Colors and Unicorns

Hey friends! I know it has been a while since I have posted. I just wanted to give you a little bit of love and happiness this week! Here are some fun links I have found about little things that bring a little happiness. Enjoy!

Sweet and Saucy Shop

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Photo: Sweet and Saucy Shop

I mean, how cute is this unicorn cake?! I am loving this unicorn fad and I am totally unashamed to admit it. If you love cakes and pretty designs, be sure to check out the Sweet and Saucy Shop!

Animal Cracker Pillows

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Photo: Brit+Co

These animal cracker pillows are so cute! This article is part of Brit+Co’s list of 17 DIY Pillows That Are Too Cool To Be A SquareΒ and each pillow is cuter than the last. These pillows just make me want to take up sewing… or at least try it out. πŸ˜‰

Rifle Paper Co.

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Photo: Rifle Paper Co.

I mean… this is the cutest thing ever. And the best part is that you can buy one custom for you and your Love! Rifle Paper Co. has the sweetest selection of pretty paper things and I really admire their artwork. Be sure to check them out!

I hope you all are having a wonderful week and I hope to have more content on the blog soon! Have a lovely day!

Much grace. Much love.

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Summer Series: Do What You Love

It’s been a crazy summer. Politics, vacations, new apartments, and just the Louisiana heat make this summer a bit overwhelming. While in the midst of all of these cultural and personal changes, there is one thing I have been trying to remember this summer… and that is to do what I enjoy.

I enjoy many things, but this summer I have really enjoyed reading. I used to read constantly when I was younger, and I was a binge reader so I could read through books pretty quickly. Once I started college I became a bit burnt out from all the scholarly, mandatory reading I had to do for classes, so reading for fun fell to the side in the off months.

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However, since graduating I have enjoyed picking up any book I find interesting and reading as many as I can. The summer provides the perfect time for this since the summers in the South are pretty brutal, so I spend most of my time inside enjoying all the AC (Thank you, Willis Carrier!) that I can. I know, I know… I should be outside… but it is too muggy and too HOT, so I will take my books and my fan, thankyouverymuch.

All this to say, this summer hasn’t really been what I planned. I expected to be at the pool a lot, writing nonstop for the blog, and hammocking. Instead, I have had more free-time than I expected and really found a joy reading and rereading some great books.

Basically, just do what you want this summer.

Do you want to go to the pool everyday? Do it. Do you want to picnic and go camping? Go for it. Do you want to be huddled in your home with a good book and cool air? YES, DO IT.

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This summer is still your summer, and you should do what you love. If you have the time, do it. If you don’t… make a little time to chill and find a hobby. πŸ˜‰

This summer (which is almost over… NOOOO!) use your spare time to accomplish your goals, even if it is last minute. Do what you love. 

much love. much grace.

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PS. If you want to know what I’m reading this summer, or ever, I am on GoodReads and I love it! I update whenever I can and would love some book suggestions. 

How I Changed My Wardrobe

I posted Β a few weeks ago that I have transitioned from bright colors and patterns to a minimalistic wardrobe of black, grays, and other neutrals. Like I said in the previous post, this transition was super easy, and even enjoyable, for me. I realize that for some people this may be stressful or difficult, so I decided to try to share my process and experience with you!

The very first thing I want to mention is that I did not go out an buy new clothes. You don’t have to BUY a new wardrobe to focus the colors you are wearing. People tend to have certain colors they buy more of, and that is the color to go with. No sweat! You don’t have to buy anything! πŸ™‚

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The Color Choice

I chose black as my main neutral because that is a color I have loved for a while, but also becauseΒ I had more black clothes than the other colors. With black being my main color, I decided to just keep all the other neutrals as well making my baseline for my new closet. I kept kaki pants, jeans, and a few accessories that were not neutral but could accent it easily. (Also, I kept all my workout outfits. I love getting these in color because I do yoga pretty often and have started going to the gym and needed all the workout clothes I had! Plus, it allows for some color-wearing time haha!)

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The Style Choice

Once my main color and base line were decided, I needed to focus on Β what “look” I was going for. I knew I needed clothes for two categories: professional and everyday. For choosing my professional outfits this was pretty easy because I had already bought my clothes in neutrals so I just kept all of them. (I don’t have a crazy amount of professional clothes…oops!) My personal style is much more difficult. To be honest, my preferences of clothes varies day-by-day so I kept the pieces that I love no matter what. I kept some tan lace shirts, my leather jacket, and some band tee-shirts that sadly aren’t black, but I will definitely wear again. (and already have!) Obviously I had to keep a few colorful items out of necessity. BUT they are pieces that go with my neutral baseline and I am not allowing myself to buy anymore of these colorful accents until the others are worn too much to wear or need to be fixed.

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The Eliminating

After I did all that organization, Β I decided to donate. We have a few local places that accept donations (likeΒ GoodwillΒ )Β which I used, but recently (when I did a second run-through of my closet) I decided to give to aΒ great organization calledΒ SchoolaΒ . Schoola is AMAZING. Being an education major I am all about supporting local schools and giving to those kiddos. When you donate or purchase through Schoola, you get quality, gently-used clothes that when purchased donates a percentage of money to the school of YOUR CHOICE. That’s right folks, you choose what school gets your money! How cool is that?! They are even supporting the Malala Fund when you buy specific clothes as well!

 

 

I am sure none of these “tips” are all that surprising, and they really shouldn’t be. Changing out your entire closet can be intimidating and overwhelming, but it really doesn’t have to be.

Have you changed out your wardrobe? Are there things I could be doing to further help the process? Let me know!

Much love. Much grace.

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Cozy Coffee Playlist 2016

As I have mentioned before, I love music. Mr. Yell and I love travelingΒ to concerts, no matterΒ how far they are! Β We have records, digital copies, and many (MANY!) CDs. I have written a few posts about my favorite artists and figured it was time to share some of that music with you!

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This month I took the time to create a playlist of songs I have been enjoying this season. Β Since it’s February I figured it was time to add a bit of pizazz to the cold weather! These are some songs that Mr. Yell and IΒ enjoy while reading, working, or just drinking a cup of coffee in this winter weather.

Please enjoy this first edition of the “Cozy Coffee Playlist”!

Enjoy this wonderful winter season!

Much love. Much grace.

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2015 Reflections

I thought about writing a post about this past year and then about the new year to come; but then I found aΒ blog postΒ that did such a wonderful job portraying what I wanted to say. This past year has been a crazy one with many ups and downs, but as always it was full of meaning and lessons to be learned. I learned about myself: how to embrace my emotions, overcome fears, and that I need to be true to myself.

These quotes are an important reminder and summary of my journey through 2015. Sometimes short quotes share more than I possibly could, so please enjoy this short post!



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In 2015, I started this blog. I wanted to be more open with my writing and needed an outlet that was encouraging to others in a place of darkness. Creating this blog has been a challenge and full of such fun!

In 2015 other events happened of course: I got married to the coolest guy ever, I started student teaching, and I was able to travel to some pretty wonderful places. All in all, 2015 has been a great one and I can’t wait to see the joys of the new year!

Enjoy the Holidays, friends!

Much love. Much grace.

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