Spring Trends

I am wearing four of my favorite trends for Spring and Summer in today’s outfit post: destroyed denim, an off-the-shoulder top, platform sandals, and round sunglasses.  And while I’ve been playing around with the first three trends for quite some time now, I just recently purchased my first pair of round sunglasses.  And I have so say, I am LOVING them.  In fact, I just ordered a second pair with a gradient lens, as opposed to mirrored and I can’t for them to get here.  I’d also love to know, what are some of your favorite trends for this season?

Top (shein c/o) | Denim (less than $100!) | Hat | Sunnies | Bag | Platforms

Hope you guys are having a great week!  Thank you SO much for stopping by!

xoxo,

Abby

 

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Walking Through Adversity

I can’t believe a year has come and gone since I shared this post with you all.  And here I am, celebrating another trip around the sun.  If I’m being fully honest, this has not been a birthday I have been looking forward to celebrating.  In fact, I had planned on skipping it all together.  And while I’m not quite ready to share my full story with you all here on the blog, I did want to dedicate today’s post to sharing what I’ve learned as I’ve walked through adversity.

This past year was the hardest year of my life.  It was filled with grief and loss, hurt and betrayal, a lot of difficult changes, and a violent car accident, that 4 months later, has left me with lingering health issues.  BUT as hard as this past year was, it was also one of the most amazing and fruitful years of my life.  I developed some of the richest friendships I’ve ever had, I was able to spend an exponential amount of time with my family and my niece, I accepted a new job that was created specifically for me,  and I bought a new home that I love.  I also learned a lot of about myself, what it looks like to persevere, and most importantly, deepened my relationship with Jesus.  So with that, here are the lessons I’ve learned that helped to carry me through the difficult days.  And my hope in sharing this, is that it will help some of you:

  1.  Be gentle with yourself.  When you are walking through something difficult, it’s ok that it feels hard, or even impossible.  It’s ok to take the time you need to grieve.  It’s ok if you can’t get out of bed.  And it’s ok to really feel what you need to feel so that you can process it and move on.
  2. Take care of you.  I learned that I was really good at taking care of others, but not nearly as good at taking care of myself.  And it’s been a fun process to discover what it means to put myself first.
  3. Make appointments with your grief.  This was hugely instrumental for me.  Particularly as I was navigating everyday day life and a demanding career. I found that if I could set aside time to grieve, it helped me to hold things together when I needed to, and kept me moving forward in a healthy way.
  4. Let others help you.  This was one of the hardest lessons for me to learn.  I love to do things for other people, but struggled to let other people do things for me.  But once I was in my car accident and couldn’t take care of myself for a little while, I really had no choice.  It felt vulnerable and scary at first, but it was also an incredible experience to let people in and let them love on me (Matthew 5:4).
  5. Vulnerability is beautiful.  It is so important to be vulnerable and share with the right people.  Being totally transparent with my family and closest friends was not only freeing, but was also incredibly healing.
  6. Make sure you are FULLY known by at least one other person in your life.  One of my best friends says this a lot, and it is so true.  Whether it is a spouse, a friend, a parent, make sure there is one person in your life who knows your FULLY.  Darkness breeds darkness, and the enemy preys on isolation, so it’s important that we live fully in the light and are known.
  7. Joy and sorrow can exist in the same space.  While I had a lot of sorrow in my life this last year, it was also mixed with an abundance of joy.  That felt confusing to me at first.  But once I learned it was ok to feel both at the same time, it made it a lot easier to extend myself some grace and banish the guilt (John 16:20).
  8. We are fully equipped to deal with what happens in our lives.  I had heard a sermon about this once, and it really resonated with me.  And as I look back on the last couple of years, and really on my entire life, I can see the plans that God was laying that would allow for me to be prepared, protected, and able to weather this storm. And even more importantly, come out stronger on the other side (2 Corinthians 4:8-9).
  9. Lean in.  We are stronger than we think we are if we lean into Jesus.  If someone had told me ahead of time what would happen in my life, I don’t think I would have believed that I’d get through it.  But I did.  And I am a stronger and more compassionate person because of it.  But that is not of my own doing.  It is because I leaned in hard, dug deep into my faith, and trusted fully in His plan for me (Mark 10:27).
  10. You won’t be in the valley forever.  One day last summer, my brother and I were sitting in his kitchen, and he encouraged me not to miss out on any more of my life and what my future could be because I was too afraid to let go of the past and my own plans for my future. And in that moment, I realized that God was giving me the choice to leave the valley and start climbing my way back to the top of the mountain.  That is the path I chose. And while some days it’s still incredibly hard and that loss still feels unbearable, as I embark on this 36th year of my life, I am finding myself in a wonderful, happy new season.  I have been  afforded a fresh start. I have a heart filled with gratitude. I have a life full of people who love and support me. And most importantly, I am enjoying the sweet moments of the present, and eagerly anticipating what is to come.  Ever hopeful and believing in the plan that God has in store for my life (Jeremiah 29:11).  So cheers to another year, and the adventure, love, and happy times to come…

Top | Skirt, similar, similar(obsessed!) | Heels | Sofa | Black and White Pillow | Rug

And I also want to say THANK YOU for all of your love and support along the way.  Love you guys and am SO very grateful for this community.

xoxo,

Abby

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

 

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

 

Plaid Coat

I love a good plaid coat.  Especially one that doesn’t break the bank, like this cozy black and white one (only $25!).  Plus, the longer length makes it super cozy to throw on for those cold, snowy days.  In fact, it’s kind of like wearing a stylish blanket!

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Jacket c/o Shein (only $25!) |  Top, also love this | Denim | Monogram | Sunglasses | Bag | Booties (old), similar

I have to be honest, I am always pretty sad when Christmas comes and goes.  But I am looking forward to a shortened work week and ringing in 2017.  Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas celebration with your families and loved ones.

xoxo,

Abby

 

 

 

 

 

Green for Christmas

I love red and sparkles so much, sometimes I forget about wearing green during the holidays.  So when I saw this choker top at Express, I knew it would be perfect back to my favorite black faux fur vest and studded booties.  And not only does this look work perfectly for the holidays, it will work well beyond the month of December too.

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Top  (obsessed) | Vest | Denim | Sunnies | Bag (old), similar | Booties

Can you guys believe tomorrow is Christmas Eve?  I can hardly wrap my head around it.  Thank you so much for stopping by and for all of your support this year.  I appreciate you all so much.  Wishing you and your loved ones a cozy, safe, and wonderful Christmas celebration.

And Happy Friday!

xoxo,

Abby

Leopard Coat

One of my favorite things to wear this time of year, is a cozy leopard coat.  Throwing one on is the perfect way to be stylishly warm, and a great option to wear over your cute outfits to and from you holiday parties this season!

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Leopard Jacket, also love this, thisthis, and this (all can still be delivered in time for Christmas!) | Top | Denim | Sunglasses | Necklace | Clutch | Heels, similar

Hope you guys are having a fantastic week!

xoxo,

Abby

Shades of Burgundy

I typically tend to gravitate towards red during the holiday season.  But another great color option (that is often forgotten in place of its brighter counterpart this time of year), is burgundy.  And I am loving the soft combo of this taupe crushed velvet dress back to burgundy accessories and a dark lip.  And would you believe this dress is on sale for less than $30?  It would be perfect for a Christmas or NYE party!

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Dress (less than $30!), similar | Jacket, also in light pink | Sunnies | Clutch | Heels (old), similar, similar

Happy Friday, sweet friends!

xoxo,

Abby

 

Pink Sweater

I waited for so long for this sweater to go on sale at Nordstrom.  And when it finally did on Black Friday, I pounced.  And I am SO glad I did.  Not only do I love the color, but I love the tunic length style because I can wear it with jeans and leggings.  Plus, its really comfy and comes in a ton of colors.  It will definitely be a go-to piece in my wardrobe this winter.

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Sweater (on sale for less than $40!)| Denim | Monogram (30% off!)| Bag | Sunnies | Booties (old), similar

Thanks so much for stopping by!

xoxo,

Abby

 

Velvet Dress

I am really into anything velvet right now.  It’s been one of my favorite trends since the beginning of the season, and lends itself perfectly to the holidays.  Plus, how cute would this dress be for an upcoming Christmas party?  And at less than $40, it definitely won’t break the bank.

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Dress | Boots | Sunnies | Bag (less than $70!)| Lipstick

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  Can you believe that Christmas is less than two weeks away??

I guess I better hurry up and finish my Christmas shopping!

xoxo,

Abby