Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Little Pick Me Ups

Little Pick Me Ups
Sweater (in 8 colors)// Jeans
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Do you ever get into a funk? January and February are two of my least favorite months. I hate to be a downer, but aren't they? It's just after Christmas, so the celebrations are over, it's back to work/reality and then the weather is just gray and cold. 

As a blogger who focuses on fashion/decor, etc. it's sometimes hard for me to feel inspired during this time. I'm typically wearing the same (warmest) sweater and boots. 

I think everyone can get into little funks like this. It's not necessarily that you're sad, but you just need something fun and bright to change your attitude a bit. 

Buying things don't make you happy, I know, but I thought I'd share a few little things you can pick up for yourself or the home that might get you excited or put a little pep in your step! Even if you are on a budget, a lot of these items are really inexpensive!

Little Pick Me Ups
Bright Lip Color// I'm not talking hot pink or anything wild, but just get something new and refreshing! I really love the lip glow line because it's super hydrating just like a basic lip balm, but packs in a subtle hint of color. It's great for everyday use!

Spring Mani Color// Go for a color you don't typically go for around this time of year. I typically stick to OPI's Big Apple Red or OPI's I've Got the Blues for Red, but just recently, I went to one of my spring/summer favorites, OPI Bubble Bath. It's subtle, but refreshing to be more neutral and light!

New underwear// I have this thing where I have a million and one pairs of underwear. I'm always paranoid I am going to run out! Sometimes just tossing a few pairs that have seen better days and replacing them with new can be a great little pick me up. I swear by this underwear. I used to be a huge Hanky Panky fan, but I've since converted to these because they're just as good and a fraction of the price!

New Socks// This is just like underwear, but getting rid of old socks and getting a few new pairs is so refreshing! I also love these no-show socks with the silicone grip at the heel to hold them in place. I have these and wore them all around Paris and they really didn't slip!

Hair Ties// I got these for Christmas and they are about the best hair ties I've ever used. I'm a huge top-knot wearer and these hold my bun in place SO well. They're a little pricey as far as hair ties go, so it's fun to pick up a 'little luxury' every once in a while. They're such a gamechanger and I could not recommend them more!

Pretty Pajamas// This pajama set is on sale, so I promptly ordered it. I think I should have a closet just dedicated to pajamas becuase I am obsessed. I can't resist a new set, and wearing a new set the first few times really puts a smile on my face! I also love these cute pajama shorts!

Cute Sports Bra// I feel like a cute sports bra is a little luxury. Not super expensive, but for some reason, I don't often buy a new one. Looking good while working out can make things more fun and exciting!

New Note Cards// Buy a fresh set of notecards and make a list of people you want to send notes to. I love getting a beautiful fresh set! Sending cards for no reason is so much fun and can even feel therapeutic at times!

Get Organized// You don't have to spend a fortune to get organized in a pretty and functional way. I actually just ordered a bunch of acrylic storage items from Amazon. Typically, I find that acrylic storage is expensive, but this one is very inexpensive. I used these under my bathroom sink and everything is now orderly and pretty. You can also find pretty reasonably priced lucite storage at Target, too!

Loungewear// I'm all about switching into sweats/comfy clothes as soon as I get home. Anyone else like this? But, at the same time, I always try to wear 'cute' loungewear so I don't feel lazy/like a slob. Getting a new pair of sweatpants are so exciting to me, I'm not quite sure why, but these are my latest favorite pair.

A Candle// Sometimes just refreshing the scent in your space can refresh you... especially if you are still burning your holiday candles. Two of my affordable favorite candles are Voluspa's Moso Bamboo and French Cade Lavender!

Fresh flowers// These are a 'duh', but in the winter, I often skip out on the flowers. Adding some bright blooms add a bit of spring to your space, but I also love to pick up a new vase here and there. It's great to have a good vase collection and it's always fun to see your favorite flowers in a different light becuase of a vase!
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Monday, January 22, 2018

Packable Puffer at Frick Park

Frick Park Pittsburgh

Frick Park Pittsburgh

packable puffer down jacket

packable puffer down jacket

packable puffer down jacket

Coat (on sale 25% off)// Leggings
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This weekend, was, surprisingly warm. Ok, so not actually warm, but it was in the 40's, and it was about the best feeling thing ever. Friday night, I went out to dinner with friends for restaurant week and it felt so good wearing 'regular' shoes (aka not boots) and a 'regular' coat (aka not a parka). 

Then, Saturday morning, it was gorgeously sunny and I knew it would be the perfect time to take Henry on an adventure! So, we packed up and headed to Frick Park, which is a 640+ acre park in Pittsburgh (near Regent Square). 

My mom grew up near there, so when my grandparents were still living, we would go to that park because it was close to their house. I hadn't been in a while, so it was fun to be in a place that brought back great memories. 

Don't let the snow fool you! It was about 50 degrees and while the park was covered in snow, it was the perfect day for a long walk. So many people were out and about. One thing I love about having Henry is that people are so much friendlier. Everyone that passed me would say hello or question about what breed Henry was, or just say some pleasantry. I love that!

If you are in Pittsburgh, definitely check out Frick Park. It is the largest park in Pittsburgh and it's so beautiful. Plus, it's really easy to get to no matter where you are in the city! If you're a Mac Miller fan, this is the famous 'blue slide park'! 

I wore comfortable clothing, but I really wanted to highlight the jacket I am wearing. When I was traveling to Arizona, I didn't bring a coat at all... but, I was FREEZING before finally getting to the airport. It was 0 degrees outside when I was leaving for the airport, but Arizona was going to be 70 degrees. I didn't want to lug around a parka just so I could be warm for the quick walk in and out of the Uber. 

So, I have been looking for a cute packable coat that I can carry with me as I travel. This coat is great because it packs up into a small pouch that you could also double as a pillow on the plane. It's lightweight, so you're likely to get a lot of use out of it in the fall and spring, but it really works wonderfully for winter travel, too!
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Friday, January 19, 2018

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for Him

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for Him
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On Wednesday, I shared my favorite gifts for 'her' for Valentine's Day! Today I'm talking about some gift ideas for the guys. 

I'm old fashion in that I feel like, in a traditional relationship, Valentine's Day is more for the guy to impress the woman, but I can't resist giving a great gift... it's really fun to give, isn't it?! Do you give your boyfriend/husband/fiance a gift or just a card/candy? 

Just like my 'for her' guide, I've included small gifts like this travel shoe cleaning kit, but also pricier gifts such as this cashmere 1/4 zip and this duffle backpack

One thing I always share in gift giving guides is that I like to be 'extra'. So for example, if I gave my boyfriend a Yeti mug, I would also gift him a pound of his favorite coffee... like a 'set'. Or if I gave him a Quip toothbrush, I'd give him a tube of his favorite toothpaste. Typically, the 'extras' are little and not costly, which is great, and I really think it adds something special to a gift!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Lately 1/18/2018

Top// Shorts (currently 40% off, neutrals here)// Sneakers 

This week was, thankfully, a lot better than last week! On Monday, I went over to my Grammie's for lunch. I always love spending time with her! Then, I headed to my parent's for dinner- my mom was making my favorite: steak!

We got a ton of snow this week and it has (still) been frigid. Being outdoors is basically miserable because it's freezing but you also have that gross gray sludge to worry about, so you can't really wear any cute shoes.

This week I was also excited to start working on the board of PRSA. I met with my predecessor who showed me the ropes. If you aren't a member of PRSA and are in the PR/Marketing world in Pittsburgh, I really urge you to join!  It is a really great networking opportunity and they host events that can really benefit you!

And lastly, I'm really glad to report that I have been really good at sticking with my cooking during the week goal! I've also been really good at hitting the gym almost every single day. I already feel so much better!

Wearing: Since I've been good about getting a workout in every day, I have been treating myself to a few new pieces of activewear. I typically look for pieces that I can wear while sweating or while running errands. Because of this, the pieces have to be a little more put together than a loose/frumpy tank. I found these two pieces on sale, so I snagged them! The shorts are still available, but my top is sold out in the color I am wearing but is full-price in neutral colors. It's a really great top! The shorts are THE BEST (under $35). They're super high waisted (which I love) and just overall really easy to move in.

Eating: One of the things I made recently was orzo with turkey meatballs. I actually bought the meatballs pre-made (but fresh/refrigerated) at Whole Foods, so I cheated a bit. I also bought a pack of the beef, too. I didn't really love either. They both really lacked flavor... wondering if any of you have any great turkey meatball recipes?!

Eating II: Did you guys catch my guacamole recipe? It is SO good. 

Drinking: I tried a medicine ball from Starbucks late last week. It seems the social media world has been going crazy over this drink, so I was intrigued. Overall, it was very sweet and lemony. I drink both my coffee and tea 'black'.. aka no sugar, cream, milk, honey, etc. I think I just prefer a simpler drink. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't bad, but it just wasn't my cup of tea... ha ha ha. 

Reading: Superbowl commercials are starting to roll in. I saw Matt Damon being interviewed on one of the morning shows about his Stella Artois spot and I really liked the fact that it incorporates philanthropy into a commercial. More companies should do that!

 I just finished Mindhunter and it was pretty good. Not bingeable, but one or two episodes a day was good. I couldn't get into Marvelous Mrs. Maisel... too show-tuney for me. So, I need a new show to watch. Any good recommendations? I feel like I've already watched everything that is popular (ie. Stranger Things, Elizabeth Smart docs, Scientology docs, Westworld, Handmaid's Tale, etc. etc.). 

Listening: I've been going back to my February 2016 playlist a lot lately. It has a ton of really good, upbeat songs that are perfect for working out!

Wanting: I'm a bit bored of my closet right now. I think once spring hits and I need to switch over my clothes, I am going to do a big purge. I do this often, but I'm really looking forward to it. I think this is in most part because all I wear are heavy sweaters because it's really too cold to wear anything else! See the items I'm loving in the widget above! 

Pittsburgh-ing: The Steelers lost (sigh), but I wanted to share with you the cutest little doggy jersey I got for Henry! I don't really plan on dressing him in things, but this was too cute to pass up. I also ordered him a coat (which he actually needs). He doesn't seem to mind wearing the jersey at all. I call him a little yinzer dog when he wears it, ha! I would assume they make jerseys for all different teams, so check it out and see if they have your favorite team for your pup!

Traveling: Next up, I'm headed to the Caribbean on a mother-daughter trip! I can't wait. Do you have any travel plans coming up?

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