pouty_faceI think there are some days that are just better left forgotten. Yesterday was one of those days. I was rejected for not one, not two, but three jobs all before 11am. It was my own personal record! How embarrassing. My mood went from Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ to Green Day’s ‘Wake Me Up When September Ends’. There’s nothing like a slice of humble pie for an early lunch. This whole job hunting experience has been nothing short of humbling. Being rejected time and again for jobs you’re probably overqualified for is becoming a right of passage for young millennial graduates like myself. Frankly, it’s a right of passage that sucks.

Instead of curling up under the covers for the rest of the day, I decided to make a short list of things I (and you) can do that will fill up our time and keep us sharp. When that dream job comes, we’ll be ready!

Read- How many times in undergrad did we wish we had time to read a new book that came out? For me, it was quite often. There was always a book series that looked cute or a Nicholas Sparks novel that would probably have me in tears I wanted to read. Guess what? We finally have time to read what we want to and not what’s assigned to us!

Network- Catch up with friends you made in various internships and places you lived during college. For me, I have a vast network of people from all over the world that I can connect with. These people also may have access to information regarding jobs and places looking to recruit. Send them a note and grab a latte together.

Start paying back student loans- In a previous post I mentioned a website that connects companies who are looking for people to do short-term, freelance work with graduates who are looking to pay back student loans using money other than that of which they earn in a full-time job. Some of these jobs pay upwards of several hundred dollars while others pay about $20. It all depends on how time intensive the work is.

I’m going to be working on these things this week along with a few other little projects I have going on. I can’t wait to share those with you! Enjoy your day loves and keep the faith!

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Coffee and this blog is how I like to start every morning! Writing for you is something I enjoy immensely. As I promised yesterday, I’m sharing with you my weight loss tips. When I started college I was around 150 lbs. By the time I finished my freshman year, I weighed 165 lbs. Yes, I gained the freshmen fifteen! In order to get this weight off I had to make some lifestyle changes. One change was what I ate and how much.

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I lost about 20 lbs by doing the Slim-Fast diet and I’m here to try it again starting today. I went to Target and found the necessary items I needed to start this diet (my favorites to the left). The plan works like this: 3 snacks (fruit or snack bar), 2 protein shakes, and 1 healthy meal per day. Ultimately, you’ll be eating roughly 1300 calories a day. In order to maintain your weight (assuming you don’t eat a whole pizza and box of Twinkies everyday) you need to eat 2000 calories. To lose 2lbs a week, you need to eat less than 1500 calories. I always try to maximize how much weight and fat I can burn a week, Based on my current weight, BMI, and height, 1300 calories per day is what I should be taking in. The Slim-Fast diet is the best diet I’ve found to accomplish my goals.

What’s in the meals you ask? Well, that really depends on what you enjoy eating. Slim-Fast recommends it be less than 500 calories and include healthy choices (aka no fettucini alfredo). They have a list of healthy recipes you can choose from on their website. I’m looking forward to trying the chipotle turkey and black bean chili. I love Tex Mex style foods. I also found one that’s low-cal and tasty called the tex-mex couscous salad. I love anything that has couscous or basmati rice in it! There are so many things you can make that are low in fat and calories but still taste good.

Eating healthy shouldn’t mean sacrificing flavor! It also shouldn’t mean missing out on the things you love. Here’s my biggest tip for being successful on a diet: Eat what you love on special occasions. If you’re going out to eat with the girls Saturday night, then enjoy the pasta carbonara and chocolate cake! Little cheats like this will make the rest of your diet a success because you are still getting tastes of what you love. When you deprive yourself completely it sets the diet up to fail because you’ll be cheating all the time. Eventually, this cheating adds up! On a personal note, I much rather have a dessert at a restaurant than a candy bar or bowl of ice cream at home. I rarely buy sweets for the house but when I go out, I get something decadent.

Looking fabulous is so worth the little calories cuts I have to make. Bikini season is just around the corner and I plan on spending a lot of time in the sun this summer. Losing a dress size is the best feeling in the world! Not feeling like a beached whale when you take off your beach cover-up is even better.

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Happy Monday lovelies! It’s finally a sunny day in my hometown and I’m really happy about that. Winters in the mid-atlantic usually consist of fog, overcast days, slush, drizzling rain, and 40 degree days. I pretty much detest all of it. For those of you who are in a slightly less sunny part of the world, Lilly Pulitzer has found a way to bring some sunshine to you! It’s the After-Party Sale! Time to load up on pretty prints and the things that make us smile.

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I absolutely love Lilly’s clothes. They’re so vibrant and full of life! However, for most of us it isn’t always affordable for the average person. Besides the trunk show, the After-Party sale is our best bet at affordable Lilly. Shop soon though, the sale ends tomorrow!

In other news, today I’m going shopping to grab some supplies for my lose-the-christmas-cookie-weight diet. I’ll be letting you in on my diet secrets and plans tomorrow! Stay sunny!

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central_park_entertainmentGood morning friends! As I promised in yesterday’s post, I’d tell you about my New Year’s Eve excursion to New York City. I’m going to get this out of the way before I go any further- it was COLD. I’ve never been in pain from the cold but my muscles and face hurt like crazy from trying to stay warm. I’ve never experienced cold quite like this. Besides the temperature, it was a wonderful trip!

Getting to the city was a 5 hour bus trip from Washington, D.C. I left at 7:30am and we were in the city by 11:30am. The early afternoon was spent exploring Times Square and Central Park. At about 1pm people started seriously lining up in Times Square to watch the ball drop at midnight. Police officers told us that at 3pm the people in the blocked off areas near the square would start to be confined by “pens” in that area until midnight. The kicker was that if they got out of their “pen” then they couldn’t get back in and forfeited their spot. times_square_on_new_year's_eveWe met a few people who said they had stood in their confined area for 12 hours having only a few snacks and drinks. According to them, the family next to them all had diapers on in case they had to go to the bathroom. I guess some people really are crazy.

central_park_skylineCentral Park was a lovely walk and a much needed break from constant people. There were a few street performers that had me laughing with their jokes and stunts. Squirrels roamed the park and had quite the attitude when it came to food. I strolled through the park with some warm, sugar-roasted almonds that really hit the spot. My fingers were so cold that I had a hard time eating them!

After Central Park it was about 3pm so we went for a pizza at an Italian restaurant. The mozzarella was so fresh! The crust and the pizza sauce were excellent too. It was so nice to just sit there and take everything in while reflecting on events earlier tiffany's_new_york_cityin the day. When we left the restaurant, 5th avenue was conveniently located a short walk away. I headed straight for a legendary New York City store- TIffany’s! After watching Audrey Hepburn’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s I became obsessed with the store. Walking into the big, beautiful building almost scared me. My dreams were standing right in front of me and I wasn’t sure if they would live up to my expectations… but they did! We browsed through the store a bit and then met the elevator operator at the elevators and he took us up to the 2nd floor where engagement rings were located. Did I mention he was wearing a Tiffany blue tie? He looked amazing!tiffany_coffee_mug Couples everywhere were sitting with consultants trying on rings and drinking champagne. I was in heaven. I also found on the 4th floor my favorite TIffany mug! Too bad it was in a set of 2 and $80.

After shopping up and down 5th avenue, we went to get a drink and cheers to the new year before heading out to the street to freeze with everyone else. While in a quaint bar and grill we met a few couples from South Africa who traveled to NYC for the new year. After sharing casual conversation with them we paid our bill and headed out into the cold where we were greeted by Taylor Swift’s voice coming from just down the street. Yes, I heard Miss Swift singing “Shake it Off”. I also got to hear “Rude” by Magic.

watching_the_ball_dropWaiting for the ball to drop seemed like a never ending event. Everyone was cold and tired. However, it was still one, big party for most people. The real magic happened when the countdown began. That unmistakable energy filled the air and gave meaning and purpose to our crazy idea of spending New Year’s Eve in Times Square. The funny part was after the clock struck midnight everyone bolted for the taxi cabs waiting down the street. We caught our bus at 1:30am near the docks. We quickly fell asleep upon leaving the city and slept most of the way home. 

As I write this I can assure you that my feet still hurt from walking and I detest the cold more than ever before. However, spending New Year’s Eve in New York was on my bucket list and the memories were worth every shiver.

Tell me about your New Year’s celebration in a comment below!

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kate_spade_agendaHappy new year loves! I realize it’s been a few days since I last wrote anything but my life has been a bit busy recently with all of the holidays coming to a close. I’ve been traveling around a little as well and haven’t had much time to write and my sources of wifi have been limited. I need to learn how to plan a bit better for times like this. I bought a planner for this year and hopefully I’ll actually use it. One of my favorite planners is this Kate Spade one! Anyway, I hope your New Year’s Eve was as exciting as mine was (more to come on that tomorrow!)

In typical new year’s fashion, I’ve made a few resolutions for 2015. Before I get to those, I’d like to share with you a bit about 2014 for me. It was a year of major ups and downs. I can’t put my finger on why it was that way but whatever the cause, I’m hoping 2015 shapes up to be a bit more of an ‘up’ year as opposed to a ‘down’ year. I think we have seasons in our lives though. There are times for growth and prosperity and times for patience and learning. This was a “patience and learning” year for me. My faith in God grew tremendously because I realized I can’t handle everything on my own. I have to trust that everything will turn out ok. Maybe that was what I needed to learn this year?

New Year’s Resolutions

Anyway, my new year’s resolutions involve personal development. There are so many things I need to learn that I simply haven’t had the time to research. Becoming a savvy business lady is no simple feat. All that I’m doing now to line myself up for success seems boring and trivial but eventually it will payoff, so here are my resolutions:

  • Lose the Christmas cookie weight and firm up my body
  • Make it to the gym 4 times a week
  • Learn how to budget carefully
  • Purchase domain name and personal website
  • Learn how to market outside of WordPress platform
  • Create Etsy store
  • Read books on CEO success stories
  • Learn how to take Instagram-worthy pictures
  • Learn a computer code like HTML

Tell me what’s on your list in a comment below!

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Hello loves! I write to you while rocking out to Fergie’s new song ‘L.A. Love’ and I’m trying not smudge my pretty nails that are drying! A little pampering was long overdue for this tired girl. 2014 was one of those years that had high ‘highs’ and low ‘lows’. It was a roller coaster and frankly, I’m glad it’s almost over. Before it’s over we have to celebrate though! Bring in 2015 with some sparkle! 

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As you can probably guess, I love anything that glitters and New Year’s Eve is the perfect opportunity to really shine! No matter how dressy the event is you can still add a little pizazz. I’ve chosen five outfits for different dress codes. Some of these choices are more affordable than others. You can find similar looks at places like TJ Maxx and the price won’t be nearly as high.

The first dress is by Rare London. I would wear a dress like this to an upscale lounge in the city (think Lauren Conrad and her besties at La Deux in LA). Dresses like these are meant for places like that. It’s a mature look without losing the fun factor.

Dress number two is by Elie Saab. A black tie affair is the only time I would consider wearing this beautiful gown. If you find yourself lucky enough to be invited to a ridiculously classy event for New Year’s Eve, then consider finding something like this. The price tag on this dress is over $7000 (Nordstrom Rack is a great place to find dresses).

Dress number three is from Lily Boutique and is pretty affordable. I absolutely love a high-low hem and the sash around the waist really pulls it all together. If you’re attending a party that requires a cocktail dress, then invest in this lovely little thing. Better yet, if the party takes place outdoors the hem of the dress is going to look amazing in the breeze! It’s the little things girls.

The fourth option is dressed-down sparkle for those of us who plan on going somewhere a little more low key with friends. Kind Label on Etsy created this adorable V-neck t shirt. The leggings are by Marlene Berger. Put together, both pieces create a relaxed New Year’s look while still maintaining a little bit of sophistication.

Finally, the fifth look was inspired by the need for a work-party appropriate outfit. Most companies have Christmas parties but some have one for New Year’s. Maintaining a professional appearance is still important at these events. The gold pencil skirt is by Josie Natori and the peplum top is by Alice + Olivia. What could be more work appropriate than a pencil skirt and peplum top?

Enjoy your last few days of 2014!

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