Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Airport Tips

*This is continued on from instagram* At this point in my life I would say I am an airport queen. This month especially I have the vibes of "why do I even have an apartment". (My family actually always jokes that I have to go to my apartment and I can not just live in a hotel the rest of my life, but really who wouldn't want to be Eloise) Last year I traveled about 30,000 miles, this year I've been here and there. That being said, I am a pro at getting through the airport and loading up. This is a sneak peak at a soon to come blog post, so here is the trailer version of it. Enjoy! 

1. you need to organize your bag in such a way that your carry on never needs to be opened. And your personal bag has your laptop and liquids at the top. (Be ready to pull these out and ready to roll) 

2.I get cold on the plane, wear and oversized flannel. It's like wearing a blanket.  (I have also been told to wear a large scarf, but I am not a scarf gal) 

3. wear shoes you can easily slip off so you can zip through security.

4.under your liquids and laptop should be headphones and a book that you want to readon the flight. (You don't want to bother the person next to you digging around) 

5. Depending on how much you value your time, invest in TSA precheck. (That was my lifesaver this morning) 

6. If you do not want to be stuck talking to a dud the whole trip, wait until the plane is about to land. (I never talk to people on the plane, but I have met a handful of people who have met their sig other on a plane)

7. Do not ask the air attendant for anything before the flight takes off. I always see peopel trying to get a head start on beverages. They can nawt  do it, don't try. It is embarrassing. 

8. You can use a duffel bag as a carry on. This tip was life changing to me. I only did it for my Europe trip, but it works. I only got called out once. (I would not push the limit on this though)

9. Bring an empty water bottle with you. Your skin will dry out, so this will help, and you do not have to pay 10 dollars for a bottle!

10.  There is no reason to pay for luggage. You can pack everything in a carry on, trust me. 

11. Shoes are your enemy. they are hard to pack so always wear your biggest pair. 

12. Bags are your friend. I always put the most important things in little ziplock bags (personables).

13. Do not drink coffee before your flight. I always want to sleep on the plane, it might be tempting to buy it before your flight but DONT. (Get the mimosa instead ;) )

14. If you are a die hard tea drinker bring your own tea bags. It is so great, especially because I can not get my favorite tea everywhere. 

15. Book through google flights, hands down the easiest to use. 

Good luck on your next trip! Can not wait to hear about it!


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Red Hot

I will be taking advantage of summer as long as I can! The summers in the Midwest are hands down the best, it gets warm during the day, and cool by night time. I feel that everyone just hates the most extreme season from their area though. 

Do you know what else I am doing towards the end of summer, taking advantage of the end of summer sales. No lie I got this romper for 14 dollars! (Better price in store) Seriously such a steal. 

I do not typically gravitate towards red, but when the price is right, who would not be a fan? I am the biggest fan of rompers, I am more on the petite side, and I always thought they would cut me down. However, try one on they are the best. It is like wearing fancy PJs out.

I paired this lace romper with some wedges, and a statement tassel necklace. It is a simplistic look for a night on the town, or hanging out with the gals!
^ALSO It has pockets!

Rompers are my favorite look for summer, what has yours been?


Monday, August 7, 2017

Tips for College Seniors transitioning to Young Professional Life

Hello my Young Professional Friends! If you are new here welcome, if you have been around the block, welcome back! As the title says, this is for the College Seniors out there, but also for anyone in the early professional job hunt. This can be a super stressful, but also extremely exciting part of your life. You are essentially hopping into full blown adulthood.This was honestly my most unknown step of my life, and once I took the big leap I did not regret it for a second. Here are some tiny tips for you! I hope to be doing more on this subject so let me know what you think!

1// Update your resume and cover letter: Go to your career service center and ask them to edit it. Something that also is helpful is having a resume on file for different positions. By catering your resume to certain positions (Sales, Marketing, HR, etc.) this can better show your skill set. Do this for your cover letter as well. An extra pro tip if you take any time off, showcase what you were doing in that time. Employers want to see that you can gear towards them, rather than have to build you up. 

2// Update your Linkedin: There is a big line from what is okay and not okay on Linkedin. You do not have to have a professional photographer take a photo of you in a blazer. You can honestly have an iphone photo with you in professional clothing have the same effect. Just make sure your resume is up to date and your photo is of only you and not  a selfie.

3// Tell People: As weird as it sounds, everyone wants you to have a job. It looks good on them. Alumni want you to succeed,  current employers, professors, other students, neighbors, parents friends, I can not tell you how many people helped me throughout this whole job search. It honestly takes a village, and so many people want to help you, so take the help!

4// Find Where You Fit: You are not going to have your dream job out of college, and you probably are not going to be making your dream salary. Most established and credible employers will give you an outline of at least a 3 year plan. Personally, I wanted to go into logistic. It was what I interned with and I knew I enjoyed it. However, If an employer were to pick a communications major or an actual supply chain major, they will 99 times out of a 100 times pick the supply chain major. I had to be a little more realistic. I found that finding the niche that fit me rather than what I thought it would be fit a lot better, so be opened minded. 

5// Be Open: Going off that, so many people end up where they never expected. I know English majors who ended up in finance, and liberal arts majors who ended up in web design. It will all work out I promise.

5// Be your best self: One part of the job hunt is showcasing yourself, but also finding a place that you think you will fit. I know that is a hard concept to grasp, but when you go on an interview, you are also interviewing. So make sure that the place you are heading you love what you are getting into, you will be there a while!

You got this I promise! Rock it out, and go show the world what you are made of!

Lastly If you are traveling your senior year to look for apartments or traveling for the job hunt hit up Airbnb. Seriously they are such a lifesaver!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

August Book Club

Happy August! Where has this year gone? I feel like I am done more this year than any other year, yet I have no clue where the time has gone? I guess it flies when you are having fun;) (I’m so lame, I will stop)

OKAY! For August we are back to books! (For now we will see.) I have an aside, I got audible, and it is life changing. It seriously is so helpful. I have a total of 2 hour commute every week day, so this just helps the day fly. Also, I read for enjoyment and to take my mind off things, so the meatier books are great for audible.

HOWEVER, August’s book has NOTHING to do with audible. Because this book, you can only get off Etsy. What???? Yeah. If you have not heard of Caroline Calloway, I am about to change your life.

Caroline Calloway is a writer/blogger whose medium is on Instagram. I had been following her for a while, but last summer I ready her whole Instagram start to finish. That girl lives a wild life.

So she has this die hard fan group, and gets a 500,000 dollar book deal. The publishers wanted her to go in a different direction, and she dropped it. So she did the next best thing, she now has her book here! 

I can not stopping eating that girl's posts up. She always have you on the edge of your seat, and you want to be invited to her next get together. 

Monday, July 31, 2017

Kate Spade Earring Giveaway

We have a giveaway! I started this blog to practice graphic design, and it looks like a couple of you have come along for the ride! I want to thank anyone and everyone who even just glaces at one of these post. 

This is a little inside tip, but I spend about two hour on each of my post. I pour my heart and soul into this blog. (Lame, but true). I would be here if I had zero people following along (More Taylor Swift type content right?! ((That is a joke)) ) and I would be here if a million people follow along. It is honestly my greatest creative outlet. 

Before things get too dramatic, I do want to thank all the awesome readers, and a big thanks with a giveaway! I love these Kate Spade earrings and I know you will too! We can even match! You can enter the giveaway HERE

Giveaway Information:
1. Follow me on Instagram
2. Go like my Brand New Facebook Page (I pinky promise will only post once a week or for big highlights)
3. Leave a comment on preferably my front page of blog post, tell me what you like about it so I can continue to post things you guys want!
4.Follow me on the Twitter
5. Follow me on Pinterest
6. Tag a friend in my insta post who would like to join the gang!
7.Take a visit to the Facebook page!

Can not wait to get everyone's feedback, and good luck!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Easy Breezy Productivity

I could have picked a better title, but it just fit. I love this outfit for a good summer evening. (Also no shame I wear this to work with a button down). I have total summer vibes from these pants. The leaf patter was huge this past season, and I could not help but jump on that wagon. 

When I think of summer vibes, I think of my past summer vacations. With that I just want those hazy lazy summer days. It has been extremely hard to stay focused and productive. I just want to hang out by the pool looking at Instagram through my sunglasses, walk around town browsing through the farmers market watching the kiddos and puppers, or sipping on fruity drinks with loved ones watching the sun set.  
What I do not want to do is pretty much anything but that. Which leads to the problem of not getting anything done what so ever. Which I have tricked myself into being productive and these are the tips I have been using to keep myself on track!

1. Give yourself a total day off. From sun rise to bedtime (lets be real none of us go to bed that early) This can be once a week. This sounds almost counterproductive, but it gets it out of your system. Also by allowing this, you can be totally present, or you have to promise yourself that you  will be. 

2. Going off the first tip, you have to have a day of total production. That can be a couple of hours after work, but there has to be a day where you can get everything done that you need to. 

3. If production is down, try switching around your schedule. I had issues with not feeling like I could fit everything in. I noticed that my shower after my workout and getting ready was taking up so much time. I took a baby step to switching 2 workouts a week to the mornings, and it took so much off my plate. 

4. Set timers for yourself for things you do not want to do. If I do not want to do something that I have been putting off for a while, I set a timer for say 20 minutes and tell myself I only have to do it for that long. 9/10 I get invested in the project and just finish it out. The initial start for me is the hardest part. If I end up dreading the task I can walk away from it 20 minutes later. It is like playing mind games with your own mind (that was a joke)

5. Prioritize. Write your ever so long todo list, star the three most important. If you are like me, I will never finish my todo list, but at least I am getting the needs done.

I hope everyone has a fantastic productive week! Would love to hear your thoughts on how to be productive as possible, and still enjoy your summer days?

Friday, July 28, 2017

On Comparison

This past week I have been pretty frustrated, not at any one situation, but more at myself. For having feelings that I almost never have. 

I was straight up throwing myself a pitty party, and I am not usually one to-do this. I am usually the biggest cheerleader for everyone. I know that if the circle you are in is being elevated it goes in flows and you can always learn something from anyone. I'm not upset, I'm happy for them and I want to know their tips and tricks on how they got there! It usually never gets to me. 

I honestly do not know where it came from. Not even two weeks ago I was thinking, "Wow, I think I have this figured out." I had a game plan for growth in personal and career aspects of my life. My blog was slowly growing, which was never something I was expecting. I wanted the blog to practice writing and graphic design. The fact that there is any growth, was an added bonus. Not to mention, everything I have been learning from this blog! I have been ecstatic what has happened this past year, and down the road I also have a couple of great things that are coming up. I have no reason to be upset what so ever. Life is good, I just took a vacation, I have a big trip coming up, family, career, and personal life is for lack of a better work, exciting! 

Then that little bug of comparison snuck up. I saws someone who started a blog pretty much the same time that I did, seamlessly blow up over night. Then I turn the corner and a friend of a friend started a new company and the first person she signed was my favorite fashion blogger! 

Which is amazing for them, and I could not be happier for them! BUT, and I hate myself for saying this, I just thought why not me?  Why wasn't this amazing success just handed to me? I went down this rabbit hole of being bitter and self indulgent in self pitty. 

As I am going down this rabbit hole, I had to stop myself. I was wishing to have this handed to me. I realized I did not want to have to work for this, I did not want to come up with a strategy, I wanted this quick fix. I wanted the overnight success. When I came to this realization, it stopped. It stopped because I knew that was lazy. 

With comparison, you have no idea where people are in their journey. Everyone is different and everyone has vastly different strengths. This comparison had no help on my journey, took my happiness and success away, and distracted me from my overall goal.

Comparison is almost never fair, but it is easy for us to boil ourselves down to a number. It is temping to make ourselves stay on track if we can just focus on metrics and data. The thing is as humans we are so much more than that. When we compare, we forget all the other factors that go into a business, a goal, a life. I think the main thing I took away from this is to focus on  your own strengths and your plan and not worry about other people's journeys (still be supportive) because you have no idea where they are in theirs!   
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