Here’s to 2017!

    I can’t believe tomorrow is the start of a brand new year already. I feel like this year just flew by so quickly! If you had to pick a word to describe 2016 what would it be? Mine would be: refining. This year I learned so much about myself and other people. I can feel how these lessons are refining me and turning me into the woman God created me to be. So I’m pumped about the new year ahead.  No matter what your descriptive word is, I believe that what lies ahead of me and you is something great. I’m not sure how your year was. Maybe it was great or maybe it was a challenging year for you. Whatever the case, know that you have the great opportunity to have a new outlook on the next 365 days. 

  If you’re tired or feeling a bit pessimistic about the new year, I encourage you to get your fire back. Get excited about the great things that are on the horizon for 2017! I’m excited for you! 

Next year I’ll be blogging more often and doing some giveaways! I’m wishing you all a safe and positive new year! If you want to see how I’m celebrating tonight, feel free to follow me on my socials:

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Listen to Your Heart


   As this year is winding down, it’s time for some reflection. Specially, about blogging. My blog isn’t where I want it to be but it’s exactly where it’s supposed to be (how’s that for a riddle?). What I mean by that is, that I have certain goals for my blog. I’m sure I’ll reach those goals but when it’s my appointed time to reach them. My blog is exactly where it’s supposed to be right now. 

  I’ll admit, it can be tempting to want to follow other blogs and do what other blogger are doing. But I know I have to follow my own path and listen to my heart. A couple of years ago I went to a fashion networking event. I was new to blogging and very eager to learn and network. While we were eating, I’m expecting to learn from others and that’s the opposite of what happened. For about two hours, the women gossiped. For. Two. Hours.  I was so disappointed. I learned a valuable lesson that day: follow your own path. It’s good to learn from others but people should never stunt your growth or bring toxic energy. Maybe you can relate. In the sense you want to be at a certain level or reach a goal. It’ll happen. As long as you continue to work for it. The important thing to remember is to be yourself. Just listen to your heart and everything else will follow. 

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The First Outfit of 2016

I’ve always loved New Year’s Eve. It’s something about that night that makes me think of the possibilities of a new year. I’m truly excited about 2016! I brought in the new year with my husband. Sometimes we celebrate with our friends but with me getting sick last year, we really wanted to celebrate with just the two of us. I love how this plaid shirt gives a casual feel to these sequined leggings. Here’s what I wore:

Leggings: H&M

Shirt: Forever21

Boots: Old Navy

Blazer: Thrift Store Find


Lessons I’ve Learned in 2015

Is it just me or did 2015 fly by? I’ve learned so much this year and want to share what I’ve learned in hopes that it might help someone else. So here it goes:

1. Go with the flow but know that you can’t always control it. 

When I got sick in August, I had to have a volvulus removed.  It’s basically when your intestines wrap around your colon and nothing can get through so you’re basically toxic. It’s something they usually see one sleepy people; not a 27 year old woman. I had to be rushed into survey and spent a week and a half in the hospital. I had some complications afterwards and am still not 100% back to the old me but I’m okay with that. I learned to just kind of go with the flow of life. I used to always want to control every aspect of my life and would freak out when things didn’t go according to my plan but this situation taught me you can’t always plan for everything. 

2. It’s okay to dream BIG. 

I have you guys to thank for this one. I would’ve never imagined that I would have people who were interested in my experiences, point of view or personal style. I’ve dreamed about it and I still plan on reaching bigger goals but I learned it’s okay to dream big. People may laugh and that’s fine. Their laughter just lets you know that your dream intimidates them. If people don’t laugh at your dreams, dream bigger!  Believe in yourself and your dreams and goals will come together. 

3. Your unique perspective is important!

I was bullied a lot in middle and high school. One of the reasons is because I was different. I was teased about the way I talked, acted and dressed. I didn’t know it back then but being different is a gift. If we all thought the same, life would be so boring. While embracing what makes you different you realize that your uniqueness  is a strength that sets you apart from the crowd. I’m not sure about you, but I’d rather stick out than blend in any day. 

I don’t really have any New Years Resolutions. I just want to strive to apply what I’ve learned in 2015 to 2016. So cheers to the new year! 
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