The Perfect Fall Outfit

Fall Favorites

 

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

Copenhagenvia

Positano, Italy

Positanovia

Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholmvia

Prague, Czech Republic

Praguevia

101 in 1001 Update

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Last August, I created my 101 in 1001 list. It’s a list of 101 things I want to do or accomplish in 1,001 days. I’m just about a year into it, so I figured now was as good a time as any to see where I’m at in the list, reflect on what I’ve crossed off the list so far and take a look at what I have left.

So far I’ve crossed 22 out of 101 off the list (and I have quite a few in progress!). Not great, but also not bad either. So far, I’ve:

  • Thought of 101 things
  • Redesigned my blog
  • Gone to Blogshop (read about it here)
  • Launched a new series (See Shel Make, See Shel Read and Weekend Links)
  • Contributed on another blog
  • Became a .com
  • Taken the LSAT exam
  • Gone on a month long spending freeze
  • Visited a city I’d never been to
  • Organized my closet and donated tons of clothes
  • Started a travel fund (and used it as an excuse to make a cute DIY)
  • Gone to (way more than) 5 concerts
  • Gotten in the habit of drinking more water
  • Volunteered
  • Taken a yoga class
  • Repaired my favorite necklace
  • Gone to another music festival (Outside Lands)
  • Purged tons of things when I moved, as a start to living a more simple/minimal lifestyle
  • Started a new tradition with a friend
  • Spent an entire afternoon at a local bookstore (SUPER easy to do)
  • Visited my best friend in SF

I know I still have so many things that I want to cross off my list, but I’m still proud of the ones I have crossed off. Some of them were really quick and easy to do and others took a little more planning. Some of them have helped (or will help) me kickstart some changes in myself and my life that I definitely needed to make. I feel happier and healthier and it’s been so great to get out of my comfort zone a little bit. Like I said, I still have a long way to go to finish this list, but I’m so excited to do it.

Some of the goals I’m still working on that I’m most excited about are:

  • Writing and publishing an e-book
  • Totally unplugging from all things social media and iPhone related for an entire weekend
  • Attempting to eat vegetarian for at least a month
  • (Hopefully) going back to Europe / traveling as much as I can
  • Collaborating with a brand that I love
  • Starting my own business

Be sure to check out my entire list here. And if you have a list of your own or any suggestions or helpful tips that would help me reach any of things on my list, let me know!!

Weekend Links

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+ Outside Lands was the perfect place for some fall outfit inspiration and Free People snapped some great pics of the style. (click here)

+ LOVE this cover. I’ve been listening to it on repeat all week.

+ Like most people, I found myself actually feeling upset about Robin Williams passing away. I’ve never had that reaction to the death of a celebrity before. He was one heck of a comedian. Some of my favorite movies growing up were ones he was in. I really liked this post about his death.

+ 8 Ways to Stay Present, via Clementine Daily 

+ I always feel like I run around like a crazy person in the mornings, so I definitely need to try out these tips for a more peaceful morning.

+ When I was at Target earlier this week, I picked up this book. I can’t wait to start reading it. It sounds so inspiring.

Have a great weekend!!

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Books I’ve Read (and Loved) Lately

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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – I read this while I was at the airport waiting for my flight and I loved it. I thought it was such a sweet, pretty relatable story about young love. The novel follows Eleanor, who has a pretty rough home life and Park, who seems like he has a great life, but he doesn’t really feel like he fits in. It’s all about how the two teenagers meet and quickly fall for each other. They don’t think they have much in common, but end up being exactly what the other one needs.

 

#Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso – I literally read this book in one day. I couldn’t put it down. It was so inspiring to hear the story about how she went from dumpster diving to running a multimillion dollar business. I dare you to NOT want to start your own empire after reading it.

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The Summer We Read Gatsby by Danielle Ganek – I’d had this one on my Kindle for a while before I had read it and I’m so glad I finally got around to reading it. It’s the perfect summer read about two half sisters who don’t have much in common, but both inherit their aunt’s house in the Hamptons. They have instructions from their aunt to find the “thing of utmost value” and the story follows the sisters trying to figure out what that “thing” is. Both of the sisters are so different, but I could definitely relate to both of them throughout the book. And the relationship and some of the exchanges between the two sisters made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion. I think this book would be perfect to take on that last trip to the beach before fall starts.

What have you read lately? I’m always looking for books to add to my list, so let me know!