Monday, April 21, 2014

Ocean Blues









(Dress: Lilly Pulitzer, Bangles: Bourbon & Boweties, Earrings: Anna & Ava)

A little while ago, I got to spend the most lovely of afternoons with a dear friend of mine! Jennifer Blair is truly a delight, both inside and out, and her photography is absolutely beautiful! Her ability to capture and create such ethereal and magical images is so inspiring. We decided to explore the grounds of a former winter home belonging to a wealthy couple from the 1920's, and although the clouds may have been out that day, it was nonetheless lovely! I could imagine what elaborate events they must have hosted upon the patio, to the backdrop of the sea kissing the shoreline. We played with the concept of sea-colored hues, inspired by the thought of ocean maidens and sparkling waves. This dress was just the right combination of color and movement..perfect for a sea soiree!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Quiet

(photo by my sweet friend & mega-talented photographer Jennifer Blair)

I know things have been a little quiet around here lately...sorry for that! I'm currently working on a few exciting projects, and it's occupying a lot of my free time (not that there's much of that to begin with). Rest assured, there's good things coming very soon!

Speaking of quiet, recently I've discovered the beauty that is found in quiet moments. Instead of immediately flipping on the radio during my way to work, I've been opening the sunroof and letting the sunshine and sounds of birds fill my commute. Sometimes it's good to unplug from the constant barrage of noises. From early morning workout playlists to evening inspiration mixes, it got to the point where I felt like it was just cluttering my mind, and a change was needed. There's solace and beauty in silence..the absence of noise can often feel soothing, especially if there's a lot on your mind. Have you ever felt like that? Just needed a calm quiet? It's refreshing in the best way possible. I've enjoyed it so much that I just might begin to do this on a regular basis.

Beyond the silence of radio sounds, a few minutes walk outside is also a welcome diversion from the busy routine of life. Sometimes it's easy to get wrapped up in what needs to be done, and the list of "to-do's" gets longer and longer, but when you allow yourself a moment to breathe, relax and enjoy nature's beauty, it's always amazing to see how much it can refresh and re-inspire your work! I encourage you to find that minute or so to get a deep breath of fresh air and maybe a moment of silence this week. It will benefit you & your mind so much!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Look Within

Just a thought for the week.. What kind of a life are you living? 
In all that you do, are your actions just, kind, and honorable? Do you give grace and mercy
to others? When success comes your way, are you swift to take all the glory and credit, or do you walk in humility? It is wise to examine our lives and ask ourselves, "What kind of a life are you living?" 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Casual Cool








 Necklace: similar, Bracelet: Forever 21, Earrings: Ana & Eva)

I never liked Birkenstocks. In fact, that was something I always said I'd never ever wear...like ever. I mean, no one wants to revisit the worst of the 90s fashion. But then I saw a few outfit ideas like this and this on Pinterest...and I thought, hm...you know, they're not that bad. Then I tried a pair from OnlineShoes, and I discovered how ridiculously comfortable they were, and then, somehow, they didn't look as terrible as I first thought, and...I liked them, a lot. Yeah, I admit it. They're actually stylish in a chic, casual cool-sort of way. So you just might see them around a little more. Trust me, if I can wear them, you can definitely rock a pair too, but please, for everyone else's sake, don't wear them with socks. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Why I Don't Watch TV

Confession time: I don't watch TV...I know, cue the weird looks and questions. I didn't grow up with cable, spending Saturday mornings watching cartoons, and probably couldn't tell you many of the shows that are on to this day. No, I didn't grow up on a deserted island, and as strange as it may be to some, I'm actually quite ok with the fact that I never really invested much time in front of the screen. My parents were really adamant that I get outside to play, read books, and try all kinds of fun activities (hello 12 years of ballet) that were interesting to me. Looking back now, I see how intentional they were about something, and the effect (very positive, in this case) that it has had on my life. This got me thinking...are we intentional about certain things in our own lives? Do you do things on purpose because you're tracking for a certain goal, or do you just kind of drift through life, taking everything as it comes? I don't know about you, but I sure want to be a person of intention. Instead of waiting for life to just happen, wasting moments on things that are of little value, let's become intentional about how we invest our time. 

Personally, I take a little time each Sunday evening to plan out my schedule for the coming week, and to prepare any materials I might need for meetings and other events coming up. It's the little preparations that keep me intentional about how utilize my time. For example, exercise is an important part of my life, and I am intentional about getting some kind of a workout in every. single. day. Sometimes it's a struggle to wake up extra early to squeeze in that run or to do something after a long day at work, but the hard work and discomfort is worth the results of feeling and looking good. The same way that my parents were intentional about what I watched when I was a child, is similar to what I allow myself to watch, read and listen to, even now. Negative thoughts, people, and information are easily accessible, and that's not the kind of influences I want directing my life, so it's become something that I am very diligent about monitoring. If something is not bringing positivity or beneficial results to my life in some way, I cut it out of my life. Sound strict? Yeah, it is, and I realize that other people might think that it's weird or harsh, but we're looking at results here, and I'm willing to do what it takes to get the results that will come from that kind of discipline. I can't speak for you or your goals, but I can encourage you to examine your own life, and see if you're being intentional about how you live your life, invest your time, and create your habits. Trust me, the people who accomplish great things don't ever do it "on accident"; everything is always, always about habits and discipline. Can you imagine an athlete just walking up to the Olympics to compete without ever training for their event? Certainly not! Each one has trained, prepared, and faced the discomfort of all the hard work that is required to become the best in their country for that sport. To get what you want, you must begin to plan your life around doing what it takes to get there. 
Take a moment right now and ask yourself, "Am I living an intentional kind of life?"

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Spring Happenings

Today is the first day of Spring! Yay! If you're not able to get out and enjoy the gorgeous weather, or just want to browse on your phone while at the beach, here's a few fun things that are happening around the web today..

With a change in weather, it's time to get bikini ready for Spring breaks, and beach days ahead! I'm chatting with Pen & Keyboard about how to stay stylish while you sweat, and some tips for finding the perfect gym outfit!

It's time to celebrate a new season, and what better way to do so, than with a special gift from an awesome collaboration of two great brands! Lilly Pulitzer & Estee Lauder have teamed up to gift you with a beautiful limited-edition collection that showcases the gorgeous hand-designed prints with fresh cosmetics for a new season! The gorgeous gift is a special 7 piece collection that comes free with any purchase of $35 of Estee Lauder products, and you're able to customize which collection you'd like, based on your style.

Not sure which product to add to your beauty arsenal? Some of my friends at Macy's have let me in on a few of their consultant tools, so you can use the same professional methods to find your perfect products at home!
To find your perfect product, use either of these applications:
 Estée Lauder Foundation Finder       Estée Lauder Skincare Finder


Details of the Estée Lauder Gift With Purchase
Choose a free 7-Pc. gift with any $35 Estée Lauder purchase through Macys.com. The free gift with purchase includes free makeup valued at $120 and a one-of-a-kind Lilly Pulitzer cosmetic bag available only through Macy’s until March 23



Have a few extra minutes?
Take a look at this post from last year..It's a good one :)

...or read Part 1 of my story Girl Behind The Mirror: Part 1

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Spring Into Color








(Tunic: similar, Shorts: similar, Bracelets: Marianna Mae c/o
Necklace & Sunglasses: F21, Tote & Sandals: Target, Ring: TJMaxx)

Oh how I adore the gorgeous arrival of Spring weather! Lately I've been lucky enough to steal away to the beach and walk along the shoreline, catching glimpses of stingrays & playful fish as they leap out of the water. It's days like this where I couldn't imagine a better day than one that starts off with cool mornings, and warms right up to beach weather. The punchy colors of spring have inspired me to incorporate a little brightness into my wardrobe, and I couldn't think of a better way to do it than with these darling bracelets! There's such a boho, carefree vibe to the colorful beads and tassels...kinda reminds you of Anthro, right? Love them. They've been my constant wrist companion for the past week, and I love pairing them with a simple tunic & shorts or even with my bathing suit to head to the beach. 
Spring, you just might be my favorite. 

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