Spring Edition: How To Style Up When You Always Dress Down

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If I’m not in the office, chances are, I’m in some version of this outfit: leggings, sneakers/boots, sweatshirt and scarf. It’s not that I don’t have any other clothes… because I do.

It often comes down to being overwhelmed with the things in my closet, and then defaulting to my safety zone – workout clothes.

So, I reached out to Kate from Sloane & Ivy for help. We’ve been collaborating on an event (Sweat + Sip + Shop – get your tickets now), and I have been obsessed with Sloane & Ivy’s instagram page. So, Kate graciously invited me over for a quick & fun styling session, where she showed me how I can get OUT of my leggings and into come cute & casual clothes that is perfect for weekends, running errands and life in general.

 

Look #1 

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Jeans are SO hard for me to find. I have a small waist, thick thighs, and a big butt, so when Kate pulled these jeans off her Pinterest-perfect jeans bar, I didn’t have much hope. The moment I pulled these up – changed my mind INSTANTLY. As you can see from mirror, they hugged every curve, didn’t gap at the waist and hit right around my ankle (I’m 5ft 2in, FYI. They are supposed to be a little shorter than full length jeans, but #shortpeopleproblems).

The top? I loved the detailing, but also the fact that it was solid. I’m a big basics person, I enjoyed the little extra flair to the top. It was light weight without being see-through, which is also a plus. Also, I totally enjoyed how it highlighted my shoulders

Look #2

Kate hit the nail on the head with this outfit. This is completely my style, with just a little extra umph. The tank top is SO soft, and the side cut out and small cut out around the neck make is so unique, while still being casual. Elevated casual, if you will? Again, these are the same brand of jeans, this time, with a little distressing on the knee and by the side pockets. If you take anything away from this blog post, it’s that Sloane & Ivy has amazing jeans and you need to run over to Wellesley and get a pair.

Look #2.5

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As Kate was snapping these photos, this camo oversized shirt/jacket caught my eye, and magically made it’s way on me. And then magically made it’s way home with me.

It’s so comfortable, and it’s perfect for the (hopefully) upcoming spring days, when you don’t want to wear a winter coat, but you need to wear something. So, look #2.5 is basically going to be my go-to transition outfit for the upcoming spring. Plus, I can throw the camo jacket over my leggings and workout top and it might make it look more “street” style than “sweat” style.

Look #3

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Fact: I LOVE high neck shirts. I think it comes from always seeing my mom wear high neck shirts, and my mom is one of the most stylish people I know. The moment I slipped it on, I felt comfortable and stylish. Kate added on this amazing necklace. One of the amazing things that Kate does is support other local businesses, so all her jewelry is created by women-owned businesses in Wellesley, Newton and other local towns.

It fit perfectly. The shirt is slightly shorter, which is perfect for me, since it hits right around the jean belt line. It has an uneven bottom, which again, adds a little bit of flair to something that can and should be a closet staple. Paired with the distressed ankle jeans, I would put this on before heading out to lunch with Blake, or basically out anywhere.

Look #4

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In the summertime, if I’m not in workout clothes, I’m in dresses. This was the FIRST thing that Kate pulled for me when I walked in, and I saved it for last. This dress was so soft and hung so nicely. This will be perfect once the temperatures start to get above 60F consistently. You can pair this with a jean jacket, leather jacket, sweater, cute sandals or funky heels to really change it up. Why can’t you see my feet? Well, this girl only brought boots & workout shoes….soooo nothing that QUITE matched.

An hour later of chatting about our lives, businesses and putting the final details on our event – I walked out of the store with some new pieces and a TON of new knowledge on how to style up this spring. My next personal challenge will be to be more mindful about my closet and what I wear – focusing on basics and pieces that really make me feel good. I can already tell that these pieces will be the foundations of what will be a super strong wardrobe for this new 30 year old.

Want to visit? Make sure to buy a ticket to the Sweat + Sip + Shop event on 4/14… not only will you get to workout with me, you’ll also get a discount to shop at Sloane & Ivy post event!

Hope to see you there and HAPPY FRIDAY!

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Limits Exist Only In The Mind

I saw this sign after I gave my first Get Paid: Negotiation Workshop at Arnold Worldwide. I knew I had to snap a picture of it, because it was a reminder that came at the perfect time.

As I’ve been working my way through working more meditation into my life (my #40DaysPresent has officially ended, and I’m working on summing up EVERYTHING), I started reading “The Universe Has Your Back” by Gabrielle Bernstein. One of the things she talks about, is to learn to open up to everything that the Universe/God has to offer, and to ASK for reminders.

So, as I nervously made my way to Arnold Worldwide and started setting up, I asked for a sign. A sign that I was on the right path. A sign that I was supposed to be doing this.

The class went better than I could have ever expected – with insightful questions, open conversation and even some laughs. As the two hours wound down, I started to begin that was my sign, that people were writing down what I was saying and enjoying themselves.

As I was packing up, I noticed a mural that said “It’s not what you have, it’s what you make”, and went out to snap a picture. As I was taking the photo, one of the girls tapped me and said “I think you would also like this one” – and lo and behold there it was.

“Limits exist only in the mind.”

I let it sink in. If limits exist only in my mind, what have I limited MYSELF from doing, just by THINKING that I couldn’t do it?

What amazing things are waiting for you to realize that you CAN do it?

So, today, I’m sharing the photo and this story with you. Because, in the end, you have to trust yourself. You have to push yourself. No one else gets to make you YOU except for you.

This weekend, I’m stepping out of my comfort zone to be a part of my first Reiki circle.  Next week, I’ll give you a recap of it and WHY I laughed and smiled so hard the first time someone suggested I give it a try.

Until then, live big, love hard and get sweaty.

P.S. Mark your calendar – 3/27 is the next Get Paid: Negotiation Workshop… sign up now!

 

Half Way Though #40DaysPresent – What I’ve Learned So Far

So, I’m officially on day 22 of #40DaysPresent.

I’ll be honest, I’m actually surprised I’ve done this for 22 days straight. When I first spoke with Lizzie Muse about a 40 Day meditation – she told me right off the bat that if you missed a day, the clock reset, and it was back to day 1.

Unlearning habits is a hard thing to do. But do you know what’s also hard? Creating NEW habits.

At first it felt weird. I played the mantra on my phone, got into my seated position and closed my eyes. The first time I did it, I felt silly.

Why?

I was judging myself.

I was thinking “What am I getting myself into? Why did you think this was a good idea. How many breaths was that? It’s 8 short inhales, to one big exhale… what count am I on?”

But I stuck through it. And slowly, I started to melt into the 10 minutes of meditation.

The more I opened myself up to this new experience, the more I took out of it.

About a week ago, I bought a card deck called “The Universe Has Your Back.” I have added it to my mediation – I’ll lay out all the cards in a row and do my 10 minutes. At the end, I pick a card and use what it says as my focus for the day.

It’s been incredible how much awareness this brings to me every single day.  Why? When I carve out time for myself, I’m able to find MORE time to work on myself. People have messaged me saying “I’d love to mediate, but I don’t have time”.

We DO have time.

I started finding pockets of time when I put my phone down. When I stopped mindlessly scrolling through Instagram all the time, I found pockets of 5 – 10 minutes, where I was able to write a note, clean a corner, or just read a book.

The time was there all along.

I’ve learned the value of my time in these last 22 days – and I am so grateful.

I cannot wait to see what I learn in the next 18 days – and how I can continue this journey to fully enjoying the present every single day this year.