Urban, Edgy Spring

There are so many things that I admire about my best friend: her focus & determination, the inner coolness that she exudes & her sense of adventure, just to name a few. We are alike in many ways, but our sense of style is one of our differences. 
She is “edgy” & “urban” to my “girly” & “preppy”. Basically, she is a bad ass. So this is a little spring ensemble that I’ve thrown together in honor of her. 

Urban, Edgy Spring

Print top / rag & bone/JEAN denim waistcoat / Ted Baker / Paul & Joe long skirt / Gathering Eye spike necklace, $21 / Kate Spade kates spade / Samsoe & Samsoe slimming belt, $70 / H&M h m, $9.31

Motivation Monday

I must admit, it was hard to drag myself back into the office after the gorgeous weather that we’ve had over the past couple of days, but here I am. 
This weekend I made a deal with myself. I decided to use a trick that I learned from the very first therapist I ever visited (which was back in college): Anytime my mind wonders to worry or negative thoughts, I visualize a STOP sign in my mind. It’s so easy to use precious energy going over & over a situation in your mind, or envisioning a conversation that you hope to have, but it is such a waste of the current moment (not to mention our energy).
This infographic is the perfect reminder to start off the week. 

Have a good one!

Chambray + Denim

Happy Sunday! I’ve been loving the double denim look lately, so I thought I would share one of my takes on the look. There are so many ways that you can do it, but this is one of my favorites – leopard + lots of color!

Chambray + Denim

Fort Collins – Four Months In

As of tomorrow, it has been four months to the day since we moved and I have an apology to make, Fort Collins. I have been a bit grumpy. Apparently I am the only person that didn’t take this whole “seven months of winter” thing seriously. Either that or I thought I could hack it.
And the verdict is still out. Can I endure seven months of winter for five glorious months of a spring/summer/fall combo? Only time will tell. But from here on, I pledge to get over it – as best I can. That means no more complaining when I feel a tad bit too chilly.
Also, I understand that it is not just the weather here, but pretty much everywhere that has been a little cold for an unseasonably long time, so that makes it a bit easier, knowing that the majority of the country is going through the same sort of thing. 
It’s just that I, like most others, am ready to enjoy all of the things that spring brings. And I’ve never quite felt the urge to be outdoors like I do here. There is so many spring time things that I want to begin doing: Hiking, biking, running outside, picnics, all sorts of patio drinking, OPEN TOED SHOES, to name a few.

Until I am enjoying those above mentioned activities, here are some photos from the last couple of months in Fort Collins.

Our April blizzard. No filter.

Downtown Fort Collins.

A movie night outfit.

An art wall in downtown Loveland.

Another April snow scene outside of the gym. 
Here’s hoping we don’t see this again until post-summer!

Oh La La.

I am so happy. 
I made my first inspiration board! 
I’ve had the Polyvore app forever & loved repinning other’s Polyvore creations on Pinterest, but never put two & two together to make my own. I tend to make things more complicated than they really are sometimes. : )
So here you have it, a spring look I’m dyng to wear. Anyone else LOVING the sweater trend that’s going on right now? I hear Old Navy had some good, inexpensive ones, if you’re looking for a budget find. 

Oh La La.

"Our Song"

*Note to the reader: This post is a tad bit sappy. Read with caution.
Do you and your partner have a song that you identify as “yours?” It’s a silly trend that started (for me) way back in middle school, but sort of stuck.
The other evening while we were cooking dinner we had the Pandora blasting, as usual and “our song” came on. It wasn’t the song that we danced to at our reception or even one that was being sung during our ceremony, it was one that we had chosen on a desserted dirt road, late one Friday night in high school.
Side note – Mom, yes, that was probably one of the nights I came home pasted my curfew. But it all worked out, right?

When “our song” came on the other night I had to smile a little because I realized that the words were so so much truer today than they were back then. And that, my friends, is a sweet feeling.
It’s Your Love (by Tim McGraw & Faith Hill)
Dancing in the dark

Middle of the night

Taking your heart

Holding it tight

Emotional touch

Touching my skin

Askin’ you to do

What you’ve been doing 

All over again

Oh, it’s a beautiful thing

Don’t think I can keep it all in

I’ve just gotta let you know

What it is that won’t let me go

It’s your love

Just does something to me

Sends a spark right through me

I can’t get enough

And if you wonder

‘Bout the spell I’m under

It’s your love

Better than I was

More than I am

All of that happened

By taking your hand

Who I am now

Is who I’ve wanted to be

Now that we’re together

Stronger than ever, happy and free

Oh, it’s a beautiful thing

Don’t think I can keep it all in

And if you ask me why I’ll change

All I gotta do is say your sweet name

It’s your love

Just does something to me

Sends a shock right through me

Can’t get enough

And if you wonder

‘Bout the spell I’m under

It’s your love

Friday Favorites

It’s the weekend again! I don’t know about you, but my favorite weekends are the ones that are open, not overly booked. Sure, it’s fun to have a lot going on, but it’s also fun to be able to decide what you’re going to do that day based on your mood. 
This weekend is one of those weekends for us – the only thing on our agenda, besides a work out on Saturday & church on Sunday, is a movie with friends on Saturday evening. I’m finally going to see Oz, which as Kansas girl, is a must.

Happy Weekend!

I’m loving chambray on denim & the pops of color scream, “SPRING!” Check back for my take on this look next week.
A flirty spring print. 

So much of our twenties is spent figuring out who we are & what we want to do with this life that we’ve been given. It’s been a topic that, along with this quote, has been on my mind a lot lately. 
With all of the snow we’ve been getting this week, I’ve been dreaming of a beach vacation!
Mood Board! I’m going to teach myself how to make these because I just love looking at them & want them on my blog. This one is borrowed from one of my favorite graphic designers, Ashley, who owns Ashley Ella Design. Ashley is, incidentally, currently on a beach vacation. And we are all jealous of her.
If anyone has any mood board tips or tricks, please hit me up!!