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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Golden Globes 2014

Unfortunately, the Golden Globes were on this past Sunday, which was when I came home from a weekend in Philadelphia with my girlfriends, i.e., I was passed out in my bed from 5-11pm. However, I obviously watched all the coverage of the fashion on the red carpet in order to see the best and worst dressed. I also read a billion buzzfeed articles about the hilarious moments, awkward speeches, and anything/everything J.Law did (apparently “Lawrencing” is a thing now?). So I think that I got a pretty good feel for what was happening while I was sprawled out with my heated blanket. Here are my picks for best dressed:

Emma Roberts Lanvin

Emma Roberts is to die for in this Lanvin gown. It’s so simple and shows how much she’s matured over the years. Some of her older counterparts should take a lesson in fashion and composure.

kate beckinsale Zuhair Murad

At first I thought Kate Beckinsale was wearing some sort of futuristic lamé gown. Upon closer review, i.e., google imaging, I realized that Zuhair Murad was right on point with this piece. It flatters every one of Kate’s amazing curves, and the dark charcoal color allows it to stand out without being in your face.

Jennfier dior

I don’t care what people say, I thought Jennifer Lawrence ROCKED it in her Dior gown. If you can appreciate true, high-end fashion, then you can appreciate this structured piece. Paired with her new, edgy pixie cut and bold lip, JLaw looks better than ever.

Lupita Nyong'o Ralph

Hi Lupita Nyong’o, you’re fabulous and I’m obsessed with you. While she walked away without the award for Best Supporting Actress, she was still part of the Best Drama Award winning, “12 Years A Slave,” and was named the style star of the season in her Ralph Lauren Cape. Personally, I think they should have just brought her up on stage so everyone could look at her.

Olivia Gucci

Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you have to look like a hot mess. A lot of stars dressed up their baby bump fabulously on the red carpet this year, but Olivia Wilde did the best job. Her choice of a curve hugging, sequined Gucci gown shows off her amazing body and adorable baby bump. The color also goes great with her ombre hair and fair skin. A win for the pregnant ladies out there!

My absolute favorite, favorite, FAVORITE outfit of the night was worn by non other then Emma Watson.

Emma W Dior

At first it’s just a simple Dior gown with a high slit, then wait, what’s that? OH IT’S ACTUALLY A TOP?! Yeah. That happened. When I saw the back of this amazingness, my mouth dropped. A gown/shirt? Has it ever happened before? It has now, and I loved every second of it.

Unfortunately, not everyone dressed their best at the GG this year…

aubrey Plaza oscar de la renta

I’m not sure what Aubrey Plaza or Oscar De La Renta were thinking about when they saw this gown, but whatever it was, it was wrong. It looks like something you would wear on Easter. Well, it looks like something your mom would buy for you to wear on Easter, but you would refuse.

dianne wiest

Honestly, if Dianne Wiest pulled her straps up onto her shoulders, this wouldn’t be so bad. But she didn’t. So it is.

Reese Calvin

This one isn’t so bad either, but it’s also far from great. Reese Witherspoon is so gorgeous and could probably pull anything off, but instead, she chose this dull Calvin Klein dress. It looks like a mixture of a prom dress and…another prom dress. It just does nothing for her, thus does nothing for me.

Paula Patton Stephanie Rolland

There was a lot going on on Paula Patton’s body on Sunday. The Stephanie Rolland gown, fabric waterfall, peeking shoes and huge earrings just don’t go together. The fabric waterfall goes with nothing. Nothing.

So that’s it for the 2014 Golden Globes. There were plenty of other fabulous and horrendous outfits that you can see at E! online or Huffpost Style.