March to the beat of your own drum

“So, what do you do?”


I am a composition of many things-including stardust and dreams , like you & her over there. I am a dreamer to be more than one anything for the rest of my life, yearning to be a multitude of my dreams, wrapped up in one. I am someone who is not defined by my career, but by my person.

I am a blogger & a writer. I am a case worker, helping teens & adolescents. I am a career student- and yes, that means I have many skills. I am a lover of learning. I am an anxious person learning to cope. I am an animal addict. I am a dog person, inside and out. I am a gamer. I am an introvert. I am a fashion lover & a thrift-er. I am a Yogi. I am a traveler.

I am a daughter, sister, girlfriend to my love. I am all of my dogs’ best friends and probably their life.


How about we ask instead,

“What makes you the happiest & sets your soul on fire?”

March to the beat of your own drum. 



….”When are you getting married?”




We will buy a home and have a baby. We most definitely will acquire more dogs. We will travel for sure. We will do these in no particular order. We will probably do everything backwards and may question our every move of this life. What we won’t ever question, though, is our integrity to do our very own thing- as we want to.

And we might or might not just not be the marrying type, but the loving type for sure. 


March to the beat of your own drum. 


….Moving out?



When my dogs do, yes. Because I will miss them way too freaking much. On the real-Rushing out to spend money on rent so I can’t get ahead seems silly when I have a great relationship with my mom (and dogs!) and help out around the house and pay rent. There’s this weird thing where not everyone who lives at home is a lazy bum. I know, it’s crazy. Also damn- house hunting takes a long time. And mom and I love to watch This is Us and The Crown together. When I move out with Frankie who will I watch girly shows with? Okay, okay….I’ll keep looking for homes. With a Girl Cave.


March to the beat of your own drum.


…..”Are you okay?”



…….I was until you asked that.  If you heard how loud my brain is you would not be questioning my silence. Many times I would rather just listen and observe. I am okay, I just don’t feel like talking, probably because there is so much conversation going on in my brain. Honestly, my introverted self is quiet as this is the only way I can achieve a little bit of solitude while surrounded by people. Because I need that…to function. I used to think this was odd about me, but now I cherish it. You should too. 


March to the beat of your own damn drum. 








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]





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


Which Warby would we pair with this look?





# 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.




Which Warby would we pair with this look?




# 3: California Skater Inspiration

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





Which Warby would we pair with this look?





# 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.




Which Warby would we pair with this look?







#5: Casual Going out Inspiration:


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




Which Warby would we pair with this look?







# 6: Dark Stitched Jeans & Brocade Inspiration:

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



Which Warby would we pair with this look?






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.  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 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.




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.



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


This day just wore me out…


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


Really guys this little photo shoot is getting ridiculous…


Okay just sleep through it…


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:



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)




The birdhouse:


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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:



Wine Corks


Sticks for antlers





The Wine Cork Doggo:


Wine Corks 


Felt for tongue

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


He’s kind of goofy looking, but cute.


Hope you enjoyed!!

How to support loved ones with holiday blues

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(This is a beautiful cover…. )




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.


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?





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.





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