Sunday Notes.

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So excited to introduce you all to my newest series, “Sunday Notes.” I love reading different articles and finding new recipes online, and here’s where you’ll find them every Sunday. This weekend has been all about taking a step back, taking a cold-hard look at what I really want and finally finishing “Sex and the City.” I’m spending most of today re-organizing and prioritizing for the coming weeks and it feels amazing! Even better? I’ve barely left my sweatpants all day and I have a dozen chocolate cupcakes in my fridge because I volunteered at the NYC Cupcake Run. Now that, my friends, is a great day. I hope you’re all have a wonderful weekend and are taking some much-deserved time to relax. Keep reading for my favorite links from this past week!

1. 15 great career tips from smart women. This list includes Tina Fey, so you know it’s genius. (acupofjo.com)

2. This great article about how to find high-quality garments. #7 is especially true! (stylelist.com)

3. How to love your body instantly. I’m all about #2, #3, #8, #9 and well… the whole list. (popsugar.com)

4. 13 crunchy, creamy facts that justify your love with peanut butter. Finally. (huffingtonpost.com)

5. Life hacks every girl should know about. (buzzfeed.com)

6. This recipe for homemade Chick-Fil-A nuggets. Yes, yes and yes. (damndelicious.net)

7. The 9 times Taylor Swift had the perfect response for haters. (seventeen.com)

What links have you been loving lately? Anything that you think should make next week’s Sunday notes?

Disconnected, Armed and Readi.

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It’s been way too long since I’ve posted. Even though it’s only been a few days, it feels like it’s been forever! I’ve been on a unexpected blog break because of a little string of bad luck lately and the universe just seemed to be pushing me in a different direction. Just a few tidbits of the past few days – I wrote a post and was about to hit “publish” and my computer crashed and the post was gone. I tried again and my internet provider decided to go on protest. My most recent attempt involved a battle almost equivalent to that between Lord Voldemort and Harry Potter. It’s been an interesting few days.

Sometimes, the best you can do is put on some fun jewels (how amazing are these neon earrings, by the way?), your best smile and head out to enjoy real life (opposed to the life people think you have because of Instagram). I volunteered at Slice Out Hunger on Wednesday, went to the Geek Girl Brunch’s Fan Girls’ Night Out on Saturday, put together a list of the best Columbus Day Weekend sales for TheUrbanRealist, and binge-watched “Sex and the City.” Not too shabby if I do say so myself.
I’ve got to say, being forced to stay away from the interwebs for a few days wasn’t a bad thing at all. I’m feeling refreshed, happier and much less likely to karate chop anyone who even thinks about bumping me on the train (the struggle is real).

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Disconnect today, even if it’s just for an hour or two. You’ll be better for it and when you come back to your phone or laptop, you’ll be more focused than ever.
Or at the very least, you’ll have something to post about.

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How do you feel when you disconnect for a while? What are your favorite ways to relax when you’re not plugged in? Connect with me on social media or leave your thoughts below!

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Admiral Row and a Giveaway.

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Coat – Rebecca Minkoff via Crossroads Trading Co. (similar here) // Turtleneck Sweater – Target // Jeans – Forever 21 // Bag -Express // Necklace courtesy of Admiral Row

It’s the little things that I love about fall. Hot chocolate. Finding the perfect pumpkin. Warm boots. The changing of the leaves. Pumpkin spice muffins. The first rain. Turtlenecks that feel like a big hug. This list could go on for forever, really. I have a love/hate with the actual transition into fall though. One day I’m wearing a sundress and the next I’m in a turtleneck and trench coat.  One of the things that makes me feel a little nicer about being bundled up unexpectedly though is a little sparkle.

You all know that I love accessories and jewelry – they’re the perfect way to brighten up any outfit and really round out a look. As much as I adore them, I tend to keep it simple with one or two pieces opposed to a big arm party or rings galore. I’m a firm believer that less is more and sometimes all you need is a statement necklace or a bold pair of earrings. That being said, I’m absolutely in love with this simple but gorgeous My Princess Bride Necklace from Admiral Row. So much so that I now have my eye on this Vintage Pearl Roped NecklaceCrystal Studded Statement Necklace and Vintage Pearl Dangling Earrings. This Atlanta-based company has amazing pieces for sale that are both new and vintage, which is definitely right up my alley since I love mixing classic pieces with more modern ones.

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Love the My Princess Bride necklace as much as I do? I’m partnering with Admiral Row to give you the chance to win one today! There are a few different ways to enter and the winner gets to pick one item from the site (up to a $30 value). The giveaway is only going until next Friday 10/17 at 12:00am EST, so be sure to enter today!

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*Giveaway ends October 17 at 12:00 am EST. Open to Legal Residents (18 years of age or older) of the US only. Prizes cannot be shipped to PO Boxes. Winner will be selected by random and be notified by email. Winner will have 72 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. I will contact the sponsor regarding your prize. The product offered for the giveaway is free of charge, no purchase necessary. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by any form of compensation. Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are in no way associated with this giveaway. By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to me and me alone. I do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner. Void where prohibited by law.​

Which Admiral Row piece would you pick out if you won? What are your favorite things about fall? Connect with me on Instagram or Twitter and leave a comment below!

Photos by Guerrilla Photography