I have always been the type of person who tries to cram ten things into the day where there are only room for eight. 

When husband I first talked about growing our family, one of the first things he said to me was that I was going to need to slow down so I don't completely wear myself out. Full time job, board member of two societies, a research committee, volunteering for my community, and starting my Stella & Dot business. I guess when I list it all out, it does sound like a lot. But the thing is, I love them all! How are you suppose to tame your passion when you have so many things that you want to do? PLUS BLOGGING! I didn't make any time for blogging in the past few months and I really, really missed it. 

I've always been an overachiever, and I've always gone 100 miles an hour. And I have so many things I want to accomplish. So many goals. So many passions. 

I read this Beyonce quote the other day. I can't decide if it makes me feel better that she is able to get so much done in 24 hours, or bad that she can get so much more done than me. 

I am sure at some point I will figure this all out, and things will slowly start to rise to the top in order of priority. I guess then I can trim things off the bottom. Such is the burden of having big dreams!

And now for a nap.

(and then more work)

Pregnancy Musings


In no particular order, random things I have noticed about being pregnant....

1. My eyes are super dry. I googled this. Apparently this is an actual symptom of pregnancy? Dry eyes? Okay. I guess that means I will be in glasses a lot more. (Side note: this picture was the ONE DAY last week I wore contacts)

2. Holding up this belly is hard work. My ab muscles actually feel sore from it all. Do they make a sports bra for your baby bump stomach? No, seriously. Do they?

3. Cravings by trimester: First: Cantaloupe, Second: French Fries, Third (almost) : Mac n Cheese

4. Coordination: Today I managed to not only slip and fall on wet tile at my office building, but I also tried to climb a wall and didn't make it. I was running into work and the floor was wet, you know, because of the crazy Portland rain, and I did this epic slow motion fall. I opened the door, my shoes hit the tile and slipped out from under me, and I slowly landed on my knee and then collapsed to my booty. The only reason I didn't completely lay myself out is because I was HOLDING THE DOOR HANDLE. For real. Next, I was try to climb a small wall (like 2 feet tall) to take a short cut back to my car. I put my foot on the top of it, went to stand up on it, and my legs couldn't handle lifting my new weight and buckled under me and I jammed my shin into the brick. Awesome. I think my legs aren't use to carrying around this baby. I suppose I could work out.... but nah!!

5. I miss clothing. Like cute clothing. The kind with waist bands. And why is it so hard to find office appropriate maternity clothing??? This suit jacket is actually just an up-sized jacket from Ann Taylor. Looking for an actual maternity suit jacket is pretty much a lost cause. I don't understand. What are all the pregnant women wearing at work??

6. If you can't find more clothes, just wear more jewelry. My go to right now are skinny maternity jeans, a tee, and piles of jewelry. I think I am overcompensating. I might be a walking wall of sparkle by the time this baby comes out. Just layers and layers of sparkle.

7. Is it bad I haven't started the baby room yet? I haven't even bought any clothing. I am such a procrastinator. I need to clean out all the junk in my spare room and start transitioning it. But that just sounds like so much work. I need a nap just thinking about it...

8. This baby has some serious SASS! Just like her mama. She is super active. Lots of kicks, lots of flipping around in there, lots of sticking her booty out and making my stomach lopsided. It's the craziest feeling!

9. I need a nap (did I already mention that?)

10. I think I picked my baby room colors - so that is progress, yes? I am thinking white, gray, navy, and light pink.

Oh HI! Plus I am Pregnant


I know, I know. I am the worlds worst blogger. I have been MIA for what, seven months? Something obscene like that. I don't really have any excuse, but what I will say is life has been crazy busy. My Stella & Dot business has been growing, my day job is advancing, I'm still going a mile a minute with all my volunteer activities, and I just haven't made time to sit down and blog. To be honest, maybe I lost my blogging way a bit. I wasn't sure what my message was, or why I was writing. But I think I have found it. My message is to be me. And to say HI. And to make new friends. So I am going to be better about posting updates, because I actually REALLY MISS this space of mine. And chatting with you all!

So here is my current news - I am pregnant! I am six months along, and currently seeking advice. CALLING ALL MOMMIES!! HALP! What do I need to know about surviving the last three months?

Side note: Yes, I have heels on in this picture. I wore them for AN HOUR and my feet were KILLING ME. Like I had to soak my feet the minute I got home. I pretty much roll in flats these days. Poor feet...

Insta-Life and Updates


Life has been a little chaotic lately. I've had so many wonderful things happening (such a hardship right?!) that I haven't had nearly the time I'd like to stop by this creative space of mine. So what has been going on? Let me catch you up to speed!

I've been a Stylist with Stella & Dot for seven months. I didn't know much about the organizational structure when I joined, but I was so excited about all the jewelry that it didn't really matter to me at that point. I just wanted something fun to do when I wasn't at my day job that got me spending more time with my friends, meeting new people, and wearing fabulous jewels. Mission accomplished; that has totally happened. I've met so many wonderful people, and have developed several new, close friendships. And as for the jewelry? I think these pictures speak for themselves. I've included a list of what I am wearing below in case you are curious. 

Over the past few weeks my career with Stella & Dot has really taken off. I hate saying that, because I feel like it doesn't sound humble. And I really am completely humbled by this experience. It has been such a wonderful opportunity, and I am so thankful for every customer, hostess, and stylist that has joined my team since I first started! I feel comfortable saying it has taken off though because this last month I promoted to a Star Stylist with Stella & Dot. To do this in a six month time frame from signing up is considered extremely fast. In order to qualify as a Star Stylist, you need to have developed a team of a certain number of active Stylists and reach group (team) and personal (individual) sales thresholds each month. 

The perks of being a Star Stylist make it one of the most desirable levels within our company. Star Stylists have the highest pay return of any position while being able to maintain the position at a "part-time" status. What this means is that the hours needed to do your duties are minimal enough that you could work another full-time job if you wanted. Once you hit Director (the next promotion level), it becomes more of a time commitment and it is trickier to do both. You also receive a promotion bonus (yay!), invitations to exclusive events and retreats with our CEO Jessica Herrin, and access to secrets of upcoming product releases and proprietary information. In summary - it's WAY cool! 

Above all of those perks though is the excitement of building a team. When I started looking at promotions within our company, I was most excited about leading and building a team. I have a strong desire to nurture and mentor other professionals. I completely dork out on it and spend my free time reading trainings on how to motivate, provide feedback, and grow your team. I have gained so many wonderful experiences from this company, and it has provided me with so much. It truly makes me so excited to be sharing this opportunity with others. 

So that's what has been happening lately! So many fun and exciting changes happening, and so much going on! I can't wait to see what life brings us next!!

If you have any questions about what it's like to be a Stylist or how Stella & Dot works, feel free to leave a comment or email me! 

Jewelry List
Renegade Bracelet (I am wearing all three colors above - Gold, Silver, and Rose Gold)

Is it the Weekend Yet?


Necklace: On the Mark, Bracelets: Renegade, Amelie, Eden

Oh my gosh you guys. I am so glad it is Thursday night. Seriously. One more day until the weekend, and chic needs a rest! I feel like each week I just find a new way to cram more into my existing schedule, which leaves me feeling like I need a nice hot bath with Epsom salts and a book. I am oddly excited about it right now. I can't wait to bust out my Clairsonic, clean off my face from the day (I was caught in a down pour outside all day), use my toner, shape my brows, maybe do a mask, I mean clearly I just need to do some pampering. OH! And maybe a pedicure. Yes, that sounds nice.

I am super excited for this weekend. I ordered my Stella & Dot Summer Collection samples yesterday and had them overnight because I just could not stand to wait any longer for them. You guys, I got this purse that is TO DIE FOR. It is khaki colored with this amazing neon orange Aztec print. And a tassel. I swoon. Plus, I'm going to wear it with my new leather wrist wrap and bone inspired pendant. It sounds weird, but it is oddly so right. I will show you more later. Just rest assured that I got a box full of new goodies and I am one happy camper.

Also, do we like my hair? Totally inspired by this youtube video. Love her!