Work Outfits

I’m noticing that I need to get some more jewelry, that seems to be where my creativity is most lacking. And maybe a pair of booties. It’s getting chilly and my open toes are feeling it.

Here’s what I wore:

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Malve from Anthropologie dress, Anthropologie jacket (similar here), Isola from Nordstrom shoes (similar here)

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Banana Republic Safari collection top (similar here), Banana Republic Sloan pants, Steve Madden oxfords

 

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Same Anthropologie jacket as above (similar here), Anthropologie top, Banana Republic lace skirt (similar here), Ugg booties (similar here)

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Things I’m Looking Forward To

This is my first truly busy week in awhile and it feels good to be getting back into the swing of things. I’m an introvert by nature so after a weekend of hiding out with a book and taking some me time, I’m ready to get back out there. Here’s what I’m looking forward to this week:

-Mom’s birthday is tomorrow. I like having a chance to celebrate a lady who doesn’t let us celebrate her very often. She works too hard and too often to ever take a break and as such depends on other people to help her step back and relax a bit.

-Shovels and Rope on Wednesday. Nick got me tickets for Christmas because he’s the best. I’ve listened to the album on repeat off and on for months and still actually only know the words to 3 songs but I’ll sway around like a champ to the rest of them.

-Date night. Have you ever had a scheduled date night? It’s one of our couple new years resolutions. In theory I think we’re trying to build up the suspense and the anticipation that we used to get from setting up a date for a few days away and then having to wait a few days to see each other. Only without the waiting a few days to see each other since we’re together all of the time.

Homemade Protein Bars

My schedule is pretty hectic (that’s the way I like it!) and that requires me to be on top of things when it comes to fitting meals into my day. One of my tricks for doing so is to always have one of these bad boys on hand.

The original recipe is good on its own but I like to use natural peanut butter which means that mine come out drier. To compensate, I like to add about a teaspoon of non-hydrogenated coconut oil, milk, and honey (if you use sweetened milks like vanilla soy or rice milk then I would omit the honey) to make the bars a little softer.

Once they’ve cooled for a few hours and have formed a solid bar I like to cut them into 1″x 4″ pieces. Then I wrap each bar diagonally in a 5″x5″ square of wax paper. You can store the whole batch in the fridge for up to 2 weeks although they start to dry out again after about 5 days.

You can also add more things to them if you want to mix it up a bit: raisins, dried fruit, different chocolate chips, flavored extracts, or chopped up nuts.

 

Music Minute

I happen to be fortunate enough to spend my days with the nicest guy I know. He’s also an incredibly talented musician with great taste and a knack for finding and sharing bands I’ve never heard of before. He’s agreed to do an occasional post sharing a band or two that he thinks are worth having a listen. 

I recently discovered a band called “Gem Club” on Spotify. They’ve been around for almost 5 years now, with 2 albums and an EP under their belt, but only recently did they blossom into being a “national act” with their 2014 release, In Roses.
Their sound has an immediate familiarity to it – repetitive pianos and beautiful string arrangements lay the foundation for most of their tracks. Singer Christopher Barnes lays (sometimes incomprehensible) vocal melodies over the patient soundscapes and songs on the album flow together with ease.
This is an album to unwind or study with on a rainy evening. Fans of the bands “Other Lives,” “Eluvium,” and “S. Carey” should take a listen to “Gem Club.”

Work Outfits

My first post-college job started this week and I wasn’t really sure if I’d be able to look the part without going on a bit of a shopping spree. Unfortunately, that’s not really in the cards for me right now so I’m making do with what I can scrounge up from my closet (with a little help from mom’s).

Here are a few of my favorite outfits from this week:

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Calvin Klein dress (similar here), vintage belt, Target tights, Ugg boots (similar here)

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Camille and Co tunic (similar here), Elevenses jacket, Banana Republic slacks, Target scarf (similar here), Ugg boots (similar here)

 

IMG_0290Banana Republic top (similar here), Ann Taylor jacket (similar here), Vince Camuto slacks, Old Navy scarf (similar here), Dolce Vita flats (similar here)

 

Things I’m looking forward to

This week I’m looking forward to:

– Planning my first social event at work. It’s only me second week and I’m already getting to enact new ideas. I’m excited and honored to be working with a company that allows me to take initiative and to be creative.

– Catching up on sleep. I’m finally getting into the swing of this new schedule which means that all of those last minute things that kept me up last week shouldn’t be in the way this week.

– Spending time with friends. That’s what I missed most last week. My goal this week is to schedule at least two social events outside of ballet.

It’s going to be a great week!

Eating on the go

I started a new job this week that requires me to be out of the door by 7:45am and gone until 8 or 9pm. That’s all the impetus needed to get me kicked into chef mode. Last Sunday I spent 2 hours meal planning, grocery shopping, and prepping meals for the week and it’s paying off well.

There are a few pros to this:

– eating healthier- I tend to eat well when I’m the one preparing the food

– wasting less- I plan the meals to use off all of the leftovers from the other meals, which also means…

– saving money- since I’m using ingredients more efficiently and not having to buy snacks or meals while I’m out.

All in all using a menu planner works out well for me, and the money I save on not eating out more than makes up for the time it takes for me to prep everything on Sunday.

I seem to be the only one in my office who brings multi-component lunches daily. Is that the case in your office? Do you already bring your lunch? Hopefully this can serve as a dialogue for sharing recipes and tips for not getting bogged down in the mechanics of having to add an extra task to your schedule each week.

Each week I’ll be posting a recipe, snack idea, or meal planning/prep tip that I use to make some pretty fabulous lunches. Starting as soon as I take some pictures that aren’t in a break room!