Do These 5 Things to Feel More Accomplished Everyday

If you’re like me, you are the type of person who loves making lists and anything color-coded. You like to end each day feeling like you have accomplished something. Whether that be learning more about a new topic, organizing your calendar, or cooking instead of dining out. With the first week of the semester in full force, I thought I’d share with you some tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way to make sure I end each day feeling productive. I am also very intrigued by other people’s rituals and daily habits so please feel free to share some of your own in the comments below!

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5 Essentials

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I am just as human as you are, therefore some days I feel lazy and completely uninspired. When I have this type of “writer’s block,” I feel like I possibly can never overcome it. The good thing is, I always do and most of the time my rut is beneficial because it allows my creative juices to start flowing faster than before. I find that I dig myself out of this hole the same ways each time. And this is how. {Sorry for the lengthy post, but you will want to read it all.}


1. Step away

There isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t have a hundred things on my mind. Therefore, when I am sitting down to write sometimes, my mind often wonders. A trick I’ve learned to fight this is to walk away and forget about everything on my to-do list for a few minutes. Here I will allow myself a set amount of time to scroll through my Instagram feed or do something that doesn’t require much thought so when I’m ready I can get back to business with a clear mind.


2. Feed off of others

The best person for me to creatively collaborate with is my famously mentioned friend, Lily. We will meet for lunch knowing that our main goal is to come up with new and exciting content. Our ideas will bounce off of each other until it finally results into something bloggable. This is a good habit that you can initiate by simply finding a friend with the same innovative mind as yours.


3. The best instruments are already given

This is one of my favorite ways to pass unproductive time. Let’s say I’m trying to write a new piece on outfit inspiration but nothing fresh comes to mind, what do I do? I’ll start decoding some of my favorite websites. Scrolling through glamorous pictures usually sparks ideas for me. Websites I would consider checking out are TheyAllHateUs.com, Tumblr.com, Pinterest.com.


4. Quotes

This may sound so cliche that you will forever shame this blog but reading an inspirational quote is one of the most efficient ways to help me strive. I will forever be obsessed with Pinterest which means I’m on it all the time and have created a pretty large inventory of inspirational quotes [you can also find some here]. Normally, I would go to my page, read a few, then start writing.


5. Think about the future

I think this is one of the hardest ones for me and will most likely be for others as well. If I have something important that needs completing but I wait until the last minute, I usually find myself wanting to draw the line. Then I think of the future. I think about how not putting effort into this certain situation might result in me failing in something down the road. Luckily, there are apps and websites to help you. You can download simple “To-Do List” apps that will help you manage your time more efficiently. I am also a big fan of the basic calendar app because it allows me to see an overview of what I need to get done within a certain time frame. One of my favorite websites to make this process a little easier is Kabbage. This is a website which can effectively help any small business succeed.

Courtesy of Kabbage.com.

Comment below and let me know if any of these steps appeal to you.
What works for you?

xoVS

B-Day Post

Monday was my birthday. [Sorry for the late post I’ve had my hands full lately.] One thing a lot of people don’t know about me is that I’m actually very modest when it comes to this day. You might remember from my previous post that my friends and I celebrate half birthdays. I love half birthdays and I think they are totally necessary. On my half birthday I act like a Princess and I let nothing ruin my day. But when it comes to my real birthday something weird happens and I feel very, I don’t know, exposed. (And I’m not creating a metaphor relating to how I entered the world on this day.) I feel like there are so many more things happening in the world on this day that need to be paid attention to like the obvious world peace, children starving, and babies being killed. I also don’t like surprises so if someone can connect those things and let me know what is wrong with me I’d greatly appreciate that (lol just kidding). Anyway, I’ve already gotten so much for my birthday and I want to share a few things with you my darlings. I’m going to share with you my fashion secrets. Everything from my weird fetishes to why I think it’s ridiculous to pair hate your body. Hope you learn something 🙂


“But do I really need it?”

If you’re asking yourself this question it is because you are most likely standing in a pricey department store trying to decide over a fab pair of Alice + Olivia lace up booties or a trendy Furla Candy Snake-print Bag. Well there is always the option of getting both but you see that comes with the consequences of not being able to pay next month’s rent. So, we have to make a choice here. When I find myself in a position like this, I always ask myself the same series of questions that seem to work wonders. If I buy the laser cut booties will I dream about the chic bag?  or If I buy the bag how many times will I wish I would’ve gotten the booties instead? First things first, take a few moments to think about your wardrobe. Do you already have an item similar to either? How much use do you get out of that item? Ultimately, the decision is yours. You have to be the one  who decides which one will be easier to pry out of your perfectly manicured hands. Don’t sweat it, just question yourself.

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Underwear VS. Clothes

So is it just me or does it seem like I’ve been breaking the bank at Victoria’s Secret lately? To splurge or not to splurge, that’s the question. I’ve come to the realization that to feel good  you must be wearing fabulous undergarments. They are the most important part of an outfit by far. Hell I have a Pinterest board dedicated to these pretty little things. It can totally make you look cheap if your panties are a color too dark for you crisp white shorts. Don’t worry we’ve all been there done that and know how it feels to feel totally exposed by our undergarments. Since it is going to happen why not make them worth the while?

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Thou Shall T-Shirt & Jeans

One of the chicest things, as mentioned here, is looking put together in a tee and jeans. As long as I live I will swear by this rule. It is my go-to for when I don’t know what to wear and I need a casual outfit. They are comfortable, stylish if worn right, and totally effortless. One of the best things about this look is you can dress it up with a big necklace, fabulous heels, or a cool blazer.

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Va-Va Voom Baby

This is a special shoutout to all my foxes out there. Your curves are hot. Flaunt them like no other. I hear more people complain about having big hips then I do about anything else. Marilyn Monroe? She was and still is beloved for her ah-maze-ing curves. Her measurements are 37 – 23.5 – 37.5.  Beyonce? Same thing and she is 34 – 25 – 38. Now many of us aren’t blessed with a voluptuous body like so but savor your curves because they are loved. So the main outtake here is: be Marilyn.

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Always Dress Up

If you’re going somewhere and aren’t entirely sure of the dress code, guesstimate what you think it is and dress that up a notch. It is always better to be too fancy over not dressy at all. Need help adding simple hints of fancy? Try a bold lipstick, a nice hairdo, a fancy clutch, pearls, or a pretty heels (not wedges). Another tip I live by is to always find a reason to dress up. It makes you feel good about yourself which is always a plus.

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The Final Drawback

When I meet a person the first thing I notice about them is their mouth, oddly enough. Teeth in particular seem to always catch my eye. That’s why I live by three rules. 1. You should always match your toe nail polish with your finger nail polish. To me, this brings a look together. You look much more polished if you have matching nail colors. 2. Your teeth should always be clean and well polished. Your teeth reflect how well you take care of yourself. Clean teeth mean good hygiene. 3. Tights are not pants!!! I don’t care if you have the most perfect tush ever, tights are not pants. It was said first by the great Blair Waldorf and I will say it again. If you don’t live according to these rules then we cannot be friends. Jk, I am very friendly :))) Oh and always pluck your eyebrows.

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xoVS