My manager, Bailey, always seems to have the best advice. I don’t know if it’s the fact that she’s been in the industry for years or if it’s just that she loves country music, the great outdoors and reality TV (kindred spirits), but she just gets it. I told her about my writer’s block. She could sense the frustration from a mile away and mentioned that transitions can be tough. I told her I was currently looking at my big empty suitcase, craving a trip across the world. I wanted to fill it with pretty new dresses that lined the walls of my new closet – MY NEW CLOSET. Wow. I remember the days when I used to say things like:
Bailey simply said, “Say what’s on your mind. Be open. There’s someone out there who is going through something similar. They’ll resonate with what you have to say.” Ah, yes. The truth will set you free. And help out your writer’s block while you’re at it.
Truth be told, I’m not having the easiest time adapting to domestic life. My first week in my apartment was filled with friends, a wedding, meetings and getting a new project off the ground. All of these things took my mind off the fact that I wasn’t half way across the world exploring new lands. And just like that…
The wedding was over.
The initial stages of the new project were filed.
My friends left.
I was suddenly by myself in an apartment that didn’t feel like mine. What was I going to do now? How would this affect my business? I’m a travel blogger…so why do I have a home? So many questions and insecurities began popping up. I then remembered that change is GOOD. I’m simply giving myself permission to try on a different lifestyle. I can and will absolutely still travel. I just needed a place to unpack.
Here I am on a Wednesday afternoon wanting to morph into Dora the Explorer yet again. In an effort to try to sit in one place, create new projects and meet a new community, I’m not going to book a flight to Mexico. I’m not going to hop on American Airlines to see the cheapest award ticket I can book to Europe. I’m not going to get on Skyscanner and daydream with the ‘Everywhere’ tab. Instead, I’m putting together some outfits that I’d take with me to those faraway places as spring and summer come along! They’ll be packed in my suitcase soon enough.
I love this flowy, lightweight dress. It takes up .01 pounds in my luggage and is perfect for any beach trip. Hola, Mexico! I’m also high-key obsessed with Norwegian bag designer Linjer. This Tulip bag packs a punch with its two-toned colors and leather design. I don’t wear heels a ton, but when I do, they usually make a statement like these Vince Camuto tie-up sandals. Lastly, I adore my brand new Esperanza necklace in collaboration with Humanity & Hope United Foundation made by women in the remote village of La Cuchilla in Honduras. Every sale of the Esperanza necklace provides three days of work for women 🙂 Love jewelry with a story and cause behind it!
I wore this dress to an event in LA last week and loved everything about it – the boobaliscousness, the lowered back and even the length. If and when I want it shortened, I may just have to try my hand at a lil DIY snip snip action. Everyone has been asking me where I bought the yellow necklace. I can’t take it off – it’s such a ray of sunshine 🙂 Also, the pop of red on my feet makes me so happy!
Southern Charmed Savannah
This dress screams 1) southern and 2) Mother’s Day brunch. Ideally, some southern belle would wear this dress out in Savannah, Georgia this Sunday to celebrate their mom. Someone do it for me, please. PLEASE. Let me live vicariously through your super southern mommy time because mine is so far away! For everyone asking for my horn necklace, you can find it here. For my bracelets, I wrote about them here.
Oh so Sweden
Nasty Gal Pleated Skirt
I’ve been told I look like Snow White, that I’m straight out of Sweden, and that I resemble Blake Lively in this photo. I’m more than happy to accept all three! If you can’t tell I’m crushing on blue and yellow right now, get some glasses. I’ve always loved this color combo but DANG I’m obsessed this season. I think hair up in a messy pony with a hair scarf is such a fun playful touch, too. Nasty Gal is sold out of the skirt, but check below for lots of sunny hued similar ones!
Life is short. I like to make it as colorful as possible with what I wear 🙂