Disconnecting to Connect!

Friday, July 20, 2018

When I decided to become a blogger I never knew how much time I would spend on my phone. Social media took some getting used it, and now its way blogged so most things but thinking even three years back I have no idea what I did to kill time before Instagram and Pinterest. A presenter at a leadership conference I attended, Erin Robinson, talked about it being like an addiction, and I laughed. "Like I am totally not addicted" but you know what I totally am. Lately I have been catching myself checking my social media accounts even more – not because I was doing something but because I am used to it. It's just something I did. It is a habit, and not checking my phone gave me major FOMO. Last week of April I made a commitment to myself (and well you guys, because you all get to be part of it) to not check my phone (with exceptions of phone calls, because well my mother). No Instagram, no Facebook, no twitter, no e-mails.

Partially worried but very determined me, arrived at my parents first So here is what I learned from disconnecting, even if it's just for a day every week.

Day one is hard. First couple of hours you are gonna be SO bored. I tried to keep busy and did eventually have to give my phone to my dad to hold hostage so I am not tempted to check it.


Week two was much easier. After I survived week one, day one I knew what to expect. I read the news paper  (paper form new paper) for the first time in years. Spent time alone and with my family and before I knew it, the day was over.

My family noticed I wasn't using my phone, so my gen Z sibling who is usually glued to his phone, played a lot less with his phone and was more social, which was nice. We even went for a walk - phone free.

I cleaned a lot. By week three my Sunday was wake up, breakfast and ton of chores. I don't know if this has anything to do with social media hiatus but I was very productive. I seemed to get ton more done than previously, so that was a win.

I had to dig out my ipod (I know, who knew I still had one) for music. I wanted to go for a walk and needed music but having my phone is too tempting, so I went old school. Music with no internet connection.

Week four just passed and by time I got here  I was looking forward to an opportunity to disconnect. There was something nice about having a day where memes, likes and cute dog videos aren't your got to.

Could you go on a break with your phone?

How to Build a Work Wardrobe on a Limited Budget

Thursday, July 19, 2018


Lately we have been talking about financial fitness, saving and finances, you know the things that school prepared us so little for. One day you are in school, living the life and all of a sudden, you have a whole new stack of expenses: rent or mortgage, utilities, car payments, groceries, credit cards and you are expected to look professional and be ready top enter the work force. I am a strong believer that you should dress for the job you want, not the job you have, so if that means wearing a suit to work every day, that is what it means. (I don’t mean “I put lingerie and wings on, and you are now waiting for a call from VS”)
However, a well-fitting, put-together professional wardrobe is expensive, so how do you put it all together if you want to make a strong impression at your first job.We rounded some tips on how to build a work appropriate wardrobe without breaking the bank.

Budget.
Before you start shopping, decide what you can commit right now to get started. Since acquiring an entire wardrobe is a journey not an instant destination, decide what you can afford at the start, and what you can work in the budget over time.  This might mean you have to cut out some other expenses (or start with saving five dollars a day) in order to get the wardrobe you want.


Give and Take.
Building a wardrobe takes time, and patience.  You can’t have everything right at the start, so take your time and shop smart. Shop sales, do your research, sign up for newsletters on stores you know you want to shop at and join Ebates. In order to offset some of the cost of new clothes, sell clothes you aren’t using. 

Quality over quantity.
When it comes to work clothes you want to buy quality items vs getting 5 tings. When I say quality I don’t mean go and spend $$$ on brand names or high-end items, I mean purchase quality materials that will last a long time. You want to invest in quality essential pieces that you can mix and match with other things. You want to stay away from trends, those come and go and its waste of money. Purchase a quality neutral (black, grey, beige, blue) pieces like pants, skirt, blazer and dress. Than you can get tops and sweaters to mix and match with your quality pieces.

Mix and Match.
Learning what pieces will go together can be a challenge, and there is gonna be trail and error but when you are building a wardrobe before purchasing items see if they will work together.  Try things on together, see if it works or not. This require planning, you want each item you get to work with more than one thing you have, you need it to be versatile. You will get very good at layering, accessorizing and mix and matching to make the most out of your wardrobe. 

What are your tips for building a work wardrobe on a budget? 
  

Top 5 Movies You Must Watch This Summer

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Can you believe it, it's the middle of Summer already! The beginning of the end, well I love summer so that's how I see it. However, there are some great movies to get you through so summer nights when you want to lounge around. Here are my top picks. 

The Spy Who Dumped Me- Kate McKinnon is hysterical on SNL so I can't wait to see her in this movie. Mila Kunis is an amazing actress so i'm hoping she will as good in this as she was in Bad Moms. If you haven't seen Bad Moms or Bad Moms 2 you should also check those out. The movie comes out August 3, 2018.

Like Father- Two of my favourite genres action and comedy. It's no wonder I have two comedy picks back to back, I watched this trailer on the plane ride home from Europe and I couldn't wait to watch it. This is a Netflix movie so you'll need a subscription or someone else's subscription to watch it. It will be released on August 3, 2018. So watch The Spy Who Dumped me in theatres and then watch Like Father at home. 

BlackkKlansman- Watch the trailer and then watch this movie, that's all I can say. It comes out August 10, 2018. 

Crazy Rich Asians- I cannot wait for this movie! An all asian cast about asians is amazing! Guess what they didn't cast Scarlette Johanson for once to play a role made for an asian. I fell in love with Constance Wu in Fresh of The Boat so I cannot wait to see what else she can do. Check it out when it hits theatres August 15, 2018. 

Mile 22- I love action movies so I have to throw one into my picks. Mark Wahlberg is amazing and this movie is no exception. I watched the trailer and it has so much action and suspense. Check it out when it hits theatres August 17, 2018.

What movies will you be watching? 

OOTD - Summer Prints - The weekend version of an office outfit

Monday, July 16, 2018

Working in finance my closet is full of office-appropriate dresses, but on my days off I like a casual version that's equal parts comfortable and stylish. This off-the-shoulder dress hits on both of those points. I picked this dress up in two colors and it will def be my easy-yet-polished off duty look. I love that it can be paired with heels or trainers.  









dress: Old Navy
shoes: Anne Klein
purse: YSL

Beauty Favorites: July

Friday, July 13, 2018

Summer is in full swing and I love it. We have been relaxing by the beach and exploring new places. I wear very little make up and use way less products in the summer heat than I do year round. Here are five products we brought to our summer vacation.

Last summer a friend brought this Biotherm Sun After Oligo-Thermal Sparkle Cream and I was in love. It's a great moisturizer and is quickly absorbed. I like the smell of it even though is not strong. The sparkle is very fine and very eye catching, It gives you a nice subtle glow to make your skin look soft and amazing after being in the sun all day.

I am one of the rare and fortunate people that mosquitos don’t like – they will floc to me but will not actually bite me. A nurse at a travel clinic recommended this bug spray for my trip to Ghana as its supposed be very effective. I picked it up and it works like magic. I found it to be very effective against ticks and mosquitoes. It goes on a little more oily than other products I have tried but this fades after a minute or two, and it last a long time .

My skin is very sensitive and hates most things. Having dry acne prone skin I found it very hard to find a product that balances those two issued and this face oil worked amazing for my skin. It's very hydrating but it doesn’t break me out. I been using it for a month, and it absorbs fast leaving my skin fell soft and glowing. I was worried about bringing it to vacation because its o hot but it doesn't leave my skin greasy what's so ever.


I have been wearing this perfume as my summer fragrance for over a decade! Its subtle and light smell but it last a long time. It's light and fresh but sweet at the same time.

Neutrogena® Hydro Boost Water Gel Sunscreen SPF 50
Neutrogena recently sent me the new Hydro Boost water gel sunscreen SPF 50 and I instantly became a fan of because its sheer, lightweight formula is easy to wear and does so much more than just protect my face against UV rays. I love that it provides my skin with moisture leaving my skin looking healthy-looking, fast and for up to eight hours without any residue or white marks.

What are your summer go to products?

Five Things I Learned From Traveling With New People

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Who do you usually travel with? I have traveled with family, friends, co-workers and complete strangers all over the world. While traveling with people you know and like, or have traveled before is a lot easier as you know them and know how they travel - traveling with new people is exciting.
Before you go and say you are completely off your rocker, who likes traveling with people they don't know or are not comfortable, hear me out... Over last 12 months I have gone to Vegas with friends, Bosnian with family, traveled with 8 complete strangers to Ghana, and spent a week in Croatia with two people who meet ONCE two weeks before our trip, and I wouldn't have done it any other way. Amongst many other awesome things, you get to make new friends along the way because it is really hard to dislike anyone while on holidays; you get an entirely new perspective on travel; you get to learn from their experiences (or them yours).

Here are five things I learned from traveling with people:

You will try new things.

Whether you are staring at a menu realizing you have no idea what the items are, or jumping on a bus that you hope will get you somewhere familiar, travel is exciting. Traveling with new people you are more likely to allow yourself into new situations and turning them into amazing experiences. In Ghana I tired food that if I was with people I usually travel with would have never done. 



You find the value in getting lost and off track.
There is nothing like being lost in Dubrovnik where every street corner is breathtaking but very confusing; or being lost in Venice where every neighborhood has a cluster of similar looking homes. There is so much to see and experience that is not in the guide books. Go off plan and get lost! Just because everyone is climbing the walls leading to best lookouts in Montenegro, doesn’t mean you have to. We found the best terrace restaurant and people watched, and drank delicious wine.  Traveling with new people allow you to give your crazy plain rains (I am talking about me here) and go with the flow. Really! Get lost in a city then wander around. Maybe it's walking down endless amount of stairs to take a dip in the ocean, at 5AM.





You learn to communicate better.

Communication is a funny thing, we talk and understand each other so differently, so when traveling , especially with new people  sometimes you are struggling with another language but you learn to communicate in other ways. Yes all with hilarious grammar errors, or talking with your hands, or talking to each other view Google translate but you make it work and most times end in laughs. Having to figure out how to communicate in a different way is a great asset. It is a golden opportunity to fall in love with people, fall in love with cities and be in love with things you never knew possible – all because you took time to talk to new people, in a new way!


You learn its okay to say no.
Not all of us think the same, want the same things, or find same things interesting. If you are traveling with people you know so well, you learn that its 100% okay to say no, and you don't feel guilty about it. When I travel with people I know, I tend to cater more to what they want to do. In some part that is because I want them to have a good time, and if they don't have it their way they usually don't. So traveling it strangers, you say "no thanks" and for a while do your own thing.


You learn that most of people are friendly and decent.
Traveling with people I never met before, I went into the experience as open minded as I could. Traveling to places I never been to I made a concisions effort not to see the stereotypes. Yes some of those stereotypes, "difficult" personalities or perceptions do really hold up, but on average, most of the people I’ve met around the world, or traveled with are extremely polite, friendly and helpful. Expectations can also make or break a person or place a place. If you approach travel to new places or new people with an open mind, and no pre conceived notions about a person, place or culture you are bound to have a wonderful experience.  
Traveling with new people is 75% all about how you react and approach things and 25% about everyone else. If you approach travel with someone new as a clean sleight, and a new opportunity full of possibilities, you are bound to have a better experience in the end. Be kind, be flexible, only give a fuck about things that actually matter, ask a lot of questions and listen. There is ton of power in that.
What have you learned from travel?




OOTD - Striped Jumpsuit

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

I don’t know about you but I love one and done outfits, especially during summer. This is why I love dresses and jumpsuits. I don’t have to worry about matching, prints just put one thing on and I am ready to go. This jumpsuit is both tailored but slightly relaxed and causal. I also love the color and the fact its neutral and I can add pop of color with heels or a bag. You guys might have noticed my obsession with Old Navy products lately, mostly because I have found ton of really is a great transitional piece that works well for sunny daytime and chillier evenings out. 






jumpsuit: Old Navy
belt: Box of Style
shoes: Steve Madden
purse: Rebecca Minkoff 

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