:: Points of Productivity ::

One month in to 2015 – how are your resolutions going?!  It can be so hard to stay productive, especially in the cold months when all I really want to do is curl up by a fireplace and do absolutely NOTHING.

Kabbage believes boosting productivity is a wise investment and offers fast online loans ranging in a variety of price points. I also have multiple ideas on how to be your most productive self!

There are a few things which I have found help me stay productive.  What are yours?

 

1 // What better way to stay on task than with a great watch you can wear every day? Grab this Kate Spade style here.

2 // I used to spend hours an insane amount of time standing in front of my closet, trying to put something, anything, together. Then, one summer I made the greatest discovery – Stylebook. I had spent years dreaming of a Cher (a la Clueless) style closet, which would help complete outfits based on the clothing you own. With this app, you can take photos or upload pictures from a website, of your own clothing and categorize each item. Then, you can pull together outfits and even plan ahead with a calendar. As someone who is anything but a morning person, this has saved me loads of time. I don’t plan outfits weekly, but I will drag together various pieces which I could see as an outfit. Then, I look to those styles for inspiration while I am getting ready. Truly a huge productivity booster in knocking out the rest of my to-do’s!

3 // It’s rare to meet someone who has set a New Year’s resolution without having one related to wellness. I was apprehensive about the Fit Bit at first. Would I wear it? Would I track my goals? My sleep? My nutrition? At work, I often find myself sitting for several hours. Until I started tracking my steps, I had no idea that I was only meeting about 30-40% of my daily movement goal! The Tory Burch Fit Bit is the perfect blend of style and functionality.  I wear the bracelet every day, and love that it looks like a simple bangle. If I head to Barre class or hit the gym, I can simply remove the Fit Bit and pop it into a workout band. Tracking my sleep is another great new function to take advantage of and is making be a nicer bride…. or Britanzilla.

4 // How can one stay on top of their game if they don’t have a planner?! This awesome Brittany Fuson day planner was gifted to me at Christmas and it is fantastic. Not only is each page filled with fashion-forward prints, but it helps me stay sane in the most ridiculous of times.

5 // I am a creature of habit and one of those habits is making lists. There is something so calming about getting things off your mind and on paper. Recently, I read a book called “Getting Things Done,” which essentially speaks to methods of productivity. In the book, the author notes that even if you are a list maker, these lists can spiral out of control. (Shocker!) Unless you are able to bucket them into categories and then note the exact, bite-sized next action step – your list will keep rolling over and you may never be able to *gasp* fully cross off items. Point taken. Capture all of your thoughts, to-do’s and goals with this gold polka-dotted beauty!

 

:: Pattern Play ::

Remember being a kid and you would put all sorts of different patterns together while dressing yourself, and it was ok, because you were a kid?

Meet my generation – the group who grew up and decided to keep pairing weird things together, just because they could.

The most beautiful thing I have learned from my generation’s use of pattern play, is that you can literally wear anything, and if you wear it with confidence, no one will say a word. Seriously – it will not only look natural, but you’ll be lauded for being the torchbearer of the laissez-faire. Have you seen the photos from SXSW? Nothing goes together, but it looks so fab because the people wearing it absolutely do not care. Very “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” no?

That’s not the only lesson I have learned. Here are a few important tidbits collected from the outfit below.

Never wear your hair down with a sequined top – you’ll practically be bald by the end of the day. Always buy shoes in your actual size. As you can tell by my beloved red suede pumps, either my foot shrunk or I still believed I wore an 8 when I scooped up my sale selections. Also – this crossover between harem pants and a trouser are the socially acceptable form of sweatpants. I pray they never go out of style!

Top: J.Crew, Pants: Dillard’s, Shoes: Zara (old – love these!), Bag: Kate Spade, Necklace: Similar here

Top: J.Crew, Pants: Dillard's, Shoes: Zara, Bag: Kate Spade, Necklace:

*Let the record show that I was not that child, and leaned more towards the matching print on print a la Donna Karan Spring 2012 route.

:: Thoroughly Modern Millie ::

With a forecast including snow this week, and a very full week(end) at work, you’ll be seeing me out and about in something which lets me move around easily! Hence, a look like this. In my head, if you merge Jackie, Audrey, and Marilyn (did you ever see those three coming?!) into one outfit, this would be it. A sleek black look with oversized sunglasses. A slim, cropped pant with bold flats. Feminine comfort with striking accessories. All in all – a sixties lovin’ gal prancing about the Colcord, post-chocolate brioche french toast filled brunch. Can you imagine why I selected an oversized sweater?!

Jackie O, style icon, dropped jaws when she dared to show bare legs during Easter Mass in Palm Springs. (But did you know she wore those gorgeous gloves to hide the fingernails she bit, and oversized glasses to people watch? She was one of us!!) Audrey Hepburn defied what was culturally accepted as beautiful, donning a pixie haircut and wearing boyish cuts, when ladies wore nothing but skirts. (I truly believe the other Hepburn, Katharine, started the boyfriend jean trend when she selected men’s trousers on a near daily basis. Learn more about her from this book I recently finished.) And Marilyn? We can only hope that fans stop merely admiring her curvy figure and embracing it if their own healthy body allows.

These three had a rawness about them, which is unprecedented. AND speaking of rawness, let’s take a look at this gorgeous gold ring from Lawson Gems! I am so excited to share this beautiful gem with you, particularly because it was ethically sourced. From the surface, it seems very simple and delicate, but upon closer inspection you will notice the inset channels of Topazes lining the edgy finish. I could see any of my favorite style icons wearing it as well, and have been donning it daily. Thank you to Lawson Gems for the lovely gift, and please take a peek at their website here for more amazing finds!

Top: H&M, Pants: J.Crew, Shoes: ShoeMint, Necklace: J.Crew, Rings: David Yurman, Lawson Gems

Top: H&M, Pants: J.Crew, Shoes: ShoeMint (old, but these are fun!), Necklace: J.Crew (old, love this and especially this!), Rings: David Yurman, Lawson Gems, Bag: Vintage Chanel from Karen’s Closet

The photo really doesn't do it justice. Get yours from Lawson Gems!

The photo really doesn’t do it justice. Get yours from Lawson Gems!

:: This post was sponsored by Lawson Gems. All thoughts and opinons remain my own. ::