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Re-Learning Self Motivation

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Hello everyone! Happy Summer! (Almost.) I’m back in London for a few weeks and I wanted to start doing something a little different on my blog. Well, not so much different as more. I wanted to start branching out on the types of things I blog about. I’ll still do traditional outfit posts, but I might started adding some other categories as well. For today, I’ll catch you up a little on what’s going on. The photo set is a little jumbled because I just wanted to post some images of my first week here. For more, you can even check out my first London vlog of the season.

Now, as you may or may not know, this May I graduated from college! Yes, yes, I got my bachelor’s degree in English and I am fully an adult now. I went back home, where I’ll be for a bit, and to be honest it doesn’t quite feel real yet. I think it will once September rolls around and for the first time ever, I’m not going back to school. That’s why changing my mindset about life and “what now?” has been a bit difficult. I’m still working on a novel and blogging and working and all those fun things, but getting into a new routine that is healthy and effective has been quite the learning process. I realized that for the first time in nearly 18 years, I’m not accountable to someone else’s deadlines. 18 YEARS?! That’s nearly my entire life. From homework and projects to essays and exams, I’ve always been on the clock for school. Now, I’m not. No one is telling me, “Katie, finish your novel or you’ll get a bad grade.” I have to finish this novel on my own and bring it out into the world and then hope. It’s not a guarantee that it’ll “pass” (aka be published). But I still have to do it. It’s still my dream and I will never give up. The problem is not letting myself say, “I’ll start tomorrow.” Waking up in the morning to sit on my laptop just doesn’t scream the same sort of urgency getting to class once did.

Organization is key. I hate clutter; it jumbles my mind as well as my surroundings. So the first thing I did upon realizing my summer-laziness cannot turn into life-laziness was clean out my bedroom. I had lugged everything from my apartment back into my childhood bedroom and it was madness. There was simply too much. So I spent a few solid days cleaning out nooks and crannies, donating clothing and books and toys and dusted places that haven’t seen the light of day in a while (I’m still not done yet and will probably continue when I’m home).

Once my physical space was organized, I started crafting a routine. Having a schedule, while seemingly daunting, is actually more calming to me than endless hours of nothing. While hard work can make a day or two like that appreciative, no one can live like that. I certainly can’t. Fortunately I already had a habit of schedule- and list-making, I just had to fine-tune it. I use this journal to plan out the days. What’s great about it is that the dates aren’t pre-marked, so if you know you have a day where you’ll be with family or having a well-earned lazy day, you don’t waste the page. I list out the things I want to do, mark what will happen when and remind myself of long-term or ongoing projects. There’s also a handy note-section that you can fill out as the day goes, to report to yourself how you handled the amount you gave yourself, if you need to adjust, or to just doodle or have space to do some extra thinking. Having everything written down (in pencil, my favorite) is really great to help make yourself accountable. You’re making a record of what you should be doing, one you can track and look back on.

Exercise is essential to my productivity. It wakes me up in the morning, makes me feel more positive and energetic and has overall healthy benefits. I do Pop Pilates with Cassey Ho (her blog is here). It’s great because it’s at home and completely free. After having free access to an amazing rec center at school, I didn’t have the heart to start paying for one. I do prefer group fitness to being alone, but I’ll take what I can get right now. Besides, I can take Cassey with me via my laptop whether I’m in Amherst, at home, or in London. My routine doesn’t have to be put on pause.

I’ve been following these principles for a few weeks now and I feel a lot better than when I was just lounging around before and after work, not doing much besides reading. Reading is still a part of my daily routine — something I completely recommend — but I only read for up to an hour (not a lot for someone like me). As little as ten minutes before bed is equally effective. Much better than having the last thing you see before sleep be a screen.

Well, I think that’s all from me for today! If you got through all of this, give the post a like! And comment to let me know what you thought, or if you have any tips for self-motivation. There will be a style post up on Wednesday. See you then! x.

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In Bloom

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Welcome to Fake Monday, everyone. Even though today is Tuesday, UMass decided it’s a Monday: I have Monday classes and a Monday work schedule. To really hammer the idea home, my blog post is coming to you all today as well. Even though I really appreciated sitting in the eighty degree sun while sipping my mimosa on Sunday, I do still like the middle of the range weather we have today. It’s more spring. As long as the snow is gone for the year and I won’t get simultaneously blown away and frozen to death when walking by the library, I can wait for the very hot weather. Plus, I always enjoy a good layering piece: today it’s my new silk bomber. It’s light and cropped and the puffy sleeves give it dimension.  I didn’t know what I wanted to pair it with so I popped into Primark recently in search of a striped jumpsuit. Now, usually when I go into a store with a specific item in mind, it usually doesn’t materialize and I leave disappointed and wondering if I should have been a designer, or at least learnt to sew my own clothes. But not this time! This navy and white beauty was there for me and happened to fit perfectly.

It brings me to another point I wanted to touch on: the importance of mixing high street and designer pieces. This jumpsuit from Primark was $14, but my shoes are Michael Kors and ran around $200. While I don’t remembered exactly what I paid for them, I can tell you it was more than $14. I’ve had this jumpsuit for a few days and I’ve had these shoes for four years. They balance each other out perfectly. I firmly believe that this jumpsuit absolutely does not look cheap when paired correctly. Splurging every now and then on more expensive pieces that are versatile will help spruce up a wardrobe, and instead of making everything else pale in comparison, heightens the look of other pieces. Evidence above.

Fashion moves at an incredible pace these days and the availability of high street tempts us to want everything now, now, now. But taking the time, and money, to purchase higher quality pieces — even if it’s once a year or less — will help you create a more lasting wardrobe and crafted style.

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Primark jumpsuit | H&M bomber (similar) | Michael Kors shoes

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Spring Fish

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Happy Monday! It’s finally a morning where it’s feeling like spring. This oversized striped shirt is the perfect pick for an airy spring day. The colors are light and bright and fit right in with the weather. They are contrasted really well with the black overalls, making the colors all the more vibrant. I like the look of an oversized shirt/top tucked into the overalls because it looks effortless, trois fois rien. The backless loafers are also a great pick for spring because they are a good shoe for being out and about in, without feeling like your poor feet will get gross and dirty or look too informal.

 

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Zara shirt | Boohoo overalls | H&M loafers 

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Spring Semester | Home Stretch

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Happy Monday and happy star to the semester! (If you are, in fact, in college and happen to, in fact, start today.) I only had two classes today and while they were both entirely in German, the day went pretty well. It’s sad that I won’t be taking anymore French classes, but I’m excited to throw some more effort into German! It flurried on and off all day which is pretty typical behavior for this area in January. I wouldn’t be surprised if we have something more significant on the way. Even though it gets pretty cold I still like to serve looks when I can (I love that phrase). This one is really fun because while the majority of the outfit is gray, the pops of pink make it more me. I’m obsessed with these Steve Madden boots that I got from my mom for Christmas . Velvet boots have quickly become a staple and I love blush pinks so this combo was perfect! Basically, the outfit is cozy and fun. These are gray days, so my advice is the copy the weather but raise the bar. Much more rewarding.

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H&M sweater | Topshop jeans | Steve Madden boots

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Stars and Snow

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I decided this week to face the ever-present conundrum of New England winters. It’s the time of year where we pile on the most layers, and end up covering any sartorial success with numerous fleece jackets, hats, scarves and leggings, waddling down the sidewalk like a lost penguin. We are then faced with the question: do I even bother trying to do anything with fashion if it means sacrificing fingers and toes to frostbite? Well, with this look I ran straight into the cold of the Boston harbor and managed to stay warm. My main player was this H&M faux fur jacket. It’s a bit heavier than other coats I have but it makes up for it in warmth and style. I then accented my gray jeans with other gray pieces to tie it together, ending of course, with my star print boots. Where others dull in the winter, I strive to go just a bit shinier (and you should, too). The trick is to have a coat that is both functional and stylish. While knee-length puffer coats are warm, they tend to have the penguin effect. Conversely, biker jackets are always chic, but tend to offer nothing in terms of warmth. We must therefore strive to find our puffer-biker and walk confidently through snow, sleet and wind, knowing we look great and will arrive at our destination with all limbs intact.

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H&M jacket | Topshop jeans | Boohoo boots

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New Year’s Resolutions

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Happy New Year, everyone! Welcome to the first blog post of 2017! *cheers* I’m really excited for what’s to come on the blog this year and for you to see it all. I hope you all had a lovely holiday season and are already back on the grind that the new year inevitably brings to us all (even if just for the first few minutes). I was on a mini holiday NYE weekend and I am now jumping right back into work. I wanted to bring you this chilly-weather number because it’s sleek, cozy and not too complicated. The basic knit dress is an absolute staple and I prefer this midi length because I think it looks even chicer and keeps me just a tad warmer. I paired it with sneakers in honor of my giant campus and my dad who got these beauties for me for Christmas (thanks, Dad!). I love dresses paired with sneakers and hey – who doesn’t love an easy walking shoe that isn’t a Shape Up? The faux fur scarf is super warm and doesn’t need to be wrapped around to do it’s job. I was however thinking of modifying it a bit by stitching on a loop and button where the colors meet to make it a little warmer, what do you think?

I thought I’d share my New Year’s Resolutions with you as well and maybe give you some inspiration for this new year and all it’s opportunities. Mine include wearing more faux fur (good start, I think); drinking more water and getting back into workouts I love like kickboxing and yoga (isn’t that everyone’s? I thought making it more specific would help me out); and providing more and diverse content to the blog! Let me know what yours are, and what you think of mine. I love hearing from you guys and I can’t wait to see what 2017 will hold. Thank you all so much for your support, I love you all.

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H&M dress | Missguided scarf | Nike sneakers 

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Christmas Party

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Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you’re all either resting or ready to have a wonderful holiday break. I for one am back at Hollister for the time I’m at home, so be ready to see another upsurge of their pieces in my posts (what can I say, I shop while I work). I thought I’d bring you a little preview of the party I’m hosting this week, including some pretty drinks I’ll be mixing, my family tree (that’s just a bit of a bonus) and a peek at the most important part, the outfit. The blouse I’ve got is a really beautiful holiday red and has great dimension. The jeans are a new acquisition and they’re quite cropped so I paired them with some calf-height boots. I’m really excited to see the exaggerated fringe has started to make its way into more designers’ minds. The outfit is fun, easy, and you can actually move in it. I mean, I’ll be with all my friends, I don’t need to strap into some impossible matrix of a dress, right? (That’s for NYE anyway.)

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H&M blouse (similar) | TopShop jeans | H&M boots (similar)

I got the drink recipe from Buzzfeed’s Tasty and I’ll throw the recipe in for the full effect:

-1oz Peppermint vodka

-1oz Lime juice

-4oz cranberry juice

-4oz ginger ale

-cranberries (garnish)

They’re also just as lovely without any vodka – don’t worry 🙂

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