This Thursday we leave to Napa Valley! [We then head to Portland a few days later, and then Vancouver after that]! To say that I’m excited is an understatement. This is our first real vacation this year. [we took a trip to NYC a few months ago but that was a long weekend. :)] I’m thrilled to get to unplug and just relax.
I had to travel yesterday and today for work as one of my projects went live and it is an exciting time to say the least! (If you’re interested, you can read a little more about it here.) Needless to say, my schedule didn’t leave much time for packing. Luckily, I had already been planning ahead in terms of what I wanted to pack. I also shopped for any last minute #FallStaples that I wanted to take with me. I definitely went for a Fall vibe for this trip, and am hoping that the heat wave in Cali dissipates by the time we get there. Packing for both summer and fall and for three different cities can be a bit overwhelming, but here’s what I’m planning to bring with me:
Navy Striped top– This boatneck top is on sale right now for $22.50 and is a great Fall staple. It’s so easy to pair with a puffy vest like this one or just to throw on to run errands.
Knee-high Boots – These Sam Edleman boots are a closet staple for me. They are beautiful and comfortable. They’re also great to pair with some skinny jeans and a flannel like the one listed below in #3!
Flannel Button-down (red and blue)- You gotta have a flannel in your closet for fall. Doesn’t hurt that this one is going for $29.50 at the moment.
Short sleeved wool top – This top is very versatile. You can wear it in fall or winter and you can dress it up or down. It’s a no-frills, classic addition to your wardrobe this season!
Leopard Print Scarf – I have been eyeing a scarf like this for the last couple of years and finally got it! It’s so cute and can be worn with a white tee and the black denim jeans in #6.
Black Denim – Paige jeans are my favorite as of late in terms of overall fit and where they cut off at the ankle. I own these in regular denim as well.
Tortoise link bracelet– I have been on a major Tortoise shell kick recently and this bracelet is on sale for $17! It’s a perfect accessory addition to your fall hues this season,
Gold link bracelet – I never realized how much a gold link bracelet (or multiples 😉 ) can add to your overall look. Topping off my outfit with this accessory makes me feel more put together and more confident (kinda crazy, I know!)
Tory Burch Flats (Royal Tan) – I have had these for your years and think that once I get back from this trip, I’ll need to dump them and finally get a new pair. The soles are pretty worn out and the leather is not what it used to be. I guess that’s a testament to how often I throw these on. 🙂
If y’all have any travel tips or suggestions for Napa, Portland or Vancouver, let me know! I will also put together my favorite restaurants / activities / sites when I get back. [If you’re interested in seeing my New York and Seattle itineraries, you can find them here and here.]
It was my birthday a few weeks ago, and I think this birthday hit me harder than most. This unshakeable feeling that I’d finally reached the age of “adulthood” came over me. I felt this sudden pressure to have the next 50 years planned out, to be on our 3rd child, to have our retirement plans mapped, and on and on. I used to think that your 20s are a time to figure things out and your 30s are when your grown-up years start. AKA, you know exactly what you’re doing, you are well on your way with your family, etc. Let me just start by saying this: What a crock of $#%@!
Growing, maturing, transforming – these are not concepts solely relegated to your 20s. Where did I get the idea that I had to have EVERYTHING figured out by 31? Why did I suddenly feel like we were supposed to be on child #3, with our lives planned out until retirement? I am not sure why I woke up feeling behind in life, or that all personal evolution had to be completed for the rest of my life. Perhaps it’s social media comparisons. Or maybe the picture in my head telling me what life “should” look like at this point. Either way, when I stopped to think about what was upsetting me, I realized how ridiculous and unfounded it was!
THE GROWTH CONTINUES
While this birthday brought up some funk that I had to deal with, I came out of it in a much better headspace. At the end of the day, I realized several things. You will never stop learning and evolving. There is no specific decade for doing these things – it’s just called life. And when I realized how much I’m still learning about myself and life everyday, it was such a relief. I accepted [for the most part ;)] that I’m not perfect in my 31 years, I don’t know everything and that I never will. That’s what life’s all about – learning as you go and allowing yourself the grace to be imperfect and ever-changing. When I came out of my birthday/life expectation hangover, I remembered how beautiful and wonderful my life is and how everything is unfolding in the perfect time.
THE YEAR TO COME
In the spirit of #LeoSeason [Hello A-Rod & J-Lo – need I say more?], I wanted to share with y’all 7 things I’m looking forward to in the next year:
Happy Monday! In honor of #nationallipstickday a few weeks ago and all the beauty vibes it evoked, let’s talk lip glosses. Do you need to shell out $25-35 per tube for the designer brands, or are the drugstore versions just as good? I’ve always wondered that as the only high-end lip glosses I used to use were the Lancôme samples that my mom would give me 🙈. I kept them for years (my newly aware self cringes at the thought of how expired they probably were…) But now that I’m becoming more beauty product savvy, I will share what I learn as I go. I hope this saves you the time from having to test these out and brings some ease into this part of your life!
Ok, so here’s the skinny. I tested the following six lip glosses over the last month and these are my thoughts from best to worse:
It’s no secret that if you work in male-dominated industries like Oil & Gas, Tech or STEM-related professions, it can be challenging to find your path. Women have made significant headway over the last 50 years, now making up approximately 57% of the US labor force and are earning more graduate degrees than their male counterparts. However, only 26% of employees in computer and mathematical jobs are women, and female employees are still earning $.78 to the dollar compared to men. (See my thoughts on the pay gap and other issues affecting woman in the workplace here.) There are various reasons for the disparity and much work to be done to bridge the gap. Getting engaged and taking the following steps can potentially move the issue forward and help women thrive: