September Playlist

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Trouble / Ryan Adams
Arsonist’s Lullabye / Hozier
Lost Stars / Adam Levine
Photograph / Ed Sheeran
Darling / MAX
A Little Lost / Sufjan Stevens
Silhouettes / Colony House
Beware the Dog / The Griswolds
Gooey / Glass Animals
Fall Underneath / Snakadaktal
Nice and Slow / Max Frost
Always / Panama
This Song is Not About a Girl / Flume, Chet Faker
Drop the Game / Flume, Chet Faker
Every Other Freckle / alt-J

Listen on Spotify here!

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Up North

Canada

Today, I’m up bright (even though its actually still dark out) and early and headed up north to our little spot in Canada. I grew up going every summer, but haven’t been back since my freshman year of college. I can’t believe it’s been that long and I can’t even express how excited I am to be back in my happy place. I said to my mom the other day that it’s more exciting than Christmas – and I LOVE Christmas!

It’s one of those places that whenever I’m feeling stressed about something, I close my eyes and pretend I’m there. Every now and then, there will be a smell or I’ll see something that reminds me of it and I can’t help but smile.

The lake is surrounded by woods. It’s so quiet and peaceful there and I can’t wait to get away. There’s something about being in a place with no iPhones, no emails and no social media that makes me really excited. As someone who tends to be glued to her phone,  I’m so grateful to have a place that I can go and completely unplug from everything and just not think about that kind of stuff.

The contents of my suitcase looks something like this: cozy sweaters, new books, my camera and an empty notebook to jot down the inspiration that is bound to hit with a whole week of sunsets like this (^^^)  one. All you really need, right?

Hope you guys have a great week!

September

Good Things Come To Those Who Hustle

My mind is blown by how fast 2014 has gone by! It honestly feels like I blinked and now it’s September and there are only four months left in the year. If you’ve been reading (thanks, by the way!) See Shel over this past year, you know it’s been an interesting one for me. It’s been a year of changes, challenges and frustrating moments…but also lots of learning, growth and fun experiences for me.

I usually make an entire list of goals for myself each month, but this month, I think I’m going to stick to one overall goal and really put all of my focus and effort into it. And that one goal is to simply “start”.

There’s a running list I keep in my notebook of all of the things that I want to accomplish over the next year – and even farther down the road. I need to stop talking about doing these things and actually do them…because none of these things will ever get done if I don’t.

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The Perfect Fall Outfit

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Fall is the best season for clothes – that should go without saying, right? Right around this time of year, my countdown to when I can officially break my fall wardrobe out starts. There’s just something about layers and neutrals that I can’t get enough of! I’ve thought about moving to somewhere that has fall weather all year round on more than one occassion…

A few weeks ago, I went to the Outside Lands festival in San Francisco and it was a fall wardrobe lovers paradise! I was sure to take some mental notes on outfit ideas from all of the uber-stylish people that were there.
This fall, you’ll probably find me in layers, flannel, chunky scarves and, of course, a classic black tee.

See Shel Read: More or Less by Jeff Shinabarger

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Over the past year or so, I’ve been making a more conscious effort to live a more minimal and simple lifestyle. I’ve always been a firm believer that less is more, but living in a world where everyone is always after more, it can be easy to get caught up in it.

I recently read More or Less and it completely changed the way I thought. In the best way. It’s not just about living a more minimal lifestyle, it’s about determining what is “enough” for you in every facet of your life and then using your excess to generously give to those who don’t have anything.

I also liked that at the end of each chapter, Shinabarger gives a sort of challenge for you to do that goes along with what the chapter was about. It makes sure that you aren’t just passively reading the book, but actually doing these things and making these decisions throughout your day or week that help you during your “enough” process.

It was such an inspiring read and I would definitely recommend it to anyone and everyone who is even the slightest bit interested!

Have you read More or Less? What did you think?

 

Weekend Links

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+ I think one of the hardest parts about not being in college anymore is that it’s more difficult to meet and make new friends. This article has some great pointers for trying to fix that very problem.

+ So glad I found this blog. She has so many great, healthy recipes that I’m dying to try. Her Instagram is also pretty great too!

+ Did you guys check out my end of the summer playlist? It’s a good one. I’ve been listening to it non stop.

+ 10 ways to wake up refreshed.

+ One of my goals lately has been to step up my photography game, so these tips and tricks have been really helpful.

Have a great weekend!

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End of Summer Playlist

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I Wanna Get Better / Bleachers
A Little Lost / Sufjan Stevens
History Eraser / Courtney Barnett
Mother & Father / Broods
1998 / Chet Faker
Riptide / Vance Joy
Heavenly Father / Bon Iver
Two Weeks / Grizzly Bear
The Writing’s on the Wall / OK Go
Best Friend / Foster the People
Tongues / Joywave
NEW DORP. NEW YORK / SBTRKT ft. Ezra Koenig
Silhouettes / Colony House
First Time / Vance Joy
Rather Be / Clean Bandit
Gold (Flume Re-Work) / Chet Faker
Stolen Dance / Milky Chance
Falls Away / Childhood
1901 / Phoenix
Got to My Head / Waters
Flaws / Bastille
Repeat Pleasure / How to Dress Well
Berlin / RY X
Menswear / The 1975
Drowning / Banks

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 I’ve had these songs playing almost constantly lately. Listen to the playlist here. And, as always, I’ll keep adding more songs to it – so if you have any songs that you haven’t been able to get out of your head, let me know and I’ll add them to the playlist!

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Tips for Drinking More Water

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We’ve all heard about how important it is to drink enough water throughout the day before. I used to see article after article and hear people mention it all the time and I would just shrug it off with thoughts like, “well I did drink that bottle of water while I was sitting in class today. That’s enough, right?”

Wrong. I can’t remember exactly (insert joke about my horrible memory here) what got me into the habit of drinking more water, but I’m so glad that it happened.

Since I started getting in my recommended 64 oz a day, I feel way healthier, more productive and more energized throughout the day. I’ve actually seen noticeable differences in other things, including my skin. (I mean, who doesn’t want clear skin?)

Now, I can tell a physical difference when I DON’T drink enough water during the day. Which definitely happens sometimes. Who would’ve thought that drinking water takes so much self-discipline?

But I do have some tips for getting that suggested serving of H20.

1. Start early. I usually fill up a water bottle (usually this one) before bed and keep it on my nightstand, that way I already have a glass of water ready to go first thing in the morning. Part of my morning routine is checking my emails, tweets and Instagram feed from bed. Having a glass of water right there is really handy and super easy to incorporate into that part of my morning.

2. Keep it close. Carrying it around with you makes it so much easier. I always have my water bottle sitting at my workspace. That way, whenever I get thirsty I have water accessible. And when I finish that bottle, I immediately refill it and I don’t have to worry about it. I also keep a bottle of water in my bag. So when I’m out running errands, I have some water with me.

3. Set goals. I have a giant 32 oz water bottle that I use throughout the day, which makes it super easy to track how much water I’ve had. The bottle is marked at different increments, so I know exactly how much water I’m drinking. I try to have one 32 oz bottle in the morning or before I have lunch and then a second bottle during the afternoon and evening. Setting up simple goals like that make getting the suggested serving attainable. You could also just use a normal glass and tell yourself that you want to have had at least 4 glasses by a certain time of the day. Don’t be too hard on yourself, but you also want to challenge yourself a little bit.

4. Use your phone. Yep, there’s an app for that. There are quite a few apps out there that can help you with your quest to drink more water. My favorite is Waterlogged. You can set daily goals for yourself, track how much you’ve had (and it’s super satisfying watching the countdown to your goal!) and even set reminders.

5. Flavor it. I personally love the taste of water, but I know not everyone does and it’s the most common excuse for not drinking enough water. And I will admit that sometimes the taste does get a little boring. An easy fix for this is to flavor your water. Add some lemon or cucumber to it. I also love these flavor infuser bottles. You can add virtually any kind of fruit you want and let it infuse the flavor into your water.

Do you drink enough water? What are your tips and tricks?

Etsy Spotlight: Sincerely Delightful

When it comes to jewelry, I’m drawn to anything dainty and simple. I tend to stay away from statement pieces because I have a smaller frame. I even have to be careful with bracelets and rings because I have such tiny wrists and skinny fingers.

So when I came across Sincerely Delightful while I was browsing Etsy (like I’m known to do) one day, I instantly fell head over heels for her delicate jewelry. I’m seriously tempted to order one of everything, that’s how much I like it.

Here are some of my favorite pieces.

Sincerely Delightful 1Geometric Statement Necklace

Sincerely Delightful 2Tiny Gold Initial Bracelet

Sincerely Delightful 3Silver Bar Bracelet

Sincerely Delightful 4Hamsa Hand Necklace

Be sure to check out the entire shop here!

Wanderlust

I had brunch with a few friends the other day and, just like it usually does, our conversation turned to comparing our lists of all the places we want to travel. We’ve all be lucky enough to do some traveling, but once you’ve been bitten by the travel bug, you can’t help but want to see as much of the world as you can, am I right?

Here are some of the places at the top of my Wanderlust List!

Copenhagen, Denmark

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Positano, Italy

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Stockholm, Sweden

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Prague, Czech Republic

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