Liebster Award!

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SHIRT: Ace of Heart Creations (dupe here) | JEANS: Charlotte Russe | PLAID: francesca’s | SHOES: Sperry |icon
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I was nominated for my first blogger award: the Liebster Award! This is a great step to gaining more viewers online and expanding my reach as a blogger.

I would like to thank Blythe Morgan for nominating me for the 2017 award. Blythe is so transparent in her lifestyle blog – from her college life, engagement, and all the things in between. One thing I really like about her blog is how positive she is. She is optimistic even in situations that aren’t ideal and I admire that of her!

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Questions from Blythe

1. What scares you the most? Why?

What scares me is living an unlived life; without travel and experiences. That and getting really ill. I’ve had 3 close family members get cancer (dad, cousin, and grandmother) and 2 of them passed away from it which was really hard for me.

2. Why did you start blogging?

To share my love of fashion with others and to also have an outlet where I can write more in-depth about my life. I’ve gone back and forth journaling but I think online writing is so fascinating and has the potential to reach so many people!

3. Who inspires you the most?

My grandmother. She was so smart, great with money and financials, a giving and selfless person, had a good head on her shoulders, and was a friend anyone would love to have. I miss her everyday; sometimes I just want to call her on the phone or go back to my childhood home and ask her my most perplexing questions because she always had the answer. I want to go shopping together again and just spend 1 more day together. She was the most influential person in my life and best friend.

4. Do you have a favorite teacher/professor? If so, why?

It is hard to choose just one, so many affected my life in amazing and positive ways. A few that stand out are Dave Rebori (P.E.), Sara Wickham (english), Kenneth Snell (college bio), and Janice Ellis-Claypool (health science professor).

5. What have you learned the most about blogging since you started?

I have learned that it is okay to open up to your readers, and be yourself! I think it’s important to be professional but also real. We already see too much edited and disguising in the media and in magazines about RAW, real life, so I think it’s important to relate at a personal level and just say “hey! I am a normal, average person, too! I struggle, laugh, cry, and have big dreams just like anyone else!”

6. What are some of your favorite shows/movies?

I am a huge sucker for a great TV series! Vampire Diaries, Grey’s Anatomy, Lost, Walking Dead, Reign, Sex and The City, Friends, Sons of Anarchy…just to name a few. My favorite movie is Dear John.

7. What is the best book you have ever read?

It’s a 3 way tie between Nineteen Minutes, My Sister’s Keeper, and Dear John. All tear jerker books but I think that says how cultivating the content is and the author’s ability to make you feel that connected with the story.

8. How do you like to spend your Friday night?

Either going out to dinner or just relaxing with my hubby!

9. What makes a “good night” Good?

One where dinner is cooked or taken care of (instead of me frantically trying to figure out what to cook before Jared gets home haha), time is well spent with friends and/or family, and many laughs were shared.

10. What is your biggest goal in life?

To pay off all my student loans, credit cards, and be minimally tied down to payments! Financial freedom is so important to me! Money stresses me out more than anything so I know that once I have reduced my student loans, vehicle payments, etc., that a huge burden will be lifted.

11. What is the #1 thing on your bucket list?

Travel to Europe again! Flying scares me but I would love to go with my husband. There are beautiful countries like Ireland, Scotland, Italy (the list goes on!) that I would love to see first-hand.

My nominees:

Amy Victoria Baldwin: http://amyvictoriabaldwin.com/

Christine-Marie: https://christine-marie.org/

Kristy Brown: https://www.kristybrowndesigns.com/

Alexis: http://www.crunchymover.com/

Kate: https://sparkleandthecity.com/

 

Questions for nominees:

  1. How would you define success?
  2. What kind of music do you love?
  3. What aspirations do you have for writing/blogging?
  4. What are the takeaways you hope your readers have from your writings?
  5. Who or what inspired you to write?
  6. Years from now, where do you hope to be in life?
  7. What is one thing you want the world to know about you?
  8. What do you love to read?
  9. What social media site is your guilty pleasure?
  10. What do you do when you’re not blogging?

 

Thank you for reading my answers and blog post!

xoxo – Danielle

Liebster award

 

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A Whirlwind Week

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TOP: TJ Maxx (dupe here)| JEANS: LOFT | EARRINGS: Nickel & Suede (dupe here)

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TOP: Charlotte Russe | PLAID: Arizona (dupe here) | JEANS: Refuge | SHOES: Sperry|iconWATCH: Michael Kors |iconSTUDS: LOFT

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SWEATER: TJ Maxx (dupe here) | JEANS: Refuge | SHOES: Franco Sarto
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Loving these Franco Sarto suede mules!

Wow, this week has flown by already. I decided to lump some of my outfits from the week into 1 post since it’s been so crazy busy for me. Out of the majority of places I have shopped this fall, Charlotte Russe ranks in my top 5 spots for great priced sweaters. Two others I am loving are Francesca’s and LOFT; the quality is amazing. And I can’t forget to add in that I have worn these mules multiple times this week. They are SO comfortable and easy going. Seriously – didn’t even have to break them in. They are TTS (true to size) and fit perfectly.

This week has been a whirlwind! Monday I found myself restless and couldn’t sleep. Tuesday it was worse except with added cold chills then burning up… AKA: a fever. I haven’t been sick in almost 3 years. 3 YEARS! I pride myself on my strong immune system from conscious eating and exercise (but I’ve been slacking lately).  Any-who, I spent most of Wednesday in bed with a fever & flu-like symptoms and really low energy. I took some vitamin C, drank some herbal tea, and rested in bed because it hit me pretty fast. The bug was short-lived though and I am feeling much better now.

In other news from this week – I accepted a part-time position as a Dental Assistant today. My major in college was health sciences and while I love the flexibility of selling clothing, I felt I needed to get back out in the world and pursue my interests/passions.  My first shadowing at the office brought me back to my love of health and science; I absorbed everything like a sponge and loved every minute I was there. I feel that along with selling clothing & blogging, I am in the right place to be. I am pursuing all my interests at once and I love the experience of it. I officially start at the office on Monday and so my wardrobe will be expanding with the addition of new scrubs lol If you know of a great place to get or order scrubs, leave me some details in the comments!

Hope you’re loving the fall weather as much as I am. Have a beautiful weekend!

xoxo – Danielle

Autumn Season: 10 Must-Have Items

OUTFIT DETAILS

Green Cardigan: Charlotte Russe | Heathered Gray Sweater: JC Penney (dupe here) | Black Sweater: Charlotte Russe | Light Wash Ripped Jeans: AE (dupe here) | Dark Wash Ripped Jeans: AE (dupe here) |Light boots: Timberland (shown in black)icon | Combat Boots: Target (a few years back, so I linked a dupe here) | Bag: Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM
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Wow, both of these outfits were SO cozy, y’all! I really think I will be living in sweaters until Spring. That and my favorite light wash destroyed jeans. I wear them ALL the time. I just love the feel and fit. I need to own a pair in every color ever made lol.

If you’ve been following my posts, you know that fall is my favorite time of year and I basically obsess over great sweater + jean deals. What can I say? I love a good outfit deal.   So, for today’s post, I wanted to give you the scoop on my personal fave’s for autumn season! Hope you enjoy it, leave some feedback in the comments.

  1. Booties icon/ over the knee boots iconcombat boots – for a fashionable fall, boots are all the rave! Not to mention, you can find them in any heel height and color to suit your taste. All can be won with a skinny jean, legging, or even a loose fit boyfriend jean for the bootie and combat boot styles
  2. Denim jacket – denim jackets are hot right now! They compliment any outfit and even look amazing with dresses. Dress it up or down, the denim jacket won’t disappoint
  3. Oversized/comfy cardigan – the perfect layering piece! Throw it over a graphic T, sweater, long-sleeve or tank. Perfect for brisk/cool days + cozy nights
  4. Leggings – whoever invented leggings should get a medal. A girl’s most comfortable pant is a legging! Pair it with an oversized sweater or T + your comfy cardigan Tunics are another great piece to pair with leggings; they provide perfect coverage.
  5. Comfy jeans – whether you like distressed or traditional blue denim, a pair of good jeans is an essential!
  6. Scarves – blanket scarves are so cozy and warm, and create that big oversized scarf look. If you’re not a fan of their thickness, opt for a light weight, traditional scarf!
  7. A pop of floral – florals are really in this autumn season! Add a pop of floral in a scarf, belt, or even in a cute kimono
  8. Simple Jewelry – a statement necklace for scoop neck shirts, a long necklace for high necklines, and some studs + leather earrings or chandelier/dangle earrings; accessories spice up any outfit
  9. Something Red – the official color of fall 2017? Red! Add a pop of red or make statement with a solid red jacket or sweater and you’re sure to be feeling & looking fabulous
  10. A leather jacket – you can’t beat this classic. Opt for one that is more fitting versus loose. Layer it with a cute top, scarf and some jeans, or with a skirt or dress. The leather jacket can help transform a daytime look into a sharp evening look in a snap, too.

I hope you’ve been fashionably inspired! Remember ladies – the world is your runway; Be bold, be confident, and be YOU.

Have some favorites of your own that weren’t on the list? Share in the comment section.

XOXO – Danielle

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Wine + Black Jeans Fall Outfit

OUTFIT DETAILS

SWEATER: Charlotte Russe | JEANS: Charlotte Russe | SHOES: Steven Madden (similar style linked) |BAG: Michael Kors |EARRINGS: Nickel & Suede
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I think maybe I should live in Seattle because of how much I love overcast and rainy days. Don’t get me wrong, I do love the sunshine but the glimpse of fall that has been popping in here and there lately has me giddy. I’ve been (im)patiently waiting for cooler days to pull out my new & now favorite cold-sweater sweater and black ripped boyfriend jeans.

So the sweater is amazing for 3 reasons: 1) you can wear your normal bra with it! The lasagna straps hide straps making this sweater a no-brainer piece to throw on; 2) it’s part of Charlotte Russe’s BOGO $12.50 deal, along with the jeans (Seriously – got the jeans AND sweater for under $40!); and 3) the sweater is loose, comfy, and comes in multiple colors. Winning! And the jeans – they’re cheap, cute, and stretchy! I’ve been wearing Refuge brand for years because of my athletic/muscular build. Refuge has always fit when other brands were too tight and not curvy enough for my legs, so I will continue to buy them. Both pieces are true to size, although I sized up in the sweater for a looser fit.

Tip: I front tuck all my sweaters because I am not that tall (5’2″) and many of them look long on me and boxy. It’s an easy fix to create a totally different look!

Daily Deal alerts (friends don’t let friends miss good sales!):

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40% Off Everything with code: FALLFEST. Offer valid 10/5 at 3am – 10/7 at 3am EST

Today I think I am going to buy some fixings for a slow cooker recipe. It just seems like the perfect, overcast, chilly day to do it! I am thinking cream cheese chicken, plus I know Jared would love it. What is your favorite slow cooker recipe or fall food? Leave me some feedback!

XOXO – Danielle

 

Back to Reality

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This past weekend was so needed for Jared + I. It was so amazing to unplug from the world for a couple days and recharge our batteries.

We went on a canoe trip with family to Niangua River in Central Missouri. The cabins we stayed in (One Eyed Willy’s) were so charming and beautiful, too. The weather was absolutely perfect; cool at night for fires and 75 degrees during the day for canoeing. I don’t believe there could have been better weather for the occasion; although, we still all got sunburnt!

I lived in layers over the weekend since the weather shifted so much from night to day.  Right now I am really loving knit, open-front sweaters, paired with a light-weight tee underneath. I feel like layers are key to surviving fall and spring time here in the midwest, no doubt!

So today is back to reality; checking emails, cleaning house, laundry, running the boutique, etc. Not to mention I’m feeling a head cold coming on. That or it’s allergies. Not totally sure yet. All I wanted to do today was wear comfy sweaters and long sleeves but it’s like 83 degrees.

Despite the heat + headache, I did manage to get over to Charlotte Russe and LOFT today because they’re having AMAZING sales on so many good things. I had to share it with you all because what kind of friend would I be if I didn’t? LOFT is offering 50% off of EVERYTHING + Free shipping on all orders, y’all!! I could live in their sweaters for days. I love LOFT’s casual style and all the good wardrobe staples.

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TOP: LOFT (only $15 right now until tomorrow!) Wearing a medium in black.

So in addition to layers, I’m currently drawn to tops that expose the shoulder. They’re so in and feel so feminine. I love this one because it has a bell shaped sleeve and is really light weight. I plan to layer it with sweaters and denim jackets! So so in love. I feel like it’s great for everyday wear as well as date nights!

At Charlotte Russe I found an amazing olive colored sweater, some cute black distressed boyfriend jeans, and another shoulder cut-out top in Merlot color. They had some amazing deals so I felt like I got a steal plus I loved their selection.
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All for now, y’all. I’m going to do some online shopping because I want ALL the things!

P.S. – Don’t tell hubby about the shopping 😉

XOXO – Danielle

Fall Feels

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JEANS: AE; dupe here
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DENIM JACKET: LuLaRoe | TOP: LuLaRoe | BLACK JEANS: American Eagle; similar style here
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Hallelujah it finally felt like fall for a couple days! The weather cooled down so much and naturally I pulled out some of my new sweaters and favorite denim jacket. TJ Maxx, Amazon, Loft, and Charlotte Russe all have amazing sweaters right now for fall/winter. The denim jacket + long sleeve top are some faves right now, too. I am a firm believer that you can wear a denim jacket over practically anything! This one is seriously SO good. It’s soft, fits perfectly, and isn’t too heavy.

I’ve debated switching bags for fall but I never want to part with my LV Neverfull. If you’ve ever thought about getting one, I highly recommend it. Now I know that bag ain’t cheap, y’all, so believe me when I say I mulled over it for MONTHS. However, it was worth the splurge because it’s sturdy, holds everything, and is easy to match with. Not to mention it’s built to last for years. I’d be happy to do a full-review on it, let me know if you’d like me to in the comments.

This weekend we’re going on a float trip and the high is going to be 75 and low in the 50’s! You better believe I’ll be bringing some LuLaRoe leggings, some duster cardigans, and cozy clothes for the nights in the cabins. Thank goodness we float in canoes but pray for me that I don’t tip (*gets chills thinking of it*)

That’s your cup of style for today!

xoxo – Danielle

Wine + Charcoal

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Outfit #1 Details

KIMONO: LuLaRoe Lindsay | TANK: Old Navy; dupe here | JEANS: AE; dupe here
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Outfit #2 Details:

DUSTER CARDI: LuLaRoe Sarah (rest of outfit is the same, just changed layering pieces)

I love this time of year. Even though my skin looks like a porcelain doll in the winter months!

Two of my favorite loose layering pieces are that kimono and duster cardigan. I’ve found they’re easy to pair over any top and bottom, and their price range is very reasonable. I love the quality of the stitching, and also how many different materials are used ranging from light weight to a sweater feel. The jeans are one of my favorites because they’re stretchy yet hold you in, so GOOD! Plus they’re a high rise – say good-bye muffin top! The shoes are surprisingly comfortable for a couple hours of wear. I recommend bringing a pair of back up flats while wearing them for prolonged periods of time, though.

XOXO – Danielle