having a ball at Deuces!
Happy Monday loves super excited to start this week's post off with a feature about the amazing Deuce's Major League Bar. it's no secret I love to experience fun places around the Chicagoland area and I am a sucker for pop up themes and bars. Deuces does so many fun pop up bars. I have been to the Charm'd one for St. Patrick's day, and I also did the Santa Baby one, you can read about that one here.
I was so excited to get invited to the Major League pop up featuring so much fun stuff about the cubs! You may not know this about me but my father is probably the cub's number one fan. I have only seen him cry once, you may think it was at my wedding when he was giving me away. If you guessed that you are wrong. No, my dad cried only when the cubs won the world series. If that doesn't scream number one fan I don't know what does. This pop up is perfect for sports fans, but, if you're like me, who simply goes to baseball games for the food, excitement, and overall ora, this place is fun for you too!
Deuce never disappoints on their overall presentation of the place. I love the cub's banners, baseball looking memorabilia, and the overall excitement you get from being there.
One of my favorite things about experiencing fun bars in Chicago is tasting and showing you all their fun menu! if you viewed my stories Friday you would've seen the amazing drinks and food that we got to sample.
Bar food can be my guilty pleasure and my friend's and I adored the menu and being able to sample some goodies. The favorites that I tried were the jumbo pretzel, the loaded tater tots (where can you ever go wrong with that?) the pizza poppers, and the fried avocado. Everything that we tasted was simply amazing. If you are looking to go here after a cubs game or ever before this is the perfect bar food to welcome you or host you after a game.
Now my favorite part which is the amazing colorful drinks! The perfect thing about some of these drinks is that they are perfect for sharing with friends, a significant other, or if you're feeling daring, drink it yourself! I shared the Cubby blue, with my best friend and it was the perfect mix of alcohol and sweetness that I truly loved. The great thing is there are so many different shareable drinks that you can choose from and they're all fairly reasonable. If you want something that can share with about 6 people (which were the amount in my group) I suggest you get the wildcard, which is a beautiful concoction of blood orange vodka, sprite, and cotton candy! Sounds heavenly right?
Overall, it was such a great time visiting Deuces they truly never disappoint. To all my out of town followers if you are visiting Chicago in the next couple of months you have to check them out. For all my locals you know the amazing food, music, and drinks that Deuces has to offer but you need to experience it decked out in cubby fashion. Once again thank you guys so much for taking the time to read this post. I love sharing my fun, new, and exciting discoveries with you all! Have a great week! Until next time.
Kicking it off in Kitchener
Sometimes, you need a bit of a vacation, or some time to simply just get away. I knew that the holiday weekend was coming up and I had an itch to explore and do something new. My husband is always an avid traveler but between the new job, family obligations, and wedding season approaching it’s hard to focusing on getting away.
However, after doing some research (lots of Pinterest) we saw how beautiful Canada is and oddly it isn’t as far away as we thought. We have always wanted to be spontaneous and do a weekend road trip get away and we thought the Fourth holiday weekend would be perfect. Of course, we felt like bad American’s going to another country during our country’s birthday, but the timing was just too perfect.
After realizing that the drive was only 6 hours from Chicago, we decided we would for sure drive it. I love site-seeing, and there’s nothing better than being immersed in the views as you drive through someplace. After a couple days of discussing we decided to grab my brother and his girlfriend, and we made our way towards Canada from Chicago. This blog post is dedicated to a Canada itinerary if you’re looking for a fun quick getaway I will list the best place to stay and places to visit!
So, we tried to mentally prepare ourselves for the drive. Make sure if you do decide to drive to pack a bunch of snacks. We carried a cooler full of drinks and snacks, so we didn’t have to constantly stop for food. Also, this might be obvious but make sure to pack your passport, I swear we checked for that several times. You don’t want to be stuck someplace without your identification. Word of advice if you decide to leave make sure you leave early and not late like we did. We ended up leaving around 8 because of work and we were chugging coffee making sure to stay awake. I suggest leaving around 12 so you can make it there within a reasonable time. It’s also good to have two strong drivers. In our group it was my husband and my brother’s girlfriend they had designated times so no one got too tired or burnt out while driving. Once we finally arrived at Kitchener (it took us about 7 and a half hours only because we stopped a couple times) we were so ready for a good night’s sleep. However, the drive really wasn’t as bad as we thought it would be especially heading to a different country.
We stayed for approximately 3 days. We left Wednesday night and officially arrived in Kitchener early Thursday morning. We had the absolute privilege to stay at The Walper Hotel located in Kitchener-Waterloo area. Fun fact, this hotel was built in 1893 and has a rich culture and history. This colorful and beautifully designed hotel has a collision of contemporary style and timeless elegance. Everything inside the hotel is intricately done and picked to inspire. I loved the hotel because of its rich history behind it. I learned that Eleanor Roosevelt stayed at the hotel and had a preferred breakfast location there it which solidifies that everything behind this hotel has an interesting story behind it.
I love a great aesthetic and we all know that color is my forte. I was obsessed with the color schemes around the hotel. Vibrant portraits, elaborate furniture, everything smoothed together so nicely. Even the tiles on the ground are colorful and so are the decorative books on the shelves, which were one of my favorites.
Okay, I have been to a lot of hotels in my 27 years on this earth. However, this is probably the best hotel that I have ever stayed at. Between the great service, clean and fresh rooms, and interesting art I was so pleased to stay here. The room was one of my favorites because it created such a quaint atmosphere.
When you first walk into the room you are greeted with a feeling of comfort and you can tell that everything inside the room has been carefully planned and designed. Each of the rooms my friend and I stayed in had custom furnishings and distinctive wall murals which we all know that I am a huge fan of! In fact, I travel around Chicago always trying to find murals so the fact that our hotel room had one made me such a huge fan! I loved the little details put in our room, like the Skoah lotion and shampoo and conditioner. To the beautiful all natural, vegan, hand crafted soap. I also was a huge fan of the personalized post it note that was left for us in our bathroom, it shows that everyone at this hotel appreciates their guests and want them to feel like they are apart of their family.
So, we all know that I am a huge coffee drinker, (even my husband survives off coffee these days) so we were pumped to see the personal coffee roaster. The coffee was amazing, fresh, and filled with a blast of flavor.
The second thing I thrive off is a good glass of wine and let me tell you their bar did not disappoint. Remember how I spoke about the beautiful décor; their bar was so gorgeous. A timeless glamour mixed with a contemporary aesthetic. What I loved about this area is you can come up there and get work done as well. They have such a great creative area with couches, tables, and décor that it was a great place, in the morning, to come up and get some blogging and writing done. Then in the evening, come back and have a nice drink.
We also got to explore one of their ballrooms. It was breath-taking, with their crystal chandeliers and rustic finish. I must admit my husband and I had a Beauty and the Beast moment and had to waltz around the ballroom. It would be such a great place for a wedding, social event, or even a birthday party!
They also have a cute little breakfast lounge that procures delicious breakfast selections. I personally was obsessed with the avocado toast, it was garnished well, and had just the right amount of seasoning. A light healthy breakfast that can help quick start your morning. My husband had the continental breakfast which consisted of yogurt, pastries, and toast with butter. My friend Julie got the parfait with fresh berries and Greek yogurt.
Overall, if you are looking for a hotel that is sophisticated, glamorous, and overall superb you need to stay at The Walper Hotel. It’s the perfect hotel away from home. Although it’s located it Kitchener it’s not too far from Toronto, so you can get the best of both worlds.
Half of the trip was dedicated to my brother because it was his birthday on the 3rd. We asked him the one thing he wanted to do while visiting Canada. He said that he wanted to at least see a baseball game. Luckily, the Boston Red Sox were playing the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday evening so we made sure to drive to Toronto, do some sight-seeing, and attended the game. It’s so interesting to witness a baseball game in a different way. The Rogers Centre has such a great amount of food, drinks, and a retractable sky dome. We had so much fun cheering on both teams, even though they weren’t our own, and meeting some amazing people. If you are a huge baseball fan I suggest visiting a different baseball field when you travel, it’s always so interesting to immerse yourself in different tradition and culture.
Another fun thing we did was try a couple of outdoor bars. I love patio season in Chicago and sadly our weather hasn’t allowed us to do it much. However, the weather in Canada was beautiful not a rain drop or cloud in sight. One of my favorite patio bars was Bobby O’Briens in Kitchener. They had large umbrellas to keep us shielded from the hot son, great staff, and an awesome sand area for volleyball. They had a volleyball net and it was so cool because after people were done eating and drinking they were engaging in some fun games. They had a great selection of beverages, food, and great company there. Also, we all know that I had to get some Poutine while I was in Canada and there’s was awesome. After eating and drinking they also have a night club, called Wax, attached to it! It’s the perfect form of entertainment.
Kitchener was such a fun place to walk around and explore. We honestly spent most of our days roaming around and enjoying the beautiful buildings and atmosphere that it had to offer. Everything seemed so close to Chicago and yet so different at the same time.
It’s such a great experience, being able to travel and see a different country especially within a matter of hours. I was so excited to do this mini trip and I highly suggest you take that time to explore too! With Canada being so close it’s the perfect place to escape for a mini getaway. Thanks for following along everyone, I hope that wanderlust spirit consumes you and you decide to take a mini vacation as well. We all work hard and sometimes can get caught up in the daily life we forget to breathe. Remember, to take the time to enjoy life, explore the world, and do what makes you happy!
Once again huge thank you and shout out to The Walper Hotel for hosting us and allowing us to be apart of their family for our getaway!
Until next time Love bugs,
Pride with the Mix
Hey guys happy Monday! I had so much fun being in my first ever parade! It's always been a dream of mine to be in an actual float, so I was thrilled to be in the 2019 Pride Parade float with one of my fav stations, 101.9 The Mix. One of the beautiful things about doing blogging is I get to reach for the stars sometimes. There are things that I hope to check off my bucket list and luckily I can do so for this. It's always such a surreal feeling when blogging allows me to check some cool things off my box of 'goals and lifetime dreams.' I was so thankful to be a part of this amazing event and see all the beautiful people that came out to celebrate. Although it rained, it didn't stop our parade! I wanted to show you guys some of the highlights from the day.
I want to give a huge shout out to my amazing husband who stood by me through literally the rain and storm to take these highlights and pictures, he is the real MVP. Also, it was so nice meeting a fellow Chicago blogger, Carlita, who was so amazing to work with. Once again, thanks so much The Mix for allowing me to be apart of your awesome float! I hope you all have a great day and an awesome week!
Until next time,
A letter to 17 year old me
This blog post is dedicated to the 17-year-old girl with messy hair, wild dreams, and a hopelessly romantic heart. Look at me now, 27 and so much wiser and older. I want to tell you that life is not always like the fairytales that you read about. There are not always gallant knights on white steads raiding a castle to find their princess. Instead, there are boys with bright eyes, quick tongues, and beautiful smiles that you may get lost in. Instead of a horse, you'll find someone with a beat up old white convertible car that will eventually turn into a Camry. Meaning, life may not be what you always pictured or dreamed about. Remember being 10 and wanting to be a ballerina? That went on for years until you realized that being in front of a camera is way more fun. You spent countless hours dressing up and learning lines until the wee hours of the morning. Acting soon became your passion and you promised yourself that you'd see your name in lights. It may be a shock to you but I am sadly not on billboards and my name is not gleaming in flashing lights.
However, I can say whole-heartedly that you are loved. Loved by family, by wonderful friends, and by someone who sees you for who you truly are.
17 year old me, life may not be what we pictured it would be, but I wouldn't trade it for the world. At 27, I am so in touch with who I believe I am meant to be. They say knowledge comes with age and I have grown so much deeper in my faith in love, God, and in myself.
17 year old me, you will do great things and just because you're not a president or a movie star, doesn't mean you're any less special.
You can change people's lives by letting others know they're special, by creating through a platform you never fathomed possible, or by simply letting someone know they're not alone.
17 year old me, I want to tell you that the acne scars will fade, your hair will eventually behave (a bit better), and you will find that fairytale romance...just in a different type of way. You will grow into your skin and learn that YOU are in fact very special. You can do anything you put your mind to so hold onto that dream and keep striving to never give up.
Today, as I look back on my 27 years on this earth I am so blessed to be where I am now. Cheers to another year older, to you all that make my life special, and to be closer to the person God wants me to become.
Until next time,
birthday hugs and kisses!
Vital Proteins Collagen Water Launch Party
I had so much fun attending the Vital Proteins Collagen Water launch party on Wednesday. Sure, the weather was a total bummer (get it together Chicago) but a bit of rain didn't damper our fun event. The team who put this event together went above and beyond. With spirits low, due to rain, they uplifted everyone in that tent with their pumped up music, colorful decor, and great drinks and hors-d'oeuvres.
I have worked with Vital Proteins before in the past and I loved their collagen peptides. Not only does the flavor taste amazing but it's nice to have something healthy to injust to make your hair strong and healthy. We all know as a blogger I am constantly doing crazy things to my hair. Luckily, I have a great stylist (read about her here) and now these products to get my hair back on the right track.
When I heard about their new collagen water I was so pumped. This stuff tastes amazing! In fact, a lot of their drinks were mixed with their collagen water and lemme tell you it was stellar! Not only is this water infused with 10g of collagen but it is also made with real fruit juice that adds that extra bit of sparkle. They are versatile coming in a bunch of different flavors and I had the luxury to try a couple. Although most of them were pretty amazing, I have to say that my favorite was the OG and the blackberry hibiscus.
As my friend Julie and I fluttered about we got to explore the venue. We, of course, made a beeline to the dessert table which was so colorful and nicely decorated. I am obsessed with macaroons it is my favorite cookie. So Julie and I took our time admiring and trying a bunch of their delicious treats.
I was super excited because whenever you go to these events you always meet such amazing people. That is part of the reason why I get so excited to attend these type of things. I was so excited to meet a friend I had been speaking with on IG. It makes it that much more real when you get to meet these people in real life. It shows that IG is so much more than just a cell phone screen, it's a lifestyle, and the best part is meeting these wonderful people who uplift and encourage you every day!
They also had an amazing fashion show event which was cool. The models did such a great job strutting their stuff down the runway in their colorful attire.
Overall, it was such an amazing time and I was so happy to be invited to this event! I hope to bring you guys more fun events that Chicago has to offer! Hopefully, the weather will get itself together sooner...rather than later. Happy Friday Love bugs! I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!
Until next time,
It's all about the Polka Dots!
A lot of people shy away from bold prints and colors but during the summer I try to be as bold as I can be. Bright vibrant colors are pretty much made for the warmer months. There's nothing like a fun funky color paired with a cool print to simply uplift everyone's senses when they see you walk by.
Personally, my favorite is pairing a bright fun color (like magenta) and topping it off with a bold print, in this case, I used polka dots. I did a blog post not too long ago featuring my favorite J Crew skirt that had polka dots on it. Sadly, you don't see much polka dots these days but this fun skirt from Topshop is simply one of my favorites.
I am always a fan of the jean skirt look. It's so versatile you can wear it with any type of shirt for so many different locations.
I love this fun pairing so much that I am listing a 2.0 version of how to wear polka dots with another outfit, the jumpsuit! I mean c'mon guys, they are just so much fun to experiment and play with.
Jumping with the dots
Jumpsuits are my absolute favorite and you can use them for the office by pairing it with a nice blazer. Or you can bedazzle it up and wear it out on the town. The beauty of them doesn't simply end with their versatility, which is what I am all about, but they are friendly for all shapes, sizes, and body types. Wear these bad boys with absolute pride!
The top left polka dot jumpsuit is from red dress boutique and it is simply so adorable! With a cute handbag and some big sunnies, you're all ready to go and tackle your day.
The second image is a jumpsuit from Pink Lily. Their outfits are always so adorable and have such great fabrics! I love how the tie in the front adds that perfect sprinkle of fun to this jumpsuit. It's always fun to have a flared leg silhouette that is just above the ankle. All my shorties, (like me) this one is for you girls!
The third on the top is Asos and they are changing the game with this gorgeous fun overall polka dot jumpsuit. Pairing this with a fun t-shirt underneath or an off the shoulder top, would be a great addition to this timeless fun outfit.
I know getting out of your comfort zone can be difficult especially when you start to experiment with bold prints. However, try to take it slowly at first. You want to feel good with your choices and confident. However, as you start to play around keep adding little splashes of color, or bold prints, and soon you'll be ready to fully indulge in the next level fun. I hope some of these outfits inspired you. Thanks so much again for taking the time to read my blog! You guys are the absolute best! Happy Monday and cheers to a new week!
Until next time
That is the one question I asked myself after college, "what is next?" It that uncertainty that is simply terrifying to think about and grasp. Graduating from college can be one of the best moments in your life. I remember watching movies like "Legally Blonde" and admiring Elle Woods for chasing her dream and pursuing her educational career. It's a huge milestone, something that your parents drill into your mind since kindergarten, least mine did.
I remember the pressure of excelling in high-school because it was constantly mentioned, without good grades you won't get into your proper college. As if the world would end if you didn't get into the college of your choice, quite dramatic, but that is how it felt at the time.
When I got accepted at Concordia University Chicago I was so thrilled. It was amazing to be able to check that life goal off my list. I loved being there for the 4 years that I spent there. I learned so much about myself, what I wanted to do, and I met friends that will last a lifetime.
Then I graduated...and it was like okay what now?
What happens when that one thing you prepared for has been completed? That's the grey area that so many people go through because life completely changes once you graduate from college.
I was pretty independent once I graduated. In fact, my parents were like you are on your own, time to spread your wings and fly. Which frankly, can be a scary thing, especially when you haven't mentally prepared for that yet. Luckily, my best friend and I rented an apartment together in the city right after college. I recommend navigating that hard 'after college' faze with someone close to you. It makes things so much easier. We rented a cute little garden unit, ate from cereal boxes, and watched Netflix until our hearts were content.
Some advice I have for you. Remember, your fridge will probably never be stocked the first year that you graduate. I think we only had condiments, wine (barefoot), and lettuce in our fridge for months, and that is okay!
You may not live in your dream home but you can live in your dream location. My best friend and I knew we wanted to live on our own after college. Some people decide to move back home and that too is okay. However, we wanted to take a different route. We knew we wanted to live in the city, without a city budget (we didn't fully have secure jobs) but we took a leap of faith. Garden units are not always the best, but it was a roof over our head and that is all we needed. Sure, we experienced a couple of floods here and there but we always laughed throughout situations. Hence, why I say live with someone you can laugh about life with.
You also may not come out of college with a sure job. Internships are amazing (I worked a couple in college) but sadly none of them lead to any potential jobs. I remember walking down the streets of Belmont with a stack of resumes in my hand and I went door to door handing out my resume. Luckily, I met the most amazing mentor, by walking into her establishment and she offered me a receptionist job a couple of weeks afterward. Now was that job my first choice? Absolutely not. In my mind, I thought I'd graduate and be this huge television anchor. Am I that right now? Also no, but that is life. You have to remember that things may not pan out the way you want them to but that's okay. There's such a misconception that you have to complete an absurd amount of checks off your list to be successful and that is simply not the case. Remember that success can mean so many different things. The ultimate goal is happiness, in what you're doing, where you're at, and the people you surround yourself by.
If you are trying to find jobs places like LinkedIn, Indeed, and Zip Recruiter, will be your best friend. Try to take the time to update you LinkedIn and make sure to make it fun as well. All you experiences is great to have but you never know if someone will hire you strictly due to the charity you're passionate about.
I can honestly say that the moments after couple were some of the best times in my life. They were probably some of the messiest, but they will always have a special place in my heart. A friendly warning, if you do stay out drinking the entire night before work, make sure to drink lots of pedialyte before bed, it cured tons of hangovers for me. These years are the uncertainty faze of your life but that is what makes it so fun. You have the opportunity to explore who you are and what you want to do in life. Now, that 'a ha' moment may not come over night, but as you continue to grow through jobs (and there will be many), friends (they will come and go but the best will remain) and relationships you will start to see the person, your true self, develop. Some of the best advice my father gave me when I graduated was "you will soon discover the real Rachel and who she is through these next couple years." I can fully say that I have learned so much about myself as I grew through the after college faze.
As you navigate through this crazy time in your life remember to breathe, love yourself, and know that life is only beginning to unfold for you. I hope these tips will help you throughout your growing process! Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote on this post! Also thanks to all of you who came and read, you're the real MVP. To all my grads reading these, I raise my glass to you! You should be proud of yourself for completing your years of school. That in itself is something to be proud of.
Love you all love bugs,
until next time
Learn a bit about me!
Hello, and thanks so much for once again meeting me here at my blog. I noticed that I have befriended some more of you and if you just started along this journey with me, you may not know very much about me. Therefore, I wanted to do something different and create a post dedicated to getting to know me. I like create stories since I am a visual learner so bare with me.
Imagine walking into a bar sitting and ordering your favorite drink. In the background you can hear friends talking, people clacking on their laptops, a rattle of alternative music. The bar tender brings you your drink and you cradle it inside your hands. You spark up a conversation with the person next to you. That person is me! I have a pale ale that I am drinking, probably a pretzel with cheese and we realize we have a lot more in common than meets the eye. I planned this shoot to go with this post because I wanted this to be natural, easy, as simple as meeting a friend in a bar and learning about them the 'old' fashioned way. Thank you all who asked me questions! I loved reading all of them. The ones I picked seemed to come up a lot so here are the questions you asked and my answers.
1. Where do you get your fashion inspo from? Every color looks great on you! Love your style!
This was such a great question! I get asked this often and it's hard to pick one certain thing. The designer that I truly love and try to emulate color wise is Kate Spade. She is one of the reasons I started this blog because of the daily challenge she did a couple of years ago on social media. I am big on telling stories through my posts and creating a scene that others can relate to. I live by the motto 'live colorfully' and I try to incorporate that into my fashion as well.
2. What is one thing you think beginner bloggers should avoid?
Such a great question and something I still am navigating and learning. I think the biggest thing is never downplay your worth. No matter how many followers you have you still put so much work, sweat, and tears into your posts online. That is something to be proud of! If people reach out to collab with you make sure you have a media kit because a lot of companies will want to see your stats and your information about your blog. This is all the stuff I had to learn as I grew my brand. Remember, this is your name, your brand, and for some, your livelihood, make sure to represent yourself well.
3. How much should I publish a blog post?
So this is strictly something that I do. What I want everyone to realize is my structure may be completely different than yours. I personally try to publish at least a blog post once a week. If I wasn't working a full-time job I would love to publish 2 times a week and link it back to my Instagram. Now, this is my personal opinion you have to look at your own demographics and see what is best for you.
4. Can I make money from blogging and influencing?
Yes, you definitely can! You look at people like Olivia Rink and Rachel Martino, to Color me Courtney and they are all making a living from what they love to do. These are some of the bloggers I inspire to be. Now, I want to stress that although this is a method of making money it shouldn't be your sole focus. If you only focus on making money I personally feel like you lose your creativity and it becomes something other than your creative outlet. Do what you love and money will come soon after.
5. Did we go to High-school together?
So this is a funny one because as I think back on this time in my life I have to laugh. I went to MCHS, Marian Catholic high school, and I had to wear these awful dreadful uniforms all the time. This is actually why I was so prone on learning about fashion in college because I couldn't experiment with it in high-school. I feel like I was a late bloomer to the fashion world. I should do a blog post strictly on my time in high school because that's a whole different melodrama in itself.
6. You look like so much fun I cannot wait to hopefully come to Chicago and meet you!
Ahhh so sweet, thank you! I hope that if any of you see me out and about you will come up to say hi. I think one of the most humbling experiences is when my husband and I met someone that follows my blog and came up to say hello. I am a normal person who happens to blog. I love meeting new people and I have been so lucky to get to know all of you.
So that is all for now. I want to thank everyone who sent in questions even if they were not answered. I think I should do one of these once a year or month... not entirely sure yet. I appreciate you all for taking the time to read this post. You are the bee's knees! Keep shining love bugs! Until next time.
Kulani Kinis Haul
You guys it is finally June, meaning I hope that we will be having some good swim weather soon. One of my favorite things about living downtown is that there are so many awesome beaches that you can choose to go to. Sometimes, I love to sit, with a good book, and just lounge and read on the sand.
With the summer weather approaching, I decided that I wanted to do a spotlight on some of my favorite bikinis. Therefore, I am spotlighting my favorite swimsuits from Kulani Kinis! Now, we all know I am not always thrilled to wear bikinis because they can feel quite uncomfortable or the fabric can be a bit uncomfortable. Not only is the fit perfect for all shapes and sizes, but the fabric is super smooth and soft. I literally wore my bikini all day because I forgot that I had it own.
These are perfect for that nice summer weather. I love the different prints and colors that Kulani Kinis have. I am all about the accessories to match your swimmy and I am in love with my tropical print bikini and matching headband.
Also some of their swimsuits can be reversible. The one that Julie is wearing below can be flipped and have dual wear! That is my favorite thing because you get two awesome prints for the price of one!
I also love how bright their colors are like the pinkish coral bikini that I am wearing in the pictures below. I paired it with a cute wrap scarf and a nice little summery kimono which can be perfect for the beachy breeze.
If you are not much of a two-piece person, like I normally am, they also have adorable one pieces. Julie is wearing their cute baby blue one piece that covers and shows just the right amount of skin.
Not only is the owner super amazing, kind, and sweet but she has invested in the right type of swimsuit making it sculpting for all different types of women. As the summer months approach and you're looking for the perfect swimmy I suggest you check out their amazing swimsuits! Thank you Ness for allowing me the opportunity to showcase your amazing brand it was totally a pleasure. Below I am linking all the swimmys that I received and they're linked to the website for you to shop. Thanks again for reading along babes! Until next time.
The light house
"I have a deeply hidden and inarticulate desire for something beyond the daily life."
- Virginia Woolf
Yesterday I had that insatiable feeling. The one you get, small and quaint, that builds up and seems to grow from the pit of your stomach, gnawing at your mind. That feeling of inability or not being good enough. It's the silent killers that can be the most deafening.
It started out as a normal day. I had a bit of anxiety from the long weekend knowing that I would come back to a pile of work I had to finish. The thought of that seemed to put me in a funk on Monday night. It got me thinking how one small infinitesimal thoughts can catapult our mind into the unknown. The unknown of how am I going to complete this, or will I accomplish the goals I have set for myself. It becomes this negative domino effect that slowly plants this seed of self-doubt.
It only got worse when I had an incident happen at work that made me second guess myself. How many of you have had that happen? You can be on top of the world one moment then one occurrence can knock you down a notch.
It's moments like these when you're feeling low and down, that inspired me to write this blog post. If you don't know this about me you will learn that I try to stay on the bright side of life. I try to uplift and build people up. If my post can help just one person feel like they're not alone, or they can relate to it, then I feel as if I have done my duty as an influencer and blogger.
A lot of times people see these "perfect" lives that other's portray. In reality, no one is perfect. Everyone has their own hidden demons and struggles. We all go through those cloudy days. Or the days where we seem like we're trying to tread water and the waves keep pushing us down.
Yet, through those struggles, that treading, which may seem indefinite, we find shelter in a lighthouse, in the small things that give us comfort. Mine happens to be blogging. When I blog I feel like I have this sense of purpose, of helping and speaking how God created me to. It reminded me of the phenomenal post that one of my favorite bloggers, Olivia Rink, wrote about a bit ago. If you haven't read it I suggest you do!
It got me thinking about moments like these where you feel that discomfort of growing and maturing in life. Whether it be in a relationship, at work, or self-growth. I tend to shy away from growth, or things that make me 'uncomfortable.' Yet, I have to constantly remind myself that discomfort, that treading faze, is what can lead you to that oasis. It is in that discomfort that you start to learn about yourself and what you truly want.
Years ago I wouldn't have been able to grow from my discomfort but wallow in my own self pity. It took a lot for me to get here and by all means, I'm still not perfect. However, through writing this blog, sharing my thoughts, and meditating while praying, I realized it can get better.
In moments of self doubt and discomfort I stop and think yes I can. When anyone, family, friends, bosses, doubt you remember that you are enough and you can beat those waves pushing you down.
After drifting through those waves, remember there is a lighthouse on the horizon. I know I talked about complementing yourself daily on another post. I challenge you now to focus on one thing that drives you, the thing that gets you up every morning. Did you get that thought in your head? Good, now every time you feel lost, scarred, insignificant, remember that goal. Remember you are important enough to achieve that goal, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Remember, God created you in his image so you are perfect in every way.
When I found this mural underneath a dark and desolate train stop it got me thinking about life. How even in the darkest times, in the most desolate of places, there can always be some light shining down, reaching out to give you hope. I know it sounds cheesy and cliche, but I truly believe that no matter what situation you are in...you can find that light.
I know I got deep on you guys but I hope that it touched someone today. If I got through to someone and made them feel special then that is worth all the blogging in the world.
On a much lighter note this amazing PINK romper is by James Ascher, and it's simply my fav! Can we talk about this adorable bow in the back as well! The perfect staple for summer nights and of course date nights too.
Thanks again for following along love bugs. I adore you all!
Until next time,