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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Lately 8/25/2016

First of all, I'd like to point out that this is the last Lately post of August. Is anyone else as shocked as I am? I feel like August lasted for all of a day. I blinked and now it's practically September. I love the fall and am so ready to welcome it with open arms, but I always get a twinge of sadness as the seasons change; especially with summertime coming to a close and everyone going back to school. It will be different for me this year since my sister, Callie, won't be heading back to college (she graduated in May!). It's crazy to think she's out of college, and it has only just hit me now that she is here. Oh what fun we are going to have this fall :)

Wearing: I wrote in last week's post that I was doing the 'party peddler' with some friends. It was so much fun, I'd definitely recommend it for those who have them available in their city. I wanted to look put together because I knew we'd end up going somewhere afterward, so I wore a tennis skirt! It was the perfect thing for this type of outing (especially with the shorts underneath) and was so glad I had it on hand! There was a Steeler game going on that night at Heinz Field, so of course, I had to wear my black and gold Jack Rogers, too!

Watching: Who else is SO excited for football season? Someone shared this video on Facebook which is a great highlight reel from Superbowl 43, and it got me so excited for the first regular season game. This was probably one of my favorite moments in sports during my lifetime. I mean seriously, that game-winning catch by Santonio Holmes is epic. How can that not give you chills?! I vividly remember how amazing this was and how much we were all screaming and cheering.

Reading: Love this article from the Economist about stress. I have no chill sometimes and could really relate to a lot of the points in this article. Plus, it gives you an entirely new (and positive) way to look at stress.

Pittsburgh-ing: Last week, Bazaar named Pittsburgh, America's Most Underrated City. How cool is that? The article is awesome and features some of Pittsburgh's best food/sights/etc. I'm obviously very biased about Pittsburgh, so I love when other people/outlets pick up on how amazing Pittsburgh really is!
Wanting: I kind of hate that I want these so badly because they're so trendy right now, but at the same time, a loafer is always a classic. I just love them. They're so simple and luxe. They come in three different colors, but I'm partial to the black or the brown. Which would you choose? I'm also dying for these... I need some more closet space!! 

Listening: August's playlist was really good. You can find it by clicking here if you have Spotify or you can listen to it embedded in this post if you do not. I know it's a few days early, but I thought I'd get a head start on September's playlist. I'll link it here, if you'd like to listen, and then embed it for those non-Spotify-ers next week when there is more to choose from!

Quoting: 'Life becomes more meaningful when you realize the simple fact that you'll never get the same moment twice.' See more of my favorites, here.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Sick Day Essentials

Sick Day Essentials
I'm currently on the mend from being sick for the past few days so it has really thrown off my entire schedule. There was a solid 24 hours where I literally couldn't bring myself to get out of bed even for water or Advil. It's times like that that remind me not to take good health for granted. So today I thought I'd talk about 'sick day essentials' that you should have on hand just-in-case. Since this was my first time being sick in my new place, it was interesting to find out how prepared I was and wasn't...especially because it came on pretty quickly. It's also timely, too, because I think a lot of these items are great to stock up on for those headed to college and cold and flu season will be here before we know it. 

An Extra Set of Fresh Sheets
I feel like this is something that most people wouldn't think of, but always having a set of fresh sheets available, never hurts. I'm a big proponent of changing my sheets often, so this is always the case for me, but it was so nice to be able to put on fresh sheets post-sickness without having to use time and energy on a load of laundry right then and there. I also have tons of extra pillow shams. I change my shams every other night, sometimes even nightly. 

This is probably the most obvious thing, but wouldn't you know I had run out of Advil midway through being sick. Luckily, I had some Nyquil to back me up. I'm not huge on taking medicine, but this was totally necessary. I always prefer ibuprofen (what's in Advil) over acetaminophen (what's in Tylenol/Nyquil etc.) It's important to educate yourself on anything you ever put into your body and consult a doctor if you are ever unsure. 

This is one of those things that I totally didn't have. As an adult, you kind of know when you have a fever, but I would have liked something to tell me how bad it really was. 

Purell Wipes
I carry these often and always keep a pack in my car. I don't like liquid Purell because of the smell and the residue it leaves on my hands, but the wipes are awesome. I also like to have them post-sickness to make sure I don't get anyone else sick! 

Something with Sugar/Carbs
I usually drink ginger ale and always have it on hand because it's a great cocktail mixer, but I also drank watered down Gatorade and orange juice. I'd usually never drink any of those liquids, but I needed something other than just water to give me a boost of energy/strength because I wasn't eating. I also hate taking medicine, so washing down the Nyquil with OJ was very necessary. Tea is another great thing to have on hand.

Bland Food
When you're sick, you likely don't want to eat anything. I had no appetite but forced myself to eat chicken noodle soup and toast. I love chicken noodle soup in general, so I always have it on hand. It's also perfectly easy to throw in a bowl and microwave quickly if you have to do it yourself... I love the Campbell's chicken and stars soup on the go because you don't even need to transfer it to a bowl! 

A great eye mask
This one that I recently got was a lifesaver. You're likely sleeping all day, even while the sun is up. Total darkness is key and an eye mask helps a ton. This is really great for college students who may be on different schedules than their roommates. I used one all throughout college and still do to this day!

Cleaning Supplies
Seriously, tonight I plan on deep cleaning every nook and cranny. Because it will make me feel better and put-together but it will also make me feel comfortable about having guests over again without the chance of them getting sick!

What are your go-to sick day essentials? Any tips or tricks?! 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Desk-to-Drinks Outfit

Lace Dress// Lace-up flats  (under $100!)
I think finding work appropriate clothing is pretty much like finding a needle in a haystack. There are very few pieces that I come across and fall in love with. However, I had no idea that ModCloth has an entire section devoted to work-wear. And it is awesome. I've always known and loved that they carry such unique dresses, and earlier this year, I learned that they have some really great loungewear pieces, too! 

My number one rule when choosing something that's top purpose is for work is that it can be transitioned for another event. For example, I love this gray lace dress for work. It's conservative, neutral, and the length is just right. I paired it with these lace-up flats  (under $70!) because when you are walking in a city, flats are a necessity. 

However, I can also wear this lace dress to a multitude of other occasions and events. It would pair well with heels and a statement necklace for a cocktail party and I can definitely wear the shoes with jeans on the weekends! I even love that this works well during the day in an office but you can swap out shoes/bag/accessories and head straight to a dinner date or happy hour! I am always on-the-go, so whenever I can switch up my 'base' pieces just by switching out accessories, I'm sold!

Shop some of my other favorite wear-to-work pieces in the widget above. Most of them are very affordable and are all fully in stock in most sizes! Thank you to ModCloth for sponsoring this post. 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale August 2016

Today's post will be a quick one. I've been in bed the past 24 hours really sick. I am hoping it's just a quick bug, though! However, I wanted to pop in to let you know that the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale is live

It runs now through tomorrow, so act fast. Don't worry if you don't snag something you are dying for because things sell out so quickly! I've pulled in all of my past Lilly posts which you can view by clicking the links below! 

Other Lilly Looks from This Summer:

The Leah Shift Dress (what I'm wearing in the 2nd and 3rd photo) is included in the sale and is on major markdown! It runs true to size. I am wearing a size 2.