Party Time – When You Don’t Have Much Time

Feeling bored with the typical weekend routine of trying to rally your friends into going to some random bar? Feel like you are too short on money and time to host a party? No problem! Remember how much fun you used to have as a kid playing with your friends? Embrace your inner child and have a GAME NIGHT!  I love hosting parties but have a full time job and have a tight budget.  Here are some ways I have found to stretch my pennies, conserve my time, and make a BIG impact.

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New Way to Make Resolutions

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Every January people get so excited (or dread – depending on your mood) to make their New Year’s Resolutions.  So while it’s still January – I thought I would weigh in on this subject. One of my friend’s summed it up nicely the other day while brunching saying “I don’t need a New Year to make changes for my life.”  While I do agree with her – I also recognize that the new year is a great time to take stock of your life and what you want to achieve.

I feel like most resolutions are made with an underlying tone of self hate:  I’m too fat, I’m too thin, I hate my job, I don’t make enough money, my cat hates me, blah blah blah. Let’s make 2016 the year of love and acceptance of the most important person in your life, YOU. Here are some tips to make your resolutions something you are actually excited about:   Continue reading “New Way to Make Resolutions”

The ART of a Happy Home

Spring is in full swing and this is the time for rejuvenation.  The first thing that comes to most people’s mind is cleaning out their closet.  I (having an unhealthy attachment to my clothes) take a very different approach.  Redecorating.  Being on a budget, I have to start with things that give me the biggest change fast.  The number one thing that can completely change the feel of a room is paint.  My apartment was originally ALL white and I felt like I should be in a straight jacket! That is definitely not how you want to feel in your home.  Once you figure out what you want the feeling to be, check out colors that reflect that. There is power in hues and HGTV has a great guide to the psychology of color.

  • Red: Dramatic and Energizing
  • Yellow: Uplifting
  • Cool Blue: Serene
  • Purple: Playful and Creative
  • Green: Growth and Renewal
  • Silver Gray: Romantic Neutral

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Save or Splurge?

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Social media has taught us that if a picture isn’t taken, it didn’t happen – so a lady has to be camera at almost any given point (or have a go to photo filter).   Every girl has to have her bag of tricks to keep her looking fabulous. However, we can’t all afford the top of the line of EVERYTHING.  So where do we draw the line?  These are some of the things that are worth the dough and maybe you can do without:     Continue reading “Save or Splurge?”

Tips for the Solo Traveler

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Although it wasn’t the original plan, I just came back from going to China by MYSELF!  My childhood best friend and I were supposed to go and celebrate our 30th birthdays’ together, but alas, her work got in the way (ugh adult problems).  While I was initially disappointed, I quickly had to switch gears and look at this as an adventure (seeing as we didn’t have time for someone else to get a Visa expedited – I didn’t have much choice).  We were going with a tour group so I knew I would be ok.

China was my second trip overseas and the first without my family.  It was a lot of firsts and I learned a few things along the way. Here are my top 10 tips for you future solo travelers.    Continue reading “Tips for the Solo Traveler”

All or Nothing

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So it officially happened.  I hit the dreaded 3.0. and I must say, it wasn’t as terrible as I anticipated.  I only cried twice.  One of which was because I was so overwhelmed by love and gratitude; so I am calling that a win.  I have been writing about trying to keep myself healthy in mind, body and spirit and I filled my day with things that could help with that.  I went on a hike in the morning with my friends, got a mani/pedi (mandatory for birthdays and special occasions), finally went to the LACMA (see I am getting cultural), and then got taken to a beautiful dinner at a Top Chef restaurant.  This one day would have been great enough, but in true Suzanne fashion, I had a packed weekend as well!

That is something I realized about myself.  I don’t do grey very well (you don’t have to worry about my 50 shades any time soon).  I got from zero to 100 in a matter of moments then don’t slow down.  In a few short days, I finished the first section of my real estate school, had the first meetings for a reality show I am creating, shot a short film, zip lined, had two more birthday celebrations, went to a volunteer orientation for a new charity I want to work with, hit the gym, cleaned, grocery shopped, and celebrated another friend who turned thirty as well.  Now, I want a nap.

Now that I’m thirty – wow that’s still hard to say, I want to learn how to balance my life.  I love being busy, it’s good for me, but when I pack so much in I get a little overwhelmed and want to take a huge break and do nothing for awhile.  Unfortunately, this is life and you don’t get any timeouts.  I think that is what 30 will be for me, finding grey.  The all or nothing approach isn’t sustainable for a happy and balanced life.  And that’s really the goal isn’t it?

Xoxo-

Suzanne

The Luck of the Irish is NOT with me!

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This past week Los Angeles decided to not just stir from the “winter” months, but do a full on sprint to summer. Being the fair skinned Irish that I am, I was not prepared.  I went on my weekly hike to Griffith Park and decided to push myself a little more to do a longer course.  Since my birthday is coming up, any added workout is essential to not being flabby for thirty.  Unfortunately, I did not bring my sunscreen. The result? Scorched.

I felt a little warm on the hike, but thought I’d be alright.  My skin just kept cooking.  When I got home and saw the final damage, I knew I could not make that mistake again.  I had legitimate blisters forming and of course my Aloe was on low supply.  (A staple for any fair skinned beauty).  My mister saw me and immediately made me go to Target.  He said we couldn’t mess with me and the sun anymore and had me get extra sunscreen to keep in my bag at all times.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am proud of my Irish heritage. But as everyone celebrates St. Patrick’s Day today, the only green I want is Aloe Vera (Maybe I’ll take a Guinness too)!

xoxo-

Suzanne

Love for Life

I met this incredible woman in the bathroom at my friend’s wedding last weekend.  She complimented me on my dress so of course we became best friends! As we were chatting, she was changing her earrings and seemed rather anxious about making sure she got the new pair on.   She explained to me that she lost her husband two years ago.  The earrings were made from the diamonds from her wedding ring and her mom’s wedding ring (who had also passed away).   For big occasions, she likes to wear them so she feels her loved ones with her.  It moved me. I believe that is what marriage is actually about.  That you love someone so much you want them to be a part of every major thing in your life, even after they are gone.   I am looking forward to the day when I can pledge my love to someone and know it will be for life.  Call me optimistic, but I plan to be that 50% success rate.

Style me Pretty

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Fashion icon DVF speaks to my heart. “I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I knew the kind of woman I wanted to be.” – Diane von Furstenberg.  I believe style can play a huge role in that – dress for the job you want not the job you have right? BUT I have been a little cloudy about what I want to do as a career. I DO know I want to be independent with freedom to travel, have a family, throw a killer party and afford the lifestyle I want.

When I look at women that admire – both in real life and onscreen, (Kate Middleton, Claire Underwood, & Lisa Vanderpump) they have three things in common: Strength, Style and Class. As I turn 30 (in 17 days, but who’s counting), I am trying to find my own personal style.  Let’s not kid ourselves, I love clothes and I have a lot of them.    Being an actress for years, I have what some may call and “eclectic” wardrobe.  Trying to figure out what I want to portray to the rest of the world on a day to day basis has proven a bit of a challenge for me.  I browse online and picture an event or outing I could do in that outfit, but I never get it quiet right.

So I have enlisted some help:  StichFix.  It is a fabulous website where you fill out a style profile and a stylist picks clothes for you. They mail them directly to you and you get to try them on in the convenience of your own home. Plus, any returns are FREE!  I got my first box about a month ago and loved it!  I didn’t keep everything, but the items I did I probably wouldn’t have picked out for myself at the store.  That’s why I love it.  It pushes me to try new things and they give you a style card to help you pair their picks with other items you may already have in your closet.

You can check it out at:

https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/4614318

(*this is a referral link)

My second box is supposed to arrive this weekend.  Here’s hoping I can pull it all together! Strong, STYLISH, and Classy here I come.