Work Wear

Work It Girl

 jcrew black shirt, max studios pants, bandolino shoes
Totally forgot to take a picture!
Jcrew sweater, Loft skirt, Ivanka Trump heels
top from local boutique, jcrew minnies, jcrew shoes
Gap top, old navy sweater, AG jeans, Tory Burch flats


Weekend Recap

Weekends have an entirely new meaning to me now that I'm in an office all week long. It's literally like 60 precious hours that cannot be wasted.

Poppin bottles

Friday after work I made a trip to Target to pick up a few things we "needed" and I of course got side tracked by these cute ankle pants. The quality feels better than what you would think, and I think I'll be able to wear these bad boys all summer long. For $25 bucks, I'm going to make them work.

We had friends get engaged on Friday, so we met them for celebratory drinks at Coast in Santa Monica before we came home and made pizzas for dinner.

Saturday I hit the pavement for the first time in probably 3 weeks. It's a lot easier for me to wake up and go to a workout class than it is to go outside in my neighborhood and run. I did a little over 5 miles, and it was hard, but felt so, so good.

There really isn't a better workout than a long, hard run. I'm even tossing around ideas of a half, but I'm just so scared that I'll give up before crossing the finish line. Only after 5 miles, my legs were zonked and I snuck in a needed, hour long nap.


Saturday night we decided last minute to join some friends for the Angels game. Is there anything better than beer and baseball at sunset on a Saturday night?


It was the first baseball game I've been to since moving to California and I forgot how much I love them.  

I didn't love eating all the shit we did, but I'm trying to push that out of my mind. On Sunday, we hiked, ran errands, cleaned, did laundry, and cooked an amazing dinner. We were both pretty exhausted through it all, but it feels so good to have it all done.

This is a short week for us since we have Good Friday off work, so until then, we're keeping ourselves busy with workouts and clean eating before another weekend filled with friends, good food, and Easter brunch!
I need to remember this.


My #1 Must Have

When I was in Mexico, I kept noticing this girls amazing lip color. Night after night her lips were like the perfect shade. She laughed and told me it was called Pout (Forever Yours) from Victoria's Secret.

I finally picked some up last weekend and OH. My. God. I'm obsessed.

I don't take good selfies, but this gives you an idea of the initial glossiness.

This damn stuff stays on my lips all day long. I took this picture at 5pm right as I was leaving the office. I had two cups of coffee and lunch - and never reapplied throughout the day. It leaves the perfect tint - even 8 hours later.

The lip gloss is $6.00 and it is a SERIOUS must have. Trust me on this one!


10 Things

stop waiting
 This is such a true reminder. Waiting for the weekend for "fun" or to be yourself, is such a waste of our precious time. Since I found this sign on Pintrest, I've really tried to find the good parts of the work week, because there are so many, and sometimes I even like work weeks better than the weekend. I like the routine, the similarities, and the stability that Monday thru Friday give you. 

10 that make me happy every single week

a full DVR
 The best shows happen during the week, and I make a point to watch them. I can normally sneak in one trashy show after I've cooked dinner, while I wait for Joel to come home and it's my favorite time of the day. I have a glass of wine, the house is quiet, my jobs are done, and I can just sit and enjoy my show. 

I really do love coffee, and during the work week I mix up the type of coffee I drink. I allow myself to go to Starbucks twice a week to get a soy latte - which is my favorite of all of my coffee drinks. If I do a workout class in the morning, I'll get a coffee at restaurant in my office building - and I'll just add foamed skim milk to vanilla coffee. And, if I'm home and have enough time for my coffee at home, I just do Dunkin Donuts coffee out of my keurig with vanilla almond milk. I look forward to coffee every night. 
meal planning 
I really love cooking. It gives me a bizarre amount of relaxation and satisfaction to cook and have good meals for Joel and I throughout the week. We eat so much better when I plan out our lunches and dinners, and save a lot of money. Every lunch hour that I have a yummy quinoa salad, I remember why I take the time to do it.

Every single night, without fail, I take a bath before I go to bed. It relaxes my mind and gets my body ready to sleep. I use aveeno's stress relief foaming bath and I have been sleeping so much better at night. I fall asleep right away and don't wake up as many times in the night.

checking the mail
I seriously love getting the mail. I never know what I'm going to find. Even the silly Pottery Barn catalog gets me excited.

workout classes
This is probably the number one thing that gets me through the week. They keep me feeling good, and energized and they keep the week moving. I like to different classes throughout the week to mix it up. On Monday this week Joel and my friend Kristin, and I did a 6am bootcamp. It sucked waking up super early, but I actually loved having it done so early. And it made my Monday a lot better than normal. 

phone dates
 During the week is the only time I really get to catch up with my sisters and friends back in Chicago. I try to talk to someone every single day. It's the only way to really stay in each other's daily lives, and I miss them like crazy. I like to walk the dog and talk to them before I get dinner going - or when I'm stuck in traffic. 

hitting 10,000 steps
During the work week I really keep an eye on my pedometer since I'm sitting at my desk for 8 hours a day. I park on the 4th floor and always take the stairs to try and rack up steps, and I play little games like that every single day to try and sneak in as many steps as I can. I am very guilty of only getting 3,000 steps in a day if I'm not carefully watching.

being at work
I really like the whole process of going to work. I like getting ready in the morning, I like packing up my car and the energy I have in the morning to have a productive day. I love working with my admin who I share an office with, and I live for the days that I have a great day at work.

I spent most of my teen and twenty years thinking perfection was the secret to happiness. Boy, was I wrong. It's in the imperfect, spontaneity of life that wonderful resides.


Work Wear

          Work It Girl

I'm pretty sure last week was our last week where temperatures are going to drop under 60 for the next long while. I decided to take advantage and get some wear out of a few last winter-y pieces before I start busting out the white jeans and pastels.

Michael Kors turtleneck, Ann Taylor vest, Gap Pants, Ivanka Trump heels

 Forever 21 tunic, Target leggings, Ivanka Trump boots

I had an out of office meeting and decided to formalize it up a little
J.crew button down, Lord & Taylor skirt, Bandolino shoes

Not crazy about this look but after soulcycle I need as little as clothing as possible. I'm on the hunt for easy cotton dresses so if you know a good spot, help a girl out.
Old Navy sweater, H&M dress, TB wedges

I'm obsessed with this top and wish I would have gotten it in multiple colors. Old Navy did me some good, so I might make a trip back there in the next few weeks. 
Old Navy top, J.Crew minnies, TB Wedges


Weekend Recap

 We were in need of a great weekend, and this one lived up to my request.

On Friday we had dinner with my cousins  at Sotto which was delicious. I'm not sure if it's everywhere, but Los Angeles is obsessed with small plates. I actually like being able to taste a lot of different dishes, but I think I end up eating more than I need to. 

Luckily, I had SoulCycle survivor the next morning.

And luckily, David and Victoria Beckham (and their son) were in my class.

I'm not kidding. 

This is the manager of Soul walking them out the back entrance. It was insanity.


I got to class early and they were there with a few other friends and couldn't figure out how to use the lockers. I helped Victoria enter the code and she went on her merry way. They're both as perfect as you would imagine. 

She put on makeup in the bathroom before they left which I thought was a little high-mai but, whatever. And a random girl asked her to take a picture and she declined. It was pretty crazy, and I'm not going to lie, I stared at David for every minute during our class.

Afterwards I went shopping with my friend Shelby. I'm trying to find pants for France and picked these up at Jcrew because they were on sale. I tried them on again at home and I'm just not crazy about them.

Joel and I had a date night Saturday which was much needed. 


We went to the Wine House to re-stock our wine supply - which is always fun. This wine store has a tasting room, so we got to taste a few glasses while we were shopping.

For dinner we went to Upstairs 2, which is on the second floor of the Wine House. The food, small plates again!, was really really good, but the ambiance was a little geriatric.

Sunday I went for a hike with Dawn and Max, and then we snagged brunch before I ran some errands. The weather is starting to get really hot in LA so we decided to embrace it and grilled some salmon and had an early dinner outside.


All in all, it was a perfect weekend and I'm actually looking forward to the week ahead. 


Friday Thoughts

Thankfully this week flew by because I felt like shit all week long. The weather has been really funky in LA, so I'm blaming allergies on my lack of energy, stuffy nose, and congested lungs. It has not been fun.
However, since I've been feeling kind of down since Saturday, I'm fakin' it til I make it this weekend and not letting this get to me.

My cousin Nick is in town for 24 hours, so we have a cousin dinner tonight and then tomorrow I'll be doing a Soul Survivor class. If I survive that, I'm finally getting to the mall and then having a proper date with Joel. 

The weekend has the potential to be one of the best in a while, so I'm really hoping I am in the right head space to enjoy it! 

Next week I really need to get back into working out and eating right. I only squeezed in one workout this week and I've been having eggs and toast every single night. The one nice thing about feeling lousy is that I took an un-planned detox from alcohol which actually felt really good.
And one of these weekends I'm going to start The Husband's Secret. Everyone seems to be loving it, so I need to just start the book and hope I get hooked.

These next two months are packed full of goodies; my friend Shelby is due with her baby boy on April 23rd, my best friend Claire is coming for a girls weekend, I'll celebrate my 26th birthday and Joel and I are going to Paris! One downside? See the ECard above. #shit.

Have a great weekend!!
You decide if you want to be happy!