A Person of Excellence

A few months ago I scheduled a personal day for today.  I had no plans and I still don’t; and can I just say that feels terrific?!  Some people may see taking a day off for no reason as a waste of a vacation day, but usually when I’m taking a day off it’s for others- such as traveling home to see family for holidays, etc.  So, why not use one of my days for myself and take a ME DAY?

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Wedding Bell Special

Do you have anyone special in your life getting married soon?

If so, then you have to check out Kate Spade’s wedding special.  They have items up to 75% off.  The sale ends at 11:59PM on July 17th though…so check it out fast if you want in on the bargain.

I unfortunately, don’t have any special ladies getting married this year, or I’d be all over this.  I did still pick out a few of my favorites to share with you all.  Check them out below!

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What bride wouldn’t love this tote as her “Something Blue”?  She can use it on her honeymoon and for many years after.

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via katespade.com

How cute is this necklace to wear as you leave for your honeymoon?  What bride and couple doesn’t want to tell everyone in the world that they just got married?  And you can definitely wear it for other occasions in the future as well.

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via katespade.com

This may seem an odd choice, but, I chose it because I’ve always dreamed of going on a picnic with my boyfriend/husband and opening a bottle of wine/champagne and having cheese and other apps.  Very romantic for a newlywed couple!  Perfect gift!

I hope you liked my choices.  Now it’s your turn.  Go check out the full site and let me know if you find anything for a special girl in your life getting married.

 

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ONE KIND WORD

“ONE KIND WORD can change someone’s entire day.”

Last week I was completely stuck in my head.  Questioning everything about my life; the decisions I have made thus far and I was really just not feeling too hopeful about my future.

I was snapped out of my own thoughts when I was standing in the elevator one morning at work and a girl from another company riding the elevator complimented my shoes.

“I like your shoes.”

“Oh, thank you so much.”

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That was it.  That was our exchange.  She got off the elevator at her floor.  I got off the elevator on my floor.  But that simple compliment on my shoes made me stop feeling blue for at least the first half of the morning!

Never underestimate what a compliment can do for someone.  Even something as silly as a pair of shoes.  You have no idea what another person may be going through and how your comment may lift their soul.

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The shoes above are from A’GACI.  Style:  Dolley 23 Pointed Toe D Orsay Flat.  Cost:  $17.50.  I got them this past March so I’m not sure if they are still available but there are tons of these types of flats on the market right now.  Flats have really stepped up their game and I love it!

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Changing It Up

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Via wallpaperpassion.com

I started this blog in an effort to let the creative part of my self out.  Unfortunately, the very foundation that allowed me to build the blog has now suddenly made me feel “trapped” into only writing about certain topics on certain days.  So, I’ve decided I want to change it up in an effort to keep myself happy and to keep you all entertained (that’s my goal anyway).

Since I won’t necessarily be posting on the same Wed. and Fri schedule as I was previously, then I encourage you to sign up for my email notifications so you know when a new blog has been posted.  It’s very easy to do!  When you are on my page, put your mouse around the right hand side of your screen and you will see a button that says “Follow.”  Click that button and it will prompt you for your email address.  Following that, you will receive an email every time I make a post so you never miss out!

I hope you all come along on this journey and change with me.

Xx!

 

 

“Expose your ideas and be creative.  The little things make the real change.”

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Happy 4th of July Weekend

I hope everyone has had a wonderful, safe and super fun 4th of July weekend!!! 

This is just a short little post because I wanted to let you all know that I’m working on some special things to share with you very soon…While doing so I stumbled upon the quote below.  I found it very fitting for the weekend AND for what I’m working on, so I had to share.  I hope you enjoy!

“A couple of hundred years ago, Benjamin Franklin shared with the world the secret of his success. Never leave that till tomorrow, he said, which you can do today. This is the man who discovered electricity. You think more people would listen to what he had to say. I don’t know why we put things off, but if I had to guess, I’d have to say it has a lot to do with fear. Fear of failure, fear of rejection, sometimes the fear is just of making a decision, because what if you’re wrong? What if you’re making a mistake you can’t undo? The early bird catches the worm. A stitch in time saves nine. He who hesitates is lost. We can’t pretend we hadn’t been told. We’ve all heard the proverbs, heard the philosophers, heard our grandparents warning us about wasted time, heard the damn poets urging us to seize the day. Still sometimes we have to see for ourselves. We have to make our own mistakes. We have to learn our own lessons. We have to sweep today’s possibility under tomorrow’s rug until we can’t anymore. Until we finally understand for ourselves what Benjamin Franklin really meant. That knowing is better than wondering, that waking is better than sleeping, and even the biggest failure, even the worst, beat the hell out of never trying.” -Meredith Grey quote from Grey’s Anatomy

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What a Deal Wednesday

Nordstrom Rack in Chicago is having their “Clear The Rack” event this Thursday, July 3rd thru Sunday, July 6th. All red-tag clearance merchandise will be an extra 25% off.

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You can bet I’ll be checking out the deals when I get off work on Thursday. Maybe I’ll have luck; maybe I won’t…but, it’s always fun hunting!

I’ve found some of my favorite designer goods at Nordstrom Rack over the years….my Steve Madden gladiator sandals that I shared with you all in a post earlier this year; my black and gold Kate Spade mini purse; and my Michael Kohrs oversized black sunglasses. These are just a few of my faves that I have been lucky enough to score as a bargain at Nordstrom Rack!

You know I’ll keep you updated if I find anything good! Please do the same! I’d love to hear from you!

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Rejuvenation

Perhaps you noticed that I did not post a Found It Friday article this past Friday.  I wasn’t ignoring you all.  I promise.  Last Thursday I traveled home to go camping with my family and my family’s friends for the weekend.  I was kept quite busy, and let’s just say there would have been absolutely no way to get Wi-Fi in the woods!

So in lieu of Friday’s post , I thought I’d share a little bit of my weekend with you…

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I know I preach all the time about how in order to feel good about yourself on the inside then you must take care of yourself on the outside by eating right, working out, getting dressed, grooming and doing a little primping.  BUT, every now and again, it’s nice to take a little break from it all.

I didn’t wear makeup ALL weekend.  I spent most of the weekend with my bathing suit on.  My hair was either in a hat or tied up in a pony.  And I indulged in plenty of my dad’s campfire breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks, s’mores and alcohol.  Do I feel guilty about it?  No.  Should I feel guilty about it?  Absolutely not.

If I were depressed, hauled up in my apartment and binge eating and drinking while looking and feeling like crap then that’s a problem.  BUT, this…..this was not a problem.  This was a break.  A time enjoy some time with my family and friends.  A time to laugh.  A time to indulge and not worry what my makeup looked like or if my hair was ok.  All of us were all natural the whole weekend and it felt refreshing and was a nice little break.

I think it’s just as important to have these little breaks in life as it is to take care of yourself on a daily basis.  Just make sure you know the difference between whether you are rejuvenating or whether you are allowing yourself to be unhealthy and stuck in a rut.  I’ve been in both and it’s VERY important to know the difference!

Until Wednesday…Xx!

 

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