Success is not easy - and is certainly not for the lazy.

Monday, April 02, 2012

This post title is a quote from today's feature on The Everygirl. Girls like Sam Saifer-Berngard make me want to do it all. I hope you will take a moment to read her feature and that you'll join us for today's Coffee Talk, too!

Sam's feature got me thinking about my life and career. She is a girl who works very hard doing something that she loves. I spent the early half of my 20s feeling so lost and unsure of what I wanted to do. While work can be exhausting, it is the emails from readers and work we love that keeps us going. I could never spend this much time on something I wasn't passionate about. I'd rather be overworked and love what I do than clock out each night at 6:00 and hate my job. I am so grateful for this experience. For my wonderful business partner and to all of you. xo

And since I love looking back on my little recap posts...

Woke up early on Saturday & worked for a few hours. Took a couple hours off to shop with Shari, watched Bridesmaids and redesigned our Tumblr. That girl time was exactly what I needed!

On to Sunday. More work, a photo shoot for The Everygirl, and lots of photo editing. I cannot tell you how excited I am about this feature. We shot it in 3 parts at 3 different locations & it's coming out later this week. Get excited.

My new ShoeMint flats arrived and I LOVE them. I am a big fan of ShoeMint. Their shoes are comfortable and very affordable. Loving the new collection! There are some very cute sandals that I need on my feet ASAP. Chicago just needs to warm up so I can wear them.

I have some BeachMint and StyleMint coupon codes for you!

TOASTY – good for 20% off your first StyleMint T, first time buyers only, valid until 4/30
BREAKFAST – good for 15% off your first ShoeMint pair, first time buyers only, valid until 4/30

Clockwise from top left:
Flats c/o ShoeMint
Passed a romantic photo shoot while shopping on Michigan Ave.
New gold top-siders.
A little morning work on the laptop with the most handsome pup in the world.

Happy Monday!


  1. Just found your blog from Mix and Chic, I love the Everygirl campaign and I'm looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

    I must get some new *comfortable* shoes for spring which has finally arrived here in Northern California!


  2. I can't wait to check out this feature! It sounds very inspiring. I am in the process of leaving work I don't like to pursuing my own passion. I am thankful for stories like yours and the support of the Everygirl community!



  3. Lovely photos! Have a great day honey! Kori xoxo

  4. Love the title of this post! Ain't that the truth...

    Quiet Luxury

  5. I can't wait to see the feature :) And I totally agree with you about doing things that you love

  6. I absolutely loved Sam's feature on The Everygirl. I went to college with her and her style and ambition were obvious even then! :)
    p.s. Purchased the Sperrys!!! SO excited for them to arrive.

  7. Such beautiful photos! I love your shoes, they are just gorgeous! x

    Kate {Something Fabulous}

  8. I officially have shoe envy :). Lovely post!

  9. definitely one of my favorite features so far :) thanks for sharing!

    -Caitlin @ Reverie to Reality

  10. Those flats are seriously adorable. But those Sperrys are really what I have my eye on! I love the metallics!

  11. Can't wait to check out this feature! Also, these ShoeMint Flats are gorgeous!


  12. How cool is Everygirl campaign! That is a really great concept. Love your blog. These photos are so lovely.

  13. thanks for the codes for a discount, jerk. and i mean jerk in the most loving way possible. you know that, right?

  14. Ah! Danielle, thank you so much for offering this discount! I bought the Bridget sandals too, in blush. I'm so excited for my first pair of ShoeMint's - I have been waiting a while to order some until I saw just the right ones, and it was perfect that I got a little money off while I was at it!

  15. Great catching up this weekend. I love both new pairs of shoes. :) Let's get together soon!

  16. I love your beauty and fashion picks - I'm an Essie polish addict, thanks to your blog! I was excited to see ShoeMint today on your blog; I love your fashion picks, but most are too expensive for me. When you said they were affordable, I was dying to look at their site. I was SUPER ANNOYED that, in order to simply VIEW their collection, you have to register/complete a profile/etc. What a hassle, and what a waste of time!

    It seems strange that you'd link to/support/encourage them, when you're SO anit-comment verification (takes the reader an extra step to comment) but you love and promote ShoeMint (takes the customer extra time to simply view the product)?!?

  17. Beautiful photos & the gold loafers look divine.

    By the way, I'm a new follower-er/reader & I'm thoroughly enjoying your lovely blog<3

    Take care!


  18. Goodness Never Fails - I think BeachMint (& all the other Mint brands) are great. The shoes are affordable, chic, and comfortable. It's a brand I am happy to promote.

    Typing a code (especially doing so on your iPhone) to leave a comment because you like a blog post is, in my opinion, very different. I appreciate your concern and want you to know that I am definitely staying true to who I am and what I believe in. This is a brand I will continue to support. I certainly do not expect all of my readers to love everything I write about or feature. I was just trying share a coupon code for those who might be interested.