Prioritize Your Life

What do new year’s resolutions and studying abroad have in common? They usually don’t last as long as you want them to… As soon as February comes around, reality generally steps in a throws your plans for a loop. Anyone agree with me? And if not, more power to you! (Teach me your ways.)

I confess: my problem was a combination of both reality after returning from London and the fact that I tend to put too many things on my plate. (Does anyone else do that?) I want to do everything and make everyone happy, but I’m starting to learn I have to make time for things that make me happy too!

Although I can honestly say that I am happy to devote my time to everything I currently do. Either because I’m dedicated to the cause (event planning for recruitment for Gamma Omicron chapter of Alpha Delta Pi or helping to coordinate a 5K race to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Alpha Delta Pi Foundation) or because I love the work (Sterling Communications and PRSSA).

But, there are so many other things I want to do: apply to more internships so I can get a summer internship, write articles for Mashed Marketing and Her Campus, read the Hunger Games… and write on my own blog!!

I know how to prioritize when it comes to my responsibilities and classes, so why can’t I prioritize when it comes to my own life? Taking time off is something I generally reserve for sleeping in on weekends and breaks from school. However, I have found recently that when I schedule in time to get tea with a friend or dinner with my sorority sisters my day gets a little brighter and things seem more doable. Do any of you find that you have to schedule in down time? It’s really not as bad as it sounds – my planner and iCal are my best friends! Intern Queen, Lauren Berger, demonstrates how to prioritize and schedule your life in her book All Work, No Pay.

So you might be thinking, what does this post have to do about fashion, not much except if you’re going to be busy all the time, look stylish while you’re doing everything! Oh, and if you’re not on Pinterest yet, get on there – tons of style inspiration.

Liz and I making diamonds! (Alpha Delta Pi symbol) One of my favorite recently documented outfits

And moral of the post is… The Naked Mannequin is back!  xx

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Sleep is overrated:

At least, that is my motto for the next two weeks.  The past three months in London have gone by all too quickly, and now I have less than two weeks left… I know it sounds so cliché, but I feel like I just got here. There is still so much left to explore: museums to visit, buildings to tour, souvenirs to buy, markets to browse, and pictures to take.

But there’s looming project deadlines, papers due, and finals standing in my way.  As I’m a perfectionist, I’ve decided to sacrifice sleep. It’s the only option if I want to maintain my grades and still get the most out of my last two weeks living in London.

Even though it still doesn’t feel real, I’ve finally admitted it. I am leaving. Although, I truly hope I this is not the last time I will get the chance to live in London… because three months is just not enough.

Here are some photos from this past week in London:

Making my grandma's cranberry sauce! Photo cred: Lindsey Derstine

The impressive Thanksgiving dinner we all cooked! Photo cred: Lindsey Derstine

Enjoying our Thanksgiving in London. Photo cred: Lindsey Derstine

I apologize for the short post, but I have a deadline tomorrow and I’m going to see Pippin tonight for my musical theatre class (I know, rough).  Actually, my analysis on The Naked Mannequin is what is due tomorrow. I’m not sure if I mentioned it, but for the past couple weeks I have been focusing on generating more engagement as part of a case study for my interactive communications course. I really appreciate all those that have been reading in the past couple weeks! I look forward to continuing to develop The Naked Mannequin and my communication with my followers in the coming weeks.

Cheers! XO

Introducing Fashonify: Get paid for your fashion advice!

Have you ever looked back at old photos and thought, “Why did I wear that”? (Be honest, we all have. I’ll admit it, I have been guilty of some fashion blunders.) If only there was a way to prevent future occurrences.  If only we could all have our own personal stylists assuring that we always look camera ready…

Well, now we can, thanks to Fashonify, a new social network where fashion-lovers (and those in need of some style help) exchange advice on their current fashion dilemmas.  Instead of just getting a second opinion, you will get feedback from countless fashionable users on Fashonify.com.  It’s like Mecca for the stylish.  Plus, it’s easy to join: just create a username and password, start uploading your looks that you want feedback on, and soon, you will have ample amounts of fashion advice.

You can gain feedback on anything style related: an outfit for an important occasion, a dress you’re not sure you should purchase, your new nail polish color, even what color you should dye your hair.  Currently, I am on the hunt for the perfect night outfit for the winter weather, so I would want to post a few potential looks to see which one Fashonify users favor.  For those of you planning to take advantage of “Cyber Monday”, why not poll Fashonify before you purchase those designer boots?

And while you’re there, don’t forget to give feedback on others users’ polls; the more helpful your advice, the more likely other users are to send you a “thank-you” in the form of money. Yes, money!  For example, say your advice saves someone from making the wrong first impression at a job interview.  That person will probably want to thank you for helping them land the job, and they can do so by sending you a little cash.  Then, on the 15th of every month, Fashonify gives you 70% of everything you have earned.

Wait, so you mean to tell me that people can pay me for my style advice that I usually give for free… Why hasn’t anyone thought of this sooner?  Seeing as I recently spent my life savings traveling Europe during my semester abroad, this concept behind Fashonify immediately caught my attention.   And with the holiday season upon us, everyone knows that any extra cash helps.

Not only does Fashonify allow you to indulge in your love of fashion, but it also rewards you with a little extra money that can go towards that sweater you’ve been longing for. Just make sure you ask for advice before you buy it!

As if you need another reason to sign up for Fashonify… The user that earns the most points by December 10, 2011 will win a $150 PiperLime gift card!!  What are you waiting for?  See you on Fashonify!

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