Happy Friday, lovelies!
I cannot tell you how happy I am that its Friday. The semester is winding down, which means 1) I'm just ready to be done; 2) I have so much to do. Not the best combination, so I have to make sure I'm staying motivated and productive during my free time. I think it's so important for people to balance their responsibilities, while also taking time for themselves. Even when you're busy, it's essential to take care of yourself, so you can be happy + healthy. Today I'm sharing some of my favorite tips to how to get things done while staying happy + healthy!
Tip #1 Prioritize.
If you take anything away from this post, let it be prioritize. I know that we all feel like we have 200 things to do in a day and only time to finish 15 of them. I get it. It's hard with today's lifestyle not to feel overwhelmed with how much is going on. But, sometimes you just need to take a step back and say "What do I need to do today?" Just asking yourself that will help you prioritize what needs to be done that day. This will relieve stress and allow you to concentrate on the most important items. There are always things that can wait until tomorrow. Just don't put them off for more than 1 or 2 days or you'll be even more stressed about the things you let pile up.
Tip #2 Schedule.
I sit down on Sundays and plan out my week. From coffee dates, meetings, meal prep, homework, and blogging, my entire life goes into my planner (including scheduling free time). This is a necessity for me because graduate school itself doesn't leave a lot of free time, so when you mix that with two jobs and an internship, things get busy! I've learned that when I schedule out my time in advance, I realize that I can fit in 95% of what I have planned that week. Knowing that I'll have the time to get everything done, enjoy my workouts, and have free time is so relaxing for me and allows me to go throughout the week (almost) stress free. If things do come up and interfere with my schedule, I don't stress out either. I just try to rearrange things to best fit the time I lost because #lifehappens. And, sometimes we gotta roll with the punches.
Tip #3 Balance.
Balance is so important for everyone. You need to take time for yourself and have a mental break. People cannot work 100% of the time with 100% efficiency. It's just not possible. This has definitely been a learning experience for me in graduate school. I've always been the person to always say "yes," but after this semester, I've realized how important it is to take care of myself through relaxation. You need that time for yourself where you're not focusing on what you need to do for someone. Give yourself 30 minutes for yoga. Take a break from work and go for a walk. Balance is key to staying happy and motivated through the busy summer months. Those little breaks will help you come back to your work refreshed and ready to go.
Tip #4 Eat Well + Stay Hydrated.
I've always ate fairly healthy, but since I moved to Georgia I've made it a priority to eat fresh, clean ingredients and cook 90% of my meals myself. I cannot tell you how amazing I feel. I have so much energy, and I can get through 15-17 hour days without burning out. What you put in your body makes a difference, so try and work those veggies + fruits into your diet. Staying hydrated is also important. If you get tired in the middle of the day, it might be because you're not drinking enough water! I always suggest drinking 1/2 to 2/3 your body weight in water! I weigh 120 lbs, so I try to drink 60 to 80 oz of water a day. It may seem like a lot of water at first, but once you get used to drinking that much you wonder how you survived without it!
Tip #5 Get Those Eight Hours.
I'm a total grump when I don't get enough sleep, but I know when you're busy how hard it can be to get a full eight hours of sleep. I do my best, but usually I only end up with around 6-7 hours a night. Here are a couple tips that worked for me. Try setting a time when you'll try to be in bed every night. By setting this schedule, it'll force you to put the work away or skip that next episode of Netflix. If your schedule changes and that's difficult to do, try shutting down your electronics as soon as you're done with what needs to be done that night. This way you're not tempted to continue to work on things that don't need to be done right away. (aka Tip #1 Prioritize).
Hopefully these tips help you stay on track + motivated throughout the busy summer months and can become a habit.
I'm a creature of habit. Honestly, it's awful. If you know me personally, you know I wear three things: Neutrals, Stripes, and Florals. But above all, there's nothing I love more than the classic look of stripes. They can be dressed up or down, and are perfect for adding dimension to any outfit. A lot of women are nervous to wear stripes. But, if they're styled correctly, they can look great on everybody. Today, I'm gonna share my Top 5 Tips on how to Style Stripes!
First off, I'm gonna start with some general rules about horizontal stripes:
Tip #1 Add a Statement Necklace
Adding a statement necklace or a scarf in the colder months highlights the neckline, breaks up the stripes, and adds dimension. All of these things will allow the stripes to highlight but not overtake your body frame. The larger the statement necklace, the less the stripes will be the spotlight of your outfit. See below for Olivia Palermo's take on this tip.
Tip #2 Do a V-Neck instead of a Crew Neck
Crew necks and stripes are hard to pull off for women, unless you were granted with beautifully slim shoulders + a small bust. Then, by all means, rock those crew necks like Audrey Hepburn. Most often, though, they widen the shoulders too much and can cause the "linebacker" effect, especially in long sleeves. V-necks help to highlight your neckline and slim your bust. Plus, this the perfect excuse to wear the choker trend even more often this summer!If you aren't a fan of v-necks, definitely use Tip #1 to highlight your neckline.
Tip #3 Layer Stripes over a Neutral
My personal favorite for this tip: A striped blazer over a black column. So chic and flattering at any age. Another great option is to do a striped long-sleeve and add a vest over top! This breaks up the stripes and minimized the widening effect that can occur with stripes. Any way you add dimension and layer stripes will always make the body looker thinner in clothing.
Tip #4 Wear Long-Skinny Stripes
Long skinny stripes can help elongate your figure and make you look skinnier. A tight, striped blouse looks great with a tight pair of black pants and high black heels. This will draw people’s attention down and make your frame look taller and thinner. Pants or skirts with vertical stripes are also flattering, especially paired with a solid colored top or bottom.
Tip #5 Avoid Horizontal Stripes on your Bottom Half (usually)
Wear a fit and flare style where the stripes are tighter on the relatively small part of the body and loose on the larger part. Add a contrasting cardigan and necklace for some vertical details. Don't wear the lighter part of a stripe tightly on the widest part of your rear (unless you happen to have a very tiny bottom and want to draw the eye to that area).
If you have small hips, you can go for a horizontal striped pant, but most often, I'd suggest women wear vertical stripes on their bottoms. They elongate the leg and look chic.
I hope these tips help you style some stripes into your outfit! And remember, don't be afraid to take a risk. 99.99% of the time it pays off + you love the look you went with!
I'll be sharing some of my favorite Good Hyouman pieces on our Facebook page today, so I thought I would carry the workout trend into my Friday blog post as well this week! It's almost summer, and I know a lot of people are working hard to get themselves back in shape after the winter months! I've always enjoyed running. It's been a stress reliever for me for years, and I really started getting into it in college. Today I want to share a few simple tips for those of you who just don’t enjoy running, but are trying to get into it. First of all: I applaud you! That’s not an easy thing to do. Second of all: don’t worry! I’m going to share 5 simple tips to help you enjoy running, no matter where you’re at in your fitness journey.
Tip #1 Start off Slow
This is probably my most important tip. No runner started by throwing on their shoes one day and saying "I'm gonna go for a 15 mile run today!" Sorry, but it doesn't work like that. Building endurance takes time + patience, so don't be discouraged. Walk out your front door (or get on the treadmill), and tell yourself you’re going to go 2 miles total. Give yourself the freedom to walk as much of that as you need to. Maybe it means you run 5 minutes and walk 1 minute, all the way until 2 miles. That’s still a great way to be active, and you’re still getting the miles in! Start off slow and then build from there, soon enough that 2 miles will become easier and easier! Then, you'll be able to add more distance or work on increasing your speed during workouts.
Tip #2 Get some Great Music
Make a good playlist on Spotify or find a Pandora radio station to get you pumped up for your run. I know some people who don’t prefer to run with music, and honestly, hats off to you! I couldn’t do it. My favorite genres are old school hip hop and '80s music. I'm also a huge fan of podcasts (Serial is a murder-mystery podcast I LOVE). I get so engrossed into the plot, I forget I'm running. Also, when you're listening to murder mysteries, most likely you'll be running a little faster than usual.
Tip #3 Get the Right Shoes
This is so important. I have narrow feet, so I usually buy ASICS or Brooks, depending on what deals are going on. I love them both. However, everyone's feet are different, so if you've never been fitted for running shoes, I suggest going to your local running shoppe to get fitted for the right pair. Also, be sure to get rid of your shoes once their life is up. The rule of thumb is after about 400 miles, you should be looking for some new shoes!
Tip #4 Find your Running "Spot"
Going to a public park with running trails is great because it allows you to focus solely on your running. It's so much easier to run when you don't feel self-conscious about all the people driving by or when you don't have to wait for stoplights to turn green. If you google "running trails in X city," usually a ton of posts and options will come up! This is also a great way to spice up your running because if you're running a new trail all the time, you'll never get bored. After living in Athens for about 8 months, I've already found my favorite ones, but I'm always looking for new ones to challenge me as a runner.
Tip #5 Be Consistent
I’ll be real with you guys. If you’ve never run in your life or haven’t worked out in months, your first few runs are going to suck. But, they will be worth it. The most important tip I can share to help you enjoy running, is be consistent with it. If your goal is 2 miles, try and make that happen 3 times a week. It might suck at first or hurt or you might hate it the first few week, but I promise if you are consistent with your running, it will start sucking less. It will start hurting less and you’ll find yourself breathing better and enjoying the run more. But, you can’t give up after two weeks of running! Stay consistent with it.
I hope these tips help you with your running journey! Just remember to be kind to yourself because all progress is great progress!
This week at YBF, we are highlighting one of our amazing part-time ladies, Naomi! She's full of life, humor, and a whole lot of spunk. When she's not working, at school, or spending time with family, you'll most likely catch her at YBF! Here's what she what she had to say when I asked her a few questions.
Tell us about yourself
I’m currently attending Southeast Technical Institute and will be graduating in May with an Associate’s degree in Marketing and another Associate’s degree in Business Administration. I was born in Minneapolis and moved here when I was about 8. We wanted to be closer to my mom’s family in the Luverne, MN area. I have been working at Citibank full-time for 6 years now. I love going to movies, hanging out with my boyfriend, Derek and my fur babies Pedey and Vegas. I love shopping, trying new things and hanging out with my friends and family. I started at YBF in October just needing the extra income and I was beyond blessed to have gained another family.
3 things you can’t live without
What do you do at YBF?
I mainly work the sales floor and up until now I have been working on the old website. Now that we are switching things up, I can’t wait to dig into the new website! It will definitely be amazing.
What is your personal style?
I love going casual. Dressing up every once and awhile is fun but I love my leggings with boots and a cute shirt. If I could get away with wearing sweats every day, I would definitely do that though!
Where do you go to for style inspiration?
I love browsing Pinterest!
Is there anything you wished would come back into fashion?
Those sweet leggings with the stirrups! I remember wearing them all the time growing up. Keeps them from rolling up!
Favorite item in the store right now?
I LOVE LOVE LOVE all the home decor. I honestly cannot pick just one item. Ever since I started, I’ve had a mental wish list and I’m slowly getting there. The home decor is just unique.
Alex and Ani or Pandora? Why?
Alex and Ani. Although I love them both, the fact that virtually all of the bangles have a heartfelt meaning just make the brand more personable. I also love that you just stack the bangles instead of adding to them. I get so many compliments on mine!
What celebrity would you like to meet at Starbucks for a cup of coffee?
I would have to say Ian Somerhalder. I initially learned about him when he started playing Damon on The Vampire Diaries but once I got past his eyes, I learned that he is involved in so many charities and foundations to help with animals, wildlife, and individuals that need the help. He’s just overall a great person!
Favorite Bible Verse?
"I have definitely had my ups and downs in life but whenever I feel like my world is crashing down, I turn to Him. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."
Three adjectives to describe yourself.
When are you happiest?
When I’m with my family, especially my mother. She’s my best friend. (And when I finish my homework for the week)
Craziest item on your bucket list?
I’ve always wanted to go skydiving! Typical response, I know. But the thrill of it is what makes me want to do it!
What are three career lessons you’ve learned from working at YBF?
I’ve worked in retail as long as I can remember. Customer service has definitely always been the best lesson. Watching our regular customers come in and interact with Tam and Danzi, it makes me feel beyond blessed to work for them. I have also learned to multi-task even better than before. You definitely have to prioritize your duties.
Favorite 3 brands at YBF?
I LOVE The Giving Keys! The story behind it is just plain inspirational. I also have developed an Alex and Ani addiction, as well as S’well.
Since YBF focuses heavily on brands that give back, what is the charity closest to your heart? Why?
This is definitely a hard question for me. I wish I could do so much more to help so many charities. I would have to say Children’s Miracle Network. I have always loved kids and working with them. I used to volunteer at Sanford and it’s definitely a heartbreaking experience at times but overall, the most rewarding by far.
If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be?
I would LOVE to visit Greece!
Thanks for sharing some insight in your world, Naomi! We know all the YBF staff are so happy you're on our team!
So, technically this top supposed to be a dress, but when you're tall like me, sometimes you can get away with wearing it as a top + a dress. #winwin So, for all the tall girls out there like me, you NEED this dress/top/tunic/magical piece of clothing. It seriously will change your spring wardrobe. It's professional enough, when steamed, to pair with a pair of crop dress pants for work (if your job allows business casual), but it's also so easy to dress down with a good pair of grey skinnies!
Even better is that when the weather warms up, you can layer it under one of YBF's tunic cami's and it's good to go as a funky dress. I love menswear on women, but sometimes it can feel a little too masculine, so I love this piece for that. It's still a little masculine, but the color and the detailing brings out the femininity I love!
Lastly, when you're running errands on the weekends, it would ADORABLE to wear with a good pair of black leggings (or really any leggings) and a cute slip-on sneaker. If you haven't bought a slip-on sneaker yet, you need to! They are the perfect, comfortable shoe that you can dress up or down. Plus, so many designers are coming out with embellished ones #swoon.
Even if you're not as tall, I think this top is still perfect because it really is a good versatile tunic/dress for shorter girls! Plus, it's the perfect transitional piece for when you want to wear a dress in the spring, but it's still a little too chilly for short-sleeves! So, if you haven't picked this up from YBF yet, you need to because I promise you'll be wearing it all spring + summer long!