Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Wedding Wear For You and Your Date

 It is wedding season! Which if you come from a big family, that means party after party! I love a good wedding (hint hint would love to have a side hustle in the wedding industry on day).

With wedding invitations rolling in what are you thinking about as a guest? What to wear, of course! And sistah to sistah sometimes it those type of events can sneak up on you. So here I am to help you out on exactly what should be worn to what event. Because wedding events are like people they are totally different! 

We found that with Bonobos you can not go wrong. Not only will I help you find what you need to wear, but what you and your date should do to dress the part. (I am the biggest sucker for the tie and dress to match)

 Question: Can you wear black to a wedding? Personally, I would avoid it. However, yes you can go for it. There is nothing against wearing black, it will help you blend. At the same time, there are so many other options that you can go for. I would avoid anything a little too pastel/ almost white. You never know what the bride will go for. A blush or light blue have been popular choices for modern brides. 

Destination Wedding// Does anyone secretly really love these so you have an excuse to go on a vacation. This will be a more casual wedding if it is on a beach. I would say wear sandals and wear a fun laid back attire. 

The Plus One// We have all been there. You are a plus one to a wedding you know 1 person, your date. Here is the trick, keep it as simplistic as possible. You are there to celebrate the couple, but also there to support your significant other. That means keep it as minimalist as possible. Keep the dress a solid color (not anything going along with the wedding theme colors), keep the accessories simplistic, and just a pro tip make sure the shoes are broken in. This night is not by any means about you. Be able to blend in and offer to take a picture or two. 
Rustic Barn Wedding// This is such a popular wedding trend right now. However when I think of this trend, I think of no AC. That means have a light and airy feel to your attire. Also because it is an outside wedding make sure that your outfit is functional. I paired this Boho dress with this more casual suit. 

Black Tie/ Black Tie Optional// This is hands down my favorite of weddings.  You can wear a long dress this should be more simple. Where if you wear a short dress it can be a little more dramatic. I paired this with a more fun outfit and a classic suit. 

Rock it out for wedding season! Enjoy the loved ones, and can't wait to see some good pictures. 

Hope everyone has a good wedding season!


Monday, August 28, 2017

Favorite Summer Outfit

Hey what is up hello, my friends! So we have a fun little outfit post. Let me tell you, this is my favorite summer outfit. Now I have worn this a million times. Everyone in my life is sick of me wearing this. I have worn this in every single way possible. 

The one thing I miss about hanging out with my family is being able to constantly overly dressed, and no one cares. Or if I repeat the same ridiculous outfit again, everyone deals with it. So here is my outfit that I have been making everyone put up with for the past 2 months. 

The weird thing about this outfit is I got the shirt on super sale, and I never thought I would ever wear it. However, This is hands down the most comfortable off the shoulder top I have ever worn. I always talk about clothing being like a blanket, and that is exactly what it is. Also you know how off the shoulder can be really tight and almost cut off circulation? This does not have that feeling what so ever.

So I can not leave you without giving something a little extra to you. (The fashion advice is great, but we always want to give a little lifestyle stuff as well). I love the podcast Art of Charm (a fellow michigander is the host) however he goes into some great stuff. (always using social science) Interviewed a navy seal.

What I got from this was, Everything is always going to go wrong. Always. How ground breaking is that? I am so Idealistic, it is almost a downfall. I had not noticed this being bad, until it started effecting my moods. Almost everyday. 

If you think about it, if you know traffic is going to be bad, someone dropped the ball on a project, and you wifi is not going to work. What can you be mad about? Nothing.  Everything went wrong already.

Anyways, everyone have a great Monday. Can not wait to see what everyone brings to the table this week!


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Airport Style

So we are on the road again! I always struggle with what to wear to the airport. Getting there and on the plane I am usually burning. I am that one person that is blasting the AC the first 20 minutes of any given flight.

Then once I want to sleep on the flight (Which I will sleep on every flight I ever go on ever) ((Unless it is a weird time change)) I want to be warm. A pro tip I always pack socks for the flight. Then I also wear something super comfy. 

Remember how I hated jeans. I found I just hate the jeans I was wearing. So I put these Levis on which are the best ever, and I through a sweater/flannel type top on. I pair it with comfy slip ons and minimal accessories. 


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Golden Hour or Happy Hour?

When things get hectic and overwhelming I like to turn to affirmations and a list of things I'm thankful for. I do not know exactly how this works. I feel like it is a simple concept though. It is so easy to get caught up on the day to day, that we compleatly forget how lucky we really are! I have been struggling with this, the past week. So this week I am trying to slow it down and take all the good in. #GoodVibesOnly, am I right? Here are some of the things I am thankful for right now. 
1. A golden retriever pup who needs to get a puppy cut twice a year or else he looks overly obese, and my family all has the same voice for him and we no shame have conversations back and forth through him. 

2. Amazing Des Moines restaurants and people to go with to munch. (My favorite is magnolia wine kitchen) 

3.An amazing village of people who I have to talk to at any given moment, and keep me busy during a 4 hour wait when I miss my flight. Seriously this was the best thing ever, and kind of made it extremely enjoyable.

4.Coffee. That one explains itself

5. My sister who sends me about 6 dog memes a day. 

6. This blog! I love this thing. It is so fun to constantly have to turn to, or get something out. 

Have a thankful week and keep rocking it out!


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

El Paso Lessons

This past week I was in El Paso for work and let me tell you. Everything that could go wrong went wrong. I blame it on mercury retrograde. So as I get to the airport on my way back thinking I'm in the clear and I miss my flight at my layover, like a scrub. Never have I ever had flight issues until that moment. It had been a long week, I had to work on Saturday, and I wanted to take the time I did have celebrating the bæ's birthday. 

Let me tell you, I was kind of a mess this whole tip, and this airport moment kind of pushed me over the edge in the mood department. So I am in the worst mood ever, I lucked out and got on the next flight out. Which made me the happiest human in the world. Once I sat down I was excited to throw on a podcast and sleep the whole 2 hour flight. 

Until.... (An aside is that in my last post I talked about how i do not talk to someone on a plane until the end) So I sit down and I see that I forgot to hide the one thing that would give my job away. The man sitting next to me asked me about it, and all I can think is "Here. We. Go." 

This person just so happened to be my Boss's, Boss's, Boss. Which I was expecting to exchange hellos and get back to the original plan for a nap. We ended up spending the whole flight chit chatting. (Me picking his brain and him putting up with my questions.) He had some amazing tips and I thought I would share some of my favorites. I'm not a fate or *~universe*~ type person, but if those things are real that conversation settled so much and made the whole missing a flight worth it. Here are some of the great tips:

1. You will never be less busy than you are right now. Which was a shock to me 

2. Get an excel document.  Choose your 2 to 5 categories you want your life to revolve around (Mine would be: Career 1, Career 2, Personal Business, Personal Life) Have a box per month for the next 20 years. He said he changed it weekly, but I loved this idea so you knew exactly what you needed to focus on month by month.

3. Which leads me to my next one. "If everything is a priority, nothing is a priority" This point was to plan it out either by month, week, or day. And totally focus on one priority for that time. I will probably make certain days a priority, and focus on that.

4. Stop scheduling everything for 1 hour or 30 minutes. Our brains do not work that way. Schedule everything in 15 minute increments. Stop scheduling long meetings, and break up your day with what you need to get done. Work out at lunch to clear your head. Run across the street to the post office if there is a huge lull in work. 

5. Never make a choice with, is someone going to leave you or not. This is because if you make the choice you and they leave. That person was not the person for you to begin with. If that person stays, you know they like you and not the convince of you. 

6. Somewheres care about the location they are at, and choose where they go by the convince of being around the people around them. Anywhere's will go anywhere to continue moving forward. I think it was interesting to see what you have to pick and choose the more you grow up. I also thought this was interesting because I feel extremely social, but I do not feel like I have a village in my zipcode. 

7. Surround yourself with mentors and peer mentors. Never be the smartest person in the room, drop your ego because you can learn something from everyone. 

Overall a lot of great lessons learned. Intersting trip for sure!


Sunday, August 20, 2017

Kate Spade Fall 2017 wishlist

I am kind of a huge Kate Spade fan.I love their little nick nacks. I am a sucker for their planners. I use mine for my blog planner. I also love how they can take classics and make them modern. Kate Spades Fall line just came out and this is everything I want. 

Also check out this video.  I may or may not have had an extremely similar situation with going going to the bathroom on my way back from Europe. Also, I could have cried while watching a movie on the plane too and told a businessman he needed to watch it too. (It was the movie Mother's Day and my mother did the exact same thing a month before me) I miss Anna Kendrick ,but these videos are still amazing. Okay, I need to stop talking about Kate Spade, they do not even pay me. ENOUGH free advertising KATE! Everyone have a great week! would love to know what is on your fall wish list!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Airport Tips

*This is continued on from instagram* At this point in my life I would say I am an airport queen. This month especially I have the vibes of "why do I even have an apartment". (My family actually always jokes that I have to go to my apartment and I can not just live in a hotel the rest of my life, but really who wouldn't want to be Eloise) Last year I traveled about 30,000 miles, this year I've been here and there. That being said, I am a pro at getting through the airport and loading up. This is a sneak peak at a soon to come blog post, so here is the trailer version of it. Enjoy! 

1. you need to organize your bag in such a way that your carry on never needs to be opened. And your personal bag has your laptop and liquids at the top. (Be ready to pull these out and ready to roll) 

2.I get cold on the plane, wear and oversized flannel. It's like wearing a blanket.  (I have also been told to wear a large scarf, but I am not a scarf gal) 

3. wear shoes you can easily slip off so you can zip through security.

4.under your liquids and laptop should be headphones and a book that you want to readon the flight. (You don't want to bother the person next to you digging around) 

5. Depending on how much you value your time, invest in TSA precheck. (That was my lifesaver this morning) 

6. If you do not want to be stuck talking to a dud the whole trip, wait until the plane is about to land. (I never talk to people on the plane, but I have met a handful of people who have met their sig other on a plane)

7. Do not ask the air attendant for anything before the flight takes off. I always see peopel trying to get a head start on beverages. They can nawt  do it, don't try. It is embarrassing. 

8. You can use a duffel bag as a carry on. This tip was life changing to me. I only did it for my Europe trip, but it works. I only got called out once. (I would not push the limit on this though)

9. Bring an empty water bottle with you. Your skin will dry out, so this will help, and you do not have to pay 10 dollars for a bottle!

10.  There is no reason to pay for luggage. You can pack everything in a carry on, trust me. 

11. Shoes are your enemy. they are hard to pack so always wear your biggest pair. 

12. Bags are your friend. I always put the most important things in little ziplock bags (personables).

13. Do not drink coffee before your flight. I always want to sleep on the plane, it might be tempting to buy it before your flight but DONT. (Get the mimosa instead ;) )

14. If you are a die hard tea drinker bring your own tea bags. It is so great, especially because I can not get my favorite tea everywhere. 

15. Book through google flights, hands down the easiest to use. 

Good luck on your next trip! Can not wait to hear about it!


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Red Hot

I will be taking advantage of summer as long as I can! The summers in the Midwest are hands down the best, it gets warm during the day, and cool by night time. I feel that everyone just hates the most extreme season from their area though. 

Do you know what else I am doing towards the end of summer, taking advantage of the end of summer sales. No lie I got this romper for 14 dollars! (Better price in store) Seriously such a steal. 

I do not typically gravitate towards red, but when the price is right, who would not be a fan? I am the biggest fan of rompers, I am more on the petite side, and I always thought they would cut me down. However, try one on they are the best. It is like wearing fancy PJs out.

I paired this lace romper with some wedges, and a statement tassel necklace. It is a simplistic look for a night on the town, or hanging out with the gals!
^ALSO It has pockets!

Rompers are my favorite look for summer, what has yours been?


Monday, August 7, 2017

Tips for College Seniors transitioning to Young Professional Life

Hello my Young Professional Friends! If you are new here welcome, if you have been around the block, welcome back! As the title says, this is for the College Seniors out there, but also for anyone in the early professional job hunt. This can be a super stressful, but also extremely exciting part of your life. You are essentially hopping into full blown adulthood.This was honestly my most unknown step of my life, and once I took the big leap I did not regret it for a second. Here are some tiny tips for you! I hope to be doing more on this subject so let me know what you think!

1// Update your resume and cover letter: Go to your career service center and ask them to edit it. Something that also is helpful is having a resume on file for different positions. By catering your resume to certain positions (Sales, Marketing, HR, etc.) this can better show your skill set. Do this for your cover letter as well. An extra pro tip if you take any time off, showcase what you were doing in that time. Employers want to see that you can gear towards them, rather than have to build you up. 

2// Update your Linkedin: There is a big line from what is okay and not okay on Linkedin. You do not have to have a professional photographer take a photo of you in a blazer. You can honestly have an iphone photo with you in professional clothing have the same effect. Just make sure your resume is up to date and your photo is of only you and not  a selfie.

3// Tell People: As weird as it sounds, everyone wants you to have a job. It looks good on them. Alumni want you to succeed,  current employers, professors, other students, neighbors, parents friends, I can not tell you how many people helped me throughout this whole job search. It honestly takes a village, and so many people want to help you, so take the help!

4// Find Where You Fit: You are not going to have your dream job out of college, and you probably are not going to be making your dream salary. Most established and credible employers will give you an outline of at least a 3 year plan. Personally, I wanted to go into logistic. It was what I interned with and I knew I enjoyed it. However, If an employer were to pick a communications major or an actual supply chain major, they will 99 times out of a 100 times pick the supply chain major. I had to be a little more realistic. I found that finding the niche that fit me rather than what I thought it would be fit a lot better, so be opened minded. 

5// Be Open: Going off that, so many people end up where they never expected. I know English majors who ended up in finance, and liberal arts majors who ended up in web design. It will all work out I promise.

5// Be your best self: One part of the job hunt is showcasing yourself, but also finding a place that you think you will fit. I know that is a hard concept to grasp, but when you go on an interview, you are also interviewing. So make sure that the place you are heading you love what you are getting into, you will be there a while!

You got this I promise! Rock it out, and go show the world what you are made of!

Lastly If you are traveling your senior year to look for apartments or traveling for the job hunt hit up Airbnb. Seriously they are such a lifesaver!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

August Book Club

Happy August! Where has this year gone? I feel like I am done more this year than any other year, yet I have no clue where the time has gone? I guess it flies when you are having fun;) (I’m so lame, I will stop)

OKAY! For August we are back to books! (For now we will see.) I have an aside, I got audible, and it is life changing. It seriously is so helpful. I have a total of 2 hour commute every week day, so this just helps the day fly. Also, I read for enjoyment and to take my mind off things, so the meatier books are great for audible.

HOWEVER, August’s book has NOTHING to do with audible. Because this book, you can only get off Etsy. What???? Yeah. If you have not heard of Caroline Calloway, I am about to change your life.

Caroline Calloway is a writer/blogger whose medium is on Instagram. I had been following her for a while, but last summer I ready her whole Instagram start to finish. That girl lives a wild life.

So she has this die hard fan group, and gets a 500,000 dollar book deal. The publishers wanted her to go in a different direction, and she dropped it. So she did the next best thing, she now has her book here! 

I can not stopping eating that girl's posts up. She always have you on the edge of your seat, and you want to be invited to her next get together. 
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