• And so it begins…

    The craziest time of the year. You may have noticed I didn’t have a post up last Tuesday, and being the type A/planner that I am, it did drive me a bit crazy. But I was okay with it, as I’m learning to be less hard on myself, especially during busy times. And busy it has been! And will continue to be…. and instead of being frazzled, I want to embrace and enjoy every minute of it! So… what have I been up to?

    • Personal: Overall, I’ve been doing great! Trying my best to stay present in everyday life. I’ve noticed that if I wake up a bit earlier during the weekdays, my day goes A LOT smoother. I’m more relaxed, happy, and productive. I’ve been really enjoying listening to The Daily with Michael Barbaro every morning. If you’re short on time, and like to listen to the top headlines, I highly recommend it!
    • Style: Dressing in the fall/winter is always so fun, because I love getting dressed up during the holidays! I also love cozy beanies and other accessories, so I’ve been excited to pair my beanies with cozy sweater dresses and sweaters. This sweater dress – I’ve been LOVING a lot, and will feature it on the blog soon.
    • Blog: To be honest, I’ve been less motivated to post recently. I’ve also been spending less time reading other blogs, which I typically love to do. I guess you could say it’s just been really busy, and blogging has taken a backseat in my life. I’m hoping to change that once I get my life back in order!
    • Work: I’m a work-a-holic… It definitely has its plusses as well as negatives. I can’t share too much here, but I’ll update soon! This area of my life has been keeping me very busy.

    In all of life’s busyness, the one thing that continues to bring me personal joy is getting dressed everyday 🙂 I’ve been careful to only shop for items I absolutely love, can mix and match, and get a lot of use out of. This type of tartan top is so great for everyday and can be dressed up or down! I can see myself wearing it with a formal skirt for upcoming holiday soirees. This Kate Spade tote has been a key item in my closet – it is such a classic and is so soft. Get similar outfit details below!

    What has been going on with you? What are you most excited for this season? Thanks so much for visiting, and I hope you have a fabulous week!

  • Simple and Cozy | Life Updates

    And so it begins…

    The craziest time of the year. You may have noticed I didn’t have a post up last Tuesday, and being the type A/planner that I am, it did drive me a bit crazy. But I was okay with it, as I’m learning to be less hard on myself, especially during busy times. And busy it has been! And will continue to be…. and instead of being frazzled, I want to embrace and enjoy every minute of it! So… what have I been up to?

    • Personal: Overall, I’ve been doing great! Trying my best to stay present in everyday life. I’ve noticed that if I wake up a bit earlier during the weekdays, my day goes A LOT smoother. I’m more relaxed, happy, and productive. I’ve been really enjoying listening to The Daily with Michael Barbaro every morning. If you’re short on time, and like to listen to the top headlines, I highly recommend it!
    • Style: Dressing in the fall/winter is always so fun, because I love getting dressed up during the holidays! I also love cozy beanies and other accessories, so I’ve been excited to pair my beanies with cozy sweater dresses and sweaters. This sweater dress – I’ve been LOVING a lot, and will feature it on the blog soon.
    • Blog: To be honest, I’ve been less motivated to post recently. I’ve also been spending less time reading other blogs, which I typically love to do. I guess you could say it’s just been really busy, and blogging has taken a backseat in my life. I’m hoping to change that once I get my life back in order!
    • Work: I’m a work-a-holic… It definitely has its plusses as well as negatives. I can’t share too much here, but I’ll update soon! This area of my life has been keeping me very busy.

    In all of life’s busyness, the one thing that continues to bring me personal joy is getting dressed everyday 🙂 I’ve been careful to only shop for items I absolutely love, can mix and match, and get a lot of use out of. This type of tartan top is so great for everyday and can be dressed up or down! I can see myself wearing it with a formal skirt for upcoming holiday soirees. This Kate Spade tote has been a key item in my closet – it is such a classic and is so soft. Get similar outfit details below!

    What has been going on with you? What are you most excited for this season? Thanks so much for visiting, and I hope you have a fabulous week!

  • Hello, cuties!

    Not going to like, sitting down to write this post (the night before Halloween) was a bit of a challenge. I typically write out my posts in advance, but due to the busyness of life this month, I didn’t get to it till the night before. This month has been a crazy one; lots of fun/excitement, tough times, new beginnings, new people, etc etc. I have to constantly remind myself to slow down and savor it. One thing I’ve been enjoying this month is cooking up a storm; I’ve made several delicious dishes including a spicy Korean chicken stew and mushroom risotto. I love laying down on my bed, and pinning new recipes to try out for the upcoming week. I’m excited to try out an Irish stew and mushroom tacos in November!

    Now that it’s getting cooler in Sacramento, I can finally wear my fall things, like a cashmere cardigan. I still can’t bring out the beanies and scarves quite yet, but soon enough! This ruffle t-shirt dress has been an absolute favorite this month. I’ve worn it a couple of times already – it’s just so effortless, comfortable, and can be dressed up or down. Another favorite are black “combat” boots – they just give an effortless and chic vibe to any ensemble, and I’ve been wearing it a lot, especially walking around midtown/downtown this month. This cognac bag has been my go-to all season long, it’s one of my favorite purchases for tote bags to date! I can easily put in my laptop, books, and all kinds of on-the-go things. I highly recommend it.

    I bought a new cashmere sweater last week, and I’m so excited to start wearing it! I love cashmere, it’s just such a soft and special fabric 🙂

    What are you looking forward to in November? What have you been wearing this autumn? Share with me below! Thanks for visiting and I’ll see you next Tuesday!

    Get my casual autumn look below! 🙂

  • Casual Autumn Essentials

    Hello, cuties!

    Not going to like, sitting down to write this post (the night before Halloween) was a bit of a challenge. I typically write out my posts in advance, but due to the busyness of life this month, I didn’t get to it till the night before. This month has been a crazy one; lots of fun/excitement, tough times, new beginnings, new people, etc etc. I have to constantly remind myself to slow down and savor it. One thing I’ve been enjoying this month is cooking up a storm; I’ve made several delicious dishes including a spicy Korean chicken stew and mushroom risotto. I love laying down on my bed, and pinning new recipes to try out for the upcoming week. I’m excited to try out an Irish stew and mushroom tacos in November!

    Now that it’s getting cooler in Sacramento, I can finally wear my fall things, like a cashmere cardigan. I still can’t bring out the beanies and scarves quite yet, but soon enough! This ruffle t-shirt dress has been an absolute favorite this month. I’ve worn it a couple of times already – it’s just so effortless, comfortable, and can be dressed up or down. Another favorite are black “combat” boots – they just give an effortless and chic vibe to any ensemble, and I’ve been wearing it a lot, especially walking around midtown/downtown this month. This cognac bag has been my go-to all season long, it’s one of my favorite purchases for tote bags to date! I can easily put in my laptop, books, and all kinds of on-the-go things. I highly recommend it.

    I bought a new cashmere sweater last week, and I’m so excited to start wearing it! I love cashmere, it’s just such a soft and special fabric 🙂

    What are you looking forward to in November? What have you been wearing this autumn? Share with me below! Thanks for visiting and I’ll see you next Tuesday!

    Get my casual autumn look below! 🙂

  • Autumn is no doubt one of the busier seasons of the year.

    It’s one of my favorite seasons, but it can also be quite stressful. Between working, blogging, being Zoey’s mom, maintaining good health/a workout routine, spending time with loved ones, keeping up with the news, networking, etc etc – there is never an end to the to-do list. Ever. Life is a never ending to-do list. So with that in mind, I want to focus on: adding joy/purpose (and activities that brings about joy and/or purpose) to my day-to-day life. I want to plan and schedule things that make me happy to that to-do list. Of course, some of it will be planned and some of it will be spontaneous (which is GREAT!).

    I’m on a mission to live a more joyful life, and I want to encourage you to do the same thing 🙂

    What are some of the things that brings me joy? In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been jotting down some things in a journal. Here are some of them:

    • Cooking/eating/trying new restaurants – There’s something about food that makes me happy, and it’s a big part of my life
    • Self care – you know it: facials, makeovers, anything pampering.
    • Supporting others (friends, causes, small businesses, creatives, etc)
    • Exploring: new places, new activities, learning something new, reading a new book
    • Nature: the smell of flowers, being outside, farmer’s markets, appreciating the grandiose of this world
    • Planning/Organization 🙂
    • Social activities (anything, really!)
    • Relationships: With myself, my doggie, friends, family, romantic – nurturing these relationships
    • Dressing up – of course. A dear friend of mine took these photos at the Rose Garden. The grey ruffle dress is such a good piece and will get a lot of mileage. I’ve worn the cozy orange cardigan a lot recently. A good pump dresses up ANY outfit, and a cognac tote bag is truly the only day bag you need!

    What brings joy to your life? Share with me below, I’d love to know! Hope you have an amazing week, and don’t forget to add 1 or 2 fun activities to your week! See you next time!

    Thank you to Alex for spending time taking these fun photos. Had such a fabulous time hanging out and walking around the rose garden!

  • Living A More Joyful Life

    Autumn is no doubt one of the busier seasons of the year.

    It’s one of my favorite seasons, but it can also be quite stressful. Between working, blogging, being Zoey’s mom, maintaining good health/a workout routine, spending time with loved ones, keeping up with the news, networking, etc etc – there is never an end to the to-do list. Ever. Life is a never ending to-do list. So with that in mind, I want to focus on: adding joy/purpose (and activities that brings about joy and/or purpose) to my day-to-day life. I want to plan and schedule things that make me happy to that to-do list. Of course, some of it will be planned and some of it will be spontaneous (which is GREAT!).

    I’m on a mission to live a more joyful life, and I want to encourage you to do the same thing 🙂

    What are some of the things that brings me joy? In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been jotting down some things in a journal. Here are some of them:

    • Cooking/eating/trying new restaurants – There’s something about food that makes me happy, and it’s a big part of my life
    • Self care – you know it: facials, makeovers, anything pampering.
    • Supporting others (friends, causes, small businesses, creatives, etc)
    • Exploring: new places, new activities, learning something new, reading a new book
    • Nature: the smell of flowers, being outside, farmer’s markets, appreciating the grandiose of this world
    • Planning/Organization 🙂
    • Social activities (anything, really!)
    • Relationships: With myself, my doggie, friends, family, romantic – nurturing these relationships
    • Dressing up – of course. A dear friend of mine took these photos at the Rose Garden. The grey ruffle dress is such a good piece and will get a lot of mileage. I’ve worn the cozy orange cardigan a lot recently. A good pump dresses up ANY outfit, and a cognac tote bag is truly the only day bag you need!

    What brings joy to your life? Share with me below, I’d love to know! Hope you have an amazing week, and don’t forget to add 1 or 2 fun activities to your week! See you next time!

    Thank you to Alex for spending time taking these fun photos. Had such a fabulous time hanging out and walking around the rose garden!