Monday, January 12, 2015

Revamp Your New Years Resolutions

7 Ways To Get Back On That Resolution Horse!

It's the first post of the New Year! Time really slipped by this holiday season, I'm still kind of dazed by it all haha! Today I'd like to talk about resolutions. While I can't say I'm the poster child for keep ing my resolutions, achieving all my goals or knowing what it takes to do so; I do try to actively improve myself and thought I'd try to give some tips I've found online and somethings that have helped me in the past. 

I read something recently that a fourth of the people who make resolutions for the new year give up the first week! This is soo crazy to me!  So here are some tips to revamp your resolutions. Recreate them, make them better, and accomplish them!

Tip #1: Remember why you want these things to be your resolutions. 
If you make resolutions you don't truly care about, you won't see it through. Think about realistic resolutions that are really things you want to change/improve upon. If you truly want it, you'll be much more likely to actually accomplish it. 

Tip #2: Write it down! 
The act of physically writing your resolution down makes it more concrete and real. It also helps to tell it to someone who will hold you accountable. But if that's not something you want it to do, simply writing it down will be similar. It will also help you clear your thoughts regarding the resolution. 

"A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline." Harvey Mackay

Tip #3: Create an Action Plan.
The only way to achieve any sort of goal is to create a plan. What are the baby steps to reaching your goal? Be specific, realistic, and timely. Think about how you can gradually build up your steps to reach your goal. For example, if your goal is to "get in shape," first determine, what "in shape" means to you. Then figure out the step to achieve that. How often will you work out, when do you want to meet a milestone goal by? etc. Try to go in depth with your action plan so you're not left wondering if you even making any progress.

Tip #4: Create a routine.
Once you have an action plan set, work it into a routine. Routines have been proven to effectively help people achieve their goals. You won't get anywhere if you only do it (your resolution) once a month. 

Tip #5: (If possible) Do it in the morning!
If you start your daily routine the first thing in the morning, imagine how motivated you're going to feel the rest of the day!! Fulfilling a step toward your goals first thing in the morning, you'll feel much more energized and ready for the rest of your day. Don't be surprised if you're actually much more productive in the rest of your day too!

Tip #6: Take it Day by Day.
I much prefer the term, "Daily Resolutions." While ultimately you want to make a change starting this new year off right, you're making a choice to change your day-to-day habits. "Daily" resolutions are also much less overwhelming to think about. If the first thing you think about in the morning is this big ultimate goal that seems unachievable, you're going to be much less likely to want to do it at all. Instead try to take it one day at a time. Wake up thinking about the one step you're going to take today in order to PROGRESS toward your goal.

Tip #7: Stay Positive.
At the end of the day, the only way you're going to achieve your resolutions/goals, is if you stay positive. Negative thoughts will only hold you back and keep you from giving it your all. Stay positive and keep trying! The only way you'll ever progress and improve is if you try! Daily affirmations can help too if you struggle with staying positive when things get tough. 

I hope these tips help you and motivate you to try again! No one says that you can only make resolutions because it's the new year; you can start anytime!

"It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision." Helen Keller

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Blogger Off-Duty

Is a blogger ever really off-duty? Haha, I personally don't think so, but every so often I need to  push aside the blogging/planning etc. to work on some art! (I'm teaming up with my friend to create something for his Instagram. I'll make sure to share when it's finished!!)

Anyways, I basically needed to go buy art supplies and get busy drawing since I have a "sometime before Christmas" deadline- which means that I want to be comfortable and not fumbling with high heels, fluffy coats, and tons of jewelry. So I decided to style my outfit around my new Kipling bag from their Holiday catalog. It's so versatile but is especially useful when I want to carry all my stuff with me for my day. 

Before getting ready, I browsed through Instagram and Polyvore to conjure up the perfect blogger off-duty look a.k.a something I would be comfortable in without looking like a bum. Here's the outfit I wore, styled with my "bag-love of my life" the Noelle Tote. I got the custom embroidering on it to say "#girlboss" haha! I love it! So cute and describes my aspirations for sure!

 Outfit Details:
Blazer: Forever 21; Tank: H&M; Jogger Pants: Cotton On; Flannel: Iguana Vintage; Shoes: Coach via TJ Maxx; Bag: Noelle Tote- Kipling.

Also just wanted to mention that TODAY and Tomorrow the Kipling Holiday Tour is making their final stop in Orlando, Florida at the Florida Mall! If you live in the Orlando area, I definitely recommend you go check out the event, snag a freebie bag, do some little DIY gifts and listen to some music! The LA one was super fun! You can RSVP here for the Orlando event! 

Big thank you to Kipling for sponsoring this post! It's such an honor to work with such an amazing brand!

xo Sally-Jean 

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Try This Cozy Trend: Shearling Outerwear

For the past three years I've been dying to get my hands on a Shearling Coat! It's been a major wardrobe piece I've been in need of and (in my opinion) can be so versatile and transform anyone's style. The shearling trend has gotten BIG this season and I found my perfect coat at Steinmart and while it is faux Shearling, I'm so in love. (I've been told when I wear this and greet people with a hug, "It's like hugging a blanket.")

You've probably seen this trend a lot and it's because it's everywhere! The awesome thing about this trend is that there are so many different versions and also so many different ways to wear it! I love to layer mine for a cozy look! 

Outfit Details:
Faux Shearling Coat: purchased at Steinmart; Flannel: Target Mens; Sweater: H&M
Jeans: Forever 21; Boots: Macys; Bag: a gift.

Below are some Amazon options that are just too cute! (These are Amazon Affiliate links)

BB Dakota Women's Foster Faux-Suede Jacket with Sherpa-Lined Collar

Calvin Klein Jeans Women's Faux Leather Sherling Biker

Check out how other people styled Shearling outerwear on Pinterest!
Follow Antiques & Coffee's board The Shearling Trend on Pinterest.

You can also find a wide range of Shearling styles on Forever 21. For some reason if you search "Shearling" nothing really comes up but searching the word "Sherling" produces tons of options! :)

What do you think of this trend and would you wear it?? How would you style a cozy Shearling coat?

Xo Sally-Jean

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

The LA Kipling Holiday Tour!!

If you missed the various tweets and last blog post, I was invited to the Kipling Holiday tour yesterday at the Grove! I enjoyed some awesome music, a fun photobooth, Holiday DIY's and got an awesome personalized freebie!! The Kipling Holiday collection is sooo adorable and I'm so exctied for my purchase!
 It was essentially the only thing I did yesterday since I don't usually go to that part of town but it was so lovely to check out the Grove because I've never been there! See below for pictures of the event!!

Don't forget: Get $30 off your purchase of $150 when you use the code HOLIDAYS30

 Outfit Details:
Beanie: Target, Top: Gaze via TJ Maxx, Jeans: Blue Spice via TJ Maxx, Boots: Corso Como, Handbag: Hermes

 Seriously, I fell in love with these two bags!!

 Adorable Kipling Flash tattoos!!

 They also let us do some cute DIY gifts... I just made mine for myself though haha!

Free personalized gifts!!
The flash tattoo station

The awesome DJ that played- also look at how massive that tree it!! :D

I'm so in love with my bag and little miniature monkey! Seriously so cute and such good quality even when I got it for free!
(The transition from phone to computer may have distorted this video a bit, but follow me on Instagram to see the better version)

If you'd like to see more pictures of the Kipling Holiday tour, follow Kipling on Instagram at  @kiplingusa or just search the hashtag #kiplingholiday

Also, if you live in Orlando and would like to attend the Holiday tour click HERE!

So thankful to Kipling for sponsoring this post and inviting me to be apart of this fun Kipling Holiday Tour! 

p.s. this is also serving as "vlogmas day 6" aka this is all I did and I didn't film haha!

XO Sally-Jean

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Kipling Holiday Gifts For Her + a special discount!

Admiring the Kipling monkey key fob on my Nana's purse -- one of my oldest memories growing up. I always remember wanting to play with the adorable monkey and dreaming of having my own. Over the years, Kipling has grown with me from being a young girl admiring her grandmother's bag to becoming an adult and loving all they have to offer. The newest Kipling Holiday Catalog definitely surpassed my expectations and if I may say so myself- dayyyum! I really think it has something for every style and every lady!

Since my order (ah, yes I had to!) is still on its way, I wanted to go ahead and share some oh-my-gorgeous pieces that I loved from the Kipling Holiday Catalog. I ordered #1 and #7 for myself and I'm soooo excited! The Noelle Tote (1) is going to be so perfect when I'm carrying around a bunch of stuff like usual. What can I say, I like to carry my life in my bag! haha! Without a doubt, this bag is going to turn into my go-to everyday bag, I can't wait!

The 100 Pens Case (7) is literally going to save my sanity haha. I carry around so many pens and markers because you never know when you might get the urge the draw. I'm so excited to fill this baby up! 

*Gift Tip* The Iani CrossBody Bag (#8) is such a classic looking bag & an all around perfect gift if you're not sure of someone's style!!

OH! I have a special savings for you!!
Get $30 off of your $150 online purchase with the code HOLIDAYS30
I'm so happy I can offer this code and help all of you save for the holidays! Without a doubt, the ladies in your life will be soo thankful for a Kipling bag! 

I'm going to do an un-boxing blog post of my Kipling goodies as soon as I get my package in the mail! So watch out for that post! 

Anddd while your here, I'd like to invite all of you to the #KiplingHoliday Tour!!

Kipling is celebrating their grand opening of their first brick-and-mortar store in NYC! The tour is heading to Los Angeles this weekend and you're not going to want to miss it! This family-friendly event is going to have a Holiday collection show-all, on-site monogramming, giveaways, and even Holiday DIY inspiration! (Seriously, so excited for the DIY inspo! How fun!)

I will be attending the event on Saturday, December 6th, and I really hope to see some of you there and meet you! That'd be amazing! So if you'd like to attend, just RSVP HERE

So excited for the event! But if you're not able to go, just make sure you follow me on Twitter and Instagram to get a live peek at the event! 

Big thank you to Kipling for sponsoring today's discussion and reminding me of some of my fondest memories. 

xo Sally-Jean

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