A Day In The Life With smartwater

27 May 2015

This post is sponsored by smartwater.

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step” - Lao Tze.
No one ever said success was easy. To get anywhere or do anything worthwhile, you have to put one foot in front of the other; and every one of those steps can be the hardest you’ve ever taken.

 That’s why for this month I’m teaming up with smartwater to power my everyday progress and celebrate my ambitions. For me, organization is key when it comes to getting through my day.  Sure, I might not be the most organized person out there and I definitely fancy myself a last minute Lucy but that doesn’t mean I don’t have a method to my madness. Since I mostly work from home, sticking to a schedule is on me, otherwise I’ll find myself at 10pm wondering what on earth happened to the day. After a total week or three (or nine) of failure, I’ve learned a thing or two about staying organized while still being creative. The major key is repetition. I’ve found that the more I do something in the same way, the more likely the behavior is to stick. Keeping my day structured in the same way every day helps keep me focused on the work, rather than wondering, “What do I have to do next?”- a major creative drain. So to give you an idea of what I mean, I thought I would share the basic plan I work from. Naturally, days aren’t always the same and sometimes things come up, but having a regular structure gives me a foundation to be flexible if I need to.

8:30 am {if I’m lucky} : It all starts off with my wake up. I check emails on my phone - from bed.  Delete “spammy” emails and narrow it down to ones that need to be answered and prioritize.

Make sure all of my posts are live - check for errors. Get out of bed.

8:45 am: Grab breakfast. Sometimes I’ll feel inspired to go out for bagels before hitting the desk but in most cases, it’s yogurt and fruit or something else that’s simple.

9:00 am: Head to my desk and turn on the computer. Check my calendar for deadlines, meetings and events. Respond to first wave of emails.  Brainstorm & plan post ideas and schedule pictures. {Check weather for rain}. Get dressed.

12pm: Take and upload pictures. Write out posts & schedule. Respond to second wave of emails after lunch. Write down 3 things that inspire me - it keeps things creative.

3pm: Get ready for events and/or meetings. Head out.

10pm: Get home, schedule social posts for the next day and go to bed.

Repeat.
What are your steps throughout the day?

This story is brought to you by smartwater, who believes in making progress every day little by little and sip by sip. That’s how you move up up up.


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Burt's Bees 28-Day Face Cleanse - Pt. 2

26 May 2015

Ok guys, It's officially time to wrap up my 28-day face cleanse with the Burt's Bees The Renewal Face care line. Almost a month later my skin is definitely clearer, smoother and feels fresh. It is sad that I kind of don't want it to end? 

It's funny how just a few simple changes to my skincare routine made all of the difference. I actually started off not loving the Refining Cleanser because of the exfoliants but in the end I ended up loving it paired with coconut oil (to remove my eye makeup). The Renewal Intensive Firming SerumRenewal Firming Day Lotion with SPF 30 and the Renewal Smoothing Eye Cream came in a close second, and I plan on keeping all three around for my daily routine. The Renewal Firming Night Cream  felt heavy going on but I when the morning came my skin still felt soft, as if it hadn't rubbed off completely. Yep, I toss and turn, a lot. {note my usual hair situation.} 

So, now that it's over I'm naking a pledge to stay inspired by my experience and stay committed to going natural. Which means I should be drinking {tons} more water and opting for healthier options, ie: skipping the fries. A few yoga classes wouldn't hurt either ;).

Who else took the 28-day face cleanse? What did you think?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Burt's Bees. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Style By Method

25 May 2015




I don't know about you but I have a long history of laundry mishaps. One of my biggest disasters has to be the (brand new) BCBG plaid wool blazer that I made the mistake of throwing in the wash only to find it in a shriveled up mess when I pulled it out.  I'd love to say I learned my lesson after that incident with the 'washer sensitive pieces' but there's been plenty of disasters since, though probably not as catastrophic. Needless to say I make it a serious point these day to be smarter about my washing and shopping choices. Whether it's picking more washer friendly pieces (and limiting the dry clean only tags in the closet) or opting for a more efficient detergent.

Naturally, when I found that mega-brand, ASOS was collaborating on a machine washable only collection with eco-friendly detergent brand, Method, I couldn't resist grabbing myself a piece. With 10+ styles in the colorful, 70's inspired collection there was no way I was going to miss out, especially when I can skip the dry cleaning bill and toss it in the wash. Adios dry cleaners. Obviously I went for the boldest and brightest print to channel my favorite Method Detergent, Beach Sage. Flower power, oh yes please...

Now, for me Method isn't just about the (fully recyclable) sleek, transparent bottle that puts all my other cleaning products to shame. Though I will say it does make quite the statement on the shelf. It's the naturally derived, biodegradable & hypoallergenic cleaning power that takes care of my clothes without the excessive chemicals that got me on board. I don't have to think twice about throwing my new dress in the wash, because after a cold, gentle clean with Method it's going to be just as bright as when I popped it in. 


Save $3 on your online Method order with promo code "THREEFORME".

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
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Spiked Blackberry Lavender Lemonade

22 May 2015


This post is sponsored by Pinnacle Vodka.
Guys, summer is on the horizon! It’s the perfect time to have a few refreshing cocktail ideas in your back pocket to spruce up brunches, picnics and outdoor get-togethers. You can never have too much inspiration, which is why I took to Twitter last week and asked about your favorite summer drinks. Naturally, most of you said it was all about the fruity flavors, and I couldn’t agree more.

To make it really exciting, I’ve teamed up with Pinnacle Vodka to craft a little something special with your favorites in mind. At first it was tough to pick from the 40+ flavors at Pinnacle, but I finally came to the conclusion that I should keep it simple and go with Original.

Since blackberries and lavender are a summer season favorite, I figured these two flavors would pack some punch to the reliable classic, lemonade. Refreshing and a little outside of the box. Of course this combination can be as simple or as complicated as you want to make it. Don’t want to make the lemonade from scratch? Me either. I grabbed my favorite pre-made lemonade from the store and spruced it up with more lemon and a little zest. Trust me, they’ll never know you didn’t create the whole thing from scratch....

Spiked Blackberry Lavender Lemonade

Here’s What You Need:

{Yields 4 Servings}

4 oz. Pinnacle Vodka

32 oz. Lemonade {Store Bought or Homemade}

Dried Lavender Sprigs {Or Fresh}

1/2 Cup Blackberries

2 Lemons
In a bowl muddle together blackberries, lavender and 1 juiced lemon & 2-3 Tsp. Lemon Zest.
Pour into pitcher or carafe, add lemon slices.

Fill 3/4 the way with lemonade. Add the 4oz. of vodka {if you’d prefer light on the alcohol opt for 3}.

Add rest of lemonade.

Stir & Voila!

Serve chilled. Garnish with lemon slice & a few blackberries skewered on dried lavender sprigs.

Enjoy!
Pinnacle Vodka shakes things up with unexpected experiences and delightful
discoveries. Explore with other fun flavors at http://www.pinnaclevodka.com

Pinnacle® is a registered trademark of Jim Beam Brands Co. and is used with permission. This is a sponsored partnership, with Pinnacle® Vodka, via Mode Media. The information, comments, and ideas expressed on this website are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or positions of Jim Beam Brands Co., its affiliated companies, or any of their directors or employees.

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LG G4: Blogger Style

21 May 2015

If any of you know me in person, you know I have a serious problem keeping my phone charged. Granted the phone is a few seasons behind and doesn’t pack the punch in the charging (or any) department like it used to so I can’t quite take all of the blame. It’s funny because my husband has all of my friends on speed dial just in case we’re out and my phone loses power, which in most cases, it does. It’s a long standing funny but not so funny joke. So, obviously it was high time for me to update my little phone for something greater, a lot greater. Enter, the new LG G4. Oh my ghad this thing is awesome! The incredible 5.5’’ Quad HD screen and the 16 Mega-Pixel (8 Mega-Pixel front) camera are probably a fashion blogger’s dream alone. 
The phone’s camera is equipped with one of the best camera’s on the current market, not only for smart phones, but for digital cameras in general. Who doesn’t want Optical Image Stabilization, High-res Image Sensors, and Manual mode with a f/1.8 low light lens? Forget toting around my DSLR. This baby gets the job done and I can slip it right back into my clutch when I’ve gotten what I need. Thus far the battery has been every bit reliable as it should be...#win.

It has quickly become an accessory with the brown leather design, exclusive to T-Mobile, so I can skip shopping for a stylish case. It’s easy to hold and the Android operating system’s maneuverability is extremely user friendly. No learning curve here. The bright, high contrast screen is a dream and comes with a good chunk of storage at 32GB. So feel free to snap away on the shoe selfies and latte pics. And don’t forget to add all of your playlists. 


The LG G4 Phones are due out next month so pre-register to find out when they’re available near you and get entered to win a phone of your own {they’re giving away 30}! You can also follow the @G4Preview handle to check out the truck tour and see when the LG G4 Truck is coming to your town so you can try them out for yourself before they hit stores.
And yep, these were snapped from my new LG. Kind of wins you over, doesn't it?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of LG. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Flats & A Maxi

20 May 2015

Ok, ok. I know I wore this dress last week but I honestly couldn't resist giving it another go so soon. I figure since I swapped the heels for gladiators and the accessories for a little something different, it's completely justified. Right? Also, as you can see I can't put my Dune London puff away...

Dress H&M, Bag Bijuju, Puff Duner London, Shoes & Sunnies Lulus.com
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