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Fall Florals

(Romper -similar, Bag, Necklace, Shoes-similar, Watch, Earrings-similar)

Fall is officially here, friends! It's a little hard to dive right into the sweaters and scarves when it's still close to 90 degrees around here, so I'm enjoying the darker floral prints, jewel tones, and ankle boots until we finally get some cooler weather. I wore this feminine look to a friend's bridal shower the other day, and loved how comfortable this romper turned out to be! To avoid making this look too dark for our current summer temps, I paired it with some lighter, more neutral accessories; however, this piece could easily transition into the fall season by swapping out the bag for something darker and adding tights. Restyling can be so much fun!  What are your favorite pieces this fall? 

Easy Fall Outfit

 As fall approaches, it's hard to say goodbye to the beautiful colors and prints of summer, especially when it's still so warm around here. This gorgeous silky dress is the perfect way to give a nod to the darker hues of autumn while still enjoying the playful cold-shoulder detail and leafy print. You could even style it with some tights and cute boots when the weather cools down. Also, when I learned that this was named the 'Candice' dress, I knew it was a must-have...I mean really, it's meant to be, right? Fun, flattering, and fabulous, this beauty needs to be a part of your fall transition wardrobe. You'll love her as much as I do! ;)

Enthusiasm is Contagious

Enthusiasm is contagious! Have you ever been around someone who was genuinely excited about something? Their energy is absolutely magnetic! I love investing time around people who are passionate about something and enjoying their lives to the full. Need a little boost of enthusiasm in your life? Here's a few steps to get you going in the right direction!

10 Steps For Developing Enthusiasm
1. To be enthusiastic, you have to act enthusiastically. 

2. As much as possible, avoid people who are negative thinkers.

3. Have a healthy attitude toward problems. 

4. Realize that every adversity can be an opportunity. 

5. When something is done, forget it. 

6. Keep everything in perspective. 

7. Look for new goals to set. 

8. Be confident. 

9. Care for your health. 

10. Smile. 

A Shift In Season & Perspective

Happy Labor Day and long weekend, friends! I hope you're enjoying some fun, sunshine, and time with good friends and family! For many, this is the wrap up of summer's golden glow and the official arrival of the fall transition. It will still be awhile until things cool down around here, but I have to say that I do love the way that the afternoon light has started to grow increasingly moody and rich as we move toward autumn. Every season has its beauty; the challenge for us is to go out looking for those beautiful details and moments. In my opinion, that's the way that life is too, isn't it? Each season of life brings changes, shifts in perspective, challenges, accomplishments, and lessons; however, each one also possesses a beauty that we must seek out. I often ask myself the question, 'Are you looking for the beauty in your current life season?' I have to remind myself to be conscious of that because life has a way of hurrying us along, wishing for better things ahead. Don't rush ahead and miss it. Enjoy and embrace the beauty of this season, this moment...we only have it for right now. 

Peach Perfection

I have always loved a good twirling skirt or dress ever since I was little. In my opinion, the more fun and flowy, the better! When I came across this gorgeous guava/peachy-hued piece, I just knew it had to come with me on vacation! We had dinner one evening at a beautiful restaurant with views that overlooked the cove and lights of St. John in the distance. To get there, we walked along the path that wandered by the beach and gave us full view of the sunset colors painting the sky. That evening was so breezy and beautiful that I couldn't help but twirl around a few times and let the wind play with the voluminous skirt! The cut of this dress makes it something special and very figure flattering, and I was drawn to this beautiful color immediately. I loved it so much that I am contemplating picking up another color for some upcoming events in fall. The best thing is that it comes in nine different colors, making this piece a very versatile option for vacations, weddings, and events...honestly, this could even work as a wearable bridesmaid dress with some fabulous jewelry. Comfortable, beautiful, and flattering, it is definitely a new favorite in my book! 

Weekend in Paradise

I recently spent a long weekend in the Caribbean celebrating the end of summer before I dive back into the routine of daily life! It was such a wonderful and much-needed break, filled with lots of swimming, sunshine, island views, sailing, and crystal clear waters. We stayed at the Ritz Carlton St. Thomas, which I highly recommend, and enjoyed relaxing and taking in the views that overlook an expanse of turquoise waters, beautiful beaches, and rolling green hills of nearby islands. The resort is truly a gem on the island, and beautifully combines the cheerful, fun-loving spirit of the Caribbean with the serenity and relaxation of a tranquil oasis. We explored the cove on stand up paddleboards, kayaks, and sailboats, and soaked up some sunshine by the beach and pool. I always pack a few outfits for island exploring, but the weather was so fabulous that I stayed in my swimsuits and breezy tunics for most of the day until it was time to head to dinner! This weekend in paradise was the perfect way to celebrate a beautiful summer. Stay tuned for my favorite island look that's coming to the blog next!

How To Become A Morning Person

It's time to rise and shine!! If you're not always feeling bright eyed when the sun starts to rise, here's a few suggestions for giving your morning routine a little boost of ease and energy! 

1. Get to sleep earlier
You knew this one was coming, didn't you? I know, I know, it's easy to stay up and burn the midnight oil, but resist the late nights and get to sleep. Our bodies are often functioning on a lack of sleep and this contributes to more than just the ability to get out of bed easily in the morning. Studies show that getting the right amount of sleep (somewhere between 7-9 hours) is directly linked to increased focus and mental clarity, faster metabolism, and lower levels of stress. Also, our bodies repair and rejuvenate while we sleep, and by looking at the pace most of us keep on a daily basis, this is essential! When you're feeling like you're in a fog during the day, or find it hard to get out of bed every morning, you probably need to get some rest, so skip the evening scrolling, and get to sleep!

2. Create a routine
We are creatures of habit and the good ones will help you make the most of your mornings! Set up a routine that you can stick to on a daily basis. Personally, I have a specific time that I get up, a time that I eat breakfast, among other things that help me to be productive and enjoy the morning hours! To get into this habit pattern, I began by setting up a routine that I followed closely for about 2-3 weeks. After that time, my body began to fall into the rhythm of when I wanted to wake up, and now I often wake up right before or exactly when my alarm starts to go off. By doing things at the same time each day, you'll create a habit pattern of success and also set your body's inner clock to wake up early each day. (I wrote a post with more specifics on my morning routine; find it here.) 

3. Limit your screen time at night
Our bodies are meant to react and respond to light--specific colors/rays of light--which helps to let us know when it is time to be up and active and when it is time to start winding down. In the mornings, the light rays are usually growing increasingly more blue which generates the response from the body to wake up and be active. As the sun begins to set, the light rays become more red and orange, generating the signal to the body to start winding down and getting ready for rest. Our devices (phones/ipads/tv/computer screens) emit a high percentage of blue light which is great during the day; however, this does not help us get our bodies into rest mode in the evenings. To get a better night's rest and an easier wake up, sleep researchers suggest limiting your screen time in the evenings and completely cutting it out at least an hour before bed. It's much easier to quiet your mind and body if you're not constantly consuming social media feeds right before you get to sleep, so put that phone down, unplug, and relax.  

4. Exercise 
Morning exercise is one of the best ways to start the day, and a great way to get into the habit of becoming a morning person. Getting the body going when you wake up is essential to starting the day out on a positive note, and I have found that it gives me increased energy and focus throughout the rest of my day. Also, I've noticed that when I workout in the mornings, I tend to eat much healthier during the day, and have less cravings. In addition, morning workouts have become a great time for doing some thinking/visualization, prayer, and getting some time to myself before the start of a busy day. Cultivating this habit has helped to make mornings enjoyable and gives a sense of accomplishment as the day begins.

5. Plan ahead and enjoy the time
Mornings can sometimes be a little rushed and even stressful if you're not properly prepared. One way that combats this craziness is to plan ahead and get things ready the night before. I like to lay out my gym clothes and running shoes along with any specific things I need for the day ahead. When you're prepared, you are able to enjoy the morning and use the time for something beneficial. A great way to enjoy the morning is to start the day off with gratitude. Instead of focusing on all the stress of the week or things that are happening in the world, cultivate a spirit of thankfulness for the many things you have been blessed with. By focusing on the positive, you're setting the tone for the day ahead. Take a moment to journal, sip your coffee, and make a list (either on paper or in your head) of at least 5-7 things you are grateful for. This habit does wonders for your mind and spirit.  

Mornings can be productive, enjoyable, and something to look forward to, but it may take a little bit of planning and rearranging of some habit patterns. Changing your habits and mindset is certainly a process, so if it seems like an adjustment to get into the 'I'm a morning person' routine, that is ok! With proper planning and consistency, you'll start each day with excitement and fulfillment! 

What do you do to start your day? 
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