always ‘oh I should totally grab this’ and ‘oh i’ve always wanted that’, always here meaning the past 5 minutes or so. I never thought much of it though since the amounts spent were always in small quantities, but those small quantities definitely added up.
It can happen to the best of us. You’ve made a budget and you’re working hard to stick to it when you make a few big or, in my case, several small purchases and you find yourself in a tough financial pickle, spending more than you thought you did and de-railing any budget plans you had. Don’t just throw in the towel and start spending willy nilly. You can easily get back on track by taking a step back, surveying the damage and making a few tough choices.
Step 1: Write down the numbers. Seeing how much you owe and knowing exactly when you’ll pay able to pay that off makes the spending freeze seem shorter and a lot easier to manage. It always help me mentally figure it out when I write everything down.
Step 2: Unsubscribe from any and all sales emails. I don’t know how it happened, but I have found myself on a million and one different email lists from all the stores I love and a bunch I’ve never heard of. It can be so easy to mess up a non-spending streak by seeing a special sale for your favorite store. Resist the urge, scroll quickly to the bottom and click the unsubscribe button. This way, you’re freeing up your inbox and avoiding any and all sale temptations!
Step 3: Make a list of the all the things you want to buy. Yup, you heard me! This is a great way to remind yourself of why you need to save and help you stay on track so that you can buy those items in the future. It also helps ease the pain of not spending now, but taking the time to really focus and be absolutely certain of what you’d want to buy in the future. (like those super cute Tory Burch boots that would be perfect for Fall!!)
Step 4: Don’t kick yourself if you slip up. I had it happen less than 24 hours after I instituted my spending freeze. I saw a dress that I had been coveting online, back in stock and on sale! I couldn’t resist. Of course, I felt incredibly guilty about spending when I had only just decided to put myself on a spending freeze. I had to take a deep breath, remind myself it wasn’t the end of the world and make a re-adjustment to my numbers that incorporated my seemingly necessary purchase of the dress.
I hope these tips helped! If you have your own spending freeze tips, share them with me below!
5. Close your eyes and listen to a Sounds of Nature App – This is another great one if you don’t even have the time to leave your desk. Just click over to the app. store and download the the free Custom Sounds of Nature application. You can customize the sounds of the ocean to suit your brain recharging needs, like increasing the sound of the waves and seagulls but decreasing the sound of foghorns and wind chimes! Seriously, wind chimes?
I hope these tips help you get the most of your workday breaks! Got any break optimizing tips of your own? Share them with me in the comments!