Motivational Monday: Dr. Seuss Always Says It Best…

Hello and happy Monday beauties! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend and you’re ready to take on this week! My best friend (and roommate from school) Michele came to visit this weekend and we had a blast! We went out on Saturday night with my very best friend from high school, Hilary, our good friend Samantha, and some other friends and it was great! Michele recently got a big fancy job in New York City working at VH1 Classic where she is scheduling promotions. I am so happy for her (that’s pretty much her dream job! Well, it will get her to her dream job…) but that means that it is harder for us to get together and visit, so it was really great to get to see her and spend time with her this weekend! Here are a few photos from our night out in Arlington!

Back In Action - Out With The Girls In Arlington

A little Snapchat action that we just had to save! Bottom Row: me (left), Hilary (right). Top Row: Samantha (left), Michele (right).

The Girls Out In Arlington - At Hunan

My favorite girls all in one picture! (Left to right: Hilary, me, Michele, Samantha)

Hilary and I at Hunan in Clarendon.

Me and Hilary at Hunan in Clarendon.

Michele And I In Arlington

So glad I got to see this gem this weekend! (Me and Michele)

But, now that I have just blabbed about my weekend… Back to Motivational Monday! So, this week I have a few words that I found to be really meaningful. I have heard this quote about a thousand times probably, but when I saw it last night it meant something a little different to me.  I always just saw it for what it was, knew it was meaningful and was a powerful quote, but I never really looked deeper than the surface or saw beyond the words.

Motivational Monday - Quote About Memories

With all of the change I have had in the past few months – graduating from college, moving back home, looking for a job, etc. – this quote really hit close to home for me.  Sometimes when we are in the middle of doing one-hundred things, we forget to step back and really appreciate the moment or the thing(s) that we are doing.  I know that personally, this happened to me when I was in college.  I never thought four years could fly by so fast, but it seems like I went to bed as a freshman and woke up the next day at graduation. It flew by, so my advice to anyone who is in college now or will be in college in the future? Enjoy it.  Every single minute of it.  The long nights spent studying or doing homework in the library, going out on a Tuesday night just because you can, staying in on a Friday night with your closest girlfriends and watching movies and eating your weight in pizza and ice cream, going to frat parties and maybe drinking a little more than you should have, even pulling all-nighters to finish that paper that you’ve had all semester but put off until the last minute despite saying you weren’t going to do that this time.  It’s the small things that you will look back on and think that they were the best days or nights that you can remember. Like staying in sometimes and just having a well needed girls night. My roommate Kasey and I had our fair share of these our senior year (maybe a little more than normal…), but those are the nights that I laughed harder than I ever have in my life and made some of the best memories of my entire college career.  Or Sunday nights doing homework with my roommate Michele, getting distracted by every little thing and ending up taking videos of her acting like Harry Potter (I will never get rid of those videos and every time I watch them or even think about them really, I laugh just as hard as I did the day it happened.) My point is, at the time we felt like we were just being boring and staying in because it was freezing or raining outside, or like I was just doing homework that I really didn’t want to do but needed to get out of the way, but in reality they were some of the best moments I’ve ever had. However, because I didn’t realize how much those memories would mean to me after graduation, I didn’t really cherish them as much as I think I should have.

What I am trying to say is to make sure you appreciate every moment you have with your friends and family, because you never know what it will mean to you in the future.  Don’t wake up one day and regret taking so many things for granted.  You only get to do all of these things (no matter what they may be) once, and you can’t go back and change things.  That being said, don’t ever beat yourself up about decisions you’ve made or things you’ve done that you may be embarrassed about. Like I said, you cannot change the things that have happened in the past, so if it is something you may not be the most proud of, learn from that and don’t make the same decision twice… Use it as a learning experience and move on!

I hope you enjoyed my little nugget of wisdom on this wonderful Monday! I hope I wasn’t too naggy, and I hope it didn’t come across as a lecture (I realize now that it may have…).  So, until tomorrow… Have a wonderful Monday, lovelies!

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Some Words Of Wisdom This Motivational Monday…

Good morning and happy Monday gorgeous! I hope you all had an amazing weekend and you enjoyed the beyond scorching weather! I had to work for part of the weekend and I thought my skin might be melting off at some points… But, the good news is that this week is supposed to cool down a little and be beautiful outside! Finally. But, getting back to business… Today we have an amazing quote of the day to bring you a little motivation and inspiration on this Monday morning. I also added a little personal story for ya on what this quote means to me. I got a little sappy and emotional this morning guys, so beware! So, I’m really sorry in advance…

QOTD - Motivational Monday (7.28.2014)

One thing that I have been struggling with lately is worrying too much about what I am not doing and what I could be doing, rather than just enjoying what I am currently doing.  I may not have my dream job at this point in time and I may not be exactly where I envisioned, but this is still my life.  Right after graduation I went through a period of time when I was very sad and upset about the fact that I was going to be a lifeguard with a college degree… I didn’t have a “real” job (or what I thought I should have) and I didn’t have a boyfriend like a lot of my friends and my big sister did and it really got to me.

I was actively looking and applying for every job I could possibly find, but still I had “nothing”.  However, after the pool finally opened and I started working more often and having the ability to do fun things with my best friends from high school, being able to go to the gym in the middle of the day when it was empty, and probably the best part of all, getting to lay at the pool all day and get paid for it, I realized that I needed to appreciate the things that I did have more than the things I felt I should have.  I am so lucky to be able to have a part time job and live at home with my parents while I look for a job. I know there are a lot of people out there who do not have that option available to them, and for that I am so grateful to my parents.  I also realized that this is probably the last time for the rest of my life (until I retire, of course…) that I will be able to not have a full-time job and to do all of the fun things I have been able to do.  So, basically what I have taken away from this, is that (for now) I need to live in the moment and enjoy this time that I have. I need to appreciate the fact that I can go out on a Monday or Tuesday night if I want to and I need to take advantage of it. And I need to do everything I can to help out and spend as much time with my family and friends as I can, because I won’t have as much spare time when I have a “real” job.

The most surprising part of this “funk” I went through was the fact that I was dwelling on not having a boyfriend in my life.  That is something that I have never worried about or used to define me.  I am a firm believer that if you spend all your time waiting around and looking for the right person, you will not find them.  I have also always been extremely comfortable and okay with doing my own thing.  I don’t need a boyfriend and for a long time I didn’t really want one.  However, I think the fact that I was graduating and coming home where my best friend had a serious boyfriend of a few years, and my sister (who had previously been single, and been the one who always went out with me and did everything with me) now had a serious boyfriend, got me thinking that maybe something was wrong with me.  Everyone around me was in a relationship and that just made me feel like I needed to be also. However, my best friend had been in a relationship for the past four years, so this was nothing new. We still do a lot of things together and sometimes her boyfriend would come with us. I was (and am) extremely happy for my sister, but the fact that we wouldn’t be spending as much time together or be doing things like we used to really upset me and made me feel like I was losing her.  I still have a sister, it is just different now.  As you grow up things change, and I realized that this was just the beginning of so many of the changes that were to come.

So, basically, what I am trying to convey to you lovelies, is that just because you may not be exactly where you feel you should be or where everyone else is, doesn’t mean that you’re a failure.  You are not any better or worse off than anyone else, you are simply in a different place than others.  Don’t worry about what tomorrow will bring or what the future holds, just focus on today and make it the best day it can possibly be.  Don’t ever let being in a relationship define your self worth or make you feel like you aren’t good enough.  Everything will happen when it is meant to happen, and until then just enjoy your life the way it is and make the most of everyday!

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OOTD: Motivational Monday

 

Good Morning and Happy Monday Everyone!

I hope you all enjoyed the fabulous weekend we just had… It was so nice outside and the perfect weekend for some outdoor activities! But, now it’s Monday and you know what that means… Back to reality and back to work (well for most of you, I wish I was going back to work!).  So, to help you get through the day today and to give you a little fashionable inspiration for your work outfits for the rest of the week, I have this week’s Motivational Monday!

Outfit Of The Day - Motivational Monday

Top: Phillip Lim, $233; Skirt: Harvey Faircloth, $150; Shoes: Jimmy Choo, $595; Bag: Balenciaga, $1,995; Earrings: kate spade new york, $55.

Is that outfit the perfect mix of fun and professional or what?! I am loving this faux-wrap skirt, and as you all know, Jimmy is my man so of course I am loving the black patent pumps. They are just so versatile and they truly are a classic, totally work the money because they really will never go out of style! But, I hope this helps you ladies have a little more inspiration to look your absolute best this week while getting ready for work! I hope you lovelies have a fantastic day!

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OOTD: Motivational Monday

 

Hello there gorgeous…

Happy Monday! What better way to start the week than with these warmer temperatures we have today (it was 42 degrees on my way to campus this morning!)?! After a nice and relaxing weekend (well as relaxing as it could be… I started looking and applying for jobs this weekend. AHHH!), it’s time to get up and get this week rolling.  It is going to be a great day and an even better week, but if you aren’t feeling the good vibes yet, here is a little fashion therapy to get you feeling inspired…

Outfit Of The Day - Motivational Monday Dress:  Victoria Beckham Sleeveless Wool Shiftdress – boutique1.com$835 $418 (ON SALE NOW!)

Blazer: Vila Smootha Blazer – vila.com, $75

Shoes: Saint Laurent Classic Janis 105 Escarpin Pump (Black Patent) – ysl.com, $795

Bag: Michael Kors Large Miranda Pebbled Tote – neimanmarcus.com, $1,195

Necklace: Lia Sophia Inked Necklace – liasophia.com, $98

Bracelets: Cole Haan Same Sky Prosperity Bracelet – colehaan.com$65 $35 (ON SALE NOW!)

Stella & Dot Nikita Stretch Bracelet – stelladot.com, $49

Earrings:  Michael Kors Brilliance Earrings – michaelkors.com, $85 (similar)

I hope that helps you get more motivated for the week to come! Have a wonderful Monday, ladies… The week always goes so much better when you start it out on a good note!

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OOTD: Motivational Monday

 

Good Morning Beauties… It’s Back To Work Today!

Happy Monday my lovely ladies! This week’s Motivational Monday needs a little bit of extra motivation thrown in… I know it’s hard to get back into the swing of things after a bit of a break so I understand completely… I am in the same boat this morning! But, it’s time to get your pretty butt up and out of bed! With only a few weeks until Christmas and such, we need to get moving so you’re ready to go and you’re not scrambling at the last minute! I know that may have nothing to do with getting up and getting dressed for work today, but it’s all about your mindset. So, if you get up and get motivated and moving now, you’re more likely to be proactive and motivated to get ready for the holidays, too!

Outfit Of The Day - Motivational Monday

 

Dress:  Warehouse Shoulder Pad Shift Dress – warehouse.co.uk, $82

Coat:  Burberry London Cashmere-Wool Winstan Coat – stylebop.com, $2,005

Shoes:  Christian Louboutin Charlene Mary Jane Pumps – neimanmarcus.com, $725

Bag:  MICHAEL Michael Kors Jet Set Small Travel Stachel – macys.com, $228

Necklace:  Mariana Fossati Statement Jewel Necklace – farfetch.com, $477

Watch:  Kate Spade New York Gramercy Grand Watch – stylebop.com, $250

Bracelets: Kate Spade New York Skinny Mini Bow Bangle – stylebop.com, $78

Humble Chic Leather Spike Wrap Bracelet – humblechic.com$38 $20

Michael Kors Large Curb Chain Logo Bracelet – saksfifthavenue.com, $195

Earrings: Michael Kors Glam Rock Pyramid Stud Earrings – couture.zappos.com, $55

I know you ladies are going to look fabulous today! Don’t let anyone or anything stand in your way! But, in order to do that you have to get up and get moving! So, get your little booty up and in the shower… You’re destined for great things today, I just know it! I hope you have an amazing day today, and keep an eye out for our first ever Holiday Gift Guide Guest Post coming at some point today!

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Good Food, Good Family, Good Fun…

 

Thanksgiving Outfit Idea #1

Do you have trouble finding something to wear to family gatherings like Thanksgiving and Christmas? Do you struggle to put an outfit together that you think is cute and appropriate for the event? Well, if you answered yes to either or both of those questions then you are in the same boat as me! I always seem to have the hardest time figuring out what I am going to wear to such gatherings.  It has quickly become a running joke in my family that my sister and I should start looking for our outfit about a month or so in advance because we both struggle so much!

So, to help you (and me…) solve this problem, I have put together some outfit ideas that are perfect for this Thursday’s festivities.  No matter what you’re doing or where you’re going there is certain to be something that you will love! Each day this week we will have at least one Thanksgiving outfit for your inspiration in picking your perfect ensemble!

Outfit Of The Day - Thanksgiving Outfit Inspiration Day 1

 

Dress:  Stella McCartney Fine Knit Sweater Dress – farfetch.com, $735

Tights:  Zara Soft Bamboo Tights – zara.com, $20

Shoes:  Cole Haan Dover Riding Boots – colehaan.com, $448

Bag: MICHAEL Michael Kors Bedford East West Satchel Bag – lordandtaylor.com, $428

Scarf:   Fendi Printed Scarf – tessabit.com, $262

Watch:  Marc by Marc Jacobs ‘Baker’ Leather Strap Watch – nordstrom.com, $175

Bracelets:  Betsey Johnson Hinged Glitter Bangles – nordstrom.com, $40

Earrings:  Kate Spade New York Gold-Tone Jet Small Square Stud Earrings – macys.com, $48

So, there you go girls! And don’t worry… if you don’t feel like this is the perfect solution for your holiday outfit dilemma, there will be plenty more to come before Thanksgiving hits! Stay posted for the next Thanksgiving Outfit Idea… It could be the perfect ensemble for you!

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