Event Recap: Good As New Goodwill Trunk Show

by Jackie

Good As New

I love when fashion and giving back collide. I stopped by Polished by Tu-Ahn’s Good As New Trunk Show benefiting the Goodwill of Greater Washington. I loved the great selection and even scored a vintage Dooney!

What? I couldn't just leave it there.

What? I couldn’t just leave it there.

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Stop “Grinding”

by Jackie

Goodnight Moon

Goodnight Moon

I was standing in the middle of a mountain of clothes that rivaled Everest. Despite the yo-yo temperatures, I decided to swap out my winter wardrobe for my spring/summer wears. The project that I had estimated to take me about three hours was taking forever because I was tired, yet I was on a mission to organize my closet by color and type. Yawning into the fifth hour of my Friday night project that I began after a long day of work and grueling two-a-day workouts, I did what I always do when I start feeling overwhelmed, I called my best friend. “Don’t do the thing where you stay up all night to finish a thing,” she said. “Choose sleep. Always choose sleep.” She knows my modus operandi. Finishing what I’ve started had become a life motto, even if it meant staying up until the wee hours of the morning. I started relying on concealer to hide the signs of whatever I’d committed myself to the night before, my moods were becoming unpredictable, and I was always fatigued.

Me after not getting much sleep.

Me after a full night’s sleep

There is no amount of styling that can hide sleep deprivation. A full night of sleep leaves your face and your attitude bright and fresh. Do your health and your look a favor, stop subscribing to the “You sleep, we grind” mentality. Adequate sleep is a must. So, choose sleep. Always choose sleep. If you don’t believe me, check out this infographic that illustrates the effects of not getting enough sleep and click the image for the terrifying details:

( Infographic by Alissa Scheller for The Huffington Post)

(Infographic by Alissa Scheller for The Huffington Post)

 

Sherria’s Spring Wish List

by Sherria

The sun is finally starting to shine here on the East Coast and it’s putting me in “shopping mode.” Since I already have a ton of clothing in my closet from last spring, I’m planning to add only a few small accessories and dresses to my spring/summer wardrobe. I believe that small accessories can be mix and matched with the same outfit to create a totally different look (FYI: It’s also more economical than purchasing more clothes).

Below are three of my top picks to add to a spring wardrobe:

 

spring wish list

 

Kealla Wedge Sandal (ALDO, $65)

Navy Enamel Bezel Silicone Metro Watch (Kate Spade, $175)

Botanical Woven Dress (Forever 21, $19.90)

 

Take it off

by Jackie

Strip it down. Clean it up. Take it off. I am so happy that the “beat” seems to be dying. ┬áPlaster-of-Paris style foundation and harsh contouring have been the make-up look dujour for far too long. The trend has plagued faces across America, transforming, soft, feminine lines into alabaster geometric shapes. ┬áThe dog days may be over though, as signaled by one of the vanguards of the look, Nicki Minaj. The self-described Barb has ditched her doll-like look for a more natural face, letting her true beauty shine through.

I hope make-up artists (and the rest of us who emulate their techniques) take note, and take it off.

 

Nicki-Minaj

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Jaded is the New Black

by Jackie

sunrise

It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.
- Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

It’s easy to be a cynic. Trust me, I know. Whether it’s a sarcastic tweet or a blog post complaining about a case of the Mondays, I’ve done more than my fair share of contributing to the negativity that has become a trend on these here interwebs. Don’t worry, this is not a manifesto proclaiming that I’m trading my dry sense of humor to be Susie Sunshine, but rather a promise to myself to be just as expressive about the everyday happy happenings as I am about the nuisances.

Being jaded is a trend that I definitely don’t want to follow. In the spirit of everyday happiness, here are 10 little things that brighten my day:

  1. Waking up early enough to have a sit-down breakfast before work
  2. Chair dancing to Marc Anthony songs on the metro during my morning commute
  3. My 3:00 p.m. cup of tea
  4. Trying out a new hairstyle, and it working out
  5. Shopping my closet and making new outfits out of old pieces
  6. My book club, the #Bookettes
  7. A fresh coat of bright nail polish
  8. A new pair of shoes
  9. Making it to the gym on time for my workout
  10. A spoonful of sea salt caramel Talenti gelato

Happy Wednesday everyone!