Staying Motivated

Staying Motivated in Winter

Staying motivated seems so much harder in winter months, doesn’t it? Sure, the nicer it gets the more you want to be outside and be distracted. But for me, staying motivated is extra difficult in the winter when it’s cold and I just want to curl up on the couch with some hot cocoa and a fire (or the Netflix fireplace for me). This winter in particular I have been staying extremely busy, which means any time that I am home I just want to relax. But, I need to actually use that time too, sometimes. There are a few things I do to stay motivated.

Staying Motivated
Curate my space

Wherever I find myself spending most of my time needs to be curated. This helps me stay motivated because I can look around and see things that make me happy. In addition, I have very minimal decoration in my room so that I don’t want to spend to much time there. Currently in my living room which is also my workspace, I have postcards, artwork I like, a few canvases, some squirrel statues, flowers, and books. So. Many. Books. Somehow, my books help me stay motivated. I can pick them up whenever I need inspiration, or even just a book. And then there are times I am actually in need of one of my books, and in that case having a lot of them in my workspace makes life so much easier. Here are some of my favorite books to keep on hand: Steal Like an Artist, The Elements of Style, Manolo Blank Drawings and Capture Your Style.

Candles

This goes hand-in-hand with curating my space. Candles that aren’t too strongly scented are my favorite. I have been very into lavender candles recently. I also am digging Lilly Pulitzer candles. By burning one Lilly candle, and one lavender candle, my place smells citrusy but still relaxing. Here are some candles I would suggest:

Doodling

Something I did this summer was everyday I would arrive to work a few minutes early, sit on the stoop, pull out my sketchbook and just doodle. Some days I’d just write the date, other days I’d write down quotes that I had been thinking of recently, or maybe I’d just draw an mandala. This really seemed to get me ready for the day. My brain felt amped and I felt more motivated. Now, if I am having trouble either getting work done, or I just need to get myself feeling motivated, doodling really makes me feel better.

 

Being Comfortable

Finally, my space is happy, my mind is open and then I like to make sure I’m physically comfortable. I personally like to sit with a can of LaCroix (orange or tangerine, preferably) or sparkling drink (I’ve linked my very favorite below), my cutesy slippers and some comfy clothes. Generally for me that is [high-waisted] leggings or sweatpants and an oversized sweatshirt. And, I noticed that I don’t like to take the time to do my makeup when I’m just going to sit around, but I feel more confident an prepared to take on anything!

What are your tips to stay motivated?? Share them below!

Xoxo,

Katherine

Staying Motivated

Smorgasburg: Prospect Park

Smorgasburg: Prospect Park

Smorgasburg

Smorgasburg

Smorgasburg

Smorgasburg

Smorgasburg

Smorgasburg

Smorgasburg

Smorgasburg

Smorgasburg

The adventure to Smorgasburg  was dreary and drizzly, but Chad, Julio, Jamie and I had some delicious food in Prospect Park which made it a little brighter. Smorgasburg happens weekly throughout the warmer months in Prospect Park on Sundays. It started in Williamsburg and still happens there every Sunday.

Prospect Park’s Smorgasburg is super easy to get to. Especially because of the Q (which I am obsessed with), we took the Q from the Upper East Side all the way to Prospect Park. From there it was just a little bit into the park and suddenly delicious smells were all around us.  It’s a great event to go to if you are just in the city for a little bit or if you live here! There area also a bunch of families and doggies if you like that.

Smorgasburg

Top + Bralette Forever 21 // Shorts Levis (similar) // Shoes Sanuks // Watch Apple // Sunglasses from a street fair (similar)

I have to admit, all the different lemonades and juices kept catching my eye and I tried a few different ones…oops. But, my favorite by far was the mango orange guava one. Delicious and very sweet 🙂

Aside from Smorgasburg, the park itself is beautiful to walk around. It’s a great option for a quick trip to Brooklyn and an excuse for yummy food, some exercise and nature.

Smorgasburg

Staying Motivated

Dark Florals in Spring

Black Florals in Spring

Black Florals in Spring

Black Florals in Spring

Black Florals in Spring

Black Florals in Spring

Black Florals in Spring

Hi friends! Happy Friday! This entire week has felt like a bunch of Mondays in a a row. When I woke up this morning I noticed it felt like I had slept in but I hadn’t hear my alarm go off so I looked at my phone and it had died so I had overslept by 2 hours. Then I realized that I hadn’t plugged in my computer all the way last night so I had 3% battery and a day full of use ahead of me. But, I was able to charge my phone, get ready and make it to class in time and my dear friend Elissa brought me a Cascara Latte (shoutout to sorority sisters <3 ). So, two cups of coffee later and some juice in my computer, I have hit the day full on, but I am very much so ready for the weekend.

I have to say, I haven’t had much luck with the off-the-shoulder look. I love it, but I get so annoyed with the constant adjusting. Maybe I’m just not graceful enough. That’s why I love this specific floral Tobi dress…but they only have a few smalls left so get it while you can! It’s only $10! If you like this print and look I’ve linked a few similar ones below, but none that I like quite as much as this one 🙁

Enjoy your weekend, you deserve to relax! <3

Staying Motivated

Red Moon River Dress

Red Summer Dress

Red Summer Dress

Red Summer Dress

Red Summer Dress

Crunch time is here at Stephens College… Between the fashion show coming up, Easter, projects, Greek Week and preparing for summer, life is crazy. But, at the same time there’s also just a few more weeks left before the end of the school year, so it’s doable.

Brianna Knopf and I shot some looks a few weeks ago and this red Moon River dress  was one of them.  I bought this piece a few weeks back and it’s so different for me. I usually don’t wear things that are so voluminous on the bottom half, but I love all of the layers to this dress! Plus, the little tie detail at the neck is so fun. It also has so many colors in it that it’s so easy to style. I went ahead and paired this dress with my Barbas and Zacari watch (THATGIRLCRAIG for 20% off), my bangles, and then pink sunnies with a suede nude lace up pair of shoes.

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BRANDS: MOON RIVER, ALEX AND ANI, BARBAS AND ZACARI, FOSSIL, FRANCO SARTO, COACH, WHBM
THANKS TO: BARBAS AND ZACARI