January 15, 2018

How to Get a Good Night's Sleep

When I was younger, my mom always took naps. I didn't really understand why but as I turned 25 and am entering my 4th year of 'adulthood' post graduate life, I realize why.

Life is exhausting.

I never napped as a child or teenager; once I got to college and had all this free time before or after classes, I napped all the time. As time ticked on, naps and getting more sleep became been more important than ever.

Forget once I started my anxiety medication, I am constantly exhausted and constantly feel like I need sleep. Sleep is my lifeline and I hate getting out of the bed in the morning.

All that being said, it's really important to me that I get a good, decent night sleep. I've gotten a routine pretty down pat and something that works for me.

My current sleepmask is from Etsy

1. Reading: I am someone who watches TV before bed and I sleep with the TV on all night. My phone is the last thing I see before I close my eyes and if I wake up in the middle of the night, I usually am on my phone. Therefore, the bluelight kills me but I do find that if I read before I go to sleep, it does help. It calms my mind and helps me relax. I think I get a better sleep on the nights I read than the nights I don't.

2. Sleep Mask: This is probably the most important and most effective thing I'll talk about. When I was younger I always tried to use these because I wanted to be fancy but it never worked. A few years ago though, I started using these religiously and I hardly ever go to sleep without one. When I put the sleep mask on, I fall asleep within minutes and I usually stay asleep. It does come off in the middle of the night because I toss and turn but I put it back on (if I wake up) in the middle of the night. It blocks the light out and helps me stay asleep. My mom started using these too and has fallen in love. It's a must-have for anyone who is having trouble sleeping.

3. Writing: I've talked about how much I love writing everything down but I started journaling every night before bed, even if I had a good day (journaling isn't always to talk about bad or worrisome things) but just getting some sort of thought out on paper really can help clear your mind.

4. Cool Down: I can only sleep in a cold room so I make sure that my room is nice and chilly. Your body sleeps best in a 65 degree room but sometimes I like it even colder.

5. Essential Oils: While I love candles to relax, I like to diffuse some lavendar essentail oils before I go to sleep, usually while I'm reading and writing. Lavendar obviously helps you relax and is known to be helpful for sleeping so it makes sense. Also, if you can use some lavendar products before bed or even to spray on your pillow and sheets, that'll help! I can't use them because I'm very sensitive to fragrance but I believe they do work!

6. Sleepytime Tea: If you struggle with sleep like me, get yourself some Sleepytime. It calms me down and while it doesn't really make me tired, it's very soothing and I feel like it helps me stay asleep.

What helps you fall (and stay) asleep?


January 13, 2018

Royal Round Up: Week 2

Was this the longest week ever? It was the real first week of the year without a holiday and without a snowstorm and it really felt like it.

It was long, busy, stressful and boy, was my commute a bitch. Tuesday (or Wednesday, I can't remember) it took me 3 hours to get to work. The New York City subway is no joke and not for the faint of heart.

It's a three day weekend so I'm very happy to relax, recharge, and power through next week. Don't I say that every Friday/Saturday, even if it's not a holiday weekend? I just got off a week and a half Christmas vacation but my goodness, it feels like it was months ago.

I won't ramble too much so here are my links for the week:

*Has anyone watched Riverdale? I just finished today and I can't stop thinking about it. I cannot wait for it to return on Wednesday! 

What You Missed on Royally Pink:

Have a great weekend!

January 11, 2018

Current Obsessions: January Kate Spade Launches

My Kate Spade obsession came to an overwhelming climax over the holidays and has since calmed down.

That doesn't mean I'm not on the website multiple times a day, looking at the items and putting things on my wishlist.

I say that my obsession has calmed down because it's 11 days into the new year and I haven't shopped! I've made wishlists and thought about shopping... I even placed a few orders and then canceled them. I am doing really well so I don't want to mess it up.

That being said, I can't stop thinking about some of these new Kate Spade launches. I'm pretty comfortable on the handbag front so what has been really drawing my eye is their new athleisure line, especially this touchscreen smartwatch, which I need like I need air to breath!

Who would want a review on that?!

Anyways, take a look at the things that caught my eye!

January 10, 2018

Book Review Wednesday: The Career Code

This book was released almost two years ago and I just finished it... but boy was it worth the wait.

Spoiler alert: I think this was the best career book I've ever read.

The Career Code became a bit of a social media darling when it was released and I keep seeing it in Instagram posts as time goes on.

It was written by the founders of WhoWhatWear which is now part of Clique Media Group and a very successful website on its own. I think they are pretty qualified to give career advice...

I've read a lot of career books in my time and I think this was the best one. It was a clear-cut advice book with only a bit of memoir mixed in.

Other books I've read were almost all about how people got to where they are in their careers. There was advice mixed in but it was all about the author.

This was so different. It takes you from start to finish of the job process; from searching for a job, interviews, what to do on your first day, how to ask for a raise/promotion, how to interview people and how to leave a job.

If there is something having to do with your career, this book covers it.

It's also not a boring book -- there are a lot of images, lists, and exercises throughout the book so it's a quick read and easy to reference. This isn't a chapter by chapter book, it really flows together cohesively and I think is a great reference to have on hand.

It's the type of book you can write in the margins, highlight, and just keep on your shelf for the rest of your life. It's not a book that only one type of person can use - you can use it at any step in your career and I found that very helpful.

All in all, this is the best career book I've ever read. I will be keeping it forever and referencing it forever. I HIGHLY recommend you picking it up -- you will not regret it!


January 9, 2018

How to Relax on a Week Night

Relaxing is my favorite hobby. It is one of the greatest things I do. My mom always tells me that I am the greatest relaxer ever. That doesn't mean lazy... it just means having alone time and decompressing.

That being said, relaxing on the weekend is a given for everyone but relaxing during the week is an art; I have perfected it.

Relaxing on a weeknight after work is a must for me. I rarely do anything after work because I am way too tired and I just need time to myself.

I get home around 6:30 every night (sometimes earlier, sometimes later if I'm late at work or there are a lot of delays) and I usually have dinner right after I get home. Then I shower and it's time to chill.

Relaxing on a weekend is a little different for me than a weeknight because I do try to stay off the computer after work. After staring at the screen and typing all day, I need to take a break.

1. Candles & lights: My ultimate way to relax is by burning candles and turning on my twinkle lights. It creates the perfect ambiance for me to unwind and chill out.

2. Television: I am a TV person through and through but the weeknights are the ultimate TV nights because everything new is on. It's usually Bravo and the housewives but getting into bed to watch television after a long day is my favorite thing in the world.

3. Journaling: I end every day with writing in my journal and recapping my feelings on the day previous. It helps me clear my head and just wind down.

4. Planning: I have a few new planner systems going on right now in the New Year (post coming soon) and I've been loving sitting down with my new planner and getting things in order for the week and following days. *Definitely more of a Type A way to relax but true nonetheless

5. Pampering: I love a good face mask after a long day of work and just laying in bed with a face mask *or hand, hair, or feet mask* while watching trashy reality TV is awesome. I also love to take my sweet time with my skincare routine. Washing my face, putting a mask on, and then lathering myself in serums and moisturizers makes me feel so good.

All in all, I really try to stay off the computer and stay away from 'work' stuff, or anything really stressful. I try to avoid any blog work on weeknights too (which is why sometimes there are gaps in my schedule during the week) so I have zero responsibilities.

What are your favorite ways to relax on a weeknight?