Archives for February 2017

Pink Wednesday

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I think I may have included the color blush somewhere in most every outfit I’ve worn thus far in 2017 (see here, here and here!), and I think it’s safe to say my track record is far from over. The moment I spotted this blush pink faux-leather mini skirt, I knew it belonged in my closet. I’m such a fan of pieces that mix the ultra-feminine with edge (kate spade did a wonderful job of this in their pre-spring collection this year!) and this skirt is no exception. Plus, at just $36, it’s a total win (and definitely Regina George-approved). I brought this Lilla P. wool moto jacket back out (remember it from this post? It’s now on sale!) along with a plain white t-shirt and my staple black leather booties (also on sale!)–a combination that could not be easier to throw on and easily accommodates the changing seasons.

Happy (Pink) Wednesday!

Outfit Details:

Moto Jacket (on sale!)– Lilla P. (c/o) | White T-Shirt– Urban Outfitters | Pink Faux-Leather Skirt– Missguided | Black Booties (on sale!)– Sam Edelman

Xo,

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Bloom Where You Are Planted

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“Bloom where you are planted.”

I love this saying as it’s a constant reminder to a serial planner like myself to make my best effort to be grateful for where I am in life. I’ve never exactly been a “go with the flow” person when it comes to my personal life; honestly I think I’d be much more at ease sometimes if my planner was conveniently marked “Job offer coming up on the 12th!” or “Quarter life crisis planned for the last week of this month!”. All jokes aside, I’ve been chatting with many friends lately who share my same sense of discomfort in our search for identity and some sort of consistency. Misery always loves company, doesn’t it? It always seems in times when I’m most lost, though, my faith is always at an all time high. When talking the other day with a friend about all of the many confusions of being a twenty-something, I was so excited to share a verse that another good friend had shared with me during a long chat over Christmas break:

Philippians 4:7: “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

I’d heard this verse many times before, but it never truly sunk into me until a few weeks ago. Honestly, I almost cried happy years right in the middle of our walk because I finally got it. During times of loneliness and confusion, I spend so much time talking God’s ear off about all of my problems. I come with a laundry list every night before I go to bed of issues I’d like fixed, and a “wishlist” if you will, of the way I’d like my life to look in the future. It never occurred to me until these conversations with my friends that instead of coming to God with my list of demands, I should instead come simply asking for peace–a kind of peace that is so calming and reassuring that I literally do not care to make sense of anything anymore, because it’s out of my hands. And in great hands, at that.

My prayer for anyone who is reading this is that you will allow the peace of Christ to quiet all of the questions and worry you have running around in your mind day to day. I pray that you’ll find peace with exactly where you are in life and will find joy in giving up the illusion of control to someone who has carefully crafted each day beyond our comprehension. Love each day in all its glory, and bloom wherever you are planted.

Outfit Details:

Blush Bow-Tie Top– ASOS | Black Flowy Culottes– ASOS | Earrings- Vintage Chanel | Lace-Up Flats– Sam Edelman

A little treat for those needing a little pick-me-up:

This week I am teaming up with an amazing group of ladies to bring you an INCREDIBLE giveaway. The winner will receive a Gucci GG Marmont Matelassé Mini Bag.

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Life Lutzurious | Glitter & Spice | Maggie a la Mode | The Closet Crush | Vandi Fair

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A Lo Profile | Top Knots and Pearls | Have A Wesley Day | Fleurdille | The Lush List

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The giveaway is open internationally! The more “tasks” you complete below, the more entries you will receive, increasing your chances of winning!

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You are sure to discover some amazing bloggers you may not already be following! Good luck!

Xo,

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25 Ways to Have a Happier Monday

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I don’t know about anyone else, but today was one of the Mondayest Mondays I’ve had in a while. No amount of coffee could help how much I was struggling along, though believe me I did try to make it work. Recently, I’ve been compiling a list of ways to be happier, based on things I’d want to hear from a friend when I’m feeling down. Since Lord knows I could certainly benefit from this list at the moment, I couldn’t think of a more perfect time to share! Below are 25 ideas I came up with to help you have a happier Monday:

  1. Buy yourself a gorgeous bouquet of flowers. This is a perfect mini-splurge that’ll lift the mood in any room. Hint: Trader Joe’s is always my go-to for the best flowers at affordable prices!
  2. Put down your phone for an hour. Seriously, I think we would all be appalled if we added up the amount of hours staring at our phones all day. That much screen-staring can seriously strain your eyes and drain your energy. Better yet, commit to a social media break for a few weeks. Sometimes you need to teach yourself some tough-but-necessary lessons on what’s occupying your time.
  3. Get some fresh air. Call up a friend you haven’t seen in a while to go on a walk, or take your pups for a walk around the neighborhood. Dogs make everything better.
  4. Simply relocate. If you find yourself in the same routine of coming home after work and sitting in the same spot on the couch, just get a change of scenery! Sit on the front or back porch instead. It’ll literally give you a fresh perspective on things.
  5. Pay someone a compliment. It’s no secret that us ladies can get pretty competitive sometimes. But everyone has their own insecurities and can really use a surprise compliment more than you know. P.S. Nothing bad will happen to you by lifting someone else up. Their reaction may just light up your day!
  6. Read a book. I have great news for you: being an adult means you get to read what you want, any time you want! No more being force-fed great American classics by professors. Pick up something that interests you, and dive in. Hint: Some of those classics are actually really good, and much easier to appreciate on your own time!
  7. Cook something nourishing. Challenge yourself to cook something that’s truly good for you with the freshest ingredients you can find. Right now, I can’t get enough of bell peppers, spinach, grilled chicken, and zucchini. (I got hungry just typing that…)
  8. Grab a cup of coffee. Here’s the catch: don’t take it to-go. If you have half an hour to spare, go sit at that local coffee shop you’ve been meaning to check out, and just go! Bring work if you need to, but don’t be afraid to just go sit by yourself, enjoy a cup of Joe, and do a little people watching.
  9. Actually eat breakfast. I’m speaking to myself on this one as much as anyone else. You can whip up some avocado toast in about 5 minutes, and it’ll give you so much more energy to get through the day.
  10. Talk it out. I’m pretty much a professional at bottling things up, so again, all fingers pointed at me. We all have things constantly weighing us down, so sit down with someone you trust to both talk (and listen) to clear your conscience.
  11. Be mindful of your bedtime routine. If your bedtime routine currently looks like sorta-kinda taking off your makeup, giving your teeth a quick brush, then scrolling through Instagram until you fall asleep, it might be time for a few adjustments. We’ve all seen (and ignored) the studies that all say the same thing: you are guaranteed a better night’s sleep if you fall asleep without your phone. (This seems to be a reoccurring theme in this list.) Lose the phone. Give yourself a facial, put on your favorite pj’s, drink a big glass of water, and fall asleep to a good book instead.
  12. Drink water. Nothing else. For a week straight. BRB Chardonnay. We are in this together.
  13. Wear actual pajamas! Save the oversized college t-shirt for the gym. Wearing cute pj’s gives me the illusion that I have my life together. Actually getting your life together can wait until the morning.
  14. Write it down. If it’s getting your planner together, your daily to-do list, your bucket list, or just something you really need to get off your mind, put it on a piece of paper. Studies show that people who write down their goals are more likely to accomplish them than those who don’t. Plus, we all love that immediate gratification of putting that little check mark beside completed tasks.
  15. Do a clean-out of everything you’ve been ignoring. Your purse. Your bathroom cabinets. Your glove compartment. Under your bed. Your catch-all drawer. Take it one item at a time, and it’ll make a big difference!
  16. Begin a long-term project. In a world often focused on immediate gratification, learn to enjoy the process instead. Set lofty goals such as learning a new language (use this free app!), and commit to studying for a certain amount of time every night. This will set you up for happiness in your accomplishments down the road.
  17. Light a candle. There’s something so soothing about burning a yummy candle that warms up the whole room. This one from Anthropologie is my absolute favorite.
  18. Go out of your way for someone else. Here’s the catch: don’t tell anyone you did it. A little happiness and a little humility can go a long way.
  19. Get rid of excess. Oh boy, I could write an entire novel about this one. (In fact, someone already did!) I’ll try to keep it short and sweet if I can: think about what you truly need to survive. Get rid of things you don’t wear in your closet, even if you like them. (I really did just say that, and meant it.) Guess what? You will still be clothed. Go on a cleanse for a few days. It’ll teach you how much you actually need to eat to get through the day. Repeat this mantra: Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.
  20. Turn off the news. I know, I know. It’s important to be informed. But frankly, the news doesn’t offer much of anything positive these days. Instead, either turn off the TV completely, or start watching a show that’s good for the soul. My mom and I just started This Is Us, and we are hooked!
  21. Stretch. If you don’t have a regular exercise routine, it may have been a while since you’ve given your muscles the loosening up they probably need. (Idea: Stretch during commercial breaks while watching This Is Us! See above.)
  22. Stop being so hard on yourself. This is the hardest one for me. Just know that if you’re here today, you’re doing something right. We have all been through dark valleys and up mountains, but just take a few minutes to stop and think of all of the unique experiences you’ve had unlike anyone else that have shaped and molded you into who you are. There is no one on this earth like you, who knows all of the things you do, who has seen the things from the perspective you have. That, my friends, is something to be joyful about.
  23. Call your grandparents! Aside from grandparents being the best to begin with, they also have a few decades of wisdom you can soak up if you make the time.
  24. Do something you love…even if you’re not “that good” at it. For me, it’s painting. I wouldn’t consider myself anywhere near a truly talented painter, but I do it anyway simply because it’s fun and relaxing. Maybe it’s playing guitar or some other old hobby, but don’t shy away from hobbies that bring you joy simply because they’re not “performance ready.”
  25. Choose happiness. I know, easier said than done. It takes time to get to a place when you realize that happiness is a choice. The truth is that both good and bad things are inevitably going to happen to you every day. The sooner you accept that fact and choose to roll with the punches and focus on the good, the happier you’ll be!

Outfit Details:

Drop Earrings– Baublebar (c/o) | Navy Ruffle Dress– ASOS | Lace-Up Flats– Sam Edelman | Crossbody Bag– Coach (c/o) | Sunglasses– Urban Outfitters

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Xo,

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Flower Shop Saturdays

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You don’t have to look at my Instagram very long to know that one of my greatest loves in life are fresh flowers. I can definitely blame my dad for this obsession of sorts, since he has an impressive track record of giving my mom flowers on the 10th of every month (their anniversary) since they’ve been married. (We’re talking 25 years of this!) I also come from a family who always makes an event of planting fresh flowers on Sunday afternoons and truly lives by the motto “the more the merrier”. Needless to say, if you need to know where to find me on the weekend, you need to look no further than the nearest flower shop.

I read a quote sometime in the past few months from Alexander Wang, who said, “Anyone can get dressed up and glamorous, but it is how people dress in their days off that are the most intriguing.” This quote has stuck with me for some time, and since then I’ve tried to make more of an effort on my own off-days to put the items that aren’t a part of my usual workwear wardrobe to better use.

I’ve owned this classic Polo Ralph Lauren button down for years, and it always comes in handy no matter the season! Pairing it with this trench coat (also a years-old staple of mine) and these loafers always bring a classic, clean element to a look that’s always easy to spice up with other accessories. I picked up this printed silk scarf and these boyfriend jeans a couple of weekends ago at Madewell, and even though I like to think they add a more modern flair, my dad will tell you that I look exactly like my mom when they met! Some things never change, do they?

Outfit Details:

White Button-Down– Polo Ralph Lauren | Trench Coat (Old-Similar Here) | Printed Scarf– Madewell | Boyfriend Jeans– Madewell | Crossbody Bag– Coach (c/o) | Loafers– J.Crew Factory | Watch– kate spade new york


Xo,

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Weekend Style Edit No. 5

Happy Friday! It was so hard to narrow down the items to feature in this week’s Weekend Style Edit because there are so many beautiful things to pick from right now. It’s easy to see from my picks that I’m having a serious case of spring fever, and with all of these picks being under $100, it’ll be a wonder if they don’t all end up in my closet pretty soon.

This perfect work dress under $100 is finally back in stock and currently on its way to me as we speak (!!!). I have these pink suede backless mules (so affordable at under $30!) and this pink tweed skirt currently in my cart. I’ve had my eye on this cropped sweatshirt from Anthropologie’s spring collection for a few weeks now, and now that it’s 20% off this weekend, I’m thinking I might have to make a mini-splurge for something to go with the boyfriend jeans I’ve had on repeat lately!

This feminine lace top is such a beautiful statement piece, and of course I had to share one of my favorite reads as of lately! I’ve been shipping in books on France by the dozen, and Bonjour Kale has been one of my very favorites so far! Be sure to give the sweet author a follow on her Instagram after you completely fall in love with her story.

Shopping each item is super simple. Just click on the photo of the item you wish to shop in the collage below to be directed to it, or click on the name of the item in the list below the collage!

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  1. Pink Suede Backless Mules -$28 | 2. Bow Tie Dress -$89 | 3. Bonjour Kale Book -$15 | 4. Lace Top -$53 | 5. Striped Cropped Sweatshirt -$98 | 6. Pink Tweed Skirt -$83

Have a fabulous weekend!

Xo,

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