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.

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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!

Erin

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.

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

Erin

Around the Web

This post is definitely a bit late but I really wanted to get a New Year post and a reflection up first. I was also on vacation all last week so it is taking me a little bit to get back into the swing of things. I am very excited for everything to come though! Here are several things I have found over the past week or so.

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A Very Memorable Golden Globes: This year will probably go down as one of the most memorable Golden Globe awards due to the great presence of campaign Time’s Up. It is all about standing up to sexual harassment in the workplace. Oprah’s speech really drove things home. It is so worth checking out the campaign!!

Artful Blogging: I walking into Barnes and Nobles with my mom this weekend just to browse a bit and I found this magazine. It has gorgeous pictures and some really great, inspirational stories.

Fashion Hacks: These are all such useful tips on how to keep your clothes looking like how you bought them. Using a pumice stone on pilling sweaters is one I hadn’t heard of but will definitely try out.

Ski Prints: I think I am super into anything with skis/skiers on it since we just got back from our Steamboat trip. Part of why I have loved being home is how much I have been able to ski. It used to be an almost daily part of my life during race season in high school and I definitely miss it.

Clothing Company: So I have never heard of this company (Bungalow 123) before but they have some really affordable but cute stuff on their website. I have not ordered anything yet so I really am not sure of quality right now but I had to include it since the tab has been open on my computer for literally the whole week.

Zara Sale: This is such a great sale with so many great styles. Seriously it probably has the most items to chose from. I love it and seriously need to watch my spending. So there are still several other great sales going on. The Abercrombie sale is really great right now and I am loving some items in the Madewell sale section. The other great one is the Anthropologie Winter Tag Sale.

Cozy Sherpa: This looks like the comfiest shirt/sweater right now. It just makes me want to curl up with a good book. Since I have made a few purchases in the past week, I am going to wait and hope it goes on sale for right now. But if you are looking for something cozy, it seems perfect.

Tips for Appreciating Life: So I am adding this late, but I was just journaling for today and realized that I had wanted to include this article from Carly the Prepster because I was just so inspired by Maxie’s tip to write down what I am grateful for. I am adding that to my list of 2018 goals/changes. I just think being more appreciative will help my mood so much.

Anyways definitely check out the Time’s Up campaign if you haven’t already and have a wonderful week!

Erin

New Year Goals: 2018

Happy New Year!!! As crazy as it is 2018 is upon us.

I seriously can not believe it is 2018. I don’t know why but it just always seemed so far away. I am not really sure what this year will bring, as I am in such a state of transition, but I know it will be good. I decided that posting my goals for this year would be a great way to work through what I really want to focus on, and it is a great way to hold myself accountable. I am using categories, however the goal itself is within the explanation. Saying I am going to ‘work on my friendships’ is just way too vague for me and I know I wouldn’t really follow through. These are goals that I am really wanting to revisit at the end of 2018.

Fitness: I have kind of let this slip a little over the past few months. I often have periods of two or three months where I am really good about my fitness routine and then life will get in the way. I always feel way healthier and better in many aspects of my life when I am working out regularly, so I am really wanting to prioritize this. It is a goal I feel people often associate with the New Year but I want to make it a little more specific to me. I don’t want to focus on losing weight or running long distances. I am committing myself to moving every single day. It might be a 20 minute, high intensity work out, or an hour long walk, but it needs to be something. A big problem for me seems to be losing momentum. If I miss more than one day it becomes much harder for me to get motivated and find time to work out.

Jobs: I feel like this post is going to be very focused on how much I am in a transitional place in my life. I have been doing some jobs I enjoy lately but I feel like I am drowning in everyone else’s idea of what I should do next and what kind of jobs I should be looking for. I think I need to finish my StrengthsFinder and just try a couple things that I may not have thought about doing before. As much as I do want to find a more permanent job that I really love, that pressure I am putting on myself is really not helping me with the search process. Since I feel like I have to find the perfect job, I can’t really even look since I don’t even have a clear vision on ‘the perfect job.’ I really need to relax in this department and just try some new things that aren’t permanent or perfect.

Travel: A big part in why I should not be getting too permanent with any job is that I have lots of fun travel plans for this year. My sister is graduating from high school and we are planning a big trip for the summer. It is going to be a great opportunity to hang out with her and see some new places. I have been so lucky in that I have travelled a lot. There are so many places, people and cultures that I can still learn so much from. I am excited to spend a chunk of time somewhere else with some fantastic people! I really think that I have so much to learn from the world still so I want to prioritize traveling this year.

Friendship: This is probably the most important goal to be aware of throughout the next year for me. Because I know I will be moving around a lot and in a very transitional place, I can see it being difficult to maintain friendships to the level I want. I want to dedicate some quality time to my close friends. I am already planning a couple trips with people but for some friends it might just be a phone call every other week or a text check in on a regular basis. I always get really frustrated when I am the only one in a friendship reaching out and lately I noticed that I have done this a little bit in the past few months. I really don’t want that to be a habit so my biggest priority as far as friendship goes is to reach out to people. I am going to include my relationship with my boyfriend in this category because the circumstance is going to be pretty similar. It does not look like we will be in the same place for very long in the near future and I know that is going to be hard. I really need to be diligent about my communication and organize my time well.

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May 2018 bring you adventure, health, style and lots of love!

Erin

10 Favorite Outfits: December

It is a little late but here is much December outfit round-up. Although we ended up getting two pretty big snow storms this month, the first half was so dry, as you can see!

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Shirt L.L. Bean, Sweater Icewear, Jeans similar, Belt Talbots, Boots L.L. Bean

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Boots Tory Burch, Jeans similar, Shirt similar, Blazer similar, Glasses Oliver Peoples

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Blazer similar, Turtleneck similar (also this one), Pants Macy’s (on sale!), Boots Tory Burch

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Flannel L.L. Bean, Skirt similar, Boots Tory Burch

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Skirt similar (this one too), Shirt Old Navy, Scarf similar, Boots L.L. Bean

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Jeans similar, Sweater similar, Hat similar, Coat J. Crew Factory, Boots L.L. Bean

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Shirt L.L. Bean, Skirt J. Crew Factory, Tights similar, Coat J. Crew Factory, Boots Hunter

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Blouse similar (this one too), Skirt similar (also this one)

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Flannel L.L. Bean, Jacket Eddie Bauer, Hat from Iceland (this one is semi-similar), Boots Hunter, Leggings similar

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Jacket ASOS, Jeans similar, Scarf similar, Turtleneck Target, Mules similar (much cheaper too!)

Happy New Year!!!

Erin

White Christmas

Happy almost New Years!!! I will be doing a post tomorrow reflecting on this year but for now I wanted to do a quick post on the holidays and snowy winter.

Christmas was a little different this year as a had a friend in town but it was actually super fun to switch things up a little bit and share some of our family traditions. Aiden was here up until just before the holiday and my friend, Deeksha, joined us through the 26th. I had such a great time sharing my town with people I love! Christmas was wonderful and the snow brought even more. Because there has been so much happening here, I haven’t had much time to post but I wanted to share some pictures we took while walking in a Colorado storm the day after Christmas.

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Sweater L.L. Bean, Hat similar, Jacket similar, Boots L.L. Bean

Erin