Lauren Conrad new haircut


#TGIF is by far my favorite hashtag. Wouldn’t you agree? I’m back with a little weekly round up before I send you off to enjoy the weekend that lies ahead!

– I have no shame telling you all that I believe Pitch Perfect is one of the greatest movies ever created. It just makes ya feel good. I rarely watch movies for a second time around, let alone a third, fourth, fifth…you get the picture. When I saw the Pitch Perfect 2 trailer yesterday, I let out a little squeal.

– I’ve been patiently waiting for J. Crew to restock their crepe drop-waist dress after seeing it on The College Prepster and last night, I was innocently browsing J. Crew Factory and there she was…just waiting for me.

– Lauren Conrad’s new ‘do debut (and most recent feature on Who What Wear) makes me want to chop off the little bit of growth I’ve had since since my last big cut in April, don a pair of glittery oxfords and really wow everyone this holiday season.

– I’m honored that Tulip Boutique chose me as one of their inspiring gals in celebration of 1,000 likes! Pop over to the Tulip Facebook page for the full feature.

Holiday VelvetCrate - gift ideas

– Looking for a unique gift idea this holiday season? The gals over at VelvetCrate take the guess work out of putting one together and curate perfect packages. A VelvetCrate is filled with chic, fun and luxurious gifts for her. Each VelvetCrate is delivered in modern packaging with a custom card that can be personalized with your message. Shipping is free and you can select your desired ship date. The special Holiday VelvetCrate collection is $50 and includes a festive Thymes Gingerbread Candle, yummy FunkyChunky Sea Salt Caramel popcorn and luxurious Lollia Wish soap.

Laura Mercier sent me over a tube of their hydrating foundation primer and it’s become a new regular in my beauty routine. I found that my old primer was so drying, especially in the winter months. This primer does its job and more with it’s hydrating benefits.

– In case you missed it around these parts: Be sure to enter the giveaway for a personalized necklace, get debriefed on my latest list, sign up for the private Bar Method class and check out my holiday wish list and gift guide under $50 so you can get a jump start on holiday shopping this weekend!

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trust the timing of your life


I’ve had an abundance of ideas flowing through my head lately, but I can’t seem to quiet my mind enough to see them come to fruition. It’s quite the predicament.

I’ve been looking at this list, trying to rework what I don’t like and I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to make some changes. A few of the items you see listed on here aren’t a good representation of what I’m actually working towards. I would be lying if I pretended like they were still part of my goals and I would feel much better if I made the tweaks now so that I can refocus – especially heading into the New Year.

Keep reading to see what made the cut and what little bits of inspo have been added!

1. Make a shorter list. Ironic that this is number one. I’d like to focus less on numbers and more on what it is that I’m trying to accomplish.

2. Give this little blog the redesign she deserves. I’m not going to get into the nitty gritty with you all, but also don’t want you to think I’m having an identity crisis either. I just want to give you a heads up that more changes are going to be happening on the blog. I’m genuinely excited about the month ahead and I feel confident in the direction it is headed. Don’t worry, you can just kick back and relax and I’ll be sure to let you know all about it when it’s time for the big reveal.

3. Migrate the blog to WordPress. So much to learn, so little time.

4. Launch a new blog column
5. Get a few head shots taken 

6. Buy a house with my partner in crime, Pete. Here I am being honest again. We just aren’t ready. I thought we were. We saved our pennies (okay, more than that), talked with a realtor and got our “ducks in a row.” But we just aren’t ready. I believe a part of me was just going through the motions. Buying a house is what grown adults are supposed to do, right? It’s been a long process, but I’ve had to teach myself that just because someone else is doing it, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s right for Pete and I’s situation. We are happy where we are and knowing that we have the option to come and go as we please is really freeing at this point in our lives. I’m not saying we’re going anywhere, but for us, this is right.
7. Learn calligraphy
8. Build a wardrobe without breaking the piggy bank. I found a winter coat and now it’s being sold for a fraction of the price, naturally. Get it while it’s hot!
9. Run three half marathons and PR in a 5k. Broadway Bridge Half Marathon, check.
10. Take a road trip. bachelorette weekend at Table Rock Lake and a trip to Chicago, check.
11. Purge our apartment of all the items we no longer use/need and donate the good stuff. Getting there! Another mini purge is taking place this weekend.
12. (Continue to) read more. I’ve read #GIRLBOSS and Lean In. You can read my thoughts on #GIRLBOSS here. I need to make time to finish Dream Year by Ben Arment before the next #BookClubBlogger meet up!

13. Take a yoga class. I had my very first yoga experience.

14. Start or join a book club. 
15. Lose 5 more pounds and build some noticeable muscle mass

16. Attend a running club. I’ve met up with the Athelta Kansas City run club group twice now and it ended up being a lot of fun! I was worried about keeping up with the group, but they keep a nice pace and really push me to run hard. Word on the street says that they run year round, but I’m just not sure I have it in me. See you in the Spring, ladies!

17. Venture outside of my comfort zone and start taking more risks (both big and small) 

18. Run/walk/jog/elliptical my way through 1,000 miles Miles logged: 106. I’m vetoing this from the list as well. Again, less focus on numbers and more focus on working out in a way that makes me happy. Sometimes that’s a Bar Method class, other times it’s an ass kicking at Health House KC and when it’s not three degrees outside, sometimes that means a nice long run in the neighborhood. 

19. Cook dinner at home every week night for a month. I’m aiming to do this in January. It will be a nice way to kick off the New Year and undo all of the holiday feasting and indulgent dinners out with family and friends. 

20. Visit the Louisburg Cider Mill Read about my trip to Louisburg Cider Mill.

21. Go an entire month without pop (soda or coke for all you non-mid-westerners) I survived 30 Days caffeine and pop free

22. Start an address book. I won’t bore you with this, but I created a pocket sized book filled with everyone’s addresses and I feel so much better knowing they aren’t just on my phone.

23. Write a letter to myself to be opened on my 28th birthday
24. Trust the timing of MY life and stop getting sucked into the comparison trap. This will probably never be crossed off my list and I’m okay with that.
25. Leave a 100% tip for someone who provided excellent service
26. Throw a festive holiday soiree
27. Mail out holiday cards to family and friends
28. Go hiking
29. Track down the perfect bar cart. I had my sights set on one that looks just like this (scroll down on the page), but it sold before I could pull the trigger. If you see one…let me know!
30. Plan a trip down to Texas to visit family
What do you think of the changes? Do you ever feel like you have to hit pause and reevaluate so that you stay on track in the grand scheme of things?
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Flashback to Saturday morning. I was armed with my new slippers and a big comfy blanket, anticipating the first snow of the season. The weatherman had all of Kansas City hyped for a few inches of white powder and a legitimate excuse to stay inside and do a whole lot of nothin’. After a few hours passed, it was apparent that the few measly flakes I saw fall outside our window was about as good as it was gonna get. Talk about a letdown. Lucky for you, the lack of snow didn’t bring out the Grinch in me and I’m kicking off the season of giving with a little something for one of you.

Aziza Jewelry is made for women who strive to be timeless, classic and feminine. The pieces are more than just jewelry, they are wearable art. Aziza graciously offered to make me a handmade necklace of my own and I immediately knew what I wanted mine to say. Lucky for me, she was up for a challenge. This blog has become an important part of my life and having a piece of jewelry that represents it offline feels so special.

handcrafted necklace

I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to offer one of you a personalized necklace of your own! Enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter below by clicking on the link to be taken to the entry page.

Aziza is also extending a 15% off offer to all 26 and Not Counting readers through December 31, 2014. This would be the perfect opportunity to get a jump start on holiday shopping and we all know that you can’t go wrong with something personal. You can shop Aziza’s handmade jewelry here. In order to get the discount, simply use code 15JESS at checkout!

handmade gold necklace


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What would your necklace say?

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