Saturday, October 25, 2014

New York

Saturday, October 25, 2014

I've kept this one pretty quiet: we're going to New York next week!

For my 30th birthday in July, Jack bought us a trip to New York. We always talked about going on holiday to NYC for Halloween, so what better excuse is there than turning 30? I've visited several places in the US but never New York, so I am incredibly excited. I have been dreaming of visiting the Natural History Museum, dressing up as a spook, eating all the delicious food, and getting lost in Sephora.

I've scheduled daily posts while I am away but I'd love it if you came along for the ride by joining us both on Instagram where we will be sharing our adventure (my Instagram and Jack's Instagram).

Friday, October 24, 2014

Note To Self #10

Friday, October 24, 2014
Note To Self #10
{ pomade | candle | lip treatment | nail varnish | palette | blusher }

I haven't done one of these notes to self in a while, mostly because I've been sticking to what I know when it comes to beauty products and the list of wants has been pretty much empty.. until now. Next week I have the chance to pick up some things I perhaps wouldn't usually be able to so I'm hoping to make the most of it.

Sephora's Formula X range is immense, I want to add a couple more bottles to my collection including some fresh neutrals. The Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade and Fresh Lip Treatments are so hyped I'm tempted to see what all the fuss is about. The MAKE Custom Finish Effects Matte Dew and Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée are so different from the usual complexion enhancers, I'm really curious to see how well they work. Lastly, I need new candles so what better place to pick them up than Bath and Body Works?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Be More Productive

Thursday, October 23, 2014
Be More Productive

Do Not Disturb
Set your phone to 'do not disturb' or switch to airplane mode overnight and don't switch the settings back until you are ready to work. Use the settings on your phone to regulate when you will and won't receive messages throughout the day, limiting distractions and the temptation to pick it up as soon as it goes off.

Shower First
If you slump in front of a desk straight after getting up and save showering until after that first cup of coffee when you "feel more awake," chances are your day will be less productive. Head straight to the shower and then put on your "uniform." Don't work in your pants.

Wear a Uniform
Wear the same thing, every day. Figure out what you feel most comfortable working in and and curate a "uniform" section of your wardrobe. Hanging work appropriate items together makes it easy to reach in and grab something, eliminating that feeling of not knowing what to wear. I won't judge you if you want to wear the same clothes three days in a row.

Start Slow
Manage your mood so you don't start your day stressed and overwhelmed; your morning should be calm and relaxed. The worse your mood, the more you will procrastinate so begin by doing something you enjoy. Listen to the radio, read a book, or go for an early morning walk. Whatever you do, don't look at your phone, social media, or your emails.

The One Thing
Plan ahead, define your goal the night before, and focus on one urgent task. We always overestimate how productive we can be with our time but focusing on one major task means more chance of it actually getting done. Once that one urgent task is out of the way you can then move onto other things.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Book List #23

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
The Book List #23

I have been terrible at reading lately; I've been preoccupied with work and.. uh.. playing The Walking Dead relentlessly until I know how it ends. But that counts right, because it's horror..? Flavorwire came to my rescue and shared 50 of the Scariest Short Stories of All Time including links to where you can read some of them online and I got stuck into quite a few of them.

Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
year: | pages: | rating: 2/5

I didn't find this book very funny or interesting or clever, it was just meh. Sometimes I think Lena Dunham is trying too hard to appeal to the type of crowd she's always marketed herself to.. other times, I simply just don't care. I wasn't that into Girls and although I thought it was refreshing to see such a jarringly bold female character on the screen, I wasn't always that bowled over by the privileged upper middle class white Lena Dunham. So maybe the appeal of Not That Kind of Girl was lost on me, I don't know, but I don't think this book is as amazing as everyone expects it to be or will say it is without even reading it.

Out of Skin by Emily Carroll
In the Penal Colony by Franz Kafka
The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? by Joyce Carol Oates
Casting the Runes by MR James
Miriam by Truman Capote
The Landlady by Roahl Dahl
Silent Snow, Secret Snow by Conrad Aiken
The Babysitter by Robert Coover

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Signs You Are Ready To Quit Your Day Job

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Signs You're Ready To Quit Your Day Job

- you are overwhelmed by working two (or more) jobs
- you are making as much money from your business as from your day job
- your business won't progress or grow until you quit
- you know your product or service is popular enough to sell
- you have saved 6 months of living expenses
- you have written a business plan
- you have evaluated the risks
- you have a back-up plan
- you know it could all go wrong
- it doesn't scare you anymore

Monday, October 20, 2014

The First A/W Purchase: T-Bar Loafers

Monday, October 20, 2014
T-Bar Loafers
Wills T-Bar Loafers

I have had my eye on these t-bar loafers for a good couple of months now so I am super pleased they are finally part of my wardrobe and are every bit as dreamy as I imagined. I was a little cheeky and purchased these about a week before my autumn/winter budget came into effect.. but who cares, they were totally worth bending the rules for.

The loafers are well made, comfortable (although require a little breaking in), and true to size; I picked these up in a four and they have a little bit of wiggle room meaning breaking them in isn't quite so eye watering. The shoes have a regular fit with a short flat heel; the style is beautifully classic, smart in appearance, and pair well with the rest of my wardrobe.

I would be lying if I said I hadn't been eyeing up my next shoe purchase.. these oxfords are just too gorgeous.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

5 Mantras To Remember

Saturday, October 18, 2014
5 Mantras To Remember

1. Just Start
2. Don't Fear Failure
3. Ignore Everybody
4. Stay Curious
5. Be Bold

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