3.05.2014

Limitless

International Women's Day is just a few days away on March 8th. On the official website, there is a call to action to increase financial independence of women, for there to be more women in science, engineering, and technology fields, more women in senior leadership roles, increased growth for women owned businesses, fairer recognition for women in sport, and equal recognition for women in the arts. Yea... that's a pretty long to-do list. However, not one of them is an unachievable goal. It all starts with having a voice, no matter how big or small (cue Dr. Seuss reference). Once women have a voice, they are able to effectuate change. Want to see more trees in your neighborhood? Join the local civil association. Want to see political change? Campaign for a politician who stands up for your values, or better yet RUN! Want that position? Hustle for it! 

Much like every other "month" or "day" that isn't a national holiday, there is some eye-rolling that comes along with it. Why not focus on these issues everyday? Great! It got you to think that we should be dealing with these issues everyday, now live up to it and go make some change! Personally, I think it's great that we have a day to think about how far women have come in the last century but also to reflect on just how far we have to go. 

In honor of International Women's Day, I'll be posting some features on some inspiring women, worthwhile organizations to get involved with, and even my first give away! Stay tuned!

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3.04.2014

Looking Forward: March

As they say, March goes in like a lion and out like a lamb. So far, the lion has been roaring, dumping a few inches of snow in Philly. March is going to be a very busy month. There are a lot of things that need to be wrapped up before the end of the school year and of course spring break is quickly coming up!

+ Spring Break
I'm going to Florida with my parents to our house for a few days to celebrate my mom's birthday and to get the hell outta Dodge (aka this godforsaken winter up north). For the second half of my spring break, my sister and I are going on a cruise to the Bahamas for a few days to celebrate our last "spring breaks" ever! I'm really looking forward to our little getaway. We can't wait to visit one of our favorite places on earth: Nassau, Bahamas. We can't wait to hit up the straw market and visit old haunts (the lazy river) at Atlantis.

+ Bar Applications
My Pennsylvania bar application is complete but I still have to finish New Jersey. I can't wait to get this off my to-do list... even it means that the bar exam is just around the proverbial corner.

+ Graduation Photos
WHAT?! That time already! As much as I absolutely loath professional portraits, I know it means that the law school chapter of my life is quickly coming to an end. I still can't believe how fast these past three years have gone by!

+ Training
So.... I've signed up (and got a bid) for the Broad Street Run. In a moment of pure craziness, my 3 best law school friends and I decided that we NEEDED to do this run as a part of our 3L year bucket list. So I've been hitting the gym several times a week to really work on my cardio. I can't complain too much though because it's been serving double duty getting ready for spring break.

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3.03.2014

Ability to Accessorize


I have been interning at a law firm this semester and have a pretty small rotation of professional clothing. Navy skirt suit. Navy pant suit. Black skit suit. Black pant suit. Red dress. Not the most exciting wardrobe out there. I try to spice things up with my accessories every day before I leave. Not only do accessories enable us to stand out from "animals" it allows us to stand out as the future of the legal profession. The legal field isn't changing so much that I would show up in a hot-pink miniskirt, but would I rock a hot pink necklace or bold turquoise earrings hell yes! Below I've outlined easy (and appropriate) ways to express yourself and accessorize in even the most formal workplaces. Best of all, you can wear ALL of them and still look like the smart, powerful professional that you are.

Four Eyes
I'm pretty much as near-sighted as I comes. Growing up, I had some serious coke bottle glasses. Although I got teased a lot when I switched to wearing contacts in high school, I finally felt pretty. Going back to wearing glasses (aside from getting ready for bed) has been a very slow process. However, I think that putting glasses into my outfit rotation is a nice little spunky change. Just wearing glasses once a week shakes things up a bit. Plus nerdy-chic is in right? Cough * Jenna Lyons * Cough.

Arm Candy
Watches. Don't have one? Buy one. You never see a professional man without one, so don't be caught with a naked wrist. Plus, it saves you from the professional faux-pas of looking at your phone to check the time. Phone in bag. Watch on wrist. That simple.

9-to-5 Bling 
It exists! It's all in the execution. I'm a big fan of buttoning up my oxfords all the way and throwing on a chunky necklace. Pearls have their place, but wearing them every day is a yawn. I'm a big fan of J.Crew, Anthropologie, and Chloe + Isabel, which make most of my go-to pieces.

Carry All
My professional bags are the work horses of my wardrobe. I have 2 bags that I have in rotation, a black Kate Spade satchel (similar) for the black outfits and a brown Michael Kors tote. I don't really find the need to have more bags that than because they go with everything and I frankly don't have the room for a million bags in my tiny apartment. I found it worth it to purchase two high quality universal bags than a bunch of trendy bags that are limited in their matching potential.

Cinderella Story
Shoes can make or break an outfit. Much like with bags, I have a small rotation of shoes that I wear to work. They are all professional (read: low heal, closed toe), but they each have a special touch. My nude heels have a delicate bow and my black heels are D'orsay cut. I am too young to have shoes that look like they could do double duty for an octogenarian going to the casino.

Finishing touches
Belt it! I love pairing my leopard belt with my black pieces and a soft pink belt with my navy pieces. Adding just a tiny sliver of print or color can really turn clothes into an outfit. I'm also a fan of wearing an professional but unexpected nail color. I love soft versions of Pantone's color of the year orchid. It's pink enough in color that it can easily pass in the office.

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1.28.2014

Cheap Winter Workouts: Sweat from Home


Like most people, winter is the death of my physique. Rich food + cold weather = a few extra pounds. I try to get to my school's gym when I can, but it normally just doesn't fit into my schedule. I honestly don't have the income to pay for a gym closer to home or for fun classes like Barre Method. In warmer weather, I can just throw on sneaks and run out the door. However, in the winter, you'd have to pay me large sums of money to do that. My remaining option? Workout at home. It required some furniture arranging, but I actually really liked working out at home. I could throw my "gym" clothes right into the hamper after my workout and was just steps from my own clean shower. Here are some of the free or low cost fitness options I found around the web to keep you sweating through winter! Most of them have enough trials so that could get you to spring alone!

Fitness DVDs: OK, so there is a little bit of a sad girl at home stigma to fitness DVDs, but I don't really care. I recently splurged a whopping $7 for a Jillian Michael's DVD: 6 Week Six Pack. No judging! Spring break is coming up and that woman can make you sweat!

Pinterest! Create a board with workouts found around the web. There are a ton of interval training ideas on Pinterest. I have a good collection on my board.

Apps: Download one and in about 30 seconds you can be working out! Technology is amazing. I gave a pretty detailed list of my favorite fitness apps here.

Online Streaming: there are an incredible amount of options. Here's a quick breakdown of some of the most promising looking options:

Physique 57

  • Cult following barre class
  • Pay per class (around $5) or monthly
  • Expensive for at-home workout but tiny fraction of actual cost of the real classes

Crunch

  • Large variety of class options, like the physical Crunch gyms
  • Cost: $9.99/month 
  • Free 30 day trial

Daily Burn

  • Over 100 workouts from expert trainers
  • Cost: $10/month
  • 30 day free trial

Lionsgate BeFit

  • Simply a youtube channel with fitness videos
  • Cost: FREE

Gaiam TV

  • Lots of yoga!
  • Also has inspirational videos
  • Cost: $10 month
  • Free 10 day trial

Daily HIIT

  • High intensity workouts are incredibly popular 
  • Unfortunately, they may require some equipment
  • FREE

Yoga Glo

  • Over 2000 yoga classes
  • Cost: $18/month 
  • Free 15 day trial

Pilates Anytime

  • May need equipment
  • Cost: $18/month
  • Free 15 day trial

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