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10 Year Challenge

Earlier this week I shared an image encouraging people to think about their accomplishments over the past ten years rather than how their looks have changed and listed all the positive things that have happened in my own life. It's not that I mind sharing pics of what I looked like 10 years ago but just sharing a picture doesn't tell the whole story. I had a lot of people respond congratulating me on my accomplishments and while I appreciate that it made me realize my intention was never to brag or say oh, look how great my life has been because the past ten years have been years of struggle and success.
Here you see a girl who thinks she's the life of the party - she's 24 and has practically no responsibilities but I don't envy her or wish I could return to that lifestyle.
Meanwhile, you look at this 34 year old woman and you see she's changed the way she treats her hair, she has some lines around the eyes and roundness to her face that wasn't there befo…
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Hello Kitty Tea

A few months ago I was scrolling on instagram and I saw some posts about a place called The Hello Kitty Grand Café. Now I had stopped by the Hello Kitty Café food truck when it rolled through Memphis (check out my post on that here) but this looked to be taking the experience to the next level. After digging into it I discovered that The Hello Kitty Grand Café was not far from my in-law’s home in Southern California and lucky for me we had trip already planned. The Hello Kitty Grand Café operates with several functions – the front section of the location operates just like the food truck with a menu of sweets and drinks, anyone can walk in for counter service and there are a few tables in addition to some photo spots available. In the back is The Bow Room which offers a pre-fixe tea menu during the day and turns into a cocktail lounge in the evenings. Reservations are currently taken through Yelp and open up 30 days in advance- while weekend reservations can be hard to come by its a l…

Timeless Style of a Natural Stone Watch

Hello Friends! I hope 2018 wrapped up nicely for you and you're watching out for opportunities in the new year. I love gifting to others but let's be real - I also love treating myself which is why I'm so excited to be wearing a new watch into the new year! Plus- it's perfect for my New Year's resolution to be on time more in 2019. Don't worry - I have a treat for you too at the end of this post.

Last year I received a beautiful wooden watch (which I still love BTW) but there have been times when I 've  wanted something a little more elegant on my wrist. The folks at Jord must have been reading my mind because they just released the new Sier Arcadia collection featuring interchangeable leather and mesh bands and natural stone faces. Each style is truly beautiful but I was drawn to the Sodalite and Gold style because it's unique from any watch I've seen. I tend to wear a lot of blues so this unique style really compliments my wardrobe. The only oth…

Oversized Sweater Three Ways

As I discussed in my 2019 Style post I really want to challenge myself this year and wear things a little differently and mix up my style. It’s so easy to have a favorite outfit and wear it on repeat but part of the fun of fashion in my opinion is personal style – and part of that is taking one item and styling it multiple ways. One of my favorite items currently being that it’s winter is an oversized sweater- in fact I love this style so much I have two very similar sweaters. It’s warm, cozy and super easy to throw on so what’s not to love? My default way of styling is just that –super casual thrown over a pair of skinny jeans or pants with ballet flats and a fun necklace.







To dress up this casual look I swapped the jeans for black skinny pants (ok, actually when I took the photos I couldn't find my jeans that day but pretend I was wearing them, haha!), the flats for heels and the necklace for a long scarf and added some sparkly earrings and a clutch. With a regular purse I could …

2019 Style Goals

This is my third year making a list of wardrobe additions for the New Year. Although towards the back end of 2018 I got carried away adding all the pretty things to my closet I really feel like I did a good job balancing modern feminine pieces I can wear for years and incorporating some fun trends.
Each year I like to evaluate my closet and not only get rid of what needs to go but think about what is missing. Are there items where I put an outfit together and thought oh, if only I had X this would be the perfect outfit? I like to be open to trends and new items I didn’t even know would be happening – hello Draper James x Eloquii - but I also think it’s important to think of a few key pieces of an overall wardrobe each year. So before I talk about my 2019 list let’s recap my 2018 list and see if I found it.
2018 Items
Skinny Jeans – YES!

Skinny Jean: Torrid Top: Saga Clothing Earrings:Kendra Scott MaizeFlats:Similar I cannot believe this was a new in 2018 purchase because I wear them ALL…

Live Colorfully

Last year I decided to have a word of the year and while I have lots of goals and plans for 2019 I decided to have a word for the overall theme for 2019 as well and this year I’ve decided on Live Colorfully. Living colorfully can mean many things though and while yes I take it to mean literally not being afraid to have color in your life I think it can mean so much more than that. To me, living colorfully is about trying new things and purposely finding new experiences. It’s also about not living in the shadows and embracing the full experience of life.  
As a blogger on thing I’ve really struggled with is finding an aesthetic – you go to many bloggers instagram feeds and they have soft neutrals, or bold colors, or delicate pinks . . . but then you look at my feed and I’m all over the place. Here’s where I’m going to let y’all in on a little secret – there are a lot of bloggers who post staged photos and do not wear the outfits in their photos in real life. When I tag my pic #realoutfi…