I turn to magazines and other sources to find ways to mix up my personal style and stay current with the fashions of today. This is super important when it comes to my work style because I run out of ideas really quick. Workwear options can be very limited so looking to inspiration sources helps.
photo c/o- INSTYLE February 2015
My go to magazine is INSTYLE, I absolutely love this magazine because it always has a ton of looks that are perfect for the business causal environment. I think investing in a subscription would be great for your work style. I always find looks that I would have never thought to put together on my own.
I pulled a few of my favorite looks by INSTYLE that work well for a work dress code and are great ways to end the winter season!
photo c/o- INSTYLE February 2015
Hello Loves, can you believe it’s mid-January already? Neither can I. I’m really trying to keep up with everything, it all seems to be going so fast.
This past weekend I met up with a couple of girlfriends to recharge for the weeks to come. I opted for my uniform- a t-shirt and less casual bottom- and I decided to throw in a bomber jacket to tackle the cold. I absolutely love meeting up with my friends to talk about our needs, wants, and capabilities. As I get older I value my sister-friend time more and more, its keeps me grounded (yes, these ladies are the sisters I always needed).
This past weekend I took a much-needed mini-trip to Lake Tahoe with my girlfriends and it was exactly what I needed to catch a breath. The trip forced me to stop the jerky-ness and relax, focusing on just my peace of mind. When I made it back home it hit me- I could do this every weekend.
I decided to catch up on my blog reads instead of unpack and the first one on my list was Self-Love Sundays-A Dozen Roses. This post sat so well with my heart and really put the entire weekend into greater perspective. I sat thinking about how little time I had made for self-appreciation and how frustrated I had gotten when I don’t receive it from others. I sat thinking about how busy my life had become and how I had gotten so off track only 11 days into the new year. I sat thinking about how uncool my life patterns were shaping out.
The life I lived this past friday-sunday looked nothing like the one mentioned above though. Everyday, only 3 hours away from home, I felt at ease and connected to where I was at that moment. My days were not rushed or fussy although I was still on the go with things to do.
As I sat in my thoughts, the only thing I could think of was how could there be a difference between how I lived while on vacation and while at home? As a young woman with a lot on her plate, just like many of you, I tend to focus on going until I can’t go anymore. During the week I move fast, right over all the peace and reflection that a vacation brings. I didn’t realize I was unsettled with my everyday until I returned from my trip. I didn’t realize I had let 11 days of a whole new year go by before I had taken time to assess how I was feeling- unfortunately letting ‘feelings’ roam unattended.
The good thing is I can pick up right from where I am at and move in right the direction. I realized I can take vacations like the one I took this past weekend, every weekend. A vacation can be in your own city, right down the street, because I think a vacation has more to do with where you are mentally not physically. Yesterday, I made a vow to take at least two vacations a month if not every weekend, I owe myself that much. The peace and happiness I experienced this weekend is something I value more than all the ‘busy-ness’ I have going on in my life- it is a must I cherish that.
Based on my stats the top post of 2014 was, Grey: DIY Shirt Dress, and I am actually really surprised at this. I did love this particular look, but I didn’t consider it in my top five. Since I am in slight disagreement with my readers on this one I figured I would add what I though my top post of 2014 was, Ballin’ on a Budget. Read what I think of these post today and why they made the top list below.
Your Top Post
I am just going to go ahead and say it, this was a trendy outfit and I am shocked this single post was viewed so many times. I think I posted this look right before the shirt dress trend started popping up in every online boutique. Looking back, I am happy I found a way to save $40 bucks by using an old dress to execute the trend but I haven’t worn this look since then (April). I am also happy I was able to share that little trick with you guys, which in the end, helped you save $40 too. I would have been happier if I was promoting some real personal style here sans any trends, or just something a bit more ‘timeless-ness’.
Ok, enough reflecting on that, it makes me sad. Since then, I have worn this dress turned top and I completely transformed it. If you have a few of these shirt dresses in your closet I suggest rolling the flowing ends and then wrapping them around your waist to create a cute goddess inspired tee :-).
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My Top Post
I can’t remember where the inspiration for the budget post came from; I was probably recovering from a shopping binge and felt the need to share tips with my readers. I took my time and went through what it took to build a simple but useful budget, step by step. I do remember how I felt after hitting publish though- satisfied, complete, accomplished, and proud. Those feelings alone put this post at the top of my list, and the offline feedback I got from it really solidified everything I felt. My main goal is for my readers to walk away with information they can use to better some aspect of themselves, not just the pictures. When multiple people reached out to me to say that it helped them out in their day to day lives I was overjoyed. I actually got the most ‘thank you, this post helped me’ responses off this and that makes it a top for me.
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Picking out only 5 of my favorite looks that have been featured on the blog was hard, I liked so many, but I did realize I love jeans. I really live in and live for pants, and I have a style type, my faves all have this familiarity to them. I also noticed I need to invest in a dress or two.
1. April 2014 – Easy Does It
2. June 2014- LA Girl
On December 16th, Effortless Composition turned 1 years old and I was contemplating what to do to celebrate. I thought about doing the cute photos with the balloons, shooting a video, and even doing a giveaway, but none of those really felt like homegrown ideas. I then decided it would be great to use the first week of the new year to reflect on 2014 and the 1st year of Effortless Composition.
I will be celebrating by posting a few of my top 5 moments on the blog during the 1st year. To start, I’ll recap the top 5 things I am thankful for that have come into my life or occurred because of Effortless Composition.
5 Things I Am Thankful For
1. Self Discovery
Having a blog required me to take a deeper look into myself and be 100% comfortable with who I am. In order to do that I had to read more, reflect more, and really walk the walk. I can say forsure having my blog helped this continuous life lesson come a lot sooner than it would have.
I have met so many new people because of Effortless Composition that have made a great impact on my life. I am extremely grateful for the individuals I have met that have shared their time to share my vision.
3. Persistence and Patience
Before I started the blog I didn’t know enough about the practice of true persistence and patience. I am a millennial and I excepted things to happen instantaneously, so the days I got 0 views and had to keep positing were rough. Now, I know how important it is to just do what I feel in my heart and everything else will fall into place.
This blog is so much bigger than me and my style post, I truly believe there is a huge purpose at the core of what Effortless Composition stands for. I challenged myself in 2014 to act on the things I blog about by getting involved. I felt I couldn’t just be behind the computer when I have the chance to actually get involved in the lives of women right where I live. I felt I couldn’t let this platform to waste. I have the opportunity to really advocate a change in our society and I am thankful I can hold myself accountable for such a great cause. If I didn’t start the blog I probably would have never found out about Wardrobe for Opportunity or even thought about going to the Oakland high schools to connect with young women.
The first style post of the year and I am already frontin’- I do not like art that much but the title was a bit catchy to me. I do love this beautiful piece of work that I was able to capture during my trip home though. I wanted to do a fun shoot to kick off 2015 so I went to the Art District and got a ton (literally) of photos in my first fit of the new year.