Heart Happy Vol. 3 – Thankful

What’s making my heart happy this week is a whole lotta thankfulness. Maybe it’s a little holiday cheer and the feeling of Thanksgiving right around the corner but I can’t help but feel so thankful this week. As I mentioned last week I have a little bit of news…. next Wednesday is my last day at my full time job. I’m diving head first into self employment (just in time for Black Friday!) and I couldn’t be more excited about it! Following your dreams can be an exciting and scary thing but the more I work, the more I want it and the more motivated I am to go after it. I’m thankful for so much right now but the thing I’m most thankful for at this moment is my people.

My parents who all year have been saying, “that’s great and all but don’t quit your job,” last week told me to follow my heart. And my sweet brother who stops by the shop when he sees my car late at night and asks if there’s anything he can do to help.

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My best friend and partner who’s right by my side through everything. The ups and downs of owning a business are very real, lots of late nights, lots and lots of work and more stress than we would like to admit is totally worth it when we’re dancing around after a successful event or high-fiveing after nailing our holiday photoshoot! We work hard, we celebrate hard and there’s no way we would make it without each other.

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And all my other besties who inspire me, motivate me and most of all cheer me along. I feel more than blessed to have a group of friends who do nothing but build each other up, help each other out and make me laugh until my stomach hurts.

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When I think about what I’m most thankful for every single time it will be my people.  The people who love me and the people I get to love back. My cup overflows.

And as for you, I hope you too have people you’re thankful for this time of year. Make sure to soak them up, tell them you love them and remember to enjoy your time together! Everyone is dealing with all kinds of “stuff” and I encourage you to be a little light to those you love this holiday season! Xo, love bugs!

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Today I’m teaming up with a few of my Bloggers Who Budget ladies, Jacqueline & Elle for a fun little collab and link up! (Lotsa link ups this week!) We’re featuring faux fur in today’s post and while my initial reaction was to reach for my favorite faux fur vest, or even one of my faux fur jackets, I decided on an understated favorite, this ASOS faux fur snood. In my opinion it’s the perfect winter topper to any outfit! I love that it totally dresses up the most basic of outfits (ahem, today’s) and it also really glams up a fancy date night or holiday outfit! Literally one of my favorite winter accessories!

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 J.Crew sweater (old but this oversized sweater is similar) | DL1961 jeans | ASOS fur snood | Shoemint booties | Kate Spade bag (outlet find but this one is similar)| Karen Walker sunglasses | Loren Hope cuff

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Bloggers Who Budget: Mad for Plaid

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Happy Monday! We’re back for another Bloggers Who Budget post featuring plaid pieces under $75 and fun little announcement (more deets at the bottom of the post)! I just recently grabbed this ASOS skirt with a gift card I had been holding onto and thought it was the perfect plaid piece for today’s post and the holiday season!

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 J.Crew tee | Gap jacket (old, but this one is similar from Gap)| ASOS skirt | BaubleBar necklace | ASOS heels | Karen Walker sunglasses | Zara scarf

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Want to join the BWB link-up? The third Monday of each month at 8 AM EST, you can head to any one of our blogs to link-up your post. We kindly ask that you please follow all of our blogs (via Bloglovin’TwitterFacebookPinterest or Instagram!). Also, please provide a link to this in your post or add the button below to your blog. If you tweet, please use the hashtag #BloggersWhoBudget

 



 

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Heart Happy Vol. 2

Happy Friday! We’re back with a few things that are making me happy this week but before we kick off the Friday goodness a little background on today’s picks.

On Monday I realized that this time last year I was going through a pretty tough break up. A Carrie and Aiden break up if you get my jist…and while I’m not currently going through a “breakup” this week I found myself facing somewhat of another really tough, life changing decision on my hands (more on that next week). When I realized this week was going to be a doozie, I really tried to find as much quiet time as possible and really focus in on things that make me happy, keep me motivated and remind me that I’m doing me.

Inspiring Words: 

Quotes, bible verses, poems and song lyrics kind of fill my heart up. (I try to refrain from posting too many on instagram every day but there are a TON of my favorites on Pinterest.) They give me inspiration, motivation and most of all strength. It’s impossible to be everything, all the time, but there’s something about the right words strung together that can totally turn my day around.

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  • This week’s bible verse: Matthew 11:28-29 – “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
  • Character inspiration: “The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable: they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed.” -Ernest Hemingway // Lately I’ve had to continually remind myself that all I can do is me. Be the best I can be and choose to do the right things for myself. This often makes us very vulnerable and will never keep us from getting hurt. But that’s ok. A feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth and the capacity for sacrifice are all virtues I strive for.
  • Reading: 9 Tips for Traveling Alone. As I’ve gotten older I’ve really learned to value my time to myself. We live in a world where being “alone” is a negative thing and I think a lot of people never truly get to know themselves. I feel extremely lucky to be exactly where I am right now and think my next adventure might just need to be a little getaway all by myself. Now, I don’t think I’m up for a month in France but a long weekend in a new, fun city sounds right up my alley! Adding to my 2015 goals!

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“You’re mad. Bonkers. Off your head. But I’ll tell you secret…all of the best people are.” -Alice in Wonderland

Tunes: 

I’m pretty serious about my love for music. There’s something about finding new artists and songs that is so rewarding for some reason. A lot of times I feel most like myself when I’m listening to a song that I can feel, not just listen to, not to mention the right song is an instant mood booster! I just updated my spotify Playlist with my current November loves.

Currently topping the list as my #1 pick me up is Hold On by Alabama Shakes.

“So, bless my heart and bless my mind.
I got so much to do, I ain’t got much time
So, must be someone up above saying,
Come on, girl! Yeah, you got to get back up!
You got to hold on…
Yeah, you got to hold on…”

 Style: 

One of my favorite things about being a blogger is that with every change in the season I get to take a look back at what I have in my closet that I may be forgetting about! I’ll admit I was NOT ready for this week’s cold front and found myself really confused about how to dress for 30 and 40 degree weather. Luckily my blanket scarf and my archives have come to the rescue for a little cold weather weekend inspiration!

Today I broke out the mint coat – check out last year’s post here.

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And it looks like I need to find my winter hats! They are such a cute addition to any outfit!

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Golden Girl Outfit post here | Christmas Card outfit post here

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Buffalo Check

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Another day, another graphic tee, layered look! Oh and another bun…I have a feeling you’ll be seeing lotsa buns over the next few months because who has time for fixing their hair these days?

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And speaking of no time for things, I also have been spending a very limited amount of time shopping these days as well (shocking, I know). But I recently got an invitation to try out Rocksbox, which is where my bracelet and necklace are both from. It’s a designer jewelry service that picks out three pieces of jewelry for you based on a quick and painless style quiz you take when you sign up. You get to try out the pieces for a month and at the end of the month you can send them back! And the best part? If there’s a piece you decide you can’t live without, you can purchase it from them at 20% off! Loren Hope, CC Syke, Gorjana, House of Harlow and lots more! Wearing new designer jewelry for $19/month is a total steal if you ask me! I already have worn all my pieces quite a few times and I can’t wait to debut my third piece, a pair of Loren Hope earrings, on the blog soon!

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Old Navy tee | Old Navy button down | DL 1961 denim | Zara heels | Karen Walker sunglasses | Rocksbox jewelry (gifted membership)

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