Packing List for Napa, Portland and Vancouver

Hey y’all,

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:

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Puckered Cotton and a Bow

Happy Tuesday, y’all!

I hope you had a wonderful Monday and are off to a great start to your week! We went down to San Antonio this weekend to celebrate my grandpa’s birthday.  It was so nice to see the family and be home.

Today I want to talk about this puckered cotton tie skirt, which is perfect for church / synagogue and how you can style it!

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Adulting Ain’t Easy

Hey friends!

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:

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Designer vs. Drugstore Lipgloss

Hey y’all,

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:
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Women Who Thrive

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:

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