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Little Black Bows

November 10, 2017

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Happy Friday! It’s almost the weekend! What are your plans? Mine pretty much revolve around work. The university’s opening basketball game is tonight, and then the teams are playing again tomorrow. We are also hosting a soccer tournament that I get some overtime for. Woot Woot! So not very restful, but I’m sure it will be tons of fun!

Onto the clothes! Can you resist this top? I couldn’t! I mean for one it’s striped, two it has bows! The end, I was done. Sold! It’s so cute, and totally perfect for the office. I think you could accessorize with some red and it would be even more perfect for the holidays! The bows and frilly sleeves just make a typical striped knit top so much more fun! We all know us bloggers love our bows. When I got the opportunity to partner with SheIn I was excited. I had tried to order from them before, but nothing fit. This time around I was prepared and payed way more attention to the measurements given for each item. That’s my biggest suggestion about sites like them is check the measurements!

Now onto the shoes, because we can’t skip them right? These heels are from the new target line A New Day. I’m a huge fan of their new items and I love these heels! They are comfortable and I can wear them all day at work, but! They give me blisters :( every time! I’ve recently heard some bloggers talk about this spray and I’m wondering if it works. Shoes give me blisters all the time! I have pretty boney feet and so just about everything rubs the back of my ankles or the sides of my toes. It’s awful! Does anyone else have this problem or any solutions for me?

Top: c/o SheIn
Pants: Loft
Shoes: Target

Life

My Essential Oil Journey

November 7, 2017

essential oilsEssential oils…you either love them or you hate them. They are everywhere recently and everyone has an opinion. They can almost be as annoying as all the people who sell things on instagram and while I totally get that I just beg you not to write them off. So whats mine opinion? I love them! I use them for many different things, and I totally believe that they help. I’ve been using essential oils for about 3 years now, and while I do not use them for everything or know everything about them my knowledge has grown.

I’m not sure if I’ve talked about this on my blog before, but for the past few years migraines and I go hand in hand. At the beginning of 2014 I was halfway through my sophomore year or college. I had recently started the design program and all of the sudden I was constantly having headaches. It was a daily thing that ranged from an annoying dull pain to a full blown migraine that was affect by sound and light. At first I assumed it had to do with how much time I was spending in front of a screen but once they continued into summer with no relief I was annoyed. Nothing brought me relief and eventually I just stopped taking any sort of pain medication because it didn’t help. It felt like I had some sort of headache every day that year. By the end of the year I had been to the eye doctor, my normal doctor and was waiting to see a neurologist. I was simply going through the list of things to try and find the problem and some relief. That was when the graduate assistant in the office I worked for on campus gave me a small sample of peppermint oil. And oh I was praising the Lord after trying that! While it didn’t take my headaches away it gave me more relief than any pain medication had in about a year. That was just about all it took to get me hooked.

I started out by trying out a starter kit that included in peppermint, lemon, and lavender. Eventually I purchased a physicians kit that is supposedly able to replace your medicine cabinet. Now that’s not me. I firmly believe in modern medicine and going to the doctor. I am not that person who won’t take any medication or use cleaning products. I simply try to reach for my essential oils before I reach for medicine. It’s a small way that I try to use more natural things.

Something that I want to preface about essential oils is that they are not a 100% fix everything item. Just like certain medications only work for certain people essential oils are the same way. Peppermint oil gives my dull headaches some relief, but maybe it doesn’t for you. That’s normal! Lavender works wonders for sleep, but it doesn’t for me. It gives me really strange dreams. Yet, a blend of lavender, chamomile, and vanilla totally helps me sleep amazing! I think people start trying essential oils and think they are some kind of magic that will fix all their problems within the first few minutes. You medicine, cleaning products or creams don’t work like that and neither with these natural products. You simply have to try it out and find what works for you.

Mikeala

So now that you’ve heard my story I want to introduce you to Mikaela. She is a distributor for young living essential oils. While there are many different brands of essential oils some are obviously better than others and young living is the best of the best! You can simply tell they are better by how potent a smell is compared to some that are diluted just from opening a bottle. Mikaela has a great instagram all about how she uses essential oils and some of the ways are really inspiring! She’s so friendly and helpful and would love to answer any questions you have regarding essential oils or why you should chose young living. Her e-mail is theradiantoilers@gmail.com.

Comment below and tell me if you use essential oils and how!

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Finding Fall

October 26, 2017

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WHYYYYY?! It is still above 80 degrees outside…it is seriously terrible! I am watching all these other bloggers wear sweaters, scarves, and hats and I can barely pull out a pair of boots without being incredibly hot at some point in the day. It’s really sad and it just feels like I’m missing out on the fall fun and mood this year. By the time it cools down I’m going to be ready for Christmas…forget fall! The temperatures are suppose to spike more this weekend, but hopefully cool down this coming week. We never seem to have a cool Halloween though.

Speaking of Halloween what are your plans? Do you like the holiday? My sister is a huge fan and loves to dress up (that’s the theater kid in her). Myself, on the other hand though, hates it. I hate being scared. I hate all the creepy things. I hate how people decorate their houses. It’s all awful! Seeing the little kids dress up and trick or treat for the first hour is fun. However, after that its back to being awful again. All the older kids show up and are just so gross. This year I am staying in and watching a happy movie. Key word there happy! Not scary, happy!

Even with the high temperatures we are still going to do some fall things this weekend. The plan is to carve pumpkins Saturday and go to the pumpkin patch on Sunday. Yes, we are doing it out of order but we never actually buy the pumpkins from a patch. They are so expensive when you do that so Trader Joe’s is always the better option. I am excited to take Matt’s nieces and nephews to the patch. Pumpkin patches are way more fun with little kids!

I wore this outfit last Sunday because I am just trying so hard to dress for fall even in this awful heat. I don’t even thing I can call the weather fall transitions because there is nothing fall about it. Yet, this outfit would work for that if it is kind of starting to cool down where you live. That Sunday it had been freezing in the morning and warm by 10:00. So i knew I needed something slightly warm but to keep me cool enough. That’s why I went with the destroyed denim. Now lets talk about this top! I love the scallop and laser cut details. Love, love, love it! It’s a fun little peak a boo affect. I also like that it’s on the sleeves as well. Not to mention it’s under $10! Can you beat that?!

Top: c/o Romwe
Jeans: Hollister
Flannel: J Crew
Booties: G.H. Bass

Style

That’s A Wrap

October 24, 2017

Wrap Top Inspo

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This is the first item of clothing that is a wrap that I have ever owned. While I do totally love it I couldn’t help but worry it was going to come open all day long… I continually was checking it, pulling the two sides together. I was so nervous! Did it ever happen? No. But I was prepared for it to just fall open. I suppose wearing wraps is just something I have to get used to. This wrap top though is incredibly flattering! I completely understand why they are all the rage. It ties at the thinnest part of your waist and flares out where no one wants things tight. It’s just the best! I also love how this wrap blouse has flare bell-sleeves. I think my next goal is to try one of those wrap dresses.

Y’all ever feel like you’re just going through life pushing through all the difficult things and barely making any ground? That’s where I’m at. Things are hard and adjustments are being made and while I am trying to hold it all together I just don’t feel like I am doing a very good job. Yet, I think that those are the times that God does the most work. It’s the times when we are in the fire and he is really shaping and molding us into what he wants. We can’t see the outcome just yet or the reasons why we are dealing with what we are but that isn’t our job. Our job isn’t to know or to understand it’s simply to trust. Trust, though is the hardest part. Being someone who likes control and a plan not knowing what is happening can be pretty difficult. Yet, from past experiences I know that God is always in control and He always works stuff out to be better than we can ever expect. It’s just a matter of trusting him through the tough times.

Top: Target
Pants: Hollister (last seen here)
Purse: Target
Booties: Steve Madden (last seen here)

Life, Style

Late Apple Season

October 16, 2017

Moo's Musing Apple Picking

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As we all know it’s fall….kind of….I’m writing this blog post and the high today is 98…so you can decide how “fall” it actually is.

BUT! We can’t skip out on apple picking just because of the weather! We went apple picking last weekend (which yes it late in the season). Usually we go in September before all the apples are gone and the pumpkin mayhem begins, however life kind of got in the way this year and it just didn’t happen. It was packed and their weren’t many apples left, but it was still fun! Matt had never been apple picking before, so I was a little bummed it was so busy but it was totally still worth it. And once I make the apple turn overs he will totally be even happier!

Because it has been so warm I chose not to go for the sweater look, but I chose this satin olive blouse to still feel just a bit fall like. I got this as a work shirt from Forever 21 months ago, so I linked some similar options below.

Top: Forever 21
Jeans: Hollister
Boots: BP at Nordstrom

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Getting Colorful with Romwe

October 9, 2017

Moo's Musing Romwe Blouse Floral Crop Romwe Blouse Colorful Spring top Moo's Musing Colorful Top Moo's Musing outfit inspo floral crop romwe Romwe Moos MusingHow many of you have seen this shirt floating around pinterest? *raises hand* Yeah it’s literally everywhere. It’s so cute, and such an easy option to throw on and go. Shirts like this one or this one are probably some of my favorites. They are super cute and stylish but require such minimal effort. Which some days is literally the best!

On Romwe’s website this top is called a floral but to me it reminds me of colorful watercolor streaks or blobs of color. Which I love all things watercolor! While this shirt isn’t very fall like it is literally so cute! It’s the time of year where it’s foggy and cold in the morning and blazing in the afternoon. I paired this colorful top with a brown cardigan and boots to make it feel more like fall.

This is my first experience with Romwe. I’ve never ordered anything from their site before and it actually was a pleasant one. There are a lot of clothes that are one size, but a lot have multiple sizes available. One size fits all stuff never works for me, but the items they had sizes for all had measurements too. That is something that was super helpful and helped make sure I received something that fit. As long as I paid attention the the measurements given I was pretty much guaranteed to find something in my size. Overall I was happy with the shirts I received!

Top: Romwe c/o
Jeans: Hollister
Boots: B.P from Nordstrom

Thank you Romwe for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.