These are the top selling items from my blog and Instagram from the entire year! MAJORITY are from Amazon finds, so I certainly know where I will be spending most of my time tracking down goodies from this year!
That’s a wrap! So crazy to see what the top sellers have been! It is very obvious that you all love a good dupe and anything Amazon! I will do my best to bring you more amazing, affordable, and quality finds in 2019!
Happy New Year babes! What a year 2018 was. So blessed to have another year of health in my family, and for that I am truly grateful to God. It was the year that I finally felt like I figured out this “blogging” world in terms of what works for my followers and I. A year that I traveled to so many fun places with friends and family! But also a year of hurt and challenges. The problem with social media is that we all only see the good, because why on earth would we all want to air our dirty laundry for the world to see on Instagram? The truth of the matter is, life is hard. I don’t care who you are or how perfect you feel your year was, there are things in each of our lives that just knock us down or stress us out. For me, it was one of the most challenging years running my boutique to date. We had the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. This trickled into my personal life and I struggled as a mom, and I struggled as a wife. There were many days I felt a break down coming. I even so much as went to the doctor to think about getting on anxiety medicine because I just felt like I was losing my damn mind. Honestly though, when you open up and start talking to other women, WE ARE ALL THE SAME!
I am sharing this with all of you because when I chose to start blogging, it wasn’t about contracts or collaborations, or linking outfits. I wanted to have an outlet to write and share things I love. I did a terrible job in 2018 sharing my heart and just writing to you all. Isn’t that the purpose of a blog?! My goal for 2019 is to sit down, and just share my thoughts from time to time. Whatever that might be. Perhaps marriage posts, the struggles of owning your own business, etc.
While we are on the topic, this “blogging” world has been a blessing and a curse for me. I truly enjoy it so much, but some days I feel myself in this rat race. “Hurry up you have to get your post up”, “There is a sale get it on stories stat” blah blah blah! That is what constantly goes through my head and I stress myself out! I am super competitive by nature, and especially with myself. I don’t understand why some girls are growing so fast while others are growing snail speed. I also just do not understand Instagram and all of the algorithm changes. If you aren’t a social media influencer you might be reading this thinking, “This is so dumb why do you care”, but maybe put what I’m saying in terms of your own job. Lets say you are a sales rep and some sales reps seem to be having record growth while you feel like you are busting your ass and barely getting by. See what I’m saying?! In our industry, to succeed all of this matters. I think I’ve let it matter just too dang much, and the thoughts of comparing myself to others in this industry consume me way more than I plan to do in 2019. I work full time running a family business and I’m also a mom and a wife, so this blogging thing will just never be my full time gig like others. I am just sharing this with you because I get messages DAILY asking, “how do you do it all?” and gals I don’t. I try very hard, but at the end of the day I constantly feel like I am failing in all areas! Please do not look at all of these women on social media and think they have it all figured out and you don’t because that is not the case. I guarantee if you ask them, you will find that while one area of life is excelling, another area is hurting.
My plan for 2019 is simple. STOP. COMPARING. MYSELF. TO. OTHERS. I know it’s easier said than done but gosh, I really am just done. It steals my joy and I’m refusing to continue doing it in 2019. I hope if you too are struggling with this comparison game that together, we can make changes to just stop. So how do I plan to achieve this?
5 Steps to help me with this comparison game in 2019
I plan to set goals for myself: Not that I didn’t do that in 2018 but I didn’t write them down, and truly just flew by the seat of my pants. I plan to set goals for myself with my boutique business as well as my blogging business. When I achieve those goals those will be measures of success that I can be proud of and help build my confidence! I will claim them one by one and cross them off the goal list!!
I plan to focus on what I do have: I already do this, trust me, but I think we all forget to count our blessings. Again, easier said than done especially for competitive entrepreneurs but I really plan to sit down and focus on all the good I have going on!
I plan to work on learning & improving: This means more podcasts, more online classes to GROW. Like the saying goes, “If you are green you are growing, but if you are ripe you are rotting!” If we are green we are growing, learning and developing. It is easy to think we already know it all and we do not need continuing education, but that is so far from the truth. This is going to be my focus this year, learning more so I can continue growing!
I plan to continue leading & not following: Being a leader in my industry is something I’ve always strived to be. Sometimes when people will say “you should do what X boutique is doing” I think to myself, no I shouldn’t. I don’t want to be like them, I want to be like myself. Same for blogging, it is crazy how this industry tends to morph into one (photography, clothing, etc). It is always wise to know what is going on around you, but I plan to be ahead of the curve doing my own thing.
I plan to continue traveling: Getting away is healthy for your soul! You always come back more refreshed and ready to conquer life. I plan to keep traveling and going away for little mini vacations so I can relax and refocus. It helps me connect with my husband and he was around long before any of this! I have to nurture that relationship and getting away with him is the only way I know how! Oh, and date nights of course!
I hope you have a wonderful start to your new year! I wish you a year of self development and growth in whatever area of life you are struggling. I am always here for any of you, never forget that! If you have a question or need advice I can do my best to give it! Thank you for following along on my journey and I look forward to a wonderful year together in 2019!
Happy Sunday! I am headed off to Christmas number 1 today and I couldn’t be more excited! I love seeing family this time of year. We laugh, we play games, we go to an amazing church service, and we all just unplug from our phones and enjoy one another! I like to dress casual for my holiday gatherings but I typically always tend to go for black denim and booties to dress up my look. Believe it or not, these adorable black high waisted jeggings are from Walmart, and under $20! They run very TTS and are extremely stretchy, I am wearing my usual size 5. Casual style that still looks a smidge dressed up is how I like to roll. I also think that when people think of a holiday gathering they immediately think you have to wear “red or green” this time of year. I believe that whatever makes you feel your best is what you should wear. I love wearing mostly black – it is chic, and also child proof from spills haha!
I also grabbed this grey cardigan and this leopard purse from Walmart too! Sadly it appears my cardigan is now sold out online, but I am linking this style here which is very similar to mine. I am obsessed with finding quality pieces for a great price! Especially this time of year, we are spending money on gifts for others and it can be hard to justify a new outfit for yourself for a holiday gathering, BUT I assure you it can be done still looking super trendy with a reasonable price tag! Like this leopard bag for instance, which looks designer but is under $20!! It has a longer strap so it can be worn as a cross body or held as more of a satchel. It’s a furry leopard (love the colorings) and looks adorable with the added scarf.
Hope you’ve enjoyed this casual chic look with Walmart. There are so many great items on their website and in stores so make sure to take a peek! Don’t forget you can also find designer items on there as well, like this pair of shoes which are similar to mine. They truly have style for every budget and free shipping over $35!
Happy Holidays everyone!
*Thank you Walmart for partnering with me on this post! All style tips, outfit pairings, ideas and opinions are my own.
Tis the season to sparkle! With New Years Eve right around the corner it is time to start the outfit planning process to ring in the new year! Sadly, my social life is pretty lack luster #momlife and my night out consists of dinner with friends and home by midnight! I still love to dress up and sparkle though! I just won’t be attending those raging hotel parties like I once did! Regardless, there is fashion out there for all of us!
I love to bargain shop and find the best deal and the quickest way to get it to my house. I am impatient by nature and love shopping places that offer FAST shipping. I’m a pretty last minute hot mess mom type as you all know, so things have to be quick. I knew I wanted to dress casual this NYE and I had a vision of an off the shoulder, boxy style, sequin top. So I took to Ebay of course, one of my favorite places to shop! I love finding items on Ebay for this very reason because there are so many items to shop and their shipping is quick! Did you know that majority of their products ship for free under 2 days! All you have to do is search for what you are looking for (I searched “sequin top”) and then use the filters! That is how I found this adorable top – offered in multiple colors. There are so many different ways to style it depending on where you are headed! This sequin top is brand new and under $20, that is a steal! This item was listed as new, which 80% of the items being listed are new! I guess it is pretty cool to see how Ebay has evolved over the years from strictly reselling used items to incorporating a lot of new merchandise!
Here are 3 ways to style your sequin top for New Years Eve
Sequin top & denim: I am a denim lover by nature so this is how I plan to wear my top out on NYE. Wear it under a leather jacket, or throw it off your shoulder, the sequins will speak for themselves and steal the show.
Sequin top & black leather leggings: Love the texture mixing happening here. If you need to be a little more on the dressy side, but still want comfort these leggings are for you! Also looks great with a blazer paired over it too!
Sequin top & leather skirt: Just another option to dress up the top! So many great leather skirt options you can find on Ebay to accomplish this look! I am loving this one!
I hope you enjoyed how I styled my sequin top from Ebay and the other ways I suggested you could style yours! I am wearing a medium (I sized up to be able to wear it more off the shoulder and truly could have done a large to make it a smidge bigger). While shopping don’t forget to check out the daily deals, so many awesome items you can snag with all of your Christmas money headed your way from Santa! Let me know if you have any additional questions, I am happy to help!
Thank you Ebay for partnering with me on this post. All ideas and opinions are my own!
Happy Sunday babes! I am running around like a crazy person finishing up some last minute Christmas shopping today, and regretting that I wait until the last minute (like always). I am someone who likes to throw on a ball cap, my leggings and a comfy pair of shoes when running errands but still look cute while doing it. Nothing is worse too than wearing an uncomfortable pair of shoes and having your feet hurt when you are out and about walking a ton! That is why I am obsessed with these Adidas UltraBOOST 4.0 Running Shoes from Finishline.com! There are many colors to choose from but I was immediately attracted to this pair because of the blush detailing! They are seriously the most comfortable shoe I have ever worn. There is a boost foam cushioning which literally makes you feel like you are walking on clouds and they are so light weight too! I am usually an 8.5 or 9 in my running shoes and I did the size 9 in these and they fit like a glove (so I would say they are TTS). You all know I am a deal chaser but when it comes to sneakers I like to invest in a quality pair that will protect your foot, and last you a long time! My go to pair always tends to be an awesome pair of Adidas shoes! Also, they are so adorable and pair so nicely with that athleisure errand running look I was going for!
I am linking a few other awesome selections for working out and errand running below! I love finding quality items that are stylish and comfortable and there are so many great selections at Finishline.com
Thank you for stopping by to read my post and thank you to Finish Line and Adidas for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions and thoughts are my own!