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 Everyone, and Welcome Back! 

Good morning and happy Monday lovely ladies… I hope you had a fantastic weekend and a great Easter! Long time no see… I know I have been MIA for the past few weeks… I suck! But I was having a few technical difficulties with my domain name and hosting that I had to get cleared up before I could log-in again… But, now that all that is cleared up, I am back!

So, for the first Motivational Monday in what seems like forever, I have a fantastic little ensemble that is perfect for spring. Ladies, if this doesn’t make you excited to get up and look flawless this week, then I don’t know what will because this outfit is phenomenal! So, now that I have talked it up so much, I hope I don’t let you down.. But here is one of my favorite Motivational Mondays yet!

Outfit Of The Day - Motivational Monday

 

Dress: Alice + Olivia, $297; Blazer: TOPSHOP, $90; Shoes: Jimmy Choo, $595; Bag: Balenciaga, $1,995; Watch: Nicolas Barth, $1,995; Earrings: Black Onyx, $40

 Do you love, love, love that outfit or what?! I know I certainly do… As you all know, I am always partial to black (if you could only see my closet… it’s color coded but about half of it is black!), but I am loving the white mix in with it for a little spring/summer pick-me-up.  Let me know what you think of this little ensemble that I am (so obnoxiously loving…) in the comments below! Have a wonderful day ladies… Get up, get moving, and look fabulous today!

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OOTD: Motivational Monday

 

Good Morning Beautiful!

Happy Monday lovelies! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend and you’re ready for a great week ahead! To give you a little added pep in your step this morning, I have this week’s Motivational Monday! I know we are all super excited (well, at least I am…) about spring, so I figured a little springtime cheer would be a nice change of pace this morning! So, here’s this week’s Motivational Monday

Outfit Of The Day - Motivational Monday

 

Top: BOSS, $315; Skirt: TOPSHOP, $70; Shoes: Jimmy Choo, $595; Watch: Michael Kors, $180; Bracelet: Marc by Marc Jacobs, $68; Earrings: Kate Spade New York, $68.

Does that not make you super excited for spring or what?! I know we are all over these cold days and are more than over the snow that we’ve had this winter, but just hang in there, because we’ll be rocking outfits like these before we know it ladies!

I hope you’re week gets started on the right foot! Have a great day, gorgeous!

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OOTD: Motivational Monday

Hello there and happy Monday lovelies! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend and are getting your week started on the right foot! With NYFW in full swing, I know those of you who weren’t able to make it are probably just as sad as I am that you aren’t there. But, to ease your sadness and heartache, I have an amazing outfit for this week’s Motivational Monday!

Outfit Of The Day - Motivational Monday

Top: Somerset by Alice Temperley, $115; Skirt: Stella McCartney, $710; Shoes: Jimmy Choo, $595; Bag: Givenchy, $2,125; Watch: Anne Klein, $65; Bracelet: Vionnet, $595; Earrings: Oliver Bonas, $36

With an outfit like this how could you be anything but happy?! Exactly, you can’t! What do you think of this ensemble? Let me know in the comments below! (Also, who is your favorite designer from NYFW so far? Who’s collection are you dying to get your hands on? – Let me know in the comments or shoot me an email and I can cover their show/collection from NYFW!) I hope y’all have a fantastic Monday!

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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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OOTD: Motivational Monday

 

Good morning beauties!

Happy Monday ladies! It is going to be a great day and an even better week! With only three full days left until Thanksgiving, you have so much to be excited and happy about! Don’t worry that it’s only Monday, today and then the two days following are going to fly by and Thursday will be here before you know it! So, this week’s Motivational Monday

Outfit Of The Day - Motivational Monday

Top:  J. Crew Pleated Lace-Stripe Silk Blouse – jcrew.com$120 $100

Skirt:  J. Crew Tall Shirttail Mini in Wool – jcrew.com$98 $78

Shoes:  MICHAEL Michael Kors Haven Suede Platform Pump – neimalmarcus.com, $150

Bag:  Kate Spade New York Beacon Court Jeanne – couture.zappos.com, $398

Necklace:  Stella & Dot Palladian Necklace – stelladot.com, $148

Watch:  Marc by Marc Jacobs Time Only Blade Watch – julesb.co.uk, $265

Bracelets:  Pieces Dalusa Bracelets – pieces.com, $18

Earrings:  C. Wonder Dome Pyramid Stud Earrings – cwonder.com, $38

Okay, ladies…  You can do it! You only have two days after today and then it is all food, fun, and family! Thanksgiving is so soon and you only have a little bit further to go! So get up, get dressed, and look hot today! You can make it through and then you will have the awesome reward of the most amazing day of the year!

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OOTD: Motivational Monday

Good Morning Beautiful!

Happy Monday my lovely ladies! I hope you all had an amazing weekend! As you can all see, Style by Kristen Blair has gotten quite the facelift over the weekend! (I will tell you about that a little bit later… stay tuned!) Like I told you on Friday, my sister came to visit me for Homecoming this weekend… we had a blast! I am so glad I got to spend time with her (even if it was short!), I haven’t seen her a ton in the past year because I have been at school, traveling (well studying abroad…),working in New York City, and then back to school! So, it was really good to get to spend a weekend with her just like the old days when we were roaming the streets of JMU together!

However, like all good things, the weekend had to come to an end, and now were back to school (or work…)! But, before you get too sad, here is some motivation to get back up and into the swing of things with this week’s Motivational Monday!

Outfit Of The Day - Motivational Monday

 

Dress:  New Ponte Buckle Dress – nicandzoe.com, $154

Shoes:  Second Coming Pumps Segno Platino – welikefashion.com, $205

Bag: Mulberry Oatmeal ‘Bayswater’ Tote – harrods.com, $1,755

Necklace: ALDO ‘Grecia’ Necklace – aldoshoes.com,$25 $20

Earrings: Kate Spade New York Small Square Stud Earrings – shopbop.com, $38

Watch: Burberry ‘The City’ Rose Gold Leather Watch – harrods.com, $1,155

Well, there’s no time like the present girls! So, get up and get moving! Today’s going to be a great day! It’s beautiful outside (a little cold though, so don’t skip the coffee…) and you’re going to look amazing.  Don’t let anything or anyone get in your way today beauties. I hope you all have a wonderful day, and stay posted for an update about our facelift!

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OOTD: Motivational Monday

Good Morning Gorgeous! Rise And Shine…

Happy Monday pretty lady! It’s time to start your day and your week, so let’s do it on the right foot and look amazing today! It’s going to be a great week, so let’s start it out that way.  With that being said, this week’s Motivational Monday

Outfit Of The Day - Motivational Monday

 

Dress:  Diane Von Furstenberg Zarita Lace Dress – boutique1.com, $441

Blazer: Alice + Olivia Elyse Blazer – aliceandolivia.com, $368

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Cosmic – farfetch.com, $711

Watch: Karl Lagerfeld Karl Kourbe Watch (30 mm) – bloomingdales.com, $195

Bracelets: Marc by Marc Jacobs Standard Supply Silver Toned Bracelet – mytheresa.com, $127

Valentino Bracelet – valentino.com, $195

Earrings: Kenneth Cold NY Faceted Stone Double Drop Earrings (Hematite) – macys.com, $24

There ya go ladies, let’s get up and get your day started! I hope you all have a wonderful day today and your week starts off on the right note!

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