Saturday, November 22, 2014

my favorites.

I picked my favorites from Mellow Handbag below! What is your favorite?

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9 

If you like the style but not the color, check it out anyway! They have each bag in at least 4-5 different colors!

Make sure to shop with this 10% discount code: WISESOULBLOG.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

in the fields.

#iwokeuplikethis (meant to be derogatory towards myself. i look dead but at the same time like the pained, tired look)
sweater-Kenzie, skirt (worn as dress), Forever 21, booties-Carlos by Carlos Santana

photos by Mailee Yang

Here I go again, using a skirt as a dress! I kind of never found something good to wear with this skirt, but once I raised it up, I discovered so many new possibilities! 

It's cold and everything is dead and brown. Where did those beautiful leaves go?! :(
Tomorrow I take off for Tennessee for Thanksgiving! I'm so ecstatic!

What are your Thanksgiving plans?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

cuffed & patched.

sweater-Kenzie, top-vintage, jeans-Daisy Fuentes, booties-Kohl's, bag-Fossil, watch-Target, sunglasses-J.Crew

photos by Mailee Yang

I have a touch of prep in my style from time to time. It really comes out during fall and winter. I love layering button-ups under sweaters! Not only does it provide warmth, it ups the outfit another level. Plus the elbow patches on the sweater really won me over.

Who is so stoked for Thanksgiving?! I can't wait to go back to Nashville and having a relaxing week surrounded by my family!

"You don't need to be larger than life, just larger than yourself." -Mitt Romney

Saturday, November 15, 2014

lace and ease.

 oh my smirk! ^
black cover-market, top-Forever 21, pants-Forever 21, hat-Urban Outfitters, purse-gifted, booties-Carlos by Carlos Santana

photos by Mailee Yang

I feel I tend to have pretty dressed-up looks all the time, so I thought it would be good to add in this simple outfit. I think I definitely dress according to the scenery around me. When it's fall, you better believe I'm wearing earthy colors of greens, oranges, reds. But after this quick switch to winter, I find myself leaning more to the whites, browns, and blacks. It won't stay for long because I cannot go neutral forever! 

Nevertheless, I do love a simple, neutral look. This still has elements of dressy but still easygoing casual. Perfect for every day wear.

As the weather gets dreary and my personal favorite spots of nature grow dead, Mailee and I are searching for places to take pictures while I still want to live up my bohemian vibes. Hopefully we'll have success! And hopefully I can find a stylish yet warm coat!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

fearlessly frigid.

jacket-old thrifted, skirt (worn as a dress)-Kohl's, bag-c/o Mellow World, heels-Betsey Johnson, sunglasses-J.Crew, watch-Target

photos by Mailee Yang

It was unbelievably cold and windy while taking these pictures. My hair was everywhere, my toes were numb. We only could take it for 10 minutes. 

I am often inspired by Olivia Palermo's looks. I recently saw her style a skirt as a dress. It made me take a second look at my closet's skirts. All of a sudden, there were so many possibilities! I might be doing it more often now! I like the result and the different look! Plus, this skirt has always been a favorite of mine for years. The rich fall hues, the pleats, the maxi length, and the floral details are such a perfect combo! Then that olive green jacket I can never seem to put down. It goes with everything! 

I loved upping my accessory amount for this outfit. I think the skirt is very elegant, so with adding a cargo jacket then tons of accessories, it toughens it up a bit. If you look closely, the bag's contrasting pink goes well with the flowers in the skirt! This bag from Mellow World can go with so many things because of the neutral nude/pink color + I can literally fit everything I need inside!

Mellow World is offering 10% off to my readers with the discount code: WISESOULBLOG.

Monday, November 10, 2014

a garden stroll.

top-Daniel Rainn, jeans-Ralph Lauren Denim Supply, booties-Steve Madden, purse-gifted

photos by Mailee Yang

Any top by Daniel Rainn is a friend of mine. He never does wrong. I always love the crochet or lace details he incorporates. Plus the faded berry-colored jeans from Ralph Lauren are a scored favorite of mine ($15). Then the Steve Madden booties I've had for years (since I was 15!). I love it simple, flowy, earthy, and elegant.

Sometimes life throws you curveballs. 
And yet, it's the best thing that's ever happened to you. 
Definitely experiencing this right now. There have been moments where I have thought, "this wasn't my plan!" But learning to be adaptable and take what you get makes life more fun and your curveball less of a nuisance and more of a blessing.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

finding peace.

I feel we all have periods of time in our lives that we are searching for something. Not exactly sure what it is, we seek different paths trying to find whatever it is. What it comes down to is peace, contentment, and happiness. We want to know who we are, what we're doing, and where we're going. What gets in the way is the image society forces upon us to have. The perfect hair, skin, clothes, body, life. It's exhausting trying to keep up with all of that. There's only so much we can do before we get overwhelmed.

As I've pondered, I've realized where that contentment and confidence stems from.

Within.

Not from new perfume, or having a best friend always by your side, getting showered with gifts, or even getting showered with praise or love.

It comes from knowing that I am a child of God (and we all are!). It comes from taking time to be alone. I've sat in my room and have taken time to assess where I stand, what I need to work on, and how far I've come. I look to people I observe in life. I take how they treat others, how they live and adopt it to my ways. I have assessed my gifts and talents and have worked on them daily. I have molded myself like play dough into who I wanted to be, and you can too! We are never stuck as we are. We can always change!

Am I perfect? Far from it. Every day I have to build my beliefs and try to become a better me. But at the same time, I embrace my imperfections. It's hard to list them, not because I don't have them (oh, honey I do!), but because I decided it was time to stop looking for them. It was time to look in the mirror and feel love, not disgusted. Everyone has their bad hair day or their fat day, but wouldn't it be nice to have pretty much every day be a beautiful day?!

I in no way want this post to be about me. I hope that it can help you! It's time to start feeling peace and time to stop feeling like you can't measure up. Not tomorrow, not when you lose 10 pounds, not when that cute guy/girl talks to you, not when you make XXXX amount of money, not when you have more followers, but today. As you start consistently believing that you have enough and that you are enough, you will begin to feel love for yourself and gratitude for all that you have. You'll find that weight comes off easier, that you will feel love for everything around you, people will be drawn to you, light will shine in your eyes, you will want to give, and you'll find yourself in service.

Finding confidence and love for yourself is a foundation. Once you build that foundation, amazing things will happen. Start now.
photo found on pinterest.com

Saturday, November 22, 2014

my favorites.

I picked my favorites from Mellow Handbag below! What is your favorite?

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9 

If you like the style but not the color, check it out anyway! They have each bag in at least 4-5 different colors!

Make sure to shop with this 10% discount code: WISESOULBLOG.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

in the fields.

#iwokeuplikethis (meant to be derogatory towards myself. i look dead but at the same time like the pained, tired look)
sweater-Kenzie, skirt (worn as dress), Forever 21, booties-Carlos by Carlos Santana

photos by Mailee Yang

Here I go again, using a skirt as a dress! I kind of never found something good to wear with this skirt, but once I raised it up, I discovered so many new possibilities! 

It's cold and everything is dead and brown. Where did those beautiful leaves go?! :(
Tomorrow I take off for Tennessee for Thanksgiving! I'm so ecstatic!

What are your Thanksgiving plans?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

cuffed & patched.

sweater-Kenzie, top-vintage, jeans-Daisy Fuentes, booties-Kohl's, bag-Fossil, watch-Target, sunglasses-J.Crew

photos by Mailee Yang

I have a touch of prep in my style from time to time. It really comes out during fall and winter. I love layering button-ups under sweaters! Not only does it provide warmth, it ups the outfit another level. Plus the elbow patches on the sweater really won me over.

Who is so stoked for Thanksgiving?! I can't wait to go back to Nashville and having a relaxing week surrounded by my family!

"You don't need to be larger than life, just larger than yourself." -Mitt Romney

Saturday, November 15, 2014

lace and ease.

 oh my smirk! ^
black cover-market, top-Forever 21, pants-Forever 21, hat-Urban Outfitters, purse-gifted, booties-Carlos by Carlos Santana

photos by Mailee Yang

I feel I tend to have pretty dressed-up looks all the time, so I thought it would be good to add in this simple outfit. I think I definitely dress according to the scenery around me. When it's fall, you better believe I'm wearing earthy colors of greens, oranges, reds. But after this quick switch to winter, I find myself leaning more to the whites, browns, and blacks. It won't stay for long because I cannot go neutral forever! 

Nevertheless, I do love a simple, neutral look. This still has elements of dressy but still easygoing casual. Perfect for every day wear.

As the weather gets dreary and my personal favorite spots of nature grow dead, Mailee and I are searching for places to take pictures while I still want to live up my bohemian vibes. Hopefully we'll have success! And hopefully I can find a stylish yet warm coat!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

fearlessly frigid.

jacket-old thrifted, skirt (worn as a dress)-Kohl's, bag-c/o Mellow World, heels-Betsey Johnson, sunglasses-J.Crew, watch-Target

photos by Mailee Yang

It was unbelievably cold and windy while taking these pictures. My hair was everywhere, my toes were numb. We only could take it for 10 minutes. 

I am often inspired by Olivia Palermo's looks. I recently saw her style a skirt as a dress. It made me take a second look at my closet's skirts. All of a sudden, there were so many possibilities! I might be doing it more often now! I like the result and the different look! Plus, this skirt has always been a favorite of mine for years. The rich fall hues, the pleats, the maxi length, and the floral details are such a perfect combo! Then that olive green jacket I can never seem to put down. It goes with everything! 

I loved upping my accessory amount for this outfit. I think the skirt is very elegant, so with adding a cargo jacket then tons of accessories, it toughens it up a bit. If you look closely, the bag's contrasting pink goes well with the flowers in the skirt! This bag from Mellow World can go with so many things because of the neutral nude/pink color + I can literally fit everything I need inside!

Mellow World is offering 10% off to my readers with the discount code: WISESOULBLOG.

Monday, November 10, 2014

a garden stroll.

top-Daniel Rainn, jeans-Ralph Lauren Denim Supply, booties-Steve Madden, purse-gifted

photos by Mailee Yang

Any top by Daniel Rainn is a friend of mine. He never does wrong. I always love the crochet or lace details he incorporates. Plus the faded berry-colored jeans from Ralph Lauren are a scored favorite of mine ($15). Then the Steve Madden booties I've had for years (since I was 15!). I love it simple, flowy, earthy, and elegant.

Sometimes life throws you curveballs. 
And yet, it's the best thing that's ever happened to you. 
Definitely experiencing this right now. There have been moments where I have thought, "this wasn't my plan!" But learning to be adaptable and take what you get makes life more fun and your curveball less of a nuisance and more of a blessing.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

finding peace.

I feel we all have periods of time in our lives that we are searching for something. Not exactly sure what it is, we seek different paths trying to find whatever it is. What it comes down to is peace, contentment, and happiness. We want to know who we are, what we're doing, and where we're going. What gets in the way is the image society forces upon us to have. The perfect hair, skin, clothes, body, life. It's exhausting trying to keep up with all of that. There's only so much we can do before we get overwhelmed.

As I've pondered, I've realized where that contentment and confidence stems from.

Within.

Not from new perfume, or having a best friend always by your side, getting showered with gifts, or even getting showered with praise or love.

It comes from knowing that I am a child of God (and we all are!). It comes from taking time to be alone. I've sat in my room and have taken time to assess where I stand, what I need to work on, and how far I've come. I look to people I observe in life. I take how they treat others, how they live and adopt it to my ways. I have assessed my gifts and talents and have worked on them daily. I have molded myself like play dough into who I wanted to be, and you can too! We are never stuck as we are. We can always change!

Am I perfect? Far from it. Every day I have to build my beliefs and try to become a better me. But at the same time, I embrace my imperfections. It's hard to list them, not because I don't have them (oh, honey I do!), but because I decided it was time to stop looking for them. It was time to look in the mirror and feel love, not disgusted. Everyone has their bad hair day or their fat day, but wouldn't it be nice to have pretty much every day be a beautiful day?!

I in no way want this post to be about me. I hope that it can help you! It's time to start feeling peace and time to stop feeling like you can't measure up. Not tomorrow, not when you lose 10 pounds, not when that cute guy/girl talks to you, not when you make XXXX amount of money, not when you have more followers, but today. As you start consistently believing that you have enough and that you are enough, you will begin to feel love for yourself and gratitude for all that you have. You'll find that weight comes off easier, that you will feel love for everything around you, people will be drawn to you, light will shine in your eyes, you will want to give, and you'll find yourself in service.

Finding confidence and love for yourself is a foundation. Once you build that foundation, amazing things will happen. Start now.
photo found on pinterest.com