Sunday, October 5, 2014

The Only Constant.

Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher, wrote the following sometime around 500BC:
"the only thing that is constant is change."  

Well, Heraclitus, you did. You hit the nail right on the head. And I can personally attest that your philosophy still holds true because the only constant thing that I have experienced in the past couple months is change.  But, that's not necessarily a bad thing. After 3 years of having a two hour commute to work (one hour each way), I was recently offered and accepted a new position in my own city!! I'm doing pretty much the same thing, but now I am the Epidemiologist for the county that I live in.  I can't even describe to you how excited I am to not have to drive in horrendous conditions on the highway in the winter.  Just thinking about it makes me giddy!

So, here's to change being a constant, and here's to y'all having a great week!
<3

Polka dot blouse (Similar here and here; Love these long sleeved option here and here)//
Yellow cardigan (Similar here and here)
Striped skirt c/o Catch Bliss Boutique (Exact here)//
Red pumps (Similar hereherehere, & here)//
Red belt (Similar here and here)//
Pearl necklace c/o Avery Lane Boutique (Exact Sold Out; Cute versions herehere)
Gingham shirt (Exact here; Similar here & here)//
Red blazer (Cute versions herehere, & here)//
White ankle pants (Similar here & here; Love these bootcut options here & here)//
Leopard print belt (Similar here & here)//
Leopard print flats (Great options here & here)//
Pearl necklace c/o Avery Lane Boutique (Exact Sold Out; Cute versions herehere)//
Tortoise shell watch c/o Wristology Watches (Exact here)
White button-up shirt (Exact here; Similar herehere, & here)//
Red midi skirt (Great options herehere, & here)//
Skinny black belt (Exact old; Similar herehere, & here)//
Patterned satin scarf (Exact here; Similar herehere, & here)//
Skinny black watch (Similar here & here)//
Leopard print pumps (Love these styles here, & herehere, & here)
Striped dress worn as top (Cute striped tops herehere, & here)//
Layered tulle skirt c/o Catch Bliss Boutique (Exact here)//
Leopard print scarf (Similar hereherehere, & here)//
Red belt (Similar here and here)//
Red flats (Exact here; Love these here & here)
Plaid button up (Similar herehere, & here)//
"Presley" skirt c/o Catch Bliss Boutique (Exact here)//
Pearl necklace c/o Accessory Mercado (Exact no longer available)//
Burgundy riding boots (Similar here & here)
"Veronica" top c/o Sugar Love Boutique (Exact here)//
Yellow blazer c/o TeodoraB (Exact sold out; Similar herehere, & here)//
Skinny dress pants (Exact here; Similar herehere, & here)//
Multi-color pointy toe pumps (Cute version here; Same here and here on eBay)//
Somervell necklace ℅ Stella & Dot stylist Erika Lehman//
Skinny black watch (Similar here & here)
Mint blouse c/o Flourish Boutique (Exact not available; Similar here & here)//
Seamless cami (Exact here)//
Purple cardi (Similar here and here)
Multi color pencil skirt (Similar hereherehere and LOVE this one here)//
Necklace (Similar here)//
Petite bloom cuff c/o Sira Mara (Exact here)//
Nude pointy toe pumps (Almost exact here; Similar here, and love this pair with ankle straps here)

White sleeveless top (Exact here; Similar here (love!), here, & here)
Seamless cami (Exact here)//
"Kelsi" blazer c/o Catch Bliss Boutique (Exact here)//
Dark-wash skinny jeans (Similar hereherehere, & here)//
Leopard print booties (Similar herehere, & here)//
Resin statement necklace (Exact here)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Autumn, You Have My Permission.

I have a confession to make...I am actually excited for Fall. Even though autumn is usually my favorite season, I thought that I would never crave cooler weather again after the gut-wrenching winter that we just had.  But, I can't help it!  
I want to wear cute boots and cozy little sweaters.  I want to walk on beautiful crunchy red and orange leaves.  
And I really want to drink hot cider and eat delicious doughnuts!  

So, autumn, I give you permission to arrive.  You may now bless us with your wonderful presence. :)
Here's what I've been wearing to work lately:  
"Yasi" dress c/o Catch Bliss Boutique (Exact here)//
Nude pumps (Exact here; Similar herehere, & here)//
Rosa necklace c/o Accessory Mercado (Exact here)
Katelyn lace dress c/o Catch Bliss Boutique (Exact here)//
Blush blazer (Similar here, & here)//
Skinny black belt (Exact old; Similar hereherehere)//
Pointy toe black pumps (Almost exact here; Similar here, and a gorgeous pair with ankle straps here)//
Skinny black watch (not shown) (Exact old; Similar herehere)//
Michael Kors Hamilton Tote (Exact here; Love these more affordable options herehere, & here)
Black and white sheath dress (Very similar wrap dress here; Love these other options herehere, & here)//
Red blazer (Exact here; Similar herehere, & here)//
Nude pumps (Exact here; Similar herehere, & here)//
Skinny black watch (not shown) (Exact old; Similar herehere)
"All A-Bow-t Me" top c/o Flourish Boutique (Exact here; The bow on the back of this top is amazing!)//
Seamless cami (Exact here)//
White blazer (Exact here; Similar herehere, & here)//
Dark-wash skinny jeans (Similar herehereherehere)//
Crystal frosting necklace c/o T+J Designs (Exact here)//
Pyramid stud cuff ℅ Stella & Dot stylist Erika Lehman//
White pointy toe pumps (Similar here)
Navy sheath dress (Exact here; Similar herehere, & here)//
Patterned satin scarf (Exact here; Similar herehere, & here)//
Champagne pearl cluster necklace c/o T+J Designs (Exact here)//
Skinny black watch (not shown) (Exact old; Similar herehere)//

Pink pumps (Similar herehere, & here)//
Striped Aldo bag c/o Zappos (Exact here on Aldo)

Ivory short sleeve sweater (Similar here)//
Full khaki skirt (Exact here; Similar here; Cute grey options here)//
Skinny white belt (Similar herehere, & here)//
Pearl necklace c/o Avery Lane Boutique (Exact Sold Out; Cute versions here and here)//

Orange pumps (Exact here; Love this pair here)

Black blouse (Similar here, here, & here)//
Printed pencil skirt (Cute options herehere, & here)//
Nude pointy toe pumps (Almost exact here; Similar here, and love this pair with ankle straps here)//
Somervell necklace ℅ Stella & Dot stylist Erika Lehman//
Skinny black watch (not shown) (Exact old; Similar herehere)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Summer Wind Down.

Toward the end of every Summer I always experience two very distinct scenarios:
1. A sudden and insatiable craving to go shopping for Fall pieces. (I already bought two pairs of boots-- no judging!=P)  
2. An urgency to wear every single thing that I won't be able to wear when cooler weather hits. (Hence the outfits below. ;)

Really though, this truly is the time to start shopping for boots.  Especially if you'd like to have plenty of options to choose from.  Many times when I've waited until later in the season to buy the boots that I really want, they're already sold out.  So, don't let that happen to you! ;)
Have a great week, Loves!! 

Anchor dress c/o Catch Bliss Boutique (Exact here)//
Pink skinny belt (Similar here & here)//
White cardigan (Similar herehere, & here)//
Pink pumps (Similar herehere, & here)//
Pearl necklace c/o Avery Lane Boutique (Exact Sold Out; Cute versions here and here)
White button up (Great options herehere, & here)//
Red ankle pants (Exact here; Similar here & here)//
White skinny belt (Love these herehere, & here)//
Holding a navy cardi (Exact here; Similar here & here)
Champagne pearl cluster necklace c/o T+J Designs (Exact here)//
Striped flats (Exact here; LOVE these pairs herehere, & here)//
Striped Aldo bag c/o Zappos (Exact here on Aldo)
Black and white polka dot blouse (Almost exact here & here; Love these versions here & here)//
White pencil skirt (Similar here, here, here, & here)//
Chunky pearl necklace (Great options here, here, & here)//
Pointy toe black pumps (Almost exact here; Similar here, and a gorgeous pair with ankle straps here)
Red sleeveless blouse (Similar herehere, & here)//
Striped skirt c/o Catch Bliss Boutique (Exact here)//
Princess Kate necklace c/o Accessory Mercado (Exact here)//
Nude pumps (Exact here; Similar herehere, & here)
Black and white animal print blouse (Similar hereherehere, & here)//
Teal pencil skirt (Similar herehere, & here)//
Black peplum jacket (Similar here & here; Other cute blazer here & here)//
Nicole necklace c/o Bauble Boutique (Exact here)//
Pointy toe black pumps (Almost exact here; Similar here, and a gorgeous pair with ankle straps here)
Red blouse c/o Flourish Boutique (Love these solid red options herehere, & here)//
Beige pencil skirt (Exact here; Similar herehere, & here)//
Nude pumps with ankle straps (Exact here (but, only available in black now); Almost exact here; Similar here & here)//
Wonka bar necklace c/o Accessory Mercado (Exact here)

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Hectic summers & a volcano.

A few times a year life in our household gets hectic. (Or should I say more hectic than the usual amount?:) 
After coming back from Costa Rica, we found ourselves smack dab in the middle of a crazy summer.  Now, I must preface this by saying that our summers are always kind of crazy.  Both of our birthdays are in the summer, as well as our wedding anniversary.  And because summertime in Michigan is short-lived, almost every weekend is booked and planned by late spring. (And both of us working full-time and my two hour daily commutes really leave the weekends as the only time that we devote to getting things done.)  
This specific summer, however, has been especially busy.  With our Costa Rica trip in early July, my 30th birthday bash last week, a few visits from out of town family (My mom is staying with us right now. Hi, mom!) and tons of other planned activities, there hasn't been much time to just sit around and well, do the normal daily things that we want to be doing.  (I can't even tell you how much laundry I have sitting in a pile, just waiting to be washed.  And hopefully you don't judge me too harshly when I tell you that a month after getting back from Costa Rica, I'm still not really unpacked.  Actually, I think I'm passed the point of worry about judgement and have sailed straight into the 'I-don't-care', 'this-is-just-how-my-life-is-right-now' zone.=P)
Inevitably though, I always get to the point where I feel like I'm stuck in a spinning tornado.  But, I know that if I just buckle down and regain my composure, I can make it out alive.   So, my lovely friends, this is me posting the last of my "real" Costa Rica pictures and trying to get my life back in order. 
Be prepared for tons of work outfit photos from the past couple of weeks!
Have a wonderful weekend! :)




Volcan Arenal, Costa Rica
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Mandie top c/o Catch Bliss Boutique (Exact here)
Skirt c/o Flourish Boutique (Exact no longer available; Love this Flourish skirt here; Other super cute versions here, here, and here)
Wedges (Similar here and here; LOVE these here)
Necklace c/o Flourish Boutique (Exact no longer available; Love these options herehere, here, herehere)
Geo cuff (Love these ones herehere, & here)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

For the Love of Ombre.

In my second to last Costa Rica "real" outfit photos... 
I absolutely adored this gorgeous and whimsical ombre ruffle dress.  How could I not? It's so unique and just totally gorgeous. 
Love love LOVE!







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Caroline dress c/o Catch Bliss Boutique (Exact here)
Wedges (Similar here, here, and here; LOVE these here)
Anar lace earrings c/o Bauble Boutique (Exact here)
Geo cuff (Love these ones here, here, & here)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sequins and Mint.

Since I don't usually take editorial style photos, being in Costa Rica and having time to actually take some "real" outfit photos was super fun!  And what's better than that?  A sequin and mint baby doll dress!  
This dress was so comfortable and pretty that I actually ended up wearing it twice on our trip.  
Hello, Lover! 





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Sequin baby doll dress c/o Flourish Boutique (Sold out in mint; But, available in a gorgeous peach here)
Sandals c/o Accessory Mercado (Exact here)
Blue chandelier earrings c/o Bip and Bop (Similar here)
Boho bracelet set c/o Accessory Mercado (Exact here

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Hello, Paradise.

About a week ago, J and I hopped on a plane and left the real world for Paradise: Arenal and Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.
Only two words come to mind when describing our trip: mind blowing.

Being who I am, I like to use trips as escapes from the every day.  My perfect scenario is to lay out by a beach, read a couple of semi-decent books, and eat great food.  Our trip to CR was really not the type of trip I usually see myself saving my vacation days for.  But, oh my GOD, was it amazing!  We rappelled down waterfalls, surfed the Pacific, zip lined over the tops of trees, threw our bodies across the the rainforest on Tarzan swings, and rode in a humvee that looked like it belonged on the set of Jurassic Park.  
And in between, I managed to capture a few outfit photos, too.
Pura Vida, my Loves! 





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Romper c/o Catch Bliss Boutique (Exact here)
Sandals c/o Accessory Mercado (Exact here)
Aviators (Similar here, here, here, & here)
Geo cuff (Love these ones here, here, & here)
Gold & black bubble necklace (Almost exact here; Super cute options here, herehere, & here)