Year: 2015

Poppin Crush

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I’ve been a big fan of Poppin for quite a while now – it pretty much feeds my love of fresh office/school supplies year-round. Everything looks clean, fresh and minimal, and comes in a rainbow of colors, and all for a ridiculously affordable price. And since they’re all about organizing your workspace, it seems only fitting that their website is super organized, too – by type of product and by color (!). I picked up a tiny white tray at Crate & Barrel the other day, and I’m super excited to start filling my office with all kinds of shiny white goodness (and, you know, maybe a pack of sunny yellow pens or a coral ruler). I’m also in love with these gold pushpins, which would make my bulletin boards look so polished. And this magazine file is functional and so nicely designed.

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Latest Beauty Favorites

beauty faves

As I mentioned in this post, I’ve been cleaning like crazy lately. My bathroom was not exempt, and I ended up realizing that I thought I had a lot more makeup than I actually did – rather, I had a lot of makeup, but a lot of it was really old and bad. So, not-so-unfortunately, I had to make a trip to Sephora to re-stock – and I decided to splurge a tiny bit and get some higher-quality, longer lasting products. Here’s my take on them:
Benefit Cosmetics Watt’s Up! // This is actually my first legitimate highlighter, and I’m in love. Aside from the beautiful packaging, this highlighter is shimmery without being over-the-top, and the color is a soft champagne. The formula is a creamy stick that turns into a powder and melts into your skin. I’ve found that I like to blend with my fingers, but there’s a small blending sponge on the other end if you prefer.
Benefit Cosmetics Hoola // I actually bought this a while ago, but only started using it recently (because all the other times of the year my skin is way too pasty white). A little goes a long way, and the powder is very fine and blends pretty easily. I use it on my forehead, a little down my nose, and along my cheeks and jawline, for a slightly less ghost-like complexion.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil // I’d been using Sephora brand eyeliner for a long time, but I only now realize what I’ve been missing out on. It’s a little pricey, but so well worth it – it’s just so easy and un-fussy and smooth to put on. Plus, it’s definitely going to last for a while. I got Smoke, but I can’t wait to try out some more adventurous shades.
Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF 15 // This is officially my favorite foundation. I got a tiny sample bottle in a Clinique bonus offer a while ago, and after using half the tube I became a little distraught and started mixing it with my daily facial moisturizer (half out of curiosity, half out of wanting to make it last as long as possible) – which turned out to be a great idea, because it makes the ideal tinted moisturizer. I’m pretty cheap, but I decided this is something I can no longer live without and got a full size bottle – and its nozzle is perfect for dispensing just a little bit to mix with moisturizer.
I’d love to know what your beauty essentials are! I definitely need some recommendations.

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Office Organization

office organization

I’ve been in something of an ongoing war with my office ever since I redid it (which was, um, three years ago). Naturally I kept putting off organizing it, but then something snapped a few weeks ago and I went on a major cleaning spree. I’m hoping it’ll stay like this because it feels so nice to have a clean, tidy place to do work. I thought I’d share a few photos and tips in case any of you are in need of cleaning inspiration.

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I think it’s imperative to have a clear desk top. You can spread out with all the stuff you need, and piles of paper and books and junk feels sort of claustrophobic (plus it’s just not nice to look at). For the things that need to get moved somewhere else, or would normally be perched somewhere on my desk, I use a cheery West Elm tray to corral them, and I sort through later. I always keep my agenda open and visible (so I remember to look at it!) as well as a pen cup, for obvious reasons, and a notepad to jot down the random things that pop into my head (find that blouse, take pictures for that post, pack that book on vacation).

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Organizing my drawers and cabinet were probably my biggest source of apprehension, but I ended up tackling it head-on with a garbage can. My system was to throw away or relocate anything that I hadn’t used in recent memory, and that got the junk level down pretty fast. Then it was just a matter of reorganizing and stacking and sorting what remained. Luckily my desk drawers are really long – even so, I have two drawers full of office supplies, which I’m starting to get organizers for (I love these). Then I have a drawer for money and wallets and financial things, then one of random miscellaneous things (mostly a lot of pouches) and then one for tech, computer stuff and manuals (shown above). My cabinet was a little easier – I just reassessed what was in the bottom shelf, then cleared out most of what was in my letter tray.

Personally, I’ve become a big proponent of the idea that you should throw out or give away things you don’t use and/or don’t make you happy (and I’m loving the results).

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And, of course, some accessories from IKEA to liven up the space…I don’t think I’ll ever tire of that poster. (I’m still working on the magazine rack – it’s about a third magazines, a third papers and a third empty right now.)

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A few months ago I realized that my book collection was starting to spiral out of control, so I ran to IKEA for a thin bookshelf (and within a week the shelves were filled, of course). It’s become a place for me to shelve new books as well as ones I’ve yet to read, and the top is the perfect place to stash whatever may be cluttering my desk.

IKEA desk (tabletop + Alex cabinet and drawers)
IKEA bookcase
West Elm tray

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Zara Sale Picks

zara sale picks

Moose top // Loafers // Plaid trousers // Black and gold oxfords // Gold oxfords // Embellished tee // Scarf // Sequin sweater // Necklace // Earrings // Jacket // Kimono coat // Trousers // Suede top

It’s probably pathetic to say that the Zara sale is one of the most anticipated events of the year for me, so I won’t. I’ve undoubtedly mentioned on here before that I use the bi-annual blowouts to stock up on basics (and some fun statement pieces) for the next season, and this time is no exception. It’s kind of terrible how excited I get about fall clothes this early, when I haven’t even worn all of my summer dresses yet! Still, I can’t miss the opportunity to grab some soft layering pieces (I just got this sweater jacket in the mail and it’s the softest, coziest thing I’ve ever felt). I also snapped up this blouse in the cutest print (it’s more beige, less blush in person) and these pants, which are stretchy but tailored. Plus these shoes that I started swooning over here are only $20…(so naturally I got them). And for those of you looking – these are the kind of flats I wear all fall/winter long (they go with everything), and how chic is this kimono coat? That zipper…

Anyone else already excited for next season’s clothes? (P.S. Don’t miss Anthropologie’s sale either – I got a burgundy crop sweater for just $16!)

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