+ A couple of weeks ago, I got to go home to Indy to celebrate all of the February birthdays in my family. There’s four (including me!) so it’s always fun to get together to celebrate. My sister and I decorated this cake to take to the party:
+ A trip to Indy wouldn’t be a trip to Indy if I didn’t stop by one of my favorite brunch places, right?
+ Last week I went to my first Windy City Bloggers event! It was so fun meeting everyone in person. David’s Tea hosted us and we got to try their new spring collection — they even sent us home with amazing goodie bags.
+ Katie and I have our next book club planned! We’re planning on meeting up with other Chicago readers at the end of the month, but we’ll also be doing posts about thoughts on the book, so that readers who don’t live here can also be included! [Shoot me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to join in!]
Happy Friday! I’ve been spending most of my days job hunting this week and I know I’m definitely looking forward to a break from that. The whole thing has honestly been more stressful, challenging and frustrating than I expected it to be, so this weekend I’m going to focus on taking a breather from all of that stress. I’m talking yoga, brunch, getting lost in a good book and maybe knocking a couple of things off of my 101 in 1001 list.
I’ve got a good dose of links to share with you this weekend – focusing on positivity, fun and few other things that I’ve just been loving this week. Enjoy!
+ Can Ellen host the Oscars every year? I mean, ordering pizza and taking probably one of the best selfies ever (it got MILLIONS of retweets in minutes for crying out loud!).
+ Check out this video from Darling Magazine.
+ And speaking of Darling Magazine, they partnered up with SoulPancake for a series called That’s What She Said, where a group of women get together and talk about things like insecurities, when you realized your parents were people, and power. The videos are really inspiring!
+ This cocktail recipe is a perfect solution for that “how is it still the middle of winter?!” feeling.
+ This new series from SFgirlbybay and it’s hashtag on Instagram (#sfgirlguide) are seriously making me want to pack up and travel!
+ Indy proud. Even more reasons why I love my hometown!
1. Be courageous.
2. Get back into my yoga routine (2-3 times a week)
3. Unplug for a weekend.
4. Clean out my closet. Consign/Donate everything that I purge.
5. Try 3 new coffee shops.
6. Take more pictures.
7. Drink more water.
8. Read at least two books.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve never really been the risk-taking type. I don’t like giving up control and I like to know exactly what’s going to happen, so that I can prepare myself. The fear of the unknown – and if I’m being totally honest, the fear of failure – terrify me more than anything else.
I’ve recently had a lot of time to sit and think about life, especially about all of this, and reevaluate. As much as I might not want to admit it, these fears are holding me back, and limiting me creatively, professionally and personally. There have been lots of things that I’ve realized I’ve put on the back burner simply because I’m afraid something isn’t going to work out or be good enough.
I decided to write a list of goals to accomplish in the month of March (check back tomorrow for that!) and the first one is to working on having courage when it comes to all aspects of my life. Whether it be not being shy about being out and taking pictures, being anxious about meeting new people, or work/blog related projects, I can’t let fear get the best of me.
Not quite sure when this happened, but I have turned into a candle fiend. I just love them. I constantly have one burning when I’m home and I typically go through candles rather quickly, so I’m always on the hunt for more whenever I’m out and about.
I have a couple different candles that I’ve been burning lately (like this one), but they’re on their last leg, which was why I was excited when I heard about Pommes Frites Candle Co. from a friend, who was burning this one when I was over the other day and I quickly became obsessed. It’s definitely more masculine smelling than the candles I usually burn, but it balances out so nicely with some of the other scents used. It seriously smells so good.
The candles are really well made and just browsing all of the scents…I want to try them all!
I ordered a Teakwood and Tobacco one for myself and I can’t wait for it to get here! And that packaging…#swoon
I found this video that was inspired by a speech Ira Glass gave about not giving up on doing something creative just because it’s not as good as you would like it to be. He talks about this phase that every creative goes through, that frustrating gap between “killer taste” and being disappointed in their work and encourages them to push through that doubt.
This video, honestly, couldn’t have come at a better time for me. I’m currently in the midst of a hunt for a new job and I’ve got some ideas and other things for this blog in the works and my head is full of thoughts like “what if this doesn’t work” and “that didn’t turn out how I wanted it to.” This video has inspired me to put all of that aside and work as hard as I can on these ideas because down the line (even if its years) the pay off will be so worth it!
It’s been a looooong winter and since being stuck inside comes with that territory, you’ve got to find something (read: anything) to pass the time. This is where the urge to purge everything from my apartment has come in. I live in a studio, so sometimes I start feeling a little overwhelmed by all of the the stuff. I’ve been a lot better about starting to toss some things out, but still…I can’t wait until I pack up to move and I can really go through everything (and I’ll be able to cross another thing off of my 101 in 1001 list!).
Speaking of moving, I can’t wait to find and decorate a new place. I’m not moving until the spring, so I’m a little ahead of myself, but I can’t help but think about it. Here are a few pins of places that I wish were mine!
Anyone else doing a happy dance over these warmer temperatures the last few days? I had the windows open in my apartment and went to get my first iced coffee of 2014 the other day and it was GREAT. Even though this weather is kind of a tease and I know it won’t last long, it definitely lifted my spirits!
Here’s whats been on my iPod (aka what I’ve been blasting while I’m home…#sorrynotsorry neighbors!). You can stream it here!
1. The Walk-Mayer Hawthorne ft Rizzle Kicks (oldie but goodie) — Sidenote: It’s not on Spotify so I couldn’t add it to that playlist, but definitely YouTube it!
2.White Lies-Max Frost
3. Edie’s Dream-Suuns
4. Paper Trails- Darkside
5. All Points- James Vincent McMorrow (obviously. I’m still obsessed)
6. Breezeblocks- Alt-J
7. Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out- Mayer Hawthorne
8. Take Care- Beach House
9. Pumpin Blood- NONONO
10. I Know It’s You- Guards
11. Right Action- Franz Ferdinand
Last weekend, I had the chance to go to Blogshop, which is a two-day Photoshop workshop for bloggers and small business owners. I first found out about Blogshop through my good friend (and fellow blogger) Liv and after hearing about how much fun she had and how much she learned, I knew I had to go!
The class was taught at the By the Barker’s Studio in West Town by Bri and Angela (Make sure to check them out, they’re both crazy talented). I’m pretty sure everyone in the class wanted to move in–I know I did! It would be a dream to live/work in a space like that!
Day one was a long day of learning, some good jams, treats and even a photo shoot. Day two was another 7 hour day. We reviewed what we had learned the day before and learned some more tips and tricks. It was fun to hear all of the “SHUT UP”‘s and “That’s so cool”‘s during the class.
There’s nothing quite like being surrounded by so many other creative people. It was inspiring being surrounded by such nice, creative people and I was definitely sad to see the weekend come to an end.
With January coming to an end in a couple of days, I thought it would be fun to do a roundup of some of the things that I’ve been using and loving this month.
I’ve admitted a couple of times on See Shel that I know absolutely nothing about makeup. I usually use liquid foundation from the drug store, but I’ve never loved it. I feel like I never get enough coverage, so I’m always reapplying, which is obviously bad for my acne-prone skin. So after reading some great reviews about this Tarte foundation, I decided to give it a try. I’ve only used it a couple of times, but so far so good! I love that it doesn’t even feel like I have make up on, but it still covers what I need it to. It is a tad expensive (I thought…but maybe that’s just because I’m used to the drug store prices), but I think that if a product works and you love it, you should splurge a little.
My hands get SO DRY in the winter. I feel like I’m constantly putting on lotion, so when I was waiting in line at Sephora and saw this tube of Hand Food from Soap and Glory, I decided to try it. The tube is the perfect size to carry around in your bag and it works and smells great.
Oh, Madewell. One of my favorites. When my best friend was in town a couple of weeks ago, we stopped by Madewell “just to look” and of course, there was a sale you couldn’t beat happening. I got this $70 sweater for $25..can’t beat that! This sweater has already become one of my favorites…I seriously wish I could wear it everyday.
I got a few of these hot chocolates in my goodie bag from Blogshop (post about that AMAZING weekend coming soon!) Hot chocolate is one of my favorite winter treats, so I can’t wait to try all of these flavors!
What have been your favorites this month?