Life has just been crazy lately. Back to back business trips all across the country, the huge stress of flying Zinnie out to California on an airplane all by myself, and battling a nasty case of bronchitis have really dragged me down. I also haven’t seen my husband in weeks and can’t go to spin until my bronchitis is fully gone, but there have also been some fun things in the mix…
-I snagged these gladiator sandals last week and I can’t wait to wear them. They will be so versatile the spring and summer and they are wicked comfy. Oh yeah, they’re also under $40!
-I’ve been working on building my website for my coaching business and I’m getting really excited to launch it. My goal is for it to be live on April 1st! (No joke!) I’ll be specializing in helping millennials and young professionals find purpose in their lives, especially those who are navigating early career changes. After years of college and higher education and late nights at work, many of us have stopped to look up from our desks and realized that we’re no longer inspired in our daily lives. Know someone who may be interested in life coaching? Send them my way at email@example.com.
-My desk chair broke (bummer), but I’m looking at it as a shopping opportunity and I’m going to be replacing it instead of trying to repair it. So I’ve been popping into Home Goods on the regular to see what they have in stock, but I’m also eyeing this vintage inspired chair.
-Took a drive up the coast to Malibu and saw the cutest seaside restaurant, Malibu Farm. Its organic, farm-to-table, locally sourced, and family owned! We only stopped for some coffee that day, but I will definitely be making some brunch reservations there soon!
Things have been a little rough lately, especially for the blog! If you follow me on Instagram, you saw that Doug and I were in California last week to visit some friends and attend a wedding. I brought lots of cool new pieces to wear, including this dress and this skirt from Ann Taylor, but Doug’s camera broke on Day 1 and I came home with only a few photos.
Then we headed off to the Cape for the 4th of July, but I got really sick and ended up in the hospital. Again, I packed a ton of fun outfits, including a fun patriotic scarf from AliKat, new Soludos ankle tie espadrilles, a silver maxi from Target, and a Nic + Zoe tunic. But I spent all weekend sick in my pajamas and of course, didn’t take any pictures.
Hopefully this month will start to turn around. Doug’s getting his camera fixed, and I’m feeling a lot better. Here are a few iPhone snaps from our trips, just to prove that there were a few good times in the midst of everything!
Just after Christmas I became so obsessed with de-cluttering my life. I donated half my clothes to a nearby family who had suffered loss from a house fire, I tossed about 10 lbs worth of old magazines, and went through every beauty and heath item in my bathroom. I ended up tossing so many things that were old, unused or expired, and re-organzing all of the remaining items.
I was so pleased with how much progress I made that I decided to upgrade my travel toiletry cases. I chose a leather set from Cuyana to hold all my makeup and “dry” items and a One Truffle Clarity Clutch for my liquids. When I hit “purchase” I made a deal with myself that (with the exception of sunscreen) all of my travel items had to fit into these cases, or else it had to go.
Although I leave my Cuyana makeup bag on the counter for everyday use, I leave my One Truffle packed up so I can just toss it right into my suitcase when I travel. Lately I’ve been using Complex15 Face Cream (discontinued! so sad), Bioderma Crealine, and Caudalie Dry Oil for taking care of my skin on the go. I prefer Nuxe Dry Oil for everyday use, but sadly they don’t make a small travel sized bottle! My travel sized bottle of Bioderma was purchased Paris, and I fill it up from my larger bottle at home. I always have a body wash packed up (usually a sample from Birchbox!) and I keep refilling my sample size Beauty Protector spray from the larger bottle I own. I always purchase the smaller Jo Malone perfumes since they travel well too. Right now I am obsessed with Wood Sage & Sea Salt, although I also like Nutmeg & Ginger for this time of year.
A few other items that I have in my larger Cuyana case (not pictured) are:
It feels quite nice to have all of my travel items neatly stored and packed up. It makes it so much easier to find what I need when I am traveling, and when I get home I can quickly see what I need to refill. I tested out my new travel system while in Atlanta last week and I must say it really made a difference. I had just what I needed, and a stylish perk was that the cases also looked really nice sitting on the white marble sink at the hotel!