Photography by Minela Sejdin
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A few things that I can’t get enough of in my wardrobe as of late: florals, smocked tops and baby blue shades. This outfit combines them all and I’m going to have it on repeat at the office this summer! I absolutely fell in love with this dress – the sleeves, the top, the print, everything. Unfortunately, I purchased it from Dress Up and it’s no longer available online. I’ve linked several similar options in the carousel above! Since it’s such a popular style right now, you can find variations of this dress pretty much anywhere right now for a variety of prices and prints! When it comes to accessorizing a dress like this, it’s very simple. If your dress has a pattern, play off of it. For this dress I chose to enhance the blue tones with some of my favorite accessories in my closet. This purse is the perfect mix between professional and fun. I’ve carried it for a while and it holds what I need (if I carry the bare minimum lol). I love that it’s structured so I don’t have to worry about it slouching and falling over when I pack it down with what I need. The one linked above isn’t the exact same, but very similar. This one was purchased at the Michael Kors outlet; if you haven’t been to one of their outlets, you need to because the deals are incredible! Now, for the shoes – by far one of my favorite pairs of shoes ever. I own them in two colors and they’re perfect to dress something up for the office or even take a pair of distressed jeans to the next level for any occasion!
Many of you probably don’t know, but I used to be the Editor in Chief for my college’s Odyssey chapter. I absolutely loved it and it allowed me to express myself in many ways each week through writing. Since graduation, I’ve only written professional pieces or fun blog posts, but I’m going to start incorporating some of those pieces in my blogs from here on out. So, for this post, I’m talking all about the importance of taking a break and why I took one this past weekend. I’ll be honest – lately, I’ve been feeling extremely uninspired. I see people around me that are doing similar things and they are just excelling and growing like crazy, but I seem to be hitting a wall. This industry isn’t easy at all. It’s hard to look at other girls without comparing myself and questioning why I’m not good enough. Am I missing something? Am I doing something wrong? Are people just not interested in the content that I’m putting out? It’s really hard because I try to produce different content from every other blogger who I feel like are so heavily focused on big name brands. It’s really taken a toll on me lately. In true transparency, it’s made me want to quit. It’s made me question if this is worth it, if it’s actually making a difference to people. Yes, I want to take this full-time and make money from it and be able to quit my job and do this all the time. But sometimes I just can’t seem to get motivated because I feel like everyone else is making it but me. I know what I want and I know how to get there, but it’s been really tough. So, this past weekend I went to visit one of my best friends that I’ve had since high school and I chose to not focus on the likes and views. Yes, I posted and stuff, but that’s what I always do. But I wasn’t going to ruin my weekend with the comparison game and worrying about Instagram. I’m writing this because I’m victim of constantly falling into the trap of comparing myself, and it’s so important to take time away from things like Instagram and enjoy real life. It’s so easy to get caught up in what everyone else is doing and their success that we often forget that we’re all different. I know it’s hard to grasp the concept of being uniquely and individually made, but it’s true. I wasn’t made to be ‘her,’ and I need to stop comparing my faults to ‘her’ successes. Truth is, their life probably isn’t as great as their making it out to be. It’s so important to remember your worth and take a break when you know you need one. If you love something and have a passion for it, it’s crucial to step back and breathe in times of frustration and doubt.