The Ten List: February 2020

Get in the Habit of asking yourself, "does this support the life I'm trying to create"

The Ten List was our most popular series in 2019. This year, it moves from being a weekly to a monthly post to make more room for style focused content.

Here I share a thoughtful quote, a little insight, and some products, articles, and other conversation starters that I’m enjoying. As always, I hope it’s a helpful bit of inspiration for your day and love to hear from you in the comments below!

1. Quote of the Month

Get in the Habit of asking yourself, "does this support the life I'm trying to create"

Turning 40 was a real positive shift for me. Perhaps it’s the combination of my experience, understanding that time does fly by, and gaining the confidence in myself that I lacked in my youth, but I’m so happy and grateful to be in this chapter of life.

Conversely, my 30’s felt like one big distraction. So this new decade has given me what feels like a fresh start, an opportunity to take the lessons I learned, and get rid of everything (and anyone) that doesn’t suit me.

It’s like I finally get to say, this is me, I’m strong, ambitious, not so people-pleasing, and I demand the best out of life.

One of my realizations from the last ten years is that to accomplish the goals I’ve set for my family and my businesses; I need to be more intentional with how I spend my time, where I allow my thoughts to go, and who I give my energy.

I’ve learned to ask myself, “does this support the life I’m trying to create?”

Amazingly, it works for everything. Whether it’s committing to taking on another volunteer role, going to a social event, or deciding how I’m going to react to something.

For example, I got my feelings badly hurt around Christmas time by an extended family member. It had to do with my girls not being included in something, and I was furious. 

After a few minutes of being angry, I thought to myself, do I want this kind of thoughtlessness in our lives? Do these people support the life I’m trying to create? 

And it was wonderfully obvious. No. 

At that moment, I gained a ton of power because it not only prevented an unproductive argument, but it also helped me see that I was investing too much time in a one-sided relationship. 

In years past, something like that would have bothered me to the point that I would have lost hours and days of my life. It would have distracted me, cut into my time with my kids, and the little time I have to work. 

This simple question has already given me so much clarity and control in countless ways.

I encourage you to give it a try this month, any time you’re faced with a decision, no matter how big or small, does it support the life you are trying to create? 

2. Love at First Sight

This dress does it for me in so, so many ways. Wear it now with tights and boots, and add a moto jacket for an extra layer. Come spring, throw on your favorite heeled sandals for a perfect look. It’s under $70, also available in a gorgeous olive green. 

3. Gen X Women are Exhausted

Gen X women are stressed out. We are in our prime, at the peak of our personal responsibilities during the fastest-moving, ever-evolving, most interconnected chapter of human history. Add motherhood, caring for aging parents, managing a career, saving for retirement, and keeping everyone’s balls in the air; it’s no wonder why we are all so physically and mentally fatigued.

If you find yourself in the same phase of life, pick up this book, Why We Can’t Sleep, by Ada Calhoun. My friend recommended it to me, and I couldn’t put it down. You’ll feel validated, laugh, and while it won’t make your life easier, it will help you reframe your thoughts and perspective.

4. Sparkly Feet

Practical shoes are a big topic of conversation around here, but does anyone need a  totally impractical, fancy sparkly pair? Because these are so gorgeous. I’m not saying you can walk in them, but sometimes I just want a pretty pair of shoes to find a fun home. 

5. Razor 

The age difference of my kids makes for some crazy, funny situations. Like one minute I am changing a diaper, and three minutes later I am in the shower, helping someone that is not me shave their legs. It’s a mind bend, for sure.

Last month I discovered the Flamingo 5-Blade Razor at Target and bought them for all the razor-using girls in my house. They are fantastic! No knicks or cuts. They fit nicely in my grown up hands and my pre-teen’s and I love that they come with a suction cup holder to keep off the shower floor.  

6. Bobbie Brown Stick Foundation

If you are looking for a lightweight, long-lasting, comfortable to wear foundation, consider Bobbie Brown’s Stick Foundation. I’ve been using it for over a month, and I love it so much. I’m not too fond of liquid foundation but do want enough coverage to take the red out of my skin and cover some age spots. This is so easy to apply and, somehow, covers what I want to hide and still shows off my freckles.

7. #GirlDad

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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When I was pregnant with Vivi and told people we were having our 3rd girl the overwhelming, immediate response from almost every single person was: “THREE GIRLS?! Poor Bri” . It made me crazy, and furious. . Poor Bri. . Poor Bri, surrounded by the endless love only a daughter can have for her dad. . Poor Bri, getting to raise three little girls to become the strong, determined, self assured, ambitious young women our world needs. . Poor Bri, having to have tea parties, and Disney sing-a-longs, and teaching them to surf and coaching them in softball. . Poor Bri, who is loved beyond reason because he gets to be a #girldad. . 💔It’s such a shame that it takes an unimaginable tragedy for girl dads to trend. . But maybe people will stop acting like men bare some burden because they didn’t get a boy. . 🎉Here’s to all the girl dads who take their role in their daughters lives so seriously and know how precious a gift they were given.

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Basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter’s tragic death, along with their friends on their helicopter, cut through the heart of the country. It seems like, collectively, we all projected our vulnerability onto a truly unimaginable loss. Like everyone, I haven’t stop thinking about and praying for all of the families, who likely started their day as the rest of us, and then were instantly shattered. 

In the wake of their loss, we’ve learn so much more about Kobe, namely, what a devoted dad he was to his girls. It’s hard to miss, in all the images in the media, he looks positively in love with each of his daughters.

The #girldad started to trend, with men all over the country posting about how proud they are to have their girls. 

Over on my Instagram I talked about the crazy comments people said to me when I told them  that Vivi, our third, was in fact another girl. I was even more amazed to hear how many other parents of all girls experienced the same thing. 

8. Size is Just a Number 

Supermodel Ashley Graham is a pretty cool chick who is changing the face and size of beauty. If you ever didn’t buy something because you needed to size up in it – do yourself a favor and watch this three minute video she created about vanity sizing and how bad it is for our mental health. 

9. Long Live Taylor 

 


We are a Taylor Swift house. After I took my girls to their first Taylor Swift concert I was a fan. After the next one I was a SUPER fan. Her Netflix documentary is powerful, and opens up space for a lot of important conversations to have with our girls. I’m watching it tomorrow night with them while their dad is on a business trip as a “girls night” surprise that will hopefully bring bigger topics to the forefront. 

10. WDL Shop! 

Thanks for all the kind words about our new shop!!! I’m really excited to roll it out – and yes!, it’s been a ton of work. I’m working of figuring out the kind of help I’m going to need and will likely be looking to fill a position within our team by the end of the year.

Stay Tuned!

This month we have so much content to share as we start to think about spring. Please continue to share your ideas and questions – they are what fuels our daily content and now, also, the shop!

The Ten List: January 2020

The Ten List: January 2020

The Ten List was our most popular series in 2019. This year, it moves from being a weekly to a monthly post to make more room for style focused content.

Here I share a thoughtful quote, a little insight, and some products, articles, and other conversation starters that I’m enjoying. As always, I hope it’s a helpful bit of inspiration for your day and love to hear from you in the comments below!

One: Quote of the Month

The Ten List: January 2020A few years ago, I was running my styling business and doing corporate work around personal brand and communication skills. Things were moving along nicely for a few years, until I started to get burned out from the private client work. It was then that I knew I had to decide what to focus on next.

Everyone told me to build out the corporate side of the business. I had some great clients at the time. Finding new clients would be hard, but the money would be worth it.

Build a training company!, they said.

Become a professional speaker!, they said.

Lured by the idea of stability, a bigger paycheck, and the ego boost that comes with running a big business, I gave it a try. 

I lasted 5 minutes.  

I hated the grind, the flying, and staying at crappy hotels. I hated the sales calls and negotiating contracts and corporate jargon and dealing with disinterested participants. 

I really hated being away from my family and missed my kids terribly.

So, I closed up everything to focus all of my energy on growing The Well Dressed Life.  

Mind you, I’m pretty sure my husband thinks my decision making is more in line with that of a socialite with tons of old money than someone who actually needs to be dual income to survive. But I just can’t make something work if it doesn’t feel genuine. And the corporate road warrior I was turning into is the exact opposite of who I am.

It’s been a journey for sure. I’m not always the quickest learner. I’m frequently in over my head and frustrated with technology and algorithms. Learning online advertising feels like I’m back in Latin class freshman year of high school. 

The downside to a business like this is that I am always plugged in. I could use a team of 12, except I don’t have the budget, so instead, I’m continually watching YouTube videos and tutorials to do the most basic piece of editing or code.

And the struggle is real when it comes to monetizing the site without compromising my integrity.

BUT, I’m at home when my kids get off the bus. I get to volunteer at their school. I don’t miss Christmas concerts anymore. So while I might be working in the middle of the night, I’m doing what I love. Which was the entire reason I started a business in the first place. 

Over the last decade, I’ve learned that you have to stay true to you, even if that means taking a crazy big risk. It’s important to ignore advice from people whose lives don’t look like what you want for your own, not matter how well intentioned they may be. And once you start to architect your life to suit your desires, everything else falls into place.

I haven’t lost my ambition. In fact, I feel more motivated than ever. I still want to build something big, grow a team, and take advantage of as many professional opportunities as possible – I just want to do it on my terms.

Cheers to a prosperous 2020! I hope if you are sitting on a dream, no matter how big or small, this is the year you take your first step in making it a reality.

 

2. Office Ready Dress

I’m crazy for this H&M dress in gray/green for work for $35. Size up and alter down for a perfect fit. Pair with grey suede heels for the perfect office look. 

3. Do You Mind If I Cancel? ( Things That Still Annoy Me)

Gary Janetti’s Instagram is as inappropriate as you get and a guaranteed laugh out load moment of my day. I bought his book Do You Mind If I Cancel? (Things That Still Annoy Me) the minute it came out, but haven’t had a second to myself to read it. That changes on Friday when I take it on my flight to Austin to kick of a much need weekend with friends.

4. Press On Nails

In a pinch before Christmas with no time to get a manicure I grabbed these Kiss Press On Nails, and guess what? They are great! I wouldn’t use them as a replacement for regular manicures, but as an alternative to a quick, haphazard one you do on your way out the door, these do the trick. They took less than 10 minutes to apply and stayed on for a full week. I got a ton of compliments on them too.

5. Designer Sale

On a lucky run through Off 5th I found a rack of Joe’s Curvy Skinny Ankle Jeans for half price. I picked up a pair for myself, and then checked their online inventory. All sizes are still available. These are fantastic if you prefer a higher waisted jean. They will stretch out so if you are in between sizes go down one. 

6. Best Selling Dress of 2019 

We sold thousands of this simple dress from Old Navy last year. It was originally $40 but it’s on sale right now for only $25, available in missy, petite, and tall sizes from XS – XXL. 

Original Post: An Easy $40 Dress

7. Body Love

I’m a massive fan of Kelly LeVeque and her Fab Four Smoothies. They helped me bounce back after having Vivi, and I don’t mean just losing the weight. They are so nutrient-rich they helped heal me from the inside out and gave me the energy I needed to manage many sleepless months.

Her new book, Body Love, lays out a 21-day plan to reset and change how you look at food. Her recipes are easy and delicious, and she explains everything backed by actual science. So if you’re a nerd like me, you’ll enjoy the education as well as the tips.

8. Easy Hydration

If water is not right next to me, I won’t think to drink it until I’m at the point of dehydrated. Overindulging in Prosecco during the holiday hasn’t helped either. So I picked up this tumbler with a straw to keep at my desk and bedside. I’m already back to drinking the appropriate amount of water a day and feel better.

9. Shitt’s Creek

I binged Shitt’s Creek on Netflix as a form of self-care over the holidays. Never have I watched a show that made me laugh out loud at every episode and also brought me to happy tears. It might be perfect television, filled with a quick wit, smart humor, and so much heart. And Catherine O’Hara’s Moria Rose is the greatest TV mom of all time.

Have you seen it? 

10. 2020 Wardrobe Challenge

This Friday starts our first Wardrobe Challenge of 2020. You don’t have do to anything if you want to participate, just follow along here. Our Facebook Private group is helpful (but not necessary) so you can join more interactive conversations. 

If you prefer to use Instagram, I will also be posting all of the challenges there, along with exclusive videos, etc over on my page

The accountability you’ll find in this group will keep you motivated and inspired, I’m working on a few steps myself today and will post my progress along with the group when we get started! 

Monday Musing: November 4th, 2019

Monday Musings November 4, 2019

Every two years my kids’ school hosts a huge fundraiser, a live and silent auction theme party (this year it’s Back to the 80’s) that benefits our school and parish community. I volunteered to be the chair back in 2017 because I am insane and didn’t know I would be pregnant a few months later.

After a year of hard work with a crew of amazingly generous and talented moms, this Saturday is finally the big night.

As much as it’s been occasionally frustrating and time consuming, it’s also been incredibly satisfying. I can’t believe how much I’ve enjoyed the process and what it’s done for me personally.

Monday Musings November 4, 2019Society glamourizes entrepreneurship. The idea of every day being different, having autonomy over your schedule, and the ability to make a living doing something you love is obviously appealing. Who wouldn’t want that? 

But, I’ve been an entrepreneur for 15 years. I can tell you there is a brutal dark side to it that is isolating, filled with the unknown and operates on a landscape so ever-changing it’s almost impossible not to feel like you are always three steps behind.

The last few years with this business have been challenging. I’ve had more setbacks and more failures than I care to mention. At least once a week I wanted to throw my computer across my office. 

Add to that aging (me) in this industry and feeling over-leveraged at home … I’ve been feeling increasingly defeated. 

So to be able to devote myself to something, to lead teams, see the process through, and have it be a success as given me back some of the confidence I’ve been lacking. Seeing that my efforts can result in a “win” after feeling like I was loosing for so long, was just what I needed. 

As crazy as it sounds, this experience has helped me feel purposeful again and is helping me feel reenergized. 

I’ll be showing some of the fun behind the scenes activities this week on Instagram and my 80’s look that many followers helped me put together. 

What about you? 

I’m sure there are times in all of our lives when we need that infusion of confidence. I’m shocked I found mine where I did, but as I think more about it, it makes sense. 

What about you?

How have you gained back your confidence after you felt like you lost it for a bit? 

 

 

Monday Musing: October 28th, 2019

The Well Dressed Life's The List for October 28th

I found this quote scrolling through my phone the other day and immediately saved it. It’s a great reminder that our thoughts are responsible for the quality of our lives.

When I was at the height of dealing with my anxiety and depression, I learn a trick worth sharing. Often, we think we can’t control our thoughts, that they sneak up on us and have all the power.

Visualize

But, with the help of professionals, I finally understood that we can control them. Whenever you feel or hear a negative thought, the kind that you know is going to send you down a spiral, immediately stop, and visualize yourself removing it.

A few years ago, I read an interview with Serena Williams who talked about how she was able to win (crush) the Australian Open right after she discovered she was pregnant.  She said, “I had to take all that energy and put it in a paper bag and throw it away.” 

That visual stuck with me, and now, every time I have a negative thought, I see myself putting it in a paper bag and throwing it away. 

Related: How Mindful Breathing Changed My Life

The Well Dressed Life's The List for October 28th

Know the Difference

Of course, not all negative thoughts are bad, but many of them serve us no good. I spent a decade talking to women in a dressing room, where they are vulnerable and facing many of their insecurities head-on.

You can change how you feel about yourself for a few minutes when you look great and feel confident in your clothes. But if you find yourself in a chronic state of negative self-talk or worry, it doesn’t matter what you’re wearing.

For a long time my pulled-together facade lead everyone to believe that I had it all together, but I was probably at my worst.

Taking the time to learn how to let go of self-sabotaging thoughts will change your life for the better. You’ll be amazed at how much more confident and strong you’ll feel.

For me, my anxiety disorder worked like a filter. There was who I am: naturally optimistic, eager, cup-half-full, kind of person, but my anxiety and subsequent depression altered that making me feel the polar opposite.

Once I was able to “fix my filter,” my true self was able to rise and my outside matched my inside. 

Blog News and Updates

P.S. I’m testing out a new format of posts this week. Mondays will feature two quick posts. At 10 am, our “Quote for the Week” will be published. It’s meant to be an opportunity to stop and reflect for a minute, maybe start a conversation (we love comments!) before your busy week begins.

At 2 pm, we’ll post our “Item of the Week.” This is one piece (with additional options for sizes and price points) that will “float” throughout outfits over the week. That simply means, we’ll use it in different applications within outfits to demonstrate its versatility. For example, tomorrows outfit will be based on today’s Item of the Week, etc. 

All of these changes are intended to continue to build our engaged community and make the site easier to navigate.

The List: October 21st, 2019

The List - October 14, 2019

Last week, I took a few days “off” to get my life in order. Do you ever feel like you just need a minute to reset? Laundry was piling up; the girls didn’t have pants that fit, I forgot to pay bills. It wasn’t pretty.

For the last few months, I’ve felt like something was off, specifically with work. I feel like I am always behind schedule (because I am) and am utterly overwhelmed at every turn. It became obvious in these last few days away from posting that the current set up of The Well Dressed Life is critically flawed. Not from a content standpoint, but the backend of the business. 

For three years now, I have done everything myself. From content and site development, updating SEO, managing social media, sourcing new ways to monetize, and managing the accounting,  I’m currently doing the work of at least six people and it is taking a toll across all parts of my life. 

If the site crashes (it has several times this year),everything stops until I figure out what is wrong and fix it. When Google changes its algorithm, I need to relearn how to make sure my content is searchable.

I also have to create unique content for the blog, Facebook, AND Instagram while circulating our posts on Pinterest, which is our biggest driver of views. That in and of itself is a full-time job.

As one person, with three kids and only 24 hours in a day, I’ve reached the point of it being impossible.  You can only be good at so many things, and right now I don’t feel like I’m doing anything well. I’m also realizing the more time I focus on the technical aspects of the business, the harder it is for me to be creative.

Bottom line: the current way I’m running things is impeding my ability to grow any further.

The List - October 14, 2019

So, for the rest of the year, everything will look pretty much the same on the surface. Just know that behind the scenes, I am starting to build out a team to give me back the time I need to focus on content creation and growth and to establish  a solid foundation of a business that I can sustain for years to come. 

I’m sure there will be some hiccups along the way, so please stay patient as I figure out the best path forward. 

What would be so helpful is if you would continue to ask your specific questions in the comments. I read every single one and use them to build out our posts. For example, our recent posts about Age Appropriate Dress and Flats You Can Wear Instead of Heels were inspired by your questions and well received.

And now for the rest of The List: 

2. Currently Reading: Fair Play: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do (And More Life to Live) by Eve Rodsky. 

3. Cozy Halloween: This chunky knit sweater is perfect for taking the kids trick-or-treating on a chilly fall night. 

4. As-Seen-On-Social: After seeing a ton of Wander Beauty videos on Facebook and Instagram, I had to give some of their products a try. Their press foundation is a top seller, but I wasn’t a fan. For aging skin like mine, it’s too heavy and set into my fine lines and wrinkles. I prefer lighter coverage that lets my skin breath. However, I LOVED their mascara and under-eye patches. I’m working on a video review of my favorite beauty products so stay tuned!

5. Legging Upgrade: On Friday night we celebrated a good friends 40th birthday. I wore this H&M sweater and these faux leather leggings with a pair of pumps. It reminded me how versatile those leggings can be this time of year. Spanx makes the best pair that fits well and holds you in, available in missy and plus sizes

Have a great week!! 

 

 

The List: October 7, 2019

The List - October 7, 2019

Last week, I joined a busload of friends, neighborhood moms, and some of our kids for a day trip to New York to see Aladdin on Broadway. The day before, I had spent, arguably, too much time trying to figure out what we should wear since it is October, yet it was supposed to reach the mid-90s during the day. I wanted us to be comfortable since it was a long, hot day, but still appropriate for the occasion. 

As we walked into the theater, my one friend turned to me and said, “Are we getting old, or does no one get dressed up anymore?”

We are getting older, but it’s sad to see the state of things. So many people looked like they had (literally) rolled out of bed. Others were in cut off shorts, and flip flops like they were having a day at the beach.

Society has become so casual, and I think it’s a shame because if you’re not getting dressed for a Broadway show, or a holiday party, or even a wedding, what are you getting dressed up for? What is worth celebrating?

The List - October 7, 2019

Growing up, one of the biggest lessons my mom instilled in me was the importance of and value in having proper manners. We wrote thank-you notes and referred to adults as Mr. or Mrs.

When I was older; I never went to someone’s house as a guest without a gift. And when we went out, whether it was to a neighborhood restaurant, the Boardwalk in Wildwood New Jersey, or to see a show, she made sure my brothers and I were dressed well.

Back then, it may have felt old-fashioned, but now, as a grown woman with kids of my own, I think it’s one of the best gifts my mom gave me. I didn’t know it at the time, but all these little things she made us do, really set me up for success, in so many ways.

Understanding how to operate in society helped me advance in all areas of life. Knowing how to be courteous, and mannerly allows me communicate well with just about anyone. Because I treat everyone with respect, I get it in return. 

It’s been a huge point of leverage for me. 

Even more than my success, what she gave me was a guideline for how to live life well. If you’re going to do something, or go somewhere, do it the nicest way you can. When she put us it that special outfit, weather it was a dress for Easter or an extra cute tee shirt and shorts at the shore, she was showing us that we were doing something that required extra attention and it was worth respecting and celebrating. 

I wonder, what do you think about how casual our world has become? Let us know in the comments below. 

Other things on The List: 

2. Sale Alert: Need a new raincoat? This Cole Haan packable coat with a hood has been a reader favorite for years and is on sale for $130.  Grab it now. 

3. Con: I cannot get enough of the drama and stupidity surrounding WeWork. The video included in this article explains the flaws in their business plan well, and this article sums up the debacle that is their corporate culture

4. Add to Cart: I love this pajama set by Splendid, makes me long for a weekend I stay in my jammies past 7 am. 

5. Good Stuff: H&M has SO MANY GREAT PIECES this fall. I have my eye on this cozy sweater, this brown sweater would be perfect for Thanksgiving, and this off the shoulder cable knit sweater looks so much more expensive than its $40 price tag. Stay tuned for a more detailed post this week. 

6. Bill’s Brain: If you haven’t watch this 3 part documentary about Bill Gates, put it on your list. It’s absolutely fascinating. 

Have a great week everyone!

 

The List: September 30th, 2019

The List September 30, 2019

I knew as The Well Dressed Life gained popularity that I would have to deal with trolls and generally miserable human beings. That comes with the territory; the underbelly of the internet is darker than I ever imagined. But I am astonished by how many women take time out of their day to tell me to “stay in my lane.”

It’s even more astonishing when you consider I talk about pretty innocuous topics.

I was 27 years old when I started my first business, a personal styling company called Kristel Closets. For years I grew a team and eventually expanded into three states. But after a decade, the landscape of the business was changing, and I was bored and tired.

Needing a new challenge, I took this blog, which was created as a marketing tool for Kristel Closets, and decided to focus on it full time. It seemed like the perfect solution to help stimulate my brain and re-energize my passions.

My idea, which I remain committed to, was to create an online space for grown-up women. I felt like once I turned 35, had a few kids, and advanced in my career that I suddenly stopped relating to most women-focused sites.

I thought, why not take the knowledge I gained from working with clients and combine it with my genuine passion for living a happy, healthy, positive life? It just made sense.

The List September 30, 2019

I have a pretty thick skin and laser focus, so unkind emails don’t get me down. I usually just feel bad for the person writing them. But the last one I received made me stop and wonder, how many women aren’t pursuing their goals and or living their dreams because they’ve been told to “stay in their lane”? How many are holding back for fear of a few insignificant, meaningless opinions?

We’re not made to start in one place and stay there forever. Instead, if we’re lucky and given the opportunity, we should (and I would argue we have a responsibility) to try everything, make big moves and be bold. 

I believe, in an ideal world, women would embrace of self-care. We would encourage each other to live out our dreams, give praise when we’re being brave and honor our choices, no matter how different they may be from our own. And we would want every woman to be happy, feel confident and beautiful as she goes about her life.

That’s my goal here. 

To be clear: I’m not looking for head pats. The negativity rarely bothers me, sometimes it’s so crazy it’s actually funny.

What does bother me, what makes me sad, is that I’m sure for every one of me, there are hundreds of women intimidated by the idea of putting themselves out there. Imagine how much better our world would be if women encouraged each other to share their talents, and follow their dreams.  I’m here to tell you, once you do it, once you ignore the naysayers and small minded among you, your life will be so much richer. So, whatever is sitting on your heart, go for it at full force.  You and our world will be better for it. 

And now some things I’m into this week: 

Combat Self Doubt: With these tips to help get back to work after taking some time off. 

Beauty Splurge: Put this on after the shower, when your skin is still wet, and you’ll lock in moisture all day long.

Tidy Cords: Have a family with a ton of electronics? This charging station is a game changer

Stop Everything: Check out these shoes that go from a traditional loafer to a backless mule and they’re under $100.  Done. 

Need a New Robe: I love the length, fabric and price of this one from N by Natori. Would also make a great holiday gift. 

Weeknight Meal: This sausage, tortellini and spinach soup is so easy to make a big hit with all the picky eaters in my house.