Friday, July 31, 2015

Life Chats

I usually stay up late at night with all of my thoughts and I kept asking myself what I would write about for this week's "Life Chats" post.  Yes, that is one of the things that kept me up last night.  :) Sometimes I have so much going on in this head of mine that it makes it even more difficult for me to pinpoint exactly what it is that I want to say.  I'm sure that so many of you can feel me on that, right?  So for this post, I decided to fill you all in on what's been happening in my life lately in no particular order.  I'll just write and see what comes out.

I mentioned two weeks ago that I have been on this new fitness/health journey and the first round of it ends this Sunday.  I am definitely going to be dedicating a post just for this as I've been getting questions about it on instagram and snapchat.  For now though, I have to say that although it has been challenging, I am really proud of myself for seeing this through.  I think that sometimes we want something or we want to achieve a goal, but we secretly tell ourselves that we are not capable without even realizing it.  Those doubts or that lack of belief that we have, it is basically us saying that we can't do it.  It's so important to get out of that mentality because when you do, literally ANYTHING is possible.  I have never been so dedicated to a fitness routine like I have been over these past 3 weeks. I have pushed myself more than I realized that I could.  I have definitely seen improvements, but I still have a lot of work to do.  For me, I want this to be my new lifestyle.  It's about feeling good about my body and myself and taking better care of it.  I am not getting any younger, but I can still look young and feel it!  Hey, if JLO can look like that in her 40s then why can't we? :) 

So many of us complain about the things that we don't like or the things that we want to change but then we don't do anything about it.  There is always something that you can do.  There is always a way to make it happen.  Just believe in yourself and get it done.  No excuses.  Stop standing in your own way.  That's sort of been my mantra lately.  I realize that I was making up all of these excuses for myself and all it did was delay this process.  My friend would say to me, "Just man up and do it."  So I did.  He was right. 

Next up is good old LA once again!  I told you guys how motivated I was after sharing all of that with you several weeks ago and your comments seriously inspired me so much.  I set my dates in August (was planning on 3 1/2 weeks) and started looking at flights and airbnb.  I had a few minor setbacks, but I didn't let that stop me from planning.  I reached out to some people in LA and was going to stay with a friend for a few days before staying at my own place. I was seriously so close to finally booking it and then two things came up (good things) that I need to be here for next month and then I got a few replies back from airbnb that the apartments were no longer available for my dates.  I'm telling you this happens every single time.  My goal now is for the end of September after fashion week and if that doesn't work out then I will go in October.  Either way, I will make this happen at some point.  My mom said that maybe this is a sign that I am just not meant to go there yet and maybe she's right. Timing truly is everything and sometimes not getting what we want exactly when we want it is a blessing in disguise.  I've learned to change my mentality with this entire thing.  If it doesn't happen at the exact moment that I want it to then that is ok.  It does not mean that it won't happen and it does not mean that I need to give up on what I want.  I will not bring up LA again until everything is booked, I promised. [lol]

My next topic is getting ready for my niece to arrive and planning the baby shower!  I feel a little bit of pressure since I am going to be both an Auntie and a Godmother for the first time.  This is so new for all of us and I don't even know what to expect.  It's going to feel like the closest thing to having my own child until that day comes for me, if it does.  I want to be a great role model for her.  My sister is doing so well!  Her first trimester was difficult, but she's doing so much better now.  I can't believe that she's almost 5 months already! Time is passing by so quickly.  I am seriously dying to share the name with you, but I am still not allowed.  I almost slipped up a couple of times already.  Oops!  I'll be able to share it soon enough though.  Trying to plan this shower is already getting to be a bit overwhelming.  Pinterest has truly been my best friend.  I am excited and looking forward to it though and of course I can't wait to share that special day with you guys, if my sister lets me. :) 

So that's it for today, hope you enjoyed!  Sorry if I was rambling. What else is new though? Ha!
Have an amazing weekend loves! 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Purple x Chevron

Happy Wednesday babes! 
I'm getting through this mid week hump with some bold color & print! 

Top: Forever21 [old, similar] | Shorts: H&M  | Shoes: Prima Donna [old, similar on sale] 
Bag: Prima Donna [love this] | Sunglasses: Rivet & Sway [similar] | Necklace: Jewelry Storm

I scored these shorts at one of H&M's huge summer sales a couple of weeks ago.  They were only $5 and you know I had to stock up on different styles too, right?  They had me at "clearance." [haha] Love a good sale! I actually wore these to Hershey Park for the 4th of July but since it was raining the whole day I never got a chance to snap any photos.  I decided to style these again only this time I changed up the color combo and added some heels. Shorts like these are seriously so comfortable.  I love that they've got a high-waist fit and they're definitely another easy breezy piece to have in your wardrobe.  

I've never really been one to wear much purple.  I do love the color, but I honestly think this might be one of the first times that I am wearing a lot of it.  I've had this top for awhile and never wore it so it finally came in handy!  I really like how it brought out the purple in the chevron print.  :) 

Have a great day!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Rompin' Around In Kicks

Happy Tuesday loves! 
Today it's all about this striped romper and these little white kicks. Lately, I have been wearing these sneakers a lot.  They're just super comfy and perfect for running errands and doing things during the day when I don't feel like wearing sandals.  I have been challenging myself to style them in different ways.  Typically I would wear a romper with heels or gladiators, so this time I tried to switch it up a bit! 

Romper: Charlotte Russe | Sneakers: Target | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
Watch: Caravelle 

I've said it before and I'll say it again.  The summertime is all about easy breezy pieces.  Am I right?  When it's super hot out and you've got a lot going on, sometimes the last thing you want to worry about is putting an outfit together.  This is one of the main reasons why I love rompers so much.  The foundation of your outfit is already set, so you only have to worry about shoes and accessories.  I keep adding more and more to my wardrobe. No shame in my romper game! [haha] 

I don't wear stripes too often, but I really like the white and grey combo.  I decided to incorporate my mini pink bag as a nice pop of color.  I know that I have been using this bag so much lately.  It was definitely the best thing I ever purchased on Poshmark.  I got it brand new for less than retail and I also had credits so I only had to put out $50 of my own money.  It's so small, but it fits everything that I need for the day and night.  I can't stop using it! 

I hope you are all having a good week so far. :)