My Favorite Fashion Finds From All The Labor Day Sales

August 31, 2019

Photo by Jason Briscoe

Yeah!! Labor Day! I'm so grateful for all the men and women who have fought to keep our country safe. And I'm also grateful for some much needed time away from the office this long weekend. Labor Day pretty much means summer is over. I've come to accept that and am 10000% ready for all the chunky sweaters, mini skirts and cute booties. Fall fashion is my SHIT... but doesn't every fashion-lover say that? Whatever, I guess I'm a tad bit basic. I can accept that. But just because I love fall fashion doesn't mean I need to spend a fortune on fun pieces for the season. And LDW is the best time to stock up on fall staples because every single store on the planet is having major sales. I wanted to share some of my favorite finds from the sales round up with you guys. Online window shopping is really fun for me, so I fogured I should stop being a selfish brat and share the wealth with you. Now we can all be a stylish gang this season.

Also, here are some great sale alerts to keep on your radar. Happy shopping. And p.s., there are affiliate links in this post. Just want to be transparent. :)

Let me know if you end up grabbing anything cute during this weekend full of sales. And you can always DM me photos of your outfit if you're having issues styling pieces. Thanks again for taking a moment to read my post. Your support means so much to me. Sending you all the love and safety wishes this weekend, espeically for all my fellow east coast friends. I'm praying that this hurricane doesn't cause as much damange as it's predicted to. Until next time my friend.

How to Cope with the Negative & Overwhelming News Cycle

August 22, 2019

Photo by Branden Harvey
*Disclaimer: I'm about to have a "she doesn't even go here" mean girls moment and get real sappy. You've been warned.

Sometimes, when I close my eyes, I like to pretend that I live in a faraway land where everyone is nice to each other. In this mythical place, people approach the differences in others with love, respect and intrigue, and violence is not a constant reality nor is it normalized. Yeah, that's a nice little daydream, but I know that it is far from how our world operates today.

I've had quite a few discussions with friends recently about how we are experiencing extreme levels of anxiety. Between the mass shootings, a surplus of hate crimes, families that have been torn apart by the current administration, global warming and police misconduct, it's no surprise that most of my friends and I have trouble sleeping at night or have become way too familiar with panic attacks. But just because there is a ton of chaos in the world, that doesn't mean there also isn't a ton of good! 

I am constantly researching ways to cheer myself up after reading the news. It's a tricky spot to be in because I want to stay aware of everything that is happening around the globe, but I also have had quite an amount of breakdowns after reading the news. I'm constantly on edge while doing the most mundane activities because I'm afraid that if I go to the movies, there could be a mass shooting or if I go to the grocery store at the wrong time, there could be a mass shooting or if I go to the wrong workout class, there could be a mass shooting. Or if I walk by the wrong police officer, I could get murdered.. you guys get the point. Most of us are on edge all the fucking time! And this is such an unhealthy way to live. So I've started seeking out a few different resources to help me calm the f down and learn to cope with the current state of the world. I wanted to share what I do to take care of my sanity because I know this is not a problem that is unique to me. I hope this list helps you find a little more peace in your day. And if you have any coping mechanisms, please share them below. I want us to support each other in every way possible.

What I do to cheer myself up after reading the news. 
  • Mobile Journaling - Although I love the ritual of writing in a physical journal with a beautiful pen, it's not always the easiest thing to carry around or whip out when you are on the go. One of my favorite new habits has been using my phone as a journal. I started a folder in my inotes app that is dedicated solely to journaling. This way, when I'm feeling super anxious, I can express myself, collect my thoughts and reassure myself that everything will be ok.
  • I seek out positive news sources. Although I love my daily newsletters from Katie Couric and other sources, I NEED to read about a lot more positive things that are happening around the world. The Good News Newsletter by The Week is an amazing resource for happier news. I like that they actually share heartfelt, impactful stories instead of just fluff news.  I signed up for their newsletter via my work email so I actually see it every week and am more likely to read it. 
  • I watch Queer Eye. It's one of the best reminders of humanity in the world. Wine and Queer Eye are an excellent combination... just saying.
  • I chat with my friends about the current news. I have pretty amazing friends who are all very compassionate people. The news typically emotionally impacts them just as much as it impacts me. So discussing our thoughts usually makes me feel 10000 times better. It always helps me feel less alone and like our world has a fighting chance.
  • I step away from technology and treat myself to a nice, warm cup of tea. We all know about the soothing health benefits tea, but have you ever thought about grabbing tea instead of coffee when you are stressed or feeling really down. The warm cup feels like a mini little hug. I believe there are a few studies that discuss the psychological benefits of holding a warm beverage.
  • My last tip is to research ways to get involved. One time, I heard this great quote, "If an injustice makes you angry, that’s a sign that you should do something about it." So if reading an article makes you want to scream into a pillow, brings you to tears or want to punch something, hop on Google and find a reputable place to donate money to that cause or volunteer your time. The best way to feel better about the state of the world is to actively contribute to making it better.

Now it's your turn homie. Let me know in the comments what you do to get over the emotional hangover that usually lingers after reading the news? I'm so happy that we have each other to lean on when times get tough. That's one thing I love about the internet; it allows us to expand our support system in ways that were never possible before. Thank you so much for spending time reading this! I love and appreciate you soooooo much more than you could ever know. Until next time my friend. 

August Mood Board: Dog Days of Summer

August 11, 2019

Photos by: @sixteenmilesout, @the_modern_life_mrs, @sugercoatit, Matthew Waring,@alisaanton

Although my closet is ready for it to be fall, I still want to soak up as much of summer as I can this month. In my opinion, August is all about enjoying time outdoors. 

Reading in the park or on the porch. Having picnics late in the evening after the weather has cooled down a little. Sneaking in that last weekend getaway. Jetting off to the south of France, the Italian coast or Spain if you have the budget for it. 

Yeah, August is a good month. It’s a reminder that it’s not too late to add some carefree joy and a little bit of luxury to our lives. I’m adding a little bit of luxury to my life this month by dressing up more, treating myself to dessert once a week, and saying yes to more social activities, even if I just feel like staying in pj's all day. Summer can be so much fun, and I want to take advantage of that. And hey, if I meet a cute guy who’s on my same page while I'm trying to have a buoyant summer... then that’s just icing on the cake. Why should summer end prematurely? Taking advantage of this airy time is something we all need to do. 

I hope you add a few more things to your bucket list this August. No matter how big or small, adding enjoyable experiences to our daily routines is crucial if we want to stay sane in this extremely chaotic and anxiety-driven world. I'd love to hear more about what's inspiring you this month. And as always, I want to say thank you for taking the time to read this post. Your support means the world to me. Sending you lots of love! 

Pre-Fall Musings: my pre-fall wardrobe staples

August 4, 2019

So it looks like high summer is quickly coming to an end. Although I love the ease and laidback vibe that comes around every summer, I'm getting really excited to start transitioning my closet for fall again! I am longing to pair long blazers with mini dresses, but the idea of wearing that outfit when it's 90 degrees and I have to walk a minimum of 40 minutes a day does not sound even remotely appealing. But the weather isn't going to stop me from getting excited to plan fun pre-fall outfits.

I wanted to share a few items I'm lusting after for the upcoming season. This fall, I want to channel my inner boss/bad b***h. And yes, I know how corny that sounds. But I am committed to feeling confident, strong and sexy in a tasteful way, and my appearance plays a part in that. When I like my outfit, I instantly have a little pep in my step.  And I am craving a pep in my step lately. I want to transform into a better version of myself this fall, and I want to show up for myself 7 days of the week... because right now, I've only been showing up like 3 days a week lol. Are you planning to level up your wardrobe this fall? Feel free to tell me what's on your wishlist in the comments below! And let me know which item in my list speaks the most to you. Happy planning y'all, and thank you so much for stopping by to read this post.

The Luxe List - My Pre-Fall Shopping List

  • High-quality dainty gold necklaces: I am so freaking sick of my cute gold coin necklaces and layered pendants rusting because I only paid $40 for them from a fast-fashion retailer. I get so attached to them, so it's time to invest in one or two timeless layering pieces that I will have for years to come. 
  • Satin Slip Dresses or Skirt: I love the chic and sexy silhouettes that these pieces usually create and with literally zero effort on our end. You just throw it on and instantly, your look is elevated. 
  • Plunging Polka-Dot Top: Ok, well I actually want this exact top by Lorna Luxe. Like, I really really need it. And it will be available to buy on August 5th! 
  • Long Blazers: So I already ordered this long white blazer, and I cannot wait for it to arrive! I am going to wear it with sooooooo many mini dresses, (aka the dress below) mini skirts and shorts. My favorite way to wear a short hemline is to pair it with a long jacket that covers my butt. In my opinion, that is the best way to add a touch of class to a sexy outfit. 
  • Cheetah Mini Dress: I've been wanting to add a cheetah dress to my wardrobe for a few months now but never bit the bullet. This one is absolutely perfect though, so it will be my weekly treat to myself. And I'll give up brunch for the weekend in order to save some money. 
  • Comfy Square Heels: I swore I wouldn't jump on this trend, but now I really like it lol.
  • Mini Skirts with Side Slit: I'm obsessed with this cut. Showing off my legs is one of my favorite things to do, so I will take advantage of any and all weather that allows me to rock a bare leg look. period.  

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