New year new goals

Every January I always have big plans and a few months later my resolve begins to lessen. I mean lets face it, I didn’t even take the time to make this post happen in January (better late than never right?).

I have been really into goal setting and bettering myself for the last few years sometimes I spend so much time on the goals, I don’t put any thought into the action it takes to achieve them. I love the idea of setting a big hairy scary goal for the year and breaking it down into what I need to do each month. The more I think about it the more I KNOW I enjoy that process more than the actions later on.

1. Blog more often: It makes me happy, it takes time, but I feel so good when I am doing it. So make time.

2. Be present: focus on work at work, focus on my friends when I am with them and with my man friend when I am with him. I too often find myself multi tasking resulting in 1/2 ass work (which I am never proud of).

3. Hit the gym: well isn’t this one on everyones list. I have to say last year around this time when Bona Clara closed, I found myself with quite a bit of free time and I put that to good use. I started going to yoga 3x a week and made sure to do something to sweat each and every day. I felt SO good. I don’t think I was actually that thin, but I felt so much better. Since starting this job I have put fitness on a back burner… the WAYY back burner. Last week I joined a Barre Studio near my office and they have different classes like this surfset class I can’t wait to try.

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4. Simplify: Purge. Cleanse. Minimize.  I have a tendency to keep things, to save perfume for a special occasion, which really just leads to products spilling out of shelves, clothes that don’t fit, and me constantly searching for something I can’t find. I think if I eliminate some of the physical clutter I can eliminate the clutter in my brain. Last week I was en

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5. Work on brand cheerleader for small clients: I want to do this, badly, I want to work with small businesses and take them to the next step, introduce them to practices they can implement to drive traffic to their stores or websites and increase profits. It takes work and focus and dedication and time blocking. All things I need to focus on 1st. I think if I can get those things in order I can then take steps in taking on a few small clients.

6. Learn Photoshop, Indesign and Video Editing: They say writing your goals and sharing them make you more likely to keep them. So here it is. Stay tuned for posts on the follow through.

xo

-F

 

Bright Cellars

You probably remember a while back my post about the Boston based subscription company called Bright Cellars, a wine subscription company, my favorite of all of the monthly subscription boxes I receive. They sent me a complimentary box to review for the blog which I loved & we decided to partner up again (no brainer, I know)!  I will be the first to admit, I LOVE (red) wine but know very little about it – besides red/white and a little about the stereotypes of each kind (from my bar-tending career).

This is where Bright Cellars comes in, it’s a company launched by two MIT graduates whose goal was to introduce “hidden gems” (non mainstream wines) to you each month, they know you will love them because they created a “quiz” which matches your taste preferences using a bright points algorithm GENIUS I know… I tell you these MIT kids think of everything!

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Once you get your score they suggest wines you would like (and have never heard of) – it even tells you what specifically you may like about the wines! The best part is each month you get 4 DIFFERENT wines to try – so you are constantly being exposed to new wines. You can rate and customize the experience, just like songs on Pandora, you love a wine, you can let them know and “request more like this” or if you don’t like it – you can do the opposite – just like when you are listening to a station on Pandora!

Members have access to a wine concierge who can help you with anything you need
the rest is fine (managing your account, asking questions, keeping you updated on deals, helping you with gift cards.)

You can take the quiz yourself - its super quick and easy, it asks things like what is your fav juice in the morning (i picked does coffee count as a juice) and candy preferences!

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I like anything with the one for you, one for me type of motto, Bright Cellars has a rewards program where you can refer a friend and share on social media to earn bonus wines to your subscription – sometimes even wildcards that are still aligned with your preferences but maybe a little outside of your comfort zone!

They are even offering my readers 50% off their first month with this link so head on over to their site and take the quiz and enjoy your first shipment!! Your taste buds will thank you! :)

enjoy!

-F

screw the chocolate + flowers

Call me the killer of romance but flowers and chocolate do nothing for me on Valentines day (and every other day for that matter). It feels like a waste of money, so for what it would cost to get dinner, flowers delivered and chocolate, I have a few suggestions:

spa time: a massage, facial, mani/pedi, anything to just  relax and take care of myself. This is SO much better than any kind of chocolate or flowers (to me).

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personalized jewelry: I am obviously partial to stella and dot, not just because I am a stylist, but because I honestly think they are killing it in this area!

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monthly wine subscription from bright cellars: the gift that keeps on giving, I like this idea because each month you are set up for a date night in to taste the wines etc. You select options through a quiz based on your taste preferences, then algorithm developed by two MIT grads determines what wines to send you + it gets better each month as you rate the wines you get. Its the pandora of wine, you can select that you want more like this or skip to the next song/bottle.

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 what says “i love you” to you?

-F

Holiday Gift-A-Day Week from Stella + Dot

I have to share my beloved stella + dot’s gift ideas this week! If you are looking for gift inspiration?

Stella & Dot is bringing you a gift-a-day this week, perfect combos for everyone on your list.

Day 1: Our Ikat Pouf and Janice Studs are a cheerful green. Bundle the studs in the pouf for a gifting surprise. $48.

Shop this gift idea here! 

These adorable studs (which I can personally say I get more compliments on these than any other single stella piece), come in coral/gold posts and blue/sliver posts!

 

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my weekend in review

I had a busy weekend that reminded me over and over again just how blessed I am.

Saturday morning I participated in the walk to end lupus with my 6 closest friends… We raised over $3,000 in a few weeks and can’t wait to make it an annual event. Stay tuned for more on this.

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Then I jumped in the car and we drove to Mohegan Sun for the Eric Church concert to surprise one of my guy’s closest friends. Spending the weekend with people who adore him so much just reconfirms to me how lucky I am to have such a great guy.

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We stopped at the Honeypot Hill Orchards in Stow for fresh apples, pears and some delicious cider donuts on the way home.

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How did you spend your weekend?

xo

-F

Packing Challenge: 3 days, 2 nights, 1 bag

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1. BCBG Dress for the wedding,  2. Stella Dot Earrings,  3. Stella Dot Weekend Bag  4. Sunday Dress with Tights and Boots, similar here, 5. Frey Boots, 6. Beauty Counter Makeup Bag, 7. French Connection Pumps for the wedding, 8. Bare Minerals Makeup, 9. Philip Matignon Tights, 10. Bumble and Bumble Dry Shampoo

We spent last weekend in PA for a wedding and I challenged myself to pack everything into one small bag that I could carry onto the plane. Not only was I super successful but packing JUST what I needed for each day, I also realized the benefit in not having options – it significantly cuts down the time I need to get ready.

I’m also pretty sure that I will be forced to do this for all weekend getaways now that my guy knows it is possible. What are your must haves for a weekend away?

xo

-F