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Helpful Habits For Non-Morning People

Every night when I go to bed, I tell myself tomorrow’s the day I become a morning person and wake up two hours early. I fantasize about all the things I could do with the extra time: Bike down to the pool and go for a swim! Write a blog post! Do some yoga! Read a few chapters of a book! Make a home-cooked breakfast! Get to the shop early and start on my to do-lists! Make more to-do lists!

But every morning, my feet hit the floor about thirty minutes before I have to leave the house. Whether I oversleep or spend too much time under the covers scrolling through Instagram, I just can’t seem to get the hang of “seizing the day” before it’s absolutely necessary.

Maybe I’ll figure it out in the next decade.

In the meantime, here are some of my best habits for making the most of limited time in the morning.

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What’s In a Name?

Keira Lennox, style and beauty blogger, Lifestyle Blogger

Can you believe this blog is five years old? Me neither.

You may notice the URL is different. If you didn’t, no worries; that means I did something right with the domain switch and the old links are transferring without a hitch. In which case, hurrah!!

After many moons of writing under A Pretty Penny, it feels like the right time for a change.

When I started the blog in 2010, the name made perfect sense; I wrote about thrifting, making my own accessories, and creating cute outfits on very limited resources. Now that I’m older and in a different place in my life, it feels a little inauthentic to tell you about my favorite $60 t-shirt or Charlotte Tilbury bronzer using that same blog identity. In some ways I’ve outgrown A Pretty Penny, and that’s okay!

Rather than throw in the towel or start a new blog — there’s so much good stuff in the archives — I changed the URL. It’s a minor adjustment in the grand scheme of things, but it feels like the start of a fresh new chapter.

To keep things simple, the new URL is just my name. Now all my social media channels are cohesive: you can find me on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Pinterest as ‘keiralennox’.

And for those of you who thought my name was Penny for all these years, it’s nice to meet you! I’m Keira. ;)

Weekend Throwback


Last Thursday, this giant Cuban sammich and I enjoyed a rare proper lunch break on the patio of my favorite coffee shop, under the shade of an umbrella while a breeze blew, and it was perfect. {There was also a fresh chocolate chip cookie hiding in that brown bag, so consider the sundae of sunshine and quiet time cherry-topped. ;)}

For some reason — maybe it was the gingham paper paired with the bag of classic Lays? — my lunch reminded me of my Barbie hamburger stand, which I hadn’t thought about in decades, so I spent the entirety of the break Googling, ‘Barbie play sets that came with Lays potato chips,’ until I found it; and discovered it’s fetching around $200 on eBay twenty-ish years later.

Back in the day, my Barbies left the Dream House every weekend in their casual ‘play clothes’ and rolled up to the burger stand in their pink Jeep and convertible Ferraris and Cadillacs. They grabbed a seat on tomato stools (and those tiny tables that used to come in pizza boxes?) while a shirtless Ken assembled teeny plastic patties and buns in to-go containers and served them up with miniature fries, milkshakes and sodas. And I’m pretty sure he never charged.

I kind of wish my Saturday plans looked like that.