Today’s look is already one of my faves of the season! It’s no surprise I love all things OTS and cold-shoulder, but this palm tree print just had to come home with me! I paired it with my favorite shorts from last season in a pretty coral eyelet. These shorts are old BUT Banana Republic has a great version (I might like those better!) That I linked below that are currently on major sale!
This palm print top would of course look amazing with cutoffs, and these shorts are so versatile! Bonus, both pieces make you look SUPER tan (well that and Loving Tan!)
These shorts are very flattering with a 3.5 inch inseam and built in cuffs. I’m VERY picky about shorts and I have these in 2 colors, I love them that much. [shorts are NY & Co from summer 2016.]
Greatest news of all, this palm print top is UNDER $18!! It fits TTS, maybe even a little on the large side, which I feel is the norm with the F21 “Contemporary” collection.
Whoever thought to create cold shoulder tops..thank you!
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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!
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Thank you so much for reading! Love you all!
Love & Light,
Hi friends! We’re halfway through the week and I am so happy! Although last weekend was a blast, it will be nice to sleep in and spend the whole weekend with the hubbster. 🙂
Today we’re talking about our body shape, trends, and how to mix both and make a beautiful masterpiece of YOU. Dressing for trends is tricky, because when you love fashion like I do, you want to feel part of (most) trends and get excited to step out of your comfort zone (anyone else get excited to do this? No? Just me?)
Anyway, as you guys know my body has been “under construction” for a year now, and remains a work in progress. I have lost quite a bit of weight, but like all of us, I have “problem areas” and things I like more than others. This particular problem area makes the “cropped” trend tricky, as I’ve never been a fan of showing my stomach (to be fair, I’m not really a fan of anyone showing theirs – unless you’re on the beach of course.) But this cropped trend won’t die, and after swearing it off and deciding it was one I had to file in the “not for Blair” category, I found this baby pink gem on the MAJOR-ly clearance rack at American Eagle. When I say “majorly clearance”, it was $8 down from $49.50. The sales girl said she had one in every color and that it was a deal I “shouldn’t” pass up. AE, give that girl a raise!
I tried the sweater on and honestly wasn’t sure I’d ever wear it in public…but I fell into the “but it’s $8!” trap and purchased it. In the back of my closet it sat for a couple of weeks. I tried it on with a few different bottoms: skirts, flowy skirts, pants, short skirts, jeans..nothing made me feel confident enough to wear it outside, much less on my blog.
Fast forward to last week, I popped in Old Navy (I hadn’t been in awhile actually!), and was generally unimpressed with their current offerings. It’s that weird time between winter and spring when you’re not sure what you’re dressing for, and in Florida, that gets even more confusing! But jeans were on sale, and I typically *LOVE* their “rockstar” cut. I realized they had some new lighter washes for spring/summer and THEN saw they now have them in high-waisted! ::HAPPY DANCE!:: I really enjoy the American Eagle high waisted skinnies but I have all of them (haha), and lately they’ve all been “destroyed”, which I love, but the price point on this Old Navy pair couldn’t be beat. Sure enough, I loved them and they came to live with me.
Coincidentally I feel this look mimics the Pantone “colors of the year”, rose quartz & serenity (see swatches of those gorgeous babies here!) and I L-O-V-E this sweater with these jeans. The jeans come up high enough to hide the parts I don’t want to show the world, yet the loose fit of the sweater allows for JUST A PEEK of your skin to shine through, in the best possible angle (for me anyway). This outfit also gave me allll the 80’s vibes which is in this spring also, so I finished that look with my fave rose gold high-tops, and Ariana Grande/80’s waterspout hair.
The moral of this fashion story is, there will be plenty of trends you 1. aren’t excited about, or 2. aren’t loving on yourself, but for every one of those trends, there will be more behind it you will love! And when all else fails, YOU have to love how you look, who cares what others say is trending! Being yourself is the sexiest, prettiest, most confident thing you can wear. Nothing better.
I’ve linked to similar sweaters and sneaks below, but my jeans and bag are still available, so if you love them they can be yours!
I’m curious to know what your favorite spring/summer trend is? Bohemian? 70’s? 80’s? Flower power? Let me know! 🙂
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The other day I was searching Pinterest for dinner ideas and in the process stumbled upon a picture of a gorgeous outfit featuring…blush & burgundy. But wait, pink and burgundy?!? Those can’t look chic together, right? WRONG! I immediately went to my closet and pulled out this blush moto jacket (currently can’t find enough excuses to wear it!) and then remembered my merlot-hued ankle pants. I got so excited I put the outfit together, tried it on, and raced out the door with my husband to photograph it for you guys! That unfortunately was a day my hair was NOT cooperating whatsoever..so do your best to ignore it in this post. Hey, we do real life here 😛
Anyway, I LOVE the details of this color pairing. It combines pastels (huge this year – have you seen Pantone’s color(s) of the year? Can’t wait to do more posts about that!) with rich, deep plum, which seems to be on-trend every fall and winter. I added a sheer lacy top and my metallic rose gold flats, which I also can’t get enough of.
This is why fashion never gets boring to me. The possibilities are endless! It’s tricky to not look like a walking Valentine wearing these colors, but I think the structure of my cropped blush moto jacket and the intricate top underneath break it up enough that I don’t look like Cupid. As usual my motto is, if YOU love it, ROCK it! Fashion is as individual as we are.
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Cropped blush moto jacket: Banana Republic (November) black version of same jacket here; faux leather blush steal here; gorgeous plus-size steal here!
Wine colored ankle pants: Old Navy (pixie ankle pants in “potent purple”) get them here!
Blouse: Express (October): similar lace blouse here
What do you guys think? Have you ever stepped out of your fashion comfort zone and LOVED the result?! Do you think I look like a Valentine’s Day card?