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 inspire you with a Valentine’s Day outfit idea that you can rock all winter long!
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 for my Valentine’s Day outfit idea 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 kitthat my baby sister this last Christmas and I am in love!
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! I hope to see some of you there! xx P.S. be sure to check out my favorite red lipstick brands (one of which I used in these photos) here.
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, getting left off made me feel like 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:
Take time to rest
There is nothing worse than walking into your office then to be told that you cannot return to your desk (both literally and legally). After I got laid off, I wanted to spend all my free time sending our resumes and reaching out to my network. 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. I got a chance to be more mindful of my diet. 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 get to be my own boss.
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.
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.
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.
What I am doing now
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.
What happens now?
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.
If you are in the process of looking for a new job, I have some advice on how to rock your next interview here.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
I can’t believe 2018 is almost gone. Everyone I know has been through their fair share of ups and downs to say the least. There have been so many blessings and stresses that we got to embrace this year. But we did it. One way or another, we made it.
I want to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for your kind words and support. You all have brought so much light into my life even when times got tough. It is my hope that I can also return the favor to you in 2019. As the year comes to close, I wanted to take time to reflect on the victories and failures that faced in 2018. This is a time to look back (just this once) to learn, grow and be better in the new year.
I like to save the best for last 😉 We all have goals that we set for ourselves each and every year. So here are a few of the failures I faced this year:
I did not grow on social media as much as I had hoped. It was my goal to be at 1K on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest by the end of 2018. Additionally, it was my goal to have 5K in Instagram friends along with growing my e-mail list. None of these happened.
I didn’t end up finding a therapist like I had originally planned to do earlier in the year. Not taking the time to do so has taken a decent toll on my mental health.
It was my goal to grow my saving account this year – and I am nowhere near my original goal.
Being a better friend was also a personal goal of mine. I am not always the best at keeping in touch with the people I love. They deserve better and I failed them a lot this year.
After having kidney stones this past summer shortly after my birthday this year, I pushed myself to go back to work even when I physically should not have. Doing so has left my heart with a lot of anger since I might not have healed properly.
But this year, I did have victories
One of my biggest goals was to network with more bloggers and professionals in the influencer industry. And I was able to check this goal off my list this year. I had to a chance to reconnect with personal friends like Karen from Paris and A Latte plus meet mega influencers like Caila Quinn and Olivia Rink!
After four years, I made a shift in my career. I left my receptionist job to pursue a career in sales (it’s always hard for me to leave the businesses I work for. I stayed in my retail job at Kohls for 5 years before I left). Sales is a hard profession but so far so good!
There is no room for negativity in my life anymore. Earlier this year, I made the decision to cut people in my life that putting limiting beliefs in my head or frankly, we not supportive. I don’t have time for people who do not give me the love and support that I give to them in return.
The hopeless romantic in me is speaking now: I celebrated 7 years with my man this year! Ah! Every bad romance and heartbreak no longer matter because I have true happiness with someone who makes me feel whole every day.
It’s nice to be recognized but it is even better when the brands you love the most give you some love. LC Lauren Conrad and TargetStyle featured me on their stories this year along with #WeAllGrowLatina. Needless to say, I did a lot of happy dances this year.
While I did not pitch to as many brands as I had wanted to this year, I did get to work with some incredible brands I love like Clinique, Dove and newer brands like ThirdLove and Solgaard.
So despite all the failures, I’d have to say 2018 turned out well! All my victories from 2018 are what I am going to take into 2019. I hope you do the same. May 2019 bring you all good health, prosperity and endless joy. Love you all to pieces.
Yesterday I had the wonderful opportunity to host a shopping event at a local J.Crew in New Jersey. We had a decent turnout! Additionally, I had the privilege to have my own try-on session! I shared on my Instagram stories what I tried on in videos. In case you want to buy some of my looks, we can do so below! Comment below on which look is your favorite.
Simple, elegant and perfect for any holiday party you are planning on attending. For extra warm, add a pair of wool knit stockings! I am wearing the bodysuit in XS in this photo but I would rather have had a size S. The skirt I am wearing in size 2.
Do you have that one person on your list that you have absolutely no idea what to get for them this holiday? It can be so hard (and stressful) to buy a gift for that one person in our lives. Thankfully, I found a solution to your problem! Today I am sharing 5 reasons why Solgaard’s original Lifepack makes the perfect holiday gift. Your holiday shopping just got a whole lot easier!
A unique gift. Your loved one is not going to expect to unwrap a backpack this holiday season. Needless to say, they are going to have a pleasant surprise! This is not your standard backpack. It has 12 amazing features to it including a bottle opener, a solar bank that allows you to charge your phone on the go and so much more!
An investment piece. The backpack is one of those pieces that your loved one would never spend on themselves. I am sure you know someone who would absolutely love this bag but would never commit to investing in themselves to have it. The original Lifepack is truly a gift that your loved ones will truly treasure and get lasting use from.
A gift that is environmentally friendly. It is absolutely heartbreaking how much pollution and trash is being dumped into our beautiful oceans. Thanks to advancements in technology, Solgaard is removing plastic from our oceans and converting said plastic into thread behind the fabric of the bag. That’s right! Each Solgaard bag is made of up to 5lbs of upcycled plastic. Not only would you be a buying a back with lasting quality but you would also be helping to make the world a better (and cleaner) place.
A bag that fits everyone’s style. One of my fellow blogger friends left a comment on my Instagram post saying that her finance would love this bag because he would be able to take it hunting with him. And she is absolutely right! This is a bag that can fit any lifestyle. Whether you are a student, a hiker or an avid traveler, Solgaard’s original Lifepack is truly one size fits all!
A gift that provides lasting quality. There is nothing more frustrating than spending a fortune on a piece only to find that is it falling apart a year later. I love how the original Lifepack is well made. You can fit so much into the backpack and be worry free since it is lightweight. I’m a whopping 5’2 and love that the backpack does not wear me down. In fact, I walked 5 blocks in the city this past week and my backpack did not slow me down one bit!
All of the amazing features this bag has to offer. Photo credit: Solgaard
Thank you Solgaard for sponsoring this post! It is truly an honor to work with such an admirable brand.