Fashion Friday: Digital Florals

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Stealing once again from one of our favorite fashion blogs, Vanilla Extract:

I’ve been admiring digital prints for a while now, always searching for unique pieces that align with my style. The majority of digital prints I’ve come across have either been too expensive or too bold for my liking. Boo!

When Kingdom & State launched their fall collection with this floral jacket, I was just like “Oh, the hunt is over!” The florals give it that feminine feel, but the style of the jacket keeps it from being too girly. I’d say it strikes the perfect balance between feminine and edgy. There’s even a matching skirt on the site if you want to double down on your digital prints.

You can find Nichole’s killer bomber jacket and other styles at Kingdom & State here.

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Skill to Conquer: Take Care of Yourself Like Your Momma Would

I thought I made the transition from high school to college, and then from college to the real world pretty seamlessly. I knew how to do laundry. I taught myself to cook. I could hang a picture frame, sew on a button and get myself from point A to point B in the safest way possible. But there are even more things to look out for when you’re out in the real world, that might not even occur to you. You may be running so fast in your too-busy-to-stop-and-smell-the-roses life that you can’t tell when something might be wrong or in need of attention.

Put down the tablet/phone/pumpkin spice latte, and give yourself a once over. Your mother would make sure you went to the dentist every six months, you looked healthy, and were eating well. Are you giving yourself the same care? While you may be kicking ass at work or in your personal life, you’ll be doing even better when you’re at the top of your game. Here are a few things to look for…

Overall Health – When was the last time you went to the doctor? Are you feeling bloated or sick often? Do you have the sniffles and blame it on allergies? Do you have a nagging pain in your tooth and try to ignore it? Time for an appointment!

Eat your Greens – Are you eating enough fresh, raw foods? Do you find yourself eating out most days of the week? What habits have you made with your eating that are good, and what are the bad? How can you adjust?

Say Ommm – When was the last time you took an afternoon to yourself? Need a little yoga, or a mani pedi? Any aches or pains that could be cured with a massage? What about a good dish sesh with your best friend?

See the Sun – It’s important to get outdoors, even when you’re beyond swamped and think you’re chained to your desk. When was the last time you were outside? Are you getting out with enough time for a glimpse of sunlight?

 

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Getting Nostalgic

The past few months have been a bit crazy for me, but it’s all coming around now. I think the fall always has a way of settling things into place before the bustling holidays come around. This time of year always gets me super nostalgic for my grade school years. Whenever you’re feeling completely crazed by college or adult life, sometimes it’s best to just act like a kid. Here are a few ways you can shake it all off and get nostalgic.

  • Have a solo dance party with your favorite 90’s or early 00’s hits. Feel free to sing out as loud as you want
  • Gather your friends up for a game of soccer or frisbee, or event better – tag, in the park
  • Put on your old delia*s PJ sets a Netflix marathon of an old favorite TV show with microwave popcorn and Twizzlers
  • Remake one of your mom’s specialties for dinner
  • Change your laptop wallpaper to your favorite boy band for just one day (or more)
  • Start a LiveJournal (the first blog!)
  • Call up old friends and catch up, or write an email (super old school)

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Asking for Help Does Not Mean Admitting Defeat

Now that I’m in my late 20’s, I’ve had multiple experiences that have taught and retaught me the above statement – much more than I can remember. Whether it’s with work, your personal life, or when you need someone to help you carry your 45 lb suitcase down 5 flights of stairs, asking for help is more than a good idea – it’s necessary. We are led to believe that we can be fearless, strong and independent in this world, and that is certainly true. But those who are smart aren’t afraid to ask for help along the way.

I’ve found that when I don’t ask for help when I really do need it, I feel like I’m flayling around without any sense of where or when I can stop. I’m taking guesses rather than making informed decisions. I’m relying on my emotions (or perhaps my exhaustion level) rather than my experience or know-how.

Here are a few hints you should be asking for help when you’re just not sure…

You’re about to make an assumption - No need to assume anything. Whether you ASSUME someone doesn’t like you, or you ASSUME something is due by end of week… just ask the right person who would actually know. No harm in it.

You’ve tried your first instinct reaction and it didn’t work – You gave it your best shot. Before you waste anymore time on the issue, explain to someone what you tried to accomplish, and ask if they have another opinion on the matter.

There are others involved and you  need to be right the first time – This is especially true in work. If there is a big group project and others are depending on you, this is NOT the time to be a hero and try to accomplish it all alone. Lean on others who have been there before or team mates who can help

 

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