First off, thank you to all who reached out and commented on my voting post. I’m so happy so many of you found it informative. While the election didn’t necessarily have the results I particularly desired, one amazing result is definitely worth noting:
Women absolutely killed it this year.
As I’m sure you know by now, we elected a record high number of women this year. Female representatives and governors abound – many of whom are minorities. As these women represent both sides of the aisle, this is a bipartisan accomplishment. And, as somebody who considers herself a feminist and desires to see more women in the workplace and in positions of power, I think it is all totally awesome.
Oh and PS I know you’re all dying to see the new hair, but you’re gonna have to wait till later today/tomorrow. Or you can just pop over to my Instagram and check it out there. Up to you, boo.
Which brings me to the topic for this post: my workday morning routine. As somebody who is so not a morning person, creating this routine – the bulk of which occurs before 8AM – has been really challenging for me. There are still days during which I struggle to wake up in time, skip my workout, or forget to eat breakfast… But I’m getting more consistent each and every week at my workday morning routine.
So… it’s been a hot sec since I last posted. In truth, I’ve spent the majority of this last month thinking about my role as a blogger and struggling to determine how transparent to be on this platform I’ve built over the past five years.
Last month, we confirmed a man to a lifetime position on the Supreme Court. A man who had been accused of assault and – whether he was guilty of that 30-year-old crime or not – responded to those allegations by:
Discounting the pain that assault survivors face every day, and
Blaming the other political party for the entire situation in which he had found himself.
But more on that later.
In the event you’re one of those people who only likes to read above the fold and then scroll through pictures, I have one message for you to take from this post:
You need to vote. Why? For starters, too many people are dying of gun violence in schools, synagogues, and grocery stores for you to stay silent. Women’s rights over their own bodies is once again being called under question. Minority groups are being persecuted, and hate crimes in this country continue to rise. As divisive, partisan, and ugly as it may seem, too much is happening in this country for you to sit back and do nothing this midterm election season. So you need to vote.
I’m back from Europe! I returned to Dallas yesterday afternoon after one full month abroad. I had the most amazing trip. It truly cemented my belief that I could honestly travel 24/7 without a home base and be as happy as a clam. Even though I’m a total homebody at heart.
Sadly, I can’t be an eternal traveler… yet. But bright side: me coming home means I’ll hopefully start posting on the blog with at least some degree of regularity (BTW I swear I tried – I can’t even tell y’all how many times I fell asleep editing photos or writing the past few weeks!).
The reason why I had to return is I’m starting my full-time job (the one I mentioned here) in just 2 short weeks! That means it’s time for me to dig all of my summer workwear essentials out from the shadowy depths of my closet. And to get this girl who wakes up at 11AM used to waking up at 6:30AM. Oomf. So not ready for that one.
I decided to take the last two weeks off. Well, really I decided to take one week off two weeks ago so I could take advantage of the time with my family while traveling Europe. Also, I got a bit sick… and the absolute last thing you want to do when you’re sick and on vacation in Europe is work. So I opted out.
And then I was just crazy busy while in London. I’m talking up and out the door by 8:30AM every day, and returning around 11PM each night. Apparently my social life is more active in London than in Dallas. (Don’t worry – posts will come soon!)
But now we’re good. I’m in Paris with friends, but I believe I can deliver with a degree of normalcy. And I’ve decided to kick off said normalcy with a post which has been long-requested: how to decide if you’re ready to get your MBA. Oh and an amazing $1000 Nordstrom giveaway… just in time for the Nordstrom Sale next month (don’t worry: I’m doing a bunch of these so you’ll have ample chance to win!!).
OMG it’s been soooo long, y’all!!! Between the move, finals, throwing a bridal shower in Austin, preparing for graduation, and getting ready for my big trip in June, I’ve been all over the place mentally. And have given precisely 0 thought to the blog. And all of the thought to how to make my house as organized as The Container Store. But now I’m back so we can all act like the past month or so just never happened. Jedi mind trick that sh*t.
So yeah: I’m back. Just in time for a big Blogging Basics post. And it’s one y’all have been requesting for a long time: the best cameras for fashion bloggers to buy. Cue the excitement.