5 Ways I’m Getting My Shit Together

Every day I try and take some time to better myself, or at least try to. This includes things such as starting a new book, trying out a new workout class/regimen, eating something that doesn’t resemble what a five-year-old eats, etc. This is a new type of blog post for me, so remain patient, as some of my “activities” may not be that interesting…Sorry about that.

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Reading Classics

On my recent solo-trip to Paris, I stopped by the Shakespeare and Company bookstore, as any tourist should. At first I wanted to get one of my favorite books, The Sun Also Rises, but the cover was exactly the same so I thought it was pointless. (I’m not sure why I thought it would have some extravagant cover to show where it was from, but I digress.) Instead I figured I would pick up some classics and just have them stamped with the company logo on the inside. I picked up To Kill a Mockingbird and Lolita, both of which I never read in high school or college. I started reading To Kill a Mockingbird almost immediately and haven’t been able to put it down since, aside from the past week when I was moving into my new apartment.

This brings me into my desire to get back into reading more books like I used to in order to relax. We’ll see how it goes.

Watching New Shows

I know this might not be the “best” activity to do when I probably have a million other things on my plate, but it allows me to take a mental break after I have to open up my work computer at home and answer emails for a solid two hours. We all get into our typical rut of watching the same thing over and over again, like The Office, Parks and Rec, and Friends, but I’ve tried to branch out a bit since I’ve seen these series at least seven times.

My friends in my group chat are always touching base on the latest episodes of Real Housewives (any edition) and I’m always confused since I’ve only seen the first two or so seasons. Starting from scratch, I went straight Hulu (my friend’s subscription because I’m cheap) and tuned into the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and let me tell you, I have not been disappointed. I know, I know, people don’t understand how one can watch these shows with all the “fake,” bitchy drama, but somehow watching other people duke it out and be stressed makes my stress levels go down. Although I do think my new neighbors hate me for yelling at my TV whenever someone says something stupid or is spouting lies.

Whether it be trashy TV or the latest drama, I suggest getting out of your comfort zone and trying something different.

Exploring the City

I just recently moved to Center City in Philadelphia and I couldn’t be happier. I’m within walking distance to the best restaurants and bars the city has to offer, and my best friend only lives 10 blocks away which is a major plus. I’ve only been there for less than two weeks, so I haven’t had much time to walk around the city between unpacking and the fact that it’s freezing outside, but I will say that by my second day there I had already found the closest Target and liquor store, the places I will be frequenting the most.

Once it gets a little nicer I definitely plan on throwing on some sneakers and leggings and getting out there to just wander around the streets to find new bars and funky shops, which I know there are a plethora of that I just haven’t experienced yet. Maybe a day in Rittenhouse Square in the park with a (water) bottle of wine and a packed lunch or sitting outside with coffee or some prosecco and people-watch. Whatever the city has in store for me, I am very excited and can’t wait to see!

Skincare, Skincare, Skincare

I’m a 27-year-old girl, so obviously I’m into making my skin look as young and supple as possible. (Note I hate the word “supple.”) I have very sensitive skin, so trying new products can be a challenge for me because a lot of things make me breakout. I think I’ve finally found a routine of Avène Cleanance Cleansing Gel, Pixi Glow Tonic, and Glossier’s Priming Moisturizer Rich, and they have definitely been working. I’m still waiting for that “glow within” look from the tonic, but it takes time I guess. I might try to work in MARIO BADESCU Facial Spray with Aloe, Herb and Rosewater and Trilogy Organic Rosehip Oil since my friends speak very highly of them in our group chat and they also are always on-point(!) with the latest and greatest in skincare .

I’ve also been dabbling in the art of the face mask, but I just have to be careful with the ingredients so they don’t irritate my skin. So far I’ve liked Dr. Jart’s Dermask Micro Jet Clearing Solution™ and 7 Days Mask in green tea. Next on my list is eye creams because let’s be honest, I’m not getting any younger and I need to beware of the appearance of crows feet and thinning under eye skin. Any suggestions for HG products are welcome!

Professional Development

Had to throw some work stuff in here too! My current job has me doing a bunch of different tasks within marking and event logistics, and while they definitely broaden my skill set, it seems as though I’m not 100% proficient in any one area. I’ve recently taken it upon myself to look into training courses in digital marketing to perfect my skills and find a career path that is right for me. Plus a promotion never hurts! Right now I’m on Lynda.com, which I highly recommend if you’re trying to take courses in just about anything to enhance your current skills or learn new ones. Codecadmy.com is a great resource too if you’re in the programming/technology/coding field.

Finally, I’m also trying to build my “brand,” if you will, by keeping up-to-date on this blog. I know it’s not perfect, but one of my future goals is to revamp the whole thing and hone in on specific topics that relate to my personal life, and hopefully yours! I also want to feature my favorite products to spread the word about brands I am passionate about or can’t live without. I’m open to any and all suggestions of what you (aka my less-than-20 followers) want to read about and hopefully increase my following!


As always, feel free to leave any suggestions/comments/critiques in the comments below or email me! All my contact info can be found here. Check out my Instagram too @sydconn for a closer look into my life!

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This Week’s Top 3: Shopping Edition

3. Air Jordans

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While wondering about the shopping mecca that is lower Manhattan after a #basicbrunch with friends, I stumbled upon the haven of footwear and fashion: Kith. I nearly tripped over myself while crossing Lafayette when I realized the store of my dreams was right in front of me. I follow Kith (and Kith Women) religiously on Instagram but never imagined I’d end up at one of their locations.

In a word, it was glorious. The never-ending wall of sneakers is what initially caught my eye and I immediately began grabbing shoes to hand over to the sales associate in hopes they had my size. Unfortunately for ME, my average-size 7s were sold out and are most likely on the feet of someone way cooler than me. I reached for my phone only to find out they were sold out on the website as well. Sadly, these kicks are just a pipe dream at this point, but that won’t stop me from checking the site once a week…

2. Gucci Belt Bag

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Gucci street wear can be found on just about every celebrity and fashion blogger on Instagram and I am HERE for it! I caught the Gucci bug on my latest solo-trip to Paris and purchased this beauty among numerous other items that I could not (and still can’t) afford. I never thought I’d see the day when fanny packs were back in fashion, but I definitely don’t hate it. This chic little “belt bag” is the perfect size to fit a phone and small wallet while also creating the convenience of not having to physically carry anything on your shoulder. Plus it holds up your pants. Win-win all around if you ask me. I hope this trend continues so I can save up enough money to get on board.

1. Red Leather Jacket

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I have never been a fan of red on me since I have some red undertones in my skin, but I’ve been stepping out of my comfort zone recently and purchased my favorite red track pants from the new adicolor collection by Adidas (read more about the launch on HypeBeast).

In the past six months I have bought red sunnies from Amazon, a red peacoat, and a Louis Vuitton bag with red interior. Needless to say, I’m hooked. A red leather jacket is the only thing left on my list. While this Saint Laurent biker jacket is slightly out of my price range, I was able to find a few others that are more budget-friendly from Barneys New York, Saks, and Nordstrom Rack.

Happy Shopping!


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Top 3

3. 25 Is Quickly Approaching
Um, I’m 100% not ready to be 25 years old. I can’t even clean out my coffee mug at the end of the day; how am I supposed to be a real person? With this new found knowledge that my birthday is in less than 3 weeks, I’ve decided that I want to attempt to get my shit (semi) together. I made a budget. WHAT?! Adult life, hello! I even looked at apartments and I’ve totally got this down. The one thing I’m missing is a job. Casual. I’m working on it, ok? Get off my back.

2. Barre3
Ok, so techincally it’s been 2 weeks since my last class; I’ve been busy. But I get points for buying a pilates ball and light weights to use at home. Anyway, these classes are Hell on Earth in the best way possible. Barre3 (a company founded by Sadie Lincoln) is a combination of Barre (ballet), pilates and yoga and gives you a killer overall body workout.

With Sadie’s method, the first 30ish minutes of the class is cardio-based and actually makes you want to die. I cursed my nutritionist the whole time for suggesting I take this class. But the last 30 minutes were actually quite delightful, in a painful, my-ass-may-fall-off kind of way. It’s more pilates based, which means the moves are more concentrated and slow and you do a million reps using only your body weight (or light 1-3lb weights for arm work). Still death-based, but a nice cool down from the cardio.

Overall, these classes kick ass. Madonna goes to them, so you know they have to be good. To find a studio near you, check here. Can’t find one? Sadie also offers classes online to do at your own discretion so you can sweat peacefully from the comfort of your home.

1. ELITE DAILY PUBLISHED MY ARTICLES!
Literally can’t even belive life right now. I know it’s like not that big of a deal, but shut your face because I think it is! So far Elite has published 2 of my articles (here and here) as of July 10, and I can only hope they continue to do so. Also, they denied one of my articles and I was really happy about it because I didn’t think it was very well written when I sent it in, and now I know that they don’t just accept whatever is sent to them. My second article got 7k shares and I’m so happy because 7,000 people liked my article enough to share it with their friends. Someone even posted a “rude” comment, so like, I also have haters. I’m loving every second of this…

I also post each of my articles (published or not) on my other blog (which I changed the name/url to) at Stop Irritating Me.