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Showing posts with label Life. Show all posts

{Fab Five} Tips To Survive The Holiday Season #NaBloPoMo

Don't you feel it? All the pre-holiday air? It's invigorating and nostalgic and just wonderful, right?

But as we all know, the wonderfulness of the most wonderful time of the year can turn into exhaustion in a heartbeat.

So I have put together a list of 5 things that I feel are going to be essential to maintaining your joy and sanity this holiday season.


#1 - Sleep

Yeah it sounds simple enough, right? But we all know that getting enough sleep can be challenging during the most chill of times but add to that the holly, jolly, folly of the holiday season and we all tend to skimp on it.


So, I am challenging YOU & me to make sure that we get those z's in. And this includes sneaking in those short naps, which can be seriously nirvana.  I think our bodies and our minds and the folks around us will thank us for it.


{Events} Cosmopolitan’s Fun Fearless Life Weekend in NYC #FunFearlessLife

Cosmopolitan Magazine is hosting it's first ever Fun Fearless Life Conference in New York City this weekend, Nov 8th & 9th and yours truly will be there covering it.

I love the name that they chose. It just speaks to everything that I feel life should be, an adventure. One where you don't sit on the sidelines but where you go out and meet life and all of her ups and downs fearlessly.

On tap for the Fun Fearless Life Conference will be some of the most AWEsome and influential women like Sophia Amoruso, the Nasty Gal founder & Kelly Osbourne (yes miss fab hair herself). And the guys will be there too, including twitter CEO Dick Costolo. They will all be sharing their take on life, careers, health, dating and everything in between, which I am sure will consist of a lot of lessons and laughter.

This is a Cosmo event, so of course there will be beauty makeovers and shopping but I am most excited about the scheduled events. They will cover a full range of topics from fashion to fitness (with my crush Jillian Michaels), career planning and social media upgrading to home ownership.

So, if you will be in NYC, snag a ticket and tweet me so that we can connect or follow along via the #FunFearlessLife tag and my twitter and instagram feeds as I will of course be sharing ALOT!.

{Life} Sundays Are Made For...

Happy Sunday Lovelies!

Normally on Sundays I like to sleep in but today I got out of bed early & actually was in the mood to be domestic ��. 

And this case of domesticity had me doing something that I never want to do, the laundry.

Normally Joe will lug it downstairs but today I am on my own, so I went with what could only be described as "fall fever" and did it myself.

As a reward, I made myself an easy breakfast that all the fixings of turned out to be from Trader Joe's.

                           

These butters are so good, especially the fig one. 

And if you know me & my Starbucks habits then you know chai is my thang, so I am always buying any that I see.

This chai is very sweet and not in the Teavana Oprah Chai sweet kinda way (which I LOVE) but although it could use some spicier spices, its not bad.

And as an extra BONUS, I checked out the latest sale @ Eloquii.

BOGO free dresses & skirts! Gahhhh...

I may or may not have snagged these two �� (ps I am writing this post on my phone, hence the emojis that don't show up properly on blogger...#sideeye google)

                                 


                                        

Next on the agenda is a trip to the store because I am making dinner for Joe for once (yeah, I did say "fall fever" didn't I??!! )

HAPPY SUNDAY!! 

p.s - I just got an email that my FAVORITE LIPPIE from this post is back in stock! YES, I am reaping so many rewards today LOL

{Featured} Celebrating My Daughter's Independence! #ValueCards #CollectiveBias #shop

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.
All opinions are mine alone.  #ValueCards #CollectiveBias 

I always tell people that my main goal as a mother was to raise my daughter to be independent. So needless to say, I want to celebrate the fact that at 20 years of age, she has been consistently working since she was 18 and will soon be moving into her own apartment.

I wanted to let her know how proud I am with the perfect greeting card and some pamper me goodies.

I remember moving into my own first apartment at the age of 19 and how exciting it can be and I also know how challenging it has been for her to find just the right place.
 
And I think we all know how stressful the actual moving can be. Right?

Well my cure all for stress & anything else that ails me, is usually a good long soak in a warm, fragrant bath.

So, to help her relieve whatever post move stress she may have once she gets settled in, I wanted to put together a little housewarming gift with a few "bath therapy" essentials for relaxation.



I have written before how much I miss the ritual of sending & receiving greeting cards, so I definitely wanted to include one with the goodies.

So, I headed to Walmart & was honestly somewhat surprised at the huge selection of $.47 and $.97 cents value cards that Hallmark has. 



I ended up getting the super cute card above because it says exactly what I want to say to her, Way to Go Kiddo! You did it! Your Mama is proud! You better had (LOL..joking...well kinda)




I packed it along with some bath salts, lotions, a candle, a bath brush and sponge in a cute fabric basket that she can use for storage later.

And while I love social media & the birthday tweets, etc, an actual greeting card still brings the biggest smile to my face when I receive one, so I had to snag several copies of this card because I know I am not the only one who feels that way and it says Happy Birthday so perfectly.




And besides these, I also picked up quite a few others to celebrate fall (my favorite time of year) and the upcoming holidays.  



Do you celebrate life's milestones & holidays with greeting cards?  

I am looking forward to getting back to doing this so much more often. I truly miss the connection that comes from taking a little time to select the perfect card and letting others know that you are thinking about them. 

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Make sure you can check out Connections by Hallmark  & join the Hallmark Card Rewards Program. As a member you will receive a reward for every 5 Hallmark Cards that you buy. The rewards can be collected from Hallmark Cards that are purchased anywhere, but as noted above, Walmart has a HUGE selection. 

Pretty sweet, right?

You can sign up for the Hallmark Card Rewards Program and also make sure you check out how other bloggers are sharing the love via Hallmark #ValueCards on Twitter!


Disclosure: As noted above, this is a featured post but as always, I only write what I really think. Learn more about my featured posts policy here.



{Life} Sometimes You Just Need To Unplug

For the first time in forever, I went away on a lil holiday and did not take my laptop and I must say, although there was work that I needed to get done, I am glad I didn't.

I also didn't set up my normal post archives reposting or gasp...didn't ask Joe to take a single photo of me and only have a couple that I took of myself, like this blurry one..oh and I finally wore this gorgeous blue faux leather tank that I have had for months.


Oh and this one at the hotel gym...yes, I tried to get in a little #CurvesDefined


And a couple that I took of us, all with my cell phone.



We went to Detroit to check out The Monster Tour and Eminem and Rhianna did not disappoint. It was a fabulous night and we danced and danced and sang and rapped and just had the best time. Here is a video snippet of Em performing one of my favs.

And while we had a lil hotel drama upon arrival, our weekend was AWEsome and the perfect reminder that sometimes, you truly need to just disconnect for a bit and do more being.

Photography has always been a love of mine and I love snapping food, nature and architecture and this trip was no exception, I hope to post pics from this trip on my Everyday City Scenes blog here (a couple are already up).

I can't believe that August is gonneee...These days are flying by!


{What I Wore} My Wedding Dress

Joe and I jumped the proverbial broom, June 20th in a quiet ceremony that consisted of the two of us, my friend Rick Stewart who photographed us and the sweetest judge.

We chose to get married this way because, well, after what will be 18 years together, we just wanted to. LOL...Anyway, we are planning to have a reception where we will invite people next year but all that aside, for this post I wanted to share a little about my dress.

Photo: Stewart Photography
The vibe that I was going for with my wedding dress was very Audrey Hepburn. Simple, quiet & elegant. And I am very unconventional in a lot of ways and choosing my wedding dress was no different. It was May 8th around 10pm and it dawned on me that we were getting married in a little over a month, so of course I hit the internet.

Somehow I ended up on Light In The Box, a site that I had seen before but was a little leery about shopping but I decided to check it out anyway and by 2am I had chosen, customized and ordered my dress.

The dress I chose, the A-line Bateau Knee-length Satin Wedding Dress With Draping completely met the Audrey vibe that I was going for, although the fact that it was (at the time) only $77 kinda made me nervous but I had been on the site for hours, reading reviews and googling reviews, so I just went with it.

And I am so glad that I did. 

Photo: Stewart Photography
Shoes: ASOS | 2028 Silver-Tone Glass Lattice Bracelet | Lace Bra (so gorgeous I didn't mind it peeking out)

My dress arrived May 29th and I was alternately excited and afraid to open it because I mean really, it was a dress I chose in the middle of the night, basically site unseen, custom made by me inputting my measurements in on a website that I had never shopped before. Not to mention that for two weeks after I ordered it, I did not hear a peep from them on the status of it, so I was a lil bit worried.

Thankfully the minute I lifted the dress out of it's packaging, I exhaled. It was so incredibly well made and worth so much more than what I paid for it or even the max price that they have listed on the site, especially for a custom piece.  The satin has a great weight to it and it was beautifully sewn and lined from top to bottom.  It even had breast pads which initially freaked me out, because my girls don't need padding but they cuffed me perfectly.

Needless to say, I am definitely now a Light In The Box convert and will look to them when shopping from now on.




{Life} August To Do List

These days are moving so FAST! I can't believe that we are already six days deep into August already but I am ready to do that dang thang.



BLOG To Do
-As noted on my July recap, I am no longer all that excited about the template I purchased for the blog, so I am rethinking it.
-The previously mentioned features are almost complete. I just need to get out of my own way and top being so anal about it and just decide to be ok with what I have done. Being anal is seriously a problem.
-I have set a new posting goal of a minimum of 3x a week.
-I also want to add more beauty and lifestyle posts, as I love those areas as well and they just don't get enough play here.

BUSINESS To Do
-Reconnecting and getting things back on track is still in progress.
-Closet Fete: pieces photographed and loading is on track to happen by the end of this week
-The tees are designed but this, like photo features is always a process for me. I will make something and love it but then come back to it and change my mind.  So I am working on me to stick to this deadline. Working to just sometimes let things be. Fingers crossed.
-The office space is still high on my list. I found a lovely space. It's small but it has great light, which is a huge thing for me but I am just not sure about the location.

LIFE To Do
-Meditation is always something that I have aspired to but never quite mastered, so I am giving the Deepak + Oprah 21 Day meditation a go. It starts Aug 11th.
-Summer is winding down (boohoo) so, the goal to get outside and keep my body moving is still in effect, so Summerdance, zumba & thai chi in the park & lakefront biking are on the calendar.
-And of course getting my gym workouts in. I fell off in July mainly because Joe's work schedule has changed but I just need to get used to going on my own because I still need to get it in.


HOME To Do

-Since we have decided to move, we have been looking at places and are still working out if we are going to rent or buy.
-I am still not thrilled with the wall of boxes, so I may still insist on getting it moved to storage.
-Get more organized. As mentioned on Luxaholic, the size of our current space makes me crazy, so I really need to work hard to get more organized.

What's on your to do list? 

{Life} Where I Stand - July Recap

Happy August Lovelies!

Although summer is fastly slipping away, I am glad that I can honestly say that I am feeling pretty good.

The melancholy is lifting and I have to believe that sunny days on the beach, biking along the lakefront & actually getting some things done has had a lot to do with it and I am truly grateful.

Here's where I am with July's list:

*The #Rock10for30 post is dropping this week
*The blogger features are almost complete. I had to fire my assistant. She just has too much of her own things going on, so I have taken the projects back and working them myself.
*I realize now that the love for the template I purchased months ago has waned.
*Have started connecting w/clients but this is still a work in progress.
*I know the office space I want but working on the details, i.e the money
*Closet Fete items loading this week.
*Two new tee designs dropping this week
*Drivers License issue settled with the state I lost it in, now I just have to deal w/Illinois
*I definitely got the beach in and I am so glad I did. There is just something about being there, no matter how crowded the beach is, that puts me at ease. And my two new suits are divine. Especially the floral one. Fits like a DREAM. I have been going to the beach alone, so I snap selfies but I am hoping to get full body pics of these and post them with more detailed reviews of the suits.



*We went bike riding once because Joe's work schedule blows
*Did not Summerdance but DEFINITELY doing it this month
*Gym/workout schedule all the way off. I went but not enough. Getting it in today.
*I didn't pull out the mini grill but I did grill some veggies & we had a picnic yesterday
*We have decided to move, so I have acquiesced on the "wall of boxes" for now

So that's where I stand on the July list. Not great but not completely suck-azz. For August, the plan is to continue to get things done and continue to get out of my own head and live and be and do more.

August to do list forthcoming.

{Life} My July To Do List

Happy July Lovelies...

Seven months in and it may not have been obvious on the outside looking in but, as noted here, 2014 has been challenging thus far.

But as the months have gone by, mother nature has been more loving weather wise, and some really good things have happened {getting married being one ;) - more to come}, so I have been slowly coming out of my funk and getting back into the groove of life.

So, in the spirit of keeping that groove moving and hopefully keeping me accountable, I have decided to create monthly to do lists for myself that I will share here on le blog.


Some of the to do things will be purely about pleasure but some, ok a lot will be about me getting back on track and caught up with business things, my health, blog things and home life things.

BLOG To Do
Get the last days of #Rock10for30 edited and posted (lesson learned for next time, must do this daily, preferable right after the shoot. ugh)
Get the blogger features that I mentioned weeks ago up (come on my little assistant)
Work on my blog redesign which I started/abandoned in March

BUSINESS To Do
Connect with my clients and rectify/address any issues
Resume my search for office space
Load Closet Fete with the pretty new things that have been sitting in boxes
Get two new tees out (The Parental Advisory Curves Ahead Tee was a big hit)

LIFE To Do
Get my drivers license (long silly story)
Hit the beach at least once a week. I need time in my tent!
Bike the lakefront on a divvy bike at least 2 times this month
Get my SummerDance on at least 2 times this month
Gym/workout at least 4 times a week (including tai chi or zumba in the park)
Pull out the mini grill and get some vegetarian bbq on it

HOME To Do
Finally get this wall of stuff in storage!

There are tons more things I need to do, but the I think that's enough for now! ;)

What's on your to do list this month?


{Life} Appreciating and Celebrating the Gift

Today is my 45th birthday and while I normally would have been running all over town celebrating the entire month, as I have indicated before, this year has been so different for me.

So, today will be a much quieter, more introspective birthday but my gratitude for having made it to this day and for life in general, is just as big as ever, if not more so.

To all of  you who sent wishes, thank you. You will never know how much it means to me.

xxoo

Jaye


{Life} Adjusting The Sails

2014 has not  exactly started out the way that I had envisioned it....remember this

I was so geeked to own this friggin year. 
And while these first couple of months of 2014 have really beat me, they haven't broken me.

So, I have had to regroup. My health has been/is challenging.  My heart has been broken.  

But I am determined to get back in the saddle. 

I am behind on EVERYTHING and slowly pushing myself to move forward. 

The easiest thing I can do nowadays is meet up with my kid and snap pictures for outfit posts. Doing so doesn't require much of me. Pull clothes out of the closet, pack my camera, leave the house and shoot. It's actually almost been therapeutic to do so.  My kid always makes me laugh. She always takes such good care of me and works so hard to get good shots.

But here we are at March 1st and the days are flying by. There is so much that I want to accomplish this year, so much that I need to get done for myself and others, so I am working to adjust the sails...


{life} A Reminder...

Saturday is my grandfather's funeral. The day he died, my sister and I were going to visit him in Louisiana.

I am struggling in my heart with the pain of knowing that I had said that I was going to visit but had put it off more than once and now we are here...

I just wanted to take a moment and write this post to remind you that tomorrow is not promised.

To remind you that at any moment our lives can be forever changed...

To remind you to pay attention to the important things...

To remind you to make time...

To remind you to not put off showing love...

To remind you to not put off being there...

Jaye


{Life} New Year, New Things #7 - Tick Off The List

Who doesn't have a list of things that they want to do before they leave the planet? I know I do, and it is LONG!

In the past few years, I have already ticked off some of the items on my list, like going white water rafting, something that always intrigued and terrified me because I have a water fear and although I took lessons, I can not swim because of it but I made myself do it anyway.


And of course the first run out our boat flipped.

{Life} New Year, New Things #6 - See The Possibilities

It's the beginning of a brand new year, a fresh 365 to do as The Big O(prah) says "Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right."

And cliches & cynicism aside (see my post about resolutions backlash and why it's unnecessary), I don't know how this time of year could not give you new inspiration to address areas of your life and see how you can make them better. I know I for one am jazzed...

I used to attend a church here in Chicago over 20 years ago called Christ Universal & it was via this booklet I got there like 18 years ago that I learned the power of visualization. 


{Luxaholic} New Year, New Things #5 - Curing My Space

I am a collector of things. Like for example I love being able to throw a dinner party at a moments notice, so I have collected a pretty sizable collection of dishware, wine glasses, etc. over the years.

And while most of it is currently sitting in storage, when I moved in with Joe I of course wanted to have some of my things with me, just in case, but sadly I brought too much stuff with me because reality bites and the small collection of my many collections that I did bring with me has resulted in us living with a wall of boxes that seriously must go.


So I have decided to do the Apartment Therapy January Cure. It is basically a get organized, refresh your living space challenge where they send you an email every weekday of tasks that are geared towards "curing" your space of what ails it.

The first task arrived this morning and it is to "Create a Project List". That seems simple enough right?

Right? 

I will mainly be blogging about about this over at Luxaholic but will share snippets here as well.

Is your living space in need of a cure?



{Life} New Year, New Things #4 Money - The 52 Week Challenge

You have probably seen the 52 Week Challenge floating around on the internet. I was going to do it in 2013 after seeing this post on blogher and just never got around to it but I have already started it for 2014.

Basically each week you deposit the number of that week into a savings account. So, the 1st week of 2014, you would deposit $1.00, the second week $2 and so on. I am actually starting it backwards and doubling it, so for week one, I am stashing away $104.


Mind you this isn't the only money goal/change that I am planning for the new year, but I think it's a good one to add to the mix.

I am not using a jar like some people have mentioned but instead, transferring the funds to an account that I don't have immediate access to, to ward off any "dipping" on my part because, let's be serious now, I know myself. :)

Are you making any changes to save more money?


{Life} 2014!!!


YES!

Print available in blue or gold HERE!

Happy New Year!

{Rock}'n Some Comfy, Pretty Things For New Years Eve

As I pointed out in this post, we are spending NYE quietly at home.

Joe is preparing us a lovely dinner.

We will be drinking sweet concoctions and eating decadent desserts
and in the morning working it all off by walking a 5k!

And although I am not going out on the town,
I still wanted something pretty to wear as I greeted the new year and all her possibilities,
so I chose a super comfy sweater and some sexy underthings.


I wish you a safe, fun, love filled night! 

See ya in 2014!

 
Can we go back, this is the moment
Tonight is the night, we’ll fight 'til it’s over
So we put our hands up like the ceiling can’t hold us
Like the ceiling can’t hold us
Can we go back, this is the moment
Tonight is the night, we’ll fight 'til it’s over
So we put our hands up like the ceiling can’t hold us
Like the ceiling can’t hold us!!


{Life} New Year, New Things #3 - Seek Adventures


The other day I finally made it to the post office to get my mail and there were all these people sitting around in the passport section and I was reminded of how much I, for one, need to get a passport, and two, how much I want to go on lots of adventures to put some stamps in said passport when I get it.

{Luxaholic} The Moments...

The holidays are over and sadly they are no longer playing xmas songs all day on the radio (boo hoo) but of course we have our memories...here are a few of mine...

Christmas day, I was in total casual mode but added my fur collar (last seen here) for a little holiday cheer.

Jacket & Jeans (last seen here) ASOS Curve | Purse (last seen here)| Booties

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