Weekend Finds

My favorite inspiring, funny, thought-provoking, and interesting articles from this week!

(3/5/16-3/12/16)

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  1. Remembering First Lady Nancy Reagan
  2. Because there are always 2 sides to any story
  3. Embrace the anti-hustle
  4. How did I not know kate spade has a blog?!
  5. Lies we tell ourselves about being an adult
  6. Don’t forget to turn the clocks forward
  7. I ate like Chrissy Teigen for a week
  8. How to calendar your life
  9. Six ways to make $100 without leaving your room
  10. Teach girls bravery, not perfection

What I’m Watching: Fuller House

If you haven’t binge watched Fuller House on Netflix yet, I am not sure we can be friends. When I first heard about this revival I was so excited, and I have to say they did a pretty great job! Sometimes reunion episodes or sequels can fall flat, but Fuller House may just be the exception to that rule.

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For anyone who hasn’t seen Fuller House (or the trailers and cast press interviews!), the show starts with a recently widowed DJ raising her three boys. Stephanie and Kimmy decide to step in and help her, and all three of them move their families into the Tanner family home. Danny, Uncle Jesse, Aunt Becky, and Joey make appearances throughout the series. Michelle unfortunately does not come back to San Francisco, but there are a few funny moments regarding her absence.

This new show definitely keeps the same underlying themes of Full House alive. I like that you can see pieces of Uncle Jesse and Joey in Kimmy and Stephanie while they help DJ. There are of course the life lessons and funny moments throughout every episode but they are modified to fit today’s modern problems. I don’t want to give anything away, of course… but it is definitely a great new show you need to watch!

Have you seen Fuller House? Thoughts? Love it or hate it?

How to: De–stress at Work

The last few weeks at work have been in a word, stressful. A lot of changes have come down the pipeline and my team is trying to handle it all in stride. Last week in particular was filled to the brim with challenges, and somehow in a matter of hours I became a little ball of stress. It wasn’t until I got home that I began to slowly feel the stress melt away.

boldI’ll admit, I have never been great at handling stress. I think it was easier in college when I could walk across the quad or down the hall to a friend’s room. Taking a few minutes to get away from the papers, exams, or extracurricular work was often all I needed to gain a little perspective. At work it isn’t quite as easy to find a “sit on the quad and watch the sunset” moment. That being said, I think I’ve found a few ways to help manage my stress.

  1. Walk Away – Going off my trick from college, taking a walk outside or simply to the coffee machine can do wonders. It clears your head a bit and also allows you to avoid the dozens of emails pouring in for a few minutes.
  2. Just breathe – So simple, but something I am not always mindful of when I feel the stress start to overwhelm me. Stopping for a few minutes to focus simply on your breathing can make a world of difference. There are a variety of techniques you can try to find the best fit for you.
  3. Wake up earlier – The most stressful days I have at work are when I am stressed before I even reached my desk. Running late, weaving in and out of slow walking New Yorkers, and reaching my desk minutes before my first meeting doesn’t make for a calm day. Waking up a few minutes earlier gives me time to grab a cup of coffee and go through my emails before the madness of the day sets in.
  4. Snacks – I am one of those people who sometimes forgets to eat when I am stressed. I bounce from one meeting to the other, and suddenly it’s 4pm and I haven’t had lunch. That makes for not only a stressed out Allison, but also a really cranky one too. Keeping healthy snack options nearby makes this step easy and keeps hangry at bay. I also recommend eating snacks away from your desk, find somewhere quiet for a few minutes of peace.
  5. Take your lunch break – Going off the last tip, actually take your lunch break! I know it isn’t always easy to get away for an hour, especially when you are in back to back meetings all day. However, it is so important to go out and grab lunch or simply step away from your desk for even 30 minutes. It is a necessary mental break that will recharge you enough to power through the rest of the afternoon.
  6. Music – Create a playlist of your favorite songs to always have on hand! Sometimes when people keep stopping by my desk and asking me questions, (and as a result breaking my train of thought!) I plug in my headphones to block out the distractions. I always opt for Country music because my Pandora playlist has become the perfect balance of calm and upbeat music. My all time favorite songs these days are Thomas Rhett’s Crash & Burn or Make Me Wanna, I am seriously addicted.
  7. Stretch – Get up and move around every half hour! I have been working on my posture at work and it has made a world of difference. Simply standing up and stretching your shoulders and back can help elevate those stressed muscles.
  8. Add some green I’ve already mastered this tip…have plants at your desk! Studies have shown that keeping plants at your desk can help reduce stress. I keep an ivy plant and a small bamboo plant on either side of my computer. I love these touches of nature, because it makes my desk feel like a happier place to work.
  9. Say No – This is more of a life lesson, but sometimes you just have to say “no”. I am the kind of person who will always take on different projects and tasks, and don’t always realize that I can’t handle it all until I am overwhelmed. I need to remember that sometimes it is okay to say “no” and push back. Stop adding to your stress by taking on things you cannot handle. It is better to reach out to your team for help or to better delegate the work. This will help to elevate mounting amounts of stress.

I hope these tips help you deal with the stress in your own life! Any helpful tips I should add into my own routine?

Friday Finds

My favorite inspiring, funny, thought-provoking, and interesting articles from this week!

(2/27/16-3/4/16)

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  1. Chargeable handbags…sign me up!
  2. Who you gonna call?
  3. Keep this in mind before getting a standing desk
  4. The truth behind Cetaphil
  5. Nickelodeon made a big announcement!
  6. You’re not crazy
  7. Happily Ever After…Again
  8. Leonardo DiCaprio’s assistant reveals what her boss is really like
  9. That is so fetch
  10. Mid-life crisis in your 20s explained

Apartment Finds: Ottomans

My apartment has definitely come together in a lot of ways over the last few months! I love how homey it feels when I walk in the door. But I’ve also learned that decorating is a constant work in progress, I don’t think I’ll ever feel like it’s finished. I am always thinking of new things I want to do in my space (that also falls within my budget!) The next thing on my apartment list is a new ottoman. Right now I have this old pink cube from college that doubles as extra storage (a necessity in any tiny NYC apartment!). Unfortunately it is starting to fall apart and the pink isn’t exactly as bright or clean as it used to be. In an effort to update my apartment aesthetic (and storage!), I decided to search for a few new options. Here are my favorites so far!

Screen Shot 2016-02-27 at 6.38.02 PMMerritt Storage Ottoman

Keeping with a navy blue theme, this pattern is a great pair for my brown faux leather couch.

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Newtown Storage Ottoman

I love the shelf beneath this ottoman. I can store all my favorite coffee table books without getting in the way of putting my feet up. It also comes in a cute floral pattern that could work too!

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Anne Skirted Storage Ottoman

I am clearly a fan of patterns! I can’t get enough of this skirted option.

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Round Tufted Storage Ottoman

Something a little bit more simple.

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Water Hyacinth Storage Ottoman

This option could pair nicely with the wicker baskets in my IKEA Shelving Unit!

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I just thought this one was pretty cute🙂

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Classic Collection Vintage Script Fabric Round Storage Ottoman

This one reminded me of a postcard!

For my space, I am clearly looking to incorporate navy! Since my curtains and bedding have touches of navy, I want to make sure my ottoman doesn’t feel out of place. The great thing is that there are plenty of options out there! I don’t think I’ve found a winner yet, but I’m not giving up.

Oscars 2016: Best Dressed


Unless you are living under a rock, you were watching The 88th Academy Awards last night. Compared to all the other awards show recently, (in my humble opinion) the Oscars had by far the best fashion. This made it very tricky to narrow down my favorite looks because there was so much variety and risk taking on the red carpet last night. So here they are, the best dressed celebrities of the night.

Jennifer Lawrence

This was hands down one of my favorite looks of the night. JLaw looked like a queen walking down the red carpet in this black Dior Haute Couture gown.

Daisy Ridley

Daisy Ridley

The Star Wars: The Force Awakens actress, sparkled in a midi-length silver frock by Chanel Haute Couture. I think what I love most about this dress is how the length allowed it to stand out from the pack. The midi-length plus the sparkly earrings, bracelet, and ring were truly styled to perfection.

Saoirse Ronan

Looking like a glittery mermaid, Saoirse rocked a sequined emerald Calvin Klein Collection dress. Her mismatched earrings (one pearl and one emerald by Chopard) were the perfect touch for this look!

Brie Larson

The Oscar winner rocked a blue embellished gown by Gucci, which she paired with a matching jeweled hair accessory. Although I personally thought the belt was a bit too much, as a whole she looked beautiful walking down the red carpet.

Jennifer Garner

Jennifer chose an off-the-shoulder black Atelier Versace gown and opted to keep her hair pulled back for the occasion. I am convinced she just becomes more beautiful with age!

All eyes on her! Naomi Watts stunned at the 2016 Oscars on Sunday night slipping into a stunning Armani Prive gown embellished with thousands of sequins 

Naomi Watts

Sparkly gowns were definitely a trend last night! Naomi chose a purple and blue strapless sequined Armani Prive gown. She looked absolutely stunning in this colorful option.

Chrissy Teigen

I am pretty sure no one can rock pregnancy fashion quite like Chrissy. She opted for a red beaded sheer “naked” gown for the Oscars, and was absolutely glowing. The best part of her look? Her husband John Legend, they are seriously #relationshipgoals.

Rooney Mara

Rooney’s sheer white gown by Givenchy Haute Couture was truly a piece of art. She looked like a futuristic bride in this embroidered dress with a diamond cut out for an added point of interest.

Margot Robbie

I guess it’s true what they say, “Dress for the job you want!” Margot was definitely channeling Oscar vibes in her gold Diane Von Furstenberg gown. The deep V-neckline perfectly balanced out the long sleeved gown, keeping Margot from getting lost in the material.

Rachel McAdams

Rachel McAdams

Last but certainly not least, Rachel opted for an emerald gown and completely stole the show with this backless August Getty Atelier choice. Pairing this dress with a slicked back updo, neutral makeup, and sparkly dangling earrings allowed the actress to shine.

What was your favorite look of the night? Did I miss any showstoppers?

101 in 1001 countdown

Today marks one year until the end date for my 101 in 1001 list! For those of you stopping by All Shook Up for the first time, this is the list I created after reading Mackenzie Horan’s blog Design Darling while I was in college. I was immediately taken with the idea and decided to start my own list, in the hopes that it would be better than a bucket list.

101 things in 1001 days

So far I have checked off a few #s on the list, but I’ll admit I still have a ways to go. I think the craziest part about reviewing my list is thinking back on when I first wrote it. It was the summer after my college graduation when I was still living at home with my parents, unemployed, without a clue where I was headed. Writing this list was so daunting because in the following months I wasn’t sure if I would be working in NYC, finding a way to get back to Sydney, Australia, or taking a completely different path I hadn’t fully formed yet. A lot in my life has changed since that summer, but surprisingly many of my goals still fall within the realm of possibility for completion by next February. Some things listed are definitely easier to accomplish than others , but I think reaching the one year countdown is the perfect reminder to go after them!

Countdown: 24 complete, 77 to go!

Inspired to write your own list?