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I am not a athletic person. I guess that is why I have always associated sneakers with athleticism. While I love wearing love wearing boots in the winter, I have been longing to change up my shoe selection a bit. So even though I am a nerdy 5’2 woman, I have been able to successfully find sneakers that suit me and personality.

I can safely say I understand the hype behind Sperry shoes. They are so crazy comfortable! Plus, these cute pink Sperry sneakers were too adorable to resist. These Sperry shoes are a great way to add some color to your winter fashion. What is your favorite type of shoe to wear in the winter? Feel free to share in the comments below!

Photography by Randy Lange Photography 

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Top: LC Lauren Conrad // Jeans: LC Lauren Conrad // Shoes: Sperry 

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Ah winter. It feels like it last forever here on the east coast. If you are anything like me, chances are you are probably itching to have your spring wardrobe out (at least I am). Nonetheless, who says you have to only wear black and gray during the winter? So today I am sharing a few simple hacks on how to winterize a spring dress.

Layers, layers, layers

Winter is all about layers and your dresses are no exception. By adding short sleeve top with this darling gingham dress, my look is instantly winterize for any occasion. Don’t be afraid to utilize your long sleeve shirts or turtlenecks. These are also pieces that you can pair with a spring dress effortlessly.

Add a feminine touch with stockings or leggings

Leggings and stockings are fun, tasteful way to winterize your outfit. When layers with shorts, a skirt or a dress, leggings or stockings are a great way to keep you warm (and stylish).

UNIQLO Heat Tech pieces

These are also my secret weapon to winterizing my dresses during the winter. You would  never it from these soft, silky pieces but they have UNIQLO’s heat tech technology that traps in your body heat when you wear them! I wear them when I am winterizing spring pieces or use them under my workout gear when I go for walks in the winter. *not sponsored by the way – I am just an active consumer* 🙂

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Dress: Stitch Boutique // Shoes: Amazon

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Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it. Whether you are going to be on a special date, staying in or spending time with your girls for Galentine’s Day, I wanted to show you all a look that you can wear this winter for any occasion.

For anyone who has been following me for a while, you know my love affair with floral print. Pieces with floral print have a wonderful dash of femininity and can be worn all year round! One of the main reasons I decided to feature this dress is because it is super flattering. It almost give the illusion that my stomach looks flat (which is it not ha) plus the flare of the skirt adds some extra femininity to my petite frame.

I paired this look with my favorite knee high suede boots (these are also petite friendly) and my favorite red lipstick with gold lipgloss. I got my lipstick and lipgloss from this kit that my baby sister this last Christmas and I am in love!

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May this Valentine’s Day be everything that you want it to be! If you are native to New Jersey or New York, I will be co-hosting a Galentine’s Day event at Stitch Boutique in Madison NJ this Thursday 02/07! You can RSVP for the event here. I hope to see some of you there! xo

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Dress: Cupcakes & Cashmere (on sale for under $50!) // Boots: Marc Fisher // Lipstick & Lipgloss: Colorpop

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So, I got laid off.

I’m a millennial and independent woman to lost her sole source of income on a Wednesday morning. I have never had this happen to me before and I found myself terrified without a plan. As dramatic as it sounds, I truly thought my life was over.

Lay offs are never easy. Regardless of where you are in your life, it sucks to be let go of a company without warning. I am happy to say that I am now in the acceptance stage of my lay off. Now that my heart is full of love and joy again, I want to share about how I have coped with being laid off:

  1. Take time to rest. I like to work and as a result, I tend to invest a lot of time into work. To walk into your office then to be told that you cannot return to your desk (both literally and legally) forced me to take some time to myself. I wanted to spend all my free time sending our resumes and reaching out to my network as soon as I was let go. Instead, my lay off force me to take some time for myself. For the first time in a year, I got a chance to sleep restfully. I was able to eat foods I enjoy making guilt free without being glued to a desk. I also got to choose how my week was going to go. Additionally, I chose to invest in myself with completing certifications and creating new content to share here on my blog. I didn’t have to report to anyone and I got to be my own boss.
  2. Speaking of emotions – feel them. If there is one thing I have learned from being laid off is that it is dangerous to suppress our emotions. Let them pass so that you can move forward. Do your best not to make any decisions until your anger and sadness has passed. The best decisions made with clarity.
  3. Let people know that you are seeking new opportunities. You don’t have to have a blog to share the experiences you have been through. After telling my brother about about my lay off, he helped me secure an interview within 24 hours of being let go. A week later, I started training at a new position. Don’t be afraid to talk to your family, friends or mentors about being let go. You might be the valuable asset someone in your network looking to add to their team.
  4. Know your job does not define you. This was something I had to accept when I was let go. I felt like such a failure as I carried my things from my desk to my car – knowing I would not return. I learned that there is more to me than just my job title. Losing a job title does not change who I am as a person. As stressful as it is to lose a job, we are defined by the choices we make not the titles we hold.

As I face a new chapter in my life, I am taking the time to re-invent myself as a professional. I am in the process of finishing a marketing and social media certification that I have been meaning to complete for years. I have secured new collaborations for February to share with you all on my blog. And most importantly, I know now that I am not a failure. I now recognize that a lay off is simply a foundation to a greater calling. I’m excited for what is in store for the next chapter in my life.

If you are dealing with a lay off, know that you are not alone. Keep the people you love close. Understand that it is ok to be upset or mad but also find peace by sharing to your network about your lay off as well as seek help if you need it. Most of all, know that you are going to be ok. We are going to look back at this minor bump in the road knowing that we have grown to be stronger than we ever thought possible.

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Sweater: Express// Hat: J.Crew // Jeans: LC Lauren Conrad (Kohls) // Boots: DSW // Scarf: Lush Cosmetics // Lipstick: Stila Liquid Lipstick in Patina

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We have that one pair of shoes that we always gravitate towards. How about that one top that you wear all the time because it looks great with anything? Perhaps you have a dress that you fall in love with every single time you wear it or see it in your closet. I certainly have my go-to pieces. That is why we are taking a look (one last time) at some of my favorite looks and pieces from 2018.

Berets

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I used them a lot last year and I anticipate that my wool berets will still be my go-to hat in 2019. They have been a lifesaver for me when I had a bad hair day. Plus they are great when you need an extra pop of color!

TOMS slip-on shoes

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I wear my TOMS as often as I can because they are just so darn comfortable! I love that they pair well with almost any outfit. Plus, your purchase does a lot of good for someone in need. For every pair of shoes sold, TOMS gives a pair to someone in need overseas!

Jack by BB Dakota Floral Eyelet dress 

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How can anyone say no to eyelet detailing? This dress was by far one of my favorite purchases this year because of how darling it is! The romantic bell sleeves may it an elegant choice for baby showers, going out with friends or to wear on a warm summer’s day when you want to dress up! It also comes in red.

 

Solgaard Original Lifepack backpack

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This is a piece I got later in the year but it has already become my go-to bag for everything! I carry my laptops (one from work and a personal one) plus the essentials like my business cards, notebooks and more. You can learn more about the backpack and Solgaard here.

Cece ruffle sleeve top 

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I am so glad that my favorite top for layer got re-stocked! I bought this top during Nordstrom’s Anniversary sale last year and it continues to be one of my favorite pieces. I have worn it over a pullover sweater for a chic and cozy look.

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