6/18/94, my date of birth & a day that not until recently has snuck up on me. As a child I would have my birthday list planned out a month in advance for my parents, and my party planned as early as I could possibly have it. But this year felt different.
Priorities have heavily shifted this year, and I find myself reminiscing a lot on my birthdays past. I have fond memories of my Sweet 16 surrounded by everyone I went to high school with singing me happy birthday. My 18th I spent the day on the beach, my 21st out at bars with my close college friends, and my 22nd again on the water. This year taking a day off of work to relax and enjoy time with family and Philip seemed to trump all of those. I can’t tell if I’m becoming wise, or just really boring.
With this, here is some advice for those of you turning 24.
1.) You do not have to have your entire life figured out. In college I assumed my life would be ticked & tied at this point (let’s all laugh together….). It’s okay to still be in progress.
2.) Social media is a morphed reality, and is everyone on their best behavior (lol bc I am the QUEEN of this) . I so often find myself comparing my life to others through Instagram, Facebook etc. but seriously, no ones going to post them fist deep in some toll house cookie dough on their third binge hour of KUWTK (aka me once a week)
3.) It’s okay to not be okay sometimes. Key word, SOMETIMES, this is not to discredit getting help where help is due. Surround yourself by people who make you happy, who comfort you, and who support you (here’s looking @ you Philip). There’s nothing more important than having someone there to talk to after a straight shit day at work (don’t pretend you don’t have them, we all do.)
My heart aches reading the news of the passing of one of my favorite designers. I’ve drawn so much inspiration from Kate Spade, and fell in love with her work at an early age. I remember shopping the Kate Spade New York store on Fifth Ave during my first trip to NYC was one of the highlights of the trip. Her colorful and clean design, wit, and disregard for others opinions always left me in awe. She was truly revolutionary, and was one of the first female designers to shatter the glass ceiling.
Mental health is important. Loving yourself & knowing that others love you is important, and seeking help when you feel you’ve lost control is important. Although a bleak day, I hope this is able to shed light on the stigma of mental illness, as it has no discrimination on who it targets.
Live colorfully, always. ♠️
Location: Staufs Grandview
Romper: H&M (dupe HM)
Location: Fox in the Snow Cafe (Italian Village)
Sunnies:Balmain Tee: SheIn, Jeans: Zara, Cardigan: Madewell Mules: Steve Madden
Spring has sprung in Columbus (finally), and I’m not sure if I have ever been more ready for warm weather! Being from Michigan harsh winters usually don’t phase me, but this one was exceptionally brutal and the cabin fever is REAL.
This spring will be the last of our relaxing weeks for a while, because come summer we are in full time wedding/travel mode! Planning a wedding is like layering on another full time job, and although I’ve loved every second of it, I am definitely ready for some relaxing days on Lake Michigan’s coast this summer!
I get a lot of questions around where a lot of my pieces are from. I’m all about investing in the classics ( a la the Balmain glasses, although Saks off fifth has them for a bargain in a killer nude shade) and going fast fashion for the trends (bc honestly I had a shirt that said bonjour five years ago and got rid of it…). Zara is and forever will be my favorite fast fashion retailer, but I am partial to ASOS as well (no sales tax ayeee).
Dress: Zara Shoes: J Crew
Happy Easter to all!
Flannel: Madewell (ex-boyfriend fit), Sweater: PacSun (dupe: Urban Outfitters ), Boots: L.L Bean
Colorado was nothing short of breathtaking this week, with my second trip to the snowy state wrapped up! Traveling is always exhausting, but I feel nothing short of grateful for the fact that I get to see so many beautiful places thanks to the career path I chose.
The ART hotel in downtown Denver was like staying in a museum. Modern, clean and contemporary this was by far one of the most unique hotels I’ve ever stayed in. Breckenridge may quickly become one of my new favorite cities traveled. It’s quaint mountain town feel, mixed with its gorgeous scenery was the perfect combination, although my body FELT that altitude change hard.
Sweater: Urban Outfitters/ Haute Rogue
One of my favorite traditions Philip and I have established this year is venturing to a new brunch spot every weekend. We spent this rainy Saturday morning at Cravings Cafe , and it did not disappoint. I also added the word bronut to my vocabulary, aka a donut hole shoved into a donut.