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Monday, March 31, 2014

dear spring

 Thanks for showing your face today, spring. Thanks for making it harder for us to determine what to wear on any given day. Thanks for bringing rain and flowers...oh, and bugs. Thanks for bright colors and pretty pastels. Thanks for giving us an opportunity to wear open toed shoes, then thanks for forgiving me when I wear booties instead. Thanks for allowing me to wear a denim jacket in the morning and evening, but not in the afternoon. Thanks for longer days, fresh cut grass, and new growth. Thanks for coming, now please stay.

Sincerely,

Us
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Outfit Details:
Top: Fundraiser tee from a friend! (isn't it cute?)
Pants: American Eagle (old) Similar
Jacket: Express
Shoes: F21

Sunday, March 23, 2014

thoughts


Last time I made a post about life and all its struggles, I got an abundance of messages and texts from many of you guys about how you have been or are currently having the same frustrations. It was incredible, for many reasons. This blog has taken on a whole new meaning to me since then, and also a whole new set of fears and struggles to overcome, which is a good thing you guys. Knowing that someone else could, for even a moment, feel like they weren't alone or were given some kind of hope, gave me hope and more passion for the hurting world.

If I haven't said it before, I want to say it again, clothing, style, and looking good isn't the main reason for this blog. It never was. I just realized this myself a few months ago, thanks to all of you. Sure, it's important to look and feel great on the outside, it's important to dress and learn how to dress your body type well, the way you look on the outside most definitely affects how you feel about yourself, which is of great importance. I stand by all of these things and believe they're crucial to ourselves, especially as a woman.

The main reason for this blog is for me to share with you, empathize with you, encourage you, give you strength and something to look forward to, give you inspiration, give you perspective, give you whatever it is you need that day. As I've talked about before, I'm still finding my "place in this world." Cue Michael W. Smith now, as my husband has no problem doing on a daily basis. But I do feel a little closer. I recently finished reading the book, "Free Fall to Fly" by Rebekah Lyons, you all must get your hands on a copy. It's an amazing book and it talks a lot about this! It really helped me to identify my burdens in life and how to connect with them, along with many other things!

Anyways, all this to say, since the last time I've posted not much has changed job wise or life wise, but heart wise, it definitely has. I think that's all part of the journey that we're on. None of us have it all together, not a single one of us goes without struggles or questions, but we do have each other and that's something we can all offer, no matter our circumstances, jobs, marital status, etc. Lean on each other, take someone's hand, pick them up, offer an ear to listen, because we can all understand that, right?

Happy Sunday!
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Outfit Details:
Top: Anthropologie (not online)
Pants: American Eagle (old) Similar
Necklace: fab'rik (old)
Shoes: fab'rik (old)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

5 reasons to shop at forever 21



It's no secret that I like to shop at Forever 21 and today I wanted to share why! Many people have issues with Forever 21 and don't like to shop there for a variety of reasons, which I totally get. But here's why I love it!

1) Trendy items for less- I don't ever want to spend a lot of money on pieces that will only last me a season or two. If you look past all the crop tops and bedazzles you can find some really on trend items without breaking the bank. I've gotten some amazing colored jeans there, and spent the fraction of a price for something that I don't wear that often.

2) Price- So since I'm talking about money, I'll go ahead and make my next point. If your young, just starting out, on a budget, or whatever the case may be Forever 21 is a great place to shop, stay stylish, and still stay on budget. There's nothing wrong with that! Your going to find the same styles, prints, fabrics, and pieces at other places but pay more, so why not pay less!

3) Find quality pieces- You can really find nicer items at Forever 21. Feel the fabric and look at the tag, you should be able to tell the difference between which items will last longer then others. I love designer jeans and they are definitely worth every penny, but I have a pair of jeans from Forever 21 that I've had for 7 years and they are the best! They're my go to jeans, for sure!

4) Basics- It's also a great place to shop for basics. They're inexpensive, easy, and they always have a wide variety of basics to choose from. You should stock up!

5) The hunt- Another reason I love shopping at Forever 21 is the thrill of the hunt! With a little time and patience you can find some unique items! I love finding the last shirt of its kind and it's the perfect fit. It's a major victory for me!

So next time you see a Forever 21, don't write it off, you may come out with some amazing pieces that you'll have in your closet a long time!

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Outfit Details:
Dress: F21 (not online)
Sweater: F21 (not online) Similar
Boots: F21 (old)
Leggings: F21
Necklace: fab'rik (old)

Thursday, March 6, 2014

on strike


It's been a bit since I've posted, and there's only one good reason for it. I officially want to be on strike and refuse to believe there's still cold weather going on! Remember when I was so ready for the cold?? We always want what we don't have. I'm pretty much to the point where I want to wear jeans, a big sweater, brown boots, and the same big scarf everyday. Which I've been doing...except for today. I wore this dress on New Year's eve as well and I love it! It has a little bit of shimmer, a little edge, and it's girly enough. What else do you want in a dress?
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Outfit Details:
Dress: F21
Scarf: Old Navy
Boots: Sam Edelman
Jacket: TCEC via fab'rik