Monthly Archives: August 2015
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.)
What are you wearing on your first day back? What are you studying?
Blogs you should be following:
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!
Not only does she have a great fashion sense, but she has actually taught me a lot about blogging and helped me create my own website. Blair Staky is an extraordinary blogger and business woman.
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.
4. Shalice Noel
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.
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.
It has officially been two years since I started my journey with Jason. It has been such a beautiful ride, and I’m so lucky that I can continue to make memories with him. To celebrate our anniversary, Jason planned a surprise picnic at The Sunken Gardens in St. Pete. I have been wanting to explore there, and it definitely lived up to expectations. Once you enter the gardens, it feels like you are transported into the jungle, no longer in St. Petersburg. It was a wonderful little escape for us on our special day.
According to their site, the Sunken Gardens were created over 100 years ago. “In 1903 a plumber by the name of George Turner, Sr. purchased the six acres that would become a world famous botanical attraction. Using an elaborate maze of clay tiles, he drained an ancient lake on the property, leaving a rich muck soil that was ideal for his favorite hobby – gardening. Neighbors so enjoyed strolling through Mr. Turner’s garden, that by the early 1920’s, he was charging a nickel for tours. Three generations of the Turner family continued the vision that created this unique tropical garden, with its flowing ponds.” Eventually the city bought the grounds in order to preserve this little gem.
Keeping the color palette monochromatic made this outfit pretty simple to put together. Black and white has been a go-to for the past couple of weeks, simply because I know it will always look put-together, classic, and in-season.
By the way, this skirt is on SUPER sale from Anthropologie. (We’re talking $29.95 with an extra 20% off, you can’t beat that!) This piece is something I can wear again and again, and will get great use out of.
After seeing a picture of Taylor Swift in a very similar (but Oscar de la Renta) skirt, I knew I had to have this one. I had been eyeing this skirt for a long time before purchasing it, and it was truly a steal after being marked down. This skirt is a classic piece that will never go out of style. (See what I did there?) My outfit was inspired by this look:
Now my skirt is known as “the Taylor Swift skirt,” which I am totally okay with. Of course I was not on the red carpet, so I toned it down to stroll through The Sunken Gardens. I traded the pumps for flats, threw on a casual tank tied at the waist, and a statement necklace of the same color palette.
If you live in the St. Pete/ Tampa area and haven’t explored The Sunken Gardens, it truly is beautiful. To me, it would be the perfect way to enjoy a Sunday afternoon, strolling along, and enjoying the gorgeous gardens surrounding you. There is so much beauty hidden within this city, and I am slowly uncovering it all.
If you don’t already know, I was born and raised in Florida. One of the major things that comes to many people’s minds when thinking of my home state is theme parks, and appropriately so! We have 12 theme parks in the Orlando area alone (including all of Disney’s parks).
Being a Florida native, I would consider myself a little bit of an expert when it comes to theme parks. Jason and I have invested in annual park passes to the two Universal theme parks, and so we know those parks like the back of our hands. (Soon, I think we might invest in Disney passes!)
I figured I would share a little knowledge about how I prep to go to a theme park (specifically Universal), and what I would typically wear for the adventure.
First, I’ll make you a little check list.
#1 Start with an awesome bag. Usually I bring a cross body bag or a backpack. In the Universal parks there are free lockers at every ride, so no worries about bringing in a bag. Plus, its worth it to be a little prepared.
What goes in the bag:
First of all (and most obviously) some hand sanitizer. There are so many people in the park that you’ll want to wash your hands frequently. My secret is scented hand sanitizer. I always like to smell fresh and lovely, which is hard when your in the hot sun and running around all day. Getting a quick freshen up with some hand sanitizer can do wonders without bringing any kind of perfume.
Don’t forget hair ties and bobby pins. It gets hot, and you ARE going to want to put your hair up. There are so many ways to do a cute hairstyles and have it off your neck. Make sure you bring the supplies necessary.
I like to bring a mini bag of first-aid related things, always. When you are eating different foods, and stressing your body walking around in the hot sun, you don’t really know how you’ll be feeling. I usually bring some tums and a pain medication. I also bring come chapstick, bandaids, and antibiotic cream. The last thing you want to do is walk around on a blister forming on your foot, or leave a cut open at a dirty amusement park. You also don’t want to pay a million dollars for the medical supplies they might have in the park. Better safe than sorry, and it takes up hardly any space.
Jason and I go to the parks often, and we don’t always want to spend the money on snacks or lunch in the park. Universal is beautiful and lets you bring food into the parks. I like to bring some kind of fruit (apples, grapes, and oranges work great), nuts and chips to snack on, and sandwiches if we want lunch. (This is when a backpack could come in handy.)
Bring a refillable water bottle! Fill it up before you go into the parks, and you can continue to fill it up throughout the day. The parks have plenty of water fountains and soda fountains with cold water and ice if you like. It is super important to stay hydrated while adventuring around.
What do I wear to the parks?
I have worn several things throughout the year, and they vary according to season. But, I have a recommendation. If you plan to go in any season other than winter, wear a dress or a skirt.
Its really nice because you get the breeze that flows through the skirt. I have found shorts to be restricting and hot. Also dresses and skirts can be so cute! I usually wear little flats that I know I can walk around in for a long time. Little Keds or Converse can look adorable with dresses too!
Because I am a Harry Potter enthusiast, I usually wear my house colors, or something related to Harry Potter when I am in the parks. (Notice the Time-Turner?!)
and have SO much fun!
I have just found out that I was nominated for “Best Local Blogger” for Creative Loafing Tampa for Best Of The Bay 2015, along with some other nominations!
It would make me the happiest lady in the world if you could take a few moments and vote for my blog. I have put so much effort into this project, its my baby. I truly appreciate all of the support and love that Everlasting Pursuits has received over time.
If you live in the Tampa Bay area, take a second and vote for some of the other great and talented people on the lists of nominations!
Ever since I was a little girl, I have been infatuated by Audrey Hepburn. Why would I not be? She was beautiful, kind, and elegant.
All I have ever wanted was to be just like her. I can remember being in high school, and growing out my eyebrows to look like Audrey’s. (That was short lived, but still!) As I have grown, I notice that my style very much reflects her style. There is something about classic clean lines, ballet flats, a little black dress, and the simplicity of her style that makes me fall in love. In my eyes, and many others, she is the definition of beauty. There is so much to learn and take in from her life.
I compiled a list of tips we can take from Audrey’s life on earth, and here it is:
1. The classics never go out of style.
Those are the pieces that you should invest in. A little black dress, cigarette cropped pants, black flats, a button down white blouse, a circle skirt. She knew that this kind of style never fades. To this day, many women try to replicate her style with these classics.
2. Give unconditionally.
Not only was Audrey charming in the movies, and a style icon, but an ambassador for giving to the less fortunate.
According to unicefusa.org, “In 1988, Audrey became a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and traveled to more than 20 countries, meeting children who struggle every day just to survive. She reported what she saw to world leaders, governments, and the international media, lending a fierce and singular voice to the fight to save children’s lives. By the time she died in 1993, Audrey had instilled in hearts and minds all over the world a passion for UNICEF’s vital work.”
One of my favorite quotes from Audrey is, “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”
3. Little ballet flats are the best go-to.
This one rings true for me especially. I am on my feet all day, and heels aren’t usually my first choice. While they can be super chic, a little black flat can be more durable, and can do wonders for an outfit. They are easy, comfortable, and always in style.
4. Happy is pretty.
When someone has a glum expression on their face, no matter how fabulous their outfit is, they don’t look fabulous. When your energy is low, others can read that, and absorb it. When your energy is high and positive, others will be attracted to you.
“The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters.” -Audrey Hepburn
5. Sexy doesn’t mean revealing, or being a certain size.
“There is more to feminine charm than measurements. I don’t need a bedroom to prove my womanliness. I can convey just as much femininity picking apples on a tree or standing in the rain.”
I find that my style is a little more conservative than many other people my age. I have found that it’s so common for women to overexpose themselves to show their sex appeal or their feminine features. I simply won’t buy into it. It’s not because I don’t like my body, or because I am afraid to show it. It is simply because I don’t find it necessary to show it all off. I think I could be just as charming covering all my skin, no matter what size I wear. Its in the eyes, in the language, and in the way you carry yourself.
6. Be true to your uniqueness.
Audrey Hepburn came into stardom in the era of the Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor. Full figured women. That’s what Hollywood was looking for. Audrey had the build much like a ballerina, (because she was) which was not very full figured. Yet, Audrey was so successful, and charmed the world with her beauty. She became a style icon, even though she was so different. Perhaps that is why she became such an icon.
7. A little black dress is the best staple piece.
Its perfect as a stand alone piece, and perfect for building on. A LBD is a must-have in every woman’s wardrobe. Thanks for the tip, Audrey!
8. Give others the chance.
Take a step into their shoes before dismissing, or giving up.
Audrey said, “People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.”
9. Simply said, “The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.”
10.”The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.”
It is not the materialistic things. It is not the photos, the superficial things. It is each other. Hold on to those who mean most. It is what makes life whole.