Wednesday, November 8, 2017

:: Black & Brown Chicness #OOTD ::



After having a kitten who is constantly breaking the cardinal old timey rule of fashion- do not mix black and brown, I've decided it's time to take a note! 

Does anyone have a good nail strengthener to recommend? After having a gel mani and getting it taken off by the salon versus picking it off, my nails are so brittle and in dire need  of repair! I've read great reviews on this one but any other options are welcome! Please tell me you guys have this same problem?


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Friday, October 27, 2017

:: C&C Shopping Guide- Off the Shoulder Sweaters ::

::sweater/Nordstrom {similar}, sunnies/chanel {old-similar}, lips/stila::
 
I don't mean to be such a basic B here but I am in love with off-the-shoulder sweaters because they're so comfortable with all that extra room, which will come in handy during all those holiday meals (I'm looking at you Thanksgiving)! So, I wanted to pull together some of my favorite from this year so y'all are prepared!!
 
 
 

::grey tunic/zulily, waffle sweater/shopbop, pink eye lash sweater/revolve, cream sweater/revolve, grey ruffle sleeve sweater/shopbop::
 
 
Also- this weekend I'll be pulling together some new content for the blog!! My photographer and I both have hectic schedules so it's been hard to find time to shoot but don't worry, we'll figure it out!!
 
I wanted to thank those of you who reached out about my post regarding how I deal with my anxiety!! It's such a hard thing to talk about because anxiety is a silent disease people have to deal with everyday and while I don't suffer from long term anxiety, it's still important to have the conversation! Hopefully, my post could help at least one person!
 
 
 
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

:: Recent Purchases ::



Hey there! Remember that time I said I was on a spending freeze? Yea- me either! I picked up a few pieces to add for Fall and a trip to Boston we're taking next week and I thought I would share!



 
I love a long sleeve, flutter dress for Fall! I thought I could pair these dress with booties, tights and heels, or a leather jacket and over the knee boots! Who doesn't love a little leopard in the Fall (or any time of year for that matter)?
 
 
Now I know, you've seen this pullover all over your Insta feed! GUILTY! But it's so comfortable! It's sold out in almost every size/color so get yours if you can! I wanted an easy pullover for Boston because it's supposed to be in the mid to high 60's while we're there and I am so glad I picked this one up! I got a small and it fits like a glove!
 
 
 
Never in my wildest 31 year old dreams did I think I'd ever buy another pair of Abercrombie jeans in my life but they were having a sale when I bought my pullover so I decided to give them a try. I really like them! I bought a 6 based on their now more realistic measurements (I vary between 4 and 6 in most retailers) and they fit great! Almost a little big!! I would say if you've written off this brand because of their previous, unrealistic sizing give them another try because these jeans are great!
 
 
Another great find for Boston! Last year at the end of Fall I got rid of my lightweight jacket because it was cream and filthy! I was perusing Target last Saturday and came across this quilted jacket and thought it was a great weight and color for our trip! I bought it in a Large so it could fit easily over sweaters! I also grabbed this sweater while I was at it because why not?
 
 
What are you recent purchases??? PLEASE SHARE LOL
 
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Thursday, September 21, 2017

:: Coffee Talk with C&C- Dealing with Anxiety ::

::sweatshirt/nordstrom, denim/parker smith, couch/steinhafels::
 
 
 
Hey guys- now I am certainly no doctor and am not at all equipped or experienced enough to talk about how people should be dealing with their anxiety but recently I have been feeling this pressure in my chest that I know is a symptom of my anxiety. It started in high school when I was in a relationship with an older guy and it gave me anxiety in the form of the feeling of immense weight on my chest and not for anything particular thing he did, I just think it was something I wasn't prepared for but did anyway. After the relationship ended, so did the symptoms of my anxiety with the exception of high stress situations. But lately, with the political climate we're currently living in I feel intense anxiety all the time. I have a constant state of fear that something catastrophic is about to happen and this is in NO WAY a political post either but I feel like if I'm going to chat about how I've been dealing with it, I should at least mention the cause.
 
::via pinterest::
 
 
In March of this year I started doing yoga more regularly to get moving and start getting back into shape but I've found that it's been really good for my head too! I am not an expert in yoga either (I'm one of those "decent at a lot of things" not "great at one thing") but I'm not a beginner either, I'm good enough to keep going without being hard on myself. Giving myself 45 minutes in a dimly lit room, stretching my body, and concentrating on my breath is so good for my mental well being. Not to mention, laying in savasana and meditating for a few minutes at the end of class is great!
 
In college I took a semester long meditation class that I loved!! It took a while to get into the right head space in order to successfully clear my mind but the class was a long walk from my dorm so I learned to use the walk to clear out all the voices in my head so when I walked into class I could be totally blank. I use my drive between home and the studio to achieve this same goal. I fully believe that meditation is so good for you! Whether it be a completely blank mind or going to a place in your mind that makes you happy (see "happy place"), spending a few minutes daily in that place can completely change your attitude toward the world.
 


It wasn't until I started living with my husband that I realized I don't breathe enough. Sounds weird, right? But when my husband is constantly asking me if something is wrong because I keep sighing, it's time to take notice that I am not breathing as often or deep as I should be. Going to yoga, concentrating on my breath has been helping with this as well and in turn is helping with my anxiety outside of class as well. When I'm feeling anxious, I take some deep breaths and try to relax until I can move on with my day.
 
Again, I am NOT a doctor, expert, therapist, etc. I have found something that has been working for me that I wanted to share in the event that it could maybe help someone else!
 
Also- I wanted to share this monthly subscription box service for all my yogis out there. I have gotten like 4 or 5 boxes now and I'm really liking it! It's nice to discover all the great yogi brands out there I'd never heard of before because I am so new to my routine! PS- not a sponsored post, just thought I'd share :)
 
xx 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

:: Instagram Round Up ::

Hey guys! I thought I would round up some links from my favorite Instagram OOTD posts from the last few weeks! Life has been so hectic lately that I haven't gotten a chance to score some time with my favorite (everyone's favorite) photographer to shoot some new stuff but that all changes this weekend. Expect A LOT more Fall content coming your way and I am going to do a little tutorial on how I get my almost perfect manicure at home!

::sweater/similar, skinnies/zara, heels/Nordstrom, long pendant/stella & dot, short pendant/kendra scott, polish/opi "black onyx"::
 
The date night look I pulled together for my birthday dinner! We ended up at the bar (our family business not just because we like to drink) a lot longer than intended because it got super busy so my husband couldn't leave as soon as we anticipated so I'm glad I went a little more comfy with this outfit.

::tee/zara, denim/Nordstrom, slides/Nordstrom, watch/michael kors, bangle/miansai::
 
I am obsessed with yellow and mustard shades lately! I think like most blondes I always believed I couldn't pull off this color but I adore this top as a great Fall transition.

::flannel/similar, cami/nordstrom, jeans/paige, sandals/zara {similar}, necklace/tiffany & co, sunnies/similar::
 
The weather has been perfect for easy flannel outfits to run errands. I try really hard not to ALWAYS wear athleisure out of the house so jeans + flannel= new bff!

::sweater/nordstrom, lipstick/ysl #33, keyfob/similar, polish/Essie "pre show jitters"::
 
Again with the yellow! This Topshop sweater is amazing with bell sleeves and a lace up back, I have gotten so many compliments on it already!
 

::bag/alexander wang, sunnies/zaful, ring/zaful, bag charm/charming charlie::
 
Black and gold details are my favorite for this time of year! I am absolutely loving my Rockie bag, I'm thinking I should do a full review! Don't you?

::jean jacket/similar, cami/nordstrom, pants/simiar, flats/similar::

::tunic/similar, leggings/nordstrom, flats/zara {similar}::
 
Most days I love a tunic/legging combo because it's so easy! Florals against a black background are a perfect transition into Fall!

::slides/nordstrom, lipstick/stila "bacca", bracelet/moon and lola, polish/opi "black onyx"::
 
Some new details to pull together any outfit!
 
 
 
xx

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

:: Drinking More Water ::



::image via pinterest::
 
People use mason jars for all sorts of useful things such as rustic candle holders, salad jars (although this one I don't understand because you just have to dump it all out into a bowl anyway?), food storage but I've been using a major jar to get more water!!

I recently purchased this mason jar to bring into work because I felt like the my previous water tumbler didn't encourage me to drink enough water. First and foremost, I prefer drinking from a straw at work because I find lifting a tumbler above my head very distracting! Secondly, I needed something bigger so I could consume more water without having to get up from my desk every half hour to refill! This baby is 32oz and has been a game changer! I can get my full days worth of water by drinking 3 of them, and it's been surprisingly easy to do that in the span of a work day.

Another great way I encourage myself to drink more water is by infusing it with lemons, limes, strawberries etc! Pinterest is FULL of recipes to make great infused water with so many options. I find it so odd when people say they hate water because it doesn't taste like anything but I get how good infused water can be!

Also- I've put myself on a buying freeze so I figured I'd show y'all some fun stuff to buy in case you're still looking for some great options for the chillier temps. Today it is an amazing 60 degrees out so we're getting a quick glance at sweater weather :)

 

 
 
 
 
Is there anything you're still shopping for in this new season??
 
 
OH P.S. My birthday is Friday!
 
xx

 
 
 

Friday, August 11, 2017

:: Ruffles ::











::sweater/zara {similar}, skinnies/zara {similar}, flats/zara {similar}, sunnies/chanel {old-similar}, bag/alexander wang, earrings/Rebecca minkoff {similar}, lips/stila bacca::
 
I live for a black/white combo! I especially love it when going to events where I'm entirely sure what the dress code is because it always looks pulled together. My biggest style philosophy is to be appropriate for the venue/event, I don't mind being overdressed but I HATE being under dressed so when in doubt I black and white combo it out!
 
Ok- so I need some good Netflix recommendations because I am seriously running out of things to watch!  Obviously The Crown was amazing and comes back in December, the trailer for season 2 came out today and I cannot wait to watch. The trailer makes it seem like the main focus of this season is the Queen and Prince Philip's relationship which I love because I am slightly obsessed with Prince Philip. So c'mon December 8th!!

I finished Riverdale and absolutely loved that one too. It's a great show to watch if you're missing Pretty Little Liars! I loved every character but Cheryl is my favorite, the actress who plays her is hauntingly beautiful and her character is so complex. One minute she is delivering a bone chilling one liner and the next she's breaking down in tears in front of the entire school!!

Kyle and I are currently watching The Ozarks and it's a great if you loved Breaking Bad but need a little more comedy in your life. Jason Bateman is so funny but also really bad a$$ as a financial advisor turned money launderer! The kids in this show also have a lot of development that is really interesting to watch.

So now I need you help- what to watch next?? Please advise :)

Images by Nicollette

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