- Plan a girls’ getaway – even if it’s a night in a local hotel (motel?), pretend you’re having a grown-up slumber party.
- Flirt with your husband (better yet, make a habit of it *wink*).
- Recommit to a workout schedule, or try something new at the gym.
- Volunteer at a animal shelter
- Volunteer at a food bank
- Try meditating for stress relief
- Go to a museum. Alone.
- Take a nap, even if you aren’t tired.
- Read a really raunchy novel.
- Buy new lingerie.
- Before you make a non-essential purchase, ask yourself if you really need it.
- Check your retirement accounts. Make adjustments if necessary.
- Start planning a dream vacation; peruse AirBnB for inspiration.
- GIve your husband/boyfriend/lover a complement.
- Have green tea instead of that afternoon coffee.
- Do what makes YOU happy, not what makes other people happy.
- Send a friend a handwritten card.
- Get a weekly, or monthly, massage.
- Wear sunscreen EVERYDAY.
- Throw a dinner party.
- Do something you’ve always wanted to do but didn’t have the nerve to do.
- Keep a journal.
- Get a makeup makeover at Sephora.
- Slather on body lotion before bed – every night.
- Clean out your closet and get rid of anything that doesn’t fit, needs repair, or you haven’t worn in a year.
- Make an appointment with your dermatologist for a mole check.
- Send flowers to a friend/family member out of the blue, for no reason.
- Drink more water.
- Learn how to cook something new.
- Learn calligraphy.
- Plan, and host, a family brunch. Try to not get annoyed with people.
- Start you day with warm water with a squeezed lemon. It really is refreshing!
- Read a real book before bed (not on your e-reader!).
- Go back to using a paper planner instead of iCal.
- Buy a beautiful candle, and actually use it.
- Learn a foreign language, or at least borrow some DVD’s from the library to try.
- Go to a chick flick with your best friend. Eat horrible popcorn. With M&M’s.
- Text your kids just to say hi.
- Sext your husband/boyfriend/lover.
- Follow up on that later that evening.
- Get a facial. Or, take the time to give yourself one.
- Make an appointment for your yearly mammogram.
- Change something with your hair – cut, color?
- Learn how to make one good cocktail by heart.
- Give blood.
- Eat meatless one day a week.
- Try a new restaurant for date night.
- Leave an insane tip for great service at a restaurant.
- Learn how to apply false eyelashes from a pro.
Does anyone else get totally gleeful at the sight of the back to school aisles? Even after all these years – the kids are past back to school shopping, and the two that I have that are still in college take care of this themselves. I am way past the back to school prowl, but I still get giddy this time of year.
Since I’m just starting my freelance career, after working outside the home for a few years, I think I’m going to take this opportunity (and some of the great back to school sales) to spruce up my home office. I’m craving the organization and a clean slate. It’s so much easier to work and concentrate in a beautiful setting, don’t you agree??
Here’s some ideas to make your office space pretty, left to right:
What are some of the office supplies you use to keep yourself organized?
I’ve been trying to narrow down my wardrobe choice lately, and not be so fast to pull the trigger when I shop. These days, I definitely look for quality over quantity, and I try to stick to a color palette so everything is interchangeable. My basic style is classic, with a bit of prep and a slight edge. I tend to gravitate toward black, a lot. It’s such a great neutral, it’s slimming, and I think it almost always looks polished.
I haven’t ever been a huge fan of Loft, but lately, they seem to be upping their game a bit and I’ve found a few things that I added to my summer wardrobe this past season. I was checking out the dresses today, when I came across a simple, drapey number.
This is a great piece, with a beautiful, flattering neckline. I would wear this for months here in Southern California, but those in other climates might have to get a little creative. Here are some ideas on how to wear this dress now, and later as the weather cools.
How would you transition this piece into fall? Bonus points for styling it into winter!
image via loft
It’s a total and complete scorcher this weekend! Even here on the coast the temperature reached 97 degrees by midday.
I’m always interested in how women reinvent themselves, and this Design*Sponge post is another inspiring example of a woman who did just that to live a creative life and follow her heart.
When we were in Amsterdam this past May, our AirBnB apartment bed had the most luxurious linen bedding. I’m dying to switch things up in the bedroom with a beautiful new bedding set. This is a gorgeous set.
Heather always hits the nail on the head as far as sophisticated fashion goes; I love this simple white dress for these last days of summer (or, if you’re in Southern California like me, any day).
I don’t follow the Whole30 craze, but this Chicken Cacciatore recipe looks damn good, and pretty simple too.
There’s still a couple of weeks left in August, so there’s still time for some travel! Are you headed to Paris but are wondering if everyone has left town? I Prefer Paris has a list of Paris restaurants that are open this month.
Stay cool – enjoy the rest of the weekend!