How to Find Your Style

Finding your style can be such a challenge (take it from the girl that didn’t have one for 25 years!) I wore baggy t-shirts and jeans every single day, no make up, and my hair wet and in a ponytail.

At 25, after losing 50 pounds (funny, how that little thing called self worth makes an appearance after realizing you’re worth it)…so here I was, new body, new confidence, and no idea where to start. Shopping in the correct section was a challenge, let alone deciding what I liked.

Below, are a few tips that I’ve picked up over the last decade (Lord, help me, I’m old!):

  1. Learn what works for you, and flaunt it! I have curves, so I know that I can’t wear boxy or baggy things – I look like a house. If you’re short, shop in the petites section (Ann Taylor Loft has a great selection, as does Banana Republic).
  2. Start small. If you’re investing in an entirely new wardrobe, I’d suggest investing in the basics (a great pair of dark denim jeans, a crisp white button down, etc.) These pieces can take you through multiple seasons (if you’re lucky like me, and live in a part of the country that gives you four of them!)
  3. Build a budget. When I was just starting out of college, I was b-r-o-k-e. Every pay day, I would put money aside and buy myself one new article of clothing so that I could start building up my wardrobe. I don’t need to do it every week now, but I still put money aside, for a rainy day, or that random shopping trip with my bestie.
  4. Pinterest. If you haven’t heard of Pinterest, you’ve been missing out. Pinterest is an online community that allows you to create boards by subject (ie. My Style) and pin images from the web to those boards. You can automatically share your pins, create secret boards, and send pins to friends. I pin EVERYTHING. (If we aren’t connected, add me!) Pinterest is great for collecting ideas of what you like, but ALSO (I’m about to share a little secret with you) – you can use it to brainstorm different outfits. I use this ALL.THE.TIME. Anytime I’m in a style rut, I’ll search for things like “mustard skirt” because I already own a mustard yellow pencil skirt for work. It’s AWESOME. This is a great intro into my next point…
  5. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. My friends tease me about this, but I hold true – I will only buy something I can wear three ways, and it has to be something already in my closet. So, for example, the mustard yellow skirt I can wear with leopard ballet flats and a white shirt; a gray shirt and nude flats; or a navy sweater and nude heels.
  6. The Devil is in the Details. I am a fiend for accessories. A killer statement necklace, chunky bracelet, or heaven forbid it’s fall out – you will catch me daily in a blanket scarf. Accessories make or break an outfit. I have taken a plain white t-shirt and jeans and dressed it up with a statement necklace and heels for a cute brunch outfit with friends. Casual doesn’t have to mean sloppy!
  7. Test Drive the Trends. I’ll admit, I’m not one for trends. I much prefer a classic look that will last the test of time. However, I’ve been known to jump on the band wagon (studded clutches anyone?). Nervous about taking the plunge? I tend to buy one or two things with said trend, so that I don’t have to overhaul my entire wardrobe when the trend inevitably goes out of style (sorry, neon leggings!).

I hope you find these tips helpful! What are your favorite style tips?

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Jillian Michaels: Maximize Your Life Tour

Last week, my best friend and I celebrated our 21 Year Friend-iversary at the Jillian Michaels: Maximize Your Life tour. The show was at The Vet in Providence, RI. If you haven’t checked it out yet, I highly recommend it. It’s gorgeous on the inside and no seat is a bad seat (which is good, because we had nosebleeds).

I wasn’t sure what to expect from the show–would Jillian spend the entire time yelling at us? Making us do burpees? Would she make me cry? I didn’t know. I was really excited to see her, I’m a big Biggest Loser fan, and I highly recommend her show. During the show, she shares a mix of healthy eating and exercise tips and advice on how to follow your dreams. She’s very frank and upfront with the fact that she has made millions helping people do very simple things: Eat less, move more, follow your dreams.

I’ve recently sustained some injuries, but prior to that, I was a gym rat, half marathon runner and healthy eater–an avid healthy lifestyle live-r, if you will. I’ve never been one to eat all organic, and to be honest, I don’t know enough to speak intelligently about it. I always kind of rolled my eyes at those people. I try to eat a balanced diet, eat whole foods, and drink enough water–and try not to stress the rest. That being said, holy crap. Jillian showed us the difference between an organic cow and GMO cow and I was shocked. Literally was nauseous the entire time. She also told us which veggies are most important to get organic vs. which ones are OK to eat GMO. She recommended finding an extra $20 a week (that means no more Dunks runs for me!) for organic dairy and meat. I think it goes without saying I bought my chicken at Trader Joe’s this week. I also looked into getting an organic basket delivered to my home weekly, figuring I eat enough produce, it will probably be cheaper in the long run. When I looked up deliveries, some places had pears from France and mango’s from Mexico. So now, I ask you, is it better to shop local or organic? I need to do more research, but for now, I’m going to shoot for local and organic and try to make the best of it. The best part of being back up North is the great farming (I grew up in Connecticut farm country, so I’m partial to New England produce). Do you buy all organic? Or shop local? Or both?

One of the things that Jillian said that hit close to home for me was finding your true passion. I recently uprooted my entire life and have been in a bit of a tailspin since. Boston was not part of my plan, by any stretch of the imagination. Jillian recommends doing a consistent hourly check in throughout the day: What are you doing? How are you feeling? Do you like what you’re doing? Jot it down and keep a log. I’ve been doing that (admittedly, not every hour) but consistently enough to get a better idea of what I want to be doing in the future. Have you found your passion? How did you do it?

I don’t want to give all of Jillian’s tips away, so you’ll have to check her out yourself! (Sorry, y’all!) You can check out tour dates and purchase tickets here.

Aaand, in case you’re interested, below are a few photo’s of me and my best friend 😉

 

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Happy Two Year Anniversary!

Hello, dear readers! Today, I am celebrating two years with my favorite furball, Peanut.

 

 

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So cute, right? You know what’s not so cute? When he ran away for six weeks. What makes it worse? I was on my way to Boston, not for a vacation…as in moving there. As in literally on.my.way. Bags were packed, I was sobbing hysterically…I ran inside to drop off something at a friend’s…and in the 5 minutes I was inside, he got out of his carrier. It took six weeks, a lot of Facebooking photos around and a lot of praying…but he is now snuggled next to me as I type. How did we find him? A neighbor started feeing him and then (luckily) saw the pictures that had been posted on Facebook. It took a week, three tries, and a quick flight to NYC…but he made it! Can you believe it?! We’re so lucky! Don’t worry, I’ve been sure to give him extra snuggles since he got back 😉 He’s so spoiled, it’s ridiculous! Couldn’t love him much more!

First blog post!

Welcome to my blog 🙂 Thanks for stopping by. A little bit about me: a twenty something Connecticut native now living in the dirty South. Likes: Florida Gator football (GO GATORS!), running, writing, and photography. Dislikes: Rude, fake, and snobby people.

I’ll be writing about a little bit of everything in this blog–sharing my thoughts (which you don’t have to agree with), my interests, and anything else that goes through my pretty little head. I hope you enjoy it!