Monday, October 20, 2014

Working Girl | Monday Motivation

It's Monday and it's cold! Brr!

I'm not complaining though. I really don't mind the refreshing chill. Bundling up for the first time is sort of fun. Or maybe I'm just sick of sweating on the subway, only to show up at work with my make up running down my face. As you may well know I am settling into a new life - new neighborhood, new job, new routine. It hasn't been easy, but I've made sure to start and adhere to a schedule that makes the new seem well, normal. 

Our lives are in a constant rotation and typically we form a certain routine, a certain schedule to help us get from day-to-day without failing. Once you get used a routine it's easier to hit the snooze button and find yourself running to the bus (or car, or train). It's the thrill of almost not making it. Well, thats happened to me a few times already and I've started to become aware of it. It makes me feel completely unorganized. I show up to work flushed, anxious and nervous. And I don't like that. Who does? So I've started to initiate some new actions that have me easing into the week on the right foot.

take ten
We all start our mornings pretty similarly, but what if I tell you not to hit that last snooze button? What if you got up ten minutes earlier than you usually do? I sound crazy, don't I? Ten minutes you could be sleeping? Well those are an extra ten minutes you have to drink your cup of coffee, enjoy breakfast or read The Skimm (or Tickle Me Pink). It gives you the exact amount of time to get to work feeling confident and rested. Trusst.

stretch it out now
I know you reach for your phone the minute you open your eyes. I do it too. We all do. But, how about you don't? Simply turn off your alarm, climb out of bed and turn on your Keurig. Then take five minutes to stretch. It's going to be slightly awkward when you first start doing this, but it totally helps with circulation. Especially if you spend most of your day behind a desk.

healthy start, healthy day
I'm not going to lie here, I love a good bagel. And I really love a New York bagel. My god are they delicious. Healthy? No. Something I think about often? Yup. But that isn't going to be the best thing to start my day. Starting the day with a healthy breakfast helps ensure that you make healthy decisions throughout the rest of the day. Typically I grab a greek yogurt and sprinkle in some Chia seeds and flax seeds. It keeps me full until lunch!

Do you have any tried-and-true morning secrets that send you off smiling? Do share!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Link Love

I know, I'm sorry, don't hate me!

I apologize for the radio silence this week. Between a new city and new job I've been completely absorbed in my new experience. Lot's of fun and exciting things are on the horizon and I must admit that I am so happy (even if my head is spinning). This weekend the weather looks promising, so I plan to revel in the sun. 

Get me some of this.

I want to pair this with black tights and black boots asap.

DIY manicure with a twist.

Def need to try this.

Great recommendations


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

It's Here!

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There aren't too many sales that I get this excited for, so you know it's a big deal when I dedicate a whole post to one. SHOPBOP is having it's annual friends and family sale - so don't miss out! Other than the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, this is a serious favorite. There are so many brands and colors and cuts to choose from, it just makes sense. Instead of going to one store,such as Loft or Banana, SHOPBOP has items from all the top designers and I am here to organize your shopping needs. I have split up the categories for you to peruse below. Just use the code FAMILY25 when checking out for 25% off your order. Sale ends Thursday at mdnight. This is a perfect chance to start your holiday shopping, people. C'mon, c'mon!

Shop Until You Drop:

Monday, October 13, 2014

My First Apartment

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As someone who loves to be creative, the idea of decorating a new apartment thrills me. Turning a blank canvas into a comfortable, affordable and chic living space, makes me want to do a happy dance. I have big plans of starting with a neutral palette and slowly building upon it with bright colored knick knacks and fun entertaining accessories. The creative nerd in me has been waiting to do this for a few years now. Yes, I have always had my own room and (more or less) creative freedom to choose the color scheme and decor, but this time I get to pick everything (even if my kitchen, living room, bedroom and bathroom are basically in one room). I have rounded up my favorite, favorite, favorite pieces that have been patiently waiting in my "first apartment" folder. Rome wasn't built in a day and I am sure it will take me a while to figure everything out, but you have to start somewhere. Right? 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Link Love

Happy Freakin' Friday.

As of today I have completed my first official week at my new job. Although it was a tad overwhelming, I have to say I am totally enjoying myself. Yesterday I had to walk through Times Square and for the first time since moving here, I felt like I belonged. I watched as tourists and newbies stared up at the bright lights and massive billboards. I simply slipped on my headphones and booked it to the subway (bitchy resting face in tact). This weekend I plan to explore, explore, explore. And you?

Why do procrastinators procrastinate?

Do you watch The Good Wife?

This guy kills me.

Proof Scott is amazing: one, two, three.

I mean...

So gorg.

Hot Damn! Don't try this.

I'll take one in pink!

On point, I must say.

I need to try #3!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Beauty Bits | Julep Inspiration

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Outfit One Necklace Top Skirt Tights Shoes Bag
Outfit Two Earrings Top Pants Shoes Bag or Clutch
Outfit Three Earrings Dress | Tights Shoes |Clutch

One of my favorite things (besides coffee and books) is getting a manicure. I make it a point to get one every few weeks. It makes me feel professional and put together. Plus, it's totally an underrated accessory. It can add dimension to any ensemble. 

That is why I was super excited when Julep asked me to create a look board inspired by one of the beauty company's fall colors. After perusing the gorgeous hues, I went with a deep purple. Given that the color of the year is radiant orchid, I suppose I was instantly inspired by the luxe, rich tone of the appropriately-named Beverly Bombshell tone.

Since we spend most of our life going, going, going, I wanted to create a board that took you easily from day to night. Whether you are going from work to an event or work to a wedding, it's important that your nail polish pair well with the colors in your outfit. I went for basic prints and glimmering mixed metals. 

This next-generation beauty company has created a smattering of colors for your fall wardrobe. Go look for yourself!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Coffee Talk

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Plan To Read: The Opposite of Loneliness |The One & Only Wedding Night Not That Kind Of Girl Rules of Civility 

My Favorite Book: The Noticer

One of my favorite things in the world is to curl up with a delicious cup of coffee and a good book. The kind of book that makes you forget about your responsibilities and problems. The kind of book that lets you lose track of time. To be honest, I haven't really done this in quite awhile. But I would really like to work it back into my life. So I figure why not start on the blog? 

I have always been somewhat of a book nerd. I suppose it started in 4th grade when I read the entire Nancy Drew series in a matter of months. When I finished that last novel in the 56-book-series I was both extremely sad and extremely proud. Thankfully as I have grown older my taste in literature has changed. Any book that opens up my mind, changes my perspective or let's me in on a whole new world is fine by me.

So every month I plan to share a book that I love, along with a few others I intend to read. If you have any suggestions of books that you recommend please comment on this post or tweet at me @kelseymurray using the hashtag #tmpcoffeetalk!

To kick off this new series I am including my all time favorite book: The Noticer, by Andy Andrews. Not only is it a fast read, but it really opened my eyes up to different types of relationships. So go find it! and indulge.