Monday, March 31

MLIAM: How Quickly the Months Pass

Wow. Just a few short months ago, I started my job. Time passes by so quickly! 

You know how the monthly favorites of every blogger and youtuber always starts with something along the lines of "I can't believe this month passed so quickly." I started noticing this a few years ago, but now I think this is such common knowledge that bloggers acknowledge it themselves (ex: I know everyone says this every month, but this month really went by too fast!) I found myself thinking... Why do people feel like time went by too fast? How do we prevent that from happening? Here are my thoughts on the subject. I hope you contribute yours. 

Time goes by too fast when we are not aware of what is going on. Time goes by too fast when you're busy, whether you're having fun or being stressed. How often have you been working hard, only to realize that the whole day has passed you by? On the other hand, when you're bored, you're not involved in anything and the time is passing by so slowly... but think about it. 

In one situation, you're aware of the time. When you're bored in fact, you're hyperaware of the time. I'm sure we've all sat in our seats at school waiting for the clock on the wall to show 3:00 so we can go home. Being bored though, is no solution. However, instead of hurrying about our lives with no awareness of time, I propose we should assess how we spend our time.

Every minute, every second is something we'll never have back again. Isn't that a frightening concept? The time I'm spending writing this post and the time you're spending reading is now lost forever. So... everything, from the time spent taking an afternoon nap to the job you spend 40 (60? 80?) hours at is time you will never, ever get back. Now, that's not to say you should not stop to enjoy yourself. After all, I strongly believe that time you enjoyed wasting was not wasted at all. However, given that time can and does pass us so quickly we should spend it on something we deem worthwhile. Whether that's 80 hours at a job, catching up on entire seasons of television shows or talking with friends. 

Does it seem like time passes you by too quickly? 
What do you do to stop that from happening?

Thursday, March 20

New Purse & SammyDress Review

The prices on this website can't be beat. There. I said it. Forget whatever qualms you have about quality with ordering from foreign sites because if you're looking for something trendy to wear for a season or two, you can order it from this website.

Let me start from the top. I'm sure that if money were no object, we'd have nice things all the time. But for most of us, money is an object. In fact, it's a huge obstacle in our goal to BUY ALL THE THINGS. So then there's a little give and take. You can buy less. You can buy cheaper items. You can wait for deals. Most of us choose a combination of these options. Nothing new here. I go cheap for items I use and abuse as well as items trendy, one season items. 

Scarf: Francesca (Gift)
Shirt: Urban Outfitters (Old)
Jeans: H&M (17.95)
Bag: SammyDress ($19.94)
Boots: Ross ($21.56) 

This black bag from Sammydress definitely fits into the use and abuse category. I've tried my hand with expensive bags, but there's just too much up keep for them to be worth the value. Maybe I'm too rough, but my 300 dollar bags and my 30 dollar bags go through similar wear and tear. 

While luxury brands continue to appeal to me, there's too much to worry about since none of the executives in my office carry such expensive items. So, cheap bags it is!

When I first opened this package up, the purse was disappointing. The outside of it is less structured than I had imagined; travel had made it quite misshapen. This disappointment was quickly overcome as it bounced back into shape when I was investigating the purse. 

The Appearance: It's a standard black color with gold zippers (a look that I love!). There's four gold metal feet on the bottom. The outside is covered in little bumps (which I don't usually like) but it looked so unique that it really appealed to me. 

 The Handling: The bag has two stiff handles that stick straight up. They're perfect for carrying in your hand, or elbow and even work for putting over your shoulder. There's also a longer strap that can be attached. I'm quite impressed with the long strap as it seems very sturdy. Broader straps are always more comfortable on your shoulder. Two points I dislike though. First: the hook pulls up the area of the purse it links to. Overtime, this probably won't be good for the purse and it's unsightly. See large picture above. Secondly, the handles attached to the purse stand up... they always stand up. It's a bit awkward if you are carrying it by the longer strap since it can flop out to the side (see third picture).

 The Compartments: This bag is an absolute goldmine of compartments. First, there are two compartments on each side of the bag. These have zippers. You can't fit too much in these comparments without misshaping the bag, but small snacks, cards or earphones would be perfect here. On the outside of each side of the bag are two pockets with fairly tight magnetic snap closures. The inside of the bag holds one big compartment with magnetic snap closures. If you put too much stuff in here (as I am prone to do since this is generally the only pocket I use), it will have trouble closing. However, I wanted a smaller bag to discourage myself from carrying my life around. Definitely in love with its storage capacity. 

Overall? Love it. I would order more purses from Sammydress in a heartbeat! They're stylish, good quality and affordable. 

Monday, March 3

Featuring... Color Contrasts

I've been absolutely loving color contrasts for work clothes. This new love is the result of two factors. First, I have a ton of black and grey in my work wardrobe. Second, I love bright colors in the summer. These two factors just don't jive, so I've been wanting to add more color to work!
Featuring... Color Contrasts

While I really like this outfit, I'm not sure how I want to add more color to work yet. I think I'd totally rock this outfit if I worked in fashion or maybe advertising. But I have a relatively conservative (though laidback) office so I don't want to strut in feeling like Elle Woods. 

What's a good way to incorporate some color into work wear without standing out?