Casual Stripes

On the way home from work I was stuck in traffic, frustrated, and hot because I was dangerously low on gas and trying to conserve by not turning on the air so that I wouldn’t end up on the side of the road waiting for Tom to save me (yet again). I don’t know if it was the fact that ‘Landslide’ was playing on the radio that put me in a sentimental mood, but I see that someone graffitied the words “you are beautiful” on a street sign at the local park district, and all of the sudden I just smiled and felt so much better. I laughed at how a sappy (yet still amazing and classic) song and a cliched statement could have that effect on me. I’ll have to remember to drive by and Instagram that sign soon.
I thought about the kid responsible for defacing public property to write such a nice message, what the intentions were behind the act, and how that message just made my day. I was reminded of two life lessons that I’ll share with you – 1) you can control how you feel by choosing how you react to things that you can’t control and 2) you can totally make somebody’s day by doing or saying something nice, no matter how you choose to do it. 
My favorite spike bracelet from Urban Outfitters similar–  I wear it by itself or stacked with other bracelets, it is just so versatile!

This outfit is one that I have so many versions of – I could do a whole month of posts with a similar look. Striped sweater, long tank, skinnies, and tall riding boots. These boots in particular are old,  and I actually wore them riding until I bought real riding boots, and I think they just get better with age!

Boots Dolce Vita Similar/Jeans Zara/Sweater Nordstrom similar/Bag H&M/Watch Michael Kors/Long racerback tank H&M

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There are some trees with seeds that only grow after a fire. Their seeds are completely sealed with a resin that have to be physically melted off by a great fire in order to propagate. So to do we as humans, gain wisdom only after great pain and suffering.*
A month ago (and one day) I lost my sister and best friend to cancer. I am still completely gutted and broken. But, I’m also so so grateful to have had felt the love that now brings me so much heartbreak. ❤️ I am so inspired by her - and I will forever live my life to honor her memory. Miss you sis ❤️
Classic outfit combo: oversized blazer + denim 🖤fendi mules @shoeslutz
Just a mom who loves mums 🌸 🪴
Cozy for a coffee date ☕️
French. Toast. Egg. Bake. Save this recipe for a weekend or holiday brunch - it’s SO good and fool-proof! I’m not even a sweet person and I love it. The pecans are a non-negotiable IMO - I get honey bourbon vanilla pecans for this and it is just heavenly. Enjoy!
Current everyday makeup routine 💋
Loves a good hair before and after ❤️(Roots + highlights + toner + deep conditioning) @miguelzavala_zazusalonwheaton
Peak Autumn beauty 🍂 These two pictures were taken only 10 days apart ~ look how much the color has changed! I love to go for a walk and admire all the gorgeous foliage - so much fun. This side of my house is officially my favorite: a mix of shrubs including hydrangea, blue spruce, beautyberry, euonymus, pine, boxwood, burning bush, viburnum, smokebush, and you can even see the Japanese maple peeking out from the backyard 🍂#fallfoliage #autumn