OH HI, NEW YEAR

It’s been quite a year, hasn’t it? Full of ups, downs, and all things in between.

Contrary to popular belief, I think 2016 has been very good year. However, I am looking forward to a fresh start and 2017 is looking very promising. Here’s a few things I did and will do at the start of the new year to set me up for a better tomorrow.

The morning routine For the past couple days, I’ve been instituting my own version of the Miracle Morning. Waking up at 5:30 (yes, AM), 6 mins of meditation, and a short yoga session helps me get my day off on the right foot.

If you’re looking to reboot your morning routine, I love Rebecca Campbell’s light sourcing guided meditation and Asana Rebel’s app has a couple quick practices to get your Om on in 6 mins or less.

Pamper myself To honor my physical body, I’ve taken more time to take care of me. From getting my bangs trimmed to a yoga class at my favorite studio to a luxurious bath with my favorite Lush bath products. A little pampering is a great way to show yourself love and compassion.

Clean and prep Of course, I have to do a few less luxurious things to get 2017 off on the right foot. Groceries, laundry, cleaning & straightening are just a few of the must-dos on my list.Today, I’m tackling a big project: going through the junk from under our bed.

If you need a little inspiration to start your own new year cleaning spree, I highly recommend Marie Kondo’s Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

Dance more My man got us tickets to see Sleater – Kinney on NYE and I couldn’t have imagined a better way to ring in the new year. Connecting with people I’m closest with, imbibing (just a little), and dancing around like a mad woman while Carrie and Corin sang me home.

There’s always a reason to celebrate and I’m making a mental note to dance much more in the new year!

How do you plan on making 2017 a better year?

❤ PJA

LIGHTEN THE MOOD

I think now is a good time to let you in on a little secret:

Its gonna be OK.

Some things are out of our control, but there is always hope. Here’s a few things you can do instead of worrying about what the future holds.

Soda Edit-2419

  1. Plant something Join a gardening club, start an herb garden, or volunteer to help plant trees with your neighborhood’s beautification program.
  2. Reach enlightenment Start meditating, pray, or have your chakras read. Spiritual healing of every flavor does the body, and soul, good.
  3. Get pampered Give yourself a spa day. Go to Lush and load up on your favorite bath bombs, masks, lotions, and scrubs. While your at it, try multi masking for your best skin ever.
  4. Do good Find a cause that heals your soul. Volunteer at a homeless shelter or visit children in the hospital. Read to kids or help puppies and kitties find a loving home. There’s so much good work to be done right in your backyard.
  5. Support a just cause Click here for a full list of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, and Anti Bigotry causes that need your help.

❤ PJA

NOT A THING TO WEAR

You take a sip of coffee, dry your hair, and slap some makeup on your face. Things are going well, until you open your closet and stare, blank faced, uninspired at your wardrobe. About 10 mins of this makes you 20 mins late to work.

Don’t let this happen again. Here are a few  questions to ask yourself Sunday so you can get off on the right foot come Monday.

  1. Have you done your laundry? This phenomena often happens to me when I (literally) have nothing to wear. If my hamper is full and I’m down to my last pair of tights, its time to take a trip to the laundromat. PJA Pink House 2-16 hi-res (17 of 33)
  2. How can I wear that ______ in a new way? Finding a style uniform is smart, but sometimes the same thing day after day can get a little stale. Mix things up by wearing a cool pair of sneakers with trousers or a soft t-shirt over (or under) a sundress.Peach Wall-0775
  3. Are there things that need mending/reconstructing? Your favorite trench is missing a button; that silk blouse busted a seam; and your old favorite pair of jeans have seen better days. Time to get to work! Find that button, sew that hole up, or add some patches to make your jeans feel brand new.IMG_9044
  4. What’s the weather like? Come July, I know it’s time to bust out the sweaters and pile on the light layers. Summer in the city usually involves cold, wet, misty mornings and sunny afternoons.  Seasons vary from climate to climate, so do your research. PJA shopping
  5. When was the last time I cleaned my closet? Has it been a week? A month? Years? It might be  time. If you need help and you happen to be in the Bay Area, I’d love to lend you a hand. For more information about my Closet Cleanse service, click here.

❤ PJA

DON’T PANIC

When things fall apart, you can still look like you got your shit together.

Here’s how to look like you have everything under control.

Match-y Match-yPJA Ferry Building Long Edit 2 Not into the mono-chromatic, matching look? Me neither, but a little matching can go a long way. Matching one color in your ensemble, be it your lips with your shoes or you bag with your jacket, gives you some instant polish without looking like a crayon.

Go NudePJA U ChanelS 11-11-13Skin tone shoes, even with a print or embellishment, do wonders for your wardrobe. My nude, studded flats are my go-to nowadays. They add length to my legs, go with everything, and have an air of sophistication. Pro tip: If you’re going nude, find a pair close to your skin tone. Otherwise, your feet will stand out like a sore thumb.

Blue Collar                        PJA Indianrock 4There’s just something about a collared shirt. Even when layered under a laid-back t-shirt, a collar makes me feel more professional and confident in the work place. If your aim is to look like a boardroom bad-ass, throw on a shirt (or dress) with a proper collar.

❤ PJA

 

 

Daylight Savings: Seize the Day!

So, Daylight Savings was, of course, LAST Sunday. In the past, it was a day I dreaded. I love my sleep, so falling back was always a time to celebrate. However, springing forward always seemed to be a challenge….until 2016!

PJA Pink House 2-16 hi-res (33 of 33)

We sprung forward and I sprung out of bed at 5 am feeling (shockingly) ready for whatever the day was to bring. Since then, I’ve found a new appreciation for this extra hour of daylight.

Since there are many of you out there still struggling to adjust to the time change, I whipped up this list of things to do to take full advantage of our longer days:

  • First things first: Wake up early! You know how you always feel like the days are never long enough? Well, now they are! Wake up while it’s still dark and start your morning routine early so you can tackle the rest of your new, long day.
  • Take the long way home. There’s no need to rush on home after work. Why not walk, bike, or even just stroll to the next bus station? The fresh air will do you some good and it’ll give you time to find a new appreciation for the shops, streets, parks, etc you see on your commute everyday.
  • Experiment in the Kitchen. After you clock out, find a new recipe on Pinterest and stop by your local grocer to grab some fresh ingredients. Spend the evening with your lover or friends chopping, sauteing, or baking something new and delicious!
  • Get your Sweat on! Go to the gym or find yourself a home workout that really challenges you. These days, it’s been all about Insanity Max 30 in our household.

How do you seize the day? Share and share alike in the comments below!

❤ PJA