5/15/17

Charming Charlie Favorites + Mini Habits

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We have just a few weeks left in the school year here and it feels like every day I am getting an email about some meeting, activity, assignment, performance, field trip, competition or celebration that I need to put on my calendar or my kids' calendars and somehow try to stay on top of it all. My brain feels like it's at max retention capacity and I am really looking forward to summer break! I wore this to a meeting at school last week because blazers are my go-to for important meetings and events at school. And with everything else going on I didn't have the brain space to think of a different outfit combination!
Blazer: H&M (*see below) | Cami: Charming Charlie | Jeans: Express | Shoes: Forever 21 (Similar)  Necklace: Kohls (Similar) | Bag: c/o Amazon | Bracelet: c/o Charming Charlie

This cami is a fun purchase from Charming Charlie, and you can see how I wore it without the jacket here/below. The sizing on this runs the same as tops from Express. One thing I liked is that the neckline comes up a bit higher than a lot of tops/camis at Express, so it felt more appropriate for a school event. It's also stretchy and easy to get on/off. Charming Charlie recently reached out to me to share some of their other pieces (such as the bracelet I'm wearing) and gave me a coupon code to share with my readers. I'll put the code here plus share a couple of my other favorites that I think are worth checking out at Charming Charlie:

To get $10 off any order of $60 at Charming Charlie use this code Online: RBTOGOSY 
Or use this code In-Store: 720000000233 
(Both codes expire May 31, 2017)

My blazer is from H&M several years back and it's been a great addition to my closet. They do have a white blazer in stock right now and since I haven't seen it in person, I'm not sure if it's a staple/the exact one I have right now or if it's just a current, similar option. It says New Arrival, but it looks exactly like mine, so it could be a seasonal release.

Front View:
Blazer: H&M (*see below) | Cami: Charming Charlie | Jeans: Express | Shoes: Forever 21 (Similar)  Necklace: Kohls (Similar) | Bag: c/o Amazon | Bracelet: c/o Charming Charlie

Charming Charlie Favorites:
If you want to take advantage of the $10 off $60 coupon code I posted here's a look at some other items from Charming Charlie that I recommend:
Left: CamiJeans | Shoes | Bag
Right: Top (Sized Up) | Similar Jeans | Shoes

The shoes I'm wearing in outfit one and three are probably my favorite Charming Charlie piece. They're very similar to a $150 designer pair but so much more affordable! They run true to size and are very comfortable and easy to walk in.

The off the shoulder top I'm wearing in outfit two is a cute, lightweight piece for Spring and Summer. It runs true to size. I decided to exchange it for the top in outfit three because as much as I love the look of off the shoulder tops, they aren't very practical. I already own a couple and I don't want too many in this style since I don't have enough occasions/events to justify owning a lot of them.

This Crochet Peplum Top is very sheer and does need a cami, but I happened to be wearing a white cami the day I tried it on in store and I liked the look of it underneath in this case. It has a lot of coverage up top which means I can wear it a lot more than the off-the-shoulder top. It has a very cute crisscross back detail too that you can see when you click through the product link.

Get $10 off any order of $60 at Charming Charlie with this code Online: RBTOGOSY 
Or use this code In-Store: 720000000233
(Both codes expire May 31, 2017)

Monday Motivation: Mini Habits

All year I have been working on improving some of my bad habits, especially when it comes to time management. I started listening to self-improvement audio books most mornings while I'm getting ready and throughout the day if I'm driving or folding laundry. A couple of months ago I listened to a book called "The Power of Habit" with the hope that it would help me make some improvements. It was very interesting and informative about how habits shape our lives, but it wasn't very specific about how to change and improve our own habits. (I shared more thoughts on that book here.)

My sister Denae read my post about The Power of Habit (she had also read the book and felt the same way about it..."interesting but not useful personally.") and told me about a book she had been reading and really liking called Mini Habits. I added it to my audiobook list and finally got around to listening to it last week.

It's a pretty short audio book (only 3 hours and 40 minutes) and I finished the entire thing last week. It was excellent! I think it really would have been the perfect follow-up to The Power of Habit because it has very practical, realistic strategies for changing your habits and/or developing new, good habits through his technique called "Mini Habits." (To be clear, I don't mean to say you need to read The Power of Habit before reading Mini Habits! You'll get enough information from that alone.)

In some ways I have already been doing Mini Habits with myself by setting a timer and rewards for tasks I don't enjoy (e.g. If I do ten minutes of work on my photo album I can scroll social media for ten minutes afterwards), but his method is more concise and probably better. It's also easier to apply it to more areas of life. The gist is that you start by creating "stupid small" habits for yourself that require almost no motivation, but they're baby steps in the direction of the habits that are your ultimate goals. So if you ultimately want to develop the habit of working out five days a week, you start by requiring yourself to only do one push-up every day.

It's given me some new ideas for "stupid small" goals I can make for myself to improve my habits. I would highly recommend this book if there's a particular area in life where you want to make changes but are overwhelmed by how far you have to go or just haven't found the motivation to get started for whatever reason. I also have to add I really loved his thoughts on willpower vs. motivation...I might have to change the title of this series as I shift my own focus from one to the other!


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18 comments:

  1. Both of those white tops are so good! I'm craving all the white summery tops right now!
    And you have me intrigued with this book. It's amazing how meeting your goals, whether small or stupid or not, can be motivation in and of itself!
    Caryl | http://morepiecesofme.com

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    1. That's actually something he talks about in the book! (How meeting even your "stupid small" goals creates motivation to keep going.) I think you'd enjoy it...maybe you can check it out on a week when you're commuting solo to/from work. You would finish the book in less than a week's commute time!

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  2. Your meeting outfit is excellent and loving all your pretty blouses. Happy this book is helping you, it sounds like an interesting read.

    xo
    Pinksole

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  3. I just realized we have a Charming Charlie very close to where we live. I hadn't noticed it before and now I want to stop in--especially with a coupon code. I want to read that book as well, because I have some habits as well. Is it only about making good habits or about breaking bad habits as well? I've mentioned I'm a huge fan, but have you read Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin? I found that one extremely helpful on breaking bad habits.

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    1. Good question about the book! It is much more geared toward the creation of new habits than breaking bad ones. He does discuss a little bit about using the new, good habits to replace bad ones. Sounds like I need to check out the Gretchen Rubin book (haven't read it yet!)...they might be a good pair! One to break the bad habits, one to make the new ones!

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  4. I love that your cami is stretchy and has a higher neckline. That crochet peplum top is so cute! I'm also loving your white blazer! Thanks for the coupon code!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  5. Charming Charlie has so many cute things!! Such a great cami!

    Brooke
    Pumps and Push-Ups

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  6. Love all three tops! The cut of the black cami is so flattering and the white tops are perfect for the summer ahead. Thanks for the inspiration and for the great book recommendation!

    Mary
    http://marymurnane.com

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  7. I have a charming Charlie here at our mall but I've only been a couple times! Once to buy a tiara for my bachelorette party which I still have, and the second time to buy a jewelry travel roll. I've never looked at their clothes or shoes but I will now with your code! Love all of the tops!

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    1. Oh how funny about the tiara! I do find their clothes not that easy to shop for in-store because they aren't displayed that well. I've had better luck browsing online then going in store for a specific item. (After I call to see if they have it first!)

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  8. I can't justify having so many off the shoulder tops because they aren't super practical. I would have exchanged it for the pretty one you picked too! What a fun collaboration! Charming Charlie is such a great place!

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    1. Thanks Laura! Glad you understand about OTS! I do love them but the fuss level isn't something I can handle every day!

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  9. Ok I need that mini habits book ASAP lol...it's procrastination central over here and I'm not getting anything done :-0

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    1. Oh I do hope you'll check it out! It's really perfect for overcoming that habit!

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  10. i just love those shoes from charming charlie. super cute.
    Mini Habits sounds super interesting. adding it to my list.

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  11. Great black and white outfit
    http://sheismelrose.net/

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