5 Things…To Take Note Of

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1. I’m the first to admit I’m such a klutz…thankfully, if I ever drop my iPhone in Pierre’s water bowl again there’s a simple solution to save the day

2. One thing I love more than chocolate: goals. <-This tool is excellent.

3. Call me honey, call me sugar….but please don’t call me pumpkin [spice].

4. Started shopping for holiday apparel… J.Crew Factory has the hook-up: option a (black and blue and gorgeous all over), option b (traditional lumber Jackie gone to a holiday office party), and option c (super simple – to be worn with a fitted ruffly silk blouse)

5. I stumbled upon this awesome travel site...what a fun idea!

5 Things…To Take Note Of

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Cheers to the first full week of October beginning today! After work on Friday, I ventured into the city for a weekend full of F & F (family and friends) time.

When I arrived in the city Friday evening, I spent time with my brother, his girlfriend, and a couple other people. We had a fantastic steak dinner at my brother’s apartment and we spent the remainder of the evening unwinding from the week. I rarely go out on Friday nights because I’m usually exhausted from the week, so having a low-key night at my brother’s place was the perfect compromise.

I was supposed to participate in a run with a group of friends on Saturday (see #1 below), but due to extremely poor weather conditions that run was cancelled. We had to postpone participating until 2016 but at least we didn’t have to run in the rain, cold temps, and wind! Since the run was cancelled, Saturday morning was a continuation of Friday night’s low-key energy. I decided to meet up with one of my friends from junior high/high school and we had brunch at where else but The Smith! (Surprise, surprise? Not at all) I’ll admit- I was extremely tempted by the Salmon Benedict and the Blueberry Waffles that The Smith has ha on their breakfast/lunch menu, but after indulging by eating a heavy steak dinner the night prior I chose to order an omelette. It turned out to be the perfect energy-booster on a cold and dreary day!

Later on I met up with a friend for dinner. I’d never been to the East End Kitchen before, so I was thrilled to try out a new restaurant. I absolutely adored the simple yet sophisticated decor of the restaurant, and the food was just delicious. I’ve already added it to my list of restaurants that I love in NYC! I ended up staying in the city an extra night, and left the city after having a late breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien on Sunday morning.

Sunday was a continuation of a mix of friends and family- the clouds cleared by the time I got to my father’s home, which was perfect timing for our rather new weekly routine of tennis practice. Sadly, despite the fact that the clouds had cleared (for the most part), the wind lingered from the storm so our practice was cut a bit short. Later on I spent time with more family, since a relative was in town from out-of-state – then I headed back out east just in time to welcome a dear friend visiting from Germany.

I’ve said it so many times, to so many people- the autumn out here is by far my favorite time of the year. Besides the beautiful scenery, the energy in town changes completely from hipping-and-hopping to being absolutely cozy. One of my favorite restaurants, Tutto il Giorno, is a perfect example of this. In the summer, it’s very difficult – if not impossible – to drop in for dinner, as there is usually a long wait. The front of the restaurant, where the bar is, is usually bustling with people who are having a drink before dinner or with people who are waiting for their table. Last night though, the girls and I were able to drop in and be seated at one of my favorite intimate corner tables without having to wait. Perfect! The girls and I indulged in pasta (their Paccheri is unbelievable), veggies galore (oh my BRUSSEL SPROUTS!), cheesecake and good conversation (of course). It was the ideal ending to a weekend of being here, there, and everywhere.

5 Things…To Take Note Of

  1. I was so excited to run this (last Saturday), but it was cancelled- now I can’t wait to run it in 2016!
  2. Shopping for gifts for a certain someone and this, this and this from West Elm caught my eye (monogrammable!)
  3. Chelsea boots + a bit of leopard = LOVE
  4. This is pure brilliance.
  5. …and last but not least, if I won the lottery this is how I’d spend a chunk of it

5 Things…To Take Note Of:

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  1. Autumn means it’s time for duck boots! I’m loving these and these and these (I have a similar pair from last year that I wore at least twice a week!) Not only are they great for rain and snow, but they’re super toasty.
  2. A great rainy day DIY activity…I’ll admit, even though some people go ga-ga for tassels I have never really understood the craze around them. This ottoman is just too darling, though.
  3. I’ve been trying to get friends together for a camping trip, but (shamefully) I’ve never gone camping anyplace other than my own backyard. Thankfully, this article from The Everygirl simplifies the planning process.
  4. Halloween is just over a month away, and I still have no idea what to be…I’ll be looking through this slideshow & brainstorming costumes this weekend!
  5. One of my favorite sites for gifts- Mixbook.com– is currently have a Friends & Family sale for 40% off!

5 Little Notes…on All-Nighters

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Happy Weekend!

This week turned into a blur- After creating a serious to-do list on Sunday night, I felt completely prepared for the week. I knew exactly what I wanted to accomplish by the week’s end, and I knew the priority of each. I have to say though, as much as I was prepared to throw myself into my work and get started, random things kept coming up. By Wednesday, I knew that I’d have to stay up late to play a game of catch up or else I’d feel unsettled going into this weekend.

This game of “catch up” isn’t quite new to me, but it’s been a while since I’ve played it. Specifically in college, I remember venturing with my roommate down to the university’s 24 hr. market to pick up coffee flavored ice cream and other snacks to rev up my energy levels to get work done. Now of course I know that sugar is definitely a no-no for being productive late at night; for me it’d often result in a crash around 1am.

After playing “catch up” in college, I can confidently say that I’ve learned a couple things:

  1. Music is my friend. Back in college, I used to listen to a group called Owl City because I found them to be energizing- now I have a long playlist of super upbeat 90’s music that often has me dancing while sitting at my desk! Even if I feel my energy levels slipping, I know I can rely on that playlist to boost my spirits and productivity levels.
  2. High sugar snacks are a big no-no! My roommate used to snack on goldfish or oreos, and I used to devour nearly an entire pint of ice cream…and then a couple hours later I’d be falling asleep at my desk. There’s nothing quite as disappointing as waking up super early in the morning only to realize a project is still unfinished. When I have a late night craving, I often resort to nuts or a tablespoon of Sunflower Seed butter. Both options provide a boost of energy from the protein, and never leave me conked out at my desk.
  3. Even if I create a to-do list with the most enthusiasm about getting each and every task done, life can (and often does) throw curve balls. It can just take a subway diversion or (in my case this week!) a stalled car battery before your entire day is thrown off! That is why I remember that it’s important to prioritize my to-do lists. I’ll typically write down each task I need and/or hope to get done for the week, and then number each one in order of priority. That way, even if the line at Starbucks is extra long or even if an appointment runs late I can feel satisfied with getting the most important things done.
  4. Lights, lights, lights. Since I don’t have an official “office’ (one day!), I often work in a section of my basement. Our basement is not finished (also one day!) and we have a lot of overhead lighting…which is definitely not helpful for having a power hour at midnight. To help combat this problem, I’ve brought several table lamps down to my work area to brighten things up.
  5. Know when it’s time….to hit the lights, and hit the sack. As much as I think these games of “catch up” as vital to my overall feeling of satisfaction at the end of the week, I also know that a good night’s sleep is crucial to the success of the next day. Even after I have a small handful of nuts, or I have a two minute dance party down in my basement I try to be as mindful as possible of when my energy levels are really falling. By sleeping right, I know I’m setting myself up for a good next-day so I will turn off the lights and head up to my bedroom if I know my energy levels are sloping down and plateauing out.

XO

-j.

5 Things…to Take Note Of:

IMG_7872Is it just me, or did these first two weeks of September fly by? I remember being shocked that August was coming to an end and that September was around the corner- I suppose you could say that the chill in the air brought my attention to the fact that the official beginning of fall is just days away!

Now that the chaos of a very social summer is out of the way, it’s time to buckle down and continue working on my professional and personal goals. What’s on my radar? Reaching more clients & exploring more of the country. On that note, here are some fun reads (particularly if you’re heading on a road trip soon or if you are feeling like you’re in a slump, professionally).

  1. Take some tips from Bethenny Frankel’s success story… it’s time to pitch your own story!
  2. Here’s how to party productively…it’s all about (net)working the floor.
  3.  Whether you’re just having a bad day, or you’re feeling upset by your job here’s a way to turn that frown upside down
  4. A must-read if you plan on hitting the road with your other half
  5. …or if you plan on hitting the road by yourself

5 Things…I’m loving from Dot & Bo

5 Things…I’m Loving from Dot & Bo

     I may or may not be jumping up and down right now. I am constantly on the search for clothing and home decor that is simple, chic & well-priced – so when I find a site like Dot & Bo, I become extremely excited (and I frequently do quite a happy dance).

     This site literally has it all- from furniture to decor to a very inspirational blog- and it’s all done very well. I’ve been searching for pieces to spruce up our living room, and oh my what a good time I had browsing Dot & Bo’s site! The pieces I found are well-priced and I have a feeling they’d do the trick in updating our living room to the nautical-chic Hamptons style room I’ve been hoping it’ll be (one day).

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Sunshine Mirror, reduced to $89.99 ($129 originally)

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Traversing the Atlantic Art Print, $15.99

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Nile Fork Woven Baskets in a set of 3, reduced to $129.99 ($145 originally)

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Sound Wave Ombre Area Rug in Blue and White – price varies based on size

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Shell Out Crab Figurine, $28.99 ($43 originally)

Cheers to the Weekend!

Cheers to the Weekend!

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  1. Dear Kate, I love you. There are new arrivals at Kate Spade, and I have to say that they have me super-pumped for fall… these boots (how darling with that bow, and super chic in black?!), this bag– which is a bit of a splurge, but is super functional for every season, this blouse, because I can never resist silk – or bows
  2. To Do, Or To Do-nut? These donuts are a to-do! Adding this mint chocolate chip donut recipe by one of my fave bloggers, Christina Lane, to the “must try” list
  3. When in doubt…just sleep on it. According to this article, you won’t regret leaving the decision for tomorrow.
  4. I’m going ga-ga for gold, all day e’ry day. So excited to browse one of my other fave bloggers, Amanda Gluck’s, loot of golden favorites here
  5. I have an obsession with pillow shams and with towels…these Anthropologie new Stone Carving towels are no exception!

5 Things…to Keep in Mind When Traveling with Only a Carry-On

The last couple weeks, I’ve been lusting for a weekend getaway- there are just so many reasons why the summer is an ideal time to pack your bags, hop in a car (or on a train, or on a boat…) and say “Adios!” After all, the weather is ideal in many places (Maine? Alaska? Montana? Vermont?), many people are in a vacation frame of mind anyway, etc. But also…why not? Let’s pack our bags and GO!

As I’ve become more experienced with traveling, I’ve realized that it simplifies things so much when I decide to travel with only a carry-on bag. Sure, it’s not always possible or easy for that matter but paring down to only a carry-on gives me peace of mind. Caution: this is probably not the best idea for someone who buys lots of souvenirs when on vacay!

Here are some things I keep in mind whenever I travel with only a carry-on:

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5 Things…to Achieve Inbox Sanity

Once upon a time I was opening one of my inboxes, only to realize that I had over 1,000 unread e-mails- I very nearly ran away from my laptop at that point. I had no system in place to organize my e-mails, so this large number shouldn’t have surprised me yet it did (did I really sign up to receive all those daily e-mails from retail companies? Hmm…perhaps I should join Shopaholics Anonymous!). I felt completely overwhelmed…for about a minute.

As with so many things, I knew that if I swept my inbox organization situation under the rug the problem would not improve by itself. Only I could make sense of my inbox and only I could set it up to be an organizational success for the future. Luckily, e-mail servers have so many organizational tools already built in that it is rather easy to set up a system- it simply takes a bit of time and patience to achieve ultimate inbox sanity.  Here are some tips that I learned along the way…

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5 Things…to Achieve Inbox Sanity

1. Sign up for Unroll.Me – This relatively new (and free) service is absolutely genius and a total game-changer when it comes to setting the stage for an organized inbox. I highly recommend signing up for this service, as it will pull all the e-mails that you are currently signed up to receive and you will have the ability to edit your subscriptions afterwards. It will pool e-mail subscriptions that you select, so that you only receive one daily e-mail containing links to the e-mails you want to receive – that way, rather than having dozens of emails sent to you each day (like I used to), you’ll only have one Unroll.Me e-mail. For more information, visit their FAQ Page.

2. Designate specific times to check e-mail – For me, this was (and still is) a bit tricky but I find that when I stick with my routine I feel much calmer about my e-mail situation! I chose three times (6am, 12:30pm, and 6pm) that work with my daily schedule – I used to find that I would be checking my e-mail constantly, and this resulted in lots of wasted time as I scrolled through tempting e-mails (J.Crew! Nordstrom! Pottery Barn! Need I go on?), spent time deleting old e-mails, etc.

3. Consider setting up files– Some people are chronic filers/sorters, like myself, while others prefer to leave their e-mails alone in their Inbox. If you’re a filer/sorter, or a wannabe filer/sorter, find your balance so that you’re not over-filing (surprisingly easy to do) or under-filing. Generally, I find that the following folders cover my bases: Family/Friends, Promotional, Work, Reservations & Confirmations.

4. With files, come rules. Set them! – Oh the fun we can have with organizing an inbox! After setting up files, I’ve set certain rules for e-mails sent by specific people/companies so that once the e-mail is received it is automatically sent to the folder it belongs in. Once you set the rule, that’s it- you don’t have to think about it again. The e-mails will magically appear in the right folder, ready for you to read when you have the time to (which, in my case, is at 6am, 12:30pm or 6pm!)

5. When in doubt, THROW IT OUT– this rule applies to most organizing situations and your inbox is no exception. I remember when my e-mails reached over a thousand and I was terrified that I’d never get that number down. It took quite a long time, but after sorting my e-mails and throwing out the majority I have an inbox organizational system that allow me stay sane!

XO

-j.

5 Things…I Adore from Nordstrom’s Summer Clearance Sale

Oh my goodness…it’s that time again! Nordstrom is having a clearance sale for their summer items, and so I had to check it out. I’m a total sucker for sales, especially when Nordstrom has them. There are a handful of pieces that have been on my “Must Have” list for summer and fall, and it looks like I’ll be able to cross some of those things off the list thanks to this sale!

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Taylor Dresses Cotton Jacquard Fit & Flare Dress

Spring and summer are peak seasons for events, from graduations to birthday brunches to weddings. I am always on the hunt for a great dress to wear to events like those, and this one definitely fits the bill. I love that it’s 100% cotton, too.

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Halogen Long Sleeve Chambray Shirt

I absolutely love chambray shirts. I bought one years ago, and now I consider chambray shirts to be a year-round wardrobe staple. There are lighter weight options like this one for spring/summer, and heavier weights for autumn/winter but despite the weight, these shirts are just so easy to throw on with a pair of jeans. Also- these shirts can easily be dressed up with a pair of heels and the right jewelry.

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Vince Camuto Carlotte Pointy Toe Pump

Last weekend, a bunch of my girlfriends and I went out to dance and one of my friends threw on this fantastic pair of cobalt pumps. I had instant shoe envy! My wardrobe consists of mostly neutrals and blue pieces, and my collection of shoes is pretty much the same in terms of color variety. My friend wore a similar pair of cobalt pumps with medium-dye denim and it looked fantastic. Adding these to my shopping cart!

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Barbour Summer Liddesdale Gilet Vest

I know, I know. It’s not even close to fall yet…but I strongly believe in stocking up for future seasons when you see a piece that is reduced in price and you know you’ll wear it. For me, that’s definitely this vest. Come October (possibly even September- but hopefully not!) I know I’ll be on the hunt for a lightweight vest like this one.

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Zella ‘Live In – Streamline’ Reversible Mesh Inset Capris

Meet your new favorite pair of workout capris. I absolutely adore these – I have too many pairs to count! Zella, which is a Nordstrom brand, makes an athletic apparel line that I cannot seem to get enough of. Every time I notice they’re on sale I stock up because they’re totally affordable, not to mention how comfortable and darling they are.

XO

-j.