Toast Talk

January 27, 2014

It’s the last week of the first month in this new year (like, whoa) and for as pumped as I was for 2014, I’m oddly feeling very unmotivated. I literally just Googled “lost mojo” and plan to read many of the links that appeared about what to do to get it back. But more than getting it back, I want to know why I feel a lack of carpe diem spirit in the first place… I tend to work my hardest when I feel unsatisfied or unsettled—the times when I have been the most busy and overloaded where when there…

It’s the last week of the first month in this new year (like, whoa) and for as pumped as I was for 2014, I’m oddly feeling very unmotivated. I literally just Googled “lost mojo” and plan to read many of the links that appeared about what to do to get it back. But more than getting it back, I want to know why I feel a lack of carpe diem spirit in the first place…

I tend to work my hardest when I feel unsatisfied or unsettled—the times when I have been the most busy and overloaded where when there was a voice in the back of my head saying, “You know you could be doing better.” Furious work activity and lack of sleep seemed worth it to feed the beast and keep me from beating myself up. From the moment I got Blue Moonbeam, I felt my priorities shift and spending time with him was more important than time in front of the computer. As soon as the holidays were over I felt a huge sense of relief, like I had passed a deadline or just passed a difficult test. And when the new year chimed in I felt so great about it. What I’ve started to pinpoint is that for the first time in a long time I am so, so content and happy with my little life…the feeling of total satisfaction is so foreign that I didn’t really realize it was what had changed my work ethic.

But now I fret that my content with how great things are has suppressed my motivation and added to my habit of procrastination. It’s not that I’m necessarily uninspired, just that I would rather relax and do nothing versus tackling emails and being ahead schedule on projects. Last week I came up with the following ways to jump-start my desire to do work-related things (which doesn’t include reading my latest book, napping on the floor with Blue, or hanging out with my friends) and all I’ve come up with was: 1) drink more coffee, 2) bribe and reward myself, and 3) schedule all minutes of my day with detailed lists of tasks and to-do’s. I like the idea of option number one and think it’s the most reasonable way to psychologically psych myself up throughout the day, but I wanted to ask you all: what do you do to stay motivated? When you feel like you’re in a slump, how to you reignite the drive to jumpstart again? Any tried and true suggestions for reinvigorating the mojo? I know you are all a bunch of intelligent, sweet women and I have a feeling that many of you have gone through (or are experiencing right now) the same feelings I’m having. It’s hard not to be critical of our drive and work ethic when we demand so much from ourselves, isn’t it?

This post was supposed to publish at 5:00am CST this morning and should have been written last night. It’s now 11:45am CST and I just hit “publish.” Hard evidence that I need your help in hitting the pavement and motivating myself!

(Image via Prêt-A-Porter for Beginners)

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The Sample Sale at Warren Barron

January 25, 2014

It was in our first few months of living in Dallas when Molly and I were told of the then fairly new bridal salon, Warren Barron. That was almost four years ago and since then we have continued to hear the name from various friends who have found the dress at the boutique. Just this past summer, the store moved locations into the beautiful space you see in the photos above. Clearly the Dallas wedding market has been treating them well, and its no surprise seeing as they carry some of the best designers in bridal – Lela Rose, Elizabeth…

It was in our first few months of living in Dallas when Molly and I were told of the then fairly new bridal salon, Warren Barron. That was almost four years ago and since then we have continued to hear the name from various friends who have found the dress at the boutique. Just this past summer, the store moved locations into the beautiful space you see in the photos above. Clearly the Dallas wedding market has been treating them well, and its no surprise seeing as they carry some of the best designers in bridal – Lela Rose, Elizabeth Filmore, and Monique Lhuillier to name a few. Its pretty much the place that you dream of buying a wedding gown.

Tomorrow, January 26th, Warren Barron is hosting a Sample Sale (!!) from noon to 4pm. Bridal and evening gowns will be on sale starting at 40% off, which is huge. I only wish that I had been engaged over the holidays so that I could have an excuse to shop their amazing bridal selection. Even if you aren’t looking for your dream wedding gown, the boutique sells some pretty incredible evening gowns – like the one pictured above. Definitely a good time to scoop something up so that you aren’t left empty handed when the next event comes up on your calendar. The sale is one day only and no appointment is necessary, but I have heard that the good stuff goes fast! Molly and I are hoping to pop in right when it starts to take a little peek of our own:)

(Images via Warren Barron)

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Friday Photos

January 24, 2014

TGIF! This week has been a lazy one for me…long lunches, mid-day reading breaks (just started this book), and fun evenings combined with small spurts of productivity. I was very surprised by all the online shopping I did this week—finally got Blue a dog bed, scooped up three things from the Zara sale, and ordered these faux-leather leggings. My work procrastination has proved to be a benefit to my closet but I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing. Everything I’ve been buying has been neutral and or black & white, hence why today’s photo inspiration mirrors the…

TGIF! This week has been a lazy one for me…long lunches, mid-day reading breaks (just started this book), and fun evenings combined with small spurts of productivity. I was very surprised by all the online shopping I did this week—finally got Blue a dog bed, scooped up three things from the Zara sale, and ordered these faux-leather leggings. My work procrastination has proved to be a benefit to my closet but I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing. Everything I’ve been buying has been neutral and or black & white, hence why today’s photo inspiration mirrors the color scheme I’m crushing on.

Hope you all have a great weekend! xx

(Images 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

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SmileStyle

January 23, 2014

Because our day-to-day lives aren’t all that glamourous, we jump at any chance to get fancy. We might not be hitting up red carpets like the award shows that are in full swing (who else will be watching The Grammys this Sunday?) but sometimes it’s nice to take a little extra time to prep for nights out. After all, getting ready is half the fun. We love beauty products and special nights of events or even dressy dinners call for adding a little extra to our routines…of course, no amount of make-up can match having a gorgeous white smile. You’re never…

Because our day-to-day lives aren’t all that glamourous, we jump at any chance to get fancy. We might not be hitting up red carpets like the award shows that are in full swing (who else will be watching The Grammys this Sunday?) but sometimes it’s nice to take a little extra time to prep for nights out. After all, getting ready is half the fun. We love beauty products and special nights of events or even dressy dinners call for adding a little extra to our routines…of course, no amount of make-up can match having a gorgeous white smile. You’re never fully dressed without one, right?

To keep our smiles looking their best, especially for life’s red carpet moments big and small, we make sure to incorporate Crest 3D White Luxe Whitestrips Professional Effects into our beauty steps. We can trace using Whitestrips all the way back to high school and have continued to use them whenever our smiles need a pick me up…they’re the easiest, fastest way to get smiles that are wow-worthy. Got to show off all the great dental work our sweet dad sponsored! To us, having a little #SmileStyle means feeling confident in anything, glam or casual (:

Share your #SmileStyle secrets on social media, and follow along  with us, @StyleList and @3DWhite to see our red carpet evening on Grammys night this Sunday, January 26th!

Images taken by MBM + SAM for A Piece of Toast

(Sally’s Beauty Prep: Crest 3D White Luxe Whitestrips Professional Effects // Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes Mascara // Bobbi Brown Everything Mascara // Tarte Lash Curler // Make Up Forever Faux Lashes // Este Lauder Lipgloss in Mirrored Mauve // YSL Lipgloss #3 . Sally’s Look: DVF Lucy Jumpsuit // Lulu Frost Necklace . Molly’s Beauty Prep: Crest 3D White Luxe Whitestrips Professional Effects // Make Up For Ever HD Primer #6 // Make Up Forever Face & Body Liquid Make Up #2 // Chantecaille New Stick in Camomile // Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Nectar // Este Lauder Lipgloss in Plexi Pink . Molly’s Look: Tibi Sheer Organza Skirt (on sale!) // ASOS top // Zara Heels (old, similarsimilar) // Kate Spade Clutch (old, similarsimilar) // BaubleBar Crystal Holly Necklace // Cornwall Street Aqua Sorbet Necklace)

This is a collaboration between Crest and the AOL Lifestyle Contributor Network. Compensation was provided by Crest via AOL Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Crest.

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Beso, Bisou

January 22, 2014

I love it when on Christmas, all the gifts are open and you’re going around cleaning up the debris of wrapping paper and boxes and then you or someone else finds one more present that needs to be unwrapped…that happened to me this year and the “kiss kiss” tee I’m wearing is what was inside. A very fitting design from my mama that I’d like to think was picked for me to compliment my little tattoo. Sadly, this specific shirt is now sold out—but super soft and graphically-awesome tees are not all that hard to come by these days and…

I love it when on Christmas, all the gifts are open and you’re going around cleaning up the debris of wrapping paper and boxes and then you or someone else finds one more present that needs to be unwrapped…that happened to me this year and the “kiss kiss” tee I’m wearing is what was inside. A very fitting design from my mama that I’d like to think was picked for me to compliment my little tattoo. Sadly, this specific shirt is now sold out—but super soft and graphically-awesome tees are not all that hard to come by these days and I have a selection other favorites below. It’s nice when something as casual as a cheeky t-shrit can be layered with a cardigan, jacket, or blazer and paired with leather leggings, jeans, or skirts and be instantly upgraded…comfortable and cute.

Images taken by SAM for A Piece of Toast

(J.Crew Kiss Kiss Tee // J Brand Love Story Jeans // Margaret O’Leary Cardigan (on sale!) // 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli // See by Chloe Clogs (old, similar, similar) // Dana Rebecca Lauren Joy Necklace // Helen Ficalora 24″ Necklace // Minor Obsessions Texas Bracelet // Monica Vinader Ring c/o)

// Soft & Sassy Tees //

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