Who says I have to wait until New Years to start making changes in my life?
As I get closer to graduating college, I am realizing how much more room I have to really improve my lifestyle and begin growing into the type of person I want to be.
I have started coming up with some things I would like to improve on to make myself a better person. I am doing this because I never want to become stagnant, I always want to make myself better, and strive to be the best version of myself.
I was walking on campus the other day and realized I had a little extra time on my hands before my next class. In fact, I usually have an extra ten minutes between my morning classes. Usually I spend it waiting outside the classroom, checking my social media sites. That day I decided to walk through the chapel to get to my next class. (It’s an air conditioned short cut I like to take sometimes.) I decided I had enough time to sit in the meditation room. I sat, put my phone away, and reflected.
Let me tell you, it made such a difference in my mood for the rest of the day. I am the type of person who gets easily anxious, and can get very overwhelmed, yet I am also an over achiever. Meditation has helped me so much in dealing with feelings of panic and anxiety. I know that meditation helps me immensely, but I usually leave it for my bath time or right before bed. But, breaking up my day made even more of a difference for me. It is so easy to get caught up in my everyday to-do list instead of being present.
I’ve decided that a huge goal for me in the upcoming year will be to break up my day, every day, to pause and reflect.
It takes ten minutes to relax and change your mind-frame. I think I can handle that. Ten minutes and my whole day can be much more pleasant.
If you’re reading this, I challenge you to pause and reflect today, just ten minutes… See how much it changes your day around.
The white button-down is such a classic, and there are so many ways to wear it! A button-down is what I call a “power piece,” because it is so versatile, and always looks clean and classy. So here, I give you four ways to wear a button-down.
This color was MADE for Fall. Plus, you can pair it with so many things! My favorite thing to pair it with is black and white. (You can find this sweater by clicking on the photo.)
Lace up tee:
Okay, I need to buckle down and just grab one of these suckers. This one is from Urban Outfitters. I love love love the lace up detail. Tuck it into a skirt, jeans, whatever. Easy easy trend for this season.
Army Green Jacket: Casual go-to piece for everything!
This kind of jacket is super cute over dresses, but can just as easily be worn with a t-shirt and jeans. I love the masculine feel it brings to a look. Mixing feminine and masculine can make for a really fun outfit. This piece is so versatile and is a MUST have for the season.
Fringe. Everything. I am really really lusting for a skirt similar to this one with fringe details on the bottom. Fringe is also great on handbags and booties. Texture like fringe can add something special to an outfit with out overloading the look with pattern.
Have I mentioned that Fall is the BEST for Fashion?? Too bad I live in Florida and I can’t participate in ALL of the Fall fashions… BUT I can still wear bits and pieces to make my outfits FEEL Fall without feeling the HEAT!
What is your favorite trend this Fall? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!
or a couple of weeks. Did you know that October will be the busiest month of the entire year for me?
So, while I haven’t been blogging:
I’ve been a full-time student
Been working two jobs
Packing up my apartment
Moving into a new apartment (which is still a complete mess, if you were wondering)
Getting ready for my Mom’s wedding this weekend (where Jason and I will be singing and playing during the ceremony!)
Disney’s Not So Scary Halloween
Maybe we can unpack! And work! Oh! and it’s my very good friend Alexander’s birthday weekend! (He made my awesome banner for my site!)
Halloween and THE TAYLOR SWIFT CONCERT!
…..talk about busy. So, I apologize for not plugging into my usual blogger niche. I will get back at it I promise! I hope to have a new post up next week <3
If I have learned anything in this adventure of blogging, it’s that blogging is like having a second job… in my case a third job. It is a HUGE time investment. Luckily, I still love doing it, which makes it easier to get done. But when you are busy, your blog sometimes has to be put on pause…. and that’s okay. I had to make the decision to have a couple of moments for “me” time rather than completing a blog post… and that’s okay too.
Okay, Fall… where are you? I’m far too anxious for some cold fronts down here in Florida! So for this look, I skipped the jacket because, let’s be honest, we REALLY don’t need them right now. But I did say okay to some combat boots and socks for a little touch of Fall. Maybe Mother Nature will get the picture that we’re READY if I let these boots grace the ground for a little while.
The little top is so fun! I love how simple it is, but it has the greatest details. Lacey things always get me. This is the sort of top that you can really wear in any season, which makes it so easy to outfit. You can (of course) find this top at Anthropologie.
Let’s do it Fall… get here already! I’m ready for some pumpkin flavored everything, and scarves and sweaters and jackets!
What is your favorite part of Fall? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!
Okay, so I have been seeing flared denim all over lately, and its inspired me to bring out a pair of my flairs from last year. There is something about flared denim that is a little more bold, a little more adventurous. It’s a little more spunky then just a plain old skinny jean. (But it is JUST as easy to style.)
I simply put on one of my favorite basic striped tees, and did a little half tuck. This is a much more casual look than last week’s flared denim outfit.
I added a big floppy hat to accessorize, and a small gold necklace. I wanted the look to be casual, but still stylish. This look is easy-peasy.
Okay, so I am seeing flared denim pop up all over the place, and it has inspired me to bring out a pair of my denim flares from last year. Something about flared denim is just a little more elegant than a skinny, and seems to be easy to make a little dressier. For this look, I was channeling a “casual Friday.” This is the kind of outfit that you could wear on a jeans-Friday to work, and then wear it out afterward.
This top was one of my favorite Summer pieces, but that’s no reason it has to go to the back of the closet just because Summer is coming to a close. When you outfit it with a layer and other colors, (rather than a white denim and espadrille sandals) it fits right into fall. A peplum top is a great way to style flared jeans, and the shape is really flattering a lot of different body types.
(The top and the necklace are now on sale, by the way, you can get them here and here. )
If you’re in the market for flared jeans, I’ve compiled a list of my favorites here:
Woah, I can’t believe I will have my last first day of school tomorrow. It’s crazy to believe that I am actually finishing college this semester. Four years ago I was moving away from my home for the first time, and beginning a whole new journey. It is amazing to see the person I have become in four years time.
“First day of school” outfits have always been fun to put together over the years. Somehow they are a little more significant than other ordinary day outfits. It is your first impression, and first impressions truly do mean so much. I am a firm believer in “if your outfit is put-together, your life is put-together.” If you put the effort into dressing the part, the part may come a little easier. There is no exception for the first day of school. If you start out on a good note, the rest will follow.
My final back to school outfit is a mix of casual and dressy. I have never been one to dress too casual for class. I like to be comfortable but still present myself in a professional way. Often times professors can have wonderful connections to business opportunities. I want to look my best to maintain the impression that I am employable, and someone that they could give a recommendation about. When I get dressed, I think about dressing for the job I would like to have.
By pairing denim with a dressier top and kitten heels, it balances out the look to seem put-together but not over the top. (By the way, every girl needs the perfect pair of comfy nude heels. They go with EVERYTHING. )
My favorite accessory of this outfit is this ring by Chic Verte. It is the perfect subtle addition to the outfit that makes it feel oh-so Fall. This ring is actually a slice of a deer antler, set on top of a thick gold band. How cool! (No deer were harmed in the making of this ring though, no worries! Deer naturally shed their antlers throughout time, and that is where this ring comes from.) Chic Verde is really cool because they use things found in nature to make beautiful jewelry, and each piece is hand crafted. I am becoming a huge fan of their products. (I pretty much want everything in their new Fall Bohemian Collection.)
I am so excited for what this semester will bring.
What are you wearing on your first day back? What are you studying?
Before becoming a blogger, I followed other blogs for daily inspiration, and still do today. There are so many beautiful bloggers out there that deserve recognition. I thought I would put together a little list of some of my favorites, so my readers can follow along too. (These are in no particular order.)
Eleni McMullin has been a huge inspiration for me. She embodies the kind of blogger that I wish to be. She’s adorable, chic, and has other ideas about life that go far beyond fashion, and dive into personal growth. She also is a blogger that connects with her readers, which means a whole lot to me. Follow her!
This gal is so inspiring! I love following her feed on Instagram, and frequently visit her page. She has lovely outfit ideas (that are NOT always super expensive) and she also has great advice about blogging.
So, I’m slightly obsessed with this woman. She posts the most gorgeous, effortless looks. If I could just peek into her shoe closet, I am sure I would be in heaven. She also is a mama, and has the most adorable children. Her feed is lovely, give it a follow if you don’t already.
Its crazy to think that Autumn is just around the corner! Fall semester is creeping up, and its time to start focusing my energy to the new changes coming my way as I wrap up my Bachelor’s Degree.
Fall is my FAVORITE time of year, and my favorite time for fashion. I love the earthy tones, the layering, the boots. I’m already getting in the mindset of Fall. August is the month of transition, but it IS still very clearly Summer here in Florida.
What’s a girl to do? Start with the color pallet.
This tank is an oldie but a goodie. The colors are the perfect balance of fall and summer tones, making it a great transitional piece. (Plus, its a lightweight tank that you won’t get too hot in.) The green is still light enough to work in Summer, but the orange, yellow, tan, and purple are definitely in the Fall color palette.
Also, adding a hat is a great way to “layer” without pulling on a jacket, boots, or high socks. Straw thing hats are fading out and wool hats are coming in. Wearing a thicker hat is a great way to say, “I’m ready for you Fall.”
I paired this top with layered gold necklaces for a little boho feel for a change.
(Ignore my lumpy purse that had wayyyy too many things stashed in it!)
I simply wore this with my favorite pair of skinny jeans and a pair of flat black espadrilles. (Using my last chance to wear my summer shoes!)
Its that easy to begin outfitting yourself for Autumn. Just being conscious of your colors can make a world of a difference.