Friday, August 30, 2013

Thoughts on kindness.

I had a totally different post planned for today. I was going to write up a super easy, healthy, and delicious avocado and black bean salad I had tried this week (inspired by Pinterest, of course). But not today, I'll save that for next week. I've decided to talk about something different: being kind.

Have you ever thought about just how much your words can hurt someone? Even the strongest of people can be affected, even if it's just slightly, by a verbal attack. Every biting remark, every spitting statement, it always stings. Always.

But you know what? Letting one person's words haunt you day in and day out is like letting poison seep deep in your body. You let that one person be in control of your every thought, your every breath, every second of the day. When there are so many other positive things you can surround yourself with, why would you let that person consume you? Why would you do that to yourself?

I'm so incredibly fortunate that I have such a loving fiancee (yes, I know I haven't publicly admitted it on here, but I'm engaged!) who supports and loves everything about me. He loves all the bits I don't love, he loves all the extra inches of skin of my belly, and he loves me even when I get mad at him. I couldn't be more blessed to have him in my life.

In addition to him, I have the most wonderfully supportive friends and family. People who are there through every good and bad moment in my life. I know at any given time that I can call anyone of them from anywhere, and know I will hear a kind voice on the other end of the line.

I am so incredibly fortunate. So blessed by my great God every single day. I have a roof over my head, have a job that I love, and food in my stomach, not to mention all the people who love and care about me. But you know what? I know there are so many people who don't have the kind of support that I do. Who fend for themselves every day. Single moms who live paycheck to paycheck, just to give their children the best life that they can have. Men and women in our armed forces, who work overseas to protect our country, and may come home to no family or friends. I have such a blessed life.

So the next time you consider spitting out a mean, rude, or hurtful statement, take a moment to reconsider. Remember how much your words can crush people. How your words can push someone on the brink of suicide over the edge. Remember that your words can push someone's anger to the boiling point to kill someone else. Remember that calling the slightly overweight girl on the bus fat may make her an anorexic for the rest of her life. Remember that.

Someone once said, "be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." I advise everyone keep these wise words in mind before you say something even remotely hurtful.

I've decided to let out all the poison that has stayed in me for the past hour in this post, and let it die here. I would like to thank the anonymous commenter who inspired me to write this post. My thoughts were so consuming that I was forced to stop in the middle of my run to just write this entire post on my iPhone. You can call me fat, and you can call me disgusting. Just let it be know that I love myself exactly as I am, and I thank you for reminding me of my strength and blessings. Thank you. Pin It

Thursday, August 29, 2013

New Inspiration

Shirt: Delia*s Warehouse Sale
Dress (as a skirt): Jessica Simpson
Belt: Michael Kors
Shoes: Vera Wang
Necklace: Nordstrom

It's hard to believe that I would have any trouble picking out what to wear every morning considering the fact that I haven't had most of my wardrobe in my possession for months! You would think, that I would just be overwhelmed with happiness at the amount of options I have at my disposal. However, like many other women, there are some mornings when it seems like you honestly have nothing to wear. Thank goodness for fashion blogs though, they are my saving grace when it's a day like today.

I based today's outfit off a recent post from one of my favorite fashion bloggers, What I Wore. It's because of bloggers like her that I'm able to see my clothing from a different light. Like this polka dress - it's actually pretty inappropriate for office wear on it's own, as a result of slits in the back, and a bra-style front. However, with the simple addition of a button-up denim shirt, it works in my casual office environment. As I was putting this together, I was sensing a vintage vibe, so I swiped on some cherry red lipstick, black liquid liner, and curled my hair in soft waves. The leopard belt was a last minute addition, and I actually think it pulls everything together. I love how this turned out!
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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

You Gotta Regatta

Dress: Lilly Pulitzer
Necklace: Claire*s
Shoes: Vera Wang
Bag: Kate Spade
Belt: off a thrifted dress

I'm so excited to be wearing one of the pieces that I ordered from the Lilly Pulitzer endless summer sale. I know this piece (and print!) were very desirable, so I'm glad I had quick enough fingers and Internet connection that I was able to snag this in my size before it sold out entirely.

It's such a fun print! I love pieces like this that have a lot of different colors in the pattern, that way you have endless options for matching accessories. Today, I went with a double strand of pearls, a silk ribbon belt, and the softest nude leather flats. I'm sad the summer is coming to an end, because it's already pretty late to be wearing such a summery pattern! Well, there's always plenty of time next year.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A week in Instagram

Here's what the last few weeks have looked like through Instagram.

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1. Work essentials: Pilot pens, Nalgene, Cheerios, and binder clips.

2. My last night at home before my move. I'll miss my view!

3. Texts from my brother make me love my family more everyday.

4. My room emptied out before I left.

5. I took last Monday off to recover from my move (hey, it's hard work) and shopped the Lilly Pulitzer endless summer sale from my new bed. It was perfect.

6. When your boss asks if you want a donuts, you always say yes.

7. This lake is a half mile from my new apartment. I could really get used to this view.

8. Imagine my surprise to come home to two packages: my endless summer sale purchases, and a Maybook that someone gifted me!

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Copycat Wendy's Chili

As a kid, my favorite fast-food restaurant was Wendy's. Not McDonalds or Burger King like most kids, no I was the odd-ball who liked Wendy's. And you know, I wasn't even normal enough to get the burger or chicken nugget happy meal. When I went to Wendy's, I got the same thing every time: a plain spicy chicken sandwich, and a cup of chili instead of the French fries, just like my dad did. I always ate the sandwich for dinner, and would save the chili for my next meal. 

Honestly, Wendy's chili is one of my favorite's. And believe me, I've tried A LOT of chili. It's my go-to meal when I don't see anything else I'm in the mood for while out to eat, and it always hits the spot (yup, even in the middle of the summer). Anyway, time after time, I come back to Wendy's. The consistency isn't too thick or too watery, it's chock full of beans (yum!), and it's not overwhelmingly spicy. Topped with shredded cheddar cheese and paired with a side of wheat crackers, you have a perfect easy meal.

When I found this recipe, I wasn't sure it wasn't going to compete with my fast-food favorite. But you know what? It surprised me: it was nearly dead on. However, I can hardly call this a recipe. All you have to do is a brown the beef, and throw everything in the crock pot to cook. Yup, some things in life are really that easy. Here's what you'll need:

-2 lbs of ground beef
-1 29-oz can of tomato sauce
-1 29-oz can of kidney beans
-1 29-oz can of pinto beans
-1 diced green bell pepper
-1 diced medium onion
-2 diced jalapeno peppers
-1 29-oz can diced tomatoes
-2 teaspoons of cumin
-3 tablespoons chili powder
-1 1/2 teaspoons of black pepper

1. Cook the beef over the stove, and drain off the fat. Add to the crockpot.
2. Drain and rinse your beans, add to the ground beef.
3. Add everything else in the ingredient list into your crockpot.
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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Gingham and Glitter

Dress: Tocca
Belt: Target
Shoes: Maria Sharapova for Cole Haan

Now that I have my entire wardrobe in one place, I have an opportunity to wear some of the pieces that have been neglected. Like this sweet purple gingham button button up dress. Last time I wore this, was just about a year ago to the date! Since then, so much has changed. I don't remember why I wore this last time, but now I'm wearing it in the office. Definitely not something that I thought I would be wearing to work, but I'm fortunate enough to work in a casual environment to wear something like this.

Because I'm not in a super creative mood, I'm wearing this dress almost the exact same way as I did last time. Only difference? Sparkly gold glitter accessories. I love the combination together, but I'm already thinking of new ways that I can wear this dress for next time. Like with a long-sleeved tee layered over top with the collar peeking out! Now, why couldn't I have thought of that this morning?
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Monday, August 19, 2013

Lilly Pulitzer Endless Summer Sale

Oh, hello all! What a crazy week it has been. As of last Tuesday, I officially moved into my new apartment in northern Virginia, and am loving every thing about it. Well, other than the unpacking. I really do love to organize and get everything settled in the perfect place, but only having three full days to do that? It's pretty difficult (and tiring, to say the least). For the past week, my routine has been the same: stop at the new apartment, drop off what I packed last night, go back to my old apartment, pack for the next day, and then go to sleep. 

Anyway, I'm finally feeling like at I'm home. I've reunited with my dresser, have a desk again (!!!), and have my entire wardrobe at my fingertips - not just a portion of it, like I did at the old place. It's perfection.

This morning I took a vacation day to wrap up loose ends, and finish getting everything unpacked. Coincidentally, it just happened to be the first day of the Lilly Pulitzer endless summer sale. Now, I'm no stranger to the sale, so I'm familiar with it crashing, not working, and losing items that were in your cart. This year, I was extremely lucky, and got the two things I had been looking for at a great price. It did take me an hour and a half to check out, and I hit refresh probably over 200 times, but I'm just happy my order went through. I got the somerset dress in "You Gotta Regatta," and the worth straight jeans in seamist (since I love the coral ones so much), both shown below.

I should be back to regular posting tomorrow. Now that the move is over, I feel like my life can slow down a little bit!

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A week in Instagram

As always, here's my life as documented by iPhone photos.

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1. Along the river walk in Pittsburgh on the way to the Pirates game.

2. Starting off family reunion weekend with an evening at the ballpark.

3. After a great game, there are fireworks. The perfect ending to a summer evening.

4. The beauty of this sunset could never be captured in a photo, but I tried.

5. Orange juice, pineapple, strawberries, and raspberries.

6. Slowly packing up all my beautiful shoes. I can't believe I'm moving this week!

7. By Sunday, packing had worn me out. Off to the pool for one last time!

8. I walked in TJ Maxx looking for Lilly Pulitzer, and sadly, didn't find any. However, I did find this gorgeous Kate Spade scarf and the softest Vera Wang flats. Winning!

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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Casual Friday

Jacket: DKNY
Shirt: Dicks
Pants: J. Crew
Shoes: Vera Wang
Bracelets: Sergio Lub and Coach
Bag: Kate Spade
Necklace: Vintage

You know, I don't think I've ever really talked about what I do for work. To help you understand today's outfit, let me explain really quickly. I work for a large daily deal website based in northern Virginia. My job, is to work with business owners all over the country once their promotion has gone live on our website. I absolutely love what I do, and truly look forward to coming to work every single day of the week. 

Anyway, every Friday this summer, we've been doing fun events at the office just to celebrate the start of the weekend (it's the little things, right). This Friday, we were supposed to wear a t-shirt that represented our favorite market to work with. Unlike most people, I had an easy cop-out as I work with businesses in D.C. So, I decided to wear a Nationals t-shirt to show my love for the district.

To keep things from being too casual for office wear, I paired this basic tee with my favorite pair of minnie pants, a fitted denim jacket, silver bangles, and a perfectly broken-in pair black flats. There's not many Fridays left this summer, but I am looking forward to celebrating the rest of them!      
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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Professional Pieces

Shirt: Theory
Necklace: Claire*s
Skirt: Michael Kors
Shoes: Lauren Ralph Lauren
Bag: Kate Spade

While getting dressed this morning, I thought that this outfit didn't feel like "me". Now, I wouldn't say I have an exact style that defines me, but I kind of have an idea in my head of what makes me feel the best about myself. Usually for my office wear, I like to pair a professional wardrobe staple with something a little more casual. For example, a fitted blazer with brightly colored minnie pants.  

Today though, I paired three wardrobe staples together: a crisp button up, black leather heels, and a basic gray pencil skirt. I realize this is probably pretty typical attire for almost any woman working in an office, but this is so not my comfort zone! To keep things from being too boring for my taste, I toted along my new hot pink Kate Spade bag. Although this is not my everyday wear, it was perfect for a day booked with meetings!
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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Interviewer Wear

Cardigan: Ann Taylor
Dress: Nanette Lepore
Bag: Kate Spade
Shoes: Coach
Earrings: Neiman Marcus Last Call

I'm in the final stages of packing up my apartment, and with that, comes packing up my wardrobe. Since moving in with my boyfriend in February, I've never had all of my wardrobe in one place. In less than two weeks now, all of my clothing will be in one place, in my first ever walk-in closet. I'm absolutely ecstatic! 

But in the meantime, I'm stuck with what I left out. Thankfully, this colorful floral printed dress made the cut. My office has been interviewing this week for a couple of new employees, and I've been assisting my boss with the interviews. This dress is the perfect piece for conducting interviews. It's definitely more professional than what I've been wearing in the last few weeks, and is super comfortable.  For finishing touches, I pulled inspiration from the colors in my dress, and picked out aqua drop earrings, and a luxurious cashmere cardigan. While I'm super happy how this look turned out, I can't wait til I have my entire closet at my disposal again!
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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

A week in Instagram

Here's what things have been looking like on Instagram lately.

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1. Neon pink nails with a new Kate Spade dress. 

2. My bucket at work! When someone compliments your work, we ping that persons bucket with our finger. It's kind of lame, but a lot of fun. 

3. Spotted in the corner of the Lilly Pulitzer store in Tyson's Corner.

4. Found in the children's section of my favorite used book store: the Dear America series. These books (and the scholastic catalog) are one of my favorite memories from my childhood.

5. Checking out my reflection in the parking lot at the Nationals game.

6. Free tickets courtesy of my boyfriend's office to the Nationals v. Dodgers game. 

7. Laying in the grass on one of the nicest days of the year while my boyfriend plays soccer.

8. Nothing like a key lime filled doughnut to start on my Saturday morning.
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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Floral and Coral

Shirt: Betsy Johnson
Pants: Lilly Pulitzer
Earrings: Betsy Johnson
Shoes: Vera Wang
Bag: Longchamp

My goodness, is it really August already? This month, I'm officially moving out of my parents place, changing my permanent address to Virginia, and signing up for my benefits at work. It's feels like all of a sudden, I'm just growing up. It doesn't feel like I am at all, but I feel like by doing all of these things, I'm moving on to a different chapter in my life. Does that make any sense? 

This week I've been in a lazy style rut. It seems like almost every night this week I've had plans, which has resulted in going to bed way past my bedtime, and being unable to wake up in the morning. This morning, was only slightly better (I think the fact that it's Thursday helped quite a bit). I found inspiration in this silky top that I pawned off my mom some time ago. It's a little tight in the shoulders, but I just can't bare to part with it. Paired with punchy coral pants and some dangling earrings, I feel like I'm breaking my lazy mold - but just barely. 

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