stop and smell the roses

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I’m feeling much better this week, readers; thanks for the well wishes! I have so many things on my mind for the new year- in a good way! With the encouragement and support of my family, I’ve worked on making changes to my schedule to enable me to seek a little more balance. I think it’s so easy to get wrapped up in work, especially when you love what you do. Technology has made our work accessible basically at all times. But, there needs to be time set aside to stop and smell the roses, right? Well, in my case, to stop and photograph my shoes. Cheers to balance, readers!

Sweater suit: St John via thrift ($1, retails for around $500)

Coat: thrift ($9)

Necklace: J Crew ($12 marked down from approx $36)

Shoes: Lula Townsend at DSW ($12 marked down from $79) (I just had them re-heeled and they are good as new!)

Tights: H&M ($5)

Bag: Reed for Kohl’s ($32 marked down from approx $120)

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What else is up this week, you ask? A new mani and some thrifted finds!

It’s that time again! Our theme this month for the #monthlymani (with my girl Kristi of Delightfully Kristi) is Frost Bite! I used a baby blue blue base color and then dabbed tissue paper in polish to add gold and glitter on top. Be sure to head over to Kristi to check out her truly awesome “Frost Bite” themed mani- it’s fab!

You can also see the buttons (photos above) that were on that jacket initially that I decided to remove to make the outside of the jacket look a little more sleek. It took just a couple of minutes and I saved the buttons for another project. Easy peasy. Buttons are a super easy way to change up a look- give it a try!

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never tutu much tulle (+monthlymani!)

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Wow, time is flying by and Thanksgiving is almost here! Because this time of year becomes so very busy, I find myself trying to slooooowww down when I can. I had the perfect opportunity to slow down, when I looked out my window and saw this very foggy morning; I just had to take a moment to enjoy it and snap a few shots.

Top: H&M (so old, can’t remember anymore!)

Skirt: Lauren Conrad for Kohl’s ($30 marked down from $64) on sale here

Belt: Urban Outfitters (so old, can’t remember anymore!)

Necklace: J Crew ($70 marked down from $150)

Boots: Express ($20 marked down from approx $70)

Jacket: Banana Republic via thrift ($10 marked down from approx $300)

Bag: Reed for Kohl’s ($25 marked down from $120) on sale here

It’s that time again: #monthlymani time! Our theme this month was Golden Harvest for Thanksgiving! Be sure to head over to Kristi to check out her fabulous gold and glam mani too! I hope everyone has a great and, hopefully, restful week!