Spring is officially here.  It’s still crisp and cool in the mornings, the days are longer (who doesn’t like coming home from work to daylight…I’m obsessed!), and the mid-day sunshine is perfect for lunch outdoors.  The beginning of Spring is also a time when I create a mental bucket list of all the things I want to accomplish for the season.  Here are the things that are on my Spring bucket list.  I would love to hear what is on yours!

Spring Clean Your Closet.

I must say, spring cleaning my closet is always the first thing that I think of that needs to be done each year when this season begins.  There’s something about this time of the year that just makes me want to go through all of my clothes and purge.  I love going through a series of questions with myself and deciding if something needs to be kept, donated or thrown away.  I might be odd, but I do find that I’m calmer and more collected when my closet is in order.

Plant Your Garden.

There are certain things that this weather and sunshine just do to me.  One of them is assessing my flower beds and figuring out what plants I want to fill them with.  Last year, we planted azaleas and bougainvillea.  Sadly, the bougainvillea didn’t survive the winter but the azaleas are starting to come back to life.  I don’t have the best green thumb, but it is so beautiful watching your flowerbeds bloom with color in the spring and summer.  This year, I’m thinking of planting hydrangeas.

Stock up on fresh flowers, veggies, and fruits at farmer’s market.

Springtime means that farmer’s market is back in action.  I miss farmer’s market so much during the winter months.  As a farmer’s daughter, I’ve always appreciated how much better fresh fruits and veggies are.  Store bought just never seems to taste nearly as good!  At least every other week, we try to make it to one farmer’s market or another.  I must admit, one of my favorite parts of the whole ordeal is getting dinner at the market (stuffed baked potatoes & churros are heavenly at ours!)

Have a backyard barbecue.

At the beginning of this Spring, we started redoing our backyard.  We cut down our ten foot fence so that it is now a lot shorter and we have a vineyard view.  We strung lights around the backyard.  We are currently looking at patio furniture and making a cozier space for outdoor space.  I cannot wait to have some friends over and have a backyard barbecue.

Fine tune your hair and makeup routine.

When the start of any new season rolls around, I tend to look at the products I’m using and adjust for the season at hand.  In Spring, the dark nail polish shades fade away to be replaced with light pinks and whites.  My black eyeliner just got traded for a plum/purple hued gel liner.  My blush is getting traded for more bronzy tones.  I have a hair appointment soon, and I know we will probably add a little more sunkissed glean to my mane as well.  Spring is the time to add some “lightness” to my routine.

Get Crafty.

Spring always brings out the inner artist in me.  This year, I collected grapevines after they finished cutting them by our house and twisted them into wreaths.  Then after a trip to Michael’s for some faux flowers, ribbon, wooden letters, and wire, I got to work mixing and creating floral wreath’s with my families last name initial on them.  In previous years, I’ve found an old dresser at Goodwill, sanded it down and painted it.  I’ve also taken a large canvas and some gold paint to create a one of a kind piece that now hangs above our dining table.  Paint nights are also incredibly fun to attend.  There’s something about being able to craft in the fresh air that really gets my creativity going.

Do something outside that you’ve never/rarely done.

Head to the beach and have a picnic, go zip lining, attend an outdoor movie or concert, go for a hike on a new trail.  Just get outside in the gorgeous weather!Add something fun to your wardrobe.

Evaluate your wardrobe and find something that you are missing that would create tons of new outfits for your wardrobe.  Maybe it’s a pair of sandals, a belt, or a pair of sunnies that would make all of your Spring outfits worthwhile.  Make a plan to get that item and start saving up!

Learn something new.

Spring is a time for growth with flowers, and it should be for you too!  Look at something that you’ve always wanted to learn and find a way to do it!  This year, I’ve decided that Spring is the perfect time to start graduate school.  In past years, I learned how to refinish a dresser, how to create a new site for my blog, and have learned so many new computer programs.  The point is, if you want to learn something, now is the best time!

|  Blazer:  White House Black Market (on sale!)  |  Top:  Loft (old; love this similar one)  |  Pants:  Paige  |  Heels:  Christian Louboutin  |  Handbag:  Valentino  |

Spring is the time for change & newness.  It’s one of the best seasons because of this.  What’s on your Spring bucket list?  Give me some ideas for things I need to try this season!

xoxo,

Abbie

Like clockwork, I open my iPhone to the same app repetitively after work each day for seemingly hours on end in a feeble attempt to catch up on the day:  Instagram.  It’s my favorite app and, if I’m being completely honest, a time sucker to say the least.  To catch up on my feed from the day takes about an hour of just scrolling through the photos.  That doesn’t including commenting and liking in an effort to socialize and drive traffic to my page as well.  I wish I had time throughout the day to view it and take in the posts in small chunks, but with as busy as my full time actual career is, that just can’t happen.  During my workday, that app doesn’t have the time or the priority to be open.  I’m okay with that.  However, I am confident that that’s the reason my account has dramatically slowed in growth since last Summer.  I just don’t have the time to devote to it when actual matters of life and work are more pressing in nature.  Remember how I said in a past post that I would much rather be busy than bored?  I’m confident that I’ll never truly know what boredom feels like.  As odd as it sounds, I’m happy about that.  I always always have an ever growing to do list:  whether personal, graduate school related, or career related.  There is always something I should/could be doing.

It’s kind of funny, my husband and I were grabbing groceries at Target and we passed the book section.  I’ve been OBSESSED with the show Big Little Lies (watching shows with my husband is part of how we equate to some time together-usually with me scrolling through Instagram or writing a blog post at the same time) in part because the story is amazing and in part because it was filmed near where we live.  Anyway, I was dying to pick up the book that the show was based off of.  My husband looked at me and stated, “When are you going to read that?!  You don’t have time for anything.”  I rolled my eyes and put the book in the cart anyway thinking, “I’ll read it…I’ll make time.”  I pushed the cart around the store thinking about when I was going to get the chance to read it.  By the end of our half an hour trip, I came to the conclusion that I couldn’t see a time in my foreseeable future where it would happen and I placed the book back on the shelf.  A new graduate school course starts next week.  All the days (and a few nights) on my work calendar are full of commitments.  My blog takes me away from the world for about two hours a night.  Then, as stupid as it sounds, to keep up with Instagram (including socializing and promoting blog posts) takes up another hour or two.  Then, of course, I need to ensure that I’m spending some time with my husband and maintaining some contact with my family and friends.  Let’s break it down into numbers:  getting ready for work:  2 hours + work: 9 hours + graduate school:  2 hours per night + blog (post writing):  2 hours per night + Instagram/driving traffic to IG & the blog:  2 hours per night + family time/dinner:  2 hours per night + sleep:  <5 hours per night = 24 hours.  Sometimes, I feel as though the answer is simple.  There may not be enough hours in the day.  However, I refuse to accept that. One quote that always resinates with me is “People make time for what is important.  If it is important, you will find a way.”  I’m not sure that that’s true.  Truth be told, I sometimes feel as though I’ve made too many things important in my mind.  I have four main areas of priority in my life currently:  family/friends, career, graduate school, and my blog.  If I’m completely honest, I’m always making someone or other in my personal life upset because “I don’t have time” to sit around and visit.  Truthfully, if I’m not working on something, I feel as though I’m not doing what I need to.  Don’t get me wrong, there are days where I just crash on the weekend & get absolutely nothing productive done.  However, they are getting rarer in nature. Forgive me for this long, drawn out, slightly depressing post.  I’ve gone back and forth as to whether I should hit publish on it or place it in a virtual trashcan.  However, I always want to be real.  I’m an over thinker by nature.  Every move I make is overly calculated, over-planned and over-analyzed.   I want to make it clear that I am happy with how life is going.  I love that I am busy and always have something going on.  I just wonder….how much more can I add before something falls apart?!  Sometimes, my zest for blogging has faded by bedtime and a post just can’t seem to make it’s way out of my finger tips.  I absolutely adore this little creative outlet and hope that maintaining it will naturally fall into place.  However, if posts, get sporadic during the week, know that it’s not because I don’t want to post….It’s most likely that I’ve fallen asleep on my keyboard again.  🙂This week, I hope to spend some time on Pinterest exploring time management tips/calendar ideas.  If I find anything groundbreakingly helpful, I’ll be sure to bring it back and share with you all!

In the meantime, in an effort to speed up the post writing component of blogging and give me a little added inspiration, what posts would you like to see??????  Comment below to help guide me to create some content that you all would love to read.

xoxo,

Abbie

|  Jacket:  J.Crew (new version here) |  Top:  Ann Taylor (old; similar here)  |  Denim:  Joes  |  Shoes:  Kaitlyn Pan (amazing Valentino Dupe!  Size up a half size)  |  Handbag:  Valentino  |

January brings with it many resolutions that will have long since dissipated.  The struggle to keep these resolutions, that we’ve made with the best of intentions, is very real.  Typically, by March, these said goals are a fleeting memory.

You may remember back in January that I explained how I would be having a no shopping year.  See this post here for full details.  You might be wondering, “How is that going?”  The answer is…actually very successfully.  I know, I’m shocked too.

Here are all the details.

Hall Pass 1/4:

Part of the stipulations include that I’m allowed four hall passes throughout the year.  In January, I used one of my hall passes on these mules.  I have wanted them for so long and was desperate to find them.  When I saw them on eBay for a significantly less price tag, I knew that I couldn’t pass them up.  They are exactly what a hall pass should be used for.  I think I would have been moved to tears if I was unable to purchase them after attempting to hunt them down for so long.

 I must admit that this is (by far) the easy section of the year to emerge from.  You see, these past few months contained a very special little section of the no shopping rules (view them here):  my birthday.  You see, in the rules, I stipulated that my birthday would be a free day where I would be able to purchase what I wanted.  I definitely made that birthday stipulation worth it.

Birthday Gifts:

My sweet husband surprised me with these for my birthday.  I’m completely smitten.  Go a half size up from your normal Italian sizing in them.  I’m always an 8 and a 39 fits perfectly.

What I Purchased on My Birthday Shopping Day:

These Gucci-inspired mules from the outfit post earlier this week were a no brainer for me.

These blush pink loafers screamed my name the second that I saw them in Saks.  I’m always an 8 and purchased a 38.5 in them.  I wish I had them in more colors.  They’re perfect.

My husband may have created an addiction with the pair of flats that he purchased me.  I wore them to the city and fell in love with them so much so that when I found this gold version in store, I had to make them mine.

Using birthday money, I also purchased the blazer & graphic tee from this outfit.  In addition, with birthday money, I purchased this pair of pink trousers.

I guess you might say my birthday was a huge slice of freedom for me from the shopping ban.  However, I must admit, shopping again for my birthday did ignite something within me that has made returning to not shopping incredibly difficult.  I’ve felt very tempted to throw the whole idea out the window lately.  I’ve really struggled with identifying when something should be one of my four (now only three) hall passes for the year.  It’s rather difficult for me to watch all of the spring clothing lines come out in their adorable blush shades and not purchase anything.  I must admit, I’ve had a bit of fear of missing out on amazing spring pieces.  However, at this moment, I am trying my best to maintain motivation.  Granted, this all may sound preposterous to you after I have showcased the plethora of items that were given to me (or purchased by me) for my birthday.  I completely acknowledge that.  However, know that this little lifestyle change has been huge for the girl that came home to nearly a package a day for the past few years.  Thus, coming home to no new sparkly things on the doorstep has been a shift indeed.

A few notions that I have taken from the shopping ban so far are the following:

  1.  I’ve been surprised that I haven’t gotten bored with the clothing in my closet yet.  In fact, there are still a few outfits that I am dying to wear that I haven’t had to the chance to do so yet.  I was convinced that by this point in the year I would be completely tired of the clothing I had.  I guess this just goes to show how much I might need this challenge.
  2. I have now fully identified that I tend to shop emotionally.  Days where I’ve had a tough day are the days where I tend to really want to purchase something new.  So far, distracting myself with a walk around the vineyard, a book, a bubble bath, or various other tasks have kept me from doing so.
  3. Instagram really makes me want to purchase new items.  It’s not the easiest to see everyone rocking the cutest top and not be able to purchase it.
  4. I have a shoe obsession.  I’m sure you noticed a pattern above as to what I used my hall pass on and what I spent my birthday money on.  Shoes, shoes, and more shoes.  It’s kind of hilarious that I would rather purchase a pair of shoes than another component of an outfit.  I think I just view them as more versatile than pieces of clothing.  I’m going to try to remind myself of how much I’m emphasizing shoes with hall passes 2, 3, and 4.
  5. I’m can’t imagine doing this until January.  I will persist for now.  I am hoping that I’m able to work through this, but I also feel as though I’m slightly missing out on not being able to shop.  Perhaps changing it to purchasing one item per month might be more realistic as the year goes on?!  Time will tell.  For now, I am not shopping for the year and 3 more hall passes exist.
  6. I wonder if the mailman thinks I’ve moved now that deliveries have minimized.  haha!
  7. It pains me to write this but, this lack of shopping is harder than I had imagined. There have been days where I really wanted to use all of my hall passes and then some at once.

Thanks for sharing this over exposed, personal, somewhat ridiculous journey with me.  Stay tuned to find out more of where this journey leads.  I know I’m curious to see how this year pans out (and I’m the one living it! haha).

xoxo,

Abbie

 

Monday was my 31st birthday…goodness I feel old saying that in a community that is dominated by those in their twenties.  However, I’m thrilled to be 31…every single year we get is so very precious!  I thought it might be interesting to share with you a little more about myself.  In honor of my 31st birthday, here are 31 things you might not know about me.  If you’ve been a long time follower you may be familiar with some of these but I’m sure some will still surprise you.

  • I’m an extroverted introvert.  I adore going out and about and relishing in new experiences.  In fact, I get the itch to leave the house if we stay for too long.  However, I despise small talk and don’t particularly enjoy social situations.  After being social, I need some alone time to recharge.
  • I’ve taught elementary education for almost a decade but this past year I became an administrator at an elementary school.
  • I could watch 50s movies and television exclusively.  I Love Lucy, Rebel Without a Cause, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s are some of my all time favorites that get watched repeatedly.
  • That being said, I don’t particularly like TV.  When my husband isn’t home the TV really doesn’t turn on.  I would much rather spend my time online clicking through sites or watching some random YouTube tutorial than TV any day.
  • I’m lactose intolerant but OBSESSED with cheese and ice cream.  It’s ridiculous that my brain doesn’t equate that I shouldn’t love them.

  • Taking blogging photos is the most awkward experience.  It never fails every time we take a series of photos in public someone has to stop and make a comment that embarrasses me…I think everyone assumes I’m torturing my husband and I’m a self absorbed egomaniac. haha
  • I refuse to have chipped nails.  I think they are one of the fastest ways to ruin a look.  A bare set of nails is far superior to a set of chipped ones.
  • While I don’t get the chance to do it as often as I would like, I adore running.  There’s something so freeing about it.  It’s the perfect way to clear my head and regain some emotional stability after a tough day.  I can’t wait for daylight savings time to begin so I can actually run after work more.
  • I despised the fact that we were moving to the country 3 years ago from the city & now I actually like it.  After a long work day, it’s so calming to come home to a quiet place.  The only drawback is really having to plan out trips to stores as the nearest ones are 20 minutes away (though I’ll only go to those when I really need something urgently) and the ones I actually will shop in (& places we like to go) are an hour away from our home.  Otherwise, the quiet solitude makes up it most of the time.
  • I’m a lipstick hoarder.  I can’t stop purchasing lipstick.  Every time I go to Sephora, Nordstrom, or Cos Bar, I find myself with the strong impulse to purchase a new YSL, Tom Ford, or Charlotte Tilbury lip product.

  • If I’m your friend, you’ve got me for the long haul.  There aren’t many people that I let in, but if I do, I absolutely love you.  Thankfully, all of my closest friends understand that I may not call them for a month or so because life gets so very busy and time passes before I know it.  However, my friends are the ones I can pick up with just where we left off and it’s never a big deal.  These are the people that I would drop anything for.
  • For the past year or so, my husband and I have dedicated Sundays to staying home.  Our lives are pretty hectic…Sunday is our day to catch up and relax at home.  I love to clean the house and then do an at home spa day with face masks, hair masks, body scrubs, and a long bath.  These days always help to get me ready for the week ahead.
  • I’m addicted to going to the theatre.  My hubby and I see a movie on the big screen nearly every week.
  • I can’t function without a cup (or three) of coffee.   I’m incredibly picky in terms of which coffee because most don’t make my tastebuds happy.  I adore Keurig’s Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce Coffee with a small splash of vanilla creamer.
  • I just enrolled myself in graduate school to obtain my Master’s of Educational Leadership & Administrative Credential.  I am starting courses really soon.  Life is about to get even busier.  I’m so excited!

  • I refuse to be bored.  I can’t remember a time when I was bored.  I tend to have everything planned out quite a ways ahead of time leaving little time with nothing to do.  I work a full time job during the day that’s so busy I never have a chance to even check social media (most days, I’m wondering, “what’s lunch?!”),  run my blog, am enrolled in grad school and have my family.  Suffice to say, I would much rather be busy than bored.  I wouldn’t have it any other way!
  • Shoes are my weakness.  I probably own over 150 pairs of shoes.  There’s always a pair (or five) on my radar.  I literally have a wall of shoes in my closet.  It’s semi embarrassing!

  • I’m a chronic over dresser.  I would much rather be over dressed than underdressed any day.  It’s actually an odd fear of mine to be too dressed down for any occasion.
  • I hated cats until we got ours years ago.  I used to insist that they were the dumbest animals.  Now, I absolutely adore them.  Perhaps it’s because ours seem to act like dogs.
  • I love to bake.  Cooking isn’t my favorite though.  However, baking dessert has become what I’m known for in the family.  Family favorites include pretzel cookies, toffee sea salt cookies, cherry cheese pie ring & dump cake.

  • I’m a 2 am serial online shopper.  Though this no shopping year is making me change my ways, I typically shop during the dead of the night when the world (and my husband) is asleep.  Shopping in store is never as good in my eyes.
  • I want a french bulldog so bad!  Enough said…they have a mega cuteness factor!
  • I have pedicures because I have to, not because I like it.  I kind of have a foot phobia and hate whenever anyone touches my feet.

  • Accessories (in terms of fashion) are when I would rather spend my money.  I feel as though clothes are a waste most of the time when it comes to investing but a good bag, pair of shoes, bracelet, etc. will carry you through multiple seasons.
  • Bucket list places to visit change & grow by the day, but off the top of my head tonight, I would love to hop on a plane and visit Bora Bora, Italy, Paris, Australia, Charleston, NYC.  Anyone want to buy my plane tickets?

  • I don’t tolerate dramatics.  If you bring any sort of drama or negativity to my life I tend to back away and leave.   I don’t have the time or energy for those who live their lives as such.  Life is too short to spend it focusing on the bad.
  • I don’t leave the house without my watch, rings, diamond studs and a spritz of either Tom Ford Champaca (my wedding fragrance & now reserved most exclusively for the weekend), Byredo Gypsy Water (weekdays) or one of my other Tom Ford fragrances.
  • Vintage Chanel melts my heart.  I think most of you already knew that.  However, you could offer me a brand new Chanel bag and a vintage one and nine times out of ten I would choose the vintage one.  They are made with such amazing craftsmanship and the materials are so much heartier on vintage pieces.

  • My favorite stores include Nordstrom, Saks, Neimans, Club Monaco, Banana Republic, Revolve, Anthropologie, J.Crew….the list could easily continue.
  • I am able to write what I’m thinking and feeling so much more coherently and meaningfully than when speaking.  Sometimes I feel as though my mouth speaks before my brain has finished it’s thought.  It’s something I’m working daily on improving & now that I’m conscious of it, it’s a lot easier to slow myself down and focus on what I’m saying.
  • I want to be Audrey Hepburn.  The grace, style, and positive influence on the world has me striving to take on similar qualities.

|  Jacket: J.Crew  |  Tee:  Madewell  |  Scarf:  Zappos  |  Leggings:  Express  |  Shoes:  Louboutin (similar from Ann Taylor ) |

Thank you all for stopping by to read today!  Also, thank you all for the birthday wishes!

xoxo,

Abbie

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I hope you have something special planned with your significant other or a Galentine’s celebration planned with all of your girlfriends.  Regardless, enjoy your day!  Valentine’s Day should not be the only day where you attempt to appreciate those around you but it is a nice little reminder to take some time to show those you love all that you feel in your heart for them.  My husband and I are playing it by ear this year…

Speaking of Valentine’s Day, I thought it might be a nice little time to share how I ended up with my sweet husband.

Our story starts way back in early elementary school.  You see, being the small town kids that we are, we’ve known each other back to our earliest memories.  I struggle to remember a time in my life where I didn’t know he existed.  We became the best of friends in first grade and hung out every day.  We’ve been through it all together in those years.   Just a brief rundown of our relationship:

  • 1991:  Elementary school begins and so does my constant interaction with Matt.  While we had known each other before, it wasn’t until elementary school that we really saw one another often.
  • 1993:  In 3rd grade, he still was my friend after he attempted to teach me how to pass a ball in basketball and I proceeded to hit him in the face with the ball giving him a bloody nose.
  • 1994:  Matt always stuck by me when I struggled or didn’t fit in.  When the mean girls of school attacked, he made sure I was okay.
  • 1997:  In 6th grade, when I went skateboarding and broke my hip he came to visit me often even though I had to be homeschooled for months on end because I was confined to a wheelchair.
  • 1998:  In middle school, we started hanging out with different groups but always checked in on each other.

  • 2000:  In high school, he became the adventurous one who wasn’t afraid to have fun & I became the studious “geek” who didn’t know how to cut loose.  We drifted apart but always remained there for each other if we needed it.
  • 2004:  College happened and I moved away.  He called at random but I rarely answered.
  • Late 2007:  I moved home from college.  He got a new phone and decided to see if I would actually answer it.  If I didn’t, he claims he was ready to delete my number forever.  I guess you know what happened, right?!  I answered.

  • Late 2007:  We met up to “talk” and went to Starbucks (which I would find out later that he doesn’t like) and sat at a golf course talking for hours.  We saw each other nearly every day since.
  • 2008:  After a few months, we moved in together.  We got two cuddly cats and knew this was going to last quite a while.
  • 2009-2013:  We moved into a house together.  We made it our home and got our puppy Louie.
  • 2013:  Matt came home and asked if I wanted to go to dinner.  For some reason, I must have had a gut feeling, I spent extra time getting ready that night.  We went to one of my favorite restaurants and then drove out to the beach afterward.  Seals were bobbing in the water in front of us.  Matt asked if I’d marry him.  I was shaking I was so excited…Obviously I said, “Yes!”  I’ll never forget that we were so excited to tell everyone our news that we drove an hour to go and tell our families at 10:00 at night our good news.
  • 2014:  We said “I do!”  at our families tasting room overlooking one of the family vineyards.  See this post here for wedding pictures.

|  Top:  J.Crew  |  Skirt:  old; identical here  |  Handbag:  Vintage Chanel  |  Heels:  Christian Louboutin  (similar for less here)  |

What’s your love story?  I would love to hear it!

xoxo,

Abbie

Happy Friday!  I am so thrilled that the weekend is upon us. I adore my job but there’s always something special that the weekend brings. For me, I adore donning a pair of jeans (since I’m unable to wear them to work all week long) and spending some time with my husband, family & friends. Quality time is always at the top of my weekend priority list because my busy schedule during the week doesn’t really allow for much of it.  That being said, weekends can easily get stuck into a routine (or rut!) and often a change of pace is just what you need in order to feel relaxed and refreshed for a week ahead.
My husband and I broke from our normal routine last weekend (I wore this outfit for our date and it lended itself easily to every activity). We both commented various times how fun and refreshing the change of pace truely was for us. Since Valentine’s Day is this week, and the spirit of love is in the air (though I hope for you it is all year), I thought it might be fun to list ten different ways that you might spend the weekend bonding with your other half. Here are ten ways that might be fun to spend a romantic weekend with your significant other: 1.  Go somewhere you’ve never been for brunch or lunch. Our normal is a lunch date on Saturdays. This past weekend we flipped what we normally do and headed out early for brunch at a place we both hadn’t been to for years. We both found ourselves trying new things and giggling in the process.

2.  Find a local farmers market & explore. We adore farmers market and seeing the yummy treats and crafts that the vendors have. This past weekend we attended one in a different city than normal and happily went home with new delectable tea and a cute craft project in mind too!

3. Go to an early movie. I’ll be honest, we go to the movies a lot. They’re one of our favorite things to do together. However, we’ve found that by going to one of the first movies of the day, we avoid the crowds and feel as though we basically have the theatre to ourselves.
4. Take a Hike. Find a trail with some beautiful scenery and go explore. My favorites near us have breathtaking views of the ocean and marine life.

5. Take a class. Be it a pottery class, painting class, photography class or a cooking class…. find one that makes you both smile. Find a class where you can both learn something new together.
6.   Go Tasting. Wine, beer, chocolate, dessert, wings, whatever strikes your fancy. Make a day of visiting places and finding the best of whatever you love most.

7.  Have an adventure. Go to an amusement park and ride the craziest rides, go on a hot air balloon ride (I am dying to do this), find some horse back riding sessions or rent a sports car. Find something totally out of the ordinary for you and have a ball with it!
8.  Find some quality live entertainment. Attend a concert, local improv comedy,  live play or karaoke.
 9. Compete! Find a game that you can play together. Whether a board game (cards against humanity is forever our favorite) or a sporty game, find something you can be part of together. Going paint balling, shooting, kickboxing, bike riding, golfing….anything to get you competive. 10.  Be present. No matter what you choose, put your phone away and actually be present. Too often we are attached to technology and struggle to detach ourselves and really be present together. The key to a fun romantic weekend is truely detaching yourself from social media and your phone and enjoying each other’s company. Have fun!:) 

|  Coat:  Club Monaco  |  Sweater:  J.Crew  |  Denim:  Joes (size up 3-4 sizes for a boyfriend fit…see post here about boyfriend jeans)  |  Flats:  Valentino (look for less here)

Hope these ideas have you some inspiration as to how to have a fun, relaxing and rejuvenating romantic weekend with your other half! Happy early Valentines Day! 

Xoxo,

Abbie

(image by Megan Hess)

Resolution can be such a dirty word. More often than not, we make these so called resolutions in January only to break them by March. They can be worthless if not looked after well. I decided, this year, a resolution wasn’t for me. However, a challenge was….a challenge at changing my outlook.

I have spent many hours in my office/closet marveling at all of the beautiful things that it contains. However, the vast majority of these pieces have only been worn once or twice. Let me tell you, it is an utter heartbreak to look at an item that you have spent $500+ on, only to realize that it’s not seeing the daylight nearly as much as it deserves. It’s not that I don’t love these items. I really do. I absolutely adore them. “Well”, you ask, “Why aren’t you wearing them then?” It is with a sad reply that I state, “There just aren’t enough days…and I keep purchasing new shiny objects to line my shelves and hangers with.” The joy that purchasing these items gives is intoxicating. I’m more often than not love drunk off of a purchase. What I often fail to admit is that this stupor is fleeting. It breaks my heart to admit that the silent whisper of my shopping cart calls to me within a week or two of purchasing an investment piece because this intoxication has faded and it is time to create the high again. Simply said, I’m addicted.

Upon realizing this, I’ve decided that a change is in order. I need a challenge. A change of thinking. I’ve evaluated and decided something somewhat extreme. I am not shopping for a year.  Yes, you heard me right.  Starting on Monday, this will overwhelming idea will commence.

Without doubt, no words fully encompass my feelings. Horrified doesn’t even begin to explain the emotion I feel about this. However, I’m curious. Can I actually do this? Can the girl who blogs about clothes, shops in the wee hours of the night, and dreams of purses actually stop shopping?

Here are my rules:

  1. No new clothes, shoes, handbags, or accessories can be purchased with my money. Basically, if it can be worn, it can’t be bought with the exceptions following.
  2. My birthday (February 27) will be exempt from the challenge.  I will allow myself on my birthday to purchase items that I wish (within a budget).
  3. 4 hall passes will exist during the year. I will allow myself 4 occasions where purchasing something is permissible. No more than that. These 4 will be reserved exclusively for something that is so rare and so lust worthy that I might just die if I don’t purchase it.  Considering the fact that I typically purchase hundreds of items for my closet each year this should be an endeavor indeed.
  4. However, if an item rips, tears, stains to the point where it can no longer be worn, it is permissible to repurchase the item.
  5. In early December, before I had even considered the idea of a no shopping year, I placed a Valentino Glam Lock handbag on layaway via Fashionphile. I will finish purchasing this handbag & it will become part of my collection around early February.
  6. Sponsorships & gifts do not count.
  7. I will blog my journey. You will continue to see outfit posts as you have. However, they will be a newfound creative mixture of items from my closet with my thoughts, feelings and fashionable desires mixed in along the way.

While incredibly horrified at the idea of essentially giving up one of my most favorite things, shopping, I am thrilled to see my creative energy bloom. Currently, because my wardrobe is ever growing, I rarely have to style pieces multiple ways. In fact, as stated earlier, I typically wear them once or twice (at most!) and then hang them up for safe keeping. As a result, my creative energy is lacking and I have truly missed challenging myself to create outfits based on what I have, rather than adding pieces to complete something new. In all honesty, when I was purchasing less, my stylistic eye was better as I was forced to create. It is with great hope that my creative inner fashionista returns as this process begins.

I must admit, this post scares the hell out of me to publish.  I’m exposed discussing this, but I’m also afraid to fail.  I’m feeling incredibly vulnerable and overexposed letting you all in to my thought processes like this. It’s not something that I ever thought I would do. However, hopefully, in sharing my story, I will be more apt to stick to this challenge and be able to gain inspiration as the days go on and the task gets increasingly difficult.  Be sure to keep checking back to see how this challenge goes & getting more personal, informative & thought provoking content in the days that will come.

xoxo,

Abbie

Two years ago today, July 12th, 2014, I made the best decision of my life.  I married my best friend & love of my life, Matt.  Tonight we will be celebrating our life that we have build together beside the ocean cuddling up & reminiscing of our life together thus far.  I feel so incredibly lucky & I cannot wait to see what the future holds for us!

I thought I would share photos of our wedding with all of you.  Hope you Enjoy!  Thank you for stopping by to celebrate the day with us!

xoxo,

Abbie

Today’s blogpost is a little different than my normal. However, I can’t help but let you in on it all. Sometimes, there are life events that I just can’t seem to shake out of my head and I really enjoy sharing them with you all! After all, friends (like us!) share great life stories too!!!

Here’s a little background to catch you all up: Even though I’ve been a blogger for the past 3ish years, I’ve also been carrying the full-time position of teaching first grade and running my site’s after school program. Now, for the last few years, I heavily debated trying something new (in administration) as I wanted to make a bigger difference for the kids in my community and build on my skills/passions as well. However, every single time it came time to apply for an administration position, I would decide that I would be too heartbroken to stop teaching & would continue onward with what I knew. However, something these past few months really seemed to make me decide bigger things needed to happen with life at work than staying complacent with what I knew. That being said, I applied and was offered an administration position. I will no longer be in my own classroom teaching. Instead, I will be moving to a new school and be promoting student’s learning on a whole new level. Now, while this change is scary because it is so new & unknown, I am excited to see where it leads.

Remenber: The only thing constant in life is change. Things will change and flux no matter what you do. My thought is that you might as well be in control of some of the changes. There is nothing worse than a “what if…” in life. I, for one, am going to do my best not to have those. Here’s to chasing your dreams and taking chances in the cutest shoes you own!
Below are some pictures of my classroom that I’ve been spending most of the week packing into boxes. It is such a bittersweet process. It’s sad to see my home for the past 8.5 years get packed away. However, I am beyond thrilled for this new opportunity to unfold!

Thanks for reading!

Xoxo,

Abbie

I have some exciting news today!  I’m sure you noticed that the blog has a whole new name and look.  My blog, All Things Tiffany Blue, started about two and a half years ago.  The blog was an extension of my fashion Instagram account.  I loved the name when I began posting fashion over three and a half years ago on Instagram.  However, over the past few years, it really bothered me that my blog name didn’t fit my style and that I had limited customization abilities.  It was time for a MAJOR change in order to make my blog fit both my personal style & my view on fashion!

I’ve been excitedly working for the past few weeks on creating and implementing this blog.  I am so proud to say that I’ve worked alone to create it!  Furthermore, I’ve hand transferred all of my archives over so that they are still viewable and I really feel as though the features that the new site has are a huge improvement!  I hope to continue improving as the months go on!

Thank you for launching with me today!  I felt that this celebration required some balloons & a super cute dress!  I even broke in my new heels for this event!  Can you tell I’m over the moon about my new space?!  I’m grinning from ear to ear on this side of the screen!

Thank you to those reading this for following me over to this new space!  I honestly feel like I’ve been given a new sense of blogging life with the implementation of this site!  I cannot wait to share all my favorite fashion, beauty, and lifestyle favorites as the months and years go on!

xoxo,

Abbie

 | Dress:  Aritzia  |  Heels:  Christian Louboutin  (similar here for less)  |  Sunnies:  Karen Walker  |

 

2014 was such a magical year for me!  Not only did I start this little blog, but I also married my best friend, went on an amazing honeymoon to Hawaii, moved to a new home, grew closer to family and good friends, and further established my shoe collection.  Here’s to hoping 2015 is just as good!

Happy New Year!

xoxo,

Abbie

I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving with your loved ones!

I am so incredibly thankful to have a loving, supportive family, amazing true friends, cuddly animals, a roof over my head, many pairs of pretty shoes to cover my feet, food to enjoy, a job I love, and of course all of you! Thank you so much for following along with me and supporting me in this little blog over the past two years! It means the world to me!

xoxo,

Abbie