If you know anything about me, you will know that I love to travel, explore and spend time with those I love.
I am writing today’s blog post from a hotel in the Sognesfjord in Norway after spending 2 days in Bergen and a short time in London. I planned a surprise birthday trip for Brandon to visit the Fjords, explore Viking country and then bounce over to the Highlands of Scotland. He has always been so romantic and always planned amazing surprises for me throughout our almost 18 years of marriage, so I figured it was time for me to do something for him! He has always been fascinated with Norway, the beautiful landscapes, the weather and of course the fjords. I can honestly tell you that to this point there is not one thing that has disappointed us.
After landing in London and rushing into the city to spend a hot and sunny day eating fish and chips, walking through some shopping areas (including Harrods of course), and Carnaby street. It has been around 14 years since I have been to London so I really enjoyed speaking a little more English than usual 😉
We then took an evening flight to Bergen to explore that city. We visited a Viking Castle, took a funicular to the top of the mountain and enjoyed amazing views after walking through some lovely lush forest. The Bryggen along the dock, which are the brightly painted buildings that Bergen is famous for, were the perfect backdrop for a couple of the pictures I have already posted.
Then it was a 4 hour cruise up the Sognesfjord to a little town (I guess you could call it a town, although there was very little to do) called Leikanger. We spent time riding bikes, visited a church and graveyard, and then on to a Viking obelisk monument. Of course what do you do when you are in a fjord and you are with your husband, you take a picture of him jumping into the freezing cold glacier water. I guess he’ll have no regrets about saying he actually swam in a fjord – as for me, I think I’m better as a photographer – teehee!
We will set sail again tomorrow to a town called Flam that is a little more populated, and we will stay another night there. So many more adventures and pictures to come…stay tuned!!
Planning ahead with my posting as I am leaving on vacation today and getting everything wrapped up before I leave. This is not what I am wearing because when I travel (especially on a international flight) I love wear clothes that are extremely comfortable, without foregoing a little sass and style. Stay tuned for my travel look and vacation pictures.
The outfit I am wearing in this post is one that I wore for work, but it is also perfect for date night, or pretty much any kind of daytime activity (at least for me because I always prefer to dress up a little more than most).
I don’t think I’m alone in thinking that sometimes the smallest things can make all the difference when planning an outfit. Things like jewelry, a belt, a scarf, some kind of hair accessory, a bag or a pair of shoes can make an outfit look completely different.
I love finding fun things to transform my outfit – the earrings I am wearing in this post. They were a gift a few years ago from a friend made by a local vendor…the colors and style worked so perfectly with my red top and black paper bag pants. The studded belt added a little edge, and the bangle added a little boho.
When I pay attention to the details and feel like my outfit is totally put together and rocking it, I have an air of confidence, which translates to me walking differently, having a little sass in just knowing that I feel good about myself and how I look.
What gives you confidence in yourself and how you look? Do you dress for yourself or to please others? The more confidence I develop in myself and in wearing my own unique style, the more I am able to become more daring, more bold and ultimately happier. I don’t think it’s shallow to put value on how you look, in fact, I think we owe it to ourselves to make the most of ourselves.
I hope your Sunday is fabulous, I know mine will be!
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I love it when I get the opportunity to talk a little about myself, because there are probably some things that a lot of you may not know about me…
I was challenged by a friend on Instagram @the_thread_edit to provide some facts about me…so here goes:
I think we all have an amazing story, we come from different backgrounds, lifestyles and families. I have found that I love to learn about people, understand them because it makes people become more relatable…which is why I was excited to tell you a little about me.
This is only scratching the surface, but hopefully this might make me seem more real and normal and hopefully you will want to read more and more about me.
When the seasons change, no matter where you live, there is at least in some part a change in the weather (even if it’s only the slightest change). So, what is the best way to transition your closet to a new season? The fashion magazines tell us the latest styles, trends, fabrics and colors, but how do you fit those to YOUR unique style?
Sometimes, expanding your sights to new things can seem overwhelming, expensive and very challenging. I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be…
I have many pieces of clothing that I continue to wear across seasons, things I pull out year after year and colors that can be adapted to my style. I don’t ever buy a completely new wardrobe every season, that would be too expensive and impractical. What I do is add a few new pieces and pair them with things I already own. I love creating my own looks using new and old styles, colors and fabrics combined.
There are some fabrics that work better during cooler seasons, and some during warmer seasons, as well as patterns that you associate more with one season over another. That doesn’t mean that you can’t cross over or color outside the lines a little, all it takes is a little imagination and experimentation. Here are some styles, patterns or fabrics that you can transition into fall:
Leather – although leather is definitely a warmer fabric, I wear this every season of the year and love adapting my looks accordingly. In spring pairing leather with florals is a great way to go, and in the fall adding a chunky sweater or an earth toned contrasting piece along with some boots is a great way to wear it.
Red is a color for any season – for fall try wearing your red (warm or cool red works) with tan, some form of animal print or just black. Red is such a strong color that makes a statement all by itself, so by adding this to your fall look, you are going to make any outfit stand out.
Unexpected – I love adding colors that are a little more unexpected. I love wearing a bright pair of shoes or boots that are unusual. Not necessarily the color of the season but one that can be a contrast to the look of your outfit. I have a pair of green satin booties that I love to wear in fall even though they are not a traditional fall color. This is where the coloring outside the lines comes in 😉
Velvet is a great warmer fabric, so tends to be more traditionally worn in cooler seasons. However, if you wear a velvet top with a satin or cotton skirt or pair of pants, it is versatile enough to be worn in spring. By wearing these velvet shorts with a pair of tights and boots, I could transition the look into fall and winter…the possibilities are endless!
Tights are a great way to change your summer dress to a fall outfit. A little summer dress paired with a funky pair of tights, and a duster or cardigan is a great way to get the most out of your summer look.
I am always looking for new things to try, new ideas, something that will make me stand out, that’s the only way anyone can grow. So maybe your style isn’t to stand out or maybe you don’t like to be bold, that is OK, but in order to grow in anything in life, you have to try something different. However you transition into the fall season, what if you tried something you haven’t tried before. What if you found that thing was your new favorite thing? I am always telling my kids that if they don’t try new foods how will they ever really know what they like? Even a new accessory, a pair of sunglasses, a new color…trying something new expands our comfort zone and the more we do that the more confidence we get and the happier we become. Baby steps work just fine 😉
Have you ever had a picture taken of yourself and thought “that isn’t my best angle” or “that wasn’t a good one”? Well, the pictures that I’m posting today were some that as I was taking them the whole time I was thinking these thoughts…
What it made me do is really think about how much we tell ourselves things in our lives that are not the things we need to hear. For example, do you ever think to yourself that you don’t look good in something, you can’t do something or do it well, you are not going to be able to make something happen or even worse, that you are not good enough? I know this is a common theme in today’s age, which is heightened because of social media. We can very often find ourselves comparing to others and very often competing with others, when really what we should be doing is being focused only on how we can make ourselves better than we were the day before!
I don’t know about you, but I am certainly going to respond much better to hearing something nice rather than something critical, even if it is just from myself. In fact, hearing praise and confidence come from yourself is probably one of the most motivating and inspiring things you can do for yourself.
There was a study that was done on water, and more specifically in speaking to water. I know, sounds a little hokey, but there was a scientific study that looked at the response when water was talked to negatively…what it created was cloudy, murky, dark water. Whereas when the water experienced only positive talk, the most beautiful crystals were formed. Now you may be thinking what on earth could this have to do with anything to do with not comparing yourself to others, or confidence building? Well, aren’t we as human beings made up of 60% water? So what if, when we listen to negativity, surround ourselves with negativity or tell ourselves negative things about ourselves, our abilities our appearance, what do you think will happen to us?
The moral of this story…speak to yourself the words you need to hear. Only tell yourself things that will lift you up. Don’t let yourself believe the worst about yourself, replace criticism for gratitude and create an environment where you can grow and become better every day.
On this Sunday what better time to make a commitment to yourself to speak kindly to yourself, to love yourself and to allow yourself some grace for not being perfect.
Have a wonderful Sunday!
I realize that not everyone loves shoes as much as I do, but one thing I can tell you is that if you don’t pay attention to the shoes you are wearing, it can mean the difference between making a good first impression and not!
Shoes are the icing on the cake, the last piece of the jigsaw puzzle that is your outfit, and if you wear a pair that doesn’t match, is scuffed or scruffy, isn’t the right style for the outfit you are wearing, what it does is draw attention from the best parts of you to something that is wrong. It may seem shallow, but here’s the fact…people notice the shoes you are wearing and they will make assumptions about you (whether they are correct or not, and whether they should be doing it or not doesn’t matter). You have the control to make sure that their assumptions of your are the ones that YOU want them to make.
Strange to think that something as small as a pair of shoes could control someone’s opinion of you or have them form a great first impression. I have talked before that quite often I will pick out the shoes before anything else, but that isn’t always the case, and I realize that is not something that everyone may feel comfortable with, so…here are some simple rules of thumb when picking out your shoes/boots for an outfit:
Shoes should definitely not be the last consideration when choosing your outfit, in fact, when you take a little care when choosing your shoes I know first hand that you will reap the rewards. Who doesn’t love a compliment or a little attention that wearing an awesome pair of shoes can bring. After all, the right pair of shoes can speak louder than words!
I don’t know about you but I am walking into this Monday in a sassy pair of shoes 🙂
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