Sleep It Off

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As a kid, my mom had my siblings and I in bed by 8 p.m. on school nights, and as I grew older, 11 p.m. Then I moved away for college where I quickly forgot what sleep even was. Now that I’m out in the adult world where everything that happens during the day is very dependent on my energy and punctuality, I’ve set a sleeping schedule of my own. I know what you’re thinking, “is this girl really going to give me a bedtime??” IMG_9788

A lot of our health depends on the quality of our rest every night, and although I’m not going to set a bedtime, I thought I’d share some tips I’ve come across that have contributed to my excess energy throughout the day and positive health.IMG_9799

Invest in your bedding! Believe it or not, you may toss or turn in bed a billion times before falling asleep, simply because you don’t have very comfortable bedding. For my birthday a couple years ago, I treated myself to a very fluffy duvet cover from IKEA and it’s been the best decision I’ve ever made. I now have 2.

Set your phone to charge, AWAY from arm’s reach. I know that sometimes we might need our phone for emergencies, but the light that comes up every time we have a notification can be a little distracting keeping you away from falling asleep. I set my alarm, put everything else on silent, and flip my phone upside down. This also helps me literally GET OUT OF BED in the mornings, since I have to turn off my alarm.

Dimmer lights in your bedroom – I once read an article at a chiropractor’s office about how bright bedrooms can trick your body into thinking it has more energy than it does. This might sound crazy, but it made sense to me okay! I have a lot of natural light during the day, which wakes me up bright and early, but while it’s night time, I have dimmer lights in my bedroom. It sets your body up for a “resting mood” and will wear you out sooner than brightly lit rooms.

Wash your bedding once a week! I feel like this is a universal understanding. Who doesn’t like to fall asleep quickly in freshly washed covers?

Finally, get yourself on a schedule! I wake up every single morning at 6:45 Mon – Fri and on the weekends I wake up no later than 8. I’ve noticed that my lifestyle has been more productive and goal oriented once I set my routine to wake up. I wake up in such a great mood and I’m always rested up with plenty of time to accomplish things throughout the day. I have no issue falling asleep at night when I wake up that early because my body is just so tired by the time 10p.m. rolls around. (Yes, I usually am in bed no later than 11 p.m.)

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I’m no sleep expert, but if the girl that would fall asleep at 4 a.m. and drag her body to class the next morning can now rule the day with these sleep habit changes, then I’m sure it’ll help someone else out there as well!

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A Shelving Situation

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How you decorate a shelf or bookcase, low-key says a lot about you. Are you a hoarder, traveler, minimal style enthusiast?

I’ve redone my bookshelves and bookcases more times than I can count, and I think I finally mastered the style of “organizational minimalist” (as I like to call it).

 

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If you’re into the “clean/minimal” style, here are some things to keep in mind:

Don’t clutter your bookshelves – display only absolute musts. I display some thrifted unique pottery and some of my favorite books and magazines, filling in gaps with plants.

Don’t overload on color – I have a very “neutral” theme of colors throughout my home with some bright colors here and there, but overall they are spread out, not found in one location. Do the same here.

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You don’t need to spend a lot of $$ to make your shelves look like they’re worth a lot. The more individual style, the more appealing they look. I found 80% (including the glassware) of these things at Goodwill.

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BOOKS – If you have books you want to display, I suggest sticking to hardcover books! I have a box with all the book sleeves because most of the cover colors don’t fit into my “theme”. Make sure you spread out books evenly into different areas of your shelf. Don’t be afraid to make them un-uniformed by placing them vertical and horizontal, switching back and forth between shelves. I tend to display magazines flat b/c they’re usually longer and flimsier than books.

Plants – If you have a tall bookcase, sometimes it looks odd when it’s standing alone, so I decided to include a plant that’s at it’s height. It actually brought my whole shelf together. I seriously add plants to anything though, so this is me just feeding into my plant addiction to be honest…

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Get It Together

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Every new year we make promises about how we’re going to eat healthy, save more money, be outdoors more, and pet more dogs (the last one might just be me) but I believe in making changes that would better yourself at any point in time, not just at the beginning of the year. Something I’ve learned about reaching goals is that you just can’t do it, if you’re not organized. I was the person in class that wouldn’t write down things because I’d think, “no yeah I totally will remember that” and then would cram it in last minute simply because I would forget about it. There was no organization to it. Needless to say, I learned the hard way that organization is the key to success (adding this to DJ Khaled’s lessons). So I’m letting you in on my organization methods, maybe it’ll help you out too.

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I’m a sucker for aesthetically pleasing things, so the more pleasantly looking something is, the more I’ll want to use it. This leads to finding a planner that you’ll use. I became an adult the minute I invested in a good monthly, weekly, and daily planner with pages for notes. It was like I had stepped into adulthood. This planner is from Sugar Paper Los Angeles, which you can now find at Target!

Here’s how I use it:

Have a payment due on a specific day every month? Go ahead and input that into the monthly calendar. I’ve put in my “Rent” category, up until the end of my lease, cell phone, student loans, up until the end of the year, and so forth. These are the things that are more permanent and long-term which you can’t really change or move around.

Once you’ve arranged your yearly plans, break into months. So only write in on the monthly page of the month you’re in. Don’t go writing in, in pen, something that you’re “kind of” wanting to do 10 months from now, unless of course it is a goal. For example, I’m not going to write in Yoga Class on December 12th 2016. Let’s be honest, I will probably not be into fitness by the end of the year… (whoops). I will however write in my NYC trip that I planned on taking in February for Fashion Week, because that’s just not going to change, everything is booked.

After you’ve established your month’s goals/dates, break it into weeks.

This where I write most of my things. I don’t take up too much space in my monthly calendar. I only open my monthly calendar to take a quick glance of what high importance things are happening that month. It’s my week section where things get real.

I have certain weekly work goals I set for myself and I write those in. I have about 8 meetings a week, so I definitely write those into the weekly calendar sections of planners. If I have to get groceries on Saturday morning, I will write that in. If i have a blog post coming out on Monday and another on Wednesday I will write that in. This helps me keep track of my progress because I cross off each thing I’ve done.

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Lastly, but definitely the most important, I make sure not to give myself an overwhelming amount of tasks in a single day. In the past, I wasn’t accomplishing many of my daily goals because I simply would be overwhelmed with my lists and would just quit before even starting. Don’t do that to yourself! I’ve learned that smaller lists are better and more realistic when it comes to accomplishing things. If you’re packed for Monday and have absolutely nothing scheduled for Thursday, split your Monday into 2 days and sanely complete two small task lists, rather than one overwhelming list.

I’m not a professional planner, but I have learned that the more organized I get, the more I accomplish.

Hopefully, this can help you plan out whatever you want to accomplish this year!

Good luck!

 

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Make Some Room

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My style has evolved so much within the last 5 years, and I’m just now feeling like an “adult” with my interior style choices. Lets take things back a bit. In 2010, I had a bright yellow room with magazine cutouts taking over a whole wall, a fuchsia cushion mirror hanging from my closet door, a floral bedspread, and lastly but definitely not least, a hot pink faux fur rug that I had to beg my mom to get me. Clearly living life with no regrets here…

In my first apartment as an adult and a struggling fashion student in a new city, I was very financially limited, so i did a lot of upcycling. It might seem like a really good idea, which it was temporarily, except that I undecidedly had stepped into the shabby chic territory. Most of my furniture was sanded down, and painted white. Eventually, it looked like my bedroom had taken a day off from a “Cottage Decor DIY” magazine.

Now as an adult in the city (3 apartments in the making), I’ve been able to educate myself about different artists who make incredible pieces for your home. George Nelson is a genius (my hot pink rug self would be like “wtf who dat”). Although I am still not in a position to bring home a George Nelson Thin Edge Dresser for Herman Miller, I have found that I favor the mid-century and neutral-minimal styles over everything else.

I now don’t purchase Goodwill furniture on impulse. I fall in love with a specific artist’s way of designing a piece of furniture (whether it’d be shape, color, texture, etc.) and then I search Goodwill/ValueVillage/SalvationArmy/CraigsList until I have something similar. It’s actually saved me lots of money by sticking to things I need, instead of collection random junk that I think I might use in the future.

Things I don’t find at second hand shops, I usually find the similar next big thing at Ikea, Anthropologie, Target, Walmart, or Overstock.

My advice to you is to have fun with your style, don’t invest in trends (*looks at pink fur rug*) and create an Interior board on Pinterest. Good luck!

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Magazines: Kinfolk | Milk glass bowl: Goodwill; I use it to hold my watches | Gold Mini Goblet with Lid: Goodwill; used for stud earrings | Gold Stone Fruit Planter designed by Chen Chen & Kai Williams: Need Supply

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By the way, I still do a LOT of DIY’s, just a lot less shabby.

Painting by me, Agave print by @brollish | frames by IKEA | Candles: NaNin, Malin+Goetz Otto New York, Voluspa Anthropologie

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Dresser: IKEA | Knobs: Anthropologie | Mirror: IKEA | Case Study Ceramic Pot: Modernica (this pot has been on my Wishlist for some time now and my lovely man surprisingly crossed it off for me for Christmas *cheers*)

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Na Nin, I am.

This past weekend I met Kate Jennings the owner of, a Korean-style vintage clothing line, Na Nin. She recently ventured out into the fragrance area and I'm so thrilled about it. With some of her favorite scents found in Calvin Klein candles, I trusted her suggestion and went with Cripple Creek from her Na Nin fragrance line. There are too many ingredient to list, but somehow they all come together for a simple refreshing scent that makes my room feel clean. If you're a candle lover like I am, Na Nin definitely has a good selection of candles to look into.
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