2018: Resolutions We ALL Need to Make This Year

<clearly adjusting well to hygge in my fav pajamas>

New year, new me? To be honest, I’m not huge on resolutions. I like the idea of a “refresh” button but who’s to say that can’t happen in June or September? Either way, if you’re reevaluating this January (or February…. or March), here are a few resolutions we all should be making.

  1. Schedule your yearly physicals with your doctors. When I moved, I didn’t get a PCP right away and eventually found myself making excuses or feeling like I couldn’t take time off work. Bad. The saying is true, we’re nothing without our health. Check in with your PCP, dermatologist and ladies, your OB-GYN. If you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to ask. In fact, come with questions! “Does this mole look normal?” I promise you’re not the first person to ask whatever is on your mind.
  2. Adapt the Danish concept of Hygge. Hygge can simply be defined as enjoying life’s simple pleasures; a cozy contentment. Everyone has something that recharges their batteries, for some it’s a slow Saturday morning or cozy night in with friends. The point is to gain energy from taking joys in the simple things; try to schedule your self some hygge once a month.
  3. Identify a bad habit & try to break it. Even if you only do this once in 2018, you’ve broken one bad habit. For me, it was looking at my phone before going to bed. The blue light was affecting my sleep pattern and frankly, we don’t always need to be connected. I’ve supplemented that time with enjoying a hot cup of tea and reading for at least 30 minutes before bed. I haven’t been able to do that ritual every single night, but it’s something I look forward to and I’ve definitely found it easier to disconnect.
  4. Be more productive. Whether it’s at work, in the gym, working on your side hustle, whatever it is, push yourself to out of your comfort zone. I promise you will find yourself feeling rewarded by staying motivated.
  5. Monitor your progress. It’s so easy to get bogged down in remembering the things you aren’t doing, but so important to remember the small victories. Did you make it to the gym on the day you were really tired? Good for you! Did you break a bad habit? Good for you. Don’t forget to relish in the small victories. The (wine) glass is half full!
  6. Know you can do anything, just not everything. There are many times where I find myself overcommitted. Stressing yourself out by agreeing to do too much or putting my efforts in several different areas; it doesn’t allow creativity or time to let your brain rest. Your parents weren’t kidding when they said you could do anything, but you can’t truly succeed if you’re putting bits of yourself towards different goals. Pick one, work like hell and achieve it… then move onto the next one.
  7. Remove yourself from toxic situations. Not to mince words, cut down on the drama. If you find yourself in a toxic relationship with a friend, remove yourself. If you find yourself in a toxic situation, remove yourself. No one should ever rob you of your energy.
  8. Make a new healthy habit. I know it’s trite to say “get healthy” as new year resolution. However, I challenge you to make a new healthy habit & stick to it. Maybe for the overachiever, it’s practicing self-care. Maybe it’s to incorporate a green vegetable into a daily meal or try that spin class you’ve been nervous to try.
  9. Stay informed. As circumstances have it now, news changes in an instant. Thanks to our socially connected lifestyle, it’s easier than ever to stay informed. Being informed is integral. It’s important to know the facts when it comes to voting, social action and beyond. At very least, sign up for The Skimm, it’s a great place to start.
  10. Be a little bit kinder. The world is in a weird place right now. Having a little extra patience or the desire to pay it forward can only benefit all of us.

Cheers

Three Thrills by Thursday

Happy Thursday! For those of you who may have stumbled upon this post, hi! Most Thursdays I like the share the highlights of my week- three for alliteration’s sake. Think of it as your parent’s asking the highlight of your day at the dinner table. Feel free to comment with your week’s highlights!

one.

Wedding planning! We have officially set a date & booked a venue which means the real fun can begin! We couldn’t be happier to be getting married in our home state & favorite city, Cleveland, in September 2018!

two.

Did you watch the eclipse this week? I watched from work where we could see it… but didn’t see too much of a change. Here are some awesome shots people captured during in totality zones.

three.


// shoes //

fall foot fashion. I know we’re not even into September yet but every fall I always end up splurging on vests, new jeans, cozy sweaters etc and always forget about my feet. I love these mules for a great transition shoe into autumn & they’re available in a myriad of colors for every wardrobe.

Cheers!

Three Thrills by Thursday

  1. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling. Truth be told, I was WAY overdue for a new book. Working so many hours lately, I haven’t had the time to peruse Barnes & Noble (one of my favorite past times). When I knew I wouldn’t have any service or wifi in Cuba, I grabbed this book. I was actually LOL’ing on the plane. I loved her previous book and this sequel does not disappoint. Mindy, can we please be best friends?!
  2. Me & Mats – I stumbled upon this beautiful brand from Amsterdam in one of my favorite local stores here in Stamford. Their candles are beautifully wrapped in thick, printed paper with good type. I am such a sucker for good packaging. How incredible is that palm paper? Spoiler alert: they smell even better than they look.
  3.  Sorry for the ear bug but this song has been stuck in my head since I touched down in Cuba..
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJQP7kiw5Fk

Cheers

Getting Dirty with Frank

Happy Monday, babes!

Did you all have good weekends? Mine was very relaxing and I’m looking forward to a ski trip this coming weekend in New York. I wanted to share a product with all of you that I tried out yesterday… it’s also my newest obsession: Frank Body Coffee Scrub.

I tried out the original coffee body scrub and lip scrub and my skin has been rejoicing ever since. I have to admit, I don’t drink coffee or really even enjoy the smell but the scrub scent isn’t overpowering. After you rinse off in the shower, apply the scrub onto your skin. As with all exfoliants, you can scrub as hard or as soft as you like. Once rubbed on, let the scrub sit for 10 minutes or so and rinse. Depending on your skin type, you may want to rinse with a light body wash.  The coffee gives off a beautiful glow and leaves your skin silky smooth. I can’t say enough good things about this scrub and at $15 it’s an amazing deal.

Alright babes, that’s all for today. May your Monday be short & your coffee be strong!

Cheers!

Blah Blah Blah-gs

Keeping my lips sealed…for now.

There are all kinds of blogs out there in the blogosphere. Food blogs, lifestyle blogs, fashion blogs, blah blah blah-gs. When I initially started Bliss & Bellinis, I was unsure of of what genre it would fall in. I suppose I assumed a lifestyle blog since those are the blogs that I enjoy reading and it was started as a lighthearted venture. You know, a combination of fashion, recipes, the occasional beauty product, whatever I want. There is also another genre that I adore, my Sasha Fierce/ Queen B side can’t get enough of: bitchy blogs. Don’t kid yourself. You know you all follow those stinging Instgram accounts like Girlwithnojob or Elliot Tebele (if you don’t- you should). Sometimes I wish I had the cojones to write in my sarcastic voice & tell it how it is. I would be lying if I said my heart didn’t skip a beat every time The Bitch Bible has a new post (Jackie Schimmel be my friend!)

I’m equally both fiercely extroverted and intensely private (#ambivert) so even displaying my every day life is out of my comfort zone (like changing my Instagram to public). I can’t imagine publishing the first sarcastic, judgey thing that comes to my mind, not to mention my parents reading it! I don’t feel the need to spill every juicy detail about my dating life because I’m not Carrie Bradshaw. I also don’t feel the need to divulge every steamy piece of gossip I come across; for example: how I recently received a snapchat of my ex locking lips with a girl who is not his current “girlfriend”(dodged a bullet there, people!), because I’m not Gossip Girl…xoxo. Anyway I digress. I don’t feel the need to go to those places because frankly, I have more than that going on.  Perhaps this post will be the push to make Bliss & Bellinis a little sassier? Stay tuned.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m late for brunch

Cheers!