Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Where do you like to talk?

It's no news that one of the key components to a successful relationship is communication.  However, in the midst of our busy lives, between working, exercising, attending to others (especially if you have children), feeding ourselves, staying organized, and taking a little time for ourselves, it isn't hard to go a complete day without so much as a one-minute conversation with our partners.

In a Redbook article I just read, one couple who was interviewed mirrored this struggle: "'It's funny, because I always thought that when you lived with somebody, you'd automatically know everything that was going on,' she says. 'But we find that if we don't take that time to connect with each other, it's really easy for life to get in the way.'" For couples who live together, communication needs to be more intentional.

Having a good conversation with my husband is one of the things that fills me up most.  I'm reminded of how much I care about the person I've chosen to spend my life with.  But, sometimes sitting across the table and looking into each others' eyes can make me... well... speechless.  I feel like our best conversations come from shoulder-to-shoulder moments, like going on walks or driving in the car.  The lack of eye contact takes off the pressure off of having to say something quickly in return.  Words come more freely and naturally.

This weekend we are taking a little trip to Galena, IL -- one of my favorite places on earth.  I went there all the time growing up and have loved sharing it with Mike.  One of the best parts is all the time in the car.  It's a 2.5 hour drive to get there, plus all the long, winding country roads between the antique stores, wineries, and quaint downtown make for lots of car time, too.  I'm looking forward to relaxing and catching up with my husband!

How about you?  Where do you feel like you have your best conversations?

image via Pinterest

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Spring polish: three tips and the trendiest new color

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Spring has sprung!  All around my neighborhood, little green shoots are popping out of the ground, the grass has turned a beautiful shade of green, a daffodil has bloomed, my deck is starting to look like a nice place to sit, and my nails are purple.

Beauty routines can become, well, routine.  For the most part, that's a good thing.  Lipcolor trends and winged eyeliner can be fun to play with, but we usually tend to stick with our old faithfuls with makeup.  That's why nail color can be so fun!

The freshest shade that everyone seems to be sporting is a springy lavender.  It's classic enough that it doesn't seem too trendy, but it's also a really fun change from the ol' light pink standby.  Or, if you are a dark nailcolor wearer in winter, this shade offers a little relief from the durges of darkness.

This weekend, I spared an hour to set aside for a much needed spring pedicure.  Sometimes I go to a salon, but it's just as easy to get a good pedi at home!  Here are some of my tried-and-true tips:

1) Maintain: It's much easier to keep smooth feet if you keep a little pumice stone in the shower.  Doesn't need to be anything fancy, just a little something like this will do.  Every time you shave your legs, reach for this little stone and buff away.  Do it at the end of your shower so your feet are nice and soft.

2) Light coats and patience: I have found that one big heavy coat of nail polish will easily chip and get those icky dents from your carpet, cat, shoes, whatever.  The best way to go about it (and to get the longest lasting pedi) is to apply two to three very light coats.  It might take a little longer, but it's worth it!  Also, apply starting with a blob in the middle toward the cuticle, then run to the end, then down each side (about three strokes).

3) Clear coat for class: I love the way my nails look when I leave a salon -- always glossy and shiny.  To get that expensive-looking sheen, give your nails a good layer of clear coat.  I find that it's best to wait several hours (or even until the next day!) to ensure that the layers underneath are dry.  This one from OPI is my favorite.

The best tip of all: don't rush!!!

on my toes: Essie "Lapiz of luxury"
Here are some other great shades:

purple nails

What do you think of this springy color?  It could be perfect for Easter!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Trendspotting: the new shoe you'll want to wear everywhere

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What do these two have in common?  (Other than their adorable laid-back vibe, that is.)  I'll give you a hint, look down.  Trends come and go quicker than we can keep track, but I'm going to cling on for life when it involves comfortable footwear.  Far from the stacked platforms of 2013, the flat, comfortable, slip-on sneakers are making a stand.  And we are happily standing.

Interested?  But how to wear them?  Style them like you would a ballet flat.  Pair with skinnies and a cute top for a casual look, or with a simple skirt or dress for a flirty vibe.

Here's a little more inspiration to get your wheels turning:

one shoe, two ways

Have a comfy Sunday!