I’m really excited to share this post today because THIS DRESS! This dress.
Y’all, it’s under $30! Do you have Amazon Prime? It ships free in 2 days! You can have it before Easter!(!!!)
I saw this dress on one of my favorite bloggers and when she posted it on instagram I was actually at a hockey game (of course I was) and when I clicked the shopping link to purchase it (at the hockey game, of course) I could not believe it took me to the Amazon site! Of course I have Amazon Prime (never buy anything without checking to see if it’s on Prime first!) so it’s safe to say I “one-clicked” that baby into my cart as fast as I could!
There are several other color combinations but this one is just gorgeous for spring. And y’all the details on this dress are SO GOOD. It buttons alllll the way down, with a flattering smocked detail at the waist. You can button this dress all the way down (as I did) for a perfectly appropriate Easter dress, or unbutton it a little to show some leg! The fabric flows beautifully and the colors are so vibrant and rich. It has a cute little tassel detail at the waist also which you know I love!
In my family we always dressed up for church, and Easter was no exception. That’s carried over into being an adult for me. I fondly remember pretty floral dresses and bows in my hair.
I’m only 5’5 but this dress was the perfect length. If you’re wearing heels it may be a little short depending on how tall you are.
I can’t wait to wear this beautiful dress on Easter but might even use it as a swimsuit cover up after that! Or how cute would it be to unbutton the buttons enough to make it like a long tunic top over denim cutoffs? Swoon! I just fell in love with it all over again.
If you’re a last minute shopper and NEED something for Easter, click the link below to shop this baby asap! If you hurry you’ll have it in time for Easter with free shipping!
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Let me know how you’d wear this, and if you love it as much as me!
Today I’m sharing this bright floral look that I will be obsessing over all spring!
This top makes me happy just by looking at it – when I spotted in the store I knew it had to come home with me. It checks off all my “so Blair” boxes: 1. it’s bright pink 2. It’s a punchy floral that gets noticed! (Bonus: it has tassels too!)
This top is more of a “babydoll” style and fits loose all over. I tucked the bottom in a bit to give it a little more shape, but I bought my true size so I could also tuck it into my pencil skirts to make it work appropriate. I also see this top with cutoff shorts for the hottest days of summer!
hahaha. But really. Florals may be “nothing new” but they’re always reimagined and I love the unique graphic nature of this particular top. Old Navy doesn’t always get it right, but they hit a homerun with this one!
This print also comes in a cute ruffle tank and a plus-size dress!
Bright prints aren’t just a favorite outfit piece, but also a major part of my everyday life. Lately I’ve had several people message me about my attitude towards life…which sounds strange to say, but it’s true! And beyond the people who actually asked me how I stay so happy and upbeat, I’m sure there are others that are like :enter rolling eye emoji: at everything I post on social.
The truth is, of course I have my own problems and issues, but over the last year or so I’ve shifted the way I look at things that used to make me fall apart. Staying positive is not only a way of life for me, it’s the only way I feel I can really be successful in life. I decided to share the top 5 ways I try to stay positive each day, in the hopes that you can adapt some (or all!) of these things into your daily routine. And if you have any tips for me, please let me hear them!
1. Turn frustrations into Opportunities
-I have about a 30 minute commute to and from work each day, and sometimes with traffic I end up spending over an hour in my car each workday. I used to let traffic get me so worked up by the time I got home I was NOT a fun person to be around. Finally I just realized that the traffic was going to be there anyway, so I had a choice: I could let it put me in a terrible mood, OR I could make the most of it. Now on the way to work each morning I listen to an inspirational devotional that kicks off my day on the right foot. And on the way home? I usually listen to my favorite music, or sometimes take that time to call a friend or family member and catch up. Other times I plan conference calls during my commute home! Might as well be productive while you’re sitting on the highway, right?
2. Be mindful of what you let into your brain
-Think about watching scary movies. If you watch them right before bed, you’re probably going to have a terrible dream about a flesh eating alien. Why? Your subconscious is thinking about all that craziness. On the same note, putting mean spirited/hateful/ugly things into your head does not make for a positive outlook on life. If you’re constantly around negative people, you’ll start being negative, too. If you’re constantly looking in the mirror thinking you’re anything less than perfect, eventually that is all you will see in yourself. Our brains are amazing, but they eventually repeat what they hear the most!
3. When everything is wrong, find something that’s right
-Look, bad days HAPPEN. It stinks when they do, but they do! Just because you live a positive life does not mean you’re naive to life’s problems and unfortunately it doesn’t mean you won’t have your fair share of conflicts in life. Choosing to live with a positive mindset just means you’re not going to let the bad things take over your brain. This applies to big and small things, and I say it with experience: I’ve been on a dream vacation one minute and in the ICU the next. And yes I cried and said “why me!?” more than once. But I never stopped seeing the good things about life, either. Even then! (Like the awesome nurses who ordered me pizza every night in the hospital because I wouldn’t eat anything else!) If you can be positive during the not-so-great times, the good times will be magnified 10x. Promise. Also, magnify others strengths, not weaknesses. This is about being a light to others as well as for yourself! You never know who needs your light the most, and we truly have NO IDEA what others are going through. So just be kind to each and every person you meet. Find the good, even when it’s hidden.
-I’m a true believer in the power of prayer and y’all, Jesus has shown His favor on my life every single day I’ve been here on this earth. The power of prayer changes things! But even if you are not particularly spiritual, meditating on positive thoughts and breathing deeply really does help. Think about this: is this problem going to matter in: 5 minutes? 5 hours? 5 days? Will this be a big deal next week? Next year? How can I solve this problem so I’m not anxious about it anymore? Clear your mind of negativity and that voice that tells you to panic, and turn it around. Yes it is hard sometimes.
5. Stop finding your worth in what others think
-This is a BIG one for me. It’s not to say I don’t care that others like me, find me valuable, find me funny, or like my outfits. Of course I do. Everyone loves to be liked. No one will honestly tell you they don’t care that others don’t like them. And you should always aim to be a kind, generous, loving, giving person of excellence around everyone you meet. What I mean by this is, be your authentic self, and know that it’s ENOUGH. People will talk about you. It’s so much more about them than you. Distance yourself from people who make you feel bad about yourself; they are not true friends. Love yourself first and treat people the way you’d want to be treated. If they do not treat you the same, that’s ok too. Because you find your worth in yourself, not in what others think. If people talk badly about you, especially about things like your looks/outfit/laugh/work ethic/hair color/political party/etc, it’s most definitely their own insecurities, and really not about you at all. This belief has literally changed my life. I know who I am, and I love who I am. And if not everyone sees how awesome I am, that’s on THEM!
Please please share your tips and tricks for staying positive in the comments below! I’d love to hear!
*You can shop this look below, or in the ‘shop my looks’ tab up top!
Thank you so much for reading! Love you all!
Love & Light,
It’s been awhile! Kicking off 2017 (in March, oops) with an update post and thought I’d throw in some things you may not know about me!
First off, my career shifted a bit about 2 months ago when my previous practice was sold to a larger group. This obviously changed a lot about my day-to-day and leading up to that things were crazy, so I’m finally feeling like I have time to catch my breath! The new role at the new practice is going great, I’m feeling super excited to come into work everyday and love the work I’m doing. God truly leads you exactly where you’re supposed to go, sometimes ready or not!
And even though I haven’t been blogging, I am feeling more inspired than ever! I feel like my style is evolving and so is my personal relationship with myself. I LIKE myself more lately and feel more open to taking risks and trying new things. And most of all, I feel like I am ENOUGH. Just the way I am!
Which brings me to the 5 “things you may not know about me” section of this post! I wanted to put things out there that have been on my heart lately. I have spent so much energy pushing these things about me that I felt made me “weird”, but now I’m proud to embrace them as me and hopefully I can inspire someone else out there to rock their individuality!
1. I was born with a genetic joint disorder that causes me to have frequent knee dislocations. I am much more susceptible to falls, fractures, injuries, etc because of this. There is no cure for it, and fortunately I have the mildest form. Read more about Ehlers Danlos Syndrome here.
2. Because of EDS, I can no longer wear anything but a flat shoe. It’s too risky to wear something like a heel when you have frequent knee dislocations!
3. I struggled with my weight a lot of my life and recently lost nearly 70 pounds on Weight Watchers. Fashion was one of my biggest motivations for losing the weight, but now I enjoy living a healthier lifestyle. All in moderation, of course. Mini doughnuts and champagne are huge weaknesses of mine! (Balance, right?)
4. I am incredibly competitive with myself. I refuse to let anything defeat me. Recently I was “denied’ by Reward Style which was really hard for me. But honestly after I had my pity party it just made me aware of things I needed to get better at and I’m using it as fuel to be better. Because even if blogging or fashion never became my career, it’s already a huge part of my life. And I truly believe I have a light to shine on others and am excited I get to do it in my spare time.
5. I am incredibly blessed! Yep, that’s it. God is awesome and works in me everyday, causing me to triumph and learn and grow. I know His plans for me are HUGE compared to mine and I see Him working in my life every single day.
I really am excited to work blogging back into my life and hopefully to be an outlet for y’all to come chat fashion and what’s going on in your lives. Fashion is a great outlet for me, an ice breaker when I meet someone new, and something I spend HOURS obsessing over, but I also want to motivate, uplift, and encourage.
I have NO idea how I’m going to melt these things together into Rose Gold Outlook, but I am going to give it my all.
Top: Target (old); Shorts: NY & Company (current); Sandals: Target (current)
I am absolutely loving these fun printed shorts! I spotted these a few weeks ago and filed them away in my brain, not even giving them a second look. Then I was checking out some fellow bloggers and the posts I seemed to enjoy most were the ones with fun summer prints! Lemons, watermelon, and now..zebras! 😉
Before we get further into the zebras, I need to rave about these shorts in general. I have never been a huge fan of wearing shorts. Since losing weight I’ve fully embraced summer and have actually looked forward to dressing my body for the hot weather rather than sweating in layers to avoid showing my body. But I’m still new to shorts. Or at least, feeling good wearing them.
These are the NY&Co 4″ shorts, and they come in lots of colors, styles, and fabrics. Just a heads up if you’re looking for a well-made pair of shorts that aren’t TOO short or too long!
Since the shorts are the main focal point of this look, I kept the rest as simple as possible with a button down denim chambray shirt and the most comfortable black gladiator sandals!
To me these shorts have a very high end look without the high end price point. For me, when I’m buying something as trendy as these, I don’t like to spend a ton of money, and these are a great deal! You’ll definitely be noticed wearing these this summer!
*Zebras are also the “mascot” for EDS awareness, a disorder that’s very near to my heart. I have Type A EDS. Learn more about this genetic disorder here.
I really hope I’m not the only one LOVING any/everything off the shoulder this season! (If what’s major this month is any indication, I’m definitely not!)
But truly this is among my favorite looks I’ve ever done. I saw this gorgeous rainbow wall over Memorial Day weekend when traveling with my husband. The fashion blogger in me filed it away and knew I had to come up with an outfit that would work in front of it, and two weeks later this colorful dress walked into my life!
This dress is from The Rustic Bow Boutique, and the price point could NOT be better at $29.50!!(!!!) This online boutique carries a wide variety of pieces, from rompers to dresses to cute graphic tanks. They’re just starting out but are already making waves in the online fashion world. Check out their website at www.therusticbow.com!)
***This post is not sponsored by The Rustic Bow Boutique. I am a paying customer, I’m just a fan!***
I wanted to keep the theme colorful, so I added lots of fun tassel bracelets, two necklaces, and my favorite Target beach bag (shop it here).
I decided to belt my dress (belt does not come with, but there is a tie if you choose to use that) for a more flattering-on-me silhouette, which paired perfectly with my Target faux-suede lace ups. I actually used the ‘tie’ that comes with the dress on my straw hat! 😉
My husband did an amazing job shooting this post, and I’m so happy with how these photos turned out!
If you’d like more details on my dress, you can shop it directly via instagram! I’ve linked it here!
I’d love to hear what you guys think about this look! Too much, or never enough? I love me some COLOR so I say, bring it on! 🙂
Until next time friends!
PS* This post was done one day prior to the tragedy in Orlando, but I couldn’t be prouder to post it now in front of that beautiful, prideful rainbow. Please keep those involved in your thoughts and prayers. #OrlandoUnited
Hi, friends! Today’s post is an extra, EXTRA special one for me. February 1st marks the 1 year Anniversary of BlairDriscoll.com! Last year at this time, I was feverishly trying to become an html master (update: still hasn’t happened), I was excited, nauseous, and terrified at the same time. Fast forward to a year later, and I’m disappointed to see my almost 9 month hiatus, but I also know myself well enough to know that before I returned to this blog in December, I wasn’t actually ready to blog.
Taking multiple “candid” photos of me wearing outfits all of a sudden made it all too real that I was heavier than I wanted to be. Realizing I couldn’t really give you advice on “what to wear” when I didn’t particularly like what I was wearing myself…because I couldn’t walk into just any store and put something together. I almost felt like a hypocrite, not to mention I hated just about every photograph taken of me. It put stress on my marriage (when your husband is also your photographer and you project your unhappiness of yourself onto him it’s not a fun experience), and stress on myself. I constantly doubted why anyone would ever look to me for fashion advice when I really couldn’t take my own.
Let me be clear here: I am in NO WAY saying you cannot be a successful fashion blogger/fashionista/rock the hell out of every outfit you wear unless you’re “thinner”. NOT AT ALL. I follow so many bloggers and instagram queens who own their fabulous like no one I’ve ever seen, whether big, small, tall, or short. I’m just saying that for me, I knew I wanted a change. I knew in order for me to show you guys the passion I actually have for fashion, I had to do something different.
On February 3rd, my boss came into my office to give me an updated insurance policy handbook. I happened to scan through it (I work with insurance daily, so it’s actually of some interest to me to know how my policy stacks up). I saw under the health and wellness section that my insurance paid for 6 months of Weight Watchers. It must have been an a-ha! moment for me because I instantly logged onto the WW website, followed the directions, and signed up. I downloaded the WW app that day and basically forgot about it as quickly as I’d set it up.
But a few days later I thought, what the hell..let me see how many “points” this cookie I’m eating is. And it came back with 9 points. I’ll never forget it. I got 30 for the whole day and it was 11am and I’d eaten 9 for a stupid cookie that wasn’t even that good. I decided then I’d compete with myself, track every single thing that went into my mouth, and see what happened.
Well, a year later, and 62 pounds lighter is what happened.
I’m so proud to be a member of the Weight Watchers community, but that’s not what this post is about. This post is BECAUSE of my new relationship with food. This blog is because I can now take 250 pictures of myself wearing an outfit, narrow that field to 20 or so, and eventually end up posting a few of them for you guys. That is something I could not do last year, not without hating 99.9% of them.
Fast forward to last Friday afternoon when I came out of our bedroom wearing this. My husband stared at me for a few minutes before he said anything. I knew I wanted this outfit to be special..something fancy I wouldn’t necessarily wear every Friday. I love love love all things blush pink (surprised?) and I knew I wanted to wear this skirt but wanted to show off how far I’ve come, too. I found this bodysuit at Express and I knew it was perfect for this post by how absolutely uncomfortable I was even trying it on. Showing this much skin for all the world to see? Definitely a sign a new “me” has emerged. I’m still not all that comfortable “showing off” this much, but after waiting a couple days to see how I felt about this outfit all I really felt is pride…and an incredible amount of fan-girling to my amazing “instagram husband” for taking such beautiful pictures.
So, here I am. Proudly celebrating myself, my accomplishments, and a year of my biggest dream coming true. I’m so thankful to my friends and family who have supported and loved me from this blog’s inception, especially the ones who constantly asked where my blog went and how any outfit I was wearing “would make a great blog post!” Most of all for those same people who jumped right back in with me last month when I decided to go for it. I promise, I’m not going anywhere. 🙂
Hi friends! Happy Sunday! We had a low key weekend with no plans for once, which are my favorite! Saturday morning we decided to hop in the car and take a mini road-trip to Sarasota for brunch at one of our favorite spots called Station 400! It’s a breakfast/lunch/brunch spot in an old train station! We went there during our vacay in July and thanks to Yelp enjoyed the best breakfast we’ve EVER had (really!) I decided I’d bring along some outfits for some posts, too.
I should also mention that this post was done right our aaaamazing brunch and while my husband and I always get along and have fun shooting my blog posts, these went exceptionally smooth! I’ve narrowed it down to the full belly and champagne mimosa bubbles. 😉
I realized recently my fashion love language is being just a little different. I LOVE pieces with unexpected details, or putting outfits together that don’t look like I just pulled them off a mannequin. I love it when people ask me where I got something or that they’ve never seen anything like it.
Enter The Rustic Bow Boutique! The boutique is owned by my friend Danielle who has a great eye for what’s on trend and a little different than anything else. I peruse her site/instagram frequently and fell in love with this fuschia blouse! First, I love the color. For me, the brighter the better. The material is silky and comfortable, so also an obvious bonus. But the best thing about this blouse is what you can only see from the back: the sequin elbow patches! Ugh! Love so much. The sequins are a gunmetal/gold shade and in some light it comes off black which is super cool. As soon as I saw this tunic (and bought it asap!) I knew I planned on pairing it with my faux leather pants for a fun, slightly edgy look. This would also look great with skinnies or even regular black leggings.
Now, being ME and all, I styled this tunic a bit differently…as in, I didn’t style it as a tunic haha! As a short girl, sometimes I feel like I’m swallowed up in longer blouses, and after doing some “test shoots” with it out, I decided to tuck it in and blouse it out a bit. I loved the billowy, pretty vibe it gave my outfit. It felt girly up top and rock-n-roll on the bottom. I matched my lips (and my bag!) to my top pretty perfectly, which I don’t always do but I love the monochromatic effect.
SHOP MY LOOK!
Top: “Jackie” tunic available at The Rustic Bow Boutique – available to order here via their instagram! (runs large)
Pants: Express (November); similar style on sale here
Bag: Coach (old); shop similar styles here
Lipstick: “forever fuschia” by Sephora
What makes you say “I HAVE TO HAVE THAT!!!”? I’m always looking for more inspiration to shop (hahaha), so let me know what you’re loving!
Hi friends! I decided to post something a little different today. Because as much as this blog is about fashion, I wanted you to know the reason I have the confidence to take 100 pictures in an outfit and show it to the world. That notion is also the reason I put my blog on hold after starting it – seeing myself in those pictures made me realize the perception I had of myself and what I actually looked like were not the same..and I could no longer blame it on the camera or the lighting. It was ME.
I decided to share my journey with Weight Watchers because so many people have reached out to me privately to get more information about it, to compliment me on my success, and to offer encouragement for me to keep going. I’ve also heard a lot of people say things like “I wish I could do what you did, that’s amazing! I just don’t have the willpower” or “that would never work for me but I’m so glad it worked for you!”
SO. This post will be a bit longer, but bear with me. I guess I also need to make it clear that this post was not sponsored in any way by Weight Watchers…even though I wish it was, because I feel like I’m doing them a favor. haha! Anyway. Let me tell you how I lost 60 pounds and have kept it off, and continue to lose. Even if I had pizza and a donut yesterday. (YUP.)
- What is Weight Watchers and what are these “points”?
Weight Watchers is an online/in person accountability tool. For me, that’s the definition. Full disclosure, I’ve never attended meetings. They just don’t work for my busy schedule and I don’t feel they’d hold me any more accountable than I hold myself. HOWEVER. I know a lot of people in my Weight Watchers network that swear by the meetings in order to keep them on track. Basically, at meetings, you weigh in (privately), then sit for a lecture from your Weight Watchers leader, there’s a different topic every week I believe. There is also an online app, which is what I use. Weight Watchers is all based on “points”, and they recently updated these points to reflect living a healthier lifestyle with less sugar and refined carbs, and more protein and good fats. When you start WW, you enter your weight, height, and general questions about your lifestyle and activity level. Depending on all those factors, your daily “points” are calculated. I started with a certain number of points, and as I’ve lost weight, I’ve also lost points (bummer!) but that’s all part of the process. In the app, every single food you could ever imagine is in there. When you eat something, you enter it into the app. This is important. Whether you’re eating an entire cheese pizza and the points are off the charts, or you’re eating an apple at 0 points, you need to track it. It’s the not-so-secret secret to making this work.
I like to make it like a game. I’m a very competitive person and once I set my mind to something it’s hard for me to deviate, so I try to make it fun.
2. My personal Weight Watchers success story.
Everyone I know that’s had success on Weight Watchers finds it a little differently, and that’s what’s so great about Weight Watchers! It’s truly NOT a diet. Not a “magic” pill (I tried those), a get skinny quick scheme (tried those too), and you’re not miserable and hating every second of your “diet”. Because guess what. If you do that, you’ll fail every time. Weight Watchers is a lifestyle change using real food, not shakes or pills or only eating kale and cayenne pepper water (eww). It literally teaches you what to eat. And if you are absolutely dying for a cheeseburger? You have one. You track it, and you enjoy the hell out of it. And you eat better the rest of the day. You don’t count calories and that’s a beautiful thing for me. I just plug it into my app and I’m done. A plain bagel from the grocery store is only 200 calories and 1 gram of fat. Old me would have been like “it’s health food!” But no. One of those bad boys is *EIGHT* WW points and I’m allowed 30 in an entire day. Add some cream cheese to that bad boy and you’re more than halfway done for the day. Still really want it? EAT IT! Enjoy it! Savor it! Or eat half! Measure out a serving of cream cheese (it’s not what you think it is lol). Just be smart. Here are my favorite ways to explain my WW success:
1. You don’t have to deprive yourself: I eat my “bonus” points every week. All of them. Some say you can’t to lose weight, I say that’s ridiculous. TRACK everything you put into your mouth, drinks included (Starbucks drinks are eye openers!) But use what you’re given and enjoy eating new and better for you things!
2. Drink water. LOTS and LOTS of water: This is a big one. I am unable to workout a whole lot right now due to my nagging knee injury. Water has been something I’ve noticed is a BIG, HUGE part of my weight loss success. You need to drink it. Hate water? Cut up lemons and add it to your water cup the night before. Keep filling up the same cup. I love water, but I still do that. It just gives it a little bit of a fresh taste that I love. Really hate water? Infuse a jug of water with fruits you like, such as strawberries and lemons, lemons and limes, oranges, whatever! Find a way to get that water down! You need to be drinking 1/2 your body weight in H2o. Replace your soda with water. It’s the only way. (PS* the average 8oz of regular soda is 5-8 points! Don’t drink your points!)
3. Don’t eat after a certain time/allow yourself to feel hungry: Do I ever eat at 10pm? Yes, I do. Do I eat healthy when I eat after 10pm? Really? Does anyone eat fruit that late? Look, we’re all human. This is important to remember during your experience with Weight Watchers. But I try not to eat for 3 hours before I plan on going to bed. So for me that means during the work week no eating after 8pm, on weekends it changes but I try to stay close to that time. Tummy growling at 10:30? Drink a glass of water. I promise, it’ll help. It’s not a donut or a piece of pizza, and TRUST ME, it is a challenge, but do it. Allow yourself to go to bed a little hungry. Not ravenous. Remember we’re not depriving ourselves here. But I read on a fellow WW member’s blog once, that if you’ve eaten within the last 3 hours, you’re bored, not hungry. Then think, would I eat an apple right now? If the answer is no, you’re not hungry. You just want to eat. AND I GET THAT. I love eating. I actually think I’m a recovering food addict. But going to bed wishing you could have a cookie but not having it? It makes me feel damn good about myself.
4, Finally: Find your motivation & your support system
Here’s the deal: not everyone wants to support you on your journey to better health and weight loss, and most of the time that’s not personal. Your spouse may be worried he’s going to have to eat kale and broth every night for dinner (my husband will tell you he thought that, but that it’s definitely NOT true!) Your friends may be a little envious of your progress and try to sabotage your weight loss. We’re all human, it happens. It sucks, but it happens. My advice? Stick to the people who stick with you. My husband has been on board since the beginning, even though he thought he’d be stuck eating at McDonald’s behind my back after my kale broth didn’t fill him up. He never makes me feel bad for splurging, but he never encourages it either. He always notices and compliments my progress, and on Friday mornings (my weigh day), he waits patiently for my audible “YESSSS!” after I’ve stepped on the scale (and also consoles me and motivates me to keep going when I’m like “WTF?!?!?!” because there are those times too..) I’m also blessed that my friends and family are very supportive, but there are some in my life who are not. But that is about THEM, not about me, and it certainly won’t derail my progress.
And then there’s motivation to keep it up. Mine? Clothes. Hey, just being honest. At my largest I was extremely limited in stores I could shop in and outfits I felt confident in. “Sexy” was not a word I’d use to describe myself in the least. I wanted to shop more and enjoy fashion more. I wanted my husband to be wide-eyed when I came out of the bedroom ready for our Saturday night date. I wanted to feel like the girl I always thought I was, AND look like her in the mirror. It may sound silly to you, but everyone has a different motivation. I of course want to be healthier on the inside and my WW journey has definitely improved my quality of life and the way I feel, but confidence and fashion was and still are my motivations to keep it up. It truly feels like a competition with myself that I intend to win!
My final thoughts to this would be to NOT.GIVE.UP. One weekend, one cheat meal, one WEEK of eating poorly will not make or break your weight loss. Don’t let one bad choice derail the rest of your day or week. Get back up, promise yourself you deserve this and not to give up. And just put one foot in front of the other and DO IT! Nothing worth having comes easily (ugh I hate cliche’s but this one is true).
I am so happy to have shared this with you guys, it’s very personal and very hard for me to admit I was once the “before” picture. I almost feel like that was someone else. Well, it was. I think everyone around me would agree I’ve changed a lot. For the better! I’ve lost 60 pounds! At my heaviest I was 240. (I’ve never said that out loud much less in a public post). -__- But yes. 240 pounds. And now I’m 180. I went from a size 18/XXL to a size 10-12/M. I’ve gained along the way, I’ve lost a lot too. I have about 20 pounds left before I’m satisfied. Once I have my knee surgery I can’t wait to tone up some more. But I’m also 100% happy right now. I feel confident, pretty, AND sexy. I enjoy shopping at stores I’d never dream I’d be able to, and I’m not even the largest size in most of them(!!!)
I am no more “special” or “qualified” to be successful at Weight Watchers. YOU have what it takes, too! All you need is the accountability and the drive. YOU GOT THIS.
I’d love for you to share with me your thoughts on my post! Thank you for allowing me to share such a personal part of my life with you. Love you guys!
Hi friends! Happy New Year!
How are we all feeling? I’ll be honest, this is typically a tough time of year for me. Yesterday we took down our Christmas decorations and it always leaves me feeling a little melancholy. This year to combat this a little, I created a “game” for my husband and I to play as we dismantled our tree. Every time we removed an ornament/string of lights, we’d have to say something we’re excited about in 2016. It could be as big as a family cruise we’re going on at the end of this month, or as small as my husband’s excitement for his next meal (we like eating. A lot. haha!), but I have to say as silly as it sounded at first, it really did help! I’m all about little ways to turn negatives into positives.
I truly am more excited about 2016 than usual because I’ve already started on some of my goals! Blogging more is definitely on the list, as well as learning more about my website and the actual business behind it. Losing weight is still at the top of the list, because I’ve come a long way but still have a way to go, and the holidays gave me a 2 week period to slide a bit (it was worth it!), but I’m actually looking forward to feeding my body healthy foods consistently again. It just makes you feel good!
I’ve also been on vacation the last 11 days, and tomorrow I head back to the office. Usually that alone would garner negative thoughts, but instead I’m choosing to be excited. New year, new possibilities to learn and grow in my position. Who knows what this year will bring professionally! That’s exciting.
Below are 9 of my goals, but I have more. These are the biggies, but daily I plan on doing things like smiling more and criticizing less! Eating more veggies and saying more prayers! I’m also VERY excited to start a new project on my blog, which is still very much in its infancy but I’m incredibly excited to share it! I should be ready to dish more details in the next week or so. 🙂
I think the reason so many of us set goals in January isn’t to be cliche, but more because it truly does feel like a fresh sheet of loose leaf paper and a newly sharpened pencil. You can do with it whatever you want! This year I choose to be intentional with my thoughts, actions, and anything I give my precious time to. It’s true what they say, the older you get the more TIME you wish you had. Not money, not necessarily days off. Just time. Anything I’m handing over my precious gift of time to better be worth my while. If not, why am I still doing it?! I’m so excited to do more dream catching this year.
I’m dying to know! What are your goals for 2016? Have you already knocked some off your list? What do you think of my goals? And most importantly, give me all your tips for getting up when your dang alarm goes off! I’m terrible at the snooze. 😉
OH! I couldn’t post this without some quick outfit photos. Can we talk about how obsessed I am with burgundy and cornflower-ish/navy blue?! A combo I never would have thought of, but after seeing some others rocking it, I gave it a shot! I had no blouses the color blue I was after…but I did have a dress! So yes, this top is actually a dress tucked into a pencil skirt. I tried it on a whim and no one could tell, I got so many compliments! I actually also did this trick on NYE (check my instagram for my NYE outfit!) I combined it with rose gold/copper accessories for brunch with Paul’s family at the most gorgeous breakfast spot in Tampa. If you’re ever in this area, check out Oxford Exchange. Every corner of it is beautiful!
SHOP MY LOOK!
Dress (worn as blouse): Express (October); similar wrap dress here
Skirt: Old Navy (new): get it on MAJOR sale here!
Necklace: Target (new): I love this version!
Flats: Old Navy (new); similar splurge here; great steal here
So…I’m from Florida. As a budding fashionista we are taught at a very young age what I’d consider to be a few stern rules of fashion. One of the biggest is putting your white pants away no later than September. Never pull them out again. Don’t even look at them until next spring. Summer would be even better.
What you also learn is fashion rules are made to be broken. 😉
I’ve never thought of myself wearing all white, or anything close. But I couldn’t ignore how much I loved fellow bloggers posting their version of winter white looks, or how inspired the pages of Vogue made me feel about pairing oatmeal with marshmallow. SO, like any fashion girl, I went for it. (With a twist!)
Most winter white (or white-on-white) looks I’ve seen pair the outfit with nude accessories. I am not a nude shoe girl. I know, it’s strange..I love them on others, just not on me. So right away I knew my winter white look would be a bit different.
Also, y’all know how much I love rose gold (I mean, obviously..ha!). So while planning this outfit I had an Oprah-esque “a-ha!” moment and decided to go against the rules (I think?) and pair my winter white look with rose gold metallic shoes and a fun headband. And for good measure, let’s throw in a fringe clutch and a rose gold statement necklace as a bracelet! YOLO is what I say people. Y O L O. Wear what you want!
This look has quickly become a favorite of mine and I’m not ashamed to say I didn’t expect that. I was being a bit of a fashion “follower” at first but have totally made this trend my own and am running away with it. So I say winter white? Bring it on!
SHOP MY LOOK!
Sweater: Old Navy (new) get it here!
White jeans: Old Navy (summer); similar here
Shoes: Old Navy (new) get them on major sale here!
Headband: Forever 21 (last year); similar (minus the jewels) here
Rose gold statement necklace (worn as bracelet) Target (new); gorgeous splurge option here