With the cooler temps making an appearance again, I have to say that one of the trends I have been loving lately is velvet. Perfect for fall and the holidays, this fabric can be so fun mixed in with just about any look. I have always been a fan of velvet for the holidays, but I have been loving it now for my everyday looks. This velvet duster for example is perfect both dressed down with ripped denim, or dressed up with a jumpsuit or dress. This is one of the many things I love about fashion. You can take so many mixtures of fabrics and patterns to create so many different looks! It really is endless!
In keeping with my apparent plaid theme this week, I had to share one of my favorite looks from Madewell. How cute is this plaid top??? The colors are literally my favorites and it goes perfectly with this blush skirt! A skirt in November you say? Well...welcome to Louisiana. While I love being able to break out my heavy coats for fall, it is just not realistic here in the bayou. So a look like this gives me a little bit of what I want for fall, without dripping in sweat. The colors are just right for the changing seasons and I love how this skirt pairs with my booties! I know I say I long for cold weather, but this isn't so bad!
How about we make today casual Wednesday? It has been cooler here in Louisiana this week (finally) so I have just wanted to be cozied up in bed all the time. I wish! I also started my workout plan again on Monday and I am SO SORE. Y'all, my body hurts. So whenever that happens, heels are the last thing I want to wear! No but seriously, I love those days when I can just be casual and not worry about what I am going to put on. My ripped denim and a ball cap is all I need to make it through the day!
I have to admit, I have always been bad about taking my vitamins. In theory, I want to be consistent and I know they are good for me, but I am bad about figuring out what I need and remembering to take them. As I have gotten older though, I realized that the nutrients found in vitamins are crucial for my health so I am ready to implement this in to my daily routine. With that being said, I may have found the perfect solution to my problem and it is called Care/Of Vitamins.
Y'all, this week has been SO many things. Good things! But super busy. And don't get me wrong, I love being busy (as I have said before), but currently I am sitting on the couch in my sweat pants, with a glass of wine and I LOVE IT. I know I do this to myself and I tend to overcommit but I have always said I would rather be busy than bored. Well now, I think I would rather be bored than busy! It is just so nice to sit and relax. Can you really blame a girl?
Happy Wednesday!! Are you as ready for the weekend as I am? I feel like there has been a lot going on lately and I am ready for some time to rest. That is one thing I always have to remember is that no matter what, I need to make time for myself. I am so guilty of giving that time away to others (which can be great), but it can also be precious to me. So, if you saw my Instagram story last week, you saw that I made myself a new blogging planner (or the Gracefully Taylored Bible as I called it), which means I foresee some quality pajama time this weekend planning content and RESTING. But I guess we will see what really happens!
Do you ever get the itch to jump on a plane and go somewhere? This happens to me ALL THE TIME. As I was uploading the pictures for this post and thinking about New York, I started thinking that I wanted to go somewhere cold. Then I started thinking about snow. Then about skiing. Then I started thinking about weekends we have available so I could plan another trip. I swear I think it is an addiction because that took all of ten minutes! Now, I have found flights, a hotel and made a plan for another getaway...I guess I just need to convince Jon Luke. Wish me luck!
I have said it before, but I will say it again...I love a hand written letter. There really is just something about the idea of someone taking the time to write their thoughts down on paper and share them with me. It could be a long love letter, something fun to a pen pal, or a simple thank you note, but I believe that goes a long way. I have grown up as one who likes to transcribe my thoughts (hence the blog), and I truly love being able to share them.
Recently, I had the opportunity to design my own stationary with The Keeping Room (see the design process here) and y'all...these are BEAUTIFUL! I received my final product last week and I am dying. They are simple, but they are classic and most of all, they are me. I cannot wait to start using these beauties, sending my little personal touch to all of my loved ones!
One of the many reasons I love fall/winter is that I LOVE cozy sweaters. It is quite comical to look in my closet and see the amount of knitwear I have (considering where I live), but I just love them. The second reason I love fall/winter is that it means it is time for boots and booties. These Dee Keller booties are pretty much everything and I love been dying to wear them as often as I can! Thankfully, we have had some cooler temps the last two weeks and I tell you what, I am enjoying it. Being able to break out the sweaters/booties and cozy up by a fire is everything I want and more. I am just hoping these cooler days stay around!
While Darian and I were in New York, we decided to walk over to Brooklyn one day. Yep, we walked the entire bridge, and early morning too BUT it was so much fun! That morning light on the bridge was well worth the early wake up call (stay tuned for those pics soon!), and we were able to enjoy some time over in the Brooklyn/Dumbo area. Once we made it across, we had a pit stop at the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge and y'all, that place was beautiful! We grabbed a coffee (I changed clothes) and we were back at it! This view of the city was from the rooftop bar at the 1 Hotel and I was in love. But Brooklyn itself is such a gem and I loved seeing the city! And I have to say, I think one of my favorite things about this adventure was finally seeing (and riding!) Jane's Carousel!
During the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, I was on the the hunt for a fun moto jacket. I wanted something different than my typical "black" jacket because I have way too many black leather jackets (yes guilty). Anyways, while on the hunt, I found this metallic option and I was so excited! It is such a fun color and it is literally perfect for fall. From the style, to the metallic shade, I LOVE how this jacket looks with just about everything I pair it with!
I definitely have a case on the Monday blues. I spent this past weekend at home in Dallas and it is always hard for me to leave home. Just being able to go back and see my family and friends, eat my favorite foods and relax...I just love it. BUT, I cannot stay forever (insert sad emoji) so I am back at it and ready for the work week ahead. I finally have a weekend where I do not have anything big planned so I can just chill and get caught up on everything. I will definitely be shooting and planning a lot of upcoming content so stay tuned! I hope your Monday has been great and that you have the best week!
So I am about to get real here for a second. I have a confession to make. This girl…struggles with self doubt A LOT. Yep. It’s weird right? I put myself out there on social media daily and I question it just about every time. Was it the right image? Was it the right time? Whatever it is, typically I am wondering whether or not it will be ‘liked’. And y’all…the struggle is real. When I doubt things on the blog, it carries into my day-to-day work life. When I doubt things at work, it carries into the blogging part of my life. Then I am stressed when I get home and it carries into my personal life. It is hard! Serious struggle. WELL, this week, I tried to kick that self doubt in the face. And I feel like I kind of succeeded. This week I took a chance on something that was a little bit out of my comfort zone. When I made this decision, the little self doubt troll was screaming in my ear and saying I was not good enough. They wouldn't like me. I should just stop trying. And you know what…I shut him down. (As best I could anyway.) I went forward with my task and now…I feel good about it. No matter what the outcome, I took the chance and believed in myself so with that, I say cheers to the weekend and to kicking that self doubt in the face.
Fall is definitely one of my favorite seasons but it is funny because I rarely get fall weather where I live. I love cozy sweaters and over-the-knee boots just as much as the next person, but you know...sometimes it is WAY to hot in Louisiana. This sweater though, I found it at Anthropologie before our New York trip and I had to have it. I love the off the shoulder look and the ruffle adds the perfect touch! The colors are classic and go with just about anything so I will be wearing this sweater a lot, no matter how cool in gets in Louisiana!
Right after I graduated, I started working a "big girl" job. I vividly remember thinking, "well...now I need appropriate work clothes," on the day I accepted that position. Thankfully, I did not work a big corporate job that required dressy business clothes all the time, BUT me being who I am, I wanted to look appropriate and respectful. It was right around this time that I purchased my first suit. I do still have it, and I do still wear it, but it is funny now because I have truly come to love suits. I wear my blazers ALL the time, and the perfect pencil skirt or trouser goes far at my current job. I have learned how to feel confident in different styles and love wearing them outside of the work place even! Lately, my eye has been drawn to the pant suit, and this one from Mango is absolutely perfect.
As I am sure you have seen me talk about, I am a very conflicted fan on game day. Living in Louisiana now, I always cheer for the LSU Tigers. BUT, I actually went to Auburn (so did Jon Luke) so I obviously want to cheer for my Alma Mater as well. Every year though, both of my teams have to go face-to-face and their SEC season game and its on this day that I am truly torn. So basically I wear neutral colors and just say I am cheering for the tigers (yep, they are both tigers!) to keep things easy!
It is no secret that I love to travel. I truly do just have a sense of adventure and my heart longs to be on the go. Learning about new cultures and seeing new places just gets me so excited and I long for this feeling. With all of that being said though, there really is no place like home. I love being cozied upon my couch, in a comfortable sweatshirt, a candle lit and a coffee in hand. It is one of my favorite feelings. SO, what that means is that when I am traveling, a cozy sweatshirt is one of the first things that goes in my suitcase. No matter where I am, I want to be able to come back to my hotel room, throw on my sweatshirt and relax, just as I would at home. Thankfully, The Home T helped me do just that in New York.
As the fall weather approaches (hopefully soon for Louisiana), I am getting myself ready with an assortment of fall trends. There are several this season that have caught my eye, including plaid prints and retro hats to name a few. There is definitely a throwback feel and I love everything about it! This classic yet old school vibe has been fun to implement in to my wardrobe and will make a strong appearance during my trip to New York! BUT, in addition to lively prints and accessories from back in the day, I have to say that one of my favorite trends has been the excess of velvet. I absolutely love what this unique fabric brings to the party. It can be a print, or a solid color but the simple texture adds so much to a look!
Sometimes basic is the way to go. And by basic I mean, all black. Jon Luke calls it my "Johnny Cash" look. I really cannot help it but whenever I do not want to think about getting ready, I end up in all black. It looks slimming, it goes with everything, it does not show stains...the list goes on. Something I do love when wearing all black though, is adding accessories or shoes that pop. I mean, make a statement somewhere right?