From Study Breaks to Life Breaks

These days, I feel as if the apocalypse could be happening right outside my window and I wouldn’t even blink. It’s as if I graduated college a constantly connected and well informed world citizen, and quickly degenerated into an unaware and oblivious pile of mush.

In college, study breaks were spent browsing seemingly random but somehow connected subjects on google. My searches led me from website to website, topic to topic. Thirty minutes later I would emerge well versed on a variety of subjects, from Obama’s latest efforts in healthcare reform to a detailed analysis of every song on Taylor Swift’s Red album. You could say I was well-rounded.

Six months later, I leave work and it’s as if a switch is flipped, putting my brain into snooze mode. After 7:30 at night, I really only have the mental capacity to think about two things: food and sleep.

Tonight, I pulled out my laptop and decided to take a “life break”,  allowing myself to get lost in the internet once more. Somehow, I managed to go from the killing of a “Spirit Moose” to the removal of a mole from Jimmy Fallon’s hand. Go figure.

Despite the strangness of it all, I managed to find two really cool videos in the process:

1. If you ever doubted that Miley Cyrus was seriously talented, this video will definitely change your mind.

2. This pinterest wedding/proposal is too adorable. It’s a little long, but totally worth watching! 

And as for the life break? Lets just say from here on out I’ll be taking these quite often.

Fall Finds

With the changing weather and my upcoming paycheck (thank the lord), all that’s been on my mind these days is shopping.

In high school and college, I had a horrible habit of wearing my flip flops well into December…literally. Even today, old habits die hard. I can’t seem to get myself out of my Jack Rogers sandals and sundresses. Unfortunately, I think it’s about time for a grown-up reality check. October has arrived.

That being said, in my time being a poor post grad I have done a decent amount of online “window shopping.”  Essentially, my dream wardrobe is all planned out in my head, but I don’t have the exactly means to make it a reality.

However. After much thought and careful consideration, I’ve somehow managed to narrow it down to six key items that I’m seriously drooling over right now:

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1. J.Crew For High Line Tote 

A super cute and cheap tote that supports one of my favorite getaways in the city…what’s not to love?

2. J.Crew Quilted Tack Jacket

This is actually something I splurged on when J.Crew was having their 25% off sale last week. The navy blue version makes for the perfect fall jacket–sporty and chic.

3. BP. Trolley Ankle Boot

This fall, I’ve been seeing booties pretty much everywhere. I usually prefer riding boots, but this pair in the chocolate brown is perfect for day or night.

4. Jo Malone London, Peony and Blush Suede 

I tend to have commitment issues when it comes to finding the right perfume. I spend weeks going in and out of the department store trying on the same scent about fifty times, only to get something completely different. But after trying this on in the Jo Malone store a few weeks ago, I haven’t stopped thinking about it since. It’s the perfect combo, sweet and girly!

5. Essie After School Boy Blazer

Normally I like to stick to neutral colors when it comes to my nails, regardless of the season. Essie’s After School Boy Blazer color may have changed my views. The color looks great on, and is really in line with this falls focus on navy blue.

6. Kate Spade Mix and Match Metro Grand Watch

Okay, so yes. This watch is a splurge, and it is definitely going to be something I’m just going to stare at from outside the store window. But a girl can dream, and I can’t help but love the glittery wristband!

Happy shopping!

Autumn Adventures

I love New York, but sometimes I desperately needs a day away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Going from school at the University of Maryland to life in the big city is still taking some getting used to. This weekend, my parents decided to take a day trip up to Massachusetts to visit my sister at school. After an extended period of time spent in the city, I figured my lungs could use some fresh air.

I swear, there is absolutely nothing better than New England in the fall (except for Christmas in New York, but for the sake of this blog post we won’t go there). The way the leaves paint the landscape as they change color is honestly breathtaking. After  spending the day with my little sister, my parents had the brilliant idea apple picking. Apple picking in the fall in New England?

I was sold.

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 After my fun-filled day in Massachusetts, I put together a fall bucket list of activities I want to finish before the holidays roll around:

1.Apple picking-check!
2. Pumpkin Picking
3. Making a Jack O’ Lantern
4. Successfully making a 100% homemade apple pie
5. Braving a haunted house (this one is going to be difficult for me)
6. Experiencing a corn maze
7. Six Flags Fright Fest (even more difficult)
8. Surviving Maryland’s Homecoming Weekend
9. Visiting Boston
10. Perfecting a hard apple cider recipe
11. Trying all of Sam Adam’s Fall variety
12. Coming up with a creative Halloween costume
13. Practicing the art of layering clothing

Any other suggestions? Let me know!

Mess in a Dress

To describe myself as a mess lately is a bit of an understatement. Disorganized? Nah. Disaster? Getting warmer. No, I would say I could best be described  as “Hurricane Justine”, and it isn’t pretty.

Exhibit A: Knocking on a random neighbors door and introducing myself. Normal enough right? I then decided that it was totally acceptable to forgo all social conventions and asked her to help me out of my Lilly dress.

Yup, I’d say this is a category five. Go me.

Between an eight hour work day, one heck of a commute, eating, working out (insert canned laughter),sleeping (more canned laughter), laundry, socializing, and exploring New York, I feel as if there just isn’t enough time. The unfinished dressers I’ve been planning on painting for three months are still sitting there, unpainted and without knobs. My pictures are still leaning on the wall where I left them, and my mind is lost somewhere beneath the piles of clothing that cover my floor.

Over the past few weeks I’ve been filling my MacBook and iPhone with apps in an effort to get it together. Surprisingly, a few have made a huge difference. For my 1.25 (and counting) post-grad readers out there, here’s the breakdown:

1. Mint
Thanks to a suggestion from my best friend, this app has pretty much been a lifesaver when it comes to my budget. When I first moved to New York, I actually avoided looking at my bank statement in fear of how much I was spending. Brunch with friends, ordering in lunch, and perusing Fifth Ave every Sunday were part of my weekly routine. Mint takes into account all of my bank statements, credit card statements, and bills all while setting a strict monthly budget for me. Lets just say that I’ll be skipping a few weekends of brunch and Sundays on Fifth.
2. Wunderlist
Theres something about writing things down that makes me feel so accomplished. Knowing that I have everything laid out right in front of me instantly calms me down and allows me to prioritize. Wunderlist allows me to share my list with friends, add comments, deadlines, and reminders all from both my Mac and iPhone. My newest list: Things I want to accomplish before the big 3-0. 
3. Sleep Cycle
No matter how calming my alarm sound is, my mornings always begin with a heart attack. Sleep cycle is an alarm that actually analyzes your sleep patterns and wakes you up at the point in which you feel most rested. Craziest part? It actually works.

Well, time for this post-grad to hit the hay. Step one on the road to “getting it together”?
A full nights sleep!