Friday, October 24, 2014

Dream Your Life + $500 Shopbop Giveaway

Recently I haven't been doing a lot of posts where I've talked about fighting depression and loving your life, so I thought it was time to change that.  I asked my brother a couple of months ago to write something to help people during time they feel a little discouraged and what he came up with was so beautifully written I thought I would share it with you today (don't forget to check out the $500 giveaway below as well).
Dream Your Life by Mark Flora
Imagine you are asleep one night and throughout that night you have a single dream.  That next morning you wake and in that dream you have experienced eighty years worth of time.  During the dream you have full control of everything that happens to and around you.  Every wish and desire you can think of is yours without hesitation.  You have enjoyed a lifetime of bliss.
Now let's say the next night you fall asleep into yet another dream.  Again you experience another eighty years, but this time with no control over what happens.  You jump in, nervous of the unknown, but you begin to experiment.  You push and push the limits of what you can do and create a life, your life.  Then you stop.  You look around and realize that you are experiencing the life you live today.   
Life is a dream in which we have no control.  We cannot play God and force our will on the life that was given to us.  When you loosen your grip on the idea of controlling every outcome, eventually you will learn to let go.  Relieve yourself of the burden of control and with this you will understand true freedom.  As in the dream, push the limits of what you can do with the life that was given to you and create the life that you live.  Now wake up and understand that you are where you are today because this is where you are supposed to be.  (Continue reading below...)

| Leggings: c/o Soul Rx | Plaid Top: H&M | Chambray Blouse: Nordstrom | Boots: Shoedazzle | Necklace: Forever 21 | White Tee: Nordstrom Rack | Bracelet: Marilyn and Beverly's |

Sometimes trials in our lives are the result of bad choices we have made, but often trials are not some form of punishment.  Trials are part of life and are necessary to help us develop and progress.  It's easy to get discouraged when trials get overwhelming, especially when you feel like you have not done anything that we result in a negative consequence.  However, I have found that each obstacle we face pushes us closer to our limit than we ever thought imaginable.  Just when you think you have things under control you get another test.  Without these experiences though, I can honestly say I wouldn't progress nearly as much and I wouldn't develop humility, empathy, compassion, motivation and determination.  It might be hard to enjoy some of the hardships you have been given, but don't get discouraged.  Each one will make you stronger than you were before and you will continuously be able to overcome more and more until you look back and realize how much strength you have gained.  

I'm also excited to announce a $500 giveaway today to Shopbop!  These wonderful girls below are doing the giveaway with me and made it possible to bring you such an awesome prize.  Happy entering and good luck!
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fringe In The Fall

Sometimes one stand out detail can make an outfit, this fall fringe has become one of my favorite fashion trends.  I was looking for a good outfit to wear to the Provo Fashion Week runway show and when I came across this amazing top online I had to add it to my wardrobe.  It has become essential for me to purchase a few stand out pieces because it makes styling easy.  I can just throw on my fringe top with basic wardrobe items and it looks like I spent more time piecing everything together than I really did!  Fringe is so perfect this fall because you can find it on virtually everything, from jewelry and shoes to clothing items, I have spotted fringe all over.  What is your favorite stand out fall fashion trend this year?

| Fringe Top: Nordstrom | Skirt: Nordstrom Rack (same in stores-online options here and here) | Watch: Kate Spade (sold out-similar here) | Necklace: Nordstrom (sold out-similar here) | Heels: Nine West | Belt: H&M | Purse: Kate Spade (spring-fall version here) |

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Oversized Cardigans + Piperlime Giveaway

Oversized cardigans and sweaters are one of my favorite things about colder weather.  I get to be comfortable and yet still considered presentable in public.  I can't say the same thing about my sweat pants matter how many girls try to pair theirs with UGG boots and call it an appropriate winter "outfit".  But that is beside the point, oversized knits are amazing!  A couple of quick tips for those who were a little wary of trying them due to the extra size they can add to your frame.  Make sure and pair with items that are more fitted, if you pair with a bulky/flowing top underneath or baggy bottoms you might appear to be much bigger than you are.  The sweater should be where your extra material is and the more fitted items will suggest that your frame underneath is small vs the same size as the sweater.  If you are shorter, like me, I even more strongly recommend those tips.   Too many oversized items on a small frame can be overpowering.  Hope you enjoy the oversize knits as much as I do this fall and winter, they are definitely a staple in my closet!

| Cardigan: Nordstrom | Purse: Kate Spade (spring-fall version here) | Hat: H&M (sold out-similar here) | Pants + Tee: Nordstrom Rack (exact in stores-online similar here and here) | Necklace + Bracelet: Marilyn and Beverly's | Ring: Forever 21 (old-similar here) | Boots: (old-similar here) |

Also, today I also have an awesome giveaway for you to Piperlime!  If you haven't checked out Piperlime make sure and head over there to see what they have this season, I am definitely a fan of their shoe selection.  Be sure to check out the other amazing bloggers I teamed up with below for more entries and chances to win!  Good luck ~~ o 


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Falling For Blazers

Happy Wednesday everyone, we are now well into Autumn weather and the leaves are starting to turn rich hues of orange, red and yellow.  With the changing weather, fall fashion is now in full swing.  One of my favorite things to wear during this time of year are blazers.  They provide structure to a casual outfit and create a more polished look than just a tee with jeans...but what I love even more than fall blazers are awesome quality blazers that you can find for a steal!  After working in retail during my early college days, I've found that patience is key in getting higher quality and well known brand clothing at for an affordable price.  Sometimes I get so frustrated when I buy something right when it comes in and then go back to the store a week later to find that the item has gone on sale, even though the store just barely got stock in.  I've had my eye on this particular blazer at Nordstrom for weeks and finally found it on sale at the Rack for a fraction of the price.  This fall I recommend expanding your closet and trying out at least one blazer with fall colors.  I used to stick to neutral color blazers thinking they went with more outfits.  However, most of the time my tops and bottoms are neutral colored and I've found a colorful blazer is a great way to add dimension to fall and winter outfits.  Have fun blazer hunting!  Until next time...

| Blazer: Hinge (sold out-other blazers herehere and here) | Grey Tee & White Top: Nordstrom Rack (exact still in stores, similar online here) | Black Pants: Nordstrom Rack (similar here) |

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 |

I am so excited to be teaming up with 17 other beautiful bloggers to celebrate labor day weekend (week), giveaway style! One of you lovely readers will be winning a $200 Nordstrom gift card just in time to stock your closet with some amazing fall clothes and accessories!
So, go ahead, enter to your hearts desire. And remember, if you complete every entry, you will get 10 extra entry points and the more points you get the more likely you are to win! To enter use the rafflecopter below. This giveaway runs until Tuesday, September 9th at midnight! Good luck and don't forget to stop by the lovely co-hosts blogs and show them some love!
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