happy halloween!

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“tonight the Great Pumpkin will rise out of the pumpkin patch.” -Linus

Coat: Banana Republic via thrift ($1)

Sweater: Gap ($10 marked down from approx $70)

Button down: Gap ($9 marked down from approx $60)

Jeans: Articles of Society via Nordstrom Rack ($36 marked down from approx $68)

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I also had some questions about my felted animals that I’ve been working on as some #selfcare #crafternoon activity. A photo of my creations is above!

And, lastly, for this month’s #monthlymani: it’s a Pumpkin Spice theme! I chose Leggy Legend by Essie as the perfect pumpkin spice color with a little maroon on top to add some depth. Be sure to head over to Kristi to check out her fall themed #monthlymani!

 

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light & lace

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“Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.” -Saint Francis de Sales

Dress: Nordstrom Rack ($19 marked down from $125)

Shoes: Chanel via The Real Real ($150, retails for approx $1,000)

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calm & centered (leave your tip!)

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Readers, I’ve been taking blogging a bit easy lately, since I’ve been extra focused on work and finding a sense of balance in my day to day ebb and flow. Things have a way of getting out of balance quickly and I find it’s a constant effort to feel like I’ve got everything calm and centered. Some of the ways I try to stay grounded are below. Please share your grounded, centered, and calming tips in the comments section below! I would love new ideas! 

  1. Connecting with friends and family; talk about a taking a village, am I right? Even just a quick text to share in a moment feels like a wonderfully balanced act.
  2. Alone time; most people are shocked to know I’m a massive introvert. I really only recharge being completely by myself and I’ve implemented “task free days” where I just CHILL and do whatever I want. So liberating!! Those days, I’m often thrifting, at the library, or catching up on a few of my favorite shows.
  3. Creating! I LOVE to craft just about anything. These days, I’ve been working on felted wool animals. Yep. It’s so relaxing and calming!
  4. Yoga, mindfulness, and running. Enough said!

What about you, readers? Share your “ommm” strategies below! 

back! (in black and white)

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Readers! I’ve been taking a slightly slower pace with blogging this month, as work has been busy (and it’s still so hot outside, I’m feeling less inspired). But, either way, I managed to sneak a few photos into my day and voila! I’m back! I hope everyone has a lovely Friday and weekend!

Top: Banana Republic ($8 marked down from approx $90)

Jeans: Articles of Society via Nordstrom Rack ($36 marked down from approx $68)

Shoes: Christian Siriano for Payless ($25 marked down from $50) on sale here 

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everything embroidered

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It’s hard to nail down my favorite fashion trends lately because there’s so many fun and creative options! In this look, I’m embracing the embroidery trend. I love the texture and custom feel embroidery adds to items like shoes, coats, and dresses. As a side note, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about how I style my top knots and hair braids (as seen in these photos). I have my top knot tutorial here, but stay tuned for a hair braid tutorial next. Honestly, it’s as easy as my top knot. I’m all about low maintenance (though my husband might disagree 🙂 HA!). Have a good rest of your week, readers!

Top: J Crew ($40 marked down from $60)

Jeans: Articles of Society via Nordstrom Rack ($36 marked down from approx $68)

Coat: Rosegal ($30)

Shoes: Jessica Simpson via DSW (approx $50 marked down from $90) available here

Head scarf: Coach (approx $20 marked down from approx $65)

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It’s that time again! #monthlymani time! We went with a pirate theme this month to change it up a bit :)! I mixed Sparkle Aplenty from Revlon with Indi-glow from Sally Hansen to have a festive pirate theme. Be sure to head over to Kristi to check out her pirate themed #monthlymani! Aarrgh! (I couldn’t resist)

patience in patterns

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Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day. –A.A. Milne

Top: New York and Company ($15 marked down from approx $70)

Skirt: Joa via Bloomingdale’s ($20 marked down from $80)

Shoes: Kohl’s ($23 marked down from $55)

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This is the perfect time to snag summer deals! The best bikinis and tankinis are here! The best plus size tankinis are also on sale! Looking for end of summer tops? Check out these Hawaiian shirts!

 

nifty thrifty

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Y’all, this Plenty by Tracy Reese dress was a dollar. $1.The blazer? $2. They retail $250 together, but cost me $3. Yep. Thrifting is one of my most favorite hobbies, and while I do also shop at big box retailers, I find thrifting to be the most rewarding. Never tried? Want to do more of it? Check out my list below!

Reasons why I thrift:

1) It’s good for the environment! Clothes in a landfills is a real problem across the world.

2) It gives back! A lot of thrift stores benefit local communities, give jobs to people in the community, and often recycle clothes they don’t sell.

3) It’s affordable! $1 dress above. Enough said.

4) Hunting for deals is a joy in (my) life! Finding a gem while thrifting is just a happy thing.

Thrifting doesn’t make your heart sing? No problem! Check out this handy dandy chart to see what you can do with your old clothes.

 

Dress: Plenty by Tracy Reese via thrift ($1, retails for approx $130)

Shoes: Sam Edelman ($50 marked down from $150)

Blazer: Express via Thrift ($2, retails for $120)