Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Getting Caught In The Rain

I can't believe fall has arrived!  I feel like summer just barely started and I am not quite ready to say goodbye to warm weather.  One thing I love about cooler weather though is fall and winter fashion.  I love layering, the comfortable oversize sweaters and boots.  So in celebration of fall I thought I would do a post with a sweater dress today.  Sweater dresses are awesome for fall because you can pair with tights if it is cold or go without if it is a warmer day.  They are the perfect transitional piece for me because I often get too hot if I jump right to sweaters, leggings, long sleeve shirts and scarves in the early fall.  

So here is my sweater dress post (sorry for the grainy quality, right when we went to take pictures, a storm hit which made everything dark and me a little wet and raggedy...thus the title of the blog ;)  Also, we recently got a puppy, as I mentioned in my previous blog, so I thought I would show him off a bit here too.  Happy fall everyone!

| Sweater Dress: Pink Rose via Nordstrom Rack | Purse: Dooney & Bourke (this year's version here) | Boots: Bakers (similar here) | Belt: old (similar here) |

Saturday, September 20, 2014

White After Labor Day

Sorry for the delay in posts, I have had the craziest September!  Between work, studying and getting a new puppy, my outfit creativity (not to mention my lack of makeup and hair doing) has taken a toll on the blog.  So without further adieu let's talk about wearing white after Labor Day!  I grew up with a mother and grandmother who always said wearing white (at least from waist down) after Labor Day was taboo.  I still carry a bit of that stigma with me, however I just love the versatility of the color and hate putting my white items away in the fall.  Over the past few years I've seen designers showing white in their winter and fall collections so I decided they were giving me permission to modify my previous clothing color prejudice slightly.  Here are some tips I put together for myself to pull of white after Labor Day.

Fall/Winter White Tips
1.  Choose off white, cream and light grey colors vs. cool/bright whites.
2.  Layer with cardigans, dusters, jackets, etc.
3.  I recommend steering clear of white jeans and shorts.  I've seen some exceptions, like Three of Something's "brilliance shorts" they brought out for their Fall 2014 line.  However, most of the exceptions are not a white jean or linen material, they are typically, tan, cream or metallic so that's what I would recommend if you are determined to wear white skirts, pants or shorts.  
4.  Pair with fall and winter colors (burnt orange, grey, tan, red, military green, etc.).  The addition of the fall/winter colors will make your outfit look more fall/winter fashion savvy.  
5.  Make sure the white item is a little bit more covering than your white items (ie top of knee to mid-calf length skirts/dresses vs mid-thigh).
6.  Accessorize for the season.  Since it is technically still summer for another day or two (and it feels more like summer in Utah now than it did in July), light dusters, cardigans, etc. do the trick with creating a season appropriate white outfit.  If you are in an area where it is already getting cold break out boots, hats, scarves, tights, etc.  Look to see what fall/winter accessories you can pair with your winter white items that give the outfit a strong pull toward the season.  

Let me know what your opinion is on white after Labor Day and if you have any tips on how to wear it for fall and winter (feel free to comment)!  Here's my winter white outfit I donned the other day...

| Duster: Tildon via Nordstrom | Dress & Lace Slip: Marilyn and Beverly's | Heels: Aldo/old (burnt orange/cognac heel options here and here) | Belt: old (similar here) |

I should have some pictures of my cute new puppy, as well as some cool new companies I discovered (ie Kidogo Kidogo) coming soon, so check back soon for those!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Recognizing Happiness + $200 Nordstrom Gift Card Giveaway

A simple truth in life is that if you are looking for things that make you happy you will think your life is good.  If you're looking for the misfortunes in your life, you will think your life is bad. People who have nothing have been happy and think they have everything, even when extremely terrible things take place.  On the other hand, those that have everything have often been unhappy.  Look for the good in your life and count your blessings.  Don't compare your life to anyone else, you can never measure up above everybody in every way.  You often don't know what struggles others face and another's happiness or success should never diminish yours.  Success, money, possessions and opportunities don't determine happiness; gratitude, perseverance and a cheerful heart do.  So have sunshine in your soul today because there is always something to be happy about!

A company I found recently that I felt like I just had to wear on my blog is Noonday Collection!  I love finding companies that work to give back instead of just working for profit.  Not only is Noonday a great company, but their accessories and jewelry are absolutely gorgeous and each piece is so unique.  They use fashion to "restore dignity to abandoned women in Ethiopia, empower communities in Ecuador, and create business opportunities for Ugandans".  It's so cool that you can even see where your item was made and how it is benefitting and providing dignified, well-paying jobs to locals.  That's definitely a company that embodies the idea of having sunshine in your soul!  (P.S. Don't forget to scroll down to enter to win a $200 Nordstrom Gift Card!)

| Necklace: Noonday Collection | Dress: Marilyn & Beverly's | Sandals: Zulily | Photography: Sam Stapley Photography |

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Failure Is Not Fatal

I can't believe how rainy it has been here lately!  I'm not ready for the cold and overcast skies, although the weather did create the perfect setting for this blog photo session with Sam Stapley Photography.  It was so much fun to take pictures in the water...until the lighting started and then we darted for the car.  It also gave me an excuse to wear this maxi cardigan that I've been dying to wear ever since it came in the mail from SoulRx!  I think for the last bit of summer and into fall I am going to be completely obsessed with maxi cardigans and dusters.  I just love the way they flow when I walk and give provide a lengthening effect for my body.  
One quick thought today on perseverance...have you ever failed at something and become completely discouraged?  I know I have.  Sometimes failure can be paralyzing and it is difficult to see new opportunities or a way to rebuild.  Winston Churchill addressed failure and success simply, "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts".  If he could find the light and "never surrender" during some of Britain's darkest days during World War II then you can find the way to rise from your failures.  So persevere and take courage, life is short and wonderful.  

Cardigan: Soul Rx / Dress: H&M / Booties: Aldo via Nordstrom (similar here) / Slip: Marilyn & Beverly's / Flower: TJ Maxx
Photography: Sam Stapley

Friday, August 22, 2014

This Makes Me Happy

When I found this tee I knew right away I had to have it!  I feel like it goes perfectly with my blog and what it stands for, not to mention the fact that the company, Camp Moxie, has a great platform as well.  They were "founded on the idea that your clothes should not only make you look good, they should make you feel good too".  Their company is so inspiring and their tees are full of cute, fun and inspirational graphics.  The text on this top is what I want to talk about today.  After reading the text on this tee for the first time, "This Makes Me Happy" I immediately began to think about what makes me happy and what makes me savor my time on this earth.  What truly makes me happy are often the little things, the kind of things I often loved as a kid.  I remember finding so much joy as a child jumping in puddles and rolling down green hills, but somewhere in the transition from kid to adult I stopped doing those things because I felt like it wasn't something grown ups do.  In the past year or so I decided these reservations were holding me back from enjoying little moments in life that ultimately make me grateful for what I have.  (Continued below...)

Tee: c/o Camp Moxie; Skirt: H&M (similar here); Necklace: c/o Marilyn & Beverly's; Heels: ShoeDazzle (similar here)

The truth is, I love the feeling of jumping in puddles, running through sprinklers and rolling down hills. Now that I'm an adult I can do all of those things without a grown up worrying about the mess I might bring in the house or if I'm ruining my clothes.  I can make the decision that I'm okay with getting my clothes a little wet and dirty and dealing with the laundry that follows because it is worth the work to enjoy those experiences.  So I would challenge all of you to remember the little things that make you happy and DO them!  Don't just watch movies, read books and think about how much fun it would be to stargaze from the hood of a car or jump into a lake fully clothed, do it.  It's in the little moments that I find my deepest sense of gratitude for this life and understand what truly makes me happy.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Be Bold & Shine + $500 ASOS Giveaway

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to do a blog photo shoot with the beautiful, talented Sam Stapley Photography and today I’m excited to be able to share some of the pictures with you!  If you live in the Utah area make sure and look her up, she is an absolutely amazing artist.  On that note I thought I would just share another quick “how to be happy” tip.  Something I have focused on in my effort to live a more happy life is looking for the light in everyone around me, especially my family and friends.  Instead of mentally belittling someone else’s talents because I don’t feel inadequate, I realized I needed to get out of that accidental habit and reverse that thinking.  I have found I actually feel happier when I try to truly recognize the greatness in others around me.  Try to take the time to identify what makes someone wonderfully unique over the next week.  This thinking will transform the way you look at life, those around you and even how you feel about yourself.  Don’t talk yourself down while you’re elevating others, just focus on identifying the good instead of a mental size up.  Let your light shine and in the process of recognizing the greatness of others, you will help them to realize their worth, which will only help your light shine the brighter.  One of my favorite quotes is by Marianne Williamson that has also been quoted by Nelson Mandela: (post and giveaway continued below...)

Skirt: c/o Sweet Salt Clothing; Top: H&M; Sandals: Zulily; Photography: Sam Stapley

*Note: If you're looking for modest, comfortable skirts I'm seriously in LOVE with Sweet Salt Clothing.  I have had so many compliments on this skirt, it actually has length to it and the quality is awesome!

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.  We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be?  You are a child of God.  Your playing small does not serve the world.  There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.  We are all meant to shine, as children do.  We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.  It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.  And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.  As we are liberated from our own fear our presence automatically liberates others.

Don’t be afraid of the good you are capable of and don’t fear the successes of others.  Instead be grateful for talents and successes and share your talents and praise with others.  It is our responsibility to share our good qualities and talents instead of keeping them hidden because of shy reservations or laziness.  Be bold and shine!

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Summer Is Not Over Yet Checklist

I can't stand the idea of summer being over yet, I feel like sunshine, green grass and warm evenings just got here.  I love when the sun doesn't go down until 8 or 9pm and shortened days cut into my productivity.  BUT summer is not over yet!  So before summer is over it's time for us all to reevaluate our summer checklists and get a few more fun activities crossed off.  Want some ideas on what to do while it's still warm?  Keep reading...

(Jumper: c/o SoulRx; Top: c/o Marilyn & Beverly's; Sunglasses: TJ Maxx; Belt: old (similar here); Heels: Nine West)

*By the way, if you are looking for an awesome, insanely comfortable piece for your wardrobe that transitions from summer to fall?  This black jumper from SoulRx is the single most comfortable piece of clothing I own and I get so many compliments when I wear it.  In addition, the quality of the material is out of this world.  It is so soft and smooth (so you don't have to worry about wrinkles), and it is also made to last.  For the end of summer you can wear it with a tee or tank and in the fall this jumper also looks great with a 3/4 or long sleeve top.  Just thought I would include a little note about it since I have been completely obsessed since I got it in the mail!

Final Summer Checklist
  • Movie in the park/drive-in movie
  • Picnic for family dinner
  • Play mini golf
  • Have a bonfire/campfire (with s'mores of course)
  • Grill and eat fresh corn
  • Have a BBQ
  • Stargaze 
  • Go to a concert
  • Watch the sunset from a mountain or beach
  • Pick a wildflower bouquet
  • Last minute road trip
  • Explore a tourist destination in your city that you haven't been to before
  • Catch some rays on a beach towel
  • Go camping
  • Play tennis at dusk

Hope this gave you some fun ideas!  I think Jordan and I have done just about everything on our list here except we our last minute road trip and concert are planned for next week and the week after!  What was on your summer list?