happiness

I was reading one of my favorite blogs, Cupcakes and Cashmere, and I came across this list of 8 Things Every Happy Woman Should Have. Now, I don’t think this is an exhaustive list. There are obviously bigger things in life than a favorite cocktail. But it’s definitely a fun place to start! Here are our answers!

1. A go-to drink.

Lauren: This has changed over the years, but when in the right place, my go-to is an Old Fashioned. In Fort Worth, they make the best ones at Bird Cafe and The Usual.

Jill: Vodka, soda water, splash of grapefruit juice. Low in calories, but it’ll get you where you need to go!

2. A go-to karaoke song.

Lauren: My go-to has always been the English version of “99 Red Balloons.” It has a few instrumental breaks where you can really dance. I also tend to go to Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise.” If they have it, I am also quite capable of doing Weird Al’s “Amish Paradise.”

Jill: Bohemian Rhapsody! You will not be singing it alone, it’s a drunk people magnet.

3. A uniform.

Lauren: After looking at the 20ish black and white dresses in my closet, I have established that my uniform is a black and white dress, typically A-line, black pointy flats, and usually a statement necklace and baublebar’s 360 earrings. I have also established I might have a problem with buying black and white dresses, however, maybe now that I’ve established it as my uniform, I can still buy more?

Jill: Skinny jeans, ballet flats, t-shirt, jewelry. It’s comfortable, fast and easy. It’s casual enough to look effortless but the jewelry makes it look like you care an adequate amount about your outfit.

4. A hair-stylist they love.

Lauren: Kristina Lundquist from Lundquist Hair Designs has been my hair goddess the past few years. She also did my wedding hair, which, let’s be honest, looked amazing. I have gradually been getting blonder and blonder and I feel like I have finally reached my destiny as a very blonde gal and I love it.

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Jill: I have yet to find one. I fear getting my hair cut like people fear the dentist. I haven’t had a hair cut in the past decade that I haven’t sobbed after.

5. An exercise routine.

Lauren: Sigh. I haven’t been the best at my exercise routine lately but I do love to elliptical along to an hour long Netflix episode. I hate working out but by combining TV and exercise, it doesn’t feel so bad.

Jill: Weights and elliptical! The only way I can work out is if I’m watching tv to distract me from how awful working out is. I really hate exercise, but I love tv.

6. A hobby.

Lauren: I have a few hobbies: knitting, reading, blogging. Is watching TV a hobby? I’ve gotten that one down. I have recently ordered a calligraphy kit. I’m going to try to teach myself calligraphy in 2015. With my love of snail mail, I think this is a natural progression.

Jill: Hmmmm. I feel like I have so much work that my work has become my hobbies. Graphic design is how I’ve made money for over a decade, and I love it so much. I take on freelance regularly for fun, so I guess I could call it my hobby. That sounds so bad when I say it out loud.

7. A best friend.

Lauren: I’m lucky to have many best friends, from many stages and places in my life. Totally blessed in that area.

Jill: My sister. Everyone should be so lucky to have a sister that feels like your other half.

8. A healthy sense of self. 

Lauren: As a woman in my 30’s, I definitely have a healthy sense of self. I no longer care about being cool or having the most friends. I care most about being a good person, a good wife and focusing on quality friendships versus quantity. I’m happier than ever and can’t wait to see what my future holds!

Jill: I think finding pride in your life is the key to respecting and loving yourself. Feeling proud of your accomplishments, relationships, how you treat others, how you treat yourself.

A self-proclaimed beauty junkie/hoarder with a serious Sephora problem. After years with Birchbox, she now has a subscription box problem as well. Her free time is a mixed combination of cats, TV, and finally trying to figure out how to do her hair.

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