Sunshine Kir

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Category: The Magic of Muses

Back to Basics: A Ritual of Radness for the Week

Life is funny. I know what kind of lifestyle works for me when I’m at my happiest, most relaxed and inspired. It’s not rocket science. Some basic ingredients and habits executed on a daily basis typically lead to pretty amazing results. So why is it I can so quickly ditch these easy breezy things to spiral down the rabbit hole of stress, indecision, fatigue and worry? As I sit here typing this, I’m smiling and shaking my head at my silly self.

Time to stop rushing...

Last week I read a simple post by one of my lovely blog favorites, here about unplugging your morning. I did a quick mental run-down of my current weekday morning routine. Ready?

  • Alarm goes off on iPhone next to my head
  • Hit snooze 2-3 times depending on level of sleepiness
  • Turn off alarm (finally) and immediately check email (yes, while still in bed! Literally the first thing I do)
  • Answer emails and jump in shower
  • Pour cup of coffee
  • Multi-task drinking coffee and getting ready
  • Jump in car and start making calls on way to work
  • Head into meetings
  • Maybe eat breakfast (lately frozen gluten free waffles w/honey) around 10:30am if I remember

Eeeks! I get stressed just reading this nevermind actually living it. Of course I’m fatigued. No wonder I feel like I can’t take a deep breath. Literally the first welcome to my day is an onslaught of work and sale notifications for my favorite brands telling me the booties I put in my shopping cart last night are still waiting for me. When I read the simple ‘unplug your morning’ I sighed a great, deep, satisfying sigh and said okay, enough. Let’s change some things and see how it goes. I have a feeling the people I work with may be on board with this plan too.

Here’s my schedule for this week. I started yesterday, but the real test will be tomorrow morning. Ready?

  • Get up and turn off iPhone (now safely across the room on Airplane Mode)
  • While up, proceed to kitchen to make green juice (M does this religiously every am and he commutes to Tustin so I have zero excuses about time – plus I just gained 15 minutes from not hitting snooze 3 times)
  • Cook an egg. It takes all of 3 minutes. I did it this morning. Not a huge fan of breakfast first thing, but I’m going to try it for a week. I’m guessing my metabolism will thank me
  • Jump in shower
  • Get ready (I used to hang 3 outfits on hooks by bed ahead of time on Sundays so that’ll get re-instated)
  • Pour coffee in to go cup
  • Check emails right before I leave (to reduce temptation of checking phone at intersections)
  • Drive to work enjoying coffee in car (as M put it, “coffee is your dessert and reward for a good start”)
My current favorite: lemon, kiwi, banana, spinach, ginger, turmeric

My current favorite: lemon, kiwi, banana, spinach, ginger, turmeric

Avocado toast, lime + eggs…delicious. Photo: simplegreenmoms.com

Avocado toast, lime + eggs…delicious. Photo: simplegreenmoms.com

Taking more quality time in the morning to set the tone for the day can’t possibly be a bad idea.

This really works - pick some outfits for the week on Sunday…and it looks pretty!

This really works – pick some outfits on Sunday…bonus – it looks pretty!

No stress picking outfit in the am…accessories included

Annnd no stress picking my outfit in the am…accessories included

I’m better after work. Recently I started writing a little each day in a journal. Even if it’s just recording a workout. It’s an unplug from the tech world. Right now, it coincides with sunset watching which, amazingly, I can do from my back yard.

Love this journal! It makes me laugh every time I grab it...

Love this journal! It makes me laugh every time I grab it…

I have set a routine for consistent exercise so I have a plan. There are times in life when being free-spirited and flexible work great. But I know for right now, I’m not in that space. I need the structure. The muscle memory (both mental and physical) is there so it’ll come back. And when it does that will be a fun phase too. This phase has me feeling inspired and ready.

The irony of kicking off ‘un-plugging’ by writing a blog post when I have written one in six months isn’t lost on me 🙂 But I see it differently. Writing is cathartic. And I haven’t felt able to write or post anything because I haven’t felt like there was anything I wanted to say. At least not out loud. This post is my note to me more than anyone else. It’s a great little check when you put something out into the world to follow through. So there it is. A little love note to myself to take better care. And to enjoy the week ahead because I have a feeling I’m going to really like it.

A little Saturday morning magic

A little Saturday morning magic

Thanks Miss GFK for the lovely little reminder that arrived at just the right time…♥

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Hair Inspo

Bangs, no bangs, super platinum, ombre, carmel w/light blonde highlights…you name it, I’ve tried it. It’s the dead of winter, my skin is a bit pasty and my bangs have grown out almost enough that I’m wondering if I should cut them again. (nooooo, don’t do it!)

I’m itching for change. Which, for me, really only consists of a shade or two difference and whether or not I should get around to trying the wand I bought two months ago. (still in box)

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I had lofty aspirations of busting out the wand after I saw it used on a photoshoot. Super simple, you get a glove so you don’t burn yourself, seems full-proof. Now if only I can muster the extra 15 minutes instead of hitting the snooze button I think I’ll be set.

Really, I blame these girls for my sudden need to book a hair appointment…

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After watching the Angels sashay down their London runway, I got the sudden urge to trade in my lighter, whiter locks for gold and honey hues. Yes, I realize this is an elite group and we could shave their heads and they’d still look great, but a little inspiration is never a bad thing. And check out the waves…how hard could it be? See additional wave + highlight-age courtesy of Pinterest below.

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So how do I actualize this latest craving? 1) book in with my hairdresser – must remember to call her! 2) Test out this great post by Lauryn over at Skinny Confidential. It’s hilarious actually – an entire post devoted to the “sleep bun”. What is a “sleep bun” you ask? Click over here to find out. I confess I didn’t know, you may be ahead of me. Anyhoo, as a result of reading this post, I now have alligator clips. They are the best and worth the investment. The sleep bun is not, I repeat, not sexy. But if you have really long hair, it does keep it out of your and your mister’s face when sleeping. (and much better than Little House on the Prairie braids). I just need to bust out the wand, curl my hair like I’m off to prom in the 90s and then wrap up my sleep bun and hit the hay. If all goes well,the next morning my hair will look like Lauryn’s.

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Keep you posted on how this goes! I promise I’ll take before/after pictures even if it’s a disaster 🙂

Aqualicious

The sun finally came out today…to clear my brain from a long day of staring at a computer, I took a nice long beach walk in the sunshine. It was dreamy and inspired this little Pinspiration session…xoScreen Shot 2013-07-29 at 9.09.23 PM Screen Shot 2013-07-29 at 9.10.11 PM Screen Shot 2013-07-29 at 9.10.44 PM Screen Shot 2013-07-29 at 9.15.22 PM Screen Shot 2013-07-29 at 9.20.17 PM Screen Shot 2013-07-29 at 9.22.37 PM Screen Shot 2013-07-29 at 9.24.21 PM Screen Shot 2013-07-29 at 9.26.31 PM Screen Shot 2013-07-29 at 9.27.40 PM Screen Shot 2013-07-29 at 9.30.03 PM