Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, loves!

Look at me sliding in here on the last day of the week with a quick post because I made you a promise last week to be here at least once a week the rest of the year.

Well, I didn’t fail this week, so go me!

This week has flown by! Of course, everything this time of year flies by. Now that we are in November, we are officially into the part of the year where we have an event or thing every weekend until after the New Year, which means very little free time, but a lot of fun in the books. These events and traditions ae among our favorites of the year, and we look forward to them all year.

Because I’m short on time due to having zero time, I did want to throw a quick Friday Favorites at you. Just a few of the things I’m loving most right now. I love to share those with you guys because who doesn’t love things that they love, and who doesn’t want to share the love?!

That said, here you go!

Gratitude

This week’s Friday fave is not a material possession or even a tangible possession. It’s just something that I’m loving right now. It’s easy to forget to be so thankful and filled with gratitude sometimes, but nothing is better than remembering that no matter how many negatives, bad days, difficult people, difficult moments, stressful situations, etc. you might be dealing with right now, you always have so much to be grateful for. I know that I’m blessed with such abundance, and I’m so appreciative of that even when I’m annoyed or irritated. You guys…gratitude costs you nothing, but gives you so much.

The Best Running Shoes Ever

I love to run, and the weather is finally nice enough I can run outside a few times a week without choking on the humidity (Florida problems). However, when I run on the pavement, I’m prone to shin splints. The treadmill isn’t so bad, but the outdoor situation is bad for my legs. I’ve gone through about 3 million pair of running shoes looking for the best ones, and hands down my very favorite are my APLs (that’s Athletic Propulsion Labs). I love them because they are not only the most comfortable shoes EVER and they’ve completely eliminated my shin splint issues, but because they are beyond cute, too. They’re so cute, in fact, that even my 1-year-old daughter has a few pair now. Our favorites are the Women’s Techloom ($225) and the Techloom Bliss ($200) (and in all the colors).

SPANX Faux Leather Leggings

But, really, though; I detest pants. I dislike them in every capacity imaginable. I prefer dresses, but sometimes you have to put on some pants and call it a day. These are the ones because they don’t feel like pants, but they do make you feel instantly slimmer and amazing. If you don’t have a pair (um, or 9…but I really love them, okay???), get them now. They are only $98 and they are the best non-pants pants ever.

Clinique’s All About Eyes Rich Eye Cream

If you’re struggling with puffy eyes (and girl, you know you are), this is for you. I’ve been using this cream for a few weeks now, and even my husband has noticed how much brighter my eyes look. The puff is gone – even when he and I got a collective 2 hours of sleep one night last week while our sweet Charlotte was up all night vomiting everywhere (he has bedroom cleaning duty and laundry duty when that happens, I have shower and shampoo duty…followed by hair blow dry duty because our kids are high maintenance little assholes sometimes…they might get that from me, but no comment). Seriously, though, get this. It’s magic, and it’s only $54.

Date Night

If you aren’t regularly dating your spouse – and I’m talking at least once every two weeks – it’s time to make some changes. You need that time to connect. You need that time to focus on one another, to look one another in the eyes and to carry on conversations that aren’t interrupted by tiny humans, to just be young and in love without distraction. I love date night, and it is a Friday favorite. Tonight’s date night includes some of our favorite couples, our favorite brewery our friends just opened, and the knowledge that we will wake up tomorrow with cheeks sore from laughing. Best life, you guys.

 

What are some of your Friday favorites this week?

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Life Lately

Happy Friday, Loves!

It’s been too long, and I know that. This year is one that has gotten entirely away from me, and I’m almost positive it’s my own fault. Unfortunately, my blog is my creative outlet – and it has nothing to do with my business, so it’s been pushed to the backburner more often than not this year. That makes me a sad, because I love the creativity that comes from this space. However, it also means that my client list has grown, my time has gotten more precious, and I’m over-committed.

Not to worry – this year is almost over and 2020 is the year of no. If, “Yes, that’s amazing!” isn’t my first reaction to something, my immediate answer is no. I’ve given up too much of my time, and I’m ready to take that back. I’m losing my work/life balance a bit this year, and that’s my own fault (and let’s face it, finding a balance is hard enough when your office is 50 feet from your family room, right?) but I’m committing myself to blocking time for this every week – even if it’s just one blog post a week.

Aside from my everyday obligations, this fall has so much fun. Of course, it always is, and of course I’m always shocked how much more fun is actually possible when you think you’ve peaked, but it’s been fun. From four days in my favorite city and home away from home with my very handsome husband and our sweet friends to ring in 36 to family fun days to time spent laughing with those we love the most, it’s been sweet.

I have been so awful about updating everyone on things via social media when I receive questions, and I’m sorry. I try to answer them as quickly as I can, but I usually turn my phone off during the day while I’m in my office. It’s become a ‘phone-free zone’ and I don’t use social media on my computer or iPad. So, my phone is on Do Not Disturb until I make the decision to look at it myself – which I only allow myself to do when I walk out of the office. That means I have some questions I haven’t answered, and I’m sharing some things I got a lot of questions about!

Specifically, some of the things I wore when I was in NYC last month.

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This look was my favorite all weekend. So simple, yet so chic.

Let me preface this by saying I had the most difficult time packing for NYC this year. It was unseasonably warm that weekend (in the 80s) and I struggled. We spend my birthday in NYC every year, and it’s always freezing! I wasn’t thrilled about the heat (even if it is so much cooler there in the 80s than it is here in Florida, but I am so over heat and sweat and hot weather…yuck).

I actually had nothing packed, hated everything I owned, and panicked until the morning of our trip. Our flight left at 8:30 pm, and I went shopping as soon as I took the kids to school that morning hoping I’d find something I liked (because, let’s face it, my closet is 75% Lilly Pulitzer, which is not fall in NYC appropriate in Tiffany-land). I was shocked that I did not find anything at any of my favorite stores, but that I did find things in the places I went out of desperation.

Case in point – this dress is from Old Navy, and it’s currently one of my favorite things to wear! Unfortunately, I cannot find it online right now, but I did find several that are quite similar and can be styled the same way here, here, and here. (wearing size XS for reference).

Belt (mine is the 85) – Gucci

Tory Burch Millers in “Makeup”

My hat is old and from Norsdstrom

Bracelets are Tiffany & Co. and David Yurman

Phone case and wristlet strap are Bandolier

I wore this outfit on our first full day in the city. We spent the day shopping on 5th Avenue, we had brunch at the Boathouse in Central Park, cocktails at the Plaza, the rooftop at the Le Meridien, the rooftop at the Peninsula, and more. This dress was perfect for the day!

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I received so many compliments on this outfit the third day of our trip! I wanted something comfortable and fun since we were showing our friends around the city for their first (ever!) visit, and it was the day we headed downtown to the financial district to visit the 9/11 memorial, to see the Statue of Liberty, and to take a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. Lots of walking. Lots of fun.

Corduroy skirt (runs really big! I’m wearing a small and had to pull it up all day and rely on my belt to keep it where it needed to be) – Forever 21 

Black Shirt (love this shirt and have it in every color!) – Nordstrom 

Same Gucci Belt as above

Adidas Superstars

Givenchy Sunglasses are from last year, and they appear to be sold out everywhere, but these are similar.