Fall Favorites 2017

I’ve been on Pinterest and on Instagram recently and there’s so many things that make me think of fall. Like it’s so much fun to look up new styles or discover new products that are perfect for fall time. I was majorly inspired by this blog post from one of my favorite duos Megan & Liz. They’ve been giving off major #FallGoal vibes — so I wanted to put together my own list of fall items to get in the swing of the season. So grab a PSL and take a seat & enjoy this blog post! -K.


 

Beauty

 

  • Cranberry lips
  • Coral cheeks
  • Red eyeshadow
  • Orange eyeshadow
  • Plum (anything really!)

  • Dark polish
  • Gold glitter accents

  • Ombre hair
  • Easy waves
  • Braided accents
  • Dark chocolate hair
  • Rose Gold or Red Accents

 

 

Fashion

 

  • Knit sweaters
  • Everything plaid
  • Chunky boots
  • Scarves

  • Boho layers
  • Comfy sweats and sweatshirts
  • Green or red accents
  • Mustard yellow or burnt orange 

    Miscallenous

  • Instagram shots of pumpkins, apple picking or Halloween costumes
  • Cozy nights in or football games with friends
  • Fall quotes
  • Fairy lights

  • Fall scented candles
  • Fall books
  • Snapping photos of the leaves changing, or classic #OOTD/#coffee pics
  • Fall-ish TV shows: Friday Night Lights (football season anyone?) and One Tree Hill (school drama + fun relationships + picture perfect North Carolina)
  • Movies like Murder in Greenwich or Practical Magic 

    Food & Drink

  • PSL
  • Cinnamon rolls
  • Pecan anything
  • Apple cider

  • Hot cocoa
  • Traditional Thanksgiving food
  • Apple fritters
  • Creme pie
  • Pumpkin pie
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Summertime Sadness 

YES YES A THOUSAND TIMES YES. 🙌 Balance is key. Love this post by the lovely Jessica Tyler! Seriously, go check out her blog if you haven’t already because it’s so good.

Jessica Tyler

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A friend sent me this quote a while ago, and I refer back to it often.


I think it’s safe to say that we are all our own worst critics. As I look at myself, or rather at my body in the mirror, I know this to be true.

One of my best friends that I hadn’t seen in a few months told me that it looked like I’ve lost some weight…if only it felt like that. I mean, maybe I have lost some weight, but my reality feels like everything I’ve drank and ate this summer has officially caught up to me. *Insert stress here.*

With our beloved, yet short summer, coming to an end (sad face x10), I couldn’t help but feel this overwhelming sense of anxiety – and no, not because of the changing weather – I really do love fall. My summertime sadness has everything to…

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Work Wear 

Being the dreamer that I am, I’ve often pictured what I’m going to wear at my first professional job. Plus I’ve always been fascinated with putting something so polished together. I think that the clothes you choose – especially for this occasion – say a lot about you. 

So below I’ve compiled some of my favorite work/office/professional outfits, along with a bonus hair & makeup idea! Enjoy & happy working! 👩🏻‍💻💼

Black & White 


It all depends on your office’s work code. So if you need to be more suit-like or business professional, then a pantsuit or blazer and trouser pant would work best. If you can have a little leeway, then I’d try out a skirt or an embellished blouse. Keeping the colors black and white help the outfit look put together and not distracting. Plus it’s classic for a reason. 


Neutrals 


I’m talking tan or brown, gold and bronze. Even gray or a super dark navy could qualify here. But pairing say, a black pant with a tan jacket or pinstriped shirt (like you see above) can take your look up a notch thanks to the pattern/texture. Still appropriate for the office, just a little bit cooler. 


Pops of color 


I’d save the pops of brighter color (or busier patterns) for an office that’s more creative or casual. But if you’re allowed to incorporate color into your office wardrobe, then I’d say go for it. It’s a great way to stand out, sport a signature style and showcase your personality. Red is often seen as a power color, while floral is very feminine and pretty. I myself may throw in some turquoise or an animal print, but that’s just me. 💁🏻😅

Hair and Makeup Idea 


•Stick to neutrals with makeup. Browns, tans, champagnes or golds. Or try a soft liner on the upper lashline for definition. Mascara and blush to finish. 

•Hair looks best when it’s polished. Try a low bun or a half up half down ‘do. A ponytail, higher or lower set always works. Be sure to set any updo with hairspray so it’ll stay all day. 

“Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.” -Coco Chanel 

*images courtesy: Pinterest* 

Patience 

It was sunsets that 

taught me that beauty 

sometimes only lasts 

for a couple of moments, 

and it was sunrises that 

showed me that all it 

takes is patience to 

experience it all over 

again.

– A.J. Lawless, “Patience”


As I woke up this morning, I looked out at the sun, shining ever so brightly through my window. 


The curtains never fully closed last night. Nothing is ever really fully closed off, if you think about it. Not people, that’s for sure. You can hide all you want, but what you’re really wanting is to be found.  

Even though you’re engulfed by darkness, what you really crave is the light. 

And what I’ve noticed, at least about myself is: the more I push away, the more what I’m really trying to say is “I need [you] [this] [whatever it is]” 

And the further I fell away from what I love, the more I wanted it back. The more distant I grew from myself, the closer I wanted to hold it to my heart. 

Because it hurts to lose yourself. The pain is unbearable when you’re hurting. And it’s my own fault mostly…you know, I choose these things and keep going back around to my vices. Those demons haunt me, like ghosts of who I was. 

But I’ve also noticed that I have a choice in those pivotal moments. And in the past I’ve chosen to let myself succumb to the pressures. And I’ve given into my bad habits. 

But what if I too, acted like a sunset. Where I was able to stop myself from losing the beauty, or at least, try and preserve those good moments? 


Or a sunrise is perhaps a better metaphor. For I want to get that beauty back even after it’s faded. Because much like the sunset, the day does end and time does go on. And I can put those mistakes or bad thoughts away and let them pass through me like waves. 


I can let them wash over me and not drown. Instead tread the waters of my mind. And let myself learn something from it all. 

Then once the morning comes, much like the sunrise, I can see the beauty all over again. The light. The positivity. 

Wash. Rinse. Repeat. 

We fall, we rise, we repeat. We do this continually, just like the sun continues to set and rise again each morning. 

And I think I like that idea a lot. ✨

Lights & Colors 

“I love it. I hate it. And I can’t take it.” -Back to You, by Louis Tomilinson ft. Bebe Rexha 

I’m penning this post as we’re driving home from Sarasota. We had a night out, seeing a movie and going to dinner. It’s at these later moments of the night that my mind starts to wander off.


It wanders to the bright lights, the vivid colors, all blending together like some sort of watercolor. And it amazes me to see how these little things affect me. Much like I wish that the water would absorb into my very pores, I want to feel everything so intensely. I want to feel the heat, the cool, the in between. 
I want it to burn me. To feel like ice in my veins. I want those types of feelings, the kind that shake you and make you gasp. Those are the ones that leave a mark. That change you. 
Maybe I’m expecting too much from my surroundings or from myself, but are we really surprised? I’m not. I’ve always been one to aim high, too high for my own good. 
But that’s just because it’s easier to escape into something you imagine then deal with what’s real and right in front of you. It’s easy to be mesmerized; not so much to be stuck in more of the same. 
I think that’s why I love vacation(s) so much. It’s a chance to break out, to be free of the usual. The routines are stripped away and replaced with adventure. The stress melts away the second I hit that water. At least that’s what I’d like to believe.

 “One sip. One hit. One kiss. (bad for me). But I give in so easily.” -Weak by AJR 


  Because I remember those little moments where everything seems so clear. Like what I love and what I do. I loved the sunset over lido beach last night. And I loved being able to sink my feet into the sand, walking around and soaking up the sun. 


The ocean so blue, the heat so fierce. That’s all I focus in on. I don’t think of the insecurities, the worries, nothing else. Just the warmth and the happiness. But I don’t know if it fades or if the facade does. I sometimes don’t know if the happiness is real or not. 
If it’s not real, then it’s fake for my own sake. Like a mask I wear or a game I play. To see how long I can keep it up. It can be exciting, but only for so long. Then it becomes a dangerously thin line between who I am out here and who I am when the time comes to go home. Because vacations end, and maybe the lies will too. 


Medicine

Your love comes in like violence, stays for a while then leaves with the silence. 

I want this pain to go away. To be erased. To be forgotten, long gone from my memory. 

But life doesn’t work like that: you can’t just erase the past or forget about people and all the things you’ve done. 

It’s just easier to pretend it doesn’t hurt 

Or that your heart doesn’t ache 

Because then your blood doesn’t feel like its boiling 

Hot, searing, red 

And your head doesn’t feel like it’s pounding 

Thump, thump like a heartbeat 

And you don’t feel like you’re losing control, losing it all 

I want to be happier, I really do. But demons are difficult to deal with instead of escape from. 

And it’s tricky to know if where you stand is somewhere safe and stable or if it’ll just crack again

Much like your heart does after all the hurt

Or your body does after all the pain 


You did this to yourself though, and I think that’s what hurts the most. 

That you can’t admit that you’ve messed up. Or that you don’t know if you really want to fix it. 

Because life isn’t a movie, there’s no rolling credits where you can just wrap it all up. And it’s not like tv where everything will be back to normal after a day.

No, healing… healing takes time. 

And picking up the pieces of yourself isn’t easy. 

But the medicine will work. You know this because you’ve been down this road before. 

You know the depths of this darkness and you know how much light there can be. 

You just have to let it pour into your brokenness. And feel these shifts of mood and changes in time. 

Because all of it means something. Even the things you’d rather forget. 

Don’t know what I want but I know what I don’t. 

You cannot change what happened. You know this, time and time again. 


You know you are stronger than the waves trying to pull you under. You know you can be more than what your demons intice. 

You are only human. But a good one at  that. 

Vacation Vibes 

I’m going to be leaving for Florida in a couple of days for vacation & I couldn’t be more excited (and nervous!) — but I really do want this to be a relaxing and fun time for me this summer. I usually end up stressing out way too much over things not going how I planned or get annoyed at the little things; but I’m gonna really try to not let those kinds of things wreck my time I have in the Sunshine State. 

The plan is to go to Tampa for the majority of it and spend time w/family; then spend a day or two down at our condo (also some time w/family, but mostly just my mom, sister & I). We’re driving there & back, so there’s a total of 4 days…ugh. Not my favorite part. 🙃 but to help combat the boredom I may face, I’ve come up with some ideas & I figured why not share any other tips & tricks while I’m at it, right? 


I’m so thrilled to be hanging out by the beach and the pool for a couple weeks; not to mention getting a tan and soaking up the pretty palms. The only thing that’s making me nervous is all the food-related challenges I may face. But I have a plan in place and I just have to remind myself to be realistic — it doesn’t have to be all perfect or all a downward spiral either. There can be a bit of in-between. Middle ground, I guess. 

So I’m going to follow my meal plan to the best of my abilities, and also make sure I bring snacks for the car ride(s). And I’m also going to have my nook, a book and a few summer-related magazines, along with a coloring book (it’s actually very therapeutic)! 

I’ve also been looking up inspiration for hair, makeup, outfit and just overall “summer vibes” kind of looks so I can get a feel for what products I want to pack and clothes I want to wear. 


Obviously I know I don’t look like those girls, but I do like how they all have kind of curly/wavy hair, light, bronze makeup and/or that sort of fresh faced, “just got off the beach” look. I also love how casually or like easy their style choices are. Like dresses, sandals, swimwear and tanks? I’m totally for that! Easy to pack and very versatile. 


I’m also wanting to keep sort of busy, but in a fun way – because I know if I get too bored then it just gives my mind more time to stress out or send out negativity. And I so don’t need that on my vacation, you know what I mean? So I’m thinking besides trying all the yummy food, I also want to swim a lot, walk on the beach or around the palm studded sidewalks, and maybe even do some yoga (or even just remembering to breathe more). 

My hope is that I will come back from this vacation refreshed and happy, instead of ‘blah.’ I know in order for my mood to change, I have to change my behaviors/thoughts. I know it’s not going to be a picture-perfect trip, but I’m going to make the best of it because it’s one of the places that makes me the happiest. ☺️☀️🌴💦🌊 See you soon, Florida!
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*first set of images credited to: @cosmopolitan, @findyourcalifornia & @summer on Instagram; second set credited to: @selenagomez, @stella218, @smlxo & @meganparken on Instagram; third & final set credited to: @selenagomez, @shaymitchell, @jessicatylerofficial & @findyourcalifornia; image of burger & fries: my own. No other images are mine, as has been stated above*