Thursday, May 21, 2015

Friday Night Links

Does SPF 30 sunscreen provide double the sun protection as SPF 15? Discover the truth! #beauty #skincare

Do Good
Now that the sun is out all the time (well, except for DC's super rainy day yesterday), it's time to lather up on the sunscreen. I'll be going into more detail on Tuesday for National Sunscreen Day, BUT did you know today is Don't Fry Day? In honor of today, do some good for yourself (the theme of Wednesday's post!) and take some of these precautions to avoid frying in the sun: seek shade, wear SPF clothing (yes, it's a thing),  and apply sunscreen thoroughly!

On Something Good

Go Shopping (Hello Memorial Day Weekend Sales!)
  • Want to try out Netflix for jewelry? Why not give Rocksbox a chance? They originally gave me a free trial, but I've enjoyed it so much that I've continued to pay for the service! Sign up using the code danabff114 for your first month free.

Around the web
  • Could a bracelet really defend against a sunburn?
  • Sigh, I just want to be friends with Mindy Kaling.
  • I'll be closely following this over the next few months to see the new fall tv line up.
  • Great post from The Kentucky Gent about what a blogger actually does.
  • Whenever you get frustrated (in work or life), just remember this.


Loft Stripes

Loft Stripes | Something Good, stripe dress, black pumps, loft dress

Dress: Same, Similar / Heels: Similar, Similar / Earrings: Similar / Sunglasses: Same, Similar

On Monday I featured Gap stripes and today? Loft stripes! This dress was a big steal for me. I debated getting this dress when it first came out, but the $89 price tag was a little too steep for me. I shoptagr'ed it (and just invented a new verb) and watched the price to hope it would go down. The price dropped a little, but it went out of stock. Luck came my way though and the dress was restocked during a big 60% off sale sale. I ended up being able to score this dress for $20!

It was perfect for the conference I was at last week and made packing a breeze. The design on the dress meant that I needed minimal jewelry and my black pumps went with it perfectly. Another win from Loft!

Loft Stripes | Something Good, stripe dress, black pumps, loft dress

Loft Stripes | Something Good, stripe dress, black pumps, loft dress

Loft Stripes | Something Good, stripe dress, black pumps, loft dress


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale

So I wasn't planning on doing a double post today....but the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale can not be missed! All of the items in the sale are priced up to 40% off and many are items that I've reviewed on here before. Here are some of my favorites:

PS If you're going to shop this sale, do yourself a favor and sign up for Ebates! You'll get cash back on this purchase and all other online purchase you make! (This plug isn't sponsored, I just love and use Ebates that much! Though I do get a small kickback if you use my link to sign up :D)


The B Bar Link Up: Preparing for the Future

For this month's B Bar Link Up we were asked to talk about the future and how we prepare for it. Since we're able to talk about any future I thought I might talk a little about my own. (I'm also taking a break from Wednesday wishlist today, BUT, check out my twitter or facebook for some of the pieces I'm loving right now)

Prepping for the future is kind of weird. As I get farther away from my college years (we're at four years out at this point) and my health becomes more and more important to me, I've realized how easy it is to slip into bad habits and let hard work fall apart.

After reading Gretchen Rubin's Better than Before and taking Jess Lively's course, I've now realized that it was so easy for me to slip out of these habits because I didn't know why I had established them (what values were important to me) and I didn't know what was the best way for me to keep these habits.

During Jess's course I was able to establish my what my personal values are right now when it comes to my personal health and create my intention for that ("to be healthy and thoughtful in the choices I make"). While I was completing the course, I also had the luck of being able to read Gretchen Rubin's Better than Before for review. Reading it gave me some serious insight into how I can use my personality type to build healthy habits (I'm an upholder). 

From there, I was able to come up with a few habits that I wanted to establish. Since I know I'm an upholder, I know that I can fulfill inner expectations, but I really have to know what those expectations are and make that clear to myself. 

1. Go to bed early and get more sleep. Luckily, the more I try to do this, the easier it's become. I actually love getting to go to bed early, but sometimes it's difficult.

2. Work out. I'm one of those weird people who enjoy working out, so it makes it easier when I find a work out that I enjoy AND I know is effective. For me, that's Pure Barre and Yoga. Both allow me the time to zone out. It's also allowed some of my best "mind wandering" time, when I've been able to come up with post ideas or solve a problem for work.

3. Eat better. It's vague, I'm aware. to be honest, since bringing a lunch to work every day, this has been much easier. But, I also have a huge sweet tooth (it's a problem). To balance the two out, I try to make sure that the majority of what I'm eating is healthier, but I leave room for dessert. I've also started meal planning so I can have an idea of when I might eat out (less healthy) so I can plan out healthier dinners before and after.

So why am I focusing on my health as I prepare for the future? Well to me (and a lot of other people), my health determines what kind of mood I'm in, how much energy I have, how mentally awake I am, and how easy/difficult it is for me to get sick. These are the things that effect the bigger things in life, so if I don't focus on the building blocks, it'll be harder for me to achieve my big picture items (career and relationships)

That was a little bit of word vomit, but as I said, preparing for the future is weird. It's very personal and very different for everyone.

So what are you doing to prepare for the future?

Check out the other bloggers and learn about how they prepare for the future!