Looking Over: Cosmopolitan.com

This might be a blogging no-no, but I’m sharing anyways!

Here are my favorite things on Cosmopolitan.com lately.

For Work7 Things a Professional Should Never Do on Social Media

Some of these should be obvious, but it’s always good to get a reminder!

For Play: Disney and R&B Mashup Videos. Love love love.

run disney signMy feelings for Disney are strong, this shouldn’t be new information.

For Future: 16 Female Senators Give Advice

  • I’m a little annoyed they didn’t equalize the party representation, not because I identity as a Republican but 2 quoted Republicans vs 14 quoted Democrats seems silly.

“Quit trying to analyze every little angle of it. Just do it. And if you fail, this place is filled with people who have had failed elections or failed parts of their life.” – Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.)

P.S. Want to see the time I disagreed with Cosmo? My bachelorette party tips.

 

Lilly for Target: Multicolor Lessons

I kept quiet about my plans until the last minute, but I’m pretty pumped about my Lilly Pulitzer for Target purchases. You may have seen on my instagram/twitter/facebookpage that I did indeed make it to the store. And I was in the first person in line (which does not mean that I got everything I wanted).

lessons from the lilly pulitzer target collaboration

Here is my overall assessment of the collection/experience.

1: Quality: Much lower. Obviously lower than full price Lilly Pulitzer (which was expected), but also lower quality than some of Target’s in-store brands.

2. Selection: Online: If you were surprised that there were website issues, I don’t know what to say to you. No one is perfect, and that was bound to happen. They could have done an online waiting room like they do for concert tickets, but technology will keep evolving. This year they had the mobile site and the regular site to keep up and running, it was bound to have some issues.

In Store: Meh. I was at a small Target, so I was happy with what I was able to purchase. However, others were really hoping for swim suits. I would have liked some shoes or jewelry. But you win some you lose some.

Lilly Pulitzer for Target

3. Sizing: Dresses: True to Lilly sizing. I wasn’t surprised by this, and may have to take in the shoulders of the dresses I bought.

Tank Tops: Generous sizing. I thought about putting them back, but realized I could give as gifts or sell to friends (not for a profit) so I’m holding on to them.

4. Reselling: I had no intentions of buying to resell. However….I grabbed 3 sizes of the two dresses I wanted. I also grabbed two different tank tops (but only in the size I thought I was). So now I have 4 dresses and 2 tank tops to sell or return. All returns must be done within 14 days of purchase.

5. Accessories: In a whirl I grabbed all the nail polish colors, because I figured it was an easy gift, or something I could use. But it was an expensive grab, so we will see what I do with those.

Were you aware this was going to happen? Were you surprised it happened?

Let’s talk about it!!

P.S. There is a regular price Lilly Dress that I have my eye on too!

Chance Chat #16: Say Yes…or NOT!

Happy Sunday friends! I’m feeling a little feisty, so today I’m disagreeing with a quote.

say yes tina fey quoteYou cannot say “yes” to everyone. Everyone has a max out, and while those limits may be different, you cannot be all things to all people. With all the changes going on in my life right now I’ve had to scale back on commitments. I cannot have every week day scheduled as I need to allow time to travel for interviews, and job searching in itself is something that takes time.

Say No. Say “I’d Rather Not” If something is bringing you anxiety or stress or getting in the way of a good time, let it go. Be polite and honor your commitments, but guard your time. It’s precious. We each get 24 hours in the day, and we all have different needs and priorities. Lack of planning on their part, does not automatically constitute an emergency for you.

Do you guard your time? Or are you a people pleaser who says “YES” even when your heart means “no”?

Schedules Are Overrated (But Selfies Aren’t)

*Posting 2 hours later than I usually do, because life happens.

I’ve talked plenty about how Type A I am, how I love my planner, and nothing relaxes me more than making a plan and a list.

Lipstick SelfieI managed to break and fix both our office printer and fax machine today. I had to go to the coffee shop to grab a cup of perspective (otherwise known as an iced latte).

MN Blogger Conference 2012 - MeBack in 2012: Selfies weren’t even a thing! But I am so glad I have photo evidence of my first MN Blog Con. You can read the most awkward/rookie recap post here.

Pre Race Nerves Iron Girl BloomingtonI took my road bike on a short spin last night, and have my old mountain bike in the car to get checked out so hopefully I can get a spin on the local trails before I move!

I haven’t been taking selfies lately, but these photos remind me that I’ve come a long way, and I’ll continue to grow, there’s no need to put tons of added pressure on myself. Things will work out as they are supposed to.

What was the last selfie you took?

Do you love schedules? Or do they weigh you down?

Continuing to Grow (Business Man!)

Businesses do quarterly reviews, and while I don’t run this space as a business, I am comparing my 1st Quarters of 2013, 2014 and 2015. And woah boy, is it good! (would I have shared it with you if it was bad? Probably not, it’s still early in the year, lots of things can happen).

q1bloggrowth2015It burns me a bit that I was 14 views away from saying that every month in 2015 has shown growth. But I was slightly more cool in March of 2014.

Those 14 little views cannot take away from my happiness about January’s growth! That explosion is most likely due to all the New Years Resolution posts. You may remember that I attempted a link up in January for my Chance Chats, I’ve let that fall the wayside. I found that people would rather comment on the weekly post, than link up a similar post of their own. And that’s okay!

curly selfieWhile lately I’ve had sponsored posts, or discussed free trials, I am VERY picky about what I will and won’t accept for a blog review. Generally the products I chose to review are things I either already own, or have hoped to own. I will never lie about how I feel about a product.

What’s My Goal? Keep Learning! If I was properly utilizing all the tools I’m aware of, my following would probably be stronger. But living an authentic life where I do what makes me happy does not currently include “learning how to get people to want to follow me”. If you like what I’m about, feel free to reach out! If you’re not into what I’m about, that’s cool, no need to follow.

 

P.S. Curious about where I was last year?

P.P.S. -adding a P.S. to posts is one of those tools I’ve learned to do to have a stronger following.

Chance Chat #15: Run Away

Here is this week’s version of my “one little word” for 2015. My word is Chance, and I have a whole Pinterest board full of inspiration, which you can see here.

running away chasing goals“Run Away” when I hear those words I think of someone who is weak, or scared. “Chase” tends to make me think of “chasing after a boy” which is generally discouraged in dating advice, as men like the hunt. And while that could be its own post, or three or four. Let’s focus on Doubts and Goals.

As I have all these changes coming up I have plenty of goals. Some of them have been goals long before I found out my job was ending. Others are new goals that didn’t seem possible until the possibility of a new job came into view.

My doubts right now center around my job. I need an income. At first I was hopeful that I would find a job in April, and while there is half the month left, I’ve already pushed the goal date to June 1st. Don’t get me wrong, I want a job. But I want the right job. I’m running away from place holders, and chasing after the right position. Something that I love, the daily tasks, the community/coworkers, I need to feel as if I’m working for a reason, and not just for a paycheck.

Chasing my goal right now means applying for everything, keeping my ears open, doing the best I can with what I have and hoping for the right thing to come along. I’m not crazy enough to view jobs as “beneath me” but I can see what is something that is a good fit, or not so good fit for me.

 

What doubts are you running away from?

What goals are you chasing?

Spring Style: Job Hunting and Adventure

Spring in Minnesota is a funny thing. You can wear sundresses, but you best have boots, sweaters, scarves and jackets to make it work. The last three years I’ve worked in a small town family business where I haven’t had to get really dressed up. I like the laid back option, but I’m ready for a change.

spring style job hunting adventureThe SHOES: Slip on and all black, maybe people won’t notice I’m wearing a glorified sneaker?

The BACKPACK: I’m considering getting my MBA starting this fall, and I’ve got an adventure trip planned for the summer. Since I haven’t bought a backpack in over 10 years, its time for a new one.

The HAT: I’m super into the idea of a big floppy hat, and love the idea that this is foldable.

The JACKET: Already purchased and love it!! Super warm and long so if I’m sitting on a bus I won’t need to worry about my pants/skirts getting dirty.

The DRESS: Also available on Nordstroms.com in Navy, which might be a better wear anywhere option.

What’s on your shopping list for this spring?

If you wear dresses to work….do you wear nude tights/nylons with them? It seems old lady-ish, but also possibly necessary?

P.S. Check out the “My Style” board on Pinterest to see what else I’m dreaming of.

 

VivoFit vs. Fitbit Flex (oh the debate).

First…once again, I am not being paid for this review. I was allowed to borrow a VivoFit and Fitbit Flex from Verizon to experience their wearable technology, and I chose the two devices I have been debating buying for over a year!

Here’s what I thought originally…..

vivofit vs fitbitKeeping track? That’s a tie. While not everyone gets the opportunity to wear the devices at the same time, I am so glad I could.

Technology: I have no need for another device that tells me that someone is calling me, or that I’ve received an email.So the upgraded versions from both companies aren’t enticing to me.

Daily Steps:  With a desk job I knew I wasn’t moving much, but having the encouragement to hit the daily goal was helpful. I think it will especially help next winter when I no longer want to walk outside (it sure is easy right now with the decent weather!)

garmin vs fitbitFitness Classes: None of the classes I took during my ClassPass trial showed up on either device. Yoga Sculpt gives me about 3 active minutes according to Fitbit. And doesn’t make a huge difference in steps.

Calories Burned: The numbers were similar, but slightly different. I really don’t trust them.

Which would I buy? Fitbit Flex. The silent alarm got me. I wear a watch regularly so I don’t NEED the clock on the VivoFit (although I still do like the option). And I will still wear my Garmin 910 XT when running/swimming/biking.

Now if Garmin comes out with a device that does daily tracking, alarm, and swim/bike/run, I’ll buy it (dollars permitting). But I don’t think technology is quite there yet.

What wearable technology do you have / debate buying?

 

Chance Chat #14: Interrupted Easter

Happy Easter Friends! My family doesn’t have big plans, so I think we will be laying low today, however I thought it was appropriate to have my Chance Chat for this week be something with a biblical reference. (the original post is linked by clicking on the photo)

Interrupt Lives She Reads TruthI like having a schedule, I like knowing what my week is going to bring. But that doesn’t always happen. At 11 am on Monday the internet went out at my work. While there’s plenty of paperwork I can do without the internet…I do need it for many of my job activities. It was a definite interruption, it wasn’t anyone’s fault, but it was frustrating to call the service provider 6 times, and have multiple visits from the IT company. I was back up and running by noon on Wednesday, and my desk will still be overflowing when I go back to work tomorrow, but the interruption wasn’t the end of the world.

The She Reads Truth post talks about hospitality, and that is something I’m learning about more and more. I’ve been boldly asking, not necessarily to stay with people, but to get together with them. People on the periphery, someone I might see occasionally, but would like to see more often. 99% of the times that I’ve taken that step out of my comfort zone, I’ve been met with a successful meet up. While there was someone that wasn’t able to get together, I know she and I will be seeing each other more often.

It’s important to remember: by allowing these small interruptions, beautiful things could happen.

Sneaky Sweet Potato Tots! (Pinterest Win)

Happy Friday! Looking for something fun for the Easter Weekend? I highly recommend making up a batch of Sweet Potato Tots. I’m not one for recipe development, and my photos are generally iphone shots. But I have to share this with you! Original Recipe Here.

potatopinI’m never very good at following recipes exactly. And I once took a cooking class where the chef said that if you change three ingredients, it can become your own recipe. I’m not sure how I feel about that…but here’s the changes I made.

burger to totI didn’t refrigerate the mixture before forming, but I did refrigerate before cooking. You can also make a batch (or double batch!) and freeze if you’d like. I’ve baked the burgers in the past, but I think they cook best on the stove top, bonus points if you use a little truffle oil.

sweet potato totBloggers: What are your rules for linking the recipes that inspire you?

What foods are you looking forward to this Easter Weekend?

I don’t have “Easter plans” I’m sure we’ll go to church, I’m sure we will eat, but nothing specific. I am running with friends on Saturday morning, and of course we are finishing with SCONES!

P.S. Anyone know how to embed a Pin from Pinterest into a post? This is my mission to learn. But I’m not above asking for help. kthanksbye.