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Summer has come and gone. And come back. But now that October is almost over, it's starting to feel more like fall is here to stay. 

Something that I like to do at the beginning of each season is to shop for new pieces, and I've noticed that this year, I've been gravitating towards certain colors more than ever. I wanted to share a roundup of some of those colors along with some pieces to add to your wardrobe.

Tan

Tan is one of those colors that keeps popping up and I want everything. Especially when it comes to accessories, like boots and hats, browns are an obvious staple. But I'm also loving brown knits, brown leather and brown prints.

Shop Tan Pieces

Brown

I'm a fan of all the brown hues. Similar to tans, the darker hues are popping up and I love how classic and sophisticated they are. This year, try them as an alternative to black or navy.

Shop Brown Pieces

Cream

Winter whites might not be for everyone, but off white is softer and a perfect addition to any fall palette. In fact, I prefer cream more because it's easier to wear. My staples definitely include cozy sweaters and wide-leg denim!

Shop Off-White

Olive

Olive has become a steady fall color for me over the past few years, but green has had a moment this year and there are quite a few cute green options popping up for fall!

Shop Olive Looks

Purple

Purple has also been having a moment and I see it continuing into fall/winter. It's been one of my favorite colors to wear this year and I will definitely incorporate it into my outfits.

Shop Purple Looks


Honorable mention to rust, orange and mustard which will definitely be popping up in my wardrobe over the next few months as well!

What is your favorite fall hue?



The Fall Color Palette I'm Wearing This Season

Summer has come and gone. And come back. But now that October is almost over, it's starting to feel more like fall is here to stay. 

Something that I like to do at the beginning of each season is to shop for new pieces, and I've noticed that this year, I've been gravitating towards certain colors more than ever. I wanted to share a roundup of some of those colors along with some pieces to add to your wardrobe.

Tan

Tan is one of those colors that keeps popping up and I want everything. Especially when it comes to accessories, like boots and hats, browns are an obvious staple. But I'm also loving brown knits, brown leather and brown prints.

Shop Tan Pieces

Brown

I'm a fan of all the brown hues. Similar to tans, the darker hues are popping up and I love how classic and sophisticated they are. This year, try them as an alternative to black or navy.

Shop Brown Pieces

Cream

Winter whites might not be for everyone, but off white is softer and a perfect addition to any fall palette. In fact, I prefer cream more because it's easier to wear. My staples definitely include cozy sweaters and wide-leg denim!

Shop Off-White

Olive

Olive has become a steady fall color for me over the past few years, but green has had a moment this year and there are quite a few cute green options popping up for fall!

Shop Olive Looks

Purple

Purple has also been having a moment and I see it continuing into fall/winter. It's been one of my favorite colors to wear this year and I will definitely incorporate it into my outfits.

Shop Purple Looks


Honorable mention to rust, orange and mustard which will definitely be popping up in my wardrobe over the next few months as well!

What is your favorite fall hue?



October 19, 2020
Happy National Lipstick Day! There's a celebration for everything these days it seems, but I am happily celebrating a product that hasn't gotten much use these quarantine days. In the past, I wouldn't have considered myself the biggest lipstick fan (I've always been drawn to mascara/lashes.) But these days I love how a splash of lipstick can make you feel so put together.

So today, I wanted to share a roundup of some of my favorite brands lipsticks that I've discovered over the years. There are a lot of factors that I look for, including shade, pigmentation, ingredients, how long it lasts, scent and even packaging!

Mood Matcher
The weekend before quarantine began was my last adventure in the real world. I attended an event hosted by Mood Matcher, which was my first introduction to the brand. At that event, I discovered my new favorite nude power combo, the Matte Lip Pencil in Mauve and the Lacquer Gloss in I'm Barely Exposed. This is my go-to when I don't want color, but I want to look polished.

Bite Beauty
Over the years, I've tried quite a few Bite Beauty products and they consistently are a hit for me. I love their clean formulas and their range of shades. This was one of my favorite lipsticks that was discontinued, but they have a beautiful range of lip crayons.

Ga-De
This is a brand that I was introduced to a few years ago and I tried out two of their Idyllic Soft Satin Lipsticks (see the full review about this brand here.) In the middle here is shade Wine Divine which is one of my favorite rosy shades, and on the right is Bare Chic, a pretty nude pink. Ga-De also has new products since my last post and I cannot wait to check them out.

Clarins

Lately, I've been loving Clarins Lip Oils, some of which do leave a splash of color. But they also have lipsticks, and I especially loved this plum shade that faded into a pretty lip stain. When it comes to darker shades, this is always a worry since I can't always reapply.

NYX
I love NYX for their wide range of products and shades, as well as their affordable prices. You can pretty much find any color you're looking for within the NYX line! I love their matte liquid lipsticks, which are a little on the drying side, but the shades are so pretty. The Lip Butters are great too!

Maybelline
And I started this post with a lippie crayon from Maybelline in a beautiful brick red, a color obsession from the fall that I've been holding onto. Maybelline is another of those brands that has such a wide range of product and I've loved everything I've tried.

I touched on some of my go-to shades, but I'll have to work on another post about lip color shades and how to pick out colors that work for your skin tone! Until then, I'd love to know what your favorite lippie brands are!




Favorite Lipstick Brands Roundup

Happy National Lipstick Day! There's a celebration for everything these days it seems, but I am happily celebrating a product that hasn't gotten much use these quarantine days. In the past, I wouldn't have considered myself the biggest lipstick fan (I've always been drawn to mascara/lashes.) But these days I love how a splash of lipstick can make you feel so put together.

So today, I wanted to share a roundup of some of my favorite brands lipsticks that I've discovered over the years. There are a lot of factors that I look for, including shade, pigmentation, ingredients, how long it lasts, scent and even packaging!

Mood Matcher
The weekend before quarantine began was my last adventure in the real world. I attended an event hosted by Mood Matcher, which was my first introduction to the brand. At that event, I discovered my new favorite nude power combo, the Matte Lip Pencil in Mauve and the Lacquer Gloss in I'm Barely Exposed. This is my go-to when I don't want color, but I want to look polished.

Bite Beauty
Over the years, I've tried quite a few Bite Beauty products and they consistently are a hit for me. I love their clean formulas and their range of shades. This was one of my favorite lipsticks that was discontinued, but they have a beautiful range of lip crayons.

Ga-De
This is a brand that I was introduced to a few years ago and I tried out two of their Idyllic Soft Satin Lipsticks (see the full review about this brand here.) In the middle here is shade Wine Divine which is one of my favorite rosy shades, and on the right is Bare Chic, a pretty nude pink. Ga-De also has new products since my last post and I cannot wait to check them out.

Clarins

Lately, I've been loving Clarins Lip Oils, some of which do leave a splash of color. But they also have lipsticks, and I especially loved this plum shade that faded into a pretty lip stain. When it comes to darker shades, this is always a worry since I can't always reapply.

NYX
I love NYX for their wide range of products and shades, as well as their affordable prices. You can pretty much find any color you're looking for within the NYX line! I love their matte liquid lipsticks, which are a little on the drying side, but the shades are so pretty. The Lip Butters are great too!

Maybelline
And I started this post with a lippie crayon from Maybelline in a beautiful brick red, a color obsession from the fall that I've been holding onto. Maybelline is another of those brands that has such a wide range of product and I've loved everything I've tried.

I touched on some of my go-to shades, but I'll have to work on another post about lip color shades and how to pick out colors that work for your skin tone! Until then, I'd love to know what your favorite lippie brands are!




July 29, 2020
Blazer, (sold out, similar here) | Maxi Dress | Sneakers, old | Earrings | Hair Scarf

Move over millennial pink, there's a new power color in town. And let me say that I am obsessed. Purple has made such a statement over the past few months on the runway and in stores. I've been adding new purple pieces into my wardrobe and I can't wait to share more styling tips with you. But since I'm such a fan of this trend, so I wanted to include a roundup of clothes, accessories and makeup featuring this gorgeous hue right away so you can get the look now too!

I've gravitated more to the pastel shades, like the lavender of my blazer here. This blazer is part of a set that I picked up for Philly Fashion Week earlier this year. I was drawn to the color, obviously, and thought it would be a fun way to try the power suit trend. Unfortunately it's sold out now, but keep reading for some other pretty pieces!
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I've been trying to incorporate purple into my accessories and makeup as well. This cute tie-dye scarf has hints of purple and also features my other favorite, tie dye, and comes in under $10! I also snagged this purple clutch that I recently shared on Instagram and can't wait to wear out.
Makeup is next on my list to play around with. I love purple eyeliner because it makes brown eyes pop. And purple nail polish is one of my go-tos, especially the lighter shades because they can appear more as neutrals. But I'm really into the looks I've been seeing with pastel purple eyeshadow and I can't wait to give that a try.
One last note about about this outfit. I'm always looking for ways to mix completely different types of pieces together and this look features a mix of business, trendy and casual. It's fun to find ways to repurpose clothes in your closet that you haven't reached for. I recommend giving it a try and see what you come up with!
Lavender, lilac, periwinkle. Whatever shade it is, I'm a fan. What do you think about purple taking over spring/summer?

Purple - The It Color of Summer

Blazer, (sold out, similar here) | Maxi Dress | Sneakers, old | Earrings | Hair Scarf

Move over millennial pink, there's a new power color in town. And let me say that I am obsessed. Purple has made such a statement over the past few months on the runway and in stores. I've been adding new purple pieces into my wardrobe and I can't wait to share more styling tips with you. But since I'm such a fan of this trend, so I wanted to include a roundup of clothes, accessories and makeup featuring this gorgeous hue right away so you can get the look now too!

I've gravitated more to the pastel shades, like the lavender of my blazer here. This blazer is part of a set that I picked up for Philly Fashion Week earlier this year. I was drawn to the color, obviously, and thought it would be a fun way to try the power suit trend. Unfortunately it's sold out now, but keep reading for some other pretty pieces!
Shop Dresses


Shop Other Clothes


Shop Shoes and Accessories


Shop Makeup


I've been trying to incorporate purple into my accessories and makeup as well. This cute tie-dye scarf has hints of purple and also features my other favorite, tie dye, and comes in under $10! I also snagged this purple clutch that I recently shared on Instagram and can't wait to wear out.
Makeup is next on my list to play around with. I love purple eyeliner because it makes brown eyes pop. And purple nail polish is one of my go-tos, especially the lighter shades because they can appear more as neutrals. But I'm really into the looks I've been seeing with pastel purple eyeshadow and I can't wait to give that a try.
One last note about about this outfit. I'm always looking for ways to mix completely different types of pieces together and this look features a mix of business, trendy and casual. It's fun to find ways to repurpose clothes in your closet that you haven't reached for. I recommend giving it a try and see what you come up with!
Lavender, lilac, periwinkle. Whatever shade it is, I'm a fan. What do you think about purple taking over spring/summer?

July 13, 2020
Whether you're a Target obsessed shopper, or an admirer of LoveShackFancy, you've heard, seen and probably tried some of the dresses from the new Designer Collaboration that was released earlier this month! Something that Target did a great job with this collection is inclusive sizing, the sizes range from XXS to 3XL. They also featured a diverse group of models on the website. Both details were very much appreciated.

Prior to the release, I made my shopping list based on the photos online. What I ended up with is quite different that what I expected to like, but seeing people wear these dresses in "real life" versus a stock photo really changed my mind!

Let's get started with my try-on mirror selfies (please excuse the quality!) I was just excited to do my first try-on session since quarantine started in March.

Louise Pintuck Yoke Dress
Of all the dresses in the collection, this was my must-have! I loved the yellow floral print, the lace detailing and the sleeves. After trying it on, I absolutely love it. It is definitely short (especially coming from me being 5'1".) This dress can also be worn backwards, which offers more styling opportunities. This style also comes in a white option, which is also stunning! I thought the dress was well made!

Sizing: I'm wearing a small, my usual size. I did find this to feel a little snug, so I could have sized up.

Simone Smocked Dress
This was one of the dresses that I initially saw online and hated it. But after seeing ladies share photos in it, I was sold. I needed to at least try this. This dress is super girly and makes you feel like a princess. This dress is so flattering on every height. For me, it's a maxi that I can wear with flats if I wanted, but on taller ladies, it hits above the ankle. The sleeves are beautiful and can be worn on or off the shoulder. I also styled it with a belt here, but it's just as cute without one. This dress is another favorite from the collection.

Sizing: This one runs big. I actually sized down to an XXS (the only size that was available.) This is very roomy and I would size down. 


Jeanne Tie-Strap Tiered Dress
This is the only other mini dress I snagged. This beauty also came in a longer version, but that sold out immediately. I was more drawn to this shorter length because of my height. I love the mixing of prints and the sweet tie detail. This dress also doesn't feel as short as the yellow one. And did I mention the pockets! This is such a cute dress and I'm glad to have it for those hot summer days ahead.

Sizing: I ordered a size small. It fits great, but if you're looking at available sizes, I could probably wear a size smaller or a size bigger. 


Cosette Smocked Puff Sleeve Dress
Here's another dress that caught my eye after seeing other ladies wear it! It is the sweetest midi dress that is a reminiscent of LoveShackFancy styles.

Sizing: I'm wearing an XS and it fits perfectly. I would say get your true size or size down for the best fit.

Estelle Puff Sleeve Dress (also comes in yellow!)
This is the dress that I added as a whim. It is such a whimsical dress that is definitely a statement piece so I wanted to give it a try. It's beautiful, just like the others. The sleeves on this one is definitely one of my favorite features, but I'm a fan of big sleeve details. This is one of the dresses that had complaints about the fabric, but it didn't bother me personally. The dress also has a side zipper, which most of the others don't.

Sizing: I got a size 6, my usual size, but it is really big on top. Since it comes with a belt, that helps tighten the waist. I would size down in this dress.

The majority of the collection sold out online, but select Target stores may still have stock. Returns have been hitting the shelves and I've even spotted some online, so I wanted to share my thoughts on this collection as well as some feedback on the clothes in case you have the opportunity to snag a piece!

So you may be wondering about the other two collections from Cushnie and Lisa Marie Fernandez. I did not pick up any pieces by them but after seeing all the try-ons that have been shared, I have added additional pieces to my cart. They are stunning and I highly recommend taking a look online!

I have to be honest and say that I did not know these designers before their collections dropped, but that is the beauty of this partnership. You'll hear comments about the quality of the clothes, or people thinking these designers cheapen their brand by partnering with a store like Target. I think it's the opposite and is a great way of giving us the opportunity to purchase clothes at a price point we can afford as well as introduce us to designers we may not heard of before.

Did you snag anything from any of these three collections? I'd love to know your favs!

LoveShackFancy x Target Collaboration Review

Whether you're a Target obsessed shopper, or an admirer of LoveShackFancy, you've heard, seen and probably tried some of the dresses from the new Designer Collaboration that was released earlier this month! Something that Target did a great job with this collection is inclusive sizing, the sizes range from XXS to 3XL. They also featured a diverse group of models on the website. Both details were very much appreciated.

Prior to the release, I made my shopping list based on the photos online. What I ended up with is quite different that what I expected to like, but seeing people wear these dresses in "real life" versus a stock photo really changed my mind!

Let's get started with my try-on mirror selfies (please excuse the quality!) I was just excited to do my first try-on session since quarantine started in March.

Louise Pintuck Yoke Dress
Of all the dresses in the collection, this was my must-have! I loved the yellow floral print, the lace detailing and the sleeves. After trying it on, I absolutely love it. It is definitely short (especially coming from me being 5'1".) This dress can also be worn backwards, which offers more styling opportunities. This style also comes in a white option, which is also stunning! I thought the dress was well made!

Sizing: I'm wearing a small, my usual size. I did find this to feel a little snug, so I could have sized up.

Simone Smocked Dress
This was one of the dresses that I initially saw online and hated it. But after seeing ladies share photos in it, I was sold. I needed to at least try this. This dress is super girly and makes you feel like a princess. This dress is so flattering on every height. For me, it's a maxi that I can wear with flats if I wanted, but on taller ladies, it hits above the ankle. The sleeves are beautiful and can be worn on or off the shoulder. I also styled it with a belt here, but it's just as cute without one. This dress is another favorite from the collection.

Sizing: This one runs big. I actually sized down to an XXS (the only size that was available.) This is very roomy and I would size down. 


Jeanne Tie-Strap Tiered Dress
This is the only other mini dress I snagged. This beauty also came in a longer version, but that sold out immediately. I was more drawn to this shorter length because of my height. I love the mixing of prints and the sweet tie detail. This dress also doesn't feel as short as the yellow one. And did I mention the pockets! This is such a cute dress and I'm glad to have it for those hot summer days ahead.

Sizing: I ordered a size small. It fits great, but if you're looking at available sizes, I could probably wear a size smaller or a size bigger. 


Cosette Smocked Puff Sleeve Dress
Here's another dress that caught my eye after seeing other ladies wear it! It is the sweetest midi dress that is a reminiscent of LoveShackFancy styles.

Sizing: I'm wearing an XS and it fits perfectly. I would say get your true size or size down for the best fit.

Estelle Puff Sleeve Dress (also comes in yellow!)
This is the dress that I added as a whim. It is such a whimsical dress that is definitely a statement piece so I wanted to give it a try. It's beautiful, just like the others. The sleeves on this one is definitely one of my favorite features, but I'm a fan of big sleeve details. This is one of the dresses that had complaints about the fabric, but it didn't bother me personally. The dress also has a side zipper, which most of the others don't.

Sizing: I got a size 6, my usual size, but it is really big on top. Since it comes with a belt, that helps tighten the waist. I would size down in this dress.

The majority of the collection sold out online, but select Target stores may still have stock. Returns have been hitting the shelves and I've even spotted some online, so I wanted to share my thoughts on this collection as well as some feedback on the clothes in case you have the opportunity to snag a piece!

So you may be wondering about the other two collections from Cushnie and Lisa Marie Fernandez. I did not pick up any pieces by them but after seeing all the try-ons that have been shared, I have added additional pieces to my cart. They are stunning and I highly recommend taking a look online!

I have to be honest and say that I did not know these designers before their collections dropped, but that is the beauty of this partnership. You'll hear comments about the quality of the clothes, or people thinking these designers cheapen their brand by partnering with a store like Target. I think it's the opposite and is a great way of giving us the opportunity to purchase clothes at a price point we can afford as well as introduce us to designers we may not heard of before.

Did you snag anything from any of these three collections? I'd love to know your favs!

July 06, 2020
Happy first day of summer! It's such a strange start to the season as we're still in quarantine, but I'm looking forward to making the best of the situation. Philly is set to go into green, so I'm hoping to get more outdoor time this season.
Dress (sold out, scroll down for other options) | Bracelet | Sunglasses (old) | Shoes

One thing that I will enjoy are my sundresses, regardless of whether I'm out and about or just staying at home. I had been crushing on the beautiful Staud color block maxi, so when I saw this cute dupe, I had to snag it. It's the perfect blend of orange and pink, two colors that scream summer and the easy breezy swing style makes it a perfect option for warm weather days. The only downside is how wrinkly this fabric can get.
Unfortunately this dress sold out quickly, so I've linked a few other pink, orange and color block options!

Shop Orange and Pink Dresses


My sunglasses are also old and unavailable. I picked these sunnies up a few years ago at a local boutique and they are still one of my favorite whimsical pieces. When it comes to accessories, I'm not a huge sunglasses fan, so I'm still looking around at this year's sunnies trends. Let me know if there are any styles you suggest.
Something else that I'm crushing on right now are charm bracelets and coin accents. When you combine the two together, you get something like this cute bracelet that makes a perfect addition to any outfit, casual or dressed up!



Orange + Pink To Welcome Summer

Happy first day of summer! It's such a strange start to the season as we're still in quarantine, but I'm looking forward to making the best of the situation. Philly is set to go into green, so I'm hoping to get more outdoor time this season.
Dress (sold out, scroll down for other options) | Bracelet | Sunglasses (old) | Shoes

One thing that I will enjoy are my sundresses, regardless of whether I'm out and about or just staying at home. I had been crushing on the beautiful Staud color block maxi, so when I saw this cute dupe, I had to snag it. It's the perfect blend of orange and pink, two colors that scream summer and the easy breezy swing style makes it a perfect option for warm weather days. The only downside is how wrinkly this fabric can get.
Unfortunately this dress sold out quickly, so I've linked a few other pink, orange and color block options!

Shop Orange and Pink Dresses


My sunglasses are also old and unavailable. I picked these sunnies up a few years ago at a local boutique and they are still one of my favorite whimsical pieces. When it comes to accessories, I'm not a huge sunglasses fan, so I'm still looking around at this year's sunnies trends. Let me know if there are any styles you suggest.
Something else that I'm crushing on right now are charm bracelets and coin accents. When you combine the two together, you get something like this cute bracelet that makes a perfect addition to any outfit, casual or dressed up!



June 20, 2020
I'm going back into the archives for this post which was never shared here on the blog, but what hasn't changed is that yellow is still one of my favorite colors to wear, especially this time of year. It's such a cheerful color and something that makes me smile. And right now, while even though we're taking baby steps to get back to "normalcy", there are still a lot of questions out there, so if it's the little things that make me smile, I'll be focusing more on those! Keep reading for a few ways to incorporate a little joy into your day.
Dress (old, similar here and scroll down for more yellow dress options) | Clogs c/o Ben Lovell Shoes (also found here) | Headband | Earrings | Bag (old)

Photos taken by Audrey | Breakfast at Audrey's

But while we're still on the topic of fashion, other details that I'm loving are ruffles and floral prints. Some things never change!

Ruffles are having a moment right now and I'm all for it. They add a playful little detail, but it's best to keep accessorizing to a minimum!
Can't forget my favorite accessory, a headband! I keep finding the cutest headbands out there and I'm definitely having more fun with styling ideas (stay tuned for more hair styling posts!)

My hoops are less than $3 and they are one of my favorite pairs. It's the perfect blend of a classic and statement piece and I wear it with everything.

Shop Yellow Dresses


So how about those little things to bring a little joy to your day... These many seem like obvious suggestions, but it's just a reminder to do the things you enjoy or take some time out of the day for self-care.

10 Ways to Spark Joy While In Quarantine

Treat yourself to your favorite snack - let's be honest, many of us have turned to snacking/baking/cooking more during quarantine. Even if you are trying to stay healthy like me, it won't hurt to indulge in a little treat.

Relax with a face mask or bath - there's nothing like a little me-time during a busy day to reset and recharge. Even 10 minutes can work wonders.

Watch your favorite movie or TV show - My go-to binges include comedies or rom coms because laughter is the best medicine, right! I'm making a list of binge-worthy shows so stay tuned for that. Also taking new suggestions...

Get dressed up for no reason - Now that restrictions are being relaxed, people are starting to venture out. But many of us are still waiting for things to clear a little further, so we're still hunkering down at home. Why not skip the loungewear and dress up in something you haven't worn in a while?

Track your gratitude - Despite the fact that I have a blog, I've never been much of a journaler. But, after looking for ways to keep quarantine anxiety in check, I discovered the Shine app. Shine has a great selection of daily meditations (both free and paid) but also offers the opportunity to check in and write down what you're grateful for each day.

Spray an uplifting scent - I recently discovered a new-to-me perfume, Chloe L'Eau, while browsing in Sephora before quarantine began. It's a combination of floral and citrus scents, my absolute favorites! While there are a lot of perfumes I enjoy, this one actually made me smile so I ended up recently purchasing a bottle. So find that scent that makes you smile and spritz away, even if you're just at home!

Take a walk - WFH and quarantine has really messed up my workout schedule. Even in the office, I had reasons to regularly get up and walk around so I wasn't sitting all day. Taking a 30 minute walk has helped clear my head and helped me stay active.

Try a new hobby - There's been quite a few quarantine challenges floating around these past few weeks. Between the tie-dying, whipped coffee craze and many more, there's something for everyone. Have you tried any of them?

Foster a pet - Having a pet at home has been such a treat. I sometimes refer to my cat as a therapy cat! But she is the best distraction, so if you have a pet, make sure to spend some time with them. If you can foster a pet, that's a great option as well while we're still at home.

Check in on your friends - I'll be the first to admit that I haven't done a great job of picking up the phone. But I've had a few Zoom/FaceTime/HouseParty chats with my friends throughout quarantine and it's been great to see them "in person." Will have to increase up my phone chats to check in on everyone.
Please let me know how you're staying sane, and if your city has opened up, what is the first thing you've done since quarantine!

Little Yellow Dress + 10 Ways to Spark Joy While in Quarantine

I'm going back into the archives for this post which was never shared here on the blog, but what hasn't changed is that yellow is still one of my favorite colors to wear, especially this time of year. It's such a cheerful color and something that makes me smile. And right now, while even though we're taking baby steps to get back to "normalcy", there are still a lot of questions out there, so if it's the little things that make me smile, I'll be focusing more on those! Keep reading for a few ways to incorporate a little joy into your day.
Dress (old, similar here and scroll down for more yellow dress options) | Clogs c/o Ben Lovell Shoes (also found here) | Headband | Earrings | Bag (old)

Photos taken by Audrey | Breakfast at Audrey's

But while we're still on the topic of fashion, other details that I'm loving are ruffles and floral prints. Some things never change!

Ruffles are having a moment right now and I'm all for it. They add a playful little detail, but it's best to keep accessorizing to a minimum!
Can't forget my favorite accessory, a headband! I keep finding the cutest headbands out there and I'm definitely having more fun with styling ideas (stay tuned for more hair styling posts!)

My hoops are less than $3 and they are one of my favorite pairs. It's the perfect blend of a classic and statement piece and I wear it with everything.

Shop Yellow Dresses


So how about those little things to bring a little joy to your day... These many seem like obvious suggestions, but it's just a reminder to do the things you enjoy or take some time out of the day for self-care.

10 Ways to Spark Joy While In Quarantine

Treat yourself to your favorite snack - let's be honest, many of us have turned to snacking/baking/cooking more during quarantine. Even if you are trying to stay healthy like me, it won't hurt to indulge in a little treat.

Relax with a face mask or bath - there's nothing like a little me-time during a busy day to reset and recharge. Even 10 minutes can work wonders.

Watch your favorite movie or TV show - My go-to binges include comedies or rom coms because laughter is the best medicine, right! I'm making a list of binge-worthy shows so stay tuned for that. Also taking new suggestions...

Get dressed up for no reason - Now that restrictions are being relaxed, people are starting to venture out. But many of us are still waiting for things to clear a little further, so we're still hunkering down at home. Why not skip the loungewear and dress up in something you haven't worn in a while?

Track your gratitude - Despite the fact that I have a blog, I've never been much of a journaler. But, after looking for ways to keep quarantine anxiety in check, I discovered the Shine app. Shine has a great selection of daily meditations (both free and paid) but also offers the opportunity to check in and write down what you're grateful for each day.

Spray an uplifting scent - I recently discovered a new-to-me perfume, Chloe L'Eau, while browsing in Sephora before quarantine began. It's a combination of floral and citrus scents, my absolute favorites! While there are a lot of perfumes I enjoy, this one actually made me smile so I ended up recently purchasing a bottle. So find that scent that makes you smile and spritz away, even if you're just at home!

Take a walk - WFH and quarantine has really messed up my workout schedule. Even in the office, I had reasons to regularly get up and walk around so I wasn't sitting all day. Taking a 30 minute walk has helped clear my head and helped me stay active.

Try a new hobby - There's been quite a few quarantine challenges floating around these past few weeks. Between the tie-dying, whipped coffee craze and many more, there's something for everyone. Have you tried any of them?

Foster a pet - Having a pet at home has been such a treat. I sometimes refer to my cat as a therapy cat! But she is the best distraction, so if you have a pet, make sure to spend some time with them. If you can foster a pet, that's a great option as well while we're still at home.

Check in on your friends - I'll be the first to admit that I haven't done a great job of picking up the phone. But I've had a few Zoom/FaceTime/HouseParty chats with my friends throughout quarantine and it's been great to see them "in person." Will have to increase up my phone chats to check in on everyone.
Please let me know how you're staying sane, and if your city has opened up, what is the first thing you've done since quarantine!

June 16, 2020

@paintthetownchic