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    Florals & Levi’s

    Hope y’all had a great Vday!  Mine was spent working, followed by treating myself to some much needed beauty products, a good workout and then naturally some quality time with Boomy!

    I am so excited to start sharing some spring looks with y’all.  Right now, of course some of these looks can be topped with a cute moto-jacket if the temps are cooler, but the great thing is that as it gets warmer outside, you can exchange the jackets for cut-off shorts!

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    I am lovingggg this Lush top.  I also really want it in the coral color because I think that would be so fun for summer too!

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    I mean I want like 70 pairs of high-waisted Levi’s jeans.  If I could wear these 4 out of 7 days, I would.  So comfortable and you feel good in them because I think they are high-waisted and they’re flattering, plus SO versatile.

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    So this top comes in a few different colors and is under $40!  A great buy & a great top.  You will definitely see me wearing this top (and hopefully the coral one, hehe) many times throughout the spring & summer seasons.

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    What are some of y’alls favorite early spring pieces?!  Share in the comments below!

     

    Xo,

    Erika

    Last Minute V-day Looks!

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    Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and whether you are celebrating this day of love romantically, as Galentine’s Day, or just a day to show some extra love to your pup – chances are at some point during this day ‘love’ crosses your mind.  This could be a romantic thought of love, love for your gal pals, pup, family, or heck even a stranger at a cash register who gives you a discount.  As the movie Love Actually taught us, there are many ways to love no matter your relationship status.

    Whatever your plans may be for Vday 2018 – here are some cute last-minute pieces for you to scoop up {some on sale!} :

    Sometimes, I’d like to think mainly in movies, but sometimes people with a single status seem to get more sympathy on Vday.  Personally, I’m fine with being single on Vday.  I love all of the reds, pinks, cute decor, clothes, and whole love idea, but sometimes I think Vday can be one of those days that is overrated and hyped up, like New Years and Halloween.  That makes me sound like a grouch.  I don’t mean for it to, I just don’t let these days get me all out of whack if they aren’t ‘perfect‘, ya know?  Don’t get me wrong, these days can be fun, silly, and great, and just like any other day, they are what you make them.  I just mean on this particular day, I don’t beat myself up because of my relationship status.  Instead, I embrace it, look cute anyway, and send some extra lovey emojis to my family & friends!  If you single, going through a tough time in your relationship, or looking for a fresh start relationship-wise, embrace this day and shower people on those that you do have & love in your life.  Focus on you.  Treat yo’self with a mani-pedi, a new dress, some champs, your favorite dinner, some flowers, chocolate and love up on your friends and/or dog.

    I hope that y’alls week and Vday are full of cute looks, champs, flowers, laughter, and of course some love.

    Xo,

    Erika

    Ways to Change Your Mindset

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    Hi friends –

    I hope y’all are having a great week so far!  So I don’t know about y’all, but sometimes I need a breath of fresh air and little reminders on how to change my mindset when I stumble upon challenges in the day-to-day life.  With that being said, I gave it some thought and these steps below are ones that I found work great for me.

    • Feel all the feels.  It’s okay to feel.  It’s okay to ugly cry, be angry, and/or frustrated.  Let. it. all. out.
    • Take a deep breath. After you’ve let out all your feels, pull it together and take a deep breath.  Maybe even a few.
    • Be grateful.  Take that deep breath then think about what you have – your job, family, relationships, etc. 
      • If you have a dog or loved pet in your life, think of them for a minute or even look at a picture of them, you’ll smile. 🙂
    • Hold your head high.  Walk tall with your head high and let your confidence carry you.  This is one can be tough even on those days where you are totes feelin’ 100, and so it is definitely one of the hardest things to do when you’re having a not-so-great day.  But, if you follow the 3 steps above, this step should be a little easier.  As silly as it sounds, picture the runway and imagine yourself on it.  I bet you’ll get a little pep in your step!
    • JAM.  Once steps 1-4 are complete, there’s only one left.  Like Jock Jams said, Pump, Pump the Jams, Pump ’em up.  My go-to jams?  Just depends.  Sometimes Drake, sometimes Third Eye Blind, Coldplay, Fleetwood Mac, or even sometimes Celine.

    I know that sometimes major tragedies happen in our lives and they probably need to be dealt with in a totally different manner, but these steps I’ve found work for me are more for when you are frustrated whether at work, with your family, friends, relationships, etc.  So, next time you’re feeling these types of feels, give these ‘remedies’ a try and hopefully they will help!

    How do you change your mindset?  Do you practice any of the steps above?  Share with us in the comments below!

     

    Xo,

    Erika

     

    3 Daily Tips to Stay Productive

    I don’t know about y’all, but for most of my adolescent to adult life, I have struggled with staying focused & on task most days.  With this lack of focus can sometimes cause lack of motivation.  Unless I am in a good daily routine that allows me to have a good productive day, I’ll struggle.  You may or may not have tried these tips before – either way, I hope you find some motivation from this post.  These are 3 simple steps you can implement into your routine to hopefully help make your days more productive!

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    1: Starts with your morning routine.

    • Gratitude Journal
    • Meditate and/or pray (which ever you prefer)
    • Eat a good breakfast (with protein – this is something I have been working on improving – consuming more protein with every meal, but especially breakfast)
    • Take your vitamins & supplements!

    2: Think about your day.  What do you have on your schedule?  Do you feel like you have 20+ things to get done in the first 4 hours of your day? Keep a to-do list with and before you start your work, no matter what the job, take just 3-5 mins to look at your to-do list and think about the top 3 tasks that are the most important.  Not what you dread the most (even though just knocking those out first does help), but which ones have the shortest deadline and need to be done?  Then go from there.  Check off each task as you complete it.  Baby steps people, baby steps.  Checking off these baby steps gives us little wins and therefore makes us feel like we’re productive and this habit will keep you encouraged & productive!

    3: Keep your eye on the prize.  While you are going through your morning routine and then planning out your day, try to remember the big picture and what goals you want to accomplish.

    So I hope y’all find this post inspiring and useful!  These are tips that I try on a daily basis to implement into my schedule, so you’ll have to let me know if you give them a try and how they go!

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    Happy Productiveness!

    Xo,
    Erika

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    How to Layer in the Winter

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    Have you ever been so cold when you’re walking out to your car, to work, or class but then by the time you get to where you’re going you’re sweating?  If you’re an App State grad you know this feeling all too well.  I’m going to sound like a 90 year old grandpa when I say this, but back in my App days, we would always layer up and literally walk to class sometimes in sideways-blowing snow.  Here’s how the bottom layering would go: tights, leggings, jeans or another pair of leggings, 1 pair of socks, 2 pair of socks, Uggs.  The top would go something like this: tank, short-sleeve v-neck, long sleeve flannel, Patagonia pullover, winter coat, scarf.  By the time you got to class everyone was practically stripping down because we were sweating due to all the layers we piled on to keep warm.  Looking back, no idea how I did it because now I have the tolerance for cold as an elderly woman.  Lots of old talk in this paragraph.  Anyway, my point is, I became a professional layer queen back in my college days so now when I have to prepare to go out in the cold, I’ve got it down to a T + it looks a little cuter now.

    This look is a great example of how you can layer for winter and still look stylish instead of like the Abominable Snowman.  I would say that these pieces I’ve put together are staples for a winter wardrobe and are essential to layering and staying warm.

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    SO although my top layer, aka this best $80 I ever spent puffy jacket, is not as long as my long cardigan duster underneath, it works.  Some people don’t like that and if you don’t, hey, YDY, that’s okay, but if you are on the fence about it and you just aren’t sure if it looks okay, I’m here to tell you, it does.  For some reason this does not bother me.  Some might agree, some might disagree, but especially with this particular look, it works.  Now, don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t always work, but in this situation it does.

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    This long cardi is seriously warm.  It is thicker, but not too think, which makes it a perfect staple for Winter Layering.  I even have on a long-sleeve V-neck underneath, which B-tee-dubs is the softest V-neck EVER and it’s under $15!  I have it in this black color as well as in an emerald-like green color.

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    I loveee these booties!  The perfect worn-in look and so comfy!  I also loveee the pointed toe.  This style of bootie also looks fantastic with flare jeans.

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    You can layer this jacket, cardi, and top with jeans like I’m wearing in this look for a more casual vibe, or you could throw on some black high-waisted skinnies, tuck in the shirt and change out your shoes for a sassier black suede booty and BAM.  You’ve upped this look!

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    How do you layer in the winter? What are your layering staples this year?  Any similar to mine above?  Share in the comments below!

     

    Xo,

    Erika

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