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A letter to the someones.

2013 June 18


Dear Someone,

Life’s a Journal is the happiest accident of my life (at least so far). When I started it, almost 4 years ago, I certainly didn’t expect it to become anything. But I’m so thankful that it did.

Anyone who has ventured into the virtual abyss of online writing knows, it isn’t easy. It’s hard not to give up—-there are plenty of reasons to quit and often few reasons to persevere.

Sure, I can pat myself on the back for my ability to toss together post, after post, after post even if few people would read them. Or my determination to write year after year, even when page-views were less than impressive. And of course, high five to me for marrying a computer nerd, who has seen me through my fair share of technical difficulties and wordpress-induced mental breakdowns over the years (what a trooper). Yes, enthusiastic- fist-pumps to all of that—but in the end it’s the people on the other side of the internet (that’s you)  that make any blogger….no matter how big, or how small….feel like what they do is worth something to someone.

And to all those someones I say thank you.  Thank you for reading. Thank you for sharing. Thank you for sticking with me when I had no idea what I was doing. And most of all Thank You for the incredible adventure you started me on all those years, and all those posts, ago.

This adventure has taken me a lot of places—places I definitely never thought I would venture. And while it has been an absolutely amazing ride, I have started to feel like Life’s a Journal is no longer the perfect home for me and my work. And so,  this chapter of life comes to an end, and a new one begins…


So watch for the launch of my new site next week. I’ll share the big news here, obviously, since this is where it all began. And I hope you’ll be there—to send me off on this new adventure with pats on the back, high fives, enthusiastic fist pumps and maybe a bottle or ten of champagne.


Coral + Hi-Low Hem…

2013 May 31

Summer Style: Coral hi-low hem dress w/ camel accessories. HowTo

Don’t click through to view the back of this dress unless you want to be entering credit card digits. There’s a very soft spot in my heart for anything coral, anything chevron, and anything with a cute back. So, this dress is a serious hazard. Pair it with camel accessories to dress it down for a casual weekend outing.

WhereIpanema Party Dress via Parc Boutique ($82.00), Clare Vivier Inspired Clutch Via Etsy ($70.00), Kate Spade Floral iPhone 5 case ($40.00), Jessica Simpson Nouta Wedge ($60.99), Dorothy Perkins Chunky Coral Bracelets ($17.00), Kate Spade Highbrow Sunnies ($138.00), TOPSHOP Lips in Ditsy ($16.00),  Max Factor Max Effect Varnish in Diva Coral ($7.50).

Summer Reads…

2013 May 21

 Look! It’s Walter in glasses!

But, that’s not what this post is about. This is about my favorite season of the year: reading season. Yes, I read all year long…but the majority of my nose-in-bookiness gets accomplished May-September. Currently I’m in the middle of Contagious—a definite thumbs up for anyone interested in information and how it spreads (in person, on the web, etc.). So, here’s my list so far—would love to know what has made it onto yours…

1. Contagious by Jonah Berger ($16.12)- Why do some products get more word of mouth than others? Why does some online content go viral? Word of mouth makes products, ideas, and behaviors catch on. It’s more influential than advertising and far more effective.  Read more

2. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell ($27.99)- What makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band. Read more

3. A Discovery of Witches ($19.68)- Discovering a magical manuscript in Oxford’s library, scholar Diana Bishop, a descendant of witches who has rejected her heritage, inadvertently unleashes a fantastical underworld of daemons, witches and vampires whose activities center around an enchanted treasure. Read more….

4. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer ($15.99)- The summer that Nixon resigns, six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts become inseparable. Decades later the bond remains powerful, but so much else has changed. InThe Interestings, Wolitzer follows these characters from the height of youth through middle age, as their talents, fortunes, and degrees of satisfaction diverge. Read more

(and in case you just can’t help yourself….you can see more of me torturing my dog here).

Red + Aztec…

2013 May 8

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Do you roll your eyes when you see crop tops in stores? It has turned into a full-on invasion. Everything is cropped. Chances are pretty good that (no matter how toned your tummy) you have probably tossed an eye-roll or ten out there. Not necessarily because you don’t think you can pull it off…but also because you don’t know where to pull it off. Where, exactly, is it okay to wear these? I don’t know the rules, but I have found a combination that makes the crop top acceptable in nearly every situation: pair it with a high-waisted skirt (fitted or full, both are cute). It minimizes exposed skin but gives that “tucked in tee” look without the bunching fabric of actually tucking one into a mini skirt (I know you know what I’m talking about).WhereBooHoo Sarah Crop Tee ($16.00), Lipsy Tribal Mini ($34.00), Pendant Necklace ($109.00), Kate Spade Cobble Hill Ellen ($238.oo), Ray-Ban Clubmasters ($145.00), Fabio Rusconi Gladiator Sandals ($106.95), ICING Straw Fedora with Grosgrain Trim ($18.00), TOPSHOP Nails in Pillar Box ($7.76), TOPSHOP Lip bullet in Rockabilly ($16.00).

Playing with lipstick at 7am…

2013 April 26

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I’ve already been awake for 5 hours and I haven’t even had coffee yet. I’m impressed with myself and also with these new Moxie lipsticks from bareMinerals. They launch in May and will come in 42 different shades (that’s an impressive collection if you ask me).  You’re sure to find at least one (dozen) that you love.  My favorite is Call the Shots—which appears to be the most insta-teeth-whitening shade of red ever. Also a fan of Never Say Never, a hot pink that will be great for summer!

I’m also obsessing over the bettah-than-evah lipstick tube that locks in place and opens with the slide of that silver button. Makes me feel so stealth! And the  lipliner has a rubber grip…a rubber grip….on your lipliner. A simple detail that ensures a steady hand during application.  That is first class, ladies.

The above looks involve the following products which will launch in May! Which one is your favorite? (top to bottom) Look 1: Fly High Moxie ($18.00) + Liberated Moxie Liner ($15.00). Look 2: Never Say Never Moxie ($18.00) + Jazzed Moxie Liner ($15.00). Look 3: Call the Shots Moxie ($18.00) + Amped Moxie Liner ($15.00).

These products were received courtesy of bareMinerals. Although I receive complimentary products, I only review and share those I truly love.

Blush + Peach…

2013 April 24

Blush PeachHowTo

Heck yes to the return of dress season. My closet overfloweth with short, summery dresses, but I’m lacking on the longer lengths. I’m looking to add a few simple maxis and adore this one from Miss Selfridge.

WhereMiss Selfridge Peach Frill Front Maxi Dress ($80.00), BaubleBar Ziegfeld Necklace ($36.00), ASOS Johnny Loves Rosie ZigZag Clutch ($58.19), ASOS River Island Gladiator Sandal ($58.19), NARS Blush in Sin ($29.00), Ilia Lipstick in Humble Me ($24.00), Deborah Lippmann Lacquer in Careless Whisper ($17.00).

Floral + Stripes + Polka-Dots…

2013 April 19

Floral + Stripes + Polka-Dots...
HowToPairing a peplum top with shorts is a fun mix-up for your summer wardrobe…it creates a flattering silhouette that can be dressed up or down simply by choosing flats or heels.

WhereTarget Striped Peplum Top ($22.99), dEliA*s Floral Denim shorts ($14.99), Hobbs George Trilby Fedora ($60.00), Keds Champion Sneakers ($45.00), Tory Burch Slouchy Tote ($295.00), Essie Polish in Tart Deco ($8.00), Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur couture in Pink Coral ($34.00) Marni Round-frame Sunnies ($199.98).

Coral + Floral + Stripes…

2013 April 17

Coral + Floral + Stripes...
HowToI’m backkkk! I think this is the longest time I’ve been ‘away’ from my blog over the past 4 years. Busy weeks + a fabulous vacation that featured bicycling around an island, stuffing my face with seafood and plenty of beach time.  Today’s roundup features a few things that totally saved me during this trip: TOMS (so comfy for airport travel but also ended up being perfect for biking and sightseeing), a fedora (great for lazy vacation hair + keeping sun off your face) & a floral scarf (great for the airplane, as a wrap with a sundress or as a swimsuit cover up).

WhereTOPSHOP Petite Briton Striped Tee ($30.00), Rag & Bone Denim Mila Shorts ($165.00),  Target Floral Scarf ($24.99 ), TOMS Classics ($54.00), Target Fedora ($12.99), Kate Spade Last Straw Bag ($248.00).

Orange + Stripes…

2013 March 27

Orange + Stripes...

If you’re sick of the top-handle or cross-body bag this season presents: the bucket bag. Although I like the shape of these, I just picture myself sweating and swearing while frantically digging for my lipstick. However, orange and all of these fancy Keds are things that I can get hip to.

WhereRiver Island Black & White Rihanna Bra Top ($75.00), Jack Wills Ellington Chino Short ($59.50), Alexander Wang Diego Bucket Bag ($850.00), Keds Champion Brights ($40.00), Round Frame Sunglasses ($10.00), Isabel Marant Black Prism Necklace ($385.00), Essie Polish in Action ($8.00), Philosophy Lip Shine in Mimosa ($10.00).

Happy Spring!

2013 March 20

Happy Spring | Life's a Journal

Happy first day of Spring! Hopefully things are a bit more ‘springy’ wherever you are, because we have fresh snow and frigid temperatures in Wisconsin and it seems like it will be ages before I can bust out my collection of pointy-toed flats, *really loud sigh*. So, in order to think spring I’m sharing some of my current favorites in a hot, hot shade: Fuchsia (the spelling of which is another hot topic…even google is confused). Details below.

Accessorizing in fuchsia...

Kate Spade Field Day Necklace ($278.00), Yves Saint Laurent ‘Rouge Volupte’ in Devotion ($34.00), Kate Spade New York Carlyle Strap ($195.00), Dior Vernis Polish in Pink Kimono ($24.00), Kate Spade Cameo Ring ($78.00), GAP Leather Envelope Clutch ($40.00), J.Crew Classic Wide Bangle ($28.00), MM6 Neon Oxfords ($415.00), Kate Spade Locked In Studs ($48.00).