Thursday, August 11, 2016

Feeling Blue

Wearing color used to be my jam. The more the better. But after I started really honing in on the items in my closet that I could not live without, I realized it consisted of a lot of tan, white, and gray. And I always feel a bit super human in an all-black or all-white ensemble. I started paring down all of my wardrobe and the editing ended up being my signature. Everyone at work knows I wear some combination of black, white, gray, or tan every day. And every day, I still look styled and put-together. It just really helps the whole "fancy" thing I got going, without much effort.    

As of late, I have been venturing into blue. Navy blue, to be exact. Not a major splash into the color wheel, but still a step, nonetheless. I love how crisp navy blue looks against all of the white I've been hoarding. It's also a less harsh alternative to my power color, black. In addition, it serves as such a pleasant backdrop when I want to add pastels, without making things look so much like an Easter basket, like with white. Maybe this will be the first step into my journey to incorporate a bit more color into my style? Stepping outside of my comfort zone could be fun!

Dress: Charlotte Russe // Lace-up sandals (old): similar // Handbag (old): Vital XII (Use code FANCYB for 15% off)// Necklace (old): vintage find; thrifted

Monday, August 1, 2016

Secret Garden

Can you believe that it's already August?! This summer has been a whirlwind. I have just noticed that things have been in high gear since late May. I was expecting a lull at work since school is out and that would mean less calls and meetings. But my department never stops developing courses for professional development and initiating projects for new instructional technology tools and educational programs. So... so much for a lull!

With that being said, a girl could use a break... and unfortunately, so could my wallet. When I get a little stressed, I decompress by going shopping. There is nothing like the excitement of finding a great sale or stumbling across a really cool and unique boutique! I get such a rush from it! That rush has cost me a pretty penny a few a lot of times.

In January, I made it my mission to live life abundantly (John 10:10) in 2016. I took control of my finances and made a strict budget, monitoring where every dollar was spent. I also dedicated more time to my Little, doing things that Littles like to do (less time at work and trips to the mall... more trips to the playground and ice cream shop). I also started spending more time on my passion project(s), which has brought me more clients and increased my Instagram following. These positives make all of the extra work and zero free time worthwhile. That's why I can feel good about my upcoming vacation. I feel like I've actually earned it. Now I'm just looking for a good FREE book for that 12-hour flight in a couple of weeks. I'm currently really into books that offer encouragement and guides to better living. I finally got my hands on The Alchemist and I can't wait to dig in. I stumbled across this Little Free Library in Decatur and was so excited. These boxes are great places to find unique and previously loved books! The only rule: If you take a book, you must leave one in its place. I didn't have a book on hand so I didn't take one, but I vowed to return.

And maybe I lied earlier... There is something more exciting than finding a good sale or new store. Working hard so that you and your family can play harder and a really good read that leaves you feeling empowered probably definitely tops that! :)

Kimono: (old) Papaya // Navy ribbed dress: TJ Maxx (similar) // Rose gold sandals: Francesca's // Bangles: multiple stores from my travels

Thank you for stopping by! I hope your summer has been a bit more carefree than mine!