• Have a fancy event to go to, but nothing to wear?

    My idea of “dressing up” is pretty simple — it’s putting thought into what to wear, and paying attention to the details. I don’t have a lot of fancy wear in my closet, which is a bit ironic, as I love going to many different kinds of events – events that oftentimes requires you to dress a bit… fancier. My solution to this? Investing in classic fancy-wear staples, like a good black dress (I’m still searching for a good all-purpose black dress!) My birthday was a few weeks ago, and I spent a long time combing through my closet trying to find something nice to wear. Finally, I couldn’t take it anymore, and just pulled out a darling little floral dress (similar here). Not the fanciest, but pretty comfy and pretty enough. To dress it up a bit, I added dainty accessories: necklace and earrings. I also added heels and a neutral bag, and the finishing touch — a high pony and dark lips. It’s all in the details, I tell ya ๐Ÿ™‚ In the wintertime, I’ll be doing the same sort of thing – dark lips and fun accessories like a velvet hair ribbon or head wrap!

    Now that fall is in full swing, how are you guys enjoying the season? The days are flying by so quickly, I have to remind myself to slow down and take it all in. Slowly but surely…

    I hope you guys have a wonderful, crisp week. Can’t wait for hot chocolate and marshmallow weather. Yummy. Thanks for stopping by today!

  • Dressing Up a Simple Outfit

    Have a fancy event to go to, but nothing to wear?

    My idea of “dressing up” is pretty simple — it’s putting thought into what to wear, and paying attention to the details. I don’t have a lot of fancy wear in my closet, which is a bit ironic, as I love going to many different kinds of events – events that oftentimes requires you to dress a bit… fancier. My solution to this? Investing in classic fancy-wear staples, like a good black dress (I’m still searching for a good all-purpose black dress!) My birthday was a few weeks ago, and I spent a long time combing through my closet trying to find something nice to wear. Finally, I couldn’t take it anymore, and just pulled out a darling little floral dress (similar here). Not the fanciest, but pretty comfy and pretty enough. To dress it up a bit, I added dainty accessories: necklace and earrings. I also added heels and a neutral bag, and the finishing touch — a high pony and dark lips. It’s all in the details, I tell ya ๐Ÿ™‚ In the wintertime, I’ll be doing the same sort of thing – dark lips and fun accessories like a velvet hair ribbon or head wrap!

    Now that fall is in full swing, how are you guys enjoying the season? The days are flying by so quickly, I have to remind myself to slow down and take it all in. Slowly but surely…

    I hope you guys have a wonderful, crisp week. Can’t wait for hot chocolate and marshmallow weather. Yummy. Thanks for stopping by today!

  • Content creation is an interesting task.

    Whether your job is to create compelling/quality content for your blog, job, or other endeavor – it is definitely a challenging thing to do. At least, I think so. I have no problem creating content on a weekly basis; I actually find it more difficult because there is so much I want to share that it’s difficult to pick one topic area. Whether the content I create is compelling/quality or not, that’s up for debate. Also, it depends on who you ask! Lately, I’ve been thinking about content creation in general. In our digital day and age, we are inundated with SO MUCH content. Everyone is creating content and it gets to be too much. Way too much, especially since new content is being created and shared every single minute/hour/day. Mostly, I’m talking about social media, which directs you to other sources of digital content. When you think about it from a marketing perspective, are you really connecting with your target audience? They are shifting through their feeds so quickly that your hard work may go unnoticed. But can we really blame our audience? Do we really want them to be glued to their electronic devices to catch up on all of this content that is being created? I guess the point of this rant is — it depends on value. If you’re adding value to your audience, or even adding value to your own life (which is personally why I blog/create content here). Many of the bloggers I follow, they add value to my life because I see their content as a source of reading pleasure/enjoyment.

    Anyhow! I’ve been going through my closet and organizing it to prep for the colder temperatures. I love shopping for new clothes, but I just don’t have the funds for it. Crossroads Trading Co has been my saving grace. I love looking at fashion blogs as a source of inspiration, not for shopping, but for new ideas on how to style clothing. My style has been a bit more simple these days, but I love “amping” it up a bit. Like – by putting a velvet hair ribbon in my hair. Or by mixing contrasting but complementary colors together, like the gold/yellow dress with mauve booties. Mauve booties are such a great idea, and goes well with so many fall colors. I’ve linked some really great options below, such as these ones (more affordable) and these ones (GORGEOUS!). The dress I’m wearing – I’m actually putting for sale on my Poshmark closet. For the fall season – I’m offering 30% off 3 or more items! Lately, I’ve found another purpose for blogging – styling some of my clothes that I no longer have room for and want to sale online, via Poshmark. So there’s another value in content creation ๐Ÿ™‚

    What are your thoughts on content creation? If you create content for your job or for fun, how do you feel about it? As a consumer of content, how do you view content? I’d love to know!

    BTW – lately I’ve been thinking a lot about finding your passion. I’ve been taking notes every day, and I thought it would be fun/cool to do a post on finding your passion. Maybe create a monthly series… What do you think? Would you be interested? Let me know! ๐Ÿ™‚ I know, I know, more content to consume… ha.

    Have a fabulous week, and hope you are enjoying fall! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Calling Content Creators | Mixing Fall Colors

    Content creation is an interesting task.

    Whether your job is to create compelling/quality content for your blog, job, or other endeavor – it is definitely a challenging thing to do. At least, I think so. I have no problem creating content on a weekly basis; I actually find it more difficult because there is so much I want to share that it’s difficult to pick one topic area. Whether the content I create is compelling/quality or not, that’s up for debate. Also, it depends on who you ask! Lately, I’ve been thinking about content creation in general. In our digital day and age, we are inundated with SO MUCH content. Everyone is creating content and it gets to be too much. Way too much, especially since new content is being created and shared every single minute/hour/day. Mostly, I’m talking about social media, which directs you to other sources of digital content. When you think about it from a marketing perspective, are you really connecting with your target audience? They are shifting through their feeds so quickly that your hard work may go unnoticed. But can we really blame our audience? Do we really want them to be glued to their electronic devices to catch up on all of this content that is being created? I guess the point of this rant is — it depends on value. If you’re adding value to your audience, or even adding value to your own life (which is personally why I blog/create content here). Many of the bloggers I follow, they add value to my life because I see their content as a source of reading pleasure/enjoyment.

    Anyhow! I’ve been going through my closet and organizing it to prep for the colder temperatures. I love shopping for new clothes, but I just don’t have the funds for it. Crossroads Trading Co has been my saving grace. I love looking at fashion blogs as a source of inspiration, not for shopping, but for new ideas on how to style clothing. My style has been a bit more simple these days, but I love “amping” it up a bit. Like – by putting a velvet hair ribbon in my hair. Or by mixing contrasting but complementary colors together, like the gold/yellow dress with mauve booties. Mauve booties are such a great idea, and goes well with so many fall colors. I’ve linked some really great options below, such as these ones (more affordable) and these ones (GORGEOUS!). The dress I’m wearing – I’m actually putting for sale on my Poshmark closet. For the fall season – I’m offering 30% off 3 or more items! Lately, I’ve found another purpose for blogging – styling some of my clothes that I no longer have room for and want to sale online, via Poshmark. So there’s another value in content creation ๐Ÿ™‚

    What are your thoughts on content creation? If you create content for your job or for fun, how do you feel about it? As a consumer of content, how do you view content? I’d love to know!

    BTW – lately I’ve been thinking a lot about finding your passion. I’ve been taking notes every day, and I thought it would be fun/cool to do a post on finding your passion. Maybe create a monthly series… What do you think? Would you be interested? Let me know! ๐Ÿ™‚ I know, I know, more content to consume… ha.

    Have a fabulous week, and hope you are enjoying fall! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • It’s been a tough summer.

    I try really hard to keep a positive attitude in life and on this blog, but I have to be honest – this summer has been one of the darkest summers of my life. Between getting laid off, losing health insurance, sleep issues, anxiety issues, stomach/health issues (all related, I’m sure), my family’s doggie passing, and all the dark news in the world, it just feels like I’m falling deeper and deeper into a black hole. It’s frustrating to me, because I’m the type of the person who has always been extremely positive and optimistic, and now – I can’t seem to get myself out of this hole. Don’t get me wrong – not all days have been bad. In fact, this quote stuck with me, “Not all days are good, but there is good in every day.” Lately, I’ve been working extra hard to find the good in every day and to maintain positivity, even when I feel utterly depressed about life (this usually passes once I gain strength or give myself a reality check).

    The day that I wore this dress, pumps, and tote – I felt mostly happy all day, and I’ll explain why below. Maybe it’ll help out any of you who are going through tough and trying times.

    • I got dressed up! Hair done, makeup on, heels, dress, and tote picked out
    • I had a few wonderful meetings (never underestimate the power of networking/connecting with others)
    • I attended a start up seminar/talk (great way to learn something new)
    • I did one thing that “scared me” (in this case, I made a doctor’s appointment with a local clinic – I don’t have health insurance at the moment so this was on my mind a lot)
    • I made myself a delicious dinner (baked potatoes with yummy toppings: bacon, cheddar cheese, green onions, tomatoes, jalapeรฑos, and beans) – this is super important as I’ve been feeling down because of my stomach/health/anxiety issues!
    • Took a bath

    Some other ideas that I think will help as well:

    • Listening to a podcast (news, or interesting topics) – I think this will be extremely helpful to get outside of my head and focus on outwardly things.ย Also this ties in with giving yourself a reality check – things could be a lot worse.
    • Truly getting outside of your own head/”problems” and investing in others (volunteering, seeing what else is going on in your community, showing interest in your friend’s lives) – I want to focus on this more!
    • Embracing it all – I have to remember that everyone goes through tough/dark times, it’s just part of life. Without the rain, there’s no flowers, that sort of thing. Beauty in all aspects of life – good, bad, and ugly.
    • Personal passion project – to channel all of that negative energy into something fun, positive, and meaningful

    This dress (similar options below) – funny thing, I’ve been thinking about selling it on my Poshmark closet, but now I’m not so sure. I kinda like how versatile it is for business meetings as well as personal meetings. But, if there’s interest, I’ll definitely put it on my Poshmark closet. Just let me know below.

    Thanks for reading today. Kind of a more personal post, but it was therapeutic to write. Have any of you been going through a hard time lately or all summer? How do you get through it? Any podcasts you especially love? I’m looking for ways to get updated on the news, but not NPR ๐Ÿ™‚ Share with me below, I would love more ideas! As always, I’m here if you wanna chat! See you next week, sweethearts! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Getting Through Tough Times

    It’s been a tough summer.

    I try really hard to keep a positive attitude in life and on this blog, but I have to be honest – this summer has been one of the darkest summers of my life. Between getting laid off, losing health insurance, sleep issues, anxiety issues, stomach/health issues (all related, I’m sure), my family’s doggie passing, and all the dark news in the world, it just feels like I’m falling deeper and deeper into a black hole. It’s frustrating to me, because I’m the type of the person who has always been extremely positive and optimistic, and now – I can’t seem to get myself out of this hole. Don’t get me wrong – not all days have been bad. In fact, this quote stuck with me, “Not all days are good, but there is good in every day.” Lately, I’ve been working extra hard to find the good in every day and to maintain positivity, even when I feel utterly depressed about life (this usually passes once I gain strength or give myself a reality check).

    The day that I wore this dress, pumps, and tote – I felt mostly happy all day, and I’ll explain why below. Maybe it’ll help out any of you who are going through tough and trying times.

    • I got dressed up! Hair done, makeup on, heels, dress, and tote picked out
    • I had a few wonderful meetings (never underestimate the power of networking/connecting with others)
    • I attended a start up seminar/talk (great way to learn something new)
    • I did one thing that “scared me” (in this case, I made a doctor’s appointment with a local clinic – I don’t have health insurance at the moment so this was on my mind a lot)
    • I made myself a delicious dinner (baked potatoes with yummy toppings: bacon, cheddar cheese, green onions, tomatoes, jalapeรฑos, and beans) – this is super important as I’ve been feeling down because of my stomach/health/anxiety issues!
    • Took a bath

    Some other ideas that I think will help as well:

    • Listening to a podcast (news, or interesting topics) – I think this will be extremely helpful to get outside of my head and focus on outwardly things.ย Also this ties in with giving yourself a reality check – things could be a lot worse.
    • Truly getting outside of your own head/”problems” and investing in others (volunteering, seeing what else is going on in your community, showing interest in your friend’s lives) – I want to focus on this more!
    • Embracing it all – I have to remember that everyone goes through tough/dark times, it’s just part of life. Without the rain, there’s no flowers, that sort of thing. Beauty in all aspects of life – good, bad, and ugly.
    • Personal passion project – to channel all of that negative energy into something fun, positive, and meaningful

    This dress (similar options below) – funny thing, I’ve been thinking about selling it on my Poshmark closet, but now I’m not so sure. I kinda like how versatile it is for business meetings as well as personal meetings. But, if there’s interest, I’ll definitely put it on my Poshmark closet. Just let me know below.

    Thanks for reading today. Kind of a more personal post, but it was therapeutic to write. Have any of you been going through a hard time lately or all summer? How do you get through it? Any podcasts you especially love? I’m looking for ways to get updated on the news, but not NPR ๐Ÿ™‚ Share with me below, I would love more ideas! As always, I’m here if you wanna chat! See you next week, sweethearts! ๐Ÿ™‚