My last few posts have been about de stressing / taking moments out of the busyness to relax and I wanted to continue that theme in today’s post. So much of life is insanely busy, but the little things [like taking care of yourself- mentally and physically] are so important.

The busier I have been getting, the more I find it absolutely necessary to really dedicate time to taking care of myself. IRL I probably still need a mom, but since mine is thousands of miles away it’s falling on me to remind myself to eat and drink water and all of that stuff I used to not bother with [seriously, I’m terrible with that. I always forget to eat].

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Making sure that I’m getting enough sleep and drinking enough water has really become a priority for me now. I used to get away with staying up ‘til all hours of the night [I’d say I was ‘creative’ and I ‘worked better at night’ when really, I was just unorganized and I would procrastinate and not plan. I’m even more creative now and I get up early and function on a business schedule. Night owls of the world, you can change!]. I had to change to keep up with my work schedule and crazy hours. I can’t show up for shoots with two hours of sleep in me- I’m exhausted, I don’t function as well, and honestly, you can see it in me. My eyes, my face, my skin. It really does affect your appearance as well as your attitude. Same reason why I’ve had to remind myself to drink so much water. You can see it in your skin when you’re dehydrated, and since I’m on camera so much I have just another excuse why I have to keep up with it- that includes cutting down alcohol. I am by no means a heavy drinker, I’ll have a glass or two of wine sometimes. But alcohol ages your skin and you really can see it years down the road.

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Taking care of my skin externally has always been something I’ve focused on. I don’t have a product heavy routine by any means- I will never be the type of girl that has six primers, eye creams, face creams and scrubs, no matter how old I get. I just know I can’t commit to that. I keep my routine simple and use a few key products that work for my skin. Skincare has always been something I’ve invested in- I love to try out new products, and if a product works well, I’ll continue to invest in it. Investing in quality products and dedicating yourself to a routine will really make a difference in your skin. Not only will your skin feel and look better, it also helps in ways you wouldn’t necessarily think- your makeup will apply easier, and you’ll need to use less [something I learned when I started to really exfoliate and moisturize my face].

My newest investment has been into an anti-aging serum – PREVAGE® Anti-aging Daily Serum from Elizabeth Arden. I just had my 27th birthday [gasp!] and for my birthday last year my body decided to gift me a set of hips [it was like happy birthday! have a child!] so I decided I would get ahead of it this year and gift myself some anti-aging skincare before it decided to give me some wrinkles. It’s something I know I can commit to because it’s right before moisturizer [which is something I swear by. I will not sleep unless I’ve removed my makeup and applied moisturizer, so this is a simple addition].  If you’re someone with dry skin, you’ll understand the necessity of needing to moisturize frequently- I like to apply at both morning and night, and this feels very luxurious without adding a lot of weight or grease. I also liked that this product comes in a dispensable tube instead of a jar. My routine as of now for my external skin care is cleansing my face, adding on my anti-aging serum, and a moisturizer- both morning and night. I’ve noticed that my skin is definitely more healthy, more radiant, and has generally looked better overall.

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I hope my tips on investing in your skin internally and externally could help with your routine! If you want to see your skin improve, really try out these tips- you’ll be surprised at the difference they make!

Elizabeth Arden PREVAGE® Anti-aging Daily Serum is available at ElizabethArden.comMacy’s and Nordstrom.

 

Do you ever wonder how some people fit everything into a day? Does it feel like some people have more hours than you or like they manage to accomplish more than you?

Some of my most frequently asked questions [and most viewed videos] revolve around organization. You wouldn’t guess this by looking at my closet, but I’m not naturally the most organized person. In fact, I’m actually pretty scatter brained [or so my mom says]. I always have 400 things going on-ideas in my mind, projects to start, jobs to finish and plans to rush off to. But running my own business means that I have to be organized- if I don’t get somewhere, I’m the one missing out. If I can’t find something, I’m the one in trouble. So I thought I would share with you my top six tips on being more productive and less stressed by learning how to work with your weaknesses and by better utilizing the time you have.

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1. Be Realistic
Most resolutions on self change fail because people aren’t honest with themselves. You see it all the time with weight loss- ‘it’s 2015!! I know I never went to the gym last year, but I’m going to go EVERY DAY THIS YEAR!’ cue two weeks later, they’re completely burnt out, and out of the gym. It’s not to say that their intentions weren’t good- it’s that they weren’t realistic with themselves. If you’re honest about your goals as well as honest about your habits, you’re way more likely to make real progress!

For example: Instead of going 0-100 and from no gym to only gym, something more realistic would have been to enroll in a class that meets weekly.

An example in my life that needed to change: I was always late.
Always. ALWAYS. I’m naturally a late person.

But I’m never late to meetings. I’m realistic with myself about how long it actually takes me to get ready, as well as how long traffic actually takes.

Time yourself on a day when you’re getting ready. Then time yourself on a day you’re getting ready at your absolute fastest. It takes me an hour to get ‘camera’ ready, and 20 minutes to get ready in a rush. This way I can truly plan how much time I need and factor that in so I’m not rushing.

Be honest with yourself about how much time you actually need to get places- people would much rather have you be honest when you’ll show up so they can plan for that time as well, as opposed to you pretending that it takes you ’10 mns omg so low maintenance’, and then arriving 30 minutes later to an annoyed group.

This way you’re also less stressed-I plan out my day with realistic timelines, and know how much I can actually fit in instead of trying to cram in 300 things. I have enough time to get ready, get where I’m going, and enjoy the process- not be racing and apologizing.

2. Write things down
To do lists and planners should be your best friend. Sometimes it’s just destressing for me in general to write out everything I have to do- it seems much more achievable when it’s on paper. It seems like there’s actually less to do, and now I know I won’t forget anything.

I like to write my to-do lists in order of importance. For example: what has to get done tonight? what do I want to do, but actually won’t matter if it doesn’t get done until the weekend? Answering work emails and finishing projects are always paramount to something like organizing my closet. This helps you to focus your energy on what has to get done, and takes your mind off the projects that don’t need immediate attention.

I also like to jot notes on my phone [literally, on the notes app] throughout the day. This helps me later at night when I’m compiling my list / checking things off in case anything came up or I had a reminder to myself.

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3. Schedule
Once you get down your to do list, it’s important to schedule your time out among the tasks- including breaks. Naturally we tend to drift off during work [checking social media sites, watching videos] especially if it’s on a computer. BUT we’re stressing out the entire time that we’re doing it!

Ex: “omg I have to finish this paper I have soo much to do” -while checking facebook.

If you schedule breaks in for yourself, you’re more likely to get your job done faster AND enjoy those moments for social media, instead of expanding your stress over a longer period of time.

How I fixed this: For every hour I would dedicate to a project, I would give myself ten minutes of uninterrupted chill time. I could do whatever I wanted in this time. Tweet, text, facebook. Or just literally step away from the project and get a snack. This way you’re actually relaxing for those ten minutes and enjoying your break that you normally take. This also gives you a reward for working and an incentive to get through it. You’ll also probably get done a lot more and a lot sooner since you’re dedicating solid time to working!

4. Multitask 
You probably read this title and were like ‘Carly, we thought you said you can’t multitask’ and that is TRUE- I don’t like to hold conversations and try to text or email, etc. But I DO multitask when it comes to tedious projects-

Example: Netflix while organizing.

If you’re someone who gets caught up watching hours of netflix, this is the perfect fix for your dilemma. I recently had to unpack my entire apartment due to the move, and this was a great time for me to start House of Cards. I would set up my computer in the area I was unpacking and organize while watching and listening to the show. This helped me stay on task while also being able to enjoy it! Set up your computer anywhere you have a task like this- laundry, sorting clothes, making your bed, etc. Helps the mundane chores seem more enjoyable!

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5. Work with your weakness
Another reason so many personal resolutions fail is because we like to promise the best of ourselves [ex: ‘I am going to have the most organized taxes ever next year’ etc] when really, we should be planning for our worst versions [‘I lose everything’].

Personal example: I would always misplace my keys. Nothing is more frustrating than trying to run out the door and having no idea where your keys are. So I started to plan for this moment and bought a tray specifically for my keys that I set at my entry table by my front door. It’s an automated response for me now to put my keys in the tray when I enter my apartment. This was a simple way for me to eliminate something I always do! By working with what my problem was, I was able to accommodate for it.

Other ways to work with your weakness:

  • Do you lose papers in school? Get one binder, always put your loose papers in it. Handouts, notes, your syllabus. If specific folders are too much for you, at least they’ll always be in one spot!
  • Always late? Time out what’s the absolute minimum amount of time you need. I’d say it takes me ‘ten minutes’ but that doesn’t factor in my walk to the elevator, to the garage, to my car and actually on the road. That is 20 minutes. So now I know that I absolutely have to give myself that time to not stress.
  • Bad with emails? Create a folder within your emails. I have a folder called ‘respond’ that I’ll put important emails in throughout the day if I can’t get back to them immediately. At the end of the night, I’ll check this folder and reply to everything that I would have forgotten about.

6. Plan ahead

This last tip goes hand in hand with how I talked about ‘planning for your worst’. No matter how much pre-planning or organizing you do, things can still go wrong. This is one of your best bets to living a more stress free life!

I eliminate most of the worst case scenarios by packing a bag before I go off for the day. This includes my laptop, a portable phone charger, some snacks, water, toothbrush / floss, touch-up makeup, and sometimes a change of clothes. This way if my meetings / drive takes too long, I’ll still have food if I can’t stop for lunch [which has happened, many times] and I’m never without my technology in case I need to post something. You will never catch me with a dead phone because I ALWAYS have a back up charger!

I hope my tips can help you guys be more productive and less stressed. A little bit of planning goes a long way! Let me know if you’d like to see a video on this topic! xx

 

Today’s post is all about stepping up your style for spring. Friday is the first official day of spring, so for that I’ve partnered up with SheKnows and Sally Hansen to bring you guys my five tips on how to amp up your outfits.
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You guys know that blogging is my way to share my favorite parts of life and express myself- and you guys know that part of my job is contributing and writing for other fashion sites. If you liked the pictures for this outfit I put together, make sure to check out my full article on SheKnows with five tips for spring style by clicking here. There’s also a really fun quiz with Sally Hansen to determine what your nail polish color should be based on your personality- can you tell the color I got by my outfit? White?! Me?! NO! Shocking! It was DEAD on.

Let me know what color you were if you take the quiz! I’d love to hear your results!