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23 September 2016

Inspiring Happy

Happy Friday, y'all and happy fall! Basically, happy everything. Fridays are my favorite day of the week. It's the day that I don't mind working, the day that I treat myself to lunch out (today with a friend), the day I skip out of calls and emails a little early, and the day that I most enjoy going out to dinner. Fridays are so incredibly relaxing which is just what I always need. 

Speaking of happy everything, my friends at Coton Colors have a pretty phenomenal event going on right now. I'm going to get deep for a second...are you ready? September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and Coton Colors is giving the full retail price of every Limited Edition Inspire Happy Mug ($9.95) to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. 

I've never shared this on the blog before, but one of my cousins passed away many years ago after a long battle with cancer. She had a brain tumor, but she remained one of the most grateful, spiritual, faithful, fun, and caring people throughout her treatment (and in every aspect of her life). She was always smiling and never felt sorry for herself. I believe that her time at St. Jude had a lot to do with that. While my cousin eventually lost her battle with childhood cancer, I am incredibly grateful for places like St. Jude and companies like Coton Colors who dedicate time and resources towards learning more about cancer and how to treat it. 

You can read all about how Coton Colors partnership with St. Jude came to be, as well as the inspiration behind this year's mug on their blog. Please take a moment to learn more about this story and the mission behind it, and if you feel so inclined, pick up a mug for yourself or for a loved one, or simply make a donation. After all, mug season is officially here; we could all use a little warmth. Happy weekend. :) 


21 September 2016

Fall Transitions

Back in the summer, I got a wild hair to clean-out my closet. This happens once or twice a year, and when it does, I really have to just embrace the feeling. I pulled every item out of my closet, created multiple piles (toss, sell, put back in) and set a few rules for myself for filling it back up. First, I could only keep what actually fit (not what was too big or what I hoped would fit again one day). Second, for every item I purchased and added to my closet, I had to take one back out. Third, I was only allowed to buy quality items. For the record, this doesn't mean that I can't shop at Old Navy any more, but it does mean that if I make a purchase there, it needs to be a smart one (like this sweater that I now have in multiple colors). My goal was simple: to establish a style for myself and to work on making better purchases over all. 

Now that it's time for fall clothes (kind of), I'm starting to see how cleaning out my closet was a bit of a blessing in disguise. Not only am I really thinking about each and every purchase that I make, but I'm also starting to look at my clothes differently. Take this dress for example. I have worn it nearly every weekend since I purchased it. Since it has sleeves to my elbows, it is going to be just as much of a fall staple as it was a summer one. I'll be able to slide on my leopard Toms wedges, toss on some colorful earrings like these Larimar Bliss ones (c/o)), maybe add a vest and be out the door. Plus, I'm really utilizing the things I already have in my closet! Hooray! 

One thing I will say that got excluded from my closet clean-out was jewelry. I love having a ton of jewelry, costume and beyond, to be able to morph any item of clothing into something different. Same goes for shoes! As we dip more and more into fall, my plan is to keep adding to my fall wardrobe in a way that is meaningful and useful. Because before we know it, we'll be transitioning into winter. I'd love for most of what I buy now to be useful then, too. Stay tuned to see if that plan works! 

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