Life Update And A Mini Home Tour

Hi friends! Since I’m 4 months post car accident, I thought I’d give you guys a quick life update.

Last week at my appointment with my Neurologist, we decided that because of the progress I’m making, we could move our appointments from once a month, to once every 3 months.  And that I could start seeing my Neuropsychologist monthly instead of weekly.  To me that’s exciting because it not only means that I’m starting to recover faster than they had initially anticipated, but also because I don’t have to go to the hospital nearly as often.

The other exciting thing, is that I was cleared to go back to the gym.  While I still can’t ski or ride my bike, or play any type of impact sport, I did get the clear to try going back to Orange Theory.  If you guys have been following me for a while, then you probably know that fitness is something that’s really important to me.  I started doing Orange Theory about a year ago, and completely fell in love with it.  In fact, at the time of my accident, I was in the best shape of my life.  I was the leanest I’ve ever been, was running close to a 6 minute mile, and could do more push ups than anyone else I know. Ha! If you know me in real life, then this will probably make you laugh, because I am super laid back and have never been a serious athlete or particularly competitive.  Sure, in high school I played varsity tennis and was a cheerleader, but I lettered more times in music than anything else.  And that was my primary focus in college and into early adulthood too.  But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve really enjoyed pushing my limits, and learning what my body is capable of. Whether it’s a half marathon, back country ski-touring, a 130 mile road bike ride, or competing in the Orange Theory games, I’ve really tried to do as much as possible.  In fact, for whatever reason, when it comes to the gym (and my career), I kind of like to go beast mode. In my own quiet/introverted way, of course.

So even though I was really excited to be cleared to go back, I was also nervous, because I didn’t know how my body, or my brain, would react.  But I have to say, I’ve been pleasantly surprised.  Sure, my 6-pack is gone, I felt a little jiggly on the treadmill, and my running pace was much slower.  BUT I didn’t get dizzy or nauseous, and I was able to participate the whole time.  And while I realize I have a long way to go to get back to where I was, during that first class back, I was struck with an incredible gratitude that I still CAN get back to that place.  Because with a little hard work and dedication, and a whole lot of grace, anything is possible.  And as hard as this whole as mess has been, I am realizing more and more every day, just how lucky I am that I will be able to make a full recovery.  God is so good, and I am so very thankful!

So now on to the rest of the post!  I have been wanting to share these photos with you guys for forever, and with the accident, just didn’t get around to it.  So in honor of my old house officially selling (and because I get so many requests for this kind of post), I thought I’d give y’all a little peek at the space where I used to live!  Better late than never, right?

Prints | Cow Skull Print | Black and White Pillow | Other Pillows | Settee | Leather Couch | Pink Chairs | Outdoor Furniture | Bar Stools | Farmhouse Sink

I am currently in the process of decorating my new house, and I can’t wait to share it with you guys.  It is much more modern than my old one, so I am taking a different approach, which is definitely venturing into new territory for me.  I also might have just ordered a GORGEOUS pink mid-century modern couch.  And I am SO excited for it to arrive.

Hope you guys are having a great week.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

xoxo,

Abby

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Floral Dress

If you guys have been following this blog for a while, then you definitely know I am a huge fan of long-sleeved dresses.  And this Spring is no different.  While I also always love wearing light jackets over dresses this time of year, sometimes it’s kind of nice to leave the extra layer at home.  Plus, I’m always game for any kind of dress with a little twirl factor.  And this one definitely fits the bill!

Dress | Bracelets | Sunglasses | Bag | Booties (old), similar, similar

Hope you guys had a wonderful weekend.  And here’s to making Monday count!

xoxo,

Abby

 

Skirted

I tend to gravitate towards dresses.  But the Grandstand skirt from the Cabi Spring line just might be my favorite thing in my closet right now.  I seriously love everything about it.  The fabric, the stripes, the pockets, the tie waist.  It’s really an all-around perfect piece in my book.  Plus it goes with so many different things, I know it’s going to be a go-to in my wardrobe this season.

Sweater | Skirt c/o cabi | Necklaces (here and here) | Hat | Sunnies | Booties

Is it just me, or does this feel like the longest week EVER?  Hopefully your week is going by a lot faster than mine.  I am so ready for the weekend already.

Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo,

Abby

 

French Kande

I am so excited to be teaming up with one of my favorite jewelry brands, French Kande, to talk about their Spring line today (be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post for a special offer for All Dolled Up readers!).  If you’ve been following me for a while, then you know what a HUGE fan I am of their jewelry.  Everything is handcrafted in LA and cast from original medallions found at local Parisian flea markets.  And not only that, but every piece is unique and each medallion has a special meaning.  The necklace I’m wearing today is my personal favorite piece from the current line.  In fact, it might just be my favorite French Kande piece to date. I love the mix of metal and pearls, and love layering this gorgeous piece or wearing it alone.

Necklace c/o French Kande

Olive Top | Denim (obsessed and they’re under $90!) | Bag | Sunnies | Heels

And now for the fun part! If you place an order with French Kande, enter code ABBY at checkout for a FREE pair of earring with any $150 purchase!  How fun is that?

Happy Monday, and happy shopping, sweet friends!

xoxo,

Abby

 

Balloon Sleeves

I stalked this top online forever.  But I just didn’t think I could pull off the balloon sleeves.  Bell sleeves are one thing, but this exaggerated version is a whole different story.  But I have to say, I am so glad I finally took the plunge.  It’s such a fun piece to have in my wardrobe, and surprisingly goes with so many different things.  Is this a trend you guys would ever try?  I’d love to know!

Top (also love this)| Joggers | Clutch | Sunnies | Pumps (sold out), also love these and these

Thanks for much for stopping by!  Happy Hump Day, friends!

xoxo,

Abby

 

Leopard Tunic+A Little Update

It’s hard to believe it’s been exactly 3 months since my car accident.  In some ways, it feels like 3 months of my life have been completely lost to the fog of this concussion, as I’ve battled severe sleep deprivation, fatigue, a newfound fear of driving, mild dizziness, vision issues, and a roller coaster of emotions on top of some already difficult life circumstances.  I haven’t been able to partake in a lot of the things that I love, like skiing, biking, Orange Theory, hiking, going out with friends, or even shopping.  And despite really disliking hospitals, I have found myself having to go to countless appointments with my neurologist, my neuropsychologist, and my balance and mobility therapist. Fortunately, I’ve been starting to see some pretty significant improvements over the last couple of weeks, and am beginning to feel more like myself.  But looking at the last 3 months as whole, if I’m being honest, it’s been really, really hard.  And some days I kind of just want to wallow in my own self pity. Ha!

I think I realized a few weeks ago that one thing I was really struggling with was the fact that someone else’s bad decision has had such a negative and lasting impact on my life.  And I was feeling kind of angry about it.  But then one morning I was sitting in my neuropsychologist’s office, and he asked me if I am the type of person who believes that bad things just happen, or if I believe that bad things (or good) happen for a reason.  And for me there was no hesitation.  As a Believer, I am definitely a person who believes the latter.  While we can’t always see the bigger picture, his question put things into perspective and reminded me that Jesus is authoring the story of our lives.  And in some way, shape or form, this accident is a part of my story.  One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Romans 5:3-4: “suffering produces perseverance, perseverance character, and character, hope”.  I’ve seen friends recently walk this out so well and have admired them so much.  And as I sat in that office that morning, I was overcome, because I realized that I too can persevere.  So then and there, I made the decision to stop feeling sorry for myself and to commit to walking  through the aftermath of my head injury in this way, with perseverance, character, and hope. Because while I can’t control the decisions and actions of others, I can control my own.

So here’s to a positive mindset, a grateful heart, continued improvement, and (what you probably really came here for), more outfit posts!!  And a huge thank you to you all for all of your support.  You guys really are the best.

Tunic | Denim, also love these | Necklace (old), similar | Sunglasses | Bag | Booties (on sale!)

Hope y’all are having a wonderful week.

Thanks so much for stopping by!!

xoxo,

Abby

 

 

 

Duster

I love a good duster cardigan.  But at only 5’3″, I tend to shy away from them because they typically overwhelm me.  Well thank goodness for Cabi.  Because like everything else they make, the moment I put this sweater on, I couldn’t believe how flattering it was.  Even on my short frame!  And I especially love the placement of the stripes, which make it feel like a really fresh take on an old classic.  A definite must-have for any wardrobe!

cardi (cabi c/o) | tee (similar) | denim | necklace | sunnies | bag (on sale!)| heels

Happy, happy Friday sweet friends!  AND happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Does anyone have any fun plans tonight?

xoxo,

Abby

Bell Sleeves and Pirate Shirts

If you follow me over on Insta (@alldolledupblog), you might know how much I LOVE the bell sleeve trend.  But I do have a confession.  Every time I put one on,  I can’t help but think of the Jerry Seinfeld episode with the pirate shirt.  I’m probably totally aging myself here, but you guys know what I’m talking about, right? So I have to ask, does this trend make anyone else think of the same thing??? And more importantly, is this a trend that you guys are into this Spring?  Leave a comment below-I’d love to know!

Top (shein c/o only $22 and comes in white too!) | Skinnies | Monogram | Sunglasses |Bag | Heels

Since I haven’t blogged very much in such a long time, Chloe wanted to make sure she stopped by to say hello too.

Hope you guys are having a fab week!

xoxo,

Abby

 

 

Floral

Well hello again, sweet friends.  It certainly has been a while since I’ve posted on the blog.  In case you missed it, I was in a bad car accident right after Christmas, and have been recovering from a pretty severe concussion for the last couple of months.  To be honest, it’s been a rough road.  I had absolutely no idea I’d be down and out for so long.  And while I’m still not back to my normal self, I am finally starting to make some progress. Thank goodness!

And now that I’m feeling a little better, I couldn’t be more excited to be teaming up with one of my go-to brands, Cabi clothing, to show you some of my favorite pieces from their Spring 2017 line.  If you follow me on Instagram, you know I’ve been on a floral kick lately.  So when I saw this perfect pink floral tank in the Cabi line, it was the first things I ordered.  And not only does it look great layered now, but it has a super cute neckline and I can’t wait to wear it during the summer months!  Definitely a favorite piece in my wardrobe.

jacket (on sale!) | top (cabi c/o) | necklace | denim | sunglasses | bag | pumps

Wishing you guys a fun filled weekend!

xoxo,

Abby

 

Velvet Jumpsuit for NYE

I had good intentions of bringing you festive and sequin-filled NYE inspired posts all week.  But unfortunately, things don’t always go as planned, and I was involved in a pretty major car accident on Tuesday morning. While my car was totaled, I was fortunate enough to walk away from the accident with only a concussion and minor injuries.  And while I am grateful to be alright, it was also a good reminder of how precious life is.

And of course it’s got me thinking.  As events like these often do.  It’s so easy in this day and age to put together and present a perfectly curated life through social media.  But I’m feeling led to share with you guys that my life is anything but perfect.  And if I’m being totally honest, I can also tell you that 2016 has been the hardest, most challenging year of my life.  And I’ve really been struggling this week to wrap my head around how it could possibly be ending with a serious accident on top of everything else. But rather than let myself get down and discouraged (which I’ve totally been doing), I’m reminding myself in times like these, that it’s important to take a step back, take inventory of the blessings you DO have in life, find the joy in the hurt, the laughter in the messiness, surround yourself with those who love you most, and thank God for His grace, protection, forgiveness, and unfailing love.  That is after all, what this holiday season is all about, isn’t it?

In other (more fashion blog-worthy) news, how amazing would this green velvet jumpsuit be to wear to a NYE party (or any other party for that matter)?  If I’m feeling well enough to make it out on NYE this year, this is definitely what I’ll be wearing.  Fingers crossed!

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Jumpsuit | Necklace | Sunnies | Clutch | Heels

Wishing you all a safe and happy New Year this weekend.  And a huge thank you for your continued love and support, and for making this blog possible.  Y’all have been such a bright spot in my life this past year and I am so appreciative!

Cheers to a better and brighter 2017!!

xoxo,

Abby