New Look // Vintage Dress from the 1950s (That Makes Me Happy)

Hi all! This year I got obsessed with one thing: finding perfect and beautiful vintage dresses, prompted by a pin I saw linking to Etsy. I got lost in the world of Etsy vintage listings, and wound up buying two amazing cotton dresses from the 1950s, one yellow and blue, and one off-white and light brown. This one is the latter.

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Recently, I’ve been all about the full skirts and midi lengths. There’s something about them that’s so feminine and empowering. I love the swish of the fabric and sitting down and seeing the skirt billow around me! Plus, I love twirling. 馃槈 So fun! This dress is from an Etsy shop I found that has a ton of vintage dresses. This one was probably handmade, as it’s unlined and has no tags. I love that vintage clothing has history, and also it’s nice to buy secondhand sometimes.

Hope you like this look!

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My long history with glasses, featuring GlassesUSA.com + a review

Let me tell you about my long history with glasses. When I was in first grade, it was discovered that I needed glasses. I was so excited, and my parents and I chose a pair of wide-frame glasses that had red confetti print on the frames. I thought I was such a grown-up. When I first wore them to school, every kid in my grade whipped their heads around, noticing that I had gotten glasses. Everyone asked me about them, expressing shock that I needed to wear them all the time. Suddenly, I wasn’t so happy about them anymore.

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Snapshots // The beginning of summer

Here鈥檚 what I鈥檝e been up to lately.

My stress levels have been down lately thanks to the magical weekend getaway. For the past two weekends I鈥檝e been away, upstate in the Catskills, first at a place called Glen Brook with friends and family, and then again for the music festival Mountain Jam at Hunter Mountain. Both weekends were amazing鈥攆un, relaxing, full of friends and family and good music and karaoke shenanigans. Here are some photos:

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Beauty // How DevaCurl made my hair curly again

A totally unsolicited beauty review today, guys. As you may know, I used to swear by DevaCurl a few years back, and I credited the Low-Poo and the One Condition specifically with getting my natural wave/curl back after my years of high school-era straightening. Now, I seriously splurged on this stuff, since at my local discount store it was still $18 a bottle. I stopped using it in favor of other products like Shea Moisture, but I’m now a re-convert. Here’s why.

Last April, I went and dyed a bunch of colors in my hair, and then spent the next six months heat-styling it into ringlets to show it off. Afterward, I cut my hair into a pretty blunt cut to get rid of the faded color, and then I dyed over it a deep brown. There goes my natural curl.

The lack of shape in my hair plus the coating of dye made my hair limp and lifeless, two things that are pretty terrible for natural waves. I don’t like styling my hair and I loved my curls, so I was considering a full-on perm. Then, my cousins gifted me Deva Curl products for Christmas, and I was SHOCKED to find that my hair started curling again!

Here are the DevaCurl products that worked for me.devacurl
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Here’s what I’ve learned about work/life balance

This year, the whole concept of work/life balance has been on my mind. With a new job, freelance work, and life goals, sometimes it feels聽so incredibly overwhelming.

I have almost zero work/life balance. Most days I get home from work late, eat dinner, take a shower, watch an old episode of The Office (which speaks to my stressed soul), and go to sleep. Not a lot of time for fun and/or relaxation, but in the past few weeks, I’ve tried really hard to change that. Here’s what I’ve learned.

 

1. Don’t take work home with you

This is really hard for me, because for so long I worked at home, so work聽was home. I still do this, because I’m writing this blog and for Hello Giggles, so my home is also my office. But in terms of my full-time job, I try to leave the drama, stress, and work at the office.

For me, this translates into trying not to complain too much about the more stressful/ridiculous parts of my job when I’m home. At home, I am ZEN. I leave the crap at work, and at home, I relax.

On the way home, however, I rant a lot to get it out of my system. 馃檪 Let yourself get it all out before you get home, so you’re not seething when you should be happy and relaxed.

2. Invest time into your hobbies…be stubborn about it.

When I got a new job, I struggled with the 12 hours a day it would require, with the addition of my commute. That’s a huge amount of time to be not doing fun things. As a way to compromise, I started listening to audiobooks on my commute. I can’t even describe how much my commute got better! I looked forward to the drive, and I got to work happier. It really makes a huge difference when you find time to do what you like.

I also tried to get my errands done during the week: before work starts (there’s a convenient Walgreens close to my office), and during my lunch hour. That way, my weekends are all for me, and to enjoy the things I love to do, writing this blog among them.

3. Turn off your phone.

Technology makes it easier to be constantly connected to work, which isn’t always a good thing. I’m lucky in that I’m not really expected to work outside of work hours, but a lot of people are. They’re constantly reachable and so are constantly expected to be available to their bosses. I think it’s important to turn off that phone during important times, like when you’re out with friends or with your family.

As for me, I try not to return emails when I’m out of work, and as for social media, I’ve turned off all my push notifications for Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook! Sometimes, being off the grid is SO NICE. I’m obsessed with my phone enough as it is without it flashing with notifications all the time.

4. Make lists鈥攂oth for what you have to do, and what you want to do.

Because I have a lot of different responsibilities, the to-do list is my drug. I’m addicted to making lists and getting to cross things off, but I also make lists for the things I want to do, like watch a particular show or see my friends on a certain day. This helps me prioritize my down time, as well as my work time. Knowing that entertainment is as important to your life as your job is half the battle.

5. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself.

I fail at this ALL THE TIME! I am constantly putting pressure on myself to meet deadlines, do everything perfectly, and have time left over. Sometimes it’s just not possible, and that’s okay.

The whole idea is to not let work become your whole life. It’s been difficult for me this year, transitioning from working from home to commuting about three hours a day (both ways). I’ve had to manage my time better, become a lot more organized, and prioritize the things I was not willing to sacrifice.

What do you do to make your life more balanced?
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I’m doing the no-buy challenge for April! Here’s how…

Last year was a bad year in terms of saving for me. I tried my hardest to be frugal, but considering I went on several trips, one overseas, the saving thing was so not for me. I was also shopping fairly heavily, which was great for fashion posts, but not so much for the wallet! Enter: the no-buy challenge.

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