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when did my bedtime routine get so long?

I’ve always dreaded bedtime the way a little kid does, though probably for different reasons. I’m not trying to stay up late to eat another snack or watch a movie – I simply can never fall asleep. I used to be part of the “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” mentality, which was alright while I was in college, but my performance in life and at work is significantly poorer when I’m overtired.

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A while ago I wrote about what it’s like having a brain that never shuts off – not because I’m, like, a philosophical thinker (just an over-thinker) – which contributes to my consistent sleeplessness. I’ve tried every trick in the book: melatonin, meditation, hypnosis, lavender eye pillows, Advil PM, milk, and prescription meds, to name a few.

One of my resolutions this year (more on those later) is to make more of a conscious effort to get better quality sleep. I’ve noticed that my activity during the day is just as crucial to my bedtime routine for getting a sufficient amount of sleep – exercise is the big key to this, and I’ll hopefully be doing more of this as I get ready for a major bike ride in June.

My nightly routine, which has tripled in length over the past year, has also helped with falling asleep. Until about a year ago, the only things I’d do to get ready for bed were taking a shower and brushing my teeth. I still do both of those things, but I also do a brief arm workout, use three different face creams, give myself a neck massage, put on a face mask, and take an alarming amount of vitamins. I think that consistency is key for stuff like this, and hopefully sticking to a routine will pay off.

What do you do when you have trouble sleeping? 

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pin-spiration: cookies

I’m not a huge fan of the cold weather, but I love this time of year since I can get working on my winter bod. When going outside requires over three layers of clothing, I start eating soup and baked goods almost exclusively. And my favorite Christmas treat of all? The cookies, DUH!

Whether they’re festively frosted sugar cookies, chocolate-dipped macaroons, or crumbly shortbread, I love ‘ em all. Here, take a mouthwatering look at some of my 2017 holiday cookie inspo.

 

All images from Pinterest.

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when did i get into fashion again?

When I was a kid, I thought I was super into fashion. I held on to every copy of Teen Vogue that came in the mail (a subscription that I begged for) (also remember when magazines were printed 10x a year??) and later moved over to NylonI took a fashion drawing class. I went to a weekend conference sponsored by Conde Nast. I interned for a CFDA-sponsored jewelry designer. It was all fun, at least until my other interests began to take precedent.

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Fashion wasn’t something I ever considered pursuing as a career, especially in terms of designing. In my later years of high school and through college I lived in yoga pants and gym clothes, too busy to put an outfit together for just an ordinary day of classes and homework. But since graduating, I’ve worked some jobs that have had incredibly boring elements. There have been times where I haven’t felt creatively stimulated at all, and I think this is why I started caring about clothes again.

I majorly purged my closet this month, “reinventing” my style…finally feeling like I have a solid sense of what I like, what looks good on me, and what’s worth buying. It took me a long time to shift into a quality over quantity mindset, but instead of bingeing on Black Friday sales this year, I bought a few key, upscale pieces (still on sale, of course) that I know I’ll have and wear for years.

Working 40 hours a week in a job that doesn’t require a ton of creativity seems like something I will feasibly be doing for the rest of my life. So I should at least wear clothes that make me feel like myself.

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pin-spiration: bathroom bliss

 

After living in dormitories and New York City apartments for the last 5+ years, I can’t wait for the day when I have a bathroom that nobody uses other than myself. I’m a big fan of white tile, colorful wallpaper, and natural elements – though my main requirement for my future bathroom is a large tub.

From whimsical walls to modern finishes, here are some images I’ve saved on Pinterest.

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why i take gift-giving so seriously

Christmas constantly gets a bad rap for being a superficial shopping-fueled holiday – and sure, this is when retailers (big box stores and small businesses alike) do most of their annual sales. But giving someone a gift, for Christmas or their birthday or anniversary or whatever, is more than materialistic.

It’s a gesture that demonstrates your understanding of who they are. It shows that you remembered when your friend mentioned passively that she misses those cookies she ate during study abroad. That you paid attention when your mom complained about her malfunctioning headphones at the gym. That you enjoyed watching The Pianist as much as your dad did, so why not give him the CD soundtrack?

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I’ve been known to be less-than-enthusiastic upon receiving money or gift cards. Sure, those things are handy and cash $$ is king, but it demonstrates to me that the gift-giver falls into one of two categories: 1) they put off their holiday shopping and couldn’t locate a more thoughtful gift; or 2) they have no understanding of who I am as a person and what my interests are. Ok, maybe that’s a little bit dramatic, but hopefully you get the point. If you don’t, I’ll still accept cash.

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pin-spiration: thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays – I love a day that’s all about great food, good company, and all-around coziness. Here, some of my favorite inspiring images (from seasonal bites to muted color palettes) to get you in the holiday mood.

How are you celebrating turkey day this year?

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things i won’t miss about new york

Sleeping in a twin bed, since that’s the only thing that fits in my room.

Sharing a studio apartment with two other people.

Carrying groceries home.

Commuting to Times Square every day.

The trash, the smell, the rats.

$20 cocktails.

Feeling lonely in such a crowded place.

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