DS Discussion: Balance

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As many of you who have followed my blog for some time will already know, I graduated from college a mere seven months ago. 2014 has been the “year of change” for me. I finished my last semester of college, turned 22, graduated from college, found my dream job, moved home to San Francisco and found an apartment with my love. It’s been a whirlwind, but it’s been the best year of my life.

But here’s what I really want to talk about: balance. Juggling a full-time job, my blog (which could be a full-time job), my family and friends and maintaining a good relationship with my boyfriend (who I also live with) isn’t the easiest thing I’ve ever done. Sometimes it means long nights, extra hours, rushed dinners in front of the TV or groggy mornings from not enough sleep.

It also means sometimes my blog suffers —my relationships will always have to come first, and that’s just how it is. This year has taught me what matters, how to prioritize, when to stay up late and crank and when to give up, have a glass of wine, and enjoy my boy’s company.

In terms of logistics, I have spent every week working at Glassdoor. My job is the best experience I’ve ever had. I’m a part of the best Marketing team in the world, I’m convinced. I handle social media and the blog and I get to spend every day doing what I love, while getting paid.

Nights and weekends are for everything else — taking blog photos, putting together posts, responding to emails, spending time with my friends, family and Josh, and getting in some “me” time. Sometimes it feels like every minute is scheduled and there’s always a task, but I’ve learned to enjoy the little moments — when josh and I walk down the street to grab a slice at our favorite pizza place, when my dad cooks dinner for us at his place, when I have a whole weekend day to spend getting my nails done, laying on the couch or reading a good book. It’s all about the balance — being hectic all day and then taking half an hour to focus solely on what really matters.

How do you balance everything in your life?

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Giveaway: Miss Me Bangles!

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Have you started thinking about what to gift your friends and family this holiday season?

You may have seen my gift guides for friends, mom and stocking stuffers – some of my favorite items to gift people are clothes. I’ve been a Miss Me Brand Ambassador all year now, and I’ve become so obsessed with their basic pieces. I love their cozy sweaters, plain tees and blouses, and classic skinny jeans. Who doesn’t want to open up a great pair of jeans on Christmas morning?

When it comes to holiday gifting, I always think about the big picture – instead of just gifting people random items, I try to make it a theme. For example – are they traveling somewhere cold? I’d gift them a chunky knit sweater, layering tees and some jeans that can easily be tucked into boots. Are they heading to any New Years parties? Then I’d gift a dress and a cool jacket. Think hard about what your friends and family need and want, and build a holiday gifting theme surrounding that. They’ll be so grateful that you’re planning ahead!

On the other hand, every girl and mom just wants some classic pieces that they can wear throughout the year. I’d opt for these classic jeans or this top – so perfect for traveling or year-round wear!

What’s your strategy for holiday gifting? How do you knock gifts off of your to-do list? Do you have a strategy and stick to a theme or are you more casual about gifting? I’d love to know – let me know in the comments section!

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Holiday at Home #DSHoliday

Screen Shot 2014-12-14 at 3.37.28 PM Target JOY gold letters // ABC Home light pink ornament // Serena & Lily stocking // Byredo home candle // Kissen Christmas pillow // Ashley Brooke Designs mug // Sur la Table matches // Wayfair mini tree // Kate Spade striped ornament // Diptyque candle snuffer // Christmas wreath // Living Spaces aluminum tree // Red H&M Christmas bauble // Gold glitter bauble // Burke Decor gift tags

Decorating for holidays happens to be one of my specialities. I’m completely obsessed with it — just ask Josh. I love little accents here and there, which is why ornaments, candles and little mugs or stockings are my favorite pieces. Here are some items I’m loving this holiday season!

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