a little chit chat

This post is sponsored by smartwater.

So this year I set pretty ambitious goals for myself (as one tends to do when the clock strikes 12 and a new year rings in). To date, I’ve accomplished quite a bit — professionally and personally — and like a normal human being I want more. I want this blog to evolve, I want my YouTube channel to grow (heck, I just want to learn how to properly edit videos and keep them under 15 minutes :P)

To do that, I need to not only visualize but make it come to fruition. I’m here to share how a purposeful set of behaviors can help me (and you!) achieve your everyday ambitions, big and small.

smartwaterMy journey: set realistic expectations, plan ahead, write things down, and take care of yourself.

Set Realistic Expectations:
There’s no need to go from 0-100, mmkay. I find that the best way to succeed is to take your time, understanding the process along the way. By gradually working towards your goal, you’re giving yourself a greater chance at success.

Plan Ahead:
I’m a BIG fan of planning ahead. A little planning goes a long way. Organizing your thoughts is a chance to see key opportunities (wins) and problem areas. You stress less when all of your ducks are in a row— something important for me as I have a full time job AND a blog (not to mention trying to have a social life). I wouldn’t be where I am if I didn’t plan as much in advance as possible. This doesn’t mean being strict, but at least you have a course to follow.

Write Things Down:
I have a slight obsession with planners and memo pads so allow me to indulge, okay. I remember things better when they’re on paper versus trying to keep mental notes. I have an organizer for my blog/ YouTube where I write down ideas, products to be reviewed, brand partnerships; and one for personal where I manage work, dates with friends, and key dates to remember for family affairs. You don’t have to be as OCD as I am 😉

smartwater post_glamTake Care of Yourself:
This should be a given, but you have to keep yourself healthy. That means drinking lots of water and eating right. I eat pure crap BUT I do balance it out with nice home cooked meals (ha, thanks Mom. I was never a chef in the kitchen).

That’s it for now! That’s my step by step journey on how to achieve my goals and how you can as well. What are some of your tips? Leave a comment below or tweet me. I’d love to hear from you!

This story is brought to you by smartwater, who believes in making progress every day little by little and sip by sip. That’s how you move up up up.
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win tickets to the think like a man too movie screening in nyc!

3S7C2555.dngExciting news ladies! Motions, the official US hair care product partner of Think Like a Man Too, has given me a set of two tickets for the 42nd St AMC screening on Tuesday June 17th! Nothing like a quick giveaway to get the weekend started.

If you loved Think Like a Man, get ready for even more fun and the chance for you and a bestie to go see the highly anticipated sequel. Also…
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Movie premise: Inspired by Steve Harvey’s book Act Like a Lady, Think Like A Man, all of the couples are back for a wedding in Las Vegas. But plans for a romantic weekend go awry when their various misadventures get them into some compromising situations that threaten to derail the big event.
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How to Win: Follow @motionshair and @misswhoeverur on Instagram. Once you’ve done both, leave a comment saying you’ve entered with the hashtag #doyou (on my Instagram post or below!) so I know how to contact you. Winners must be in NYC to be eligible (or at least have transportation get to 42nd Street AMC on their own). Flights, hotels, and accommodations won’t be made (sorry, boo! Still love you though)

Giveaway ends Monday morning at 10am; winner must contact me by 1pm on the same day.

people stylewatch september 2013

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If you follow me on Twitter (if not, what you are you waiting for?!) then you already know this – if not here’s an official update:

I’m featured in the September 2013 issue of People StyleWatch!! Thank you for reading MissWYA and for those of you who are new ’round these parts: welcome. Thanks to the team over at People StyleWatch for the interview and feature. Though I’m hardly the trendsetter, it’s true that all of my reviews are 100% authentic and me.

Think of me as your best girlfriend dishing on what you need to own — as a result I’m also the best girlfriend who will enable your shopping habit without any regrets!

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If you are new to this site, here are a few things to get you up to speed:

  • Read my About page. It’s pretty long but I swear it’s worth it
  • If you are a brand, read my Contact page (please, please read this before reaching out)
  • I get lazy every now and then and don’t post for 1-2 weeks – it’s okay, don’t go anywhere. The internet is exhausting and I have a full time job which means I’m as tired as they come
  • Speaking of the internet, I’m all over the place: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Bloglovin’, Tumblr
  • Pink is my favorite thing in the world and you will quickly notice this

Hope you enjoy my little corner on the internet!

nerding out, as per usual

If you know me than you’re well aware of my love of stationary. As much of a digital girl I am, I still cherish writing thank you notes. I stock up on pretty notebooks and agonize over a planner come the end of the year. I’ve been known to start my planner quest as early as September which ended up in me having six (yes, SIX) 2013 planners. While I’m on a quest to find the perfect pink lipstick, so is the quest to find the perfect planner (agenda, diary, whatever you call it). I’ve always owned a Filofax (I even geeked a bit when I saw Gala’s post a few years back) but between faulty rings, not so pretty designs, and never being happy with what I owned I’ve strayed.

When I saw that Filofax was releasing a collection called The Originals, my heart stopped a bit because I saw something I simply had to own. A planner in Fluorescent Pink. It’s a LOUD pink and certainly not for those who prefer understated. I, on the other hand, am of the go big or go home mentality and nothing is bigger than this.

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Do you die?
Since I stalk the UK site, I was well aware of its release wayyyyy before it hit US shores but that did not stop me. I searched high and low. I stalked Filofax on Facebook and Twitter. I commissioned my friend who lives in the UK to search for me (the pink sold out quickly).

After months of searching I found it on pensandleather.com available for delivery in the US. Huzzah! After a quick coupon code search (always look for coupon codes before purchasing something online!) it was mine. Isn’t she a beaut?

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There’s always the internal debate of do I get an A5 (I have massive third grade handwriting) or a Personal in terms of sizing but I went with the Personal since I didn’t want anything weighing my bag down. Plus I have the Flex in A5 which I keep at home and use more so for blog work. That said, I’m someone who loves having things in multiples so I may opt for an A5 in pink just in case…(roll with me here)

The Originals collection is made of thick leather – like that you’ll see in designer bags – which delights me endlessly since that means it’ll (hopefully) last. The clasp says “FILOFAX” in caps, “The Original” in a brush script font, “est. in 1921″ in lowercase font. It has two pen loops as well as a larger strap in between which I’ve seen some folks say they put their phone in (I don’t want to ruin the shape so I’ll likely add business cards).

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I’ve read reviews online where folks complain about the strap being short and I can see why that may be an issue BUT my biggest problem with past Filofax is that I stuff them beyond repair then they get heavy, etc. I feel like this will force me to keep it simple and not get carried away.

Simply gorgeous. I know it’s an odd obsession for a girl like me to have but I can’t help it. I need to jot things down in order to remember them. The best part is that this came with planner inserts for 2014 as well as the remainder of the year but I’m super picky about my inserts (I needs LOTS of space due to my horrid penmanship – working on it!). I normally go to Kate Spade and stock up if/when there’s a sale since they have pretty doodles and themes each year. Given that it’s midway through the year, however, I’ll stick to the Filofax branded inserts.

And that’s enough for my nerding session 😀 I can’t be the only one who secretly lives for paper goods, right?