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! 

still summer

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It’s still summer around here, so I’m taking note from Mother Nature and wearing a party dress 🙂 Even though my fall booties and scarves are calling my name, I’m happily drinking pumpkin spice lattes while waiting around for some chilly mornings. Have a good week, readers!

 

Dress: thrift (approx $3)

Necklace: thrift (approx $3)

Sunglasses: Brian Atwood via Nordstrom Rack ($17 marked down from $250)

Sandals: Nine West ($45 marked down from approx $90)

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And for this month’s #monthlymani: it’s a  Turn of the Season theme! I used new the Essie Treat Love Color as a base color; and I’m thrilled to say it’s a perfectly opaque neutral color! I added a glitter effect also by Essie at the tips to add a “turning of the season” flare. Neutral to GLITTER is how I feel about fall :).  Be sure to head over to Kristi to check out her fall themed #monthlymani!

 

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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bell (sleeves) and bows

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Well, we all know the bell sleeve and knot trend is everywhere these days, and I’m completely swooning over these embellished styles- especially given that these tops are 100% cotton and comfortable versions of these trends. Hand me a pumpkin spice latte, and fall is off to a perfect start 🙂 ! I’m going to be cozying up with books, coffee, pumpkin everything, tea, and of course, embellished everything!

Bell sleeve top: Zan Style $75 (though currently on sale for 70% off)

Knotted gray top: Zan Style $11

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

Shoes: Chinese Laundry via DSW ($3 marked down from approx $80)

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There’s a huge sale on the site now, so if you’re interested in these tops or other fab finds, check out Zan.Style  ! I really enjoyed the cotton blends, as they are super soft and don’t wrinkle easily (one less task when you don’t have to iron!!). Have a lovely week, readers!!

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)

top knot tutorial!

Hi, readers! I’ve gotten a number of questions about how I do my top knot hairdo (aka 99% dry shampoo when I’m too tired to actually style my hair). So, without further ado, I really did my best to capture the photos of the step by step tutorial!

Start with a high ponytail but on the last loop through your ponytail holder, you make a loop with your hair. Then, take the loop and pin it forward towards the crown of your head on both sides. Seriously, that’s it. See the final product below!

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You can see a couple of photos below of how it looks (depending on the day 🙂 ).