Life Update No. 2

Time is flying by, as it always seems to do. February is almost over already which is blowing my mind. We have had some crazy warm days lately which has been a sort of spring tease.


I am currently working for the college I went to and really loving it. The work is just so interesting and I love the professors I work with/for. We are doing some really interesting research that has made me so much more passionate about climate and our place as humans in relation to other species that inhabit the world. As much as I love the work and the people I still am struggling quite a bit with the environment since I did graduate and I am very ready to move on. In general I also am not crazy about Indiana and miss the mountains! The Olympics really having me itching to ski. Alpine skiing used to be such a big part of my life and I miss that a lot, especially right now.

A great thing about being in this area though is that I have a couple college friends who are still in the area and it has been really great to see them often. My friend Dörte had the genius idea of going to IKEA in Cincinnati last weekend and it was super fun. I love just wondering around and getting ideas for future home design/decor. We also did a little shopping and got to talk a lot. I also have watched a ton of Olympic events with another friends which has been so fun. I have been able to see lots of people in the past month and talk to even more which has been so great for me.

I am on a serious reading train right now. I mentioned a while back how I was re-reading Harry Potter and I am now almost done with The Goblet of Fire. I decided to listen to the podcast Harry Potter and the Sacred Text which I mentioned on my podcast favorites. I am finally caught up to the current episode which is so exciting for me! Here are the other things that have filled my time/thoughts lately:

Reading: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, I actually just finished this book and it really put the human experience in a much broader perspective for me. It was a little depressing for a while because I thought so much of how small we are but Neil De Grass Tyson talks about this in the end so it is definitely worth it. I love his interpretation of things.

Watching: Grace and Frankie, I started this maybe last week and am only six episodes in but it is a super funny and interesting show. The perspective just feels so different. I also bing watched The Good Place at the end of January and realized I never talked about it on the blog. It is probably my favorite show of all time though.

Movie: Aiden convinced me to watch The Shawshank Redemption. I don’t love dark movies so I was skeptical but I actually really liked it, especially the ending.

Eating healthy: I am really committed to eating healthier. For breakfast I try to have an egg and sausage (maybe on a piece of toast), grapefruit or yogurt/oatmeal. At lunch I will eat toast with avocado, a salad or go to the café for a sandwich. Dinner has varied quite a bit but some of my favorites have been veggie pasta with red sauce, a salad with protein and spring rolls with peanut sauce.

New skin care routine: I usually just use a Bioré acne cream and wash my face with soap. Now I am doing a Pond’s cleanser and make-up remover at night with a Neutrogena moisturizer/sunscreen in the morning (on top of the acne cleanser). I don’t have a confident verdict on it yet but I am really liking trying something new and I have such a new found respect for my skin.

Wearing: Pink… you probably noticed as so many of my February posts have been pink-filled. I am seriously loving the statement booties from my last post (from Zara), I have been wearing them a lot and am going to include them in my up coming capsule wardrobe. I also found the heels (pictured above) at Aldo when shopping with a friend the other day. They are something I have been looking for for a while.

Have a great rest of your week!


Pink Outerwear

Happy Tuesday! Life has definitely been very busy for me lately but I really wanted to get this post in. As I have mentioned, pink is definitely my favorite color right now. I keep finding myself so drawn to it in everything. I found this skater jacket at ASOS a couple months ago and completely fell in love. I love how unique the style is, especially with the pearl detailing. I wanted to talk about outwear right now a bit because this is the time to buy winter pieces that are usually pretty expensive plus there are great options for spring that are on sale. This boucle J. Crew coat is on major sale right now along with this classic.


Coat ASOS, Skirt similar (this one as well), Turtleneck similar, Watch Cluse, Mittens Target, Boots Tory Burch

Here are some fun outwear options in the best shades of pink. This color is also great for the transition into spring. I sometimes find it a little difficult to dress in season transitions and this is one of those items that will really help with that.

Pink Outerwear


Have a wonderful Valentine’s/Galentine’s Day!


Favorite Podcasts

It is absolutely amazing how many different incredible podcasts are out there. I say this mostly because several weeks ago I read The Golden Girl’s reader podcast post and was shocked to find that not a single podcast I love and was going to be including in my favorites post were on her list. It is not a bad thing at all, in fact that really got me thinking about how many amazing people are out there sharing different content.


Revisionist History: I pretty much binged the entire first season of this podcast. It is so amazing and really makes you think about human behavior and how we interpret history. This is the podcast that got me into podcasts. I truly cannot say enough good things. The second season is also amazing and you don’t really have to watch episodes in order. The first episode, The Lady Vanishes, is still probably my favorite.

Serial: So many thoughts on this one! It is frustrating but so interesting one of those shows that captures your attention and you just keep wanting to watch. The premise for Serial is basically the investigation of a murder case from years ago and whether or not the person convicted was actually guilty. It made me think a lot about humanity, punishment and law.

Awesome Etiquette: Every episode of this podcast addresses different questions people have about how to interact in certain social situations. Basically what is appropriate and how to be the best you can in sometimes awkward situations. I feel like a lot of people have so many questions that are answered in this podcast in relation to etiquette, but don’t usually voice it.

Girlboss: This podcast is great because you really don’t have to listen in order and it is just great for female inspirational stories and advice. I definitely recommend checking it out for episodes that catch your eye.

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: This podcast has been such a light in my days lately. Each episode dissects a chapter of the books (in chronological order) and looks into that chapter through a certain theme. The hosts Vanessa and Casper have this really engaging way of talking about each chapter. I have started looking at the characters and events in very different ways and I absolutely love it. I also wanted to mention another Harry Potter podcast. I just started to a friend’s podcast, MuggleWatch, where several cousins spend each episode discussing a different character. I have only listened to the first two episodes so far, but I really like it.

The Simple Sophisticate: I really love that this podcasts emphasizes finding who you really are living that best self. It is living luxuriously but as you not as how other people say you should be living. I loved the very first episode, 8 Pillars of Building a Simply Luxurious Life, and would highly recommend listening to it before you explore her podcast and blog further. That episode gives you a really good idea of what is the underlying philosophy of The Simple Luxurious Life and it really helped me understand everything else better and taylor it to my own life and needs.

Finally I wanted to share a specific episode from Courage and Clarity called 4 Steps to Plan Your Week in 15 Minutes because I really loved the rocks, pebbles and sand analogy she uses in understanding how we plan our weeks and how we prioritize tasks.

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!


10 Favorite Outfits: January

Yep this year is going to fly by. January is already gone. For some reason I am feeling a little bit sad about how fast time is going. Once again I am rounding up my favorite outfits from the past month. This was definitely an exciting month with quite a bit of travel and lots of time with family and friends.

I just wanted to mention that I wasn’t entirely happy with the pictures that I ended up choosing from for my outfits of the day. I am not sure why but I just don’t love it and decided that my mini goal for February is to work on my outfit photographs especially the quick outfit of the day ones.

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New Years: Jacket H&M, Dress my sister made it, Necklace similar, Earrings Baublebar, Heels Lord & Taylor

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Lounging in Steamboat: Hat Pudus, Shirt similar, Pants old from Target (similar), Socks L.L. Bean

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Visiting Strawberry Hot Springs: Sweater L.L. Bean, Jeans similar, Socks L.L. Bean, Boots L.L. Bean

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Day in Boulder: Pants- they were my mom’s riding pants (have not found anything similar yet), Blouse similar (I actually replaced the buttons on the old St. James blouse), Belt Talbots, Trench ASOS, Bag Zara, Loafers G.H. Bass

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Walking around the lake: Coat similar, Sweater Icewear, Scarf old similar, Boots Sorel


Taking Charlie to the vet: Coat J. Crew Factory, Shirt L.L. Bean, Leggings similar, Boots similar

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Thrifting with my sister: Sweater similar, Jacket similar, Jeans similar, Booties similar, Bag vintage (similar)

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Hiking in Indiana: Boots L.L. Bean, Belt Talbots, Jacket ASOS, Sweater similar (cheaper option)

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Friday coffee run: Sweater L.L. Bean, Pants similar, Trench ASOS, Socks L.L. Bean, Boots L.L. Bean

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Warm day walk and adventure: Jacket H&M, Sweater Abercrombie, Leggings J. Crew (similar), Shoes Nike, Bag Zara


Sticking to 2018: January

In really trying to keep up with my goals for the year I wanted to do a check in post where I review my goals and talk about how I can improve my routine in order to set myself up for success in fulfilling my goals this year.


It is funny because lately I have been feeling so great about my daily routines and practices/habits I am getting into, however, looking back at my goals for this year, they don’t all necessarily have to do with a specific goals. For example, I have been eating super healthy and I am really happy about that but that wasn’t really a goal. Also, journaling has become a favorite of mine this month and it was not part of my goals either. Just as a side note, I found a January journal guide type thing that gives you something to write about each day and it has made journaling so fun for me. I have changed the topics quite a bit in order for the entries to benefit me a little more, but it has been such an exciting way to journal. One of my favorite prompts so far was ‘write six words that describe your style.’ I loved this because I am really trying hard to define who I am a little better and why I really want to be keeping up with this blog. That entry has actually taken me on quite a journey which I will continue to talk about in some future posts. I also did an entry where I choose ten words to describe my day and it while I thought it would be so easy, it actually was quite difficult and stretched me a lot in a really good way.

Anyways, my first big goal was to incorporate fitness into my life in a more manageable way. I wanted to do this by moving every single day. It did not have to be through high-intensity workouts. I would say that while I have done a lot better than the past several months, I have a ways to go with this one. My schedule is so flexible which has made it hard to make some things more routine, including working out. That is not an excuse though and I really need to do better. I have been working outside at least several days a week doing something physical which is great. I also have done some sort of yoga or workout several times a week with a couple good walks thrown in. Despite my schedule I need to work on this as something that I naturally work into my schedule. I have definitely missed days and I am still committee to this goal for this year.

The second goal I set for myself was to work toward finding a job a really love. I am proud to say that I feel like this month was a great one for me in this respect. I re-did my CV and am working on creating several different resumes that are tailored to specific types of jobs that I am interested in. I also finished my StrengthsFinder which I am so happy about and feel like I learned so much about myself from. I have schedule a meeting with my dad this week to talk about our results further and interpret them better. I really feel like I have been focused on finding what I enjoy and taking steps to get there. I also returned to the job I am currently in this month and have really liked be back.

Thirdly are my travel goals for the year. This month was actually pretty travel filled with an amazing ski vacation with my family in Steamboat Springs. I also travelled back to Indiana to finished up some work. Writing this post also has reminded me to schedule some planning time into next month. I really want to take a mini-weekend vacation in February even as well if it is just to visit a friend. So I definitely think this was not a priority for me this month but if I want to achieve a goal like this I have to be on top of things like planning, saving and flights. One thing that is kind of part of this is that I have stopped spending money (aside from the essentials) and I plan on keep saving until at least the end of February.

My final goal had to do with my friendships. This was actually the goal that inspired this post. I was listening to a new podcast last night and found a post on friendships and how to be a good friend. Aiden and I are also watching The Good Place (literally my new favorite show) and it definitely got me thinking about what it means to be good and what it means to be a good friend. While I have tried to schedule things in and talk to friends a lot I still think I can do way better. My goal for the month of February is to do something for (or talk to/get together with) one friend and one family member every single day. I am not including Aiden in this for February because we have been spending a lot of time together and I feel like that relationship is going really well.

Please feel free to share your thoughts on 2018 goals/resolutions and how this year has been going for you. Thank you so much for reading and have a wonderful Tuesday.


Snowy Mountain Adventure

My mom and I went on a hiking adventure in Rocky Mountain National Park while I was home. It is so beautiful and the perfect winter wonderland. I have hiked in the park many times especially in the summer and fall. I forget how beautiful it is in the winter. As we drove through Estes Park I noted how dry it was. No snow in sight. Halfway up the road to bear lake we hit snow almost immediately. There were several feet on the ground with flakes still falling. There were a number of people there which surprised me, since the roads were icy up to Bear Lake. The high was so incredibly beautiful. We made it up to dream lake (the third lake along that trail) but turned around there since we didn’t have snow shoes and it became more difficult to walk. The photo of me jumping was at Dream Lake. As you can see it started to get cold and windy up there. The funny thing is a friend’s boyfriend proposed to her at that same spot the very next day. I highly recommend a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park during any season. It is definitely more limiting in winter and you might see less wildlife but it will be way less crowded than during the summer time.


Jacket Big Agnes, Pullover Patagonia, Leggings similar, Socks L.L. Bean, Boots L.L. Bean, Hat Pudus (I still can’t find the white one so here is another)


Around the Web

Happy Monday!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend with time to relax and have some fun. I am finally getting back into a routine schedule this week with work and it is definitely taking some adjusting. I love so much of what I am doing right now but managing my time has been a little difficult and I am excited to try the new schedule I am making for myself. I was able to get outside a lot this weekend which was great. I also saw some friends and watched some great TV and movies. I have compiled some interesting articles from around the internet. I hope you enjoy and please feel free to share any thoughts/comments or interesting articles you have found.


101 in 1001: This is where you make a list of 101 things to do in 1001 days. So I actually read about this on Prep in Your Step but am linking back to Mackenzie Horan’s blog because that seems like the first. I really like this idea of a sort of bucket list but in a much more manageable/doable format. Right now I am just compiling my list but I am really excited about it and think it is just what I need right now.

Netflix TV Shows: We just finished watching the third season of Broadchurch yesterday. It is just such a fantastic show with poignant characters and story lines that pull at your heart. Anyways because it is over I will soon be needing a new show to try out. This list gave me some ideas. I think I will start out by trying Cable Girls since it has been recommended by several friends as well.

Hedi Silmane at Céline: Hedi Silmane was announced as Céline’s new creative, crtistic and image director. This will definitely be an interesting one to watch in the fashion world. Hedi Silmane did some great things for Yves Saint Laurent however I did really like Pheobe Philo and her impact on Céline as a brand as well as her philosophy in fashion. The fashion world moves quickly though so change often brings some great things.

Ethical Brand List: I really like to find lists like this because I find that the more ethical brands I am familiar with, the more likely I am to check them regularly and make purchases from them.

Outdoor Voices Leggings: I have see this brand pop up quite a bit in the past few months. They seem to have great reviews for workout wear. I love the pink color for these leggings and if I weren’t on a no spending month I would be very tempted. So so cute and I have heard amazing things about the fit.

Have a great week!


Après Ski

So I linked this sweater way back in early November in an Around the Web post. I totally fell in love with it right when I saw it and couldn’t help but go back and get it when it went on sale. It is seriously amazing and it is the perfect material and weight for a ski layer. My trip to Steamboat Springs was the perfect time to wear it. It is also on sale for such a good price right now! I also brought my Sorel boots to Steamboat, which are perfect for heavier snow. I don’t get to wear them too often but I definitely try to take every chance I can get.


Sweater Talbots, Boots Sorel, Hat Pudus (they don’t have white on their site right now so here is another super cute one from Etsy), Leggings similar

Hope you all get some time on the slopes this season! If you haven’t gone yet the snow will likely get better!


Life Update No. 1

So I am going to be doing this semi-new series where I kind of do a little bit of reflection on where I am right now and what is coming up in the near future. I think it will really help me stay organized since I will be moving around a lot and it might make things a little less confusing from a reader stand point. Part of the post will be what has been going on for me and the second part will be about any new/favorite products, books, movies, etc… that I have been really into. I do Around the Web posts, but usually those are more focused on articles, videos and news that are fairly current with the occasional item thrown in. I really like making those and will continue to for now but I wanted a place to just mention the current book I am reading and my other new/favorite things.

After returning from Steamboat it got a little crazy with catching up from the break but I was able to fit in some fun adventures and lots of relaxation. I did a photo shoot for a friends company, RockHill Designs, last week which was so fun. It was freezing cold and sunny which made it pretty hard to shoot (especially because it was the spring collection) but it was such a fun experience. My mom and I also headed up to Rocky Mountain National Park to find some snow and do some hiking. It was really dry in Boulder last week so I have been wishing for a winter wonderland. This week I am mostly packing up and finishing some last minute projects/logistics.

On Wednesday I will be flying back to Indiana to finish up the research job I have been working on. I really love the work and the people so I am excited to go back for a bit. It probably won’t be a very long stay, but the goal is to finish up that job and to look for future jobs. I will be going to visit a friend in Philadelphia for a bit, post Indiana.


Movie: The Greatest Showman. So I saw this in theaters with my family last week and it was amazing. The music and choreography were both incredible. It wasn’t actually on my radar until the Golden Globes but I am so glad it won, because it inspired me to go see it!

Currently Reading: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. So I am trying out a 2018 reading challenge that I found on Pinterest and this week’s book is a childhood favorite so I, of course, chose Harry Potter. I was trying to read them around Christmas but I ended up having lots of books to finish and then things got super crazy with people in town and vacation.

Hair Product: Batiste dry shampoo. I have a serious hair struggle. My hair is really thin and the ends get dry quickly so it is so hard to keep looking healthy. I have tried lots of different products and I am always looking for new ones. My favorite is the Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum, which is great for dry ends. I have not however found a dry shampoo that I really like and I decided to try Batiste several weeks ago. So far I am really liking it.

Drinking: Celestial Seasonings ‘Almond Sunset‘ tea. This is one of my favorite finds from the past few months. I was doing some Christmas shopping at the Celestial Seasonings factory and I saw this new flavor and had to try it. It is an herbal tea and seriously amazing.

WearingComfy slippers (mine are Ugg). I have been living in comfy clothes for the past few days. The temperature dropped quite a bit and I have had lots of time at home to spend reading, blogging and just hanging out with my family. It has been really nice and I am savoring the moment as I go back to work on Wednesday.

Lipstick: Afterglow lipstick. My mom actually introduced me to this brand since she is super into healthy make-up especially when it is on your lips. I wasn’t really sure how I would like it but it is amazing. It basically goes on like lip balm (which is my ideal lipstick). I have been wearing it so much!

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful week!


Animal Prints in Steamboat

Hello lovely people! I just wanted to share a favorite outfit from my trip to Steamboat Springs. Several of us went into the town for lunch and shopping and I had the opportunity to shoot this new jacket and bag. I love them with the black and animal print look. It is so fun and perfect for a wintery night on the town.


Jacket H&M (on sale!), Shirt Macy’s, Skirt similar (another option), Tights Express, Bag Tribe Alive, Boots Macy’s