Weekend Reading #41

1. How to combat your anxiety.

2. These drinks are causing you bloating.

3. Foods to avoid before bed.

4. How much you should tip hotel housekeeping.

5. Ways to be happier.

6. Skincare tips from the pros.

7. Gotta try this chickpea cauliflower curry.

8. Skin cancer prevention tips.

9. Mistakes and lessons from your twenties.

10. Queer Eye season 2 is coming and I am PUMPED!

 

Also, Nordstrom is having their half-yearly sale! Here are some of my favorites from the sale if you guys want to shop my picks below!

 

Summer Reading List

summer reading list

Okay, this is kind of sad to admit but after I graduated college I stopped reading books. I used to be such a book nerd growing up (my bed frame was a bookcase!). But ever since I could remember I haven’t been able to finish a book. I’d get major ADD and read about half of a book then just forget about it. That was until recently. I’ve finished two books in the past couple of months, which I know isn’t a lot but for me it is! Now I’m on a reading kick so I wanted to share with you guys what I’ve read and what I’m about to read!

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari: This book came out a while ago but after watching Aziz’s comedy specials I had to give this a try. This book is pretty educational considering Aziz is a comedian. He goes to different places around the world and studies how people date, both in the past and present. If you’re currently trying to navigate this terrible dating world we live in, like me, then definitely give this book a read! It’s got some pretty interesting insight.

Bachelor Nation by Amy Kaufman: If you know me by now you know I’m obsessed with the Bachelor. Obsessed is in understatement. As soon as I heard this book was coming out I had to pre-order it. This goes behind the scenes of the Bachelor from even before it’s inception. It’s an easy read and highly entertaining!

Kintsugi Wellness by Candice Kumai: I heard about Candice through The Skinny Confidential podcast. Listening to her speak about this book immediately made me go out on Amazon and purchase it. I just started reading it the other day so I can’t say much about it yet but I can’t wait to continue reading it. It’s part a self-help, acceptance book and part a cook book. There’s a matcha chocolate chip cookie recipe in there I CAN’T WAIT to try!

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle: This book is something my dad purchased for me while I was struggling hard with my anxiety (thanks Dad!). I have a really hard time on focusing on the present so hopefully this book will help!

What are you guys currently reading? Let me know in the comments below!

Weekend Reading #40

1. How your social life impacts your mental health.

2. Ladies, it’s time to start tracking your wins.

3. According to science, some of your friends don’t actually like you.

4. Get rid of belly bloat, fast.

5. These airlines have the most leg room.

6. These houseplants will help clean your air.

7. Sandra Oh, keeping it real. BTW I’m obsessed with her new show Killing Eve, go watch it!

8. How to get over friendship insecurity.

9. These photos show how different LA and NY really are.

10. Hopefully this will put a smile on your face like it did mine.

 

 

Spring Clean Your Closet

clean your closet

Hi my name is Esther and I am a hoarder. Sadly, kind of true. One good thing about my latest move is that I got a chance to go through my closet and clean out bags and bags full of things. It’s spring cleaning time so I wanted to share with you guys some of my tips of how to edit down that closet.

Okay, first things first: Create three piles – Donate, Sell and Toss

These are the items you should pull out of your closet to place in these piles.

1. Anything you haven’t worn in a year – If you haven’t worn something in the past year, chances are you probably won’t really wear it again. Be honest with yourself. If it’s in good condition put it in the sell or donate pile, if it’s not toss it.

2. Items with tags still on them – Unless you just bought something within the past month that you haven’t worn yet, if you still have the tags on chances are you won’t be wearing that item. I found a couple items that still had tags on them for YEARS. I was always saving it for that “special” moment to wear the item, but let’s be real…that moment will never come.

3. Old bras and underwear – You know what I’m talking about. We all have those bras with the underwire coming out, or underwear with holes in them. Get rid of them.

4. Anything with holes in them – TOSS. That old pair of jeans with the button missing that you’ve been saying for years you’ll fix…you won’t. Give it up and just toss it.

5. Freebie items – Those shirts you got from that random event you went to, or that ugly old t-shirt your ex-boyfriend gave you on his last trip. Get rid of it. There’s really no “sentimental” value in holding onto these things. They’re just taking up space and you’ll never wear them.

Okay, now that you’ve pulled out those items from your closet here is what you do with those piles of clothes.

Donate: There are many places you can donate your gently used clothes to such as Good Will, Salvation Army or local churches. If you drive around your town you might also see those red donation bins in parking lots that make it super easy to just drop your donation bag off. Some charities will even come and pick up your donations straight from your house. If you itemize your tax deductions, be sure to record what you are donating!

Sell: This is one of my favorite things to do because it’s fun, and you get some extra cash out of it.

For designer clothes I suggest you sell to TheRealReal. It’s super easy, they will send you a prepaid shipping label. You send them your items and if they accept it, they will then sell your clothes for you. You get to keep 55% of the sale price and TheRealReal keeps 45%.

ThredUp is another way to sell clothes online. These items don’t have to be designer, but not all items will be accepted. You can choose to donate the unaccepted items which will then be recycled. Win win.

Poshmark is an app that allows you to sell your items right from the comfort of your house. This requires the most work because you have to take the pictures and ship the items out yourself, but you also get to choose the selling price which you don’t get to do with the other services. I love using Poshmark for items such as jewelry because it’s easy and convenient.

Toss. Self explanatory. Throw it out.

There you guys have it! Happy cleaning!

 

My Favorite Places to Shop for Home Decor

shop home decor

As some of you may know, I just recently moved into a new apartment. A new apartment, means lots of home decor shopping. I absolutely LOVE home decor shopping but there are so many different places to go to that it can be kind of overwhelming. I wanted to share with you guys some of my favorite shops and items so that you can shop them if you’re looking for some cute home decor!

Anthropologie

Seriously my favorite place to shop. They honestly have THE CUTEST things. If I had an endless amount of cash, which sadly I don’t, I would spend it all at Anthro.

Target

I don’t know how because Target isn’t the most expensive store, but I swear all my money goes there. Their home collection, especially the new Opalhouse one has such amazing pieces.


World Market

If you’re looking for boho chic items, go check out World Market. I’m obsessed with their kitchen items!

West Elm

For a little higher end items, such as furniture or kitchen gear, I really love West Elm. They have such classic items with a modern twist.


Where are your favorite places to shop for home decor? Let me know in the comments below!

Weekend Reading #39

1. Benefits of collagen, something I add to my morning coffee!

2. Meal prep ideas to save time.

3. No Bake Funfetti Cheesecake…yes please.

4. Need to make this salad, it looks so YUM!

5. Travel essentials the pros swear by.

6. One minute self-care rituals by some amazing ladies.

7. Tips for those of us that suffer from insomnia.

8. The restorative power of an all-women getaway weekend. 

9. How to get over that friendship insecurity as an adult.

10. Could you be experiencing a quarter life crisis?

 

Weekend Reading #38

1. 30 things to do at home for free.

2. How long are you contagious for?

3. The best way to ride out turbulence.

4. Who has better prices, Wayfair or Overstock?

5. Healthy food that practically never expire.

6. The best yoga poses for anxiety.

7. This home decor is seriously goals.

8. Kitchen organization hack using this cheap item.

9. Carson Daly opens up about his struggle with anxiety.

10. I want to fly Emirates after reading this!

Birthday Lunch at the Polo Lounge

Top: Zara {similar} // Pants: Frame Denim // Shoes: Sam Edelman c/o Stylst // Bag: Gucci // Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Happy Friday everyone! I know I normally post a weekend reading on Fridays, but this week I wanted to switch it up a little bit. Monday was my birthday and so I just wanted to post my outfit from my birthday lunch yesterday! BTW if ya’ll are looking for some comfy heels, these Sam Edelman heels are seriously the most comfortable heels I have ever worn!

First off, I wanted to thank all of my family and friends for celebrating my birthday with me! I’m officially 27 now! I don’t know whether to be excited or terrified LOL. I kicked off my birthday weekend in Charleston with my two good friends. It was my first time in Charleston and I had such a blast! I’ll be doing a post next week about my trip, so stay tuned for that! When I got back from Charleston, I celebrated with my roommates and also my coworkers. My one coworker got me a clay replica of Baguette, and it’s seriously the cutest thing ever! Can’t wait to put it in my new apartment!

This weekend I’m going to be keeping it pretty low key and just hang out with some friends. It’s also Baggy’s birthday on Sunday (she’s turning 3!) so we’ll have a little celebration at home for that. What are you guys up to this weekend?

birthday lunch

Weekend Reading #37

reading

1. Love advice all women should hear.

2. Easy meals to make for one person.

3. Star Alliance will help you to never miss a connecting flight again.

4. These things will scientifically make you happier.

5. Have dating apps killed romance? (I say yes.)

6. What to eat for stress and anxiety.

7. Target vs. Costco.

8. Secrets from flight attendants.

9. This jewelry line is actually genius!

10. Beautiful and healthy bowls to make this week.

 

Weekend Reading #36

Shirt: Zara // Jeans: American Eagle // Shoes: Boohoo // Earrings: BaubleBar [on sale!!] // Bag: Gucci

1. These coffee bars will make you want one in your home.

2. How to wash your jeans.

3. Housewarming gift ideas.

4. I need to make this Fusilli alla Vodka asap!

5. How Charleston became a world class culinary capital.

6. Stylish ways to organize your shoes.

7. High protein breakfasts for weight loss – might try one of these for dinner tonight!

8. The best healthy places to travel to in 2018.

9. Ben and Jerry’s just launched a lighter, healthier ice cream and I can’t wait to try it!

10. Brilliant tech travel hacks!