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

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

 

Red Pop

Besides sequins (and velvet this year!), one of my favorite things about dressing for the holiday season, is incorporating pops of red into my outfits.  Whether I’m dressed up, or casual, I love how a subtle pop of red, like a fun pair of shoes (and a Starbucks red cup, of course!), can give your look a festive feel!

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Jacket | Sweater (obsessed) | Tank | Monogram | Denim | Sunnies | Bag | Pumps (old), similar, similar, LOVE these

Hope you’re all having a fantastic week!

xoxo,

Abby

 

On Repeat

I’ve posted a similar version of this outfit a few times on my Instagram this Fall, and I’ve gotten so many questions about it (especially this buffalo plaid shirt), that I wanted to share it on my blog too.  It’s such a cute and easy look to throw together, and it would be perfect (and comfy!) for a casual Thanksgiving dinner.  Plus, how amazing are these booties?

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Denim Jacket | Tunic (obsessed and it’s on sale for 40% off!) | Leggings | Plaid Shirt (on sale for less than $20!)| Sunnies | Bag | Booties, also here

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

xoxo,

Abby

 

Flower Run

I love having a Trader Joe’s right by my house.  Not only do I love grocery shopping there, but I love stocking up on fresh flowers for my house every week at ridiculously affordable prices.  And you know what else I love?  These jeans-which are also ridiculously affordable at less than $75!  I also own in them in black and they are so comfy, and hold their shape really well.  They are seriously my favorite denim right now.  So trust me when I tell you that you need them in your life!

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Top | Denim (only $70!)| Necklace | Bag (less than $40!)| Sunnies (my fave and less than $60!) | Hat | Booties

Hope you guys had a wonderful weekend.  Thank you so much for stopping by!

xoxo,

Abby

 

Choker Collar

One trend I’ve been really excited to try this season is the choker collar. It’s a fun silhouette, that in all honesty, makes me a little nostalgic for the ’90’s.  Plus, how could I resist this dress once I realized it had pockets!  It also comes in a ton of fun colors and is less than $50!

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Dress | Bag | Sunnies | Booties (old), similar, similar

Can you believe it’s November already? The end of this year is just flying by!

xoxo,

Abby

 

 

Off The Shoulder

I’m a sucker for a good off the shoulder top.  And Free People has SO many cute ones in their Fall line right now.  I can hardly contain myself.  So if you are looking for a good off the shoulder number, be sure to check out this one, and my other favorites linked below!

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Top (also love this, this, this, and this) | Skinnies | Necklace | Sunnies | Clutch | Heels, obsessed with THESE

Happy Monday, sweet friends! And wishing you all a safe and FUN halloween!!

xoxo,

Abby

Denim Jacket

I love to wear dresses and booties together in the fall.  It’s a definite go-to combo for me.  I also get a ton of use out of my favorite denim jacket this time of year.  And you’re in luck, because not only is it super comfy (with a lot of stretch), but it’s on sale right now too!  A definite Fall staple.

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Jacket | Dress (Hope Avenue), similar, similar | Necklace | Bag | Sunnies | Booties

Happy weekend, sweet friends!

xoxo,

Abby