My Intentions For 2016 & This School Girl Look

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Throw on a mini skirt and a pair of high boots because… we’ve just completed the first full work week of 2016! I never did a post on my resolutions for this year for several reasons. First, I don’t like to call them resolutions – instead, I prefer to call them intentions. Resolutions implies that you and I have problems we need to fix. Whereas, intentions set a vibe for the year.

Last year – the intentions I set were personal growth and travel. I can honestly say that last year, I fulfilled my intentions more than I could have even imagined. I went to San Francisco several times along with New York and Palm Springs. I visited New Orleans for the first time, which was a real treat for me. I had the chance to explore Santorini, Mykonos, and Athens, Greece; Istanbul and Kusadasi, Turkey; the Amalfi Coast in Italy (Positano, Sorrento, Pompeii;) and Rome and Tuscany, Italy. 

As if that wasn’t spectacular enough, I went with Cassondra and 2 of our friends to Thailand, where we explored Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai, and Krabi. I returned to the Big Island, Hawaii for a quick post-Coachella escape to paradise. Also, went on  a spontaneous trip to Cabo San Lucas for a friend’s birthday, and a last minute get away to Denver and Breckenridge, Colorado. From the beach to the mountains to new continents like Asia, I learned and saw so many different things that I am thankful for.

However, in order to travel one needs to make certain sacrifices. I was really excited at the beginning of last year for my daily cable TV show, POPSUGAR Now, and our new co-host addition of Shenae Grimes-Beech. Sadly, that show came to an end in March, so I was basically left with half of the job I thought I had for the year. Rather than pushing for something new right away, I decided to give myself a much needed period of R&R. I started booking adventures and revving up my blog. It’s funny, even though I write for a living, this blog has really helped me awaken my creative side. When you work in a corporate environment, writing similar stories about the same celebrities over and over again (which I do love, might I add,) can get a bit stale. I can whip out a lead story on Kendall Jenner in less than 15 minutes, but when I first started this blog, I found myself at a loss for words on what to say. Then I realized, this is the place where I can call the shots! And then, it quickly became hard to stop the words, as exemplified by this very post. After the TV show ended, I still had the luxury of writing and hosting a weekly show, with the flexibility to explore the world. While the paycheck wasn’t on par to what I was used to, I was able to see the world, and no dollar amount can top that. 

I’ll always have a bit of wanderlust in me. There is nothing more satisfying to me then roaming the world, meeting new people, and seeing how others live. But, for 2016 — it is back to the grind. I feel reinvigorated to get back to work and have a huge bank of ideas that I have gathered through my travels and growth of last year. I cannot wait to share them. A few other intentions I have set for the year include: volunteering more, reading more books (currently reading Welcome to Braggsville,) reducing road rage (lol sad but true!) and getting another big project. I also am toying with some new ideas, like writing and getting a book published, along with consulting and creative directing. If you follow me on social media (which you should 🙂 you may have noticed that I have been working with brands a bit more, like OPI. I also have a new interview series starting this month with the Soho House LA called Ladies Who Lunch, which aims to profile successful and aspirational women across all lifestyle platforms. My first 3 guests are all so awesome, the first and second being Geri Hirsh and Janessa Leone.

The landscape of what I do is changing so rapidly, and I’m trying to figure out my place in all the madness. One thing is for sure – I love communicating with people and learning other people’s stories and that has to be at the core of whatever I do. What are yours? I would LOVE to hear them in the comments below!

OK enough about that, I’m sure you’re here because of this look. I always adore a schoolgirl moment, perhaps it’s the prep school kid in me. But instead of going the nerdy preppy route, I decided to sexy this outfit up for the weekend. I went with the typical white, silk button down, tucked into the great textured mini skirt. Usually I’m not a fan of textured skirts and dresses because they add bulk (I’ve been a victim of this before in several videos for POPSUGAR, no bueno) but I found this one to be quite flattering. Sadly, I cannot find it online anymore, but I did find some options below that you might like! 

I applied the two-toned theme of the skirt to my outerwear as well, selecting a black and navy coat. I love when coats are warm, but still manage to have a slim fit in the shoulders and arms like this one. Then, I brought the drama! Pull those thigh high boots out and take them for a spin, because after all, nothing goes better with thigh high boots then a mini skirt. Shop shop below – love you! x

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Skirt | Rebecca Minkoff   Blouse | Elizabeth and James   Coat | Leila Shams   Glasses | Westward Leaning   Photos | Elaine Torres

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