August Kickoff + Random Weekly Roundup #4

August Kickoff!

I love the start of something new. A new day, a new week, a new month, a new season...I read somewhere once that it takes 30 days for something to become a habit, so, a new month, in particular, always brings about a kind of energy surge for me, full of hope for change and growth. I always like to make goals at the beginning of each month, which I by no means always stick to or succeed at, but I like to know that at least I'm working on it. Making small steps isn't a bad thing if it means you are moving forward, right? And hopefully, this public admission will help me to stick to all of them!

So here are some of the goals I've made for August...

1. Kick my addiction to Diet Coke. It may sound silly, but this really is my Everest. No Diet Cokes all month!

2. Follow this exercise plan every day- no matter what!- 50 crunches plus a 1-minute plank morning and night along with 30-60 minutes of cardio or yoga/pilates.

3. 30 days of the Instagram Self-Portrait Challenge from A Beautiful Mess. This is really hard for me because I am not photogenic and it's really outside of my comfort zone.

4. Call all my friends that I've been out of touch with lately. Because even though I love them, I am so bad about putting this off. It's always the thing I'll do "tomorrow."


And as I've been looking forward and making plans for the new month, here are some things I've been loving in the present...

Random Weekly Roundup

1. Undone Leading Ladies

Woody Allen is one of my favorite writers/directors. I'll see practically anything he does, mainly because I love the way he writes women- complex and beautiful, but in a very realistic way. With the release of his latest film,"Blue Jasmine," Stella Bugbee has written this great article for New York Magazine's The Cut, here, discussing the "undone" beauty of Allen's main characters.


I love that you won't find these women in bed with a full face of make-up or walking around Central Park in sky-high stilettos. They reflect what women actually look like living their lives, and I think it is really uplifting that this sense of "normalcy" has created some major style icons- "Annie Hall," anyone? Now, granted, these are some of the most beautiful women in the world- Scarlett Johansson's undone face does not realistically represent my own undone face- but, still, you have to love a man who showcases the many facets that make a woman both beautiful and interesting, especially in an industry that typically represents the opposite.

2. Well-Suited

I have been completely obsessing all week over this look from Kimberly of  eat.sleep.wear.


I automatically assumed that this killer pantsuit was WAY out of price range, but imagine my happy surprise when I realized it is from....(drumroll, please!)...H&M! You heard me right, that jacket, here, is $29.95 and the pants, here, are $24.95! And in another fortunate twist of fate, H&M has just opened their online shop, so you can literally get them as you are reading this! Also, if you aren't already on the bandwagon, you can check out the full details of this outfit above, not to mention an overflow of consistently amazing looks, at eat.sleep.wear.

3. The Dark Romance of Tory Burch Fall 2013

Tory Burch has cited the works of Gustav Klimt and René Lalique as major inspirations for her Fall 2013 collection, and the influences are both apparent and absolutely working. The collection features Art Nouveau prints and motifs in gorgeously rich plums and berries offset by dark midnight blues and teals. The overall effect is somehow both subtle and wearable as well as incredibly dramatic. In true Tory fashion, it's a line full of pieces that women will want to wear all season. Here are some of my favorites...


Well, that's probably enough for now. Thanks for hanging in there with me- this post has been loooong! I hope you all have had a great weekend and I can't wait to update you on my resolutions at the end of the month! I'm wondering if any of you are trying to break any bad habits? Or trying to pick up some new beneficial habits? Let me know in the comments! I'd love to hear about them!

And here's to a great week!