How to Completely Reset in 30 Minutes

I've been doing this every weekend for the last month, and it's done miracles for my workweek. 

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Let's be real. $14 for a cocktail when what you really want to do is just catch up with a person is exhausting. It's exhausting, because it would cost $2 if you made it at home, and it's loud at the bar, and you're already thinking twice about your goal to wake up the next morning and go for a run before the sun comes up -- if GNI is any indication, I'm not the only one here. 

Those nights can be capital F U N -- and I mean fun, because last Saturday I was sipping a cocktail and playing some (very bad) pool in the East Village. But, on the off chance you find yourself midweek drained emotionally, financially, maybe physically you might be looking for something that lifts your spirit. 

I've started doing this thing once a week. It's simple, costs less than $5, and has helped me grow my network and improve my well-being immensely. 

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I've started going for coffee dates on Saturdays.

I've gone by myself to read, I've met a friend I hadn't seen in a little while to truly catch up, and I've used it as the perfect segue when establishing a new friend/connection after swapping information at a group event. 

Why.

When I say it has been lovely, those aren't even the right words. I used to do this every so often but didn't make a concerted effort to keep up with it until now. Now that I'm making it a priority, it isn't daunting! They normally last between 30 and 45 minutes, are inexpensive, because hello drip coffee, you are a goddess, and I've found that the relaxed nature on the weekend is great fodder for conversation -- there was a dog who was so cute on the way! have you looked at this brunch crowd? how was work this week? 

It's also an excellent reason to stay in on the weekend nights. My budget is a little tight right now. I've been wanting to still stay in touch with my best people but not at the expense of being unable to buy groceries for the week. This is the best of both worlds. I actually find that my network is growing and my friendships are strengthening, because, well, we're not drunk, and we're actually paying attention. 

But what do I order.

Simple. Coffee! Or tea! Maybe a pastry or a more substantial bite depending on when/where you are catching up. I've been sticking to drip coffee (max $3) and splurged last weekend on an almond milk latte ($5). 

Dress me. 

You're meeting for coffee, woohoo! That means relaxed comfort and casual brunch vibes. Thankfully, athleisure is here to stay. I've included my favorite looks below. 

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Layers, Jeans, & Pop

Honestly, nothing is easier than a half up / half down hairstyle, a t-shirt (maybe the one you slept in? I'm not judging) underneath a crisp sweater, and a nice pair of jeans. The pop of color from the shoes is an unexpected surprise, and with everything else neutral, it really adds some great energy to the look. I might throw on a gold bracelet or a hoop earring for a little something extra. 

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Neutral Game Strong

First of all, those joggers are gorgeous -- and so are any athleisure style garb you might have in your closet. A cute sweatpant might work here too. I'm loving this look because of the camel colors, really. They play a nice wintry vibe on what could be a very summery outfit. The jacket and turtleneck for warmth, yet the crop keeps it interesting and plays well against the high-rise of the pant. This is a throw on and run out the door kind of outfit (but cute enough that you could have spent all morning putting it together). If heeled booties aren't your thing, try nude flats or white sneakers. 

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Here. For. This.

I will always celebrate leggings, a chic sweater, and an equally fabulous and over-sized scarf. It's my favorite look to fall back on and the best one, in my opinion, to rock on a Saturday. Simple rings and hair in either a top-knot or loose and flowy always pulls the look together. 

I'm side hustling hard this Saturday for my coffee rendezvous. Can't wait. Cheers to calmer vibes and energized souls! Xx. 


+ What do you think? Coffee dates yay or nay? Tell me in the comments below!


Weekend Snapshot 2.6.17

Aaand it's Monday again. 

RECAP:
It was a pretty fun weekend over here on The Guide. Shelby had her hair dyed with a nod to our fave unicorn (loveee). I saw Georgia Tech lose to Wake Forest after winning a free pizza during a dance off near the half, and then went to a Lee Brice and Justin Moore concert (country feels). And Sunday was for extra sushi, getting back to the yoga vibes, and the big game we've been counting down towards...

In an unprecedented close of a 19-point lead, the Patriots beat the Falcons in the Super Bowl LI, and the 2017 game became one of the most exciting ones in a long a** time. I wonder how many Tom Brady jerseys were bought last night? You can catch the seven best (and worst) Super Bowl commercials from The Verge here

Fun things you should know? Five ways to to use avocado for something other than guac; why sports writers aren't 'sticking to sports' anymore (and it's a good thing); and why kids might gain more satisfaction from pets than their own siblings. 

THREE FAVORITE WEEKEND THINGS:
1. A jam-packed Saturday with my favorite people. 
2. Hard cider and popcorn during the Superbowl.
3. My new sleep mask. Bless. 

THIS WEEK:
This week we're going puppy searching; mastering the art of sugar cubes; and getting ahead - or at least on track - in some work (boring but necessary). 


+ How was your weekend? What are you up to this week?


Weekend Snapshot 1.30.17

I swear it was Friday five minutes ago...

RECAP:
Every day this past week, it felt like the news became more and more grim. Donald Trump closed the nation to refugees and predominately Muslim countries. In fact, he did a lot last week - here's a snapshot. People are continuing to protestand a resist banner popped up near the White House.

In happier news, The New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons are going to SuperBowl LI on Sunday. 'Happier' is clearly relative, since I'm still salty over the Steelers' loss. Activated charcoal worked its way into my diet last week in an incredible lemonade -- didn't see that coming! I snagged this cute dress for my niece and am going gaga over all of Dellie's puppy pictures and wanting another one (should I do it?!).

THREE FAVORITE WEEKEND THINGS:
1. The best water tracking app: Waterlogged
2. Hawaiian themed parties. 
3. Rewatching my favorite episodes of You're the Worst.

THIS WEEK:
This week we're getting back into yoga with YogaGlo; setting resolutions and intentions (and writing about why I waited until February); and experimenting with fun cocktail recipes for Valentine's Day. 


+ How was your weekend? What are you up to this week? 


Weekend Snapshot 1.22.17

Whatta weekend.

RECAP:
This weekend was not a normal weekend by any event. Donald Trump was inaugurated Friday. Millions of men and women organized in the Women's March on Saturday. It started an interesting stream of consciousness from Trump. Saturday I wore jeans for the first time since April 2016 (!!!) in solidarity for the small wins for women during the 60s. We'll see what this week brings us! In other news, tonight decides for us who goes to Super Bowl 51: another year, another bowl game, another great excuse to watch hyped up football, eat too much food, and cry over the latest Budweiser commercial (my favorite from 2014). 

THREE FAVORITE WEEKEND THINGS:
1.  R.S.V.P. Champagne (from Trader Joe's, natch) with my best.
2.  My black jeans from AE.
3.  Seasons 1 & 2 of Shameless (U.S.).

THIS WEEK:
This week I'll be eating a lentil salad inspired by this one; modeling my style after my favorite style icon right now; and reading Celebrate by LC for party inspiration. 


+ How was your weekend? Did you march or stay in? What are you up to this week?