Excellence is not an act, but a habit

WE ARE WHAT WE REPEATEDLY DO

You’ve been there.

I don’t know how my sister unearths treasures like these gifs on the Internet like a modern day gold prospector, but I’m just glad she does. 

philologie:

spongyspice:

*puts on blow by beyonce*

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"make sure you clean that, it’s the only way to get the….

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flavor”

My girl Jeni (zumba instructor) has been incorporating a slow jam to Drunk in Love at the end of classes that includes gyrating on the floor, body rolls, and hair whipping. With this choreo down, I’m one step, a pair of stilettos, and a bodysuit away from starting my true life as a Bey-ckground dancer.

Office Politics: A Skill Women Should Lean Into

Great read today from the Harvard Business Review. To all my fellow #bossbitches out there, give this a glance. 

Items I have bought and liked: Trader Joe’s edition

Yep, I’m talking about frozen food today. Don’t judge. 

Holy hell these are good. Super flavorful, a little bit spicy, and very satisfying. I actually put mine over some sauteed veggies with some avocado last night for dinner. Total time to cook was about four minutes. 

Included in the veggies was about a half of a cup of Trader Joe’s roasted corn:

I would put this in everything- salsa, guac, fajitas, you name it. 

If you see a UHaul at your local Raleigh Trader Joe’s this spring- it’s mine. Loading up as many cases of this rose as possible. I found it last year, fell in love and then promptly saw it disappear for the rest of the summer. I make regular trips to TJ’s just to find this wine, and I am on a mission to buy as much as possible to hoard as soon as I find it. Literally definition of patio wine- delicious, very drinkable and a little bit citrusy. 

Clearly I need to get out more to get some creative content on this here blog….

Londontown….and Paris!

My parents are treating us to a lovely four-day vacation to London in late April, and John and I have decided to tack on an additional two and a half days to explore Paris. Please email me your recommendations for things to do, places to eat, where to shop, and other things we need to know about to plan a fun trip! Email: excellenceasahabit@gmail.com. 

I will be bringing back lots of corgi/Kate memorabilia and practicing my British accent in the meantime. 

There is nothing peaceful about Winter Storm Pax

Officially over winter and cold weather. Especially after spending three hours in my car to move two miles last night. Over. It. Here are some spring items that are brightening my mood:

Crisp white blazer

Tie-dye flats

Denim dress

Leopard tee

Palm dress (also I’m gonna need a link to those silver sandals…)

I know I haven’t been on my posting game lately, but I hope to bring it back this week. The idea of buying rugs stresses me out and they are really expensive. I like to stick to the neutral, low-cost route given my propensity for wine/food spilling and general clumsiness. 
I bought an 8x10 braided jute rug from Ballard and it is nothing short of fabulous. Very thick, soft and gorgeous in person- way better than online pictures. Plus for $250 + free shipping + coupon for my next purchase, I thought I got a steal. I highly recommend it! 

I know I haven’t been on my posting game lately, but I hope to bring it back this week. The idea of buying rugs stresses me out and they are really expensive. I like to stick to the neutral, low-cost route given my propensity for wine/food spilling and general clumsiness. 

I bought an 8x10 braided jute rug from Ballard and it is nothing short of fabulous. Very thick, soft and gorgeous in person- way better than online pictures. Plus for $250 + free shipping + coupon for my next purchase, I thought I got a steal. I highly recommend it! 

Exactly my thoughts, Seth. 

(Source: poehlermeyers, via theclearlydope)

corgiaddict:

whatsthedaily:

how corgis are born

trufax

Literally dead. 

oh-onelovelyday:

AMEN.
right thecitymademe!?!?

Truer words have never been spoken.

oh-onelovelyday:

AMEN.

right thecitymademe!?!?

Truer words have never been spoken.

(Source: parisnightsandnewyorklights)

Winter clearance items I’ve bought and liked.

I can’t bring myself to pay full price on anything (I mean, seriously have these stores heard of the Internet discount codes?) but I also have a serious weakness for luxe materials (cashmere, suede, you get it..) So, when those two worlds collide….

Here are a few of my recent purchases that I got on winter clearance (some not online…sahhreee) that I’m really feeling right now:

This JCREW collection cashmere sweater. 40% off with free shipping…get on it people. I typically wear XS-S in JCREW but I ordered up (M) because I wanted it to be oversized/slouchy. It is even better looking in person. 

Typically, I throw a lot of side eye at people who buy $100-$50 cotton t-shirts…but that isn’t to say I would love to wear a t-shirt made out of expensive cotton. So, when I found a T by Alexander Wang t-shirt on sale at a local boutique for $25, I went for it. 

Looks like you can get one from the Outnet for $45 right now. I promise I won’t judge you. It feels like heaven and I like to tell myself that I look like I could be part of Whitney Port’s posse when I wear it. Yep, I just referenced Whitney Port. 

I found these Joie Ogden flat suede boots for 50% off at Monkees in Raleigh. I like to squish down the top to make them look slouchier. They look killer with jeans but I think they could look cute with a skirt and tights, too. Still a splurge at $150, but I have another pair of Joie boots that have held up really well for the past two years so I think their quality is worth it. 

Share the sale love people. What have you found lately?