Finding Balance

Hi Lovely!

I’ve been thinking a lot about this idea of work/life balance recently. I feel like the workplace environment can be so competitive that having a balance between work and life is really difficult. For me, finding work/life balance means, usually, that both fill up equal amount of time. I go to work at 7:30am and I come home at 4pm, Monday through Friday. From time-to-time work takes up more hours in the day and from time-to-time life takes up more time. The problem with most work situations is that you’re encouraged to come in early or stay late. If you come in and leave at the same time you aren’t viewed as driven or dedicated. I personally think that’s BS.

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Valentine’s Day Outfit

Hi Lovely!

Happy Valentine’s Day! I love any excuse to celebrate the people I love in my life. That’s probably why I love Christmas, birthdays, and of course Valentine’s Day! This year I have several Valentines, Fletch (of course), my dear friend Mikaela, and my Dad. I feel like anyone could be your Valentine. A friend, a significant other, or a family member. It doesn’t have to be a romantic love.

Over the weekend I went to a Galentine’s Day celebration with a few fellow bloggers in the area. I loved getting together with them and chatting. It’s so easy to forget to connect with my blogger friends so an event like this where we just ate snacks and chatted was really nice. After the event I continued the fun with my friends Angie and Jenn. I met both of them through blogging and I feel so lucky to have such wonderful friends in my life.

♥ Dress | ModCloth ♥ Purse | Ross ♥ Sweater | Modcloth ♥ Shoes | Bait footwear ♥ Cutie Life Pin | Etsy ♥
♥ Ice Cream Pin | Misskika ♥ Alpaca pin | Faux Fox Studios ♥

We grabbed some yummy food, snapped a few photos and then ate some yummy ice cream. Yay! The outfit featured today is my look from that day. I wanted to wear something Valentine’s Day themed so I went with a cute pink dress with fancy lace detail. I bought this dress years ago during one of ModCloth’s awesome sales and I’ve loved it ever since. When hunting through my closet for something to wear I knew this was the perfect pick.

Today, Valentine’s Day, I wore another cute pink dress, obviously not pictured, and then went out to dinner with Fletch! It was so lovely and I’m glad we were able to spend some quality time together.

How did you spend your Valentine’s Day?!

What really matters

Hi Lovely!!!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I sure did! I spent Saturday hanging out with some of my super-awesome blogger friends for a Galentine’s celebration. Sunday I had the most scrumptious lunch with my incredible friends, Cate and Luke. I’m so glad I had a chance to spend time with such lovely people.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how to get the highest quality out of life and I’ve come to a realization. The things we remember in the end aren’t how many cars we had or how big our closet was, it will be the people we spent time with. The moments we cherished each and every day. 

 

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Keeping it light in my light pink dress

Hi Lovely!

Today’s outfit features this adorable dress from OASAP. I bought it a few years ago and love the style. It features a super-cute collar, adorable details around the bottom, and cute little three-quarter length sleeves. So many lovable details!! The fabric provides a lot of stretch which means it’s still comfy even after a big meal. I think we can all agree that’s a plus! 

♥ Dress | Oasap ♥ Purse | Thrifted ♥ Shoes | Aldo ♥

I’ve recently been trying to wear more of my dresses. I go through phases as to which ones are my favorites and then I just wear the same thing over and over again. I need to break that habit!! All of my dresses deserve love. So, I’ve been trying to be more conscious about which dresses haven’t been worn in a while and then I wear those. I lay them out the night before so I just have to grab the dress without having to think about it too much. So far it’s worked pretty well!!

Next I want to figure out new ways to style the dresses I have. I’ve seen people layering crop tops on top of dresses and that tends to look pretty cute. I think I just need to spend more time on testing out styles and seeing what I like.

Do you ever have this dilemma? How have you mixed up your wardrobe to make new looks?

Surround yourself with support

Hi Lovely!!

On February 1st I released my super-cute new enamel pin, a collaboration with my friend Becky, in my Etsy shop. Leading up to the pin release I was quite nervous. I’ve never done a product release on this scale before and I didn’t know how it would go. It’s one of those things where, even if you know something will go well, you can’t help but worry.

My worries were quickly quelled after the release. People seemed to really enjoy the pin!! It’s been wonderful to see the amount of support I’ve received from friends, family, and strangers. I’ve had many friends purchase the pins and my dad bought 7 to give to relatives. I’m overwhelmed by the amount of support I’ve received during this release. The last few days, friends and family have made me feel so loved and supported. They make me feel like I could do anything!

I’m not sure if these amazing people in my life understand just how meaningful their support and kind words are to me. My lovely friend, Emma, featured her purchase in a post on her blog, I’ve had people share photos of their adorable pins via Instagram, and I just can’t. I feel so incredibly lucky to have so many supportive, caring people surrounding me.

I always try to support friends with their new endeavors whether it be opening a shop or a new project. Being on the other side of it now I’ve gained even more clarity about the importance of supporting their dreams. I now know even more how significant the feeling of support is to those following their passions and it’s further awakened a passion to support small businesses. It’s incredibly important to support small businesses and I look forward to passing on the love and support that has been given to me.

Have any shops you think I should check out? Share them in the comments!