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5 Bold Lip Colors Every Girl Needs

A bold lip can truly be life changing. I was very much a simple pink gloss girl most of my life, and honestly didn’t give too much thought to my lip color in general. But I remember during one of my first trips to fashion week I was bunking with a bunch of blogger friends, one of them being Sophie Elkus. She was running late to a show, and didn’t have time to really do any makeup. So she just threw on some giant sunglasses, and applied a bold red lip before running out the door. On the way out of the show she decided to go ahead and snap a photo and threw it up on instagram (this was before insta was the overplanned and orchestrated monster it is today). Well it wound up going viral and being one of her most liked photos at the time…she’s also a total smokeshow so that probably had something to do with it too ūüėČ I don’t know why but that has always stuck with me as the moment I realized the power of a bold lip. It’s truly¬†¬†one of the easiest ways to pull a sophisticated look together even when you’re short on time.¬†Cut to almost 4 years later I have a lip color obsession. But for today¬†I’ve narrowed it down to my five current favorite shades I think every girl should have: A Deep Rose,¬†Berry, Bright Pink, Mauve Nude, a Cherry Red.

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CLINIQUE lip colour in graffiti pop | LOREAL pro matte gloss in forbidden kiss | YSL oil in stick lipstick in rouge volupté shine | BURBERRY  liquid lip velvet in fawn | BY TERRY shine hydra lift lip lacquer in velvet rouge

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I snapped these photos a couple of weeks ago at one of my favorite South Beach lunch spots, Casa Faena. They have an amazing menu with a bunch of super yummy salads that are perfect for a working lunch! And if you know anything about Faena properties, you can guess that the decor and ambiance is on point as well. I wore this tassel top, which one of my summer favorites at only $28! You could definitely dress it up for a night out with the right pair of heels and  jeans.

Ps. I’m back in Dallas for a few days, so make sure to check out my Instagram for all the fun:)

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FOREVER 21 off the shoulder top with tassel & pompom detail (also comes in white) | MADEWELL denim shorts ( last seen here) | J.CREW gold banded sandals and rattan clutch | RAY-BAN black aviators

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I recently went on a massive rearranging spree all to accommodate the fact that I work from home. Today I wanted to show off my desk area and a glimpse into my new workspace (don’t worry a full office / home tour is coming soon), and share my best tips for staying productive in a non traditional work environment. I’d also love to hear y’alls advice, so please sound off in the comments!

5 Tips for Working From Home

1. Keep your living space and work space separate.

In a perfect world my one bedroom, would be a three¬†bedroom allowing me to have a dedicated space for my bedroom, office…and let’s be honest, a closet. But until I win the lottery I’ve had to get a bit creative with my space. I’ve been in my apartment for a little over a year now, and I’ve never been super sold on the set up. I have a pretty decent sized living room, but no matter how I rearrange my couch¬†and desk/work space nothing ever felt right. More times than not I would wind up working from bed, which is not always the most productive for obvious reasons.

Finally one day about a month ago I was standing in my kitchen staring out over the space and it hit me. I should dedicate my bedroom solely to my be cloffice (closet/office – the perfect combo for a blogger) and move my bedroom out into the living room. I know it sounds kind of insane, but so far it is totally working! The floor plan of my apartment is basically that of a studio with an extra room attached, so having my bed in the living room doesn’t feel as crazy as it sounds. I’ll get more into the logistics of everything when I post my bedroom reveal in a few weeks.

All that is to say having a room where I can go every morning and be totally in¬†work mode¬†has been life changing. No more getting distracted because I need to unload the dishwasher etc. I just go into the back room¬†close the¬†door and voila I’m no longer at my apartment I am in my¬†office.

2. Take time to decorate.

Most people assume that if you work from home, you have an abundance of free time. But we know that it is actually quite the opposite. In reality you are probably a small business owner or freelance, which we both know means your paycheck is never guaranteed. So make your¬†work space somewhere you actually want to be cause you’ll be spending a lot of time there…aka we work some crazy long hours. I suggest hanging some art (I personally love the print selection at¬†Minted.com), have your favorite¬†candle¬†on hand, buy a pretty¬†desk calendar, etc.

3. Keep yourself on a schedule(ish).

One of the best part’s of working from home is not having a set schedule. One of the worst parts of working from home is not having a set schedule. I personally respond really well to boundaries and when those are taken away, I find myself getting pretty overwhelmed. Although no two days really look the same, especially when I am traveling, I try to keep myself as organized as possible with¬†endless lists¬†and¬†calendars. Even if you can’t exactly plan in advanced, setting a¬†daily schedule¬†in every morning can be instrumental in keeping you on track.

4. Time Blocking

I’ve also found that time blocking has really helped¬†my productivity. It’s basically¬†a little alarm cube¬†that sits on my¬†desk with¬†adjustable time¬†intervals. Ex: 30 minutes answering emails, then 60 minutes prepping for a photo shoot, 15 minutes editing an¬†Instagram¬†post. The whole concept is to¬†help me keep it moving from task to task. Without getting to caught up on¬†any one thing, I save myself a lot of time.

5. Get out and about

Working from home can mean a lot of alone time. Being fairly introverted, most of the time I love it. But there are sometimes that it can get a little lonely. I always try to break up my day at least a couple times a week by going to¬†lunch with a friend, or popping into my local coffee shop just for a change of scenery. Don’t let yourself get too comfy in your cave behind the computer screen, take a break, get your nails done. You are the boss after all, why not treat yourself to a mid-day mani pedi ūüėČ

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Clearly, I’m a bit of a hotel pen clepto. I love keeping them as mementos of all my travel, and they make great desk accessories.

See the Travel Posts:

Sea Island | The Ritz Carlton Battery Park | Savannah | The Faena

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This poppin desk set is all that remains from my corporate life. They really make the best office supplies around!

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I love this copy of The Great Gatsby, I just think the rose gold jacket is so beautiful. My friend Kathryn got it for me for Christmas a few years ago. It’s so nice to have a little reminder of her on my desk¬†everyday.

SIDESMILE STYLE DESK TOUR-6One of the biggest reasons I ultimately decided to move my office into my bedroom are these windows. This view is the best part about my apartment. But since¬†it was my bedroom,¬†and I was only ever really in there at nighttime with the blinds closed. Now I get to stare out at these palm trees everyday…which I’ll be honest does not suck.

SIDESMILE STYLE DESK TOUR-2It’s not perfect, but it’s all mine and I’m really digging how the rest of the space is coming along. I can’t wait to show y’all the rest of my apartment. I’m dying to¬†get the final verdict on whether I was crazy to put my bed in the living room or not haha. PS. You can also find my favorite products I keep on hand while working from home here.

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Desk | Desk Chair | Sheepskin Chair Cushion | c/o Poppin Set (Paper Tray, Pen Cube, Stapler) | c/o Volcano Candle | Gold Scissors | Time Cube | Rosebud Salve | Lamp | Desk Calendar | Weekly Notepad | c/o Rose Gold Planner | Phone Case | Gold Pig Bookends (similar) | c/o Cacti Print

Books: Jerry Oppenheimer Front Row: Anna Wintour | Style and Manners by Kate Spade (out of print Рsimilar here, here, here) | Simon Doonan Eccentric Glamour | Kpnof Mapguide: Paris
F SCOTT FITZGERALD The Great Gatsby | Five Year Memory Journal 

  • May 18, 2017 - 4:38 am

    Sevim - I loved your desk space and everything on it, in frond of it ūüėä I also enjoy working at the best view of my home.. Thanks for sharing the difficulties of working from home cuz I have started to think that it is only me that strugles ūüė¨ReplyCancel

  • May 18, 2017 - 4:41 pm

    Kathrine Eldridge - I absolutely adore your work space! Thanks for these great tips on working from home. Those windows are amazing!

    http://www.kathrineeldridge.comReplyCancel

  • May 19, 2017 - 11:03 am

    Bella - Such a great post! As a person studying a lot from home I can totally relate to this.

    Hugs Bella, http://nouw.com/bellss // Instagram: bellaskoogReplyCancel

  • May 23, 2017 - 11:50 am

    DEMELER - Such a gorgeous work space!!
    xx
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The rainy season in Miami is well underway, and more days than not I find myself needing a rain coat. I’m in love with this striped one from Talbots (currently on sale), and it goes great with my favorite Hunter¬†rain boots. Despite having a go-to rainy day outfit, I still can’t lock down a hairstyle. This humidity makes me look like a mad scientist and there are only so many days in a row a girl can rock a braid crown before starting to look like she’s auditioning for Heidi.

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c/o TALBOTS raincoat (on sale) | HUNTER red rain boots (also available here and here) | 7FAM high rise denim | LUSH tee | KAREN WALKER sunglasses

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SIDESMILE STYLE LINEN STRIPED JUMPSUIT-18SIDESMILE STYLE LINEN STRIPED JUMPSUIT-4This¬†linen jumpsuit¬†is definitely going to be one of my go to pieces for summer. It’s super easy to wear and instantly makes a statement. I love the light weight fabric, the adjustable straps that accommodate my long torso, and the fact that it only costs $35. I wore this last for a day of running around Brickell, and then added a little white bomber for dinner at Filia with Christian. Easy peezy, lemon squeezey.

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c/o OLD NAVY linen jumpsuit | CULT GAIA ark bag | c/o MARC FISHER wedges | QUAY sunglasses | JENNIFER ZEUNER lariat necklace

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