Currently reading… #GIRLBOSS

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I find myself constantly inspired by people who can take nothing and turn it into something.  Which is what led me to pick up #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso, the founder and CEO of Nasty Gal.  I am just a little ways into this book and I can confidently say this is definitely a must read.  So far it has been straight to the point, with no sugar coating – something I feel we need today.  Let’s be honest, direct and to the point.  Life it too short to be beat around the bush!

She’s direct, she tells you to get off your ass, and she tells you it has to be you that gets shit done but she does it in an interesting and antidotal way.  I think I have a girl crush on her because she is everything I want to be in the business world.  I need that person in my life that will kick me into being the person I want to be.  So with that in mind I must say give it a read, you may view things differently and you might be tempted to squash your fears and go out there and do what you dream to do!

#GIRLBOSS

#GIRLBOSS

Tackling my first problem to be a healthier me!

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I am on this crazy health kick.  One, because I am in my early thirties and I want a better body.  Two, because my mom is battling a type of breast cancer that may have been caused by obesity (they are still in the early stages of learning more about this type of cancer but I am going to be cautious whether this is accurate or not).  Three, diabetes runs on both sides of my family and I love sugar and don’t want to go through what my grandparents have had to. And, lastly, because I just want to feel better.  If my husband and I decide to become parents, I want us to be the happy, healthy parents that are outside all the time playing with their kid.

So here is the first problem I am tacking in my attempt to be a healthier me. I sit 8 plus hours behind two computer monitors.  It’s my reality and I am sure it is a lot of yours as well.  I don’t like this but I know there is only so much I can do about it.  I have been here a little over a year and I can feel the damage this has done to my body since then.  I’m more tired, depressed and anxious.  I have these pains in my back and thighs I’ve never had before. I do the searches on Google and I read the reports and I know this simple act is destroying my body.  I also know it has to be me that does something about it.  I currently try to do some type of exercise in my office at 10am and 3 pm to give my body some relief but I can tell by the end of the day I still don’t feel like I did before starting this job.  So I decided to try the standing desk as an attempt to cut down on the time my body is in a resting position.  I did multiple searches on the web and I priced multiple desks.  Since this for work and not my personal desk, I didn’t want to spend a lot of money until I was sure this is something I want to keep. So, I had originally thought about purchasing a Home Concept Speedy Stand Up Portable Desk on Amazon but I after doing some research on the ergonomics of standing I quickly realized this wouldn’t work because my monitors would not be at the right height. Ideally, I would like to purchase the Varidesk Pro Plus but that is a little out of my price range (maybe a Christmas Gift? Oh, who am I kidding, I am going to want a pair of shoes for Christmas – priorities!) So after some more searches I found the Ikea DIY Standing Desk hack, the original post I read is here.

I ended up spending more than $22, with shipping (because the nearest Ikea is 5 hours away) I spent a total of $48.12.  Still not bad in my book.  I did try shopping around to avoid paying for shipping but neither Target nor Walmart had anything that met my height and width needs.

Pictures of my DIY Ikea Stand Up Desk:

My DIY Ikea Stand Up Desk

My DIY Ikea Stand Up Desk

My DIY Ikea Stand Up Desk

My DIY Ikea Stand Up Desk

My DIY Ikea Stand Up Desk

My DIY Ikea Stand Up Desk – By now you can probably tell I have a thing for English Bulldogs!

My DIY Ikea Stand Up Desk

A close up on the shelf


Here is what you need to replicate this:

2 Lack Side Tables – $7.99 each

2 Ekby Valter Brackets – $4.00 each

1 Ekby Viktor Shelk – $5.99


My modifications –

I added Velcro to the bottom of the self and to top the brackets to keep the shelf from moving.  I also zip tied the legs that are touching together.  Today I plan on putting something on the legs to prevent them from sliding off the desk. I am making these little modifications because my IT guy came in and started pointing out all the little potential workplace hazards, which I had kind of considered but was kind of like Eh? Let’s see what happens.

If you have any suggestions or would like to share your Stand Up desk, please do! I am so open to learning more alternatives to this!

My #1 got to outfit on my off days…

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Ever have those days where you are just going through the motions but don’t want anyone to know? I think they usually fall on or in-between a Monday or Friday.  On those days, as I drag myself out of bed, I try to think of my top go to outfits that come off as if I care and that I am on top of my game, you gotta fake it to make it right?  On these days, like today, my number one go to outfit pretty classic. White button-up, dark jeans (maybe Navy slacks depending on who is in the office), cute shoes and some simple accessories.  So today I am wearing Dark Rinse Modern skinny jeans from Loft, a Button Up Boy Shirt in Classic White from J.Crew, Animal Print Calf Hair Flats from J.Crew (last season, similar here) , Tory Burch large t logo gold earrings and a Tory Burch silver and gold straw Bag (last season).

What is your go to outfit of choice on your off days?

I tried to take a selfie while I’m working on this post on my lunch break, unfortunately this is the best pic but I think it gives you a fair idea of the look.  It’s casual but still slightly professional, which is the dress code out here.

Classic Work Attire, off days at work

My go to on my off days at work!

Here are some similar images and different takes of this look (gotta love heels and a fedora with this look!);

White Button Up and Fedora

White Button Up and Fedora!

Styling a white-button up

Examples of styling a white-button up

White Button Up, Jeans and HEELS!

 

What is your go to outfit of choice on your off days?

I want to be like…

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Jackie Kennedy Onassis. What do you think of when you hear the name? I think of a woman who was elegant, who was timeless and someone that all women can look up to.  She had a sense of style and grace that fortunately enough for us has been captured in photographs.  I also feel she had that preppyboho mix down to an art.  She could pull the preppy together for but in some of her street style photographs you see a woman mixing that preppy style with some bohemian elements. It might be as simple as large hats, glasses or coats but you can just feel that boho attitude mixed in.

Brigitte Bardot!

Effortless. Sexy. French. Words that come to mind when I think about BB’s style.  Oh how I wish I could pull off that big blond hair with bangs! When I try to be stylish and yet sexy at the same time, I think to myself – what would BB wear? How can this be down with ease and still come off as hot?  Too bad I tend to be more on the awkward, fidgety side.  Hey, we can still dream of being sexy and cool, even in our thirties, right?

Audrey Hepburn!

Who doesn’t want to be like Audrey? Chicest of the Chic! Iconic grace, elegance and style all rolled into one package. She showed us that simple clothes, when paired correctly, could have more style than anything else out there. She has a style anyone with any income can emulate. When I think about purchasing basics for my closet she is the one person I keep in mind.  I know, not matter what, if it is something like Audrey ever wore, I will get a lot of wear out of it and that it will look right.  Black flats? Check. Black ankle slacks? Check. Basic white button up? Check, check!

Let’s get back to this… About Me

I’ve been away from this blog for quite some time – thank you crazy, hectic life! But enough is enough and I have literally reached my breaking point in life.  I am a creative at heart and need some type of outlet and with my life the way it has been lately, I haven’t had that outlet. I can feel that crazy panic start to set it.  What has been going on with me lately, you ask? Well, my mother was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of breast cancer at the beginning of the year (she just finished her last chemo treatment and heads into surgery soon!).  Everything that could go wrong – started going wrong! Work has been more demanding and has started adding a new level of stress (plus have I mentioned the hour drive to and from work? Fun times! 2 hours of my day wasted 5 days a week, lovely).  Sales are up and of course everyone wants them to continue to go up and up but you know, sometimes, just sometimes, sales follow a pattern! That’s a rant for another day and someone else!

So to start this blog again and well, to start blogging again, I thought I would share some details about me!


About Me:

Hmmmm, you know, I have sat here and sat here, wasting minute after minute, trying to think of something clever and witty to say.  Well it just really isn’t coming to me.  I suck, plain and simple, maybe, not really? At least in my little world, maybe I don’t suck too much.  In a nutshell, I’m a 30 something female that is just stuck.  I want to go right but I keep getting pulled to the left, if that makes any sense.

So I’m happily married, have an ok job, a crappy house and 3 lovely dogs.  Sometimes my husband can be annoying and he will say the same about me. My house isn’t great but it will do… for now! Its certainly not magazine worthy, hell I’m beginning to think it might be demolition worthy with all these little “issues” that have appeared recently. My job, ugh, well it pays the bills? Some of them at least, so that is something, right? And ok, so what if one of my dogs has MAJOR anxiety issues, the other is a complete diva (she will shank you if you stop petting her) and well the youngest, she is just a big ball of love.  It all comes together to form the American Dream, in some form or fashion, I think?

Like most people I have a love affair for all things that are pretty but are not affordable.  I dream about making it big – hello lottery winnings – of being someone that calls all the shots, I am over 21 so technically I can call some! Har, har, right? I think I have come to realize those things aren’t really what is important though.  No, I am not going to go into a spiel about how important love, life and family are.  You should know that already and you should also know that some family members are extremely annoying, life can be exhausting at times and love, well, oh boy, that’s a tough one and always will be.  I’m not really sure what I dream about anymore. Actually no, I take that back, I dream about doing something every day that brings happiness into my life. I also dream that in a few years, I can look back and say to myself I didn’t waste any time and I actually did something.

My twenties were a waste, how does that saying go “Youth is wasted on the young”, if that isn’t the truth, I don’t know what is.  Ok, ok, maybe not a “total” waste. I did meet my husband, finish undergrad, and make some really good friends. I feel like my twenties were more of waste in the sense that I didn’t experiment with what I actually wanted to do WITH my life. I just accepted what was put in front of me as what I should be doing and I never questioned it.  Now, I am sitting here every day asking myself, “Is this REALLY how I want to spend the rest of my life?!” and the answer is “No!” I want to be out there doing something, making a difference somewhere, doing anything other than sitting behind a desk 8 hours a day, making a company profitable and with only a sliver of window to see the outside world.

This just isn’t me and basically, that is what I want this blog to be about – me finding me. Finding my happiness, my drive, my inspiration, my style, myself.  Balancing my love for all things Preppy and my love for all things not so preppy! So basically this may start out very random but hopefully it will being to take some form over time. I apologize now if I bore you but I do hope I can connect with some of you and maybe over time we can help each other out.

~Nikki

farewell loves!!

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I am sure you’ve noticed that I haven’t been posting overmuch lately.. we’d been trying to work out a schedule and life has gotten in the way, so on and so forthesis (did I spell that right??).. but in the end, I have decided to move my parts of blog life. Yes, I have cleared this with my blog mistress Nikki who has had chaos descend upon her life and so we are hoping at some point we may revisit the idea in future. However, I am so not good at the preppy side of things and it would just not be fair for me to even try (again.. khakis.. shudder, lol) and so I have been building up a boho site (if you guys are interested in the boho side), thinking I could use it to catalog, as a backup, for all that spillover.. so on and such.. anyhoos, I will be moving my stuffs over there past this post. Nikki and I are still in like with each other.. she is a wonderful amazing blogger that just has had the universe busy her up too much of late this year.. show her some love, you guys have always been in her thoughts.. I know, we speak of it on occasion. I will hopefully be able to get to following most of you guys still, it may take time to move that part all over so bear with.. thanks for giving us this opportunity and do come visit me if you are still interested.. http://www.blueboho.com
xox
michelle

march of the easter eggs

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Pastels are just not my thing, despite them being on trend right now. Here is my (slight) not.. it’s a far as I am willing to venture outside of my box. I kinda liked it once I held down and strangled the overwhelming urge to add a color pop.

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The jacket is from Loft, as are the jeans.. I love the cut of both. Even though I always have to wear heels with the wider cuts (i.e. pigmy), I still favor wide legs over skinny. I brought in one of my ebay finds, a Talbots top in a pale rose shade.. see, I do have some paler bits in my regular rotation. image image

failing at the 36

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I finally decided to throw myself into Project 36/365. I really wanted to pare down to a year long capsule and our climate here, although sometimes all over the place, is pretty mild. My thinking was that it was doable. Basically this is a spinoff of Project 333, same rules but with 3 more items.  Over the weekend, I dived full into my closet purge. I planned on following the how to make space method, but abandoned it pretty early on as my closet wasn’t as overwhelmed as I originally thought (yay, go me!). I opted instead to pin down a relative number of tops that I felt would give me a comfortable amount of rotation, not to mention fit into the laundry schedule. My original number was 10.. I figured that would give me two work weeks of no repeat.

Since I was already working within a group of capsules, most of my items already fit into a workable color scheme and were mostly well loved items.. my challenge was picking 10 that would move seamlessly (more or less) between the seasons. I decided my course of action would be to lay out the chosen tops, adding/subtracting what other pieces (bottoms, accessories, layering pieces like sweaters to warm up, etc) I would need to fit it into each season. I started with what I thought would be the most difficult season to work – summer, as it gets really hot outside and thus very much freezing in the office. I wound up adding a few tops in the end, a couple of lighter options and a couple to vary a bit. I didn’t need as many bottoms. Most of my trousers could be worn all seasons, so at my most minimal I had 5 bottoms.. not too shabby. I did pop in an alternate trouser, two pairs shorts, a pencil skirt, and my GAP coated jeans (I just love them so much). This gave me more options but did bump up my number a bit.

I had a really hard time paring down my dresses (my goal being three.. I didn’t meet it) and jackets (I just love a good topper). It was at this point, I think, that I realized I was not going to meet that 36 (even not counting heavy outerwear, shoes, and accessories) but managed to make peace with it. I wound up with 46 pieces, give or take the two faux fur vests I am still debating to keep or not.. this not counting my ratty pea coat and the before mentioned other items. I also kept any dupable pieces to store in the back of closet, but only if they could replace one of the rotation if it were to fall to ruin. I figured this would save me future monies in the even of garment tragedy. I stashed a very few ruinable tops for vacation days. I still plan to sift through my accessories & footwear to fine tune. And the pants I grew small of?? I decided to alter one pair and box the rest for future in case of too much chocolate. I plan to ebay those not chosen and put the money away in case of any necessary tweaking along the road. Even though I missed my overall goal number (maybe next year?), I was still able to substantially cut down from where I started. I also now have a more or less seasonless wardrobe and so I am happy with the end results.

farewell, my love

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The Spring cleaning has begun! I started my inspiration board with the intention of bringing on the bold.. leopard as a focal instead of an accent. I am one of those people who love a good leopard print, consider it a necessary neutral, and always try to work a bit of it into my wardrobe.

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Last year, I fell in love with this coat. I bravely wore it (big girl panties, I say) to work on a very few occasions.. got to keep them on their toes and all that. I still love it. My intention was to revisit, as it’s not so heavy that I can’t still wear it in early spring.

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Once on, though, I realized that my time with it had past. I think that somehow I had moved firmly into the touches of leopard comfort level when I wasn’t looking. I just felt out of sorts. This was one of those loved pieces that I originally opted to keep due to my mad love for it.. now, I think it’s time to part.

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judi dench is my homegirl

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I cannot even begin to describe how hard my heart beats for Dame Judi Dench. I think she is probably one of the most gorgeous, most stylish women around.. not to mention amazingly talented. I came across this picture by accident but it is by far one of my favorites of her.. I don’t know how I missed this movie but it’s now on my list. I love the shocking pink background against the stark black of her outfit and I love her plum smokey eye. Since the husband would most likely not be a fan if I were to paint a random wall in the home bright fushia, I opted to try the plum eyeshadow instead. I also love, love her hair.. but that would probably go over even less well than the wall. Once, I had an old school Mia moment – chopped all the hair off, blonded it, and I thought he’d stroke out.. so.. baby steps.. baby steps.. but now I am off topic.

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I picked up (as part of my trying out less expensive alternatives) the NYC HD Trio Eyeshadow in Central Park Plums. First I lined with MAC Smolder eye kohl. Next, I used the grey in the trio on the lid to crease, pink packed on the ball of the eye and in the inner corner, then the plum on the outer corner blending a bit into the outer crease. The colors did muddy a bit, they weren’t as true as I hoped in the layering but they blended well and stayed all day over my eye primer.. not bad for $2.99.

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I found myself thinking of my blue dress friend, who I recently lunched with.. she is also my homegirl. She is gorgeous, intelligent, and has it all together in life. Just being around her makes me feel all zen. Everytime I see her for girl chat, I come back with a much better perspective on life. I was bemoaning the big 4-0, creeping up on me this month during our visit. About how I wasn’t bothered at first, but then one of my friends referred to me as a “mature woman”.. yeah, she’s still alive. However, after conversing with her on this and that.. I came home and it hit me – why am I so hung up on this over one little comment? I’ve earned every year on this body, I am a product of my life experience, and I should be thankful to have so much richness in my life. Just her energy made me realize how silly I was being about the whole thing.

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