Friday, June 23, 2017

Friday Fours

It's finally FriYAY! This has been quite the week from big sales meetings at work to realizing I had a sinus infection (you would think after 2 weeks of a bad cold I would have figured it out?!). Needless to say, I'm ready for some extra relaxation this weekend! Here's a peek into my week:

I bought these distressed denim shorts on a whim last week and even though they're a bit out of my comfort zone, I'm totally obsessed with them! They're high waisted and will be perfect for Milwaukee's big music festival coming up and for tailgating this fall! 

Last weekend my brother and I got tickets to the US Open and couldn't pass up the awesome opportunity to watch some golf! We're obsessed with Rickie Fowler so it was super fun seeing him play in person (he even walked across the course literally a foot in front of us!).

Like I mentioned before, the company I intern for had semi-annual sales meetings that I was able to attend for two days this week. It was incredible being able to see all the people that make up the brand, from the sales reps to the designers. They showed us the new lines for Spring 18 and omg did I love what they had to show us. It's times like these that reassure my decision to go into the retail industry in the near future!

The company rented out two boxes at the Brewer Game the other night and it was so fun spending time with everyone outside the office! It's such a unique company in that everyone is genuinely really friendly and makes an effort to get to know you more than as just an employee. And of course being in a box is always special too! 

What are you up to this weekend? I plan to catch up on sleep, soak up some sun and go to a few graduation parties!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

4 Podcasts To Listen To

I used to always be confused about what podcasts were exactly... I'm a huge fan of watching Youtube videos because of the visual aspect of seeing what's going on, so I didn't understand how it could be interesting to just listen to someone talk. After I started my internship, though, I realized that I needed some background noise that wasn't just my country playlist on Spotify (it's 4 hours long though, so I'm set for half of the work day!). Someone recommended the podcast called Serial and although I was apprehensive about listening to such a long and detailed case, I decided to give it a try. Oh. My. Goodness. To say I (along with every intern in my office) became addicted would be quite the understatement. We all listened to it at the same time and got so into discussing it during our lunch break. After finishing that one, I decided podcasts are going to be my new thing. Every day at work, I'll listen to a few episodes of one series and then play a playlist on Spotify, then switch back to some podcasts. It's nice to have something interesting to listen to while I work on Excel spreadsheets or monitor social media! 

Alright, now onto my favorites that you need to listen to! 

+ Serial
I don't want to give it all away, but basically a high school girl went missing in 1999 and while the story behind it seems to make sense, many people believe it didn't happen exactly how everyone thought. A journalist digs deep into the case and interviews nearly every person involved in the story years later. And coincidentally, there's a new trial for the case that's going on right now! I'm so interested to see what happens with it all.

+ #GirlBoss Radio
If you need an afternoon pick-me-up and some #girltalk motivation, this podcast is definitely for you. I love listening to it after lunch when I'm a little tired because they instantly lift my mood and make me feel super productive. Not to mention if you love the #GirlBoss book or series on Netflix, you'll for sure enjoy these because the author, Sophia Amoruso, is the one speaking! Sophia interviews a different #GirlBoss each time with topics ranging from launching a business to finances to health.

+ Criminal
I have to listen to these in small chunks because they start to mess with your head after a while... But if you're into crime stories and murder mysteries, I definitely recommend Criminal. I tend to skip around and find ones that interest me because some are a little too dark, but overall these are really interesting episodes.

+ Modern Love 
I actually haven't started this one yet, but I've heard such great things about it and plan to try it out this week. Carly talked about it in one of her posts and it really peaked my interest. Let me know if you've listened to it and your thoughts on it!

Now I'm really curious to know - do you listen to podcasts?
Do you have any recommendations for me?

Monday, June 19, 2017

8 Pretty Dresses I Love

I don't know what it is, but lately I've been so into dresses. Maybe it's that they're so easy to throw on and instantly look put together, or that they're so freaking comfortable and great for summer... Either way, after stocking up on a few more, I've been able to rotate my collection for work and then throw on a jean jacket for the perfect put together look. I just bought 3 super cute ones from Romwe for a great deal - all of them were under $30 total! Since I'm so obsessed, I've rounded up 10 of my favorites at the moment at a variety of price points. From navy scallops to bow back swing dresses, enjoy my favorites and happy shopping!

Which is your favorite?
I think the pink and orange takes the cake for me! 

Friday, June 16, 2017

What I've Learned About Blogging (& Life in General)

Rather than my usual Friday Fours today, I really feel the need to post a sort of rant or explanation instead. This post is going to get personal... and it's pretty all over the place! I've been struggling with these ideas in my head for a while and I thought what better way to figure things out than to write a blog post (because I'm guessing other girls are feeling this way too, but not necessarily all about blogging!). 

Ever since I came home from school, I assumed I would snap back into the blogging game. Sure I was super busy at school and didn't have tons of free time to blog, but once I moved home for summer I would instantly be inspired and get right back in the swing of things. Right? Well, not so much. 

I feel like the first year of college really changed me. Not in a bad way at all - rather, I learned to see things a different way. For example, in high school, everything in my life was based off a routine, and I very rarely strayed from that. I woke up at the same time, went to school, had tennis practice or worked out, came home to eat dinner, sat down to do my homework, blogged and went to bed at a relatively early time. I was never short on sleep, I ate nutritiously, I got everything done that I needed to and I spent my free time relaxing and hanging out with friends. I was so strict about my schedule and never broke it, so it never really failed. I was always on my game and felt very in control. 

In college, though, it's a whole different game. An every day routine is nearly impossible to form because you have different classes every day, meetings and group projects at random times, and there's always distractions around that are very tempting. There's always 1001 things to juggle and as someone who always had everything perfectly scheduled and organized, I had a hard time fitting in one of my favorite things: blogging. And even though living with my best friend was absolutely the greatest thing I ever experienced, we were bad influences on each other when it came to healthy eating, working out, getting enough sleep, etc! That aside though, Caroline taught me to be spontaneous, (and not be so OCD about the cleanliness of our room!). I learned so much this year and I couldn't be more grateful. Buuut, what exactly does that mean for my blog? 

Well, after just a few weeks of interning in the social media and marketing industry, I know for a fact that this is the right place for me. I get so excited thinking strategically about things, I love writing and finding a certain voice, social media is always such a fun challenge and the overall environment is exactly what I've always dreamed of in terms of a work world. It even gets me really excited to go home and run my own brand some days. 

But, I still can't help but feel uninspired. I think this new business mindset is messing with the real reason I started blogging. I remember sitting down to write my first post about personalizing my school uniform. It was such a rush and I was so passionate about sharing my ideas with others. This was way before I ever started social media platforms or working with brands - I was blogging because I genuinely loved to do it: the writing, editing pictures, styling things, etc. And lately, to be honest, even though it benefits me in my job, I'm taking the numbers (page views, followers, likes, etc.) thing too much to heart. Naturally, when you don't put out as much content, you won't get as many likes, views... you get the picture. So when I didn't blog as much this past year, everything kind of dipped. And as someone who's motivated by success, this really got to me and made me not want to cut out time to blog even more. I got in this funk and still feel like I haven't really recovered from it. 

So, that's when I figured out I needed to make a change and start looking at things differently. Rather than focusing on numbers and trying to keep up with posting X amount of Insta stories a day, I'm going to start over in a sense and treat it like a hobby again. Instead of running citrus & style like a business, I want to make it fun for me again. I'm going to really focus on posting things I love and forget about trying to keep up with everything everyone else is doing. Blogging is such a go-go-go world and while some aspects are fun for me, I need to start from square one and rediscover why I loved it so much in the first place! 

Ok this was literally a novel and I could honestly rant on for a few more paragraphs about things... but I hope things make a little more sense now! I always want to be 100% real with you guys and I felt like I was long overdue for an update on what's been going on behind the scenes here. 

As always, thank you so much for all of your support - knowing that people are finding inspiration and joy from this little corner of the Internet makes me so happy and I can't thank you enough for that!

Here's to a new and improved citrus & style!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

How to Be the Best Intern

After over four weeks, I'd say I'm starting to get the hang of this whole intern thing! I've already learned so much from being a marketing and social media content intern for several large shoe brands and I truly couldn't love it more. The experience is so valuable and I really enjoy getting to talk to so many people both college age and older. With the knowledge I've gained and continue to gain every day, I thought I would put together a guide for being the best intern you can be. Check out my tips below!

+ Accept Your Mistakes and Move On 
As a college student interning for a company, you're bound to make a mistake or two. Interning is a learning experience, and you're not expected to be perfect! You're there to learn the tricks of the trade and the ins and outs of the work world, and sometimes making little mistakes is the best way to gain more experience. Apologize for what you did wrong, be polite and go back to fix where you went wrong.

+ Show Your Dedication
Whether it's getting in a little earlier and staying a little later or asking your boss if there's anything else you could do, show how motivated you are to do your best. Don't forget to always be polite in emails, conversation, etc!

+ Dress For the Job You Want
On the first day of my internship, I wasn't sure what the dress code was like in the office. The company I'm working for is more casual than I expected, but I still aim to look put together and professional every day. You'll really show how much you care by dressing up a little more. As they say, dress for the job you want, not the job you have!

+ Make Conversation with Others
It's easy to just leave for lunch or keep quiet the whole day, but if you have the chance to, really try to get to know the people around the office and what they do. I'm super lucky that I really like the other interns I work with, and we've gotten to know each other pretty well in a short amount of time. Besides other interns, though, I've loved meeting other people in the marketing department and beyond. It's so fun to hear people's experiences and what they get to do every day!

Above all: have fun! Take your work seriously but remember that this could be the start of the rest of your life - have fun with it!
What tips do you have for being a great intern?

Monday, June 12, 2017

Recipe: Citrus + Raspberry Salad

After spending the day at my lake house, Fran and I decided to whip up a fresh salad for dinner on Saturday. Soaking up sun for a whole day makes you crave something cool and fresh to eat, so this salad was the perfect way to cure our hunger! Salads with fruit in them always used to intimidate me... I'm the type of person that likes to keep savory and sweet separate, especially when it comes to salads. But, I right before leaving school my friend convinced me to put a little citrus on my salad and let me tell you, it totally changed the game. We thought it would be fun to put raspberries and oranges on top, and it was absolutely delicious. Fran is a dressing pro and threw together a super yummy homemade citrus dressing - I can't wait to build this same salad for lunch every day this week! Scroll down to see how we made it all :) 

1. Wash romaine lettuce, chop it up and throw it in a bowl.

2. Cut up an orange and toss in the slices along with raspberries.

3. Pan fry chicken with lemon, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper on medium heat until it browns.

4. Pour some quinoa in a pot, fill it with water and keep it cooking until it expands and forms into a grain size.

5. Mix together olive oil, white wine vinegar, squeezed lemon juice and lemon zest into a jar and shake it. Taste it a few times to make sure the portions work well together!

6. Plate it all and pour the dressing on top of everything so it tastes lemony and delicious!

I can't wait to make this with my leftover chicken for lunches at work this week... I seriously don't think I'll get sick of how good this is!!
What's your favorite salad as of late? Any new combinations I should try?

Friday, June 9, 2017

Friday Fours

Happy Friday! I'm going to keep things short and sweet today because I want to get to bed before midnight for once (I'm a grandma, I know) and I just spent way too long on Pinterest - what else is new though?! Here's a peek into my week: 


Last night Fran and our friend Elizabeth and I went to the cutest event at our new Kendra Scott hosted by Jessica from The Style Project, another Milwaukee based blog. We had the cutest sips and snacks and of course beautiful Kendra Scott jewelry as far as the eye could see. It was so fun getting a little dressed up and getting to mingle with the cutest girls! 

I'm in love with  my new Monday Dress Boutique dress that I wore to my friend's graduation last weekend. A blog post will be up next week all about it! It looks like Lilly Pulitzer and it was a much better deal :)

I've realized something about myself as I've gotten older... I really enjoy eating a delicious meal at beautiful restaurants outside. Like, I was the happiest I've been simply sitting by the water eating lunch with my friends and enjoying the sunshine. It's the little things in life my friends!

My brother and I stocked up on so much food at Trader Joe's last weekend, and no trip is complete without a picture with the prettiest flowers. Can I have them all please? I think I might start keeping some next to my bed.... wouldn't it be so nice waking up to the smell of tulips or peonies? 

I can't wait for a relaxing weekend by the lake to nip this weird virus I've had in the butt. A little tan wouldn't hurt either ;)
What are your weekend plans?

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Outfit: Lace-Up Striped Tunic

This outfit has to be one of my favorites I've worn in a while - and something I've been guilty of wearing a few too many times already since I've been home! I found this top at a boutique right off campus and instantly fell in love with it. The color blue is absolutely beautiful and the lace up detail adds the perfect touch to an otherwise really simple tunic. They only had a size large, but it was too cute not to get so even though it's a little oversized, I know I'll use it as a swimsuit cover up this summer too! 

Now, let's talk about these sunnies. I'm someone who gets bored of sunglasses easily and loves to try out trendier styles (when they come in tortoiseshell, of course). But, I never want to spend a ton of money on them because I know I'll a) lose them b) break them or c) get sick of them and want to try something new. This pair from Sunglass Warehouse was literally only $12 and one of the best pairs I've ever had. It looks a little more fun and trendy than what I usually go for, but still is the classic tortoiseshell pattern that I rarely venture out from. I love how it's a more updated twist from a traditional pair! 

And it gets better! If you want to try a pair (or five) out for yourself, use the code STYLE20 for 20% off! They're all already such great deals and this code will justify your purchase even more. Think of it as Shein but for sunnies :)

Check out my board with some other fun pairs for summer right here.

Happy Wednesday!