Thursday, September 18, 2014

Stretched Thin

image via Pinterest

Don't we all feel like this sometimes?  When I was in New York, I had to the opportunity to chat with some fabulous girls about balancing full-time jobs, marriages, blogs, children, pets, etc.  It was beyond refreshing to talk to others who were trying to balance the same responsibilities as myself and realizing that while we as women can do anything we put our minds to, we can't necessarily do everything and everything well.

This has been a big struggle for me since we've moved across the country.  I'll never forget a short conversation Christian and I had while walking to dinner on our honeymoon.  I asked him what he was most looking forward to about marriage and living together and he said "the meals."  When he asked me the same question I said "sharing responsibilities."  I know, I am beyond lame, but acts of service is my love language (the other four being physical touch, gift giving, words of affirmation and quality time) and when Christian takes out the trash and vacuums the house, it's practically equivalent to a bouquet of roses to me!

With Christian's schedule, he can't be around very much and that's why my girlfriends in California have been everything to me!  Most of them haven't even met Christian and I'm left defending myself that he's real and not a fictional character.  This being said, it's been pretty difficult to try to keep my life not only balanced, but also fulfilled and grateful.  It's so easy to get caught up in trying to get everything done better and faster (this is where I sing Kanye West), but is that truly leaving me fulfilled?  What will I be most pleased with in a year - the fact that I checked everything off my to-do list each night of the week or the memory of taking a late-night swim in the pool with Christian and drinking wine while watching The Normal Heart (and maybe crying my eyes out)?  Or getting after-work drinks with my girlfriends on the beach while watching the sunset?

There will always be things to get done.  I can always do more - clean the house better, make a more delicious dinner, be more driven and ambitious in my day  job, spend more of my free time working on this blog - but most of all, I need to live in the moment and not just take photos of it.

Do any of you feel this way?  How do you try to keep your life balanced and fulfilled?  I would love to hear!  Thanks so much for reading and sharing and don't forget to enter the BANDED giveaway! XO - 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wednesday Wish List

Want.  Need.  Want.  Need.  I mean - too many adorable pieces, right?  One thing I am seriously on the hunt for right now is the perfect white blazer.  I've had one for years that is starting to look slightly discolored and I think it's time for a new one.  A white blazer is just as much a staple as a black blazer in my closet - it goes with everything.

As for my trendy pieces, I love to shop ASOS, Zara, H&M, Forever21 and this selection is all from SheInside.  Perfect for those of-the-moment looks you want to achieve without breaking the bank.  What is something you've been wishing for but don't want to necessarily splurge on?  For me, it's midi skirt everything - I'm addicted!

Thanks so much for reading! Don't forget to enter the BANDED giveaway! XO - 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Hot Child in the City

I know I wear these DIY distressed boyfriend jeans all the time, but it's because they are just so unbelievably comfortable! And they were exactly what I needed for a packed day in NY on my feet. I kept it neutral since it was in the high 80's and ridiculously humid on this day in the city, before that cool breeze swept in when everyone was leaving after the weekend. Luckily there was iced coffee and air conditioning (you heard my AC love story last week) nearby that I was almost always ducking into. No shame for this Ice Queen.

Y'all be sure to check out this vest - I bought it months ago and have been obsessed - it's now on super sale!

denim - Forever21 mens, distressed myself, similar here and here | top - Lulu's, old, love this one and this one | vest - Nordstrom (on sale!) | heels - Nine West x InStyle, no longer available, similar here | cuff - NY market, love this one | sunnies - Ray Ban | necklace - San Francisco market | assorted David Yurman | earrings - Studio Manhattan Vintage, love this pair

Thanks so much for reading and don't forget to enter the BANDED giveaway! XO -

PS - The title for this post came from Season 3 of Sex and the City, also titled "Hot Child in the City" and it played this song in the credits!  The song now always makes me think of Carrie, which of course always makes me happy.

Monday, September 15, 2014

NYFW via iPhone

I was so excited to travel to New York last weekend for Fashion Week on behalf of my day job!  Y'all may have seen it on instagram or seen the mention here (Tell me - is it super annoying the overflow of #nyfw posts that fills up your feed?  Be honest - I can take it.) - but while I've been to the city more times that I can count on my fingers, I had no idea what to expect for Fashion Week.  It was completely overwhelming, exhausting and fabulous.

I was so grateful to also squeeze in plenty of playtime with some other fabulous bloggers, and it was so great to connect with so many old friends and new friends.  Above are some of the photos that were on my phone - more photos to come!

Did y'all watch any of the shows on the live feed like I told y'all on Friday's Five?  If so, what was your favorite show?  

Last but not least, I have a fun little giveaway for y'all this week that benefits a great cause.  BANDED headbands are designed for a comfortable, no-slip fit that is perfect as an added accessory during the day or for the workouts where you don't want to deal with hair in your face.  I'm telling you - these babies stay put!  Even better, each BANDED headband sold helps to feed three children in Uganda.  Adorable, affordable and philanthropic - those are three things I can always get behind.  By following the simple steps below, y'all can enter to win a floral and sparkly silver headband!

(via Google Friend Connect on right sidebar)

Giveaway will run for one week starting September 15th and will end on September 21st at midnight. The winner will be announced on September 24th. 

1.  Follow CBL on GFC as listed above.
2.  Follow @Kathleen_CBL on instagram (and check out @banded2gether too!)
3.  Leave a comment on this post (and please share your IG handle as well!)

Have a happy Monday and thank you so much for reading and entering!  XO -