Good Monday Morning, Friends!
I took the last two weeks off to start to get our house ready for demo. The construction is moving along, with the garage to office conversion almost done, and the plans for the main house remodel just about finalized. At this point, the house will be finished within weeks of the baby being born. Given my natural state of anxiety, I’m pretty impressed with my current level of chill. I’m overwhelmed and busy, but surprisingly not too stressed.
We also took a week to travel to Niagara Falls and Toronto with the kids. It was a fun trip with a long car ride that gave me lots of time to think and plan out content for the end of the year. We’re not changing anything, more narrowing our niche. I see such a void for quality content for busy working women, but for some reason, whether it’s my insecurity or general lack of confidence, I’ve held back. After the overwhelmingly positive response from our reader questionnaire last month, I feel ready to bring a little more to our readership. Our content has always been fueled by your feedback, comments, and conversations. So many of you talked about appreciating a voice of a “regular” working mom, one without a team of nannies or staff, with realistic advice and perspective. I’m also working on some ways to bring a few different experts into the mix some time next year. Stay tuned!
I always stubble on interesting articles and podcasts, great finds, and inspiring quotes that I want to share with you, but they’re not enough for their own post. Why not, I thought, curate them into a weekly post we’re calling, The Ten List. So grab your coffee and take a few minutes for yourself before you get swept into the craziness of your day. As always, use the comment section below to add your thoughts and observations.
The Ten List
2. Women at Work: Make Yourself Heard. Struggle with being heard in the office? Confused by how to communicate as a woman at work? It should be straightforward but it’s nuanced and complicated. I loved this podcast by Harvard Business Review. There are too many powerful takeaways to recap for you here, so pop in your earphones and take a listen.
3. Top it Off. I live for early fall. For some reason, transition dressing is my favorite and nothing makes the switch from warm to cool weather easier or elevates an outfit better than a blazer. This tweed jacket by Halogen would be hanging in my closet if I wasn’t pregnant. Pair it with dark jeans for work or weekend. This ladylike black and white jacket is also a winner. It’s a timeless update to breath new life into your basic black skirt or dress and, of course, your slim line black ankle pants.
4. Body Love. I’ve been following Kelly LeVeque (Be Well By Kelly) on Instagram for months now, and have been so inspired and impressed by her knowledge around the science of food. She created the Fab Four Smoothie, an easy way to get greens, fiber, protein and healthy fats in your morning drink. The goal is to help not only fuel up for the first half of your day, but help you avoid the usual carb and sugar crash so many of us experience. Her new cookbook is great for busy women, it’s not complicated, easy to follow and best of all, delicious.
5. An Affordable Classic with a Twist. Every slingback I’ve seen lately, I love, and are also $500. Having great taste has never been my challenge. I was thrilled to find this classic style with a bit of twist by Louise et Cie. Their shoes are comfortable, stylish and affordable. Wear this now to the office, and right into the fall until it starts to get too chilly.
6. Meatless Mondays. This Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quinoa bowl is heavenly. It’s an easy 30 minute meal to make when you get home from work that tastes as good as it is for you. Do yourself a favor, and make a little extra of the cilantro cream drizzle … it’s divine.
7. Shine On with Reese. Reese Witherspoon launched her Direct TV show, Shine on with Reese, with her first guest, the incomparable Dolly Parton. She’s sweet, smart, humble, sassy, unapologetically herself, inspiring and pretty much a national treasure. Can you imagine a world if all women were like her? We would be unstoppable.
8. Loose Ends. I just ordered this little leather organizer for the countless gift cards, coupons and receipts I need to keep (for both work travel and our remodel). It’s under $40 and can be monogrammed. I feel like it’s going to make me a better person. Might make a great teacher gift for around the holidays too.
9. Jeans Under $30. I’m not in maternity clothes yet, but my smaller sized jeans are a no go. To get me by, I picked up these Old Navy Skinny jeans in a size up, and I can’t believe how well they fit. The pocket placement is on point, the waist hits where you want, and they have just enough stretch.
10. Striped … Sneakers. Pretty sure I need these in my life. Can you ever have too many stripes?