Adventures in LISTS!

I am huge believer in lists. 

You might be thinking “Huh, Irene? That’s pretty obvious” or “Is this really your first post after a couple of months hiatus?” But I stand by my lists.

How do you get everything you need at the grocery store? LISTS.

How do you get all your work done? LISTS.

Christmas shopping? LISTS.

Plan parties? LISTS.

Pack the right clothes for a trip? LISTS.


I thought of this post after I hosted my mom’s 60th birthday party in January. My brother and I got tons of positive feed back on the party and we had a blast. The most common remark was “How did you guys do all this?” Well, you guessed it — LISTS.


I started with a menu (a list of sorts) and then made separate lists of where I was going shopping and what I needed. I took the list with me.


Then I made timelines of when I would make the foods (a list of timing).


We used the heck out of those lists. And the best thing about lists is that it makes it harder to forget things — and you get to check things off of the list. That feeling is amazing. I am also a big believer in the power of post it notes as reminders and as quick and easy labels. After my mom’s party, when we had so many people and made so much food, people asked how I did it. I think you know the answer… LISTS (and my brother helped).

When you are struggling with a project or a desk full of work, sit down and write a list. It’s amazing how much more in control you feel with that simple step.

And there you have it… lists my secret to success.


Now I can check this post off of the list!


Adventures in Getting Back Into Blogging…

I don’t know what happened but around the 1st of the year I really hit a blogging wall. I had posts planned but I couldn’t get excited about them. And then before I knew it, months had passed.

I blamed lack of inspiration, general exhaustion (work has been tough), and just old fashion ennui. But I think the truth is that I spent weeks thinking about how much better “Irene 2015” would be. She’d be healthier, more organized, more fiscally responsible, and just more on top of things. So in typical me fashion instead of living up to my own hype, I just kind of let it ALLLLLLL go — including my blog.

But that ends today. I am back. I thought for my first post back, I would spend some time talking about general plans for future blogging.


Spring is here and that means:
PRINTS. Tiny prints…. fun prints… maybe even florals…
Sorry, Miranda.


So look for future posts about prints!
And, creative hair solutions… experiments in washing your hair less… and color and change when is the right time (hint soon!).

I am also going to be doing a series on shoes — not just fashionable ones but ones that we can actually wear and be fabulous AND do our jobs.

I am also open to other posts so if you have style questions or thoughts, throw them at me and I will be sure to address them in my blog, which reads 50% blog and 50% personal journal. 🙂