Coffee Chat: Goal Setting for 2020


It’s FriYAY – which for this week means blizzard prep and a warm cup of ‘jo. Or in this case, a lavender latte courtesy of Copper Cow Coffee. Now that I’ve fully recovered from my bout of headaches/migraines, I wanted to sit down and chat 2020 with you guys! We’re officially just over two weeks in and now that the holiday/back to school madness has mostly calmed down, it’s the perfect time to set those goals for the year.

New Year’s goals or resolutions seems so cliché right? They’re all over the morning talk shows come Jan. 1st, everyone’s so motivated but by February no one can quite remember what their New Year’s resolutions were in the first place. BUT this year I challenge you to do something different.

When it comes to the New Year, I prefer to set goals over resolutions. Resolutions are a strict black/white, yes/no way of looking at things. Whereas goals give you something to work toward. And, having goals is super important to our mental health. It keeps us motivated and gives us purpose. But choosing the right goal and the path to get there is key! I’m breaking down my three steps to goal setting below to make it as easy as possible for all of you!


1. Reflection:

This is a SUPER important first step that can’t be ignored. How can you know where you want to go if you don’t know where you’re coming from? Take 20 minutes and a blank sheet of paper and WRITE (physically, don’t type!) anything and everything about 2019. Just do a big mind dump of everything you did, saw, accomplished and experienced. Then when the time is up, take 10 minutes to look back on your year and make a few notes about what you want to do differently or keep the same for 2020.

2. Set an Achievable Goal

I am the queen of setting unachievable goals, which then means that only a superhuman would be able to achieve them. This year, I am committing myself to setting BIG goals I know I can reasonably achieve. After looking at my mind dump from 2019, I realized I wanted to spend more time in making our new house a HOME. It’s been 5 months and we still barely have the thing decorated – lol. Luckily Kevin has the same goal! So, one of our 2020 goals is to work on finishing the house!

3. Plan!

Probably my favorite step because it involves planning – haha! This is where you break down your goal into the smallest steps possible. This takes the thinking out of it and makes everything streamlined for you.

For example, Kevin and I would like to have our house fully “done” by the end of 2020. This includes decorating/furnishing multiple rooms, re-doing the bathroom, refinishing the kitchen cabinets, redoing all of the landscaping in the backyard etc. AKA LOTS TO DO. If you look at that list, it’s instantly overwhelming. So we had to break it down. We,

  1. Created a master list of all of our projects we want to do
  2. Created a budget to ensure we could do all our projects
  3. Prioritized projects to do first
  4. Pulled up a calendar and scheduled ALL of our projects through 2020 so that we have about 1-2 a month.
  5. Compile a list of supplies needed for our first project in Feb: Finish/Furnish Front Bedroom
  6. Break down a schedule for the first project (you get the gist)

This is very simple example of how we broke down one of our goals for 2020. I did similar steps with my professional and personal goals too! Oftentimes, big goals (like finishing an entire house ahhh) can seem SO daunting. But after you break them down, they don’t seem so scary!


I hope this helps you guys find and lock down your goals for this New Year!! Things are always slower at the start of the year, so now is the perfect time to cozy up, reflect and take time for YOU! And, personally, there’s nothing better then sitting down for some me-time with a good cup of coffee. I’ve been loving these lavender lattes from Copper Cow Coffee lately – omg! Copper Cow Coffee is a sustainably sourced, eco-friendly, women-owned company (heck yeah!). Their coffees and teas are all Vietnamese pour overs so they require NO coffee pot – just hot water. Each pack comes with a filter and cream, which makes them very easy to make (and portable!).

I think these would be absolutely perfect for the coffee lover, travelers, college students or as a gift. If you’re in need of a cute and easy Valentine’s gift, look no further! And, I already KNOW these are coming camping with us next summer. This is the kind that I’m drinking, but they also have a few good gift sets like this one and this one! Oh, and they have DECAF and their churro flavor is also amazing!

xoxo

**Thank you to Copper Cow Coffee for sponsoring today’s post. As always, all opinions are my own**

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Affordable Athleisure & Activewear for 2020

Affordable Activewear and Athleisure | Style Blogger Lauren Meyer shares Affordable Activewear and Athleisure from Walmart
Affordable Activewear and Athleisure | Style Blogger Lauren Meyer shares Affordable Activewear and Athleisure from Walmart
Affordable Activewear and Athleisure | Style Blogger Lauren Meyer shares Affordable Activewear and Athleisure from Walmart
Affordable Activewear and Athleisure | Style Blogger Lauren Meyer shares Affordable Activewear and Athleisure from Walmart

Happy Monday! At the end of last year, I shared that I’ve been getting back into working out again. True, I’m just using a workout DVD from the 2000’s – haha. But it still counts! I’ve never been one to go to the gym or do group fitness. The easier the better. And, honestly, because it’s been a few years since I’ve worked out on a consistent basis, I didn’t realize how little I had in terms of activewear. I pretty much have leggings, an old sports bra, and that’s it. I don’t even have clothes to put on after I work out – lol. And who wants to get ready right away after working out anyway?! I almost always start work right after working out in the morning and get ready a few hours later.

From what I’m hearing on Instagram stories and messages, it sounds like you guys are in need of some new activewear/athleisure too! So I thought it’d be a great idea to round up some of what I’m finding in today’s post. Whether you’re doing a full blown workout, walking the dog or just need some lounge pieces to get you through the day, I should have you covered!

Affordable Activewear and Athleisure | Style Blogger Lauren Meyer shares Affordable Activewear and Athleisure from Walmart
Affordable Activewear and Athleisure | Style Blogger Lauren Meyer shares Affordable Activewear and Athleisure from Walmart

I picked up this cowl neck tunic top from Walmart a few weeks ago to throw over my sports bra/leggings after finishing a work out. It’s pretty lightweight so great to throw on as a loose layer. It would also be so so cute under a puffer vest with some boots for running errands after the gym! I got a S, and it comes in other colors too. It’s low in stock, but I’m also loving this jacket and this hoodie.

I’ve had these cute camo sneakers since the summer and love them! Currently on sale (only $15!) & they’re so easy to dress down or wear with jeans like I did here. They fit TTS.

Also if you’re in need of fleece leggings, definitely recommend grabbing these. SO warm & comfy! Would be great if you’re doing anything active outdoors or just cozying up for a movie night by the fire. They fit TTS – I got the XS. These are similar but are fleece only on the inside!

Affordable Activewear and Athleisure | Style Blogger Lauren Meyer shares Affordable Activewear and Athleisure from Walmart
Affordable Activewear and Athleisure | Style Blogger Lauren Meyer shares Affordable Activewear and Athleisure from Walmart

Sharing a few of my other fave activewear/athleisure finds from Walmart below! They have so many great, affordable options right now! A ton of what I’ve picked out below is under $20 – such a steal. Plus most of it qualifies for free 2-day ship with orders $35+! Click on the product photo to shop.


Quick update – if you’ve been following along on the ‘gram over the weekend, you know I’ve been in recovery mode from a pretty bad headache/migraine cycle. My neurologist put me on a steroid on Friday to help kick the cycle and changed around some of my meds. I’m feeling pretty good today – little to no headache and just feeling tired/kind of out of it besides that. Definitely in the last stages of the migraine postdrome phase. It usually lasts 1-3 days for me and considering how long this headache went on I’m not surprised it’s taking a while to pass. Slowly but surely getting back to 100%! Thank you to everyone who has reached out. I’ve taken a step back from work for a few days to focus on my health but will be back at it full speed soon!

xoxo

**thank you to Walmart for sponsoring this post! As always, all items were picked out and paid for be me and all opinions are my own**


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Top 10 Blog Bestsellers Of 2019

And just like that, we’re in the ’20’s. Isn’t that wild?! Maybe it’s cause I’m such a history buff and hearing “in the 20’s” always meant 1920’s. Now we’re living in the 20’s. This would be the moment when Kevin would remind me that that’s just “how things work”. But REALLY. This is so crazy to me! lol!

2019 was a huge year of growth for me – personally and professionally! Kevin and I bought our first house, bought a new car and traveled to so many new places! And my blogging business grew in ways I only ever imagined. I gained about 100K of you in the last year (like WHAT – so crazy!), worked with some of my dream brands and hired on a team of two amazing women! I haven’t told you guys yet, but I hired a manager (her name is Kari!) at the end of November in addition to a great assistant, Nia. Kevin and I made the decision in the Summer (right around the time I gave myself shingles due stress, haha) that I should hire some peeps on to help lighten my work load. I absolutely LOVE my job. But as my blog grew, I found myself getting bogged down with the administrative tasks, and it was taking away from creating great content for all of you. Not to mention, I wasn’t getting much sleep or getting out of the house – haha!

Early in December, I mentioned that I took a few days off to unplug and felt like those days really got me back to ME. Well those days also showed me some bigger picture ideas of where I wanted to take the blog in 2020. More to come on all of this in a goal setting post next week but for now know that I’m more excited than I’ve ever been for what’s coming to the blog in 2020, and I’m confident we’re heading into the year with the best team of women possible!

Thank you all for an AMAZING 2019!! Your support continues to amaze me everyday. I’m so thankful for each and every one of you. Cheers to YOU!

Today, I’m sharing YOUR top 10 favorite items from 2019! I was actually surprised to see some of what made the list and what didn’t! And also, safe to say we are a community full of shoe lovers!


TOP 10 BESTSELLERS OF 2019

Top 10 Blog Bestsellers of 2019 | Style Blogger Lauren Meyer shares the Top 10 Blog Bestsellers of 2019

#1 – SPANX LEGGINGS

Top 10 Blog Bestsellers of 2019 | Style Blogger Lauren Meyer shares the Top 10 Blog Bestsellers of 2019
Top 10 Blog Bestsellers of 2019 | Style Blogger Lauren Meyer shares the Top 10 Blog Bestsellers of 2019
Top 10 Blog Bestsellers of 2019 | Style Blogger Lauren Meyer shares the Top 10 Blog Bestsellers of 2019

#2 – SNEAKERS (Bestsellers in colors Oyster & Black)

Top 10 Blog Bestsellers of 2019 | Style Blogger Lauren Meyer shares the Top 10 Blog Bestsellers of 2019
Top 10 Blog Bestsellers of 2019 | Style Blogger Lauren Meyer shares the Top 10 Blog Bestsellers of 2019
Top 10 Blog Bestsellers of 2019 | Style Blogger Lauren Meyer shares the Top 10 Blog Bestsellers of 2019

#3 – SOREL BOOTS (15% off first time orders with code LOMEYER15)

Top 10 Blog Bestsellers of 2019 | Style Blogger Lauren Meyer shares the Top 10 Blog Bestsellers of 2019
Top 10 Blog Bestsellers of 2019 | Style Blogger Lauren Meyer shares the Top 10 Blog Bestsellers of 2019

#4 – HILTIN BOOTS (on sale for $112)

Top 10 Blog Bestsellers of 2019 | Style Blogger Lauren Meyer shares the Top 10 Blog Bestsellers of 2019
Top 10 Blog Bestsellers of 2019 | Style Blogger Lauren Meyer shares the Top 10 Blog Bestsellers of 2019

#5 – RAW HEM DENIM (on sale for $37!)

Top 10 Blog Bestsellers of 2019 | Style Blogger Lauren Meyer shares the Top 10 Blog Bestsellers of 2019
Top 10 Blog Bestsellers of 2019 | Style Blogger Lauren Meyer shares the Top 10 Blog Bestsellers of 2019
Top 10 Blog Bestsellers of 2019 | Style Blogger Lauren Meyer shares the Top 10 Blog Bestsellers of 2019

$6 – AMAZON SWEATER

Top 10 Blog Bestsellers of 2019 | Style Blogger Lauren Meyer shares the Top 10 Blog Bestsellers of 2019
Top 10 Blog Bestsellers of 2019 | Style Blogger Lauren Meyer shares the Top 10 Blog Bestsellers of 2019
Top 10 Blog Bestsellers of 2019 | Style Blogger Lauren Meyer shares the Top 10 Blog Bestsellers of 2019

#7 – LEANER FLOOR MIRROR (20% off with code EVERYDAY)

Top 10 Blog Bestsellers of 2019 | Style Blogger Lauren Meyer shares the Top 10 Blog Bestsellers of 2019

#8 – AMAZON JUMPSUIT

Top 10 Blog Bestsellers of 2019 | Style Blogger Lauren Meyer shares the Top 10 Blog Bestsellers of 2019
Top 10 Blog Bestsellers of 2019 | Style Blogger Lauren Meyer shares the Top 10 Blog Bestsellers of 2019

#9 – REBECCA MINKOFF BACKPACK

Top 10 Blog Bestsellers of 2019 | Style Blogger Lauren Meyer shares the Top 10 Blog Bestsellers of 2019
Top 10 Blog Bestsellers of 2019 | Style Blogger Lauren Meyer shares the Top 10 Blog Bestsellers of 2019
Top 10 Blog Bestsellers of 2019 | Style Blogger Lauren Meyer shares the Top 10 Blog Bestsellers of 2019

#10 – TULA EYE BALM (20% off code LOMEYER)

Top 10 Blog Bestsellers of 2019 | Style Blogger Lauren Meyer shares the Top 10 Blog Bestsellers of 2019
Top 10 Blog Bestsellers of 2019 | Style Blogger Lauren Meyer shares the Top 10 Blog Bestsellers of 2019

xoxo


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Colleen Rothschild New Years Sale!

Favorite Colleen Rothschild Hair Products | Style Blogger Lauren Meyer shares Colleen Rothschild 20 off New Years Sale!

Happy Friday friends! We are back home & cuddling with our boys. Felt SO good to be with family the last few days! The last few Christmases have been so busy, but we spent an extra day in WI this year just to have more time, and it was the best decision. We spent the beginning part of the week with Kevin’s fam in Wauwatosa and ended the week with mine in Madison. After breakfast with my mom & sister yesterday, Kevin and I went downtown. Ate at our all time fave restaurant (Tipsy Cow), saw the Christmas tree at the capitol and walked all the way down to the Union. It was fun revisiting campus – it’s been WAY too long! About 76% of you think the study cages at Memorial Library are insane, and I can’t say I blame you – haha!! Saved everything to my Q&A highlight along with our Q&A from Monday!


Anyway, after Christmas/New Years Sales are in full swing! I updated my list of 40+ sales yesterday in case you have some gift cards to spend! Colleen Rothschild, the haircare & skincare brand I’ve been sharing recently on Instagram stories, is 20% off site-wide right now (code: BYE2019) !! I actually picked up this hair mask, hair serum, body wash and exfoliator last Spring when I was at rStheCon. Colleen Rothschild herself was there, which was SO cool. I became quickly convinced I needed everything on their site, lol!

Favorite Colleen Rothschild Hair Products | Style Blogger Lauren Meyer shares Colleen Rothschild 20 off New Years Sale!
Favorite Colleen Rothschild Hair Products | Style Blogger Lauren Meyer shares Colleen Rothschild 20 off New Years Sale!

What I love so much about her brand in particular is how effective yet affordable the products are. They last FOREVER (literally have the same products I picked up in April) because a little goes a long way! Everything is made with high quality ingredients free from nasty chemicals like sulfates and parabens, which is something I LOVE! I talk more about how harmful these chemicals are in a blog post from back in 2018.

I recently re-shared this hair mask and serum combo with you all in stories. Both have been a GAME CHANGER for my dry winter & color damaged hair. After going brunette in November, I realized how damaged my hair was from a decade of dying it blonde. Dry, brittle and broken. Previously, I had used the mask 1-2 times a month. Now, I use it every time I wash my hair, and it’s essentially replaced my conditioner. What’s nice is that you can use it as a mask or conditioner so you’re essentially getting two products in one. It contains a blend of different butters (like Shea) with oils (like Argan) to smooth hair, replenish moisture and give it amazing shine!

Favorite Colleen Rothschild Hair Products | Style Blogger Lauren Meyer shares Colleen Rothschild 20 off New Years Sale!

And, if you’re looking for a daily product to reduce frizz and add shine, I highly recommend the Hair Serum. I actually have been using the travel size of this serum almost every day since April and still have some left. Wasn’t kidding when I said these products last forever! This serum in particular is my fave because it helps smooth my dry/brittle ends and give a nice shine without leaving my hair greasy or weighed down. I always apply this after using heat and share more about why it’s great for those gals with short hair in this post from June!

Favorite Colleen Rothschild Hair Products | Style Blogger Lauren Meyer shares Colleen Rothschild 20 off New Years Sale!

I also recently started using the Cleansing Balm once a week. This product is SO luxe – the smell, the texture and the application seriously makes me feel like I’m in a spa! And, I love that the ingredients are formulated with level E3 so they adapt and work for exactly what your skin needs. You can use it daily, but I’ve been loving it for a little bit of extra me-time once a week. It’s a bit pricier (got mine full price, it’s on sale now!), so I want to make it last by using it sparingly. With daily use, it’ll leave your skin even more luminous + soft! It would be great to use daily for my gals who have very dry skin because it leaves mine buttery soft when I wake up in the morning. I follow it up with their Intense Hydrating Mask to round out my spa experience!

These products don’t go on sale very often so I would definitely take advantage now! The sale code for everything here is BYE2019. Sharing all of my faves in the “Shop the Post” click through below!

xoxo

**Thank you Colleen Rothschild Beauty for sponsoring today’s post. As always, all products were selected & tested by me and all opinions are my own!**


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The Best Christmas Sales 2019

Can you believe Christmas is in 2 days?! I swear I blinked and 2019 happened. This year went by SO fast!

Kevin and I are headed home today to spend time with family & friends. We can’t wait! We’re so excited to spend a few days catching up with everyone. We haven’t been home since July so it’s long overdue. We’re also super excited to be driving home with cruise control. I’ve mentioned before that I married the most frugal man in the world, and I wasn’t joking. When we first graduated, he opted to get the lowest model Kia Rio. Which was great for our bank account but meant that it came without cruise control (it was a 2013 Kia Rio). I didn’t even know they made cars without cruise control past 2000 – lol! Let’s just say that that the road trip we took to FL in 2017 was SUPER fun! Anyway, we’re ready to drive back and not experience intense leg cramps.

Anyway! ICYMI, we are doing a Q&A on the ride back home today in Instagram stories. Make sure to tune in! In the mean time, I decided to change my weekly round up post to a big Christmas sale round up instead. December 26th is one of the biggest sale days of the year. And, like with Thanksgiving week, most retailers have started their sales early! I’m sharing the best sales happening now along with my top picks. I’ll be updating this list with new sales as they come up so make sure to bookmark it and refer back to it when you’re ready to take a break from family time (you know what I’m talking about) and start shopping!

And, as this is the last post before Christmas, I hope you all have a WONDERFUL holiday celebrating with friends, family and furry companions! I wish I could have you all over to celebrate with Kevin and I. You’ve truly made 2019 one of our best years and most memorable. You all feel like family to us! I wish you all a magical Christmas. Take time to disconnect, enjoy each other & soak up this time of year! And, travel SAFELY! Love you all!!


SALES LISTED FROM A-Z

more will be added as they start!

ABERCROMBIE // up to 60 off + PLUS, 25% OFF ENTIRE PURCHASE with CODE: 14990

ALDO // 50% off sale + 20% off everything else!

AMERICAN EAGLE // Take $50 off $150+ | $30 off $100+ | $20 off $75+ with code: MERRYMERRY

ANN TAYLOR // 40-60% off everything with code LETSSHOP

ANTHROPOLOGIE // extra 40% off sale items + 30% off sale furniture!

BACKCOUNTRY // Up to 50% off Sorel, Patagonia, Columbia & more!! Take 15% off full priced items with code LOMEYER15

BANANA REPUBLIC // 40% off your purchase & extra 60% off sale!

BED BATH & BEYOND // Deals site-wite (scroll down when you click through!!)

BEST BUY // deals site-wide!! Like the Ember coffee mugs – 2 for $129, normally, 1 for $99!

BLOOMINGDALES // save 30-50% off on a ton of items site-wide!

BODEN // Up to 50% off sale!

CRATE & BARREL // up to 50% off winter decor!

COLLEEN ROTHSCHILD // 20% off site-wide with code BYE2019

DSW // $10 OFF $49, $20 OFF $99, OR $60 OFF $199 with code GOODASCOLD

DYSON // up to $200 off!!

ELEMIS // 30% off holiday sets & select full sizes with code HOLIDAY30

EXPRESS // 50% off EVERYTHING + sherpas for $29!

GOOD AMERICAN // additional 25% off sale styles!

GOODNIGHT MACAROON // 40% off sitewide with code MERRY40

H&M // Up to 60% off new styles!!

J.CREW // Extra 40% off sale styles with code EXTRA40

J.CREW FACTORY // 40-60% off everything! Plus 40% off new arrivals!

JCPENNEY // up to 70% off site-wide!!

LEVI’S // 50% off select styles!

LOFT // 50% off + FREE SHIP with code MOREPLEASE

MADEWELL // 30% off everything with code OHWOW

MACY’S // sales site wide!!

NORDSTROM / yearly half sale!! 50% off tons of faves!!

OLD NAVY // 30% off everything at checkout + ALL JEANS 50% off!!

POTTERY BARN // huge holiday sale!! Plus 20% off + FREE SHIP with code MERRY

QVC // New deals every day + save $5 with code HOLIDAY for new customers (I would use a new email!)

REBECCA MINKOFF // 60% off sale styles + 30% off full priced clothing with code CHEERS30

SAM EDELMAN // Extra 30% off with code HOLIDAY30

SEPHORA // For Rouge & VIB members take 20% off sale with code EARLYBIRD

SEVEN FOR ALL MANKIND // up to 40% off select styles!

SHOPBOP // Up to 75% off sale with code TREAT

SOLE SOCIETY // Up to 70% off!

SOREL // 25% off select styles!

TARGET // Up to 70% off ALL CLOTHING!! including all of these outfits! + deals site-wide (toys, electronics, home decor)

T3 MICRO // up to 50% off!

TORY BURCH // Semi-Annual sale! Extra 25% off sale with code EXTRA

ULTA // $3.50 off $15 with code 730809; 40% off all IT Cosmetics

WILLIAMS SONOMA // 20% off first order + FREE SHIP with code MERRY


xoxo

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