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Hello everyone! I hope you have had a decent week despite the tragedy that struck Parkland. My posts are a little off schedule right now but I have quite a few things rounded up so I really wanted to write an Around the Web post. The past week has been very olympic filled for me with some long work days thrown in. I finally got to relax a bit and it is feeling great. One of my good friends was in town as well which was a blast! This week’s internet round up includes lots of videos because somehow I have ended up on YouTube quite a bit.

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How I Built This: I highly recommend the Patagonia episode from the NPR podcast, How I Built This. My dad is a huge fan of Patagonia because they have such a solid and ‘noble’ mission and philosophy, so I have been family with their story for a while. This episode is a great way to see a bit about what they do, how they are unique and why they are so successful.

Solo Van Life Video: I am including this video because it sparked a realization in me. I keep struggling with whether or not to settle down and find a real nine to five job when thats not necessarily what I want. I know there are other options that I am considering but for some reason I didn’t feel like other things were real feasible options. This video just made me realize that it is possible to do what I want and enjoy the world especially at this time in my life. If I can make a little money and find a way to explore and travel as much as possible than that is what I want to do.

Refinery29 YouTube Channel: I have been familiar with Refinary29 for a while but I never have seen their YouTube channel. I am super into it! So far I  have been watching lots of Try Living With Lucy but there are lots of other inspiring, unique and funny videos.

The Olympics: I had to include this because I am 100% a winter olympics person and I have been watching as much as I can. Mirai Nagasu’s triple axel was incredible to watch as she made history being the first US women to land the jump in the Olympics. I also just watched Nathan Chen land six quads in a single performance. It was amazing! We haven’t even got to my favorite events… alpine skiing. Mikaela Shiffrin’s giant slalom win was beautiful. Despite the US falling short in slalom and super G, watching all the amazing skiers has been so fun. Also, the snowboarding events were all so fun to watch this year!

Color Block Swimsuit: I just ordered this adorable navy and pink color block two piece swimsuit from ASOS. They have some great options for swimsuits this year that are all really affordable. Also J. Crew is totally killing the gingham swimwear this season. I just love the ruffle top but there are so many other options as well. One last swimsuit is this bow brief. It is almost sold out but probably the cutest thing I have seen in a while!

Black History Documentaries: I was so glad to see a list of documentaries like this. I am so intrigued and definitely will be checking them out this weekend.

Quick last note, Patagonia is having a sale right now so its a great time to check it out if you are in the market!

Have a wonderful, relaxing weekend.

Erin

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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.

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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!

Erin

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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

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I have been a bit MIA with family and friends in town but I wanted to put up a couple of posts this week to keep the ball rolling and bring in the holiday spirit. I tried to theme this week’s Around the Web post as a holiday one. I am super excited about all these things!

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Disney’s Nutcracker: This has to be the number one trailer of the week. I cannot believe they are coming out with a Nutcracker. I like that there is a different sort of plot to differentiate this movie from the traditional ballet. It keeps the ballet special and unique.

Christmas Reading List: Of course I have to include some sort of book related item in this list. I absolutely love Christmas books but almost all of them are kids books. I love Jan Brett books so much that I read them around this time of year to this day. I have struggled however in finding some good Christmas novels to read that are not to cheesy. I really liked this book list and am definitely going to be getting at least one from the library.

Holiday Cheer Ideas: This list of 12 ways to spread holiday cheer is a great way to change it up and get out of your normal holiday routine. For me, at least, these were all ideas to open up and spread some of the love to strangers or people you didn’t plan on seeing. I really like this list and all the ideas it gave me.

Sugar Paper Wrapping Paper: This beautiful gold and white wrapping paper is my staple for this holiday season. I also got the polka dots and I am wrapping all my gifts in it with some tomato red bows and ribbons. I just love how simple yet festive it is.

Last Minute Gifts: Career girl daily also has a last minute gift guide up that is helpful for anyone you might have temporarily spaced on. They are definitely pretty specific gifts but I found at least one that would be great for a co-worker/girlfriend/female family member.

The Last Jedi: We went to see the newest Star Wars movie yesterday with the entire family. It was just great to get out with the whole family and see something that familiar. I did like the movie, especially the current characters.

Ocean’s 8 Cast: Okay this is totally not holiday related and in general I am not a huge fan of these movies, but this cast is amazing. It just speaks for itself. I am not sure how I feel about the plot and who knows what reviews will look like but I will watch it for that female power cast.

StrengthsFinder 2.0: As you may know I am in a major transition point right now and I have been struggling a lot with where to go next. My dad is sort of a business coach and knows a lot about transition and finding a path through everything. He bought me this book last week and I am psyched to get started. I have heard great things from several other people. It is not at all holiday related but has been super helpful for me this week.

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day. I hope this holiday season brings lots of cheer!

Erin

 

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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:

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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.

Erin

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Happy Monday! I can’t believe it is already Thanksgiving week. This year has gone by so fast. I have lots of ideas for the holidays so I am very excited about the next few months but I just can’t believe how fast the past few months have gone. I rounded up my picks for the last several weeks. Here are the ten things that I have been into lately or found to be exciting/interesting:

Thanksgiving Checklist: The Everygirl did a checklist for Thanksgiving and I was surprised at how helpful it is for me. Our family does a lot of the planning early but all the cooking, cleaning and setting up is done on Wednesday and Thursday. This checklist has made me rethink that last minute preparation and look at a new perspective.

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: I am re-reading Harry Potter right now from the very beginning and in order for probably the second time since I first read them. The things I have noticed and seen differently are amazing. This podcast has also really helped me look at the world of Harry Potter in a very different way. I feel like I have started to read differently in general and I love it. The podcast goes through every chapter looking through the lens of a different theme (eg. fear, generosity etc…). It is definitely time consuming but I am learning so much, especially about the minor characters, and it is very worth it.

The Post Movie: This is a trailer about the movie The Post which is about the Washington Post and their journey in uncovering a great government cover-up. My friend posted this trailer to Facebook and it seems about time for this movie. I am really optimistic especially since it has Meryl Streep who just makes everything better.

Teaser Trailers of the Past: I saw The Incredibles Teaser on YouTube the other day. It seems like most of what I have been looking at over the past several weeks are movie trailers. The Incredibles 2 is coming next summer and it is about time. This is one of those classic childhood movies and this teaser got me super psyched about the upcoming film. It is a little strange since The Incredibles was always one of the few stand alone kids movies out there. A Wrinkle in Time is another trailer I just saw that is exciting. This is one of my favorite books of all time and I am not really sure how I feel about it being made into a movie. The cast seems pretty amazing though!

Pink ASOS Coat: This is my favorite coat on the market right now. It is a blush pink, has pearls and a great shape. It is also so affordable. I highly recommend checking out some of ASOS’s jackets and coats right now because I really love the selection. Another favorite is this navy coat which has a great faux fur collar and is even more affordable.

Canada Goose Jackets: For some reason I had never really heard of Canada Goose jackets before last week. All of a sudden tons of bloggers started posting about how great they are and I had to check it out. They are very expensive so it is not something I would just go out and buy; but I am adding one to my list to save up for in the future. It seems like the last a long time and are the warmest coats out there.

Create & Cultivate LA Conference: I personally will likely not be attending the Create & Cultivate Conference this year due to expenses but I did want to link it since I have been thinking a lot about it lately. The line up is fantastic and there is so much I feel like I could learn from attending. I would check it out no matter your profession. It is such a great way to bring out your creative self and talk to other like-minded people. I also just love the Create & Cultivate philosophy.

Trello: This is by no means something new. I have actually heard about it several times before but never made an account. After a meeting last week I decided to give it a try as an organizational tool for my blog posts and I am loving it. It is such a great tool! I do recommend having a specific goal in mind for how you are going to use it or else I could see it getting pretty hectic.

The Golden Girl and Fate: I really loved this post that Jess Keys did on how she met her husband. It just really touched me. Ever since I read it I have been thinking a lot about fate and how/why certain things happen to us. It is crazy to think that some of my best friends are people I met due to circumstance I would consider to be fate. Kudos to her for such a well-written and inspiring post.

Porter Magazine’s Incredible Women of 2017: This one is actually not really from the web but I wanted to share since it opened my eyes and has really inspired me to follow my dreams. The link I shared is to the Porter magazine subscription but the actual article is found in the current issue of Porter (Winter 2017). It is a compilation of incredible women and it is the article which has brought back my drive to be creative and pursue my dreams. It highlights everyone from the women’s march organizers to Meryl Streep to Misty Copeland. The person that particularly caught my eye is Barbara Jatta’s who has been appointed the director of the Vatican Museums. It is the first time a women has ever held such a pivotal role in the Catholic church. I am not exactly sure why it caught my eye but her strength and ability to get to where she is has really inspired me.

Thanks for reading!

Erin

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Happy Monday! The October weeks are passing so quickly. This past weekend was homecoming weekend at my college so it was filled with lots of amazing friends, a concert and good food. I really needed that time with some of my close friends and it has motivated me to plan some time in the coming year to spend with them.

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Revisionist History: I am really surprised that I haven’t shared this one in an earlier ATW post because I started listening to this podcast about a month ago and I absolutely love it. I went through the whole first season in about a week and now I am working through the second. Every episode is about something different, a small part of history that was either largely neglected or misinterpreted in some way. It is amazing! I could really write an entire post on this podcast alone. I do really want to do a post dedicated to great podcasts that I have listened to in the past year, as I have mention in a previous Around the Web post, but I just couldn’t help but share this one. I think my favorite episode is still the very first one of the first season, The Lady Vanishes, because it touches on some big problems women have dealt with. Every episode is very worth the 30-40 minutes.

Lupita Nyong’o on Harvey Weinstein: The news has been filled with harassment cases against Harvey Weinstein and sexism in Hollywood (eg. James Toback). In this article Lupita accounts her own encounters with Weinstein. Even though she was able to get out before it turned even worse, the conversations made me shudder. I get very worked up knowing that women need to be nervous (for good reason) in conversations with many men in power.  We are no where close to equality for women especially in the work force and that can be a very scary thought.

National Geographic’s Jane Goodall: As a lover of animals and science Jane Goodall was definitely a hero throughout my childhood. I am very excited to see this new film on her life and revisit some of her work as a woman in a male dominated field. Her persistence and drive to do what she wanted is incredibly inspiring. It is such a great reminder for me right now since I definitely feel like lots of people are telling me I should do certain things or I can’t do certain things.

H&M Outerwear: I am not sure why this has been on my radar this week but I am loving the H&M outwear selection right now. Having some great jackets for fall and winter can really bring an outfit to the next level, however they are ofter pricier. H&M has some pretty affordable options right now. I love this biker jacket and this khaki green parka as lighter weight options. Also this wool blend and this felted coat are classy options for both work and nights on the town. This faux fur hooded jacket is another great one plus it is a statement piece and looks very warm.

Shawn Johnson’s Word On Miscarriages: This video of Shawn Johnson’s experience with a miscarriage has been trending since it was posted. It is pretty long but I think the point of including it in the roundup for me is that although it can be an incredibly difficult and emotional experience, miscarrying is actually very common. Also most of the time it is because something was not developing how it should and it is not anyone’s fault. I guess the message is that some things are out of our control and learning to accept that can be hard but it is important.

Have a great week!

Erin