5 Steps to Cure Your Monday Blues

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Have you ever heard anyone say, “Yay!  It’s Monday morning”?  That is because no one ever thinks it!  Lately I have been having such a great weekend that when Monday rolls around, I wake up in the worst mood.  Too often we meet Mondays with the negative lyrics:  “It’s just another manic Monday, I wish it was Sunday”.  Catchy? Yes.  Helpful?  No.  Of course we all wish it was still the weekend, but we need to find a way to approach Monday mornings in a more positive way.  It doesn’t help that you wake up to Twitter messages and memes about how miserable everyone else is as well.  Instead of mourning your weekend and all of the fun times you had, look to the new week as a fresh start.  It’s not a punishment; it’s a new beginning.  If you think about it, we choose to be miserable about our Mondays, so as an alternative, why not choose to be happy?  Thanks to these five simple steps, you are going to start off your week on a high note.  Soon, when Sunday nights roll around you’ll be saying, “Is it Monday yet?”.  Hope you find these inspiring so that you can take charge of your week with a positive outlook.


Step 1: Rock Out

Every Sunday, put together a playlist that will get you up and moving the second the alarm goes off.  If it’s a new mix, it won’t get boring and it’s something to look forward to.  This is a trick I’ve been using since high school when we had (gasp) clock radios!  I can assure you that it works.  Plus, a little dancing when you’re brushing your teeth is great cardio.


Step 2: Always Be Prepared

This is a big one.  Have your outfit a ready to go when you wake up.  Also, try it on the night before.  There is nothing worst then having your heart set on wearing your favorite red dress, only to find a big stain on it.  Don’t forget to plan ahead with your accessories and shoes.  I have been late many a morning because I am staring at a row of shoes unsure of which ones to wear.

Make sure that you set the coffee pot to start brewing when your alarm goes off.  If you aren’t a coffee drinker, have your juices or tea set up to refresh you for the morning ahead.  Also, put aside your lunch and snacks the night before.  Have the bag prepared and in the fridge so you can just grab and run.  Go the extra mile and cook a dish in a crockpot so you have leftovers for the week.  This way you will have something delicious to look forward to for lunch.


Step 3: Transportation

Every Friday, make it a habit to refill your metro card.  Just by standing in the long metro card line can put you in a bad mood, or worse,  make you miss your train.  Think that’s no big deal?  How often on Monday mornings are the trains running smoothly?  By refilling Friday on your way home, you won’t have to wait in any lines. It is the little things that will keep stress away and make you a happier Monday morning commuter.


Step 4: Try A New Look

A lot of times, we save our best fashion and beauty looks for later in the week or only for the weekend.  How about wearing your fabulous new outfit on Monday?  You’d be surprised at how excited you’ll be waking up that morning when you get to wear new purchases.  If there is a beauty look or new hairstyle you’ve wanted to try, reserve it for Monday as well.  Just make sure you practice them that weekend so you aren’t running late to work.


Step 5: Have Something to Look Forward To

If you want to hang out with your friends during the week, why not pick Monday? You’ll spend the day at work knowing that you have exciting plans to look forward to.  Whether it’s drinks, dinner, or a meeting for a gym class, it will start your week off on the right foot.  If you enjoy spending time with your co-workers, set a Monday lunch date in the break room.  No work talk, just gab about your weekends and the exciting things you have coming up that week.


If you are not interested in going out because you want to pace yourself, you still have things to look forward to.  Wait until Monday to start a new book, TV show, or project. This way you’ll have something new to read on your commute.  If you drive to work, you can listen to a book on tape or a podcast.  Also, think of how excited you’ll be to get through your Monday so you can go home and binge watch that new show on TV or to start that DIY project you pinned earlier.


Now that you have these five steps, get ready to enjoy your Monday mornings and start the week off right!


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I have been waiting a long time to make this announcement.  I am not sure what has stopped me in the past, but I just woke up today and felt that it was time to share with you my big news.  Coming this June, my husband and I are expecting a baby boy!  Even though I’m almost in my third trimester, it still doesn’t feel real.  Hopefully by sharing this with my lovely readers, it will finally sink in that it’s happening.  I don’t know what life will be like after he is born, but what I do know is that I am fully committed to this blog and look forward to taking it to the next level.  It may take longer than planned, but it’s all about balancing and getting used to a new schedule.

ESL won’t turn into a mommy blog, but I am sure the baby will make an appearance every now and then.  One thing I am certain of is that this kid is going to be the most stylish boy out there!  As for me, my pregnancy style hasn’t looked as chic as Blake Lively’s or Kate Middleton’s.  I just wanted to get through the winter by wearing my own clothes as long as I could.  It hasn’t been fun but, with a few comfortable sweater dresses, it’s been manageable.  I can tell you one thing; I miss my clothes and shopping for non-maternity wear.   Soon spring will be here and I will spend the rest of my pregnancy in maxi and summer dresses.  I am very happy with my timeline because, when I will be at my most uncomfortable stage, it will be very early summer weather.  I plan on wearing the maxi dresses all summer long while I get back to being me again.

Even though there were a few hiccups, I have had a really easygoing pregnancy.  With all of the pros and cons, it’s nice to let you all in because I have been a bit lonely.  I have loved living on the east coast, but as a California girl, I really miss home.  I am also having nesting issues.  We are not ready to leave Manhattan, but a home with a backyard is so important to us.  There are a lot of changes on the horizon.  But if there are any mothers out there raising kids in Manhattan, I would be very welcome to any advice.  So that’s the big news!  Stay tuned for updates as we anxiously wait for his arrival.


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Weekly Finds

Links I Discovered This Week

Happy first day of spring!  Sitting here waiting for this snowstorm to appear and wishing instead that I was sitting on a park bench soaking in the sun.  I love all seasons but, after a long winter, I have reached my limit.  I am ready to get spring started; hopefully, we won’t be waiting much longer.  In case you haven’t noticed, the blog has been all about spring fashion trends that I am excited about.  Have you started your spring shopping yet?  Check out our latest posts for some guidance; there is a lot of cute stuff out there.  This weekend, I will be packing up my apartment.  Next week, I will be consumed by packing so if you don’t hear much from me it’s because I can’t find my computer among all of the boxes.  There are a lot of changes going on in my life right now, some smooth, others rocky.  Stay tuned for a special announcement in the coming weeks and it’ll all be clear to you.  Until then, check out what links I found interesting this week and share with me what you’re loving right now!

SHOPPING SECRETS:  The Stylist has come up with ten questions to ask yourself before buying anything expensive.  Remember, its okay to splurge, just be sure you’re spending responsively.

FOODIE:  If you live in NYC then you’ve probably eaten at the famous ramen bar, Momofuku.  Now David Chang has announced he’ll be opening a new restaurant for his yummy friend chicken.  Can’t wait for you to open Fuku!

STYLE ICON:  The Man Repeller sat down with French fashion icon Inès de la Fressange for a one on one.  Watch the video and learn from the master of French style.

LISTEN UP:  Speaking of inspiring, find out what Lucky’s EIC Eva Chen and Joe Zee’s secrets are to social media success.

HOUSE RULES:  Even though I’m moving into an apartment and not a beautiful home, this Cupcakes and Cashmere article really speaks to the homemaker I wish to be.

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Spring Shopping Wish List

We made it!  Tomorrow marks the official first day of spring!  Even though there is snow in the forecast here in NYC, I cannot wait for the season to arrive.  I am sick of wearing pants, boots, and puffy coats; it’s time for dresses, shorts, and flats.  It’s a very freeing time, and who doesn’t love all of the blooming flowers?  With a new season comes my favorite thing there is, shopping.  Has anyone else been finding new outfits for the warmer weather?  It can be a bit overwhelming because there are so many cute things out there.   I have been to all of my favorite shops and have rounded up for you what’s on my spring shopping wish list.  Take a look and share in the comments below what’s on your list!


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1. J.Crew – Sequin Floral Sweater | 2. Ann Taylor – Aztec Jacquard Shorts | 3. TopShop – Scallop Tee | 4. Sam Edelman – Lynn Espadrilles | 5. Zara – Striped Dress | 6. Jigsaw – Agate Placement Skirt | 7. Sole Society – Mallory T-Strap Heel | 8. Shinymix – Half The Fun Necklace | 9. Kate Spade NY – Lily Avenue Carrigan | 10. Anthropologie – Lace Front Maillot

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Ode To The Bucket Bag

Bucket bag how do I love thee, let me count the ways.  First off, the shape is sleek and sophisticated and can make any outfit look polished.   This style was very trendy last season, but I believe that it should be promoted to a classic handbag that you should invest in.  Not only does this bag look good on the outside, but also it is roomy on the inside without weighing you down.  I always prefer to carry clutches because I can’t help but fill a large tote to the brim with stuff.   With this bag, there is just the right amount of space for my daily essentials without all of the unnecessary add-ons.  Now that this style has been around for a few seasons, the designs are only getting better.  I used to think it was just a good weekend causal bag, but these styles can be worn from day to night.  Take it to brunch, errands, work, or out to dinner; the bucket bag can go everywhere!   No matter what your personal style is, there is a bucket bag out there for you!  Here are my favorite styles and ones I think you should be carrying around this season.

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Weekly Finds

Links I Discovered This Week

This weekend is all about spring shopping!  If you’ve been following the blog the last couple of weeks, you can tell I’m getting ready for the upcoming season.   I cannot wait to start showing off my favorite new purchases with you.  Other than giving my credit card a workout, I am very excited to actually enjoy the outdoors.  I have missed long walks in the park with my dog and I plan to get some quality nature time in this weekend.  That is, as much as I can in New York City.  What are your favorite spring activites in the city?  I’m always looking for new ways to have some fun!  In the meantime, catch up on what’s going on out there with these links I discovered.  Happy weekend!


STYLE ICON: I was thrilled when I saw that there was a new documentary about my favorite fashion icon, Iris Apfel.  Even better?  The filmmaker is none other than the late Albert Maysles who is best known for the documentary Grey Gardens.

FOR THE HOME:  I will be moving to a new apartment soon, and that means I get to redecorate.  This is one area of my life that I struggle with and I want that to end. Maybe this Refinery 29 article will help!

STREET STYLE:  Where do you find your style inspiration?  I find myself inspired by what others are wearing on the street.  What better way to get ideas but from the incredible fashion worn to Paris Fashion Week?

WORKING GIRL:  How to get ahead in business?  Whitney Port has the answers and we are all ears!

COOKING IN:  What better way to spend your time this weekend then making homemade pizza?  I may be new to cooking but these steps look easy enough.  How much fun will it will be to come up with your own toppings?

SWEATER WEATHER:  The weather may be warmer but that doesn’t mean we don’t have to wear layers.  I am a big fan of lightweight sweaters for spring and Visions of Vogue blogger’s outfit is just the inspiration I need!


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Spring Must-Have: The Trench Coat

If you don’t currently own a trench coat, I insist that you run, not walk, and purchase one immediately!  A trench coat is the perfect outerwear for those transitional days between seasons when layers are still necessary.  Why is the trench so important you ask?  Well, for decades this coat has proven itself as a classic outerwear essential.  It is just as chic and sophisticated today as it was for Jackie O in the ‘60s.  You can’t go wrong with a traditional tan, double-breasted trench coat.  But this spring, why not mix it up with new style like a sleevless version, bold prints and colors, or relaxed silhouettes?  Whichever you choose, trenches are chic, polished, and practical and exactly what you need to wear this season.  Whether you choose the traditional khaki or a colorful trench, here are some of my favorite styles to inspire you.   Just don’t forget, there is no better trench than a Burberry one!


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