Monday, September 29, 2014

Fall-ing In Love

The leaves crinkle under my feet, the smell of pumpkin spice tickles my nose, the cool air kisses my cheeks - welcoming me into this new season. Fall is the one time of year that has me head-over-heels. I'm in love all over again. It's exciting to bring your first fire to life and to snuggle into your warm, cashmere robe. There are a few activities that I have to partake in during the fall: apple picking, pumpkin carving, red wine, long walks on cool days. I like to admire the fire-colored leaves. I like to watch football on Sundays, with a glasses of Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale. It's when I get to wear my leather jacket and - maybe even my leather gloves. 

I'm in love all over again and I am not ashamed to admit - it's with fall

Stephanie Rita | Stephanie Rita Photography

Friday, September 26, 2014

Link Love

Ahh - feel that? It's the weekend. 

To be honest with you I am so happy that it's Friday that I may cry tears of joy. No, I am not kidding. It's been a week. I think I keep saying that - but it truly has. Maybe it's the month. September sort of just throws you right back in the fire. I admit I was caught a little off guard. Any chance of free time I have this weekend will be spent doing nothing. Like, nothing

I can't wait to read: 10% Happier.

Neeeed, please. And this.

Guilty and so true.

Pure genius, I tell ya.

Ready to kill it at lunch?

It's worth a look.

A navy bow? How can I resist.

Can I pull one of these off?

Can't wait to make these!

Do you follow the fashion industry? Read this.

I am STILL laughing at this.

Oh yeah, big time.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

I'll Go On Ahead

Stephanie Rita Photography

I clearly can't shy away from a killer hat. To be honest, it's one of my favorite accessories. You can typically find me trying on all sorts of fedoras and caps at all sorts of stores. I love the look of them. It's as if you are "in character." Plus, they tend to give outfits a completely different vibe. Just the other day I wanted to wear one, but I was wearing bow loafers, and decided that it just didn't make sense. If you're going to go with one killer accessory, I recommend one of the following hats. Try to think of it as an investment. You'll use it to protect your hair in the snow and you'll look super chic walking around town. Case closed?

Shop my favorites here:

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Working Girl | On Success

As many of you know, I am a huge advocate for following your dreams. Easier said than done, however. I have truly come to understand and appreciate good work ethic. Without it, you'll crumble. And I mean crumble.

Over the past 6 years I have held 8 internships and countless jobs (re: lifeguarding, babysitting and waitressing). Many of those internships have been in editorial, but I have dabbled in marketing, event planning, advertising and public relations. In order to narrow down what I wanted to do, I attempted many different internships in my chosen industry. 

Yup - I'm looking at you communication majors! Communications can be a wonderful major, but with so many different jobs that fall under the comm umbrella, it can be hard to figure out what will suit you best. So before I begin, my biggest piece of advice: try it all, while you can. Not every internship will leave you happy and fulfilled, but at least you'll figure out what you don't want to do. And that is just as important as figuring out what you do want to do. Catch my drift? 

 Over time I have picked up some great work habits that have become second nature. Recently I've become an advice sponge: I absorb pieces of advice from advisors and peers and I apply that advice to my journey.

So what are some tried and true secrets that I have learned from the wonderful professionals who have mentored me?

sleep on it
If you're like me, you tend to get overwhelmed when you are headed for a big life change. As twenty-something's it's easy to say "yes" to any and every opportunity. The intern/job market can be so competitive, but I want to remind you that you have a choice when it comes to your opportunities. If you are frustrated, upset, mad, scared or even elated - sleep on it. It will give you time to process the potential of the opportunities at hand. 

fall hard, fall fast, fall often
I am going to tell you right now that you will not succeed until you fail. I have failed many times - more than I have succeeded. It's so important to fail. Yes, it's going to be uncomfortable, disheartening and upsetting, but it's also a gift. It teaches you to reassess a situation. Sometimes you just need to look at a situation with a different perspective. I can't stress this piece of advice enough.

keep a full deck
I'm a business card nerd and I admit it. Every single business card I receive goes into a small white box on the side of my desk. Whenever I am networking or browsing LinkedIn, I keep the cards close. I've realized that it's not what you know, it's who you know. So those business cards will come in handy when you least expect it. 

approach your career like you approach dating 
I know your giggling, but think it through. It's such a great piece of advice. When selecting a potential suitor you may go on many bad dates before finding the ideal guy. Think about your career this way! Some jobs may fit and others may not. Learning to navigate your likes and dislikes is incredibly important. 

every day 
I have a ton of dreams. And technically they all focus around a common theme. I would love Tickle Me Pink to become super successful, but it's not going to happen over night. That is why, everyday I actively make it a point to further my success. Whether that means reaching out to brands, other bloggers or just writing to keep my craft active. Little by little one walks far. 

Oh - and remember: keep your chin up. Nothing happens overnight. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Beauty Bits | Drug Store Finds

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Face Blush | Concealer 
Eyes Liquid Eyeliner | Mascara 
Nails File | Nail Polish | Nail Polish Remover - Wipes
Lips Carmex | Vaseline Lip Therapy | Lip Gloss
Skin Oil Absorbing Sheets | Moisturizer | Face Scrub | Make Up Remover - Wipes

Is it pretty safe to say that any girl likes going to the local drug store to peruse the new nail polishes and affordable lip gloss? I know I do. There are some key ingredients that make up my cosmetic case found at the local CVS. When I run out, I tend to feel a little less guilty about stocking up, because the prices always seem to be just right. I've pulled together some of my favorite drug store products that are on constant rotation. From to skin to face to lips to nails, every isle I find something that suits my needs. Not to mention that I can never leave the store without a new magazine or pack of gum. You too? Okay, good. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Link Love

Hello? Friday? Is that you?

Because honestly, at this point, I don't even know what day it is (re: I just cant). The past two weeks have been an absolute whirlwind. And things are only getting better. This weekend I hope to find a moment to slow down and welcome fall into my life.

Oh - AND fall is full of new movie releases and the beginning of fresh television lineups. All my favorites are coming back on and I cannot wait! I hope to get to see the new movie This Is Where I Leave You at some point. It looks hilarious. I haven't been to a movie in quite some time and it comes out tomorrow! 

But I digress...

Rockin' out to this all day everyday.

Do you read The Skimm? You'll love this!

I need a new thermos for hot coffee!

This blanket is everything + it's for a great cause.

This makes me giggle.

Obsessing over this wedding, like no other.

16 signs you are hopelessly addicted to food delivery.

Die for this article.

So many belly laughs.

Oh hey Shan :)

Best #hashtag Vogue fail, ever.

Loving this rebrand!

I may need a pair.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

On Fear

Fear, at times, gets a bad rap. So today I am here to defend it.

You know that feeling when it is as though someone has wrapped their hands around your windpipe? When the compression leads to a tightening in your chest and deep breathing? Fear is all consuming and anxiety driven. I'm going to be honest with you: I am having that exact feeling as I begin to write this post. 

Fear can be the square root of many issues: money, marriage, children, moving, relationships, friendships, work. LIFE, basically. It's crippling and at times, disastrous. It can be a threat to our mental state and our emotional capabilities. 

Get to the point, Kelsey? I am! I am. Recently fear has become a constant in my life. Yes, if you follow me on Instagram I am getting some pretty amazing opportunities, but it's because I am taking risks and working really hard. And I have some really amazing family and friends who support me. 

Last week I got home from work exhausted, anxious and just stressed to my very core (I'm sure you feel me on that). I needed some alone time. I started to take an internal inventory  and I realized that for the past couple of weeks I have been so scared. I've been fearful of failure, fearful of success, fearful of this overwhelming city. I had been letting this fear consume and cripple me from being my bright, positive self. 

Don't get me wrong - I was fully prepared to feel this way. The roller coaster of a life I have been riding has really high highs and really low lows. But, I wasn't prepared for the constant butterflies and stomach flips that have become "the new norm."

So how do you conquer fear? Well, I sat down and I asked myself "why are you so afraid?" "What are the reasons you feel this way?" As I assessed all of my decisions and recent life changes I realized that my fears are completely valid. They have merit. 

The fact that I know I am going in the right direction keeps me calm. You see - while you go through the valleys of life you are supposed to feel these feelings through. Let them resonate. If you feel like crying, cry. If you feel like being alone, find solitude

So going forward I am going to let myself be fearful. I am going to embrace the stomach flips and nervous laughter, because someday those moments will prove for some really great stories. 

I've also learned that you have to let your faith be bigger than your fear. I will continue to have faith in every decision I make. I will have faith that every low will be followed by a high and that all those butterflies - well, they keep me on my toes. 

I guess I just realized that I want it more than I'm afraid of it.

And in the future, when I have conquered this fear, well - it will feel that much better to know, know that I have succeeded in ways I never thought imaginable. I'll let you know when that day comes. 

Until then, fear is my fuel.