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Stitch Fix Review 4: Clothing for an Event

March 30, 2015
stitch fix review 4

I didn’t have the best of luck in my last two Stitch Fix boxes, but I have an event coming up for a client, so I gave it another shot.

I loved this fix! I didn’t keep everything, but it was still much better than the last two. In the note to my stylist I mentioned that I have a big event coming up in April, so I’d like a few nice pieces to wear. The dress she chose was amazing, and even the more casual pieces can be dressed up for dinners and evening activities. I generally don’t like to buy new clothes just for an event, but I’m working on building my intentional wardrobe and needed at least one more dress. I have to dress up for eight days, and this event happens every year, so I know I’ll get use out of anything I buy.


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February Reads: Business, YA Fiction + More

March 9, 2015
february reads

Well, somehow I read just as many books in February as I did in January. I’m not sure whether I should be embarrassed or grateful. I have some great ones to share, at least!

Nonfiction

Rework by Jason Fried + David Heinemeier Hansson

rework book coverBook Description:

“Most business books give you the same old advice: Write a business plan, study the competition, seek investors, yadda yadda. If you’re looking for a book like that, put this one back on the shelf. Rework shows you a better, faster, easier way to succeed in business. Read it and you’ll know why plans are actually harmful, why you don’t need outside investors, and why you’re better off ignoring the competition. The truth is, you need less than you think. You don’t need to be a workaholic. You don’t need to staff up. You don’t need to waste time on paperwork or meetings. You don’t even need an office. Those are all just excuses. 

What you really need to do is stop talking and start working. This book shows you the way. You’ll learn how to be more productive, how to get exposure without breaking the bank, and tons more counter-intuitive ideas that will inspire and provoke you.”

My Take:

Rework has been on my to-read list for so long, and I’m so glad I picked it up this month. It was a quick + inspiring read, confirming my general views on entrepreneurship. It reminded me a little of $100 Start-Up, in that it describes working efficiently, getting out of your own way, and scaling your business to your own comfort level.

Interesting Quotes:

“Workaholics aren’t heroes. They don’t save the day, they just use it up. The real hero is home because she figured out a faster way”

“If circumstances change, your decisions can change. Decisions are temporary.”

“Working without a plan may seem scary. But blindly following a plan that has no relationship with reality is even scarier.”

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Health + Wellness, Reviews

Review of 10% Happier by Dan Harris

February 23, 2015
happier review

10% Happier by Dan HarrisThis was the best book I’ve read in a long time, so I had to do a review of its own instead of only adding it to February reads. If you missed January reads, check it out here! I’m already telling everyone to read this book and thinking of people I can send it to. I was able to get my ebook copy from the library, so keep that in mind too.

I devoured this book in about 3 days. First, Dan Harris is hilarious. He’s self-deprecating, honest and extremely curious, which makes for a great story. To get an idea of how he writes, here’s an example of a chapter title: “Chapter 10: The Self-Interested Case for Not Being a Dick.” Continue Reading…

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January Reads: Memoirs + Fiction Reviews

February 16, 2015
january reads

I did a lot of traveling in January, so I ended up reading and listening to quite a few books. Reading is also one of my favorite escapes and ways to unwind, so I tend to do a lot of it.

Nonfiction

Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

lean in review

Book Description:

“Thirty years after women became 50 percent of the college graduates in the United States, men still hold the vast majority of leadership positions in government and industry. This means that women’s voices are still not heard equally in the decisions that most affect our lives. In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg examines why women’s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and offers compelling, commonsense solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential.” Continue Reading…

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Favorite Books Read in 2014

December 31, 2014
2014 books

I read SO many good books in 2014. Reading is definitely my choice of escape and favorite way to wind down before bed. This list from my Goodreads account is missing quite a few, but it’s still fun to look over. I’m a little too obsessed with Goodreads. Anyone else? Continue Reading…

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Book Review: The $100 Startup

December 29, 2014
100 startup review

the_100_startupThe $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau has been on my to-read list for quite awhile. I was hesitant because I already have a business, but it re-awakened some inspiration and new ideas. So whether you just have a fledgling idea or are running your business successfully, you can get something out of this book.

Amazon summarizes the book as, “In preparing to write this book, Chris identified 1,500 individuals who have built businesses earning $50,000 or more from a modest investment (in many cases, $100 or less), and from that group he’s chosen to focus on the 50 most intriguing case studies.  In nearly all cases, people with no special skills discovered aspects of their personal passions that could be monetized, and were able to restructure their lives in ways that gave them greater freedom and fulfillment.” Read the full summary here: The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future Continue Reading…

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Book Review: Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World

November 26, 2014
platform book review

November’s pick from the Glitter Collective’s book club was Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World. I had never heard of it but was excited to dig in. The book club is aimed toward female entrepreneurs, and I’m loving our little Facebook group. Join us!

Michael Hyatt is a popular blogger and best selling author. I suggest you read this blog post to get an idea of what the book covers (why you need a platform to get noticed). Amazon summarizes the book as, “To be successful in the market today, you must possess two strategic assets: a compelling product and a meaningful platform. In this step-by-step guide, Michael Hyatt, former CEO and current Chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishers, takes readers behind the scenes, into the new world of social media success.” Continue Reading…

Inspiration, Reviews

7 Ways to Recycle Old Clothes + Goods (+ Thredup.com Review)

October 8, 2014
ways to recycle old clothes

If you read my post on the “Throw Out 100 Things Challenge,” you know I got rid of quite a big of clutter recently (especially clothing). I’ve also posted about my goal to focus on quality vs. quantity when it comes to buying new clothes. While I’m working on simplifying my apartment, I don’t like to actually throw anything away if I can help it. I’ve donated 3 big boxes to Goodwill lately and have a feeling I’ll be doing another round of simplifying soon.

I’ve been testing out different ways to recycle clothing + unwanted goods: Continue Reading…