The Ten List: March 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 (that don’t require their own post), 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

Where you are a year from now is a reflection of the choices you choose to make right now.

It’s often said that real, life-altering decisions happen when you’ve just had enough of your current situation to such an extreme that you have no alternative but to make a change.

For me, that was this time last year. I had just had a baby, my older girls were getting more independent and therefore, busier, and I felt like my chance at building the business I wanted was slipping threw my fingers like sand. 

Very well-meaning people would tell me, “Oh, you have plenty of time to work; just enjoy your kids now!”

And I would think a 40-year-old woman (me) who needs to pay for her kids’ education and her retirement does not have plenty of time to work. 

The runway many of us have when it comes to reaching our personal, professional, and financial goals seem to start and stop at the same place and time. 

One morning, around 3 am, after feeding Vivi, I started to think. I knew I was unwilling to give up time with my kids, and equally unwilling to loose my professional shot. 

So I decided that I was going to throw everything I had into building this site. 

It meant reevaluating where I was spending and wasting time, and creating a priorities list of only two things: my kids and my work.  I gave up basically everything else and I had to be even more organized and focused than before. 

It’s been 12 months of nonstop, 7 days a week work. 

And it was worth it. 

I’m on the other side of it, and I can say with certainty, after a year of focus and discipline, our site is up from last year in all the important metrics. Our community continues to grow at a rapid rate and we now have countless opportunities to monetize in a way that feels congruent to my own integrity.

The work isn’t finished. In many ways it’s just getting started. But I’m so happy I did it. And honestly, I didn’t miss much. By cutting out a lot of the “fat” I was still able to be available to my kids, volunteer in big ways in their school, and had room to work. 

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So today, this is just a reminder that if you have something on your heart that you want to create, whether it’s a business, a career change, a shift in your lifestyle, or a weight loss journey, every choice you make now will determine where you are a year from now.

The best choice is often the hard one, but a year from now you’ll look back with such satisfaction and pride, it’s worth the sacrifice.

Chic Sweatshirt

The Well Dressed Life's March 10 List

Varely Barton Sweatshirt: $99

I was in Anthropologie on Sunday and the woman in front of me in line bought and wore this sweatshirt out of the store, of course I stopped her to take a closer look.

It’s adorable. She had it on with slim cut dark jeans and sporty loafers, and looked so chic and cozy.

I immediately bought one for myself. It’s the perfect piece to elevate a work-from-home outfit. 

Comfortable Feminine Loafers 

The Well Dressed Life's March 10 List

Cole Haan Caddie Bow Loafer: $130

I read a lot of popular style blogs, but not for why you think. I usually skip over the expert commentary and head right to the comment section. Here, I can figure out the pain points of consumers and the specific challenges they face when shopping. Then I use that information to inspire relevant content for our readers. 

Now and then, I even discover some product recommendations, like these Cole Haan loafers that are getting rave reviews for comfort. I saw this specific shoe mentioned so often that I tried them myself, and they are wonderfully comfortable.

Loafers tend to feel clunky, but these have a lovely, feminine shape that will help elongate your leg. Available in black (above), tan, coral, blue, and white. These are popular, and Cole Haan tends to sell out quickly in the beginning of the season, so scoop them up if they are on your shopping list. 

Glow Boosting Drink

The Well Dressed Life's March 10 List

Goop Glow Morning Skin Superpowder, $60

I’m a big fan of Goop; I don’t care what the critics think. I’ve tried many of their products, and while they all haven’t been for me the ones I that have, are incredible. If you’ve been reading here a while, you know that I would take the Goop Instant Facial with me if I were stranded on an island, and I’ve been ordering Vintners Daughter from them for years.

One of their products I’m shocked I like as much as I do is their Goop Glow Morning Skin Superpowder. 

I love it so much I have it on auto-delivery.

I add one pack to a glass of water while my coffee is brewing, and sometimes another to my water bottle at the gym. It tastes delicious, like a bright orangey-lemony drink, and it’s full of good for your skin ingredients (you can read all of them here). I’m also convinced that the super shot of Vitamin C is why I haven’t even had a cold since I started drinking it. 

Fresh Clean Skin

The Well Dressed Life's March 10 List

Drunk Elephant’s Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser, $32

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Speaking of skincare, I started using Drunk Elephant’s Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser, and oh-my-goodness, I love it. As you know, I’m committed to my skincare routine and rarely deviate from it. But lately, I’ve felt like I needed a more potent cleanser at night for a deeper clean to rinse off my day.

This is glorious. It’s gentle, yet you can feel a difference. 

They recommend only using at nighttime, so I’m now I’m using this in the PM and then my beloved Tatcha cleansing oil in the morning. 

Bonus: I also picked up the Drunk Elephant SPF 30 for my face and am delighted. It goes on like moisturizer, absorbs quickly, is waterproof and layers under makeup nicely. If you are looking for a good, everyday face sunscreen I HIGHLY recommend it. 

Style Elevating Bracelet

The Well Dressed Life's March 10 ListOmega Two-Tone Cuff Bracelet: $65

Sometimes our jewelry recommendations get lost in our posts. Happily, lot’s of readers reporting back that this cuff bracelet we featured last month works well within their wardrobes. It’s such an easy piece to wear on its own or layer with other bracelets.

I like it because the two-tone nature of it allows you to mix metals and create a cohesive look with the jewelry you already own.

Updated Slip-on Sneaker

The Well Dressed Life's March 10 ListSlip on Sneaker: $39.00

I needed an updated slip-on sneaker. Initially, I was going to order a pair of Vans, but when I realized that my preteens exclusively were them, I decided against it. So I started looking around and found these on Amazon for under $40.

They are surprisingly comfortable and much like the loafers above, feel slimming on my feet (I wear a size 10). I like them with leggings, slim jeans or even joggers.

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I’ll post a pic later today over on Instagram so you can see them in real life.

Instagram For Real Life Pictures!

I spent a couple hours last week setting up a corner in my office so I can “easily” take real life outfit pictures in real time. 

Wardrobe Challenge Starts on March 15th! 

The Well Dressed Life's Spring 2020 Wardrobe Challenge

Every Friday, starting on the 15th, I’ll post a series of challenges designed to walk you through the process of discovering your personal style, editing you wardrobe and coming up with the pieces you need to pick up to create a closet full of clothes you love to wear. 

It’s free and there is no up sell, it’s just a fun and helpful activity I offer every season to our readership. You don’t even have to sign up but joining our private Facebook group is helpful. 

 

The Ten List: March 2020

6 thoughts on “The Ten List: March 2020”

  1. I don’t mean to be rude but I know no other way of saying this. You don’t need to rehash the origins of this website ad nauseam. I look forward to your thoughtful clothing recommendations but often feel like I have to tread through unrelated information over and over. Just my 2 cents

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    • Every day thousands of brand new readers land on one of my posts which means I have to provide some context as to who I am so I can quickly establish credibility and trust. So my format is not going to change.

      Also, I am not going to stop sharing my story, or the journey I’ve been on, because I know firsthand that it has helped other women do things outside their comfort zone, motivated them to take better care of themselves, or just not feel so alone.

      You should know, it takes all my energy for a comment like this to not ruin my night. It is rude, it’s not kind, or gracious and it’s not in the spirit of the community I am trying to build here.

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  2. Megan – keep doing it. Some of us enjoying hearing your story and look forward to the updates. For someone to say they “don’t mean to be rude” usually means they are going to be and they were. Completely unnecessary.
    Looking forward to the wardrobe challenge. Even tho seasons are reversed down here in NZ I know I’ll get inspired. Keep smiling.

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  3. Hi Megan: I just discovered your blog/IG and I really enjoy it. For your March Top 10 list, not sure if it’s the format of my computer, but I only see 1 – 7 (7 being the slip on sneaker). Hope to see the other three! Keep up the good work helping women to look fabulous in fashion.

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  4. I found this post so encouraging today! I am in the middle of that big life altering change right now with leaving a job that is no longer providing me with joy or satisfaction. It is so helpful to be reminded that these big leaps and drastic changes can be just the thing that is needed, and they pay off! Thank you for what you do!!

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  5. Megan,

    Sorry to keep bothering you, BUT, I cannot get the “list” (I can’t remember what it’s called now, but it’s a checklist of all the basic pieces (and probably more) that every woman show begin to own to create her wardrobe.

    Please let me know where I can find it, as when I download as a pdf it has EVERY written across it, I need a clean copy.

    As for Nikki, it was totally rude and uncalled for. Of course you have to develop trust and credibility with your subscriber base. If she doesn’t like it, skip through it. Gosh, I’m glad you didn’t let it ruin your night!

    Thank you

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