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. 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Mornings

I don't know what it is about mornings, but I just love the cool air, soft early light and seemingly abundant creativity that seems to flow whenever I have a few minutes to scratch away on a journal page. Have you ever heard the thought that people have different times in which they are most productive & creative? While many are self-proclaimed "night owls", mine happens to be the morning hours..the sweetness of sounds as birds awake & begin to twitter back and forth, and the symphony of preparation coming from the kitchen as people go about their day's beginning, and off to the activities the daytime hours hold. Most days, I'm up early to exercise before the day's schedule & demands begin, but when I'm lucky enough to have a morning to myself, I'm often found dreaming up new ideas and projects over a fruit smoothie and toast, or catching the first rays of sunshine as it warms up the world with a hazy, golden glow. Oh the bliss of enjoying each moment, being fully present in life, and taking those quite morning minutes to start the day off just right. When are you most productive?

Monday, March 10, 2014

Everyday Sparkle






(Top: F21, Shorts: Lilly Pulitzer (past season), Necklace: Majestical Jewelry c/o)

Ooh I do love the arrival of spring! Time to pack up the bag and head to the beach, or at least slip into a pair of shorts and enjoy the day! This weekend was filled with glorious weather, and I had a little time to enjoy a beautiful lunch by the harbor and an afternoon walking along the shoreline, playing tag with the waves and soaking up some sunshine. Most days my style uniform consists of shorts and a simple top, and when the weekends arrive, there's nothing better than a soft, striped tee, paired with a fabulous necklace. I've been eyeing this gorgeous tortoiseshell piece, as it reminds me of the art deco era, but updated with a modern twist. There's something so fun about everyday sparkle...who says that you can't glitter during the day? I'm all for bringing out the fancy evening jewels to play in the daylight, and give casual style a little glamour. After scouring the internet for a little more affordable version of this beauty, Majestical Jewelry seemed to have the perfect option, and I've got to admit, I'm a little obsessed with their collection that's perfectly curated for every season. Definitely worth the visit! 

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