Oh, well hello there! So happy to be back on the blog again. It's a new season (literally & metaphorically) in life for me and I'm fully embracing it.
Since my last post in July, I left my most recent job, packed up everything in a U-Haul and moved back to Tuscaloosa to start working on my Master's degree. I'm so happy to have my own space again but even happier that I'm positioning myself for success!
Graduate school is in full swing and it's nothing like undergrad! I mean, I don't think I've ever read this much in my entire life. Not to mention all the outside preparation that's required. Grad school is like having a full-time job! I get to class at 8am or 9:30am and typically don't leave campus until 5pm. Overall, I'm overjoyed and wouldn't mind staying in the library all night if I had to!
As a business student, we have to dress in business casual daily. It makes total sense since we'll be in various business settings after graduation. The look above is a bit dressier than what I normally wear to class, but it's great for presentation days! You'll notice this year that my style posts will now consists of more business casual looks in addition to my everyday and Gameday looks!
I've decided that my business casual style will be a mix of my easy going style and the effortless business style of Rachel Zane (aka Meghan Markle's character on Suits). I'll be sure to link lots of options for you all down below!
Similar top options here, here, and here. Similar skirt options here, here, here, and here. Similar shoe options here and here.
Like always, be sure to follow me on social media (links are in the side bar) and here on the blog as I continue to enjoy this new phase of life! I've got a few style post coming up this week along with a travel/weekend recap post!
Happy Monday! Just wanted to share with you all a few of my recent purchases over the past month in preparation for Fall and this coming Winter. I purchased most of these items either on sale or with a coupon code, so they shouldn't burn a hole through your wallet!
I finally splurged on this Patagonia down jacket-- and I use the word splurge very lightly here. I scoured the internet for this perfect puffer jacket and ended up getting mine from Amazon for $279 but I've linked it here for a sale price of $195. Since it's a down coat, it's packed with feathers to keep you warm. I wore this jacket the entire time I was in Pittsburgh and stayed super toasty! The material seems pretty durable and I'm sure this jacket will last me for years to come!
Are these boots not sick?!?!?!?!?! Over the Knee boots have really picked up this year and I can understand why! They come in all sorts of fabrics, colors, heel heights, and styles. I decided to stick to a more classic style with a slightly chunkier heel, lace up detailing and suede fabric. I wasn't too eager to shell out $$$ for a pair of Stuart Weitzman pair of OTK boots, so I kept searching for a more reasonably priced pair. I order this pair from ASOS during their Black Friday promotion but they have unfortunately sold out since then (but still available in taupe). If you're still on the hunt, check out these options here (under $100 + free shipping), here (free shipping + additional 25% off), here (free shipping), and here ($50!!!). Enjoy!
My aunt got me this bag while I was in Pittsburgh and I'm so thankful she did. I always end up bringing back lots of souvenirs and new purchases whenever I travel and my other satchels and totes can't always hold it all. This tote is huge but still small enough to fold over and fit underneath the seat in front of you on the plane! Plus, you practically get two bags for one since it's reversible. They're on sale now for $22. Go ahead and grab a few!!
This felt fedora from Aldo Shoes is actually one of my all time favorite purchases. It was one of those purchases that you consider in the store, walk away, then come back and get! It's such a beautiful bordeaux color and the rim is fairly stiff (I'm not a floppy hat kind of girl.) I picked this hat up while i was in Pittsburgh and I kid you not, this one guy kept asking if I wanted to sell it to him! He had to have asked me about six or seven times! I haven't found the right outfit to wear it with just yet, but believe me, when I do I'll be sure to post about it here!
I was desperate for a new purse while out in San Diego and picked up the one above from Forever21 while I was out there. It's no longer available online but I've linked a few more stylish and similar options below!
I hope this serves as a little "pick me up" for you all today! Have a good one and I'll see you back here tomorrow for a new travel post!
It's Monday again, so that means an all new #SimplyMondayMusings post! I've had home decor and apartment styling on the brain as of lately and I'm really ready to get out of my current space and into someplace fresh & new. With that said, it's never too early to start planning, right?
I've got this thing for white furniture. It's crisp and clean, just the way I like it! Plus, it's an easy backdrop to add color, texture, and unique pieces to. Not to mention, it's far from overwhelming. It's a sleek look that never goes out of style.
Take a look at some of the things that are helping me define my home style!
Happy Monday loves!! I am currently en route to Alabama from Pennsylvania [travel post later this week!] and wanted to share a few good reads for you. Over the past few months, I have been on an estimated 20 flights and needless to say, I'm beginning to feel it in my body and soul. I'm having a blast traveling everywhere, but man it really can take a toll on your body. Not to mention, I've missed a few too many 8am Sunday morning church services. But instead of wallowing in my aches and pains, I've decided to combat it!
If you know me, you know I was a 'yogi' back in college. Seriously! I attended 1-2 yoga classes on a weekly basis during undergrad. *Gosh I miss college. I loved it a ton but eventually fell out of it when classes required more attention and post-graduation. I've decided to get back into the flow. I actually saw Yoga Girl in Target a few days ago but it was priced at $20+. Needless to say, I left it on the shelf and found it on Amazon for $13. Once I get back into the yoga flow, I'm sure my bones won't be as achy from all my plane rides!
One thing that doesn't get my achy is reading. I'm almost finished with Pastor Brian Houston's book, Live Love Lead, and it truly is a great read! It's in no way a substitute for church or delving deeper into His word, but instead, it's a great addition. And now that Pastor Rich Wilkerson, Jr.'s book, Sandcastle Kings is available for pre-order, it looks like I'll have enough material to fill me up spiritually while up in the sky. I'm so excited to read both of these books and use them in addition to other material.
It seems like we're always on the go nowadays, so finding time to take care of our physical and spiritual selves can be taxing. Take some time to find things that help re-fill your body & soul!
Free printable November calendar here! (OhTheLovelyThings.com)
Can you believe November is here already? That means department stores now have all the Christmas decor out and 2016 is literally right around the corner. Or, if you're like me, you're thinking the start of this month is an opportunity to "get it right" again. As I get older, I'm trying to do more things with intention. There are so many things I plan to do, but I never really follow through. Obviously so, because I wasn't doing it with intention. So, with a whole month to go, I will be trying my best to do things with intention! Check out some of the things I plan on accomplishing this November below!
Hola, hola!! I hope you all are having a great start to your week! I just got back from Texas yesterday afternoon and can I say, I am sooo happy to be out of the rain! Hurricane Patricia brought in some serious periods of rain while I was in Houston/College Station last week. Sending prayers to all of my Texas & Mexico readers (if I have any LOL) as you all deal with the remnants of Hurricane Patricia.
Since today is Monday, it's time for a #SimplyMondayMusing post! If you're new to the blog, each Monday I post about things that caught my attention over the week. It can be anything from new books to read, shows to watch, recipes to try, or things I want to try. Today's post is all about positive affirmations!
Life really is what you make it. And living a happy and positive life comes from speaking positive things. You've got to put good out to get good back! Use some of the affirmations from today's post to help you out this week! Stay positive and be in good spirits!
Happy Monday loves! I've been away from the blog for a little bit, traveling out west. I'll be posting about my trip to California later this week, so be sure to check it out!
This week's #SimplyMondayMusing post is a nice little hodge podge over so many things running through my mind right now and it goes a little something like this...
1. Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
I remember being in first grade and carving pumpkins! As 5 & 6 year olds, we loved squishing the inner flesh of the pumpkin in our hands before chunking it in the trash can. But before we could get rid of everything, our teacher made us save the pumpkin seeds. Scooping them onto a paper plate, she popped them in the microwave and viola!, we had fresh pumpkin seeds to snack on! While everyone else is into the beloved pumpkin spice trend, I'm excited to use this recipe from Backtoherroots.com for my next batch of pumpkin seeds!
2. Point-Toed Booties
I have been on the hunt for a pair of pointy-toed black suede booties and I think I might have found them on 6pm.com. I'd love a tall skinny heel, but this hidden wedge means all-day comfort. Although they're still a little pricey for me, I will definitely be keeping an eye on them!
3. Cup O' Coffee body scrub by Lush Cosmetics
While down in San Diego last week, I stopped in Lush Cosmetics and grabbed some goodies for my family and some samples for myself. I've been reading about all these different coffee body scrubs but just wasn't quite ready to take the plunge and purchase it yet. Luckily, Lush Cosmetics has a body scrub with ground coffee, vanilla, and other oils to help rejuvenate and tighten your skin. The sale associate told me it's great to use all over the body, especially your derrière! Pumped to test it out!
4. Popsugar's List of 40+ Islands to Visit Before You Die
I'm determined to travel to somewhere warm to ring in the new year, so I'm using Popsugar's list of 40+ islnds to visit to help me figure out where to go. It's very unlikely I'll head out to French Polynesia or Hawaii, but I can always make my way to the US Virgin Islands or Belize. Any and all suggestions are welcomed when it comes to island hopping for new years!
5. Perfect Puffer Coat
While I'm planning a trip to a beautiful island, I have to face reality as I'm prepping for trips to the Northeast come November. As a Southerner, I only have a few coats--unfortunately, none of them can handle snow, sleet, or ice. Normally I would search for a more stylish coat, but let's be real, I'm a 5 year old trapped in a 23 year olds body, so puffer coats are the way to go. This Patagonia coat is at the top of my list right now. It looks warm and functional and I know that's exactly what I'll need to keep warm! If any of you are rocking Patagonia outerwear this Fall/Winter, please let me know if it keeps you warm!
Thanks for stopping by the blog today! More on my recent Southern California excursion will be on the blog tomorrow!
Hello, I'm Margo.
25 year old laid-back lady currently pursuing my MBA in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Just using my blog to share my growing faith, evolving style, favorite recipes, and exciting travels with you!
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