Sun Kissed

So given the beautiful weather we’ve been dealing with here in New England (UGH) and my increasingly white winter “glow”, I thought I would share some of my top finds in the sunless tanner department.  The trick to self tanner is using it subtly so that you don’t turn out looking like La Lohan.  While there are several ways you can go wrong using sunless tanning products, they have come a long way and now there are some great options which give you just enough of a boost to avoid the winter blues and premature aging at the same time.

Sunless Tanner - Prep

With sunless tanner comes exfoliating.  First of all, you don’t want to have those God awful streaks we’ve all experienced (first hand or otherwise) and secondly, it will help absorb the color more thoroughly by eliminating dead skin cells.  Not to mention, you should be doing this regularly anyways. The Modern Friction face exfoliator by Origins is like a micro-dermabrasion without the cost ($38.50 people!). While you should only use it a couple of times a week, it does not damage or micro-tear the skin like the very popular, St. Ives Apricot Scrub, which we all had learned to love (think again!).  The Origins Salt Rub is like your very own spa treatment in the shower between the smell and texture – heavenly!  You can use it every day or a few times a week depending on your preference (and time), and you will notice after one use how soft it makes your skin.  Make sure to towel off completely before applying any of the below products and do not, I repeat, do not, put on other lotions prior.  Ok, moving on…

Sunless Tanner - Face

Alright ladies, now we have a few options when it comes to the face as I know a lot of people are hesitant (myself included) to put on anything semi-permanent on the mug.  The first, Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer, which by the way I am aware is extremely well-known (not trying to reinvent the wheel here), but still worth mentioning, adds great coverage for winter while also giving you a natural glow which is unmatched from other tinted moisturizers.  Next stop – Sisley Sun Glow Gel.  Sure, it’s a bit of a splurge (at $92), but mixed with a little of your every day lotion, provides a natural glowing bronzed complexion, which you don’t get from a tinted moisturizer.  Think more of a sheer tone vs. matte coverage.  Moving on, the Clarins Instant Tanning Gel is the absolute best semi-permanent option, which is the closest to the discontinued Bobbi Brown Sunless Tanning Gel (gone but not forgotten…) that I have been able to find.  The thick consistency makes it fool-proof and I have yet to see a streak.  The color usually lasts for a few days and is a great pick-me-up after looking in the mirror to see Casper staring back at you (story of my life).

Sunless Tanner - Body

I am letting you in on a secret here…Prtty Peaushun.  You know how every model and actress seem to be glowing from head to toe in every photograph and you just convince yourself that they were blessed with a gene that the rest of the population was not?  Well, after reading this little post on Molly Sims blog, I realized they’ve been hiding something from us for all of these years.  Look no further!  Glowing toned skin is here.  While the name is a bit confusing, you can get your hands on it here for $39 (I like to think a little goes a long way) and avoid mistyping it into Google.  Ok now, I don’t even know how to begin on the St. Tropez gradual tan lotion, because it is an absolute miracle worker.  You can put it on in the morning and it smells AMAZING and gives you a lasting bronzed all over glow, I would categorize this as a must-buy.   The “tan” lasts about a week and fades like a natural tan…you’re welcome!  For a little bit of a riskier tan without the sun, Clarins Liquid Bronze Self-Tanning is very affective and gives you a very natural looking tan without being overbearing.  You definitely need to be more careful given the light texture of the lotion, but as long as you exfoliate and take your time applying, you will love the results!

Hope this brightened your day!  A vacation to St. Tropez would still be better, but I will take what I can get…

XOXO
Meg

A Day in the Life: Mary Kate

Mary Kate

MKD

Current City: Manhasset, New York
Job: Pediatric Nurse, “Currently not working while waiting for baby Miller to arrive, hopefully I will go back in the fall but we will see!”
Fave Food: Pizza “Especially pregnant, apparently I have been eating too much of it because when I went to pay over the phone at Pottery Barn for the babies glider I said “I’d like to pay with my pizza!” I meant Visa…MORTIFYING!  I was always more of a salt over sugar girl but this pregnancy I am definitely more of a sugar girl.  I NEED to have something sweet after I eat, I hope that craving stops after the baby arrives I always loved that I didn’t like dessert now I can’t live without it!”
Favorite TV Show: Homeland, Dateline and 48 Hour Mystery, Bachelor/Bachelorette, Housewives and Modern Family
Drink of Choice: “When I am pregnant I like Seltzer with a splash of cranberry or a non alcoholic beer if I am out so I feel like I am drinking- I also just love the taste of beer!  Not pregnant I enjoy Diet Coke with a lemon! Mojito or Red wine!! CANNOT wait for a few Mojitos this summer – watch out!!!!!”
Ideal Date: Dinner and a movie, “Ryan’s (MK’s hubby) not a huge movie goer so we like to get take out and rent a movie on TV too!”
Favorite NYC Spots: “Columbus Circle where we got married, especially around Christmas I love the shops they set up – this year we went for our anniversary (12/17) and we got hot chocolate and shopped around it was perfect!  There are hundreds of favs though – the entire city is cool!  I lived there for 5 years out of college, sometimes I miss it, but I am definitely more a suburbs gal!  I mostly just miss my girlfriends being so close.  We go to visit quite a bit and that’s perfect for me!”
Favorite Department Store: Bloomies!
Favorite Scent: Kiehl’s Musk – the spray and the oil!
Favorite breakfast food: eggs or a bagel with cream cheese “bagels give me massive heartburn pregnant though…along with EVERYTHING else!”
Current Nail Polish: Topless and Barefoot “I do not recommend…makes my nails look dirty like the ink on my jeans has rubbed off on them or something!”

 

A DAY IN MARY KATE’S LIFE

8:00am – Wake up…

8:00am-8:25am – “Get out of bed, sometimes it takes a while with this big ol’ belly!”; Products: “I am a product freak!! I love creams, I take after my Mom!  Guinot is my favorite brand.  I love the face wash it’s smells good and makes your skin so smooth- I follow it with Guinot toner and then Guinot bioxygene moisturizer – simply fantastic!”  CeraVe moisturizer for my body (“they make an am/pm cream for the face too”), Vaseline aloe fresh moisturizing body gel,  Neutrogena oil-free eye makeup remover, Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner, NARS tinted moisturizer, Pantene Pro-V “for shampoo and conditioner but I change it up every time”, Dove body wash “right now but again I change my body wash up every time I go to the store too – much more fun that way new bottles and new scents they all seem to do the same for my hair and skin”, Venus razors

8:30am-9:30am – Go downstairs, “Ryan will usually make me breakfast unless I make cereal, I am going to miss that when he deploys :( We discuss what task is on the agenda for the day.  We are currently dealing with heat issues.  We are getting a whole new system Feb 7th they have to tear up the ceiling in the basement that we just redid!”

9:30am-10:30am – “I used to go to SoulCycle every Tuesday/Thursday at this time but at 36 weeks I had to stop – SoulCycle ROCKS but the ab work out part was getting too difficult with my bump – I’m proud I made it so far…so I try to walk or do something physical during this time – Wednesday/Friday I go to my trainer at this point I just go to get my blood flowing and see if I can squat this baby out!  I tried to keep in shape this pregnancy – they say it’s good for the baby, it makes labor easier and it helps you take the weight off quicker after you give birth- we shall see!”

11:00am-12:00pm – “Shower after my workout or run errands for whatever it is we are doing for the day.  Lately it has just been organizing the house (who knew how long this would take?), getting our paperwork squared away, washing the baby clothes, setting up baby things and trying to get our life squared away before Ryan leaves and we have our sweet baby!  We have furniture delivered almost everyday, it’s so fun and exciting.  Since we just moved and unpacked (mostly) we move things around ALL the time still – it’s like a game figuring out where everything should go!”

12:30pm – Lunch “It’s so nice to have Ryan home to share this time before he deploys we have really been able to enjoy each others company before the baby arrives!”

1:00pm-6:30pm – Finish up work for the day and run errands, “My Mom and I are always out buying something for the house while Ryan is home doing the handyman work! Sometimes I sneak in a nap – not as often as I should be at this point – there is just so much I can be doing!  Being pregnant is funny it’s the kind of tired that you physically CANNOT keep your eyes open even if you try, at least not me!”

7:00pm – “Plan on what to do for dinner!  I feel bad I haven’t cooked in the new house yet.  I’m getting used to Ryan cooking for me…going to be a hard habit to break!”

8:00pm –  Watch TV with Ryan; check bills and e-mails and do the dishes or laundry

9:30pm/10:00pm – Bed; “I take my prenatal vitamins, I bring up two bottles of water for my bedside – I am so thirsty at night! I use my Guinot products or Neutrogena towelettes (if it’s a lazy night) and brush my teeth!  I usually do not fall asleep until 11 or 12 baby Miller just sits on my bladder so I am up almost every hour at night, not as easy to sleep anymore – turning from side to side is a project! ”

Thanks Mary Kate!  Again, so many new products I haven’t heard of!   It is such an exciting time and so amazing to hear about all of the prep that goes into having a baby.  MK is one of an incredible family of 5 kids with more extended family than I can keep track of!  Baby Miller will be loved by so many and we can’t wait to see if it’s a boy or a girl!  In fact, MK has agreed to do another day in the life post-baby!  It will be so fun to compare schedules pre and post baby!

XOXO
Meg

 

A Day in the Life: Molly

Molly

Mols
Current City: Manhattan, Upper West Side
Job: Associate, Corporate Services Real Estate Group at Goldman Sachs
Fave Food: “I pretty much like all types of food except for Pork Chops (strange I know). My ultimate favorite is probably mexican food (2 beef burritos, rice & refried beans with a small side of queso and lots of chips and guacamole. Frozen margarita with salt.”
Favorite TV Show: “The Bachelor. My favorite season was probably “On the Wings of Love” with Jake because he kept keeping things interesting by picking Vienna. It is the worst but best TV out there! OH and HOMELAND OBVI.”
Drink of Choice: “Iced Coffee with Skim and 3 Splenda’s. Any flavored Seltzer. Recently I’ve been having a glass of milk with dinner and its been a nice little change.”
Ideal Date: “Going to Francisco’s on 68th and Columbus to grab pizza, in sweatpants of course, and then going to see a movie.  We just saw Lincoln, Argo and Silver Linings Playbook and loved all of them!”
Favorite NYC Spots: St. Patrick’s Cathedral (“where we got engaged!”); “And pretty much everywhere in NYC except for Penn Station, Herald Square and Times Square.” – COULDN’T AGREE MORE MOL!
Favorite Subway: 2 Train
Favorite Department Store: Saks
Favorite Scent: Bobbi’s Party by Bobbi Brown
Favorite Breakfast Food: Blueberry Pancakes with Sausage Links
Current Nail Polish: OPI Lincoln Park After Dark

A Day in Molly’s Life:

5:15am-5:35am – Wake Up; “I put my cell phone alarm on loud and it has to be across the room from me to make sure I actually get out of bed to turn it off. Get my gym clothes on. Brush my teeth quick and have some multivitamins – Vitafusion Multivites Gummy Vitamins and allergy pills because I get sinus infections at the drop of a hat.”

5:40am-6:30am – “Go down to the gym in my building and start to wake up by turning the speed up on the treadmill.”

6:30am-7:00am – “Shower and get dressed as quickly as I can. I have to lay out my clothes the night before so it speeds up the process a little bit. I usually wear a suit or a dress everyday. Not many ways to make a suit look “cute” and could never quite figure out how the J. Crew models made it look so fashionable in the catalogues.”

Products: “I love any and all product and I usually have a lot of things in my rotation but my most recent obsession is my Clarisonic that I got for Christmas – I have never had such clear and smooth skin. I usually do it once or twice a day depending on if I have charged it the night before but its my favorite and I would recommend it to everyone!  In the shower I use Biolage shampoo and conditioner but I like to buy small bottles because I like switching up the brand.  In my opinion the best body wash is Aveeno body wash in “calming lavender”.  Neutrogena naturals fresh cleaning and make up remover (in the morning) and Trish McEvoy face wash (at night).  Also swear by Ole Henriksen “Ultimate Eye Lift Eye Gel Roll on“, Ole Henriksen, “Truth Serum” and Origins “A Perfect World“. I switch up my body cream daily, but some of my favorites are: Laura Mercier in “Fresh Fig“, Clarins “Moisture Rich Body Lotion“.

7:05am –  “Head out the door to grab the 1 Train to the 2 Train and then either the PATH to Exchange Place or the Ferry from World Financial Center to Paula’s Hook. I’ve been taking the ferry lately because its been such a nice way to start the day on a boat. Usually grab an iced coffee at a place along the way and maybe a veggie drink if I really need to wake up.”

8:00am – “Sit down at my desk – we don’t have assigned seats at work so I try to switch it up and pick a new seat every day.”

8:00am-8:25am – “I eat breakfast at my desk – usually a yogurt from home and I check emails.”

8:30am-9:30am – Internal Meeting

9:30am-10:30am – Check emails

11:00am-12:00pm – “Jump back on the ferry to Manhattan for a meeting at one of our properties to discuss marketing and PR opportunities.”

12:30pm – “Head back to Jersey City and pick a new seat again…”

12:45pm-1:00pm – “Go down to the cafeteria and grab a salad and go back up and eat at my desk.”

1:00pm-6:30/7:00pm – “Respond to emails and usually have a couple smaller internal meetings or conference calls.”

7:00pm – “Head home and pick up something for dinner along the way.”

8:00pm – “Get home eat, watch NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams”

9:30pm/10:00pm – HIT THE HAY; “Before bed I usually put on Ole Henriksen “Truth Serum” I also like Lancome “Genefique” serum and before bed and in the winter months twice a week I will put on Origins “Drink Up Intensive“, L’Occitane hand cream “Mango flower“, Carmax lip balm, and Ole Henriksen “Ultimate Eye Lift“.  In Sephora I typically gravitate to any product that says “lift, tighten or smooth”.” – AMEN SISTER!

Thanks Mol!  Now I realize why we are such good friends… product obsessed and Mexican food lovers.  Even after living with you for so many years, I still find this interesting!  I love your tendency to mix things up.  After all, change leads to happiness!  (Has anyone seen the Happy Movie? So good!)  Even things as little as mixing up moisturizer is something worth trying!  Do it peops!  Also, I must say, for all of you thinking What?! She’s up at 5:30am everyday to workout? Mol is one of the most disciplined people I have ever known and is definitely a great example for the rest of us!  As Ben Franklin puts it, “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a [wo]man healthy, wealthy and wise.”  I need to start repeating that one in the morning as I hit snooze

How was everyone’s weekends?!  This is my last week as a 26 year old and I can’t really believe it!

XOXO

PS – Mol is my bestie from the famous Wedding of the Year

A Day in the Life: Katie

Katie

Katie

Age: 27
Current City:  NYC
Job:  Retail/Fashion – C.Wonder
Cocktail of choice: Margarita on the rocks with salt
Fave food: “I love bacon… but for a real meal I’ll go with a burger!”
Favorite NYC restaurant: Palma in the West Village
Favorite season: Summer
Favorite vacation: Barcelona
Favorite color: Pink
Obsession: “My black lab Lucy.”
Favorite board game:  Catch phrase & Apples to Apples!

A DAY IN KATIE’S LIFE

6:50am – “Alarm goes off.  Hit snooze 4 times.  Doze in and out of sleep thinking about my day and what I’m going to wear.”

7:15am – Get out of bed, showered and dressed “I always make my bed or my day is off-balance!” – same here sister!; in Katie’s makeup bag: Redken shampoo, Moroccan Oil Conditioner, Laura Mercier one-step cleanser, primer and tinted moisturizer, NARS Laguna bronzer, Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc, Lancome mascara, Stila eye liner, L’oreal Sublime Bronze, Sugar lip balm, Dior lip gloss, Chanel Chance Perfume

7:40am – Leave apartment and walk to work in the Flatiron “I always take a different route than the day before to change things up, never know what you may see in NYC!

7:50am – Stop at Starbucks on 5th Ave. for a Grande Vanilla Latte or Venti Caramel Iced Coffee

8:00am – Arrive to the office and go through e-mails, sign into Gchat, go over the calendar for the day, check out Womens Wear Daily headlines

8:00am – 11:00am – Meetings, review business, best sellers/worst sellers, trends etc.; Constantly getting previews of apparel and accessories for upcoming seasons (“best part of my job!”)

11:00am – Daily visit to Ruelala and OneKingsLane followed by Gilt Group at noon

12:00pm – Lunch; Favorite spots in Flatiron: Eately, Mangia, Chop’t, Schnipper’s, Melt Shop, Rickshaw dumplings

1:00pm-7:00pm – “My afternoon is filled with meetings, e-mails, and more meetings.  There is usually an afternoon snack which consists of  some form of chocolate & a diet coke.”

7:00pm-8:00pm – “Try to wrap up for the day, walk home, make phone calls, listen to music depending on the day.  Currently loving Rihanna and anything Christmas!”

8:30pm-10:00pm – “Dinner which usually involves something quick, easy and sad to say boring: Lean Cuisine, cereal or salad . Then I catch up on my DVR’d shows (RHOBH, Revenge, 666 Park, Nashville, Bachelor, E news, Keeping up with the Kardashians….).”

10:00pm – Bedtime; “Get into bed, browse through Facbeook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, US Weekly until I fall asleep!”

Thanks Katie!  Katie is a former finance gal herself who was brave enough to make the switch to her real passion – fashion!  Working in the fashion industry sounds like so much fun and I am inspired by your courage!  It’s hard to figure out what it is exactly that you want to do once you enter into the real world and even harder to realize you are not stuck in one profession once you start.  For those of you unfamiliar with C.Wonder, it is a newer brand started by Chris Burch (Tory Burch’s ex-husband) and has a similar feel to the Tory Burch brand, at a better price point.  The first store they came out with is on Spring Street in SoHo and is a really fun place to check out if you’re visiting the city!  They have amazing and fun things for the home and your wardrobe!

Hope everyone’s weeks are off to the right start!  My thoughts and prayers are with the families of Newtown, CT.  Let’s be thankful for all of our families and friends who we love and not lose sight of the bigger picture.

XOXO

South of Main’s Holiday Gift Guide

I know this may be a little late in the game for all you overachievers out there but here is a Holiday gift guide from yours truly…

The man in your life

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L.L. Bean Slippers, Patagonia Vest, iPod amplifier, JamBox, Jack Black products, Beer & food calendar, Man candles, iPhone portable charger, J.Crew sweater

The woman in your life

For her

Dana Rebecca necklace, Illesteva sunglasses, La Mer lotion, iPod shuffle (with engraved message), LOVE paperweight, fur vest, earrings, Club Monaco clutch

Yo mamma

For mom

Monogrammed J.Crew PJs, Candle, Philosophy skin care, shopping list, coffee table book, Nora Fleming tray

Yo daddy

For Dad

Monogrammed golf balls, Leather coasters, beer-making kit, beef jerky of the month, Patagonia jacket, Monogrammed grill kit

Your bestie

For BFFs

InStyle subscription, Hair ties, BFF hats, earrings, monogrammed necklace, Gone Girl book, nautical makeup bag

Your I want to trump everyone else Yankee Swap gift

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Snood, Soul-Cycle gift card, survival kit, Brooklyn Slate board, Damn Good Advice book

Your in-laws

For in-laws

NY Food Basket, Cutting board, Monogrammed Bocce set, Engraved silver frames, Personalized sign

And there you have it folks!  Many of these gems you can buy online, which is music to the ears if you ask me!  I’ve about had it with crowds and long lines these days!  A few things to note here… the JamBox is probably the best gift you could give to anyone with an iPhone (aka everyone); I recently purchased Illesteva sunglasses and am absolutely obsessed, mostly because they make me look way cooler than I actually am; magazine subscriptions are a surprisingly cheap and thoughtful gift…that keeps on giving every month; I love the personalized city signs for anyone who wants to buy me a Christmas present.  Andddd…well, that’s it.

Hope everyone has a wonderful and productive weekend, for those of us finishing up last-minute holiday shopping!  Next year I promise to post my shopping guide earlier in the season – New Years resolution #1!

Keep it real.

XOXO

A Day in the Life: Courtney

Courtney

Age: 26
Current City:  Scituate, MA
Job:  Private Equity
Nickname:  Court
Ideal date: Going out to dinner and a movie. (Fave spots: Tosca’s “when we like to indulge”,  Satuit Tavern or Wahlburgers “for a casual night”)
Beauty Secret: Clarinsonic Mia, lots of water and Rainbow Light one-a-day multivitamin
Fave Food: Cheeseburger or pineapple pizza (only from Cosmo’s) and Greek salads
Drink of Choice: Kettle One soda with a lime
Where I Shop: “I love a good deal and so does John so I usually like to go to TJ Maxx.  I have found some really good stuff at the one in Downtown Crossing [Boston], also love Target and always have been and always will be a lover of Gap.”
Fun Fact: Married to her highschool sweetheart, John and mamma to the cutest baby in the world, Grace (in the turkey hat)

A DAY IN COURTNEY’S LIFE

5:45am – “Alarm goes off and I immediately snooze….I sometimes wake up with a babies foot or hand on my face depending on how the night before went.”

6:00am – “Get up and shower after being told by my husband that he cannot be late today.”

6:05am – Use Clarisonic with Cetaphil face wash followed by Cetaphil moisturizer (“I don’t use the moisturizer in the summer because it’s pretty heavy.”);  “I am a sucker for anything NARS so my make up bag consists of mostly NARS products except I LOVE Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer (summer: almond winter: bisque).”; blow dry front of hair and air dry the rest then flat-iron; “…head back into my bedroom stare at my closet with no idea what to wear.” – this is a common problem amongst us girls!

6:20am – “Get Grace’s diaper bag ready;  I pack two outfits, diapers, wipes and her snacks and Elsie her doll (interesting stuff I know). John changes her and puts her in the car seat to head out.”

6:45am/7:00am – “Ideally John likes us to be out the door at 6:45am but it is usually 7:00. We drop Grace off at John’s parents house (I like to give her a big wet kiss before she goes inside).  At this point Grace is just starting to wake up and she has breakfast inside.”

8:15am – Arrive in Boston for work; head to the locker room “check myself out and apply the rest of my make-up”

8:30am – “Make the loop back to my desk grabbing Chobani yogurt with granola and 2 bottles of water. Check emails, start work for the day.”

10:30am – Head to the break room to grab Zen green tea and a cup of almonds

12:00pm – Check the lunch menu for the day;  “Monday’s we have fish (usually salmon) so I make a plate around 12:15pm, wrap it and put it aside for later.” – YES, her office has an in-house chef!  Can you imagine?

12:30pm – Grab a water bottle and go to gym for class (“usually it’s a little cardio with some muscle mix ending with yoga and stretching”) – YES, her office has in-house personal trainers and a gym!  Must be nice, Court!

1:30pm – Shower and back to desk for lunch

3:30pm – “My friend comes by my desk and we catch up over coffee (tea for me).”

5:00pm – Meet John and drive home

6:00-6:30pm – Pick-up Grace and head home

6:45pm – Make dinner, eat and play with Grace

7:15pm – “Bath time for Grace!”

8:00pm/8:30pm – “Give Grace a bottle and read her a book or two (we like Olivia, Z for Zamboni and of course Goodnight Moon).  Cuddle some more in bed then she is down for the night…hopefully.”

9:00pm – Brush teeth, wash face (with Clarisonic), moisturize; “Catch up on our fave shows…Dexter, Modern Family, Homeland, Nashville (I watch this alone – John likes American Horror Story and I’m scared of my own shadow so I refuse)”

9:30pm/10:00pm – “Lights out for me!  Can’t sleep without a glass of water on my side table and the fan on…even in the winter!” – I am a year-round fan person too!

Thanks Court!  Love hearing the day in the life of a mamma.  Court is one of the most relaxed first mom’s I have ever come across!  If you couldn’t tell through reading this, she makes it look easy!  Grace (also known as “false advertising”) just so happens to be one of the calmest (and cutest) babies of all time.  It’s so impressive how Courtney and John work together to make everything run smoothly while both working full-time.  That’s what I call team-work!

Hope everyone had a fun and relaxing Thanksgiving weekend!  Can’t believe it’s already the Holiday season!

XOXO

A Day in the Life: Hillary

Hillary

Age: 27
Current City:  East Village, NYC
Hometown: Garden City, NY
Job:  Pre-K Teacher in NYC
Nickname: Hil
Beauty Secret: a good nights sleep
Favorite Restaurant: Via Della Pace in the East Village
Fave Food: “My mom’s mac and cheese, deli sandwiches, and salt and pepper potato chips.”
(Wearing: Zara top, J.Crew pants)

A DAY IN HILLARY’S LIFE

6:30am – Wake up, make Dunkin Donuts hazelnut coffee, wash face, use Origins Purifying tonic, brush teeth, moisturize my face with Olay regenerist and apply Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer (“I shower at night because I don’t like to get into my bed without being clean and working with kids all day I feel like I am covered in germs by the end of the day!”)

6:50am – Chug water followed by first cup of coffee of the day while making a sandwich for lunch (maple turkey and swiss on rye bread); “For breakfast I usually make myself egg whites with cheese if I have time or grab a Kind or Luna bar at the deli near work.”

7:00am – “Sit on my bed for longer than I should staring into my closet trying to figure out what to wear.  Rush to put something on and get out the door.”

7:20am – Walk to the subway.

8:00am – Arrive at work, eat breakfast, fill up a big water bottle and start setting up classroom.  “Mornings are not as academic and more so just fun things for the kids to do as they trickle in from 8:15 till 9:00.  So I usually put out art supplies, some dry erase markers and boards for writing practice (we are working on proper pencil grip at this age), playdough (builds fine motor skills), puzzles and trains.  The morning “free play” promotes social skills and may not look it, but is a very important time of the day!”

8:15am – “The chaos begins as kids start to come in. Blast Disney station on Pandora to drown out the siren/shooting noises the boys make! Greet the kids, talk to parents, depending on my mood….play with the kids.” – I can’t imagine the patience you must have!

9:00am – “The kids clean up and we all sit down for “Circle Time”. This is when we all sit in a circle on the carpet and talk about the day, put up the date on the calendar sing the days of the week song (to the tune of the Adams Family song), and read the morning message which is a letter that I write to them each morning on a Smartboard. I’ll leave out letters that they have to come up and fill in.  Right now we are practicing for our Thanksgiving show (we need a lot of work) so we practice the lines to that!”

9:30am – “Work with the kids in small groups called “centers” where they work on math, writing, phonics and fine motor skills.”

10:00am – Have hour break while kids are in Greek lesson; go out to get a coffee and go up to friends classroom to chat

11:45am – Kidz Bop dance party (“class favorite is Call Me Maybe“)

12:00pm– “Eat lunch with the kids as they ask me what I’m eating and why.  They don’t seem to understand that their teachers are real humans too.”

2:00pm – “On nice days we will go outside to a courtyard down the block from my school. I teach the kids games like tag, stuck in the mud, red light/green light, and sharks and minnows.” – I would like to propose doing this on nice days at my job…

2:45pm – Dismissal; say good-bye to the kids and organize classroom/prep for the next day

3:30pm – Teach a cooking class for the after school program.

4:30pm – Leave work and go home; usually stop to do some errands on the way

6:00pm – “Unfortunately this doesn’t always happen but go to my favorite class at the gym (Cardio sculpt at NYSC).”

7:00pm – Shower; cook dinner (usually something involving pasta)

9:00pm – Hang out with my roommates and watch Bravo – I think Bravo has been in every female’s average day!

10:00pm – Brush teeth and get into bed, “It usually takes me about 2 minutes to fall asleep.  I’m a really great sleeper!”

Thanks Hil!  Now I want to be a teacher!  I don’t know about you all, but it’s amazing how different my day is from Hil’s!  As a teacher you really have no down time, especially if you’re chasing around Pre-K kids!  It’s like work combined with babysitting!  I am tired just thinking about it.  I have always thought about teaching and wondered if I would be good at it or not.  Unlike most jobs, it is rewarding, but it really does take a lot of patience, planning and hard work.  What do you think?  Could you see yourself as a teacher?

How was everyone’s weekends?  Yesterday I spent all day biking around NYC and Brooklyn and it was absolutely awesome!  So happy it’s a short week!

XOXO