Spring Fashion Inspiration with Warby Parker

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Smart Doggo in his Warby Frames.

 

For my Spring Fashion Inspiration this year (Check out last years post here) , I am blessed enough to be able to partner with Warby Parker in bringing forward their Spring 2018 collection of eyeglasses. You can find their new collection- here. 

I put together a series of Spring outfit looks that are definitely diverse, just to show that you really can find any frame to go with your look of the day. The collection is very versatile and I am even more convinced I need a pair of the non prescription frames after working with them in this post!

FYI- Warby Parker is so unique that they offer both prescription and non prescription eyeglass frames, as well as sunglasses.

Something I found endearing about this brand was their history and how they started, found from their website:

Every idea starts with a problem. Ours was simple: glasses are too expensive. We were students when one of us lost his glasses on a backpacking trip. The cost of replacing them was so high that he spent the first semester of grad school without them, squinting and complaining. (We don’t recommend this.)
The rest of us had similar experiences, and we were amazed at how hard it was to find a pair of great frames that didn’t leave our wallets bare. Where were the options?
We started Warby Parker to create an alternative.

Even better is that for every pair purchased, they donate a pair to those in need.

Over 3 million pairs of glasses have been distributed since the program started. So you can feel even better about your purchase, too!

 

For each Spring outfit below, I will pair it with a frame at the end!

 

# 1: Preppy Retro Inspiration:

[This look: Flared Express Jeans, thrifted: vintage Tommy Hilfiger sweater & Alligator bag]

 

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She aspires to be like the doggo on the top picture, someday. #Instafamous

 

Which Warby would we pair with this look?

Hyde

 

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# 2: Modern Angela Chase Inspiration:

You have watched My So Called Life, right?!
[This look: LL Bean Corduroy/Plaid Interior long sleeve, American Apparel crop top, TJ Maxx Pleather Embroidered skirt, High Top Vans]
For those days when it’s not quite “spring” yet….i.e., most spring days on the mountain top.

 

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Which Warby would we pair with this look?

Louise-Metal

 

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# 3: California Skater Inspiration

[This Look: H&M cropped striped shirt, Forever 21 overall dress, High top Vans]

 

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Which Warby would we pair with this look?

Rigby

 

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# 4: Fancy Farmers Market Inspiration

[This Look: Thrifted military jacket & patterned Skort, American Apparel crop top, & Hunter boots]

I love going to the local farmer’s market with my mom and something I might love even more than the market itself is the people watching. I feel like you never know what to expect when you visit the farmer’s market, it puts me in such a good mood, so sometimes I want to dress up for it. Hence the inspiration for look number 4.

 

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Which Warby would we pair with this look?

 

Bell

 

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#5: Casual Going out Inspiration:

 

[This Look: H&M black basics dress, LL Bean shirt, White Converse]

 

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Which Warby would we pair with this look?

 

Millie

 

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# 6: Dark Stitched Jeans & Brocade Inspiration:

[This look: Thrifted: True Religion jeans, Asos Brocade & Leather jacket, Bionica boots from Sierra Trading post]

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Which Warby would we pair with this look?

Nora

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Bloopers….

 

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Reverse Bucket List: 2017

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Happy New Year everyone! 

 

Instead of writing out goals this year I wanted to do a Reverse bucket list post. I have been seeing these around and wanted to write one so what better time than the end of one year! I love writing goals, but the reverse bucket list is a way for you to look back on your year with gratitude for all you have done and accomplished!

 

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  1. Traveled to my dream destination-Santorini, Greece. This by far made 2017. Start here with my Stories of Santorini posts if you want to come along on the journey. The next few things on my reverse bucket list also took place in Santorini:
  2. Swam in a hot spring.  Definitely.was.not.hot.  But so worth it to say we did it.
  3. Ate a real Greek Gyro. (And ate them….every day.)
  4. Quadded around the cities of Santorini. And watched many Greeks completely ignore stop signs. (Stoptional, am I right?)
  5. Rented a private cruise ship. 
  6. Experienced the most amazing sunsets of my life looking over Santorini. 
  7. Okay moving on to the rest of the year…
  8. Went to Watkins Glen and walked under waterfalls 
  9. Rescued a dog and experienced first hand picking her up! Hey Molly….. 🙂
  10. Saw my sister graduate yoga school. (200 hour) That was a really cool experience & I am so proud of her!! Yoga graduations are not like regular graduations- there is a lot of chanting, meditating, and dancing! (Plus food)
  11. Went to a cat cafe for the first time! They even had cat cupcakes. 
  12. Went to my first bachelor & bachelorette party
  13. Reached almost 900 WordPress & 900 email followers on this little blog (Woohoo thank you all!)
  14. Put my first ads on my blog & got accepted as a Target Affiliate
  15. Reached out to many brands for collaborations. Sure I got no answers on quite a few but I still did it…
  16. Left my job to pursue working at an animal hospital
  17. Came back to my job in realizing the animal hospital life is not for me. Learned I really don’t want to be a Vet Tech. 
  18. Went back to school to take Graphic Design classes. So far I love it and am continuing with it and want to take Web Design classes too so we will see what happens. Anyone else following this path?
  19. Got to design a logo for my fundraiser at my job. It was really cool to see my logo on the photos every one took on the red carpet!
  20. Met with a funding group about buying a house. Doing big adulting things is well….scary. We have been looking at homes on and off for about a year and a half, but now we are definitely getting more serious about it. We weren’t really ready until recently and now we are really excited about it.
  21. Went to a lighthouse
  22. Went to see my sister’s new place in Wakefield, Rhode Island. 
  23. Did a photo shoot with a photographer on a USS Slater ship. It was a 1940’s vintage shoot!
  24. Went to a great pumpkin blaze with thousands of lit Jackolanterns
  25. Got the chance to work with Rover.com on this blog & have them write a blog post for me and Tweet it on their Twitter. As a dog lover, this was really cool for me and I always love developing new relationships with brands to work with.

 

So cheers to all of our accomplishments this past year and sure– we’ll set some goals too. But most of all, we will be proud of ourselves and how far we have come. We will live in gratitude and have more presence in our daily lives, being mindful of our steps as we take them.

“Don’t look back- you’re not going that way”

 

Molly’s Jolly 1st Christmas

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I hope you all had wonderful and blessed holidays with your loved ones.

I know we did. Especially with our new addition this year- our rescue Chion, Molly. Have you read the story of our sweet Southern belle Molly? 

So how does a rescue dog from the South enjoy her first snowy Christmas, anyway?

First off, she really enjoys eating the snow and running in it in circles like a little lunatic.

 

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She was a great helper with all of the holiday prep….including making cookies and grabbing the decorations.

 

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Molly really enjoyed dressing in her “Santa’s Little Helper” dress on Christmas morning.

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She also really enjoyed the presents Santa brought her…as you can see, so did the other babies.

 

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“Every friggen year…”

After presents, Molly found herself a little….exhausted. My mom caught her sitting on the couch like this…I just can’t deal with her.

 

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Okay act natural and maybe they will take 1 and be done.

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This day just wore me out…

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Sudden thought: I hope they don’t dress me up every year…

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Really guys this little photo shoot is getting ridiculous…

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Okay just sleep through it…

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It’s hopeless…this is my fate.

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I can’t wait to spend many more Christmases with you to come my little girl…. XOXOX

3 Easy DIY Wine Cork Ornaments!

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So I am definitely not a DIY-er by any means. But this year, my mom had a great idea of all of our family making our own Christmas ornaments for our nana and papa’s tree and surprising them at Thanksgiving with the tree & the handmade ornaments. This is their first year they can’t travel to Florida for the winter because of my papa’s health and we all wanted to do something special for them, especially since all of their ornaments were left in Florida.

When I started making ornaments, I couldn’t stop!

These are 3 fun and easy ornaments anyone can make (especially wine lovers like myself who collect all those wine corks! )

I found all of these ideas online, but may have altered them a bit.

These are all super easy that you can make them for Christmas or for a last minute gift idea!

 

3 Easy DIY Wine Cork Ornaments:

 

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FYI Don’t feel bad if you have to drink all the wine beforehand to get the corks 😉 Or during the craft, for that matter!

 

For most of these you will need:

 

A glue gun 

Scissors (to cut wine cork)

Glitter 

Paint

 

The birdhouse:

 

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Need:

Wine Cork 

Paint of your choice 

Small stick

Cardboard cut for the roof

Bottom quote optional- I used a wooden gift tag

Bird also optional- I used a bird cut out from a card

Glitter for the snowy roof

You could also use moss for the roof to give it a more realistic look!

 

The Pinecone Reindeer:

 

Need:

Wine Corks

Pinecone 

Sticks for antlers

Paint

Glitter

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The Wine Cork Doggo:

Need:

Wine Corks 

Paint 

Felt for tongue

Pine cone for ears and tail (Can also use brown/black felt)

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He’s kind of goofy looking, but cute.

 

Hope you enjoyed!!

How to support loved ones with holiday blues

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That time of year again! Christmas and snow. I am a Christmas lover and always have been. I think it’s partially because we grew up loving the holiday and all it brings and my mom did (still does) everything possible to embrace the holidays.

However, my dad was always upset at Christmas time. His family was back in Ireland and so Christmas for him was never something he never looked forward to. It was kind of hard to be around at times because we all loved the holiday so much.  

But it’s important to be supportive of those who don’t feel the holiday magic like we do- for whatever reason that may be for them.

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This holiday season, it seems like those around me are struggling more than usual. Many of them are having mental health issues and the “pressure” of the holidays cheerfulness is getting to them. Some have grieved for many years and every year Christmas is a struggle.

Do you have anyone you love struggling through the season as well?

 

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How to support loved ones with holiday blues:

 

Let them do their own thing. 

 

Don’t pressure them to celebrate if they aren’t feeling up to it. They already can’t escape the holiday decorations in every store, the holiday music on every station, and Christmas movies no matter what channel they are on. It might be hard for you to come to terms with not doing these things together, but if you give them space and time they may come around enough to enjoy it, if even just a little bit.

 

But know when they need someone around them. 

 

I had someone who was struggling tell me they wanted to be left alone but I felt like they really needed someone nearby. So I went over and they later told me that they were happy that they had me there. Sometimes people don’t know what they want in their struggle and need help seeing that.

 

Get them a thoughtful gift.

 

This may seem like a silly one but if you get them a thoughtful and personal gift  for the holiday they will feel better about celebrating!

 

Help them with holiday preparation.

 

If they are not feeling in the holiday spirit and generally down and out, they are probably not going to want to do anything necessary to make the holiday happen. Things like baking and holiday shopping can feel like a chore to them. Helping them with anything they need to make it happen will be a big support.

 

Ask them if they want to talk about it.

 

If they do, just listen. If they don’t, just be there for support when they do.

 

Encourage them to do what makes them happy & keep busy.

 

Keeping busy helps people not focus so much on their mind so it’s important to help them realize they need to continue their normal routines, hobbies, and interests.  (Also exercise is really important!) Maybe encourage them to go for a walk with you if they need help staying motivated.

 

Suggest doing something helpful around the holiday.

 

Volunteering in the community, doing Toys for Tots, giving time to those in need that have less than us makes us feel good. It also takes the pressure off of the person you know whose struggling to enjoy the holiday and makes it not about them, but about those they help.

 

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How do you help your loved ones who struggle with holiday blues?

Letters to the Universe [December]

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(I have been listening to this on repeat but I always skip to # 3 (starts at 7:00) , not a huge fan of 1 and 2 but the rest of the album is fantastic!)

How’s everyone’s weekend going?!

I hope well… it’s been good for me, but today is chore and homework day. I am in the final stretch with school, with my final project due this week, in case you were wondering where I have been. I have a ton of blog posts planned for this month, especially since I will have more time!

I wanted to do this fun blog post that I first saw on one of my favorite blogger’s site, here!     (Hey Charlotte- thanks for the inspiration!!)

 

Letters to the Universe: [December]

 

 

Dear December, I’m not sure how you happened and it feels like as I get older, the years pass by faster and faster. But I welcome your festivities with Christmas, that give us a chance to spend with family & friends and be thankful. And that warm fuzzy feeling that it all brings. 

Dear residents of my town and surrounding, Seems you guys went all out this year with your Christmas lights- thank you for that. I think we all need brighter holiday cheer this year with the state of our world being as it is.

Dear 2 weeks, please help me to not dread Monday as much. Push me to get through my final project and make it all that I know it can be. Give me the inspiration I need for it  and the creative flow to keep me going.

Dear Netflix, thanks for making my next 2 weeks better by bringing back The Crown. YES! Sorry I still haven’t finished Stranger Things even though it came out around Halloween and we are now approaching Christmas. I’ll work on that, but This is Us and Hallmark and Lifetime Christmas movies have been life lately. (When I do actually have time to watch TV.)

Dear Molly and the rest of my pups, you make my days worthwhile. You are the reason I haven’t moved out of my house yet at 26. (Mom and I will work out joint custody of you when the moving out does happen.)

Dear Molly specifically, can you work with us on trying to stop eating your own poop and those nasty black worms outside… also, must you bring said worms into the house with you? You’re lucky we love you.so.much.

Dear seasonal blues and somewhat more frequent cranky moods lately, go away. You’re not needed here, especially around the time of festive holiday cheer. Be cheery.

[Blog post to come about more on those seasonal blues…]

Dear overthinking, I really don’t need you here either. You overcomplicate the simple and stress me out….

Dear blog readers and followers, you mean so much to me! Thanks for your loyalty and patience with me taking my sweet time to write these posts. 😉  (Quality over quantity)

Dear Christmas, as I get older I truly enjoy giving more than getting. Thank you for teaching me the importance in that and giving me that feeling I love so much every year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November Gratitude: Year 2/ Week 4

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I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and felt the thanks, love, and happiness while surrounded by your family.

We have our last week of November Gratitude and with it, Thanksgiving!

 

This week I’m grateful for…

 

 

 

 

I’m grateful for contributing my first dish to Thanksgiving….sweet potato casserole…yum!

 

 

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Thankful that Christmas is coming!

 

Mom and I spent the day decorating the house for the holiday and listening to Christmas music 🙂

 

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And the girls weren’t thrilled when we tried to get them involved….

 

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Did you have a wonderful Thanksgiving?

November Gratitude: Year 2/ Week 3

 

This week I’m grateful for…

 

Overnight oats.

 

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I’m definitely late to the party on this one but overnight oats are the most amazing thing ever. If you are not familiar, just look them up and you can find tons of recipes. I didn’t look up a recipe my first time making it, you can basically throw anything in there!

Once I experiment I will do a blog post about my favorite overnight oat recipes but this one was delicious: Oats, frozen blueberries, milk, apples, chia seeds, and vanilla extract.

I love the easiness of just leaving it in the fridge and then it’s all ready for the morning!

Remember my obsession with Chia pudding?  When you put chia seeds in with the oats and milk it has a chia pudding tasting vibe to it. Yum. 

 

Friday nights in with my love and my other love: food and beer. I am thankful for giving myself a break.

 

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Oops….somehow this post became all about food. But that’s a lot about what Thanksgiving and gratitude is about, right?! Anyway…

There is a local grass fed beef burger and fries/ 50’s vibe burger joint that also has their own frozen custard and ice cream and it’s just heaven. I drive past it every day but I try not to go a lot because I might be 500 pounds.

Lately I have been being easier on myself about what I eat and giving myself more breaks from always eating healthy. Honestly when I go to even 1 spin class, I feel like I earned whatever I ate that week anyway lol.

 

Time for the holiday to spend with family.

 

 

I can’t wait for Thanksgiving and the festivities that come with it. This year it’s going to be different for our family because our grandparents will be there- they are normally in Florida for the holidays, but my papa is not well right now so they had to opt out of that trip this year. On the bright side, we get to see them for the holidays and make it extra special.

 

 

Weekends where you have the perfect balance between relaxation, getting stuff done, and seeing people.

 

 

I got a lot done this weekend that I needed to, yet still had time to relax and saw friends that I haven’t seen in awhile (and left my house- yay me!)

We went to a bar that happened to be having a “soul train dance off” night where I felt like I was transformed back into the 70’s looking around at everyone’s outfits (it was also hipster AF so I felt like I was overly staring) but it was really different.

 

What are you grateful for this week?

 

 

 

 

November Gratitude: Year 2/ Week 2

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If you missed week 1 gratitude, start here.

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This week I’m grateful for….

New opportunities.

I got invited to attend a work fundraiser (and work it) and I am not going to lie, I didn’t want to go at first. Mainly because it was a week night (lol) and I am normally very busy with school work and other things during the week. My work friend convinced me to go and looking back I am really glad I did!

This was an event where you could “walk the red carpet” with the non profit agency I work with. The idea behind the event was to debut a documentary that was made about the clients we help (with the clients actually in the movie- many of whom work for the agency now) and tickets sold at the door benefit our programs.

I felt honored to be there and had a great time- it was also really cool to see my logo that I made for it featured on each photo taken on the red carpet!

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We also had the opportunity to throw a group for the teens we work with and baked apple pies and crisps and made thankful trees.

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It was really cute to see what the kids wrote and to teach them to appreciate gratitude…

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A few different kids wrote our agency on their leaves and our shelters that we run, which was really cute to see.

New Sims games!

Sims 4 cats and dogs came out this Friday and of course I made a Molly already!

It’s really well done and you can even create mixed breeds, so I created her Chihuahua- Papillon mix.

I am thinking about doing another A Sim Story series  but with the cats and dogs expansion pack.  (And I would actually continue with it this time….)

Let me know what you think!

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My Sim version of Molly acts like a goofball like real life Molly.

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A weekend to relax and getting back to routines…

Being an introvert,  I am pretty excited to have a little time “off” from having many plans.

The last few weeks were really fun with Halloween, a busy family wedding, and the work event and group. But I am kind of excited to have a few weeks that aren’t as busy for a little while until the holidays come! This weekend I had a lot of down time which included a lot of Sims time.

Getting back to routines is good, too… that includes going to the gym and back to my spin, zumba, and yoga classes. I haven’t gone in a few weeks and I feel the difference in my body, especially in how tense my shoulders are.

What are you grateful for this week ?

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