New York was uhhhh expensive! That’s the first thing I remember about the city, and next I would say a special place overall. I can’t deny the beauty that is embedded in the culture there, so many things to do and see. I actually saw snow fall for the first time in my life so that will be life long memory for me. Check out my last installment of vacation pictures below.
Amsterdam was my favorite stop of the trip, if you ask me, take a look at the pictures below and you can get a feel for the entire city- it looks the exact same. It was extremely easy to maneuver around the city because almost everyone speaks fluent english and their were quiet a few cultural similarities. The coffee shops were everywhere just as expected and if your lucky you could make your way into one without getting hit by a bike. The bike life is very serious in Amsterdam and I probably wouldn’t let myself ride again just for everyone else’s safety. If you love dancing Amsterdam is for you, literally every single person in the club had rhythm and not afraid to go crazy-I loved it! I fell in love with Tomato soup at a bar I can’t remember the name of, best soup in the world. The Anne Frank museum/house was an amazing experience, I plan to read the book again. I didn’t get to see the tulip garden I was looking forward too-next time.
My trip seems like ages ago, but it has only been a week and that thought alone is kind of sad.
Without all of my photos, Prague would be a patchy memory jumbled with beautiful architecture, a history lesson, and cold weather. Prague, Czech Republic was technically the first stop on our euro-tour and yes the city is one of the most gorgeous places I have been thus far. Block to block you could expect medieval inspired buildings painted every pastel color invented. It looked like something out of Disneyland and that made me happy. I really enjoyed every part of Prague: the people, the food, the sight-seeing the hotel, the partying.
Check out some of my favorite shots below!
Hello and welcome back!
It has been such a long time since I posted on the blog I felt like a formal greeting was only right. A ton of life factors contributed to my hiatus but I rather not dwell on all of that right now and focus on my life now.
I am in a really good place, fresh off my trip from Europe and New York, all I want to do with my time is celebrate life. I will share my experiences in a few of the cities and looks over the next couple of days. If i learned anything overseas it is that life should be filled with passion and joy when you have that option. I visited Vienna, Prague, and Amsterdam and in each city I picked up on this theme of life. When we ate we were never rushed but encouraged to throughly enjoy our food and sit until we couldn’t sit anymore. The energy I felt was full of joy and celebration. I talked to multiple people who worked in different fields and to my surprise each person had a deep passion for their jobs – jobs that are looked down upon in the U.S. Each person had a high regard for their position and knew the importance of giving it all you got. I honestly did not get it, I am from a place where people are in a rush to go no where and complain about the jobs they chose to apply for, myself included. But, I loved every moment because it made me realize what I needed to change in my life. Like I always say, I am extremely blessed, and i see so much more of my life could be lived being thankful for that. So I’m back in the states ready to celebrate every single day! At work I am focusing on how I can give 100%. In my social life I am ready to turn up every chance I get. As far as my dreams go, I will go after what I love with full force and without fear.
With that being said, let’s get back to this blog!
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.