Be My Valentine

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner I wanted to share some outfit ideas. In general I am not so sure how I feel about Valentine’s Day as a holiday but it can be a great excuse to spend some time with your loved one, or your wonderful friends, especially if you are really needing that time. I have a few ideas for that day but haven’t decided exactly what we are going to do. We are really lucky in that we have the Thursday and Friday off so we might make it into a weekend of fun.

Although I love winter, some of these dresses really have me wishing for some warmer weather. It has snowed almost every night for the past week. Anyways I have been wanting share this dress that I picked up during our trip to Steamboat. I love the color and the crushed velvet fabric. February is definitely my month of pink and I’m loving it. I will be sharing some more looks throughout the month but wanted to get some in before Valentine’s Day.

DSC_0454DSC_0470Slide1Dress similar (love this one too, this one is super similar), Booties Zara, Bag Tribe Alive

I also wanted to share other great dresses for Valentines Day. I rounded up some affordable favorites that would make perfect looks. Searching for dressing was so tempting as there are so many great options out there! I chose a variety of styles especially since weather is kind of crazy right now. This first one could be a little better for the colder weather as the length and sleeves are longer. Also tried to pick both red and pick options.

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I am adding in a picture from a few weeks ago as well. We went to our friend’s dinner party and I took the opportunity to wear this great pink dress from J. Crew. I really love the length and the cut. It is also such a great option for Valentine’s Day plus it will be great for spring events so I wanted to include it in this post as well.

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Dress J. Crew, Earrings Baublebar, Shoes vintage Gucci

I hope this post gave you some fun ideas for the holiday. Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!

Erin

Pink & Faux Fur

Hello everyone!

I hope this week is off to a good start. It has been a little slow for me so far but the rest of the week is very busy so I am excited to get going. This is one of my favorite date night/ night on the town outfits for winter. I found this jacket at a thrift shop for such a good deal and I couldn’t resist. It is so warm and comfy and I love the vintage-movie star look. I was super into thrifting and finding great deals while I was home because there are some really great pieces out there that would be so above my price range at full price. I also really love these heels, which I wore on New Year’s Eve and have been searching for places to wear them. The color is my favorite and I really like the style with two little buckles.

Aiden and I went on a fun little date up to the local bakery and I decided to take some pictures for this outfit. As a side not that bakery is amazing if you are in Boulder (Lucky’s Bakehouse).

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Jacket vintage (similar), Watch Cluse, Bag Zara, Jeans similar, Blouse DIY St. James (replaced buttons for pearl ones), Heels Lord & Taylor

Erin

Favorite Podcasts

It is absolutely amazing how many different incredible podcasts are out there. I say this mostly because several weeks ago I read The Golden Girl’s reader podcast post and was shocked to find that not a single podcast I love and was going to be including in my favorites post were on her list. It is not a bad thing at all, in fact that really got me thinking about how many amazing people are out there sharing different content.

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Revisionist History: I pretty much binged the entire first season of this podcast. It is so amazing and really makes you think about human behavior and how we interpret history. This is the podcast that got me into podcasts. I truly cannot say enough good things. The second season is also amazing and you don’t really have to watch episodes in order. The first episode, The Lady Vanishes, is still probably my favorite.

Serial: So many thoughts on this one! It is frustrating but so interesting one of those shows that captures your attention and you just keep wanting to watch. The premise for Serial is basically the investigation of a murder case from years ago and whether or not the person convicted was actually guilty. It made me think a lot about humanity, punishment and law.

Awesome Etiquette: Every episode of this podcast addresses different questions people have about how to interact in certain social situations. Basically what is appropriate and how to be the best you can in sometimes awkward situations. I feel like a lot of people have so many questions that are answered in this podcast in relation to etiquette, but don’t usually voice it.

Girlboss: This podcast is great because you really don’t have to listen in order and it is just great for female inspirational stories and advice. I definitely recommend checking it out for episodes that catch your eye.

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: This podcast has been such a light in my days lately. Each episode dissects a chapter of the books (in chronological order) and looks into that chapter through a certain theme. The hosts Vanessa and Casper have this really engaging way of talking about each chapter. I have started looking at the characters and events in very different ways and I absolutely love it. I also wanted to mention another Harry Potter podcast. I just started to a friend’s podcast, MuggleWatch, where several cousins spend each episode discussing a different character. I have only listened to the first two episodes so far, but I really like it.

The Simple Sophisticate: I really love that this podcasts emphasizes finding who you really are living that best self. It is living luxuriously but as you not as how other people say you should be living. I loved the very first episode, 8 Pillars of Building a Simply Luxurious Life, and would highly recommend listening to it before you explore her podcast and blog further. That episode gives you a really good idea of what is the underlying philosophy of The Simple Luxurious Life and it really helped me understand everything else better and taylor it to my own life and needs.

Finally I wanted to share a specific episode from Courage and Clarity called 4 Steps to Plan Your Week in 15 Minutes because I really loved the rocks, pebbles and sand analogy she uses in understanding how we plan our weeks and how we prioritize tasks.

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

Erin

10 Favorite Outfits: January

Yep this year is going to fly by. January is already gone. For some reason I am feeling a little bit sad about how fast time is going. Once again I am rounding up my favorite outfits from the past month. This was definitely an exciting month with quite a bit of travel and lots of time with family and friends.

I just wanted to mention that I wasn’t entirely happy with the pictures that I ended up choosing from for my outfits of the day. I am not sure why but I just don’t love it and decided that my mini goal for February is to work on my outfit photographs especially the quick outfit of the day ones.

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New Years: Jacket H&M, Dress my sister made it, Necklace similar, Earrings Baublebar, Heels Lord & Taylor

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Lounging in Steamboat: Hat Pudus, Shirt similar, Pants old from Target (similar), Socks L.L. Bean

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Visiting Strawberry Hot Springs: Sweater L.L. Bean, Jeans similar, Socks L.L. Bean, Boots L.L. Bean

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Day in Boulder: Pants- they were my mom’s riding pants (have not found anything similar yet), Blouse similar (I actually replaced the buttons on the old St. James blouse), Belt Talbots, Trench ASOS, Bag Zara, Loafers G.H. Bass

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Walking around the lake: Coat similar, Sweater Icewear, Scarf old similar, Boots Sorel

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Taking Charlie to the vet: Coat J. Crew Factory, Shirt L.L. Bean, Leggings similar, Boots similar

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Thrifting with my sister: Sweater similar, Jacket similar, Jeans similar, Booties similar, Bag vintage (similar)

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Hiking in Indiana: Boots L.L. Bean, Belt Talbots, Jacket ASOS, Sweater similar (cheaper option)

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Friday coffee run: Sweater L.L. Bean, Pants similar, Trench ASOS, Socks L.L. Bean, Boots L.L. Bean

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Warm day walk and adventure: Jacket H&M, Sweater Abercrombie, Leggings J. Crew (similar), Shoes Nike, Bag Zara

Erin

Sticking to 2018: January

In really trying to keep up with my goals for the year I wanted to do a check in post where I review my goals and talk about how I can improve my routine in order to set myself up for success in fulfilling my goals this year.

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It is funny because lately I have been feeling so great about my daily routines and practices/habits I am getting into, however, looking back at my goals for this year, they don’t all necessarily have to do with a specific goals. For example, I have been eating super healthy and I am really happy about that but that wasn’t really a goal. Also, journaling has become a favorite of mine this month and it was not part of my goals either. Just as a side note, I found a January journal guide type thing that gives you something to write about each day and it has made journaling so fun for me. I have changed the topics quite a bit in order for the entries to benefit me a little more, but it has been such an exciting way to journal. One of my favorite prompts so far was ‘write six words that describe your style.’ I loved this because I am really trying hard to define who I am a little better and why I really want to be keeping up with this blog. That entry has actually taken me on quite a journey which I will continue to talk about in some future posts. I also did an entry where I choose ten words to describe my day and it while I thought it would be so easy, it actually was quite difficult and stretched me a lot in a really good way.

Anyways, my first big goal was to incorporate fitness into my life in a more manageable way. I wanted to do this by moving every single day. It did not have to be through high-intensity workouts. I would say that while I have done a lot better than the past several months, I have a ways to go with this one. My schedule is so flexible which has made it hard to make some things more routine, including working out. That is not an excuse though and I really need to do better. I have been working outside at least several days a week doing something physical which is great. I also have done some sort of yoga or workout several times a week with a couple good walks thrown in. Despite my schedule I need to work on this as something that I naturally work into my schedule. I have definitely missed days and I am still committee to this goal for this year.

The second goal I set for myself was to work toward finding a job a really love. I am proud to say that I feel like this month was a great one for me in this respect. I re-did my CV and am working on creating several different resumes that are tailored to specific types of jobs that I am interested in. I also finished my StrengthsFinder which I am so happy about and feel like I learned so much about myself from. I have schedule a meeting with my dad this week to talk about our results further and interpret them better. I really feel like I have been focused on finding what I enjoy and taking steps to get there. I also returned to the job I am currently in this month and have really liked be back.

Thirdly are my travel goals for the year. This month was actually pretty travel filled with an amazing ski vacation with my family in Steamboat Springs. I also travelled back to Indiana to finished up some work. Writing this post also has reminded me to schedule some planning time into next month. I really want to take a mini-weekend vacation in February even as well if it is just to visit a friend. So I definitely think this was not a priority for me this month but if I want to achieve a goal like this I have to be on top of things like planning, saving and flights. One thing that is kind of part of this is that I have stopped spending money (aside from the essentials) and I plan on keep saving until at least the end of February.

My final goal had to do with my friendships. This was actually the goal that inspired this post. I was listening to a new podcast last night and found a post on friendships and how to be a good friend. Aiden and I are also watching The Good Place (literally my new favorite show) and it definitely got me thinking about what it means to be good and what it means to be a good friend. While I have tried to schedule things in and talk to friends a lot I still think I can do way better. My goal for the month of February is to do something for (or talk to/get together with) one friend and one family member every single day. I am not including Aiden in this for February because we have been spending a lot of time together and I feel like that relationship is going really well.

Please feel free to share your thoughts on 2018 goals/resolutions and how this year has been going for you. Thank you so much for reading and have a wonderful Tuesday.

Erin

Snowy Mountain Adventure

My mom and I went on a hiking adventure in Rocky Mountain National Park while I was home. It is so beautiful and the perfect winter wonderland. I have hiked in the park many times especially in the summer and fall. I forget how beautiful it is in the winter. As we drove through Estes Park I noted how dry it was. No snow in sight. Halfway up the road to bear lake we hit snow almost immediately. There were several feet on the ground with flakes still falling. There were a number of people there which surprised me, since the roads were icy up to Bear Lake. The high was so incredibly beautiful. We made it up to dream lake (the third lake along that trail) but turned around there since we didn’t have snow shoes and it became more difficult to walk. The photo of me jumping was at Dream Lake. As you can see it started to get cold and windy up there. The funny thing is a friend’s boyfriend proposed to her at that same spot the very next day. I highly recommend a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park during any season. It is definitely more limiting in winter and you might see less wildlife but it will be way less crowded than during the summer time.

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Jacket Big Agnes, Pullover Patagonia, Leggings similar, Socks L.L. Bean, Boots L.L. Bean, Hat Pudus (I still can’t find the white one so here is another)

Erin

Around the Web

Happy Monday!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend with time to relax and have some fun. I am finally getting back into a routine schedule this week with work and it is definitely taking some adjusting. I love so much of what I am doing right now but managing my time has been a little difficult and I am excited to try the new schedule I am making for myself. I was able to get outside a lot this weekend which was great. I also saw some friends and watched some great TV and movies. I have compiled some interesting articles from around the internet. I hope you enjoy and please feel free to share any thoughts/comments or interesting articles you have found.

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101 in 1001: This is where you make a list of 101 things to do in 1001 days. So I actually read about this on Prep in Your Step but am linking back to Mackenzie Horan’s blog because that seems like the first. I really like this idea of a sort of bucket list but in a much more manageable/doable format. Right now I am just compiling my list but I am really excited about it and think it is just what I need right now.

Netflix TV Shows: We just finished watching the third season of Broadchurch yesterday. It is just such a fantastic show with poignant characters and story lines that pull at your heart. Anyways because it is over I will soon be needing a new show to try out. This list gave me some ideas. I think I will start out by trying Cable Girls since it has been recommended by several friends as well.

Hedi Silmane at Céline: Hedi Silmane was announced as Céline’s new creative, crtistic and image director. This will definitely be an interesting one to watch in the fashion world. Hedi Silmane did some great things for Yves Saint Laurent however I did really like Pheobe Philo and her impact on Céline as a brand as well as her philosophy in fashion. The fashion world moves quickly though so change often brings some great things.

Ethical Brand List: I really like to find lists like this because I find that the more ethical brands I am familiar with, the more likely I am to check them regularly and make purchases from them.

Outdoor Voices Leggings: I have see this brand pop up quite a bit in the past few months. They seem to have great reviews for workout wear. I love the pink color for these leggings and if I weren’t on a no spending month I would be very tempted. So so cute and I have heard amazing things about the fit.

Have a great week!

Erin