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5 Things to be Happy About: October

Posted in Lifestyle
on September 27, 2017

Goodbye September + Hello October

I think I say this way more than I should, but I love fall. I love the season so much that I wish it could last a little longer, so we have more time to enjoy it before the holidays roll around. September was another month filled with work, blogging, wedding planning and other fun things. And I’m ready for a new month, with a new gratitude post on what I’m looking forward to.

1| Popcorn + Movies

Doesn’t October put anyone in a movie marathon mood? Whenever this month rolls around, I’m pumped about watching the Halloweentown movies on repeat throughout the month because they are essential during fall. P.S. What’s your favorite Halloween movie? Even on Halloween, Josh and I relax at home and watch movies. (And eat something delicious, duh.) It’s a cozy way to enjoy time together.

2| Fall Bucket List

I think it’s horrible to say I’ve lived in the Northeastern United States, and I’ve never been apple picking. I’ve done a lot of other stereotypical fall things like mastering a corn maze, carving pumpkins, movie marathons, baking and cooking all the fall recipes saved to my Pinterest board, etc. But your girl needs to: go to a football game + tailgate, have a bonfire, go apple picking, and made a homemade apple pie. What are your favorite things to do in the fall? Do you do a fall bucket list each season?

3| Wedding Dress Shopping

I’m surprised to say Josh and I have checked off a lot on our wedding to-do list, which will be wonderful to not worry about planning anything during the holidays. This month, I have two appointments booked to go look at wedding dresses for the first time; and I couldn’t be more excited. Although it’s just under a year away, it’ll be nice to have most of the wedding planning done early, so we can enjoy being engaged and celebrate time together.

4| Fall Drinks

There are so many awesome cocktails and hot drinks you can enjoy during this season, and TBH I want to host parties all-month long so I can have an excuse to make all these delicious drinks. I personally want to try the apple pie cocktail or this sangria that I would have pitches of! Do you have any other drink recipes you want to share—leave a comment letting me know, so I can make more drinks this month.

5| Decluttering + Packing

There will be a post on this coming in the next few weeks giving you all the details.; but let’s just say I’ve been taking my decluttering skills to the next level, and I’m extremely happy about how this experience has helped me see what I truly need and don’t need. Minimalism is refreshing when it comes to realizing how much we own in comparison to what we actually use.

What are you happy about now that it’s October? Are you ready for decorating pumpkins, cider donuts, and all the fall things? Make sure to leave a comment below telling me what you’re excited about this month! 

 

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10 Reasons to be Excited for Fall

Posted in Lifestyle
on September 20, 2017

Calling all my pumpkin-spice-loving blogger friends who are just as excited for OUR season as I am.

*casually shrieks*

You all know my love for fall is real, and I know that I’m not the only one out there who loves this time of year. The change in season IS on it’s way, and I’m going to tell you why I’m here for it. If you’re looking to bask in the glory of a beautiful time of year and bring a little bliss to your life, keep reading!

1| ALL THE COLORS

Leaves are bursting with color, which means that you take all the best blogging photos and Instagram photos by using apples, leaves, pumpkins, Starbucks cups and other cute props you can only use during fall. P.S. who doesn’t love taking photos when the leaves change color. It’s basically the number one bucket list item for fall.

2| The BEST Instagram theme

I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing better than everyone’s Instagram theme in the fall. Everywhere you go is a beautiful backdrop of color (from those gorgeous trees TBH). And, you can take all the cozy, dark looking photos to perfect your theme. I’m all about those vibes on Instagram during fall.

3| Pumpkin overload

Pumpkin spice lattes. Pumpkin pie. Pumpkin muffins. Pumpkin bisque. If it’s a food, you can add some pumpkin to it in some way shape or form this season and make it even better #amiright?! I’m hoping to work on my cooking and baking skills all season long, so please send some recipes my way!

4| Those awesome bucket lists

You know what I’m talking about. You write down your fall bucket lists that consists of everything you NEED to do this season: apple picking, perfecting your pumpkin pie recipe, go to a fall festival, make a baller Halloween costume, watch Hocus Pocus an absurd amount of times, Buy $100 worth of fall Bath & Body Works candles. You know, the usual list.

5| CoZy ViBeS

Fall is a prime time of the year for Hygge, which I’m going to appreciate and spend a lot of time focusing on this season. If you’re all about candles, blankets, books, and good food with good friends, you’ll love the concept of hygge. P.S. what books have you been loving lately? Leave a comment below so I can have some new things to read!

6| Fall style

We all agree that fall style is the best style, right? Because I don’t know about you, but I love that I can basically rotate between the same five sweaters and five pairs of leggings all season long and it’s appropriate. P.S. the layers of cardigans, scarves, and cute booties are must-haves when fall rolls around.

7| THE BEST FOOD

Soups, stews, and all the crockpot meals for days. The main reason I love the food during fall is because crockpots are so darn easy to use that it’s impossible to mess up. So, it seems like I’m #adulting and #wifematerial when really I’m just dumping everything in my crockpot and turing in on low for 8 hours. It’s a win-win scenario for everyone.

8| Halloween

I’ve never been a person who would get dressed up for Halloween and hit up several parties where I need four different costumes, but that doesn’t mean I don’t celebrate the day. We don’t get any trick-or-treaters where we live, but we typically relax at home, have a not-so-healthy meal, and enjoy tons of Halloween movies.

9| Thanksgiving

Although I’m pretty much in full-blown Christmas mode by Thanksgiving, it’s in the fall season. Going back to food because #priorities, Thanksgiving is one of the best days of the year because you can eat everything and anything and no one criticizes you. I’m trying to make everyday Thanksgiving because all I want is to eat mounds of food without judgement, but I guess it’s only reserved for this one holiday.

10| So. Close. To. Christmas

Need I say more?

So tell me, what do you love most about fall? What’s on your fall bucket list that you’re most excited about? Be sure to share in the comments below!

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Why Minimalism is Refreshing

Posted in Fashion, Lifestyle
on September 18, 2017

Have you ever thought about how many things you own? Think about it. Let’s not even go  talk about every room in the your home. Let’s just talk about YOUR stuff: clothes, shoes, jewelry, bags, accessories, coats, etc.

You probably have a lot. Way more than you think. Probably even more than you could ever use.

So why do you have so much stuff? Why do we feel this intense need to have more stuff even though we already have so much stuff? We have a closet full of clothes we only wear 40 percent of, a rack of shoes we wear 25 percent of, and a cabinet of jewelry we wear 10 percent of. We don’t even use what we have yet we continue to buy more. Doesn’t that seem a little strange to you?

It seemed crazy to me, too. I was a person who owned SO. MUCH. STUFF. I owned so much jewelry that was never worn and I had a closet PACKED with clothes that I hated and didn’t love or find useful. I wore the same things yet I constantly wanted to get more, buy new, and everything in between.

Back when I began this journey of minimalism, I thought it would only go as far as decluttering my closet. I didn’t think anything life-changing would come from wanting to get rid of old clothes.

Except, it did.

Related: Decluttering Challenge for Beginners

Minimalism was the most refreshing concept to me because it allowed me to be okay with having things I only loved and got use of. It didn’t force me to go shopping every season for an entirely new wardrobe. It didn’t make me feel like I needed to spend half my paycheck on things and stuff when I was completely happy with what I already had. Minimalism is refreshing and it’s something I haven’t been able to really explain until now.

The other day, I decided to go through my entire closet and dresser and count how many clothing items I had. I counted shirts, dresses, seasonal wear, shoes, jackets, and everything in between. The only thing I left out were socks, bras, etc. I was shocked at how high this number was despite the fact that it was EVERYTHING I owned.

230. From tops to bottoms to bathing suits to dresses to sleepwear to workout clothes to formal wear. I owned 230 pieces of clothing.

And I’m sure you’re saying, “Wow, she’s DEFINITELY not a minimalist.” To be fair, I do call myself an unconventional minimalist for a reason! 😉 Also, I don’t think you need to ONLY own 30 pieces in your closet to identify with this lifestyle. I also don’t think we can really judge someone’s interpretation of this lifestyle solely based on how many items are in their closet.

To be honest, I wasn’t happy with that number at first. Until I remembered how much I had before this journey began. I used to own more than 19 pairs of jeans, 37 cardigans, 10 pairs of shorts, and 40 dresses. Now, I own 4 pairs of jeans, 8 cardigans, 2 pairs of shorts, 16 dresses. 

I don’t know about you, but the difference in those numbers are pretty substantial. That alone is 76 things less than what I had before, and that’s only a small part of my closet. I also forget that I work in an industry where I need quite a bit of professional clothing for meetings, events, networking, etc. I also workout often, so yoga pants and workout tops are essential.

Minimalism is refreshing because it’s refreshing to see how much you truly don’t need to live a blissful life. I’m still constantly getting rid of things in my closet (I filled a bag the other day with about 15 things) because I know 230 is still a large number. However, there’s no doubt in my mind that I had more than 600 clothing items at one point in my life. Looking back, if you counted jewelry, shoes, clothes, accessories, I would have been close to the 800 mark or more. But I got rid of a lot, I sold a lot, and I only kept what I loved. Have I purchased some new things? Definitely. But, I’ve learned that it’s better to invest in staples that will last for years rather than items you’ll only wear for a few seasons.

Minimalism is refreshing because it helps you practice contentment rather than spend money and shop unnecessarily. It’s refreshing to know that debt won’t be in my future when I’m happy with what I have and I only shop and buy when I know I truly need something or love something.

Even if you’re not set on the idea of minimalism altogether maybe you’ll consider going through your closet to see how much you have. Maybe it’s 800, maybe it’s 50. But, I’m sure the number will surprise you either way.

Tell me, whether you’re a minimalist or not, what’s the most refreshing idea about minimalism to you? Do you know how many items you own in your closet? Make sure to share in the comments below!

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5 Looks I’m Lusting For: September

Posted in Fashion
on September 13, 2017

Is sweater weather really the best kind of weather? The answer is yes. Always yes to sweater weather.

I don’t know about you, but I am pumped for fall and all the cozy things in life. I’m ready for Bath and Body Works candles, the change in weather, sweaters, fall bucket lists (even though I don’t always get to do everything I want to on those lists). And, above all else, I’m ready for fall fashion, which is why I’m sharing five looks that are getting me so excited for the new season.

This sweater is what Autumn dreams are made of. I am on the hunt and I’m determined to find a long, open-front cardigan and I plan to wear every single day throughout the season. If you have any links from similar sweaters you own and love, PLEASE leave them in the comments below. My favorite thing about this type of cardigan is that it looks like a blanket, but you also look so dressed up!

Okay, I know we just got done talking about adorable, perfect sweaters, but hear me out on this one. I’m also loving how this looks so darn cute but she’s wearing a sweater, leggings and cute shoes. To be honest, I think it’s all about the neutrals. Nude is a color I’m lusting to own more of in my closet because I think it’s chic, classic and extremely versatile. If you have seen any nude sweaters, tops, etc., please share those with me as well!

I promise I’m not going to talk about the sweater because it’s evident that I’m in love with long, open-front cardigans and that isn’t going to end any time soon. So let’s move on to those adorable shoes. I’ve been loving loafers and masculine-style flats for fall. I’m sick of buying flats that are destroyed after a year because I wear them too much. I need shoes with a thick, durable sole and that will last with miles of walking. Make sure to send your recommendations my way!

You know those sweaters that you can wear with anything and everything? I feel like this sweater has tons of potential for versatility. I would love it casually with leggings or jeans, but I also feel like you can tuck it in to a skirt since it’s a thinner material. P.S. This is one of my favorite colors to wear during fall and winter. I never been an orange or red type of girl, so this is the perfect warm-tone color to get a small mix of both colors in there.

I always told myself that when I was older, I would wear cute heels all the time. Now, I’m more practical and I want shoes that are comfortable. But, I LOVE these shoes and how this entire look is pulled together with different shades of nude. I also love the sweater draped over the blouse. I’ve been only trying to achieve this exact look for years now, so if anyone has any tips on how to look cute and pull off this layered look, please let me know! P.S. that clutch is adorable and inspires me to carry less things so I can carry cute clutches, #amiright?


What looks have you been lusting for? What outfit is your favorite and most similar to your style? What are some fall trends you’re hoping to try this season?

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How I’m Living Life Fearlessly

Posted in Lifestyle
on September 11, 2017

Back in August, I shared a post about doing things that scare you and why it’s so important for your personal growth. If you haven’t caught up on this post, I highly recommend reading it because it was difficult to share, and I am proud of that. I think it’s important to live life without fear because that’s when we accomplish all of our goals, and truly become the person we are meant to be. Fear holds us back, and I don’t want to let it stop me from the living the life I want to live.

Fast forward a month later, and I want to share some things I’ve done to overcome fear, and how I’m living life fearlessly by doing things that scare me. If you’re hoping to remove fear from your life, please keep reading for a little extra bliss to your Monday morning!

1| Spontaneity 

I’ve done some spontaneous things over the last month that I normally would never do. Something I struggle with regarding anxiety is planning ahead. Last-minute plans are a no-go for me because that means I’m stressing and overthinking all the things that could go wrong with making this last-minute plan. Instead, I decided to embrace the spontaneous adventure ahead of me and I ended up having the best time Every. Single. Time.

2| Networking

If you told me a year ago that I would feel comfortable going out to public, networking events in an area I wasn’t from and actually enjoying it, I would have laughed endlessly. I don’y do well with attending events like that by myself, but I’m learning more and more that I am able to go out and have a good time even in a professional setting. I refuse to let fear hold me back professionally.

3| Branching Out Creatively

The main reason for my post on doing things that scare you was related to creating video content because I feel very vulnerable on camera, and that’s a scary feeling. But, I’ve been working toward creating more video content and also working on other creative projects like writing a book. It took me about three years to not let fear take control of this dream I’ve had for as long as I can remember. I’m hoping this is something I can work on passionately should it manifest into something.

4| Chasing my Dreams

For example, making videos and writing a book. But there are other dreams on that list from my vision board series that I never dreamed would come to life so quickly, however one of them will be a huge announcement coming to the blog sometime in fall. I’m sure most of you can guess what it is based on some of my other comments on social media and on previous posts. The main takeaway is that I’m not allowing fear to ruin my dreams and plans I have for myself. End of story.

I hope this post inspires you to overcome your fears and make you think a little differently about fear and why it’s important to move past it. So tell me, what fear are you going to overcome this week or month? Make sure to share in the comments below!

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