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I met up with my blogger bestie last week! For those of you who don't know her, she's Ellen from Ask Away Blog. I’ve been extremely busy but will definitely write about our time together within the next few weeks. We met up at the spot we’ve been to twice already and last week was actually our anniversary of us meeting for dinner a few years ago! I was a little worried I wasn’t going to see her because of what life threw at the both of us the past few weeks, but we met up and it was so nice to get away and talk to my bestie! Do any of you have a blogger bestie?
Lilly in Pink Sale
I know I mentioned this last week, but don’t forget the sale in my Etsy shop Lilly in Pink, is still going on! You have two more weeks! For any orders $15 and up (not including shipping) you will receive 30% off with coupon code THIRTYOFF however if you share the sale on social media prior to purchasing and send the link of that share in a message, I will mark down the original price by 10% and then you can take an additional 30% off at checkout! It’s the biggest sale I’ve had in a long time and I want to add some new inventory but I can’t do that until some of my current inventory is gone. Happy shopping!
Fixing Your Finances Book
So, my blogger bestie wrote this book. It’s called Fixing Your Finances. I’ve been reading it and can’t wait to write a post about it, I just want to finish it first, but I highly recommend it, whether you are in a great/terrible financial situation. This book helps you budget and take a hold of your finances, which is going to help me because I’m saving up. Stay tuned for the review of the actual book but for now you can hop on over to Ask Away Blog if you want to purchase the book. The book is $11.99!
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Something I like to talk about every once in a while is living a positive life. In my opinion, the type of energy you have in your life will reflect on your body image as well. For example, whenever I’m feeling down in the dumps instead of sulking in my misery (although sometimes sulking is what I need to do for an hour before I’m ok haha) I look at myself and say you got this. Then I proceed to dress like I normally would dress and I do my hair and makeup. Now, as much as life has really thrown me some curveballs recently I continue to push forward. Yes, I cried and yes, I got angry. However, at the end of the day I’m determined to keep going and I’m determined to turn this negative into a positive, no matter how long it takes. I think it’s also good to surround yourself with positive people. I have two friends who are extremely positive and can see good in even the worst situations. When I’m feeling down or negative they are the first people I hang around and ask for some words of wisdom about life in general. Just remember that misery loves company. I know that when my daily life isn’t positive, I start to pick myself apart. I start looking at myself in the mirror and attacking my own self with hurtful words. When my daily life is more positive, I can actually look at myself in the mirror and say “I like my hair today,” or “danggggg I look good in this outfit.” Yes, sometimes I give myself pep talks, don’t judge me!
With all of that being said I want to list a few ways that I keep positive, even in the WORST situations.
1. Everything happens for a reason
I’m a true believer in everything happening for a reason. There is a reason why we are put on this earth and given a chance to make our future what we want it to be. If life gets in the way and pushes us down, there IS a reason for this. There is a quote that says “you were given this life because you are strong enough to live it.” That’s probably one of the best ways to describe how I feel about life. In my 28 years here on this earth, I’ve endured a substantial amount of hardships and pain. However, I wake up every day knowing that there is a plan for me. Whether you are religious and believe in God/higher power, or if you just go through daily life, I do believe that there is a reason for each and every one of us. I know that a lot of things in life are blessings in disguise. All of the negativity that has gone through my 28 years of existence has brought me to where I am today. It’s brought me to where I’m sitting right now at the computer typing this for those of you who are losing hope. DON’T LOSE HOPE! I was at that point once and I made the decision to stay determined and keep going and that’s why I’m the person I am today. That’s why when someone is feeling down I know that I can do my best to help them and show them from example. I have a story, and if telling my story can help someone else, I’m able to go back to the darkest of places.
2. For Dan
Any of you who have followed my blog know that there is someone in my life who was one of the most important people and life lessons. His name was Dan. This entire blog and the reason why I started it is dedicated in his memory. I keep his picture with me at all times in my wallet. He was one of the greatest people who have ever been in my life and cancer took his life back in 2013. He was 28 years old, the same age I am now. He fought really hard for a year and every day he had a smile on his face saying how beautiful life is. When he passed away I was so upset, sad, and most of all angry. I was angry that a person like Dan had to endure all of this suffering and in the end he was no longer here. But then I thought, he may not be here on earth anymore but he’s moved on to a better place. He served his purpose here on earth. When I went to the wake the amount of people that were in that building was astonishing. He touched so many lives, and he made such a positive impact on my life. When he passed away I completely changed for the better. So whenever I’m feeling down or think life isn’t fair I think of Dan. I think of how he never had a chance to live out his life to his older years. His life stopped at 28.
3. It could be worse
I repeat this to myself a lot. No matter how bad a situation is I always say it could be worse. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes I don’t say it right away, but I eventually say it. For example my big accident back in September, I was definitely not saying “it could be worse” while I was being rushed to the hospital or when I heard the cracking of pieces of my car underneath the firefighter’s boots when they were coming to get me out of the car. I didn’t really think that until the next day when I woke up and found out my car was saveable even after feeling like I got hit by a bus for a few days. I walked out of the emergency room later that night (in pain, but I walked). I was lucky, because it could have been a lot worse. I could have had broken bones, or even worse I could have died. Even with everyday things I always say it could be worse. Another example and this kind of has to do with number 1 of everything happening for a reason is there have been so many times I’ve been stuck in traffic because of an accident. Now, most of those times, it could have been me except that day I forgot my phone at my desk, or I had a last minute meeting at work that caused me to get out later. A lot of things in life could be a lot worse.
4. My dog
My dog is my rock. Believe it or not, an animal is my bestie. Whenever I’m feeling down, I’m actually not allowed to do that. My dog will attack me with doggy love and kisses until I start laughing that she’s practically eating my face and then she leaves me alone. At the end of the day, when I come home from work and see her face and how excited she gets to see me I can’t help but for a brief moment think everything is going to be ok. She’s been with me through the darkest of my years which wasn’t that long ago. She’s been by my side for the past four years and in that four years she’s taught me a lot about life, and myself. Can you believe that? A dog taught me something. I’m not saying that all of your problems will go away when you get a dog because don’t forget the responsibilities that come with owning a dog so it is a life altering decision you have to make, but if you have one they make every day that much better.
5. Keep Going
I can never stress this enough. Whenever I’m upset or sad, I find something to be persistent about. I find something that I will push myself to do because there is an ultimate goal. For example with everything that has been going on, last week my friend hired me to be in charge of her marketing because she needed the help and I had been looking for a second job. Even though life has been hectic emotionally, I needed something else to keep me going, so a second job was my first idea and then boom, within an hour my friend had called me and here I was thinking no one is going to hire me with the hours I would request. Whenever something negative happens in my life I say ok, yes this sucks, but girlfriend you got this. I have this mentality of getting upset for a minute and pushing forward harder than before to accomplish something. I guess it’s kind of like reverse psychology haha. Don’t ever give up, if life pushes you down, keep on trying to get back up until you actually get back on two feet.
Everyone, don't forget to check out my BOPO video that went live on my YouTube a few weeks ago!
P.S. If you want to join in on this movement/topic and don't have a blog just post on Instagram using the hashtag in the title #JGTHBodyPositivity or tag me @JerseyGirlTexanHeart I'd love to read your stories too!
I guess this is where I show my Jersey Girl side. I feel like whenever someone sees leopard print they immediately associate it with a Jersey Girl. I’ve been told that a lot believe it or not, however I’m glad that I’ve seen leopard print everywhere as the new neutral. I personally love it and have loved it for quite some time, however I’ve always been careful with how I style it. It’s so easy to overdo it with leopard print and look like you’re trying too hard. I have no problem wearing a top that is all leopard print or even a dress that is all leopard print but I will accessorize a certain way. For this look I chose to wear my leopard print scarf that’s Zara. I bought it last year from my blogger bestie on her eBay, she didn’t know I was buying it from her but I figured I would support her even if it’s with a few bucks since she also bought from my Etsy shop. Anyway, I love love love this scarf. Everything about it is so perfect. It’s leopard print, huge, and keeps me warm, but also adds a little somethin’ extra to any outfit. With this outfit I wore it with a blazer, some nice skinnies, and my heels. This is something I would wear to the office. See, you can still dress up with your own twang even in the office.
I also wanted to show other subtle ways to incorporate leopard print into your wardrobe. I know not everyone would enjoy wearing a huge leopard print scarf like this, because that is a WHOLE LOTTA LEOPARD. However, this print is the new neutral so take a look at a few ways to show off a little attitude with print.
For look 1 I chose to wear the same scarf with a blazer, hat, black pants, and boots. I love this picture probably mostly because it's snowing, but because it's all black and then you have the pop of print which is noticeable from far away. In look 2 I wore an extremely skinny leopard print scarf. You can tie this, or just hang it to make it look like an effortless look. In look 3 you can barely see the leopard print in my shoes. This is a great look for the office if you are looking for some spunk. With look 4 I wore the big scarf again, but with a more casual outfit. I paired it with an oversized top and faux leather leggings.
This was my blogiversary outfit. It was probably one of my favorites here on the blog. I wore leopard print with my shoes, and also a subtle leopard print in my necklace.
Now, let's move on to the linkup!
Before I move on to the most clicked and favorites, I want to introduce today's co-host!
Hello Everyone and thanks to Monica for letting me co-host this week's link up with her! My name is Christina and I am the blogger behind Simple and Delish. I am currently living in Philadelphia, PA with my adorable cat, Belle. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, traveling, decorating my new home and long distance running. I finished my 5th Half Marathon in 2015 and I am looking forward to completing #6 in 2016!
Before we get into the linkup I want to list the Most Clicked from last week and my top 3 favorites!
Most Clicked: Lawyer Lookbook
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Style Elixir // The Fashion Canvas // Walking in Memphis in High Heels // I do deClaire //The Pleated Poppy // Pumps and Pushups // Pampers and Pearls // Tucker Up // Elegantly Dressed & Stylish // Garay Treasures
Shawl/Scarf: Ralph Lauren // Pants: Ralph Lauren // Boots: Cavenders (Liberty Black)
It’s so weird continuing to see my posts go up with my blonde hair. Sorry for that everyone, but I had so many outfit photos that I didn’t want to go to waste so that’s why I keep going from brown to blonde on Instagram. This is one of my favorite outfits because of the 70’s chic hippie vibe. The one thing I love about fashion is the fact that each morning that I wake up I decide who I want to be that day. I’m still the same Monica, but I can dress up into a new character. One day I can be dressed like a hippie, the next like a high fashion model, and then the next like a normal average every day girl. I feel as though each outfit almost tells a story. If you look at some of my outfits, most of them lately have been similar to this one, but if you look at all of the extreme outfits I change my style drastically. I get bored easily so I like to switch it up a bit every once in a while.
However, one thing I won’t steer away from are ponchos, shawls, and capes. Ever since I started posting here on the blog again back in 2013, I did have a lot of ponchos and shawls. They are just so extremely easy to wear and style. It’s like wearing a blanket, but with style. That means that not only are you going to look cute but you are going to be comfortable and warm. Living on the east coast in the winter time it can get pretty cold so for me it’s hard to want to dress up nice with even the thought of being cold. I have been living in ponchos lately. Plus, a great tip or two when you’re cold just hide your hands under the poncho to warm them up a bit, and if you are trying to wear a jacket, depending on how big/thick the poncho is you can just quick turn it into a scarf so that you can be extra warm!
Below are some other ways to wear these trendy pieces!
To be honest I really don't have a favorite out of the above 3 pictures. I love all three of them. The green is perfect for the upcoming St. Patrick's Day holiday next month. Look 1 I've worn to the office a few times, minus the cowgirl hat of course. The second look made me feel so glamorous because the shawl had fur on the ends, and the third look, I just really loved that shade of green!
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Style Elixir // The Fashion Canvas // Walking in Memphis in High Heels // I do deClaire //The Pleated Poppy // Pumps and Pushups // Pampers and Pearls // Tucker Up // Elegantly Dressed & Stylish // Garay Treasures // Mummy Chronicles