Monday, April 13, 2015
Hey there Spring, I'm really enjoying NOT having to dress like a marshmallow. It's good times. I've still been wearing lots of black and whites (grays too) while adding pops of color. With this look, I'm also adding pops of random patterns...Leopard, polkadots and plaid. All in one outfit. Yes, yes, & yes ...I did that and I highly recommend it. Also, I'm super diggin my new slate blue hair!
Outfit details below.
Hat: ASOS /// Sunglasses: ASOS (Minkpink) /// Crop Top: Nasty Gal /// Polkadot Button Up: Express (Gabes) /// Coated Biker Pants: Madewell /// Leopard Boots: Nasty Gal Shoe Cult
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Saturday, March 28, 2015
Hey guys, I moved...again! I was fortunate enough to nab this b e a u t i f u l space in Cleveland's Slavic Village area. After much debate, eventually I felt assured it's right where I want to be and should be, but that's another post.
This space brings many healthy challenges. Let me start by saying that everything is open and there's only one closet. Woahhhh, right? Pretty much everything I have and who I am will be out "on display", that's a little crazy to think about. Most people would try to make extra storage spaces or try to think of ways to cleverly conceal clutter...aka organizing. I've chosen to not go that route. I don't want clutter, I don't want what isn't needed. Please know that each person defines what's needed in their lives differently...and trust me, it's a process and a journey when you decide to go with less. All I know is that I want to live well in this gorgeous space. I don't want to over clutter it with things that don't matter, things I don't need to hold on to.
I'm enjoying / getting used to having a smaller space. As far as size, this loft is about a 1/3 of the size of my house...crazy, right? My house has 4 floors including the basement and finished attic. There were many rooms and spaces I hardly spent time in, yet I wanted to fill the whole place with pretty things...so I spent a lot of time and money doing so. I don't necessarily have anything against that but I felt as if I was focusing on the wrong things in life. I mean come on, I had multiple rooms to keep clothing...remember my dressing room?...Beautiful, but time to head in a different direction and have a different focus. I've really been pairing down what I take with me though this life and will hopefully continue on this path.
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Monday, March 9, 2015
This sleeveless blazer / sleeveless jacket style was a hit this past fall and will still be ready to rock this spring now that it's warming back up. I'm a lover of vests and layering so no need to talk me into this look. Plus, these simple and clean line styles are easy to pair with a n y t h i n g ! ! !
Original photos: 1 /// 2 /// 3
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Tuesday, March 3, 2015
photos by Fleeting Fox Photography
Guys! The struggle is real, Winter is lasting forever! Combat the cold with a little style creativity. All winter I've ditched my usual brights for a more neutral monochromatic looks. That doesn't mean an outfit has to be plain though. I played with bold patterns and chunky textures for this look & and topped it off with gold accents. I love the contrast and warmth the gold brings to this otherwise gray outfit. Since the tights are CLEARLY a statement maker, I paired them with the smaller stripe texture of the sweater. When mixing patterns always vary the size. If one is a statement maker, have another that's a little more subdued. Be bold & have fun!
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Saturday, February 21, 2015
Society is wrong.
Quitting is ok, and can be a GOOD thing. Especially if it leads to growth & balance.
I've spent the past year being a quitter...reevaluating life and taking action...
No, I didn't go aimlessly quitting everything I was doing just to go lamely cry in a corner. (Sorry, no crazy quitting tirade.) I took a step back, slowed down and acknowledged that just because I was on the same path as everyone else, it didn't mean I was on the right path. The busy lifestyle, the goals of more money, the over consumption...everyone's doing it and I should follow along, right? - "C'mon Amy, what's wrong with you?...you aren't happy pursuing that?" Turns out that type of life just wasn't working.
I just recently read a snipet from Donald Miller talking about the same thing. He's a smart dude. He says, "The idea is two fold:
1. Get rid of anything that doesn't need to be in your life.
2. Realize you don't have to be stuck in a rut.
I was in a rut.
I had a lot of things that didn't need to be in my life.
I was focused on a lot of things that didn't need to be in my life...unimportant things.
So, yeah...I quit things. It was life changing.
I quit my job
I had a terrible job I felt I was stuck at. So I left. By quitting I no longer had to deal with the stress and poor work environment. I no longer chose to deem the company's behavior acceptable by working for them. I was then free to pursue a better career path. I now carefully choose who I work for and with. I choose options that align with my values and propels me into growth as a person and in my field. I pursue mutual respect. I pursue things I love. It seems to work out.
I quit over consuming
I spent a lot of time buying things and thinking about buying things. This dulled the pain of the crappy job and I was far from understanding what it meant to live intentionally. I worked so I could buy things. I created and followed an "American Dream" type of lifestyle. That's what I was taught. I didn't really know any other way. Society tells us to overwork so we can overbuy. It's a perpetual process, it doesn't end. So yep, quit that too. Don't get me wrong, I still love the artistic qualities and culture of fashion but I don't let it consume me.
Those are just a few examples of how I chose to change my life by quitting. So be encouraged to not feel stuck...feel free to quit! You don't have to stay in a rut. Be intentional about what you pursue in life. Take a look at your life and quit any un-healthly lifestyle you find yourself in.
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Monday, February 16, 2015
Hey Akron fashion lovers, come on out February 22 (this Sunday) to a style event at Francesca's - Summit Mall! Some fab Barberton DECA students are putting on this event as a class project, so come support them and have a stylish good time. Your local fashion bloggers Dina's Days, For The Birds & I (Glam and Grace) will be there to host & help style outfits! Spots are limited, RSVP here
Above is a selection of my favorite pieces they have available online. Go ahead and browse the site to get an idea of what they have available in store!
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Thursday, February 12, 2015
One crucial detail I've found for this recipe is that fresh salmon makes all the difference. I first tried frozen from the freezer section, thawed it and followed the directions but it was no where near the juicy tender filet we made in class. Super disappointing. So I then gave the fresh fish a whirl. It's a HUGE difference. This fresh Salmon recipe is not only easy to make but it's life changing good!
Salmon en Papilotte
4-4oz Fresh Salmon Fillets Fresh Ground Salt & Pepper
1 Lemon - thinly sliced Parchment Paper (4-12x18 pieces)
1/4 cup Dry White Wine 4 teaspoons butter
Vegetables of Choice 8 Rosemary Sprigs (optional)
(I used mini sweet peppers)
Preheat over to 450 degrees
Rinse Salmon and pat dry with paper towels. Season with salt and pepper. Fold parchment paper in half. Place salmon by the middle of the center fold. Top with 2 lemon slices, fresh cut veggies and a teaspoon of butter. Splash wine on top (a tablespoon or so will do) Start folding at the side, overlapping until sealed. (note: we learned to make sure it's folded tight into a packet so it cooks evenly and stays tender)
Place on baking sheet. Roast 10 minutes, or until dish has steamed out and expanded. Transfer packets onto plates. Slit tops with a sharp knife. Gently open and enjoy the aroma.
This dish makes a great presentation and easy clean up!
Credit: Recipe from Gervasi Vineyard by Chef Maxine Verbel
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