Happy Monday!

  I was talking to a friend the other day and I was so frustrated. I said “I feel like all I ever do is run errands.” We talked about this for a while and finally he asked “When do you need to get all this stuff done?” I thought about it for a while and realized that most of these errands didn’t have an immediate due date. I just wanted to get them done and cross them off of my list.

  I’ve been thinking about that ever since. How many of us are going through life just “crossing stuff off of our list?” I’m not saying that you should be careless and not responsible. There are times when you just have to “adult” and there’s no way around that. I’m talking about those other times. The other times when stuff can wait. The other times when we have the choice to slow down and just smell the roses. So that’s a goal that I’ve set for myself. Just to stop every now and then and smell the roses. 

Sweater: Target

Jeans: Forever 21

Shoes: Christian Siriano for Payless

Homecoming Weekend


   Homecoming weekend was this weekend at my alma mater. I love homecoming weekend because it’s always great seeing old faces and catching up and it reminds me of how much I have grown as a person. Don’t get me wrong, I know that I still having growing to do. I think we all do but sometimes we tend to focus only on the negative. I don’t know about you, but I’m so quick to beat myself up. I’m quick to remind myself of a goal that’s not completed. Or how I should’ve done a certain task better. While I was walking on campus and driving past familiar buildings, I started to think about who I was back then and the woman I am now. I realized just how much I’ve grown. I encourage you to do the same this week. When you’re tempted to beat yourself up, just remember how far you’ve grown and focus on the positive. 

Sweatshirt: FreedomHouse

Shorts: Belk

Boots: Forever21

Shirt: Old Navy

Skirt: Forever21

Boots: ShoeDazzle 

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Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day

I’ve always loved Valentine’s Day! If you’re celebrating with the girls or have a hot date, I love the idea of a wrap dress. The shape it creates is flattering on most body types. It’s able to effortlessly accentuate or create curves. These #otk boots are a flirty way to show off your legs. 

Asymmetrical dress

Leka leather jacket
$455 – wolfandbadger.com

Quilted bag

Kate spade necklace
$78 – shopbop.com

Game Day Fashion


    It’s game day! I’ll admit, not really excited about the Super Bowl this year but I love game day festivities. I always like to be comfortable but chic, so this year I’m opting for denim on denim. This denim shirt isn’t restricting at all. In fact, it feels like I’m wearing a sweatshirt! I’d love to hear what you are wearing for game day in the comments!

Shirt: Banana Republic

Jeans: Express

Shoes: ShoeDazzle

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Zara Gift Card Giveaway 


   Alright, so it’s finally here! This isn’t sponsored by Zara. I’ve purchased a few items from Zara.com and have never been dissapointed. So in efforts of sharing some love to you guys, I’m giving away a $25.00 Zara gift card. All you have to do is:

1. Follow me on Instagram: _lifeisgolden_

2. Tag two friends under the giveaway post. 

The giveaway will be open from 7:30 PM EST on Thursday, February 2nd to 11:59PM EST on Saturday, February 4th. The winner will be randomly selected. I’ll announce the winner on Tuesday, February 7th. Good luck!!

Faux Fur Vest


I hope you are having a wonderful week so far! I love wearing my pink faux fur vest. It’s a great layering piece anytime I need to make an outfit a little more complex. I’ve shared before, that I think some of the best outfits are a little complex. For example, instead of just wearing a t-shirt and jeans you may want to add a third piece (jacket, scarf, or vest) to make the outfit complex. Adding that third piece is also great way to make your look more aesthetically pleasing. The look below started out as just a plaid shirt dress and grey jeans but by adding the faux fur vest, it not only gave this look a little extra pop but it also helps me show off my personal style as well.

Shirt Dress: J Crew

Faux Fur Vest: Target

Jeans: Forever21

Boots: Old Navy


Next week I will be giving away a gift card to one of my favorite brands! Be sure to follow me on socials to see how you can win!

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Special Events Wardrobe: Muee.com


I hope you all are having a great Tuesday! The beginning of the year calls for a lot of new things including new fashion trends. The beginning of the year is a great time to refine your wardrobe. So often, I think we solely focus on our work and everyday wardrobes and we forget our “special event” wardrobe. Right now is the perfect time to start thinking about any weddings, parties or dances that are coming up on your social calendar. It’s better to plan ahead, that way you aren’t rushing to purchase a dress once the event arrives. Below are a few dresses from Muee.com that I love.

Wedding Dresses

Lace was a big hit last year and this trend doesn’t show any signs of stopping. In my opinion though, lace is always in. Especially in the bridal fashion industry. Lace wedding dresses are effortlessly timeless and chic!

Wedding Dress



Evening Dresses

Whether it’s a reunion or a holiday party that’s on your social calendar, you need a dress that is going to make a statement as soon as you walk in the room. A red evening dress will do just that.

Strapless Ruched Long Red Chiffon A-line Slit Evening Dress


Homecoming Dresses

Homecoming is such an exciting time! This is the perfect night to have fun. Not just with your friends but with your look. I love the dress below. I don’t know about you but I’m getting some fierce J.Lo vibes circa 1999.

Floral High Low One Shoulder Sleeveless A-line Chiffon Homecoming Dress


Start thinking about your social calendar and don’t wait till the last minute to go shopping. Part of a great look is how it fits you. Some tailoring may be needed for your look and you don’t want to rush that! Feel free to comment on this post on how you plan on shopping for your social calendar this year. I’d love to hear from you!


What’s Your Vision for 2017?


I hope you are having a great weekend! This morning I went to church and the message was about finding your vision for 2017. I’ve been thinking about that all day to be honest with you. I have goals I want to accomplish for this year but I never stopped to think about my vision for this year. I think that’s why resolutions don’t always stick. We tend to think of a resolution as a one time occurrence or a temporary fix instead of a long-term objective that can increase the value of our lives. It’s time to start challenging ourselves and thinking about the vision for our lives and how 2017 can get us closer to that vision. I’m taking some time to meditate on what my vision is for my life and I challenge you to do the same!

Sweater: Forever21

Jacket: Forever21

Leggings: Forever21

Boots: Aldo


P.S. Don’t forget at the end of the month, I’ll be posting about a giveaway! So stay tuned on my socials!

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How to: Wear Turtlenecks


I hope you all have been having an awesome week so far. In 2017, I’m taking more fashion risks. In other words, I’m stepping outside of my comfort zone. I think every now and then, it’s important to get uncomfortable with certain things because it helps you grow. Normally, I don’t wear turtlenecks but I’m switching it up this year. Here’s how I wore a turtleneck today:

P.S.- the brand that made my trench coat is the brand I’m doing a gift card giveaway for. 

Dress: Calvin Klein

Trench coat: Zara

Shoes: ShoeDazzle

Necklace: Banana Republic 

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2017 Trends

2017 Trends

Happy New Year! 

With a new year comes new trends on the horizon. Here are a few trends I’m looking forward to exploring this year. 
1. Super Stripes. These aren’t just ordinary stripes. They’re a lot bigger and bolder (perfect for the new year). This dress is a bold look, if you want to tone it down, try to wear this trend in a top or a scarf. 
2. Unconventional Khaki. Usually when I think about khaki, I associate it with school uniforms (blah). Unconventional khaki isn’t boring. It’s innovative and exciting. This mini dress is perfect for rocking this traditional trend in a new way. 
3. Color of the Year: Greenery. Pantone has named the color of the year Greenery. It represents nature and new beginnings. To make this hue more streamlined, try pairing it with a tailored piece.

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