Every year at the start of the new year we gather round and make our New Year’s resolutions. These are the things we want to work on and accomplish in the upcoming year, whether that is to get fit, start a new project, go back to school, travel more, spend less…you get the picture! With 2017 in full swing, one of my New Year’s resolutions is to try and make use of my time more efficiently and be more productive.

While being productive is always a goal of mine, I especially want to accomplish as much as I can during the six months I have free until I start medical school in the summer. I also want to be more consistent in writing and scheduling posts to go up on the blog so that new content is available often.

With some thought and reflection I have come up with several tips that have helped me increase my productivity and stay on track with my goals. I believe these are the 4 most helpful ways to be more efficient with your time and get stuff done!

BE A MORNING PERSON!

One thing I have noticed is that by waking up early enough so that I don’t feel rushed, I have plenty of time to plan out everything I have to do for the day without forgetting something important. I can calmly get up out of bed, eat breakfast, get dressed and prepare for the day. This allows me to stay organized which makes performing my tasks later in the day easier and more efficient.

I also think waking up early creates the illusion of a longer day. I know when I sleep in, the day seems shorter, and it seems as if I have less time to accomplish everything I want to. Luckily, when it comes down to being an early bird versus a night owl, I am definitely the early bird. However, I truly believe that even if you are not someone who likes to wake up early, doing so tricks your mind into thinking you have more time to do the things you want.

EAT A GOOD BREAKFAST!

Whoever said, breakfast is the most important meal of the day was definitely onto something. Breakfast provides your body with the energy it needs to function after a period of fasting during the hours you are asleep. Getting in a well balanced breakfast will allow you to feel full and tackle all your tasks for the day without constantly thinking of your next meal. Some of my favorites are scrambled eggs with mushrooms or spinach, avocado toast, and oatmeal with blueberries and almonds.

PLAN. PLAN. PLAN.

Organization is KEY! Planning ahead is essential to being productive because it enables you to take on your tasks quickly without missing a step, idea, or deadline. By keeping everything in order and sorted out you can give 100% to the task at hand, without worrying that there is something missing.

JUST DO IT!

The most important tip to improving your productivity is to just start! You can wake up early, fuel your mind, and plan ahead, but if you don’t actually begin doing everything you set out to do then you will get nowhere and you will continue to remain unproductive. Just continue to remind yourself to take the plunge and begin whatever tasks you have waiting for you at the moment.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Stay tuned for more coming soon!

Until then,

xoxo

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Hey everyone! Welcome back and Happy New Year! I hope you all had an amazing holiday season. I decided to kick off the new year with a post that is sort of different from what I typically write about on this site. It’s not about fashion or travel, beauty or food. It’s about the beginning of a new chapter in my life starting with my acceptance into medical school, a dream that was 11 years in the making. 

Where will you be when it happens? When your life changes. When you finally get the thing you wanted most. Who will you tell?

I remember the day vividly. I had just gotten to work early in the morning and began to organize my tasks for the day. We had been at a different office location the day before so a few things were out of place. I also had to catch up on uploading photos and transcribing notes to put in the patient files.

I took a few bites of my bagel and casually decided to check my email on my phone like I do every morning while I eat breakfast. Mind you, I wasn’t expecting ANYTHING. At that point I had been rejected from several schools including some I had interviewed at and was starting to feel defeated. It also had only been 4 weeks since my last interview and the admissions committee said that decisions would be sent out within 6-8 weeks. As the screen refreshed though, I saw the words. The words that changed everything. “CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2021! ” I stared at the screen for a few seconds, trying to process, squinting my eyes as I continued to read in order to confirm that what I thought was happening was actually happening. Oh. My. God. “Moooomm!” I screamed in a shaky voice. “I got in!”

My body was filled with so many emotions all at once: happiness…excitement…relief. My throat tightened and the tears began to fall, releasing all the tension, anxiety, doubt, and fear that had taken over me these past few months. I found myself sobbing. With this acceptance I felt validated, like all the hard work I had put into the last 5 years in high school and undergrad had meant something . It was not for nothing. Most importantly my dream for the past 11 years and everything I had been striving for was finally coming true. I WAS GOING TO BE A DOCTOR!

December 21st 2016 is a date I will never forget. It is the day that changed everything for me. The day my future in medicine began. I am so incredibly grateful for the support and opportunities I’ve had along the way and I am even grateful for the challenges and the setbacks that have helped me grow throughout my journey. I look forward to starting this new chapter in my life and couldn’t be more excited!

This new chapter will somewhat change the nature of the content on this blog. I will continue to publish content on fashion, food, travel and beauty but I think I also want to slowly incorporate posts about medicine and the medical school application process including my tips and experiences along the way! Reading what others had experienced during this process really helped me and motivated me to remain positive through it all. I hope you stay tuned!

Until next time,

xoxo

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Yayyyy, Christmas is almost here! Only two more days until my favorite holiday of the year and I couldn’t be more excited. The excitement began two days ago when I received my acceptance to MEDICAL SCHOOL after years of hard work (more on that experience in another post), so you could definitely say Christmas came early this year. Nevertheless, the holiday is fast approaching and with two days left I wanted to do something a little different, and share with all of you one of my favorite holiday traditions.

Every year my family typically hosts Christmas Eve in our house. My mother, sister and I pile the house with all sorts of food even if we are just having a small group of people. What can I say? We’re greek! Greeks cook for an army of people even if in reality it is just a few, because you never know who will just “stop by”. There is NEVER enough food! After we have stacked the house with appetizers, desserts…you name it, we get ready and wait for our guests to arrive. Once they do we crack open some bottles of wine, play both greek and english Christmas music and just enjoy the night.

Now it is after our guests leave when our holiday tradition begins. Typically people go to bed after Christmas Eve and wake up Christmas Day to open up and exchange presents. However, one year when we were little my parents allowed my sister and I to stay up until midnight after the guests left. This way it would be officially Christmas at midnight and we could open up our gifts. Soon enough staying up and opening presents at midnight because our little Christmas tradition and every year this is what we do and I feel like it makes the holiday just a little bit more special each year 🙂 That’s it!

I would really like to know what your favorite holiday traditions are so leave a comment down below!

I hope you enjoyed this post and stay tuned for the next one.

Until then,

xoxo

 

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Ahhhhh…I can’t believe Christmas is one week away! Time is flying so fast and the end of the year is quickly approaching. 2016 will be gone in a flash. But as the year is winding down, the holiday season is still very much in full gear. I don’t know about you, but I have quite a few holiday gatherings coming up within the next two weeks and I like my makeup to look festive and chic. A bold red lip captures the Christmas vibe both effortlessly and timelessly.

Since I am not someone who tends to pile on the eye makeup (I usually keep mine quite simple focusing on really defined lashes), I heavily rely on lipstick to pull my look together. 

I start out with my Hangover Rx primer from Too Faced and then follow it with my Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation in the shade 5.75. Next, I’ll use my NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard to cover up blemishes and dark areas and follow that with my Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder to set everything in place. I’ll typically define my cheek bones with my Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow bronzer and highlighter. I then use the Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Cream Eye shadow in Rose Gold all over my lids and the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette color in Caramel in the crease. I finish the eyes off with multiple coats of mascara. Here I used the NARS Audacious mascara to really lift and volumize my lashes. 

 

Last but not least, I finish off the look with the Stila Stay all day liquid lipstick in the color Beso. I love these lipsticks because they do not budge one bit even through the heavy eating and drinking at holiday parties. 

 

And that completes this festive, classic, and easy holiday look that would be perfect at any holiday event. Below is a list of all products I used for this look.

 

Too Faced Hangover Rx primer

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
NARS Radiant Creamy concealer, Custard
Laura Mercier Translucent loose Setting powder
Charlotte Tilbery Filmstar Bronze and Glow
Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Cream Stick, Rose Gold
Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette
NARS Audacious Mascara
Stila Stay All Day liquid Lipstick, Beso

 

I hope you enjoyed this classic holiday makeup look and don’t forget to check out my previous posts!

Until next time, 

xoxo

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Christmas is my favorite time of the year! Nothing gets me more in the holiday spirit than visiting the tree at Rockefeller Center, or taking a stroll through Bryant park and sipping on hot cocoa The Holiday Season also means a lot of really fun, fabulous parties. But have you ever been stuck on what to wear to one of these events? Ever wonder what to wear to that office holiday party or Christmas Eve dinner party? Well you’re in luck! I am going to show you two very different outfit ideas for your next holiday party!

Plaid Shirt // Tulle Skirt // Tassel Earrings // Bowtie Shoes // Jewel Necklace

I really like this outfit idea and took some inspiration from pinterest and other bloggers. The plaid keeps the outfit just casual enough for an office party, but the tulle and the bow tied shoes add a feminine touch pulling the outfit together. Plus the earrings are a nice pop of white.

Red Jumpsuit // Over the Knee boots // Gold tassel Necklace

Nothing says Christmas or is as festive as a red ensemble. This Zara jumpsuit is so gorgeous I had to have it the moment I laid my eyes on it. Paired with black suede over the knee boots and gold accessories you have a classic combo that is perfect for any holiday party.

I hope this post gave you some great outfit ideas for all your Holiday parties this season. 

Hope to see you all next time!

Until then,

xoxo

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