A new week is already here. With the holidays closing in I keep expecting to wake up to snowflakes falling across my window but it has yet to happen. I am shocked at how warm it has been. By this time in Colorado we should have a least had a couple of snow storms by now. The nice thing is that because it has been so warm I have been able to do lots of walking and hiking. The lake by my parent’s house is perfect for an early morning jog with the dog (such a beautiful view as well!). I have been reading a lot lately so I included my current book in this week’s round up. Here is are my favorite articles and items from the past several weeks:
Getting motivated, organized and following through: I have been spending lots of time planning and getting myself organized. I found several articles that have really stuck with me. This Career Girl Daily has got me thinking about 2018 goals and how dreaming can be translated into a goal no matter how much of a stretch it may be. I also found this article on being a more put-together person and it has been motivating me to stay on top of things even when I am not in a permanent or comfortable position (not at home/work).
Style & Life Inspiration: Carly the Prepster has been doing a series called 1 Women 5 Outfits, inspired by Cup of Jo and I was very struck by the most recent post. Caroline’s story just is so inspiring and reminded me that people are so incredibly dedicated and capable. So many people face very tough obstacles yet are so resilient and persistent.
The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living: I am in the middle of reading this book right now and I just keep loving it more and more. It has made me think so much about career/life changes throughout life and how your major and career choice right out of college in no way dictates the rest of your life. I have always had this idea that I have to stick to what I choose and while there are advantages to sticking to one path it is not a life requirement. For some reason this book particularly has been so interesting for me to read right now.
Yves Saint Laurent Lipstick: Number one on my wish list this week is this rouge YSL lipstick. I have heard great things about it and it is just an amazing color. It does come in so many different colors as well!
Plaid Wrap Skirt: I was in J. Crew Factory the other day and saw this skirt. It is so amazing and looks fantastic! Just so flattering and perfect for this holiday season.
Trader Joe’s Holiday Products: Last year someone gave us some Trader Joe’s Holiday tea and it has been my absolute favorite. I am so surprised I haven’t mentioned it before because drink it so much. The one I love is a chocolate mint black tea but I was able to find this candy cane tea this year and I am sure it will be delicious. I also am loving their white pine soaps and lotions.
Stacie Flinner’s Travel Stories: So I very recently discovered Stacie Flinner on Instagram and I am obsessed with her Instagram stories. I first saw the one she did on her Orient Express adventure and I was completely hooked. I just love her photographs and she has given me so much inspiration in planning my own Europe trip next summer. I have yet to explore her blog but I am sure it will be just as great.
Anthropologie’s Puffin Collection: I was doing some Christmas shopping with my mom last week and we popped into Anthropologie to check out their sale section. I found the cutest puffin mugs. I am seriously obsessed and can’t believe they are on sale.
Style Influencer’s, Kate Middleton and RepliKates: Kate Middleton is undoubtedly a style icon, who I very much look up to and am influenced by. I never new however just how far some people go with it. This article was fascinating to me because I never would have guessed the extent to which Kate has influenced fashion brands. It is just an overall interesting article on who has the most influence on fashion (throughout history).
Something else I did a lot this past week was go to thrift shops. My sister loves going and is really into converting old jeans into something new and exciting so we went a bunch this past week. I found some really great vintage items. I sometimes really struggle with thrift stores because they can be so big and just drain my energy really quickly but if you can spend the time there are often buried treasures!
Thanks for reading and have a lovely week.