Thursday, August 25, 2016

LOVE FOR STRANGERS



skirt || shoes || similar top || similar clutch || c/o choker || c/o extensions (get $$ off with code GOLDEN SWANK)

Love for strangers is a topic I've been thinking a lot about recently. After my last post, an overwhelming number of you reached out to me in private and public ways. It all made me feel so deeply. The love from strangers is something so powerful and moving and absolutely restoring. 

In a world filled with what seems like endless amounts of hatred and tragedy, it certainly gives me hope knowing that the majority of people are inherently good. Yet often times, I don't make the efforts that I know I should to help others. I don't make the effort to reach out to that old friend, show up to that service project with my church, or give some spare change to someone in need. They're all such simple acts that can benefit beyond measure. I don't know why I don't do them more often. Laziness I suppose. 

But you guys make me want to be better. Be more like you. Love harder and give more. Thank you for being such beautiful examples, ya cuties. 


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Thursday, August 18, 2016

HOW TO WIN AT ADULTING



 jean jacket || c/o watch || c/o neck scarf* || c/o choker || c/o pineapple pin* || c/o geometric pin || c/o jeans || white tee || belt || similar bag || heels

*The neck scarf and pineapple pin are both from the July Popsugar #MustHaveBox that was sent to me to try out. I lovelovelove these boxes. You can get your own HERE! Use the code SHOP5 to get $5.00 off your first box.

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Adulting is hard.

With every stage of my life comes pockets of difficulties, and my mid-20's have been no exception. Don't get me wrong, I have SO much to be thankful for. Life could be far worse. But I am an advocate for being fully aware of your own life. We shouldn't discredit our trials or worries because "they could be worse." We shouldn't feel like we need to brush our troubles under a rug and pretend like they aren't there. In this moment, life may feel completely overwhelming and it's ok to feel those emotions of sadness and discouragement, as long as we get past them. So, I'm about to get super real here. I tend to keep this space of mine super positive and share only the uplifting parts of my life, but sometimes I just want to tell you guys what is really going on with me.

Recently, I feel like I've lost a sense of direction and purpose. Moving to a new state without friends and family has really taken a toll on me. We went from a super fulfilling lifestyle, to a one filled with loneliness. And while my husband, pup and I have lived in Arizona for well over a year now, we truly haven't found our rhythm here. We're constantly in a state of limbo, just waiting for this period of life to pass. We honestly can't wait to move out of Arizona. A huge part of our distaste for Arizona (aside from the 120 degree weather) can be attributed to the relentless outpouring of trials here. I won't go into too much detail here because these things are personal and don't only involve me.

I'm not telling you all of this to have a pity party, or a woe is me moment. I just know that I can't possibly be the only person out there feeling this way about life right now, and I don't want you to feel alone. It's easy for me to dwell on the negative aspects of my life, especially when they seem so overbearing. But in the past few weeks, I've been taking special note of any negativity around me and pleading with it to get the heck away from me. Here's a list of things that have been helping me to stay positive when life feels too heavy:

+exercise: I've been doing barre classes almost daily for the past three months now. I've always been one to hate working out, especially any form of cardio, but I have finally found a workout that I am OBSESSED with. There are so many benefits attached to working out, but I think the most beneficial one for me is how much of stress reliever it is.

+clean eating: I used to work for a company that focuses on spreading awareness about healthy eating and healthy living. Since then, I don't look at food the same way. Yes, I still love all things fried but I am actually educated on what is good for my body, and what isn't. Clean eating helps exponentially with my mood because I have the energy to have more productive days. Plus, when my body looks better, I feel better. We all know how depressing it can be to look in the mirror and feel disgusted with ourselves. Clean eating can help eliminate that.

+budgeting: It's no secret that finances, or the lack there of, can be a massive stressor. I check my bank account daily, and hope that you do too because hi, this is adulting. Being financially responsible is huge for me, and that's one of the main reasons why I still don't have a baby. haha Create a budget, and stick to it. No amount of going out to dinner, or shopping for new makeup is worth being stressed out of your mind about how you'll pay next month's rent.

+reading: Surrounding yourself with positivity is obviously a must when you're going through hard times, and that includes your reading material. I've also heard that podcasts can be super helpful too but I haven't gotten into them yet. Something that has always helped me, is clinging to my faith. It is such a blessing that my church frequently puts out articles and talks that are truly uplifting and just plain good. This talk speaks to my mind and my heart. Give it a read if you have a few spare minutes.

In the words of Jeffrey R. Holland from the talk linked above, "Dont give up... Don't you quit. You keep walking. You keep trying. There is help and happiness ahead -- a lot of it -- 30 years of it now, and still counting. You keep your chin up. It will be all right in the end."

Love you all. Thanks for letting me ramble a little bit today. xoxo




Friday, July 15, 2016

DRESSING UP MAXI DRESSES

*This post is in collaboration with Tobi. All opinions are my own.


 c/o maxi dress || similar shoes || similar hat || choker


Happy Friday! As promised, this is my second post with Tobi featuring this amazing maxi dress! I swear it's the comfiest thing and has the prettiest print. I can't stress enough how high quality Tobi's clothing is. Truthfully, I was a little wary and thought it might be the quality of some of those companies based in China but it's totally not. Not even close!

I'm excited to wear this breezy dress over the weekend since it's so freaking hot here still. (Have I mentioned that it's hot in AZ before? haha) Our weekend will be spent out by the pool and eating some good food. Jake and I have been working really hard to eat clean and get into good shape for a trip we're taking, so we try to only allow one cheat meal a week. I seriously count down the seconds for this meal. Life = food. BUT! We can't decide what our cheat meal should be this weekend! So help us decide! I'm thinking fries... or pancakes... or pizza. So basically bread. ;)

Hope you all have an equally amazing weekend. I'll see you guys next week! xoxo

P.S. Shop some Tobi favs here: HeelsShortsDenimJewelryCasual Dresses, White Dresses



Thursday, July 14, 2016

NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE 2016

Hello my darlings! Today marks the first day of early access to the Nordstrom Anniversary sale! This means that if you have a Nordstrom card, you're able to shop this amazing sale before everyone else! I've scoured through the entire sale to make it easier to shop, since I know how overwhelming it can be when there are pages on pages on pages to look through. (It can totally be like stepping into a Forever 21, and not knowing where to start.) If you don't have a Nordstrom card, don't worry! You'll be able to shop the sale starting next Friday, the 22nd.

I've also broken the sale down into categories, so hopefully that helps narrow things down too. My favorite pieces are these sneakers, these sunglasses, this top, this wallet, these jeans, this coat, this leather jacket, this brow kit, this blush set, this bronzer (I use it daily!), these flats, this pullover, just to name a few!

I'm not sure how many of you know this, but I'm a part of an affiliate group that gives me a commission of the sales that come from links on my blog. I would be forever grateful if you shop the sale using my links to support me and my little ol' blog! Now ready, set, shop! :)


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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

SUMMER ROMPERS

*This post is in collaboration with Tobi. All opinions are my own. xoxo




Rompers, rompers, rompers. They are the perfect swimsuit cover-ups and Tobi happens to have the best selection of them. They're easy, breezy items to throw on as you make your way over to the pool or the beach.

If you've ever shopped at Tobi, you know that they give first-time customers 50% off their order which is completely nuts (in a good way). Plus, the rompers I'm wearing are already on sale, so you'll get an incredible deal on trendy, well-made clothing if you go shop their site right now. They also carry some of my favorite brands like Jetset Diaries, Somedays Lovin, Free People, Keepsake, and The Fifth Label. 

We just found out we're going to take a little tropical vacation in the coming months and I can't wait to pack these rompers in my suitcase! You can refresh your closet like I did with these summer favorites: Shorts, Swimsuits, RompersJumpsuits, Jewelry, Midi Dresses.

Spoiler alert: Stay tuned for another post featuring the most gorgeous floral maxi dress!