Cold Shoulder

I love a good cold shoulder top.  And this floral embroidered number is my current favorite.  Plus I love that it has bell sleeves too.   Definitely fun to have two trends in one without feeling too over the top.

Top (also love this, this, and this)| Skinnies (less than $80!) | Bag | Necklace | Sunnies | Pumps

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

xoxo,

Abby

 

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Castaway

I love a good palm print.  So when I saw this dress in the Cabi spring line, I knew it had to be mine.  It’s such an easy fit and a great piece to dress up or down.  In fact, I can’t wait to pair it with some gold sandals and a panama hat when the weather warms up a little!  Also, in case you missed it yesterday, here is a sneak peek at Cabi’s new Fall line.  Everything is SO good, but I am especially obsessing over that long plaid coat!

Dress (cabi c/o) | Jacket | Necklace (old, just ordered this) | Sunnies | Clutch (similar under $50) | Heels (on sale!)

Cheers to the weekend, sweet friends!

xoxo,

Abby

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

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

 

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

Holiday Style with Banana Republic

I am so excited to be teaming up with Banana Republic today, to style this cute dress for the holiday season.  And while this is such an easy piece to wear a multitude of ways, I am especially loving it mixed with festive plaids for the month of December.  Plus, it has pockets and is on sale for 40% off this weekend (along with everything else at Banana)!

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dress, Banana Republic (40% off this weekend!) c/o

top| monogram | sunnies | clutch | heels, also love these

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

xoxo,

Abby

Rose Quartz Skirt

I have absolutely been loving shades of blush and rose quartz this season.  And this sweet pleated skirt has quickly become a favorite in my wardrobe.  Not only is it easy and fun to style (with some serious twirl factor!), but it’s less than $40, and a perfect choice for those holiday parties coming up this month!

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Skirt, also love this color, and this velvet version | Tee | Jacket | Necklace | Sunnies | Clutch (sold out), similar | Pumps

Hope you guys have a great Monday!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

xoxo,

Abby

 

 

Cyber Monday Sales

My head is still spinning from all of the amazing sales this weekend.  And guess what?  You are in luck because they are continuing (some are getting even BETTER!) into today!  So if you haven’t finished up your Christmas shopping yet, then today’s post is for you!

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Dress (on sale!) | Jacket  | Heels (on sale!) | Beanie | Necklace

And now for the fun part, a few of the things I’m picking up from the #CyberMonday sales today, and links to all of my favorite sales!!

Cyber Monday Picks

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And now for the links to my favorite sales today:

Anthropologie-20% off everything

ASOS-30% off everything

Gap-50% off everything plus an extra 10% off

Nordstrom-extra 20% off sale and clearance

Banana-50% off everything

Clare V.-30% off everything

Julie Voss-up to 35% off

Rebecca Minkoff-25% off everything (and a free wallet!)

JCrew-40% off everything

JCrewFactory-60% off everything

Tory Burch-30% off everything 

BlankNYC-40% off everything

Minted-20% off everything

Happy Cyber Monday, friends!

xoxo,

Abby