stop and smell the roses

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Sometimes I forget the wonderful splendors around me because I’m busy rushing from one place to another, taking care of errands, going to work, going to the grocery store, blah blah blah. But, I’ve been working on being more mindful of taking a breath. This week, my husband and I took another trip to the local gardens and, sigh, it’s just such a beautiful place. It really makes me happy to stop and smell the roses. What about you, readers? What things of beauty are you seeing in the world around you? Leave a comment below!

Top: Rosegal ($12)

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

Shoes: Crocs ($40 marked down from $60) (seriously, I wasn’t joking. I’m not paid by Crocs, I swear, but I wear them whenever I’m going to be on my feet for long periods of time/walking miles on end).

Fashion Huntress coupon alert! You can find other oversized blouses here. Interested in the top in this post? Summer sales ongoing, all from 33% off. Use code RGEN for another 10% off! Time for a new outfit! Surprise code: RGEN

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poplin on the prairie

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A true Midwesterner at heart, I love being in prairie restoration sites. I was able to take some of my photos in such a site (staying on the path and not disturbing anything!) and felt totally at home. Of the 240 million acres that once existed in the Midwest, less than 1% remains today. Thanks to what I can only assume are very dedicated efforts by many people, you can still find pieces of prairie around the Midwest if you look closely. Today I’m feeling peaceful in my poplin top on the prairie.

Top: Ann Taylor Loft ($15 marked down from $55) top on sale here

Pants: Ann Taylor, years ago!

Shoes: SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker ($30 marked down from $465)

Necklace: Ann Taylor Loft ($20 marked down from approx $45) necklace on sale here