Weekend Reading.

Happy weekend friends! I hope your week was a good one. Mine was packed with work after being away but I am looking forward to a low key weekend. A birthday party for my cousin, yoga, getting to Shapehouse, maybe a museum or two… keeping things nice and low key. Admittedly I have a bunch of work to do but at least it will be at a slower pace. Whatever you’re up to, I hope it’s fab – lots of good links for you this week! Also, be sure to pop by my sister’s blog and read my interview with her (it’s all about bedtime!!) and enter our giveaway. xoxo

So happy that this knot front top finally comes in stripes! So cute.

YAY Teen Vogue – really loved this article on the lack of diversity in street style photos (this has bothered me for some time now) and I also loved seeing my friend Lydia quoted in it!!

I am SO excited for Amy Schumer’s new movie.. the trailer looks amazing and hilarious.

Adore the sweet daisy embroidery on this sweatshirt.

I’m so curious to try the Hanacure mask – have you guys done it?

LOVE this $54 dress… it’s the perfect basic.

Loved seeing Nicolette on The Coveteur… her home is a Gucci/rainbow/sparkle lover’s dream!!!

I’m not supposed to be buying coats right now but this emerald green topper is just too fun!

How FUN is this candy filled cake!? It looks pretty easy to make, too!

One productivity expert’s morning routine.

Scalloped, strappy sandals (in the prettiest shade of blush pink… also – try saying that 10x fast!)

WHOA – this piece about work life balance really hit home.

This striped jumpsuit is just the cutest. Need it for my trip to Cartagena!

Okay so now I’m really curious about mushroom hot chocolate.

This room gives me all the feels. Such gorgeous design.

This tulle dress is a lot of look but so fun – wish I had somewhere special to wear it!!

Mackenzie has me wanting to go to the Berkshires!

This under $100 midi dress would be perfect for vacation.

What healthy people do in the morning.

Only Blair could look this chic wearing all of these layers! Loved this look on her.

If you’re looking for the perfect flats (at a great price), look no further than these.

Chassity looks so pretty in this little white dress.

Now I’m inspired to do a bit of collaging this weekend….

OMG these bow sandals!!

How to rock a turtleneck if you have big boobs.

How to get over a breakup.

The perfectly ruffled party dress – in four colors!

This is so cool: an architect couple living in a space ship.

The pink coat of my dreams.

Do you have a food hangup? Here’s what to do about it.

What to do if you hate your job.

These palm leaf slingbacks are the stuff of dreams – and under $100.

Possibly the prettiest cookies ever?

How cute are the pom poms on this little bag!? Love.

Weekly Wellness Check-in + Challenge No. 7!

I hate when I go to write these posts and I wasn’t a perfect angel. But I guess that’s part of the wellness challenge. We can’t all be perfect angels all the time. That would be boring. 😉 This week was a mixed bag. The good: I got in all of my workouts, despite going to Charleston for a few days. The bad: I could not stop eating. Literally. I don’t remember the last time I was so hungry, and all I wanted was carbs, carbs, carbs. Bagels. French fries… total carbohydrate monster. What the hell? I was confused at first and realized later that it was PMS so that made more sense, but oof. My skin was also a mess. So this was not my best week, nutrition-wise and we will just crack that up to PMS and focus on the good part: workouts!

As an aside, I keep getting asked to do a post about my favorite Aaptiv workouts. I am not planning on doing it as it would be a really boring post. I do a lot of the stretches and pretty much do the same treadmill workout over and over again: Just Push It. I like the classic rock mix, it’s flat (I hate hills), it’s only 25 minutes, and it totally kicks my ass. If I’m having an off day I will do the beginner version (max speed 6.2 or 6.4), if I’m feeling good I’ll do advanced (max speed 7.0 or 7.2). I don’t do the yoga or strength workouts as I need a visual aid.

How did you do this week!? This post is my favorite every week as I love seeing your comments and how everyone else did – you guys keep me on track! 🙂

Workouts:

Friday – 25 minute (Just Push It on Aaptiv) treadmill run + stretch.

Saturday – active rest – got in over 1,500 steps while in Charleston.

Sunday – day off but walked a lot.

Monday – Evening Y7 Yoga Class

Tuesday – regular old 20 minute treadmill run

WednesdaySky Ting Yoga Class with my friend Mollie.

Thursday – 25 minute (Just Push It on Aaptiv) treadmill run + stretch.

Meditation, Protein Packed Breakfasts: A mixed bag, again. Meditation was on track but I had a few breakfast meetings this week where I had something carb-y… and in Charleston, we didn’t want to go get groceries one morning so I had leftover pizza for breakfast that day. Oops. Cheat day. I remembered the importance of starting with a healthy breakfast this week. It keeps you full and for whatever reason prevents you from craving carbs all day.

Trying Something New: My something new this week was really cool! I did an essential oil treatment with Paul Kepisty! He is Gwyneth Paltrow’s acupuncturist/herbalist and her PR agency set me up with an appointment with him as a part of my review of her new bath soaks, which they developed together. There will be more on that to come but it was pretty awesome. He was able to assess a lot of things by my pulse (and looking at my tongue) and put together a treatment from there. Really cool stuff!

Morning Workouts: I stayed on track with this goal. I like working out in the morning SO much better. Getting up early will always be a stretch for me but it makes the day ahead amazing. Yesterday morning I had a little blog emergency (I messed up an email and coded a post incorrectly) so I didn’t get to the gym until 9am which felt so late.

This Week’s Healthy Links:

This week’s challenge!

  1. Get to the gym five times between now and Friday’s check-in.
  2. Try something new (this is an ongoing thing!) It can be a new class, a new wellness treatment, a new face mask… even a new recipe! Don’t stress, this one is meant to be fun.
  3. Meditate every day, eat a protein packed breakfast, and add to your gratitude jar.
  4. Treat yourself! Choose your own treat. It could be fresh flowers, it could be a new pair of workout leggings, or maybe a massage. Do something nice for YOU!

photography by Trent Bailey.

Bedroom Reveal + $2,000 Giveaway!

shop my rebecca atwood picks here!

I could not be more excited about today’s post!!!! First of all, you miiiight have seen that my sister Becca (Rebecca to everyone else) has launched the most epic, exquisite line of bedding. I might sound big sister biased but I promise you, it’s even more amazing in person than it looks in the photos. Comfy, cozy pieces that get better (softer + more rumpled) as you live in them and wash them. My sister and I both take sleeping very seriously, so consider this collection sleep expert-approved.

Becca and her team put together an easy link so that you can shop all of my picks in one place (even the wallpaper – sadly they don’t make removable just yet but hopefully down the road!) You can also read an interview I did, over on my sister’s blog! It’s all about bedtime.

Before we dive into the rest of the photos… we have something reaaaally good for you. We’ve put together a pretty amazing giveaway – it’s a mix of both of our favorite things and the prize is valued at over $2,000! One winner is going to win everything listed out below… all the things you need for an evening of self-care and the best night of sleep ever! (I mean, the Night Pillow itself is a total game changer.) Enter right this way… good LUCK, everyone!

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way… my bedroom!!!!

Tyrion and I are both big fans of the striped coverlet. If you follow on Instagram stories, you know he only likes the Hermés blanket. Such a little brat. BUT when he’s not lounging on the Hermés in the living room, he sleeps here, on this. He actually sleeps with me every night at the foot of the bed, sprawled out on the coverlet. I love how soft it is… it’s the perfect extra layer when it gets chilly at night!  

The zzzzz pillow cases are one of my favorite things in her line. I love all of the embroidered pillowcases and it was really hard to choose a favorite (how cute are the night owl/early bird, the good morning/good night, and of course Mrs. + Mrs., Mr. + Mr., and Mr. + Mrs.!!!) As with all of her products they are fully washable and get better and more soft + rumpled as you wash them.

Other products shown:

photography by Tory Williams.

Morning Person In Training.

coat // dress // tights // heels

Okay before we dive in and chat a little bit, this Rebecca Taylor dress is the BEST and I love it and it’s on sale. She sent it to me to wear to her presentation and it’s such a good one. I don’t really do a lot of gifted items these days (Trying not to overwhelm you guys with branded content and if I’m going to partner with a brand, I’d rather have money vs. clothes) but I will always say yes to working with RT as her clothes fit me so well and are always impeccably made. I am her super fan. Also, I get asked constantly on Instagram stories about these sunglasses. They’re the greatest and only $65 – highly recommend. Also, happy Valentine’s Day, friends! xoxo

So anyway, now that we’ve got that very important information out of the way, today we are going to talk about becoming a morning person. Or at least trying to. I like to call myself a morning person in training. MPIT? If we are being honest, I never really understood the allure of becoming a morning person until very recently. The concept of the elusive “morning person” annoying. Who just springs out of bed, ready to tackle the day!? Not I. My bed is awesome and you’d have to pry me out of the sheets to get me up before 7. And besides, staying up late was so much fun. When left to my own devices with nothing to do the next day I can easily stay up til 3 or 4am just watching movies or reading. And like a lot of creatives, I was more inspired at night.

Until 3 years ago (when I left my last day job and started blogging full time), I didn’t have much of a say in the matter. I always held demanding day jobs so I had to be up. I’d be in bed by 11 and up by 7 or so. But once I started blogging full time I would fall into a (rather dangerous) trap of staying up late late late writing, and sleeping til 10. That phase only lasted a little while… I eventually fixed that and started going to bed around midnight and getting up around 8/8:30. I never thought I’d be the person who was on the treadmill by 7:30am but here we are!!! I’ve gotten a lot of questions about it on Instagram so I thought it would be fun to chat about that today.

Outfit Details: Vince Coat (from last year but this one is very similar and half off!) // Rebecca Taylor Dress (c/o, wearing a size 6, also available here and here)  // Chanel Purse // Express Tights (the BEST!) // J.Crew Factory Wedges (favs – so comfy!) // Tuckernuck Earrings (sold out but these are so similar!) // Polaroid Sunglasses

So what changed?

I blame the wellness challenge. When we kicked things off in January, I found myself much more tired from a) exercising every day and b) not drinking. So I just wanted to be in bed at the end of a long day. I started making bedtime into something I looked forward to, and with that, found myself getting up earlier.

It’s really all about the gym though. This week’s wellness challenge involves working out in the morning, and I can’t tell you how much better my day is when I’m up at 6:45/7 and start my day at the gym or an early yoga class. That way, your workout is taken care of for the day and you can get ready and just live your life. I realize that this is more of a blogger problem but I used to have this really annoying thing I would do where I’d go straight to my desk in the morning, get ready and have a photo shoot or whatever, work out mid-day, and have to shower and get ready all over again. Stupid, stupid. I hate putting makeup on and I was putting makeup on twice! Not efficient! For the past two and a half weeks, I work out around 7 and am home by 8:30/8:45. It feels awesome to have the workout out of the way. If I want to I can shower and put my pajamas back on or I can get dressed and look like a productive human. (You’d be surprised how frequently I choose real clothes as opposed to sweats!!)

And that is what makes getting to bed (and getting up earlier) easier for me. It isn’t some magical trick, it isn’t that my personality has magically changed (confession: when I was in Charleston this weekend I stayed up late every night as my friend and I both love watching old movies), it’s that I know how much better my day is going to be if I get up early and get to the gym.

So whenever anyone says “I wish I could work out in the mornings!” I laugh, and I laugh hard. Because if this reformed night owl can do it, literally anyone can. I am a monster. I may look put together in the photos but in my heart of hearts, all I want to do is be a lazy slob on my couch until I fall asleep there at 3am and drag myself to bed. But at 36 years old I’ve somehow finally figured out how to adult… or at least, adult a little bit. In bed at 10, lights out by 11, up by 7. I never thought I’d say it, but I really love this routine.

How about you? Are you a morning person? A morning person in training? If so… what gets you out of bed in the morning?

photography by Trent Bailey.

Kelly’s Chic Under $100: Yellow.

yellow pieces for under $100!

With temps in the 40s and 50s this week, my inner Californian is bursting with excitement for warmer days while my outer New Yorker is persistently complaining to anyone in earshot about the weather (“Yikes it’s so cold today!” “Can you believe that wind chill?”).

I’ve always found that a strong dose of color is the key to uplifting spirits and adding a shot of warmth to an otherwise dreary February. This month we’re both obsessed with yellow. From soft butter-yellow pumps from H&M to a mustard eyelet blouse from Free People, the happy shade is perfect for adding personality to the coats you’ve been wearing for months and are starting to get sick of.

I’ve had my eyes on these slides for ages and may finally pull the trigger. After all, nothing like a little retail therapy to make the dreary day a little better too.

Xx

Kelly

Top: Lemon Wrap Dress // Tassel Mules // Ribbed Beanie // Veronica Beard Skirt // Sunglasses // Crossbody Bag // Belted Dress // Midi Wrap Dress // Oversize Clip On Earrings

Bottom: Puffer Jacket // Light Yellow Pumps // Free People Long Sleeve Top // Lemon Top // Cult Gaia Hoops // Ruffled Top