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2108 Goals!

So I am sure you are seeing this post everywhere on social media but I couldn’t resist to hop on the band wagon as I am excited to get the new year going. I have done a lot of thinking the past few weeks about my own goals and how to go about accomplishing them. I think the biggest tip that I’ve learned is its all in the mindset. If you want change in your life thats the only way you are going to go about making it happen for yourself. Something to remember while creating your own resolutions is, your goals don’t have to be these big huge, life-changing things. If you break down your goals and make them more attainable you’ll be rewarded in the long run. Whether its a small change or a big change, any change brings you one step closer to where you want to be. You have to start where you see fit.

I think back to where I was at the start of 2017 and I am so impressed with the changes that I see in myself now. This year was a good one as far as my goals go. I for the most part stuck with them and see great improvement in myself. This year is about keeping things going, making little changes and increasing the momentum of things.

I narrowed it down to five goals..

1.Blogging Schedule: I have grown my blog in the past year and created higher quality content and for that I am grateful. I truly have learned so much this past year. It hasn’t been easy but its rewarding to look back on where you once were and see how far you’ve come. This year for me, is about creating more of a set schedule so that I don’t fall off the planet every so often. Life can be hectic, adding some structure will do me a world of good. There is just so much behind the scenes work in trying to grow your brand that readers don’t get to see, all of it can be hard to keep up with at times. Props to the bloggers who have awesome, authentic engagement and daily posts while managing a day job and other obligations. Teach me your ways haha…

I am going to focus on setting a daily social media and engagement routine as well as a set schedule for blog posts. I think if I pin point it all down to who I am going to be engaging with on a daily basis on instagram, facebook, pinterest, and twitter I can know where I am headed for the day and get the task done more efficiently. One of the bigger things that goes into this goal is sitting at my desk to get things done as opposed to laying in bed typing away. Day one and so far so good!

2. Fitness: 2017 was about figuring out that I enjoy going to the gym and I actually like working out. I remember some of my hardest days mentally were turned around by a great workout. My boyfriend Nick pushed me to go when I wasn’t feeling well and I thank him for that. I saw myself getting stronger physically and mentally. Towards the end of the year I have definitely fallen out of the routine of going to the gym. I think a lot of that was no longer having someone to go with as consistently now that my boyfriend and I are both out of college. I haven’t been feeling confident enough to go on my own so 2018 is about getting back in there and learning more so that I can feel confident enough to work out alone. Having a workout buddy is great but I don’t want to have to rely on another person’s schedule to get a work out in.

Another goal that I have set for myself within fitness is to use the app headspace and Meditate daily. I suffer from anxiety and I get overwhelmed easily. Though it is much better than it used to be I still have flare ups from time to time. I have tried meditation in a stress management class in college and I honestly hated it.. but I am going to give it another go. I have heard wonderful things so I think its time to try it out for myself.

3. Reading at least once a day/night: I have a love for audio books so I want to set time aside to either listen before bed or the car and/or physically reading a book. I am someone who mainly reads in the summertime, I blame school for that but now that school is done I want to take advantage of the extra time spent not doing homework to read more. Follow along on Goodreads to keep up with books I am reading!

4. Save Money: I have an issue with buying too many clothes. I think blogging feeds into that bad habit because as bloggers there is this pressure to share relevant things with readers. This year I am going to try to break the habit and wear what I have. A lot of my pieces are classic and timeless enough that I don’t need the newest version etc. I know I won’t be able to cut out buying clothes altogether but limiting myself to only the pieces I truly need like once a month is a good place to start!

5. Get a FULL TIME job: this goal is self explanatory. For those of you who don’t know I don’t have a full-time job yet since graduating college. It is something that weighs heavy on me because I don’t really know where to even begin. I know I don’t need to have things altogether right away so this year is about finding the right fit in the job department. Fingers crossed!

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Outfit Series: Thanksgiving with The Paper Store

Growing up Thanksgiving was always the holiday hosted at my home so I loved getting to eat and then immediately changing into PJs while I relaxed for the rest of the night. Nothing beats the crisp fall air, town football in the morning, and catching up with extended family for the day. I see my extended family frequently, but I see them the most in a short span of time during these next few months. Its always nice to catch up with them.

I am always in a rut about what to wear for Thanksgiving. Do I dress up? Is it not that big of a deal? I feel as though I am one who enjoys dressing the part so any excuse for a cute outfit I typically go for it. This year, I chose this cozy sweatshirt dress from The Paper Store as I love the color. It screams fall and its so warm. It was perfectly paired with over-the-knee boots which I will have linked for you below. The combination is one I am going to start wearing more as I can’t stand tights. Investing in a pair of these boots is well worth it and a great alternative for the person who can’t stand to freeze but won’t wear the tights. The boots kept my legs warm during the photos, I was super happy about it.

I must say that I love the quality of clothing I have gotten from The Paper Store this season. This dress was so flattering on and it really did a great job of keeping me warm. The detailing on their pieces really gets me. They add such simple, yet elegant, feminine details to each piece, like, this simple oversized sweatshirt (if you will). You can wear this piece out and about or even in the office if you wanted. In my opinion, the perfect option for those who love wearing dresses in the fall and winter time.

This time of year always flies by so quickly. I can not believe we are already half way through November! Be sure to check out The Paper Store as they have some hidden gems this season. It is always such a pleasure getting to work with them. You can shop online or stop in if you have one in your area.

My Fourth of July

Good Morning, everyone! I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend and is looking forward to the shortened work week ahead. Only three more days till the weekend… you got this.

There is something about the fourth of July that I love. I consider myself to be a very patriotic person, I truly love this country we live in and have the utmost respect for the men and women (past, present, and future) who put their lives on the line for us each day.

I had a very low-key weekend. Nick and I spent most of our time running errands, spending time with our families, and organizing things. We watched the fireworks in my town on Saturday night which is something that is kinda special for us. I think part of the reason why we enjoy them so much is at the end of our very first date we found ourselves watching some fireworks in his town after a really great day with some old friends. Certainly a day i’ll never forget. On Sunday we had some time with his family over dinner. Had a nice meal and got to play with Otis, their new puppy! Monday, we originally had plans to go hang out at a bar during the day and then a BBQ with my family at night but we actually found ourselves cleaning up the deck furniture with my dad instead. All our hard work yesterday paid off though because it ended up being something different to enjoy. When I was younger my sisters and I never really paid attention outside so no one was utilizing this great space we have, now that its all cleaned up, I am looking forward to many more nights out there.

Of course the weekend was spent in lots of red, white, and blue. All holiday’s aside, I truly love that color combination to begin with. Its so timeless. I had lots of fun this weekend taking pictures on my new phone. I upgraded to the iPhone 7 Plus and it was seriously such a great decision. The camera was everything I have been dreaming of. I normally don’t really care about the newest phone out etc. but I have been waiting for the chance to get my hands on this one. I am extremely happy with my decision. Not having to lug a huge camera around is kinda nice lol.

I’ve been wearing red, white, and blue since Friday rolled around. On my more casual days it was shorts and a cute tee with my Jacks and dressed up in a dress and jacks on my more dressy days. I’ve been experimenting with curling my hair. I am determined to master it so I can have a new go-to hairstyle and I have finally gotten it down. My goal for the fourth this year was to look as though I stepped out of a J.Crew catalog and I was pretty happy with my and Nick’s outfit choices. Ill be sure to have everything linked for you below so you can check out some of the pieces that I wore throughout the weekend!

I hope everyone had a great holiday again and I’d love to hear all about it. Feel free to let me know down in the comments below.

A Preppy Outfit!

Good Morning Lovelies!

Hope everyone is having a great week so far. I am enjoying the warm weather so much!

One of the things I am trying to do more of is have a consistency of long and short pieces in my outfits. I find that I am great when it comes to picking out pieces for a hot summer as well as during the winter but the fall/spring are always more of a challenge for me. Its that in between, sometimes hot, sometimes cold, both in one day kinda weather that can get pretty confusing. The trick is to wear one long piece with one short piece to keep you comfortable throughout the day. This spring, for me, is mixing shorts with long sleeve tops. and the fall incorporates more pant options.

Even though its mid June and tomorrow is the official first day of summer, we have had more colder days than hot this season. It is said that should change soon but either way, a balance in your clothes makes for great options of summer outfits if you’re spending most of your day indoors!

This outfit is completely Vineyard Vines. I got this outfit last summer. I popped into VV and saw all the girls wearing something similar and I had to have this color combination. I thought an outfit like this was a staple for the spring and summertime on colder days/nights but then as the summer came and went, I never reached for it in my closet. I was lazy. It is so easy to just throw on a dress or romper and some sandals and go. An outfit like this takes more planning. The details of your day, whether or not your spending your day mostly outside or not determines if you can wear an outfit like this. This season I tried to be more organized when it came to my spring outfits. Sure enough,  I reached for it!

An oxford button down and some shorts are perfect as a classic outfit in your wardrobe. It has a timeless look that can be recreated in various different color and brand combinations!

A Spring and Summer Look!

I love the spring  and summer time because I can just throw on a dress, some cute sandals to go with it and I am out the door. Dresses are my go-to in the warmer months, I just feel more comfortable in them.

I got this dress from J.Crew Factory last summer. Their shift dresses are always super cute and I love stripes so when I saw this one I had to have it. I pulled it out again this summer when I got this crossbody bag from Talbots. This bag is one of the cutest straw bags I have ever seen. They are such a trend this season and I was happy about that because I already had a few but I was so excited to add this one to my closet. I love the pop of color from the leather straps but the aspect of the bag that sold me was the gingham interior! It just seemed as though it was a match made in heaven.

An outfit like this is so versatile, you can wear it with flat sandals for a casual day or some wedges if you are heading into the office. I accessorized with some pearl drop earrings from bauble bar. These earrings are heavy the first time you wear them but like a shoe, once you break them in they don’t bother you anymore. I love these earrings. The drop earrings are one of my favorite trends this summer because I feel like they are such a staple piece that pulls any outfit together. Pearls are a staple of mine already so these were absolutely darling. I am so happy with them!

 

OTS for Spring and Summer!

I am officially hopping on to the OTS bandwagon. I think these types of tops look super flattering on and I can not wait to experiment more with this trend. I can’t believe its the beginning of May and we are still experiencing some cold days here, up north. I am not complaining just yet because my room is the only room in the house that gets hot in the summer for some reason and I have yet to set up my portable air conditioner but other than that at this point in the year I would like to go outside without some sort of jacket on. We’ll get there eventually I’m sure though…

For trying out this trend I went to my trusty place, Old Navy. I honestly wasn’t sure if I would like this top so I figured might as well not break the bank for something that might not fit me well. I was wrong and I absolutely love it! I just want to take a second and give some love and appreciation to Old Navy, job well done on some of your pieces this year. I know I have been enjoying them as well as so many others! They really up’d their quality and I am no longer scared to shop there as a result.

I paired my top with some blue jeans as its still breezier some days. I wore statement earrings from J.Crew Factory because with a top like this earrings are an essential piece that pull the outfit together. It gives the outfit a more dressed up/put together look. Finally for my heeled sandals, they are also from Old Navy. Decent price point and they’re my go-to right now because they’re such a comfortable heel.

I am super excited for summer to arrive. I think that OTS is so flattering and cute for the warmer months. I can’t wait to play around with this trend some more. It’s SO cute!!

Outfit Details: OTS Top | Block-Heel Sandals

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