October 22, 2014

Wake Up to These Pretty Alarm Clocks

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I love to sleep. I can sleep for much longer than needed, wake up, then take an extended nap again with no problem (my friends can attest to this). However, I love waking up and being productive...as long as I can get out of bed.

I've been trying to implement a better morning routine into my lifestyle and the first step I'm taking is to sleep and wake up properly. There are numerous studies showing that using your phone right before sleeping (as I do when I set my alarm...and play a few rounds of Two Dots) keeps your brain awake from the bright light and makes it harder to fall asleep. By using an alarm clock placed away from the side of my pillow (sorry iPhone), I can get up and not be so tempted to press snooze or fall back asleep. 

Because most alarm clocks that I've seen can be eyesores, I've collected these 9 pretty and cool alarm clocks that will make me excited to reach for first thing in the morning! These clocks also make super stylish decor pieces which won't make you create a weird sleepy grudge against them. Also, for those of you who love sleep as much as I do, here are 10 tips for waking up easier during those cold winter months.

October 19, 2014

Weekly Rewind

{Apples picked by yours truly and my new favorite slip-on sneakers found from Nordstrom Rack}

{Anyone else finish this book in one day like I did?}

{Mini pies getting me all excited for the holidays!}

{Surprise flowers and very seasonal and very cute gourds}

{Blueberry cookies and cream shaved ice from Snowdays Shavery...New Yorkers! Go try!}

These past couple of weeks have been a blur of food, travel and reunions with old friends--not that I'm complaining. As the days get cooler (!!!) and shorter, these little things have been giving me strength and happiness through the hustle and bustle of life.

I literally read through Lena Dunham's book in a day, but her Youtube channel for her book deepened my love and admiration for her even further.

One of my biggest dilemmas while job searching is going for something I know I would love or going for something that will keep me financially secure and my parents happy. A fashion editor tells of her own career story.

Inside the Man Repeller's amazing office.

Being obsessed with food and reading, these memorable meals from classic books brought to life intrigued me.

Also on my Fall To-Do List is to make caramel apples, so I may have to try out all of these recipes. Drool.

3 steps to motivate yourself: helpful for anyone struggling with any kind of block.

October 18, 2014

What I've Been Up To...

I feel like every week (probably everyday) I chastise myself for not blogging more. Not like I'm obligated to do this in any means, but I know that I feel more inspired and productive by doing so. This past week/weekend, I've been knocking out some things on my bucket list and going to new places. I visited Buffalo (my boyfriend's hometown!) and visited a drive-in movie theater, apple picking and Niagara Falls! It was such a busy, but eventful trip and it makes me want to go to more places and try more things.

October 4, 2014

Fall To-Do List

There's something about fall that makes everyone feel warm and nostalgic. I'm guessing it's because it's typically the time when school starts, so a there's a feeling of freshness in the air. As the year continues to fly by, I have come to the hard fact of life that my stint in New York City may be coming to an end (but I sure hope not!) So this fall bucket list is a way to get me out more to explore this great city as well as achieve some of my personal goals. I'm ready to have a productive and thankful October!

October 3, 2014

Just Bitten

Some women can't live without mascara; for others, it's eyeliner. For me, it's lipstick. When I go out without some sort of color on my lips, I feel naked and off my game. One of the most annoying things about lipstick though is the fact that you need to constantly reapply in order to maintain the color. This Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain has changed my life. This amazing (and aesthetically pleasing) little crayon is a lip balm, lip stain and lipstick in one.

Following the urge for a new lip toy in the drugstore, I picked this up because I had heard some hype on it. I tried it on lips without any chapstick or lip balm on my lips to start and was expecting some ridge-y spotty color, but it glided with intense color with so much ease, I was actually confused and had to check the label a few times. And it really stains your lips. I mean, it will come off after a while (a long while!) but not as quickly as other lip products.

Now, I obviously need the whole collection and also need to try the other matte and glossy finishes. I'm gonna need a bigger makeup drawer...