My Grandma was one of my style icons, and I loved her because her whole life she expressed herself through her style and didn’t worry about being different. My Grandad worked for a shoe company in England and because of that she had sooo many pairs of shoes, and was always ahead of the trends (maybe this is where I got my love for shoes from). She wore bold fabrics, colors and styles and was one of the first people I ever saw wearing animal print. She knew the power of style and confidently expressed herself in a way that made people sit up and pay attention!
Because she had such a huge impact on my life, I have always wanted to be the same way…try new things and stand out from the crowd.
Snake print or Python print is so huge right now, and I know if my Grandma was still around she would be sporting all the latest looks. It’s not that it is brand new, but I do think it’s a great transitional print that can take us through all the seasons this year. Because it is such an amazing print you are going to see it in most high street stores and online, in a variety of different styles.
Just like no two leopard prints are the same – snake print can come in so many shapes, sizes, colors and styles. I am mixing 2 different colors of snake print in my outfit today, and I love the effect because it just amplifies the look even more. I love the mix of colors and the depth that it brings.
At one point in my life I might have considered it to be a little much to wear 2 different colors of the same print, but what I have found as I get older is that I kind of like coloring outside of the lines…not letting the fear of what others think affect how I dress, what I do and who I am 😉
Another way to wear more than one print is to choose different prints (snake, leopard, zebra etc), mix the patterns but wear them in the same color. It’s OK if you’re not quite there yet…stick to what makes you feel comfortable!
I have linked a few of my favorite snake print pieces below – including the pants I’m wearing
There are some mornings that I wake and want to feel a little softer, a little more gentle and feminine. I used to think that by doing that or acting that way it meant that I was soft or weak, but what I have found is that it makes me more approachable, less intimidating and it is a hat that we as women need to wear at times and not be ashamed of.
I’m not saying that’s it’s about acting different from who we are, but if we have that inside of us, that piece of us that likes to dress up (kind of like when we were little girls) wearing something pretty, frilly and feminine – then that’s what we shouldn’t be afraid to do.
There are some days when it is not the type of day I know I’m going to have, so I dress appropriately…but on those days where I feel like I don’t want to just be a #bossbabe, but want to feel in touch with my inner feminine side, this is how I dress.
I don’t care who you are, there are multiple personas inside all of us, and channeling them all I think it vital. Do you act differently at work than at home? I know I do. At work I am more like a CEO and at home I need to be there emotionally for my family. Dressing in a feminine way is just a way of expressing that different persona inside of you. Are you with me?
Certain styles and fabrics just scream femininity – here are a few of my favorites:
Obviously these aren’t the only way to create a feminine looking style, but they are definitely some to consider. If you have any questions about a fabric, pattern or style, don’t hesitate to contact me and I will answer you!
There are so many definitions for success – for some it could mean being happy in whatever it is that you do. For others it is tied to income or status, or even it could mean helping others. Whatever your definition is, there is one thing that is absolutely vital in order to achieve your level of success. You need to surround yourself and associate with people that think the same way as you do, because when you spend a lot of time with people, you start to emulate their characteristics – so pick the ones that think like you do, that have similar goals and most importantly, people that will lift you up rather tear you down or drain your energy!
As you know, I have changed the career that I had for 20 years, so things have definitely changed to say the least!
Here are some key things that I use in my life to stay motivated and feel successful:
Mornings are hectic in my house as I am sure they are in yours, so taking the time on appearance, or spending time to make sure you are presenting yourself in the best way is something that can be neglected or at least not a priority. I don’t think that I can say this enough – the better you feel about yourself, the better people are going to feel about you. It doesn’t mean that you have to wear a ton of makeup, dress to the nines every day, but it does mean that you need to feel good about however you look. Holding your head high when you walk into a room can change the entire dynamic of a situation…
Today’s outfit is one that makes me smile – makes me feel sassy (which I love to feel) and most importantly makes me hold my head high knowing that I feel good about myself…after all, when we love ourselves and feel good…that’s what others see!
Shop my look by clicking the links below…PS – I found the red pants and they’re ON SALE!!!
Yes – I do believe that shoes are the most important part of an outfit.
No – that doesn’t mean it’s the only thing you can think about!
I love spending time finding great accessories that can help make an outfit pop – in fact, aside from changing a pair of shoes, accessories are the easiest and most noticeable ways to affect how you look. By adding a great pair of earrings you can achieve an immediate style pop. A bag can be the thing that draws the eye and even easier, now that spring is here and summer around the corner, add a fabulous pair of sunnies.
You can shop a similar bag to the cute backpack I’m wearing by clicking here
I always have so much fun shopping for accessories (OK, I admit it, I pretty much have fun shopping for ANYTHING)…but for accessories, it’s an easy one, you can just buy whatever and then find things to go with it. Earrings are a personal favorite of mine – I definitely love statement earrings, especially when I am wearing my hair up.
If you are looking for a way to “up” your style game, accessories are the perfect way to do it. Buy a fabulous pair of earrings or necklace (find some of my top picks at the end of this post that you can shop, a pair of fun sunnies (shop mine right here), or even a set of bead bracelets or bangles for your summer styling (see the end of the post to shop more of my picks).
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while or you know me personally you’ll know that I am not what you might call a “shrinking violet”. I am not someone that accepts things as they are, I am always questioning, always looking to improve and always making amazing new connections.
To me this life is to be filled with amazing memories, amazing people and fear…the kind that forces you to push your way through it to become a stronger, more confident and happy individual.
You may or may not know that I am deathly afraid of heights, but I also LOVE zip lining. I know, I know, it’s a contradiction…so what do I do? Well, what I have realized is that in order for me to do what I love, I have to push through a fear that has been with me for my whole life. It is a fear that is deep rooted, and I am not sure I can even tell you where it came from or when I first started feeling that way. All I know is that when I am up high, I start to feel clammy, my breathing changes and I freak out if my kids go too near the edge.
I first tried zip lining 10 years ago, and fell in love with it then. I’m not sure if I even thought about what I was going to have to do, all I know is that once I was up there, flying down the line with the breeze hitting my face, it was too late to turn back.
So why am I telling you this…well, the point really is this: We all have fears, we all have things that hold us back in life, but we don’t have to let those fears take hold. I set aside my fear of heights so I could do something that meant more to me than the fear that might cause me to not do it could.
Here’s where I think breaking through that fear worked for me…I wanted to try something new, I had a bunch of people with me that were doing it (including little kids), and here’s the clincher, I didn’t let my brain tell me not to do it. Have you ever noticed that when you want to do something that might be scary or dangerous, you get thoughts about all the crazy things that MIGHT happen if you do it? You get thoughts of how everything could go wrong – in fact you can even start to visualize it all. Here’s the think – our brain (or mind as some think of it) is trying to protect us – to keep us safe and cozy in our comfort zone. Our comfort zone is the thing that completely stops us from growing and being who we are destined to be.
It’s not that I think by zip lining I am now going to be this amazing adventure athlete, but what it represented to me was that I can control what my mind thinks. I can decide if I do or do not do something. ME – I am the one in control…
It actually fuels my fire. It drives me to want to be better. To do something every day that scares me…so that when the big things come along, they don’t actually feel that big.
What do you say? Are you with me?
Ever since I was a little girl I have loved to travel…my favorite memories from my childhood are from the times we would travel as a family. I certainly don’t remember what I got for Christmas when I was 12 or 13, but I do remember the places we traveled that year, the things we did and how it made me feel. My brothers and I didn’t always get along, in fact we fought quite often, but the memories and times we spent together were still amazing. That I one thing I will always feel grateful to my parents for – they knew it was important to travel together! As a kid my absolute favorite place that we went to was Majorca (one of the Balearic Islands off the coast of Spain) – my Dad’s company owned a Villa there and we would go and spend 3 weeks the summer there!
When our kids were very young Brandon and I decided that we wanted to create similar amazing memories for our kids, so we always made sure that we took at least one memorable trip each year with the kids. We have traveled many places with them, including road trips, long flights and of course we had to do the Theme parks both in Florida and California. The face that I have all boys meant that of all the theme parks, they loved Universal in Florida which also has Islands of Adventure.
Now they are a little older, we find things on the agenda such as: cliff jumping, kayaking, river rafting, snorkeling & swimming with Manta Rays, hiking down to sea caves filled with sleeping turtles (the hiking part is a little more for Brandon and I but they go along with it), zip lining, trying new cuisines, boogie boarding, surfing, paddle boarding, and many, many more things. The thing that I love about traveling with my boys is that they will pretty much be open to any new adventure and give it a try. It makes the trip so much more fun when new things are tried and places seen!
For spring break this year we booked our trip to Hawaii and decided to explore 2 islands: Kauai first then the Big Island. If you don’t know anything about the islands, Kauai is filled with Roosters that crow at dawn every morning…it may take a couple of days to get used to it, but it’s worth it! Brandon and I have been to Kauai a couple of times but always stayed on the dry side (Poipou), the kids have never been here. This time we are staying up on the wet side, Princeville. It is beautiful and tropical, and of course rains almost every day (at least for a little while). I have this love/hate relationship with rain but I can honestly say that I don’t hate it here…how could anything ruin the fact that we’re in paradise?!
It is also really important to Brandon and I to take time and travel without the kids to make sure we are nurturing our relationship, because there would be nothing worse than waking up one day when the kids are older and realizing that we have nothing in common. We take at least one trip (aside from our business trips) a year to somewhere new and exciting and explore together, here are some places we have been without the kids: Greek island cruise, Rome, Milan & Venice, Costa Rica, Norway & Scotland, Kauai, Maui, Playa Del Carmen, we are taking an Alaskan Cruise in June and next year we have a European trip planned with some friends – including a Danube River Cruise.
I will definitely admit that if I don’t travel I start to feel a little twitchy, even if it means we take a road trip down to California or North to Seattle area… Travel is something that makes me feel whole, it fulfills the part of me that always needs to experience something new, the part of me that is a little bit of a nomad.
Do you have a favorite place to travel? I would love to know, because I’m always looking for new places to go…
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