Friday, January 30, 2015

Week in Review

This was a deeply nutty work week, and I felt like I sort of skidded into Friday night.  Here's a bunch of stuff that made me happy.

Proof I Wore Clothes //

              Blouse                                   Blouse                                Dress                            Sweater
             Sweater                                 Sweater                              Cardigan                          Scarf
               Pants                                      Jeans                                 Boots                              Pants
               Flats                                      Boots                                                                        Heels

Link Love //

This video made me happy

This article made me think

This product makes my life better, in a privileged-white-girl way

This site is my new shopping obsession (I got Frye wedges for $30!)

This is number 2 on my weekend to do list (after the Superbowl)

This is my haircut inspiration for next week

Happy weekend!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

January Budget

This was the month of great deals on stuff I didn't reallyyyyyy need, but we'll ignore that. The standout buy for the month was the Loft tee - a super simple basic that I couldn't stop wearing (Fran made me do it, and I adore her for it).  I've got a shoptagr alert on them, and when they're discounted even more, I'll snap up a few more colors.  Also, Target had two aisles of 70% off shoes, hence the two pairs for 20 bucks.

Sam and Libby Chelsea boots - $13.84

Target sweater - $16.99 (now way more discounted)

Loft tee - $15.00
Worn here

Drew Simply Straight Pants

Limited pants - $8.00
Scored on major clearance,  but they need to be hemmed, so I haven't worn them

Total - $61.17

A quick note about my overall budget.  I've switched up the way I'm budgeting in 2015, in anticipation of building up a good nest egg, and then working at debt pay-back in a major way, so my clothing budget has shifted to an all around budget. I'll outline this in more detail soon, but I basically have a sum of money I can spend on anything, including food/clothes/dog food/lattes etc.  I came in overall under budget this month, so winner winner, chicken dinner.

Linking up with Fran again this month!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Current Makeup Routine

As any of my friends can tell you, my makeup collection is, in a word, extensive.  I love trolling the CVS beauty aisle, and I enjoy experimenting with different products.  In terms of actually putting on my makeup day to day, however, I'm painfully predictable.  My current beauty routine only switches up a little day to day, but it works and it only takes about 10 uninterrupted minutes (20 if you're trying to get the puppy to not eat everything that isn't hers).

Step 1 // Skin

Either the Covergirl Ready Set Foundation or the Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation.  There's no real rhyme or reason to which one I go with - they're both beautiful and work really well with my skin.  Applied with the Real Techniques Foundation or Buffing brush (the foundation brush is for higher coverage).

Step 2 // Blush

This changes daily, but the Josie Maran blush in Vacay Rose and the Revlon Cream Blushes in pink and apricot are the three most used (the Revlon blushes are unlabeled, but there the only cream blushes Revlon sells, soooo).  I prefer cream blush to powder, I think it looks more natural

Step 3 // Brows

The most recent addition to my routine would be filling in my brows. I use the Anastasia Brow Whiz to fill things in, then the Benefit Brow Gel to set everything and make it all look cohesive

Step 4 // Eyes

The vast majority of the time, I tightline my eyes with Benefits Bulletproof liner, then apply two coats of L'Oreal's Butterfly Intenza (my holy grail mascara).  On some days, I use the Tarte eye primer and the Urban Decay On the Run palette to make myself look slightly fancier, or switch it up and use the Stile eyeliner, which is actually a burgundy color.

Step 5 // Lips

Usually, a quick swipe of Chapstick (the candy cane flavor is AMAZING) is all I can be bothered with, though I occasionally go with something more interesting, almost invariably in a shade of rosy pink.  The one time I tried a bold color, my entire family hated it and I never went back (looking at you, Christmas 2014)

And that's it!  Quick and easy, but polished enough that I'm never self-conscious about what I look like at work.  I think it's important for me, as the youngest person on my staff, to look put-together without being flashy or attention-grabbing. I don't ever feel like I NEED makeup, but the few minutes in the morning I take to do it always feels like a bit of a treat to myself, and I think that looking my best makes me do my best throughout the day (that and coffee).

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Project 365 // January 19-25

January 19

January 20

January 21

January 22

January 23

January 24

Baking. And blog post sneak peak.

January 25

Sunday mornings with the naughty pup

Friday, January 23, 2015

What I Wore

Outfit posts seems a little more self-obsessed than I'm comfortable with, but it's also really nice for me to hold myself accountable on dressing like an actual professional (ish).  And so, this is proof that I wore real pants this week.

Note - my school has a fairly relaxed dresscode (jeans are always fine), and, because of our academic schedule, Wednesday is our casual day.


Sweater - Target
Long Sleeve - Ann Taylor Loft
Pants - Old Navy
Flats - Target


Dress - Target (similar)
Scarf - Gift
Boots - Target


Sweater - Old Navy
Flannel - Old Navy
Jeans - Old Navy
Boots - Not Old Navy (similar)


Peplum - H&M (similar)
Black cardigan - Old (similar)
Green pants - Old Navy
Flats - Target

Black cardigan - Target
White tee - Old Navy
Mustard pants - H&M (similar)
Boots - Target

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

White Bean Stew

Guys, this recipe is supah delish. And supah easy.  Which is all supah awesome.

As I've mentioned, most weekends I cook a giant pot of something, then eat it throughout the week, most often for lunch.  This week, the lucky recipe is White Bean Stew (developed from a few different places here and here).  It's a total set and forget it recipe - it cooked all day on Saturday with minimal participation from me.  And my whole apartment smelled amazing for hours.  Although I didn't do this (vegetarian), I think it would probably be amazing with a ham bone cooked in.

White Bean Stew (makes ~ 12 cups)

Ingredients -

1 large onion
1 pound dry navy beans
5 cloves garlic
8 cups vegetable broth
3 sprigs of rosemary
Salt and Pepper
2 sweet potatoes
4 large carrots

Instructions -

  1. In a large stockpot, saute the onions over low-medium heat until translucent.
  2. Add the beans, garlic, stock, salt, pepper and rosemary sprigs
  3. Cover and cook for 3-4 hours, or until the beans are smushy
  4. Add the chopped potatoes and carrots, cook until those are tender
  5. Done.
(Note - Once I added the potatoes and carrots, I removed the cover and let it all cook down, which made the whole thing more stew than soup - your call when you make it)

It's the easiest thing ever, and pretty healthy too -

Per serving - 

Calories - 105
Fat- 2.6g
Protein - 2.5g 
Carbs - 19.1g
Fiber - 4g

Monday, January 19, 2015

Lust List // Chelsea Boots

In an unprecedented moment, my mother and I both realized that we want the same item of clothing - Chelsea boots.  I've been tacitly lusting after them since I studied abroad in Copenhagen, where absolutely everyone, including their mother, had a pair. Now that winter has set in and boots are on heavy rotation, adding another pair into my wardrobe seems like a good idea.  Below are my favorites (number 1 is the top contender, and, of course, the most expensive)

one // two // three // four 

I'm actually using a relatively new-to-me site called Shoptagr to track prices on all the boots above.  Shoptagr lets you basically bookmark specific things, including size and color, and then track prices. If the price drops, the site emails you with a direct link to the item.  It makes smart shopping pretty painless, and also reduces my time on J Crew's website, which is pretty awesome. Check it out here.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Project 365 // January 12-18

Day 12

Day 13

Day 14
Day 15
(no dogs were harmed in the making of this image, fyi)

Day 16

Day 17

Day 18
(I didn't monkey with the tones in this at all - this is just what the world looked like this morning)

Friday, January 16, 2015

Microsoft OneNote // How I use it

For anyone who isn't aware of this, I am an organization obsessive.  Whenever I'm anxious about something, I start trying to manage it to the point of ridiculousness (the order in which  I will pack things into which suitcases...).  When I got my job and started on my professional-ish journey, I started looking for ways to organize my whole world in one place.  It seemed like a tall order, until I saw this post from Carly, at The College Prepster.  Cue the angel choruses.  Now, I organize everything (every.thing.) in OneNote.

The best thing about OneNote, for me, is that there are no restrictions on how you lay things out, and there are nearly unlimited levels of organization.  The first level is notebooks, which function a little bit (in my head) like binders. I make notebooks for things like Travel, Home, Personal, Photography etc.  In each notebook, you can then add sections, and pages within the sections.

In my Home notebook, I have sections for Groceries, Target, Meal Plan, Projects, Tallulah and Address Book.  Some of these don't need additional sections (like my grocery list), but other's have lots, like my meal plan, which I add a new page to every week.  Within each page, you can add as many boxes as you want, and move the boxes around all over the page.

This is my high level organization crazy, coming out to play

The layout is super simple and easy to navigate, which I love, and I love that I'm able to keep everything in one place, but separate.  And the best part is that notebooks can sync across devices, so I can make changes on my computer that show up on my phone.

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Project 365 // January 5 - 11

January 5
 January 6
 January 7
 January 8
 January 9
 January 10
 January 12

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Vegetarian Whole 30ish

I decided to kick off this year with the Whole 30, which seems to be the choice du jour for nearly everyone.  I did some research into the plan, and realized that, as a vegetarian, I would basically be eating fruits, vegetables, fish and ghee for 30 straight days (read the rules here). No beans, no quinoa, no good grains (farrow, barley etc).  As someone who doesn't particularly enjoy fish, I knew that this wasn't sustainable, so, I made up my own rules -

  1. No dairy or wheat
  2. Only brown or unprocessed grains
  3. No added sugar (only maple sugar or honey, and in VERY small quantities)
  4. Focus on colorful meals
So far, it's actually been fairly easy.  I did a massive Trader Joe's shop and bought a ton of good stuff and purged my cabinets of all things not approved.  Part of my work schedule involves eating a number of meals a week in the dining hall (I work at a boarding school), which is challenging, but I'm able to see the menu ahead of time and plan accordingly. To give you an idea, here are some of the things I've been eating this week

Breakfast - 2 eggs, 1/2 cup barley, sautéed kale, little bit of salt (repeat times a million)

Lunch - Kale/Tomatoes/Cannelini beans sautéed together OR Warm tuna salad (tuna, kale, olive oil, curry powder)

Dinner - Some combination of veggies and either tofu or salmon - I pick something to defrost and marinate (ginger, garlic, fresh squeezed OJ, dash of soy sauce) in the morning.

I usually snack during the afternoon on some combination of nuts and fruit - dried apricots and almonds or apples and cashew butter are favorites.

And that's that!  I'll do an update next week about how it's all going, but for now, I'm not finding anything super difficult.  We'll see how long my kale love affair lasts...

Monday, January 5, 2015

Project 365 // January 1 - 4

Day 1
 Day 2
 Day 3
 Day 4