Blue is my favorite color. While I prefer shades of aqua and turquoise, there is also something so classic about royal blue. I especially love the color in various housewares, perhaps slightly biased as I think back to the pitcher and tiles that my mother always used in our kitchen. Royal blue feels rich in tone and soothing as blue often feels, yet it can make a bold statement.
1 // Rika Dinner Plate, 2 // Solar System Poster, 3 // Blue Bottle Collection, 4 // Kate Spade Mini Carson Crossbody Bag, 5 // IKEA Table Lamp, 6 // Converse All Star Ox
Do you like royal blue? What's your favorite shade of blue?
October has arrived, and fall is most definitely here even though it officially made its appearance last week. With this new season comes richer tones that bring warmth to chillier air. Here's a look at a few of my favorite finds inspired by Pantone's new Aurora Red that will help bring warmth in color to your wardrobe and home.
1 // Fiesta Disc Pitcher, 2 // Frye Phillip Harness Tall Boot, 3 // Corliss Chair, 4 // Tiny Wine-ey by Essie, 5 // Drawstring Dress, 6 // Linden Pillow, 7 // Crosley Classic Kitchen Phone
What are your favorite fall colors? Do you find warmth in richer tones when the weather gets cooler?
I've officially been bitten by the booties bug. I purchased two pairs last season-- a southwest styled pair from Nine West, and a grayish pair with a hint of mint that I snagged on sale at Wittner in Sydney last September. Australia's end of winter sales, were my beginning of fall fashion luck. And while perusing shoes to add to my wardrobe this fall, I fell in love with the gorgeous wedge pair from Frye that is shown below.
1 // Clarks, 2 // Frye Company, 3 // Nine West, 4 // Sam Edelman, 5 // Aldo
Booties seem to be the perfect alternative to the knee high boot while warm weather still lingers. I love that they can be paired with skinny jeans, leggings, or a dress and that they come in all sorts of styles-- heels, flats, wedges, dressy, or casual. Booties have definitely become a staple in my fall and winter wardrobe. While I like the look of the sleeker styles, my favorites pairs tend to be those with chunky heels and rich colored leathers.
Have you jumped onto the bootie trend? Which types of booties are your favorites?
However, after wearing yoga pants most days for a couple of months into self-employment, I...
Unless your job requires you to dress professionally, you are probably sitting there reading this blog post while sporting a stretchy, oh so comfy, pair of yoga pants that have seen better days. Let's be honest-- I don't blame you. Those things are probably the comfiest damn things on the face of the earth.
However, after wearing yoga pants most days for a couple of months into self-employment, I realized that it needed to end. Wearing yoga pants was quite possibly one of the worst things that I could be doing for myself, and I needed to break the habit. If you think I've totally lost my mind at this point, I'll convince you otherwise.
Think about it. How many times do you crawl out of bed, throw on some yoga pants, and then stumble to the kitchen to grab a cup of coffee, never to change out of those yoga pants for the rest of the day? Yup. That was me. And quite honestly, after a while I just started to feel dirty if I still hadn't taken a shower by late afternoon.
You feel better about yourself.
If you've showered, taken the time to put on a nice outfit, and have accomplished this by 9am, then that's a win. You will feel 200% better about yourself. You won't feel like a slob. You'll feel put together and most likely have a better body image of yourself, which only leads to a better outlook for the rest of your day. It's a confidence booster.
You become more productive.
Getting out of those yoga pants and into a nice outfit will make you feel like you're on a mission. If you can accomplish that, I guarantee you'll start your day with more motivation to accomplish your goals for the rest of the day. I have noticed that on days that I don't shower and put on real clothes by 9am, my entire day slowly becomes a complete waste. I often like to throw on a cute pair of shoes in addition to getting nicely dressed. Cute shoes
up the ante.
They're an incentive to work out.
If you're like me, you love fashionable workout clothes just as much as any other type of clothes. Choosing a few pairs of yoga pants that you really love can be an added incentive to be active and sweat it out.
you work out,
you get to wear your yoga pants. Use them as an incentive to be active, not to lounge around the house.
You have more reason to shop for cute clothes.
What's the point of shopping or buying fashionable items when you never wear them? Not wearing yoga pants all day makes me more excited about what I can do with my day to day wardrobe. I love being able to dress for my mood. For example, if I'm feeling like a rock star businesswoman that day, I choose a blazer and pumps. And, knowing that I'll actually be wearing the clothes I purchase makes it easier for me to justify buying them.
I've stuck my guns with the No Yoga Pants rule for a few months now and it's a game changer. Of course I indulge on the weekends and have at least one lazy day because we
deserve that. However, I've jumped ship on the yoga pants during the week. Have I convinced you yet? Are you guilty of wearing yoga pants non-stop?