Book Club: First Women

Making Time for Reading

I have this saying if you’re too busy, it’s because you want to be. It seems like people are always using “too busy” as an excuse for why they aren’t doing something. Whether it’s the gym, or blogging, or reading more, people find time for the things they actually want to do. I have to force myself to do certain things instead of letting myself be “too busy.” 

Growing up, I loved reading. You couldn’t find me without a book and I was constantly looking for more to read and more to learn. I like to think it’s because I am a lifelong learner. I tend to get excited about a topic and then spend every spare second learning about it and becoming immersed in it. 

As an adult, reading is a task I find myself being too busy for. And honestly, it’s an excuse. Which brings me back to my point. I love reading, so why am I so busy?

My Thoughts on the Book

The first book I picked back up for this is First Women: The Grace and Power of America’s Modern First Ladies by Kate Andersen Brower. I love history and learning more about the people who have shaped it. I also love reading about powerful women. And the women behind our country’s greatest leaders are some of the most powerful women I know of. People might disagree here, and that’s totally ok. The First Ladies aren’t your traditional powerful woman. But there is something so amazing about being secure in yourself enough to put an entire country’s needs before your own. 

It’s a really good read, and there are some interesting “behind the scenes” details about our modern first ladies. I also think it’s important to share but it did seem as if the author was more biased towards some ladies but that could just be the way I read it. 

If you have interest in any First Ladies, or some behind the scenes look at the White House and Presidency, this book is for you. Especially if you love Jackie Kennedy. It’s clear the author, like myself and many others, adored the Kennedys.

What are you currently reading? What books should I add to my reading list?

 

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How to Stay Put Together in a Casual Office

I am fortunate to have a flexible job and we have a fairly lax dress code. It makes it so much easier to have fun with my outfits! I dress up on days that I have client meetings etc, but it’s not the norm.

The downside of an ultra casual office is the ability to get lax with my wardrobe. When you can wear sneakers every day, it’s easy to develop bad habits. I work pretty hard to keep myself dressing nicely and keeping a consistent wardrobe and look.

A couple of things I do to keep consistency in my style are small but significant.

Jewelry Can Pull a Look Together
I always make a point to put on jewelry, especially earrings and a watch with bracelets. I start my every day look with a gold or silver watch, and matching bracelets for a full “bracelet stack.” I like to change up the pieces within my stack but it’s always a watch as a base. I will usually then trade up the other bracelets based on what I am wearing, if it’s casual, maybe a rope bracelet, or for a more dressed up look something with pearls.

Grooming is Key
The other thing I force myself to do is always have a manicure. Now, I do NOT go and get weekly manicures out at the salon. I have worked really hard to learn how to do my own nails at home. I have a gel light and all the stuff to go with it. And I am a one trick pony here, I tend to stick to neutral pinks and nudes on my fingers unless it’s fall / winter, in which case I go for a dark maroony-purple color.

Make Up – Maybe
Here is where I struggle. My go-to look is the “no makeup makeup.” I don’t always do a full foundation or blush, but I do try to have mascara on. Also- eyebrows can really clean up your look. Before I had my brows micro bladed, I would always pluck and fill them. Every day. Micro blading has been such a timesaver. I will be sure to post a blog about micro blading and that process when I get my touch up done in October.

Overall, even when you wear jeans and a t-shirt, you can look effortless chic with some effort, but not as much. It’s really what makes off-duty models look so amazing in leggings and sneakers. Seriously guys. I just wanna look like an off duty model :D.

PS – I am loving this boxy “dad-shirt” vibe. The top I am wearing is linked here.

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Summer of Dresses Vol. 2

Summer of Dresses

I find myself to be a fairly creative person, but like anyone, it’s easy to get burned out when you’re spread too thin. Over the last 6 months, I have really struggled creatively. Between my job and personal life, I have found it hard to feel inspired. And as many people in my personal life will attest, when I am tired, or busy, or whatever, I tend to withdraw. Everyone copes differently and that’s completely okay! And most of them don’t hold it against me (most of the time).

Summer of Dresses

During this time I have spent a ton of time thinking about my goals, and where I want to be in life. I do not regret passing on the Boston job. Looking back though, I could have made it work, and could have put some more effort in to explore it. I recently heard a statement “Don’t hope you make the right choice, make it the right choice.” I could have made it the right choice and I think fear held me back. So now, I am feeling antsy creatively again. Real estate has fun and not-fun times, but I have grown as a designer and marketer a ton over the last 6 years and I am ready to make something the right decision. I am exploring more creative options and I am really excited to find where it could take me!

Summer of Dresses

Now, on to Summer of Dresses. I love how light and airy this dress is, and it fits the bill of being more summery. One struggle I keep running into is having lightweight fabric and ironing, and then having wrinkles 2.5 seconds after walking out my front door. If anyone has any ideas here, let me know!

 

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