Thursday, October 8, 2015

Chunky Turtleneck

It's not quite sweater weather just yet, but that didn't stop me from wearing this turtleneck poncho!  
I am all about chunky cable knits this fall. 

Poncho: Charlotte Russe | Jeans: Dynamite [similar style] | Boots: Prima Donna [old, similar]
Bag: Botkier | Sunglasses: Komono 

As much as I love layering, I also really like to just keep things simple with a few pieces.  I think right now weather wise, this is the best time to get in these types of outfits before the temps drop too much.  I am honesty dreading the fact that pretty soon I will be completely freezing outside trying to shoot photos for the blog. Eeeek!  

For this look, I wanted to play around a bit with my color scheme.  I love how all of these colors are different, but could also been seen as neutrals.  I think they just blended really well together.  You do not always have to wear dark tones this time of year!  I'm a huge fan of chunky turtlenecks and the fact that this one is also a poncho made it that much better.  Seriously, this is one of the coziest pieces that I have ever worn.  It's super casual, but I added in some heeled booties to dress it up a little.  These photos would have been way better if there were a bunch of leaves already covering the ground. :)

On a quick side note, Kiko is back home!!  I picked him up last night and so far so good.  He has to be completely confined to his crate for the next 4-6 weeks and continue on his meds, so hopefully we are on the road to a full recovery.  Thanks again for all of your well wishes and sweet comments.  You guys are seriously the best. <3 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015


I'm finally back with a new style post!  With being away over the weekend and coming back to everything with Kiko, I have definitely had a delayed start to the new month. I am slowly getting back on track though and sharing a new favorite outfit of mine.  I say it's my favorite because of this sleeveless coat.  Do you remember the green one I wore about a week ago?  Well, this is the other color that I mentioned having.  I kind of regret not getting it in all of the other colors too because it's seriously that good! 

Coat: BooHoo | Dress: Charlotte Russe | Shoes: Nine West [old, similar] | Bag: Call It Spring 

To be 100% honest, after everything that happened Sunday night I stayed in bed all of Monday.  I didn't do my hair or my makeup and I definitely did not get dressed.  When I go through little speed bumps in life, I tend to lose some inspiration in those moments.  Yesterday though, I knew that I needed to snap out of it and get back to my normal routine.  The best way for me to do this is to simply get dressed!  I have been dying to style this mocha coat since I got it, but wanted to make sure that it looked completely different from the way that I wore the green one.  I really wanted to show the versatility of this one piece because I seriously think it looks good with everything!  It makes such a statement too.  

I did not want to overthink the outfit, so I just went with whatever I was feeling in the moment.  I came across this dress that I hadn't worn yet and just decided to do a monochromatic look with these two pieces.  I was not planning on that at all, but it really worked out so perfectly!  I love wearing outfits in the same color, but different shades.  I did want to pop this out a little bit though and I think one of the best ways of doing that is with a pair of printed pumps.  Snakeskin won.  It's still been fairly warm as yesterday was in the 70s, so I definitely took advantage to show some leg and arm. :) 

Hope you are all having a great week so far! 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Life Chats

I just got back from an amazing weekend in Miami and literally came home to a nightmare.  It's so crazy how things can change so suddenly.  One minute you're high up and then the next you're back down again.  I think I briefly mentioned that things have been somewhat rough with Kiko over the last few weeks.  He's been in and out of the vet and animal hospital because of sudden pain in his neck.  We found out that he has chronic disk disease, which is basically a herniated disk.  It literally came out of nowhere and we have no idea how this even happened. With medication and being confined, I thought that things were slowly getting better.  My mom watched him all weekend for me and said he was perfect.  I thought we were almost in the clear.  I was seriously just looking forward to coming home and cuddling up in bed with him.  That's all.  Instead I got something completely different.

  Since I have to prevent him from going up and down the stairs and jumping on and off furniture, I carry him everywhere.  I was carrying him into my room when all of a sudden he started crying and yelling from the pain.  It was so bad this time that he bit me about 4 different times to the point where his teeth were so clenched that I couldn't get my finger and arm away from him. I know he was not trying to hurt me as he has never bit me in the 5 years that I have had him, but since I was holding him when he felt the pain I think his reaction was to bite me so that I would let him go.  It was literally heartbreaking for me to see him this way, as I just felt so helpless.  I didn't know what to do.  Anyone who has a dog or a pet knows how much they become a part of your family.  Kiko really is like my little baby and not being able to do anything for him makes me so sad.  He's one of the most important aspects of my life. 

 I had to rush him back to the animal hospital and decided to keep him there overnight for medical observation to see what the next steps are going to be. I then had to take myself to the ER to get a shot and antibiotic to make sure I don't get any infection from the bites.  I am fine, it was just a very scary night and I was shaken up for sure.  Financially all of this is happening at the worst time with my sister's baby shower and my trip to Ireland next month.  Dogs are not cheap, especially when medical expenses are involved.  I don't know how long it is going to take for him to get better and the thought of leaving him for 10 days in November breaks my heart.  Things seriously always happen at the same time and right now I am just feeling very overwhelmed and to be honest, a little helpless.  I end up blaming myself, even if it's not my fault.  I hate this feeling.  I wasn't really sure if I wanted to share this or not, but it's just another way of me showing that tons of things happen to me constantly too.  I might not always talk about them or post about them on instagram, but that does not mean they are not happening.  We all deal with different types of stress in our lives.  All we can do is take it day by day.

When I am traveling, I love sharing different aspects of my trip, but I never want it to come across as if I am living this perfect life and always doing amazing things because I am not.  We all want to share the highest of highs and the best moments and the best versions of ourselves, but we do not always want to share the lows, the flaws, and the bad times.  Everyone is entitled to their privacy and it is up to the individual to decide how much they want others to see.  As part of my Life Chats though, I just always want to be honest and share as much as I feel comfortable with.  I constantly see on social media people saying how they want someone else's life because it appears to be so perfect.  Realistically though, nothing is ever perfect.  We are all constantly dealing with our own struggles.  This may not be the worst thing to ever happen to me, but it still sucks and it hurts.  I will figure it out though and I will get through it.  That's all you can do, right? 

Please send some positive vibes to my little fur baby.  Thanks so much for taking the time to read this and for allowing me to continue to share my lows with you all.  <3