Allie

Welcoming Back Endorphins

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We are fairly confident that you already know what endorphins are and their relation to working out. Thus, we will respectfully pass on turning this post into a science lesson and instead, offer up our reflections on our recent re-introduction to that happy post workout feeling. As with many people who have allowed themselves to fall off the working out wagon, getting back on again is tough. But as soon as energy levels pick up and the sensation of being a bad ass workout queen returns, so does the question, “why the HELL did I ever stop being healthy?!” Well world, we’ve experienced that cycle a number of times and it will likely occur again, but in this current moment the three of us are enjoying our period of bad ass bliss!

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Friday Favorites

“Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” (5)

Magnolias // Stella: Springtime, it seems overly romanticized to me. I’m not trying to be cynical. But since moving to the Pacific Northwest, spring usually equals the beginning of the worst allergies I’ve ever had. For most parts of the country, springtime usually signals a change in weather. Not here. Same gray skies, moderate temperatures, and of course, rain. The saving grace of spring is the abundance of flowering trees. They just explode out here and end up leaving a carpet of pink and white petals. I discovered my absolute favorite tree since moving out here, the Magnolia. They produce these delicate, floppy flowers. We have a pink one in our front yard. The blooms only last for a mere moment it seems, so every chance I get, I just stare at it. My master plan is to surround our house with an army of them.

DIY Desk // Kendall: My sister sent me a picture of her newly curated stand up desk late last week and I have been obsessing over it ever since. Not much else to say other than I want one and I can’t wait to build my own. Such a charming addition to her growing photography studio. Simple. Elegant. Modern.

Our Shared Shelf // Allie: As if I needed another reason to love Emma Watson – she’s started a feminist book club via GoodReads, which also happens to be one of my other favorite things on the web. In case you’ve been living under a rock, Emma has recently shifted her focus from acting to the women’s rights movement and is a pretty astute and outspoken UN Ambassador on the issue. For the book club, titled, ‘Our Shared Shelf,’ Emma selects a monthly read covering women’s rights topics and then encourages discussions amongst the members. Not only does it give me direct access to one of the women I look up to most, but a community of women all over the world who are participating in reading and discussing an issue so near and dear to my heart.

Packing Anxiety – The Sorority Reunion Edition

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I love to travel. I hate to pack.

I love my sorority sisters. I hate the, “gotta look perfect” pressure that comes with hanging out with that group.

I’ll be the first to admit that the pressure is 98% self-imposed. And I’d like to reiterate – I LOVE my sorority sisters. They’re my people. It’s just that they, unfortunately, are the most fashion-forward, put together group of girls on the planet. And even more unfortunate, I am not. So every time we put together reunion trips, like the one in Austin next weekend, I’m always paralyzed with anxiety on what to pack.

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Friday Favorites

“Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” (3)

Wild Rose // Stella: I absolutely love to wear red lipstick. There is something about it that makes you feel confidant and in charge. However, it has its time and place. For your normal every day, I recommend Korres Lip Butter in Wild Rose. It tints your lips with the right amount of color, leaves minimal shine and keeps them moisturized. Buying lipstick, lip balm and any other lip-associated products is practically my second job ever since I discovered Lip Smackers, so you can imagine I have quite the stockpile. But this is the one product that I can’t seem to do without.

Camping // Kendall: While I am currently praying to Mother Nature for more winter storms here in Tahoe, the continually increasing temperatures have my mind wandering to summer camping months. So many places to slumber above a 1.5″ puff cloud this coming season! As a novice to the adult camping scene (took plenty of family funded trips in my youth), my arsenal is quite low. However, there was one purchase last season that I still get eager to pull out for each trip. My Millet Alpine LTK 800 sleeping bag is perfection and packs up ever so conveniently small. Feel free to read more about this favorite in the attached link. As with all gear there are pros and cons. For me this was a great purchase. It also didn’t hurt that I got it on sale, a frequent occurrence here in Geartopia. Advice: NEVER pay full price.

The Fifth Watches // Allie: Confession – I read one of those silly,”Things Every Woman Should Own Before 30″ articles today. Amongst many laughable items, like a “signature flower” and a “modest one piece bathing suit,” the list included a watch. I became interested enough to do some online shopping during my lunch break and a couple of  my favorite blogs pointed me to The Fifth Watches. I was intrigued by both their simplistic designs and unique marketing approach. As a digital marketer and as someone who knows all too well how saturated and competitive the watch/fine jewelry market is, I have to say that their marketing strategy is brilliant – you can only buy watches every 5th of the month, and they’ve generated so much demand and intrigue that there’s a waiting list just to grab one of these beauties.

Saturday Mornings: Work Detox

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You know those work weeks that just seem to suck every last bit of energy, enthusiasm and creative impulse out of you? Yeah, I had one of those weeks. After 5 days of navigating corporate politics and an unnecessary game of pointing fingers, I felt completely burnt out. Yesterday I left the office at 8pm, made a sad attempt at a run around Lake Calhoun and ultimately plopped myself in front of the TV with an embarrassing spread of Chinese takeout. I’m even more embarrassed to admit that I was in bed and sound asleep by 9:30pm.

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